December 2017 HLSC Newsletter

Greetings Everyone!

So here we are at the holiday season and the cold snowy days of winter. My oh my how time flies!

As a kid every winter I would comment about how slowly time passed. I'd say things like, "I wish winter would hurry up and leave." And, "I wish spring would hurry up and get here." My mother in all her wisdom would respond, "Don't wish your life away like that. One-day time will go so fast it will make your head spin, and the older you get the faster it will go." I, of course, didn't believe that at all. I mean, it was crazy... right? Well, it seems Mom was correct, time now goes by at practically lightning speed. Still, I find myself wishing that winter would hurry up and leave and that spring would hurry up and get here. I guess, Mom, no matter how old I get, where winter is concerned time still goes by way too slowly.

News
 
Sunday, December 3rd  is Pot Luck. Come enjoy church service then stay after for a bite to eat and good conversation with like-minded folks. All are welcome!

There will be no mediumship development group meeting on Sunday, December 3rd, 24th and 31st. Perhaps it would be easier to say we will meet in December on the 10th and 17th only. 

Christmas Eve falls on Sunday this year so Dee and I have been putting our heads together to come up with something a bit different. We decided to have a service with a Victorian theme. We are inviting folks to dress in Victorian costume which could be just a cape or a bonnet for the ladies, or a top hat for the fellas. Please know that dressing in costume is certainly not necessary. Only your warm and beaming presence is necessary.

We will be offering cookies and cider, coffee and tea (cookie donations are welcome). Also, if you would like to bring other types of foods you are most welcome to do so. We feel   Christmas carols are an important part of Christmas so we will be singing at least 5 or 6 of them, and there will be lots of candles. If you would like to bring a white, red, or green pillar candle with you for our service that would be lovely, but again, this is not necessary. We look forward to sharing Christmas eve morning with you!

 

I am happy to announce that we have added another new member to our church family. The HLSC extends a warm welcome to Rev. Linda Holmes. We are very happy to have you as  amember, Linda. Welcome!

On Sunday, December 31st, we will celebrate the new year with a Solstice ceremony. For those who have never attended this type of service here is a bit about it. 

The Winter solstice is celebrated to honor nature and the cycles of life. The ceremony will replace the "All Healing and Message" service that usually takes place the last Sunday of the month. In addition to the ceremony we will also have a guided meditation, healing, and messages from spirit, as usual.

Principle number 2 states: We believe that the phenomena of nature, both physical and spiritual, are the expression of Infinite Intelligence. And principle number 3 further states: We affirm that a correct understanding of such expression and living in accordance therewith constitutes true religion.

Celebrating nature through ceremony is an ancient practice and a practice I am happy to facilitate for our church family. I hope you will be able to join us as we celebrate and honor the ever renewing cycles of life!

Serving the church in December

Facilitator: Rev. Dee Powers

Speakers/Mediums

December 3rd: Rev. Dee Powers
December 10th: Kate Dobbins
December 17th: Peter Conroy/Dawn Wilbur
December 24th: Victorian Christmas Service/Linda Holmes, speaker.
December 31st: Winter Solstice Ceremony with Rev. Janet Decker

About our speakers and Mediums:

Kate Dobbins has been delivering messages from spirit for many years and lives year round at Camp Etna.

Dawn Wilber: Dawn is a Reiki Master trained in Integrated Energy therapy and been delivering messages from spirit during her healing sessions for some time. She has been delivering messages from spirit to the general public for approximately 18 months. Dawn lives in Frankfurt with her husband, son, a small livestock of chickens and their yellow lab.

Peter Conroy is a member of HLSC along with his wife, Thoy. You will find them in church on many Sundays. Peter will be speaking on the 17th and we look forward to having Thoy speak in the near future.

Rev. Linda Holmes has been a spiritual seeker all her life. She began her studies in metaphysics as a senior at Newport High School through Christian Science.  She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Maine in 1978, and her masters degree in higher consciousness studies from Holmes Institute in Denver in 2004, with a ministerial license through The Church of Religious Science and the Science of Mind philosophy.

In 2004 she founded The Maine Beacon Center for Spiritual Living in Gorham, Maine, and was ordained in 2006.  She discovered spiritualism a couple years ago, and is now working to open up to the possibility of mediumship.

She has 2 children, 3 step-children, 1 grandchild, 5 step-grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and 2-1/2 step-great grandchildren. And her two cats Nia and Cali. 

Weather (Cancellation) Notification

When the weather is bad church services and meetings are canceled. You can check on the local TV news stations for our cancellations. We will also put the notice out on Facebook and via email. Once in a while we cancel church and then the storm doesn't manifest. Ahhhhh, nature, you cannot always predict her. Never the less, once church has been canceled we do not change it. Please make a note of this.

Please be ever mindful of safety both in the home and in your comings and goings this winter. Always think, Safety First!

Community News 

Edgar Cayce's Glad Helpers Group meets every Monday afternoon from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Maine Holistic Center located at 81 Maine Street Bangor, ME. All Energy Healers are welcome to become part of this group at any time. 

Reminders

The back row of chairs on the right side of the church, as you enter, are designated as healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to sit in a healing chair. There will be a healer assigned to those chairs at every service.

The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out here or you can find it under the "Classes" tab on the HLSC web site. The church membership application is available in the church and can also be downloaded from the home page of our web site.

Please be aware that becoming a member of HLSC does not automatically make you a member of Camp Etna. Camp Etna and the church are separate entities and each has their own set of requirements for becoming a member.

If you want to become a member of the church please go to our web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.orgto read our by-laws and membership requirements and if you want to become a member of Camp Etna please go to campetna.com to read their by-laws and membership requirements. If you do not use a computer, you may ask any member of the church board or camp board for their respective information.

You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services, September through June, please see one of the pastors. Thank you.

To Say Thanks

A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year.
A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church website.
A BIG THANK YOU to Sherwood for cleaning the Temple. Sherwood, as always, you do a splendid job!
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the various church clothing and food drives.

TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Ongoing

The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Pot Luck is held at the Inn on the Camp Etna grounds June through October (no pot luck in August) and in the Temple November through May. Come bring a dish to share, enjoy the service, and stay after for a nice meal and conversation with like-minded souls.

A Mediumship Development Group meets every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM in the Temple (led by Rev. Janet Decker). Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. Beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted.

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday and Pastor Dee Powers will collect and deliver them.

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

New sweat pants and sweat shirts (Everyone coming into the shelter receives a shower and a new set of clothes)
Playground toys
Diapers of all sizes
Trash bags
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Books for children

We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them.

Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the September newsletter I need the information by August 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my email address (Rev. Janet Decker) at the bottom of the newsletter.

The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hear suggestions that may improve our church and make it an even more inviting place of peace and sanctuary from the rigors of daily life. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. The church board members are: Pastor Dee Powers (President), Bonnie Mellott (Vice President), Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary), Janet McNerney (Treasurer), and Rev. Sherwood Denham (Trustee). Their contact information is below.

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO share this newsletter.

The HLSC Pastors and Board of Directors wish everyone a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Rev. Janet Decker

Contacts

Rev. Janet Decker
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-404-1845

Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary)
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

Rev. Dee Powers (President)
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com
Ph: 207-557-1979

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: ahappymedium5555@gmail.com
Ph: 207-647-3781

Janet McNerney (Treasurer)
Email: janetmcnerney11@msn.com

Rev. Shirley Boyens
Email: mables@tampabay.rr.com

Rev. Sherwood Denham
Email:papadenham@yahoo.com

Bonnie Lee Mellott (Vice President)
queenmellott@gmail.com

November 2017 Newsletter

 

 

 

Greetings Everyone!

 

I said in the September newsletter that you could expect October's newsletter to be short, well, that was an understatement. It was so short it did not even exist! I apologize for this and hopefully that was the first, and last, time it will happen.

 

News

 

Sunday, November 5th there will be a combined pot luck and members meeting in the Temple after church. Come enjoy church service, bring a dish to share and stay for our meeting. Member input is essential for guiding the direction of our church and growing our membership. All are welcome!

 

I am always thrilled to announce when someone has successfully completed the Ordination program and received their Certificate of Ordination. The church congratulates the Rev. Sherwood Denham! Also, Sherwood has agreed to become a Trustee on the church Board of Directors. Sherwood is replacing Rev. Marcia Ruland who previously held this position.

 

I am also happy to announce that we have added 3 new members to our church family. The HLSC extends a warm welcome to: Christina Brown, Brenda Brown and Ted Warren. We are very happy to have you as members. Welcome!

 

Veterans Day is on November 11th, however it will be observed by the federal government on Friday, November 10th. I wanted to know some history about Veteran's day so I looked it up. Here is what I found: Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11 that honors military veterans; that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I; major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day. The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

 

I found the sequence of 11th hour, 11th day, and 11th month very interesting so I looked up the spiritual meaning of number 11. The number 11 is a high vibrational number and when you get into 11/11, or in this case 11/11/11 Angels are speaking. To be sure, the Angels were certainly speaking, and more than likely singing, when WW1 ended.

 

We are currently taking donations of food, and/or money, for our local Etna community. Please help our church make Thanksgiving a little brighter for a local family, or two. Non-perishable food donations can be left on the table at the rear of church. Please give monetary donations to one of the pastors or church board members.

 

 

 

Serving the church in November

 

Facilitator: Rev. Marcia Ruland

 

Speakers/Mediums

 

November 5th: Karlene Tanner

November 12th: Dawn Wilber

November 19: TBA

November 26th: Healing and Message service

 

Dawn Wilber: Dawn is a Reiki Master trained in Integrated Energy therapy and been delivering messages from spirit during her healing sessions for some time. She has been delivering messages from spirit to the general public for approximately 18 months. Dawn lives in Frankfurt with her husband, son, small livestock of chickens and their yellow lab.

 

Karlene Tanner: Karlene is a member of HLSC and lives on the grounds of Camp Etna. She comes from a long line of mediums and the Temple stands as a memorial to her grandmother, Glayds LaLiberte.

 

About the Healing and Message Service: This service is held on the last Sunday of every month unless otherwise stated. The service is conducted in a circle formation and healers move around the circle offering healing to each person. If you choose not to have a healing you can simply decline when the healer comes to you. During the message part of the service everyone in the circle has the opportunity to offer a short inspirational message from spirit, to a single person to whom they feel drawn, or, to the circle as a whole. No one is required to receive a healing or to give a message. Come enjoy this more relaxed yet very sacred and inspiring service.

 

Community News

 

Edgar Cayce's Glad Helpers Group meets every Monday afternoon from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Maine Holistic Center located at 81 Maine Street Bangor, ME. All Energy Healers are welcome to become part of this group at any time.

 

Reminders

 

The back row of chairs on the right side of the church, as you enter, are designated as healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to sit in a healing chair. There will be a healer assigned to those chairs at every service.

 

The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out here https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination or you can find it under the "Classes" tab on the HLSC web site: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/. The church membership application is available in the church and can also be downloaded from the home page of our web site.

 

Please be aware that becoming a member of HLSC does not automatically make you a member of Camp Etna. Camp Etna and the church are separate entities and each has their own set of requirements for becoming a member.

If you want to become a member of the church please go to our web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org to read our by-laws and membership requirements and if you want to become a member of Camp Etna please go to campetna.com to read their by-laws and membership requirements. If you do not use a computer, you may ask any member of the church board or camp board for their respective information.

 

You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

 

If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services, September through June, please see one of the pastors. Thank you.

 

To Say Thanks

 

A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year.

A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church website and, I just want to mention that Diane is incredibly prompt with her updates!

A BIG THANK YOU to Sherwood for cleaning the Temple. Sherwood you do a splendid job!

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the various church clothing and food drives.

 

TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

 

Ongoing

 

The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Pot Luck is held at the Inn on the Camp Etna grounds June through October (no pot luck in August) and in the Temple November through May. Come bring a dish to share, enjoy the service, and stay after for a nice meal and conversation with like-minded souls.

 

A Mediumship Development Group meets every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM in the Temple (led by Rev. Janet Decker). Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. Beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted.

 

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday and Pastor Dee Powers will collect and deliver them.

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

New sweat pants and sweat shirts (Everyone coming into the shelter receives a shower and a new set of clothes)

Playground toys

Diapers of all sizes

Trash bags

Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues

All Purpose cleaner

Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)

HE laundry detergent

Ziploc bags and aluminum foil

Food storage containers

Grocery store gift certificates

Soap, shampoo, and conditioner

Feminine products (pads and tampons)

Deodorant

Toothpaste and toothbrushes

Razors and shaving cream

Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer

Sugar and drink mixes

Canned and non-perishable foods

Books for children

 

We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them.

Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.

 

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

 

If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the September newsletter I need the information by August 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my email address (Rev. Janet Decker) at the bottom of the newsletter.

 

The pastoral council and the church board of directors is open to hear suggestions that may improve our church and make it an even more inviting place of peace and sanctuary from the rigors of daily life. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. The church board members are: Pastor Dee Powers (President), Bonnie Mellott (Vice President), Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary), Janet McNerney (Treasurer), and Rev. Sherwood Denham (Trustee). Their contact information is below.

 

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO share this newsletter.

 

Bright Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving,

Rev. Janet Decker

 

Contacts

Rev. Janet Decker

Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com

Ph: 207-404-1845

 

Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary)

Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com

Ph: 207-514-6023

Rev. Dee Powers (President)

Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com

Ph: 207-557-1979

 

Pastor Laurie Xanthos

Email: ahappymedium5555@gmail.com

Ph: 207-647-3781

 

Janet McNerney (Treasurer)

Email: janetmcnerney11@msn.com

 

Rev. Shirley Boyens

Email: mables@tampabay.rr.com

 

Rev. Sherwood Denham

Email:papadenham@yahoo.com

 

Bonnie Lee Mellott (Vice President)

queenmellott@gmail.com

September 2017 Newsletter


Greetings Everyone!

