Refreshment Sunday, April 7th
Comment: " I feel so at home every time I walk through those doors at church and see all the smiling faces"
Greetings Healing Light Spiritualist Church Members and Friends,
True to Spring beautiful things are popping up all over and I'm not just talking about flowers. The news is so terrific this month that I'll get right to it!
Our church closed on the building that will be our new and permanent home, 38 Stage Rd in Etna, Maine. This is such exciting and almost unbelievable news that I held up the newsletter in order to share it!
People wonder how a small church like ours could possibly pull off such a transaction. Well, never underestimate the power of Spirit! The ability to purchase this property was made possible by one of our most beloved members, Janice Nelson Kroesser, through her business, Janus Supportive Living Services. It is Janus Supportive Living Services that holds the note on our new church property.
Janice will tell you that spirit guided her to do this and there is no doubt in my mind that this is the case. She will likely tell you that it was a timing thing. She did not receive the guidance to do this until an entirely new church board was put in place this past October.
Janice, you are an angel and a gift to our church. Because of your faith in spirit and your willingness to follow their guidance our church will grow and become a beacon of light for all in the years to come. Thank you, thank you!
Our Church Board Secretary, Diane, has created the following fact-filled press release. Thank you, Diane!
Healing Light Spiritual Center, Etna, Maine;
A New and Permanent Home for a church and so much more.
A dream for a group of Spiritualists in Etna, Maine is coming true. They are opening a Spiritual Complex which will be a new and permanent home for the Healing Light Spiritualist Church (HLSC) and a new spiritual home for individuals of all denominations to gather.
Architectural plans have been drawn up, permits have been pulled and financing is in place. Soon, materials will arrive for ramps, firewalls, doors and other renovations necessary to make it suitable for general assembly. By the time this article is released, the HLSC group will have closed on this 3000+ square foot building, with three large classrooms, garages for storage, five acres for ample parking for vehicles, RVs and possibly camping. The name of the complex is The Healing Light Spiritual Center and they plan on shining their Healing Light around the world. This place, at the top of the Etna-Carmel Hill on the south side of the Route 2, will be a beacon for all.
So much excitement surrounds this new endeavor and thousands of dollars of donations are being received; a $2000 donation for a sound system, $500 for new chairs, new computer and accounting software and more. As you may realize, a project of this size requires a tremendous amount of initial investment and they hope the donations continue to be received. If you would like to help with the costs of building this new center please go to www.HealingLightSpiritualistChurch.org to make your donation.
Even though The Healing Light Spiritual Center is a brand new establishment the Healing Light Spiritualist Church began more than a decade ago. In 2004 a group of Spiritualists got together to form the Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna, Maine. They incorporated their non-profit and gathered at the Etna Town Hall for ten years inspiring their congregation with Spiritualist Mediums from local areas and around the world.
In 2014 the church was invited to move from the Etna Town Hall to Camp Etna to lease the Rev Gladys Laliberte Temple. Camp Etna has been a gathering place for Spiritualists since 1876 and has hosted a number of Spiritualist churches including the Harrison D. Barrett Church now located in Bangor. Since Camp Etna has a Temple building but no “church” the Healing Light Spiritualist Church moved to the Spiritualist camp. These two prominent organizations believed joining forces would be a logical way to offer all Spiritualists a place to worship.
For two and a half years attendance increased at Camp Etna and the Healing Light Spiritualist Church watched their own congregation grow. In September of 2017, the Healing Light Spiritualist Church was informed their lease for the Temple would not be renewed so the church returned to worship at the Etna Town Hall.
Through a series of unexpected, and at times, unpleasant occurrences, the Healing Light Spiritualist Church elected an entirely new board in October of 2018. This new board decided their main objective would be to find a permanent home for their beloved church. The first time the board walked through the complex of buildings on top of the hill in Etna they knew this piece of property would be their new home. It was the perfect set of buildings in the perfect location and had enough rental income to cover the mortgage payment. The people of their congregation agree this is an excellent example of how God works in mysterious ways to bring about harmony in the Universe.
They are creating a gathering place for everyone in the area. In addition to their church service, every Sunday morning at 10:30 am their calendar is quickly filling with Spiritual Healing Certification Classes, Yoga Classes for all ages and abilities and Energy Medicine Classes for Optimum Health. The weekend of June 28, 29, 30 they will host an event they call Masters’ Weekend. This will be an introductory class teaching Tao Chants, Healing Orb Meditations and other amazing healing techniques from the world-renowned spiritual healing Dr. & Master Sha.
