Squad 57 is the newest addition to our youth ministry programs, and has the youngest members. The participants are tweens, or 5th-7th grade students, who are led by Sam Henderson, coordinator of the program.


As part of the new spring program, Squad 57 will launch monthly small Guys and Girls Meetups on Sunday evenings. Like VIBE, the groups will meet 5-6:30 pm, with the Guys Meetup on the first Sunday night of every month and the Girls Meetup on the second Sunday. Text or call Sam at 480.773.4009 or email him at shenderson@pvumc.org for details. Check the church calendar for dates.


The group meets most Sunday mornings at 9:30 am.


The group has also announced its summer mission trip to Tucson, AZ, July 2-7, 2017.


Junior High Mission Trip

Students in grades 5-7 are invited to go to Tucson, AZ, July 2-7, 2017, where they will be working with Praying Pelican Missions and the homeless community in southern AZ. This is a change from the previously published Cortez, CO summer mission trip.

Here’s what you need to know:

-Participants leave on Sunda, July 2 and arrive back on Friday, July 7.

-The cost of the trip is $250/kid. This is greatly reduced because of the money we raise during the annual Mission Dinner, this year on February 26th. Mark your Calendars! It’s a night of fun music, food, and auctioned items!!

-Praying Pelican is a strong organization spanning over 30 countries and over 20 locations in the United States alone. The junior high worked with them last year on the PVUMC Navajo Reservation mission trip, and the Sr. High will work with them in San Francisco this summer.

-Tucson is only two hours away by car, and we will be renting vans to drive down there.

-We will be staying in the local church (so no tents in the middle of the desert; sorry for those who heard the awesome stories of dust storms during last summer’s mission trip and were looking forward to that…) Bring your sleeping bag!

-We will be working with the local homeless community, and a few side projects wherever we are needed, such as visiting an animal shelter or handing out flyers for the local church.


Why Go?

Mission Trips are a way to make a big difference in a world that needs it. Here’s what Sam says:

“Many of you know I’ve spent quite a bit of time abroad doing mission-type work. The biggest thing I took back wasn’t the satisfaction of helping someone else, and it’s not why I continued to travel and help. It’s a little self-centered to go and help people and do mission trips because it makes you feel good and feel like a good person. Now I’m not saying that’s a bad reason to go back on missions! We are humans and God wired us to feel good when we help people because we are all His children and need to support and love each other. That’s natural. I’m just saying a “good feeling” shouldn’t be the only reason to go on a mission trip. I continued my travels because I had the opportunity to grow and to learn myself. I helped others and felt good, yes, but I also left more challenged with who I was and had a lot more questions I could talk to God about. I love to learn about people around the world, and I only found out I loved that by going out and doing that. We can learn a lot more about ourselves in someone else’s neighborhood than we can in our own. I don’t see that as selfish because God wants us to be true to ourselves, which sometimes only comes out when the comfort zone of our own world goes away. That’s why I’m passionate about bringing your kids on this mission trip. It’s a time, for some of them – the first time – to get out of this world and enter another one, and to learn about the power God buried deep inside of them. This is an age of growth and learning, why not feed it with growth and learning opportunities?”



The Senior High Mission Trip to San Francisco July 21-28, 2017, will also be with Praying Pelican Missions. Please contact Sam Henderson, shenderson@pvumc.org, for more information about the Tucson trip or Christopher Wurpts, christopher@pvumc.org, PVUMC youth ministries director, for more information about the San Francisco trip.


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