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2018 Newsletters

January

Greetings Everyone! Well, here we are in another new year and with it comes a big change for the Healing Light Spiritualist Church. The HLSC Board of Directors has decided to move the church services to the Etna Town Hall beginning the first Sunday in February. So this month will be last at the Temple on the Camp Etna grounds. Things are changing at Camp Etna and the church is being affected by these changes. It is unlikely that HLSC will return to the Temple in the future, however, anything is possible. It is with a sad heart that we leave the Temple and move to the town hall, however, let us endeavor to think positive thoughts moving forward. Nothing is static in the universe and as situations change we must change with them. Please know this, each of you holds a special place in our hearts and we hope you will continue to attend church services once we have made the move. On a personal note, I was not given a voice in this decision and had I been I would have suggested a different direction, none the less I am choosing to see it as a spiritual growth experience/challenge. The shift in where we hold services can bring us down or it can spur us to THINK BIG! Whatever we focus on expands so let's focus on new and positive growth experiences coming our way. We may not know where this new growth experience will take us yet, but if we think lofty thoughts we truly can soar to great heights. And, just so you have something to pin your lofty thoughts to, let's visualize our church having a place of it's very own. Let's dream BIG, and see ourselves in a building that will be our "Forever Home". A home not tied to the rules and regulations of another organization or tethered to the whims of individuals who may not be as progressive as we are. Our church is a very "forward thinking" church and the rate at which we are taking in new members reflects what people want and need spiritually. Let us continue to stretch our vision and expand our consciousness so we can continue to be a beacon of light for all to see. Spirit is guiding us, all we have to do is listen. See you in church! More News As everyone knows we are experiencing extremely cold temperatures. Because of this we canceled the last service in December. Please be aware that we may need to cancel future church services if this continues. If you are unsure of whether or not a service has been canceled you can check on FB, or check your email. If a service has been canceled these are the two places where you will definitely receive notification. If we are canceling due to snow I will post this on WLBZ 2 local news as well. Please keep in mind that if church service is canceled so is the Sunday afternoon mediumship development circle. Sunday, January 7th is Pot Luck Sunday. Come enjoy church service then stay after for a bite to eat and good conversation with like-minded folks. All are welcome! Linda Homes has graciously offered to host a weekly spiritual/metaphysical group on Friday nights at her home in Palmyra beginning January 19th. The focus of the group will be whatever the attendees decide on. What do you want to explore? What do you want to learn? What do you want to experience? Some topics to consider would be: mediumship, trance channeling, crystals (energetic properties and use of), shamanic journeying, UFO's, remote viewing, meditation, table tipping, ghosts and apparitions, dowsing, various types of healing work, animal communication, chanting, crystal bowls, tarot cards, scrying, sacred geometry, oracle boards, the hollow earth theory, The Law of One (RA Material), tea leaf reading... The list goes on and on. The only requirement is that you come with an open mind and the curiosity of a child. The first gathering will be on January 19th at 7:00 PM. A free will offering to cover refreshments is welcome. Please call or email Linda if you plan to attend as space is limited. Ph: 207-341-4978 Email: billindaholmes@gmail.com Serving the church in January Facilitator: Rev. Rev. Janet Decker Speakers/Mediums January 7th: Bonnie Mellott January 14th: Rev. Janet Decker/Dawn Wilbur January 21st: Nedra Foster January 28th: All Healing and Message Service About our speakers and Mediums: Bonnie Mellott: Bonnie is a member of our church and vice president of HLSC board of directors. Bonnie is also a student in our ordination program. Dawn Wilbur: Dawn is a Reiki Master trained in Integrated Energy therapy and been delivering messages from spirit during her healing sessions for some time. She has been delivering messages from spirit to the general public for approximately 18 months. Dawn lives in Frankfurt with her husband, son, small livestock of chickens and their yellow lab. Nedra Foster: Nedra is a member of Harrison D. Barrett Spiritualist Church and past President. A professional, talented clairvoyant, clairsentient, clairaudient medium, psychic and intuitive, providing readings and message circles by appointment. A lifetime metaphysics student her greatest passions, and awe are connecting those on earth with those in spirit. Community News Edgar Cayce's Glad Helpers Group meets every Monday afternoon from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Maine Holistic Center located at 81 Maine Street Bangor, ME. All Energy Healers are welcome to become part of this group at any time. Reminders The back row of chairs on the right side of the church, as you enter, are designated as healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to sit in a healing chair. There will be a healer assigned to those chairs at every service. The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out here or you can find it under the "Classes" tab on the HLSC web site. The church membership application is available in the church and can also be downloaded from the home page of our web site. Please be aware that becoming a member of HLSC does not automatically make you a member of Camp Etna. Camp Etna and the church are separate entities and each has their own set of requirements for becoming a member. If you want to become a member of the church please go to our web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org to read our by-laws and membership requirements and if you want to become a member of Camp Etna please go to campetna.com to read their by-laws and membership requirements. If you do not use a computer, you may ask any member of the church board or camp board for their respective information. You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page. If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services, September through June, please see one of the pastors. Thank you. To Say Thanks A BIG THANK YOU to the pastors who serve our church all year long. A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year. A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church website. A BIG THANK YOU to Sherwood for cleaning the Temple. Sherwood, as always, you do a splendid job! A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the various church clothing and food drives. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Come bring a dish to share, enjoy the service, and stay after for a nice meal and conversation with like-minded souls. A Mediumship Development Group meets every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM in the Temple (led by Rev. Janet Decker). Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. Beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted. Please note that beginning in February 2018 the group will meet in Rev. Janet Decker's cottage on the Camp Etna grounds. The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday and Pastor Dee Powers will collect and deliver them. Here is a list of supplies they could use: New sweat pants and sweat shirts (Everyone coming into the shelter receives a shower and a new set of clothes) Playground toys Diapers of all sizes Trash bags Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues All Purpose cleaner Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square) HE laundry detergent Ziploc bags and aluminum foil Food storage containers Grocery store gift certificates Soap, shampoo, and conditioner Feminine products (pads and tampons) Deodorant Toothpaste and toothbrushes Razors and shaving cream Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer Sugar and drink mixes Canned and non-perishable foods Books for children We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them. Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed. To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you. If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the find my email address (Rev. Janet Decker) at the bottom of the newsletter.September newsletter I need the information by August 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hear suggestions that may improve our church and make it an even more inviting place of peace and sanctuary from the rigors of daily life. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. The church board members are: Pastor Dee Powers (President), Bonnie Mellott (Vice President), Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary), Janet McNerney (Treasurer), and Rev. Sherwood Denham (Trustee). Their contact information is below. Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO share this newsletter. The HLSC Pastors and Board of Directors wish everyone a VERY HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR! Rev. Janet Decker