As many of you may know I am experiencing an extremely busy month so this newsletter as well as October’s, will be shorter than usual. Please remember that you can call any of our pastors or board members if you have questions. Everyone's contact information is at the end of every newsletter.

News

Our treasurer, Janet McNerney is in Ross Manor in Bangor and would appreciate prayers and healing. You can contact her on her cell phone at 207-991-0812. I know she would love a phone call.

The mediumship development group will resume meeting in the Temple beginning on Sunday September 3rd. As always, we meet at 1:30 every Sunday, unless otherwise notified, and everyone is welcome. Donations are gladly accepted.

Pot luck will be held at the inn on the Camp Etna grounds after church service on Sunday September 3rd. Please bring a dish to share, if you can, and join us for church, then stay after for fellowship with like-minded folks. We'd love to have you. All are welcome!

A BIG "HATS OFF" to Diane Jackman Skolfield for creating and constructing a magnificent Medicine Wheel/Sacred Fire Pit on the Camp Etna grounds. If you have not yet seen this incredible work of art please stop on your way into church one morning, or on the way out, and have a look at it. You will find it on the left just after you pass under the arch.

I hope to conduct our Autumn Equinox ceremony there in September. Think "SUNSHINE" for our September 17th service, and by all means, please join us as we celebrate the Creator, Spirit, the ancestors and all of nature, in the most spectacular cathedral ever, the great outdoors! To learn about Medicine Wheels click here: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices/exhibition/healing-ways/medicine-ways/medicine-wheel.html

Serving the church in September

Facilitator: Rev. Wachian Welch

Speakers/Mediums

September 3rd: Sherwood Denham (Ordination student - please come out and support our students!)
September 10th: Dr. Barbara Williams (bio below)
September 17th: Rev. Janet Decker (Equinox Ceremony held at the Medicine Wheel weather permitting).
September 24th: Healing and Message service

Bio: Dr. Barbara Williams is a well known professional psychic medium, healer, and medical intuitive.  She has dedicated over 43 years to the healing and holistic health field incorporating a wide array of healing modalities. Barbara teaches psychic development throughout Maine and enjoys helping people open up to their psychic abilities. She organizes several different spiritual, paranormal, and psychic development classes throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and California. She serves Spiritualist churches and camps all over Maine. https://barbarawilliamsphd.com/

We are very happy to have Dr. Williams serve our church!


 

About the Healing and Message Service: This service is held on the last Sunday of every month unless otherwise stated. The service is conducted in a circle formation. Healers move around the circle offering healing to each person. If you choose not to have a healing you can simply decline when the healer comes to you. During the message part of the service everyone in the circle has the opportunity to offer a short inspirational message from spirit, to a single person to whom they feel drawn, or, to the circle as a whole. No one is required to receive a healing or to give a message. Come enjoy this more relaxed yet very sacred and inspiring service.

Camp News

The 2017 camp season is over. If you have questions please call the camp office: 207-269-2094

 

Community News

Edgar Cayce's Glad Helpers Group meets every Monday afternoon from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Maine Holistic Center located at 81 Maine Street Bangor, ME. All Energy Healers are welcome to become part of this group at any time. 

Reminders

Pot Luck is the first Sunday of every month.

The back row of chairs on the right side of the church, as you enter, are designated as healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to sit in a healing chair. There will be a healer assigned to those chairs at every service.

The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out here or you can find it under the "Classes" tab on the HLSC web site. The church membership application is available in the church and can also be downloaded from the home page of our web site.

Please be aware that becoming a member of HLSC does not automatically make you a member of Camp Etna. Camp Etna and the church are separate entities and each has their own set of requirements for becoming a member.

If you want to become a member of the church please go to our web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org to read our by-laws and membership requirements and if you want to become a member of Camp Etna please go to campetna.com to read their by-laws and membership requirements. If you do not use a computer, you may ask any member of the church board or camp board for their respective information.

You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services, September through June, please see one of the pastors. Thank you.

To Say Thanks

A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year.
A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Skolfield for maintaining the church website and, I just want to mention that Diane is incredibly prompt with her updates!
A BIG THANK YOU to Sherwood for cleaning the Temple. Sherwood you do a splendid job!
A BIG THANK YOU to Rev. Dee and Rev. Marcia for maintaining the beautiful flowers around the Temple and to Diane Skolfield for tending the gardens and making the flowers POP!
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the various church clothing and food drives.
TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Ongoing


 

The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Pot Luck is held at the Inn June through October (no pot luck in August) and in the Temple November through May. Come bring a dish to share, enjoy the service, and stay after for a nice meal and conversation with like-minded souls.

A Mediumship Development Group meets every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM in the Temple (led by Rev. Janet Decker). Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. Beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted.

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday and Pastor Dee Powers will collect and deliver them.

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

New sweat pants and sweat shirts (Everyone coming into the shelter receives a shower and a new set of clothes)
Playground toys
Diapers of all sizes
Trash bags
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Books for children

We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them.

Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.
To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the September newsletter I need the information by August 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my email address (Rev. Janet Decker) at the bottom of the newsletter.

The pastoral council and the church board of directors is open to hear suggestions that may improve our church and make it an even more inviting place of peace and sanctuary from the rigors of daily life. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. The church board members are: Pastor Dee Powers (President), Bonnie Mellott (Vice President), Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary), Janet McNerney (Treasurer), and Rev. Marcia Ruland (Trustee). Their contact information is below.

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO share this newsletter.

Bright Blessings,
Rev. Janet Decker

Contacts

Rev. Janet Decker
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-404-1845

Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary)
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

Rev. Dee Powers (President)
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com
Ph: 207-557-1979

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: ahappymedium@icloud.com
Ph: 207-647-3781

Janet McNerney (Treasurer)
Email: janetmcnerney11@msn.com

Rev. Shirley Boyens
Email: mables@tampabay.rr.com

Rev. Marcia Ruland (Board Member)
snakespirit17@yahoo.com

Bonnie Lee Mellott (Vice President)
queenmellott@gmail.com

August 2017 Newsletter


Greetings Everyone!

So now we have arrived in hot, muggy, August and aren't we happy about that...? Not that we necessarily love heat and humidity but when we think of how long our Maine winters are it gives us a different perspective on the hot mugginess of August, right?

Speaking of perspective, is there something occurring on in your home, work place, or social environment, that you could use a new, or different, perspective on? I'll bet that for any one of us, at any given moment in our lives, something is happening that we could definitely use a new/different perspective on. If nothing is going on for you right now just wait a bit, and rest assured the hands on the proverbial clock will move and there you are experiencing a new opportunity for personal and spiritual growth.

From a spiritual perspective “things”, situations, differences of opinion, etc., we get "stuck on" are begging us to look at the issue through different eyes. So, how do we do this?

First, bring the "thing" you are stuck on into your mind. Now try to step out of yourself so that you can view it without emotion, and most of all, without judgment. [Keep in mind as you view the situation, which may or may not have anything to do with you personally, that we all create contracts with each other prior to incarnation.] Perhaps there is some karmic debt being worked out between the parties involved? If you are not directly involved yet feel you should “take sides” ask yourself this question, “Do I really want to get mixed up in someone else’s karmic or cosmic contract?” Also keep in mind that all too often misunderstandings happen because of breakdowns in communication. Although I’m not certain, I’ll wager that wars have started over mis-communications. Most certainly family feuds have.

This next step is a bit more difficult but stay with me here. Keeping everything mentioned above in mind, imagine that you are an impartial judge having no connection to the opposing viewpoints in any given situation. When you remove all emotion and judgment from the situation what are you left with?

 

You are left with the ability to truly look at all sides of the situation equally and without bias. Ask yourself this question, "What is the most loving, forgiving, and non-judgmental stance I can take in this situation?" What does shifting your perspective to a more spiritual approach mean for you? If shifting to a more spiritual view of the situation elicits pain on any level, then consider this an opportunity to look more deeply into yourself for the express purpose of forgiving and healing the wounds that you find there.

I have said this before, all difficulties in our lives come with a gift; what gift is your most current frustration, difficulty, or difference of opinion, offering you?

News

There is no pot luck in August

Last minute reminder - Not to be missed! On July 30th at 1:00 PM, following the pot luck, our church will host Dr. June Bro, from Virginia Beach, Virginia, who will be sharing her experiences of working together with Edgar Cayce while he was alive.

June is the only living person to have had a life reading with Edgar Cayce. At age 97, she writes for Venture Inward, the quarterly magazine of the A.R.E. [Cayce Center] and she conducts a weekly session called, "Conversations with June", at A.R.E. When June talks about her work with Cayce she brings his spirit alive!

Come join us on July 30th for church (with special music by Robert Demers and June Bro), pot luck, and a "spirited talk" by June Bro!

A love offering of $10.00 will be gladly accepted at the door.

Rosie Heart will be doing a book signing after June Bro’s talk. Be sure to pick up your copy of her latest book, “Living Future Pull”.

Please note: The Sunday Mediumship Development group will not meet on July 30th as we will be attending June Bro’s talk.

Camp News

Details for all August camp events can be found on the Camp Etna web site.


 

Community News

Edgar Cayce's Glad Helpers Group meets every Monday afternoon from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Maine Holistic Center located at 81 Maine Street Bangor, ME. All Energy Healers are welcome to become part of this group at any time. 

Serving the church in August

Facilitator – Various Camp Etna members facilitate the services during August.
 

Speakers/Mediums

August  6th: Malcolm Speirs and Lynn Walker
August 13th: Graham Connolly
August 20th: Joanfrances Boyle
August 27th: International Mediums – Sue Dhaibi, Coral Ryder, Ann Robson

Reminders

Pot Luck is the first Sunday of every month. No Pot Luck in August.

The back row of chairs on the right side of the church, as you enter, are designated as healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to sit in a healing chair. There will be a healer assigned to those chairs at every service.

The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out here or you can find it under the "Classes" tab on the HLSC web site. The church membership application is available in the church and can also be downloaded from the home page of our web site.


Please be aware that becoming a member of HLSC does not automatically make you a member of Camp Etna. Camp Etna and the church are separate entities and each has their own set of requirements for becoming a member.

If you want to become a member of the church please go to our web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org to read our by-laws and membership requirements and if you want to become a member of Camp Etna please go to campetna.com to read their by-laws and membership requirements. If you do not use a computer, you may ask any member of the church board or camp board for their respective information.

You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services, September through June, please see one of the pastors. Thank you.

To Say Thanks!

A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums for the month of July
A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church web site, and, I just want to mention that Diane is incredibly prompt with her updates!
A BIG THANK YOU to Sherwood for cleaning the Temple. Sherwood you do a splendid job!
A BIG THANK YOU to Rev. Dee and Rev. Marcia formaintaing the beautiful flowers
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the various church clothing and food drives.

Let us all give honor to the pastors of our church for the selfless giving of their time and efforts. Your complete dedication to our church and to our members does not go unnoticed, believe me. As lead pastor I can honestly say, I do not know what I would do without you. You are a blessing to me and to everyone who attends our church. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

I also want to extend heartfelt gratitude to the members of the church board. I am aware of how busy everyone is these days and that you are willing to serve the church in the capacity as a board member is a blessing. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

 

Ongoing

The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Pot Luck is held at the Inn June through October (no pot luck in August) and in the Temple November through May. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a nice meal and conversation with like-minded souls.

A Mediumship Development Group meets every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM in the Temple (led by Rev. Janet Decker). Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. Beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted. (Please note that the development group will meet at Janet's cottage June 25th - August 27th.)

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday and Pastor Dee Powers will collect and deliver them.

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

New sweat pants and sweat shirts (Everyone coming into the shelter receives a shower and a new set of clothes)
Playground toys
Diapers of all sizes
Trash bags
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Books for children
We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them.

Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the September newsletter I need the information by August 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my email address (Rev. Janet Decker) at the bottom of the newsletter.

The pastoral council and the church board of directors is open to hear suggestions that may improve our church and make it an even more inviting place of peace and sanctuary from the rigors of daily life. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. The church board members are: Pastor Dee Powers (President), Bonnie Mellott (Vice President), Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary), Janet McNerney (Treasurer), and Rev. Marcia Ruland (Trustee). Their contact information is below.

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO share this newsletter.

Bright Blessings to all,

Rev. Janet Decker

Contacts

Rev. Janet Decker
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-404-1845

Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary)
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

Rev. Dee Powers (President)
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com
Ph: 207-557-1979

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: ahappymedium@icloud.com
Ph: 207-647-3781

Janet McNerney (Treasurer)
Email: janetmcnerney11@msn.com

Rev. Shirley Boyens
Email: mables@tampabay.rr.com
Rev. Marcia Ruland (Board Member)
snakespirit17@yahoo.com

Bonnie Lee Mellott (Vice President)
queenmellott@gmail.com

 

 

July 2017 Newsletter

Greetings Everyone!

July 2nd marks the second anniversary of our church moving to the Temple on the Camp Etna grounds. I personally feel it has been a blessing to have this space as a home for the Healing Light Spiritualist Church.

Although there are a number of our members who fly south for the winter we do have an increasing number of local folks who come year round. This means that word of HLSC is spreading and we couldn't be happier.

It has been our mission to make everyone who walks into the Temple on Sunday mornings feel welcome and I believe we are doing a very good job. Our church family is very warm, giving and compassionate, and when someone feels moved to join our family we couldn't be more thrilled. With that being said, let me extend a very warm welcome to Pascha Warren, our newest member of the Healing Light Spiritualist Church family. Welcome Pascha!

