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2022 Newsletters

December

Ahhh, winter is upon us. For many, this is a difficult time of year. The days are short and darkness holds sway over the light. On December 21st we will experience the Winter Solstice. The word "Solstice" derives from Latin, meaning, "Sun stands still", and during the winter solstice, the earth's axis is tilted at its furthest point from the sun. This means that for us, in the northern hemisphere, the sun is at its lowest point in the sky. The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year and the longest night. December 21st may be the shortest day of the year, but let us remember also, it marks a point in the calendar when the sun begins to grow, gradually, in strength and intensity. Many cultures, religions, and spiritual traditions have honored the winter solstice. Throughout history, this time of greatest darkness has encouraged humanity to gather amongst loved ones and celebrate rebirth and return to the light. Our celebration of Christmas comes from these ancient traditions. Let us keep our focus on the growing light, think positively, and spend as much time with family and friends as we can. Use the days of winter to rest and plan for the spring, which by the way, isn't that far away. The Spring equinox occurs on March 20th, 2023. Time passes so quickly these days, at least for me it does, that March will be here in the blink of an eye! May your holidays be blessed with love, peace, and joy, Rev. Janet Decker WEATHER NOTIFICATIONS! Church service and church event cancellations will be posted on WABI Channel 5 News and Facebook. We will also send notifications via email. Please check one of these sources before heading out to church on Sunday morning. CHURCH NEWS! Sunday, December 4th, is Potluck Sunday. Join us after church for a bite to eat and some good conversation with like-minded folks. Everyone welcome! We are happy to announce that the heating problem in the sanctuary is finally fixed! It was a long time coming but the issue has indeed been resolved. Come and enjoy a warm and cozy Sunday service with like-minded friends! Our November 12th Craft/Vendors/Mediums/Healers fair was a huge success! It seems everyone was able to find something special for themselves and the folks on their gift list. Our next fair will be on July 1, 2023. Mark your calendars now because it will be here before you know it! Our Thanksgiving day dinner was also a huge success! 19 people gathered together to enjoy a wonderful feast and fellowship. Everyone left with full bellies and warm hearts. It's the way life should be and perhaps one day, every single person the world over will experience this every day of their lives. Ahhh, now there is something to pray for! Church membership yearly dues are due in January. If you joined the church after September of this year, 2022, you do not need to pay dues again until January 2024. Notices will be going out in the mail this month. Please fill out the membership form and include it with your dues payment. This is how we keep our member records up to date. Thank you! Rev. Michele has stepped down from her duties with the church to take some much-needed rest and relaxation. Rev. Michele, we send you tons of love energy! Shellie Babcock-Wells will step in as secretary for the remainder of Rev. Michele's term. Thank you, Shellie! We will have a Christmas Eve service on December 24th at 6:00 pm. Refreshments will be served after the service. There will be no church service on Christmas day. There will be a church service on Sunday, January 1st, however, there is no potluck and no mediumship group that day. The Pastoral Council will meet on the 2nd Sunday of every month right after church in the church office. The Healing Light Spiritual Investigative Team will be meeting on Saturday, December 17th from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in Guilford, Maine with the investigation happening from 6:00 - 10:00 pm. If there is inclement weather the training will be online. Please follow the FB page for updates regarding this. This is a closed team training. For more information about this exciting work please contact Angel Downing at downingmom5@gmail.com **We are looking to add members to our investigative team. Please contact Angel Downing if you are interested in this exciting opportunity! ** CHURCH SERVICE SPEAKERS, MEDIUMS, AND FACILITATORS December 4th: Rev. Kendra Wescott/Facilitator/Speaker, Rev. Alex Gilgan/Medium December 11th: Stephanie Cartwright/Facilitator & Speaker, Rev. Pattie Smith/Speaker & Medium December 18th: Rev. Sarah Lane/Facilitator, Speaker/Medium TBA December 24th: Rev.Sarah Lane, Facilitator Christmas Eve Service December 25th: No Service. Enjoy being with family and friends! WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE CENTER Potluck after church Sunday, December 4th On Sunday, December 4th, directly after the worship service, there will be our monthly potluck. Bring a little tasty dish to share, if you can. Rule of thumb…make a dish that would traditionally feed 8 people. If you are unable to bring anything, please stay and eat with us anyway. We have always been blessed with enough food to share. By the way, there are some non-perishable food items and some clothing on the table that folks have donated. If you are in need, please feel free to take some home. Also, after the potluck, we will decorate our Christmas tree. Please do stay and help us. The more the merrier! Giving Tree We will have a giving tree once again this year. If you have a need the forms will be available to fill out from November 1st until November 30th. Tags will be put on the tree on December 1st. If you would like to be a gift giver this year your gift needs to be on the tree by December 18th. Gallery Readings, Friday, December 2nd, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 2 to 4 experienced and student mediums will bring messages from the spirit world to those present. In December Rev. Alex Gilgan and Chaplin Angel Downing are serving as mediums. Cost $10.00. Christmas Eve Service Saturday, December 24th at 6:00 pm. Refreshments will be served after the service. Join us for a lovely evening! Energy Healing Class, January 8th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm. This class is designed for folks who would like to be healers during church services. Before you can be a healer during our church service there is a level of understanding and knowledge you must have. Also, our church has certain levels of protocol that must be met. You will learn about the body's energy field and the chakras and you will learn how to feel the energy and how to be a channel for it. You will also learn what it means to be a healer. Stephanie Cartwright is the instructor for this class. Please let her know if you will be attending. Email: sjcartwright@myfairpoint.net Ph: 207-876-4248. Offered by Donation Every Thursday, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Angel Downing will be at the center to provide free spiritual or paranormal consultations, healings, and or guidance. You may leave a monetary donation to the center to help with utilities, or volunteer your time to the center to provide an adequate exchange of energy. Mediumship Development Group Sunday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. (No class on December 4th or January 1st, 2023) Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. The group begins with a meditation and allows attendees to experience a variety of methods to open the lines of communication with The Other Side. There is no group meeting on the 3rd Sunday of the month, Offered by donation, so feel free to join us, even if your pockets may be a little empty one Sunday afternoon, we'd love to have you. Yoga Classes with Michelle Spencer are available. If interested please call the church. 207-217-2697 or 207-269-2142 (Landline only, no text) THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! A BIG THANK YOU to our Activities Committee chaired by Shelly Babcock-Wells, Rev. Kendra Wescott, Rev. Sarah Lane, and Angel Downing. A BIG THANK YOU to Rev. Sarah for handling the garage rentals and so many other things! A BIG THANK YOU to Rev. Janet Decker for creating and sending the newsletter every month. A BIG THANK YOU to Diane for taking care of our website. A BIG THANK YOU to Diane for the many other projects she does on behalf of our church. A BIG THANK YOU to Bruce Towle, our Building & Grounds Chairman, for the many projects he does to keep our church safe and warm. Bruce, we don't know what we would do without you! A BIG THANK YOU to our church service facilitators, Rev. Kendra Wescott, Rev. Michele Catilyn- Strout, Stephanie Cartwright, Rev. Sarah Lane, and Rev. Janet Decker A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money and/or supplies to our church. Most of these folks prefer to remain anonymous but spirit knows who you are! A BIG THANK YOU to our members and friends who support us. Without you, there would be no church. A BIG THANK YOU to our Speakers and Mediums who serve our church throughout the year. A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing Every Thursday, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Angel Downing will be at the center to provide free spiritual or paranormal consultations, healings, and or guidance. You may leave a monetary donation to the center to help with utilities, or volunteer your time to the center to provide an adequate exchange of energy. The Healing Light Garden Goddesses meet the first Thursday of every month at 4:00 pm in person at the center and through Google MeetUp. Some ideas they are working on are, a pet memorial area, a labyrinth, benches, and a healing space along with a community vegetable garden for all to enjoy. If you are interested in being part of this wonderful endeavor please let Sarah Lane know. Ph: 207-974-8824 Email: S.Lane88@yahoo.com The Activities Committee will meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:00 pm in person at the center and through Google Meet Up. If you are interested in being on the committee please let Sarah Lane know. S.Lane88@yahoo.com Ph: 207-974-8824 The Pastoral Council meets on the 2nd Sunday of every month right after church in the office. Ordination Program: Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. If you have considered being ordained perhaps this is a good time to begin. To learn more about it click the following link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination Storage Space Available! We have vehicle, boat, motorcycle, sled, and ATV storage space available for rent. Rent is $35.00 a month for car/truck/small boat rental, and $20.00 a month for motorcycles, sleds, and ATVs. Large boats taking up more than one space is $35.00 per space. We offer seasonal and year-round rentals. Please call, or text, 207-217-2697 or 207-269-2142 (Land line only, no text) to make arrangements. All rentals are on a first-come-first-served basis. Please bring in pictures of your feathered, furry, finned, or scaly family members to share on the Pet Picture Board. Food Pantry For Pets. If members, friends, community, etc. need some help feeding and caring for their pets, they are more than welcome to pick from the available items. Also, those who are blessed can leave dog and cat food and treats, fish food, lizard kibble, and pet toys...all pet-related items will be welcome. As we continue to grow our 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.HealingLightEtna.org or you can give donations to one of the pastors. All contributions, whether time or money, are always very gratefully appreciated! There has been a good response to our FB postings, newsletters, and advertising. The feedback has been favorable and considering we are located in the tiny town of Etna, Maine this is terrific. Our goal is to put Etna and the Healing Light Spiritual Center "on the map", so to speak, but we need your help. If you are on FB we invite you to "Like" our page, Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna, ME https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/ Then please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE our events. Share them on your FB page and on any FB group of which you are part. This helps us spread the word! Reminders Please keep in mind we are continuing to make an effort to keep everyone who comes to church and church center events safe. If you are feeling sick, have a fever, have any changes in breathing, any changes in smell or taste, or have a runny nose then please do not come to church. Masks are available for anyone who wants one. There is hand sanitizer on the counter as you enter the building and on the Healing Book table as well as other places throughout the building, we ask that you please use it. The bottom line is, please do not come to church or events if you or someone close to you is feeling unwell. Thank you! All events are updated regularly on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal And on our website: https://www.healinglightetna.org/events You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/minutes If you are a member in good standing you can request to see the church's financial statements by sending an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com If you are a member or friend of HLSC we invite you to put your business cards on our business card wall. The church phone numbers are 207-217-2697 or 207-269-2142 (Landline only, no text). You may still call any of the pastors or board members personally. Their contact phone numbers are listed at the end of the newsletter. 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. 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: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ or talk to one of the pastors or board members. 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 or email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com. Thank you. 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. You can email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com or contact individual board members. Contact information is below. There is also a suggestion box on the counter. If a friend forwarded you this newsletter and you would like to be on our email list please send an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church, and please do share this newsletter! Happy holidays to all! Rev. Janet Decker, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Rev. Michele Caitlyn-Strout, Rev. Sarah Lane & Angel Downing Rev. Janet Decker, President Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com Phone: 207-404-1845 Janice Nelson Kroesser, Vice-President Email: administrator@janussupported.org Ph: 207-845-2885 Shellie Babcock-Wells, Secretary slwells63@hotmail.com Rev. Sarah Lane, Treasurer Email: S.Lane88@yahoo.com Ph: 207-974-8824 Angel Downing, Trustee Email: downingmom5@gmail.com Ph: 207-573-4381 CHURCH SERVICE SPEAKERS, MEDIUMS, AND FACILITATORS December 4th: Rev. Kendra Wescott/Facilitator/Speaker, Rev. Alex Gilgan/Medium December 11th: Stephanie Cartwright/Facilitator & Speaker, Rev. Pattie Smith/Speaker & Medium December 18th: Rev. Sarah Lane/Facilitator, Speaker/Medium TBA December 24th: Rev.Sarah Lane, Facilitator Christmas Eve Service December 25th: No Service. Enjoy being with family and friends! WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE CENTER Potluck after church Sunday, December 4th On Sunday, December 4th, directly after the worship service, there will be our monthly potluck. Bring a little tasty dish to share, if you can. Rule of thumb…make a dish that would traditionally feed 8 people. If you are unable to bring anything, please stay and eat with us anyway. We have always been blessed with enough food to share. By the way, there are some non-perishable food items and some clothing on the table that folks have donated. If you are in need, please feel free to take some home. Also, please do stay and help us decorate our Christmas tree when the potluck is finished. Giving Tree We will have a giving tree once again this year. If you have a need the forms will be available to fill out from November 1st until November 30th. Tags will be put on the tree on December 1st. If you would like to be a gift giver this year your gift needs to be on the tree by December 18th. Gallery Readings, Friday, December 2nd, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 2 to 4 experienced and student mediums will bring messages from the spirit world to those present. In December Rev. Alex Gilgan and Chaplin Angel Downing are serving as mediums. Cost $10.00. Christmas Eve Service Saturday, December 24th at 6:00 pm. Refreshments will be served after the service. Join us for a lovely evening! Energy Healing Class, January 8th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm. This class is designed for folks who would like to be healers during church services. Before you can be a healer during our church service there is a level of understanding and knowledge you must have. Also, our church has certain levels of protocol that must be met. You will learn about the body's energy field and the chakras and you will learn how to feel the energy and how to be a channel for it. You will also learn what it means to be a healer. Stephanie Cartwright is the instructor for this class. Please let her know if you will be attending. Email: sjcartwright@myfairpoint.net Ph: 207-876-4248. Offered by Donation. Every Thursday, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Angel Downing will be at the center to provide free spiritual or paranormal consultations, healings, and or guidance. You may leave a monetary donation to the center to help with utilities, or volunteer your time to the center to provide an adequate exchange of energy. Mediumship Development Group Sunday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. (No class on December 4th or January 1st, 2023) Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. The group begins with a meditation and allows attendees to experience a variety of methods to open the lines of communication with The Other Side. There is no group meeting on the 3rd Sunday of the month. Offered by donation, so feel free to join us, even if your pockets may be a little empty one Sunday afternoon, we'd love to have you. Yoga Classes with Michelle Spencer are available. If interested please call the church. 207-217-2697 or 207-269-2142 (Landline only, no text) THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! A BIG THANK YOU to our Activities Committee chaired by Shelly Babcock-Wells, Rev. Kendra Wescott, Rev. Sarah Lane, and Angel Downing. A BIG THANK YOU to Rev. Sarah for handling the garage rentals and so many other things! A BIG THANK YOU to Rev. Janet Decker for creating and sending the newsletter every month. A BIG THANK YOU to Diane for taking care of our website. A BIG THANK YOU to Diane for the many other projects she does on behalf of our church. A BIG THANK YOU to Bruce Towle, our Building & Grounds Chairman, for the many projects he does to keep our church safe and warm. Bruce, we don't know what we would do without you! A BIG THANK YOU to our church service facilitators, Rev. Kendra Wescott, Rev. Michele Catilyn- Strout, Stephanie Cartwright, Rev. Sarah Lane, and Rev. Janet Decker A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money and/or supplies to our church. Most of these folks prefer to remain anonymous but spirit knows who you are! A BIG THANK YOU to our members and friends who support us. Without you, there would be no church. A BIG THANK YOU to our Speakers and Mediums who serve our church throughout the year. A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing Every Thursday, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Angel Downing will be at the center to provide free spiritual or paranormal consultations, healings, and or guidance. You may leave a monetary donation to the center to help with utilities, or volunteer your time to the center to provide an adequate exchange of energy. The Healing Light Garden Goddesses meet the first Thursday of every month at 4:00 pm in person at the center and through Google MeetUp. Some ideas they are working on are, a pet memorial area, a labyrinth, benches, and a healing space along with a community vegetable garden for all to enjoy. If you are interested in being part of this wonderful endeavor please let Sarah Lane know. Ph: 207-974-8824 Email: S.Lane88@yahoo.com The Activities Committee will meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:00 pm in person at the center and through Google Meet Up. If you are interested in being on the committee please let Sarah Lane know. S.Lane88@yahoo.com Ph: 207-974-8824 The Pastoral Council meets on the 2nd Sunday of every month right after church in the office. Ordination Program: Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. If you have considered being ordained perhaps this is a good time to begin. To learn more about it click the following link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination Storage Space Available! We have vehicle, boat, motorcycle, sled, and ATV storage space available for rent. Rent is $35.00 a month for car/truck/small boat rental, and $20.00 a month for motorcycles, sleds, and ATVs. Large boats taking up more than one space is $35.00 per space. We offer seasonal and year-round rentals. Please call, or text, 207-217-2697 or 207-269-2142 (Land line only, no text) to make arrangements. All rentals are on a first-come-first-served basis. Please bring in pictures of your feathered, furry, finned, or scaly family members to share on the Pet Picture Board. Food Pantry For Pets. If members, friends, community, etc. need some help feeding and caring for their pets, they are more than welcome to pick from the available items. Also, those who are blessed can leave dog and cat food and treats, fish food, lizard kibble, and pet toys...all pet-related items will be welcome. As we continue to grow our 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.HealingLightEtna.org or you can give donations to one of the pastors. All contributions, whether time or money, are always very gratefully appreciated! There has been a good response to our FB postings, newsletters, and advertising. The feedback has been favorable and considering we are located in the tiny town of Etna, Maine this is terrific. Our goal is to put Etna and the Healing Light Spiritual Center "on the map", so to speak, but we need your help. If you are on FB we invite you to "Like" our page, Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna, ME https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/ Then please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE our events. Share them on your FB page and on any FB group of which you are part. This helps us spread the word! Reminders Please keep in mind we are continuing to make an effort to keep everyone who comes to church and church center events safe. If you are feeling sick, have a fever, have any changes in breathing, any changes in smell or taste, or have a runny nose then please do not come to church. Masks are available for anyone who wants one. There is hand sanitizer on the counter as you enter the building and on the Healing Book table as well as other places throughout the building, we ask that you please use it. The bottom line is, please do not come to church or events if you or someone close to you is feeling unwell. Thank you! All events are updated regularly on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal And on our website: https://www.healinglightetna.org/events You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/minutes If you are a member in good standing you can request to see the church's financial statements by sending an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com If you are a member or friend of HLSC we invite you to put your business cards on our business card wall. The church phone numbers are 207-217-2697 or 207-269-2142 (Landline only, no text). You may still call any of the pastors or board members personally. Their contact phone numbers are listed at the end of the newsletter. 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. 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: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ or talk to one of the pastors or board members. 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 or email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com. Thank you. 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. You can email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com or contact individual board members. Contact information is below. There is also a suggestion box on the counter. If a friend forwarded you this newsletter and you would like to be on our email list please send an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church, and please do share this newsletter! Happy holidays to all! Rev. Janet Decker, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Rev. Michele Caitlyn-Strout, Rev. Sarah Lane & Angel Downing Rev. Janet Decker, President Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com Phone: 207-404-1845 Janice Nelson Kroesser, Vice-President Email: administrator@janussupported.org Ph: 207-845-2885 Shellie Babcock-Wells, Secretary Email: slwells63@hotmail.com Rev. Sarah Lane, Treasurer Email: S.Lane88@yahoo.com Ph: 207-974-8824 Angel Downing, Trustee Email: downingmom5@gmail.com Ph: 207-573-4381

