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2021 Newsletters

January

Greetings HLSC Members and Friends, So here we are in 2021. It's a new year and time for those New Year resolutions. Let's take a look at how we manifest things in our lives. Everything in our life begins with a thought. Combine that thought with a feeling and it is dynamite! Remember, dynamite, like a sword, can have a dual effect. It can clear a path and bring you your heart's desire or it can blow things apart. This is the awesome power we all have but most of us do not wield it well. The reason most people do not wield this power well is that they don't have a clue they possess it. I trust that everyone reading this newsletter does know and therefore it behooves us to pay attention to our thoughts and feelings. The Wiccan Rede says, "What ye send out comes back to thee." And indeed it does. It is best, I think, not to start each day thinking about what you want to have happen that day. It is much better to start every day by recalling a time or event wherein you felt happy. Focus on that feeling of happiness and how sweet it is. Say/think to yourself, "I am going to feel this all day long." And repeat that several times. By simply focusing on how you want to feel every day instead of what you want to have happen for you, you are allowing the universe to handle the details. You do not need to be specific, the universe will bring you things, people, synchronistic opportunities, etc. which will support you in continuing to feel good and happy. You can certainly put an intention out into the universe just remember to simply feel happy in that intention. For example, you may intend to get a new car but lack the funds. As you put thoughts of that new car "out there" think about how good it will feel to have it. You can picture that new car, go to the car lot and look at it, think about how it will feel to sit in it and drive it but that is all you really have to do. In fact, it is definitely better if you do nothing more. When we get our mind involved in the where, when, why, and how of things we can really muck it up. Best to let the universe handle those details. You just focus on how good it will feel to have whatever it is you are asking for. Spend time in that feeling of happiness every day if only for a few minutes several times a day. If you do I know you will see miracles happen. Oh, one more thing, it is best not to put a clock on the result. If you do you could experience disappointment. Wait and trust the universe to bring it to you when the time is right. Wishing you the blessings of joy and happiness in 2021! Rev. Janet Decker Weather Cancellation Notification Notice of closings will always be posted on FB, via email newsletter, and on the local TV station WABI 5. You may also call or text Rev. Michael to check. Once services and classes are canceled they remain canceled even if Mother Nature decides not to give us her winter gifts as predicted. News Sunday, January 3rd is Pot Luck Sunday. Why not bring a friend to church and a dish to share after? There's nothing better than sharing a bite to eat with like-minded friends. Everyone welcome! Church membership dues are due in January. If you have not received a notice please get in touch with Rev. Ava Spruce, Ph: 207-478-2267 There will be a Board of Directors meeting on January 17th after church service. There will be no Mediumship Development group on Sunday, January 17th. We have a "Suggestion Box" on the counter in the Great Hall. If you have a suggestion please feel free to make it. You do not need to put your name on it. We will check the box regularly. HLSC is holding an ongoing bottle and can drive. When you have bottles and cans to deliver to our church please call or text the church number to arrange a time to drop them off. 207-217-2697. Or, you can bring them on any Sunday. Thank you! For the time being, we have discontinued childcare during the church service. We hope to resume again in the future. Worth Repeating The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Sunday. Come to church service and let's enjoy eating a meal together after. Bottle and can drive - Please call or text the church number to arrange a time to drop off your bottles and cans. 207-217-2697. Also, you may bring them to church on any Sunday. Thank you! Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. If you have considered being ordained perhaps this is a good time to begin. To learn more about it click here: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination We have designated a smoking area at the rear of garage #3. That is the garage out front to the right of the main building. There is a cigarette butt receptacle there. Please use it! Thanks! STILL LOST! We are looking for a black LL Bean winter jacket that was taken from the coat rack after the Christmas Candlelight service in December of 2019 by mistake. The owner would very much like to have it back. There is a black jacket still on the rack that probably belongs to the person who picked up the LL Bean Jacket by mistake. If you own a black winter jacket please check to see if you may have taken the LL Bean one by mistake and when you are in church swap them out or call the church at 207-217-2697 and we will make arrangements to get it from you. Thank you! Our January Sunday Service Line Up: January 3rd: Rev. Michael Van Ginkel/Facilitator/Speaker, Robert Thompson/Medium January 10th: Rev. Ava Spruce /Facilitator, Speaker, and Medium January 17th: Rev. Janet Decker/Facilitator, Speaker, Rev. Janet, and Rev. Michael/Mediums January 24th: Rev. Ava Spruce/Facilitator, Andrew Robinson/Speaker & Medium January 31st: Rev. Michael Van Ginkel/Facilitator. Healing and message circle About Our Reverends, Speakers, and Mediums Rev. Michael Van Ginkel is an ordained Spiritualist Minister and the lead pastor for The Healing Light Spiritualist Church. He is a Reiki practitioner and is currently working on his "master teacher" certification. Michael is also a Shamanic Practitioner. He spends many hours reading spiritual and religious texts in order to get a better understanding of our oneness with the Creator and to help him fulfill his purpose as a lightworker and healer. Michael actively participates in spiritual workshops and study groups in order to pass on the knowledge that Spirit has brought forth for him. Michael works with the Angels and finds that it is usually Uriel and Metatron who come to him because of his thirst for knowledge. Michael lives in Winthrop. Robert Thompson grew up in the East Corinth area. Robert has felt a connection to spirit from a very young age. Since attending The Healing Light Spiritualist Church he has focused on developing his mediumship abilities. Robert has worked in multiple fields such as the justice system and addiction treatment. Currently, he performs outreach and community integration with the homeless population in the Bangor area. Robert is a trustee on the HLSC Board of Directors. Rev. Ava Spruce is an ordained Spiritualist Minister and a pastor with HLSC and 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 a speaker and medium and her focus is on sharing love and light. Rev. Dr. Janet Decker is an ordained minister in the Spiritualist Church, the Metaphysical Church, and she holds a doctorate in Metaphysical Studies. She is a certified clinical, forensic, and spiritual hypnotherapist and a certified psychic medium and spiritual counselor. She is Dean of Metaphysical Studies for the International Metaphysical University where she also teaches psychic development and paranormal studies. Janet is a pastor of the Healing Light Spiritualist Church in Etna, Maine, and creator and teacher of the Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination program. Andrew “Andy” Robinson was born in Bangor, Maine on November 4th, 1997. By the age of 7, he began seeing shadow people and hearing whispers that weren’t audible to those around him. By age 16, he became youth group leader at Bradford Baptist Church and Hermon Baptist Church; His heart set on someday being a pastor of his own church. By the age of 18 he found himself struggling with his faith. He found it hard to accept the concepts and philosophies that he had found amongst the books he poured over. His new goal was to scour all religions in search of the Universal Truth. At the age of 21, his abilities began to grow and manifest in the form of prophetic dreams, visions of symbols, and more appearances of shadow people. Now, he continues to hone his gifts through personal study and classes with guidance from his beloved friend and mentor, Ava Spruce. January Classes - Workshops - Events Silent Auction. This will run until February 14th. Come check out the items. You will be glad you did! Learn Mediumship through Table Tipping When: Friday, January 29th Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Where: Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd, Etna, ME What: This is table tipping with a twist. In this class, you will discover that you are indeed a medium. You will learn how to channel energy to bring through spirit and spirit messages using the table. This class is lots and lots of fun! Presenters: Reverends Janine Collins and Michael Van Ginkel Cost: $20.00 Mediumship Development Circles Sunday afternoons 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Facilitated by Rev. Janet Decker, at the Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd in Etna. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. There is no group meeting on the 3rd Sunday of each month. By Donation. To Say Thanks! A BIG THANK YOU to Sarah Lane for many, many, many things she does for the Church every week including handling the rentals. No small task! A BIG THANK YOU to Bruce Towle for his continued help with various projects. A BIG THANK YOU to Kendra Wescott for the holiday decorations. A BIG THANK YOU to Ava Spruce, Marla Landry, and Andrew Robinson for cleaning our church building in December. No small task! A BIG THANK YOU to our Fund Raising Committee, Rev. Gina Collins, Annie Collins, Sarah Lane, Diane Jackman Skolfield. A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church/center website, and FB page. A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money to grow our church and our new endeavors. Most of these folks prefer to remain anonymous but spirit knows who you are! A BIG THANK YOU to our members and friends who support us. Without you, there would be no church. A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors. A BIG THANK YOU to the pastors who serve our church all year long. A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/minutes If you are a member in good standing you can request to see the church financial statements by sending an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com We have vehicle, boat, motorcycle, sled, and ATV storage space available for rent. Rent is $35.00 a month for car/truck/small boat rental, and $20.00 a month for motorcycles, sleds, and ATV's. Large boats taking up more than one space is $35.00 per space. We offer seasonal and year-round rental. Please call, or text 207-217-2697 to make arrangements. All rentals are on a first-come-first-served basis. As we continue to grow our Healing Light Spiritual Center we hope you will consider donating your time and/or monetary help. If you want to donate time please contact any board member, they are listed at the end of every newsletter. If you would rather contribute monetarily you can do it by clicking here: www.HealingLightSpiritualistChurch.org or you can give donations to one of the pastors. All contributions, whether time or money, are very gratefully appreciated! We can always use some help cleaning our beautiful Center once a month, preferably the week following pot luck Sundays. This will include vacuuming and occasional washing of the floors. We are making a list by month of kind souls willing to help us with this. If there is someone you would like to work with as a team that is wonderful. Many hands make light work!. If you would like to help our center in this way please contact Rev. Ava Spruce (contact info below). There is also a signup sheet on the counter. Thanks so much! If you are a member or friend of HLSC we invite you to put your business cards on our business card wall. There has been a good response to our FB postings, newsletters, and advertising. The feedback has been favorable and considering we are located in the tiny town of Etna, Maine this is terrific. Our goal is to put Etna and the Healing Light Spiritual Center "on the map", so to speak, but we need your help. If you are on FB we invite you to "Like" our page, Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna, ME https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/ Then please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE our events. Share them on your FB page and on any group you are part of. This will help us get the word out. All events are updated regularly on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal And on our website: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/events Reminders Please keep in mind that we are making an effort to keep everyone who comes to church and church events safe. Every other chair will be turned backward to allow for social distancing. If you are feeling sick, have a fever, have any changes in breathing, any changes in smell or taste, or a runny nose then please do not come to church. Masks are available for anyone who wants one. There is hand sanitizer on the counter as you enter the building and on the Healing Book table as well as other places throughout the building, we ask that you please use it. The bottom line is, please do not come to church or events if you or someone close to you is feeling unwell. Thank you! Church phone number: 207-217-2697. You may still call any of the pastors or board members personally. Their contact phone numbers are listed at the end of the newsletter. The first Sunday of every month is Potluck Sunday. 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. If you have been coming to our church for a while and would like to become a member you can find out about our "membership requirements" on our website: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ or talk to one of the pastors or board members. You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our website. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page. If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services please see one of the pastors. Thank you. The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hearing suggestions that may improve our church service and make it an even more inviting time of peace and healing. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. 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 New year, Rev. Michael Van Ginkel, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Diane Jackman Skolfield, Rev. Ava Spruce, Robert Thompson, Rev. Gina Collins, Rev. Janet Decker, Rev. Linda Holmes

