July 27, 2018
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
VBC Celebration
VBC Family Night celebrated the 185 VBC children and their families. Singing filled the Fellowship Center and the evening ended with ice cream treats. Our mission project to collect underwear for children at Oasis for Orphans in Kenya was a huge success too, with 1800 pairs of underwear collected and an offering of $1228 received. Thank you!
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

In 1954, Roger Bannister did what no other man had done before when he broke the 4-minute mile barrier. But what was hailed as the greatest achievement in sporting history didn’t happen by accident. Two years earlier, after finishing fourth at the Helsinki Olympic Games in an event he was favored to win, Bannister set a goal to accomplish his remarkable feat.

No doubt Bannister needed repeated encouragement to overcome obstacles while in pursuit of his goal. I know the feeling and am sure you do too. When we’re up against the proverbial wall, encouragement urges us onward. What have been your sources of encouragement? In Philippians 3...



Christopher Wurpts: Local Pastor
On Sunday, Desert Southwest Conference District Superintendent Susan Brims will present Christopher Wurpts with his “license to preach” and announce his appointment to PVUMC by Bishop Robert Hoshibata. As of August 1, 2018 , Christopher will be promoted to Associate Pastor of Modern Worship and Discipleship at PVUMC. In addition to supervising the Ignite worship service, he will be the staff liaison for the Living and Learning, Missions, and Diversity ministry teams. Christopher will also assume various pastoral duties. Congrats, Christopher!
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.

This week's NEW Seven Weeks of Summer Looking Ahead includes an updated calendar from July 29-August 18 as well as highlights of upcoming events and programs during AUGUST and SEPTEMBER.


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.
Congratulations to Sally Hecht and Roanne Wallace on Bishop's Award
This Sunday, at the 9:30 am worship service, we invite you to help us congratulate two PVUMC lay leaders, Roanne Wallace and Sally Hecht. They received the Bishop’s Award for 2018 from Bishop Robert Hoshibata at the Desert Southwest Annual Conference in June. The Bishop shared that the Conference was poised to do something special, but it needed a vision. Wallace and Hecht worked long and hard to help the Conference create the vision to be a courageous church, loving like Jesus,
acting for justice, united in hope. They imparted their wisdom gleaned from their experience as consultants in the corporate world and working tirelessly with the teams. The Bishop honored their service and invited the Conference to greet and thank Wallace and Hecht. This Sunday, the PVUMC congregation has an opportunity to greet and thank them too. Read More
Desert Scroll Changes Announced
The Marketing and Communications Ministry Team conducted a short survey in June to ask you how you receive information from the church, how easy or difficult it is to find information in all the places we share it, and whether or not you subscribe to the weekly From Paradise E-News. Nearly 75 percent of the 110 respondents said they DO subscribe, and that's good news! The Desert Scroll newsletter was among the top five ways you get information, equal to the E-News, also good news. Even so, the church and our team announce that change is coming.
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 .
Wanted: Aides and Assistants
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church Preschool is currently hiring Assistant Teachers and Aides for the 2018-19 school year. The Preschool serves families with children who are 12 months old and steady walkers up through Junior Kindergarten. The Preschool provides a play-based learning environment that equips each child with the knowledge, skills, and values to be a life-long learner.

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Thank You, Volunteers!
Thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time, talents and energy to the 185 children who attended Vacation Bible Camp. A special thanks to our leaders Bethany Taylor and Rev. Brenda Smith, who planned for this incredible week. It was a labor of love! You are all God's love in action!

Job Opening for Part-time Children's Minister
If you love God and children and have a heart for teaching them about Jesus, we invite you to apply for a NEW job opening as the church's Children’s Ministry coordinator. Plan and execute children's programming, including Sunday School and special events during the year (like Vacation Bible Camp and the Easter Carnival), and work to recruit and train volunteers for children’s activities. Contact Rev. Brenda Smith for a job description or download it here. Send your resume and letter of inquiry to brenda@pvumc.org. The new PVUMC Children and Family Ministries brochure outlines all that we do for children and families here at PVUMC. Download it here .

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