November

On October 2nd our sanctuary was filled with animals, living and in spirit! Why? Because we had our very first Blessing Of The Animals. It was such a joy to see so many people attend with their fur babies. Someone once asked me if Spiritualists believed animals have souls. For me, it seemed a no-brainer kind of question. And after looking at them as if they had two heads I responded, "Of course, animals have souls! How could you ever doubt it?" It seems to me that I have always known animals have souls. I never had to think about it, it was just known. Through the years when one of my beloved animal companions would pass into spirit I could still feel them around me and as I developed my mediumship I could see them. And most certainly I grieved each and every one of them as I would a human family member or a human friend when they passed. If you’ve ever shared your life and love with an animal you know how deep the grief is felt when they leave us. I found this passage from the Bible which speaks of the level of feeling God has for animals; Psalm 36:5-7 "Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the ocean depths. You care for people and animals alike, O LORD. How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings". Principle number 5 in our updated Declaration of Principles reads, "We affirm that communication with other Dimensions, Spirit, Angels, all God's Creatures, and the Natural World, are demonstrated through the phenomena of Mediumship." Animals bring a lightness to life, and boy oh boy, does the human experience ever need that lightness. Possibly now more than ever. In your Christmas giving this year please consider donating pet food or the cost of a visit to the vet for a family in your community with pets who may be experiencing financial hardship. Also, our church accepts gifts of pet food for our pet pantry. And if you are in need of pet food please do not hesitate to stop by and pick something up to tide you over. Albert Schweitzer said, “A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help.” Blessed be, Rev. Janet Decker WEATHER NOTIFICATIONS! Church service and church event cancellations will be posted on WABI Channel 5 News and Facebook. We will also send notifications via email. Please check one of these sources before heading out to church on Sunday morning. CHURCH NEWS! Sunday, November 6th, is Potluck Sunday. Join us after church for a bite to eat and some good conversation with like-minded folks. Everyone welcome! We are pleased and happy to welcome our newest member, Randy Downing to our church family! Church membership yearly dues are due in January. If you joined the church after September of this year, 2022, you do not need to pay dues again until January 2024. Notices will be going out in the mail this month. Please fill out the membership form and include it with your dues payment. This is how we keep our member records up to date. Thank you! Angel Downing is now Chaplain for The Healing Light Spiritual Center community outreach service. This is a very important posting and we are grateful to have a fully trained Chaplain to fill it. Thank you, Angel! We will have a Christmas Eve service on December 24th at 6:00 pm. The Pastoral Council will meet on the 2nd Sunday of every month right after church. The Healing Light Spiritual Investigative Team will be meeting on Saturday, November 4th from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm in Burnham, Maine. This is a closed team training. For more information about this exciting work please contact Angel Downing at downingmom5@gmail.com CHURCH SERVICE SPEAKERS, MEDIUMS, AND FACILITATORS November 6th: Rev. Sarah Lane/Facilitator, Matthew McDonald/Speaker & Medium November 13th: Stephanie Cartwright/Facilitator, Pattie Smith/Speaker & Medium November 20th: Rev. Kendra Wescott/Facilitator/Speaker, Lauren Powers/Medium November 30th: Rev. Sarah Lane/Facilitator for Healing and Message Circle WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE CENTER Potluck after church Sunday, November 6th On Sunday, November 6th, directly after the worship service, there will be our monthly potluck. Bring a little tasty dish to share, if you can. Rule of thumb…make a dish that would traditionally feed 8 people. If you are unable to bring anything, please stay and eat with us anyway. We have always been blessed with enough food to share. By the way, there are some non-perishable food items and some clothing on the table that folks have donated. If you are in need, please feel free to take some home. Giving Tree We will have a giving tree once again this year. If you have a need the forms will be available to fill out from November 1st until November 27th. Tags will be put on the tree on December 1st. If you would like to be a gift giver this year your gift needs to be on the tree by December 18th. Gallery Readings, Friday, November 4th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 2 to 4 student and experienced mediums will bring messages from the spirit world to those present. Cost $10.00. Craft/Vendors/Mediums/Healers Fair, November 12th, 10:00 am -3:00 pm Why not do some holiday shopping and get a reading and healing while you are at it? Gift Certificates will also be available from our mediums and healers. These make excellent gifts for the person who already has everything else. There will a food truck and live music. Plan to join us! Thanksgiving Day Dinner, 2:00 pm Rev. Sarah will host a Thanksgiving day dinner for anyone who would like to come. We feel no one should have to be alone on this all-American holiday. If you have a dish you would like to bring please do. Offered by donation. Christmas Eve Service Saturday, December 24th at 6:00 pm Energy Healing Class, January 8th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm. This class is designed for folks who would like to be healers in church. Before you can be a healer during our church service there is a level of understanding and knowledge you must have. Also, our church has certain levels of protocol that must be met. You will learn about the body's energy field and the chakras and you will learn how to feel the energy and how to be a channel for it. You will also learn what it means to be a healer. Stephanie Cartwright is the instructor for this class. Please feel free to talk with her about it if you are interested. Every Thursday, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Angel Downing will be at the center to provide free spiritual or paranormal consultations, healings, and or guidance. You may leave a monetary donation to the center to help with utilities, or volunteer your time to the center to provide an adequate exchange of energy. Mediumship Development Group Sunday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. The group begins with a meditation and allows attendees to experience a variety of methods to open the lines of communication with The Other Side. There is no group meeting on the 3rd Sunday of the month, Offered by donation, so feel free to join us, even if your pockets may be a little empty one Sunday afternoon, we'd love to have you. Yoga Classes with Michelle Spencer are available. If interested please call the church. 207-217-2697 or 207-269-2142 (Landline only, no text) THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! A BIG THANK YOU to our Activities Committee chaired by Shelly Babcock-Wells, Rev. Michele Caitlyn Strout, Rev. Kendra Wescott, Rev. Sarah Lane, and Angel Downing. A BIG THANK YOU to Rev. Sarah for handling the garage rentals and so many other things! A BIG THANK YOU to Rev. Janet Decker for creating and sending the newsletter every month. A BIG THANK YOU to Diane and her son, Josh, for their time and effort in updating our website. It looks spectacular! A BIG THANK YOU to Diane for the many other projects she does on behalf of our church. A BIG THANK YOU to Bruce Towle, our Building & Grounds Chairman, for the many projects he does to keep our church safe and warm. Bruce, we don't know what we would do without you! A BIG THANK YOU to Ken Krosser for mowing the grass and fixing the lights. A BIG THANK YOU to our church service facilitators, Rev. Kendra Wescott, Rev. Michele Catilyn- Strout, Stephanie Cartwright, Rev. Sarah Lane, and Rev. Janet Decker A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money and/or supplies to our church. Most of these folks prefer to remain anonymous but spirit knows who you are! A BIG THANK YOU to our members and friends who support us. Without you, there would be no church. A BIG THANK YOU to our Speakers and Mediums who serve our church throughout the year. A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing Every Thursday, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Angel Downing will be at the center to provide free spiritual or paranormal consultations, healings, and or guidance. You may leave a monetary donation to the center to help with utilities, or volunteer your time to the center to provide an adequate exchange of energy. The Healing Light Garden Goddesses meet the first Thursday of every month at 4:00 pm in person at the center and through Google MeetUp. Some ideas they are working on are, a pet memorial area, a labyrinth, benches, and a healing space along with a community vegetable garden for all to enjoy. If you are interested in being part of this wonderful endeavor please let Sarah Lane know. Ph: 207-974-8824 Email: S.Lane88@yahoo.com The Activities Committee will meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:00 pm in person at the center and through Google Meet Up. If you are interested in being on the committee please let Sarah Lane know. S.Lane88@yahoo.com Ph: 207-974-8824 The Pastoral Council meets on the 2nd Sunday of every month right after church. Ordination Program: Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. If you have considered being ordained perhaps this is a good time to begin. To learn more about it click the following link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination Storage Space Available! We have vehicle, boat, motorcycle, sled, and ATV storage space available for rent. Rent is $35.00 a month for car/truck/small boat rental, and $20.00 a month for motorcycles, sleds, and ATVs. Large boats taking up more than one space is $35.00 per space. We offer seasonal and year-round rentals. Please call, or text, 207-217-2697 or 207-269-2142 (Land line only, no text) to make arrangements. All rentals are on a first-come-first-served basis. Please bring in pictures of your feathered, furry, finned, or scaly family members to share on the Pet Picture Board. Food Pantry For Pets. If members, friends, community, etc. need some help feeding and caring for their pets, they are more than welcome to pick from the available items. Also, those who are blessed can leave dog and cat food and treats, fish food, lizard kibble, and pet toys...all pet-related items will be welcome. As we continue to grow our 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.HealingLightEtna.org or you can give donations to one of the pastors. All contributions, whether time or money, are always very gratefully appreciated! There has been a good response to our FB postings, newsletters, and advertising. The feedback has been favorable and considering we are located in the tiny town of Etna, Maine this is terrific. Our goal is to put Etna and the Healing Light Spiritual Center "on the map", so to speak, but we need your help. If you are on FB we invite you to "Like" our page, Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna, ME https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/ Then please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE our events. Share them on your FB page and on any FB group of which you are part. This helps us spread the word! Reminders Please keep in mind we are continuing to make an effort to keep everyone who comes to church and church center events safe. If you are feeling sick, have a fever, have any changes in breathing, any changes in smell or taste, or have a runny nose then please do not come to church. Masks are available for anyone who wants one. There is hand sanitizer on the counter as you enter the building and on the Healing Book table as well as other places throughout the building, we ask that you please use it. The bottom line is, please do not come to church or events if you or someone close to you is feeling unwell. Thank you! All events are updated regularly on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal And on our website: https://www.healinglightetna.org/events You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/minutes If you are a member in good standing you can request to see the church's financial statements by sending an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com If you are a member or friend of HLSC we invite you to put your business cards on our business card wall. The church phone numbers are 207-217-2697 or 207-269-2142 (Landline only, no text). You may still call any of the pastors or board members personally. Their contact phone numbers are listed at the end of the newsletter. 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. 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: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ or talk to one of the pastors or board members. 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 or email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com. Thank you. 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. You can email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com or contact individual board members. Contact information is below. There is also a suggestion box on the counter. If a friend forwarded you this newsletter and you would like to be on our email list please send an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church, and please share this newsletter. Bright Blessings to all! Rev. Janet Decker, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Rev. Michele Caitlyn-Strout, Rev. Sarah Lane & Angel Downing Rev. Janet Decker, President Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com Phone: 207-404-1845 Janice Nelson Kroesser, Vice-President Email: administrator@janussupported.org Ph: 207-845-2885 Rev. Michele Caitlyn-Strout, Secretary Email: manyfaunas@gmail.com Ph: 207-631-7354 Rev. Sarah Lane, Treasurer Email: S.Lane88@yahoo.com Ph: 207-974-8824 Angel Downing, Trustee Email: downingmom5@gmail.com Ph: 207-573-4381

October

Autumn is the time of harvest and Halloween. A time for hot cider and gingerbread, family gatherings, and visits to the pumpkin patch to pick out that perfect pumpkin for carving. The days of autumn are warm and the nights are cool. It is a time when we begin getting ready for winter. For some, Autumn is a happy, festive time of year and yet others often feel a sense of melancholy or dread because along with saying goodbye to the hot days of summer they are also saying goodbye to the wonderfully long and bright days of summer. Principle number 7 in our Declaration of Principles states, we are personally responsible for our own happiness or unhappiness as we live in harmony or disharmony with nature's physical and spiritual laws. When we move with the rhythm of the seasons we are then living in harmony with nature's physical and spiritual laws thus creating our own happiness. Each season offers its own special vibration and magic. It is there for each of us to experience. I encourage everyone not to isolate themselves this fall and winter but rather seek out loved ones and/or like-minded folks to celebrate the seasons with. Our church and spiritual center offer numerous events and opportunities to gather for fun, and when needed, serious conversation. Come check us out. Everyone is welcome! Blessed be, Rev. Janet Decker CHURCH NEWS! Sunday, October 2nd, is Potluck Sunday. Join us after church for a bite to eat and some good conversation with like-minded folks. Everyone welcome! On Sunday, October 2nd during the church service there will be a Blessing of the animals. Bring your well-behaved furry, feathered, and scaly friends to church or you can just bring a picture if you like. There will also be a table of remembrance for our beloved animal companions who have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. The yearly members' meeting was held on Sunday, September 18th. At that meeting, Rev. Janet Decker was voted in as president for 2 more years. Rev. Sarah Lane was voted in as Treasurer for a 2-year term and Angel Downing was voted in for a one-year term as trustee. We thank them for their willingness to serve our church! During the meeting, members voted to adopt an updated version of our Declaration Of Principles. We started reciting these on Sunday, September 25th. You can read the minutes from all of our board and members' meetings on our wonderful new website! https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ We are pleased and happy to welcome our newest member, Joao Bordallo, to our church family! On October 9th Pattie Smith will receive her Ordination during the church service. Pattie has been serving Spiritualist Churches and Camps in all capacities since the 1980s. Please join us as we celebrate this long-awaited joyful occasion! Sandwiches and cake will be served after the service. Our water issues have been fixed! We have a new well pump and pressure tank. We are grateful to the beautiful soul who made this possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you! The Healing Light Spiritual Investigative Team will be meeting on Saturday, October 15th, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm in Guilford, Maine. This is a closed team training. For more information about this exciting work please contact Angel Downing at downingmom5@gmail.com CHURCH SERVICE SPEAKERS, MEDIUMS, AND FACILITATORS October 2nd: Michele Caitlyn-Strout/Facilitator/Speaker, Rev. Kendra Wescott/Medium October 9th: Stephanie Cartwright/Facilitator, Pattie Smith/Speaker/Medium October 16th: Rev. Sarah Lane/Facilitator/Speaker, Rev. Alex Gilgan/Medium October 23rd: Rev. Kendra Wescott/Facilitator/Speaker, Lauren Powers/Medium October 30th: Rev. Michele Caitlyn-Strout/Facilitator for our Healing & Message Circle WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE CENTER Potluck after church Sunday, October 2nd On Sunday, October 2nd, directly after the worship service, there will be our monthly potluck. Bring a little tasty dish to share, if you can. Rule of thumb…make a dish that would traditionally feed 8 people. If you are unable to bring anything, please stay and eat with us anyway. We have always been blessed with enough food to share. By the way, there are some non-perishable food items and some clothing on the table that folks have donated. If you are in need, please feel free to take some home. Mediumship Development Group Sunday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. The group begins with a meditation and allows attendees to experience a variety of methods to open the lines of communication with The Other Side. There is no group meeting on the 3rd Sunday of the month, Offered by donation, so feel free to join us, even if your pockets may be a little empty one Sunday afternoon, we'd love to have you. Every Thursday, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Angel Downing will be at the center to provide free spiritual or paranormal consultations, healings, and or guidance. You may leave a monetary donation to the center to help with utilities, or volunteer your time to the center to provide an adequate exchange of energy. Yoga Classes with Michelle Spencer Tuesday, September 13th - October 18th, 11 am - 12 noon. Yoga & Mindfulness for Children, Caregivers, Homeschool Providers, and Students. This one-hour class will engage children and adults to be present, focused, and mindful for overall wellness. This class will be acceptable for homeschooled students to use as a physical education credit. Michelle is a registered Yoga Teacher and certified Children's Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher specializing in trauma-sensitive & challenging behaviors. This class is being offered in 6-week intervals for a cost of $50.00 per 6-week session. Optional Yoga & Pilates for Health & Fitness. Two, 6-week sessions are available to keep people motivated during the holiday season. Inquire with interest for more information. Registration required. Balancedwellnesstherapies@gmail.com Gallery Readings, Friday, November 4th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 2 to 4 student and experienced mediums will bring messages from the spirit world to those present. Cost $10.00. Craft/Vendors/Mediums/Healers Fair, November 12th, 10:00 am -3:00 pm Why not do some holiday shopping and get a reading and healing while you are at it? Gift Certificates will also be available from our mediums and healers. These make excellent gifts for the person who already has everything else! Thanksgiving Day Dinner, 2:00 pm Rev. Sarah will host a Thanksgiving day dinner for anyone who would like to come. We feel no one should have to be alone on this all-American holiday. If you have a dish you would like to bring please do. Offered by donation. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! A BIG THANK YOU to Rev. Sarah for organizing the church services and all the wonderful events we hold at our center... and for everything else you do! A BIG THANK YOU to Rev. Janet Decker for creating and sending the newsletter every month. A BIG THANK YOU to Diane and her son, Josh, for their time and effort in updating our website. It looks spectacular! A BIG THANK YOU to Diane for the many other projects she does on behalf of our church. A BIG THANK YOU to Bruce Towle, our Building & Grounds Chairman, for the many projects he does to keep our church safe and warm. Bruce, we don't know what we would do without you! A BIG THANK YOU to Ken Krosser for mowing the grass and fixing the lights. A BIG THANK YOU to Rev. Michele and Rev. Kendra for cleaning our beautiful space last month. A BIG THANK YOU to our Activities Committee chaired by Rev. Sarah Lane, Rev. Michele Caitlyn Strout, Rev. Kendra Wescott, Shellie Babcock-Wells, and Angel Downing. A BIG THANK YOU to our church service facilitators, Rev. Kendra Wescott, Rev. Michele Catilyn- Strout, Stephanie Cartwright, Rev. Sarah Lane, and Rev. Janet Decker A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money and/or supplies to our church. Most of these folks prefer to remain anonymous but spirit knows who you are! A BIG THANK YOU to our members and friends who support us. Without you, there would be no church. A BIG THANK YOU to our Speakers and Mediums who serve our church throughout the year. A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing The Healing Light Garden Goddesses meet the first Thursday of every month at 4:00 pm in person at the center and through Google MeetUp. Some ideas they are working on are, a pet memorial area, a labyrinth, benches, and a healing space along with a community vegetable garden for all to enjoy. If you are interested in being part of this wonderful endeavor please let Sarah Lane know. Ph: 207-974-8824 Email: S.Lane88@yahoo.com The Activities Committee will meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:00 pm in person at the center and through Google Meet Up. If you are interested in being on the committee please let Sarah Lane know. S.Lane88@yahoo.com Ph: 207-974-8824 Ordination Program: Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. If you have considered being ordained perhaps this is a good time to begin. To learn more about it click the following link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination Storage Space Available! We have vehicle, boat, motorcycle, sled, and ATV storage space available for rent. Rent is $35.00 a month for car/truck/small boat rental, and $20.00 a month for motorcycles, sleds, and ATVs. Large boats taking up more than one space is $35.00 per space. We offer seasonal and year-round rentals. Please call, or text, 207-217-2697 or 207-269-2142 (Land line only, no text) to make arrangements. All rentals are on a first-come-first-served basis. Please bring in pictures of your feathered, furry, finned, or scaly family members to share on the Pet Picture Board. Food Pantry For Pets. If members, friends, community, etc. need some help feeding and caring for their pets, they are more than welcome to pick from the available items. Also, those who are blessed can leave dog and cat food and treats, fish food, lizard kibble, and pet toys...all pet-related items will be welcome. As we continue to grow our 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.HealingLightEtna.org or you can give donations to one of the pastors. All contributions, whether time or money, are always very gratefully appreciated! There has been a good response to our FB postings, newsletters, and advertising. The feedback has been favorable and considering we are located in the tiny town of Etna, Maine this is terrific. Our goal is to put Etna and the Healing Light Spiritual Center "on the map", so to speak, but we need your help. If you are on FB we invite you to "Like" our page, Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna, ME https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/ Then please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE our events. Share them on your FB page and on any FB group of which you are part. This helps us spread the word! Reminders Please keep in mind we are continuing to make an effort to keep everyone who comes to church and church center events safe. If you are feeling sick, have a fever, have any changes in breathing, any changes in smell or taste, or have a runny nose then please do not come to church. Masks are available for anyone who wants one. There is hand sanitizer on the counter as you enter the building and on the Healing Book table as well as other places throughout the building, we ask that you please use it. The bottom line is, please do not come to church or events if you or someone close to you is feeling unwell. Thank you! All events are updated regularly on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal And on our website: https://www.healinglightetna.org/events You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/minutes If you are a member in good standing you can request to see the church's financial statements by sending an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com If you are a member or friend of HLSC we invite you to put your business cards on our business card wall. The church phone numbers are 207-217-2697 or 207-269-2142 (Landline only, no text). You may still call any of the pastors or board members personally. Their contact phone numbers are listed at the end of the newsletter. 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. 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: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ or talk to one of the pastors or board members. 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 or email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com. Thank you. 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. You can email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com or contact individual board members. Contact information is below. There is also a suggestion box on the counter. If a friend forwarded you this newsletter and you would like to be on our email list please send an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church, and please share this newsletter. Bright Blessings to all! Rev. Janet Decker, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Rev. Michele Caitlyn-Strout, Rev. Sarah Lane & Angel Downing Rev. Janet Decker, President Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com Phone: 207-404-1845 Janice Nelson Kroesser, Vice-President Email: administrator@janussupported.org Ph: 207-845-2885 Rev. Michele Caitlyn-Strout, Secretary Email: manyfaunas@gmail.com Ph: 207-631-7354 Rev. Sarah Lane, Treasurer Email: S.Lane88@yahoo.com Ph: 207-974-8824 Angel Downing, Trustee Email: downingmom5@gmail.com Ph: 207-573-4381