February

Greetings HLSC Members and Friends, As we are in the month of February and as we are celebrating Valentine's day I think it is good to reflect on "love". This is a Bible verse that I have always thought is particularly beautiful. It is from 1 Corinthians 13. "Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is not envious, or boastful, or arrogant, or rude. It does not insist on its own way. It is not irritable or resentful. It does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will come to an end. As for tongues, they will cease. As for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part, but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I fought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now, we see in a mirror dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part, then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. Now faith, hope, and love abide these three, and the greatest of these is love." What more can I add... Have a beautiful and love-filled month! Rev. Janet Decker Weather Cancellation Notification Notice of closings will always be posted on FB, via email newsletter, and on the local TV station WABI 5. You may also call or text Rev. Michael to check. Once services and classes are canceled they remain canceled even if Mother Nature decides not to give us her winter gifts as predicted. News Sunday, February 3rd is Pot Luck Sunday. Why not bring a friend to church and a dish to share after? There's nothing better than sharing a bite to eat with like-minded friends. Everyone welcome! Church membership dues were due in January. If you have not received a notice please get in touch with Rev. Ava Spruce, Ph: 207-478-2267 There will be a Board of Directors meeting on February 17th after church service. There will be no Mediumship Development group on Sunday, February 17th. Secretary Position: Recently we have become aware that due to personal reasons our Board Secretary, Diane Skolfield, has decided to step down from her duties with the board as her path moves forward. She is not leaving our community she simply feels the time has come for this change. I want to thank Diane from the bottom of my heart for all the wonderful things she has done and continues to do for our church and community and I wish her happiness on her journey forward. Diane has offered to help anyone who may wish to assume the position so that the transfer will be smooth for all. With that in mind, the board has decided to reach out to all members inquiring for anyone who may be interested in taking over this position. Anyone who is interested should contact one of the board members to have their names considered for the position. You can find a list of duties for the position in the by-law section of our website and we look forward to hearing from you. After 30 days the board will review our position and move forward. Once again I want to thank Diane for all she does for us and I look forward to hearing from you all. As with any questions, comments or concerns feel free to send me an email or a message and simply write church in the subject line and I will respond as quickly as I can. Blessings to you all. Reverend Michael It is with heartfelt sympathy, we ask that blessings of comfort and healing be bestowed upon Rev. Gina Collins whose brother, John Farrell, passed into spirit suddenly at the end of January, and upon Rev. Linda Holmes whose partner and patron of our church, Bernie Dahl, passed into spirit the first week of January. We pray that the angels of comfort come to all who grieve. The Healing Light Spiritualist Church has been nominated by Psychic Columns as the best Spiritualist Church. The official name of the group is Psychic Columns by Sandra Bell. Psychic Columns has 15,000 readers. We feel very honored to be nominated! There are ways to contribute to our church that do not involve money. One way is to help us clean our beautiful Center. A good cleaning takes place once a month preferably the week following pot luck Sunday. This will include vacuuming, dusting, and washing floors. We are making a list by month of kind souls willing to help us with this. If there is someone you would like to work with as a team that is wonderful. Many hands make light work!. If you would like to help our center in this way please contact Rev. Ava Spruce (contact info below). There is also a signup sheet on the counter. Thanks so much! We have a "Suggestion Box" on the counter in the Great Hall. If you have a suggestion please feel free to make it. You do not need to put your name on it. We check the box regularly. HLSC is holding an ongoing bottle and can drive. When you have bottles and cans to deliver to our church please call or text the church number to arrange a time to drop them off. 207-217-2697. Or, you can bring them on any Sunday. Thank you! For the time being, we have discontinued childcare during the church service. We hope to resume again in the future. Worth Repeating The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Come to church service and let's enjoy eating a meal together after. Bottle and can drive - Please call or text the church number to arrange a time to drop off your bottles and cans. 207-217-2697. Also, you may bring them to church on any Sunday. Thank you! Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. If you have considered being ordained perhaps this is a good time to begin. To learn more about it click here: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination We have designated a smoking area at the rear of garage #3. That is the garage out front to the right of the main building. There is a cigarette butt receptacle there. Please use it! Thanks! Our February Sunday Service Line Up: February 7th: Rev. Gina Collins/Facilitator/Speaker, Rev. Ava Spruce/Medium February 14th: Rev. Ava Spruce /Facilitator, Speaker, and Medium February 21st: Rev. Janet Decker/Facilitator, Pattie Smith Speaker/Medium February 28th: Rev. Janet Decker/Facilitator Healing and Message Circle About Our Reverends, Speakers, and Mediums Rev. Janine Collins is a Reiki master teacher and Shaman. Janine is also a pastor with The Healing Light Spiritualist Church. She teaches mediumship development classes with her husband. Janine is an avid rock and crystal collector with a vast knowledge of the healing and energy properties of various crystals and gemstones. She owns Sonny's Museum and Rock Shop in Augusta, Maine. Rev. Ava Spruce is an ordained Spiritualist Minister and a pastor with HLSC and 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 a speaker and medium and her focus is on sharing love and light. Rev. Dr. Janet Decker is an ordained minister in the Spiritualist Church, the Metaphysical Church, and she holds a doctorate in Metaphysical Studies. She is a certified clinical, forensic, and spiritual hypnotherapist and a certified psychic medium and spiritual counselor. She is Dean of Metaphysical Studies for the International Metaphysical University where she also teaches psychic development and paranormal studies. Janet is a pastor of the Healing Light Spiritualist Church in Etna, Maine, and creator and teacher of the Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination program. Pattie Smith: Patti is a retired Registered Nurse and is a certified Shamanic Practitioner. She has belonged to Spiritualist churches since 1986, where she started at Onset Church in Massachusetts. Patti enjoys taking Spiritual Development classes and is an incredibly gifted Holistic Medical Intuitive. Her Inspirational talks can be heard in Maine Spiritualist churches and camps, where she proudly serves Spiritualism. February Classes - Workshops - Events Raffle, Raffle, Raffle! This will run until March 14th. Tickets cost $1.00 apiece or 6 for $5.00. Some of the items being raffled are, a Native American Flute and display stand, Rose Quartz crystal generator, jewelry, Shoe foot pedestal table and so more. Come check out the items. You will be glad you did! Gallery Readings When: Friday, February 19th Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Where: Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd, Etna, ME What: Messages will be given for all present. Hear from your Guides, your Angels, your deceased loved ones. Cost: $10.00 Hypnotic and Sound Psychic Attunement When: Friday, February 27th Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Where: Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd, Etna, ME What: Using hypnosis to bypass the critical thinking mind and address the higher mind/self is well known. Also well known is the use of sound, tones, and chants to access the higher mind/self. During our time together we will use both of these tools at the same time. The tones, chants, and hypnotic suggestions that we use are designed to clear and open the psychic/intuitive centers making you more receptive to Spirit, Angels, Nature Beings, interdimensional travel, and your own higher wisdom. Holding this event on February 27th allows us to harness the energy of the full moon which will help intensify the intended effect. Please bring a yoga mat, pillows, and blankets. There are 2 zero gravity recliners that can be reserved on a "first to ask basis". If you want to bring your own zero gravity chair please do. This class is limited to 12 people and your space must be reserved by pre-payment. Because of the nature of this work please, no alcohol, narcotics, or recreational plant medicines for 24 hours prior to the session. Please take all prescription plant medicines and pharmaceuticals as you normally would. Presenter: Reverend Janet Decker Cost: $20.00 (You can pre-pay by clicking this link, https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ then clicking on the "Donate" button at the bottom of the page. Please note that the class is for the February 27th event) Mediumship Development Circles Sunday afternoons 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Facilitated by Rev. Janet Decker, at the Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd in Etna. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. There is no group meeting on the 3rd Sunday of each month. By Donation. To Say Thanks! A BIG THANK YOU to Sarah Lane for many, many, many things she does for the Church every week including handling the rentals. No small task! A BIG THANK YOU to Bruce Towle for his continued help with various projects. A BIG THANK YOU to Ava Spruce for always decorating our church so nicely. A BIG THANK YOU to Ava Spruce, Marla Landry, and Andrew Robinson for cleaning our church building in December. No small task! A BIG THANK YOU to our Fund Raising Committee, Rev. Gina Collins, Annie Collins, Sarah Lane, Diane Jackman Skolfield. A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church/center website, and FB page. A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money to grow our church and our new endeavors. Most of these folks prefer to remain anonymous but spirit knows who you are! A BIG THANK YOU to our members and friends who support us. Without you, there would be no church. A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors. A BIG THANK YOU to the pastors who serve our church all year long. A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/minutes If you are a member in good standing you can request to see the church financial statements by sending an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com We have vehicle, boat, motorcycle, sled, and ATV storage space available for rent. Rent is $35.00 a month for car/truck/small boat rental, and $20.00 a month for motorcycles, sleds, and ATV's. Large boats taking up more than one space is $35.00 per space. We offer seasonal and year-round rental. Please call, or text 207-217-2697 to make arrangements. All rentals are on a first-come-first-served basis. As we continue to grow our Healing Light Spiritual Center we hope you will consider donating your time and/or monetary help. If you want to donate time please contact any board member, they are listed at the end of every newsletter. If you would rather contribute monetarily you can do it by clicking here: www.HealingLightSpiritualistChurch.org or you can give donations to one of the pastors. All contributions, whether time or money, are very gratefully appreciated! We can always use some help cleaning our beautiful Center once a month, preferably the week following pot luck Sundays. This will include vacuuming and washing the floors. We are making a list by month of kind souls willing to help us with this. If there is someone you would like to work with as a team that is wonderful. Many hands make light work!. If you would like to help our center in this way please contact Rev. Ava Spruce (contact info below). There is also a signup sheet on the counter. Thanks so much! If you are a member or friend of HLSC we invite you to put your business cards on our business card wall. There has been a good response to our FB postings, newsletters, and advertising. The feedback has been favorable and considering we are located in the tiny town of Etna, Maine this is terrific. Our goal is to put Etna and the Healing Light Spiritual Center "on the map", so to speak, but we need your help. If you are on FB we invite you to "Like" our page, Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna, ME https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/ Then please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE our events. Share them on your FB page and on any group you are part of. This will help us get the word out. All events are updated regularly on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal And on our website: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/events Reminders Please keep in mind that we are making an effort to keep everyone who comes to church and church events safe. Every other chair will be turned backward to allow for social distancing. If you are feeling sick, have a fever, have any changes in breathing, any changes in smell or taste, or a runny nose then please do not come to church. Masks are available for anyone who wants one. There is hand sanitizer on the counter as you enter the building and on the Healing Book table as well as other places throughout the building, we ask that you please use it. The bottom line is, please do not come to church or events if you or someone close to you is feeling unwell. Thank you! Church phone number: 207-217-2697. You may still call any of the pastors or board members personally. Their contact phone numbers are listed at the end of the newsletter. The first Sunday of every month is Potluck Sunday. 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. If you have been coming to our church for a while and would like to become a member you can find out about our "membership requirements" on our website: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ or talk to one of the pastors or board members. You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our website. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page. If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services please see one of the pastors. Thank you. The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hearing suggestions that may improve our church service and make it an even more inviting time of peace and healing. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. 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. Happy Valentines Day! Rev. Michael Van Ginkel, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Diane Jackman Skolfield, Rev. Ava Spruce, Robert Thompson, Rev. Gina Collins, Rev. Janet Decker, Rev. Linda Holmes

March

Greetings HLSC Members and Friends, As we enter into the month of March we begin to notice that the days are getting longer and we can start to feel the icy grip of winter slowly starting to release her grasp. The warmth of the sun's rays becoming ever warmer and stronger, inviting Mother Earth to awaken anew. As we start to see and feel the subtle signs of spring starting to appear, for many it brings forth a new feeling of joy and excitement as we look forward to the activities of spring. For some of us, we begin to plan for the new gardens and we start the new sprouts, for others they may begin to prepare for the beginning of the new maple season when the tree's sap of life once again starts flowing after months of lying dormant and resting. So too for many of us, we have huddled down in our cozy homes for the last few months, resting and replenishing ourselves, as we wait for the signs of spring to begin to emerge so we can once again step out into the green and colorful warmth of Mother Earth. With the beginning of Spring this month and as the days start to grow longer we see and know that the coldest days of winter are behind us and it won't be long until we once again hear the sounds of the ducks and peepers coming back to the bogs and streams. Spring is a time of new beginnings and as we open our hearts to Spirit we embrace wholeheartedly the fresh new path that Spirit lays out before us. It is a time to finish our winter projects and begin to plan for the season before us, for with Spring comes new life and opportunities as it is a time of re-birth, full of joy and excitement. Over these next few weeks, I encourage you to take a few moments every day and just stop to look around you and watch the beauty of Mother Earth as she awakens before your very eyes. Peace be with you all, Rev. Michael Weather Cancellation Notifications Notice of closings will always be posted on FB, via email newsletter, and on the local TV station WABI 5. You may also call or text Rev. Michael to check. Once services and classes are canceled they remain canceled even if Mother Nature decides not to give us her winter gifts as predicted. News Sunday, March 7th is Pot Luck Sunday. Why not bring a friend to church and a dish to share after? There's nothing better than sharing a bite to eat with like-minded friends. Everyone welcome! Church membership dues were due in January. If you have not received a notice please get in touch with Rev. Ava Spruce, Ph: 207-478-2267 There will be a Board of Directors meeting on March 21st after church service. There will be no Mediumship Development group on Sunday, March 21st Secretary Position: Recently we have become aware that due to personal reasons our Board Secretary, Diane Skolfield, has decided to step down from her duties with the board as her path moves forward. She is not leaving our community she simply feels the time has come for this change. I want to thank Diane from the bottom of my heart for all the wonderful things she has done and continues to do for our church and community and I wish her happiness on her journey forward. Diane has offered to help anyone who may wish to assume the position so that the transfer will be smooth for all. With that in mind, the board has decided to reach out to all members inquiring for anyone who may be interested in taking over this position. Anyone who is interested should contact one of the board members to have their names considered for the position. You can find a list of duties for the position in the by-law section of our website and we look forward to hearing from you. After 30 days the board will review our position and move forward. Once again I want to thank Diane for all she does for us and I look forward to hearing from you all. As with any questions, comments or concerns feel free to send me an email or a message and simply write church in the subject line and I will respond as quickly as I can. Blessings to you all, Rev. Michael The Healing Light Spiritualist Church has been nominated by Psychic Columns as the best Spiritualist Church. The official name of the group is Psychic Columns by Sandra Bell. Psychic Columns has 15,000 readers. We feel very honored to be nominated! There are ways to contribute to our church that do not involve money. One way is to help us clean our beautiful Center. A good cleaning takes place once a month preferably the week following pot luck Sunday. This will include vacuuming, dusting, and washing floors. We are making a list by month of kind souls willing to help us with this. If there is someone you would like to work with as a team that is wonderful. Many hands make light work! If you would like to help our center in this way please contact Rev. Ava Spruce (contact info below). There is also a signup sheet on the counter. Thanks so much! We have a "Suggestion Box" on the counter in the Great Hall. If you have a suggestion please feel free to make it. You do not need to put your name on it. We check the box regularly. HLSC is holding an ongoing bottle and can drive. When you have bottles and cans to deliver to our church please call or text the church number to arrange a time to drop them off. 207-217-2697. Or, you can bring them on any Sunday. Thank you! For the time being, we have discontinued childcare during the church service. We hope to resume again in the future. Worth Repeating The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Come to church service and let's enjoy eating a meal together after. Bottle and can drive - Please call or text the church number to arrange a time to drop off your bottles and cans. 207-217-2697. Also, you may bring them to church on any Sunday. Thank you! Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. If you have considered being ordained perhaps this is a good time to begin. To learn more about it click here: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination We have designated a smoking area at the rear of garage #3. That is the garage out front to the right of the main building. There is a cigarette butt receptacle there. Please use it! Thanks! Our March Sunday Service Line Up: March 7th Rev. Ava Spruce/Facilitator/Speaker/Medium March 14th: Rev. Michael Van Ginkel /Facilitator, Speaker, Robert Thompson Medium March 21st: Rev. Ava Spruce/Facilitator, Andy Robinson Speaker/Medium March 28th: Rev. Michael Van Ginkel /Facilitator Healing and Message Circle About Our Reverends, Speakers, and Mediums Rev. Janine Collins is a Reiki master teacher and Shaman. Janine is a pastor with The Healing Light Spiritualist Church. She teaches mediumship development classes with her husband. Janine is an avid rock and crystal collector with a vast knowledge of the healing and energy properties of various crystals and gemstones. She owns Sonny's Museum and Rock Shop in Augusta, Maine. Rev. Ava Spruce is an ordained Spiritualist Minister and a pastor with HLSC and 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 a speaker and medium and her focus is on sharing love and light. Rev. Dr. Janet Decker is an ordained minister in the Spiritualist Church, the Metaphysical Church, and she holds a doctorate in Metaphysical Studies. She is a certified clinical, forensic, and spiritual hypnotherapist and a certified psychic medium and spiritual counselor. She is Dean of Metaphysical Studies for the International Metaphysical University where she also teaches psychic development and paranormal studies. Janet is a pastor of the Healing Light Spiritualist Church in Etna, Maine, and creator and teacher of the Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination program. Rev. Michael Van Ginkel is an ordained Spiritualist Minister and the lead pastor for The Healing Light Spiritualist Church. He is a Reiki Master Teacher and also a Shamanic Practitioner. He spends many hours reading spiritual and religious texts in order to get a better understanding of our oneness with the Creator and to help him fulfill his purpose as a lightworker and healer. Michael actively participates in spiritual workshops, mediumship development, and study groups in order to pass on the knowledge that Spirit has brought forth for him. Michael works with the Angels and Spirit Guides. Robert Thompson grew up in the East Corinth area. Robert has felt a connection to spirit from a very young age. Since attending The Healing Light Spiritualist Church he has focused on developing his mediumship abilities. Robert has worked in multiple fields such as the justice system and addiction treatment. Currently, he performs outreach and community integration with the homeless population in the Bangor area. Robert is a trustee on the HLSC Board of Directors. Andrew “Andy” Robinson was born in Bangor, Maine on November 4th, 1997. By the age of 7, he began seeing shadow people and hearing whispers that weren’t audible to those around him. By age 16, he became youth group leader at Bradford Baptist Church and Hermon Baptist Church; His heart set on someday being a pastor of his own church. By the age of 18, he found himself struggling with his faith. He found it hard to accept the concepts and philosophies that he had found amongst the books he poured over. His new goal was to scour all religions in search of the Universal Truth. At the age of 21, his abilities began to grow and manifest in the form of prophetic dreams, visions of symbols, and more appearances of shadow people. Now, he continues to hone his gifts through personal study and classes with guidance from his beloved friend and mentor, Ava Spruce. March Classes - Workshops - Events Raffle, Raffle, Raffle! This will run until March 14th. Tickets cost $1.00 a piece or 6 for $5.00. Some of the items being raffled are, a Native American Flute and display stand, Rose Quartz crystal generator, jewelry, Shoe foot pedestal table and so more. Come check out the items. You will be glad you did! Table Tipping Class When: Friday, March 12th Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Where: Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd, Etna, ME What: Come join Rev. Gina and Rev. Michael for an evening of physical mediumship and hone your mediumship skills as we receive messages from Spirit, loved ones, and guides who come through the table for an active and fun-filled night. Class size is limited so please let one of the pastors know in advance if you plan to attend. Cost: $20.00 Gallery Readings When: Friday, March 19th Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Where: Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd, Etna, ME What: Messages will be given for all present. Hear from your Guides, your Angels, your deceased loved ones. Mediums: Ava Spruce, Rev. Michael Van Ginkel, Rev. Janet Decker, Robert Thompson, Andy Robinson Cost: $10.00 Mediumship Development Circles Sunday afternoons 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Facilitated by Rev. Janet Decker, at the Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd in Etna. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. There is no group meeting on the 3rd Sunday of each month. By Donation. To Say Thanks! A BIG THANK YOU to Sarah Lane for many, many, many things she does for the Church every week including handling the rentals. No small task! A BIG THANK YOU to Bruce Towle for his continued help with various projects. A BIG THANK YOU to Ava Spruce for always decorating our church so nicely. A BIG THANK YOU to Ava, Lindy, Andrew, Kai, Sarah for cleaning our church building in February. No small task! A BIG THANK YOU to our Fund Raising Committee, Rev. Gina Collins, Annie Collins, Sarah Lane, Diane Jackman Skolfield. A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church/center website, and FB page. A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money to grow our church and our new endeavors. Most of these folks prefer to remain anonymous but spirit knows who you are! A BIG THANK YOU to our members and friends who support us. Without you, there would be no church. A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors. A BIG THANK YOU to the pastors who serve our church all year long. A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/minutes If you are a member in good standing you can request to see the church financial statements by sending an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com We have vehicle, boat, motorcycle, sled, and ATV storage space available for rent. Rent is $35.00 a month for car/truck/small boat rental, and $20.00 a month for motorcycles, sleds, and ATV's. Large boats taking up more than one space is $35.00 per space. We offer seasonal and year-round rental. Please call, or text 207-217-2697 to make arrangements. All rentals are on a first-come-first-served basis. As we continue to grow our Healing Light Spiritual Center we hope you will consider donating your time and/or monetary help. If you want to donate time please contact any board member, they are listed at the end of every newsletter. If you would rather contribute monetarily you can do it by clicking here: www.HealingLightSpiritualistChurch.org or you can give donations to one of the pastors. All contributions, whether time or money, are very gratefully appreciated! We can always use some help cleaning our beautiful Center once a month, preferably the week following pot luck Sundays. This will include vacuuming and washing the floors. We are making a list by month of kind souls willing to help us with this. If there is someone you would like to work with as a team that is wonderful. Many hands make light work!. If you would like to help our center in this way please contact Rev. Ava Spruce (contact info below). There is also a signup sheet on the counter. Thanks so much! If you are a member or friend of HLSC we invite you to put your business cards on our business card wall. There has been a good response to our FB postings, newsletters, and advertising. The feedback has been favorable and considering we are located in the tiny town of Etna, Maine this is terrific. Our goal is to put Etna and the Healing Light Spiritual Center "on the map", so to speak, but we need your help. If you are on FB we invite you to "Like" our page, Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna, ME https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/ Then please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE our events. Share them on your FB page and on any group you are part of. This will help us get the word out. All events are updated regularly on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal And on our website: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/events Reminders Please keep in mind that we are making an effort to keep everyone who comes to church and church events safe. Every other chair will be turned backward to allow for social distancing. If you are feeling sick, have a fever, have any changes in breathing, any changes in smell or taste, or a runny nose then please do not come to church. Masks are available for anyone who wants one. There is hand sanitizer on the counter as you enter the building and on the Healing Book table as well as other places throughout the building, we ask that you please use it. The bottom line is, please do not come to church or events if you or someone close to you is feeling unwell. Thank you! Church phone number: 207-217-2697. You may still call any of the pastors or board members personally. Their contact phone numbers are listed at the end of the newsletter. The first Sunday of every month is Potluck Sunday. 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. If you have been coming to our church for a while and would like to become a member you can find out about our "membership requirements" on our website: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ or talk to one of the pastors or board members. You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our website. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page. If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services please see one of the pastors. Thank you. The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hearing suggestions that may improve our church service and make it an even more inviting time of peace and healing. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. 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. Rev. Michael Van Ginkel, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Diane Jackman Skolfield, Rev. Ava Spruce, Robert Thompson, Rev. Gina Collins, Rev. Janet Decker, Rev. Linda Holmes

