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 Small Groups – Winter/Spring 2018

This Winter and Spring, continue with the same small group you met with during the fall, or join another. Sometimes, it’s good to make a change. Sometimes, you feel like you’re right where you need to be. Spend some time praying for guidance from God, who will lead you in the right direction. Classes usually meet weekly, twice a month or once a month. The new guidebook was distributed in worship January 14 and 21, 2018. If you need a copy, please stop by the church office, or download a copy here.

Some of the offerings are highlighted below. Some began the week before the guidebook was published, and some begin next week or later. Check the church calendar to see which groups meet when.

The Brown Baggers Bible study group plans to study Adam Hamilton’s book Creed: What Christian Believe and Why. The Friday group meets at 12 noon in G2, the church library. Purchase the book on Amazon for $13.66 (hardback), and don’t forget to use Amazon Smile to benefit the church! Following Creed, the group will begin a 6-week Lenten study, likely following one of the PVUMC recommended studies. Read more about those below. After Easter, they take up one last study (yet to be determined) before summer break in mid-May.


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.

Free, quality childcare is available 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.

Knitting 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 leads this group, which meets though mid-December. Come anytime.

Some of the group members make prayer shawls as part of the Caring Ministry Team. The shawls are blessed in worship, then given to those undergoing cancer treatments as well as to shut-ins.

It’s one more way PVUMC brings God’s love into action.


Bible and Book Studies — NEW and Continuing

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.This group plans to follow one of the Lenten book studies.

NEW: A Bigger Table 
Leaders: Pam and Stu Selthun
Tuesdays, 1/23-3/20/17
6:30-8pm, H5
Pastor John Pavlovitz invites readers to join him on the journey to find or build a church that is big enough for everyone. He asks, “How can we extend unconditional welcome and acceptance in a world increasingly marked by bigotry, fear, and exclusion? This group will study his book,
A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, Hopeful Spiritual Community, and explore LGBT inclusion, gender equality, racial tensions, and global concerns.

NEW: Invitation to the New Testament – Disciple Bible Studies
Mondays, 7-8:30pm, Room H5
January 22 – March 19
Led by Rev. Andrea Andress and Sarah Greenspan
This 8-week study introduces you to the Bible as the primary text of study. Weekly readings provide active participation with small group discussion. We will encourage and enhance Christian discipleship as you hear God speaking to you through scripture and fellow participants. The class will also provide an online live option with the ability to access a link of any class that you might have to miss. An orientation to the study will be available online beginning Sunday, January 7.

NEW: Preparing for and Living with Losses
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)
Wednesdays from 12noon-1:30pm,Room H6
February 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2018
Facilitated by Tina Olson and Kathy-Kramer Howe
Because we care and because we love, we feel losses deeply. Join our 4-week class on grief and feel support with others who are on similar journeys. Content includes the neurobiology of grief and healthy ways to cope. While grief is unique to each of us, it can help to understand models of grieving, for ourselves and others close to us. We’ll discuss documents such as advance directives/living wills, healthcare proxies and different types of insurance. Bereavement communication with others and responding to another’s grief will be explored. Our personal journeys of loss and grief will be shared as we learn what we need when facing losses.

NEW: Hand and Heart Sewing Circle
Last Tuesday of each Month
2/27-4/24/18, 6pm, Room H3
Facilitated by Kathleen Kupper

Bring your sewing machine as we work on projects specifically centered to help, heal and bring joy to others.

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
6:30am, 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 – A Sampling

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, 11am, H5
Jan 7, 21, 28; Feb 4, 11, 25; March 4, 18, 25; April 8, 15, 22, 29
May 6 – Host Mini-Singer Concert with Parents, followed by a picnic 
A class for parents meets on Sunday mornings: Modern Family. There is a companion group — Caring Kids — which meets at the same time in H1. The service-oriented class for kids which features hands-on projects to teach them the value of serving others as a way of living out their faith.


Prayer Groups

Centering Prayer
Leaders: Rev. Andrea Andress and Kathy Kramer-Howe
2nd and 4th Thursdays 
6:15-7:15pm, 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.The class includes a 20-minute prayer practice and discussion surrounding the book, Center Prayer and Inner Awakening.


Health Groups

Yoga for Everyone
Leaders: Mary McGill and Mary Thomson, RYTs, Desert Song
Mondays, 6-7pm, H1
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, 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 in March 2018) 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 once a month on Saturdays, 4:30-6:30pm. Check the Desert Scroll or Looking Ahead for additional packing dates. Email Jim Bateman at jnbateman@aol.com to participate. Include your name, a contact phone number, the number of participants, and the names and emails of those over 18. FMSC.org. Read more.

Habitat for Humanity Build
Saturdays, Feb 17 and April 28, 6:30am-2pm
The Mighty Methodist Coalition has partnered with the East Valley Presbyterian Coalition to build a home for a family of four, who are refugees from Ethiopia. The build began Saturday, January 20, when a few volunteers from each church started framing the first floor walls. PVUMC has been invited to participate on two more Saturdays: February 17 and April 28. February 24 and March 17 are additional possible dates, as well as some work in June. For more information or to participate, please email donald.wall@squirepb.com, Don Wall, chair of the Missions Ministry Team at PVUMC.

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.


Lenten Studies

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Like Advent, the clergy have chosen two books for PVUMC small groups to journey through during this season of repentance and reflection before Easter. Groups may choose to follow one of these recommended books, one of which will be explored on Sundays in worship:
1) Which Way, Lord?: Exploring Your Life’s Purpose in the Journeys of Paul. Cost: $6; Author: Rob Fuquay

God created every person with a desire for meaning and purpose. Many of us wonder, How do we live the purposeful life God intends for each of us? This
6-week, church-wide series is designed to help us consider that big question. The Damascus road experience was not the only event that sent the apostle Paul on his quest. Paul traveled roughly 100,000 miles throughout the Mediterranean world to spread the Good News. When he started, he had no idea how God’s plan for him would take shape. This series helps us unpack our lives alongside Paul’s to find our purpose and passion.

2) Renovate: Building a Life with God. Cost: $10; Author: Jacob Armstrong

Renovating a house can be an exciting and rewarding experience. But the act of renovation can often leave the house in a state of disarray, causing stress and frustration. In the same way, God wants to renovate your life by altering the “old you” and creating a “new you” with an improved heart. It’s not going to be easy, and your life might experience some disarray, but renovating with God is the opportunity of a lifetime.

Please contact the church office, 602.840.8360, to purchase a book for class or personal study. A few groups meet in members’ homes.
Email andrea@pvumc.org for details.


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