September

Healing Light Spiritualist Church September 2022 Newsletter Greetings Everyone, After spending 3 hours on this newsletter something happened and the entire thing was deleted. In order to get the news out in a reasonable time frame, we'll go straight to the news. Blessed Be, Rev. Janet Decker CHURCH NEWS! Sunday, September 4th, is Potluck Sunday. Join us after church for a bite to eat and some good conversation with like-minded folks. Everyone welcome! The yearly members' meeting will be held on Sunday, September 18th, right after the church service. There are 3 board positions that will be voted on. President, Treasurer, and Trustee. If you are interested in serving our church in this way you may contact Stephanie Cartwright. sjcartwright@myfairpoint.net At this meeting, we will also, be voting on an updated version of our Declaration Of Principles. Copies of it are on the counter as you enter the center. All members are encouraged to attend. Your voice is important to us! On August 28th Sarah Lane was Ordained as an Independent Spiritualist Minister during the church service. We are pleased and proud to now call her, Reverend Sarah. Also, as part of her spiritual duties, Rev. Sarah has agreed to step into the role of Lead Pastor for our church. We wish her well on her spiritual journey. She has done well! Our new website is up and it looks great and is now more user-friendly. We are excited about this and very grateful to Josh Childers and Diane Jackman Skolfield for working on this project. Please check it out! https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ We are pleased and happy to welcome our newest member, Tara Gilmartin, to our church family! On October 9th Pattie Smith will receive her Ordination during the church service. Pattie has been serving Spiritualist Churches and Camps in all capacities since the 1980s. Please join us as we celebrate this long-awaited joyful occasion! Diane Skolfield has written an ad for our church and she and Matthew McDonald have recorded it. They started airing on Stephen King's radio stations, WZLO and WKIT, yesterday. Please let us know if you hear about The Healing Light Church on the radio! We would really welcome help with mowing the grass this year. If you have even one day a month to contribute your time it would be a HUGE help. We have a lawn mower and weed whacker for you to use. Thank you! We also need help cleaning the center. We usually do this the Saturday following Potluck Sunday. It isn't necessary to commit to cleaning every month. Any help you can give is greatly appreciated! There is a signup sheet on the counter as you enter the building and/or you can speak with Michele Caitlyn Strout. Ph: 207-941-2032 Email: manyfaunas@gmail.com CHURCH SERVICE SPEAKERS, MEDIUMS, AND FACILITATORS September 4th: Michele Caitlyn-Strout/Facilitator, Angel Downing/Medium September 11th: Rev. Janet Decker/Facilitator, Colin Hall Speaker/Medium September 18th: Rev. Kendra Wescott/Facilitator, Rev. Janet Decker/Speaker, Lauren Powers/Medium September 25th: Rev. Sarah Lane is the Facilitator for our Healing and Message Circle WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE CENTER Potluck after church Sunday, September 4th On Sunday, September 4th, directly after the worship service, there will be our monthly potluck. Bring a little tasty dish to share, if you can. Rule of thumb…make a dish that would traditionally feed 8 people. If you are unable to bring anything, please stay and eat with us anyway. We have always been blessed with enough food to share. By the way, there are some non-perishable food items and some clothing on the table that folks have donated. If you are in need, please feel free to take some home. Every Thursday, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Angel Downing will be at the center to provide free spiritual or paranormal consultations, healings, and or guidance. You may leave a monetary donation to the center to help with utilities, or volunteer your time to the center to provide an adequate exchange of energy. Psychic Mediumship Demonstration, Friday, September 9th, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, with Colin Hall. Colin is an internationally known and celebrated Psychic Artist. You can see some of his artwork at our center. Come enjoy a delightful evening with Colin! Refreshments will be served after the demonstration. You can learn more about Colin here. https://www.colinhallart.com/about By donation. Healing Circle, September 10th, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm, with Joao Bordallo The circle will consist of 4 different exercises: Breathing, Drumming, Chanting, and Hands-on Healing. We will work in groups of 3 and apply different techniques. Joao is an Afro-Brazilian Healer, a Capoeira Master, a Martial Arts expert, and an amazing Mindful Movement Dance Instructor. His work is a unique combination of martial art, dance, and meditation that blends balance, agility, strength, music, and mindfulness inspired by his training in Turkey, Germany, and Japan. He has traveled as a teacher and creative instructor to Asia, Africa, Europe, and America. Comments from our last class: "It inspired a lovely sense of calm." "It reduced my stress level." "I loved every minute and I can't wait for the next class." You don't want to miss this healing opportunity! Cost $20.00 Mediumship and Spiritual Art With Colin Hall! September 15 & 16, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, and September 17th, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Build confidence in your art and develop your mediumistic gifts from Mater, Colin Hall. This workshop is designed to help open your creative center, develop your spiritual gifts, and cultivate your artistic abilities. This workshop teaches you to "go with the flow." During our time together you will be learning about, and working with, colors and symbols and their connection to the spirit world. You will be creating Auragraphs. This course includes the practice and use of pastel pencils and is suitable for students of all levels. We will start with a meditation and interpret what we receive in the meditation. The state of mediation is where our wonderful spiritual gifts of art mediumship and healing are waiting to be developed. And, interpreting what you receive in meditation is a wonderful way to strengthen your mediumistic and healing gifts. It also strengthens your relations with the spirit world. For more information about Colin Hall go to his website, collinhallgallart.com Cost $75.00 Colin will be offering Psychic Art Mediumship readings while he is here with us. You can make an appointment with him for a 20, 30, or 60-minute reading. You will come away with a piece of art created by Colin. You will not be disappointed! To arrange a reading please contact Colin through email at colinhall@talktalk.net, or through his Website at, https://www.colinhallart.com/contact, or through Facebook messenger or Facetime. Yoga Classes with Michele Spencer Tuesday, September 13th - October 18th, 11 am - 12 noon. Yoga & Mindfulness for Children, Caregivers, Homeschool Providers, and Students. This one-hour class will engage children and adults to be present, focused, and mindful for overall wellness. This class will be acceptable for homeschooled students to use as a physical education credit. Michelle is a registered Yoga Teacher and certified Children's Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher specializing in trauma-sensitive & challenging behaviors. This class is being offered in 6-week intervals for a cost of $50.00 per 6-week session. Optional Yoga & Pilates for Health & Fitness. Two, 6-week sessions are available to keep people motivated during the holiday season. Inquire with interest for more information. Registration required. Balancedwellnesstherapies@gmail.com Past Life Regression Training for Hypnotists and Hypnotherapists, September 22, 23,24, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm with Rev. Dr. Janet Decker. This 3-day intensive is structured for people who have already had hypnosis training. You will learn how to successfully and safely regress a person to a past life in order to discover the source of present-day physical, emotional and spiritual issues. Often, once viewed, the issues will disappear. You can also perform past life regressions for personal enrichment for yourself and your clients. Upon completion, students will receive certification from the International Metaphysical University (IMU). This class is limited to 6 people so pre-registration is required. Cost $350.00. Ph: 207-404-1845 or Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com Healing Light Spiritual Investigative Team will be having its first official team meeting on Saturday, September 24th from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. For more information about this exciting work please contact Angel Downing at downingmom5@gmail.com Craft/Vendors/Mediums/Healers Fair, November 12th, 10:00 am -3:00 pm Why not do some holiday shopping and get a reading and healing while you are at it? Gift Certificates will also be available from our mediums and healers. These make excellent gifts for the person who already has everything else! Mediumship Development Group Sunday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd in Etna. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. The group begins with a meditation and allows attendees to experience a variety of methods to open the lines of communication with The Other Side. There is no group meeting on the 3rd Sunday of the month, Cost is by donation, so feel free to join us, even if your pockets may be a little empty one Sunday afternoon, we'd love to have you. Intuitive Art Class with Sarah Lane will resume in the fall. The Book Discussion group will resume in the fall. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! A BIG THANK YOU to Rev. Janet Decker for creating and sending the newsletter every month. A BIG THANK YOU to Rev. Sarah for organizing all the wonderful events we hold at our center and for everything else you do! A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Skolfield and Matt McDonald for the ad that is running on Stephen King's radio station. A BIG THANK YOU to Diane and her son, Josh, for their time and effort in updating our website. It looks spectacular! A BIG THANK YOU to Diane for the many other projects she does on behalf of our church. A BIG THANK YOU to Bruce Towle, our Building & Grounds Chairman, for the many projects he does to keep our church safe and warm. Bruce, we don't know what we would do without you! A BIG THANK YOU to Rev. Michele and Rev. Janet for cleaning our beautiful space last month. A BIG THANK YOU to our Activities Committee chaired by Rev. Sarah Lane, Rev. Michele Caitlyn Strout, Rev. Kendra Wescott, Shellie Babcock-Wells and Angel Downing. A BIG THANK YOU to our church service facilitators, Rev. Kendra Wescott, Rev. Michele Catilyn- Strout, Stephanie Cartwright, Rev. Sarah Lane, and Rev. Janet Decker A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money and/or supplies to our church. Most of these folks prefer to remain anonymous but spirit knows who you are! A BIG THANK YOU to our members and friends who support us. Without you, there would be no church. A BIG THANK YOU to our Speakers and Mediums who serve our church throughout the year. A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing Every Thursday, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Angel Downing is at the center to provide free spiritual or paranormal consultations, healings, and or guidance. You may leave a monetary donation to the center to help with utilities, or volunteer your time to the center to provide an adequate exchange of energy. The Healing Light Garden Goddesses meet the first Thursday of every month at 4:00 pm in person at the center and through Google MeetUp. Some ideas they are working on are, a pet memorial area, a labyrinth, benches, and a healing space along with a community vegetable garden for all to enjoy. If you are interested in being part of this wonderful endeavor please let Sarah Lane know. Ph: 207-974-8824 Email: S.Lane88@yahoo.com The Activities Committee will meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:00 pm in person at the center and through Google Meet Up. If you are interested in being on the committee please let Sarah Lane know. S.Lane88@yahoo.com Ph: 207-974-8824 Ordination Program: Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. If you have considered being ordained perhaps this is a good time to begin. To learn more about it click the following link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination Storage Space Available! We have vehicle, boat, motorcycle, sled, and ATV storage space available for rent. Rent is $35.00 a month for car/truck/small boat rental, and $20.00 a month for motorcycles, sleds, and ATVs. Large boats taking up more than one space is $35.00 per space. We offer seasonal and year-round rentals. Please call, or text, 207-217-2697 or 207-269-2142 (Land line only, no text) to make arrangements. All rentals are on a first-come-first-served basis. We can always use some help cleaning our beautiful Center once a month. This includes vacuuming, dusting, and washing the floors. Please write your name on the sign-up sheet on the counter just as you come in the front door. Many hands make light work! If you would like to help our center in this way please email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com . Thanks so much! Please bring in pictures of your feathered, furry, finned, or scaly family members to share on the Pet Picture Board. Food Pantry For Pets. If members, friends, community, etc. need some help feeding and caring for their pets, they are more than welcome to pick from the available items. Also, those who are blessed can leave dog and cat food and treats, fish food, lizard kibble, and pet toys...all pet-related items will be welcome. As we continue to grow our 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.HealingLightEtna.org or you can give donations to one of the pastors. All contributions, whether time or money, are always very gratefully appreciated! There has been a good response to our FB postings, newsletters, and advertising. The feedback has been favorable and considering we are located in the tiny town of Etna, Maine this is terrific. Our goal is to put Etna and the Healing Light Spiritual Center "on the map", so to speak, but we need your help. If you are on FB we invite you to "Like" our page, Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna, ME https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/ Then please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE our events. Share them on your FB page and on any FB group of which you are part. This helps us spread the word! Reminders Please keep in mind we are continuing to make an effort to keep everyone who comes to church and church center events safe. If you are feeling sick, have a fever, have any changes in breathing, any changes in smell or taste, or have a runny nose then please do not come to church. Masks are available for anyone who wants one. There is hand sanitizer on the counter as you enter the building and on the Healing Book table as well as other places throughout the building, we ask that you please use it. The bottom line is, please do not come to church or events if you or someone close to you is feeling unwell. Thank you! All events are updated regularly on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal And on our website: https://www.healinglightetna.org/events You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/minutes If you are a member in good standing you can request to see the church's financial statements by sending an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com If you are a member or friend of HLSC we invite you to put your business cards on our business card wall. The church phone numbers are 207-217-2697 or 207-269-2142 (Landline only, no text). You may still call any of the pastors or board members personally. Their contact phone numbers are listed at the end of the newsletter. 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. 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: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ or talk to one of the pastors or board members. 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 or email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com. Thank you. 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. You can email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com or contact individual board members. Contact information is below. There is also a suggestion box on the counter. If a friend forwarded you this newsletter and you would like to be on our email list please send an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church, and please share this newsletter. Bright Blessings to all! Rev. Janet Decker, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Rev. Michele Caitlyn-Strout, Rev. Sarah Lane & Rev. Alex Gilgan Rev. Janet Decker, President Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com Phone: 207-404-1845 Janice Nelson Kroesse, Vice-President Email: administrator@janussupported.org Ph: 207-845-2885 Rev. Michele Caitlyn-Strout, Secretary Email: manyfaunas@gmail.com Ph: 207-631-7354 Rev. Sarah Lane, Treasurer Email: S.Lane88@yahoo.com Ph: 207-974-8824 Rev. Alex Gilgan. Trustee Email: StayConnected333@gmail.com Ph: 207-478-2452

