October 5, 2018
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Celebrate World Communion Sunday
All three worship services at 8, 9:30 and 11 am will include a World Communion Sunday celebration. One Sunday every year, we break bread together as a church with the knowledge that we join Christians all over the world at the Lord's Table. PVUMC has an Open Table, where all are welcome to partake. This Sunday is also a Special Giving Sunday to help fund scholarships for students. Use the special envelopes we have on Sunday or give online at GIVE NOW.
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

I wanted to take a moment to lift up our incredible Celebration Sunday event last weekend.  

Between the powerful worship experiences and the festive meals we shared with one another, it was a touching reminder of what I love about our church. I am utterly confident that people connected with God and with one another in a real way, and I'm sure that we all are grateful to call this our church home. We had over one hundred more people join us for this special Sunday than we did last year!

A Sunday like that doesn't happen on its own, however, and I wanted to particularly recognize the efforts of our music ministry team and groups, who put together an impressive musical program for us to enjoy. And of course I am incredibly thankful for our welcome ministry team, who organized our "neighborhood feast" down in the Fellowship Center. Finally, I'd like to thank all of the people who participated in small (but important!) ways - as ushers, greeters, parking lot attendants, and much more. What a wonderful testament to the work we can accomplish when we work with one another.

This week we're going to be popping the hood on our new worship series, "Tune Up". Like the engine in our cars, our faith requires certain components to operate correctly....

Trunk or Treat - October 26, 2018
Join us for PVUMC’s annual Trunk or Treat event on Friday, October 26, 2018 , 6-8 pm, the weekend before Halloween. Kids of all ages are invited to Trick or Treat from the decorated car trunks, parked in front of the sanctuary. The Paradise Perk will be open, we'll have a live band and haunted houses. If you can bring your car, decorate your trunk and hand out candy, let us know!

Sunday Worship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) invites you to worship with us at 8, 9:30 or 11 am. As the first Sunday of the month, we invite you to donate nonperishable food to first-of-the-month UMOM food drive. We also celebrate World Communion Sunday, with communion offered at all three services. Pastor Christopher Wurpts preaches at all services, kicking off a new worship series called Tune-Up.

See the website calendar at pvumc.org/calendar for all our children's, youth and adult classes meeting on Sunday mornings, during the week and all year long.

Pick up a new Looking Ahead in worship or read it on the website. The Looking Ahead bulletin insert includes our weekly calendar as well as highlights of upcoming events and programs. We also include weekly prayers of intercession.

Prayer Requests
 Submit prayer requests using our online request form, email prayer@pvumc.org 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 " prayer@pvumc.org" and our new prayer chain coordinator's email, " ddoran@pvumc.org" to your safe sender and recipient lists. To make sure the E-News gets to you, add " paradisevalleyumc@gmail.com" to your email list of safe recipients.
Wear PVUMC's Mission on Your Heart: God's Love in Action
Church Council recently changed our Mission Statement to our tagline: God's Love in Action . Now, you can wear your church mission on your heart. Buy a church-branded polo shirt at the church gift shop, Serendipities, and wear it as a conversation starter. The shirt comes in all sizes and is a lightweight weave in royal blue. Gift shop profits help fund missions, so stop by Sunday morning to pick up a shirt and see what else is in the shop -- cards, gifts, decor, books, etc. Read More
New Month, New Journeys Classes
If you're not already part of a fall Journeys small group at pvumc and really don't know where to begin, we have a few new classes that may be a good fit for you. Pastor Dave Summers and his wife, Kim, lead an introductory class on Monday nights in the Fireside Room F8. It's a good way to get better acquainted with the UMC, learn how to better discern where God is leading you, and help you find your spiritual gifts.

If you're looking for a new Bible study, join Sam and Vicky Rankin this Sunday as they lead Journey Through James at 9:30 am in G2, the church library. If you're a parent, and have children or youth attending Sunday School at 9:30 am, check it out. You can worship at 11 am Ignite!

Happiness and "The Good Life"
Join us for a special 4-Week Journeys series on Happiness and The Good Life
Monday evenings in October. The lecture, video and discussion series of classes explores the nature and meaning of happiness. What does “The Good Life” mean to you? Hear how the scriptures, psychology, theologians and experience influence how we define happiness and “The Good Life.” ASU Professor Lani Shiota from the Psychology Department speaks at 6:30 pm in the chapel on Monday, October 8 .

Thank You, Kathy Ratliff
Kathy Ratliff has served as PVUMC's Childcare Coordinator for approximately 18 years. She recently retired on September 30, 2018, and passed the reins to Andrew Ponder Williams, Children’s Minister at PVUMC, whose responsibilities include childcare coordination at the church.Join us this Sunday, October 7, after the 9:30 am worship service to say thank you to Kathy at a cake reception hosted by the Pastor/ Staff/ Parish Relations Committee (PSPRC). Thank you, Kathy! 

Community Concert Series Begins
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) announces its 2018-2019 Community Concert Series: Music for Everyone with the first concert scheduled for Friday, October 19: Broadway and Beyond featuring Caelan Creaser, Eric Flyte and Andria Fennig. Enjoy selections from Broadway musicals and operas, both classical and contemporary. See the full line-up on our website.

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PVUMC Preschool on Fall Break
The PVUMC Preschool is on Fall Break October 8-12.
Classes resume on Monday October 15.

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