Future plans include classes for families of psychic children, Saturday Nights at The Center, and possibly the highlight of the 2019 season, hosting the Worldwide Spiritualists’ International Healing Light Week. From September 6-14th HLSC will host visiting mediums and psychics from Australia, Scotland, England and the United States.
When asked what the new Healing Light Spiritual Center hoped to accomplish in their permanent home the board collectively agreed, “We want to create a place where everyone can feel safe to talk about life, life after life, death, nature spirits, angels, guides, psychic visions, clairvoyance and the like. Spiritualism is a religion where people are encouraged to listen and talk to people and loved ones who have passed into the spirit world. Here at the Healing Light Spiritual Center, we don’t just talk to dead people, we listen to what live people want in their quest for enlightenment. We look forward to serving the surrounding communities and like-minded people around the world.
To add to what Diane has written I just want to say, WELCOME HOME Healing Light Spiritualist Church and Blessed Be!
Rev. Janet Decker
There will be a Board of Directors meeting after church on April 14th. All Members are invited to attend and your input is always appreciated. Member participation is especially encouraged now that we are moving into an entirely new phase of development and operation.
There will be no mediumship development group on April 14th.
Refreshment Sunday is April 7th. Come enjoy the service and bring a lite bite to share. Finger foods only, please.
There is one correction and one addition to the April Newsletter.
Dawn Wilbur, our Medium for Sunday, April 7th, is a member of our own Healing Light Spiritualist Church and we have a new member, Michele McPherson.
We are always thrilled when someone decides to become a member of our church family. Lovely to have you, Michele, Welcome Home!
You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/board-meeting-minutes
If you are a member in good standing you can request to see the church financial statements by sending an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com
Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. To learn more about it click here: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination-
Our April Sunday Service Line Up:
Facilitator: Rev. Janet Decker
April 7th: Kendra Wescott (Speaker) Dawn Wilbur (Messages)
April 14th: Bonnie Mellott (Speaker and messages) Rev. Janet Decker will assist
April 21st: Ava Spruce (Speaker and Medium)
April 28th: Healing and Message Circle (all mediums, including aspiring mediums, are encouraged to attend)
About Our Speakers and Mediums
Kendra Powers Wescott is a spiritual medium and healer and has been a Spiritualist for 45 years. Kendra served the Bright Light Spiritualist church in Brewer for many years before moving to Florida. While living in Florida She served the Space Coast Spiritualist Church in Melbourne, Florida. Kendra Joined The Healing Light Spiritualist Church approximately 14 years ago and has served as medium and healer.
Dawn Wilbur is a member of Harrison D. Barret Church in Bangor, Maine. She is a Reiki Master trained in Integrated Energy therapy and has been delivering messages from spirit during her healing sessions for some time. She has been delivering messages from spirit to the general public for approximately 2 years. Dawn lives in Frankfurt with her husband, son, small livestock of chickens and their yellow lab.
Bonnie Lee Mellott: Bonnie is a member of Healing Light Spiritualist Church and is enrolled in the ordination program. She is a retired school teacher as well as a wonderful writer and inspirational speaker. She lives with her husband and beloved 4 legged companions in Carmel.
Ava Spruce is a member of HLSC. She is a Reiki practitioner in the Usui System of Healing. Ava is a creative and loving soul who has been seeing, hearing and feeling spirit from a very young age. She began Mediumship Development classes at age 15 with her father and has been taking these classes now for over 30 years. Ava enjoys serving area churches as speaker and medium and her focus is on sharing love and light.
Classes - Workshops - Events
Spirits Walk Among Us
When: Saturday, April 13th
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Augusta Spiritualist Church
What: Demonstration of Spirit
Description: Table Tipping, Transfiguration, Smoke Readings
Cost: $25.00 (personal readings, offered 1:30 to 3:30, are a separate fee)
Contact: Becky Grant for tickets. BeckyGrant777@gmail.com or phone: 207-650-3880
Hypnotherapy Certification Course
When: April 22 - 27, 2019
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm each day
Where: 90 Pond St. Etna, ME
What: Hypnotherapy Certification Intensive
Instructor: Rev. Dr. Janet Decker
Description: This 6 day intensive will train you in the art/science of spiritual and clinical hypnosis including self-hypnosis. Students will learn how to: Induce a hypnotic state in their clients and optimize it, create powerful mind-programming suggestions, work with the higher-self, dialog with clients while in an altered state of consciousness, deal with traumatic memories that may spontaneously arise and much, much more. Students will also learn how to properly keep records, set up an office, and how to market a practice. Upon completion, students will receive certification from the International Metaphysical University (IMU)
Registration for this course closes April 10, 2019
Cost: $995.00 - A donation will be made to the HLSC.