August

What are Nature's Physical and Spiritual Laws Spiritualist Principle numbers 2, 3, and 7 talk about nature, both physical and spiritual, as an expression of Infinite Intelligence. They further state that, "having a correct understanding of such expression, and living in accordance therewith, constitute true religion", and that, "we make our own happiness or unhappiness as we obey or disobey nature's physical and spiritual laws." The question has arisen in our conversations at church as to what nature's laws are, exactly. I will attempt to clarify this for all who are interested. When we observe nature we notice that all things are held in balance and move in cycles. A healthy physical environment, one could also say a happy environment, is one where balance is perfect. Sunlight, water, nutrients, exercise, active time, quiet time, sleep, and hibernation (winter provides this in nature), all in perfect balance create a healthy, happy physical environment. The spiritual component of nature is that all of life is interdependent on everything else. Nature is a community of living things. Nothing in nature can exist by itself. Everything is dependent upon everything else to be healthy, happy, and survive. If we take in sunlight, water, nutrients, exercise, active time, quiet time, sleep, and even hibernation, winter provides this, all in proper balance, life flows and we experience good health and happiness. When we live in community with each other, all recognizing each other's special gifts, our special needs, our uniqueness, drawing on each other as if from a well of perfection, which it is, we experience happiness. We are not supposed to be alone, Infinite Intelligence did not design us to be so, and we do not have to do everything alone. Hence, principle # 7 gives us the perfect formula for experiencing happiness. “We affirm the moral responsibility of individuals, and that we make our own happiness or unhappiness as we obey or disobey Nature’s physical and spiritual laws.” Simply put, follow nature's lead. Get enough sunlight, water, nutrients, exercise, active time, quiet time, sleep, hibernation (withdrawal from the outside world, going inside), when needed, and social interaction with those you feel aligned with and you will create your own happiness. Our church community provides the spiritual component of our principles. We are a loving, caring, giving, and supportive community. We do fun and interesting things. Join us as we create our own happiness together! Blessed Be, Rev. Janet Decker CHURCH NEWS! Sunday, August 7th, is Potluck Sunday. Join us after church for a bite to eat and some good conversation with like-minded folks. Everyone welcome! We are happy to report that our 3-year anniversary gala was a HUGE success! Many, if not all, of the vendors are planning to return next year. We are grateful to every person who helped us with this event. Without you, we would not have anything to celebrate. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! New service offered! The Healing Light Spiritual Center is excited to share some new information. We have partnered with Angel Downing of Willow and Winds to provide spiritual and paranormal consultations. Angel will also be building a team to help educate and investigate, as well as heal supernatural situations Angel Downing is the owner of Willow and Winds and she is an experienced Certified Leading Paranormal Investigator, Spiritual Consultant, Ordained Minister, and Deacon. She is trained in mental health, and substance abuse, and trained as a Chaplain at our local hospital. She is a healer as well as an Intuitive Psychic Medium. Angel will be at the center on Thursdays, starting on Thursday, July 28th from 12 noon until 3 pm. She will provide free spiritual or paranormal consultations, healings, and or guidance. You may leave a monetary donation to the center to help with utilities, or volunteer your time to the center to provide an adequate exchange of energy. Angel will also be training spiritual investigators. Once trained they will be helping her investigate and help heal areas on a supernatural, paranormal level. This team will be training over the next 6 months. As healers, we find it very important to make this service available to the community. There is a new Facebook Group "Healing Light Spiritual Investigators" and a training event planned for August 6th from 10:30 am - 6:00 pm. More information will be shared in that group and through emails. There is a $30 charge for this training, if you are unable to pay please message Sarah Lane to exchange volunteer hours for your training. Feel free to message Angel Downing through Willow and Winds on Facebook, or Sarah Lane, S.Lane88@yahoo.com Ph: 207-974-8824 for more information. If you do not have Facebook, feel free to email Angel at Downingmom5@gmail.com . We are asking that team members are members of the church or affiliated with the Center, or be willing to start attending. If you aren't sure if you qualify for this event please message us. Our website is getting a make-over. We are excited about this and very grateful to Josh Childers and Diane Jackman Skolfield for working on this project. We will let you know as soon as it is launched. We welcome our newest member, Angel Downing, to our church family! There will be a board meeting on August 21st right after the church service. All members are encouraged to attend. Your voice counts! The garden committee, now called the Healing Light Garden Goddesses, had its first meeting on July 7th. Some wonderful ideas came up at the first meeting such as a pet memorial area, a labyrinth, benches, and a healing space along with a community vegetable garden for all to enjoy. The committee meets at 4:00 pm in person at the center, and through Google MeetUp, on the first Thursday of every month. If you are interested in being part of this wonderful endeavor please let Sarah Lane know. Ph: 207-974-8824 Email: S.Lane88@yahoo.com The Activities Committee will meet on the 2nd Monday of the month, August 8th, at 6:00 pm in person at the center and through Google Meet Up. If you are interested in being on the committee please let Sarah Lane know. Ph: 207-974-8824 Email: S.Lane88@yahoo.com We would really welcome help with mowing the grass this year. If you have even one day a month to contribute your time it would be a HUGE help. We have a lawn mower and weed whacker for you to use. Thank you! We also need help cleaning the center. We usually do this the Saturday following Potluck Sunday. It isn't necessary to commit to cleaning every month. Any help you can give is greatly appreciated! There is a signup sheet on the counter as you enter the building and/or you can speak with Michele Caitlyn Strout. Ph: 207-941-2032 Email: manyfaunas@gmail.com CHURCH SERVICE SPEAKERS, MEDIUMS, AND FACILITATORS August 7th: Kendra Wescott/ Facilitator and speaker, Lauren Powers/Medium August 14th: Rev. Janet Decker/Facilitator, Rev. Matthew McDonald Speaker/Medium August 21st: Stephaine Cartwright/Facilitator and speaker, Rev. Alex Gilgan/Medium August 28th: Sarah Lane is the Facilitator for our Healing and Message Circle WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE CENTER Potluck after church Sunday, August 7th This coming Sunday, July 3rd, directly after the worship service, there will be our monthly potluck. Bring a little tasty dish to share, if you can. Rule of thumb…make a dish that would traditionally feed 8 people. If you are unable to bring anything, please stay and eat with us anyway. We have always been blessed with enough food to share. By the way, there are some non-perishable food items and some clothing on the table that folks have donated. If you are in need, please feel free to take some home. Every Thursday, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Angel Downing will be at the center to provide free spiritual or paranormal consultations, healings, and or guidance. You may leave a monetary donation to the center to help with utilities, or volunteer your time to the center to provide an adequate exchange of energy. Spiritual Investigators training event, Saturday, August 6th, 10:30 am - 6:00 pm There is a $30.00 charge for this training. If you are unable to pay please contact Sarah Lane, S.Lane88@yahoo.com Ph: 207-974-8824, to exchange volunteer hours for your training. More information will be shared through our Facebook group If you do not have Facebook you may email Angel at Downingmom5@gmail.com. We are asking that team members be members of the HLSC or affiliated with the Center, or be willing to start attending church. If you aren't sure you qualify for this event please message Angel. Yoga Classes with Michele Spencer Tuesday nights July 12 - August 16, 5:30 - 6:15 pm, and Saturday's July 16 - August 20, 9:45 am - 10:30 am. Cost $45.00 for all 6 weeks paid in full or $10.00 per class. Chanting, Drumming, and Inspirational Movement, Sunday, August 28th, 3:30 - 5:30, Class with Joao Bordallo. Joao is an Afro-Brazilian Healer, a Capoeira Master, a Martial Arts expert, and an amazing Mindful Movement Dance Instructor. His work is a unique combination of martial art, dance, and meditation that blends balance, agility, strength, music, and mindfulness inspired by his training in Turkey, Germany, and Japan. He has traveled as a teacher and creative instructor to Asia, Africa, Europe, and America. Comments from our last class: "It inspired a lovely sense of calm." "It reduced my stress level." "I loved every minute and I can't wait for the next class." This next class promises to be an amazing afternoon. The cost is only $20.00 for this inspirational opportunity! Chakra Art, Friday and Saturday, August 19th/20th, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, with Sarah Lane. There will be instruction and discussion on the 7 chakra centers and the role they play on multiple levels in our human journey. You will also experience how the chakras affect our psychic development by creating art. Following a guided meditation to assist you in opening your chakras we will create a piece of art for each of the 7 chakras using paint and canvas. The cost for this 2-day class is $150.00. All materials are supplied. You will need to pre-register for this class. Please call or email Sarah. Email: S.Lane88@yahoo.com Ph: 207-974-8824 Professional Hypnosis Training, August 22nd –26th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm with Rev. Dr. Janet Decker. This 5 day intensive will train you in the art/science of spiritual and clinical hypnosis including self-hypnosis. Students will learn how to hypnotize another person, create powerful mind-programming suggestions, work with the Higher Self, and counsel clients. 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). This class is limited to 6 people so pre-registration is required. Cost $1,111.00 Ph: 207-404-1845 or Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com Healing Circle, September 11th, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm, with Joao Bordallo The circle will consist of 4 different exercises: Breathing, Drumming, Chanting, and Hands-on Healing. We will work in groups of 3 and apply different techniques. Cost $20.00 Psychic Mediumship Demonstration, Friday, September 9th, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, with Colin Hall. Colin is an internationally known and celebrated Psychic Artist. You can see some of his artwork at our center. Come enjoy a delightful evening with Colin. You can learn more about Colin here. https://www.colinhallart.com/about By donation. Mediumship and Spiritual Art With Colin Hall! September 17th, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Build confidence in your art and develop your mediumistic gifts from Mater, Colin Hall. This workshop is designed to help open your creative center, develop your spiritual gifts, and cultivate your artistic abilities. This workshop teaches you to "go with the flow." During our time together you will be learning about, and working with, colors and symbols and their connection to the spirit world. You will be creating Auragraphs. This course includes the practice and use of pastel pencils and is suitable for students of all levels. We will start with a meditation and interpret what we receive in the meditation. The state of mediation is where our wonderful spiritual gifts of art mediumship and healing are waiting to be developed. And, interpreting what your receive in meditation is a wonderful way to strengthen your mediumistic and healing gifts. It also strengthens your relations with the spirit world. For more information about Colin Hall go to his website, collinhallgallart.com Cost $75.00 Past Life Regression Training for Hypnotists and Hypnotherapists, September 22, 23,24, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm with Rev. Dr. Janet Decker. This 3-day intensive is structured for people who have already had hypnosis training. You will learn how to successfully and safely regress a person to a past life in order to discover the source of present-day physical, emotional and spiritual issues. Often, once viewed, the issues will disappear. You can also perform past life regressions for personal enrichment for yourself and your clients. Upon completion, students will receive certification from the International Metaphysical University (IMU). This class is limited to 6 people so pre-registration is required. Cost $350.00. Ph: 207-404-1845 or Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com Mediumship Development Group Sunday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd in Etna. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. The group begins with a meditation and allows attendees to experience a variety of methods to open the lines of communication with The Other Side. There is no group meeting on the 3rd Sunday of the month, Cost is by donation, so feel free to join us, even if your pockets may be a little empty one Sunday afternoon, we'd love to have you join us. Intuitive Art Class with Sarah Lane will resume in the fall. The Book Discussion group will resume in the fall. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! A BIG THANK YOU to Matthew McDonald for hosting a fabulous fundraiser for our church on June 11th and to the people who offered their time, Nick Isgro, Dr. Lee Whiting, and Kirtan Maine Meditation. A BIG THANK YOU to Sarah for organizing all the wonderful events we hold at our center. You outdid yourself with our July 3rd Gala! A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped with our anniversary Gala. A HUGE amount of work went into putting this event together and it was wonderful to have so much help! A BIG THANK YOU to Diane and her son, Josh, for their time and effort in updating our website. We know it is going to look spectacular! A BIG THANK YOU to Diane for the many other projects she does on behalf of our church. A BIG THANK YOU to Bruce Towle, our Building & Grounds Chairman, for the many projects he does to keep our church safe and warm. Bruce, we don't know what we would do without you! A BIG THANK YOU to Michele for cleaning our beautiful space last month. A BIG THANK YOU to our Activities Committee chaired by Sarah Lane, Rev. Janet Decker, Rev. Michele Caitlyn Strout, Rev. Alex Gilgan, and Rev. Kendra Wescott. A BIG THANK YOU to our church service facilitators, Rev. Kendra Wescott, Rev. Michele Catilyn- Strout, Stephanie Cartwright, and Sarah Lane A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money and/or supplies to our church. Most of these folks prefer to remain anonymous but spirit knows who you are! A BIG THANK YOU to our members and friends who support us. Without you, there would be no church. A BIG THANK YOU to our Speakers and Mediums who serve our church throughout the year. A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing Every Thursday, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Angel Downing will be at the center to provide free spiritual or paranormal consultations, healings, and or guidance. You may leave a monetary donation to the center to help with utilities, or volunteer your time to the center to provide an adequate exchange of energy. Ordination Program: Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. If you have considered being ordained perhaps this is a good time to begin. To learn more about it click the following link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination Storage Space Available! We have vehicle, boat, motorcycle, sled, and ATV storage space available for rent. Rent is $35.00 a month for car/truck/small boat rental, and $20.00 a month for motorcycles, sleds, and ATVs. Large boats taking up more than one space is $35.00 per space. We offer seasonal and year-round rentals. Please call, or text, 207-217-2697 or 207-269-2142 (Land line only, no text) to make arrangements. All rentals are on a first-come-first-served basis. We can always use some help cleaning our beautiful Center once a month. This includes vacuuming, dusting, and washing the floors. Please write your name on the sign-up sheet on the counter just as you come in the front door. Many hands make light work! If you would like to help our center in this way please email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com . Thanks so much! Please bring in pictures of your feathered, furry, finned, or scaly family members to share on the Pet Picture Board. Food Pantry For Pets. If members, friends, community, etc. need some help feeding and caring for their pets, they are more than welcome to pick from the available items. Also, those who are blessed can leave dog and cat food and treats, fish food, lizard kibble, and pet toys...all pet-related items will be welcome. As we continue to grow our 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.HealingLightEtna.org or you can give donations to one of the pastors. All contributions, whether time or money, are always very gratefully appreciated! There has been a good response to our FB postings, newsletters, and advertising. The feedback has been favorable and considering we are located in the tiny town of Etna, Maine this is terrific. Our goal is to put Etna and the Healing Light Spiritual Center "on the map", so to speak, but we need your help. If you are on FB we invite you to "Like" our page, Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna, ME https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/ Then please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE our events. Share them on your FB page and on any FB group of which you are part. This helps us spread the word! Reminders Please keep in mind we are continuing to make an effort to keep everyone who comes to church and church center events safe. If you are feeling sick, have a fever, have any changes in breathing, any changes in smell or taste, or have a runny nose then please do not come to church. Masks are available for anyone who wants one. There is hand sanitizer on the counter as you enter the building and on the Healing Book table as well as other places throughout the building, we ask that you please use it. The bottom line is, please do not come to church or events if you or someone close to you is feeling unwell. Thank you! All events are updated regularly on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal And on our website: https://www.healinglightetna.org/events You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/minutes If you are a member in good standing you can request to see the church's financial statements by sending an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com If you are a member or friend of HLSC we invite you to put your business cards on our business card wall. The church phone numbers are 207-217-2697 or 207-269-2142 (Landline only, no text). You may still call any of the pastors or board members personally. Their contact phone numbers are listed at the end of the newsletter. 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. 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: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ or talk to one of the pastors or board members. 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 or email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com. Thank you. 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. You can email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com or contact individual board members. Contact information is below. There is also a suggestion box on the counter. If a friend forwarded you this newsletter and you would like to be on our email list please send an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church, and please share this newsletter. Bright Blessings to all! Rev. Janet Decker, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Rev. Michele Caitlyn-Strout, Sarah Lane & Rev. Alex Gilgan

