Explore. Discover. Connect.

PVUMC’s new Journeys small group ministry invites you to travel with others on the pathway to faith. It’s up to you to decide where you’ll go and what path you’ll take to get there. Discover where God is leading you, explore areas of spiritual growth and renewal, and connect with others. Who will your traveling companions be? What will you discover about yourself, your faith, and about those who are journeying with you? Where will you see God and where will God meet you?

Journeys 2.0: Advent Studies

Journeys 2.0 is the next reiteration of Journeys. We’ve eliminated a few classes and added a few more. As Advent approaches, we invite you to review the two Advent books chosen by the clergy and find a group you can journey with through this season of preparation before Christmas. Several are listed in the new Journeys 2.0 guidebook from one of the tour guides on Sunday mornings October 22 and 29 and November 5 and 12 if you want more information on our small groups or download your copy here (NOTE: pagination may not be correct in the pdf version).

Current and new Journeys leaders have an opportunity to lead an Advent study on one of two books recommended by the clergy:
1) Journey to the Manger: Exploring the Birth of Jesus. Cost: $15; Author: Paula Gooder
2) Because of Bethlehem. Cost: $11; Author: Max Lucado.

Journey to the Manger explores the New Testament’s various accounts of the birth of Jesus. Learn about the Old Testament prophecies, Jesus’ genealogy, the angelic announcements, and what Jesus’ birth meant for the powerful and the poor alike. Note: No study guide or DVD. Max Lucado’s book includes a leader’s guide and a class DVD. This study focuses on Jesus’ humanity and the promise that God is always near. Because of Bethlehem reminds us that “everything works together for the good of those who love God” (Romans 8:28).

Journey to the Manger groups include:

  • Susanna Circle – Wednesdays, 9:30AM in the Parlor, A2
  • Home-based study at the home of Senior Pastor Dave and Kim Summers, who are in the 85028 zip code area.
    if you would like to join them, please email pastordave@pvumc.org or kimsummers77@gmail.com 

Because of Bethlehem study groups include:

  • Wesley Sunday School Group – Sundays, 11am in G2
  • Adult Bible Study – Sundays, 8am in A2
  • Mustard Seed Bible Study – Mondays, 9am in F8
  • Pastor’s Bible Study – Wednesdays 10:30am in F8
  • Brown Baggers – Fridays, 12 noon in G2
  • Two home-based studies:
    At the home of Ian and Sarah Quinn in the 85018 zip code, and at the home of Larry and Connie Wittig, in 85050.

    For more information about how to join these groups, please email:
    The Wittigs: msretmusaz@cox.net; retmusaz@cox.net
    or the Quinns: idquinn@me.com; sarahquinn@ymail.com

Please contact the church office to purchase a book for class or personal study. Email andrea@pvumc.org for more information on classes.

Choose your itinerary and go.

Whether Christianity is new to you, or whether you are a lifelong Christian, you’ll find a place where you can walk with others on a spiritual journey. Allow the Holy Spirit to ignite your faith and transform your life as you create community with others. Let Christ shape and enrich your heart, mind, soul and strength, in all the fullness of God’s love and grace.

With so many itineraries to choose from, we’re sure you’ll find at least one place where you can engage with others in a community of faith.

The Gathering

On Sundays, October 8-November 5, you’re invited to the Gathering after the 9:30 am service. If you’re new to the church, and want to learn more about PVUMC’s mission and ministries, join us for Paradise Perk coffee and casual conversation. Allow us to introduce you to others who are involved in ministry at PVUMC, and feel free to ask questions. Come once, or every week through November 5. It’s not a class, simply a meeting place. If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a member of PVUMC, come to the next New Member Orientation class on November 15, 6:30 pm in the church library, G2.

Childcare is available for the orientation and for all of our on-campus offerings. Call 602-840-8360, ext 134, at least 48 hours in advance to make a reservation in our Childcare Center. If you need to cancel, please call the number again, even at the last minute.

