Journeys: 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?

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.

NEW guidebooks will be available in worship on Sunday, September 9 and at the Welcome Center and in the church office after that date. See all the choices, pick up a copy or download it here. [PLEASE NOTE: the downloaded version is approximately 6 MB and may not paginate correctly.]


Journey of Faith: An Introduction

Senior Pastor Dave Summers and his wife, Kim Summers, offer an entry-level class, Journey of Faith: An Introduction. They plan to offer this class on the first three Mondays in October. The class includes an introduction to the Bible and the United Methodist Church, information on how to discover your spiritual gifts, and devotional practices to help you enrich your life of faith and better discern where God may be leading you. Email Pastor Dave if you would like to be added to the list of participants.


Special 4-Week Series on Happiness and The Good Life

Mondays in October, you’re invited to a lecture, video and discussion-based class exploring the nature and meaning of happiness, considered in light of insights of psychology, the scriptures, religious thinkers, and experience. Sessions 1 and 2 on October 1 and 8 will feature invited speakers Dr. Lani Shiota, ASU psychology professor, and Rev. Beth Rambikur, Desert Southwest Conference Director of Connectional Ministries. These two sessions will begin at 6:30 pm in the Chapel. On October 15 and 22, join others for videos and discussions in Room H7.


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

Our Mission: God’s love in action

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 the other small groups are listed below.

One group, 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. No experience is necessary. All ages and levels of ability are welcome, and members are encouraged to help each other. Cassandra Holmes leads this group, which meets year-round. Come anytime.

Childcare is available for all of our on-campus offerings. Call 502-840-8360, 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.

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: Journey Through James
Leaders: Sam and Vicky Rankin
Sundays, Sept 30-Nov 4
9:30-10:30am, Library, G2
A six-week Bible study on the book of James includes Bible study, group discussions, prayer and personal reflection. The class is a way to engage with other parents of tweens and teens before the Ignite contemporary service at 11 am, and for those who have children in Sunday School at 9:30 am.

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
Join spirited discussions of selected works by various authors, chosen by the group. Search “2018 book club” on our website for a current list of books OR email Cheryl DelMonte, 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, Meetings
3rd Thursday, Book Club
Aug 23-May 9
9-11am, G2
MOPS offers support for women who have children age 5 and under. Visit the MOPS website at 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.


Prayer Groups

Centering Prayer
Leaders: Rev. Andrea Andress and Kathy Kramer-Howe
2nd and 4th Wednesdays 
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, year-round
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 to read about and register for Enneagram classes hosted by PVUMC, including the 3rd Thursday of the month AEA (Arizona Enneagram Association) MeetUp. For more information on classes, workshops and AEA speaker events, please contact Rev. Andrea Andress until the end of October, 602.840.8360, ext 142, or


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 the following 3rd Saturdays this fall: September 15, October 20, and November 17, 4:30-6:30 pm. On Saturday, December 1, the church will participate in the Hope-filled Holiday MobilePack at the Phoenix Convention Center. Mark your calendar to join us!

See the Desert Scroll or Looking Ahead for date changes or additional packing dates. Register to participate by emailing Debbie Doran,  Include your name, a contact phone number, the number of participants, and the names and emails of those over 18.

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 David Hepburn, To cook and/or serve dinner at UMOM’s Halle Center on the 2nd Thursday of the month, please contact Elaine Heredia,

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,

UMOM Walk for Homeless Families with Team PVUMC
Saturday, September 22, 2018

6:30am Registration/8am Walk, The Phoenix Zoo
Join Team PVUMC-Love in Action and help raise money to support UMOM and the homeless families the organization serves. Read more at or visit to join Team PVUMC.


Change the World Day

Our largest Journeys missions experience is our “Change the World Day” event on Sunday, November 11. 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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