November 30, 2018
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Christmas Concert
The Dueling Divas perform Noel, a four-hands Christmas Concert, on Saturday, December 1 at 7 pm in the sanctuary. Donations at the event will go toward the PVUMC Piano Fund, and Andria Fennig and Ashley Strawser's NEW Noel CD will be available for purchase.
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

We begin our Advent season thinking about the coming of the Messiah and exactly what that means for us. Advent comes from a Latin word, “adventus” which means “coming.” It is a translation of a Greek word, “Parousia” which has been used by the church in reference to the second coming of Jesus.

Advent is a time of deep anticipation. We draw on the hope God gives in fulfilling promises made long ago to send a savior to us. We receive a hope nurtured in the promise that God is so actively working in our world, never giving up on us. We will be looking each week in our worship at the names of the Messiah that come from Isaiah 9:6 --

“For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

We’ll look at what each name speaks to our faith in a personal way and how Jesus exemplified these names in his ministry...

Christmas Wonderland / The Star
On Friday, December 14 , you're invited to bring your family to church for a Christmas Wonderland! We'll have hot cocoa, cookies, pizza, popcorn, Christmas crafts, and Santa and his elves! Spend time together with your church family and watch The Star (PG), a delightful animated movie about the first Christmas. We may not have snow, but we'll have fun!

Sunday Worship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) invites you to worship with us at 8, 9:30 or 11 am this Sunday. We celebrate communion this Sunday at all three services, and invite you to bring non-perishable food to donate to UMOM. Look for the blue bins at the campus entrances.

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. Advent study books are available at Serendipities, our campus gift and book store. Read more about the two book choices and see which Journeys groups will be discussing them.

We are very thankful for our experiences at Change the World Day and will be sharing some photos in worship this Sunday. Thank you for being God's love in action! If you have any photos to share, please email them to and we'll add them to our Google album.

See the website calendar at 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 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 "" and our new prayer chain coordinator's email, "" to your safe sender and recipient lists. To make sure the E-News gets to you, add "" to your email list of safe recipients.
We're Packing Meals Downtown at FMSC Hope-filled Holiday MobilePack
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church is a Bronze Sponsor of the Hope-filled Holiday MobilePack Feed My Starving Children event November 30-December 2 . For 3 days, volunteers will work around the clock to pack 2 million meals for hungry children and you can be a part of it! Volunteers from PVUMC will be there on Saturday, December 1 and on Sunday, December 2 from 3-5 pm. PVUMC has participated in these downtown MobilePack events since 2013 and it's exciting to mobilize so many people to do so much good in one place! Read More
Join a Journeys Group for Advent
You’re invited to join a Journeys small group at pvumc and experience the season of Advent together. The clergy has recommended two books, which are available at online booksellers OR at the church gift shop, Serendipities. During the month of December, the shop will be open Sundays, 9 am-12:30 pm, and on Tuesdays, 10 am-1:30 pm through December 18. The church office also has copies of the books for purchase.

Thank you for your Generous Gifts
Frieda Bateman reported that we helped 100 children at the Wesley Center and 10 families served by UMOM thanks to your generosity. We also have 20 bags full of gifts, food and other essentials ready to give to children, seniors and families in Leupp, AZ on the Navajo reservation. Clint Miller will deliver these tomorrow! You are all God's love in action! THIS Sunday, look for UMOM Holiday Tribute Cards to give the gift of shelter to someone in need.

PVUMC Christmas Concert
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church is excited to present the PVUMC Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 9 and is asking for desserts to provide at the hosted dessert reception following the concert. See the tables outside worship on Sunday to sign up.

Register for this concert and ALL the PVUMC Community Concerts on Eventbrite, invite your friends, and share our concerts on Facebook. Visit our Facebook page to see and share this concert. And if you're on Instagram, we have a "Get Tickets" link on our @pvumc profile. Check it out!

Donations welcome at each event. Make your childcare reservations at least 48 hours before the concert by calling 602.840.8360, ext 134 or emailing

Give Blood. Save Lives.
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) has partnered with The American Red Cross again Sunday, December 2, 2018 for its annual blood drive. This is just one way for us to be God's love in action. Sign up to participate ONLINE NOW. Appointments usually take one hour. Walk-in appointments may be available.

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  Did You Miss the Sermon Last Week? Listen online.
If you missed last week's sermon, you can listen online at LISTEN: Previous Sermons.

Dedicate Your Donation to a Loved One
This Sunday, look for an insert in the Looking Ahead with information about how to submit a donation to the Christmas General Fund. With each $20 donation, you're encouraged to include a dedication to someone special, which will be printed in the Christmas Eve bulletin. If you can't wait until Sunday, or just want to make your donation online, visit GIVE NOW, choose "Christmas-General Fund" from the drop-down menu, and include your dedication in honor of or in remembrance of a loved one. The gifts you make will be used to provide poinsettias for our homebound as well as purchase flowers for our sanctuary and chapel during the Advent season. Thank you for your generous gifts.

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