Summer 2013 Program
Bye Bye Birdie!
St Francis Creative Arts Team and its children and youth program present the musical production of a well-loved, Tony-Award winning story of Conrad Birdie, a rock-n-roll idol singer going off to war and its effect on a small town in Ohio. Music and Lyrics by Lee Adams and Charles Strouse
May 9-11 at 7:00 pm
General Admission: $8.00
For reservations call Chris Rupley at 419-1871
What You Don't Know About Sleep Can Hurt You
A discussion re: insomnia and sleep apnea
Presented by Dr. Phillip Eichling
Certified Sleep Specialist and Director of Comprehensive Sleep Solutions
Sunday May 19th
St Francis UMC in the Foothills UMC
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
in the center
For those looking for a free meditation opportunity, go to email@example.com
This is a free 21-day brief meditation on different health related topics that are guided by Deepok Chopra.
There is no fee to sign up for this website. It is co-sponsored by Oprah Winfrey,
Brought to you by the St. Francis Health Ministries Team
Emotional Freedom Technique
On May 12th there will be an Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) training in Room 30/31 from 11:00 AM to 1 PM. EFT is a simple, quick, and very effective way of releasing stress, anger, hurt, pain, etc. People do not realize that negative emotions frequently lead to physical health issues. If you are using EFT whenever you are stressed you can stay healthy. EFT is taught by Mary E. Stafford, M.Ed., L.P.C., EFT Master who has been training people in EFT for the last 15 years.
Sponsored by the St Francis Health Ministries Team
Adult Education Topics and Presenters
May 19, 2013
Quality Sleep: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You
Presented by Dr Phillip Eichling, Board Certified in Internal Medicine/Sleep Medicine
11:00 am to 12:15 pm in the Center
May 26, 2013
A Game For the World
Moderated by Anne Harmon, creator of Game for the World &
Natalie Brown, Chair of Desert Southwest Conference AIDS Task Force
11:00 am to 12:15 pm in Center
Casa Maria Soup Kitchen 2013 Schedule
Location: Casa Maria Soup Kitchen, 352 East 25th Street (SW corner of S. 3rd Ave & E. 25th Street
2013 Dates: January 5th, February 2nd, March 2nd & 30th, April 27th, May 25th, June 22nd, July 20th, August 17th, September 14th, October 12th, November 9th, December 7th
Time: 8:15 am--11:15 am or so. Stay as little or long as able.
What: Volunteer by helping to prepare chili or sack lunches. It is a very simple way to volunteer.Dress comfortably and enjoy helping others.
Questions: Contact Fran Donnellan. firstname.lastname@example.org or 520-780-2002
A Reading from “When the Heart Waits” by Sue Monk Kidd
The image of coming home is a powerful, archetypal symbol for returning to one’s deepest self, to the soul. To come home is to return to the place of inner origin, that original imprint of God within.
Therefore, coming home fills us with a sense of being in the right place, a sense of deep spiritual belonging. We all have this profound longing to come home, whether we recognize it or not.
The root spiritual problem of our time is that modern people have lost their way home and have lost the directions to find it. The Church seems at times to have forgotten its role as the custodian and guide of the way home. Rather than helping us grow our souls to the deep inner ground, it frequently majors in theological propositions, dogma, intellect, and institutional agendas.
Without maps and signposts, we search for our inner home in the wrong places: professional success, material status, persons, pleasure. But none of these can ever be home. We end up spiritual refugees.
And then a crisis comes, like the cyclone in the Wizard of Oz. We have a choice either to withdraw into a storm cellar or to allow the whirlwind take us to a new place, the holy heart of transformation, which will allow us to ultimately come home.
As TS Elliott put it,
“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time”
St. Francis in the Foothills UMC Reconciling Ministries Network
The St. Francis in the Foothills UMC Reconciling committee is
closely aligned with the national Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN). We share
a common mission and vision for our efforts to make the entire United
Methodist Church (UMC) more welcoming of all people, including our Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) family.
Reconciling Ministries Network mobilizes United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our Church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love.
Reconciling Ministries Network envisions a renewed and vibrant Wesleyan movement that is biblically and theologically centered in the full inclusion of God’s children.
Reconciling Ministries Network is committed to making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by living out the Gospel’s teaching of justice and inclusion.
In support of this mission and vision, the St. Francis reconciling committee is involved in many activities at St. Francis and throughout the Desert Southwest (DSW) annual conference. We hold monthly meetings at St. Francis on the fourth Tuesday of each month. At these meetings we plan internal events such as a yearly reconciling Sunday and various adult education classes. Within the DSW, we plan a yearly witnessing to the annual conference during the month of June in Phoenix, AZ through an information table. At the national level, the reconciling committee participated in trainings in preparation for the UMC general conference which occur every four years.
In 1987, St. Francis started an all-congregation, year-long study on reconciliation and what it meant for our congregation. By a unanimous vote, St. Francis became a reconciling congregation in 1988; the first reconciling congregation in the Desert Southwest annual conference. Since that time, St. Francis and its reconciling committee have worked to further reconciliation efforts at St. Francis, the Desert Southwest annual conference, and the entire UMC.
Through the continuous efforts of many, including the St. Francis reconciling committee, the Desert Southwest annual conference has a total of five (5) reconciling congregations. In 2009 the DSW annual conference voted to become a reconciling conference. Soon after in 2011, the DSW annual conference created a Welcoming and Reconciling committee with the Board of Church and Society.
For information about RMN or information about joining the reconciling committee please contact St. Francis UMC or Mark Moellenhoff at email@example.com .
Introduction to the St. Francis Children Youth and Family Team
The Children Youth and Family team is dedicated and committed to helping your children discover their own spirituality and God of their understanding. We offer 3 levels of classes for children 4 years and up. All 3 of our core teachers are current or retired educators. Chris Rupley leads our 4 – 6 year olds in a weekly discovery of self and spirit, focusing on kindness and compassion. Lessons are taught through books, songs, art and stories. Judy Robinson leads our elementary class in a weekly discovery of spirituality through the “Way of the Child” curriculum. Virginia Encila leads our middle and high school class in a weekly discovery of self and spirituality through discussion, reading, music, art, performance and mission projects. We are always eager to have children join any of our classes and eagerly accept dynamic parent support. Any inquiries about children’s classes can be addressed to Chris Rupley at firstname.lastname@example.org and inquiries about youth programs to email@example.com.