January 11, 2019
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Turn Hunger into Hope with FMSC
Looking for something for the whole family to do to make a difference in the world? Join PVUMC for a monthly meal packing event at the Feed My Starving Children warehouse, Mesa Fiesta Building,
1345 South Alma School Road,
Mesa, AZ 85210. We have filled all the slots for Saturday, January 19, 2019, but you can sign up for the February or March event NOW! Children as young as five can help when accompanied by a caregiver. Register by emailing Debbie Doran and read more about the organization and events on our website.
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

Happiness is important to all of us. I imagine we’ll spend a good portion of our lives pursuing what can make us happy. I also know that the vision of happiness varies for each of us. I am living the joy right now of being a new grandfather. It has been wonderful to celebrate the birth of the newest member of our family. Yet we also live in a world that pushes us to purchase our happiness every day. There is the old adage, that money cannot buy happiness, but you wouldn’t know that from looking at the advertising that fills our screens. We often spend a great deal of money trying to find a more meaningful and joyous life.

Fortunately, our faith speaks to finding lasting happiness for us, especially given life’s ups and down. Many biblical characters reflected on finding the help and joy of faith even when life was testing them. In our own search...

Double Your Impact with the PVUMC Matching Gift Challenge
PVUMC has a 2018-2019 faith budget of $194,000 to fill over and above normal giving and we need your help to close the gap. A church member has generously offered to match up to $55,000 of faith budget contributions made during the fiscal year to make this goal more achievable. Please consider making a special gift now.
Sunday Worship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) invites you to worship with us at on Sunday, January 13 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, the Desert Scroll newsletter and E-News are available online at our website.

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
Trotters Wake Community Concert
Mark your calendar to join us for the first PVUMC Community Concert of the new year: Trotters Wake! This seven-piece acoustic Irish band breathes new life into traditional Irish music with their unique blend of vocals and lively mix of new and old Irish songs. Instrumentation includes guitar/mandolin, electric or upright bass, fiddle, banjo, keyboard, bodhran (Irish hand drum), and vocals. From rebel songs to ballads to traditional instrumental tunes and even a few pub tunes, Trotters Wake offers a new look at Celtic music.

As with all the community concerts at the church, there are no tickets or fees. Registration is FREE on Eventbrite. Donations are gratefully accepted at the event on Friday, February 1, 2019.

NEXT Monday: MLK Jr Holiday
The church office and campus will be officially closed on Monday, January 21 in observance of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday. That's also the day the PVUMC youth will be returning from Mingus Mountain Camp and Retreat Center for "Well Loved," the Youth Winter Retreat. Please keep them in your prayers!

Salaam-Chai-Paradise Trifaith Discussions begin January 24
People of all faiths are invited to Salaam-Chai-Paradise’s three-week discussion series hosted at a different venue each week, Thursday evenings, January 24, January 31 and February 7. It's an opportunity to get to know your Abrahamic siblings better.


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