Happy Spring and Happy Easter!
Recently I was talking to a friend, a very close friend, and she told me she has been experiencing a tremendous amount of anxiety both at work and at home. This friend is someone who has juggled many things with ease for as long as I have known her, which is approximately 33 years. The problems of depression and anxiety are major growing concerns in our society. In my reading this week I came across this piece written by John Dear and thought it worth sharing.
John Dear invites us into a peaceful, nonviolent way of living with creation:
To grow in deeper, loving awareness of our sisters and brothers, the beautiful creatures, and wonders of creation, we practice the art of mindfulness. That means we try not to live in the past or stew over the future. We give ourselves to the present moment of peace and return to the gentleness of our breath as a way to return to the present moment, the eternal now. The Buddhists teach mindful living, mindful eating, mindful walking, mindful working. Every moment becomes an opportunity to step into the present moment of peace.
“We are speaking of an attitude of the heart,” Pope Francis writes, “one which approaches life with serene attentiveness, which accepts each moment as a gift from God to be lived to the fullest."
May each of us experience the ability to accept "each moment as a gift from God to be lived to the fullest."
I will be away from April 13th until April 27th. Please contact one of the other pastors should a ministerial need arise.
The Mediumship development group will not meet on April 15th or 22nd.
At this point I cannot take anyone else into my mediumship development group as I have reached the size limit for my cottage . When this changes I will let your know via the newsletter.
Sunday, April 1st, is Pot Luck Sunday. Since we are in the town hall we think it is best to keep things simple. Sandwiches, veggies, fruit, cheese, desert, or something along those lines would be good. Come enjoy church service then stay after for a bite to eat and good conversation with like-minded folks. All are welcome!
I believe winter weather is finally over, however, in the event of snow cancellations it will be posted on FB and I will send an email. Also, I will post this on WLBZ 2 and WABI local news as well.
Please keep in mind that if church service is canceled then so is the Sunday afternoon mediumship development circle.
Serving the church in March
Facilitator: Pastor Laurie Xanthos
April 1st: TBA
April 8th: Sandra Bell
April 15th: TBA
April 22nd: TBA
April 29th: All Healing and Message Service
About our speakers and Mediums:
Sandra Bell: Scottish international medium, founder of BFS, an online Spiritualist church, country representative and previous country medium for Both World Wide Spiritualist and International Spiritualist Federation.
Intuitive Paint Night w/ Psychic Artist Angie Butler Welch, Wed. April 4, 2018, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Midcoast Maine Holistic Health Center (event venue Belfast Breeze 192 Northport Ave. Rt.1, Northport Maine), https://intuitivepaintnight.brownpapertickets.com
Psychic Fair, Sunday April 8th, 10:00 am – 4: 00 pm Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Road, Bangor ME, https://www.facebook.com/events/1341480072645409/
There are a number of Psychic /Healing Fairs that will be happening in April. You can check them out here: http://www.soulintentions777.com/upcoming-fairs.html
A variety of holistic events are being held this summer at Midcoast Maine Holistic Health Center (event venue Belfast Breeze 192 Northport Ave (Rt. 1) Northport Maine),https://www.facebook.com/groups/337585160046846/
Edgar Cayce's Glad Helpers Group meets every Monday afternoon from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Maine Holistic Center located at 81 Maine Street Bangor, ME. All Energy Healers are welcome to become part of this group at any time.
The back row of chairs are designated as healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to sit in a healing chair. There will be a healer assigned to those chairs at every service.
The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out here or you can find it under the "Classes" tab on the HLSC web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org
If you have been coming to our church for a while and would like to become a member you can find out about our "membership requirements" on our web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org Or ask any of our pastors or board members.
You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.
If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services please see one of the pastors. Thank you.
To Say Thanks
A BIG THANK YOU to the pastors who serve our church all year long.
A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year.
A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church website.
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the various church clothing and food drives.
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. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a bite to eat and good conversation with like-minded folks.
A Mediumship Development Group meets every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM at Rev. Janet Decker's cottage, 90 Pond St, on the Camp Etna grounds. If you don't know where that is just call or email me. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. Donations welcome.
The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to church the first Sunday of any month and Rev. Dee Powers will collect and deliver them.
Here is a list of supplies they could use:
New sweat pants and sweat shirts (Everyone coming into the shelter receives a shower and a new set of clothes)
Diapers of 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
Books for children
We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. 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.
If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the March newsletter I need the information by February 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my contact info at the bottom of the newsletter.
The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hear suggestions that may improve our church service and make it an even more inviting time of peace and healing. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. All contact information is below.
Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO share this newsletter.
Spirit is guiding us, all we have to do is listen. See you in church!
Rev. Janet Decker
Rev. Janet Decker
Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary)
Rev. Dee Powers (President)
Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Janet McNerney (Treasurer)
Rev. Shirley Boyens
Rev. Sherwood Denham
Bonnie Lee Mellott (Vice President)