April 2016 Newsletter
Hopefully, the snows of winter and early spring are over but all in all, it was a very nice, mild, winter. Don't you agree?
I am sitting here looking out the window as I type this newsletter and I am seeing all the spring birds that are coming to my feeders. It is a beautiful sight to behold! Birds of all colors dance before my eyes, red, blue, gray, yellow, brown, green, black, and black with red wings... I never know what I will see from moment to moment. And when I step outside I am serenaded by these little marvels of the air. There is no lovelier sound in nature to my way of thinking. Their songs are so beautiful and wondrous.
It occurs to me how many people don't even notice these incredible beings of light let alone hear their songs. How sad for them, the people, not the birds, for they are missing one of the creators most blessed gifts to our planet. A gift to us!
I hope you will take a few moments each day to just bask in nature. There is no greater gift of healing than nature. Step outside, watch, listen, smell, feel, and taste the newness of life that is blossoming all around you. Let your soul be uplifted and nourished. You will not be disappointed, I promise.
Now the News
We had a wonderful Spring Equinox ceremony on March 20th. There were many new faces in the group that came to participate as well as many familiar faces. It was such a joy for me to lead everyone in celebrating the arrival of spring. I thank each of you for coming and hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
Pastor Donna Williams has decided it is time to retire. She has stepped down from the Pastoral Council and we are sad to see her go while at the same time we are also very happy for her.
Donna was one of the founding members of our church and she was sole, and soul, pastor of the church for 10 years. Without Donna there would be no Healing Light Spiritualist Church. Donna, with all our hearts we wish you the very best of all that life has to offer you...YOU DESERVE IT!
Our church treasurer, Barbara Dolliver, will be having surgery April 20th to reverse a previous surgical procedure. Please hold her in your prayers.
The 2016 summer schedule for Camp Etna is now available on the CE web site. There are some truly remarkable workshops and classes coming up. Check it out here. http://www.campetna.com/summer-programs-.html
The pastors have created a code of ethics for speakers and mediums. This is something that most spiritualist churches have in place and we decided that it would be good for the HLSC to have it as well.
With a code of ethics in place there will be no gray areas. We see it as a very positive step in the evolution of our church, one that offers a true spiritual haven where everyone can come and find deep inner peace, healing and fellowship with like-minded souls. The church thanks all speakers and mediums for their service.
The pastoral council and the church board of directors is open to hear suggestions that may improve our church and make it an even more inviting place of peace, and a sanctuary from the rigors of daily life. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion.
Saturday, April 1st
What: Rural Living Days
Time: 8:30 Am to 3:30 PM
Where: Mt. View High School, Thorndike
Description: Terrific presenters and workshops for those of us who love rural living and sustainability. Many wonderful workshops from bee keeping to growing strawberries, pasturing chickens, cheese tasting, tomato grafting, designing and building a small home, how to choose vegetable varieties, and so much more! Fee: $20.00 and this includes lunch.
Saturday, April 2nd
What: Holistic Mystic Fair
Time: 10 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Calumet Club, Augusta, ME
Description: Psychic mediums, many vendors and free workshops all day
Saturday April 10th
What: Mind Body Spirit Festival
Time: 10 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave, Belfast, ME
Description: Psychic mediums, many vendors and free workshops all day
Saturday April 16th
What: Table Tipping in the Temple
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Temple on Camp Etna grounds
Presenters: Rev. Janet Decker, and Amy Griffiths
Description: Table Tipping is a method of connecting with the spirit world known as physical phenomena. Come experience what spirit is capable of. The table can get quite active so please wear walking or running shoes. Footwear is required!
Our March event was a huge success and we had great contact with spirit. Please spread the word about this fun and uplifting way to connect with loved ones, spirit guides and teachers as well as angels.
We will post the event to the church FB page, and the Camp Etna FB page. When you see the invitation click on "accept" so we can reserve your spot. Alternately you may call Amy at 207-385-3321 to reserve your space. Also, please "Share" the event on your FB page. The more the merrier! Fee: $20.00.
