September 22, 2017
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Celebration Sunday
September 24, you're invited to join us for our "back to church" Sunday, when we'll have ONE church service at 9:30 am in the sanctuary and ONE celebration in the Fellowship Center. Wear your jeans or western wear, bring a dessert to share, and join us for a catered country BBQ. Invite your friends and pay just $10/person or $30/family at the door (or at GIVE NOW - choose "other" and type "Celebration Sunday" in the comments).
See y'all there!
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

I am excited for Celebration Sunday. We have so much to share in thankful praise for God’s care. Oh, how we are blessed! Here’s what Psalm 147 says:

Praise the LORD!
How good it is to sing praises to our God;
for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.
The LORD builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted,
and binds up their wounds.
4 He determines the number of the stars;
he gives to all of them their names.
5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.

Some of us have an easier time than others noticing God, and what God is up to in our world. This Psalm was written by someone who could see God’s handiwork everywhere, from the majestic beauty in creation, to the intimate care of God for all creatures. We come to worship to be inspired, a word that means to breathe into. We worship so .... 

Journeys Tour Guides Help You Discover. Explore. Connect
Stop by the dessert tables on Celebration Sunday and talk to one of our tour guides. They can help direct you to a Journeys small group that fits your interests and spiritual needs. Joining a small group offers support, an opportunity to get to know others better and a chance to deepen your relationship with God. The tour guides will have copies of the fall guidebook so you can browse through all the "itineraries." The Disciple Fast Track Bible Study, the Journey of Faith class and the Centering Prayer class all start soon.
Worship and Fellowship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) invites you to ONE SERVICE at 9:30 am and ONE CELEBRATION at 10:45 am. It's Celebration Sunday!

You may access bulletins, the  Looking Ahead and bimonthly Desert Scroll at or download the 9:30 am bulletin here.

Please visit the website  calendar and news blog to read announcements online.

The Prayers of Intercession are included in the Looking Ahead. Unless otherwise requested, prayer requests are e-mailed to the 200+ Prayer Team members and shared with pastors and staff. Prayer team members meet on Wednesdays to pray and send cards to those being prayed for that week.  Submit a prayer request using our online request form or call the church office at 602.840.8360.
PVUMC Hosts Syrian Sweets Exchange 5.0 Sunday, October 1
Syrian Sweets Exchange Phoenix has partnered with PVUMC to host Syrian Sweets Exchange 5.0 on Sunday, October 1 . The event provides a chance to meet some of the Syrian refugees our own church has sponsored, and who are selling handcrafted items, as well as meet the bakers who sell homemade sweets to support their families. The event will also feature kid-friendly activities like balloon making, face painting and henna. The donations you give to each baker in exchange for baked goods and handcrafted items go to directly to the refugee women. Read More
Navigating Common Ground
September 28, 2017
TED Talk by Rabbi Sharon Brous
Leader: Keith Sobraske

At a moment when the world seems to be spinning out of control, religion might feel irrelevant — or like part of the problem. But Rabbi Sharon Brous believes we can reinvent religion to meet the needs of modern life. In this impassioned talk, Brous shares four principles of a revitalized religious practice and offers faith of all kinds as a hopeful counter-narrative to the numbing realities of violence, extremism and pessimism.Join Navigating Common Ground for the last talk in this series, and register to join us for Finding Common Ground on Oct. 12, 26 and Nov. 9.

Community Concerts Announced
PVUMC has announced a new year of community concerts, starting on Friday, October 13 with the Sahnas Quintet . Sahnas has been an audience favorite since the PVUMC Community Concert series began, and we're thrilled to have them back again to play songs from their native Greek culture on classical Spanish guitars, harp, violin and percussion.This year, register for one or more of the concerts (choose your event dates) at Share the link with your friends. No tickets needed; free-will offering at every event.

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What would it look like if the church today imitated Jesus’ affirmation of the full dignity and God-given potential of all women and men—especially those who’ve historically been assigned to the world’s margins? On World Communion Sunday, your giving helps to provide scholarships for national and international graduate students whom God has gifted to learn and to serve.

NOTE: Childcare is available with a 48-hour reservation for all our
events and classes on campus. Call 602.840.8360, ext 134.