Invest in Ed Act Petition Training

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What are details of the new citizen-led “Invest in Education” initiative? What are the rules for collecting signatures? In the wake of the recent #RedforEd actions, how does one get involved in supporting practical and effective reform in education funding in Arizona?

An information and training session will be hosted at The Fountains on Wednesday, May 16th at 4 pm.

The Invest in Education Act increases the classroom site fund by raising the income tax rate by 3.46% on individual incomes over a quarter million dollars (or household incomes over half a million dollars), and by 4.46% on individual incomes over half a million dollars (or household incomes over a million dollars); designates 60% of new funds for teacher salaries and 40% for operations; adds full day kindergarten and pay raises for student support services personnel as permitted fund uses; requires governing boards seek teacher and personnel input on fund use plans; defines teacher and student support services personnel.

The initiative is being promoted by a broad-based coalition including Valley Interfaith Project (of which The Fountains is a member), the Arizona Education Association, Children’s Action Alliance, One Arizona, the Arizona Interfaith Movement, and the Center for Economic Progress. If enough signatures are gathered, the Invest in Education Act will appear on the November ballot.

The training will be led by a Valley Interfaith Project volunteer and will include details on how education funding in Arizona fell to below 49th place in the nation, how the initiative will collect tax revenue, and train volunteers in how to collect valid petition signatures.

Teachers, interested parents, and other allies are encouraged to attend. 220,000 valid signatures need to be collected by the end of June to appear on the ballot in November, so everyone’s help is needed!

Questions? Call the church at 480.837.7627.  More information on the Initiative at

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Life’s Inner Journey with Michael Morwood

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Does your faith-life resonate with your inner wisdom and personal insights?

Join Michael Morwood to explore the conviction that people can cultivate wisdom (sage-ing) by consciously choosing to explore their faith in the context of their lived experience. Participants will focus on connecting the links between inner wisdom, reality, and a contemporary Christian spirituality. Michael will offer a range of reflective and interactive processes and tools that will enable participants to consider their unique journey of life.

Schedule: Friday evening May 4th : 7:30 – 9:00 and Saturday, May 5th 9:30 – 4:00

Cost: $50 (includes lunch on Saturday) $20 Friday night only.

To register: 

CLICK HERE to register online via Eventbrite.  OR, make your check out to “The Fountains” (with “Morwood Retreat” in the note line). Call the office (480.837.7627) for more information.

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Life’s Inner Journey – A Retreat with Michael Morwood is 5/4 & 5/5. Click to get more information!

About Michael Morwood

With over 40 years’ experience as a sought-after retreat leader and educator, Michael Morwood is well known around the world. Bishop John Shelby Spong writes: “Michael Morwood…is raising the right and obvious questions that all Christians must face. He provides fresh and perceptive possibilities for a modern and relevant faith.”

With a dozen books to his name (two of which were banned before he resigned from the Catholic priesthood), Morwood brings an extensive background in spirituality to what he sees as the urgent need to reshape Christian thinking for a new millennium.

Be sure to visit Michael Morwood’s website at

Phoenix Pride Parade 2018

Members and friends from The Fountains UMC marched in the Phoenix Pride Parade along with 6 other reconciling churches in the Desert Southwest Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Per the Arizona Republic, The Phoenix Pride Parade featured 2,000 individual participants with decorated vehicles, colorful floats and thousands of walkers, with more than 15,000 spectators.

Among the participants were Nelda Majors and Karen Bailey who have been together for 60 years and who were the first couple to receive their marriage license in Arizona, while advocating for marriage equality.

The following are the comments from Todd Elwood, who also marched in the parade.

“I had the honor of walking with The Fountains in this year’s Pride Parade. This was the first Pride I’ve attended, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The two things I found most surprising were the overwhelming positivity of the event, and an air of freedom from those in the parade, and from those watching.

The first one is easy to describe. Nine out of 10 signs emphasized goodness, instead of injustice. I saw signs saying, “We are all equal,” and “Love everyone,” and “Everyone is worthy” and “Love wins” and, of course, “Be proud.”  Most everyone carried a message of acceptance and hope and joy. It’s rare today to among such positivity and I thought it was refreshing.

