Liturgical Arts Workshops Image the Un-Imagable

FOUNTAIN HILLS – Imaging the Un-Imagable is a a weekend of liturgical arts workshops with poet, pastor, and retreat leader, Rev. Cynthia Langston Kirk. Recognized for her outstanding and creative work in the areas of liturgy, fabric arts, and unique ritual expressions of faith, Kirk will guide participants through a series of exercises and workshops which will have practical application in a variety of worship settings.

Sponsored by Cynthia Langston KirkThe Fountains’ “Love God with All Your Art” and worship teams, the workshops will be on Saturday, April 5th and Sunday, April 6th. Saturday afternoon from 1:00 – 3:00 the focus will be on “Worship Visuals as Welcome, Icon & Inspiration.” Participants will explore and design worship visuals that can then be used in any worship space, designing mini-worship settings and spaces that can be created for future use. From 3:30 – 5:30 is “Writing the Un-image-able” and a time to consider how to write in ways that represent the unnamable, unknowable I Am Who I Am.  Participants will explore fresh ways of expressing our relationships with Holy Mystery that can shake people to awareness and inspire them to Christ-like action. Time will be allotted to write/begin writing original prayers, liturgy and lyrics to familiar hymns as we focus on the themes of new life and resurrection.

Sunday afternoon from 1:30 – 3:30 will be an inter-generational, mostly hands-on workshop, “Creating Visuals for Worship Together.” Using scripture, quilt designs, paintings and ordinary objects as muses and materials, participants will work on worship visuals for the seasons of Easter, Pentecost and Ordinary Time. These ideas will be pre-planned to allow participants as much hands-on time as possible. Each participant will receive hand-outs about how to accomplish the same or similar visuals in their own sanctuary. Children who are able to use crayons or a paintbrush will be able to participate in this creative process. Children are free (but please be sure to bring along a registered adult buddy!)

Register online at Eventbrite: Workshops are $20 each OR $50 for all three. Saturday workshops ONLY (1pm & 3:30), registration is only $30. Group discounts for worship teams available online: Register three participants & the fourth registration is free! Child Care is available by request. Contact De De at 480.837.7627 for information. The Fountains is located at 15300 N Fountain Hills Blvd. in Fountain Hills. More info at: or by calling 480.837.7627

Horizons Stewardship Planning Begins at The Fountains

DonaldSmith-thumb160x140Members of The Fountains are invited to meet and greet Don Smith, ministry strategist from Horizons Stewardship. Horizons is the group we at The Fountains will be working with to plan our church’s financial health over the next decade. The first event will be Tuesday, March 25, at Laura’s Place… 16758 Glenbrook Avenue, across the street from the church.  We will gather from noon to 1:15, with lunch on your own. A bio on Don is available here:

The second meet and greet will be from 7:30-8:45 at Denny’s, 17053 Shea Blvd, Wednesday morning, March 26. Breakfast is on your own.

Space is limited to 30 people for each meet and greet; please RSVP to, or call 480-251-2026.

Roger Wolsey Coming to The Fountains!

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Christianity for People Who Don’t Like Christianity

FOUNTAIN HILLS — Roger Wolsey, author of “Kissing Fish: Christianity for People Who DON’T Like Christianity”, will be preaching at The Fountains, a United Methodist Church, 15300 N Fountain Hills Blvd, at 9am and 11:15 on Sunday, March 30th.  The morning will also include a Q&A at 10:15.

Wolsey is a free-spirited GenX-er who thinks and feels a lot about God and Jesus. He’s a Christian, yet he identifies with people who consider themselves as being “Spiritual, but not Religious.”

An articulate proponent of “progressive Christianity,” Wolsey is clear that what has come to pass as conventional or “pop” Christianity isn’t what following Jesus is actually about. God didn’t “need” Jesus to be killed. God isn’t wrathful or vindictive. There isn’t a hell (other than ones that we create here on earth) – and going to heaven after we die isn’t what the practice of Christianity is all about. Jesus and his message are instead about living in a way that goes against the religious status quo in pursuit of God’s vision for justice, inspiring us to follow his radical and challenging Way of being in the world.

An ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church, Rev. Wolsey has served as pastor for churches in Minnesota, Iowa and Colorado and has taught Introduction to Religion classes at Graceland University in Lamoni, IA. He currently serves as the Director of the Wesley Foundation campus ministry at the University of Colorado in Boulder and serves on of the board of directors of the Boulder International Fringe Festival. His popular blog for Patheos, “The Holy Kiss,” expands on the already comprehensive introduction to progressive Christianity found in his “Kissing Fish” book. For more information, call 480.837.7627 or email  Professional child care is provided throughout the morning.


Living Wills and Healthcare Directives

Do you have an up to date set of written instructions that specify what actions should be taken for your healthcare needs if you become unable to make decisions due to illness or incapacity? On Saturday March 22nd at 10:00AM Ron Wilson, an attorney from the DSUMF and the law firm of Morris, Hall & Kinghorn will be at The Fountains to discuss living wills and healthcare directives. This FREE seminar is open to the community so invite your friends, neighbors, family and acquaintances.  An RSVP is appreciated so we can plan materials and seating.  Questions and RSVP: 480-837-7627.


Youth Update

Youth Invited to Movie “Paper Clips”

Fountain Hills – On Sunday, February 23, 2014, Cross Current Youth Group will be viewing the poignant film “Paper Clips” at our 4pm – 6pm meeting.

Cross Current youth have been examining diversity among faiths over the past months, and will use this screening to now embark on an appreciation of Judaism. After the film we will share open discussion and a learning experience. Members of the congregation Beth Hagivot have been invited to join us for the evening.

The “Paper Clips Project” was a mission started in 1998 by middle school students from the small Tennessee town of Whitwell as a visual monument for the Holocaust victims in Nazi Germany. What began as a lesson about intolerance soon evolved into a movement gaining worldwide attention and support. At last count, over 30 million paper clips had been collected, 11 million of which are enshrined in inside an authentic German railcar standing in the schoolyard.

All those interested are invited to attend this free movie screening, you do not need to be a part of the youth group. Please bring your favorite movie snacks & treats to enjoy during the film, comfortable clothes, and if you have a favorite big pillow or air mattress you’d like to sit on, please feel free to bring it along too.

Event: Paper Clips Movie showing

Date & Time:  Sunday, February 23, 2014, 4pm – 6pm

Cost:  Free

Location: The Fountains, a United Methodist Church

15300 N. Fountain Hills Blvd. Fountain Hills, Arizona 85268

More Info:  Jennifer Graham:  480.837.7627 OR








Evolution Sunday 2014

kissing fishThe Fountains to Celebrate “Evolution Sunday” & Darwin’s Birthday

Even in 2014, many religious groups reject the theory of evolution, claiming that a literal and inerrant reading of the Bible requires them to reject both reason and science. But there are also those who find there to be no conflict between the theory of evolution and a vital Christianity.

Sunday, Feb 9th, marks the 9th annual celebration of Evolution Sunday sponsored by “The Clergy Letter Project.” In Fountain Hills, you’ll find the opportunity to celebrate Evolution Sunday at The Fountains at both the 9am and 11:15 services. More than 500 congregations across the country andaround the world are marking this date closest to the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin (February 12th, 1809) with time set aside to reflect on what it means to balance a religious world view with the knowledge gained from scientific investigations.

While there are still those who demand that their religion trumps scientific knowledge, Pastor David Felten says, “Of course Christian faith can accommodate acceptance of Darwin’s theory. 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. Plus, trying to pit creationism against evolution reveals a very narrow reading of the Bible that shows disrespect to both the Bible and science.”

Not only does the United Methodist Church officially endorse evolution in its Book of Discipline, stating that “science’s descriptions of cosmological, geological and biological evolution are not in conflict with theology,” it has resolved to work to oppose “faith based theories such as creationism or intelligent design” in public school science curriculums.

As a recent Barna Group study on young adults who stopped attending church revealed, one in four young adults surveyed consider Christianity to be “anti-science.” Evolution Sunday is an expression of the sincere desire of those who seek to correct that impression, moving forward with an alternative to those who continue to attack science in the name of religion.

Every day, new scientific discoveries are creating amazing opportunities to learn and grow and be amazed. 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.


NOTE: The celebration of “Evolution Sunday” will continue in March when special guest, Rev. Roger Wolsey, author of “Kissing Fish: Christianity for People Who Don’t Like Christianity,” will speak at The Fountains on March 30th.

