Thank You for Making our Fundraising a Success

On Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018, Paradise Valley United Methodist Church hosted the annual Youth Mission Dinner and Auction Fundraiser.

Soon after the event, Youth Ministries Director Christopher Wurpts reported that the Youth Mission Dinner and Auction “was one of our most successful” events. Approximately $13,500 was raised that night, despite fewer attendees from previous years and fewer auction items.

“Combined with Sam Henderson’s very successful Red Envelope Fundraiser, which raised $3,300, we’re right at $16,700 for this season of fundraising,” Christopher reported. Dani Wiggs, who coordinated the auction, also took photos that evening. See them on SmugMug. Thank you for supporting youth missions and ministry!


2018 Youth Mission Trip to Houston: Hurricane Harvey Relief

Students who plan to go on the 2018 Senior High Mission Trip to Houston, TX, July 22-27, 2018, need to register ASAP.

Email Christopher for the registration link.

To pay for the mission trip online, visit GIVE NOW, choose “missions” and type “senior high mission trip registration for NAME” in the comments section. Alternately, you may write a check to “PVUMC” and indicate Sr High Mission Trip Registration on the memo line. The cost is $450/student.

Read more about the trip below, or visit

The 2018 Senior High Mission Trip to Houston, TX, July 22-27, 2018, will assist with hurricane relief, which has been ongoing after Hurricane Harvey smashed into the coast of Texas in late August 2017. The mission trip to the Houston area will focus on helping families whose homes have been flooded and left for ruin following one of the largest natural disasters in the U.S. since Hurricane Katrina. This is a construction/manual labor-focused mission trip. We will be gutting homes, cleaning, framing, drywall work and more. This is an incredible opportunity for people to mobilize to help their neighbors in a time of great need when much of people once knew has been covered with flood waters and swept away.

We will be partnering with Experience Mission, a missions organization that works with local leaders to identify authentic needs within the surrounding community. We’ve worked with Experience Mission during our 2015 trip to Black Mesa, Arizona, and we found them to be a solid organization to work with.

Due to the cost of airfare and the high cost of construction materials, this year’s mission trip registration cost will be $450/person. Adults who wish to come with us will pay a higher fee. Please contact Christopher Wurpts, youth ministry director, if you are interested in participating.

This year, we expect more than 25 senior high youth in grades 8-12 to participate in the senior high mission trip.

For more information, visit

Watch this video from our partner, Experience Mission:

Proceeds raised at the Youth Mission Dinner and Auction will be used for youth mission and outreach events, like this mission trip, as well as for our 2018 Youth Choir Tour to Las Vegas, where the group will share their gift of music at Advent UMC and with other organizations in the area. Contact Ashley Snavley for more information about the youth choir tour.

The junior high also has planned a camp program in Glorieta, NM this summer. Contact Sam Henderson for more information about Squad 57, our middle school program.

For more information, or to donate an item, please contact:
Christopher Wurpts, Youth Ministries Director
712-348-3791 (cell); 602-840-8360, ext 147 (office)


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