News

There will be two Pot Luck's in July, July 2nd and July 30th at the inn after service. You may drop off food there before the service. There are electrical strips for crock pots and there is a refrigerator.

Not to be missed! On July 30th at 1:00 PM, following the pot luck, our church will host Dr. June Bro, from Virginia Beach, Virginia, who will be sharing her experiences of working together with Edgar Cayce while he was alive.

June is the only living person to have had a life reading with Edgar Cayce. At age 97, she writes for Venture Inward, the quarterly magazine of the A.R.E. [Cayce Center] and she conducts a weekly session called, "Conversations with June", at A.R.E. When June talks about her work with Cayce she brings his spirit alive!

Come join us on July 30th for church (with special music by Robert Demers and June Bro), pot luck, and a "spirited talk" by June Bro! 

A love offering of $10.00 will be gladly accepted at the door. 

Please note: The Sunday Mediumship Development group will meet at Rev. Janet Decker's cottage in July and August. We will begin meeting again in the Temple on September 3rd.

Upcoming July Events Featuring HLSC Members

Saturday July 1st: Manifestation Made Simple 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM with Angie Butler Welch
Sunday July 2nd: Private Readings with Angie Butler Welch 207-266-1555 and Wachain Welch 207-514-6023 &

                               1:30p - 3:30p Ignite Your Artistic Fire with Angie Butler Welch
Monday July 3rd: Private Readings with Karlene Tanner &

                               7:00p Message Circle with Karlene Tanner
Thursday July 6th: Private Readings with Rev. Janet Decker &

                                 1:00p - 3:00p Awaken and Expand Your Psychic Gifts With Hypnosis with Rev. Janet Decker

Details for all July camp events can be found on the Camp Etna web site. 

Community News 

Edgar Cayce's Glad Helpers Group meets every Monday afternoon from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Maine Holistic Center located at 81 Maine Street Bangor, ME.

All Energy Healers are welcome to become part of this group at any time. 

Serving the church in July
Facilitator – Pastor Laurie Xanthos

Speakers/Mediums

July 2nd: Camp Etna Mediums
July 9th: Rev. Dr. Phillip DeLong
July 16th: Nancy Smith
July 23rd: Dr. Raymond Moody
July 30th: Rev. Dr. Louis Gates

Reminders

Pot Luck is the first Sunday of every month. No Pot Luck in August.

The back row of chairs on the right side of the church, as you enter, are designated as healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to sit in a healing chair. There will be a healer assigned to those chairs at every service.

The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out here or you can find it under the "Classes" tab on the HLSC web site. The church membership application is available in the church and can also be downloaded from the home page of our web site.

Please be aware that becoming a member of HLSC does not automatically make you a member of Camp Etna. Camp Etna and the church are separate entities and each has their own set of requirements for becoming a member.

If you want to become a member of the church please go to our web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org to read our by-laws and membership requirements and if you want to become a member of Camp Etna please go to campetna.com to read their by-laws and membership requirements. If you do not use a computer, you may ask any member of the church board or camp board for their respective information.

You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services, September through June, please see one of the pastors. Thank you.

To Say Thanks

A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums for the month of June
A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church web site, and, I just want to mention that Diane is incredibly prompt with her updates!
A BIG THANK YOU to Sherwood for cleaning the Temple. Sherwood you do a splendid job!
A BIG THANK YOU to Rev. Dee and Rev. Marcia for planting the beautiful flowers
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the various church clothing and food drives.

Let us all give honor to the pastors of our church for the selfless giving of their time and efforts. Your complete dedication to our church and to our members does not go unnoticed, believe me. As lead pastor I can honestly say, I do not know what I would do without you. You are a blessing to me and to everyone who attends our church. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

I also want to extend heartfelt gratitude to the members of the church board. I am aware of how busy everyone is these days and that you are willing to serve the church in the capacity as a board member is a blessing. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Ongoing

The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Pot Luck is held at the Inn June through October (no pot luck in August) and in the Temple November through May. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a nice meal and conversation with like-minded souls.

A Mediumship Development Group meets every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM in the Temple (led by Rev. Janet Decker). Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. Beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted. (Please note that the development group will meet at Janet's cottage June 25th - August 27th.)

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday and Pastor Dee Powers will collect and deliver them.

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Playground toys
Diapers of all sizes
Trash bags
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Books for children

We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them.

Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the September newsletter I need the information by August 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my email address (Rev. Janet Decker) at the bottom of the newsletter.

The pastoral council and the church board of directors is open to hear suggestions that may improve our church and make it an even more inviting place of peace and sanctuary from the rigors of daily life. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. The church board members are: Pastor Dee Powers (President), Bonnie Mellott (Vice President), Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary), Janet McNerney (Treasurer), and Rev. Marcia Ruland (Trustee). Their contact information is below.

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO share this newsletter.

Bright Blessings and Happy 4th!
Rev. Janet Decker

Contacts

Rev. Janet Decker
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-404-1845

Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary)
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

Rev. Dee Powers (President)
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com
Ph: 207-557-1979

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: ahappymedium@icloud.com
Ph: 207-647-3781

Janet McNerney (Treasurer)
Email: janetmcnerney11@msn.com

Rev. Shirley Boyens
Email: mables@tampabay.rr.com

Rev. Marcia Ruland (Board Member)
snakespirit17@yahoo.com

Bonnie Lee Mellott (Vice President)
queenmellott@gmail.com

HLSC Newsletter October 2016

Welcome to October!

Here we are in the last third of the year. The months have certainly flown by! I find I have little time at the moment to write anything witty or thoughtful so I will go right to the news.

News

Our Mediums Day fund raiser is on Saturday, October 1, 2016, on the Camp Etna grounds. If you would like to help with this event please see one of the pastors. Food to feed the workers or goodies to sell can be dropped off before 10 AM. Thank you!

The church membership meeting will be held on Sunday, October 2nd, during pot luck at the inn. Come enjoy our service, bring a dish to share and join us as we discuss the direction of the church. All are welcome.

I am excited to announce that Pastor Laurie Xanthos will teach another energy healing class for those who would like to receive a certification in this. Part of this class is dedicated to the proper etiquette and ethics of "the laying on of hands". In order to offer healing in our church this certificate is now required.

This is a two part class and the classes will be held on October 23 and 30th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the inn, location to be announced. Both classes are required to receive your certificate. Laurie is a fabulous teacher and you will be able to put your skills to work right away. This class is offered by donation.

It seems that designating the back row on the right side of the church as healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to the healing chairs is going to work out nicely. The chairs were utilized several times in September.

There has been some confusion about church HLSC and Camp Etna memberships. I hope the following will explain.

Becoming a member of the HLSC does not automatically make you a member of Camp Etna. Camp Etna and the church are separate entities and each has their own set of requirements for becoming a member.

If you want to become a member of the church please go to our web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org to read our by-laws and membership requirements and if you want to become a member of Camp Etna please go to campetna.com to read their by-laws and membership requirements. If you do not use a computer, you may ask any member of the church board or camp board for their respective information.

We apologize for any confusion or misunderstanding regarding membership in these two organizations.

We will once again have a Thanksgiving Day food drive. Beginning the last week of October and continuing until the Sunday before Thanksgiving you may bring non-perishable items to the Temple and leave them on the tables on the left side. The Temple is always open so you can bring your items and drop them off throughout the week. It has been suggested that gift certificates to one of the grocery stores would be a welcome contribution. We will deliver these to the local town halls who will see they are distributed. Thank you for making someones Thanksgiving a little nicer.

Donna Williams and Barbara Dolliver have moved to a new home and we are happy for them. They have given me permission to put their address here in the newsletter. It is: 11 Derby Estate #14, Rome, ME 04963. 

Upcoming October Events Featuring HLSC Members

Saturday October 1st
What: Mediums Day Fund Raiser for the HLSC
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Camp Etna grounds
Presenters: Mediums and Healers from HLSC
Offering: Readings, Healing, Food
Contact: info@healinglightspiritualistchurch.org
Come and bring friends!

Saturday October 15th
What: Table Tipping
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Temple on the Camp Etna grounds
Presenters: Rev. Janet Decker and Amy Griffiths
Contact: janet.decker9@gmail.com (207-404-1845) or amyjspiritedway@gmail.com (207-385-3321)
Cost: $20.00
Shoes required!

Camp Etna News

The 140th camp season has come to a close and now it's time to put the camp to bed. Every weekend in October is designated for clean up. The HLSC encourages all church members to come out and support the camp in this way. Even if only for a few hours on one of the week ends. All help is tremendously appreciated and if you are a camp member, or considering becoming a camp member, volunteerism is required. Thank you.

Community Events!

Mind, Body, Spirit Fall Festivals
When: Saturday, October 8th - University of Maine Hutchinson Center, Belfast Maine
When: Sunday October 16th - Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport, Maine
Cost: $5.00 admission fee (includes most, but not all, workshops)
Web site: mindbodyspiritfestival.org


Mediums Weekend at Acres of Wildlife Campground
What: Psychic medium readings, vendors, workshops and a paranormal investigation!
When: Friday, October 7th thru Monday, October 10th
Where: 60 Acres of Wildlife, Steep Falls, ME
Cost: $20.00

Healing Arts Fall Equinox Fair
When: Saturday, October 22nd
Where: Jeff's Catering, 15 Littlefield Way, Brewer, ME
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $5.00 admission includes free workshops with paid admission, vendor fees are separate

Edgar Cayce's Glad Helpers Group meets every Monday afternoon from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Maine Holistic Center located at 81 Maine Street Bangor, ME. I was fortunate to be able to attend the very first one on July 11th. It was fabulous!

 


Edgar Cayce started the first Glad Helpers Group in 1931 and it continues to be the healing arm of the ARE Edgar Cayce Center with groups around the world. Members follow his original guidelines, which include:

  • Reading from Cayce's book, "Meditation"

  • Building group intention

  • Meditating

  • Sending healing prayers to people who have requested prayer, each other, countries and leaders of the world

  • Hands on healing

If you are in need of healing, or know someone who is, you can request to be on the prayer list. Email your request to: MaineGladHelpers@gmail.com

An invitation is extended to all Energy Healers who would like to join this group. The ARE has donated Meditation books and the group is free. The Healing Light Spiritualist church is happy to see this group come to Bangor!

Serving the church in October:
Facilitator – Pastor Laurie Xanthos

Speakers/Mediums
October 2nd: Melissa Gabriel
October 9th: Sandy Matheson
October 16th: Bonnie Lee Mellott (facilitator and speaker) Message Circle
October 23rd: Angie Butler Welch
October 30th: Patty Pepin

Reminders
Pot Luck Sunday, October 2nd at the inn. Members meeting to follow.

The church membership application is available in the church and can also be downloaded from the home page of our web site.

You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out here.

If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services, September through June, please see one of the pastors. Thank you!

To Say Thank You!

A BIG THANK YOU to the members who cleaned the church after camp season closed.
A BIG THANK YOU to Marcia Ruland and Rev. Wachian Welch for helping me set up the church for our Equinox ceremony and to the church members who put the church back into order afterwards.
A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for continuing to maintain our web site.
A BIG THANK YOU to those who contributed to the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter, the local fire and rescue and the Native American Indian Reservations in Maine and Canada.
TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Ongoing

The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Pot Luck is held at the Inn June through October (no pot luck in August) and in the Temple November through May. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a nice meal and conversation with like-minded souls.

Mediumship Development Groups meet every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM in in the Temple (led by Rev. Janet Decker) and Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM at Pastor Dee Powers' cottage on the Camp Etna grounds (led by Pastor Dee Powers).

Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. Beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted.

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday and Pastor Dee Powers will collect and deliver them.

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Playground toys
Diapers of all sizes
Trash bags
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Children's books

We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. These contributions will be given to Bill "Windwalker" Wentworth who will take them to the Native American Indian Reservations in Maine and Canada. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them.

Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the September newsletter I need the information by August 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my email address (Rev. Janet Decker) at the bottom of the newsletter.

The pastoral council and the church board of directors is open to hear suggestions that may improve our church and make it an even more inviting place of peace and sanctuary from the rigors of daily life. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. The church council members are: Pastor Dee Powers, Bonnie Mellott, Rev. Wachain Welch, Barbara Dolliver, and Marcia Ruland.

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO to share this newsletter.

Bright Blessings to all and I wish you an AWESOME October!

Rev. Janet Decker

Contacts

Rev. Janet Decker
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-404-1845

Rev. Wachian Welch (Church Secretary)
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

Pastor Dee Powers (Church President)
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com
Ph: 207-557-1979

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: ahappymedium@icloud.com
Ph: 207-647-3781

Rev. Shirley Boyens
Email: mables@tampabay.rr.com

Marcia Ruland (Board Member)
snakespirit17@yahoo.com

Bonnie Lee Mellott (Church Vice President)
queenmellott@gmail.com

 

 

 

HLSC Newsletter September 2016
 

Happy September Everyone!

Well, September is upon us and with it comes the end of a glorious summer in Maine, albeit a dry one.

Even though I do hate to see summer go I look forward to the changing of the seasons. Those of us who live in the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic region, where I spent most of my life, have it best, I think, where the changing of season's go. There is an energy about each season that is palpable to those of us who are attuned to nature.

Personally, I tend to grow pensive with the coming of autumn. It is a time of reflection for me. I find myself looking back at my year and asking myself if I am satisfied with the things I created and brought to fruition in 2016. If I am not satisfied then I reflect on what I could have done differently. Taking time to do this helps me to grow personally and spiritually.

Another part of my reflection on the year involves asking myself this question, "Did I say or do anything this year that negatively impacted anyone or anything?" Now this is an interesting question to ask because sometimes saying or doing nothing, in any given situation, can do as much harm as saying or doing something unkind or harmful.