February

Happy February Everyone! I hope everyone has/is managing the energy of the Super Blood Blue Moon full lunar eclipse (Wow, that's a mouth full!) which occurred on January 31st. It was packed with energy! Here is just a little bit about it taken from the "Forever Conscious" web site. "The January Super Blood Blue Moon Eclipse is not only going to help bring resolution and closure to the last half of 2017, it is also going to open and activate a new energy that we are all going to be working with until the next round of Eclipses in July and August 2018." If you want to learn more about this event you can check it out here: http://foreverconscious.com/intuitive-astrology-super-blood-blue-moon-eclipse-january-2018. News Don't forget we will be holding church services in the Etna Town Hall beginning February 4th. The town hall is located at 17 Shadow Lane in Etna. Sunday, February 4th is Pot Luck Sunday. Since we will be in the town hall we think it is best to keep things simple. Sandwiches, veggies, fruit, cheese, desert, or something along those lines would be good. Come enjoy church service then stay after for a bite to eat and good conversation with like-minded folks. All are welcome! Linda Homes has graciously offered to host a weekly spiritual/metaphysical group on Friday nights at her home in Palmyra beginning January 19th. The focus of the group will be whatever the attendees decide on. What do you want to explore? What do you want to learn? What do you want to experience? Some topics to consider would be: mediumship, trance channeling, crystals (energetic properties and use of), shamanic journeying, UFO's, remote viewing, meditation, table tipping, ghosts and apparitions, dowsing, various types of healing work, animal communication, chanting, crystal bowls, tarot cards, scrying, sacred geometry, oracle boards, the hollow earth theory, The Law of One (RA Material), tea leaf reading... The list goes on and on. The only requirement is that you come with an open mind and the curiosity of a child. Please call or email Linda if you plan to attend as space is limited. Phone: 207-341-4978 Email: billindaholmes@gmail.com. A free will offering to cover refreshments is welcome. Weather Notifications As everyone knows, we have had many days this winter of extremely cold temperatures. Even though we will be holding services at the town hall, which has a good heating system, we are still inclined to cancel church if temps dip below 10 degrees. If you are unsure of whether or not a service has been canceled due to extremely cold temperatures you can check on FB, or check your email. If a service has been canceled these are the two places where you will definitely receive notification. Alternately, you can call or email me me, Rev. Janet Decker. My contact info is at the end of the newsletter. If we are canceling due to snow I will post this on WLBZ 2 and WABI local news as well. Please keep in mind that if church service is canceled then so is the Sunday afternoon mediumship development circle. Serving the church in February Facilitator: Rev. Sherwood Denham Speakers/Mediums February 4th: Bonnie Mellott February 11th: Pastor Laurie Xanthos February 18th: Karlene Tanner February 25th: All Healing and Message Service About our speakers and Mediums: Bonnie Mellott: Bonnie is a member of our church and vice president of HLSC board of directors. Bonnie is also a student in our ordination program. Laurie Xanthos: Laurie is one of our pastors. She is an exceptionally gifted medium and speaker. Laurie is also a terrific teacher who loves to share what she has learned through the years. Laurie serves churches and camps throughout Maine. Karlene Tanner: Karlene is a member of our church and often serves. She is a delightful speaker and also an extremely gifted medium. Community News There are a few Psychic /Healing Fairs that will be happening beginning in March. You can check them out here: http://www.soulintentions777.com/upcoming-fairs.html Edgar Cayce's Glad Helpers Group meets every Monday afternoon from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Maine Holistic Center located at 81 Maine Street Bangor, ME. All Energy Healers are welcome to become part of this group at any time. Reminders The back row of chairs are designated as healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to sit in a healing chair. There will be a healer assigned to those chairs at every service. The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out here or you can find it under the "Classes" tab on the HLSC web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org If you have been coming to our church for a while and would like to become a member you can find out about our "membership requirements" on our web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org Or ask any of our pastors or board members. You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page. If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services please see one of the pastors. Thank you. To Say Thanks A BIG THANK YOU to the pastors who serve our church all year long. A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year. A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church website. A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the various church clothing and food drives. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Come enjoy the service, and stay after for a bite to eat and good conversation with like-minded folks. A Mediumship Development Group meets every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM at Rev. Janet Decker's cottage on the Camp Etna grounds. If you don't know where that is just call or email me. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. Donations welcome. The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to church the first Sunday of any month and Rev. Dee Powers will collect and deliver them. Here is a list of supplies they could use: New sweat pants and sweat shirts (Everyone coming into the shelter receives a shower and a new set of clothes) Playground toys Diapers of all sizes Trash bags Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues All Purpose cleaner Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square) HE laundry detergent Ziploc bags and aluminum foil Food storage containers Grocery store gift certificates Soap, shampoo, and conditioner Feminine products (pads and tampons) Deodorant Toothpaste and toothbrushes Razors and shaving cream Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer Sugar and drink mixes Canned and non-perishable foods Books for children We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them. Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed. To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you. If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the March newsletter I need the information by February 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my contact info at the bottom of the newsletter. The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hear suggestions that may improve our church service and make it an even more inviting time of peace and healing. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. All contact information is below. Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO share this newsletter. Spirit is guiding us, all we have to do is listen. See you in church! Rev. Janet Decker

March

Happy Spring Everyone! It always gives me great pleasure to say Happy Spring! As we all know, winters are long and usually harsh in Maine but Mainers are tough and most of us would not trade winter for the big city, ever! If you have ever lived in a big city, or lived in a highly populated state and had to travel to and from a big city, you will understand completely what I am saying here. So, while at the same time we are wishing winter away, lets be thankful that we are at least experiencing it in Maine and not New Jersey or Massachusetts. News We are now holding church services in the Etna Town Hall. The town hall is located at 17 Shadow Lane in Etna. Service starts at 10:30 AM. Sunday, March 4th, is Pot Luck Sunday. Since we are in the town hall we think it is best to keep things simple. Sandwiches, veggies, fruit, cheese, desert, or something along those lines would be good. Come enjoy church service then stay after for a bite to eat and good conversation with like-minded folks. All are welcome! Weather Notifications As everyone knows, we have had many days this winter of extremely cold temperatures. Even though we are holding services at the town hall, which has a good heating system, we are still inclined to cancel church if temps dip below 10 degrees. If you are unsure of whether or not a service has been canceled due to extremely cold temperatures you can check on FB, or check your email. If a service has been canceled these are the two places where you will definitely receive notification. Alternately, you can call or email me me, Rev. Janet Decker. My contact info is at the end of the newsletter. If we are canceling due to snow I will post this on WLBZ 2 and WABI local news as well. Please keep in mind that if church service is canceled then so is the Sunday afternoon mediumship development circle. Serving the church in March Facilitator: Rev. Wachian Welch Speakers/Mediums March 4th: Linda Holmes (speaker) Dawn Wilbur (messages) March 11th: Melissa Gabriel March 18th: Angie Welch March 25th: All Healing and Message Service About our speakers and Mediums: Rev. Linda Holmes has been a spiritual seeker all her life. She began her studies in metaphysics as a senior at Newport High School through Christian Science. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Maine in 1978, and her master's degree in higher consciousness studies from Holmes Institute in Denver in 2004, with a ministerial license through The Church of Religious Science and the Science of Mind philosophy. In 2004 she founded The Maine Beacon Center for Spiritual Living in Gorham, Maine, and was ordained in 2006. She discovered spiritualism a couple years ago, and is now working to open to the possibility of mediumship. She has 2 children, 3 step-children, 1 grandchild, 5 step-grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and 2-1/2 step-great grandchildren. And her two cats Nia and Cali. Dawn Wilbur is a Reiki Master trained in Integrated Energy therapy and been delivering messages from spirit during her healing sessions for some time. She has been delivering messages from spirit to the general public for approximately 18 months. Dawn lives in Frankfurt with her husband, son, small livestock of chickens and their yellow lab. Melissa Gabriel is a caring professional Psychic Medium and Spiritual Healer. She has been using her abilities of clairvoyance (seeing), clairaudience (hearing) and clairsentience (feeling) to help guide others for over 15 years. Through private or group readings, she has assisted connecting people with their spirit relatives, guides and angels. She is a certified hypnotherapist specializing in past life regression. Melissa is also a board member of Harrison D. Barrett Church in Bangor Maine. https://www.facebook.com/pg/angelconnection11/about/?ref=page_internal Angie Welch is an Intuitive Artist and Psychic Medium. When working with a client she will tap into their energy to create a personal intuitive “Art Mediumship” piece, complete with a message from Spirit. In a regular psychic medium reading or art mediumship session she is able to connect with her client’s angels, guides, and loved ones who have passed. She offers Akashic records readings, Pranic healing and is a teacher in spiritual modalities. Angie is also a member of Healing Light Spiritualist Church and board member for Camp Etna Spiritualist Camp. http://www.leapoffaithartistry.com Community News There are a few Psychic /Healing Fairs that will be happening beginning in March. You can check them out here: http://www.soulintentions777.com/upcoming-fairs.html Psychic Sampler at Healing, 6 State St (Parker Baily Bldg) Brewer, ME. March 2nd - 5 PM to 8 PM. Admission to the event gives you three different types of readings. Learn about herbs and have a short relaxing meditation with the Native American flutes. Contact Angie welch for more information. tyger25474@gmail.com and 207-266-1555. Edgar Cayce's Glad Helpers Group meets every Monday afternoon from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Maine Holistic Center located at 81 Maine Street Bangor, ME. All Energy Healers are welcome to become part of this group at any time. Reminders The back row of chairs are designated as healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to sit in a healing chair. There will be a healer assigned to those chairs at every service. The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out here or you can find it under the "Classes" tab on the HLSC web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org If you have been coming to our church for a while and would like to become a member you can find out about our "membership requirements" on our web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org Or ask any of our pastors or board members. You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page. If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services please see one of the pastors. Thank you. To Say Thanks A BIG THANK YOU to the pastors who serve our church all year long. A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year. A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church website. A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the various church clothing and food drives. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Come enjoy the service, and stay after for a bite to eat and good conversation with like-minded folks. A Mediumship Development Group meets every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM at Rev. Janet Decker's cottage, 90 Pond St, on the Camp Etna grounds. If you don't know where that is just call or email me. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. Donations welcome. The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to church the first Sunday of any month and Rev. Dee Powers will collect and deliver them. Here is a list of supplies they could use: New sweat pants and sweat shirts (Everyone coming into the shelter receives a shower and a new set of clothes) Playground toys Diapers of all sizes Trash bags Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues All Purpose cleaner Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square) HE laundry detergent Ziploc bags and aluminum foil Food storage containers Grocery store gift certificates Soap, shampoo, and conditioner Feminine products (pads and tampons) Deodorant Toothpaste and toothbrushes Razors and shaving cream Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer Sugar and drink mixes Canned and non-perishable foods Books for children We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them. Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed. To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you. If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the March newsletter I need the information by February 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my contact info at the bottom of the newsletter. The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hear suggestions that may improve our church service and make it an even more inviting time of peace and healing. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. All contact information is below. Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO share this newsletter. Spirit is guiding us, all we have to do is listen. See you in church! Rev. Janet Decker

