March 17, 2017
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Bells, Gongs and Chimes - oh my!
Lent invites us to reflect and pray. Sometimes, we do that best when we meditate.This Sunday, experience the meditative sounds of bells, gongs and chimes outside worship on the patio. This is one of several Lenten experiences prepared by theTransformational Living Team. 
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

We all want to hear God speak to us. We long to hear that voice that touches the deepest parts of us, captures our attention and leaves us in profound reflection. We all long for direction, guidance, encouragement, insight into our lives that is divinely inspired. Humans have listened attentively for the voice of God from the earliest of times.

Some of the ancients described God speaking in thunderous ways, as befitting the most powerful being in the known cosmos. The Bible contains stories of God speaking, sometimes in what seems an audible voice, sometimes in the sound of thunder and sometimes in the “still, small voice” that defies human hearing but resonates deeply in the heart. The prophets often had a “word from the Lord” that challenged the social order..

Camping Sunday, March 26 
Join us next week for Camping Sunday, when we celebrate the Desert Southwest Camping Ministries and Camp Mingus. Mingus Mountain and Retreat Center celebrates its 70th Anniversary this year, and we'll have branded souvenirs for you to buy and show your support for Mke and Barbara Crevelt, and everyone who makes Mingus so special.

Worship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) is in the season of Lent. In worship, we're following Gifts of the Dark Wood. Join us for worship at 8, 9:30 or 11 am. 

Childcare is available in G1 for all services, and children's classes are offered at 9:30 am. Click here to see our church calendar page to find rooms and times of all PVUMC classes and events. 

Read the  Looking Ahead bulletin insert, which includes Prayers of Intercession, the weekly church calendar and news about upcoming events. Download your bulletins and Looking Ahead:

11 am Ignite (no bulletin)

Lenten Study and Devotions
We are in the season of Lent this month, and following the church-wide Lenten book study, Gifts of the Dark Woodin small groups and in worship. We have sold out of books at the church, but you can still purchase a copy via Cokesbury, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. Online devotions are also available, like Richard Rohr's Daily Meditations from the Center for Action and Contemplation and The Upper Room. Enjoy the 5-minute mindfulness bell meditation video here. 
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Community Concert, March 31
The Dueling Divas return to PVUMC for their Americana concert on Friday, March 31. Music and Arts Ministries Director Ashley Snavley and Worship Accompanist and Director of Contemporary Worship Arts Andria Fennig play another four-hand piano concert featuring works from American composers including Sondheim, Bernstein and Gershwin.
Caring Kids Rummage Sale
Our children have a heart for mission. 
The Caring Kids group of 1st-6th graders are working on a project right now and they would love your support.

They are collecting gently used childen's clothing, toys, books, games, sports equipment and room decor to be sold Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2, 9 am-12 noon, in the Fellowship Center. 

If you have children's items to donate, please drop them off in the designated boxes on campus Sunday mornings through March 26.

If you have larger items to donate or questions, please contact coordinator Bethany Taylor or Rev. Brenda Smith in the church office.

Proceeds from the sale will be donated to Child Crisis Arizona, a local charitable organization that works to create strong and successful families.

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   Serendipities Sale March 29-30 Benefits PVUMC Preschool
 The PVUMC Preschool Board is co-hosting a pre-Easter sale with the Serendipities church gift shop on Wednesday and Thursday, March 29 and 30. Find some special Easter gifts to add to your children’s and grandchildren’s Easter baskets. Look for items inside and outside the shop, 8:30-9:30 am and 11:45 am-1:15 pm each day. Serendipities will also be open every Wednesday morning from now until April 12

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