“We are One” Vigil of Solidarity in Fountain Hills

UNITY FLYERThe whole community is invited to join in response to last weekend’s events in Charlottesville with a candlelight vigil of solidarity at 7pm on Sunday, August 20th. ALL ARE WELCOME: including all races, colors, religions & creeds; non-theists, humanists, & atheists — regardless of national origin, citizenship status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability. Together we will witness to our commitment to the core American values of interdependence, equality, and unity in diversity.

There’ll be live music and brief comments from community leaders and Fountain Hills neighbors. Candles will be provided and plenty of water will be available. Convenient and accessible parking is available on site. Security will also be on site.

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a political or partisan rally. If you plan to bring a sign or other visual expression, we ask that you focus on inspirational and positive messages of unity and equality. Any sign or poster that suggests or alludes to violence of any kind will not be permitted.

The gathering will occur inside the main hall at The Fountains, a United Methodist Church, 15300 N. Fountain Hills Blvd. in Fountain Hills (corner of Fountain Hills Blvd. and Glenbrook).

Look for more info online and share with friends on Social Media with the hashtag #unityfh. For logistical questions, contact De De Rudolphy at 480.837.7627.

Calling All Golfers!



Lura Turner Homes for Adults with Developmental Disabilities is having their 23rd Annual Golf Tournament Saturday, September 23, 2017. The event will be held at Stone Creek Golf Club, 4435 E. Paradise Village Parkway South in Phoenix. Featured guest is Bobby Freeman, Official Organist for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Golfers are urged to sign up now for individual or team reservations.


6-7 am  –  Sign-In, Raffle Tickets & Mulligans for sale, Free Range Balls, Putting Contest & Continental Breakfast (Sponsored by Single United Methodists)

7:30 am – Shotgun Start

Noon   –    Lunch, Raffle Prizes & Awards


Individual Player – $125     Includes 1 player, cart, breakfast, lunch, putting contest & free range balls

Tee Sponsor – $250     Includes tee sign prominently displayed at a selected hole

Corporate Sponsor – $1000     Includes 2 players, cart, tee sign, breakfast, lunch, putting contest & free range balls

Promotion Sponsor – $1500     Includes 4 players, carts, tee sign, breakfast, lunch, putting contest & free range balls

Promotion Sponsor – $3500     Includes logo recognition in all publicity, display at tournament, 8 players, carts, tee sign, breakfast, lunch, putting contest & free range balls

Funds raised will help support the programs and services of the residential homes that care for adults with developmental disabilities. For information, please call Max McQueen, Executive Director of Lura Turner Homes, at 602-943-4789.

Pastor Felten Featured at Chautauqua this Summer

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Pastor David will be featured as the “Preacher of the Week” at Lakeside Chautauqua in Lakeside, Ohio, beginning Sunday, July 30th. Pastor Felten will be in residence to lead discussions, preach, and lead the daily “Faith for Living Hour.” His theme for the week will be “Letting Go of What’s Holding concYou Back: From Finger Painting to the Grand Work of Art.” Felten will explore letting go of some of the traditional bedrock epts of Christianity in favor of deeper and broader understandings of a Christian faith for the 21st century. Specific topics will include “Letting Go of Our Christian Superiority Complex,” “Letting Go of Being Good,” and “Letting Go of Thinking That ‘God Helps Those Who Help Themselves.’” Sunday’s message will be “Letting Go of a Perfect, Error-free Bible.”

The historic Hoover Auditorium seats 3,000 people!

The historic Hoover Auditorium seats 3,000 people!

Felten is a pastor who knows from experience that most adults operate spiritually on the information they were taught in 6th grade Sunday School (the last time most adults were exposed to any intentional religious education) – with disastrous consequences. “If there were any other area in our lives in which we were satisfied with functioning at a 6th grade level, we’d be deemed as pretty irresponsible – except with religion. And somehow it’s OK for people to piously reject anything new in favor of gauzy half-remembered platitudes they absorbed when they were 8 years old,” says Felten.

There are a lot of people who are looking for simple, pat answers in life. That’s fine. But there are also a lot of people seeking more depth, maturity, and integrity in their spiritual journeys. For them, letting go of what’s holding them back is the first step on that journey.

To that end, Felten believes that the most critical need in the church in America today is theological re-education for adults. Not just education, but unlearning and then RE-education. The need to “unlearn” much of what passes for faith today is at the heart of his theme for the week – and at the heart of the spirit of Chautauqua.

Beginning in late 19th century upstate New York, the Chautauqua Movement began as seasonal gatherings that fulfilled people’s intense desire for self-improvement through education. Intended to introduce people to the great ideas, new ideas, and issues of public concern, these summertime programs featured lectures, music, and the visual arts.

At its height, the Chautauqua Movement attracted millions to hear educators, preachers, explorers, travelers, scientists, politicians, and musicians. With its four pillars of Recreation, Arts, Education, and Religion, President Theodore Roosevelt hailed it as “the most American thing in America.” Today, Chautauqua is experiencing a renaissance and Pastor Felten says, “It’s an honor to be a part of this historic and respected movement – and it will be fun to have so many folks from Fountain Hills making the pilgrimage to Ohio to be a part of it, too!”

