February 15, 2019
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
GCU Choir Concert TONIGHT at 7 pm Critical Mass, a choir from Grand Canyon University who sang at our traditional services Feb 3, returns TONIGHT at 7 pm for a Masterworks Concert. Like our Community Concerts, no tickets are needed. Donations are welcome at the event.
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

None of us get far in life without running into suffering. I know so many of you are facing difficult circumstances like health problems that are life-threatening or financial concerns that keep you up many nights. Many of us have worries about our children and grandchildren and their future. We see the state of the world and shake our heads. We pray for God to work in the larger troubles around us but sometimes the problems seem relentless. All of us know first hand what it means to suffer. We’re all experienced. And this is a big problem for religion. We want to know where is God when unbearable pain tears us or the people we care about apart. What is God’s purpose when we see innocent people...

Pledge Your Support to PVUMC
This Sunday is Commitment Sunday at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church. And besides dishing up donuts to thank you for joining us as we live out our mission to be God's love in action, we're asking you to commit to give your time, talent and treasure to your church in 2019-2020. You’re invited to pledge your support by turning in a pledge card or pledging online . Why pledge? Sandra Caldwell shared her story a few weeks ago.

Sunday Worship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) invites you to worship with us at on Sunday, February 17 at 8, 9:30 or 11 am.

Download your Looking Ahead for this Sunday and see what's on the schedule for this week. We include news and events as well as Prayers of Intercession so you can pray for others. Bulletins and the E-News are available online at our website.

Check our Calendar Online
See the website calendar at pvumc.org/calendar for all our children's, youth and adult activities, during the week and all year long.

Prayer Requests
 Submit prayer requests using our online request form, email prayer@pvumc.org or call the church office at 602.840.8360. Your request will be shared with our 200+ list of prayer warriors on email. If you haven't been receiving prayers, and are already on the prayer team list, please make sure you add " prayer@pvumc.org" and our new prayer chain coordinator's email, " ddoran@pvumc.org" to your safe sender and recipient lists. To make sure the E-News gets to you, add " paradisevalleyumc@gmail.com" to your email list of safe recipients.
Special Session UMC General Conference Meets February 23-27, 2019
Not too long ago, our church hosted the Western Jurisdictional Conference's consecration of Bishop Karen Oliveto, an openly gay bishop who continues to lead the Mountain Sky Area of The United Methodist Church. Two years ago, on February 27, 2017 , PVUMC's Church Council approved our new invitational statement on our welcome page . Now, we pray with the rest of the denomination for those who will be at the February 23-27, 2019 United Methodist Church General Conference Special Session in St Louis, MO to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward. The Desert Southwest Conference has provided news and links related to the conference and Bishop Bob Hoshibata invites us to meet with him on Saturday, March 2 at "Called Together by Grace: One Body."

Tetra String Quartet - March 8
We're excited about our spring line-up of PVUMC Community Concerts, and had 250 at our last concert in February. On Friday, March 8, the Tetra String Quartet performs.

As with all the community concerts at the church, there are no tickets or fees. Registration is FREE on Eventbrite. Donations are gratefully accepted at each event.

Rummage Sale Donations Begin
The annual Caring Kids Rummage Sale is April 6-7, 2019 and the kids begin their collection THIS SUNDAY. Donate gently used children's clothing, books, toys, DVDs, sporting equipment, games and room decor in the bins on campus through March 31 . There will be a sorting day on March 3 . Proceeds from the sale will go toward the purchase of a new church van.

Civil Dialogue on Immigration
You're invited to participate in a Civil Dialogue on Immigration at a community-wide event sponsored by the Church and Society Ministry Team. Join Facilitator Geraldine Hills on Thursday, February 28, 7 pm in Room H1. Hear all sides of the issue and engage in a crucial conversation about how US immigration policy affects us in Arizona. 

God's Love in Action in Guatemala
Every March for more than a decade, PVUMC has sent a medical mission team to Guatemala. This year will be their 13th year! Last year, the team saw a hundred patients on a typical day and taught VBS to more than 100 children. Thanks to your donations, more than 500 pairs of glasses were distributed to help those struggling with poor eyesight. This year, you can be God's love in action again by becoming a mission team stakeholder.

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