April

Happy Spring and Happy Easter! Recently I was talking to a friend, a very close friend, and she told me she has been experiencing a tremendous amount of anxiety both at work and at home. This friend is someone who has juggled many things with ease for as long as I have known her, which is approximately 33 years. The problems of depression and anxiety are major growing concerns in our society. In my reading this week I came across this piece written by John Dear and thought it worth sharing. John Dear invites us into a peaceful, nonviolent way of living with creation: To grow in deeper, loving awareness of our sisters and brothers, the beautiful creatures, and wonders of creation, we practice the art of mindfulness. That means we try not to live in the past or stew over the future. We give ourselves to the present moment of peace and return to the gentleness of our breath as a way to return to the present moment, the eternal now. The Buddhists teach mindful living, mindful eating, mindful walking, mindful working. Every moment becomes an opportunity to step into the present moment of peace. “We are speaking of an attitude of the heart,” Pope Francis writes, “one which approaches life with serene attentiveness, which accepts each moment as a gift from God to be lived to the fullest." May each of us experience the ability to accept "each moment as a gift from God to be lived to the fullest." News I will be away from April 13th until April 27th. Please contact one of the other pastors should a ministerial need arise. The Mediumship development group will not meet on April 15th or 22nd. At this point I cannot take anyone else into my mediumship development group as I have reached the size limit for my cottage . When this changes I will let your know via the newsletter. Sunday, April 1st, is Pot Luck Sunday. Since we are in the town hall we think it is best to keep things simple. Sandwiches, veggies, fruit, cheese, desert, or something along those lines would be good. Come enjoy church service then stay after for a bite to eat and good conversation with like-minded folks. All are welcome! Weather Notifications I believe winter weather is finally over, however, in the event of snow cancellations it will be posted on FB and I will send an email. Also, I will post this on WLBZ 2 and WABI local news as well. Please keep in mind that if church service is canceled then so is the Sunday afternoon mediumship development circle. Serving the church in March Facilitator: Pastor Laurie Xanthos Speakers/Mediums April 1st: TBA April 8th: Sandra Bell April 15th: TBA April 22nd: TBA April 29th: All Healing and Message Service About our speakers and Mediums: Sandra Bell: Scottish international medium, founder of BFS, an online Spiritualist church, country representative and previous country medium for Both World Wide Spiritualist and International Spiritualist Federation. Others TBA Community News Intuitive Paint Night w/ Psychic Artist Angie Butler Welch, Wed. April 4, 2018, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Midcoast Maine Holistic Health Center (event venue Belfast Breeze 192 Northport Ave. Rt.1, Northport Maine), https://intuitivepaintnight.brownpapertickets.com Psychic Fair, Sunday April 8th, 10:00 am – 4: 00 pm Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Road, Bangor ME, https://www.facebook.com/events/1341480072645409/ There are a number of Psychic /Healing Fairs that will be happening in April. You can check them out here: http://www.soulintentions777.com/upcoming-fairs.html A variety of holistic events are being held this summer at Midcoast Maine Holistic Health Center (event venue Belfast Breeze 192 Northport Ave (Rt. 1) Northport Maine), https://www.facebook.com/groups/337585160046846/ Edgar Cayce's Glad Helpers Group meets every Monday afternoon from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Maine Holistic Center located at 81 Maine Street Bangor, ME. All Energy Healers are welcome to become part of this group at any time. Reminders The back row of chairs are designated as healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to sit in a healing chair. There will be a healer assigned to those chairs at every service. The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out here or you can find it under the "Classes" tab on the HLSC web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org If you have been coming to our church for a while and would like to become a member you can find out about our "membership requirements" on our web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org Or ask any of our pastors or board members. You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page. If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services please see one of the pastors. Thank you. To Say Thanks A BIG THANK YOU to the pastors who serve our church all year long. A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year. A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church website. A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the various church clothing and food drives. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a bite to eat and good conversation with like-minded folks. A Mediumship Development Group meets every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM at Rev. Janet Decker's cottage, 90 Pond St, on the Camp Etna grounds. If you don't know where that is just call or email me. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. Donations welcome. The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to church the first Sunday of any month and Rev. Dee Powers will collect and deliver them. Here is a list of supplies they could use: New sweat pants and sweat shirts (Everyone coming into the shelter receives a shower and a new set of clothes) Playground toys Diapers of all sizes Trash bags Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues All Purpose cleaner Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square) HE laundry detergent Ziploc bags and aluminum foil Food storage containers Grocery store gift certificates Soap, shampoo, and conditioner Feminine products (pads and tampons) Deodorant Toothpaste and toothbrushes Razors and shaving cream Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer Sugar and drink mixes Canned and non-perishable foods Books for children We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them. Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed. To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you. If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the March newsletter I need the information by February 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my contact info at the bottom of the newsletter. The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hear suggestions that may improve our church service and make it an even more inviting time of peace and healing. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. All contact information is below. Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO share this newsletter. Spirit is guiding us, all we have to do is listen. See you in church! Rev. Janet Decker

