Healing Light Spiritualist Church
August News Letter
The HLSC Returns Home
It has been such a labor of love for me to create this particular newsletter. As you can see, July 5th was a red letter day for the Healing Light Spiritualist Church.
To highlight: (From top of Page) The Gladys Laliberte Temple was the birthplace of the HLSC just over a decade ago. On Sunday July 5th, 2015 the church returned home. There was nearly standing room only for our homecoming service in the Temple on the grounds of historic Camp Etna. Our oldest attendee was Phyllis Little, 97 years young!
There were so many smiles and hugs going around that it would have been impossible to leave the church feeling anything but a spiritual high. Joy and happiness were pervasive throughout the entire day.
Pastors Janet Decker, Dee Powers and Wachian Welch (standing behind Rev. Sabine) facilitated the service and Rev. Catherine Sabine gave the inspirational talk and messages from spirit. Throughout the service Joshua Peters Childers provided music.
After the service there was food, more wonderful music, and cake! Pasha made us a beautiful sunflower cake to celebrate the occasion. It was as delicious as it was pretty. And yes, there was also ice cream. This is probably another reason people were so happy :-)
After the festivities Diane facilitated our first Family Lyceum in the museum at the Inn. Week 1: Spiritualist Principle #1 "We believe in Infinite Intelligence" and that was followed with a bit of history on Harrison D. Barrett and his contribution to Spiritualism.
All in all this was a fabulous homecoming and Mother Nature provided a spectacular day for us to eat and make merry. What more could we ask for? Truly, it is a day to remember. Welcome home Healing Light Spiritualist Church!
Although we began this newsletter with pictures and a narrative about our homecoming, in actuality, the celebration truly began the evening before. On Saturday, July 4th, at 7 PM, we held a drumming/sacred dance/chanting circle in the Temple. It is hard to describe the energy that was created. You just had to be there in order to understand. The spirits of the Native Americans who once lived upon Camp Etna land came in to dance to the beat of our drums. We felt so honored that they welcomed us with such love and joy. Many Spiritualist souls who attended camp meetings at Camp Etna in the past also showed up as did loved ones of the participants. In a word, SPECTACULAR! There were so many spirits at the drumming and the next day at the service that they were packed in like sardines and we were very elated to have them.
I am happy to announce that the new heating and air conditioning system has been installed in the temple, and, on a recent hot, muggy day we tested it. It worked so well we actually got cold! How wonderful is that? Also, the foam insulation has been installed beneath the floor of the temple. It is now all snugged up for winter.
Moving forward now into August here is the line up of facilitators and speakers.
Serving the church in August:
Facilitators – Rev. Janet Decker, Pastor Wachian Welch, Pastor Donna Williams, Pastor Dee Powers, Pastor Laurie Xanthos
August 2 - Patricia Beers
August 9 – Rosy D'Elia
August 16 - Sheila Ryan
August 23 - Leslie Zehr/John Alexander
August 30 - To be announced
Reminder: The HLSC Online Ordination Program is now available for those who feel the calling to become an ordained spiritualist minister. You can find the details and a link to the sign up page on our web site. Just click on the "Classes" tab.
Reminder: You can now send us prayer requests from our web site; You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.
Special Events at Camp Etna in August
Each Sunday in August: 1:30 - 2:30 Family Lyceum held at the inn
August 22nd - Mediums Day
August 30 - Sept. 4 - Hypnotherapy Training and Certification - Instructor: Rev. Janet Decker
August 30 - Sept. 5 - International Week
You can find out more about what is happening at camp this year on the Camp Etna web site:
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone at Camp Etna and all the members of our church who assisted with the festivities on our homecoming Sunday. YOU ROCK!
Mark your calendars for the first Sunday of every month. This is our Pot Luck Sunday. Come, enjoy the service and share some food and conversation after.
**The Mediumship Development group will begin meeting again on September 13th. We will meet in the Temple. See you then!
The Mid Maine homeless shelter is always in need of many things. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to church on any Sunday. (PLEASE, no unwashed clothing articles, no clothing with pet hair, and no clothing with holes in 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
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 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 along.
Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church.
Bright Blessings to all,
Rev. Janet Decker
Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Pastor Wachian Welch
Pastor Dee Powers
Pastor Donna Williams
Pastor Laurie Xanthos
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