Arizona Opry Dinner Theatre Event


Join Friends on

Friday, February 28, 2014

For a


Doors Open – 11:30/ Meal – 12:30/ Showtime – 1:30

Featured Meal:

Roast Beef, mashed potatoes, homemade stuffing, gravy, vegetable, baked apples and “Opry chocolate cake”

Make Your Reservation by February 14, 2014

$40 per person ($3 will go to the Sound System fund)

Make checks to Fountains

Any questions call:

David James (419-946-1578)

Sharon Price (319-361-2464)


Vern Meyer Series

Vern Meyer Saving Jesus 2014

“Saving Jesus from the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus” with Vernon Meyer

Fountain Hills — This year’s annual three-part series on theology with the Rev. Dr. Vern Meyer will be hosted at The Fountains, a United Methodist Church on Thursday morning, January 30th from 10am to 11:30 and continue on Thursday mornings Feb. 6th and Feb. 13th. In this year’s sessions, Dr. Meyer will unpack Dr. Robin Meyers book, Saving Jesus from the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus.

The marriage of bad theology and hypocritical behavior by the church has left so many thoughtful people disgusted with the Church that in order to be taken seriously, the whole purpose of religion itself needs to be re-evaluated.

The best of biblical scholarship is in the process of recasting core Christian concepts – not a call to embrace the far left or to try something brand new, but to recover something very old. “Saving Jesus from the Church” is about calling people to pursue an alternative vision of the Christian life that sees Jesus as Teacher, not Savior; Christianity as Compassion, not Condemnation; and Religion as Relationship, not Righteousness. “Saving Jesus from the Church” sheds a light on how to cut through the doctrine and dogma and follow Jesus’ teachings today. Topics will include: Do we worship Christ or Follow Jesus? Is the Cross a sign of futility or a sign of forgiveness? And Christianity as Compassion, Not Condemnation.

The Rev. Dr. Vernon Myer is a former Catholic priest, who has an MA in Theology from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, an MA in Pastoral theology from the University of San Francisco, and a PhD in Theology from the University of Dayton.  Dr. Meyer is  currently a United Church of Christ pastor in Sun Lakes.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be in conversation with one of the most respected and sought-after religious thinkers in Arizona. All in the community are encouraged to attend.  The classes are free, but donations will be accepted. Additional information may be obtained by calling The Fountains at 480-837-7627.

“Saving Jesus from the Church” Schedule: 

WHEN: Thursday mornings Jan. 30th, Feb. 6th, Feb. 13th from 10am to 11:30

WHERE: The Fountains United Methodist 15300 N Fountain Hills Blvd

COST: Free (but donations are accepted)

More Info:  Rev. David M. Felten  480.837.7627 OR
















Christmas Eve at The Fountains!

Christmas web & FH Times 2013

5pm Candlelight Service with The Fountains’ Choir and Live Children’s Nativity

7pm Meditative Celebration with Candles and Communion

Uppity Women of the Bible Series: RUTH

Ruth Graphic 2013Loyalty and bitterness. Courage in the face of poverty. And let’s not forget seduction. It’s got everything you need for a dramatic story – especially the intelligent, confident – even uppity – heroine, Ruth. Based on Rev. Dr. Lisa Wolfe’s engaging Living the Questions study, this four week series will take you on an eye-opening journey through the Book of Ruth.

Combining careful scholarship, humor, drama, and applications for real life, join Pastor David Felten as we explore the story of Ruth and what it means for today, including the struggles of the vulnerable in our society, the plight of immigrants and refugees, and our moral obligation to heal the world (not to mention what really happened on the threshing room floor…).

Ruth in Four Acts:

  • Aug. 25th           1. An Unlikely Duo  (Ruth 1)
  • Sept. 1st              2. In Case of Emergency (Ruth 2)
  • Sept. 8th             3. The Threshing Room Floor (Ruth 3)
  • Sept. 15th           4. Know Ruth. Know Jesus. (…and no Ruth, no Jesus!)  (Ruth 4)

The Ruth stained glass graphic (by artist DAVID ASCALON) is the property of Congregation Beth Emeth (CBE). Used by permission.