July

Greetings Everyone! A big thank you goes out to Rev. Matthew T. MacDonald for hosting our first Unlock Your Life event. The people gathered for a brief Gratitude Meditation and our first speaker, Polly from Kirtan Meditation Maine, stood and began Call and Response Kirtan Chanting. Within minutes two dozen people were singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, and chanting for PEACE. Nick Isgro, a real estate agent and a teacher of the Principles of Prosperity and Wealth was our second guest speaker. Nick got up from his seat and greeted everyone with a robust HELLO and told us the moment he walked through the front door of the church he felt the incredibly high energy present in the room. His friend, Matthew, had told him how wonderful The Center was but seeing and feeling was truly believing. He talked of Visioneering, or Manifesting, and he asked why was detail important when working toward making our Dreams into our Realty. One of the young boys present shouted out, “If we don’t include all the details we might not get exactly what we want!” Everyone agreed these two young boys, about four and five years old, knew exactly what they were talking about! Lee Witting, a radio announcer with over one million followers on IANDS NDE spoke of the interviews and research he has done on Near-Death Experiences over the past few decades and we look forward to hearing more from him in the future! Matthew was our last speaker and he told us how grateful he was for his friends coming together to do this fundraiser for the Healing Light Spiritualist Church. He led us through steps to get rid of anything that stood in our way of Manifesting the life we want, the life we deserve. We ended our day with meditation and prayer. After a few more words of wisdom and gratitude, Rev. Matthew closed our event the same way he had opened the event, with a few minutes of meditation and prayer. He encouraged us to honor ourselves daily and meditate, just for a few minutes while maintaining a sense of gratitude and devotion to the Source of Love, each and Every Day. Blessed Be! To read the complete article with details by Diane go to her author’s page and scroll down. https://www.facebook.com/DianesDetox.org CHURCH NEWS! We Are Celebrating 3 Years In Our Beautiful Building!!! On Saturday, July 2nd, starting at 10:00 am there will be vendors offering crystals, mediumship readings, jewelry, spirit art, astrology, tarot card readings, glass blowing, crafts, healers, and more! Starting at 5:00 pm there will be a BBQ/potluck, with hamburgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers, and lots of sides which cost only $5.00, and a fire pit in the evening with marshmallows and Schmores!!!. Bring the family and join us for a really fun day!!! Everyone welcome! Sunday, June 3rd, is Potluck Sunday. Join us after church for a bite to eat and some good conversation with like-minded folks. Everyone welcome! We welcome our newest member, Shellie Babcock-Wells, to our church family! There will be a board meeting on July 17th right after the church service. All members are encouraged to attend. Your voice counts! We are forming a garden committee. The committee will meet on the 1st Thursday of the month, July 7th, at 4:00 pm in person at the center and through Google MeetUp. The goal is to create a community garden for all to enjoy. Work on the garden bed will begin in the fall. If you are interested in being part of this wonderful endeavor please let Sarah Lane know. Ph: 207-974-8824 Email: S.Lane88@yahoo.com The Activities Committee will meet on the 2nd Monday of the month, July 11, at 6:00 pm in person at the center and through Google Meet Up. If you are interested in being on the committee please let Sarah Lane know. Ph: 207-974-8824 Email: S.Lane88@yahoo.com We would really welcome help with mowing the grass this year. If you have even one day a month to contribute your time it would be a HUGE help. We have a lawn mower and weed whacker for you to use. Thank you! We also need help cleaning the center. We usually do this the Saturday following Potluck Sunday. It isn't necessary to commit to cleaning every month. Any help you can give is greatly appreciated! There is a signup sheet on the counter as you enter the building and/or you can speak with Michele Caitlyn Strout. Ph: 207-941-2032 Email: manyfaunas@gmail.com CHURCH SERVICE SPEAKERS, MEDIUMS, AND FACILITATORS July 3: Michele Caitlyn Strout/Facilitator and Speaker, Angel Downing/Medium July 10: Kendra Wescott/ Facilitator and Speaker, Lauren Powers/Medium July 17: Stephanie Cartwright Facilitator and Speaker, Medium TBA July 24: Sarah Lane/Facilitator, Matthew McDonald/Speaker/Medium July 31: Sarah Lane Facilitator for our Healing and Message Circle WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE CENTER This is worth repeating! We Are Celebrating 3 Years In Our Beautiful Building!!! On Saturday, July 2nd, starting at 10:00 am there will be vendors offering crystals, mediumship readings, jewelry, spirit art, astrology, tarot card readings, glass blowing, crafts, healers, and more! Starting at 5:00 pm there will be a BBQ/potluck, with hamburgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers, and lots of sides which cost only $5.00, and a fire pit in the evening with marshmallows and Schmores!!!. Bring the family and join us for a really fun day!!! Everyone welcome! Potluck after church this Sunday, July 3rd This coming Sunday, July 3rd, directly after the worship service, there will be our monthly potluck. Bring a little tasty dish to share, if you can. Rule of thumb…make a dish that would traditionally feed 8 people. If you are unable to bring anything, please stay and eat with us anyway. We have always been blessed with enough food to share. By the way, there are some non-perishable food items and some clothing on the table that folks have donated. If you are in need, please feel free to take some home. Yoga Classes with Michele Spencer Tuesday nights July 12 - August 16, 5:30 - 6:15 pm, and Saturday's July 16 - August 20, 9:45 am - 10:30 am. Cost $45.00 for all 6 weeks paid in full or $10.00 per class. The Basics of Shamanism, Friday, July 8th, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm with Laurie Xanthos. Come journey with us to discover your authentic soul. Let us access your soul power and learn how to utilize it to heal yourself and others. Journey to a past life or lives to gain a better understanding of how we came to be and who we are. This will be held on the 2nd Friday in July from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a lunch break. The cost is $111. Chanting, Drumming, and Inspirational Movement Class July 24th, 3:30 - 5:30 with Joao Bordallo. Joao is an Afro-Brazilian Healer, a Capoeira Master, a Martial Arts expert, and an amazing Mindful Movement Dance Instructor. His work is a unique combination of martial art, dance, and meditation that blends balance, agility, strength, music, and mindfulness inspired by his training in Turkey, Germany, and Japan. He has traveled as a teacher and creative instructor to Asia, Africa, Europe, and America. Comments from our last class: "It inspired a lovely sense of calm." "It reduced my stress level." "I loved every minute and I can't wait for the next class." This next class promises to be an amazing afternoon. The cost is only $20 for this inspirational opportunity! Chakra Art, Friday and Saturday, August 19th/20th, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm with Sarah Lane. There will be instruction and discussion on the 7 chakra centers and the role they play on multiple levels in our human journey. You will also experience how the chakras affect our psychic development by creating art. Following a guided meditation to assist you in opening your chakras we will create a piece of art for each of the 7 chakras using paint and canvas. The cost for this 2-day class is $150.00. All materials are supplied. You will need to pre-register for this class. Please call or email Sarah. Email: S.Lane88@yahoo.com Ph: 207-974-8824 Professional Hypnosis Training, August 22nd –26th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm with Rev. Dr. Janet Decker. This 5 day intensive will train you in the art/science of spiritual and clinical hypnosis including self-hypnosis. Students will learn how to hypnotize another person, create powerful mind-programming suggestions, work with the Higher Self, and counsel clients. Students will also learn how to properly keep records, set up an office, and how market a practice. Upon completion, students will receive certification from the International Metaphysical University (IMU). This class is limited to 6 people so pre-registration is required. Cost $1,111.00 Ph: 207-404-1845 or Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com Coming In September, Mediumship and Spiritual Art With Colin Hall! September 17th, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Build confidence in your art and develop your mediumistic gifts from Mater, Colin Hall. This workshop is designed to help open your creative center, develop your spiritual gifts, and cultivate your artistic abilities. This workshop teaches you to "go with the flow." During our time together you will be learning about, and working with, colors and symbols and their connection to the spirit world. You will be creating Auragraphs. This course includes the practice and use of pastel pencils and is suitable for students of all levels. We will start with a meditation and interpret what we receive in the meditation. The state of mediation is where our wonderful spiritual gifts of art mediumship and healing are waiting to be developed. And, interpreting what your receive in meditation is a wonderful way to strengthen your mediumistic and healing gifts. It also strengthens your relations with the spirit world. For more information about Colin Hall go to his website, collinhallgallart.com Cost $75.00 Past Life Regression Training for Hypnotists and Hypnotherapists, September 22, 23,24, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm with Rev. Dr. Janet Decker. This 2-day intensive is structured for people who have already had hypnosis training. You will learn how to successfully and safely regress a person to a past life in order to discover the source of present-day physical, emotional and spiritual issues. Often, once viewed, the issues will disappear. You can also perform past life regressions for personal enrichment for yourself and your clients. Upon completion, students will receive certification from the International Metaphysical University (IMU). This class is limited to 6 people so pre-registration is required. Cost $350.00. Ph: 207-404-1845 or Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com Mediumship Development Group Sunday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd in Etna. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. The group begins with a meditation and allows attendees to experience a variety of methods to open the lines of communication with The Other Side. There is no group meeting on the 3rd Sunday of the month, Cost is by donation, so feel free to join us, even if your pockets may be a little empty one Sunday afternoon, we'd love to have you join us. Intuitive Art Class with Sarah Lane will resume in the fall. The Book Discussion group will resume in the fall. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! A BIG THANK YOU to Matthew McDonald for hosting a fabulous fundraiser for our church on June 11th and to the people who offered their time, Nick Isgro, Dr. Lee Whiting, and Kirtan Maine Meditation. A BIG THANK YOU to Sarah for organizing all the wonderful events we hold at our center. You outdid yourself with our July 3rd Gala! A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped with our anniversary Gala. A HUGE amount of work went into putting this event together and it was wonderful to have so much help! A BIG THANK YOU to Diane and her son, Josh, for their time and effort on updating our website. We know it is going to look spectacular! A BIG THANK YOU to Diane for the many other projects she does on behalf of our church. A BIG THANK YOU to Bruce Towle, our Building & Grounds Chairman, for the many projects he does to keep our church safe and warm. Bruce, we don't know what we would do without you! A BIG THANK YOU to Shellie, Sarah, and Michele for cleaning our beautiful space last month. A BIG THANK YOU to our Activities Committee chaired by Sarah Lane, Rev. Janet Decker, Rev. Michele Caitlyn Strout, Rev. Alex Gilgan, and Kendra Wescott. A BIG THANK YOU to our church service facilitators, Kendra Wescott, Rev. Michele Catilyn- Strout, Stephanie Cartwright, and Sarah Lane A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money and/or supplies to our church. Most of these folks prefer to remain anonymous but spirit knows who you are! A BIG THANK YOU to our members and friends who support us. Without you, there would be no church. A BIG THANK YOU to our Speakers and Mediums who serve our church throughout the year. A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing Storage Space Available! We have vehicle, boat, motorcycle, sled, and ATV storage space available for rent. Rent is $35.00 a month for car/truck/small boat rental, and $20.00 a month for motorcycles, sleds, and ATVs. Large boats taking up more than one space is $35.00 per space. We offer seasonal and year-round rentals. Please call, or text, 207-217-2697 or 207-269-2142 (Land line only, no text) to make arrangements. All rentals are on a first-come-first-served basis. Ordination Program: Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. If you have considered being ordained perhaps this is a good time to begin. To learn more about it click the following link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination We can always use some help cleaning our beautiful Center once a month. This includes vacuuming, dusting, and washing the floors. Please write your name on the sign-up sheet on the counter just as you come in the front door. Many hands make light work!. If you would like to help our center in this way please email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com . Thanks so much! Please bring in pictures of your feathered, furry, finned, or scaly family members to share on the Pet Picture Board. Food Pantry For Pets. If members, friends, community, etc. need some help feeding and caring for their pets, they are more than welcome to pick from the available items. Also, those who are blessed can leave dog and cat food and treats, fish food, lizard kibble, and pet toys...all pet-related items will be welcome. As we continue to grow our 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.HealingLightEtna.org or you can give donations to one of the pastors. All contributions, whether time or money, are always very gratefully appreciated! There has been a good response to our FB postings, newsletters, and advertising. The feedback has been favorable and considering we are located in the tiny town of Etna, Maine this is terrific. Our goal is to put Etna and the Healing Light Spiritual Center "on the map", so to speak, but we need your help. If you are on FB we invite you to "Like" our page, Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna, ME https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/ Then please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE our events. Share them on your FB page and on any FB group of which you are part. This helps us spread the word! Reminders Please keep in mind we are continuing to make an effort to keep everyone who comes to church and church center events safe. If you are feeling sick, have a fever, have any changes in breathing, any changes in smell or taste, or have a runny nose then please do not come to church. Masks are available for anyone who wants one. There is hand sanitizer on the counter as you enter the building and on the Healing Book table as well as other places throughout the building, we ask that you please use it. The bottom line is, please do not come to church or events if you or someone close to you is feeling unwell. Thank you! All events are updated regularly on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal And on our website: https://www.healinglightetna.org/events You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/minutes If you are a member in good standing you can request to see the church's financial statements by sending an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com If you are a member or friend of HLSC we invite you to put your business cards on our business card wall. The church phone numbers are 207-217-2697 or 207-269-2142 (Landline only, no text). You may still call any of the pastors or board members personally. Their contact phone numbers are listed at the end of the newsletter. 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. 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: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ or talk to one of the pastors or board members. 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 or email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com. Thank you. 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. You can email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com or contact individual board members. Contact information is below. There is also a suggestion box on the counter. If a friend forwarded you this newsletter and you would like to be on our email list please send an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church, and please share this newsletter. Happy July! Rev. Janet Decker, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Rev. Michele Caitlyn-Strout, Sarah Lane & Rev. Alex Gilgan Copyright © 2021 Healing Light Spiritualist Church All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: HealingLightEtna@gmail.com

June

CHURCH NEWS! Sunday, June 5th, is Potluck Sunday. Join us after church for a bite to eat and some good conversation with like-minded folks. Everyone welcome! There will be a board meeting on June 19th right after the church service. All members are encouraged to attend. Your voice counts! FUNDRAISER! Matthew Mcdonald has put together a wonderful fundraiser for us on Saturday, June 11th from 10 am to 2 pm. Please see the description below and join us for a wonderfully uplifting day! The First Weekend in July We Will Be Celebrating Our 3rd Year Anniversary!!! We are planning an open house and craft fair, Mediumship readings, ($25/table), a potluck, BBQ, and fire pit in the evening. Stay tuned for further info. If you sell crafts, jewelry, crystals, oils, books, etc., or would like to offer readings or healings at this event please contact Sarah. Ph: 207-974-8824 Email: S.Lane88@yahoo.com We are forming a garden committee. The committee will meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:00 pm in person and through Google MeetUp. The goal is to create a community garden for all to enjoy. Work on the garden bed will begin in the fall. If you are interested in being part of this wonderful endeavor please let Sarah Lane know. Ph: 207-974-8824 Email: S.Lane88@yahoo.com The Activities Committee will meet on the 4th Monday of the month at 6:00 pm in person and through Google Meet Up. If you are interested in being on the committee please let Sarah Lane know. Ph: 207-974-8824 Email: S.Lane88@yahoo.com We are discussing a Children's/Family Week for this summer. Some activities suggested are tie-dying, building a bird feeder, tree and flower identification, creating the community garden, and nature walks and talks. In order to do this, we will need a lot of volunteers. Please contact Sarah Lane if you would like to be a part of this wonderful undertaking. Ph: 207-974-8824 Email: S.Lane88@yahoo.com Our good friend and psychic artist, Colin Hall, from England, will be with us in September. He will be our speaker and medium on September 11th and he will be teaching a Mediumship and Psychic Art class that week. See the details below. We would really welcome help with mowing the grass this year. If you have even one day a month to contribute it would be a HUGE help. Thank you! If you want to pay your membership dues via PayPal please go to our church website and at the bottom of the Home page click on the bottom "donate" button. That takes you right to the membership dues page. Please "check" the box that says "Share your mailing address with HLSC so they can acknowledge your donation". https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ CHURCH SERVICE SPEAKERS, MEDIUMS, AND FACILITATORS June 5: Kendra Wescott/ Facilitator and Speaker, Lauren Powers/Medium June 12: Sarah Lane/Facilitator and Angel Downing, Speaker/Medium June 19: Michele Caitlyn-Strout/ Facilitator, Pattie Smith, Speaker/Medium June 26: Stephanie Cartwright is the facilitator for our healing and message circle WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE CENTER Potluck after church this Sunday, June 5th This coming Sunday, June 5th, directly after the worship service, there will be our monthly potluck. Bring a little tasty dish to share, if you can. Rule of thumb…make a dish that would traditionally feed 8 people. If you are unable to bring anything, please stay and eat with us anyway. We have always been blessed with enough food to share. By the way, there are some non-perishable food items and some clothing on the table that folks have donated. If you are in need, please feel free to take some home. FUNDRAISER! Unlocking Your Miraculous Life with Matthew T. McDonald, Nick Isgro, Kirtan Maine Meditation Join us for a day of Sacred Ritual, Chanting, Meditation, and Inspirational Teachings. Matthew McDonald has been a spiritual teacher for two decades. Over the last three years, he has studied Buddhism, Hinduism, Spiritualism, and various forms of spiritual healing. Mathew is a gifted Medium, and his talks are full of humor, storytelling, and practical spiritual wisdom. Nick Isgro is a former two-term mayor of Waterville and a top real estate agent in Maine. He is a student of Bob Procter and Dr. Wayne Dyer. Kirtan Maine Meditation is a two-person group out of Belfast, ME that has its roots in Bhakti Yoga and provides public and private Kirtan and sacred chanting experiences. June 11th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. All are welcome! By Donation (This is a fundraising event for HLSC. We are so grateful to the presenters for their love and kindness to our church!) First and third Mondays of the month, June 6th and 20th, Intuitive Art Class with Sarah Lane 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Join together in an opening meditation to get the creativity flowing and then create a piece of intuitive art (usually involving painting but can vary) to take home! $20, includes all materials. Children welcome with an adult attendee. Chanting, Drumming, and Inspirational Movement Class June 26th, 3:30 - 5:30: Joao Bordallo is an Afro-Brazilian Healer, a Capoeira Master, a Martial Arts expert, and an amazing Mindful Movement Dance Instructor. His work is a unique combination of martial art, dance, and meditation that blends balance, agility, strength, music, and mindfulness inspired by his training in Turkey, Germany, and Japan. He has traveled as a teacher and creative instructor to Asia, Africa, Europe, and America. Comments from our last class: "It inspired a lovely sense of calm." "It reduced my stress level." "I loved every minute and I can't wait for the next class." This next class promises to be an amazing afternoon. The cost is only $20 for this inspirational opportunity! Last Wednesday Book Discussion Group, June 29th, 3-5 pm: The book discussion group will meet on the last Wednesday of every month from 3 pm to 5 pm. This month we will continue our discussion on Mutant Message Down Under, by Marlo Morgan. This is an easy read with lots to discuss. We will beam people in via Google Meet Up if you would like to participate and cannot be present physically. Please contact Susan Joyce with questions and /or to receive your Google Meet Up code. 207-852-5524. Donations welcome! Laurie Xanthos will be teaching The Basics of Shamanism, Friday, July 8th, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm. Come journey with us to discover your authentic soul. Let us access your soul power and learn how to utilize it to heal yourself and others. Journey to a past life or lives to gain a better understanding of how we came to be and who we are. This will be held on the 2nd Friday in July from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a lunch break. The cost is $111. Chakra Art, Friday and Saturday, August 19th/20th, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm With Sarah Lane. Check next month's newsletter for a full description! Coming In September, Mediumship and Spiritual Art With Colin Hall! September 17th, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Build confidence in your art and develop your mediumistic gifts from Mater, Colin Hall. This workshop is designed to help open your creative center, develop your spiritual gifts, and cultivate your artistic abilities. This workshop teaches you to "go with the flow." During our time together you will be learning about, and working with, colors and symbols and their connection to the spirit world. You will be creating Auragraphs. This course includes the practice and use of pastel pencils and is suitable for students of all levels. We will start with a meditation and interpret what we receive in the meditation. The state of mediation is where our wonderful spiritual gifts of art mediumship and healing are waiting to be developed. And, interpreting what your receive in meditation is a wonderful way to strengthen your mediumistic and healing gifts. It also strengthens your relations with the spirit world. For more information about Colin Hall go to his website, collinhallgallart.com Cost $75.00 Mediumship Development Group Sunday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd in Etna. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. The group begins with a meditation and allows attendees to experience a variety of methods to open the lines of communication with The Other Side. There is no group meeting on the 3rd Sunday of the month, Cost is by donation, so feel free to join us, even if your pockets may be a little empty one Sunday afternoon, we'd love to have you join us. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! A BIG THANK YOU to Bruce Towle, our Building & Grounds Chairman, for spearheading the bathroom construction project along with the many things he does to keep our church safe and warm. Bruce, we don't know what we would do without you! A BIG THANK YOU to Sarah for organizing all the wonderful events we hold at our center. We see and appreciate every big and little thing you do! A BIG THANK YOU to Bea, Sarah, and Michele for cleaning our beautiful space last month. A BIG THANK YOU to our Activities Committee chaired by Sarah Lane, Rev. Janet Decker, Michele Caitlyn Strout, Rev. Alex Gilgan, and Kendra Wescott. A BIG THANK YOU to our church service facilitators, Kendra Wescott, Rev. Alex Gilgan, Michele Catilyn- Strout, Stephanie Cartwright, and Sarah Lane A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money and/or supplies to our church. Most of these folks prefer to remain anonymous but spirit knows who you are! A BIG THANK YOU to our members and friends who support us. Without you, there would be no church. A BIG THANK YOU to our Speakers and Mediums who serve our church throughout the year. A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing Storage Space Available! We have vehicle, boat, motorcycle, sled, and ATV storage space available for rent. Rent is $35.00 a month for car/truck/small boat rental, and $20.00 a month for motorcycles, sleds, and ATVs. Large boats taking up more than one space is $35.00 per space. We offer seasonal and year-round rentals. Please call, or text, 207-217-2697 or 207-269-2142 (Land line only, no text) to make arrangements. All rentals are on a first-come-first-served basis. Ordination Program: Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. If you have considered being ordained perhaps this is a good time to begin. To learn more about it click the following link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination We can always use some help cleaning our beautiful Center once a month. This includes vacuuming, dusting, and washing the floors. Please write your name on the sign-up sheet on the counter just as you come in the front door. Many hands make light work!. If you would like to help our center in this way please email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com . Thanks so much! Please bring in pictures of your feathered, furry, finned, or scaly family members to share on the Pet Picture Board. Food Pantry For Pets. If members, friends, community, etc. need some help feeding and caring for their pets, they are more than welcome to pick from the available items. Also, those who are blessed can leave dog and cat food and treats, fish food, lizard kibble, and pet toys...all pet-related items will be welcome. As we continue to grow our 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.HealingLightEtna.org or you can give donations to one of the pastors. All contributions, whether time or money, are always very gratefully appreciated! There has been a good response to our FB postings, newsletters, and advertising. The feedback has been favorable and considering we are located in the tiny town of Etna, Maine this is terrific. Our goal is to put Etna and the Healing Light Spiritual Center "on the map", so to speak, but we need your help. If you are on FB we invite you to "Like" our page, Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna, ME https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/ Then please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE our events. Share them on your FB page and on any FB group of which you are part. This helps us spread the word! Reminders Please keep in mind we are continuing to make an effort to keep everyone who comes to church and church center events safe. If you are feeling sick, have a fever, have any changes in breathing, any changes in smell or taste, or have a runny nose then please do not come to church. Masks are available for anyone who wants one. There is hand sanitizer on the counter as you enter the building and on the Healing Book table as well as other places throughout the building, we ask that you please use it. The bottom line is, please do not come to church or events if you or someone close to you is feeling unwell. Thank you! All events are updated regularly on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal And on our website: https://www.healinglightetna.org/events You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/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 If you are a member or friend of HLSC we invite you to put your business cards on our business card wall. Church phone number: 207-217-2697. You may still call any of the pastors or board members personally. Their contact phone numbers are listed at the end of the newsletter. 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. 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: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ or talk to one of the pastors or board members. 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 or email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com. Thank you. 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. You can email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com or contact individual board members. Contact information is below. There is also a suggestion box on the counter. If a friend forwarded you this newsletter and you would like to be on our email list please send an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church, and please share this newsletter. Happy spring! Rev. Janet Decker, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Michele Caitlyn-Strout, Sarah Lane & Rev. Alex Gilgan Copyright © 2021 Healing Light Spiritualist Church All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: HealingLightEtna@gmail.com