A big part of growth is understanding ourselves and why we do things. Often, fear is our greatest challenge and overcoming it can be our greatest stepping stone to success on all levels of being. Personally, I choose to see fear as a tool for growth, expansion and higher learning, because that is exactly what it is.

So, as you bring in the harvest this fall, literally and figuratively speaking, and reflect on your year, be honest with yourself. Seek out the things you feel you "failed" at and ask yourself the hard questions. No need to beat yourself up as it serves nothing and no one. Just simply look at "the thing" or "the event" with the eyes of an "observer" then resolve to do better next time, because sure as the sun rises in the east, there will be a "next time."

Happy Harvest!

Now the News

We are aware that some folks have difficulty walking up to take a chair during the healing part of the service, so, we decided we can bring the healers to them. Beginning in September the last row of chairs on the right side of the Temple will be reserved for people who have trouble getting up and down and/or walking. If you would like to have a healer come to you during the service please take a seat in one of these chairs.

On Sunday, September 18th, we will be doing an Autumn Equinox ceremony as part of the church service. Please join us as we celebrate The Divine in the changing of the seasons.

Rev. Wachian Welch and Angie Butler were united in marriage on August 6th on the camp ground. I felt very honored to officiate. May they experience many, many years of happiness together!

I am excited to announce that we have 2 new church members, Bruce Towle and Bonnie Mellott. Bruce and Bonnie, welcome to our church family!

For a small, out of the way church we are sure attracting a fair number of new people. I am reminded of the line from the movie "Field of Dreams" which says, "If you build it they will come." And indeed, people are coming!

Chris and Bethany Couture and their children are moving to New York to live with, and be caregivers for Chris's grandparents. Chris has already left and Bethany will follow at the end of September. Where we hate to see them go we recognize the goodness of their hearts and spirits in their willingness to pull up stakes to be live in caregivers for their aging grandparents. The good news is, they will return to us one day. We wish them many blessings as they journey onward.

Because Chris Couture has gone to NY to take care of his grandparents Pastor Dee Powers, HLSC President, has appointed Bonnie Mellott as new VP of the HLSC board. Thank you, Bonnie, for agreeing to take this position.

Donna Williams and Barbara Dollivar have moved to a new home! When I get their new mailing address I will post it in the newsletter, with their permission of course. Also, Donna has been having some health issues and will be undergoing surgery on August 29th. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

Kate Dobbins is back in her home on the camp ground after a few weeks in the hospital recovering from a fall. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers as well.

Looking Ahead

The HLSC will hold their Mediums Day fund raiser on Saturday, October 1, 2016, on the Camp Etna grounds. Mediums and healers are needed, also we need a registrar. We like to feed our volunteers so donations of food are welcome as well. Please consider helping the church in one of these capacities. Thank you!

The church membership meeting will be held on Sunday, October 2nd, during pot luck. We truly do welcome members input so join us as we eat and discuss the direction of the church.

Upcoming September Events Featuring HLSC Members

Saturday September 10th
What: Table Tipping
Time: 2:00 PM
Where: Maine Holistic Health Center, Main St., Bangor
Presenters: Rev. Janet Decker and Amy Griffiths
Contact: maineholisticcenter@gmail.com
Cost: $21.00

Wednesday September 14th
What: Psychic Dinner
Time: 5:30 PM (Sitting 1) 7:30 PM (Sitting 2)
Where: Jasper's Restaurant, 200 High St., Ellsworth, ME
Presenters: Angie Butler, Rev. Wachian Welch, Kelly Purrington, and Melissa Gabriel
Reservations required: 207-667-5318
FYI this event sells out quickly. It would be wise to make your reservation ASAP and think ahead for October by making your reservation now. It is always held on the second Wednesday evening of the month.


Camp Etna News

August 28th – September 3rd, International Week with mediums from Iceland, Great Britain and the U.S.

September 3rd - Mind, Body Spirit Fair, 10 AM – 3:00 PM

September 5th - September 9th, Clinical and Spiritual Hypnotherapy Training and Certification course offered by Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.. Certification is offered through the International Metaphysical University (intermetu.com). Preregistration and payment are required by September 2nd. You can find out about the full details of this course, register, and pay, on the Camp Etna web site. Or, you can write a check, made out to "ESA", and give it to Sue Jalbert, Donna Williams, Janice Nelson Kroesser, or myself. Please note, if you pay by check you save the Pay Pal fees.

September 17th - Annual camp members meeting, 10:00 AM at the inn

Community Events!

Saturday, September 10th
What: Power In Belief
Where: Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Road, Bangor, ME
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost: $50.00 at the door ($40.00 if prepaid)
Contact: Melissa Gabriel: 207-299-5960
Web site: http://spectaculareventcenter.com/


 

Saturday September 17th
What: Mind, Body, Spirit Fair
Where: Fairfield Community Center, 61 Water St., Fairfield, ME
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost: $5.00 entrance fee, free workshops with paid admission

Saturday September 24th
What: Ultimate Women's Expo
Where: Spectacular Events,  395 Griffin Road, Bangor, ME
Time: 10:00 AM
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/Bangors-Ultimate-Womens-EXPO-1116504418395406/

Edgar Cayce's Glad Helpers Group meets every Monday afternoon from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Maine Holistic Center located at 81 Maine Street Bangor, ME. I was fortunate to be able to attend the very first one on July 11th. It was fabulous!

Edgar Cayce started the first Glad Helpers Group in 1931 and it continues to be the healing arm of the ARE Edgar Cayce Center with groups around the world. Members follow his original guidelines, which include:

  • Reading from Cayce's book, "Meditation"

  • Building group intention

  • Meditating

  • Sending healing prayers to people who have requested prayer, each other, countries and leaders of the world

  • Hands on healing

If you are in need of healing, or know someone who is, you can request to be on the prayer list. Email your request to: MaineGladHelpers@gmail.com
An invitation is extended to all Energy Healers who would like to join this group.

The ARE has donated Meditation books and the group is free. The Healing Light Spiritualist church is happy to see this group come to Bangor!

Serving the church in September:
Facilitator – Rev. Janet Decker

Speakers/Mediums
September 4th: Rosie Deerheart/Speaker and Bethany Couture - Medium
September 11th: Kimberly Charest
September 18th: Rev. Janet Decker
September 25th: Rev. Chris Owen

Reminders

Pot Luck Sunday, September 4th at the inn.

The church membership application is available in the church and can also be downloaded from the home page of our web site: www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/

You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out by clicking on the “Classes” tab on our web site.

If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services, September through June, please see one of the pastors. Thank you!

To Say Thank You!

A BIG THANK YOU to Rev. Shirley Boyens for facilitating services in July and August.
A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Skofield for continuing to maintain our web site.
A BIG THANK YOU to Marcia Ruland and Pastor Dee Powers for supplying beautiful flowers for our services.
A BIG THANK YOU to Chris Couture for maintenance on several Temple repairs.
A BIG THANK YOU to those who contributed to the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter, the local fire and rescue and the Native American Indian Reservations in Maine and Canada.
TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Ongoing

The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Pot Luck is held at the Inn June through October (no pot luck in August) and in the Temple November through May. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a nice meal and conversation with like-minded souls.

Mediumship Development Groups meet every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM in in the Temple (led by Rev. Janet Decker) and Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM at Pastor Dee Powers cottage on the Camp Etna grounds (led by Pastor Dee Powers).

Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. Beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted.

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday and Pastor Dee Powers will collect and deliver them.

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Playground toys
Diapers of all sizes
Trash bags
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Children's books

We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. These contributions will be given to Bill "Windwalker" Wentworth who will take them to the Native American Indian Reservations in Maine and Canada. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them.

Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the September newsletter I need the information by August 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my email address (Rev. Janet Decker) at the bottom of the newsletter.

The pastoral council and the church board of directors is open to hear suggestions that may improve our church and make it an even more inviting place of peace and sanctuary from the rigors of daily life. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. The church council members are: Pastor Dee Powers, Bonnie Mellott, Rev. Wachian Welch, Barbara Dolliver, and Marcia Ruland.

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO to share this newsletter.

Bright Blessings to all and I wish you a SPECTACULAR September!!

Rev. Janet Decker

Contacts

Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-404-1845

Rev. Wachian Welch
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

Pastor Dee Powers
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com
Ph: 207-557-1979

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: ahappymedium@icloud.com
Ph: 207-647-3781

Rev. Shirley Boyens
Email: mables@tampabay.rr.com

Marcia Ruland (Board Member)
snakespirit17@yahoo.com

 

 

August 2016 HLSC Newsletter

Happy August Everyone!

In August we turn the Sunday services over to Camp Etna. What this means is you may, or may not, notice a bit of a change from the way the Healing Light Church conducts the service. For the most part, however, any changes will be little changes. Rev. Shirley Boyens will facilitate the services as she did in July.

Now the News

There will be a Spiritualism Philosophies class on August 1, 2016 at 6:00 PM, at the museum in the inn. This class will be taught by Pastors Laurie Xanthos and Dee Powers and is required for new members. Everyone who has joined our church since December of 2014 should plan to attend. Although new members are required to attend everyone is welcome. There should be lots of interesting discussion.

There will be NO pot luck after church on the first Sunday of August. Camp Etna, however, invites you to join camp members on Saturday evenings, at 5:00 PM, for pot luck.

The Monday night Mediumship Development class is moving to Tuesday nights beginning August 2nd.

In July and August the speakers/mediums each week are the mediums featured by the camp. We hope you will come out and support all these wonderful and inspiring folks, many of whom have traveled great distances to serve.

The next board meeting is scheduled for 1:00 PM on August 21st at Rev. Janet Decker's cottage. New member applications will be voted on at that time. If you would like to become a member please get your application in before then. Membership requirements can be found on the HLSC web site under the "About Us" tab. Look for Article IX Membership. Also, if you have anything to bring before the board please join us, or alternately, you may put it in writing and give it to any pastor or board member.

The Sunday afternoon Mediumship Development group will NOT meet on August 21st at 1:30 PM because I will be hosting the board meeting at my cottage that day. 

Looking ahead, the HLSC will hold their Mediums Day fund raiser on Saturday, October 1, 2016, on the Camp Etna grounds. Mediums and healers are needed. We like to feed our volunteers so donations of food are also welcome. Please consider helping the church in one of these capacities. Thank you!

Camp Etna News

July 31st - August 6th features Malcolm Speirs and Lynn Walker from Canada
August 7th - 13th features Louis Gates from Cassadaga, Florida
August 13th- Mediums Day
August 14th - 20th features Christina Cross from Chicago
August 21st - 27th features Rosy D'Elia from Canada
August 28th - September 3rd, International Week, September 5th - September 9th, Clinical and Spiritual Hypnotherapy Training and Certification course offered by Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.. Certification is offered through the International Metaphysical University (intermetu.com)

Please check out the Camp Etna web site for details of everything that is happening throughout the summer season.

Upcoming August Events Featuring HLSC Members

Wednesday August 10th
What: Psychic Dinner
Time: 5:30 PM (Sitting 1) 7:30 PM (Sitting 2)
Where: Jasper's Restaurant, Ellsworth, ME
Presenters: Angie Butler, Rev. Wachian Welch, Kelly Purrington, Rev. Janet Decker
Reservations Required: 207-667-5318
FYI this event sells out quickly. It would be wise to make your reservation ASAP and think ahead for September by making your reservation now. It is always held on the second Wednesday evening of the month.

Community News!

Self Hypnosis for Pain Management workshop - August 13th, 2016 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, taught by Rev. Janet Decker at the Maine Holistic Center, 81 Maine Street, in Bangor. All who attend will receive a free CD/MP3 (your choice), Hypnosis for Stress Reduction, by Rev. Janet Decker. There will be other CD/MP3 titles available for purchase. Workshop Cost: $25.00.

Edgar Cayce's Glad Helpers Group meets every Monday afternoon from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Maine Holistic Center located at 81 Maine Street Bangor, ME. I was fortunate to be able to attend the very first one on July 11th. It was fabulous!

Edgar Cayce started the first Glad Helpers Group in 1931 and it continues to be the healing arm of the ARE Edgar Cayce Center with groups around the world. Members follow his original guidelines, which include:

  • Reading from Cayce's book, "Meditation"

  • Building group intention

  • Meditating

  • Sending healing prayers to people who have requested prayer, each other, countries and leaders of the world

  • Hands on healing

If you are in need of healing or know someone who is please call Rosalie Deer Heart at 207-730-2288 or email: rosie.heart@yahoo.com and she will gladly include your name on the weekly prayer list.

An invitation is extended to all Energy Healers who would like to join this group.

The ARE has donated Meditation books and the group is free. The Healing Light Spiritualist church is happy to see this group come to Bangor!

Serving the church in August:
Facilitator – Rev. Shirley Boyens

Speakers/Mediums
August 7th - Malcolm Speirs
August 14th - Christina Cross
August 21st - Rosy D'Elia
August 28th - TBA

Reminders

No Pot Luck Sunday, August 7th.

The church membership application is available in the church and can also be downloaded from thehome page of our web site.

You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out here.

If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services, September through June, please see one of the pastors. Thank you!

To Say Thank You!

A BIG THANK YOU to Bethany Couture for cleaning Temple, Nice job!
A BIG THANK YOU to Marcia Ruland and Past Dee Powers for supplying beautiful flowers for our services.
A BIG THANK YOU Chris Couture for maintenance on several Temple repairs.
A BIG THANK YOU to the speakers and mediums who served our church in July. You are appreciated!
A BIG THANK YOU to those who contributed to the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter, the local fire and rescue and the Native American Indian Reservations in Maine and Canada.
TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Ongoing

The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Pot Luck is held at the Inn June through October (no pot luck in August) and in the Temple November through May. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a nice meal and conversation with like-minded souls.