May

Welcome to May Everyone!l Rev. Wachian Welch here writing the May HLSC newsletter while Rev. Janet Decker takes a much-needed vacation. Please see the “Ongoing” section for information on the development group etc The flowers are peaking thru and in some cases, actual flowers in the south facing sun have blossomed. Garden centers are getting shipments of beautiful blue, purple, and yellow flowers, how wonderful it is! I can’t help but take a deep breath and smile when I see them. Spring is often celebrated as a time of releasing, renewal and growth, it can be felt in the air. We can do this any time of the year but in the spring, it just feels right. It seems that we have extra energy and focus to be physically active to take action and create change. It’s also a great time to envision endless possibilities and to use our creative gifts to reach new levels of achievement, wellness, happiness, and success. Spring is also a good time to let go of the old and make room for the new. This applies to the traditional spring cleaning but most importantly we need to apply it to letting go of old grudges, resentments, anger, or fears that hold us back from enjoying inner peace and more happiness in our lives. By holding onto the old energies, we keep ruminating and revisiting those energies that keep us stuck. Sometimes we aren’t even aware we are doing this. When we make the decision to let go of the old, room is made for the new and the door to new possibilities are open and waiting for us. Consider some practices to welcome renewal, growth, and revitalization to mark the beginning of a fresh new start or a new direction. Plant some seeds with the intention of positivity and abundance in your life. Create your own cleanse by not only physically cleaning and decluttering your home but tidying up and letting your intuition guide you to what you truly need to release, habits, thoughts, and things in your home, to make way for the new creative and fun energies. Get outside for a mindful walk in nature to take in the sun, sight, and sounds and let it lift and renew your body and soul. Set some intentions by choosing what metaphorical seeds you’re planting this season and how you’ll water them. Aligning your values and yourself with positive affirmations and intentions. All of these are a perfect time to tune into the wisdom of your true nature to refresh your mind, body, and spirit News Sunday, May 6th, is Pot Luck Sunday. Since we are in the town hall we think it is best to keep things simple. Sandwiches, veggies, fruit, cheese, dessert, or something along those lines would be good. Come enjoy church service then stay after for a bite to eat and good conversation with like-minded folks. All are welcome! Weather Notifications No worries...Woo Hoo! Serving the church in May Facilitator: Pastor Dee Powers Speakers/Mediums May 6th: Rev Patricia Heitman who was recently ordained at the Greater Boston Church of Spiritualism in Arlington, MA by Rev. Mary Di Giovanni. We are thrilled to have her on this 1st Sunday of May to give an uplifting and inspiring talk as well as messages from Spirit. May 13th: Rev. Wachian Welch will be facilitating for Rev. Dee Powers. Guest speakers and mediums: Angie Welch, Karlene Tanner and Rev. Wachian Welch May 20th: Bill "Windwalker" Wentworth our dear friend from Oxford, ME. Windwalker is a story teller and tea conductor of the Starteaching Society. His talks are always inspiring and uplifting. May 27th: All Healing and Message Service Community News May 5-6, 2018: Awakening the Spiritual You: a 2-day intensive by Rev. Wachian Welch and Angie Welch. Spiritual Awakening and Intuitive and Mediumship Development. 2 Full Days of learning and practice! https://awakeningmediumshipdevelopment.brownpapertickets.com/ May 12, 2018: Create a Fairy House by Angie Welch. http://www.leapoffaithartistry.com/ho Reminders The back row of chairs is designated as healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to sit in a healing chair. There will be a healer assigned to those chairs at every service. The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out here or you can find it under the "Classes" tab on the HLSC web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org If you have been coming to our church for a while and would like to become a member you can find out about our "membership requirements" on our website: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org Or ask any of our 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. Thank you. To Say Thanks A BIG THANK YOU to the pastors who serve our church all year long. A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year. A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church website. A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the various church clothing and food drives. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a bite to eat and good conversation with like-minded folks. A Mediumship Development Group meets every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM at Rev. Janet Decker's cottage, 90 Pond St, on the Camp Etna grounds. If you don't know where that is, just call or email me. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. Donations welcome. **For the time being this group is full. I will let everyone know, here in the newsletter, when that changes.** The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to church the first Sunday of any month and Rev. Dee Powers will collect and deliver them. Here is a list of supplies they could use: New sweat pants and sweat shirts (Everyone coming into the shelter receives a shower and a new set of clothes) Playground toys Diapers of all sizes Trash bags Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues All Purpose cleaner Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square) HE laundry detergent Ziploc bags and aluminum foil Food storage containers Grocery store gift certificates Soap, shampoo, and conditioner Feminine products (pads and tampons) Deodorant Toothpaste and toothbrushes Razors and shaving cream Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer Sugar and drink mixes Canned and non-perishable foods Books for children We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them. Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed. To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you. If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the March newsletter I need the information by February 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my contact info at the bottom of the newsletter. The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hear suggestions that may improve our church service and make it an even more inviting time of peace and healing. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. All contact information is below. Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO share this newsletter. Have a blessed and happy May! Rev. Wachian Welch