Our Mission and Vision

All of the Journeys groups are in line with our mission and vision:

Our Mission: Alive with the Spirit, we bring God’s love into action, by igniting faith, transforming lives and creating community.

Our Vision: Love that crosses all barriers and embraces all people.

No registration is necessary for any of the Journeys groups or classes, unless where noted.

Some of our groups are listed below.

One group, Knit Together, meets Wednesday mornings in the Perk, 9-10:30 am, and invites women to come chat and hang out while knitting, crocheting or working on other crafts.

All ages and levels of ability are welcome, and members are encouraged to help each other. Cassandra Holmes, shown 2nd from the right in this photo, leads this group, which meets though mid-December. Come anytime.

They recently decided to knit and crochet prayer shawls as part of the Caring Ministry Team. The shawls are given to those undergoing cancer treatments as well as to shut-ins. It’s one more way PVUMC brings God’s love into action.

Continuing Bible and Book Studies

Wesley Sunday School Group
Leaders: Kent and Cindy Heltne
Sundays, year-round
11am-12pm, Library, G2
Explore aspects of faith relevant to our lives today through various book studies led by members of the group. Share a covenant relationship with others, lift each other up in prayer, and show love to the least of these in mission and service projects.

NEW: The Great Spiritual Migration:
Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian
Leaders: Pam and Stu Selthun
Mondays, 09/11-/11/13/17
6:30-8pm, H5
Brian McLaren’s book, The Great Spiritual Migration, reveals how to break free of broken religious systems and embrace a new, redemptive vision where love takes center stage. This book study will help you figure out how to love like Jesus by 1) examining the two great commandments to love God and love your neighbors as yourself, 2) by freeing ourselves and our religion from the idea of a violent God and embracing a God who desires peace and finally, 3) by joining others to be God’s love in action.

Financial Peace University
Leaders: Jenn and JP Coughlin
Tuesdays, 9/12-11/14/17 (No Meeting on Halloween)
6-7:30pm, H1
Register for Dave Ramsey’s FPU at www.daveramsey.com/fpu. The $93 fee covers all the materials in this biblically based DVD curriculum that teaches you how to save wisely, manage your money and more. The first class on September 12 is open to everyone. Join us to experience a class and learn more about the program. Free, certified childcare is available with a 48-hour advance reservation by calling 602-840-8360, ext 134. If you need to cancel, even at the last minute, please call the number again.

Pastor’s Bible Study
Leader: Pastor Dave Summers Wednesdays, Sept 2017-May 2017
10:30-11:30am, Fireside Room, F8
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to study the Bible text to be preached on the following Sunday. Led by Pastor Dave Summers or the pastor who is preaching, this class is for all ages of men and women. It’s a great place to meet people. Come a half hour early to share in fellowship.

Men’s Breakfast Bible Study
Leader: Jon Hearn
Thursdays, year-round
7-8am, F5/6
This group brings together men of all ages for a hot, home-cooked breakfast and Bible study. The first time is free. Thereafter, a contribution of $2 is appreciated to help defray the cost of the food. Feed your physical and spiritual hunger all at the same time! Come when you can, as your schedule permits.

PVUMC Book Group
Leader: Cheryl DelMonte
1st Non-Holiday Monday of the month
Year-round, 12:15-1:15pm
Library, G2
Spirited discussion of selected works by various authors, chosen by the group. Check the Looking Ahead, From Paradise E-News and pvumc.org/news for current book selections. The December meeting is the annual Christmas potluck.


Life Stage Groups

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
Leaders: Jenn Coughlin
and Sarah Quinn
2nd and 4th Thursdays
Aug 2017-May 2018
9-11am, H7
MOPS offers support for women who have children age 5 and under. Visit the MOPS website at https://www.mops.org/groups/pvumc to contact the leaders, or come to one of their meetings to see how you can be involved. Be notified of events on the PVUMC MOPS private Facebook group.

