May 4, 2018
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Teacher Appreciation Sunday, May 6 is Teacher Appreciation. We included a special insert in the Looking Ahead this week, and will recognize our volunteer teachers for adults, children and youth in the 9:30 am worship service. Children have been asked to give their teachers a small token of thanks -- a handwritten note or drawing, or a flower. Serendipities has some small gifts too. We are so grateful for all our teachers and Journeys leaders. Thank you.
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

United Methodists claim a distinctive heritage. This month we share a worship series on the contributions of our founder, John Wesley, to our spiritual DNA as a church. Wesley was a man with a great hunger for God, yet it took him many years to build a living relationship of faith and the keen sense that he knew God personally. In fact, Wesley felt like a failure in his early years of ministry. It led to a crisis of faith for him that only God could resolve. What speaks to us today is that Wesley faced similar issues to our time: a church that was growing irrelevant to the people of its day; turbulent social conditions that left many suffering from poor health care, the effects of poverty and industrialization, a poor system of education. Wesley had many insights that speak to our spiritual condition and our desire to be God’s love in action in the world around us, which gets at the heart of our ministry here at PVUMC.

I’ve always liked how John Wesley said, “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” This is our witness...

Mini-Singers Concert Sunday
Our littlest singers perform on Sunday morning after the 9:30 am worship service. Join us in the sanctuary at 11 am to hear their mini spring concert, under the direction of Shari Paris. Refreshments and a time of fellowship follow the concert. On May 20 , mark your calendars for the Youth Choir's Bon Voyage Concert at 1 pm. They are going to Las Vegas for a tour Memorial Day weekend.
Sunday Worship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) invites you to worship with us at 8, 9:30 or 11 am.

Download your bulletins and Looking Ahead below, or read them online.
Looking Ahead (announcements, weekly calendar and prayers of intercession)


Prayer Requests
 Submit prayer requests using our online request form or call the church office at 602.840.8360. Your request will be shared with our 200+ list of prayer warriors on email and listed in the bulletin if you desire. If you haven't been receiving prayers, and are already on the prayer team list, please make sure you add " prayer@pvumc.org" to your safe sender and recipient lists.
To make sure the E-News lands in your inbox, add " paradisevalleyumc@gmail.com" to your email list of safe recipients.
Summer Sundays, Vacation Bible Camp and Sportball
Vacation Bible Camp, Rolling River Rampage: Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God , July 16-20, 2018 , 9 am – 12 noon, will be here before you know it! If you can volunteer to lead a class, help with decorating, or assist in any way, please email Rev. Brenda Smith, brenda@pvumc.org OR Bethany Taylor, VBC chair, bethany_taylor@hotmail.com . NEW this year is an afternoon sports camp, Sportball, which extends the day until 3:30 pm.


Summer Sundays begin June 3. Read more
Pentecost Prayers for the UMC
Every season, our worship spaces feature new decor to reflect the church calendar. This Pentecost, as in past seasons, we will be blessed with a new colorful Pentecost mobile featuring doves and flames. Stop by the Welcome Center Sunday to write your prayer of hope for the UMC on a paper dove. It will be included in the new mobile, which will be hanging May 20.
PFLAG Meets May 10
Anyone who is a member or an ally of the LGBTQ community, including Transgender, Bisexual, Asexual, Intersex, or other non-binary identifying individuals as well as Lesbians and Gays, are welcome to join PFLAG. PVUMC hosts a monthly meeting on the 2nd Thursday of the month in H7 at 7 pm. The meeting is open to the public. There is no charge. Read More

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Youth Missions, VBC and Camping
We encourage our youth to volunteer at Vacation Bible Camp the week BEFORE the 2018 Senior High Mission Trip to Houston, TX, July 22-27, 2018, and at Mingus Mountain elementary camps. There are also camps for junior and senior high youth. Read more about the summer camps via the Desert Southwest Conference and register today.

Serendipities
Wednesday, May 9 is the last Wednesday to shop before summer, but the church gift shop will be open through Father's Day on Sundays, 9-11 am.

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