March 29, 2019
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Youth Missions Dinner and Auction
Once a year, you're invited to support our youth at the Youth Mission Dinner and Auction. Buy your tickets to the event online NOW for Sunday, March 31. Tickets will be available Sunday too. Auction items include themed baskets, golf packages, theater tickets and more.
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

Some days we only take a few steps and run unexpectedly into the world’s suffering. At the grocery store, you bump into someone who is on the verge of tears, obviously upset. Or a street person asks for money, telling us about how hard life is for them just now. As we are looking at these last days of Jesus’ life, we see this play out in the encounter with Simon of Cyrene. He is from Africa, a pilgrim coming to take part in the Passover festival in Jerusalem. He just happens to be on the street when Jesus stumbles, falls and is no longer able to carry his cross. Simon moves immediately from the sidelines to center stage. We meet him only briefly but the story around him says much. We imagine Simon being forever changed by helping Jesus with the burden of the cross, this terrible implement of torture and crucifixion. How many of us in this past week have found ourselves in just such a situation, face to face with unexpected suffering, with someone’s pain as Simon did? How will we respond in such a moment?

When God brings us face to face with the suffering of the world, God is certainly there with us. We may discover ...

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 31 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
 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.
Get Your Tickets to the Youth Missions Dinner & Auction NOW
The youth are preparing for their annual Mission Dinner & Auction Sunday, March 31 . Please buy tickets to the dinner online to help expedite the auction check-out process. 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, and local services will be auctioned off the night of the dinner. 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.

Sign Up to Help at Rummage Sale and Don't Forget to Shop!
The annual Caring Kids Rummage Sale is April 6-7, 2019 and the kids will have a sorting day on Sunday. This Sunday is the last time to donate gently used children's clothing, books, toys, DVDs, sporting equipment, games, room decor, etc. Proceeds from the sale will go toward the purchase of a new church van.

New Minister of Engagement
Come to church Sunday to meet our new Minister of Engagement: Lauren Coffman. She joined the PVUMC staff this week and is eager to meet you!

Lauren began her career as a Director of Family Ministries and graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Fuller Seminary Southwest in 2016. While in seminary, Lauren continued to work in Family Ministries at The Spring Church in Tempe, AZ, and in advertising as a Project Manager. In her new role, she will help equip staff and volunteers for ministry to live into the full potential God has for them. 

Be God's Love in Action at Camp
You're invited to help support scholarships for children and youth to spend a week at Mingus Camp and Retreat Center in Prescott this summer. Join us at Central United Methodist Church on April 4 to learn more. Be God's love in action by donating to the scholarship fund, volunteering, or attending the April 27th work day at Mingus.

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To make a donation online, visit GIVE NOW.

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.

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