Mediumship Development Groups meet every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM in Janet Decker's cottage, July and August, on the Camp Etna grounds (with the exception of Aug. 21st, 2016) - led by Rev. Janet Decker and Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM at Pastor Dee Powers cottage on the Camp Etna grounds - led by Pastor Dee Powers.

Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. Beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted.

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday and Pastor Dee Powers will collect and deliver them.

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Playground toys
Diapers of all sizes
Trash bags
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Children's books

We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. These contributions will be given to Bill "Windwalker" Wentworth who will take them to the Native American Indian Reservations in Maine and Canada. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them.

Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the September newsletter I need the information by August 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my email address (Rev. Janet Decker) at the bottom of the newsletter.

The pastoral council and the church board of directors is open to hear suggestions that may improve our church and make it an even more inviting place of peace, and a sanctuary from the rigors of daily life. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. The church council members are: Pastor Dee Powers, Chris Couture, Rev. Wachian Welch, Barbara Dolliver, and Marcia Ruland.

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO to share this newsletter.

Bright Blessings to all and I wish you a fabulous August!!

Rev. Janet Decker

Contacts

Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-404-1845

Rev. Wachian Welch
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

Pastor Dee Powers
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com
Ph: 207-557-1979

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: ahappymedium@icloud.com
Ph: 207-647-3781

Rev. Shirley Boyens
Email: mables@tampabay.rr.com

Marcia Ruland (Board Member)
snakespirit17@yahoo.com

HLSC Newsletter July 2016

Happy July and Happy Summer!

July 3rd marks the one year anniversary of our church moving to the Temple on the Camp Etna grounds. We thank spirit every day for creating an opportunity to be located in such a lovely building on grounds that are steeped in Spiritualist history.

During our first year in the Temple we accepted 18 new members, most all of them are year round residents of Maine. Why is this important, you may ask? Well, it is important because previous to this past year most of the folks coming to service have been snow birds. Not that we mind because WE DON'T! We love our snow birds, however, when fall arrives our wonderful snow birds fly away and from November through May, historically, there have been low numbers at our Sunday service. This past winter has seen our Sunday regulars double and often triple and this makes everyone at the HLSC smile.

It is becoming well known in Etna and surrounding communities that we offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere to all who walk through our doors. Several have stated they did not feel welcome in other churches but have felt completely welcome in ours. Isn't this part of what church is about, making people feel welcome? We think so. Let it be known far and wide HLSC welcomes everyone!

Now the News

July 3rd is Pot Luck Sunday, come enjoy our Sunday service and bring a dish to share after. See "Reminders" for details.

There will be a Spiritualist Philosophies class on August 1, 2016 at 6:00 PM, place to be announced. This class is required for new members, so everyone who has joined our church since December of 2014 should plan to attend. Although new members are required to attend everyone is welcome. There should be lots of interesting discussion.

In July and August the speakers/mediums each week are the mediums featured by the camp. We hope you will come out and support all these wonderful and inspiring folks, many of whom have traveled great distances to serve.

The next board meeting is scheduled for 1:00 PM, August 21st at Rev. Wachian Welch's cottage. New member applications will be voted on at that time.

Looking ahead, the HLSC will hold their Mediums Day fund raiser on Saturday, October 1, 2016, on the Camp Etna grounds. Mediums and healers are needed. We like to feed our volunteers so donations of food are also welcome. Please consider helping the church in one of these capacities. Thank you!

Camp Etna News

Saturday, July 2nd, is opening day of the Camp's 140th summer season.There are free demonstrations, readings, healers, a guided historical walk about the grounds, vendors, food, and lots of fun planned for that day.

To honor the spirits of Camp Etna there will be a 10 cent admission fee. This is what the entrance fee was for many years back in the day. There will be a bowl at the Inn to drop your dime in.

Also, on July 2nd, in the evening, there are BIG DOINGS! From 7 to 9 PM Etna Spiritualist Association will celebrate Camp Etna's 140th year of continuous service to spirit with live music by "Josh WeKnow and Friends" and during intermission there will be an interview with renowned clairvoyant Jeanne Marie Antoinette. The evening's entertainment is by donation.

For more information on our opening day gala you can visit the FB page created just for this day.

July 3 - 9: Friends from Florida Week, July 10th - 16th: Camp Etna Mediums Week, July 17th - 23rd: Spirit Sampler week, July 24th - 30th: Features Laurie Xanthos, July 31st - August 6th Features Malcolm Speirs and Lynn Walker.

Please check out the Camp Etna web site to find out everything that is happening on July 2nd and throughout the summer season.

Upcoming July Events Featuring HLSC Members

Thursday July 13th
What: Psychic Dinner
Time: 5:30 PM (Sitting 1) 7:30 PM (Sitting 2)
Where: Jasper's Restaurant, Ellsworth, ME
Presenters: Angie Butler, Rev. Wachian Welch, Kelly Purrington, Bonnie Lee Gibson, Ernie VandenBossche
Reservations Required: 207-667-5318
FYI this event sells out quickly and may already be sold out for July. It would be wise to make your reservation asap and think ahead for August by making your reservation now. It is always held on the second Wednesday evening of the month.

Community News!

Beginning July 11th from 4-6 PM, and each Monday thereafter to infinity, Edgar Cayce's Glad Helpers Group will meet in the Maine Holistic Center located at 81 Maine Street Bangor, ME.

Edgar Cayce started the first Glad Helpers Group in 1931 and it continues to be the healing arm of the ARE Edgar Cayce Center with groups around the world. Members follow his original guidelines, which include:

  • Reading from Cayce's book, "Meditation"

  • Building group intention

  • Meditating

  • Sending healing prayers to people who have requested prayer, each other, countries and leaders of the world

  • Hands on healing

If you are in need of healing or know someone who is please call Rosalie Deer Heart at 207-730-2288 or email: rosie.heart@yahoo.com and she will gladly include your name on the weekly prayer list.

An invitation is extended to all Energy Healers who would like to join this group.

The ARE has donated Meditation books and the group is free. The Healing Light Spiritualist church is happy to see this group come to Bangor!

Serving the church in June:
Facilitator – Rev. Shirley Boyens

Speakers/Mediums
July 3rd - Rev. Dr. Phil DeLong
July 10th - Christopher Smith/Kelly Purington
July 17th - Graham Connolly
July 24th - Laurie Xanthos
July 31st - Malcolm Speirs

Reminders

July 3rd is Pot Luck Sunday. We will be holding this after church at the Inn. The Inn is the first building on the right as you enter the camp ground. Please come, enjoy the service and bring a dish to share afterward. You can leave the food at the inn. There is a refrigerator and electrical strip for crock pots. There is also a microwave available.

The church membership application is available in the church and can also be downloaded from thehome page of our web site.

You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out here.

If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services, September through June, please see one of the pastors. Thank you!

To Say Thank You!

A BIG THANK YOU to Bethany Couture for cleaning and setting up the Temple prior to our Solstice Ceremony.
A BIG THANK YOU to the speakers and mediums who served our church in June. You are appreciated!
A BIG THANK YOU to those who contributed to the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter, the local fire and rescue and the Native American Indian Reservations in Maine and Canada.
TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Ongoing

The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Pot Luck is held at the Inn June through October and in the Temple November through May. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a nice meal and conversation with like-minded souls.

Mediumship Development Groups meet Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM in Janet Decker's cottage (July and August) on the Camp Etna grounds - led by Rev. Janet Decker and Monday night 7:00 PM at Pastor Dee Powers cottage on the Camp Etna grounds - led by Pastor Dee Powers.

Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. Beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted.

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday and Pastor Dee Powers will collect and deliver them.

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Playground toys
Diapers of all sizes
Trash bags
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Children's books

We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. These contributions will be given to Bill "Windwalker" Wentworth who will take them to the Native American Indian Reservations in Maine and Canada. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them.

Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the August newsletter I need the information by July 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my email address (Rev. Janet Decker) at the bottom of the newsletter.

The pastoral council and the church board of directors is open to hear suggestions that may improve our church and make it an even more inviting place of peace, and a sanctuary from the rigors of daily life. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. The church council members are: Pastor Dee Powers, Chris Couture, Rev. Wachian Welch, Barbara Dolliver, and Marcia Ruland.

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO to share this newsletter.

Bright Blessings to all and I wish you a bright and beautiful July!

Rev. Janet Decker

Contacts

Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-404-1845

Rev. Wachian Welch
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

Pastor Dee Powers
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com
Ph: 207-557-1979

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: ahappymedium@icloud.com
Ph: 207-647-3781

Rev. Shirley Boyens
Email: mables@tampabay.rr.com

HLSC Newsletter June 2016

Happy June Everyone,

Ahhhhh, June already and the Summer Solstice is at hand! The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year and it always seems to come and go too quickly. At least for me it does.

In a NYT article from June 2011 they talk about the "mourning" that takes place the day after the solstice as everyone prepares for the coming winter, as opposed to, preparing for the hot days of summer.

To me, this was quite strange as I, personally, have never thought of the Summer Solstice as a time to start preparing for winter. For me the Solstice marks the beginning of the cherished warm, to increasingly hot days, and the joys of working in the garden, taking walks without a coat, children playing outside, visiting with friends at camp, drinking lemonade on the porch, and yes, although I hate to mention it, bugs...UGH!

What is your view of the Summer Solstice? Is it like mine, or do you tend to think like the writer of the NYT article? Whatever your thoughts on the Solstice let us celebrate it for it comes only once a year.

Now the News

A Summer Solstice ceremony will be held during the church service on June 19th. Come join us as we welcome summer and honor the change of seasons.

A church board meeting was held on May 22nd at Donna and Barbara's house on the Camp Etna grounds. I am happy to report that the Healing Light Spiritualist Church now has 7 new members; Ruth Nickerson, Michael and Janet McNerney, Amber Herbst, Elizabeth Niles, Sherwood Denham and Kelly Callan. The pastors and the board of the HLSC bid you a HUGE WELCOME!

There will be a Spiritualist Philosophies class on July 24th, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, place TBA. This class is required for new members, so everyone who has joined our church since December of 2014 need to attend. Although new members are required to attend everyone is welcome. There should be lots of interesting discussion.

July 3rd marks the one year anniversary of our church moving to the Temple on the Camp Etna grounds. We thank spirit every day for creating an opportunity to be located in such a lovely building on grounds that are steeped in Spiritualist history. Lets celebrate with cake!

Looking ahead, the HLSC will hold their Mediums Day fund raiser on Saturday, October 1, 2016, on the Camp Etna grounds. Mediums and healers are needed. We like to feed our volunteers so donations of food are also welcome. Please consider helping the church in one of these capacities. Thank you!

If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the July newsletter I need the information by June 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my email address (Rev. Janet Decker) at the bottom of the newsletter.

The pastoral council and the church board of directors is open to hear suggestions that may improve our church and make it an even more inviting place of peace, and a sanctuary from the rigors of daily life. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. The church council members are: Pastor Dee Powers, Chris Couture, Rev. Wachian Welch, Barbara Dolliver, and Marcia Ruland.

The next board meeting has been scheduled for 1:00 PM, August 21st at Rev. Wachian Welch's cottage.
Camp Etna News

Saturday, July 2nd, is opening day of the Camp's 140th summer season.There are free demonstrations, readings, healing, a guided historical walk about the grounds, vendors, food, and lots of fun planned for that day. Please check out the CE web site to find out everything that is happening on July 2nd and throughout the summer season. http://www.campetna.com/summer-programs-.htm

The following dates have been designated Camp Etna's "Work Weekends"; June 4, 5, and 11, 12. If you are a member of Camp Etna, planning on becoming a member, or simply a friend and fan of Camp Etna, please come out and help us get the camp ready for the summer season. Everyone's help is both needed and appreciated. Thank you!


Upcoming Events

Thursday June 16th
What: Psychic Dinner
Time: 5:00 PM
Where: Clewley Farms Restaurant, Eddington, ME
Presenter: Kelly LaRochelle, Christopher Smith, Rev. Wachian Welch and Angie Butler
Reservations Required: 207-843-7446

Friday June 17th and June 24th
What: Table Tipping in Skowhegan
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Renaissance Center, 60 Water St. Skowhegan
Presenters: Rev. Janet Decker, janet.decker9@gmail.com and Amy Griffiths
Description: Table Tipping is a method of connecting with the spirit world known as physical phenomena. Come experience what spirit is capable of. The table can get quite active so please wear walking or running shoes. Footwear is required!

We have had some amazing things happen at our Table Tipping events. Every one of them is unique and we just cannot predict what Spirit has in mind for us at any given session. Please spread the word about this fun and uplifting way to connect with loved ones, spirit guides and teachers as well as angels.

We will post the event to the church FB page. When you see the invitation link click on "accept" so we can reserve your spot. Alternately you may call Amy at 207-385-3321 to reserve your space. Also, please "Share" the event on your FB page. The more the merrier! Fee: $20.00.


 

Serving the church in June:

Facilitator – Rev. Wachian Welch

Speakers/Mediums

June 5th - Cheryl-Bean Moody
June 12th – Marcia Ruland
June 19th - Rev. Janet Decker /Summer Solstice ceremony
June 26th - Pam Davis

Reminders

June 5th is Pot Luck Sunday and we will be having this after church at the Inn. The Inn is the first building on the right as you enter the camp ground. Please come, enjoy the service and bring a dish to share afterward. You can leave the food at the inn. There is a refrigerator and electrical strip for crock pots. There is also a microwave available.

