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From Paradise E-News - October 2, 2015  
PVUMC's weekly emailed newsletter

On the First Tuesday

After a summer hiatus, On the First Tuesday returns October 2, 5:30 pm in the Fellowship Center. After dinner prepared by Garry Lozier and his kitchen crew, hear Dr. Doris Marie Provine speak on "Driving While Undocumented." Chris LaMont emcees, and there will be a time for Q&A after the ASU professor's talk. All are welcome.

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Pastor's Message


Marriage can be an amazing and complicated relationship. Love can bring great joy, but we also know that marriage and family life can be messy. God cares deeply about our families, and God is always involved in our relationships of love. We can read in the Bible how God works through many families, even (or especially) the dysfunctional ones. Any of us who have been married know how hard and rewarding it can be.  I appreciate the honest look ...
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Looking Ahead: Octo ber 2, 2015
We invite you to download the latest  Looking Ahead. This weekly publication helps keep you up-to-date on what's happening at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church. 

The digital version includes website links directing you to upcoming sermons and scripture, information about upcoming events and programs, and email links to people you can connect with for more information or to get plugged into our many ministries. 

Included is an intercessory prayer list, inviting you to pray for your church family and friends, as well as for community, national and global concerns. To join our prayer team, and receive prayer requests via email, contact our prayer chain coordinator,  Gretchen Holt. If you have a prayer request, vist the website and fill out the request form online. On Sunday, you may use the prayer request cards in the pews. Call the church office anytime at 602-840-8360 or email Gretchen

First-Sunday-of-the-month food drive: Please bring your non-perishable food donations for UMOM New Day Centers. Place your donations in the blue bins positioned at the bridge entrances, and at the south parking lot breezeway, next to the H building. We'll also celebrate World Communion Sunday and will donate the food we've used to decorate the altar area following our worship service in the Sanctuary at 9:30 am. To read more about the UMC's special offering on this World Communion Sunday, click here. Offering envelopes will be inside your bulletin at the 8 and 9:30 am services.

World Communion Sunday, October 4 
World Communion Sunday: Celebrate the Lord's Supper at our Open Table
World Communion Sunday: Celebrate the Lord's Supper at our Open Table

On World Communion Sunday, we unite with other Christians around the world as we partake of the Lord's Supper, celebrating one church as a community of believers. The United Methodist Church offers an Open Table, which means all are welcome. 

At 8 and 9:30 am, we'll have a special offering, which helps provide scholarships for national and international graduate students whom God has gifted to learn and to serve. 

Trunk or Treat, October 23
The Fellowship and Connectional Ministry Team hosts the 5th Annual Trunk or Treat event on Friday, October 23, 2015, 6-8 pm. If you'd like to bring your car, decorate your trunk and hand out candy, please email Pastor Eve Williams or Chris LaMont.  

Sunday Worship at PVUMC

Our worship bulletins are published online at our website and can also be dowloaded here. The Ignite service is a bulletin-free worship experience, but we encourage you to get a Looking Ahead at the door. 


The Pathways guidebook is now available. Click here for a digital copy. 


Normally, we offer three services: our traditional 8 am service in the Chapel, our traditional/ blended 9:30 am service in the Sanctuary, and our distinctively different Ignite service at 11:15 am in the Chapel, led by our Accompanist and Worship Leader Andria Fennig. We celebrate communion at all services on the first Sunday of every month, and usually every week at Ignite. 

If you have access to a computer, tablet or smart phone, you can go to our website to view our events calendar, get more details about programs, and subscribe to the weekly Paradise E-News to see what's happening at PVUMC every week. 

Desert Scroll Bimonthly Newsletter

PVUMC's October/November 2015 bimonthly newsletter -- Desert Scroll -- has been published and is currently available via email and online at our website. Click here to read the latest October/November 2015 issue onlineLook for hard copies in the kiosks strategically placed near points of entry on our church campus. Click here to download the .pdf here.  


Join our Email list to receive the Desert Scroll every other month. Email subscribers always get to read the news first. Update your profile/ email preferences below.

We invite you to come to our Community Feast every Wednesday evening. There are lots of opportunities for learning and fellowship after the feast too. The menu for October 7 is Texas chili, vegetarian chili, green chili cheddar corn bread, grilled corn, chopped salad and dulce de leche cake. Donations: $7.50/adults; $3/children.
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We're offering a Servant Seekers program that features hands-on mission projects right here at the church for your children in 1st-6th grades. If you need childcare for children 5 and under, reserve a spot by calling 602-840-8360, ext 134, at least 48 hours in advance. Click here to download the 9-week plan for Servant Seekers and register today!

Meet lifelong friends at Dinner for 6, a new program created by the Fellowship and Connectional Ministry Team. Groups of six singles, three couples, or three families get together every couple of months to break bread and celebrate community. Sign up today and start a new friend group at PVUMC.

If you're not sure where to begin to  grow, deepen or live your faith on on of the heart, mind, soul or strength Pathwasys, we invite you to take the Journey of Faith class, led by two of our pastors. Come to the Fireside Room, F8, following the Community Feast on  Wednesday, October 7  at 6:30 pm for the first class. 

PVUMC hosts a blood drive via United Blood Services on Sunday, October 18, 7-11 am. The Bloodmobile will be parked in the circle drive next to the Paradise Perk. Call Dave Ryan to sign up or sign up online. Be a hero. Give blood. Save lives.

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the UMOM Walk for Homeless Families last weekend at the Phoenix Zoo. The PVUMC team raised $2,315 to help homeless families at UMOM. A total of 41 walkers registered with the team, and the group photo, above, pictures many of them. We are  God's love in action!
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Author Shona Patel discusses her debut novel, Teatime for the Firefly, on Monday, October 5 with the PVUMC Book Group. She will sign books if you have one. Meet at 12 noon in G2, the church library, to chat, and stay for the hour-long discussion beginning at 12:15 pm. Call Fran Clark, 480-945-6955, to find out more about this monthly group.
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Come to the first concert in our new series on Friday, October 30, just a week after our Trunk or Treat event. Dueling Divas features our own Andria Fennig and Ashley Snavley in a two-piano, four-hand concert. 

Rev. Andrea Andress teaches a weekly program to parents of young children at the Sunday Morning Modern Family class through November. Parenting the Love and Logic Way™ invites parents with young children to learn how to set reasonable and enforceable limits, while still maintaining a loving relationship. Parents of teens are invited to a special monthly class while the youth are at VIBE on October 25.

Thank you for liking the Paradise Perk Facebook page. Click here to visit the page, and, if you haven't already, we invite you to like it! Thank you for your support of this youth ministry! Stop by Sunday, 9 am-1 pm for a beverage or snack.  Remember: their coffee prices are cheaper than Starbucks. And Shannon knows your name.

PVUMC offers opportunities to serve dinner to residents three times a month at UMOM. Offer your gift of service on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays, and on the second Thursday of the month at the Watkins Center. This, and other current mission opportunities, are outlined on the Show Your Strength: Be God's Love in Action posters on campus. You can also go to our website for descriptions of our missions ministry here in the community, and around the world.

Join us for free yoga classes, Tuesdays, 9-10:15 am, in H1, through October 27