Thursday, April 21st
What: Psychic Dinner
Time: 5:00 PM
Where: Clewley Farms Restaurant, Eddington, ME
Description: Dinner and a message
Presenters: Kelly LaRochelle, Rev. Wachian Welch, Angie Butler
Contact Info: Reservations required: 843-7446
Saturday, April 23rd
What: Tinctures, Infusions, Decoctions - Oh My!
Time: 2:00 PM
Where: Circles of Healing, 20 Black Fly Lane, Levant, ME
Presenter: Bethany Couture - Email: - Ph: 207-504-6776
Description: There are no products like homemade products. Breaking through the mystery of DIY beauty products & homemade remedies can be difficult and confusing. Follow Bethany down the Do-It-Yourself road & learn first-hand how amazingly easy it is to make your own beauty products.
In this fun 2 hour workshop we will demystify the how to & making of your own products and enjoy a complete facial to boot! Includes hand outs, facials, and samples to take home. Fee: $35.00
What: Marketplace Mystical Fair
Time: 11:00 Am - 3:00 PM
Where: Marketplace at Augusta between GNC and Kay Jewelers
Contact Info: None available
If you have a class or workshop you would like to offer in the Temple during the winter or spring please let us know, and we will take it to the Camp Etna board. You can be sure they will give it every consideration.
Serving the church in April:
Facilitator – Pastor Laurie Xanthos
April 3rd - Pastor Laurie Xanthos
April 10th - TBA
April 17th - TBA
April 24th - Kelly LaRochelle
April 3rd is Pot Luck Sunday. Please come, enjoy the service and bring a dish to share afterward. You can bring the food into the Temple with you and place it on one of the tables on the left. There will be an electrical strip for you to plug crock pots into and a microwave is also available. If you have something that needs to be kept cold you may want to leave that in your vehicle until after the service. See you there!
The church membership application is now available for download on the home page of our web site.
You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.
We are in the process of scheduling speakers and mediums for May and June. If you would like to serve in either, or both, of these capacities please see one of the pastors. Thank you!
To Say Thank You!
A BIG THANK YOU to Bethany Couture for cleaning the church prior to our Spring Equinox ceremony. Bethany, you did a beautiful job!
A BIG THANK YOU to Rev. Wachian Welch for playing the Native American flute on Spring Equinox Sunday. Wachian, your music was wonderful!
A BIG THANK YOU to Ruth Nickerson for volunteering to play the piano for our Sunday services and for going a step beyond on Spring Equinox Sunday. Always, we enjoy your gift of music.
A BIG THANK YOU to the speakers and mediums who served our church in March. You are appreciated!
TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Pot Luck is held in the Temple November - April. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a nice meal and conversation.
Mediumship Development Groups:
Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM in the Temple on the Camp Etna grounds - Led by Rev. Janet Decker
Monday night 7:00 PM at Karlene Tanners house on the Camp Etna grounds - Led by Pastor Dee Powers.
Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. Beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted.
The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday and Pastor Dee Powers will collect and deliver them.
Here is a list of supplies they could use:
Diapers - all sizes
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. These contributions will be given to Bill Wentworth who will take them to the Native American Indian Reservations in Maine and Canada. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them.
Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.
To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.
Weather (Cancellation) Notification
When the weather is bad church services and meetings are canceled. You can check on the local TV news stations for our cancellations. We will also put the notice out on Facebook and via email. Once in a while we cancel church and then the storm doesn't manifest. Ahhhhh, nature, you cannot always predict her. Never the less, once church has been canceled we do not change it. Please make a note of this.
Please be ever mindful of safety both in the home and in your comings and goings this winter. Always think, Safety First!
If you know of anyone who would like to know more about our Healing Light Spiritualist Church and would enjoy reading our newsletter please, by all means, do pass this along.
Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church!
Bright Blessings to all and I wish you a bright and beautiful April!
Rev. Janet Decker
Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Rev. Wachian Welch
Pastor Dee Powers
Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Rev. Shirley Boyens