June

Welcome to June Everyone! We have exciting news so let's get right to it! News HLSC is HAPPY to announce that for the first time, ever, in the history of our church we will be holding services the entire summer! And winter too of course. For 13 years our church suspended services in August and turned things over to Camp Etna. This initially happened because the Pastor and founder of HLSC, Donna Williams, facilitated every service back then and needed a break. The camp agreed to do the services in August so that Donna could have a vacation. The practice continued even after Donna retired and we created the Pastoral Council in 2014 only because, well, it had become a tradition in the church to suspend services in August. All that being said, after hearing from our members that they wanted our church to hold services throughout the entire year, including August, it was decided that yes, we would hold services year-round and not suspend them at all. So, thanks to our members speaking together with one voice our church will hold services all year long. Woo Hoo! Potluck Sunday is June 3rd. Come enjoy church service then stay after for a bite to eat and good conversation with like-minded folks. All are welcome! (Finger foods are best) Serving the church in June June 3rd & 10th: Rev. Janet Decker June 17th: Rev. Dee Powers June 24th: Rev. Sherwood Denham Speakers/Mediums June 3rd: Rev. Janet Decker (Speaker), Kate Dobbins (Medium) June 10th: Rev. Linda Holmes (Speaker), Dawn Wilbur (Medium) June 17th: TBA June 24th: All Healing and Message Service About our speakers and Mediums: Kate Dobbins is a member of Healing Light Spiritualist Church and has been a medium for many years. She is well known for her accuracy! Kate has a home on the grounds of Camp Etna. Rev. Linda Holmes is a member of Healing Light Spiritualist Church and has been a spiritual seeker all her life. She began her studies in metaphysics as a senior at Newport High School through Christian Science. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine in 1978, and her master’s degree in higher consciousness studies from Holmes Institute in Denver in 2004, with a ministerial license through The Church of Religious Science and the Science of Mind philosophy. In 2004 she founded The Maine Beacon Center for Spiritual Living in Gorham, Maine, and was ordained in 2006. She discovered spiritualism a couple years ago and is now working to open to the possibility of mediumship. She has 2 children, 3 step-children, 1 grandchild, 5 step-grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and a 3-year-old step-great-grandchild, and two cats Nia and Cali. Dawn Wilbur is a member of Harrison D. Barret Church in Bangor, Maine. She is a Reiki Master trained in Integrated Energy therapy and has been delivering messages from spirit during her healing sessions for some time. She has been delivering messages from spirit to the general public for approximately 2 years. Dawn lives in Frankfurt with her husband, son, small livestock of chickens and their yellow lab. Community News Rev. Wachian Welch: Holistic Approach to Shamanism in Your Daily Life June 8th-9th Bay Leaf Cottages Lincolnville, ME Rev. Wachian Welch along with Graham Connelly will instruct participants on various aspects of Shamanism, readings, healings, a workshop on how to make a rattle and Native elder Dwight Grant will hold a workshop on how to make drums. Please go to https://shamanismprogram.bpt.me/ for more information and tickets. Angie Welch: Masterpiece and Messages Intuitive Paint Night Wednesday, June 6 6:00pm – 8:30pm Belfast Breeze Inn, LLC, 192 Northport Ave, Belfast, ME 04915, USA Description: In this fun class Angie Welch will take you step by step through the painting, and even give you an intuitive message from your painting! All materials included no experience necessary. $35 per person. Limited to 12 people. Call the Belfast Breeze to reserve your seat. 207-505-5231 Angie Welch: Masterpiece and Messages Intuitive Paint Night Wednesday, June 6 6:00pm – 8:30pm Belfast Breeze Inn, LLC, 192 Northport Ave, Belfast, ME 04915, USA Description: In this fun class Angie Welch will take you step by step through the painting, and even give you an intuitive message from your painting! All materials included no experience necessary. $35 per person. Limited to 12 people. Call the Belfast Breeze to reserve your seat. 207-505-5231 Psychic Lobster Dinner Thursday, June 7 and Thursday, June 28 5:30pm – 8:30pm Monthly on the first Thursday, until Oct 5, 2018 Bay Leaf Cottages & Bistro, 2372 Atlantic Hwy, Lincolnville, ME 04849, USA Description: Boiled Lobster is on the menu, plus EVERYONE will receive a Psychic Mediumship Message from local mediums Angie Welch and Kelly Purington. $40 per person. 2 Seatings - 5:30 PM and 6:00 PM Call Bay Leaf Cottages to reserve your seat. 207-505-0458 Acrylic Paint Pouring Tuesday, June 12 6:00pm – 8:00pm 6 State St, Brewer, ME 04412, USA TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/acrylic-paint-pouring-class-with-art-scrying-tickets-44837368777 Description: Ready to let your guides talk to you through art? Medium Angie Welch will take you step by step through a fun paint pouring process to create an amazing 8 x 10 canvased art... and THEN we'll look for messages within your paintings! (kind of like scrying). You'll be amazed at what presents itself in your painting. Sometimes you'll see spirits, angels, animals... and the colors all evoke different feelings and have messages of their own. All supplies will be included (even a disposable pan to carry your painting home on). Cost is just $35 per person and space is limited to just 15 people. Call Angie at 266-1555 to reserve your seat. If you would like to do a second painting (these make great gifts and I find lots of people want to make a second one), I will have additional supplies on hand, $10 per additional painting. Italian Psychic Dinner Thursday, June 14 5:30pm – 8:30pm Monthly on the second Thursday, until Oct 12, 2018 Belfast Breeze Inn, LLC, 192 Northport Ave, Belfast, ME 04915, USA Description: There will be an Italian Buffet on the menu, plus EVERYONE will receive a Psychic Mediumship Message from local mediums Angie Welch and Kelly Purington. $35 per person. 2 Seatings - 5:30 PM and 6:00 PM Call the Belfast Breeze to reserve your seat. 207-505-5231 Create a Fairy House! Wednesday, June 20 6:00pm – 8:00pm Monthly on the third Wednesday, until Oct 18, 2018 Bay Leaf Cottages & Bistro 2372 Atlantic Hwy, Lincolnville, ME 04849, USA Description: Join Angie each month for fairy house creations at Bay Leaf Cottages (Lincolnville). She guides you in your fairy house creation, Angie then reads your project individually. All basic supplies provided. Everyone takes home a fairy house. Classes begin promptly at 6 p.m. Call Bay Leaf Cottages to reserve your seat. 207-505-0458 Psychic Sampler Friday, June 29 5:00pm – 8:00pm 6 State St, Brewer, ME 04412, USA TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-psychic-sampler-and-open-house-at-healing-hearts-tickets-46484466290 Description: Join Mediums Angie Welch, Kelly Purington and Wachian Welch for a fun sampling of three different styles of readings for just $30 per person! Dee Powers will be providing cranial sacral therapy sessions for a small additional charge. Awakening the Spiritual You - Mediumship and Intuitive Development Class Saturday, June 30 10:00am – 5:00pm TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/awakening-the-spiritual-you-a-one-day-intensive-normally-6-wk-course-tickets-46499916502 Description: Join mediums Wachian and Angie Welch for a 1-day intensive workshop (6 hours plus lunch break) where we will cover all of the material we typically do in our 6-week course. All participants will then have the opportunity (if they want to continue) to transfer directly into our Weekly Advanced (Expanding the Spiritual You) class the following week. Advanced classes meet in Ellsworth on Monday nights and in Brewer on Thursday nights. The 1-day workshop will be held in Angie's office, located upstairs in the Parker Bailey Moving and Storage building at 6 State Street, Brewer. SAVE $30! Early Bird Sign up $120 (prepay) OR $150 at the door. Reminders The back row of chairs is designated as healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to sit in a healing chair. There will be a healer assigned to those chairs at every service. The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out here or you can find it under the "Classes" tab on the HLSC web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org If you have been coming to our church for a while and would like to become a member you can find out about our "membership requirements" on our website: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org Or ask any of our 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. Thank you. To Say Thanks A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helps set up for our services every Sunday. A BIG THANK YOU to the pastors who serve our church all year long. A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year. A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church website. A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the various church clothing and food drives. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a bite to eat and good conversation with like-minded folks. A Mediumship Development Group meets every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM at Rev. Janet Decker's cottage, 90 Pond St, on the Camp Etna grounds. If you don't know where that is, just call or email me. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. Donations welcome. **For the time being this group is full. I will let everyone know, here in the newsletter, when that changes.** The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to church the first Sunday of any month and Rev. Dee Powers will collect and deliver them. Here is a list of supplies they could use: New sweatpants and sweatshirts (Everyone coming into the shelter receives a shower and a new set of clothes) Playground toys Diapers of all sizes Trash bags Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues All-Purpose Cleaner Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square) HE laundry detergent Ziploc bags and aluminum foil Food storage containers Grocery store gift certificates Soap, shampoo, and conditioner Feminine products (pads and tampons) Deodorant Toothpaste and toothbrushes Razors and shaving cream Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer Sugar and drink mixes Canned and non-perishable foods Books for children We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. Please, no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them. Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweatpants and sweatshirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed. To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you. If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the July newsletter I need the information by August 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my contact info at the bottom of the newsletter. The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hearing suggestions that may improve our church service and make it an even more inviting time of peace and healing. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. All contact information is below. Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO share this newsletter. Have a blessed and happy June! Rev. Janet Decker