The church offers an ordination course for those who are interested in becoming an Ordained Independent Spiritualist Minister. This course covers everything from how to create a complete service to classes on spiritual counseling. If you are doing any type of spiritual healing or spiritual counseling work you may want to think seriously about becoming ordained.  Please feel free to contact me, Rev. Janet Decker, with questions. You can find my contact info at the bottom of the newsletter.

The church membership application is now available for download on the home page of our web site.

You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

If you would like to serve as either a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services please see one of the pastors. Thank you!

To Say Thank You!

A BIG THANK YOU to Bethany Couture for cleaning the Temple prior to our May Day celebration.
A BIG THANK YOU to the speakers and mediums who served our church in May. You are appreciated!
A BIG THANK YOU to those who contributed to the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter, the local fire and rescue and the Native American Indian Reservations in Maine and Canada.
TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Ongoing

The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Pot Luck is held at the Inn June through October and in the Temple November through May. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a nice meal and conversation with like-minded souls.

Mediumship Development Groups meet Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM in the Temple on the Camp Etna grounds - led by Rev. Janet Decker and Monday night 7:00 PM at Karlene Tanners house on the Camp Etna grounds - led by Pastor Dee Powers.
Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. Beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted.

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday and Pastor Dee Powers will collect and deliver them.

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Playground toys
Diapers - all sizes
Trash bags
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Children's books
We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. These contributions will be given to Bill "Windwalker" Wentworth who will take them to the Native American Indian Reservations in Maine and Canada. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them.

Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

Weather (Cancellation) Notification

NONE! - Woo Hoo!

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church!

Bright Blessings to all and I wish you a bright and beautiful May!

Rev. Janet Decker

Contacts

Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-404-1845

Rev. Wachian Welch
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

Pastor Dee Powers
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com
Ph: 207-557-1979

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: ahappymedium@icloud.com
Ph: 207-647-3781

Rev. Shirley Boyens
Email: mables@tampabay.rr.com

Healing Light Spiritualist Church February 2017 Newsletter

Happy February Everyone!

I thought it would be fun to tell you a bit of history around Valentine's Day. I took this off the internet.

Valentine's Day History by: Borgna Brunner

Roman Roots

The history of Valentine's Day is obscure, and further clouded by various fanciful legends. The holiday's roots are in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration commemorated annually on February 15. Pope Gelasius I recast this pagan festival as a Christian feast day circa 496, declaring February 14 to be St. Valentine's Day.

 

Valentines Galore

Which St. Valentine this early pope intended to honor remains a mystery: according to the Catholic Encyclopedia, there were at least three early Christian saints by that name. One was a priest in Rome, another a bishop in Terni and a third St. Valentine almost nothing is known about except that he met his end in Africa. Rather astonishingly, all three Valentines were said to have been martyred on Feb. 14.

Most scholars believe that the St. Valentine of the holiday was a priest who attracted the disfavor of Roman emperor Claudius II around 270. At this stage, the factual ends and the mythic begins. According to one legend, Claudius II had prohibited marriage for young men, claiming that bachelors made better soldiers. Valentine continued to secretly perform marriage ceremonies but was eventually apprehended by the Romans and put to death. Another legend has it that Valentine; imprisoned by Claudius, fell in love with the daughter of his jailer. Before he was executed, he allegedly sent her a letter signed "from your Valentine." Probably the most plausible story surrounding St. Valentine is one not focused on Eros (passionate love) but on agape (Christian love): he was martyred for refusing to renounce his religion.

In 1969, the Catholic Church revised its liturgical calendar, removing the feast days of saints whose historical origins were questionable. St. Valentine was one of the casualties.

Even though the Catholic Church no longer recognizes St. Valentine's Day, the more secular community probably always will. After all, candy and flowers never grow old!

News

Pot Luck Sunday is February 5th, 2017.

Cathy Baker is now in EMMC. As of this writing I do not know her room number. If you have the opportunity to visit her, or can send her a card, I know she would be thrilled. Thinking healing thoughts is also most welcome.

There are currently 4 students who are active in the Ordination Course and two who have graduated to become Independent Spiritualist Ministers. I must say that this is more than exciting to me! As you know Rev. Wachian Welch was the first to complete the course and become ordained. Another student from Rhode Island, Candace Breen, has just passed the course to become the second graduate. I am thrilled to say that Rev. Breen will be leading our service on June 25th.

As you know, we are a "teaching church" and as I see it, it is both a duty and an honor to help and inspire our students. Students are the future of Spiritualism and they need to have a platform on which to "hone their skills", while at the same time, learning about appropriate presentation. I am happy that the Healing Light Spiritualist Church can offer them that platform.

The Pastoral Council and the Church Board wish to thank you for helping us to grow our religion by coming out to support and encourage the students.

Please be aware that the church membership yearly dues of $20.00 was due in October of 2016. If you forgot to pay them please send a check to: The Healing Light Spiritualist Church, PO Box 137, Etna, ME 04434. Or, you can give them to Janet McNerney on any Sunday. Thank you.

Your membership dues along with Sunday offerings allow us to be of help to those who are in need. The Pastoral Council and the Church Board are grateful to our members and to all who attend our church and give so freely and lovingly of their resources. We pray that each of you will be well blessed with all things wonderful every day of your life!

I have been asked by a Camp Etna Board member to remind everyone that membership to Camp Etna is dependent upon being a member in good standing of a Spiritualist church.

Our church has a benevolence fund that we can use to help church members who have fallen on hard times. If you find yourself in need of some financial assistance this winter, be it to buy fuel or put food on the table, for example, please let one of the pastors know. Rest assured that all things discussed with the pastors or members of the church board will be held in strictest confidence.

 

The last Sunday of every month will be an "All Healing and Message Service". What that means is, we will not have an inspirational talk on the last Sunday of the month but instead we will dedicate the entire service to healing and messages from spirit. This will be done in a circle formation. We hope you will enjoy this bit of a change up one Sunday a month. If not, we can always return to the standard format for all services.

Upcoming February Events Featuring HLSC Members

Gallery Readings
When: Saturday, February 18th
Time: 7:00 PM
What: Messages from Spirit
Where: Temple on the Camp Etna grounds
Cost: $10 per person
Presenter: Rev. Janet Decker, Amy Griffiths, Sherwood Denham
Contact: Rev. Decker at 207-404-1845 (janet.decker9@gmail.com)
All are welcome!

Community Events!

Edgar Cayce's Glad Helpers Group meets every Monday afternoon from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Maine Holistic Center located at 81 Maine Street Bangor, ME. All Energy Healers are welcome to become part of this group at any time. For more information on Glad Helpers please see last month's newsletter. You can find it on our website under the "Newsletter" tab.

Serving the church in February

Facilitator – Pastor Dee Powers

Speakers/Mediums

February 5th: Bill (Windwalker) Wentworth
February 12th: Melanie Ames (Speaker/Medium)
February 19th: Sherwood Denham (Student)
February 26th: Healing and Message Service

Reminders

Pot Luck Sunday is February 5th in the Temple. There will be an electrical strip to plug crock pots into. 

 

The back row of chairs on the right side of the church, as you enter, are designated as healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to sit in a healing chair. There will be a healer assigned to those chairs at every service.

The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out here or you can find it under the "Classes" tab. The church membership application is available in the church and can also be downloaded from the home page of our web site.
There has been some confusion about HLSC and Camp Etna memberships. I hope the following will explain.

Becoming a member of HLSC does not automatically make you a member of Camp Etna. Camp Etna and the church are separate entities and each has their own set of requirements for becoming a member.

If you want to become a member of the church please go to our web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org to read our by-laws and membership requirements and if you want to become a member of Camp Etna please go to campetna.com to read their by-laws and membership requirements. If you do not use a computer, you may ask any member of the church board or camp board for their respective information.

You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services, September through June, please see one of the pastors. Thank you.

Weather (Cancellation) Notification

When the weather is bad church services and meetings are canceled. You can check on the local TV news stations for our cancellations. We will also put the notice out on Facebook and via email. Once in a while we cancel church and then the storm doesn't manifest. Ahhhhh, nature, you cannot always predict her. Never the less, once church has been canceled we do not change it. Please make a note of this.

Please be ever mindful of safety both in the home and in your comings and goings this winter. Always think, Safety First!

To Say Thank You!

At this time I want to give honor to the pastors of our church for the selfless giving of their time and efforts. Your complete dedication to our church and to our members does not go unnoticed, believe me. As lead pastor I can honestly say, I do not know what I would do without you. You are a blessing to me and to everyone who attends our church. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

I also want to extend heartfelt gratitude to the members of the church board. I am aware of how busy everyone is these days and that you are willing to serve the church in the capacity as a board member is a blessing. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums for the month of January.

A BIG THANK YOU to Pete Conroy for stepping in for our January 22nd speaker who was unable make it. Terrific talk, Pete!
A BIG THANK YOU to Sherwood for cleaning the Temple. Splendid job, Sherwood!
A BIG THANK YOU to Karlene Tanner for monitoring the heat in the church and for clearing the deck of ice and snow. You are a God Send!
A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for continuing to maintain the church web site.
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the Food Drives.
A BIG THANK YOU to those who contributed to the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter, the local fire and rescue and the Native American Indian Reservations in Maine and Canada.
TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Ongoing

The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Pot Luck is held at the Inn June through October (no pot luck in August) and in the Temple November through May. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a nice meal and conversation with like-minded souls.

A Mediumship Development Group meets every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM in in the Temple (led by Rev. Janet Decker). Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. Beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted.

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday and Pastor Dee Powers will collect and deliver them.

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Playground toys
Diapers of all sizes
Trash bags
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Children's books

We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. These contributions will be given to Bill "Windwalker" Wentworth who will take them to the Native American Indian Reservations in Maine and Canada. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them.

Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the September newsletter I need the information by August 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my email address (Rev. Janet Decker) at the bottom of the newsletter.

The pastoral council and the church board of directors is open to hear suggestions that may improve our church and make it an even more inviting place of peace and sanctuary from the rigors of daily life. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. The church board members are: Pastor Dee Powers (President), Bonnie Mellott (Vice President), Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary), Janet McNerney (Treasurer), and Marcia Ruland (Trustee). Their contact information is below.

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO share this newsletter.
Bright Blessings to all,
Rev. Janet Decker

Contacts

Rev. Janet Decker
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-404-1845

Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary)
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

Pastor Dee Powers (President)
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com
Ph: 207-557-1979

 

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: ahappymedium@icloud.com
Ph: 207-647-3781

Rev. Shirley Boyens
Email: mables@tampabay.rr.com

Janet McNerney (Treasurer)
Email: janetmcnerney11@msn.com

Marcia Ruland (Board Member)
snakespirit17@yahoo.com

Bonnie Lee Mellott (Vice President)
queenmellott@gmail.com

HLSC Newsletter January 2017
 

Happy New Year, Everyone!

Here we are at the beginning of a brand new year. Numerologically 2017 is a "One" (1) year. Exactly what does that mean, you may ask?

A "One" year is a beginning year. If you want to start a new project, a new job, a new relationship, a new life for that matter, this is the year to do it, energetically speaking that is. Reason being, the energy streaming in from the universe is extremely supportive of new ventures in a "One" year, and actually, next year as well. However, this year, because it is a "One" year, you can expect to receive the greatest assistance possible.

Also, energetically speaking, every year at the winter solstice is a great time to decide for yourself what truly matters to you and the direction your life should go in now. Neale Donald Walsh suggests the best way to start this introspection is to ask yourself 4 questions:

1) Who am I? 2) Where am I? 3) Why am I where I am? 4) What do I intend to do about that?

He also suggests that it can be helpful to ask yourself these questions as events unfold throughout your day. When you ask them daily they are informative as well as transformative.

Neale goes on to say that a true student of life will not answer these questions with a curt "I don't know" and let it go at that. Rather, if you truly don't have an answer, then "create one" with pure intention. In doing this you begin to live your life from intention as opposed to living your life by default.

We are constantly creating and recreating ourselves and the universe supports us in doing this. Not just in a "One" year, not just at the winter solstice, but through every moment of every day of our lives. When a Sufi teacher was asked "What is God doing all day?" the teacher replied, "God is lying on a birthing bed all day giving birth to creation." This is extremely good news for us as we make our journey through life. It is the promise of ever renewing creation to which we are all entitled. So, as you think of starting anew in 2017 don't think small, think BIG!

Spiritualism Etiquette

I thought it might be a good idea to remind folks of some "Spiritualism Etiquette". Some may not know what good "Spiritualism Etiquette" is and others may need to be reminded. Either way I feel it is good to write about it here.

When the inspirational talk and/or messages are being given it is best not to interrupt the speaker/medium for any reason. And, it is truly not a good idea to make an attempt, at that time, to explain things to them, or to otherwise try to hold a conversation with them. I'll explain why.

Part of doing this work requires the speaker/medium to shift upwards a level or two in consciousness. When the presenter is in the middle of talking, any noise in the room, including voices, is a huge distraction from the energetic flow the person is in. When the energetic flow is interrupted so is the flow of information coming through from spirit. Once the flow is interrupted it can be difficult, or even impossible, to get back into it. Also, and just as importantly, it is very startling, disconcerting, and usually, extremely unpleasant to the speaker/medium.

If the presenter asks you a question then it is safe, and correct to speak, otherwise, please hold questions or comments until a more appropriate time.

Another piece of etiquette is never touch a medium who giving messages or someone who is in trance. Again, it is startling and disturbing to the presenter. It is unlikely that touching a medium would ever occur in a public setting like a church service, however, if you are having a private reading it may seem okay to touch the readers hand or arm, but it is not. The sudden shift in vibration is very disconcerting, and in some cases dangerous to the reader. Reason being, the sudden change in vibration can cause a "jolt" to the readers nervous system. Similar to sticking a finger into a light socket.

