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. ( He’s also one of the creators of “Living the Questions” the popular DVD series for Progressive Christians ( 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

Workshop: Tools for Authentic Living

Tools for Authentic Living Workshop 

De-stress. Quiet Your Mind. Do What You Love.

February 18, 2017    9-11:30am

Workshop Based on the book by Elizabeth Cabalka, Yoga Expression Spirit (YES!)

Registration Fee $35 (Includes a signed copy of Elizabeth’s book Yoga Expression Spirit)

Workshop Description:   Elizabeth Cabalka offers a simple, refined, and effective toolkit for de-stressing, quieting your mind, and reclaiming your authentic life. It was borne out of the author’s rediscovering of her deepest longing and her desire to align her talents, words, and actions with her True-North in daily life.

Bring your curiosity, playfulness, and the seeds of what you love that are seeking expression. Return to your body, tend the soil of creativity, and listen to your inner wisdom.

Designed for all ages and abilities, this session is part gentle chair-based yoga and meditation practice, part lecture/discussion, and part experiential exercises to activate intuition and capture insights. All participants receive a signed copy of Elizabeth’s book, Yoga Expression Spirit – Tools for Authentic Living.Tonto Natural Brige - E 1 - Copy

About Elizabeth:

Elizabeth has taught yoga since 2007, focusing on the bicycling community, adaptive yoga for seniors, and those with physical challenges. Her great passion is supporting individuals in their journey of self-discovery.

As an author, Elizabeth’s third book, Yoga Expression Spirit – Tools for Authentic Living, is available on Amazon. Elizabeth published her first book, Wednesdays and the Fluff ‘n’ Fold – A Caregiver’s Oasis, in 2003. (This book is currently available in print, eBook, CD audio book narrated by the author, and Digital Audio book on

Her work in the area of caregiver advocacy lead her to Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network, for which she authored a collection of interviews with spouses, partners, and family members of prostate cancer patients. The resulting book, The Circles of Love Collection, and the Circles of Love Companion and Family Support program are still available through Us TOO International.

Elizabeth has also been a certified Life Coach for nearly two decades, as well as a project manager in the private sector. She and her husband can often be found on two wheels, both road-riding and mountain-biking.

Reservations: Call 480-837-7627 for Mary Celeste or DeDe to make a reservation for this workshop.


“Yule Love It!” – Celebration of Christmas Music

Yule Love It Flyer 2016 ver1Join us for a night of your favorite Christmas music done in a way only The Fountains can do it! Long-time Country Diva Jamy Culp joins husband Steve Culp, veteran keyboardist for the award-winning smooth-jazz group, “Turning Point” as they team up with band members and Fountain Hills Theater favorites Sandy Schlosser and Gina Tomkus for a night of fun and inspiring Christmas music and cheer. Musical interlopers include The Fountain Hills Saxophone Quartet PLUS a very special surprise guest.

ONE NIGHT ONLY: Sunday, December 18th at 6pm at The Fountains,  15300 N Fountain Hills Blvd. The suggested $20 donation (at the door) not only includes the entertainment, but a dessert and coffee/tea at intermission!

From “What Child is This?” to “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and everything in between, you’re sure to be entertained by this amazing collaboration of musicians – and all for a great cause! All proceeds go toward missions providing food, shelter, and job training to the less fortunate the whole year round.

Admit it! This is just the kind of delightful distraction you need before the last week of Christmas madness sets in! It’s a great show for a great cause – and you don’t even have to go to Lake Wazzapamani. It’s right here in Fountain Hills! “Yule Love It!”



The Longest Night: A Service of Hope and Healing

Longest Night 2016 FlyerFor those experiencing loss or grief, the holidays can be an especially difficult time. The longer and longer nights can often add to a sense of sadness that make the joyful celebrations and holiday parties painful to endure.

For those longing for a touch of inner peace during the holiday season, a non-denominational and interfaith service of prayer and fellowship will be offered on Thursday, December 15th at 6:30pm at The Fountains, 15300 N Fountain Hills Blvd.

This “Longest Night” service, named for the longest night of the year, the Winter Solstice, aims to offer support, hope, and a space for healing of the spirit for all those in attendance. Anyone experiencing loss or grief is encouraged to attend – and not just the loss of a loved one to death, but the loss of a home, the “loss” of a loved one to dementia or mental illness, homelessness or other difficult life circumstances – including seasonal affective disorder.

This year’s gathering will center around the walking of the Labyrinth, a spiritual practice of Christians for hundreds of years. The Fountains has acquired a large indoor labyrinth around which participants will experience the depth and power of this ancient catalyst for healing and transformation. Nancy Garten, Stephen Ministry coordinator at The Fountains, sees acknowledgement of “The Longest Night” as “a natural expression and extension of what Stephen Ministers do, comforting and caring for people in times of need.”

Inevitably, this time of year rolls around for some with less joy than with an all-too-familiar sense of sadness. The Longest Night is a gathering with others who are also experiencing the pain and emotional challenges of the season.

Although one’s circumstances may not be able to be changed, we can gather together to find hope and healing through the love and support of one another this holiday season. Join us as we embrace the labyrinth as a symbol that grief is not a simple, linear journey.

The community is invited to join us at 6:30pm in the sanctuary at The Fountains (on the corner of Fountain Hills Blvd and Glenbrook). Childcare will be provided.



Holidays & Special Events

Please Note: If you’re planning on being raptured on May 21st, please make sure your pledge to the church is paid up before you go!

Holy Land 2011

What an amazing trip! Fourteen intrepid pilgrims from The Fountains ventured to Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and Jordan from March 14th through the 26th, 2011. To find out more:

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Pilgrims from The Fountains on the Mount of Olives overlook, Jerusalem in the background. March, 2011

Vacation Bible School

VBS 2011 will be held July 25th-29th
9 am to 12 pm noon.

The Fountains loves children and VBS! Each summer during the last week in July from 9 – noon, many youth and adults provide a great week for kids to learn more about Jesus, the Bible, and to experience God’s love. Through story, music, games, crafts, food, and service kids become more familiar with the stories of our faith.

Check back in April for updated information.

Click Here to view a slide show from The Fountains’ 2010 VBS.