May 25, 2018
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Family Sunday
Sunday, May 28 is a Family Sunday, when families are encouraged to worship together. We'll have praise bags at the door for every child and childcare for children under age 5. Even though it's a holiday weekend, we are open for worship at 8, 9:30 and 11 am! Serendipities, the gift shop, will be open too, but not the Paradise Perk because our volunteer manager is chaperoning the youth choir tour to Vegas!
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

United Methodists were truly methodical from the very beginning. The denomination started as a small group of college students at Oxford University who wanted a stronger life of faith. They met weekly to challenge one another in pursuit of this goal. They began to meet several times a week, then daily. When John Wesley, who was a part of the initial group, began his revival movement and large crowds came to hear him preach he wanted a way for people to step into a life of faith, not simply hear a good sermon and then go home. Wesley began his class meetings with 10-12 new Methodists gathering each week. Their purpose was to intentionally build a life in God. The experience was positively transformative. Lives were changed. People’s problems, sins and bad behavior were addressed. Those struggling were helped. So how does all that happen for you, building a life in God? I think it is a bit different for each of us, but God invites...


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Youth Choir Goes on Tour
Thank you to everyone who came to the Youth Choir Bon Voyage concert last Sunday. They appreciate your support, and cherish your prayers while they are on choir tour. The group leaves for its Las Vegas tour early tomorrow morning. The weekend tour includes two stops to sing at nursing homes as well as leading worship at Rev. Eve Williams' church, Advent UMC.
Sunday Worship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) invites you to worship with us at 8, 9:30 or 11 am. It's Family Sunday, when we invite you to worship together in lieu of classes. Childcare is available for children 6 weeks-36 months.

Download your bulletins and Looking Ahead below, or read them online.

At the 9:30 am service, we'll celebrate four baptisms, children of families who came to Christ through the Open Table program. Come celebrate with us!

Looking Ahead (announcements, weekly calendar and prayers of intercession)


Prayer Requests
 Submit prayer requests using our online request form or call the church office at 602.840.8360. Your request will be shared with our 200+ list of prayer warriors on email and listed in the bulletin if you desire. If you haven't been receiving prayers, and are already on the prayer team list, please make sure you add " prayer@pvumc.org" to your safe sender and recipient lists. To make sure the E-News lands in your inbox, add " paradisevalleyumc@gmail.com" to your email list of safe recipients.
Summer Sundays, Vacation Bible Camp and Sportball
Vacation Bible Camp, Rolling River Rampage: Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God , July 16-20, 2018 , 9 am – 12 noon, will be here before you know it! If you can volunteer to lead a class, help with decorating, or assist in any way, please email Rev. Brenda Smith, brenda@pvumc.org OR Bethany Taylor, VBC chair, bethany_taylor@hotmail.com . NEW this year is an afternoon sports camp, Sportball, which extends the day until 3:30 pm.


Summer Sundays begin June 3. Can you volunteer to teach one Sunday? Read more
VIP Civic Academy: Invest in Ed
The Church and Society Ministry Team has partnered with VIP (Valley Interfaith Project) to present a Civic Academy on Education in Arizona Thursday, May 31 at 6:30 pm in the church Fellowship Center. Find out where we go from here after the #RedforEd teacher-led movement gave the Governor and legislature incentive to enact salary raises and the Invest in Education Act, which may provide funding for this effort. The community is welcome.
PVUMC Summer Worship Schedule
PVUMC has announced a new summer schedule. The 8 and 9:30 am traditional services will combine for the summer, meeting in the sanctuary at 9:30 am July 1 through September 2. The 8 am service returns to the chapel on September 9. Read More
Silent March and Film Screening for Gun Violence Awareness Day
Our hearts are heavy with grief for victims of gun violence and we pray for a more peaceful world. PVUMC is a church who is "Alive with the Spirit, we bring God's love into action, igniting faith, transforming lives and creating community." As such, we're joining the Silent March on June 2, 2018, National Gun Violence Awareness Day. In addition, the Church and Society Ministry Team invites you to a film screening on May 30, which highlights the connection between school shootings and bullying . Read More

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Summer Camp and Youth Missions
We encourage our youth to volunteer at Vacation Bible Camp the week BEFORE the 2018 Senior High Mission Trip to Houston, TX, July 22-27, 2018, and at Mingus Mountain elementary camps. There are also camps for junior and senior high youth. Read more about the summer camps via the Desert Southwest Conference and register today.

Children's Summer Camp Brochure
Access the PVUMC Summer Camps brochure on our website and use the interactive links to register for VBC, Mingus Camp, and get information about Imagine That! Summer Camp, which meets on our campus, May 29-July 5.

Serendipities
The church gift shop will be open through Father's Day on Sundays, 9-11 am. During May, 30 percent of the proceeds will go toward Mingus Camp scholarships.

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