April

Greetings HLSC Members and Friends, Happy Spring!! We have made it into the new season. As we begin this month with Easter Sunday and the lessons it teaches us about our eternal oneness with the Creator, we can look around us and see the many signs that mother nature shows us as she begins anew. We are reminded that as we cycle through our sojourns, as with all things, there are new beginnings and re-births throughout our lives. We are constantly reborn every day with a new and fresh opportunity to create the most positive and joyous experience that can be manifested and the only thing stopping us is our own thoughts. Springtime means opening the windows and airing out the house. It's time to clean the closest and get rid of the stale old stuff we have accumulated through the winter. The same thing goes for our heads. If we leave the negative thoughts and the cobwebs of dreariness in our minds then it's kind of hard to manifest positive and uplifting realities. Spring is our season which reminds us that we do occasionally need to clean and renew our minds and lives. "April showers bring May flowers". Lovely is the smell of the fresh rain on the newly turned garden as we get ready to sow the seeds that we hope will lead to a bountiful harvest in the fall. The sounds of spring start filling the air as the songbirds, ducks, and peepers have returned to the bogs and streams. and soon we will be able to watch the mothers with their young as they traverse the ponds and brooks. Truly Spring is a magical time of year as we watch the buds and blooms beginning to open. So too is it time to let some fresh air into our minds to help us clear the dust and clutter from these last few winter months. I encourage each and every one of you to step outside each day, take a few deep breaths, and just quietly listen to what mother nature and Spirit are saying. Peace be with you all, Rev. Michael Weather Cancellation Notifications Notice of closings will always be posted on FB, via email newsletter, and on the local TV station WABI 5. You may also call or text Rev. Michael to check. Once services and classes are canceled they remain canceled even if Mother Nature decides not to give us her winter gifts as predicted. News Sunday, April 4th is Pot Luck Sunday. Why not bring a friend to church and a dish to share after? There's nothing better than sharing a bite to eat with like-minded friends. Everyone welcome! Church membership dues were due in January. If you have not received a notice please get in touch with Rev. Ava Spruce, Ph: 207-478-2267 There will be a Board of Directors meeting on April 18th after church service. There will be no Mediumship Development group on Sunday, April 18th The Healing Light Spiritualist Church has been nominated by Psychic Columns as the best Spiritualist Church. The official name of the group is Psychic Columns by Sandra Bell. Psychic Columns has 15,000 readers. We feel very honored to be nominated! There are ways to contribute to our church that do not involve money. One way is to help us clean our beautiful Center. A good cleaning takes place once a month preferably the week following pot luck Sunday. This will include vacuuming, dusting, and washing floors. We are making a list by month of kind souls willing to help us with this. If there is someone you would like to work with as a team that is wonderful. Many hands make light work! If you would like to help our center in this way please contact Rev. Ava Spruce (contact info below). There is also a signup sheet on the counter. Thanks so much! We have a "Suggestion Box" on the counter in the Great Hall. If you have a suggestion please feel free to make it. You do not need to put your name on it. We check the box regularly. HLSC is holding an ongoing bottle and can drive. When you have bottles and cans to deliver to our church please call or text the church number to arrange a time to drop them off. 207-217-2697. Or, you can bring them on any Sunday. Thank you! For the time being, we have discontinued childcare during the church service. We hope to resume again in the future. Worth Repeating The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Come to church service and let's enjoy eating a meal together after. Bottle and can drive - Please call or text the church number to arrange a time to drop off your bottles and cans. 207-217-2697. Also, you may bring them to church on any Sunday. Thank you! Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. If you have considered being ordained perhaps this is a good time to begin. To learn more about it click here: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination We have designated a smoking area at the rear of garage #3. That is the garage out front to the right of the main building. There is a cigarette butt receptacle there. Please use it! Thanks! Our April Sunday Service Line Up: April 4th: Rev. Janet Decker - Facilitator, Pattie Smith /Speaker, and Medium April 11th: Rev. Janet Decker - Facilitator, Bonnie Mellott/Speaker, Alex Gilgan/Medium April 18th: Rev. Michael Van Ginkel - Facilitator and Speaker, Alex Gilgan/Medium April 25th: Rev. Ava Spruce - Facilitator Healing and Message Circle About Our Reverends, Speakers, and Mediums Rev. Janine Collins is a Reiki master teacher and Shaman. Janine is a pastor with The Healing Light Spiritualist Church. She teaches mediumship development classes with her husband. Janine is an avid rock and crystal collector with a vast knowledge of the healing and energy properties of various crystals and gemstones. She owns Sonny's Museum and Rock Shop in Augusta, Maine. Rev. Ava Spruce is an ordained Spiritualist Minister and a pastor with HLSC and 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 a speaker and medium and her focus is on sharing love and light. Rev. Dr. Janet Decker is an ordained minister in the Spiritualist Church, the Metaphysical Church, and she holds a doctorate in Metaphysical Studies. She is a certified clinical, forensic, and spiritual hypnotherapist and a certified psychic medium and spiritual counselor. She is Dean of Metaphysical Studies for the International Metaphysical University where she also teaches psychic development and paranormal studies. Janet is a pastor of the Healing Light Spiritualist Church in Etna, Maine, and creator and teacher of the Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination program. Rev. Michael Van Ginkel is an ordained Spiritualist Minister and the lead pastor for The Healing Light Spiritualist Church. He is a Reiki Master Teacher and also a Shamanic Practitioner. He spends many hours reading spiritual and religious texts in order to get a better understanding of our oneness with the Creator and to help him fulfill his purpose as a lightworker and healer. Michael actively participates in spiritual workshops, mediumship development, and study groups in order to pass on the knowledge that Spirit has brought forth for him. Michael works with the Angels and Spirit Guides. Patti Smith: Patti is a retired Registered Nurse and is a certified Shamanic Practitioner. She has belonged to Spiritualist churches since 1986, where she started at Onset Church in Massachusetts. Patti enjoys taking Spiritual Development classes and is an incredibly gifted Holistic Medical Intuitive. Her Inspirational talks can be heard in Maine Spiritualist churches and camps, where she proudly serves Spiritualism. Alex Gilgan is a Multi-Dimensional Healer who incorporates a variety of different healing modalities to bring an individual into alignment on all levels. After earning a Bachelors's degree in English, Alex listened to the calling of her soul and began her life mission as a healer. As a psychic medium, Alex tunes into the endless guidance that surrounds us all. Alex resides in Bangor, Maine. She is honored to serve Spirit and to share her Light and Love with all at Healing Light Spiritualist Church. Aho! March Classes - Workshops - Events Table Tipping Class When: Friday, April 23rd Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Where: Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd, Etna, ME What: Come join Rev. Gina and Rev. Michael for an evening of physical mediumship and hone your mediumship skills as we receive messages from Spirit, loved ones, and guides who come through the table for an active and fun-filled night. Class size is limited so please let one of the pastors know in advance if you plan to attend. Cost: $20.00 Selenite Wand Making Class When: Friday, April 16th Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Where: Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd, Etna, ME What: Come and join us for a fun evening making your own selenite chakra wands. All materials will be furnished with the class Cost: $20.00 Mediumship Development Circles Sunday afternoons 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Facilitated by Rev. Janet Decker, at the Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd in Etna. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. There is no group meeting on the 3rd Sunday of each month. By Donation. To Say Thanks! A BIG THANK YOU to Sarah Lane for many, many, many things she does for the Church every week including handling the rentals. No small task! A BIG THANK YOU to Bruce Towle for his continued help with various projects. A BIG THANK YOU to Ava Spruce for always decorating our church so nicely. A BIG THANK YOU to Ava, Lindy, and Janet for cleaning our church building in April. No small task! A BIG THANK YOU to our Activities Committee, Rev. Gina Collins, Annie Collins, Sarah Lane, Diane Jackman Skolfield. A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church/center website, and FB page. A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money to grow our church and our new endeavors. Most of these folks prefer to remain anonymous but spirit knows who you are! A BIG THANK YOU to our members and friends who support us. Without you, there would be no church. A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors. A BIG THANK YOU to the pastors who serve our church all year long. A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/minutes If you are a member in good standing you can request to see the church financial statements by sending an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com We have vehicle, boat, motorcycle, sled, and ATV storage space available for rent. Rent is $35.00 a month for car/truck/small boat rental, and $20.00 a month for motorcycles, sleds, and ATV's. Large boats taking up more than one space is $35.00 per space. We offer seasonal and year-round rental. Please call, or text 207-217-2697 to make arrangements. All rentals are on a first-come-first-served basis. As we continue to grow our Healing Light Spiritual Center we hope you will consider donating your time and/or monetary help. If you want to donate time please contact any board member, they are listed at the end of every newsletter. If you would rather contribute monetarily you can do it by clicking here: www.HealingLightSpiritualistChurch.org or you can give donations to one of the pastors. All contributions, whether time or money, are very gratefully appreciated! We can always use some help cleaning our beautiful Center once a month, preferably the week following pot luck Sundays. This will include vacuuming and washing the floors. We are making a list by month of kind souls willing to help us with this. If there is someone you would like to work with as a team that is wonderful. Many hands make light work!. If you would like to help our center in this way please contact Rev. Ava Spruce (contact info below). There is also a signup sheet on the counter. Thanks so much! If you are a member or friend of HLSC we invite you to put your business cards on our business card wall. There has been a good response to our FB postings, newsletters, and advertising. The feedback has been favorable and considering we are located in the tiny town of Etna, Maine this is terrific. Our goal is to put Etna and the Healing Light Spiritual Center "on the map", so to speak, but we need your help. If you are on FB we invite you to "Like" our page, Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna, ME https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/ Then please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE our events. Share them on your FB page and on any group you are part of. This will help us get the word out. All events are updated regularly on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal And on our website: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/events Reminders Please keep in mind that we are making an effort to keep everyone who comes to church and church events safe. Every other chair will be turned backward to allow for social distancing. If you are feeling sick, have a fever, have any changes in breathing, any changes in smell or taste, or a runny nose then please do not come to church. Masks are available for anyone who wants one. There is hand sanitizer on the counter as you enter the building and on the Healing Book table as well as other places throughout the building, we ask that you please use it. The bottom line is, please do not come to church or events if you or someone close to you is feeling unwell. Thank you! Church phone number: 207-217-2697. You may still call any of the pastors or board members personally. Their contact phone numbers are listed at the end of the newsletter. The first Sunday of every month is Potluck Sunday. 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. If you have been coming to our church for a while and would like to become a member you can find out about our "membership requirements" on our website: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ or talk to one of the pastors or board members. You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our website. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page. If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services please see one of the pastors. Thank you. The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hearing suggestions that may improve our church service and make it an even more inviting time of peace and healing. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. 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. Rev. Michael Van Ginkel, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Diane Jackman Skolfield, Rev. Ava Spruce, Robert Thompson, Rev. Gina Collins, Rev. Janet Decker, Rev. Linda Holmes