Although what I am about to mention does not really fall under the heading of "etiquette" it will help folks to better understand what happens after a message has been given.

Most of the time the medium has little or no recollection of what they have just said, this is normal. When giving messages the medium must, as I said before, jump a level or two in consciousness. Or in other terms, they enter an altered state of consciousness, and when they return to normal consciousness what they talked about while in an "altered state" is often forgotten. So, when you ask a medium about a message they gave you and they say they don't remember please don't let your feelings be hurt. It is not that you are not important to them; rather, the information is simply gone from their mind.

As other things come to mind regarding "Spiritualism Etiquette" I will write about them in future issues of the newsletter. Also, please feel free to ask questions. Most mediums are happy to explain what happens to them when giving a message from spirit.

News

Pot Luck Sunday is January 1st, 2017.

Cathy Baker is now in Ross Manor where she is working daily to regain her strength and balance. She expects to be at Ross Manor for 4 to 6 weeks. If you have the opportunity to visit her, or can send her a card, I know she would be thrilled. Thinking healing thoughts is also most welcome.

Due to Pastor Laurie Xanthos being ill she was not able to teach the second half of Energy Healing class in December. We are putting our heads together to come up with a new date. Please stay tuned.

The Sunday afternoon mediumship development group will begin again on January 8th. We meet in the Temple at 1:30. Beginners, intermediate, and advanced students are welcome.

The Tuesday night mediumship development group is suspended for the time being. We will let you know when it will begin again.

We have a new sound system for our church and with the help of technology we now have recorded piano music to sing to. We tried it out on Christmas Day during our Solstice ceremony and I believe it will work nicely. It may take a few weeks to work out all the bugs so please bear with us. 

Please be aware that the church membership yearly dues of $20.00 was due in October of 2016. If you forgot to pay them please send a check to: The Healing Light Church, PO box 137, Etna, ME 04434. Or, you can give them to Janet McNerney on any Sunday. Thank you.

In the spirit of giving our church provided a full Christmas dinner to a family of 6 in the community who would otherwise have gone without. It filled us with joy to be able to do this. In the years ahead we hope to expand our giving to more than one family.

Your membership dues along with Sunday offerings allow us to be of help to those who are in need. The Pastoral Council and the Church Board are grateful to our members and to all who attend our church and give so freely and lovingly of their resources. We pray that each of you will be well blessed with all things wonderful every day of your life!

Our church has a benevolence fund that we can use to help church members who have fallen on hard times. If you find yourself in need of some financial assistance this winter, be it to buy fuel or put food on the table, for example, please let one of the pastors know. Rest assured that all things discussed with the pastors or members of the church board will be held in strictest confidence.

The last Sunday of every month, beginning in January, will be an "All Healing and Message Service". What that means is, we will not have an inspirational talk on the last Sunday of the month but instead we will dedicate the entire service to healing and messages from spirit. This will be done in a circle formation. We hope you will enjoy this bit of a change up one Sunday a month. If not, we can always return to the standard format for all services.

While HLSC strives to bring you speakers and mediums that are inspiring and incredible in their ability to connect with spirit, we also want to encourage and teach others how to do the same. We are a "teaching church".

Students are the future of Spiritualism and they need to have a platform on which to "hone their skills", while at the same time, learning about appropriate presentation. That being said, from time to time, as in the past, we will have students facilitating the service, leading the meditations, giving the inspirational talks, and giving messages from spirit. Some students will be from our church and some may come to us from other churches. Where ever they come from we want to encourage their evolution and growth as spiritualists.

The Pastoral Council and the Church Board wish to thank you for helping us to grow our religion by coming out to support and encourage the students.

Upcoming January Events Featuring HLSC Members

Table Tipping
When: Saturday, January 21st
Time: 6:30 pm
What: Physical Phenomena Mediumship
Where: Temple on the Camp Etna grounds
Cost: $20 per person
Presenter: Rev. Janet Decker Amy Griffiths
Contact: Rev. Decker at 207-404-1845 (janet.decker9@gmail.com) or Amy at 207-385-3321 (amyjspiritedway@gmail.com)

We would like to know ahead of time how many are coming. Please call or email if intend to be present. Thank you.

Messages with the Flutes
When: Sunday, January 22, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
What: Psychic Medium Reading with a Flute Song (Group Event)
Where: Harrison D. Barrett Spiritualist Chruch, Bangor, ME
Cost: $25.00 per person
Presenter: Rev. Wachian Welch
Contact: Rev. Betty Simpson, Ph: 207-848-2273, Email: msclisham@gmail.com

Community Events!

Edgar Cayce's Glad Helpers Group meets every Monday afternoon from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Maine Holistic Center located at 81 Maine Street Bangor, ME. All Energy Healers are welcome to become part of this group at any time. For more information on Glad Helpers please see last month's newsletter. You can find it on our website under the "Newsletter" tab.

Serving the church in January

Facilitator – Rev. Janet Decker

Speakers/Mediums

January 1st: Bonnie Lee Mellott (Facilitator and Speaker) Messages TBA
January 8th: Melanie Ames (Speaker/Medium)
January 15th: Karlene Tanner (Speaker/Medium)
January 22nd: Kimberley Charist (Speaker/Medium)
January 29th: Healing and Message Service

Reminders

Pot Luck Sunday is January 1st in the Temple. There will be an electrical strip to plug crock pots into. 

The back row of chairs on the right side of the church, as you enter, are designated as healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to sit in a healing chair. There will be a healer assigned to those chairs at every service.

The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out here or you can find it under the "Classes" tab. The church membership application is available in the church and can also be downloaded from the home page of our web site.

There has been some confusion about HLSC and Camp Etna memberships. I hope the following will explain.

Becoming a member of HLSC does not automatically make you a member of Camp Etna. Camp Etna and the church are separate entities and each has their own set of requirements for becoming a member.

If you want to become a member of the church please go to our web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org to read our by-laws and membership requirements and if you want to become a member of Camp Etna please go to campetna.com to read their by-laws and membership requirements. If you do not use a computer, you may ask any member of the church board or camp board for their respective information.

You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services, September through June, please see one of the pastors. Thank you.

Weather (Cancellation) Notification

When the weather is bad church services and meetings are canceled. You can check on the local TV news stations for our cancellations. We will also put the notice out on Facebook and via email. Once in a while we cancel church and then the storm doesn't manifest. Ahhhhh, nature, you cannot always predict her. Never the less, once church has been canceled we do not change it. Please make a note of this.

Please be ever mindful of safety both in the home and in your comings and goings this winter. Always think, Safety First!

To Say Thank You!

At this time I want to give honor to the pastors of our church for the selfless giving of their time and efforts. Your complete dedication to our church and to our members does not go unnoticed, believe me. As lead pastor I can honestly say, I do not know what I would do without you. You are a blessing to me and to everyone who attends our church. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

I also want to extend heartfelt gratitude to the members of the church board. I am aware of how busy everyone is these days and that you are willing to serve the church in the capacity as a board member is a blessing. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums for the month of December.
A BIG THANK YOU to Sherwood for cleaning the Temple. Splendid job, Sherwood!
A BIG THANK YOU to pastor Dee Powers for providing the silk poinsettias and wreaths for our church.
A BIG THANK YOU to Karlene Tanner for monitoring the heat in the church and for clearing the deck of ice and snow. You are a God Send!
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the Food Drives.
A BIG THANK YOU to those who contributed to the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter, the local fire and rescue and the Native American Indian Reservations in Maine and Canada.
TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Ongoing

The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Pot Luck is held at the Inn June through October (no pot luck in August) and in the Temple November through May. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a nice meal and conversation with like-minded souls.

A Mediumship Development Group meets every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM in in the Temple (led by Rev. Janet Decker). Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. Beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted.

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday and Pastor Dee Powers will collect and deliver them.

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Playground toys
Diapers of all sizes
Trash bags
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Children's books

We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. These contributions will be given to Bill "Windwalker" Wentworth who will take them to the Native American Indian Reservations in Maine and Canada. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them.

Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the September newsletter I need the information by August 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my email address (Rev. Janet Decker) at the bottom of the newsletter.

The pastoral council and the church board of directors is open to hear suggestions that may improve our church and make it an even more inviting place of peace and sanctuary from the rigors of daily life. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. The church board members are: Pastor Dee Powers (President), Bonnie Mellott (Vice President), Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary), Janet McNerney (Treasurer), and Marcia Ruland (Trustee). Their contact information is below.

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO share this newsletter.

Bright Blessings to all and I wish you a healthy, happy 2017!

Rev. Janet Decker

Contacts

Rev. Janet Decker
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-404-1845

Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary)
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

Pastor Dee Powers (President)
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com
Ph: 207-557-1979

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: ahappymedium@icloud.com
Ph: 207-647-3781

Janet McNerney (Treasurer)
Email: janetmcnerney11@msn.com

Rev. Shirley Boyens
Email: mables@tampabay.rr.com

Marcia Ruland (Board Member)
snakespirit17@yahoo.com

Bonnie Lee Mellott (Vice President)
queenmellott@gmail.com

Healing Light Spiritualist Church December 2016 Newsletter

 

Welcome to December!

Thanksgiving has come and gone and now the Christmas holiday season truly begins.

With the holidays comes stress. The stress of the holidays coupled with post-election stress can be almost more than many people can bare. My suggestion is to take time daily to do some deep breathing, bringing in the light with each “in breath” and releasing all things that do not serve you with the “out breath”.

Being in a space of constant stress is not good on soooo many levels, and if you are stressed, remember, you are giving that out to everyone you meet whether or not you actually have a conversation with them. One could say that we are "walking energy fields", and as such it is helpful to be aware of the energy we are putting out there for all to experience.

One of the best quotes I've ever read is, "Serenity is not freedom from the storm but peace within the storm".

 

May you know deep and abiding peace this holiday season and always. 

News

A member of our church family, Cathy Baker, is in Stillwater Rehab Center in Bangor, room #4B. If you have the opportunity to visit her, or can send her a card, I know she would be thrilled. Thinking healing thoughts is also most welcome.

Laurie Xanthos will be teaching the second half of her energy healing certification class on Sunday, December 11th at 1:00 pm in the Temple.

The Sunday Mediumship Development group will not meet on December 4th or December 11th.

The church will have a Sunday service on December 25th, Christmas day. In place of the regular service we will have a Solstice Ceremony. There will also be healing and messages from spirit. All are welcome!

 

Our church has a benevolence fund that we can use to help church members who have fallen on hard times. If you find yourself in need of some financial assistance this winter, be it to buy fuel or put food on the table, for example, please let one of the pastors know. Rest assured that all things discussed with the pastors, or any member of the church board, will be held in strictest confidence.


The last Sunday of every month, beginning in January, will be an "All Healing and Message Service". What that means is, we will not have an inspirational talk on the last Sunday of the month but instead we will dedicate the entire service to healing and messages from spirit. This will be done in a circle formation. We hope you will enjoy this bit of a change up one Sunday a month. If not, we can always return to the standard format for all services.
 

While HLSC strives to bring you speakers and mediums that are inspiring and incredible in their ability to connect with spirit, we also want to encourage and teach others how to do the same. We are a "teaching church".

Students are the future of Spiritualism and they need to have a platform on which to "hone their skills", while at the same time, learning about appropriate presentation. That being said, from time to time, as in the past, we will have students facilitating the service, leading the meditations, giving the inspirational talks, and giving messages from spirit. Some students will be from our church and some may come to us from other churches. Where ever they come from we want to encourage their evolution and growth as spiritualists.

The Pastoral Council and the Church Board wish to thank you for helping us to grow our religion by coming out to support and encourage the students.

Upcoming December Events Featuring HLSC Members

Awakening the Spiritual You (Workshop)
When: Tuesdays, December 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

What: You’ll learn in a group setting what Spiritual gift or gifts you have, how to develop and work with them to create an empowered Spiritual you!
Where: Clifton ME (about 25 min. from Bangor and 30 min. from Ellsworth)
Cost: $20 per class
Contact: Wachian Welch, Ph: 207-514-6023, email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com, website: rollinwspirit.com
Presenter: Rev. Wachian Welch

Community Events!

Edgar Cayce's Glad Helpers Group meets every Monday afternoon from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Maine Holistic Center located at 81 Maine Street Bangor, ME. All Energy Healers are welcome to become part of this group at any time. For more information on Glad Helpers please see last month's newsletter. You can find it on our website under the "Newsletter" tab.

 

Serving the church in December

Facilitator – Pastor Dee Powers

 

 

Speakers/Mediums
December 4th: Bonnie Lee Mellott (Facilitator and Speaker) Messages TBA
December 11th: Sherwood Denham - speaker/medium
December 18th: Pastor Dee Powers - speaker/messages
December 25th: Rev. Janet Decker - Solstice Ceremony

Reminders

Pot Luck Sunday is December 4th in the Temple. There will be an electrical strip to plug crock pots into. You may want to leave cold items in your car until after service.

The back row of chairs on the right side of the church, as you enter, are designated as healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to sit in a healing chair. There will be a healer assigned to those chairs at every service.

The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out here. You can find it under the "Classes" tab. The church membership application is available in the church and can also be downloaded from the home page of our web site.

There has been some confusion about church HLSC and Camp Etna memberships. I hope the following will explain.

Becoming a member of the HLSC does not automatically make you a member of Camp Etna. Camp Etna and the church are separate entities and each has their own set of requirements for becoming a member.

If you want to become a member of the church please go to our web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org to read our by-laws and membership requirements and if you want to become a member of Camp Etna please go to campetna.com to read their by-laws and membership requirements. If you do not use a computer, you may ask any member of the church board or camp board for their respective information.