Modern Family 
Leader: Erin Zeller 
Sundays, Sept 10-Nov 19
10:45-11:45am, H5
A class for parents meets on Sunday mornings: Modern Family. Join this group for a kick-off lunch on Sunday, August 27 and learn more about their plans for the fall, which include watching and discussing the movie, The Case for Christ, beginning Sunday, September 10.


Prayer Groups

Centering Prayer
Leaders: Rev. Andrea Andress and Kathy Kramer-Howe
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the Month – Sept 13 and 27; Oct 11 and 24, and Nov 8
6:15-7:30pm, H6
Experience the freedom of centering prayer at this monthly class which teaches a method of meditative silence and contemplative prayer as a way to experience God’s presence in us.


Health Groups

Yoga for Everyone
Leaders: Mary McGill and Mary Thomson, RYTs, Desert Song
Mondays, 6-7pm, H1 – Beginning October 2, 2017
Yoga for Everyone, led by registered yoga teachers from Desert Song, offers a free, weekly yoga group practice for all levels. Bring your mat and a towel or blanket, and wear comfortable clothing.



Visit http://arizonaenneagram.org/ to read about and register for Enneagram classes hosted by PVUMC, including the 3rd Thursday of the month AEA (Arizona Enneagram Association) MeetUp, 6:30-8:45pm in H7. Scholarship assistance is available. For more information on classes, workshops and AEA speaker events, please contact Rev. Andrea Andress, 602-840-8360, ext 142, or andrea@pvumc.org.

Lunch Conversations 
Leader: Rev. Andrea Andress
Thursdays, 9/14/17-12/17/17
12-1:15pm, Library, G2
Bring your lunch and join us for discussions offering specific, practical methods for psychological and spiritual growth via the Enneagram. We will present
panels of the nine Enneagram types. Contact Rev. Andrea for a complete schedule.


Missions and Church & Society

The Church & Society Ministry Team hosts civic academies about important issues in our community and works with VIP, Valley Interfaith Project, and other faith communities to encourage civic engagement.

The Missions Ministry Team offers numerous opportunities to join others in serving our community and world throughout the year. Opportunities include international mission trips (like Costa Rica and Guatemala) as well as monthly workdays and seasonal projects for these organizations:

  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Project Cure
  • St Mary’s Food Bank
  • UMOM & Halle Center
  • Wesley Community Center


Feed My Starving Children
Every month, PVUMC has scheduled FMSC packing events at the Mesa Fiesta Building, 1345 S Alma School Road, Mesa, AZ 85210. Join us on Saturday:November 18, 4:30-6:30pm, and check the Desert Scroll or Looking Ahead for date changes or additional packing dates. A special multipack event will be held downtown at the Phoenix Convention Center. PVUMC is an event sponsor and has secured 15 spots for the 3-5 pm time slot on Saturday, December 2. Register for either the November or December event with Jim Bateman. Email him to participate at jnbateman@aol.com. Include your name, a contact phone number, the number of participants, and the names and emails of those over 18. FMSC.org.

Open Dates for UMOM Servers
On the second and fourth Saturdays of every month, PVUMC has opportunities for people to serve dinner to residents at the UMOM facility at 3333 E Van Buren. To offer your gift of service, contact Dave Hepburn at dhepburn@umom.org. To cook and/or serve dinner at UMOM’s Halle Center on the 2nd Thursday of the month, please contact Elaine Heredia, emhere@cox.net.

Monthly Volunteers to Project Cure and St Mary’s Food Bank
PVUMC volunteers serve at these facilities on the second and third Wednesdays of the month, September-May, and at special times during the summer months. For more information, or to be added to the volunteer list, email Tony Book, jimbook73@gmail.com.


Change the World Day

Our largest Journeys missions experience is our “Change the World Day” event on Sunday, November 12. Stay tuned to learn more about the organizations we’ll serve, and how you can sign up to help be Jesus’ hands and feet in our own community.


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