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.

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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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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

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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.

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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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