May

Greetings HLSC Members and Friends, With the trees budding and the grass and flowers starting to turn all different shades of green and colors, everywhere we look we are reminded of the new life springing forth before us. The smell after an early morning shower or heavy dew reminds us that a fresh new season is upon us. It is a time for fresh ideas and projects as the days are rapidly becoming longer. For us in New England, May is the month of opening up. We open our camps and cottages, we see the seasonal stores starting to open and getting ready for the summer season. So too is this the perfect season to open ourselves up to Spirit and the wonders that having that Divine connection will bring. The morning weather is becoming perfect to sit outside and meditate with the sunrise while the birds and outdoor life wakes anew. The evenings also are becoming perfect for enjoying sitting outside and watching the sunset or doing an evening meditation. Spring is truly a magical time of year. It is my hope that each of you can take a few minutes out of your day when you can just stop and enjoy the wonders that are unfolding before your very eyes. A walk in the woods, a stroll on a beach at the ocean or just sitting under a tree, it really doesn't matter as long as you just take time to connect with mother earth and listen to what nature is saying. So get out and do what you enjoy doing it doesn't matter if it's hiking, biking camping, fishing, or just reading a book on a bench in the shade, just take a few moments to connect with nature and enjoy what Spirit is showing you. Fresh air doesn't hurt anyone (except the fish) and remember that no matter what activity you are enjoying, "Keep it sunny side up" Peace be with you all, Rev. Michael News Sunday, May 2nd is Pot Luck Sunday. Why not bring a friend to church and a dish to share after? There's nothing better than sharing a bite to eat with like-minded friends. Everyone welcome! There will be a Board of Directors meeting on May 16th after church service. There will be no Mediumship Development group on Sunday, May 16th The HLCS Board has set up a Music Review Committee and is looking for three volunteers to work on this committee. The duties include vetting new song suggestions submitted by the members as well as organizing the current music catalog. If you are interested in helping the church in this capacity please reach out to one of the pastors or board members We would like to welcome the newest members to our church: Patti Smith and Alex Gilgan On May 9th we celebrate Mother's Day. Rev. Ava Spruce will be leading our service and she would love for people to bring a picture of their mother to place on a remembrance table. This is always a lovely service! There are ways to contribute to our church that do not involve money. One way is to help us clean our beautiful Center. A good cleaning takes place once a month preferably the week following pot luck Sunday. This will include vacuuming, dusting, and washing floors. We are making a list by month of kind souls willing to help us with this. If there is someone you would like to work with as a team that is wonderful. Many hands make light work! If you would like to help our center in this way please contact Rev. Ava Spruce (contact info below). There is also a signup sheet on the counter. Thanks so much! We have a "Suggestion Box" on the counter in the Great Hall. If you have a suggestion please feel free to make it. You do not need to put your name on it. We check the box regularly. HLSC is holding an ongoing bottle and can drive. When you have bottles and cans to deliver to our church please call or text the church number to arrange a time to drop them off. 207-217-2697. Or, you can bring them on any Sunday. Thank you! Worth Repeating The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Come to church service and let's enjoy eating a meal together after. Bottle and can drive - Please call or text the church number to arrange a time to drop off your bottles and cans. 207-217-2697. Also, you may bring them to church on any Sunday. Thank you! Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. If you have considered being ordained perhaps this is a good time to begin. To learn more about it click here: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination We have designated a smoking area at the rear of garage #3. That is the garage out front to the right of the main building. There is a cigarette butt receptacle there. Please use it! Thanks! Our May Sunday Service Line Up: May 2nd: Rev. Michael Van Ginkel - Facilitator/Speaker, Robert Thompson/Medium May 9th: Rev. Ava Spruce - Facilitator/Speaker, Rev. Ava & Rev. Michael, Mediums May 16th: Rev. Michael Van Ginkel - Facilitator, Patti Smith Speaker/Medium May 23rd: Rev. Ava Spruce- Facilitator /Speaker, Andy Robinson/Medium May 30th: Rev. Michael Van Ginkel - Healing and message circle About Our Reverends, Speakers, and Mediums Rev. Janine Collins is a Reiki master teacher and Shaman. Janine is a pastor with The Healing Light Spiritualist Church. She teaches mediumship development classes with her husband. Janine is an avid rock and crystal collector with a vast knowledge of the healing and energy properties of various crystals and gemstones. She owns Sonny's Museum and Rock Shop in Augusta, Maine. Rev. Ava Spruce is an ordained Spiritualist Minister and a pastor with HLSC and 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 a speaker and medium and her focus is on sharing love and light. Rev. Dr. Janet Decker is an ordained minister in the Spiritualist Church, the Metaphysical Church, and she holds a doctorate in Metaphysical Studies. She is a certified clinical, forensic, and spiritual hypnotherapist and a certified psychic medium and spiritual counselor. She is Dean of Metaphysical Studies for the International Metaphysical University where she also teaches psychic development and paranormal studies. Janet is a pastor of the Healing Light Spiritualist Church in Etna, Maine, and creator and teacher of the Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination program. Rev. Michael Van Ginkel is an ordained Spiritualist Minister and the lead pastor for The Healing Light Spiritualist Church. He is a Reiki Master Teacher and also a Shamanic Practitioner. He spends many hours reading spiritual and religious texts in order to get a better understanding of our oneness with the Creator and to help him fulfill his purpose as a lightworker and healer. Michael actively participates in spiritual workshops, mediumship development, and study groups in order to pass on the knowledge that Spirit has brought forth for him. Michael works with the Angels and Spirit Guides. Patti Smith: Patti is a retired Registered Nurse and is a certified Shamanic Practitioner. She has belonged to Spiritualist churches since 1986, where she started at Onset Church in Massachusetts. Patti enjoys taking Spiritual Development classes and is an incredibly gifted Holistic Medical Intuitive. Her Inspirational talks can be heard in Maine Spiritualist churches and camps, where she proudly serves Spiritualism. Robert Thompson grew up in the East Corinth area. Robert has felt a connection to spirit from a very young age. Since attending The Healing Light Spiritualist Church he has focused on developing his mediumship abilities. Robert has worked in multiple fields such as the justice system and addiction treatment. Currently, he performs outreach and community integration with the homeless population in the Bangor area. Robert is a trustee on the HLSC Board of Directors. Andrew “Andy” Robinson was born in Bangor, Maine on November 4th, 1997. By the age of 7, he began seeing shadow people and hearing whispers that weren’t audible to those around him. By age 16, he became youth group leader at Bradford Baptist Church and Hermon Baptist Church; His heart set on someday being a pastor of his own church. By the age of 18, he found himself struggling with his faith. He found it hard to accept the concepts and philosophies that he had found amongst the books he poured over. His new goal was to scour all religions in search of the Universal Truth. At the age of 21, his abilities began to grow and manifest in the form of prophetic dreams, visions of symbols, and more appearances of shadow people. Now, he continues to hone his gifts through personal study and classes with guidance from his beloved friend and mentor, Ava Spruce May/June Classes - Workshops - Events Table Tipping Class When: Friday, May 21st Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Where: Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd, Etna, ME What: Come join Rev. Gina and Rev. Michael for an evening of physical mediumship and hone your mediumship skills as we receive messages from Spirit, loved ones, and guides who come through the table for an active and fun-filled night. Class size is limited so please let one of the pastors know in advance if you plan to attend. Cost: $20.00 Basic Numerology Class When: Friday, May 14th Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Where: Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd, Etna, ME What: Come and join us for a fun evening of basic numerology, exploring how numbers and vibrations shape our energies, lives, and paths as they are related to names, words, and letters Cost: $20.00 Movement Class w/ Joao Bordallo When: Saturday, June 5th Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Where: Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd, Etna, ME What: Joao is an instructor of "Movement Concept" and is a Master of Brazilian Martial Art, Capoeira. His work is a unique combination of martial art, dance, and meditation that blends balance, agility, strength, music, and mindfulness. His work is inspired by his training in Sufism in Turkey and Germany and his study of Butoh in Japan. He has traveled as a teacher and creative instructor to Asia, Africa, Europe, and America. Come join us for what promises to be an amazing afternoon. Cost: $20.00 Mediumship Development Circles Sunday afternoons 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Facilitated by Rev. Janet Decker, at the Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd in Etna. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. There is no group meeting on the 3rd Sunday of each month. By Donation. To Say Thanks! A BIG THANK YOU to Sarah Lane for the many, many, many things she does for our Church every week including handling the rentals. No small task! A BIG THANK YOU to Bruce Towle for his continued help with various projects. A BIG THANK YOU to Ava Spruce for always decorating our church so nicely. A BIG THANK YOU to Ava, Lindy, and Janet for cleaning our church building in April. No small task! A BIG THANK YOU to our Activities Committee, Rev. Gina Collins, Annie Collins, Sarah Lane, Diane Jackman Skolfield. A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church/center website, and FB page. A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money to grow our church and our new endeavors. Most of these folks prefer to remain anonymous but spirit knows who you are! A BIG THANK YOU to our members and friends who support us. Without you, there would be no church. A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors. A BIG THANK YOU to the pastors who serve our church all year long. A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church no matter what the capacity is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/minutes If you are a member in good standing you can request to see the church financial statements by sending an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com We have vehicle, boat, motorcycle, sled, and ATV storage space available for rent. Rent is $35.00 a month for car/truck/small boat rental, and $20.00 a month for motorcycles, sleds, and ATV's. Large boats taking up more than one space is $35.00 per space. We offer seasonal and year-round rental. Please call, or text 207-217-2697 to make arrangements. All rentals are on a first-come-first-served basis. As we continue to grow our Healing Light Spiritual Center we hope you will consider donating your time and/or monetary help. If you want to donate time please contact any board member, they are listed at the end of every newsletter. If you would rather contribute monetarily you can do it by clicking here: www.HealingLightSpiritualistChurch.org or you can give donations to one of the pastors. All contributions, whether time or money, are very gratefully appreciated! We can always use some help cleaning our beautiful Center once a month, preferably the week following pot luck Sundays. This will include vacuuming and washing the floors. We are making a list by month of kind souls willing to help us with this. If there is someone you would like to work with as a team that is wonderful. Many hands make light work!. If you would like to help our center in this way please contact Rev. Ava Spruce (contact info below). There is also a signup sheet on the counter. Thanks so much! If you are a member or friend of HLSC we invite you to put your business cards on our business card wall. There has been a good response to our FB postings, newsletters, and advertising. The feedback has been favorable and considering we are located in the tiny town of Etna, Maine this is terrific. Our goal is to put Etna and the Healing Light Spiritual Center "on the map", so to speak, but we need your help. If you are on FB we invite you to "Like" our page, Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna, ME https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/ Then please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE our events. Share them on your FB page and on any group you are part of. This will help us get the word out. All events are updated regularly on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal And on our website: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/events Reminders Please keep in mind that we are making an effort to keep everyone who comes to church and church events safe. If you are feeling sick, have a fever, have any changes in breathing, any changes in smell or taste, or a runny nose then please do not come to church. Masks are available for anyone who wants one. There is hand sanitizer on the counter as you enter the building and on the Healing Book table as well as other places throughout the building, we ask that you please use it. The bottom line is, please do not come to church or events if you or someone close to you is feeling unwell. Thank you! Church phone number: 207-217-2697. You may still call any of the pastors or board members personally. Their contact phone numbers are listed at the end of the newsletter. The first Sunday of every month is Potluck Sunday. 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. If you have been coming to our church for a while and would like to become a member you can find out about our "membership requirements" on our website: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ or talk to one of the pastors or board members. You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our website. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page. If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services please see one of the pastors. Thank you. The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hearing suggestions that may improve our church service and make it an even more inviting time of peace and healing. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. 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. Rev. Michael Van Ginkel, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Diane Jackman Skolfield, Rev. Ava Spruce, Robert Thompson, Rev. Gina Collins, Rev. Janet Decker

