May 31, 2019
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Summer Sundays
If you have elementary age children, bring them to worship with you this week. Beginning June 2, 2019, children begin in worship, stay for the children's message and then join their friends for a Bible story and activity. It's also Promotion Sunday, so they'll move up a grade!
Message from the Pastor
Dear Friend in Faith,

There’s something about the summer that makes me want to watch more movies. Maybe it’s the scorching heat outside that makes me want to seek the sweet, air-conditioned relief of a movie theater. Or perhaps it’s the big, bombastic blockbusters that are typically released this time of year. Or maybe I just really, really like popcorn. Who knows?

It certainly is convenient timing, because this Sunday is the kick-off of our God on Film worship series. We’ll be taking almost the entire month of June to look at different genres of film and how we can view them through the lens of faith.

Some of you might be asking, “Why in the world would we ever talk about movies at church? I thought this was supposed to be a time for worship – not a movie review show!”

But here’s the thing: we believe that our faith should filter into every single part of our lives, including the things we watch....

Pledge Your Support to PVUMC TODAY
The clock is ticking... 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. Our ministry teams are budgeting for next year NOW and need your support to grow and thrive. You're invited to pledge online or mail us your pledge card. Read why the Davidsons pledge their support to PVUMC. Read More
Sunday Worship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) invites you to worship at 9:30 or 11 am. The later Ignite Modern worship service is bulletin-free, but you can download bulletins for the 9:30 am traditional services as well as the June monthly Looking Ahead bulletin insert OR read them on our website. During June, July and August, we will have TWO worship services at 9:30 and 11 am.

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. The Looking Ahead bulletin insert also includes a weekly calendar.

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 prayer warriors on email.
Celebrate Father's Day with a Beer (Root Beer, that is!)
Calling all dads to bring their families to church Sunday, June 16 for Father's Day. Chris LaMont, professor at ASU's Film School and our volunteer tech guy at the Ignite service, will be preaching at Ignite AND at the 9:30 am service. We'll have root beer for all the men, a little like we had flowers for all the women on Mother's Day. The topic of the day is Superheroes! Who doesn't love that? Join us on Sunday, June 16.   
June Worship Series: God and Film
Pastor Christopher preaches part 1 of the new worship series for June: God on Film. The film genre for that day is romantic comedies. You know, films like The Proposal or How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. What do those movies have in common with the Bible? Think about the story of Samson and Delilah (spoiler alert: there's no happy ending for them) or Ruth and Boaz -- young widow, older man... To get in the mood, watch the clip of the "Top 5 Best Romance Movies."

How do these stories on film mirror scripture, life or how the Creator wants us to live? Let's find out together Sundays in June.

Church Council Votes on June 4
Members and constituents were invited to a presentation and discussion on May 19 where they were asked how they felt about the church joining the Reconciling Ministries Network as a way to respond to the UMC's Traditional Plan. If you missed the meeting, you can listen to the recording on our website and/or download the slide deck. Today, we emailed our members and constituents again to share FAQs about the RMN and what it might mean for PVUMC if we joined the network. If you have a question or comment, reach out to our pastors or Church Council members.

Summer Sundays at PVUMC
Summer is here! Our summer worship schedule during June, July and August reduces our regular 3 services to TWO, at 9:30 and 11 am. The 8 am service will return September 1. Read more on our website.

June 2 is also Promotion Sunday and the start of our Sunday Summer Classes. We have some wonderful volunteers who have stepped up to lead, but could use more assistance. If you can help, email Rev. Brenda Smith. Safe Sanctuary and other training provided.

VBC and Sportball: Register NOW
You're invited volunteer at and register for "To Mars and Beyond," PVUMC's Vacation Bible Camp this summer. Read more and register at . We are excited to offer a half-day week-long VBC program as well as an afternoon sports camp. Registration for both camps are separate, but online, with links at .

If you can volunteer for VBC, July 15-19, 2019 , GREAT! You'll save on fees for your child's registration and be more involved in what your child is learning. Both adults and teens 7th grade and older are encouraged to register online TODAY to help.

Thank you for being God's love in action!

To register for summer camp at Mingus Mountain, visit .

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To make a donation to the church online, visit GIVE NOW.

Serendipities Gift Shop Donates Proceeds to Missions
It's that time of year: Graduations, birthdays, Father's Day... Serendipities, the church gift shop, has unique cards and gifts for everyone on your list. Stop by Sundays, 9-11 am, and discover hidden treasures. All proceeds support local missions. In fact, the gift shop donated more than $18K to missions this year. If you're a crafter, artist, photographer or author and would like to donate your wares to support the gift shop's missions, email the Gift Shop manager and donate items by September.

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