July

Greetings Everyone, and Happy Fourth of July! I have just returned from 10 days in California. I was out there visiting my daughter, and what is even more wonderful is my brother and sister joined me! I am fortunate in that I have a terrific relationship with my siblings and we enjoy traveling together. I feel very blessed in this regard. Up until this visit I have not been in California for about 15 years. As with all of my travels, I am always VERY happy to return to Maine. The sheer number of people in California is staggering, not to mention the traffic! While I was there I visited Big Sur. It is one of my favorite places. The coastline in Northern California is breathtaking, to say the least. The energy there is palpable. Such majesty of nature is not easily matched in my humble opinion. But then again, I'm not a world traveler so it is likely this very same, or at least similar, majestic energy does exist elsewhere. During low tide on Pfieffer Beach in Big Sur, you can see starfish in an array of colors clinging to rocks and sea anemones in tidal pools. The splendor of watching a sunset there is beyond words. For me, these are the things dreams are made of. I went kayaking in Avila Bay where I had the pleasure, and joy, of seeing sea otters with their babies, sea lions, harbor seals, and pelicans up close and personal. Not too close, though, as I feel it is disrespectful of nature and animals not to give them their space, also, it can be dangerous getting too close. My daughter and I found some plastic bags floating in the bay which we retrieved and disposed of when we returned to land. Plastic in any form can be, and usually is, deadly to sea life. I must say, though, that for all the people who live in California the amount of trash on the roads and in the water was minimal. Thank goodness! One thing I do where ever I go is offer up a blessing to the earth, the sea, the sky, and all beings who share this planet with us. The sea is in particular peril from all forms of pollution and overfishing. Knowing this I encourage everyone to buy products that are sustainably farmed or grown. For example, if you are currently taking fish oil you may want to switch to flaxseed oil. It gives you the same benefit and is sustainable. If you consume tuna look for labels that say sustainably harvested, line caught, and dolphin safe. And whenever possible buy organic, for your own good health and the health of the planet. If we can remember that we share this planet with all sorts of living, breathing beings and act accordingly we can make a difference. As I stated earlier, I am always happy to return to the peace and serenity of Maine. Our coastline is no less beautiful than California's, just different. Different but still magnificent and we have far fewer people and cars here, even during tourist season. Aren't we lucky?!!! Looking forward to seeing everyone at church this Sunday. I've missed you! News Potluck is Sunday, July 1st. Please come and bring a dish to share. Finger foods only, please! This next piece of news is a bit difficult to write but here goes, I will be stepping down as lead pastor of our church effective July 31st. I will, however, continue to lead some services until December 31st and of course, I will be in church. The church is an integral part of my spiritual life so although I will no longer be the lead pastor I will still be around. I took over the position of pastor in December of 2014 with the intention of doing it for 2 years. Well, it has been a bit more than 3-1/2 years and I feel I have fulfilled my commitment to the church and to myself. The winds of change are blowing and I must ride the wind to see where it takes me. Some accomplishments of my tenure are: creating a pastoral council, changing the format, somewhat, of how we conduct services as well as instituting the all healing and message service that is held the last Sunday of every month, introduced new, more contemporary songs, as well as revive some very old songs, created and maintained the church newsletter, created an online ordination course, ordained 3 of our 5 pastors, as well as others, and I have helped to grow our congregation. I have been at nearly every service in my more than 3-1/2 years as the lead pastor and every one of them has been a great joy for me. Something I have always looked forward to every Sunday. So, my friends and spiritual church family, I want to thank you for your support of the church and of me these past few years. I must say it has been a real pleasure and a blessing to serve and grow our church. Wishing you many blessings of spirit and I'll see you in church! Janet **Please watch your emails for the upcoming August Healing Light Spiritualist Church newsletter** Serving the church in July July 1st: Rev. Sherwood Denham July 8th: Rev. Wachian Welch July 15th: Rev. Wachian Welch July 22nd: Rev. Janet Decker July 29th: Rev. Dee Powers Speakers/Mediums July 1st: Rev. Sherwood Denham July 8th: Rosalie Deer Heart July 15th: TBA July 22nd: Speaker - Bonnie Lee Mellott/Medium - Dawn Wilber July 29th: TBA About our speakers and Mediums: Rosalie Deer Heart - During her seven decades, Rosalie has enjoyed playing the roles of psychotherapist, teacher, author, sculptor, minister, and cosmic catalyst. She brings four decades of experience each time she does a soul reading as well as many lifetimes as a teacher and intuitive. http://heart-soul-healing.com/ Bonnie Lee Mellott: Bonnie is a member of Healing Light Spiritualist Church and holds the position of Vice President on the church board. She is a retired school teacher as well as a wonderful writer and inspirational speaker. Shelives with her husband and beloved 4 legged companion in Carmel. Dawn Wilbur is a member of Harrison D. Barret Church in Bangor, Maine. She is a Reiki Master trained in Integrated Energy therapy and has been delivering messages from spirit during her healing sessions for some time. She has been delivering messages from spirit to the general public for approximately 2 years. Dawn lives in Frankfurt with her husband, son, small livestock of chickens and their yellow lab. Community News July 14, 2018 Camp Etna Mediums Day 10:00 - 3:00 pm July 17, 2018 Paint Pouring with Art Scrying by Angie Welch 6:00 PM, 6 State Street Brewer, 207-266-1555 Reminders The back row of chairs is designated as healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to sit in a healing chair. There will be a healer assigned to those chairs at every service. The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it outhere or you can find it under the "Classes" tab on the HLSC web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org If you have been coming to our church for a while and would like to become a member you can find out about our "membership requirements" on our website: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org Or ask any of our 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. Thank you. To Say Thanks A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helps set up for our services every Sunday. A BIG THANK YOU to the pastors who serve our church all year long. A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year. A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church website. A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the various church clothing and food drives. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a bite to eat and good conversation with like-minded folks. A Mediumship Development Group meets every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM at Rev. Janet Decker's cottage, 90 Pond St, on the Camp Etna grounds. If you don't know where that is, just call or email me. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. Donations welcome. **For the time being this group is full. I will let everyone know, here in the newsletter, when that changes.** The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to church the first Sunday of any month and Rev. Dee Powers will collect and deliver them. Here is a list of supplies they could use: New sweatpants and sweatshirts (Everyone coming into the shelter receives a shower and a new set of clothes) Playground toys Diapers of all sizes Trash bags Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues All-Purpose Cleaner Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square) HE laundry detergent Ziploc bags and aluminum foil Food storage containers Grocery store gift certificates Soap, shampoo, and conditioner Feminine products (pads and tampons) Deodorant Toothpaste and toothbrushes Razors and shaving cream Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer Sugar and drink mixes Canned and non-perishable foods Books for children We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. Please, no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them. Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweatpants and sweatshirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed. To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you. If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the July newsletter I need the information by August 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my contact info at the bottom of the newsletter. The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hearing suggestions that may improve our church service and make it an even more inviting time of peace and healing. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. All contact information is below. Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO share this newsletter. Have a blessed and happy July! Rev. Janet Decker

August

Happy summer in August! As we enter the `Dog Days of Summer' let us think of fun ways to stay cool. The state of Maine offers State Parks with lakes as well as other lake areas, such as: Etna Lake, a nice place to swim with the loons and Peaks Kinney (a Park) in Dover Foxcroft. Many other choices are also available. It is easy to forget to drink plenty of fluids. Many Mainers have air conditioned homes and cars. We use them to go to air conditioned stores, restaurants, church, ect.,. With all this air conditioning it can be possible our body is slightly cool when we start a project outside. As we work our project, we can get hot FAST! So keep cool during these `Dog Days' and remember to drink plenty of water and `leave a good taste in your mouth' !! Happy August News Refreshments instead of potluck will be held the first Sunday of each month starting this August 5th. Please come and bring a light snack to share as well as conversation and connection. Reverend Shirley Boyens has stepped down as a pastor from Healing Light Spiritualist church. We would like to thank her for all that she has done and wish her the best on her next adventures. We would like to ask that if any members have blue hymnals to please bring them back to church so we can provide them to the congregation for services. Serving the church in August: Aug. 5th: Rev. Sherwood Denham Aug. 12th: Rev. Janet Decker Aug. 19th: Rev. Dee Powers Aug. 26th: Rev. Wachian Welch Speakers/Mediums Aug. 5th: Rev. Sherwood Denham Aug. 12th: Linda Holmes will be leading the service as a student and will be giving the inspirational talk as well. Dawn Wilbur will be our guest medium. Aug. 19th: TBA Aug. 26th: Healing and Message Circle About our speakers and Mediums: Rev. Linda Holmes is a member of Healing Light Spiritualist Church and has been a spiritual seeker all her life. She began her studies in metaphysics as a senior at Newport High School through Christian Science. She earned her bachelors degree from the University of Maine in 1978, and her masters degree in higher consciousness studies from Holmes Institute in Denver in 2004, with a ministerial license through The Church of Religious Science and the Science of Mind philosophy. In 2004 she founded The Maine Beacon Center for Spiritual Living in Gorham, Maine, and was ordained in 2006. She discovered spiritualism a couple years ago and is now working to open to the possibility of mediumship. She has 2 children, 3 step-children, 1 grandchild, 5 step-grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and a 3-year-old step-great-grandchild, and two cats Nia and Cali. Dawn Wilbur is a member of Harrison D. Barrett Church in Bangor, Maine. She is a Reiki Master trained in Integrated Energy therapy and has been delivering messages from spirit during her healing sessions for some time. She has been delivering messages from spirit to the general public for approximately 2 years. Dawn lives in Frankfurt with her husband, son, small livestock of chickens and their yellow lab. Community News Camp Etna Spiritualist camp is open for the season! Please visit their website for all the amazing workshops and events; http://www.campetna.com/. August 18, 2018, Drumming Circle. 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm held by Rev. Wachian Welch. Location is Camp Etna lawn at the inn, link for event is: https://www.facebook.com/events/1021861911311522/ Reminders The back row of chairs is designated as healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to sit in a healing chair. There will be a healer assigned to those chairs at every service. The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out here or you can find it under the "Classes" tab on the HLSC web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org If you have been coming to our church for a while and would like to become a member you can find out about our "membership requirements" on our website: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org Or ask any of our 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. Thank you. To Say Thanks A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helps set up for our services every Sunday. A BIG THANK YOU to the pastors who serve our church all year long. A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year. A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church website. A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the various church clothing and food drives. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing The first Sunday of every month is Refreshment Sunday. Come enjoy the service and stay after for refreshments and good conversation with like-minded folks. A Mediumship Development Group meets every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM at Rev. Janet Decker's cottage, 90 Pond St, on the Camp Etna grounds. If you don't know where that is, just call or email me. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. Donations welcome. **For the time being this group is full. I will let everyone know, here in the newsletter, when that changes.** The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for donations. They accept new and/or clean, used clothing donations (please, no clothing with holes or pet hair) and additional items. For a list of items please contact Rev. Dee Powers at the email listed below and just bring your donations to church the first Sunday of any month and Rev. Dee Powers will collect and deliver them. Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need clean clothes to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you. If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the July newsletter I need the information by August 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my contact info at the bottom of the newsletter. The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hearing suggestions that may improve our church service and make it an even more inviting time of peace and healing. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. All contact information is below. Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO share this newsletter. Have a blessed day! The Healing Light Church Pastors and Board

