April 13, 2018
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Celebrate the Paradise Perk Sunday
This Sunday, April 15, join us at the Paradise Perk after the 9:30 am worship service for a celebration! We celebrate six years of volunteer management by the Curkendolls, as well as improvements made possible by the PVUMC Foundation and an anonymous donor. The Perk has raised more than $50,000 for youth missions in six years. How awesome is that?
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

In this season of Easter, we are touched by themes of life and, resurrection, the transforming encounter with the risen Christ that can draw our spiritual life so close to God. God always has ways to reach us and draw us fully into a loving relationship. In fact, the Bible has sometimes been called a record of reproducible religious experiences that are available to us.

We’re looking this month at the book of Leviticus, a seldom read book part of Bible, filled with laws, rules and some obscure practices that seem distant from our faith today. In reality, the law given to the Israelites was God’s way to create a holy and faithful people. Leviticus talks at length about ways to draw near to God, which is ultimately what we all want. The themes in this complex book strike at the heart of faith. For instance, all of us live with important rules, which make our common life possible. Some of us love having the structure of rules and clear boundaries ..

Brett Reed Trio - Jazz at the Perk
Next Friday, April 20 , join us for our last Community Concert of the season: Jazz at the Perk. Enjoy this outdoor concert on the patio outside the Paradise Perk and the Fellowship Center. Register at pvumc-concerts.eventbrite.com for free tickets. Support the series with a free-will offering at the event and support youth missions by buying coffee, tea, smoothies and snacks at the Perk. Seating provided.
Invite a friend!
Sunday Worship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) invites you to worship with us.

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. Next Sunday, we'll offer a special prayer in worship in celebration of God's creation. Read More

Paradise Perk Celebration
Sunday after worship, join us in the Paradise Perk for a celebration! We'll unveil some new photos on the wall and showcase some recent improvements which were funded by an anonymous donor and the PVUMC Foundation. The Foundation also has its annual spring luncheon at 12:15 pm in the Fellowship Center.
PVUMC Foundation Hosts Spring Legacy Society Luncheon Sunday
The PVUMC Foundation hosts its annual spring Legacy Society Luncheon Sunday, April 15 at 12:15 pm in F1, the Fellowship Center. Anyone—regardless of financial status—can create a legacy gift simply by naming Paradise Valley United Methodist Church on the beneficiary form of a savings, checking, IRA, or pension account. Other options include more complex estate planning. Thank you for your legacy gifts, which help sustain the church for generations. Read more
Small Group VIP Discussions
As a follow-up to our Better Together Sunday last year, Church and Society Ministry Team members invite you to discuss your experiences and faith-based responses to societal issues at one of four scheduled on-campus meetings. The church meetings are April 15 at 9:30 am in the Fireside Room (Room F8) with Career YAL (Young Adult Lifegroup) or at 12:15 pm in the church parlor, Room A2. The following two Sundays, April 22 and 29, you're invited to small group meetings at 10:45 am (right after the 9:30 am worship service), also in A2. Need more info? Email Dave Ryan, chair of the team, or call the church office, 602.840.8360.

The Good Life at PVUMC
We encourage you to pledge before April 30 if you haven't already. The Good Life at PVUMC includes the people and ministries we love. By pledging our support now, we can build our nest (the budget) and provide for the future. We've shared our hopes and dreams. Now, it's time to make them a reality. Pledge online

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Youth Missions, VBC and Camping
Our on-site coffee shop, the Paradise Perk, is open most Sundays 9 am-1 pm, and we're having a celebration this Sunday! All proceeds from Perk purchases support youth missions and make the life-changing trips we offer affordable for our church families and students. 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. See you at the Grand Reopening of the Perk on Sunday, April 15.

Easter may be over, but we still have goodies for your baskets! Stop by Sunday, April 15, 9-11:30 am to check out the sale items, some up to 50 percent off! We'll also have new travel toys for children, just in time for those summer vacations!

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