May

Happy May Day! Have you ever heard of the Goddess Ostara? She is the ancient Germanic goddess of the spring and her story was passed down by word of mouth through the centuries and goes something like this: Underneath the earth, the Goddess Ostara is sleeping and the lord of the woods is waiting. Ostara sleeps the winter long deep within the earth resting and waiting for her moment to arrive and while she sleeps, one group of creatures, above all the others, keep watch with big eyes, listening intently with their long rounded ears . The hares stands vigil. They are her guardians, her connection to the turning year - the coming of the spring season. Together they gaze at the moon and the sun. They monitor the cycling of the heavens. And when they see the sun begin to turn her face towards the earth once more they know it is time to begin their dance. A dance that heralds the end of winter, and awakens Ostara from her winter slumber. And as she awakens, so does the land where she walks. New life springs forth. The grays of winter gives way to vibrant green as she eases the passing of winter. One year, Ostara was very late to emerge. And as she began her procession she realized the land had been in winter’s grip for far too long. Snow and ice refused to melt and all life hung suffering in a never-ending winter. As the Goddess prepared herself for the task ahead she came upon a poor, fragile sparrow. At tiny bird who had misjudged the weather of the turbulent season. She had succumbed to cold and hunger. She lay on the ice, half dead. Ostara was drawn to her suffering and she reached down and lifted that poor bird from the ice. It lay limp in her hands. Its terrified eyes the only sign of life within. And so Ostara lifted the bird to her lips and she blew warmth and new life into it. She blew away the shadow of death and in an instant the little sparrow revived in her hands. And the sparrow broke into song. As it sang, a warm breeze began to stir. The Goddess smiled. The little bird is one with the Goddess Ostara, now shared some of her power….some of her immortality. And so the two of them quickly ushered in spring. The two became inseparable. Together they began to share responsibility for the spring as Ostara would revive the land, the little bird would sing and call upon the southern winds that would carry the great flocks home to roost. The Goddess and the sparrow continued to bring in the spring. Soon they found a new member of the hare clan, but he was unlike any hare they had seen before. All the other hares were nervous, kinda skinny...but not this great jackal. This jackal was strong and fearless…he cowered to no one. He would stand strong against the fox and would never run from the falcon. The Goddess was used to the other hares bowing before her when she came close, but not this jack. He stood tall, proud and confident in his own magnificence. Ostara smiled at his posturing. But the jack hare was anything but confident when he gazed upon the sparrow that sat on Eastra’s shoulder. His heart began to flutter. He was so taken aback by this bird, and in no small way, he just knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that somehow, some way, he would make that sparrow his wife. He was desperate to gain the attention of the sparrow that he broke into the most incredible of dances. It was a dance filled with passion and total abandon. His feet carried him swiftly across the ground lifting him high into the air…a whirling display of unspeakable love. The whole time he kept his eyes fixed on the little bird. Ostara laughed at his frenzied display, but then she saw that the little sparrow seemed transfixed by the jack hare. Her head began to bob and swing, her wings would extend slightly as she echoed every move the jack hare made. She became lost to the dance and at one with the jack. Much to the Goddess’s dismay, the little sparrow flew down onto the ground beside the jack hare and she began to sing a different song. A song filled with love, a song filled with such heartfelt truth and honesty that the Goddesses’ own heart began to break. Knowing the mind and heart of her little companion, the Goddess knew what she must do. She would give the bird a gift that only a Goddess could bestow. She knelt down onto the ground and placed a gentle kiss upon the bird’s head. A great cloud of feathers blew around them and as the feathers parted, where the little bird had stood, now there stood a beautiful she-hare - equal to the jack in every way. The following year, when the hares began their dance, Ostara awoke with sadness in her heart. She was alone once again. She began to walk the land, but try as she might, she could not usher in spring as she had done many times before. The muted grays and browns of winter refused to turn green. The land remained cold and frozen. Ostara seemed not to care. Her thoughts were turned inwards cradling the sense of pain and loss in her heart - nothing seemed to hold any joy for her. Suddenly she tripped over a great gathering of hares. She abruptly came to her senses and began to take in the scene that was unfolding around her. As she gazed over the fields it seemed the every hare in the world had come out in celebration. They had formed great circles, one inside the next, inside the next. When they noticed the Goddess, they parted so she may see the greatness from within the center of the circles. All the hares bowed their heads in reverence to the great spring Goddess. There in the middle was the great jack hare and the she-hair and they were beaming with parental pride beside the nest of feathers and sticks. Eastra peered into the nest to see a half dozen hare sized eggs. She gave a quizzical look to her friend, the she-hare, but was met with only a smile. The Goddess looked back to the nest and one egg began to tremble, and rocked backwards and forwards until eventually it began to roll around. With growing anticipation, everyone watched as the egg began to split and the shell fell apart. There inside was a newborn hare perfectly white from the end of its nose to the tip of its tail. Another egg showed signs of movement and then another. The Goddess placed her hands into the soft feathers of the nest and lifted one of the newborn baby hares. She gently lifted the hare and felt the soft fur caress her cheek. She broke into laughter. Her heart melted and she began to lead the hare in a new dance…a dance of liberation and a dance of rebirth. Nature felt her love rekindle and with every step and turn she made the grass turned green and trees began to bud and the flowers emerged from the soil around them. The Goddess smiled and all was good with the animals. Nature was yet again alive with regrowth and new life. And that’s how we ended up with Easter bunnies and eggs. Blessed Be. Michele~ WEATHER NOTIFICATIONS! Church service and church event cancellations will be posted on WABI Channel 5 News. We will also send notifications via email and FB. Please check one of these sources before heading out to church on Sunday morning. CHURCH NEWS! Sunday, May 1st is Potluck Sunday. Join us after church for a bite to eat and some good conversation with like-minded folks. Everyone welcome! There will be a board meeting on May 15th, right after the church service. All members are encouraged to attend. Your voice counts! FUNDRAISER! Matthew Mcdonald has put together a wonderful fundraiser for us on Saturday, June 11th from 10 Am to 2 pm. Please see the description below and join us for a wonderfully uplifting day! We are thinking a community garden would be a wonderful thing to have. If you are interested in being part of the planning please let Sarah Lane know. Ph: 207-974-8824 Email: S.Lane88@yahoo.com We are discussing a Children's/Family Week for this summer. Some activities suggested are tie-dying, building a bird feeder, tree and flower identification, creating the community garden, and nature walks and talks. In order to do this, we will need a lot of volunteers. Please contact Sarah Lane if you would like to be a part of this wonderful undertaking. Ph: 207-974-8824 Email: S.Lane88@yahoo.com The First Weekend in July We Will Be Celebrating Our 3rd Year Anniversary!!! We are planning an open house and craft fair, Mediumship readings, ($25/table), a potluck, BBQ, and fire pit in the evening. Stay tuned for further info. If you sell crafts, jewelry, crystals, oils, books, etc., or would like to offer readings or healings at this event please contact Sarah. Ph: 207-974-8824 Email: S.Lane88@yahoo.com Our good friend and psychic artist, Colin Hall, from England, will be with us in September. He will be our speaker and medium on September 11th and he will be teaching a Mediumship and Psychic Art class that week. Watch the newsletter next month for details! We would really welcome help with mowing the grass this year. If you have even one day a month to contribute it would be a HUGE help. Thank you! If you want to pay your membership dues via PayPal please go to our church website and at the bottom of the Home page click on the bottom "donate" button. That takes you right to the membership dues page. Please "check" the box that says "Share your mailing address with HLSC so they can acknowledge your donation". https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ CHURCH SERVICE SPEAKERS, MEDIUMS, AND FACILITATORS May 1: Kendra Wescott/ Facilitator and Speaker, Lauren Powers/Medium May 8: Sarah Lane/Facilitator and Speaker, Rev. Alex Gilgan//Medium May 15: Kendra Wescott/Facilitator and Speaker, Lauren Powers /Medium May 22: : Michele Caitlyn-Strout/ Facilitator and Speaker, Lauren Powers /Medium May 29: Stephanie Cartwright is the facilitator for our healing and message circle WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE CENTER Potluck after church this Sunday, May 1st This coming Sunday, May 1st, directly after the worship service, there will be our monthly potluck. Bring a little tasty dish to share, if you can. Rule of thumb…make a dish that would traditionally feed 8 people. If you are unable to bring anything, please stay and eat with us anyway. We have always been blessed with enough food to share. By the way, there is some non-perishable food items and some clothing on the table that folks have donated for others. If you are in need, please feel free to take some home. First and third Mondays of the month, May 2nd and 16th, Intuitive Art Class with Sarah Lane 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Join together in an opening meditation to get the creativity flowing and then create a piece of intuitive art (usually involving painting but can vary) to take home! $20, includes all materials. Children welcome with an adult attendee. Chanting, Drumming and Inspirational Movement Class May 29th, 3:30 - 5:30: Joao Bordallo is an Afro-Brazilian Healer, a Capoeira Master, a Martial Arts expert, and an amazing Mindful Movement Dance Instructor. His work is a unique combination of martial art, dance, and meditation that blends balance, agility, strength, music, and mindfulness inspired by his training in Turkey, Germany, and Japan. He has traveled as a teacher and creative instructor to Asia, Africa, Europe, and America. Comments from our last class: "It inspired a lovely sense of calm." "It reduced my stress level." "I loved every minute and I can't wait for the next class." This next class promises to be an amazing afternoon. The cost is only $20 for this inspirational opportunity! Last Wednesday Book Discussion Group, May 31st, 3-5 pm: The book discussion group will meet on the last Wednesday of every month from 3 pm to 5 pm. This month we will continue our discussion on Mutant Message Down Under, by Marlo Morgan. This is an easy read with lots to discuss. We will beam people in via Google Meet Up if you would like to participate and cannot be present physically. Please contact Susan Joyce with questions and /or to receive your Google Meet Up code. 207-852-5524. Donations welcome! Gallery Readings are on the First Friday of every month, June 3rd, at 6:00 PM. Seasoned and student mediums will bring you messages from spirit. $10.00 FUNDRAISER! Unlocking Your Miraculous Life with Matthew T. McDonald, Nick Isgro, Kirtan Maine Meditation Join us for a day of Sacred Ritual, Chanting, Meditation, and Inspirational Teachings. Matthew McDonald has been a spiritual teacher for two decades. Over the last three years, he has studied Buddhism, Hinduism, Spiritualism, and various forms of spiritual healing. Mathew is a gifted Medium, and his talks are full of humor, storytelling, and practical spiritual wisdom. Nick Isgro is a former two-term mayor of Waterville and a top real estate agent in Maine. He is a student of Bob Procter and Dr. Wayne Dyer. Kirtan Maine Meditation is a two-person group out of Belfast, ME that has its roots in Bhakto and provides public and private Kirtan and sacred chanting experiences. June 11th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. All are welcome! By Donation (This is a fundraising event for HLSC. We are so grateful to the presenters for their love and kindness to our church!) Laurie Xanthos will be teaching The Basics of Shamanism. Come journey with us to discover your authentic soul. Let us access your soul power and learn how to utilize it to heal yourself and others. Journey to a past life or lives to gain a better understanding of how we came to be and who we are. This will be held on the 2nd Friday in July from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a lunch break. The cost is $111. Mediumship Development Group Sunday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Facilitated by Rev. Alex Gilgan, at the Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd in Etna. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. The group begins with a meditation and allows attendees to experience a variety of methods to open the lines of communication with The Other Side. There is no group meeting on the 3rd Sunday of the month, Cost is by donation, so feel free to join us, even if your pockets may be a little empty one Sunday afternoon, we'd love to have you join us. Third Thursday Healing Circle will resume sometime in the fall. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! A BIG THANK YOU to Bruce Towle, our Building & Grounds Chairman, for spearheading the bathroom construction project along with the many things he does to keep our church safe and warm. Bruce, we don't know what we would do without you! A BIG THANK YOU to Sarah for organizing all the wonderful events we hold at our center. We see and appreciate every big and little thing you do! A BIG THANK YOU to Kelsey for helping us with our technology. A BIG THANK YOU to Bea, Sarah, and Michele for cleaning our beautiful space last month. A BIG THANK YOU to our Activities Committee chaired by Sarah Lane, Rev. Janet Decker, Michele Caitlyn Strout, Rev. Alex Gilgan, and Kendra Wescott. A BIG THANK YOU to our church service facilitators, Kendra Wescott, Rev. Alex Gilgan, Michele Catilyn- Strout, Stephanie Cartwright, and Sarah Lane A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money and/or supplies to our church. Most of these folks prefer to remain anonymous but spirit knows who you are! A BIG THANK YOU to our members and friends who support us. Without you, there would be no church. A BIG THANK YOU to our Speakers and Mediums who serve our church throughout the year. A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing Storage Space Available! We have vehicle, boat, motorcycle, sled, and ATV storage space available for rent. Rent is $35.00 a month for car/truck/small boat rental, and $20.00 a month for motorcycles, sleds, and ATVs. Large boats taking up more than one space is $35.00 per space. We offer seasonal and year-round rentals. Please call, or text, 207-269-2142 to make arrangements. All rentals are on a first-come-first-served basis. Ordination Program: Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. If you have considered being ordained perhaps this is a good time to begin. To learn more about it click the following link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination We can always use some help cleaning our beautiful Center once a month. This includes vacuuming, dusting, and washing the floors. Please write your name on the sign-up sheet on the counter just as you come in the front door. Many hands make light work!. If you would like to help our center in this way please email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com . Thanks so much! Please bring in pictures of your feathered, furry, finned, or scaly family members to share on the Pet Picture Board. Food Pantry For Pets. If members, friends, community, etc. needs some help feeding and caring for their pets, they are more than welcome to pick from the available items. Also, those who are blessed can leave dog and cat food and treats, fish food, lizard kibble, pet toys...all pet related items will be welcome. As we continue to grow our 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.HealingLightEtna.org or you can give donations to one of the pastors. All contributions, whether time or money, are always very gratefully appreciated! There has been a good response to our FB postings, newsletters, and advertising. The feedback has been favorable and considering we are located in the tiny town of Etna, Maine this is terrific. Our goal is to put Etna and the Healing Light Spiritual Center "on the map", so to speak, but we need your help. If you are on FB we invite you to "Like" our page, Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna, ME https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/ Then please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE our events. Share them on your FB page and on any FB group of which you are part. This helps us spread the word! Reminders Please keep in mind we are continuing to make an effort to keep everyone who comes to church and church center events safe. If you are feeling sick, have a fever, have any changes in breathing, any changes in smell or taste, or have a runny nose then please do not come to church. Masks are available for anyone who wants one. There is hand sanitizer on the counter as you enter the building and on the Healing Book table as well as other places throughout the building, we ask that you please use it. The bottom line is, please do not come to church or events if you or someone close to you is feeling unwell. Thank you! All events are updated regularly on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal And on our website: https://www.healinglightetna.org/events You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/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 If you are a member or friend of HLSC we invite you to put your business cards on our business card wall. Church phone number: 207-217-2697. You may still call any of the pastors or board members personally. Their contact phone numbers are listed at the end of the newsletter. 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. 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: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ or talk to one of the pastors or board members. 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 or email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com. Thank you. 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. You can email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com or contact individual board members. Contact information is below. There is also a suggestion box on the counter. If a friend forwarded you this newsletter and you would like to be on our email list please send an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church, and please share this newsletter. Happy spring! Rev. Janet Decker, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Michele Caitlyn-Strout, Sarah Lane & Rev. Alex Gilgan Copyright © 2021 Healing Light Spiritualist Church All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: HealingLightEtna@gmail.com

