2018 Youth Mission Trip to Houston: Hurricane Harvey Relief

Paradise Valley United Methodist Church will send 22 high school students on the 2018 Senior High Mission Trip to Houston, TX, July 22-27, 2018. Please keep the team of 32 participants in your prayers.

Everyone should have paid their registration fee by now, but if not, you may 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. Donations are always welcome too!

Read more about the trip below, or visit https://www.pvumcyouthmissiontrip.com/.

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 what 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.

The senior high youth in grades 8-12 participate in the senior high mission trip. Separate activities are planned for younger youth in the Squad 57 program.

Senior Pastor Dave Summers, who will be working with the youth for two days during their mission trip, will offer a blessing for the youth mission team in worship on Sunday, July 15 at the beginning of the 9:30 am worship service. If you are going on the trip as an adult or youth participant/chaperone/leader, please come to the sanctuary at 9:15 am to receive instructions. After the worship service, we’ll have a mandatory team meeting in the Fellowship Center at 10:40 am. Grab a treat or cup of coffee or tea from the Perk (remember, your purchases support youth missions) and join us right after the service.

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 shared their gift of music at Advent UMC and with other organizations in the area in May, 2018.

The junior high also attended a camp program in Glorieta, NM this summer.

Youth Ministry Staff Changes Announced

As of August 1, 2018, Christopher Wurpts will be the Associate Pastor of Modern Worship and Discipleship at PVUMC. In addition to supervising the Ignite worship service, he will be the staff liaison for the Living and Learning, Missions, and Diversity ministry teams. Christopher will also have various pastoral duties added to his plate. He will continue to oversee the youth ministry program, though he will not be directly involved in its day-to-day operation.

Instead, Sam Henderson, who has been promoted from the Squad 57 Director to the position of Youth Minister, effective July 5, 2018, will oversee the day-to-day operations of the youth ministry program, primarily focusing on the senior high students (grades 8-12).

Rachel Smith has been also be hired on to be the Youth Ministries Assistant, effective July 5, 2018. She will be working with Sam throughout the youth ministry program, but her primary focus will be on the Squad 57 program.

Both Sam and Rachel have proven themselves to be capable, passionate youth leaders within our church throughout the last two years. This promotion for both of them seemed like a natural fit, and their skills and talents are just what our young people need at this time. I am excited for what God has in store for this program.

An e-mail was released this week to parents and students in our youth ministry program to notify them of these changes. It was included in the July 13, 2018 From Paradise Enews, and will be announced in the August/September 2018 issue of the Desert Scroll, which is also in transition. Look for less printed copies and less pages with this next issue. A formal announcement will be made in front of the congregation on Sunday, August 12, a week before our kick-off Sunday, and on Sunday, July 29, Desert Southwest Conference District Superintendent Susan Brims will present Christopher with his “license to preach” and announce his appointment to PVUMC by Bishop Robert Hoshibata. Join us that Sunday at 9:30 am, when we’ll also recognize Sally Hecht and Roanne Wallace for receiving the Bishop’s Award at this past Annual Conference as well as recognize and bless our church leaders.

Dave Henderson will share the message at 9:30 am and Ignite worship, “The State of the Church.”

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments about the youth staff transitions or the youth mission trip to Houston.

Christopher J.C. Wurpts
Director of Youth Ministries
Office: 602-840-8360 Ext 147
Cell: 712-348-3791

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