Mingus Mountain All Church Camp–10th Anniversary!

The Fountains members are invited to our annual All Church Camp the first weekend in May. It is the 10th anniversary of this event, and all are encouraged to come to the celebration. Check out the links below for more information and details for registration.

Click HERE for a copy of the registration form.

Click HERE for a copy of the brochure.

Passover Seder April 11th


Members and friends of The Fountains are invited to “Pray Well With Others” by participating in our partner congregation’s Second Night Passover Seder. Join members of Beth Hagivot on Tuesday, April 11th at 6:30 PM at Fountain View Village for the ritual meal, fellowship, and a delicious dinner.

Cost is $40 per person. Deadline is THIS WEEK! 

Just CLICK “SEDER RESERVATION 2017″ below to download and print the reservation form. Select from three entrées: brisket, chicken, or salmon. Please send checks and entrée choice(s) to:

Congregation Beth Hagivot
P.O. 19498
Fountain Hills, AZ 85269

Food Drive
As is Beth Hagivot’s tradition, please bring donations of non-perishable and canned goods for the Extended Hands Food Bank. Their truck will be at Fountain View village at 6 PM.

Seder Reservation 2017

Registration Now Available for 1MISSION BUILD, November 2017

Have you been wishing you could do something that really ‘makes a difference’ in someone’s life? Do you want to experience making that difference and actually seeing the results??

The answer for you just may be joining a 1MISSION Build Team, traveling to Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) and building a home in 2 1/2 days.

The 1MISSION BUILD Team is recruiting new members to join the expedition to Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico, November 16-19, 2017. The Team will depart Fountain Hills about noon on Thursday, November 16 and return Sunday evening, November 19. While in Puerto Penasco, they will participate with a group of about 20  in building a new home with a family who has earned it by helping other families build their homes.

1MISSION has sponsored the build of over 500 homes in the past decade. Locations include Puerto Penasco, Nicaragua and El Salvador. The 11×24′ homes go up in two and a half days. That’s right! One of the teary-eyed joys of this trip is handing the keys to the family at noon on Sunday.

Those considering this trip will need the following

  • United States passport
  • $260 registration fee (scholarships are available)
  • $15 Bunkhouse fee (where you sleep)
  • a willingness to face the experience of a lifetime, and say ‘Yes!’

Meals are provided with the exception of Thursday evening when the group typically goes into town to have the famous chicken dinners at Pollo Lucas. A Fiesta is held on Saturday night at Base Camp in which the family receiving their new home is invited, as well as other families enrolled in the program.

1MISSION Base Camp is located about eight miles north of Puerto Penasco. It is a renovated RV park, with about 30 RV sites still operational. Transportation is provided to and from Camp each day.

Once registered, participants will receive all the information they need to enjoy this highly rewarding experience. For further information and answers to your questions, contact Sharon Shaw Elrod–sharelrod43@gmail.com



Help Send Youth to SSP This Summer!

Please help send our students on a life-changing week with Sierra Service Project! Your donation will help send our teens to San Diego for 1 week to do light construction projects in the City Heights area, environmental restoration projects, and a visitation to Friendship Park in Tiajuana, Mexico.  https://www.gofundme.com/sierra-service-project-trip

ICE Asks The Desert Southwest Conference for Help

United Methodists are rallying together to respond with love to a request for help from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office. ICE has asked for help with temporary housing and transportation for immigrant families. Most of the families are from Central America and are in the United States as Refugee or Asylum immigrants. They have cleared background checks and customs. This coordinated response by our Desert Southwest Conference is called “The Inn Project.”

Two United Methodist churches in Tucson are providing safe temporary lodgings for families for approximately 5-24 hours and in some cases 2-3 days. The churches are also providing meals, hygiene and bedding necessities, warm clothing, and other miscellaneous travel needs. When contact with the refugee’s extended family is secured, churches are coordinating transportation for the refugees to join their families.

CLICK HERE  to find out how you can help.ICEblog

1Mission Build February, 2017

Six members of The Fountains journeyed to Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point), Mexico, in February for another 1Mission Build over a weekend. It was another amazing 2 1/2 day Build for the Gonzales-Garcia Family, Mom, Dad and three children ages 4, 8, and 14. The new addition was two bedrooms for the two elder youngsters, who had been sleeping on the floor in their existing home.

Larry and Pat Presley-Spade, Steve and Debi Metro, Scott Rastatter and Sharon Shaw Elrod made the trip. When they arrived, they discovered this family needed beds to sleep in, so in addition to building the 12′ x 24′ structure, they went to the local Bodega and bought two beds and bedding for the new rooms. The family was tearfully overjoyed with the gifts… and The Fountains members participating felt a sense of joy and gratitude for the privilege of helping this family.

The next Build will be in the fall. All Fountains members who are interested in joining the expedition may contact Sharon (sharelrod43@gmail.com) for more information.

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JUDITH the Subject of next “Uppity Women” Sessions

Uppity Women class at The Fountains, 2017

“Uppity Women of the Bible,” a DVD series featuring Hebrew Bible professor Dr. Lisa Wolfe, will be the continued focus of Wednesday morning Bible study at The Fountains. Beginning Wednesday, March 15th at 10am and continuing through April 26th, the focus of the next six sessions will be on the book of Judith, a fascinating examination of an Uppity Woman who took things into her own hands (including the head of a brutal warrior chief).

The story of Judith, a book from the Koine Greek version of the Hebrew Old Testament, reads like a historical novel rife with warfare, lust, espionage and intrigue. Posing provocative questions along the way, this six-session series will take participants from a mythological battlefield and a besieged city into the studio and psyche of the Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi.