About the air of freedom: This one is a little tougher to explain, but my sense from watching people interact with each other is, the Pride parade provided a place for everyone to be open and authentic. I’m not a gay person, but I can imagine going through this day-to-day world with defenses up and partially shielding who you really are because of hateful people. For one mile in downtown Phoenix, everyone was able to release the weight of those shields and be true to themselves, because they were among people who accepted them fully. It was amazing to witness, and it made me hope for a time when that sort of total acceptance would expand beyond a one-mile stretch once a year.” 

Here is a glimpse of the fun we had!

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Civic Academy on Immigration

At 6:30pm on Tuesday night, April 3rd, The Fountains United Methodist and Valley Interfaith Project (VIP) will co-sponsor a special Civic Academy on the myths and realitiarizona under the glasses of immigration in Arizona. The keynote speaker is Joseph Garcia, Director of the Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center at Arizona State University. He also teaches at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Geared primarily as an orientation for a group travelling to the Borderlands of Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, this Civic Academy is open to all who want to learn more about the present and future demographics of Arizona, immigration policy, and how current trends will impact what will soon be the majority population of Arizona.

Joe Rubio, lead organizer for Valley Interfaith Project, says, “This will be a conversation examining the long-term implications for how we deal with the immigration issue and what kind of community we will become. Arizona has experienced immigration in a way that other states are only now discovering.”

Rev. David Felten, pastor at The Fountains, says, “Immigration is another one of those issues on which everyone has an opinion, but few have the facts. We’re grateful to host the Morrison Institute’s Joe Garcia to help us understand the numbers and the policies that are shaping the future of our state.”

There’s no charge for this event and all in the community are welcome to attend. The Fountains, a United Methodist Church, is located at 15300 N. Fountain Hills Blvd. (at Glenbrook) in Fountain Hills.

More on our speaker: Before joining the Morrison Institute, Garcia was an editor, columnist and news reporter at The Arizona Republic, The Daily Times (Farmington, N.M.), Tucson Citizen, USA Today and The Associated Press. In 2016, Garcia was honored nationally with the Anti-Corruption Award, sponsored by the New York City Independence Clubs, in acknowledgement of “the landmark work the Morrison Institute is doing to understand the emerging independent voter constituency.” In addition to his work on independent voters, Garcia helped bring the Citizens’ Initiative Review project to Arizona, where voters study, discuss and explain in everyday language complex ballot propositions.

UMOM Halle Women’s Center Tour

Several churches in town support the work of UMOM – United Methodist Outreach ministries in Phoenix. It is the largest Homeless provider in AZ.

About 25 people from The Fountains visited and learned about the new Halle Women’s Center, which is housed in a remodeled hotel very near the UMOM campus. This allows the women access to a safe environment, case management, healthcare, 3 nutritious meals and day, computer lab access and resources to help them become independent. The Fountains has been a part of many church teams who organize, cook and serve an evening meal, prepare personal care kits, and collect clothing and household items.

Women were formerly housed in an old diaper factory in central Phoenix where conditions were less than ideal. Now, at the Halle Women’s shelter, women can be on a path toward a permanent home. UMOM New Day Center that includes services and shelter for families is located at 3333 E. Van Buren, Phoenix and always have ongoing needs. Contact The Fountains 480-837-7627 if you have items to donate or would enjoy being a part of the monthly meal serving team.


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Maundy Thursday Lunch Bags!

Maundy Thursday is upon us!  We will be making 130 lunches for the folks at JUSTA Center in Phoneix.  This is a place for homeless seniors, many who are veterans.  Please let me know if you are willing to bring any of the following:

Loaf of bread

Peanut butter


Snack size bags of chips


Granola bars

We are setting up a table with brown paper bags and paper to write a note of encouragement.  If you have time this week and would like to stop by and decorate bags or write notes, we will be here from 9am to 2:00pm.  Women at the Well will be decorating or writing notes on Tuesday morning.  Jerry Caldwell will be taking our lunches to the JUSTA Center and providing the beverages.  If you are planning to donate the food items please have them to church by Thursday 3/29 by 5:30pm.  The sandwich making will start about 5:30 with the lunch packing and service beginning at 6:30pm.

Thank you for so much for your help and contributions!


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30th Anniversary Celebration

The Fountains Celebrates 30 years!