April

Welcome to Spring! We celebrated the first day of spring last Sunday. Even though the calendar may say spring, as we Mainahs know all too well...defiantly, Maine weather doesn’t live by what is written on the calendar. As the sun crosses the equator (Earth’s midline), the hours of daylight and nighttime are very nearly equal. The equinoxes are the only times when the sun rises directly due East and sets directly due West for EVERYONE on planet earth. From here on, the days become longer than the nights, and Maine will eventually catch up and the flowers will begin the bloom, trees begin to bud and plants will peak through the earth and make their way toward to warm sun. It’s a time for us to plant all the ideas and actions that we want to bring into the sunlight for the year. The spring equinox acts as a pathway to making all these changes through your action. It’s all about rebirth and regeneration. It’s a beautiful time to connect with what makes you excited and happy, what little things you are ready to bring into your reality…into the light, if you will. This is a time of new beginnings. The fresh energy of the spring equinox involves letting go and appreciating change. Spring represents a new day. A new sun is rising. Life is waking up in the warm sunlight & your spirit feels ready to make a fresh start. I also was reading that last Sunday was also “World Storytelling Day”. It started in 2003 where everywhere on earth people are telling stories, all at the same time, in many different languages. And you know I love to tell stories… So, I was reading this story about four University of Maine students who were having a great time on spring break and they didn’t want it to end. So, they decided to spend an extra week down in Datona. So, they come up with a plan and one of the students calls his professor, and says “we are stuck in Daytona Beach. We won't be able to make it back in time for exams because the tire on our car blew. We need to get it fixed before we head back". The professor says "No problem. Your safety comes first. Do what you need to, and when you get back, the four of you can have an essay exam". So the students thought that was pretty fair and they lived it up for another week. Drinking. Partying. Having a grand ol time. When they get back to school a week later, the professor welcomes them, sits them each in different rooms, and hands them the exam upside down. When they turn the page over to start writing, they find their exams have only one question: "which tire?” Hee! Hee! Before I wrap this talk up, I have a couple more spring jokes for ya… I want to let you all know that finally my winter fat is gone…now I have “spring rolls”. I hit a pothole on my way to church this morning and the check engine light went off. And my all time favorite spring joke, I saw a few years ago on a sign in front of Sprague’s Nursery in Bangor. It said, “We are so excited about spring, we all wet our plants.” Blessed Be. Michele~ WEATHER NOTIFICATIONS! Church service and church event cancellations will be posted on WABI Channel 5 News. We will also send notifications via email and FB. Please check one of these sources before heading out to church on Sunday morning. CHURCH NEWS! Sunday, April 3rd is Potluck Sunday. Join us after church for a bite to eat and some good conversation with like-minded folks. Everyone welcome! We welcome two new members to our church family, Jody Pinard and Alice Nadeau. There will be a board meeting on April 17th right after the church service. All members are encouraged to attend. Your voice counts! We are happy to report the new bathroom is complete! Yay! We are thinking a community garden would be a wonderful thing to have. If you are interested in being part of the planning please let Sarah Lane know. Ph: 207-974-8824 Email: S.Lane88@yahoo.com We are discussing a Children's/Family Week for this summer. Some activities suggested are tie-dying, building a bird feeder, tree and flower identification, creating the community garden, and nature walks and talks. In order to do this, we will need a lot of volunteers. Please contact Sarah Lane if you would like to be a part of this wonderful undertaking. Ph: 207-974-8824 Email: S.Lane88@yahoo.com The yearly membership dues are due now. Notices have been sent out along with a membership form in the mail. Even if all your information is the same as last year please do fill it in and return the form with your membership dues of $20.00. HLSC appreciates each and every one of our members. Thank you for being a part of our church! If you want to pay your membership dues via PayPal please go to our church website and at the bottom of the Home page click on the bottom "donate" button. That takes you right to the membership dues page. Please "check" the box that says "Share your mailing address with HLSC so they can acknowledge your donation". https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ The First Weekend in July We Will Be Celebrating Our 3rd Year Anniversary!!! We are planning an open house and craft fair, Mediumship readings, ($25/table), a potluck, BBQ and fire pit in the evening. Stay tuned for further info. CHURCH SERVICE SPEAKERS, MEDIUMS, AND FACILITATORS April 3: Kendra Wescott/ Facilitator and Speaker, Lauren Powers/Medium April 10: Stephanie Cartwright/Facilitator and Speaker, Rev Kendra Wescott/Medium April 17: Michele Catilyn-Strout/Facilitator and Speaker, Rev. Alex Gilgan/Medium April 24: Rev. Alex Gilgan is the facilitator for our healing and message circle WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE CENTER Potluck after church this Sunday, April 3rd This coming Sunday, April 3rd, directly after the worship service, there will be our monthly potluck. Bring a little tasty dish to share, if you can. Rule of thumb…make a dish that would traditionally feed 8 people. If you are unable to bring anything, please stay and eat with us anyway. We have always been blessed with enough food to share. By the way, there is some non-perishable food items on the table that folks have donated for others. If you are in need, please feel free to take some home. Pool Party!!! Second Saturday Social Time, April 9th, 4-5:30 pm; Michele has asked Sarah to keep track of the sign up sheet for the April 9th Family Swim Party at the Lura Hoyt Pool at 146 Western Ave in Hampden. It will be held from 4 - 5:30. They ask folks to wear a mask until you enter the pool. There is a 50 person limit, so sign up quickly with Sarah by calling 207-217-2697. Please give her the names of all your family members that wish to attend. This will be a great time. Deadline to sign up is by end of day on Thursday, April 7th. They have a water slide and a section for very small kids to splash around. There is a suggested donation of $5, but if you can’t spare the money, please just come and swim with us. We’ll have a BLAST! First and third Mondays of the month, April 4th & 18th, Intuitive Art Class with Sarah Lane: Join together in an opening meditation to get the creativity flowing and then create a piece of intuitive art (usually involving painting but can vary) to take home! $20, includes all materials. Children welcome with an adult attendee. Third Thursday Healing Circle, April 21st, from 6-8 pm with Rev. Alex Gilgan: Join us for our monthly Healing Circle on the third Thursday of each month. We are all One with Source and we all have the potential to be Healers. Sit in a circle with others to raise the vibration and bring Source's LOVE through for healing yourself and others. Doors close at 6:15 pm sharp. No one will be admitted after that. All levels of experience are welcome. $20. Last Wednesday Children's Get-Together, April 27th, 12-2:30 pm: This is an opportunity for home-school children, non-school-age children, and their parents, to have an opportunity to socialize and have some fun! It is open to all ages. We'll be doing some arts and crafts, playing with musical instruments learning to express ourselves by moving our bodies, and making some snacks! Donations are welcome, but not required; a $5/per child donation would help us continue to host events like this, but please don't feel like you cannot come if you cannot donate. We want everyone to come and enjoy the fun! We are also looking for some parents to volunteer as chaperones -- just helping watch over the kids during activities. If there are any food allergies/dietary restrictions, please let us know, so we can plan our snacks accordingly. Children must be accompanied by a parent. NEW!!! Last Wednesday Book Discussion Group, April 27th, 3-5 pm: The book discussion group will meet on the last Wednesday of every month from 3 pm to 5 pm. This month we will continue our discussion Mutant Message Down Under, by Marlo Morgan. This is an easy read with lots to discuss. We will beam people in via Google Meet Up if you would like to participate and cannot be present physically. Please contact Susan Joyce with questions and /or to receive your Google Meet Up code. 207-852-5524. Laurie Xanthos will be teaching The Basics of Shamanism. Come journey with us to discover your authentic soul. Let us access your soul power and learn how to utilize it to heal yourself and others. Journey to a past life or lives to gain a better understanding of how we came to be and who we are. This will be held on the 2nd Friday in July from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a lunch break. Cost is $111. Mediumship Development Group Sunday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Facilitated by Rev. Alex Gilgan, at the Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd in Etna. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. The group begins with a meditation and allows attendees to experience a variety of methods to open the lines of communication with The Other Side. There is no group meeting on the 3rd Sunday of the month, Cost is by donation, so feel free to join us, even if your pockets may be a little empty one Sunday afternoon, we'd love to have you join us. Gallery Readings: We will resume Gallery Readings on the first Friday in May. See you then! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! A BIG THANK YOU to Bruce Towle, our Building & Grounds Chairman, for spearheading the bathroom construction project along with the many things he does to keep our church safe and warm. Bruce, we don't know what we would do without you! A BIG THANK YOU to Sarah for organizing all the wonderful events we hold at our center. We see and appreciate every big and little thing you do! A BIG THANK YOU to Kelsey for helping us with our technology. A BIG THANK YOU to Bea, Sarah, and Michele for cleaning our beautiful space last month. A BIG THANK YOU to our Activities Committee chaired by Sarah Lane, Rev. Janet Decker, Michele Caitlyn Strout, Rev. Alex Gilgan, and Kendra Wescott. A BIG THANK YOU to our church service facilitators, Kendra Wescott, Rev. Alex Gilgan, Michele Catilyn- Strout, Stephanie Cartwright, and Sarah Lane A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money and/or supplies to our church. Most of these folks prefer to remain anonymous but spirit knows who you are! A BIG THANK YOU to our members and friends who support us. Without you, there would be no church. A BIG THANK YOU to our Speakers and Mediums who serve our church throughout the year. A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing Storage Space Available! We have vehicle, boat, motorcycle, sled, and ATV storage space available for rent. Rent is $35.00 a month for car/truck/small boat rental, and $20.00 a month for motorcycles, sleds, and ATVs. Large boats taking up more than one space is $35.00 per space. We offer seasonal and year-round rental. Please call, or text, 207-269-2142 to make arrangements. All rentals are on a first-come-first-served basis. Ordination Program: Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. If you have considered being ordained perhaps this is a good time to begin. To learn more about it click the following link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination We can always use some help cleaning our beautiful Center once a month. This includes vacuuming, dusting, and washing the floors. Please write your name on the sign-up sheet on the counter just as you come in the front door. Many hands make light work!. If you would like to help our center in this way please email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com . Thanks so much! Please bring in pictures of your feathered, furry, finned, or scaly family members to share on the Pet Picture Board. Food Pantry For Pets. If members, friends, community, etc. needs some help feeding and caring for their pets, they are more than welcome to pick from the available items. Also, those who are blessed can leave dog and cat food and treats, fish food, lizard kibble, pet toys...all pet related items will be welcome. As we continue to grow our 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.HealingLightEtna.org or you can give donations to one of the pastors. All contributions, whether time or money, are always very gratefully appreciated! There has been a good response to our FB postings, newsletters, and advertising. The feedback has been favorable and considering we are located in the tiny town of Etna, Maine this is terrific. Our goal is to put Etna and the Healing Light Spiritual Center "on the map", so to speak, but we need your help. If you are on FB we invite you to "Like" our page, Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna, ME https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/ Then please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE our events. Share them on your FB page and on any FB group of which you are part. This helps us spread the word! Reminders The first Sunday of every month is Potluck Sunday. Please keep in mind we are continuing to make an effort to keep everyone who comes to church and church center events safe. If you are feeling sick, have a fever, have any changes in breathing, any changes in smell or taste, or have a runny nose then please do not come to church. Masks are available for anyone who wants one. There is hand sanitizer on the counter as you enter the building and on the Healing Book table as well as other places throughout the building, we ask that you please use it. The bottom line is, please do not come to church or events if you or someone close to you is feeling unwell. Thank you! All events are updated regularly on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal And on our website: https://www.healinglightetna.org/events You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/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 If you are a member or friend of HLSC we invite you to put your business cards on our business card wall. Church phone number: 207-217-2697. You may still call any of the pastors or board members personally. Their contact phone numbers are listed at the end of the newsletter. A Ride Tree With the high price of gas, a Ride Tree has been mentioned several times, but no one has approached Michele to be a part of this. Some of our members may be driving right by someone’s home who would love to come to church, but they can’t afford the cost of gas. Please email Michele at manyfaunas@gmail.com if you want to be included in a ride share opportunity. 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. 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: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ or talk to one of the pastors or board members. 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 or email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com. Thank you. 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. You can email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com or contact individual board members. Contact information is below. There is also a suggestion box on the counter. If a friend forwarded you this newsletter and you would like to be on our email list please send an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church, and please share this newsletter. Happy spring! Rev. Janet Decker, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Michele Caitlyn-Strout, Sarah Lane & Rev. Alex Gilgan Copyright © 2021 Healing Light Spiritualist Church All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: HealingLightEtna@gmail.com

March

Greetings Everyone, In the February newsletter, I spoke about love being a vibration, a frequency. Indeed everything is vibration. What we see around us is simply a manifestation of vibration/frequency. And everything physical and non-physical like the words we speak, our thoughts, even our name carries its own vibration/frequency. When you hear it said that our thoughts and words have power, be assured it's true. I'd like to use "names" as an example of the power of words. The Aboriginal peoples of Australia believe naming a child at birth and expecting it to carry the same name throughout its lifetime makes no sense. At best it was silly to think that a child could carry the same name, or vibration, through an entire lifetime knowing the child was constantly changing, and therefore their vibration was also changing. At worst it would be a very heavy burden for the parents to saddle a child with one name for their entire life. In essence, it would be like putting a set of clothes on a newborn and expecting them never to grow out of them. They believe that as we change through growth and maturity our name needs to change as well in order for us to be in alignment with who we have become, or are becoming. At some point in time, the child is expected to choose his or her own name and that name will also change through all stages of life. The Aboriginal people believe only the individual knows when it is time to change their name. And it isn't necessarily entering puberty or adulthood or menopause that triggers them to change their name. What triggers them to change their name are the things they have learned and experienced as they grow. Jesus understood the vibration/frequency that names carry. When asked, "Master, how should we pray?" Jesus said, "Pray with, [or as is often translated], in my name." In Aramaic, the word "Name" means light or vibration or frequency." So Jesus was not necessarily saying to use his name, Jesus, in your prayers but rather he was saying that when praying step into his vibration or frequency, that frequency being the vibration of a master. Knowing this brings us a whole new understanding of how to pray. In these very challenging and ever-changing times, let's remember the power of vibration. Remember the power your thoughts and words have to heal or to harm. Pray for our planet and ask that peace descends upon earth and upon all people. Pray with the vibration of a master and it shall be so. I am reminded of part of a prayer I learned in church growing up, "Let the words of my mouth and meditations of my heart be acceptable unto thee, oh God. Amen [Amen translated means, May this be the earth from which my new growth comes.] May peace come to each and every one of us, Rev. Janet Decker WEATHER NOTIFICATIONS! Church service and church event cancellations will be posted on WABI Channel 5 News. We will also send notifications via email and FB. Please check one of these sources before heading out to church on Sunday morning. CHURCH NEWS! Sunday, March 6th is Potluck Sunday. Join us after church for a bite to eat and some good conversation with like-minded folks. Everyone welcome! There will be a board meeting on March 20th right after the church service. All members are encouraged to attend. Your voice counts! We are thinking a community garden would be a wonderful thing to have. If you are interested in being part of the planning please let Sarah Lane know. Ph: 207-974-8824 Email: S.Lane88@yahoo.com We are discussing a Children's/Family Week for this summer. Some activities suggested are tie-dying, building a bird feeder, tree and flower identification, creating the community garden, and nature walks and talks. In order to do this, we will need a lot of volunteers. Please contact Sarah Lane if you would like to be a part of this wonderful undertaking. Ph: 207-974-8824 Email: S.Lane88@yahoo.com The yearly membership dues are due now. Notices have been sent out along with a membership form in the mail. Even if all your information is the same as last year please do fill it in and return the form with your membership dues of $20.00. HLSC appreciates each and every one of our members. Thank you for being a part of our church! If you want to pay your membership dues via PayPal please go to our church website and at the bottom of the Home page click on the bottom "donate" button. That takes you right to the membership dues page. Please "check" the box that says "Share your mailing address with HLSC so they can acknowledge your donation". https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ Construction is almost completed on our second bathroom. Please pardon our mess while this much-needed addition to our building is being constructed. CHURCH SERVICE SPEAKERS, MEDIUMS, AND FACILITATORS March 6: Kendra Wescott/ Facilitator and Speaker, Lauren Powers/Medium March 13: Alex Gilgan/Facilitator and Medium, Rev Kendra Wescott/Speaker March 20: Michele Catilyn-Strout/Facilitator and Speaker, Patti Smith/Medium March 27: Stephanie Cartwright is the facilitator for our healing and message circle WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE CENTER First and third Mondays of the month, Intuitive Art Class with Sarah Lane: Join together in an opening meditation to get the creativity flowing and then create a piece of intuitive art (usually involving painting but can vary) to take home! $20, includes all materials. Children welcome with an adult attendee. Third Thursday Healing Circle, February 17th, from 6-8 pm with Rev. Alex Gilgan: Join us for our monthly Healing Circle on the third Thursday of each month. We are all One with Source and we all have the potential to be Healers. Sit in a circle with others to raise the vibration and bring Source's LOVE through for healing yourself and others. Doors close at 6:15 pm sharp. No one will be admitted after that. All levels of experience are welcome. $20. Last Wednesday Children's Get-Together, March 30th, 12-2:30 pm: This is an opportunity for home-school children, non-school-age children, and their parents, to have an opportunity to socialize and have some fun! It is open to all ages. We'll be doing some arts and crafts, playing with musical instruments learning to express ourselves by moving our bodies, and making some snacks! Donations are welcome, but not required; a $5/per child donation would help us continue to host events like this but please don't feel like you cannot come if you cannot donate. We want everyone to come and enjoy the fun! We are also looking for some parents to volunteer as chaperones -- just helping watch over the kids during activities. If there are any food allergies/dietary restrictions, please let us know, so we can plan our snacks accordingly. Children must be accompanied by a parent. NEW!!! Last Wednesday Book Discussion Group, March 30th, 3-5 pm: The book discussion group will meet on the last Wednesday of every month from 3 pm to 5 pm. This month we will continue our discussion Illusions by Richard Bach. This is a fun book and an easy read. It is filled with spiritual concepts worth pondering. We will beam people in via Google Meet Up if you would like to participate and cannot be present physically. Please contact Susan Joyce with questions and /or to receive your Google Meet Up code. 207-852-5524. Second Saturday Social Time, March 12th, 2-5 pm; Our second Saturday Social Time continues on March 12th and runs from 2-5 pm. It will be attendees' choice as to the activity they would like to do. Some suggestions are games, storytelling, or just chit-chat and enjoying good company. There will be coffee, tea, and snacks. Donations are greatly appreciated! March 25th and 26th, Holy Fire Reiki 1 & 2, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Rev. Alex Gilgan instructor: Reiki 1 passes along everything you need to do hands-on healing and includes the history of Reiki, its principles, and self-healing techniques. Reiki 2 will attune you as a Reiki Practitioner enabling you to work with clients. You will learn the sacred Reiki symbols and learn how to incorporate them into healing sessions. This is a powerful class! If you have been feeling the pull to step more into who you are and are ready to leave the past and old energies behind you, this is the class for you! The cost is $400.00 and includes all learning materials. A $150.00 non-refundable deposit is due by March 15th. Please Call Rev. Gilgan with questions and/or to register. 207-478-2452 Email: StayConnected333@gmail.com Pool Party! Saturday, April 9th, 4-5:30 Bring the family to the Laura Hoyt pool in Hampden for our first pool party! A donation of $5.00 per person will help us defray the cost. All children must be accompanied by an adult. See you there! Mediumship Development Group Sunday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Facilitated by Rev. Alex Gilgan, at the Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd in Etna. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. The group begins with a meditation and allows attendees to experience a variety of methods to open the lines of communication with The Other Side. There is no group meeting on the 3rd Sunday of the month, Cost is by donation, so feel free to join us, even if your pockets may be a little empty one Sunday afternoon, we'd love to have you join us. Gallery Readings: We will resume Gallery Readings on the first Friday in May. See you then! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! A BIG THANK YOU to Bruce Towle, our Building & Grounds Chairman, for spearheading the bathroom construction project along with the many things he does to keep our church safe and warm. Bruce, we don't know what we would do without you! A BIG THANK YOU to Sarah for organizing all the wonderful events we hold at our center. We see and appreciate every big and little thing you do! A BIG THANK YOU to Kelsey for helping us with our technology. A BIG THANK YOU to Kendra, Bea, Sarah, and Michele for cleaning our beautiful space over and over again. A BIG THANK YOU to our Activities Committee chaired by Sarah Lane, Rev. Janet Decker, Michele Caitlyn Strout, Rev. Alex Gilgan, and Kendra Wescott. A BIG THANK YOU to our church service facilitators, Kendra Wescott, Rev. Alex Gilgan, Michele Catilyn- Strout, Stephanie Cartwright, and Sarah Lane A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church/center website, and FB page from afar. A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money and/or supplies to our church. Most of these folks prefer to remain anonymous but spirit knows who you are! A BIG THANK YOU to our members and friends who support us. Without you, there would be no church. A BIG THANK YOU to our Speakers and Mediums who serve our church throughout the year. A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing Storage Space Available! We have vehicle, boat, motorcycle, sled, and ATV storage space available for rent. Rent is $35.00 a month for car/truck/small boat rental, and $20.00 a month for motorcycles, sleds, and ATVs. Large boats taking up more than one space is $35.00 per space. We offer seasonal and year-round rental. Please call, or text, 207-269-2142 to make arrangements. All rentals are on a first-come-first-served basis. Ordination Program: Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. If you have considered being ordained perhaps this is a good time to begin. To learn more about it click the following link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination We can always use some help cleaning our beautiful Center once a month, during the week following pot luck Sundays. This includes vacuuming and washing the floors. We are making a list by month of kind souls willing to help us with this. If there is someone you would like to work with as a team that is wonderful. Many hands make light work!. If you would like to help our center in this way please email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com . There is also a signup sheet on the counter. Thanks so much! Please bring in pictures of your feathered, furry, finned, or scaly family members to share on the Pet Picture Board. As we continue to grow our 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.HealingLightEtna.org or you can give donations to one of the pastors. All contributions, whether time or money, are always very gratefully appreciated! There has been a good response to our FB postings, newsletters, and advertising. The feedback has been favorable and considering we are located in the tiny town of Etna, Maine this is terrific. Our goal is to put Etna and the Healing Light Spiritual Center "on the map", so to speak, but we need your help. If you are on FB we invite you to "Like" our page, Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna, ME https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/ Then please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE our events. Share them on your FB page and on any FB group of which you are part. This helps us spread the word! Reminders The first Sunday of every month is Potluck Sunday. Please keep in mind we are continuing to make an effort to keep everyone who comes to church and church center events safe. If you are feeling sick, have a fever, have any changes in breathing, any changes in smell or taste, or have a runny nose then please do not come to church. Masks are available for anyone who wants one. There is hand sanitizer on the counter as you enter the building and on the Healing Book table as well as other places throughout the building, we ask that you please use it. The bottom line is, please do not come to church or events if you or someone close to you is feeling unwell. Thank you! All events are updated regularly on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal And on our website: https://www.healinglightetna.org/events You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/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 If you are a member or friend of HLSC we invite you to put your business cards on our business card wall. Church phone number: 207-217-2697. You may still call any of the pastors or board members personally. Their contact phone numbers are listed at the end of the newsletter. A Ride Tree For folks who want to come to church, but are finding the high cost of gasoline a deterrent from getting here. The Ride Tree program is based on what towns folks live in. Please contact Michele at manyfaunas@gmail.com if you are willing to pick people up and drop them home after the service. Let Michele know what town you live in and what areas you are willing to pick and drop off others. Since it was such a great hit, our pet drive will be ongoing. Thank you all for your generosity. We will be giving to a different non-profit animal agency in the area throughout the year. 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. 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: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ or talk to one of the pastors or board members. 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 or email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com. Thank you. 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. You can email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com or contact individual board members. Contact information is below. There is also a suggestion box on the counter. If a friend forwarded you this newsletter and you would like to be on our email list please send an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church, and please share this newsletter. Happy spring! Rev. Janet Decker, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Michele Caitlyn-Strout, Sarah Lane & Rev. Alex Gilgan Copyright © 2021 Healing Light Spiritualist Church All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: HealingLightEtna@gmail.com

