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UMM Logo2015 Men's Renewal Weekend

It’s time for the Desert Southwest Conference Men’s Renewal Weekend at Prescott, Arizona. The theme this year is “Men -- A Body, Mind, Spirit based look at His Aging Creation” with experts in each area. The dates this year are Friday through Sunday, SEPTEMBER 25-27, 2015 at the United Christian Youth Camp, in Prescott, AZ. The cost is $155 for lodging & 5 meals, discounts available.

Last year we asked the men, "What kind of program would you like to have in 2015." The response was "MEN'S ISSUES." So we'll be looking at what makes MEN tick -- body, mind and spirit. We've got a doctor of urology to speak on the physical/medical issues men face, a doctor of psychology to speak on the effects our changing body has on our psyche, and a noted expert on the spiritual well-being of the male.

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Brian BenallyBRIAN BENALLY --  Invited as a speaker last year, Brian was unable to be with us due to his father’s illness. We’ve invited Brian back this year to share his story and his vast knowledge of the Navajo and Hopi people in Arizona. Through his humor and special talents, Brian provides an insightful look at our early local history. Brian is a Christian, as are many native Americans, and spends much of his time educating the “white man” about how our two cultures have coexisted for hundreds of years.

DR. LYMAN "RICK" BROTHERS, III M.D. -- After completing his pre-med degree at VMI, in 1968, Rick attended the Medical College of Virginia where he received his MD. His internship and residency was in service to our country through the USAF. In 1977 he was named Chief of Urology at USAF Academy Hospital. Honorably discharged in 1980, Rick went on to private practice widely in Wyoming, Colorado, Indiana and most recently Arizona – and to teaching 1982- 2000 in Wyoming.

He and his wife have been married for 46 years, have three grown children and seven grandchildren. Rick enjoys a number of outdoor activities including tennis, golf, hiking, skiing, huting and previously mounain climbing, scuba diving and flying. He also collects Winchester rifles and custom-made knives. He and his wife attend Sedona UMC.

DR. DAVID C. HELEGSON, Phd -- Ever since David was a child he has been fascinated with the brain – the intricacies and nuances of neural pathways and synapses, and how they network to trigger physiological responses are astounding. The mind and body are truly in sync and affect human interaction in very subtle, unconscious ways. The power of the mind to influence our motivations and emotions is staggering.

In his practice he provides several different psychological services, including treating chronic depression and anxiety, bi-polar disorder, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, SAD, GAD, hypochondria, fetishes, binge eating, anorexia, bulimia, sexual repression, and various phobias. He also offers numerous counseling services for my Phoenix clients, including nutritional, family, child, adolescent, individual, group, divorce, couples, stress, anger, sexual abuse, women’s, and career counseling and therapy. Moreover, we provide aptitude testing and diagnostic evaluations to identify learning disabilities such as dyslexia, ADD, and dyscalculia.

REV. SCOTT RITCHEY -- Raised in Colorado, Scott moved to Arizona in 1985 to attend ASU. While in college he began exploring his calling into the ordained ministry of the Roman Catholic Church. Upon graduating ASU he entered seminary and in 1994 was ordained into the priesthood.  In 2000, Scott transferred to the United Methodist Church, was accepted and served as associate pastor of Scottsdale UMC and First UMC and who, for the past nine years, was the founding director of the Justa Center – a Phoenix based day resource center specifically designed to help those over the age of 55 find appropriate housing, employment, and other much-needed services. He is currently the Senior Pastor of Central UMC, Phoenix. Scott is married to his beloved wife Laura, and they have one cat.

Then Saturday afternoon, in conjunction with the Prescott churches and Prescott UMC, we will offer our hands and hearts to assist at the Open Door Ministry. Open Door offers meals on Tuesday-Thursday from 9-12, and provides food boxes, toiletries, showers, diapers, mail service, food service mentoring program, clothing and craft workshops.

This retreat is for ALL THE MEN of your church and their friends (13 years of age and older). Young men ages 13 through 18 will only pay ½ the regular cost for lodging & 5 meals – but will need someone 21 or older to be responsible for them while attending camp. And PLEASE REMEMBER this retreat is for any man in your church NOT JUST for the men of your United Methodist Men’s organization.

If you have any questions regarding this upcoming retreat, please feel free to contact Howard Guetherman, Pres. Conf. UMM, 623-933-1540, howardg33@aol.com or Rev. Cliff Asay at 623-518-6266, cliffasay@aol.com.

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