June

Greetings HLSC Members and Friends, As we come into the month of June, we find that the "Season of the Jacket" is long behind us and it's time for sunshine, beaches, and hiking trails. By now we have gotten a good start on our Spring projects, the yards have been manicured, the gardens planted and our home aired out from the long months of being closed up. With the smell of lilacs and various flowers filling the air it is truly the time to start becoming one with nature and all of the beauty that the Creator brings forth for us. An evening sitting outside and listening to Mother Nature play her symphony of sounds will bring your meditation to new levels of peace and tranquility. You will find no better song than the one that Mother Nature sings for us. With the Summer Solstice approaching us this month we find the days have gotten longer and it's a perfect time for getting together with family & friends, having BBQs, and sitting around the campfires. Singing and creating memories together will span a lifetime. So get out and enjoy the beauty of the ending days of Spring and the beginning days of Summer and all of the wonders that it holds for us. June is the month of the family as it is the vibration of the 6th month and a time for weddings, graduations, and celebrations. My wish for you all is for you to be able to get out and enjoy what this wonderful month has in store for you and create memories that will last forever. Remember no matter where your path leads you, to always "Keep it Sunny Side Up!" Peace be with you all, Rev. Michael News Sunday, June 6th is Pot Luck Sunday. Why not bring a friend to church and a dish to share after? There's nothing better than sharing a bite to eat with like-minded friends. Everyone welcome! There will be a Board of Directors meeting on June 20th after church service. There will be no Mediumship Development group on Sunday, June 20th The HLCS Board has set up a Music Review Committee that will be chaired by Annie Collins. If any members have suggestions for new songs that they would like to have considered please reach out to her and she will submit it to the music committee for review. There are ways to contribute to our church that do not involve money. One way is to help us clean our beautiful Center. A good cleaning takes place once a month preferably the week following pot luck Sunday. This will include vacuuming, dusting, and washing floors. We are making a list by month of kind souls willing to help us with this. If there is someone you would like to work with as a team that is wonderful. Many hands make light work! If you would like to help our center in this way please contact Rev. Ava Spruce (contact info below). There is also a signup sheet on the counter. Thanks so much! We have a "Suggestion Box" on the counter in the Great Hall. If you have a suggestion please feel free to make it. You do not need to put your name on it. We check the box regularly. HLSC is holding an ongoing bottle and can drive. When you have bottles and cans to deliver to our church please call or text the church number to arrange a time to drop them off. 207-217-2697. Or, you can bring them on any Sunday. Thank you! Worth Repeating The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Come to church service and let's enjoy eating a meal together after. Bottle and can drive - Please call or text the church number to arrange a time to drop off your bottles and cans. 207-217-2697. Also, you may bring them to church on any Sunday. Thank you! Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. If you have considered being ordained perhaps this is a good time to begin. To learn more about it click here: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination We have designated a smoking area at the rear of garage #3. That is the garage out front to the right of the main building. There is a cigarette butt receptacle there. Please use it! Thanks! Our June Sunday Service Line Up: June 6th: Rev. Janet Decker- Facilitator/Speaker, Alex Gilgan, Medium June 13th: Rev. Michael Van Ginkel - Facilitator/Speaker, Robert Thompson, Medium June 20th: Rev. Michael Van Ginkel - Facilitator, Speaker/Medium June 27th: Rev. Ava Spruce - Healing and message circle About Our Reverends, Speakers, and Mediums Rev. Janine Collins is a Reiki master teacher and Shaman. Janine is a pastor with The Healing Light Spiritualist Church. She teaches mediumship development classes with her husband. Janine is an avid rock and crystal collector with a vast knowledge of the healing and energy properties of various crystals and gemstones. She owns Sonny's Museum and Rock Shop in Augusta, Maine. Rev. Ava Spruce is an ordained Spiritualist Minister and a pastor with HLSC and 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 a speaker and medium and her focus is on sharing love and light. Rev. Dr. Janet Decker is an ordained minister in the Spiritualist Church, the Metaphysical Church, and she holds a doctorate in Metaphysical Studies. She is a certified clinical, forensic, and spiritual hypnotherapist and a certified psychic medium and spiritual counselor. She is Dean of Metaphysical Studies for the International Metaphysical University where she also teaches psychic development and paranormal studies. Janet is a pastor of the Healing Light Spiritualist Church in Etna, Maine, and creator and teacher of the Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination program. Rev. Michael Van Ginkel is an ordained Spiritualist Minister and the lead pastor for The Healing Light Spiritualist Church. He is a Reiki Master Teacher and also a Shamanic Practitioner. He spends many hours reading spiritual and religious texts in order to get a better understanding of our oneness with the Creator and to help him fulfill his purpose as a lightworker and healer. Michael actively participates in spiritual workshops, mediumship development, and study groups in order to pass on the knowledge that Spirit has brought forth for him. Michael works with the Angels and Spirit Guides. Robert Thompson grew up in the East Corinth area. Robert has felt a connection to spirit from a very young age. Since attending The Healing Light Spiritualist Church he has focused on developing his mediumship abilities. Robert has worked in multiple fields such as the justice system and addiction treatment. Currently, he performs outreach and community integration with the homeless population in the Bangor area. Robert is a trustee on the HLSC Board of Directors. Alex Gilgan is a Multi-Dimensional Healer who incorporates a variety of different healing modalities to bring an individual into alignment on all levels. After earning a Bachelors' degree in English, Alex listened to the calling of her soul and began her life mission as a healer. As a psychic medium, Alex tunes into the endless guidance that surrounds us all. Alex resides in Bangor, Maine. She is honored to serve Spirit and to share her Light and Love with all at Healing Light June Classes - Workshops - Events Movement Class w/ Joao Bordallo When: Saturday, June 5th Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Where: Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd, Etna, ME What: Joao is an instructor of "Movement Concept" and is a Master of Brazilian Martial Art, Capoeira. His work is a unique combination of martial art, dance, and meditation that blends balance, agility, strength, music, and mindfulness. His work is inspired by his training in Sufism in Turkey and Germany and his study of Butoh in Japan. He has traveled as a teacher and creative instructor to Asia, Africa, Europe, and America. Come join us for what promises to be an amazing afternoon. Cost: $20.00 Gallery Readings When: Friday, June 11th Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Where: Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd, Etna, ME What: Messages will be given for all present. Hear from your Guides, your Angels, your deceased loved ones. Mediums: Rev. Janet Decker, Alex Gilgan, Sarah Lane, Patti Smith Cost: $10.00 Saturday Yoga Satsang When: Saturday, June 12th Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Where: Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd, Etna, ME What: Satsang is a gathering of like-minded people on a spiritual path. Satsang helps to remove negative thoughts, material attachments and mental obstacles which block the path. Hosted by Diane Jackman Cost: $10.00 Spirit Painting Workshop When: Saturday, June 19th Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Where: Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd, Etna, ME What: Sarah Lane will host this painting workshop. Pick your colors and meditation music and see where spirit take you Cost: $20.00 Mediumship Development Circles Sunday afternoons 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Facilitated by Rev. Janet Decker, at the Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd in Etna. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. There is no group meeting on the 3rd Sunday of each month. By Donation. To Say Thanks! A BIG THANK YOU to Sarah Lane for the many, many, many things she does for our Church every week including handling the rentals. No small task! A BIG THANK YOU to Bruce Towle for his continued help with various projects. A BIG THANK YOU to Ava Spruce for always decorating our church so nicely. A BIG THANK YOU to Ava, Lindy for cleaning the church this month A BIG THANK YOU to our Activities Committee, Rev. Gina Collins, Annie Collins, Sarah Lane, Diane Jackman Skolfield. A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church/center website, and FB page. A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money to grow our church and our new endeavors. Most of these folks prefer to remain anonymous but spirit knows who you are! A BIG THANK YOU to our members and friends who support us. Without you, there would be no church. A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors. A BIG THANK YOU to the pastors who serve our church all year long. A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church no matter what the capacity is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/minutes If you are a member in good standing you can request to see the church financial statements by sending an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com We have vehicle, boat, motorcycle, sled, and ATV storage space available for rent. Rent is $35.00 a month for car/truck/small boat rental, and $20.00 a month for motorcycles, sleds, and ATV's. Large boats taking up more than one space is $35.00 per space. We offer seasonal and year-round rental. Please call, or text 207-217-2697 to make arrangements. All rentals are on a first-come-first-served basis. As we continue to grow our Healing Light Spiritual Center we hope you will consider donating your time and/or monetary help. If you want to donate time please contact any board member, they are listed at the end of every newsletter. If you would rather contribute monetarily you can do it by clicking here: www.HealingLightSpiritualistChurch.org or you can give donations to one of the pastors. All contributions, whether time or money, are very gratefully appreciated! We can always use some help cleaning our beautiful Center once a month, preferably the week following pot luck Sundays. This will include vacuuming and washing the floors. We are making a list by month of kind souls willing to help us with this. If there is someone you would like to work with as a team that is wonderful. Many hands make light work!. If you would like to help our center in this way please contact Rev. Ava Spruce (contact info below). There is also a signup sheet on the counter. Thanks so much! If you are a member or friend of HLSC we invite you to put your business cards on our business card wall. There has been a good response to our FB postings, newsletters, and advertising. The feedback has been favorable and considering we are located in the tiny town of Etna, Maine this is terrific. Our goal is to put Etna and the Healing Light Spiritual Center "on the map", so to speak, but we need your help. If you are on FB we invite you to "Like" our page, Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna, ME https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/ Then please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE our events. Share them on your FB page and on any group you are part of. This will help us get the word out. All events are updated regularly on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal And on our website: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/events Reminders Please keep in mind that we are making an effort to keep everyone who comes to church and church events safe. If you are feeling sick, have a fever, have any changes in breathing, any changes in smell or taste, or a runny nose then please do not come to church. Masks are available for anyone who wants one. There is hand sanitizer on the counter as you enter the building and on the Healing Book table as well as other places throughout the building, we ask that you please use it. The bottom line is, please do not come to church or events if you or someone close to you is feeling unwell. Thank you! Church phone number: 207-217-2697. You may still call any of the pastors or board members personally. Their contact phone numbers are listed at the end of the newsletter. The first Sunday of every month is Potluck Sunday. 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. If you have been coming to our church for a while and would like to become a member you can find out about our "membership requirements" on our website: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ or talk to one of the pastors or board members. You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our website. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page. If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services please see one of the pastors. Thank you. The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hearing suggestions that may improve our church service and make it an even more inviting time of peace and healing. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. 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. Rev. Michael Van Ginkel, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Diane Jackman Skolfield, Rev. Ava Spruce, Robert Thompson, Rev. Gina Collins, Rev. Janet Decker

July

Hello Healing Light Members and a Happy Summer to you! As I write this, I reflect on the temperatures soaring into the 90s and then plummeting into the 40s, and realize how this roller coaster weather the world is experiencing is rather like the highs and the lows of our lives. Some complain about the heat and others go swimming. Some complain about the cold and others bundle up and go for a vigorous walk. I try to be one of the “others” who rarely complains and almost always enjoys the present moment, no matter what is happening around me. I always trust The Universe and know that everything is in Perfect Order. Last week, due to personal reasons, Michael Van Ginkel, Ava Spruce and Robert Thompson resigned from the HLSC Board. We thank Michael, Ava and Robert for serving the church to the best of their ability and wish them well on their respective journeys. We are thrilled to announce that long time Healing Light Spiritualist Church member, Bruce Towle, has stepped in as our President. He will bring stability and compassion to this post. We are also thrilled to announce that our bright and shining star, Sarah Lane has stepped in as our Treasurer. She brings years of experience from her previous home on Swans Island where she served on the Island’s municipal advisory committee, electric Co-Op board and the comprehensive planning committee along with creating and maintaining their Island Information Page. We look forward to the positive changes in our new Healing Light Spiritualist Church Board. As the saying goes it isn’t what happens to us it is how we react to it that is the key to finding joy. Never let the past disappointments steal your present chance for Happiness. Remain Peaceful, Stay Calm and find the Joy in every moment. In Joy, Diane WHAT’S HAPPENING July 3, Saturday from 3-5pm: Mindful Movement Dance Class: Joao Bordallo is an Afro-Brazilian Healer, a Capoeira Master, Martial Arts expert and an amazing Mindful Movement Dance Instructor. His work is a unique combination of martial art, dance and meditation that blends balance, agility, strength, music and mindfulness. His work is inspired by his training in Turkey, Germany and Japan. He has traveled as a teacher and creative instructor to Asia, Africa, Europe and America. Comments from our last class: "It inspired a lovely sense of calm." "It reduced my stress level." "I loved every minute and I can't wait for the next class." This next class on July 3 is part of our Anniversary Celebration Weekend! It promises to be an amazing afternoon. Only $20 for this inspirational opportunity! July 3, Saturday: Join some of our members as we honor Camp Etna on its Opening Day. 145 years of continuous Spiritualist Services. They begin at 10am under the Big Tent. July 4, Sunday after church service: Happy Anniversary to Healing Light Spiritualist Church! Celebrating Two Years in our new place and 17 years of helping spread the concepts of Spiritualism, Pot Luck Lunch along with cake and ice cream! Join us! July 17, Saturday from 1-3: Sarah Lane will host our Spirit Painting Workshop on July 17 from 1-3. Each person picks their colors and meditation music is played. The goal is to simply let whatever comes up, come out. Some can start by putting dots on the page and then blending them together. They are fun and easy and an active form of meditation. She will provide paint, canvas and brushes. Cost $20. August 14, Saturday from 10-3: Yard Sale in Garage #3 – We are accepting donations for what we hope to be a giant yard sale! Mediumship Development Group Sunday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Facilitated by Alex Gilgan, at the Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd in Etna. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. The group begins with a meditation and allows attendees to experience a variety of methods to open the lines of communication with The Other Side. There is no group meeting on the 3rd Sunday of each month due to our monthly Board Meeting. By Donation. Ordination Program Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. If you have considered being ordained perhaps this is a good time to begin. To learn more about it click the following link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! A BIG THANK YOU to Sarah Lane for many, many, many things she does for the Church every week including handling the rentals. No small task! A BIG THANK YOU to Bruce Towle for his continued help with various projects. A BIG THANK YOU to the cleaning crew who keeps our Center so clean! A BIG THANK YOU to our Activities Committee chaired by Sarah Lane, Annie Collins, Diane Jackman Skolfield. A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church/center website, and FB page. A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money to grow our church and our new endeavors. Most of these folks prefer to remain anonymous but spirit knows who you are! A BIG THANK YOU to our members and friends who support us. Without you, there would be no church. A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors. A BIG THANK YOU to the pastors who serve our church all year long. A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/minutes If you are a member in good standing you can request to see the church financial statements by sending an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com We have vehicle, boat, motorcycle, sled, and ATV storage space available for rent. Rent is $35.00 a month for car/truck/small boat rental, and $20.00 a month for motorcycles, sleds, and ATV's. Large boats taking up more than one space is $35.00 per space. We offer seasonal and year-round rental. Please call, or text, 207-217-2697 to make arrangements. All rentals are on a first-come-first-served basis. As we continue to grow our Healing Light Spiritual Center we hope you will consider donating your time and/or monetary help. If you want to donate time please contact any board member, they are listed at the end of every newsletter. If you would rather contribute monetarily, you can do it by clicking here: www.HealingLightSpiritualistChurch.org or you can give donations to one of the pastors. All contributions, whether time or money, are always very gratefully appreciated! We can always use some help cleaning our beautiful Center once a month, during the week following pot luck Sundays. This includes vacuuming and washing the floors. We are making a list by month of kind souls willing to help us with this. If there is someone you would like to work with as a team that is wonderful. Many hands make light work!. If you would like to help our center in this way please email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com . There is also a signup sheet on the counter. Thanks so much! If you are a member or friend of HLSC we invite you to put your business cards on our business card wall. There has been a good response to our FB postings, newsletters, and advertising. The feedback has been favorable and considering we are located in the tiny town of Etna, Maine this is terrific. Our goal is to put Etna and the Healing Light Spiritual Center "on the map", so to speak, but we need your help. If you are on FB we invite you to "Like" our page, Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna, ME https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/ Then please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE our events. Share them on your FB page and on any FB group of which you are part. This helps us spread the word! All events are updated regularly on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal And on our website: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/events Reminders Please keep in mind we are continuing to make an effort to keep everyone who comes to church and church events safe. If you are feeling sick, have a fever, have any changes in breathing, any changes in smell or taste, or a runny nose then please do not come to church. Masks are available for anyone who wants one. There is hand sanitizer on the counter as you enter the building and on the Healing Book table as well as other places throughout the building, we ask that you please use it. The bottom line is, please do not come to church or events if you or someone close to you is feeling unwell. Thank you! Church phone number: 207-217-2697. You may still call any of the pastors or board members personally. Their contact phone numbers are listed at the end of the newsletter. The first Sunday of every month is Potluck Sunday. 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. If you have been coming to our church for a while and would like to become a member you can find out about our "membership requirements" on our website: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ or talk to one of the pastors or board members. You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our website. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page. If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services please see one of the pastors. Thank you. The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hearing suggestions which may improve our church service and make it an even more inviting time of peace and healing. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. You can email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com or individual contact information is below. Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church, and please share this newsletter. Wishes for Happy Summer Days Ahead ! Bruce Towle, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Diane Jackman Skolfield, Sarah Lane Copyright © 2021 Healing Light Spiritualist Church, All rights reserved.

