Our story is God’s story. It’s a story of faith working through PVUMC from our founding in 1960 until now.
Even as our New Year’s resolutions may be fading, we see God moving us forward, giving us the strength to be God’s love in action in our community and world.
On Sunday, January 27, 2019, we kick off our giving campaign for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Next year, we’ll celebrate 60 years as a church in Paradise Valley, AZ. What a year for rejoicing that will be! Given our history, it seems a fitting time to look through the lens of God’s faithfulness to us over the years and pray for discernment about how we will give to further God’s kingdom through our ministries now and in the years to come.
The first Sunday of the campaign will look at how we’ve experienced God’s presence since the very beginning of our founding in 1960. We look with gratitude to our past and founding and see a bridge to our present ministries that touch and transform lives. Our future and God’s vision for our church inspire our hope and give us the strength to do all that God asks of us.
If you enjoy history, you’ll enjoy seeing how our church and congregation have ebbed and flowed through the years. We’ve launched new ministries like Open Table and built several new buildings after the chapel was erected in 1964.
We’ve experienced times that brought us together and times that were more challenging.
We’ve taken risks, and succeeded with God’s faithful direction.
The legacy we will leave for future generations depends on our ability to continue to follow God’s will and our commitment to fund our present and future mission to be God’s love in action.
Each Sunday during our exploration of how we are God’s Love in Action: Past, Present, and Future will include videos and stories of past members, including Charter Members, as well as perspectives from newer members. We’ll even take time in worship to ask YOU what you think about the church and where you see our ministry years from now.
In 2010, we published a 50th anniversary book and video, and we’ll share some of that material with you.
Beginning January 27, 2019, we at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church will remember the past and focus on scripture from Hebrews 11 and 12. Pastor Dave says, “I’ll always remember a church member who told me, ‘Every church I’ve ever joined was started and built by people who came before me.'” They were grateful and it’s our gratitude that inspires our giving.
Think about the following questions:
- What was the most challenging time for you in your history at PVUMC
- How did the church help you?
- When did you feel the most engaged at church?
- Why do you think that was?
- How has PVUMC helped you mature your faith?
- Has it changed the way you give and how much you give?
Week 2 (Feb 3) will focus on the present and on parables that Jesus told, particularly the one about The Sower, Matthew 13:1-23. We’ll take an honest look at where we are now and ask the following:
- How do you best connect with others at PVUMC?
- How do you experience God’s love here now?
- Where are you on your faith journey?
Here and now we have an opportunity to grow and attract others to our ministry. How do we plant seeds that will take root and grow? How will PVUMC continue to be “a light upon the mountains,” harkening back to the church’s theme song?
Week 3 (Feb 10): In the final week of the series, we focus on the future and the Parable of the Talents, Matthew 25:14-30. The Great Commission in Matthew 28 says we are to “Go into all the world and make disciples…”
How are we to continue to follow God’s call? Will you help us reach others and grow what God has given us?
God is forever faithful, in the past, present, and future. If we trust God, and if we commit to giving to our church in the hope that we will grow and thrive in the years to come with God leading the way, we have every hope we’ll make more disciples.
Join us in January and February as we continue to write our story, co-authored by God.
On Sunday, February 17 and 24, you’re invited to pledge your support to the church by turning in your pledge card or pledging online.
The question of generosity was raised by the psalmist, who wrote: “How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me?” (Psalm 116:12, NIV). We can only find the answer in our hearts. Nothing we have is too big or grand to offer to God. No gift is too small if it represents our generous hearts, given in thoughtful prayer and sacrifice. We pray you will make it your personal goal to grow this year in your giving.
Thank you for your generous gifts to Paradise Valley United Methodist Church. Together, we are God’s love in action!