February

Greetings Everyone! February is the month dedicated to love. I believe love is a frequency, a vibration and with that in mind, I would like to share a story with you. Everyone knows I love feeding the birds. There's something about watching the birds that is both relaxing and completely satisfying to me. I arrived in Tennessee the first week in November. I was busy finishing the job of unpacking boxes so I did not take the time to put my bird feeders out until sometime in mid-December. After hanging the feeders I patiently waited. A few days, a week, then 10 days go by and not a single bird came to my feeders. I did not see so much as a feather floating in the air. One night as the sun was setting and I was looking out at my feeders I put out a request to the nature spirits. I asked them to please guide the birds to my feeders. I asked this with all sincerity, love, and desire in my heart. When I got up the next morning the feeders were swarming with birds! My jaw dropped to the ground. I was in a state of awe and gratitude. As of this writing, I am still in a state of awe and gratitude. I had Tufted Titmouse', Gold Finches, Purple Finches, Wren's, Chickadees, White Breasted Nuthatches, Junko's, White-Throated Song Sparrow's, Downy, Pileated, and Red-Bellied woodpeckers, and I had Cardinals. Lots and lots of Cardinals. At least 20 that I could count. In the coming weeks, Bluebirds, Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers, Doves, Towhee's, and a Red-Headed Woodpecker joined the mix. I hope he finds a mate to join him at the feeding table. Make no mistake, the nature spirits responded to the emotion I was feeling when I made my request. That emotion was a pure vibration of love and came from my heart. Each day as I thank the nature spirits I feel incredible love for the "Powers that be". I am grateful to my teachers through the years who brought me to the realization that consciousness is in everything and consciousness responds in kind. Ask for something from a space of pure love, respect, and sincerity and it will be given to you with pure love, respect, and sincerity. May the vibration of pure love and respect be ever-present in your lives and in all you do. Rev. Janet Decker WEATHER NOTIFICATIONS! Church service and church event cancellations will be posted on WABI Channel 5 News. We will also send notifications via email and FB. Please check one of these sources before heading out to church on Sunday morning. CHURCH NEWS! Sunday, February 6th is Potluck Sunday and we thought it would be fun to have Super Bowl-themed food. Think mini meatballs, yummy taco dip, and other finger foods. What is your favorite Super Bowl recipe? Join us for church service and stay after for a light bite to eat and good conversation with like-minded folks. Everyone welcome! There will be a board meeting on February 20th right after the church service. All members are encouraged to attend. Your voice counts! The yearly membership dues are due now. Notices have been sent out along with a membership form in the mail. Even if all your information is the same as last year please do fill it in and return the form with your membership dues of $20.00. HLSC appreciates each and every one of our members. Thank you for being a part of our church! If you want to pay your membership dues via PayPal please go to our church website and at the bottom of the Home page click on the bottom "donate" button. That takes you right to the membership dues page. Please "check" the box that says "Share your mailing address with HLSC so they can acknowledge your donation". https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ Construction is underway on our second bathroom. Please pardon our mess while this much-needed addition to our building is being constructed. CHURCH SERVICE SPEAKERS, MEDIUMS, AND FACILITATORS February 6: Kendra Wescott/ Facilitator and Speaker, Lauren Powers/Medium February 13: Stephanie Cartwright/Facilitator and Speaker, Rev. Alex Gilgan/Medium February 20: Michele Catilyn-Strout/Facilitator and Speaker, Rev. Alex Gilganh/Medium February 27: Sarah Lane is the facilitator for our healing and message circle WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE CENTER Valentines Day Dance! Grab your special somebody, in fact, grab the whole family, and head on over to the Healing Light Spiritual Center on Saturday, February 12th for a Valentines's Day dance. 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. We want this to be a very special event so dress attire is semi-formal to as formal as you would like to get! There is no charge for this event, however, donations are always welcome. Raffle tickets: We have a nice assortment of raffle items. The tickets will be drawn at the Valentine's Day dance so there is still time to buy your tickets! Tickets cost $1.00 apiece or 6 for $5.00. First and third Mondays of the month, Intuitive Art Class with Sarah Lane: Join together in an opening meditation to get the creativity flowing and then create a piece of intuitive art (usually involving painting but can vary) to take home! $20, includes all materials. Children welcome with an adult attendee. Third Thursday Healing Circle, February 17th, from 6-8 pm: Join us for our monthly Healing Circle on the third Thursday of each month. We are all One with Source and we all have the potential to be Healers. Sit in a circle with others to raise the vibration and bring Source's LOVE through for healing yourself and others. Doors close at 6:15 pm sharp. No one will be admitted after that. All levels of experience are welcome. $20. Last Wednesday Children's Get-Together, February 23rd, 12-2:30 pm: This is an opportunity for home-school children, non-school-age children, and their parents, to have an opportunity to socialize and have some fun! It is open to all ages. We'll be doing some arts and crafts, playing with musical instruments learning to express ourselves by moving our bodies, and making some snacks! Donations are welcome, but not required; a $5/per child donation would help us continue to host events like this but please don't feel like you cannot come if you cannot donate. We want everyone to come and enjoy the fun! We are also looking for some parents to volunteer as chaperones -- just helping watch over the kids during activities. If there are any food allergies/dietary restrictions, please let us know, so we can plan our snacks accordingly. Children must be accompanied by a parent. NEW!!! Last Wednesday Book Discussion Group, February 23, 3-5 pm: The book discussion group will meet on the last Wednesday of every month from 3 pm to 5 pm. Our first book is Illusions by Richard Bach. This is a fun book and an easy read. It is filled with spiritual concepts worth pondering. We will beam people in via FaceBook if you would like to participate and cannot be present physically. Already we have someone from Florida who will be joining in! Please contact Susan Joyce with questions and /or to give her your FB contact information. 207-852-5524. Second Saturday Social Time, March 12th, 2-5 pm; Our second Saturday Social Time continues on March 12th and runs from 2-5 pm. It will be attendees' choice as to the activity they would like to do. Some suggestions are games, storytelling, or just chit-chat and enjoying good company. There will be coffee, tea, and snacks. Donations are greatly appreciated! Pool Party! Saturday, April 9th, 4-5:30 Bring the family to the Laura Hoyt pool in Hampden for our first pool party! A donation of $5.00 per person will help us defray the cost. All children must be accompanied by an adult. See you there! Mediumship Development Group Sunday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Facilitated by Rev. Alex Gilgan, at the Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd in Etna. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. The group begins with a meditation and allows attendees to experience a variety of methods to open the lines of communication with The Other Side. There is no group meeting on the 3rd Sunday of the month, Cost is by donation, so feel free to join us, even if your pockets may be a little empty one Sunday afternoon, we'd love to have you join us. Gallery Readings: We will resume Gallery Readings on the first Friday in May. See you then! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! A BIG THANK YOU to Sarah for organizing all the wonderful events we hold at our center. We see and appreciate every big and little thing you do! A BIG THANK YOU to Bruce Towle, our Building & Grounds Chairman, for spearheading the bathroom construction project along with the many things he does to keep our church safe and warm. Bruce, we don't know what we would do without you! A BIG THANK YOU to Kelsey for helping us with our technology and taking care of the Giving Tree at Christmas. A BIG THANK YOU to Kendra, Bea, Sarah, and Michele for cleaning our beautiful space over and over again. A BIG THANK YOU to our Activities Committee chaired by Sarah Lane, Rev. Janet Decker, Michele Caitlyn Strout, Rev. Alex Gilgan, and Kendra Wescott. A BIG THANK YOU to our church service facilitators, Kendra Wescott, Rev. Alex Gilgan, Michele Catilyn- Strout, Stephanie Cartwright, and Sarah Lane A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church/center website, and FB page from afar. A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money and/or supplies to our church. Most of these folks prefer to remain anonymous but spirit knows who you are! A BIG THANK YOU to our members and friends who support us. Without you, there would be no church. A BIG THANK YOU to our Speakers and Mediums who serve our church throughout the year. A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing Storage Space Available! We have vehicle, boat, motorcycle, sled, and ATV storage space available for rent. Rent is $35.00 a month for car/truck/small boat rental, and $20.00 a month for motorcycles, sleds, and ATVs. Large boats taking up more than one space is $35.00 per space. We offer seasonal and year-round rental. Please call, or text, 207-269-2142 to make arrangements. All rentals are on a first-come-first-served basis. Ordination Program Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. If you have considered being ordained perhaps this is a good time to begin. To learn more about it click the following link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination We can always use some help cleaning our beautiful Center once a month, during the week following pot luck Sundays. This includes vacuuming and washing the floors. We are making a list by month of kind souls willing to help us with this. If there is someone you would like to work with as a team that is wonderful. Many hands make light work!. If you would like to help our center in this way please email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com . There is also a signup sheet on the counter. Thanks so much! Please bring in pictures of your feathered, furry, finned, or scaly family members to share on the Pet Picture Board. As we continue to grow our 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.HealingLightEtna.org or you can give donations to one of the pastors. All contributions, whether time or money, are always very gratefully appreciated! There has been a good response to our FB postings, newsletters, and advertising. The feedback has been favorable and considering we are located in the tiny town of Etna, Maine this is terrific. Our goal is to put Etna and the Healing Light Spiritual Center "on the map", so to speak, but we need your help. If you are on FB we invite you to "Like" our page, Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna, ME https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/ Then please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE our events. Share them on your FB page and on any FB group of which you are part. This helps us spread the word! Reminders The first Sunday of every month is Potluck Sunday. Please keep in mind we are continuing to make an effort to keep everyone who comes to church and church center events safe. If you are feeling sick, have a fever, have any changes in breathing, any changes in smell or taste, or a runny nose then please do not come to church. Masks are available for anyone who wants one. There is hand sanitizer on the counter as you enter the building and on the Healing Book table as well as other places throughout the building, we ask that you please use it. The bottom line is, please do not come to church or events if you or someone close to you is feeling unwell. Thank you! All events are updated regularly on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal And on our website: https://www.healinglightetna.org/events You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/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 If you are a member or friend of HLSC we invite you to put your business cards on our business card wall. Church phone number: 207-217-2697. You may still call any of the pastors or board members personally. Their contact phone numbers are listed at the end of the newsletter. A Ride Tree For folks who want to come to church, but are finding the high cost of gasoline a deterrent from getting here. The Ride Tree program is based on what towns folks live in. Please contact Michele at manyfaunas@gmail.com if you are willing to pick people up and drop them home after the service. Let Michele know what town you live in and what areas you are willing to pick and drop off others. Since it was such a great hit, our pet drive will be ongoing. Thank you all for your generosity. We will be giving to a different non-profit animal agency in the area throughout the year. 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. 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: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ or talk to one of the pastors or board members. 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 or email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com. Thank you. 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. You can email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com or contact individual board members. Contact information is below. There is also a suggestion box on the counter. If a friend forwarded you this newsletter and you would like to be on our email list please send an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church, and please share this newsletter. Bright blessings, Rev. Janet Decker, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Michele Caitlyn-Strout, Sarah Lane & Rev. Alex Gilgan Copyright © 2021 Healing Light Spiritualist Church All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: HealingLightEtna@gmail.com

January

Greetings Everyone! We realize the January newsletter is very late getting out. Please accept our apologies. Time is getting away from us! WEATHER NOTIFICATIONS Church service and church event cancellations will be posted on WABI Channel 5 News. We will also send notifications via email and FB. Please check one of these sources before heading out to church on Sunday morning. CHURCH NEWS! There will be a board meeting on January 16th right after the church service. All members are encouraged to attend. Your voice counts! The yearly membership dues are due now. We will be sending out membership forms in the mail that you can return with all your current information. Even if all your information is the same as last year please do fill it in and return the form with your membership dues of $20.00. HLSC appreciates each and every one of our members. Thank you for being a part of our church! If you want to pay your membership dues via PayPal please go to our church website and at the bottom of the Home page click on the bottom "donate" button. That takes you right to the membership dues page. Please Check the box that says "Share your mailing address with HLSC so they can acknowledge your donation". https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ Construction will begin on our second bathroom the third week of January. Please pardon our mess while this much-needed addition to our building is being constructed. CHURCH SERVICE SPEAKERS, MEDIUMS, AND FACILITATORS January 16: StephanieCartwright/Facilitator, Cynthia Bragg/Speaker, Patti Smith/Medium January 23: Michele Catilyn-Strout/Facilitator and Speaker, Patti Smith/Medium January 30th: Rev. Alex Gilgan is the facilitator for our healing and message circle WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE CENTER First and third Mondays of the month, Intuitive Art Class with Sarah Lane: Join together in an opening meditation to get the creativity flowing and then create a piece of intuitive art (usually involving painting but can vary) to take home! $20, includes all materials. Children welcome with an adult attendee. Third Thursday Healing Circle, January 20th, from 6-8 pm: Join us for our monthly Healing Circle on the third Thursday of each month. We are all One with Source and we all have the potential to be Healers. Sit in a circle with others to raise the vibration and bring Source's LOVE through for healing yourself and others. Doors close at 6:15 pm sharp. No one will be admitted after that. All levels of experience are welcome. $20. A Day of Healing and Mediumship. Saturday, January 29th, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm: What a great way to spend an hour or two on a cold January day. Come in for a healing session and a reading. $20.00 will cover the cost of both. Gallery Readings: Rev. Alex will have Mediums lined up for these events to take place on the first Friday of the month from 6-8 p.m. The next one will be on February 4th. The cost is $10.00. Valentines Day Dance! Grab your special somebody, in fact, grab the whole family, and head on over to the Healing Light Spiritual Center on Saturday, February 12th for a Valentines's Day dance. 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. We want this to be a very special event so dress attire is semi-formal to as formal as you would like to get! There is no charge for this event, however, donations are always welcome. Raffle tickets: Raffle tickets will be drawn at the Valentine's Day dance so there is still plenty of time to buy your tickets! Mediumship Development Group Sunday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Facilitated by Rev. Alex Gilgan, at the Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd in Etna. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. The group begins with a meditation and allows attendees to experience a variety of methods to open the lines of communication with The Other Side. There is no group meeting on the 3rd Sunday of the month, Cost is by donation, so feel free to join us, even if your pockets may be a little empty one Sunday afternoon, we'd love to have you join us. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! A BIG THANK YOU to Sarah for organizing all the wonderful events we hold at our center. We see and appreciate every big and little thing you do! A BIG THANK YOU to Bruce Towle, our Building & Grounds Chairman for the many things he does to keep our church safe and warm. A BIG THANK YOU to Kendra, Bea, Sarah, and Michele for cleaning our beautiful space over and over again. A BIG THANK YOU to our Activities Committee chaired by Sarah Lane, Rev. Janet Decker, Michele Caitlyn Strout, Rev. Alex Gilgan, and Kendra Wescott. A BIG THANK YOU to our church service facilitators, Kendra Wescott, Rev. Alex Gilgan, Michele Catilyn- Strout, Stephanie Cartwright, and Sarah Lane A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church/center website, and FB page from afar. A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money and/or supplies to our church. Most of these folks prefer to remain anonymous but spirit knows who you are! A BIG THANK YOU to our members and friends who support us. Without you, there would be no church. A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors. 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, THANK YOU! Ongoing Storage Space Available! We have vehicle, boat, motorcycle, sled, and ATV storage space available for rent. Rent is $35.00 a month for car/truck/small boat rental, and $20.00 a month for motorcycles, sleds, and ATVs. Large boats taking up more than one space is $35.00 per space. We offer seasonal and year-round rental. Please call, or text, 207-269-2142 to make arrangements. All rentals are on a first-come-first-served basis. Ordination Program Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. If you have considered being ordained perhaps this is a good time to begin. To learn more about it click the following link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination We can always use some help cleaning our beautiful Center once a month, during the week following pot luck Sundays. This includes vacuuming and washing the floors. We are making a list by month of kind souls willing to help us with this. If there is someone you would like to work with as a team that is wonderful. Many hands make light work!. If you would like to help our center in this way please email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com . There is also a signup sheet on the counter. Thanks so much! Please bring in pictures of your feathered, furry, finned, or scaly family members to share on the Pet Picture Board. As we continue to grow our 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.HealingLightEtna.org or you can give donations to one of the pastors. All contributions, whether time or money, are always very gratefully appreciated! There has been a good response to our FB postings, newsletters, and advertising. The feedback has been favorable and considering we are located in the tiny town of Etna, Maine this is terrific. Our goal is to put Etna and the Healing Light Spiritual Center "on the map", so to speak, but we need your help. If you are on FB we invite you to "Like" our page, Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna, ME https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/ Then please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE our events. Share them on your FB page and on any FB group of which you are part. This helps us spread the word! Reminders The first Sunday of every month is Potluck Sunday. Please keep in mind we are continuing to make an effort to keep everyone who comes to church and church center events safe. If you are feeling sick, have a fever, have any changes in breathing, any changes in smell or taste, or a runny nose then please do not come to church. Masks are available for anyone who wants one. There is hand sanitizer on the counter as you enter the building and on the Healing Book table as well as other places throughout the building, we ask that you please use it. The bottom line is, please do not come to church or events if you or someone close to you is feeling unwell. Thank you! All events are updated regularly on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal And on our website: https://www.healinglightetna.org/events You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/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 If you are a member or friend of HLSC we invite you to put your business cards on our business card wall. Church phone number: 207-217-2697. You may still call any of the pastors or board members personally. Their contact phone numbers are listed at the end of the newsletter. A Ride Tree For folks who want to come to church, but are finding the high cost of gasoline a deterrent from getting here. The Ride Tree program is based on what towns folks live in. Please contact Michele at manyfaunas@gmail.com if you are willing to pick people up and drop them home after the service. Let Michele know what town you live in and what areas you are willing to pick and drop off others. Since it was such a great hit, our pet drive will be ongoing. Thank you all for your generosity. We will be giving to a different non-profit animal agency in the area throughout the year. 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. 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: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ or talk to one of the pastors or board members. 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 or email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com. Thank you. 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. You can email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com or contact individual board members. Contact information is below. There is also a suggestion box on the counter. If a friend forwarded you this newsletter and you would like to be on our email list please send an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church, and please share this newsletter. Bright blessings, Rev. Janet Decker, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Michele Caitlyn-Strout, Sarah Lane & Rev. Alex Gilgan Copyright © 2021 Healing Light Spiritualist Church All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: HealingLightEtna@gmail.com