September

Welcome to September! The month of September has a bit of bustle to it as the warm days of August cool down. Parents are getting things together for the kids to go back to school, projects that were too warm in August are starting and harvests of the seasons are being graciously gathered. As you look back, see the harvest times as not only the food gathered but the great and small accomplishments that you’ve obtained. Was it a new spiritual development technique, a new building project you took on, a new hiking trail, became friends with someone you didn’t know, or explored a whole new area. No matter what you did, how big or small, celebrate! Raise your arms up, tip your head back, smile big, and from you heart proclaim YOU DID IT!! Let it be felt far and wide. Enjoy the warm days and the wonderful things yet to come. Blessings! News ***Sunday Sept. 16 there won’t be any HLSC services due to the town hall was rented prior to the rental agreement** We look forward to continuing services on the following Sunday. HLSC members meeting will be held Oct. 7, 2018 right after the service at the town hall. Refreshments instead of potluck will be held the first Sunday of each month. Please come and bring a light snack to share as well as conversation and connection. We would like to ask that if any members have blue hymnals to please bring them back to church so we can provide them to the congregation for services. Serving the church in September: Pastor for the month - Rev. Sherwood Denham Speakers and mediums: Sept. 2: To be announced Sept. 9: Linda Holmes - will be facilitating her second “behind the pulpit” for her ordination program. Karlene Tanner - will be our guest medium and speaker Sept. 16: **No HLSC services due to the town hall was rented prior to our rental agreement** Sept. 23: Ava Spruce Sept. 30: Linda Holmes will be facilitating her last service for her ordination program. Healing and message circle About our speakers and mediums: Karlene Tanner is a Psychic Medium, Healer, Reiki Master, and Medical Intuitive. She has been certified as an Akashic Records practitioner and enjoys giving guidance from the sacred soul energy. Karlene comes from generations of gifted mediums and as a child spent many summers at Camp Etna Spiritualist Camp in Maine, learning first hand from well known mediums and healers from around the world. Ava Sprue - TBA Community News: Camp Etna Spiritualist camp is still offering events! Please visit their website for all the amazing workshops and events; http://www.campetna.com/. Reminders The back row of chairs is designated as healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to sit in a healing chair. There will be a healer assigned to those chairs at every service. The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out here or you can find it under the "Classes" tab on the HLSC web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org If you have been coming to our church for a while and would like to become a member you can find out about our "membership requirements" on our website: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org Or ask any of our 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. Thank you. To Say Thanks A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helps set up for our services every Sunday. A BIG THANK YOU to the pastors who serve our church all year long. A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year. A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church website. A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the various church clothing and food drives. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing The first Sunday of every month is Refreshment Sunday. Come enjoy the service and stay after for refreshments and good conversation with like-minded folks. Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need clean clothes to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you. If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the July newsletter I need the information by August 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my contact info at the bottom of the newsletter. The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hearing suggestions that may improve our church service and make it an even more inviting time of peace and healing. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. All contact information is below. Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO share this newsletter. Have a blessed day! The Healing Light Church Pastors and Board

November

Greetings Healing Light Spiritualist Church Members, We are now in the “harvest’ part of the year and I’d like to touch on what this means. The "Harvest” can mean several things. Yes, it means the harvest of food, and here in Maine we have been well blessed with a long and productive summer, so there should be sufficient food to sustain us and our animal friends through the winter. And thank goodness we have wonderful grocery stores to provide for us through the winter as well. The harvest can also mean the harvest of souls and celebrating the lives of those who have passed into spirit. Halloween is the holiday that is celebrated for fun in the secular world and In addition to the word "Halloween" frequently you will hear terms like, "All Souls Day", "All Hallows Eve", and "All Saints Eve" and all these terms connect to October 31, November 1st and November 2nd. All Saints Eve began as a Catholic festival but then split off from All Saints Eve when the Irish and Scottish changed it into the secular Halloween. "All Souls Day", celebrated on November 2nd, is the source of Halloween’s connection to death. Spiritualists view death as another birthday. To us, a person's death really means birth or graduation from earth life to spirit life. This is a good time of year to celebrate our ancestors for without them we would not be here. News As of October 14th, we have an entirely new board of directors and already the ideas and opportunities are flowing in unimaginable ways! Your new board members are: Rev. Janet Decker, President, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Vice President, Diane Jackman Skofield, Secretary, Rev. Linda Holmes, Treasurer, and Bruce Towle, Trustee. Our first board meeting was held in the town hall on October 28, 2018, after church service. All church members were invited to attend. You will find the minutes from that meeting at the end of the newsletter. There are exciting things on the horizon for our little church. Things that, with proper planning, could propel us into a wonderful future. The church board of directors wants our members to be directly involved with the decision making process as we move forward into a very bright future. Because we value our member's input we hope you can attend church on Sunday, November 4th, and stay after for refreshments and to discuss the following: We have an amazing opportunity to purchase a property for a permanent home for our beloved Healing Light Spiritualist Church. We invite all our members to meet with the board and discuss this possibility following church service next Sunday, November 4, 2018. Here is some information for you to ponder in the meantime: 1- The Property is conveniently located in Etna. 2- The Property generates income which would pay the mortgage. 3- We have been offered financing to purchase this property. More News! We have 2 new members to our church, Ava Spruce and Karen Costigan. Karen and Ava, we bid you WELCOME to our church family! We are happy you chose to join our church and we look forward to any input you can give that will help grow our church. One thing I have always advocated is that each member of our church is important to us and to each other. You are part of our family and church community. Our goal to each member is, at least in part, to make sure our members know they do not walk alone through this life. You now have like-minded family member's that will lend an ear or a helping hand. We, your church family, are here to help each other. If you have need of spiritual counseling the pastors are here to help. Feel free to reach out to any one of us. If you have other needs please bring them to a board member and we will discuss possibilities for giving you assistance. Our November Sunday Service Line Up: Facilitator: Laurie Xantos Speakers/Mediums November 4, 2018: Melissa Gabriel November 11, 2018: Ava Spruce November 18, 2018: Laurie Xanthos November 25, 2018: All healing and Message Service About Our Speakers and Mediums Melissa Gabriel is a caring professional Psychic Medium and Spiritual Healer. She has been using her abilities of clairvoyance (seeing), clairaudience (hearing) and clairsentience (feeling) to help guide others for over 15 years. Through private or group readings, she has assisted connecting people with their spirit relatives, guides and angels. She is a certified hypnotherapist specializing in past life regression. Melissa is also a board member of Harrison D. Barrett Church in Bangor Maine. Ava Spruce is a Reiki practitioner in the Usui System of Healing. She is a member of HLSC. Ava is a creative and loving soul who has been seeing, hearing and feeling spirit from a very young age. She began Mediumship Development classes at age 15 with her father and has been taking these classes now for over 30 years. Ava enjoys serving area churches as speaker and medium and her focus is on sharing love and light. Laurie Xanthos is a pastor of The Healing Light Spiritualist Church. She is an exceptional medium, shaman, teacher, and speaker. Laurie lives in Dixfield, Maine Weather Notifications The HLSC Facebook page is a good place to check for weekly church news and updates and now that the snow and ice season is upon us this is where we will post cancellations. We will also post them to the local TV station WABI channel 5. Please bookmark our FB page so you can easily check for weather notifications. https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/?ref=bookmarks Reminders Turn your clocks back one hour Saturday night! 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/ The back row of chairs is designated as healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to sit in a healing chair. There will be a healer assigned to those chairs at every service. You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our website. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page. If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services please see one of the pastors. Thank you. To Say Thanks A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helps set up for our services every Sunday. A BIG THANK YOU to the pastors who serve our church all year long. A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year. A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church website in addition to filling the post of secretary. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing The first Sunday of every month is Refreshment Sunday. Come to enjoy the service and stay after for refreshments and good conversation with like-minded folks. A Mediumship Development Group meets every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM at Rev. Janet Decker's cottage, 90 Pond St, on the Camp Etna grounds. If you don't know where that is, just call or email me. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. Donations welcome. If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 15th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the July newsletter I need the information by August 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my contact info at the bottom of the newsletter. The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hearing suggestions that may improve our church service and make it an even more inviting time of peace and healing. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. All contact information is below. Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO share this newsletter. Have a blessed day! Rev. Janet Decker