Contact: Rev. Dr. Janet Decker Ph: 207-404-1845 Email: email@example.com course objectives and payment options.
Dr. & Master Sha's Healing Techniques
When: June 28th: 6:00 - 8:00 PM, 29th: 12:00 - 3:00 PM, 30th: 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Healing Light Spiritualist Center, 38 Stage Rd Etna, ME
Instructors: Master Maria Sunukjian, Thoy Conroy and Diane Jackman Skolfield
What: Masters' Weekend Part One is an Introduction to Master Sha's Healing Teachings. Thoy Conroy and Diane Jackman Skolfield will join Master Maria teaching five of Dr. & Master Sha's Healing Techniques; Healing Orb Meditation, Sacred Divine Code, Tao Chants, Return to Purity and Chinese Nutritional Ideals. Amazing healing takes place when these techniques are practiced. Donations lovingly appreciated.
About Dr. Sha: Dr. & Master Zhi Gang Sha is a soul leader, an extraordinary healer, and a divine servant. He was trained as a conventional doctor of traditional Chinese medicine. The founder of Soul Healing and Enlightenment and the Love-Peace-Harmony Movement, he is a grandmaster of many ancient disciplines, including Tai Chi, Qi gong, I Ching, Kung Fu, and Feng Shui. Master Sha is also an expert in the most advanced cellular healing science now occurring in China. He intends to use his divine soul secrets, wisdom, knowledge, and practices to lead humanity and all souls to the universe of soul over matter.
Cost: $20.00 per class or $50.00 for all three classes
Contact: HealingLightEtna@gmail.com or visit our Facebook event pagehttps://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/
The HLSC Facebook page is a good place to check for weekly church news and updates and now that the snow and ice season is upon us this is where we will post cancellations. We will also post them to the local TV station WABI 5. Please bookmark our FB page so you can easily check for weather notifications. https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/?ref=bookmarks
The first Sunday of every month is refreshment Sunday. To keep things simple bring finger foods only.
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 website:
The back row of chairs is 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.
You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our website. 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 Janice Nelson Kroesser for her incredible gift!
A Big Thank You to Ken Kroesser and Janice Nelson Kroesser for their efforts with the Assembly and Use plans for our new building, the ordering, and gathering of construction materials and the coordination of work efforts.
A BIG Thank You to everyone who is stepping up to the plate to work on our new building. We could not do it without you!
A BIG Thank You to those who have contributed money to grow our church and our new endeavors.
A BIG thank you to Peter Conroy for programming and setting up the database for our new church computer.
A BIG THANK YOU to Peter Conroy and Diane Jackman Skolfield for their efforts on putting together a Standard Operating Procedures Manual for our church as well as establishing a user-friendly record keeping program for the church computer.
A BIG THANK YOU to Don and Diane Skolfied for working on the church By-Laws
A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church/center website and FB page.
A BIG Thank You to Diane for being our event coordinator
A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helps set up for our services every Sunday.
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.
TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
As we move forward with our new Healing Light Spiritual Center we hope you will consider donating your time and/or monetary help. If you want to donate time please contact any board member, they are listed at the end of every newsletter. If you would rather contribute monetarily you can do it by clicking here: www.HealingLightSpiritualistChurch.org All contributions, whether time or money, are very gratefully appreciated!
The first Sunday of every month is Refreshment Sunday. Come to enjoy the service and stay after for refreshments 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. (No group on April 14th.)
If you are holding a spiritual/mediumship/psychic event and would like to have it added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 15th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the February newsletter I need the information by January 15th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my contact info at the bottom of the newsletter. The church reserves the right to accept or deny submissions.
The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hearing 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.
Wishing everyone many blessings of spirit,
Rev. Janet Decker
Rev. Janet Decker
Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Pastor Linda Holmes
Janice Nelson Kroesser