August

Hello and a Happy August to you! Okay, I really wanna know. Who turned off the heat? Or maybe I should ask, where are the Dog Days of Summer? I do not believe those couple of days back in June when everyone was sweltering can count as our Maine summer, or, can they? I understand that 50 degree nights and 60 and 70 degree days are delightful for many reading this newsletter. Personally, I prefer 60 degree nights and 80 and 90 degree days. That is why I spend my fall, winter and spring in Florida. I long for those lazy, hazy days of summer of 2020 when we spent nearly every afternoon leisurely floating in Little Etna Pond. But wait a minute Diane, aren't you the one who is always quoting some smart guru by saying, "No expectations, no disappointments?" Aren't you the one who is always saying make the best of what you have? Of course I am! Despite the weather, of which I could be complaining about, I am happy to say I have been taking advantage of this delightful working-weather to paint my new cottage. Well, at least the front of my new cottage. First impressions are important, so are 2nd and 3rd impressions:) Speaking of impressions, in the past couple of months we have created some important guidelines to keep the impressions we put forth that which we can be proud. We now have guidelines for Music and Songs sung in our church as well as guidelines for Mediums and Healers. We even created some Rules and Regulations for people visiting our Healing Light Spiritual Center. They can be found on our Healing Light Spiritualist Church website on the ABOUT US drop down menu under Guidelines. Oh, a couple of other exciting news items. First, we would like to welcome Alex Gilgan to our board as our Trustee. If there is something you would like to talk to her about her contact info is at the end of this newsletter. And, drum roll please. We are pleased to announce our new Healing Light Spiritualist Church Scholarship Fund! These scholarships are for any spiritually uplifting classes and we have an application which can be filled out by any Healing Light Spiritualist Church Member or any Camp Etna Member. We decided to include members of Camp Etna in an effort to inform people that we are two separate organizations but we work together to promote Spiritualism. If you are a member of one of these two organizations and there is a class you would like to attend please email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com to request an application. Back to my desire for warmer weather, well, I am happy I got up this morning to some lovely rainy weather. This will allow my tired body to rest a bit but I am hopeful the day clears so I can paint some more this afternoon. However, I do not expect it to be 90 degrees so I know I will not be disappointed! Remain Peaceful, Stay Calm and find the Joy in every moment. In Joy, Diane WHAT’S HAPPENING August 1, After Church Service, Connecting Consciousness: The Healing Light Spiritual Center is pleased to announce it will, once again, host the Maine Connecting Consciousness Meetings. This is a private event by invitation only. If you would like to attend their meetings you must be a member and they are making it easy for everyone to become members of their organization. Membership is free simply got to their website at www.connectingconsciousness.org . August 14, Saturday from 10-3: Yard Sale in Garage #3 – We are still accepting donations for what we hope to be a giant yard sale! Tell your friends and see you there! August 14, Saturday, Messages and More!: Since we are having a Yard Sale why not do more? Mediums will be available for readings, Messages will be given from Angel Cards, Intuitive Energy Medicine will be shared along with so much more! Join us! August 14, Saturday from 3-5pm: Chanting, Drumming and Inspirational Movement Class: Joao Bordallo is an Afro-Brazilian Healer, a Capoeira Master, Martial Arts expert and an amazing Mindful Movement Dance Instructor. His work is a unique combination of martial art, dance and meditation that blends balance, agility, strength, music and mindfulness inspired by his training in Turkey, Germany and Japan. He has traveled as a teacher and creative instructor to Asia, Africa, Europe and America. Comments from our last class: "It inspired a lovely sense of calm." "It reduced my stress level." "I loved every minute and I can't wait for the next class." This next class on August 14th promises to be an amazing afternoon. Only $20 for this inspirational opportunity! August 18, Wednesday from 6:30-8pm Spirit Painting Workshop : Sarah Lane will host our Spirit Painting Workshop on August 18 from 6:30-8pm. Each person picks their colors and meditation music is played. The goal is to simply let whatever comes up, come out. Some can start by putting dots on the page and then blending them together. They are fun and easy and an active form of meditation. She will provide paint, canvas and brushes. Cost $20 and you take home your work of art! August 19, Thursday from 6-8pm Third Thursday Healing Circle: Join us for our monthly Healing Circle the third Thursday of each month. We are all One with Source and we all have the potential to be healers. Sit in circle with others to raise the vibration and bring Source's LOVE through for healing yourself and others. All levels of experience welcome. $20. Mediumship Development Group Sunday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Facilitated by Alex Gilgan, at the Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd in Etna. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. The group begins with a meditation and allows attendees to experience a variety of methods to open the lines of communication with The Other Side. There is no group meeting on the 3rd Sunday of each month due to our monthly Board Meeting. August 1 will have no Mediumship Group due to Connecting Consciousness Meeting. By Donation. Ordination Program Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. If you have considered being ordained perhaps this is a good time to begin. To learn more about it click the following link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! A BIG THANK YOU to Sarah Lane for many, many, many things she does for the Church every week including handling the rentals. No small task! A BIG THANK YOU to Bruce Towle for his continued help with various projects. A BIG THANK YOU to the cleaning crew who keeps our Center so clean! A BIG THANK YOU to our Activities Committee chaired by Sarah Lane, Annie Collins, Diane Jackman Skolfield. A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church/center website, and FB page. A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money to grow our church and our new endeavors. Most of these folks prefer to remain anonymous but spirit knows who you are! A BIG THANK YOU to our members and friends who support us. Without you, there would be no church. A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors. A BIG THANK YOU to the pastors who serve our church all year long. A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/minutes If you are a member in good standing you can request to see the church financial statements by sending an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com We have vehicle, boat, motorcycle, sled, and ATV storage space available for rent. Rent is $35.00 a month for car/truck/small boat rental, and $20.00 a month for motorcycles, sleds, and ATV's. Large boats taking up more than one space is $35.00 per space. We offer seasonal and year-round rental. Please call, or text, 207-217-2697 to make arrangements. All rentals are on a first-come-first-served basis. As we continue to grow our Healing Light Spiritual Center we hope you will consider donating your time and/or monetary help. If you want to donate time please contact any board member, they are listed at the end of every newsletter. If you would rather contribute monetarily, you can do it by clicking here: www.HealingLightEtna.org or you can give donations to one of the pastors. All contributions, whether time or money, are always very gratefully appreciated! We can always use some help cleaning our beautiful Center once a month, during the week following pot luck Sundays. This includes vacuuming and washing the floors. We are making a list by month of kind souls willing to help us with this. If there is someone you would like to work with as a team that is wonderful. Many hands make light work!. If you would like to help our center in this way please email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com . There is also a signup sheet on the counter. Thanks so much! If you are a member or friend of HLSC we invite you to put your business cards on our business card wall. There has been a good response to our FB postings, newsletters, and advertising. The feedback has been favorable and considering we are located in the tiny town of Etna, Maine this is terrific. Our goal is to put Etna and the Healing Light Spiritual Center "on the map", so to speak, but we need your help. If you are on FB we invite you to "Like" our page, Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna, ME https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/ Then please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE our events. Share them on your FB page and on any FB group of which you are part. This helps us spread the word! All events are updated regularly on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal And on our website: https://www.healinglightetna.org/events Reminders Please keep in mind we are continuing to make an effort to keep everyone who comes to church and church events safe. If you are feeling sick, have a fever, have any changes in breathing, any changes in smell or taste, or a runny nose then please do not come to church. Masks are available for anyone who wants one. There is hand sanitizer on the counter as you enter the building and on the Healing Book table as well as other places throughout the building, we ask that you please use it. The bottom line is, please do not come to church or events if you or someone close to you is feeling unwell. Thank you! Church phone number: 207-217-2697. You may still call any of the pastors or board members personally. Their contact phone numbers are listed at the end of the newsletter. The first Sunday of every month is Potluck Sunday. 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. If you have been coming to our church for a while and would like to become a member you can find out about our "membership requirements" on our website: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ or talk to one of the pastors or board members. You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our website. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page. If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services please see one of the pastors or email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com. Thank you. The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hearing suggestions which may improve our church service and make it an even more inviting time of peace and healing. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. You can email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com or individual contact information is below. Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church, and please share this newsletter. Wishes for Happy Summer Days Ahead ! Bruce Towle, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Diane Jackman Skolfield, Sarah Lane, Alex Gilgan

September

As Summer Slips Away... As summer slips away autumn is sneaking up right behind it. September 22, 2021 at 3:21pm is the moment of the Fall Equinox, or Mabon, the astrological beginning of the autumn season in the Northern Hemisphere, and the beginning of spring in the Southern Hemisphere. The importance of this moment is signified by its name, the Equinox. The daylight hours and the sunlight hours are equal and balanced. It is celebrated in our Northern Hemisphere as the end of the growing season and Rituals of Thanks are performed honoring those responsible for growing. If we did not have growers we would not have food. Most people in today's society do not recognize the importance of those who grow. We go to the grocery store and nearly everything we need or want is spread out before our eyes. Please, try to take a few moments and give thanks to those who provide the bounty with which we are blessed. Celebrations honoring the impending dark and the waning light are also found throughout our Northern Hemisphere. Recognizing and working towards the idea of Balance is a very important facet of our lives. Please, take time to honor yourself with rest and play and reflect on the Grace in which you live. Blessed Be! Remain Peaceful, Stay Calm and find the Joy in every moment. In Joy, Diane P.S. By the way, our Yard Sale and Messages and More Day last month brought in close to $500. Thank you to all those who contributed their time and donations. We will have another Yard Sale Day sometime this fall along with a clean up day:) WHAT’S HAPPENING Third Thursday Healing Circle , September 16 from 6-8pm : Join us for our monthly Healing Circle the third Thursday of each month. We are all One with Source and we all have the potential to be healers. Sit in circle with others to raise the vibration and bring Source's LOVE through for healing yourself and others. All levels of experience welcome. $20. September 18, Saturday from 3-5pm: Chanting, Drumming and Inspirational Movement Class: Joao Bordallo is an Afro-Brazilian Healer, a Capoeira Master, Martial Arts expert and an amazing Mindful Movement Dance Instructor. His work is a unique combination of martial art, dance and meditation that blends balance, agility, strength, music and mindfulness inspired by his training in Turkey, Germany and Japan. He has traveled as a teacher and creative instructor to Asia, Africa, Europe and America. Comments from our last class: "It inspired a lovely sense of calm." "It reduced my stress level." "I loved every minute and I can't wait for the next class." This next class on September 18th promises to be an amazing afternoon. This will be Joao's last class this year so be sure to put it on your calendar! Only $20 for this inspirational opportunity! September 19, Annual Members' Meeting: Sunday after church service we will meet for our Annual Members' Meeting. Along with year end reports from our current President and Treasurer there will be elections for all offices. If you would like to serve your church by running for an office, please email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com. There will be food from Hannaford's Deli for your enjoyment. Mediumship Development Group Sunday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Facilitated by Alex Gilgan, at the Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd in Etna. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. The group begins with a meditation and allows attendees to experience a variety of methods to open the lines of communication with The Other Side. There is no group meeting on the 3rd Sunday of each month due to our monthly Board Meeting. By Donation. Ordination Program Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. If you have considered being ordained perhaps this is a good time to begin. To learn more about it click the following link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! A BIG THANK YOU to Sarah Lane for many, many, many things she does for the Church every week including handling the rentals. No small task! A BIG THANK YOU to Bruce Towle for his continued help with various projects. A BIG THANK YOU to the cleaning crew who keeps our Center so clean! A BIG THANK YOU to our Activities Committee chaired by Sarah Lane, Annie Collins, Diane Jackman Skolfield. A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church/center website, and FB page. A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money to grow our church and our new endeavors. Most of these folks prefer to remain anonymous but spirit knows who you are! A BIG THANK YOU to our members and friends who support us. Without you, there would be no church. A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors. A BIG THANK YOU to the pastors who serve our church all year long. A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/minutes If you are a member in good standing you can request to see the church financial statements by sending an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com Healing Light Spiritualist Church Scholarship Fund is a year round opportunity for those members of Healing Light or Camp Etna to attend any spiritually uplifting classes. Simply email us and we will send you an application for you to fill out. HealingLightEtna@gmail.com to request an application. We have vehicle, boat, motorcycle, sled, and ATV storage space available for rent. Rent is $35.00 a month for car/truck/small boat rental, and $20.00 a month for motorcycles, sleds, and ATV's. Large boats taking up more than one space is $35.00 per space. We offer seasonal and year-round rental. Please call, or text, 207-217-2697 to make arrangements. All rentals are on a first-come-first-served basis. As we continue to grow our Healing Light Spiritual Center we hope you will consider donating your time and/or monetary help. If you want to donate time please contact any board member, they are listed at the end of every newsletter. If you would rather contribute monetarily, you can do it by clicking here: www.HealingLightEtna.org or you can give donations to one of the pastors. All contributions, whether time or money, are always very gratefully appreciated! We can always use some help cleaning our beautiful Center once a month, during the week following pot luck Sundays. This includes vacuuming and washing the floors. We are making a list by month of kind souls willing to help us with this. If there is someone you would like to work with as a team that is wonderful. Many hands make light work!. If you would like to help our center in this way please email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com . There is also a signup sheet on the counter. Thanks so much! If you are a member or friend of HLSC we invite you to put your business cards on our business card wall. There has been a good response to our FB postings, newsletters, and advertising. The feedback has been favorable and considering we are located in the tiny town of Etna, Maine this is terrific. Our goal is to put Etna and the Healing Light Spiritual Center "on the map", so to speak, but we need your help. If you are on FB we invite you to "Like" our page, Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna, ME https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/ Then please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE our events. Share them on your FB page and on any FB group of which you are part. This helps us spread the word! All events are updated regularly on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal And on our website: https://www.healinglightetna.org/events Reminders Please keep in mind we are continuing to make an effort to keep everyone who comes to church and church events safe. If you are feeling sick, have a fever, have any changes in breathing, any changes in smell or taste, or a runny nose then please do not come to church. Masks are available for anyone who wants one. There is hand sanitizer on the counter as you enter the building and on the Healing Book table as well as other places throughout the building, we ask that you please use it. The bottom line is, please do not come to church or events if you or someone close to you is feeling unwell. Thank you! Church phone number: 207-217-2697. You may still call any of the pastors or board members personally. Their contact phone numbers are listed at the end of the newsletter. The first Sunday of every month is Potluck Sunday. 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. If you have been coming to our church for a while and would like to become a member you can find out about our "membership requirements" on our website: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ or talk to one of the pastors or board members. You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our website. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page. If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services please see one of the pastors or email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com. Thank you. The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hearing suggestions which may improve our church service and make it an even more inviting time of peace and healing. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. You can email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com or individual contact information is below. Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church, and please share this newsletter. Wishes for Happy Summer Days Ahead ! Bruce Towle, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Diane Jackman Skolfield, Sarah Lane, Alex Gilgan Copyright ©2021 Healing Light Spiritualist Church. All rights reserved.