December

HLSC Newsletter December 2018 Special Services all month! Member comment: "Thank you for allowing me to be part of the church. It is a blessing!" Greetings Healing Light Spiritualist Church Members and Friends, The most hectic, and to me the most sacred time of the year, is upon us. I have long since lost all interest in the hustle and bustle part of the Christmas season, and many years ago I said, "Enough!" Since then I have been able to enjoy the sacredness of the season. Probably one of the wisest decisions I have ever made in my life. This shift in consciousness regarding the Christmas season happened pretty naturally and easily for me. I cannot really say how the shift happened but I can say why. As I watched people stressing and wearing themselves out to make everything perfect for their Christmas holidays I thought, "How crazy can people be?" Then I realized I no longer wanted to be a part of that craziness and said, "No more!". The shift had happened with hardly the blink of an eye. It seems that this holiday craziness has ruined the true meaning of Christmas and I feel very sad about that. But until people slow down and look for the beauty that is inherent in this season of giving I doubt they will ever truly enjoy the holiday. My prayer for you is that you can slow down enough to be in a space of peace, love, and joy as the light returns to earth on December 21st, the winter solstice. Allow, to the best of your ability, the stillness and quietness of that light fill your soul with joy so that you may experience the true meaning of Christmas. Peace and blessings to all! News With its many observances, the month of December services will bring a special theme of “Peace on Earth.” Indeed, we are now ushering in a new millennium of peace. In our services this month, we will focus on and celebrate peace in several of its aspects. Dec. 2 - “Peace in Freedom” with Hanukkah Dec. 9 - “Peace in Diversity” with Diversity Dec. 16 - “Peace in Darkness” with Winter Solstice Dec. 23 - “Peace in Love” with Christmas (evening service at 6:30 pm Etna Townhall. No morning service) Dec. 30 - “Peace Within” with Kwanza The Dec. 23rd Christmas service will be a deviation from our regular format as a very special candlelight service will be held at 6:30 pm and will include a metaphysical interpretation of the Christmas story, singing of Christmas carols, and lighting of candles. Plan to bring your family and friends to this joyous, deeply inspiring, beautiful Christmas service. Please bring your favorite Christmas cookies or holiday hors-d'oeuvres and plan to stay after for smiles and conversation! Sunday, December 2nd is refreshment Sunday. In keeping with the theme for that Sunday's service, "Peace in Freedom" with Hanukkah, bringing Hanukkah goodies would be great. Here are some suggestions: Jelly donuts, Hanukkah cookies, cheese, bagels, and cream cheese, macaroons, potato latkes. Church membership dues are due in January. If you joined the church after September 1st, 2018 you will not need to pay dues until January of 2020. Watch your mail for the renewal form. To update you on the purchase of our church building let me just say it is still a work in progress. There are some things that have to fall into place before we can go to closing, but we are confident that things will indeed fall into place. More News! You can access the minutes for our November 18th board meeting by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/board-meeting-minutes If you are a member in good standing you can request to see the church financial statements by sending an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com We have added 4 new members to our church family, Belinda Mitchel, Mark Mitchel, Dawn Wilber, and John Welch. We bid you WELCOME! It is so exciting when people decide to become members. To me, it says, "We like it here. We like what you have to offer and we want to be a part of that." Thanks, Belinda, Mark, Dawn, and John for choosing The Healing Light Spiritualist church as your spiritual home. One thing I have always advocated is that each member of our church is important to us and to each other. You are part of our family and church community. Our goal to each member is, at least in part, to make sure our members know they do not walk alone through this life. You now have like-minded family member's that will lend an ear or a helping hand. We, your church family, are here to help each other. If you have need of spiritual counseling the pastors are here to help. Feel free to reach out to any one of us. If you have other needs please bring them to a board member and we will discuss possibilities for giving you assistance. Our December Sunday Service Line Up: Facilitator: Rev. Linda Holmes Mediums: December 2nd: Dawn Wilbur December 9th: Pastor Laurie Xanthos December 16th: Ava Spruce December 23rd: Special Christmas Service (evening service @ 6:30 pm, town hall, no morning service) December 30th: Healing and message service About Our Speakers and Mediums Dawn Wilbur is a member of HLSC. She is a Reiki Master trained in Integrated Energy therapy and has been delivering messages from spirit during her healing sessions for some time. She has been delivering messages from spirit to the general public for approximately 2 years. Dawn lives in Frankfurt with her husband, son, small livestock of chickens and their yellow lab. Laurie Xanthos is a pastor of HLSC. She is an exceptional medium, shaman, teacher, and speaker. Laurie lives in Dixfield, Maine. Ava Spruce is a member of HLSC. She is a Reiki practitioner in the Usui System of Healing. Ava is a creative and loving soul who has been seeing, hearing and feeling spirit from a very young age. She began Mediumship Development classes at age 15 with her father and has been taking these classes now for over 30 years. Ava enjoys serving area churches as speaker and medium and her focus is on sharing love and light. Weather Notifications The HLSC Facebook page is a good place to check for weekly church news and updates and now that the snow and ice season is upon us this is where we will post cancellations. We will also post them to the local TV station WLBZ channel 2. Please bookmark our FB page so you can easily check for weather notifications. https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/?ref=bookmarks Reminders The first Sunday of every month is refreshment Sunday. To keep things simple bring finger foods only. Suggestions for our special December 2nd service are Jelly donuts, Hanukkah cookies, cheese, bagels, and cream cheese, macaroons, potato latkes. 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/ The back row of chairs is designated as healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to sit in a healing chair. There will be a healer assigned to those chairs at every service. You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our website. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page. If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services please see one of the pastors. Thank you. To Say Thanks A BIG THANK YOU to Ava Spruce, for putting together the goody bags for our December 2nd service A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helps set up for our services every Sunday. A BIG THANK YOU to the pastors who serve our church all year long. A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year. A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church website in addition to filling the post of secretary. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing The first Sunday of every month is Refreshment Sunday. Come to enjoy the service and stay after for refreshments and good conversation with like-minded folks. A Mediumship Development Group meets every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM at Rev. Janet Decker's cottage, 90 Pond St, on the Camp Etna grounds. If you don't know where that is, just call or email me. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. Donations welcome. If you are holding a spiritual/mediumship/psychic event and would like to have it added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 15th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the January newsletter I need the information by December 15th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my contact info at the bottom of the newsletter. The church reserves the right to accept or deny submissions. The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hearing suggestions that may improve our church service and make it an even more inviting time of peace and healing. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. All contact information is below. Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO share this newsletter. Have a blessed holiday season! Rev. Janet Decker