The senior high youth returned from their 2015 summer mission trip filled with purpose. Working for a week in a rural area, and serving people who need it tends to make a person appreciate all that they have. It’s humbling.


The 30 participants — 26 students and 4 chaperones — who traveled to Black Mesa, AZ, July 19-24, 2015, for a weeklong mission trip might all say the same thing: it was hard work, but we worked as a team, and we made a difference. We were able to show God’s love to others, in a place where we normally wouldn’t get to see or be. It was worth it. We were God’s love in action.


Click here to see photos from the 2015 senior high mission trip.


PVUMC’s junior high students also had an opportunity to be God’s love in action in San Diego, CA, a place that was familiar to them, but where they were doing things for others. They worked in a food bank all week, and also had an opportunity to make a difference, as well as bond together.


When they are all back at school, PVUMC youth will continue to meet together every week, for Bible study, for discussions, for fun, and for mission work. Students and their families are invited to come to our kick-off event on Sunday, August 16, 5-7 pm in the Fellowship Center. Join us for dinner (free-will donations appreciated), fill out important paperwork, get the year’s schedule, meet other youth and their families, and get excited about growing together as a church family who supports each other and helps others. Be prepared to stay active all year with the group if you plan to go on next year’s mission trip to Peru. Details to come…


The junior high will also have a special opportunity to have a retreat with youth from other UMC churches in the valley, August 28-30, 2015, at Mingus Mountain. Visit to read more and to register. The first 20 to register get a $25 discount off the $95 fee. Scholarships are available.


For all youth programs, contact Christopher Wurpts, youth ministries director,




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