October

Happy Fall Y'all We had our Annual Members' Meeting on September 19th. All in attendance enjoyed the deli trays from Hannaford's and the camaraderie! You can read the minutes, including the President's Report about our wonderful and productive year, at this link https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/minutes . Elections were held and our board now consists of President-Rev. Janet Decker, Vice President-Janice Nelson Kroesser, Secretary-Michele Caitlyn-Strout, Treasurer-Sarah Lane, and Trustee-Alex Gilgan. Thank you ladies for serving our church! Their contact info is at the end of the newsletter. How about a little history lesson about our church? Back in October 2004, our Founding Pastor, Donna Williams, and her life-partner, Barbara Dolliver, along with several local people, formed the non-profit Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna. They met every Sunday year-round at the Etna Town Hall. Beginning in 2010 they shared the two summer months with Camp Etna so the visiting mediums would speak and give messages at both the Etna Town Hall services and the Rev. Gladys LaLiberte Temple on Camp Etna's grounds and each organization would receive one of the month's offerings. Donna retired in 2014 and Rev. Janet Decker stepped up to lead the church. In July of 2015, we signed a lease with Camp Etna and began holding services year-round at the Rev. Gladys LaLiberte Temple. In 2017 we found the lease was not going to be renewed in 2018 and we went back to the Etna Town Hall while looking for a new permanent home. We were so pleased to find our current location at 38 Stage Road and we opened here in July 2019. Why the history lesson now? Well, I believe this is the last newsletter this Historian will be composing and I wanted to get this important information out to everyone. Also, it is with a heavy heart I tell those of you who knew Barbara Ann Gould Dolliver that she passed away on August 28, 2021, after a long battle with cancer. I spoke to Donna, her life partner, this week and she is moving to Gorham to live with her daughter. Donna and Barbara spent the last five years, very happy, in the Belgrade Lakes area. If you want to send Donna a card she is at 6 Day Road, Gorham, Maine 04038. Another person related to this history lesson is the granddaughter of Rev. Gladys LaLiberte, Karlene Tanner. Karlene passed peacefully on September 26, 2021. Let us pray for both of these newly transitioned souls. And while we are at it, let us pray for all those people left behind who must find new ways to live their lives when a loved one passes. Being a Spiritualist means we believe their souls continue to live and learn and communicate on The Other Side but we still miss their presence on this Earth Plane. Blessed Be. Remain Peaceful, Stay Calm, and do your very best to find joy in every moment. Love, Diane NEWS! Potluck Sunday is October 3rd. Join us after church for a bite to eat. All are welcomed. We have two new members, Scott and Amy Griffiths. Scott and Amy have four beautiful children and we are happy to welcome them all to our Healing Light Spiritualist Chruch family! There will be a Board of Directors meeting on Sunday, October 17th. If you are a member and would like to add something to the agenda please email: HealingLightEtna@gmail.com Members are encouraged to attend. We love your input! We are in the process of creating new songbooks. If you have a song you would like to see included please submit your request to Rev. Janet Decker or Cynthia Bragg. All songs should have a spiritual component and be uplifting. We will review the request and make a decision. WEATHER NOTIFICATIONS Church service and church event cancellations will be posted on WABI Channel 5 News. We will also send notifications via email. WHAT’S HAPPENING Friday, October 8th, from 6-8 pm: Gallery Readings. $10. Saturday, October 9th, from 10 am-3 pm: Final yard sale of the season Third Thursday Healing Circle, October 21, from 6-8pm: Join us for our monthly Healing Circle the third Thursday of each month. We are all One with Source and we all have the potential to be healers. Sit in circle with others to raise the vibration and bring Source's LOVE through for healing yourself and others. Doors close at 6:15 pm sharp. No one will be admitted after that. All levels of experience are welcome. $20. Sunday, October 31st, from 1-3 pm, Children's Halloween Party: Bring your costumed kiddos, and your friends' kiddos, to a fun afternoon of games and goodies! This event is free of charge, however, donations are gladly accepted :) Mediumship Development Group Sunday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Facilitated by Alex Gilgan, at the Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd in Etna. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. The group begins with a meditation and allows attendees to experience a variety of methods to open the lines of communication with The Other Side. There is no group meeting on the 3rd Sunday of each month due to our monthly Board Meeting. By Donation. (No group on October 31st) Upcoming Speakers and Facilitators October 3rd: Stephanie Cartwright/Facilitator/Speaker, Alex Gilgan/Medium October 10th: Rev. Janet Decker/Facilitator, Patti Smith/Speaker/ Medium October 17th: Alex Gilgan/Facilitator/Speaker, Lauren Powers/Medium October 24th: Alex Gilgan/Facilitator/Speaker, Patti Smith/Medium October 31st: Stephanie Cartwright/Facilitator Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! A BIG THANK YOU to our outgoing board members. A BIG THANK YOU to Kendra Wescott and Bruce Towle for cleaning and painting our heat registers. No small task! A BIG THANK YOU to Kendra, Bea, and Michele for cleaning our beautiful center in October. A BIG THANK YOU to Sarah Lane for many, many, many things she does for the Church every week including handling the rentals. No small task! A BIG THANK YOU to Bruce Towle for his continued help with various projects. A BIG THANK YOU to our Activities Committee chaired by Sarah Lane, Rev. Janet Decker, Michele Caitlyn Strout, Alex Gilgan, and Kendra Wescott. A BIG THANK YOU to our church service facilitators, Kendra Wescott, Alex Gilgan, Michele Catilyn Strout, Stephanie Cartwright, Sarah Lane, and Rev. Janet Decker. A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church/center website, and FB page. A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money to grow our church and our new endeavors. Most of these folks prefer to remain anonymous but spirit knows who you are! A BIG THANK YOU to our members and friends who support us. Without you, there would be no church. A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors. A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing Ordination Program Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. If you have considered being ordained perhaps this is a good time to begin. To learn more about it click the following link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/minutes If you are a member in good standing you can request to see the church financial statements by sending an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com Healing Light Spiritualist Church Scholarship Fund is a year-round opportunity for those members of Healing Light or Camp Etna to attend any spiritually uplifting classes. Simply email us and we will send you an application for you to fill out. HealingLightEtna@gmail.com to request an application. We have vehicle, boat, motorcycle, sled, and ATV storage space available for rent. Rent is $35.00 a month for car/truck/small boat rental, and $20.00 a month for motorcycles, sleds, and ATV's. Large boats taking up more than one space is $35.00 per space. We offer seasonal and year-round rental. Please call, or text, 207-217-2697 to make arrangements. All rentals are on a first-come-first-served basis. As we continue to grow our Healing Light Spiritual Center we hope you will consider donating your time and/or monetary help. If you want to donate time please contact any board member, they are listed at the end of every newsletter. If you would rather contribute monetarily, you can do it by clicking here: www.HealingLightEtna.org or you can give donations to one of the pastors. All contributions, whether time or money, are always very gratefully appreciated! We can always use some help cleaning our beautiful Center once a month, during the week following pot luck Sundays. This includes vacuuming and washing the floors. We are making a list by month of kind souls willing to help us with this. If there is someone you would like to work with as a team that is wonderful. Many hands make light work!. If you would like to help our center in this way please email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com . There is also a signup sheet on the counter. Thanks so much! If you are a member or friend of HLSC we invite you to put your business cards on our business card wall. There has been a good response to our FB postings, newsletters, and advertising. The feedback has been favorable and considering we are located in the tiny town of Etna, Maine this is terrific. Our goal is to put Etna and the Healing Light Spiritual Center "on the map", so to speak, but we need your help. If you are on FB we invite you to "Like" our page, Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna, ME https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/ Then please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE our events. Share them on your FB page and on any FB group of which you are part. This helps us spread the word! All events are updated regularly on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal And on our website: https://www.healinglightetna.org/events Reminders Please keep in mind we are continuing to make an effort to keep everyone who comes to church and church events safe. If you are feeling sick, have a fever, have any changes in breathing, any changes in smell or taste, or a runny nose then please do not come to church. Masks are available for anyone who wants one. There is hand sanitizer on the counter as you enter the building and on the Healing Book table as well as other places throughout the building, we ask that you please use it. The bottom line is, please do not come to church or events if you or someone close to you is feeling unwell. Thank you! Church phone number: 207-217-2697. You may still call any of the pastors or board members personally. Their contact phone numbers are listed at the end of the newsletter. The first Sunday of every month is Potluck Sunday. 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. If you have been coming to our church for a while and would like to become a member you can find out about our "membership requirements" on our website: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ or talk to one of the pastors or board members. You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our website. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page. If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services please see one of the pastors or email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com. Thank you. The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hearing suggestions that may improve our church service and make it an even more inviting time of peace and healing. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. You can email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com or contact individual board members. Contact information is below. There is also a suggestion box on the counter. If a friend forwarded you this newsletter and you would like to be on our email list please send an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church, and please share this newsletter. Wishes for a Happy Fall Y'All! Copyright © 2021 Healing Light Spiritualist Church All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: HealingLightEtna@gmail.com