Our guide to Judith is Dr. Lisa Wolfe, a self-described Bible Nerd, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Professor of Hebrew Bible at Oklahoma City University, and the author of Ruth, Esther, Song of Songs, and Judith (Wipf and Stock, 2011). Dr. Wolfe’s style is a refreshing balance of careful scholarship and a genuine love for the story of this amazing woman. Facilitated by Pastor David Felten, you’re invited to enter into lively, thoughtful discussion that sheds light on timeless and contemporary issues.

Suggested tuition for this six (6) week module is $20. Email or call the office (480.837.7627) to sign up. Those who sign up ahead will receive a participant guide via email or mail so they can prepare for the first session. The Fountains is located at 15300 N Fountain Hills Blvd. in Fountain Hills. For more information, visit www.THATchurch.info or 480.837.7627.

“Judith Beheading Holofernes” by Artemisia Gentileschi


  • March 15th: The Real King Antiochus
  • March 22nd: Besieged
  • March 29th: BREAK
  • April 5th: Judith’s Plan
  • April 12th: An Unlikely Hero
  • April 19th: Piety and Violence
  • April 26th: The Art of Artemisia

Annual “Evolution Sunday” Celebrates Darwin’s Birthday

Ape & skullHundreds of congregations across the country and around the world are marking Sunday, February 12th (International Darwin Day), as a day to reflect on what it means to balance a religious world view with the knowledge gained from scientific progress. The Fountains’ annual celebration of Evolution Sunday will include Evolution-themed messages at both the 9am and 11:15 services and a special presentation by Dr. Vern Meyer at 6 pm. Back by popular demand, Dr. Meyer will discuss Elizabeth Johnson’s book, Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love. The 6pm presentation is free (donations will be accepted).

Why Evolution Sunday? As our national dialogue becomes bogged down in “fake news” and the discrediting of scientific objectivity, it’s all the more important to declare one’s commitment to rational thought and evidence-based reality. Also, Evolution Sunday helps spread the word that the United Methodist denomination officially endorses evolution, especially to the growing number of young people who have stopped attending church because they consider Christianity to be “anti-science.” The United Methodist Book of Discipline not only states that “science’s descriptions of cosmological, geological and biological evolution are not in conflict with theology” but also encourages United Methodists to actively work to oppose “faith based theories such as creationism or intelligent design” in public school science curriculums.

“Those that cling to a literal reading of the Creation stories practice a very narrow ideology of the Bible that shows disrespect to both the Bible and science,” says Pastor David Felten, a signer of The Clergy Letter Project. “Denying evolution demands the rejection of both reason and experience — two important guidelines our founder, John Wesley, urged all Methodists to bring to bear in both their faith and life.”

Every day, new scientific discoveries are creating amazing opportunities to learn and grow and make the world a better place. Evolution Sunday is a day to affirm the work of the Spirit in the process of evolution and embrace the diversity and complexity of life as a gift of God.

The Fountains is located at 15300 N Fountain Hills Blvd. in Fountain Hills. Services are on Sunday at 9am and 11:15 with a special presentation by Dr. Vern Meyer at 6pm. For more information, call 480.837.7627.

Fountain Hills Chamber Players Concert

The Fountain Hills Chamber Players will present a concert at The Fountains Sunday, February 19. Ticket and production information is available HERE.


immortal_chaplains_stamp-300x176Friday, Feb. 3rd at 5pm

The Fountain Hills Interfaith Alliance and American Legion Post 58 are honored to lead a moving ceremony recognizing our country and military’s commitment to religious diversity and pluralism as core values. The Third Annual Four Chaplains Memorial Service will be on Friday, February 3rd at 5PM at the Veterans Memorial in Fountain Park.

We are privileged to join thousands of other patriotic Americans across the country who will be gathering on February 3rd not only to acknowledge that Muslims, Jews, LDS, Baha’i, Hindus, Catholics, Protestants, and non-believers all serve our country in uniform, but to honor the Chaplains who faithfully support practitioners of all faiths — even those not their own.

The Immortal Chaplains: Shortly after midnight on Feb. 3, 1943, the USAT Dorchester was struck by a torpedo from a German submarine. Of the 902 young men on board, only 230 survived. Many of the survivors owe their lives to the courage and leadership exhibited by four heroic chaplains, who, in sacrificing their lives, created a unique legacy in celebrating the common human values embraced by all the world’s religions.

Chaplains Fox, Goode, Poling and Washington were posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart, and in 1948, Congress declared Feb. 3 to be Four Chaplains Day.  Since 1951, The Chapel of Four Chaplains in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has spread the message of interfaith cooperation and selfless service, touching the lives of thousands of people across the country.

Please join us on Friday, February 3rd at 5pm. Participants are encouraged to wear their RED “Home of the Free Because of the Brave” t-shirts. Following the ceremony, all are invited to Fountain Hills American Legion Post 58 for a Fish Fry.

“It was the finest thing I have seen, or hope to see, this side of heaven.”

– Survivor John Ladd, who watched the chaplains distribute life jackets, and when they ran out, removed their own and gave them to four young men. As Dorchester sank, the chaplains were seen linked arm in arm, praying.

The Veteran’s Memorial is located on the South side of Fountain Park at the intersection of El Lago Blvd and Kiwanis Drive.

2016 Four Chaplains Ceremony at Fountain Park

2016 Four Chaplains Ceremony at Fountain Park

Pastor David Felten at 2016's Four Chaplain Ceremony

Pastor David Felten at 2016’s Four Chaplain Ceremony, with Chaplain Chuck Lewis, other American Legion members, Samir Joseph Hamel, Rev. Adele Resmer, and Naomi Lerman.