Rev. Felten is the pastor of The Fountains, a United Methodist Church at 15300 N Fountain Hills Blvd. (www.THATchurch.info). He’s also one of the creators of “Living the Questions” the popular DVD series for Progressive Christians (www.livingthequestions.com) and co-author of Living the Questions: The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity (HarperOne, 2012).

For more information on the Chautauqua schedule of events, accommodations, and passes, visit www.lakesideohio.com

Capital Punishment Questioned in Study with Sister Helen Prejean

Prejean logoIn the shadow of the state-sponsored execution of Jesus on Good Friday, The Fountains United Methodist and New Journey Lutheran (ELCA) are sponsoring the discussion series “Questioning Capital Punishment with Sr. Helen Prejean.” A five-session DVD study from Living the Questions, “Questioning Capital Punishment” tackles the complicated issue of the Death Penalty. Featuring Sr. Helen Prejean, one of the world’s leading authorities and outspoken critics of state-sponsored execution, each session will be from 6:30 to 8pm at The Fountains, a United Methodist Church.

  • April 20th — Session 1: Crossing the Breach
  • April 27th — Session 2: What in God’s Name?
  • May 11th — Session 3: A Change of Heart
  • May 18th — Session 4: Radical Forgiveness
  • May 25th — Session 5: Next Steps

Christians are divided on the issue of Capital Punishment. United Methodists, ELCA Lutherans, and Roman Catholics are officially opposed to the Death Penalty – but not all their members agree. The Bible is no help. It both mandates and prohibits capital punishment. Various faith traditions teach different perspectives – and the argument over the sacredness of life is immediately compromised when the death penalty is introduced.


Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking”

In recent years, the application of the Death Penalty has been called into question for a growing number of ethical and moral reasons. From the botched executions in both Arizona and Oklahoma to the growing list of wrongfully convicted people exonerated due to the introduction of DNA evidence, to its unequal application among minorities, to its impact on the poor and those who can’t afford adequate legal representation, to its continued contribution to the cycle of violence, the Death Penalty needs serious questioning.

Join Rev. Adele Stiles Resmer of New Journey Lutheran and Rev. David Felten of The Fountains United Methodist for this discussion series featuring input from Sister Helen Prejean. A Roman Catholic Sister and leading advocate for the abolition of the death penalty in America, Sr. Helen has ministered to numerous inmates on death row and has authored two books based on those experiences, Dead Man Walking and The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions. 

Sessions will be in the sanctuary at The Fountains, a United Methodist Church, 15300 N Fountain Hills Blvd. Tuition for all five sessions is $20, with all proceeds going to the Death Penalty Discourse Center in New Orleans. For more information, call 480.837.7627

Easter EGG-stravanza Sunday Morning!

Looking for something fun to do with your kids on Easter morning?  How about an EGG-zillerating spEGG-tacular for the whole family? The Fountains United Methodist will be hosting an Easter EGG-stravanza from 10:15-12:30 right in your own neighborhood: 15300 N Fountain Hills Blvd (Northwest corner of Fountain Hills Blvd and Glenbrook, next to the Middle School campus).

You and your child(ren) will enjoy free food, live jazz, carnival games, a bounce house and giant inflatable slide, an Easter egg hunt, and even a visit from the Easter Bunny!

If you’re looking for something fun and memorable for the whole family this Easter morning, April 16th, make plans to stop by The Fountains — bring all your peeps!

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Celebrate at The Fountains Easter Sunday!

 Join us at The Fountains UMC Easter Sunday morning!

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Michael Morwood Coming to The Fountains

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Australian Theologian Reshapes Christianity for 21st Century


Fountain Hills —  As a follow-up to Easter, Australian author and theologian Michael Morwood will present “A New Template for Religion” on Monday night, April 17th at 7pm at The Fountains, a United Methodist Church.

“The template used [for Christianity] for the past two thousand years is now outdated,” says Morwood. The “world is in desperate need of a new religious template to heal the harm and divisions caused by religion.” For those who question the pre-scientific, limited, and outdated worldview presented by most churches, Morwood offers an alternative that goes beyond conventional dogma and takes into account contemporary scientific understandings of our place in the universe.

Morwood is well known in the Progressive Christian movement around the world and has over 40 years’ experience as a sought-after retreat leader and educator. Bishop John Shelby Spong writes of him: “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 nine 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.

Originally presented at the international Common Dreams Conference in Brisbane, Queensland, Morwood’s “A New Template for Religion” offers a re-visioning of who Jesus was, new perspectives on prayer and worship (from a non-theistic perspective), and thoughts on whether our conventional ideas of religion have any real value anymore.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from one of the leading voices of the Progressive Christian movement – here in the United States for just a few short months. The presentation is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted. The Fountains is located at 15300 N Fountain Hills Blvd. in Fountain Hills. For more information, visit www.THATchurch.info or 480.837.7627

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