January 4, 2019
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Magi Visit PVUMC
Every year on Epiphany, the 9:30 am Sunday School classes welcome strangers from afar. This year, on Sunday, January 6, 2019, the Magi will visit children ages 2-4th grade in their classes and share their story about how they followed a star to see the newborn king Jesus. They brought gifts, and will have gifts for ALL the children!
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

All around me, people are making resolutions for the new year. One of my friends wants to spend more time with his friends and family. Another wants to focus on their physical health. Still another has decided that 2019 will be the year they finally learn a new language. I’m sure you or someone you know has made similar commitments for the next twelve months.

I love hearing people’s new year resolutions. It’s such an interesting glimpse into someone’s hopes and dreams for themselves. It’s as if they are revealing to us the sort of people they would like to someday be.

Most of the resolutions we make to ourselves (regardless of what time of year it is) are centered around an important theme: how can I improve the quality of my life? How can I find more fulfillment in what I do? How can I further become the person God has created me to be?

Or, put very simply:

How can I be happy? ...

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Sunday Worship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) invites you to worship with us at on Sunday, January 6 at 8, 9:30 or 11 am. Children will welcome some special visitors in their classrooms at 9:30 am. It's Epiphany Sunday, when the Magi or Three Kings travel to see the baby Jesus. They'll have stories and gifts to share with all the children they see. Don't be late, or you may miss them!


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Check our Calendar Online
See the website calendar at pvumc.org/calendar 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 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.
Volunteers Needed for a Habitat for Humanity Home Build January 12
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church and St Matthew’s UMC will join forces on Saturday, January 12, 2019 , to work on the first and second-floor framing of a Habitat for Humanity home at the Tempe Parkview Townhomes. The 3-story, 3-bedroom unit will provide the homeowners and co-builders, the Wodajo family, a safe and affordable place to live. Originally from Ethiopia, this family of five has been in Phoenix for 15 years and owning their own home is a dream come true. To volunteer for this Saturday morning build, or for more information, please email donald.wall@squirepb.com, Don Wall, chair of the Missions Ministry Team at PVUMC. You must be at least 16 years old. Read More
The Search for Happiness
Pick up an invitational jumbo postcard Sunday to invite a friend to join you in "The Search for Happiness" Sundays in January.

The postcard has been sent to more than 5,500 of our neighbors and we'll give them to Preschool parents when they return on January 8, 2019.

January is a time to recharge and reassess your priorities. If you're feeling depleted or burned out, come worship with us and feel God's presence. Learn what it means to be truly contented, have everlasting joy and find meaningful connections.
Donate Food for UMOM
Every first Sunday of the month, you have an opportunity to donate non-perishable food items to give to families served by UMOM New Day Centers, Inc. Items include granola bars, pasta and cereal as well as canned vegetables, soup, meat, fruit and more. Please bag and leave your items in the blue bins at the campus entrances on Sunday morning. Thank you!

Turn Hunger into Hope
Every month, Paradise Valley United Methodist Church offers an opportunity for you to volunteer with Feed My Starving Children. Register to pack meals to send to starving children around the world and know that you are making a difference. You are God's love in action!

Salaam-Chai-Paradise Trifaith Discussions begin January 24
People of all faiths are invited to Salaam-Chai-Paradise’s three-week discussion series: The Abrahamic Faiths: How do we Relate to Each Other? Each session will be hosted at a different venue but begin at the same time and on the same day of the week, with registration at 6:30 pm on three consecutive Thursdays, January 24, January 31 and February 7 .


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Interested in Joining the Church?
If you've been attending PVUMC for a while and are ready to take the next step to become a member of the church, we invite you to join us for the New Member Orientation on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Meet some of our pastors and leaders, learn more about the UMC and how you can participate more fully as a full-fledged member of PVUMC. Childcare is available with a 48-hour reservation. Call the church at 602.840.8360, ext 134 to reserve a spot for your child. The Orientation is from 6:30-8:30 or 9 pm. Read More

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