November

Happy November! Hi! I'm Michele. I live in Hampden with my three red-headed Pomeranians, Tom Tom the Pom Pom, Lucy and Charlie. I am going to retire next year from the United States Postal Service with almost 36 years under my belt. I love any body of water that I can swim in or kayak over. My religion has always been outdoors with Mother Earth, but I am always searching for new experiences and new people to love and to love me. So, earlier this year, I started searching for a new church. One Sunday, a few months ago, I got in the car and ended up at the Healing Light Spiritualist Church. I knew fairly quickly I had found a spiritual home. Strangers soon became friends and I decided to stick around. Last month I was honored to be voted in as our church secretary. As I sit here in the quiet of the office writing this before the church service begins, I'm gazing out the window as the leaves are falling to the ground. I'm reminded how nature does everything in it's own time and she doesn't worry about anything. We worry about the lines on our faces and the hair thinning on our heads. Aging is not for woosies...I can tell ya' that. I ask Mother Earth for a way to accept the changes that is happening to me in every aspect of my life. I watch the leaves budding in the spring, greening up for the summer, changing colors in the fall and now...without any major discussion or uncertainty about the future...the leaves are gracefully falling to the ground...accepting their fate. The trees are getting bare, but they accept that time goes on, and as the darkness descends upon us, nature is reminding us to rest and accept changes that are happening around us and to us. We are reminded that everything is happening right on time. Thank you for allowing me to serve you as church secretary. Please feel free to come to me with your thoughts or concerns. Blessings, Michele Caitlyn-Strout HLSC Secretary NEWS! Potluck Sunday is November 7th. Join us after church for a bite to eat. All are welcomed. There will be a Board of Directors meeting on Sunday, November 21st. If you are a member and would like to add something to the agenda please email: HealingLightEtna@gmail.com Members are encouraged to attend. We love your input! We are in the process of creating new songbooks. If you have a song you would like to see included please submit your request to Rev. Janet Decker or Cynthia Bragg. All songs should have a spiritual component and be uplifting. We will review the request and make a decision. WEATHER NOTIFICATIONS Church service and church event cancellations will be posted on WABI Channel 5 News. We will also send notifications via email. WHAT’S HAPPENING Third Thursday Healing Circle, November 18th, from 6-8pm: Join us for our monthly Healing Circle the third Thursday of each month. We are all One with Source and we all have the potential to be healers. Sit in circle with others to raise the vibration and bring Source's LOVE through for healing yourself and others. Doors close at 6:15 pm sharp. No one will be admitted after that. All levels of experience are welcome. $20. Saturday, November 20th is Family and Friends Thanksgiving Dinner. We will meet at 2 p.m. to celebrate our many blessings. Please sign up to bring a dish to share. Sign-up sheet is on the counter as your enter the church. Mediumship Development Group Sunday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Facilitated by Rev. Alex Gilgan, at the Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd in Etna. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. The group begins with a meditation and allows attendees to experience a variety of methods to open the lines of communication with The Other Side. There is no group meeting on the 3rd Sunday of each month due to our monthly Board Meeting. Cost is by donation, so feel free to join us, even if your pockets may be a little empty one Sunday afternoon, we'd love to have you join us. Upcoming Speakers, Mediums, and Facilitators November 7th (REMEMBER DAYLIGHT SAVINGS...FALL BACK): Rev. Alex Gilgan/Facilitator/Speaker, Matthew McDonald/Medium November 14th:Stephanie Cartwright/Facilitator, Speaker/ Rev. Alex Gilgan, Medium November 21st: Michele Caitlyn-Strout/Facilitator/Speaker, Lauren Powers/Medium November 28th: Sarah Lane/Facilitator Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! A BIG THANK YOU to Kendra Wescott and Bruce Towle for the many things they do for our church. A BIG THANK YOU to Kendra, Bea, Sarah, and Michele for cleaning our beautiful center in October. A BIG THANK YOU to Sarah Lane for many, many, many things she does for the Church every week including handling the rentals. No small task! A BIG THANK YOU to our Activities Committee chaired by Sarah Lane, Rev. Janet Decker, Michele Caitlyn Strout, Alex Gilgan, and Kendra Wescott. A BIG THANK YOU to our church service facilitators, Kendra Wescott, Rev. Alex Gilgan, Michele Catilyn- Strout, Stephanie Cartwright, and Sarah Lane A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church/center website, and FB page from afar. A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money and/or supplies to our church. Most of these folks prefer to remain anonymous but spirit knows who you are! A BIG THANK YOU to our members and friends who support us. Without you, there would be no church. A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors. A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing Ordination Program Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. If you have considered being ordained perhaps this is a good time to begin. To learn more about it click the following link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/minutes If you are a member in good standing you can request to see the church financial statements by sending an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com Healing Light Spiritualist Church Scholarship Fund is a year-round opportunity for those members of Healing Light or Camp Etna to attend any spiritually uplifting classes. Simply email us and we will send you an application for you to fill out. HealingLightEtna@gmail.com to request an application. We have vehicle, boat, motorcycle, sled, and ATV storage space available for rent. Rent is $35.00 a month for car/truck/small boat rental, and $20.00 a month for motorcycles, sleds, and ATV's. Large boats taking up more than one space is $35.00 per space. We offer seasonal and year-round rental. Please call, or text, 207-269-2142 to make arrangements. All rentals are on a first-come-first-served basis. As we continue to grow our Healing Light Spiritual Center we hope you will consider donating your time and/or monetary help. If you want to donate time please contact any board member, they are listed at the end of every newsletter. If you would rather contribute monetarily, you can do it by clicking here: www.HealingLightEtna.org or you can give donations to one of the pastors. All contributions, whether time or money, are always very gratefully appreciated! We can always use some help cleaning our beautiful Center once a month, during the week following pot luck Sundays. This includes vacuuming and washing the floors. We are making a list by month of kind souls willing to help us with this. If there is someone you would like to work with as a team that is wonderful. Many hands make light work!. If you would like to help our center in this way please email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com . There is also a signup sheet on the counter. Thanks so much! If you are a member or friend of HLSC we invite you to put your business cards on our business card wall. There has been a good response to our FB postings, newsletters, and advertising. The feedback has been favorable and considering we are located in the tiny town of Etna, Maine this is terrific. Our goal is to put Etna and the Healing Light Spiritual Center "on the map", so to speak, but we need your help. If you are on FB we invite you to "Like" our page, Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna, ME https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/ Then please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE our events. Share them on your FB page and on any FB group of which you are part. This helps us spread the word! All events are updated regularly on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal And on our website: https://www.healinglightetna.org/events Reminders Please keep in mind we are continuing to make an effort to keep everyone who comes to church and church events safe. If you are feeling sick, have a fever, have any changes in breathing, any changes in smell or taste, or a runny nose then please do not come to church. Masks are available for anyone who wants one. There is hand sanitizer on the counter as you enter the building and on the Healing Book table as well as other places throughout the building, we ask that you please use it. The bottom line is, please do not come to church or events if you or someone close to you is feeling unwell. Thank you! Church phone number: 207-217-2697. You may still call any of the pastors or board members personally. Their contact phone numbers are listed at the end of the newsletter. The first Sunday of every month is Potluck Sunday. Since it was such a great hit, our pet drive will be ongoing. Sarah will be taking the donations we have collected so far to the Bangor Humane Society on November 13th. Thank you all for your generosity. We will be giving to a different non-profit animal agencies in the area throughout the year. The back row of chairs is designated as healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to sit in a healing chair. If you have been coming to our church for a while and would like to become a member you can find out about our "membership requirements" on our website: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ or talk to one of the pastors or board members. You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our website. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page. If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services please see one of the pastors or email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com. Thank you. The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hearing suggestions that may improve our church service and make it an even more inviting time of peace and healing. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. You can email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com or contact individual board members. Contact information is below. There is also a suggestion box on the counter. If a friend forwarded you this newsletter and you would like to be on our email list please send an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church, and please share this newsletter. Wishes for a Blessed Thanksgiving, Rev. Janet Decker, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Michele Caitlyn-Strout, Sarah Lane & Rev. Alex Gilgan Copyright © 2021 Healing Light Spiritualist Church All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: HealingLightEtna@gmail.com

December

Holiday Greetings Everyone! I really love this time of year. I'm probably going to get booed and hissed off the newsletter, but I'm one of those crazy souls who loves the snow. My three Pomeranians roll around in the fluffy white stuff, looking up at me with their little faces covered in snow and smiling ear to ear. But my love of the season goes much deeper than a snowbank...get it? A little play-on-words there. But seriously, you know that feeling you get when the holidays are getting close and you can feel the shift in attitude? People seem to be happier...more giving and caring to their fellow humans. Someone sees you waiting to pull out into traffic, and they wave you in. You wave back. The homeless lady on Main Street in Bangor struggles to push her shopping cart through the snow, and you feel compelled to stop at Dunkin' Donuts drive thru and get her a hot chocolate and a box of donut holes. And the unmistakable tone of those Salvation Army bells! You just can't walk by the shivering cold Santa waving that bell. So, you stand in the cold with him, digging around your purse or your pockets for some money to put in the little, red bucket. I could go on, but I know you know what I mean. Well, our little Healing Light church has got the holiday "Spirit", too! There is this sweetheart named Kelsey who comes to our church, and she presented an idea to us Board members a couple weeks ago. A "Giving Tree"! I'm sure you've heard of an "Angel Tree"? It's kinda' like that, but instead of picking tags off the tree to purchase toys for kids, the tree is filled with requests for help. It can be anything. Do you need help paying your phone bill? Do you need someone to talk to? Just ask. You may need help buying food for Christmas dinner for your family or a big ol' doggie bone for your trusty companion. The point is that we spend our time and money where it is the most important...caring for one another. And every request is private and anonymous. Kelsey will be handing out request forms and an envelope (to keep things private). If you don't see her, there will be extra forms and envelopes on the counter, just as you come in the church. There will be a drop box to put these envelopes in. Then she will put tags on the trees and if you feel so moved, you can pick one, write your name and contact info on the tag and put it in the same drop box. Kelsey says she will arrange things with each donor, and share contact information only when necessary to connect the donor and recipient. Isn't that just the nicest idea?! So, get your forms in by December 12th. They request tags will remain on the tree until January 2nd. I am so happy I found this caring church community. What a wonderful bunch of people we have here! Peace & Holiday Blessings, Michele Caitlyn-Strout HLSC Secretary NEWS! Potluck Sunday is right around the corner...December 5th. Join us after church for some tasty holiday treats. Everyone is welcome to join us There is NOT going to be a Board meeting this month. If you are a member and would like to add something to January's agenda please email Michele at manyfaunas@gmail.com or HealingLightEtna@gmail.com Members are encouraged to attend. We want to hear from you. We are in the process of creating new songbooks. If you have a song you would like to see included please submit your request to Rev. Janet Decker or Cynthia Bragg. All songs should have a spiritual component and be uplifting. We will review the request and make a decision. WEATHER NOTIFICATIONS Church service and church event cancellations will be posted on WABI Channel 5 News. We will also send notifications via email. WHAT’S HAPPENING Third Thursday Healing Circle, December 15th, from 6-8pm: Join us for our monthly Healing Circle the third Thursday of each month. We are all One with Source and we all have the potential to be Healers. Sit in circle with others to raise the vibration and bring Source's LOVE through for healing yourself and others. Doors close at 6:15 pm sharp. No one will be admitted after that. All levels of experience are welcome. $20. Gallery Readings: Rev. Alex will have Mediums lined up for these events to take place on the first Friday of the month from 6-8 p.m. The next one will be December 3rd. Mediumship Development Group Sunday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Facilitated by Rev. Alex Gilgan, at the Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd in Etna. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. The group begins with a meditation and allows attendees to experience a variety of methods to open the lines of communication with The Other Side. There is no group meeting on the 3rd Sunday of this month, because Rev. Alex is taking a well deserved break, but we'll be back the next Sunday afternoon. Cost is by donation, so feel free to join us, even if your pockets may be a little empty one Sunday afternoon, we'd love to have you join us. Children's Get-Together: Arts & Crafts, Music & Movement and Snack-Making December 29th from 12 to 3pm. Join us for an afternoon of fun and a chance for the kiddos in our community to spend some time together during school vacation. Open to all ages! We'll be doing some arts and crafts, playing with musical instruments and learning to express ourselves by moving our bodies, and making some snacks! Donations are welcome, but not required; a $5/per child donation would help us continue to host events like this but please don't feel like you cannot come if you cannot donate! We want everyone to come and enjoy the fun! We are also looking for some adults to volunteer as chaperones -- just helping watch over the kids during activities. If there are any food allergies/dietary restrictions, please let us know, so we can plan our snacks accordingly. Upcoming Speakers, Mediums, and Facilitators December 5th: Kendra will be Facilitating, Sue Joyce will be giving our Inspirational Talk and Lauren will be our Medium December 12th: Rev. Alex will be Facilitator/Speaker and Patti will be our Medium December 19th: Michele will be Facilitating and Speaking, with Lauren being our Medium December 26th: This is our Healing & Message Circle and Stephanie will be Facilitating. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! A BIG THANK YOU to Janice & Ken for our beautiful church space. A BIG THANK YOU to Bruce Towle, our Building & Grounds Chairman for the many things he does to keep our church safe and warm. A BIG THANK YOU to Kendra, Bea, Sarah, and Michele for cleaning our beautiful space in November. A BIG THANK YOU to Sarah for organizing the wonderful Thanksgiving meal. We see and appreciate every little thing you do! A BIG THANK YOU to our Activities Committee chaired by Sarah Lane, Rev. Janet Decker, Michele Caitlyn Strout, Alex Gilgan, and Kendra Wescott. A BIG THANK YOU to our church service facilitators, Kendra Wescott, Rev. Alex Gilgan, Michele Catilyn- Strout, Stephanie Cartwright, and Sarah Lane A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church/center website, and FB page from afar. A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money and/or supplies to our church. Most of these folks prefer to remain anonymous but spirit knows who you are! A BIG THANK YOU to our members and friends who support us. Without you, there would be no church. A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors. A BIG THANK YOU to our Speakers and Mediums who serve our church throughout the year. TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Ongoing Ordination Program Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. If you have considered being ordained perhaps this is a good time to begin. To learn more about it click the following link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/minutes Please bring in pictures of your feathered, furry, finned, or scaly family members to share on the Pet Picture Board. A table has been set up with Raffle items. Please bring in an item to raffle off. Drawing December 19th. Social Time starts at 10 a.m. on Sundays with tea/coffee, hugs, and conversation. This will end promptly at 10:30 a.m., so we can start our worship service on time. 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 Intuitive Art With Sarah Monday, December 6th and 20th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Join together in an opening meditation to get the creativity flowing and then create a piece of intuitive are (usually involving painting but can vary) to take home. $20, includes all materials. Children welcome with adult attendee. We have vehicle, boat, motorcycle, sled, and ATV storage space available for rent. Rent is $35.00 a month for car/truck/small boat rental, and $20.00 a month for motorcycles, sleds, and ATV's. Large boats taking up more than one space is $35.00 per space. We offer seasonal and year-round rental. Please call, or text, 207-269-2142 to make arrangements. All rentals are on a first-come-first-served basis. As we continue to grow our Healing Light Spiritual Center we hope you will consider donating your time and/or monetary help. If you want to donate time please contact any Board member, they are listed at the end of every newsletter. If you would rather contribute monetarily, you can do it by clicking here: www.HealingLightEtna.org or you can give donations to one of the pastors. All contributions, whether time or money, are always very gratefully appreciated! We can always use some help cleaning our beautiful Center once a month, during the week following pot luck Sundays. This includes vacuuming and washing the floors. We are making a list by month of kind souls willing to help us with this. If there is someone you would like to work with as a team that is wonderful. Many hands make light work!. If you would like to help our center in this way please email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com . There is also a signup sheet on the counter. Thanks so much! If you are a member or friend of HLSC we invite you to put your business cards on our business card wall. There has been a good response to our FB postings, newsletters, and advertising. The feedback has been favorable and considering we are located in the tiny town of Etna, Maine this is terrific. Our goal is to put Etna and the Healing Light Spiritual Center "on the map", so to speak, but we need your help. If you are on FB we invite you to "Like" our page, Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna, ME https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/ Then please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE our events. Share them on your FB page and on any FB group of which you are part. This helps us spread the word! All events are updated regularly on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal And on our website: https://www.healinglightetna.org/events Reminders Please keep in mind we are continuing to make an effort to keep everyone who comes to church and church events safe. If you are feeling sick, have a fever, have any changes in breathing, any changes in smell or taste, or a runny nose then please do not come to church. Masks are available for anyone who wants one. There is hand sanitizer on the counter as you enter the building and on the Healing Book table as well as other places throughout the building, we ask that you please use it. The bottom line is, please do not come to church or events if you or someone close to you is feeling unwell. Thank you! Church phone number: 207-217-2697. You may still call any of the pastors or board members personally. Their contact phone numbers are listed at the end of the newsletter. A Ride Tree For folks who want to come to church, but are finding the high cost of gasoline a deterrent from getting here. The Ride Tree program is based on what towns folks live in. Please contact Michele at manyfaunas@gmail.com if you are willing to pick people up and drop them home after the service. Let Michele know what town you live in and what areas you are willing to pick and drop off others. The first Sunday of every month is Potluck Sunday. Since it was such a great hit, our pet drive will be ongoing. Thank you all for your generosity. We will be giving to a different non-profit animal agencies in the area throughout the year. The back row of chairs is designated as Healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to sit in a Healing chair. If you have been coming to our church for a while and would like to become a member you can find out about our "membership requirements" on our website: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ or talk to one of the pastors or board members. You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our website. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page. If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services please see one of the pastors or email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com. Thank you. The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hearing suggestions that may improve our church service and make it an even more inviting time of peace and healing. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. You can email HealingLightEtna@gmail.com or contact individual board members. Contact information is below. There is also a suggestion box on the counter. If a friend forwarded you this newsletter and you would like to be on our email list please send an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church, and please share this newsletter. Wishes for a Blessed Holiday Season, Rev. Janet Decker, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Michele Caitlyn-Strout, Sarah Lane & Rev. 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