August 17, 2018
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Children and Youth Kickoff Sunday
Last week, we offered a special Back-to-School blessing for all our teachers and students. This Sunday, we welcome new and returning Sunday School teachers for another year of classes at PVUMC. Classrooms are posted on the sandwich board signs on campus and on the bulletin boards. Find your child's class and meet your teachers!
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

I often hear people say that they want to bust out of their routines and try something new and different. Usually it’s because we recognize our lives have fallen into some sort of rut, and the thought of trying a new restaurant or vacation spot or workout regime would add some spice to our everyday existence. We might be tempted to view our routines as boring and mundane.

Now, don’t get me wrong: I’m all about trying new things, and sometimes doing something new helps offer fresh perspective and energy to our lives. But there is also something incredibly valuable about relying on the healthy routines we have in our lives – after all, when we have an established routine, we don’t have to spend a lot of energy planning our next steps. Making a brand new recipe is fun, but sometimes all we want...


Sam Henderson: Youth Minister
When Christopher Wurpts was promoted to local pastor, Squad 57 Coordinator Sam Henderson was promoted to PVUMC's new part-time Youth Minister. Come meet Sam and Rachel Smith, new youth ministries assistant and Squad 57 leader, on Sunday, April 19 at the annual Youth Fall Kickoff at 11 am in the Fellowship Center. We'll serve a light lunch and give you all the info and paperwork you need for the new year. Students in 5th-12th grades and their families are invited. Friends welcome!
Sunday Worship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) invites you to worship with us this summer at 9:30 am in the sanctuary and at 11 am in the chapel. Download the 9:30 am bulletin here. The Ignite service at 11 am is bulletin-free!

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, read it on the website or download it here. 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.


Regular Sunday School begins this week, but please note that Sunday, September 2 on Labor Day weekend is a Family Sunday, when we invite you to worship in lieu of Sunday School classes.

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.
Thank You, Volunteer Teachers!
We're excited to begin a new year of Sunday School and children's ministry at PVUMC and need your prayers and participation for it to be a success. Thank you to all our new and returning Sunday School teachers, and to all the parents who entrust us with your children for an hour each week. We are still looking for a few preschool teachers or parents to be able to offer weekly classes for this age group at 9:30 am. If you love children and want to teach, please pray about how you can serve.
Celebrate International Missions
Please join Guatemala Medical Mission and Costa Rica Mission team members for a celebration of PVUMC international missions and its international mission partners in Guatemala and Costa Rica -- Salud y Paz and Hogar Metodista. The luncheon and celebration on Sunday, September 9 at 12:30 pm in the Fellowship Center will feature a Latin-inspired meal of pulled pork, rice and beans, salad, and dessert and a special guest from Hogar Metodista, Costa Rica. No tickets are necessary, but RSVPs will be taken following worship on August 19 and 26 as well as on September 2.
Job Opening: Children's Minister
The church seeks a part-time Children's Minister to oversee the childcare ministry, work with the Children’s Ministry Team to plan and lead Sunday School and coordinate special events like Vacation Bible Camp and the Easter Carnival. You will be expected to recruit and train volunteers for children's ministry programs. Contact Rev. Brenda Smith , 602.840.8360, ext 141, for a job description and/or to submit your resume or visit our website .
9/11 Multi-Faith Food Drive
The Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona (ISBA) and partnering organizations, including PVUMC, are organizing a multi-faith food drive for the 7th consecutive year. This event has demonstrated that the same spirit that drove the first responders and others to care for complete strangers on 9/11, is still alive by uniting people of all faiths to provide food for the most needy in our communities. Please donate on September 2 and on September 9.
You're Invited to Civic Academy and Meet the Candidates Events
On Monday, August 20, 2018 , VIP (Valley Interfaith Project) and the AZ Interfaith Network will have a campaign strategy session to prepare for an upcoming Civic Academy on the Invest in Education ballot measure Tuesday, September 11 at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Center. The strategy session will also be at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Center along with a Meet the Candidates session on September 20 . Mark your calendars!


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Teacher Orientation August 11 and Back-to-School Kick-offs August 19
Check your Looking Ahead bulletin insert for a handy list of dates with all our Back-to-School activities for children this August. THIS Sunday is our Back-to-School Blessing and the last day of Summer Sunday classes. On Sunday, August 19, our regular children's classes begin at 9:30 am If you are interested in teaching a children's class, preschool to 4th grade, please come to the Teacher Orientation on August 11. Email Rev. Brenda Smith to learn more.

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