March 8, 2019
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Concert TONIGHT!
You're invited to a performance by the Tetra String Quartet TONIGHT - Friday, March 8, at 7 pm in the church sanctuary.
See and share the Facebook event here and tell your friends to meet you there!
There are no tickets or fees. Donations are gratefully accepted at the event. Register for FREE on Eventbrite or just come!
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

We begin the season of Lent, a time to focus on returning to God. Maybe you don’t feel you’ve strayed far. Maybe you don’t feel that distant. Or maybe your life is so very busy and finding time for faith seems to come further and further down the list. But here we are in a season that invites a more deliberate step towards God. Lent invites us into the most powerful story of our faith in the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

We begin a worship series, Passion, that looks at the characters and movement in the passion story, the story of Jesus’ suffering and God’s work of redemptive love. We will see ourselves in these varied characters, in their faith and in their conflict with Jesus. We’ll find ourselves grappling with the same problems and shortcomings that both afflicted and defined them. This Sunday we’ll jump in by looking at the most vilified character in the Passion story, Judas, who betrayed Jesus. Judas was the only disciple not from Galilee, so he was in a sense, an outsider. He clearly wanted something different from what Jesus offered. Perhaps he believed he could push...

Pledge Your Support to PVUMC
If you have not yet pledged your support to the church for 2019-2020, please make your commitment this Sunday to give your time, talent and treasure to Paradise Valley United Methodist Church. We're counting on YOU to be God's love in action. Turn in a pledge card or pledge online . Read why Sandra Caldwell pledges.

Sunday Worship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) invites you to worship with us at on Sunday, March 10 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 Looking Ahead are available online at our website.

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

Prayer Requests
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Donations Needed for the Youth Missions Dinner & Auction - March 31
The youth are preparing for their annual Mission Dinner & Auction Sunday, March 31, but we need your help. Please donate items for the auction by March 17. Themed gift baskets, tickets to sporting events, theater or concert tickets, spa packages, hotel stays, vacation packages, food & wine, tourist experiences, gift certificates, restaurant vouchers, or local services would all be appreciated. The youth are planning to go to Costa Rica this summer! Read More  
Ticketed Piano Concert - March 30
On Saturday, March 30, the church is hosting a ticketed piano concert featuring Pianist Paul Shaw in support of the PVUMC Piano Fund.

In “Old Meets New,” Shaw will perform works by Beethoven, Schumann, Adderley and Ginastera.

Tickets are $15 for adults; students and seniors pay $10.

Register for tickets on Eventbrite.

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

Potluck Celebration for Refugees Sunday, March 24
PVUMC families are invited to join us for a Potluck Picnic Celebration for refugee families sponsored by RAFT (Refugee Assistance and Friendship Teams). Join us
12:30-3:30 pm at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250.

Sign up to let us know you’re coming and what you’re bringing for the potluck. We'll provide hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken, cooked on the grill at the Papago Ramada at the park.

Help us treat our refugee families by bringing side dishes or desserts and buying train and carousel ride tickets. Invite your family, neighbors, and friends as we welcome the stranger at our first PVUMC Serves event!

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. The team leaves tomorrow!

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You're Invited to a Mingus Mountain Camp Encounter
Mark your calendar to join us for an evening of Mingus Mountain Camp experiences benefiting the Children and Youth Scholarship Fund on Thursday, April 4, 7-8:30 pm in Kendall Hall at Central United Methodist Church. A Day at Camp Mingus will include a campfire, stories, skits and s'mores! Help us send 100 kids to camp for a week this summer. Donate at the event or hit the donate button at the camp website. You can also donate via the church website at GIVE NOW. Choose "Other" and type "Mingus Mountain Camp Scholarships" in the comments section. If you write a check to PVUMC, include the same memo on your check. Thank you for giving kids a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Camp Day at PVUMC is Sunday, March 24!

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