From Paradise E-News
God's Love in Action 
  [  HOME ]     [  ABOUT ]     [  CONTACT ]  
From Paradise E-News - February 12, 2016
PVUMC's weekly emailed newsletter
Join a Study Group During Lent
We invite you to join a small group to study our new Lenten book,  137 Miles: A Journey With Jesus. Copies will be available for purchase on the patio following all worship services this Sunday. The book costs $12, and there is an online Kindle option too. For daily devotionals, read our online Lenten blog at the website or have the posts delivered directly to your inbox.

Pastor's Message

Giving is one of the great paradoxes in our world.  We hear this in many forms, but the core idea is "in giving of ourselves, we always receive." Have you found this to be true?  I think this lesson resonates in our lives in countless ways:  when we volunteer, when we help another, and when we give financially.  We find this truth expressed in all of the world's major religions. The author of I John in the New Testament reminds us:  We love because God first loved us. (4:19)...." 
Click here to read Pastor Dave Summers' entire message>>
Looking Ahead: February 14 , 2016
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, 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

B-I-N-G-O Tonight! February 1 2 @ 6 pm

Join us for B-I-N-G-O TONIGHT: Friday, February 12, 6-8 pm in the Fellowship Center.  Read More

"The Golden Rule"  February 17  @ 6:30 pm

Join us for the final speaker in the "Who is My Neighbor?" series: "The Golden Rule: Ethical Commonalities Among Religious Faiths," with Dr. Stephanie Varnon-Hughes, director of cross-cultural and interfaith programs at Claremont Lincoln University, Wednesday, February 17, 6:30-8 pm in the Fellowship Center.  The Community Feast offers a casual buffet dining experience before the event, 5:30-6 pm. Suggested Donations: $7.50/Adult and $3/children.  Read More

Community Concert: Sahnas Quintet - Feb 19

Join us on Friday, February 19 for one of our most popular concerts: Sahnas! Read More
Worship this Sunday
Our worship bulletins are  published online at our website and can also be dowloaded here. 

Celebrate worship at 8 am in the chapel, 9:30 am in the sanctuary, or at 11:15 am in the chapel. The last service is a distinctive alternative, led by contemporary worship leader Andria Fennig.

Read more about our worship series through February 14, 2016: Earn, Save, Give. Read more. 

Go Paperless
Download your bulletins here for 8 am and 9:30 am. The Ignite service doesn't have a formal bulletin, but we encourage you to read the Looking Ahead, listing upcoming events, programs and classes, as well as a weekly calendar and intercessory prayers. 

11:15 am Looking Ahead (no formal bulletin) 

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. 

NEW Desert Scroll Bimonthly Newsletter
PVUMC's February/March 2016 bimonthly newsletter -- Desert Scroll -- is here! The newsletter, including back copies, is also online at our website.   Click here to read the latest February/March 2016 issue online Look for hard copies in the kiosks strategically placed near points of entry on our church campus. Click here to download the .pdf file.  
Join our Email list to receive the Desert Scroll every other month. Update your profile/ email preferences below.

Please note that the  church campus and PVUMC Preschool will be closed on:
Monday, February 15, 2016
in observance of Presidents Day. We have a pastor on call 24/7. When you call the office after hours, 602-840-8360, follow the instructions or press "2" and leave a message to have a pastor return your call. We also have a prayer request form online.

The Sahnas Brothers returns to PVUMC, this time as a quintet, with the addition of a harpist, percussionist and violinist. Mark your calendar to join us Friday, February 19 and register at Eventbrite. No tickets necessary; just a free-will offering during the concert. Invite a friend, or make it a date night. Valentine's Day is almost here! Free childcare is available with a 48-hour reservation. 

Join us for aour next "Who Is My Neighbor?" speaker on  Wednesday, February 17 at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Center. Dr. Stephanie Varon-Hughes, PhD, director of cross-cultural and interfaith programs at Claremont Lincoln University, speaks on "The Golden Rule." The series wraps up on March 2 with an Interactive, Interfaith Roundtable discussion.

All 4th-6th graders are invited to join us next Friday for TGIFF - Thank God It's Friday, FaithQuakes! - at Octane Raceway. RSVP this Sunday to Brenda Smith
Stop by the Perk on Sunday morning, 9 am-1 pm, and fill your cup with something you love.  Support youth missions with every delicious sip. To show your love for Shannon and her crew, LIKE their Facebook page.

The youth are planning an international mission trip to Peru this summer, and need your help to make it happen. Please donate silent and live auction items: gift baskets, gift certificates, staycations, vacation rentals, airline vouchers, event tickets, or anything you think would help. The dinner and auction will be February 28; tickets go on sale next week!  

PVUMC has published its own Lenten book study called 137 Miles: A Journey with Jesus. Books will be on sale this Sunday and during the week in the office and at classes on campus. We also have a digital version for the Kindle App via Amazon.

Register to attend this faith-based, sex-ed course with your 5th or 6th grader. PVUMC offers this curriculum every two years, and friends are welcome to register. You do not need to be a church member or affiliated with any religion to attend.

You can support PVUMC missions every time you shop online at AmazonSmile. 

Join PVUMC on Monday, February 15, 3:30-5:30 pm, to help pack and pray over meals for hungry children around the world. This is a change from our normal Saturday evening schedule. If you have the day off, and want to make a difference, join us! If you can't come this month, register with Jim Bateman for next month, Monday, March 21, 6-8 pm. 

Our church gift shop, Serendipities, has the Dueling Divas CD on sale, with $12 going to the Piano Fund and $8 to missions. Stop by on Sunday, 9-11:30 am, or Wednesday, 9 am-12 noon. The Worship, Music and Arts Ministry Team will also be selling the CD on the patio this Sunday and next as a special Valentine's Day promo. Stop by the patio table after the 8 am or 9:30 am services.   

We invite you to become a stakeholder in support of our Latin American mission teams. We have two teams going to Costa Rica and Guatemala in March, and they need your help to help others.