Fountain Hills – Although planted nearly 40 years ago in the homes of its first members, The Fountains is officially celebrating 30 years of being a chartered United Methodist Church in Fountain Hills.

The Fountains has a long history of being involved with social justice issues, fostering interfaith dialogue, in-depth Bible study, promoting LGBTQ equality, and providing a home for the arts and music — especially jazz. The Fountains created Inspirations Coffee House, later to become Jazz in the Hills.

All are invited to celebrate on Sunday, March 18th at 10am with Bishop Bob Hoshibata speaking. A potluck will follow the service with 30 years of pictures and music, celebrating the highlights of the past 30 years and looking forward to the challenges and adventures in the next 30 years – including the construction of our new Connection Center, due to be completed in early summer.

The Fountains is located at 15300 N Fountain Hills Blvd. in Fountain Hills. For more information, call 480.837.7627. Visit The Fountains online at

“Chill Out” Stress Reduction Workshop

Elizabeth BenchDo your thoughts race? Is stress your constant companion? Does anxiety keep you up at night? Then join Elizabeth Cabalka, author, yoga teacher, and meditation coach, for a practical and relaxing workshop, “Chill Out! Five immediately effective tools to reduce stress and anxiety.”

Chill out! will be on Saturday, March 10th from 9:30am to 11am. Registration is $15. Participants will experience and then be able to take home with them five immediately effective tools for reducing the effects of stress and anxiety.

Cabalka, author of Yoga Expression Spirit – Tools for Authentic Living, Wednesdays and the Fluff ‘n’ Fold – A Caregiver’s Oasis, and The Circles of Love Collection, has taught yoga since 2007, focusing on the cycling community, adaptive yoga for seniors, and those with physical challenges. Her great passion is supporting individuals in their journey of self-discovery. Her workshop will offer simple, refined, and effective tools for de-stressing, quieting your mind, and reclaiming your authentic life. Elizabeth has also been a certified Life Coach for nearly two decades, as well as a project manager in the private sector.

Cabalka will also be preaching at both services at The Fountains (9am and 11:15) on Sunday morning, March 11th.

The Fountains is located at 15300 N Fountain Hills Blvd. in Fountain Hills. To register in advance or more information, call 480.837.7627. Visit The Fountains online at

Nogales ARIZONA to Nogales MEXICO–A Borderland Tour

April 6-7, 2018

Travel with others from The Fountains to learn first-hand about immigration and border issues. We are partnering with El Mesias United Methodist in Nogales, Arizona to hear first-hand from those on both sides of the border who are dealing with the complex issues of immigration. Rev. Raul and Maritza Valazquez will be our guides as we explore some of the United Methodist Church’s response to needs along the border.Velasquezduo

Overall cost: $75 (based on double occupancy at the Sonoran Inn and Suites in Nogales, AZ (which includes breakfast) and van transportation for the first 12 people to claim a seat. Additional participants will drive private cars/carpool. We will NOT be driving in Mexico.

Friday afternoon will include input from various speakers involved in ministry on the border. Saturday morning, we will walk across the border (staying together as a group), learn about immigration and relief programs in Nogales, Sonora, and then eat lunch at La Roca (a long-time Nogales favorite), and end with a little time for shopping. Check with your Health Care provider: some prescriptions can be filled at Nogales pharmacies at a fraction of the cost in the US.  


Registration and payment is due by March 25.

Our mission project for this trip is delivering new socks and women’s underwear to deliver directly to El Mesias UMC in Nogales.

For more info, contact DeDe Rudolphy 602-717-5357 or or Pat Jackson 573-443-0147 or


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You’ll Love It! Music Extravaganza Complete SUCCESS!

There were almost 100 people here to thoroughly enjoy such an amazing evening.  Voices and instruments raised to sing the classics of all things love.  The stage was beautifully set with lights, vases of flowers and even a disco ball.   The evening was even made better with dancing and desserts.

The You’ll Love It! Music Extravaganza event was an amazing kick-off in an effort to raise funds for a new piano.  Ticket sales were over $2,100 and direct donations towards the piano currently amount $2,800.  This is amazing and a complete blessing to our music ministries.

Huge thank you to Steve and Jamy Culp, Yani Goudelis, Michael King, Donna Wilde, Scot Whitmire and the Fountain Hills Saxophone Quartet who shared their talents so generously.

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