You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services, September through June, please see one of the pastors. Thank you.

 

Weather (Cancellation) Notification

When the weather is bad church services and meetings are canceled. You can check on the local TV news stations for our cancellations. We will also put the notice out on Facebook and via email. Once in a while we cancel church and then the storm doesn't manifest. Ahhhhh, nature, you cannot always predict her. Never the less, once church has been canceled we do not change it. Please make a note of this.

Please be ever mindful of safety both in the home and in your comings and goings this winter. Always think, “Safety First”!

To Say Thank You!

A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums for the month of November.
A BIG THANK YOU to Sherwood for cleaning the Temple.
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the Thanksgiving Day Food Drive.
A BIG THANK YOU to those who contributed to the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter, the local fire and rescue and the Native American Indian Reservations in Maine and Canada.
TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Ongoing

The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Pot Luck is held at the Inn June through October (no pot luck in August) and in the Temple November through May. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a nice meal and conversation with like-minded souls.

Mediumship Development Groups meet every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM in in the Temple (led by Rev. Janet Decker) and Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM at Pastor Dee Powers' house in Canaan (led by Pastor Dee Powers). Please call or email her for directions.

Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. Beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted.

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday and Pastor Dee Powers will collect and deliver them.

 

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Playground toys
Diapers of all sizes
Trash bags
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Children's books

We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. These contributions will be given to Bill "Windwalker" Wentworth who will take them to the Native American Indian Reservations in Maine and Canada. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them.

Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the September newsletter I need the information by August 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my email address (Rev. Janet Decker) at the bottom of the newsletter.
The pastoral council and the church board of directors is open to hear suggestions that may improve our church and make it an even more inviting place of peace and sanctuary from the rigors of daily life. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. The church board members are: Pastor Dee Powers (President), Bonnie Mellott (Vice President), Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary), Janet McNerney (Treasurer), and Marcia Ruland (Trustee). Their contact information is below.

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO share this newsletter.

Bright Blessings to all and I wish you a joyous Yule season and a very happy and safe New Year!

Rev. Janet Decker

Contacts

Rev. Janet Decker
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-404-1845

Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary)
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

Pastor Dee Powers (President)
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com
Ph: 207-557-1979

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: ahappymedium@icloud.com
Ph: 207-647-3781

 

Rev. Shirly Boyens
Email: mables@tampabay.rr.com

 

Janet McNerney (Treasurer)
Email: janetmcnerney11@msn.com

 

Marcia Ruland (Board Member)
snakespirit17@yahoo.com

Bonnie Lee Mellott (Vice President)
queenmellott@gmail.com

November 2016 Newsletter

 

 

Welcome to November!

I do believe that cooler weather is here to stay and as I sit here creating this newsletter most of the leaves are off the trees and I once again can see through the denseness of the forest outside my window.

Whereas I do hate to see the end of warm weather I have to admit there is something very inspiring about the crispness of the breeze and the scent of wood smoke that hangs in the air this time of year. It speaks to me of homecoming, the harvest, and pumpkin pie, yummmmm!

I do so hope that everyone can get out outside to enjoy a brisk walk and while doing so open your senses to the scents of the earth and the air. You will sleep better for it, I'm sure.

News

Our Mediums Day fund raiser was held on Saturday, October 1, 2016, on the Camp Etna grounds, I am happy to say it was a great success! Although there was a nip in the air, and in spite of other events being held in the surrounding communities, we still had a nice turn out of people. Marcia did a fabulous job with the food and there were many nice donations of food and baked goods from our members as well. All very yummy! Thanks to everyone who helped with this event.

I am pleased to announce that we have a new treasurer, Janet McNerney. Janet brings years of accounting knowledge to our little church and we are grateful to have her. Thank you, Janet, for agreeing to take this position.

A brief pastoral council meeting was held on Sunday, October 23rd and out of that meeting came some good ideas. One of those ideas will be instituted beginning the first Sunday in November. We are adding something called "Sharing What Makes Us Smile".


So what is "Sharing What Makes Us Smile", you may ask? Well, everyone loves to hear good things and so we will set aside 5 to 10 minutes, after announcements, for folks to simply share something good they have experienced in their lives. It doesn’t matter if it is a recent event or a past event, as long as it is something that has made you smile, it is sharable. Is that even a word??? :-) We look forward to hearing about what makes you smile.

 

The Pastoral Council also decided to make the last Sunday of the month, September through June, an "All Healing and Message Service". What that means is, we will not have an inspirational talk on the last Sunday of the month but instead we will dedicate the entire service to healing and messages from spirit. This will be done in a circle formation. The first one will be held the last Sunday of January. We hope you will enjoy this bit of a change up one Sunday a month. If not, we can always return to the standard format for all services.

Part of our meeting was devoted to a discussion about student presenters. While HLSC strives to bring you speakers and mediums who are inspiring and incredible in their ability to connect with spirit we also want to encourage and teach others how to do the same. We are a "teaching church".

 

Students are the future of Spiritualism and they need to have a platform on which to "hone their skills", while at the same time, learning about appropriate presentation. That being said, from time to time, as in the past, we will have students facilitating the service, leading the meditations, giving the inspirational talks, and giving messages from spirit. Some students will be from our church and some may come to us from other churches. Where ever they come from we want to encourage their evolution and growth as Spiritualists.

The Pastoral Council and the Church Board wish to thank you for helping us to grow our religion by coming out to support and encourage the students.

We are having a Thanksgiving Day food drive. Beginning the last week of October and continuing until the Sunday before Thanksgiving you may bring non-perishable items to the Temple and leave them on the tables on the left side of the Temple. The Temple is always open so you can bring your items and drop them off throughout the week. It has been suggested that gift certificates to one of the grocery stores would be a welcome contribution. We will deliver these to the local town halls who will see they are distributed. Thank you for making someone’s Thanksgiving a little nicer.

 

Upcoming November Events Featuring HLSC Members

Saturday November 19th
What: Table Tipping
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Temple on the Camp Etna grounds
Presenters: Rev. Janet Decker and Amy Griffiths
Contact: janet.decker9@gmail.com (207-404-1845)

or amyjspiritedway@gmail.com (207-385-3321)
Cost: $20.00
Shoes required!


 

Camp Etna News

Camp Etna has been put to bed for the winter.

 

Community Events!

 

Edgar Cayce's Glad Helpers Group meets every Monday afternoon from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Maine Holistic Center located at 81 Maine Street Bangor, ME. All Energy Healers are welcome to become part of this group at any time. For more information on Glad Helpers please see last month’s newsletter. You can find it on our web site under the "Newsletter" tab.
 

Serving the church in November:


Facilitator – Rev. Wachian Welch

Speakers/Mediums


November 5th: Pat Heitman/Speaker, Pat Heitman and Rev. Welch/messages
November 12th: Caroline King/Speaker, Rev. Wachian Welch/messages
November 19th: Rev. Wachian Welch/Speaker, Rev. Wachian Welch and congregation participation/messages
November 26th: Facilitator Pastor Dee Powers, Terry Willette/Speaker, Message Circle

Reminders


Pot Luck Sunday is November 5th in the Temple. There will be an electrical strip to plug crock pots into. You may want to leave cold items in your car until after service.


The back row of chairs on the right side of the church, as you enter, are designated as healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to sit in a healing chair. There will be a healer assigned to those chairs at every service.

 

The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out on the church website: www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org. You can find it under the “Classes” tab.

 

The church membership application is available in the church and can also be downloaded from the home page of our web site.

 

There has been some confusion about church HLSC and Camp Etna memberships. I hope the following will explain.

 

Becoming a member of the HLSC does not automatically make you a member of Camp Etna. Camp Etna and the church are separate entities and each has their own set of requirements for becoming a member.

If you want to become a member of the church please go to our web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org to read our by-laws and membership requirements and if you want to become a member of Camp Etna please go to campetna.com to read their by-laws and membership requirements. If you do not use a computer, you may ask any member of the church board or camp board for their respective information.

 

You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.
 

If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services, September through June, please see one of the pastors. Thank you!

 

Weather (Cancellation) Notification

When the weather is bad church services and meetings are canceled. You can check on the local TV news stations for our cancellations. We will also put the notice out on Facebook and via email. Once in a while we cancel church and then the storm doesn't manifest. Ahhhhh, nature, you cannot always predict her. Never the less, once church has been canceled we do not change it. Please make a note of this.

Please be ever mindful of safety both in the home and in your comings and goings this winter. Always think, Safety First!

 

To Say Thank You!

A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums for the month of October.

A BIG THANK YOU to Sherwood for cleaning the Temple. You did a marvelous job!
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped out and/or contributed food to our Mediums Day fund raiser
A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for continuing to maintain our church web site.
A BIG THANK YOU to those who contributed to the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter, the local fire and rescue and the Native American Indian Reservations in Maine and Canada.
TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

 

Ongoing

The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Pot Luck is held at the Inn June through October (no pot luck in August) and in the Temple November through May. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a nice meal and conversation with like-minded souls.

Mediumship Development Groups meet every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM in in the Temple (led by Rev. Janet Decker) and Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM at Pastor Dee Powers' house in Canaan (led by Pastor Dee Powers). Please call or email her for directions.

Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. Beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted.

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday and Pastor Dee Powers will collect and deliver them.

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Playground toys
Diapers of all sizes
Trash bags
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Children's books

We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. These contributions will be given to Bill "Windwalker" Wentworth who will take them to the Native American Indian Reservations in Maine and Canada. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them.

Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.


 

If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the December newsletter I need the information by November 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my email address (Rev. Janet Decker) at the bottom of the newsletter.

The pastoral council and the church board of directors is open to hear suggestions that may improve our church and make it an even more inviting place of peace and sanctuary from the rigors of daily life. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. The church council members are: Pastor Dee Powers, Bonnie Mellott, Rev. Wachian Welch, Janet McNerney, and Marcia Ruland.

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO share this newsletter.

Bright Blessings to all and I wish you a November filled with things to be grateful for.

Rev. Janet Decker

Contacts

Rev. Janet Decker (Lead Pastor)
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-404-1845

Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary)
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

Pastor Dee Powers (President)
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com
Ph: 207-557-1979

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: ahappymedium@icloud.com
Ph: 207-647-3781

Rev. Shirley Boyens
Email: mables@tampabay.rr.com

Marcia Ruland (Board Member)
snakespirit17@yahoo.com

Bonnie Lee Mellott (Vice President)
queenmellott@gmail.com

Janet McNerney (Treasurer)
Janet Mcnerneyjanetmcnerney11@msn.com

June 2017 Newsletter

Greetings Everyone!

There seems to be a lot of news this month so let’s get right to it.

News

Please note: The Sunday Mediumship Development group will meet at Rev. Janet Decker's cottage beginning Sunday June 25th and continuing through the entire month of August. We will begin meeting again in the Temple on September 3rd.

I am happy to announce that one of our Ordination course graduates, Candace Breen, will be leading the service on June 25th. Normally, the last service of the month is our "All Healing and Message Service" but this month we will have a bit of a change up and Candace will speak instead.

Candace lives in Rhode Island and will be traveling up to Maine just to serve our church. Although Candace is a graduate, and, completed the course with flying colors, she has not yet had the opportunity to lead a church service. Since we are a teaching church we are happy to give her this opportunity.

I'd also like to share that Candace is the first ordination student to have taken this course who is not local. I appreciate her making the long drive to serve our church.

Candace would love the opportunity to serve other Spiritualist churches within a 2 hour radius of her home in RI. If you know of any Spiritualist churches in that area please do let her know and she will contact them. Her email address is: cohoyo1@yahoo.com

On Sunday June 18th we will celebrate the summer solstice during church service. The summer solstice is celebrated to honor nature and the cycles of life. We will have the ceremony in place of the inspirational talk. We will also have a guided meditation, healing, and messages from spirit, as usual.

Principle number 2 states: We believe that the phenomena of nature, both physical and spiritual, are the expression of Infinite Intelligence. And principle number 3 further states: We affirm that a correct understanding of such expression and living in accordance therewith constitutes true religion.

Celebrating nature through ceremony is an ancient practice and a practice I am happy to facilitate for our church family. I hope you will be able to join us in celebrating the sun at its zenith and the ever renewing cycles of life!

Angie's Intuitive Paint class went very well on Mother's Day. Angie donated part of the proceeds to our church and we greatly appreciate the donation. Angie is considering holding another Intuitive Paint class a little later on. When we know the date you will be the first to know!

Pot Luck Sunday is June 4th, 2017, at the inn after service. You may drop off food there before the service. There are electrical strips for crock pots and there is a refrigerator.

The church and the ESA garden committee have some worthy projects in mind for the camp grounds this year. We are asking for donations of flower or vegetable seeds and flower bulbs. Donations can be left anytime on the tables on the left as you enter the Temple. Also, you may call Rev. Dee Powers or Rev. Marcia Ruland if you have questions.

Upcoming June Events Featuring HLSC Members

Saturday, June 24: Janice Nelson Kroesser will facilitate Table Tipping in the Temple at 7:00 PM.
Sunday, June 25: Dowsing for Answers taught by James Kidder, 1:00 to 4:00 PM in the Temple
Sunday June 25: Late Night Transfiguration with Pastor Laurie Xanthos, 9:00 to 10:30 PM in the Temple.
Monday June 26: Test the Medium with Chris Smith, 1:00 to 3:00 PM in the Temple.
Monday June 26: Primal Empowerment with Chris Smith, 4:00 to 6:00 PM in the Temple.
Tuesday June 27: Gallery Reading with Katie Dobbins, 7:00 PM in the Temple
Wednesday June 28: Developing Your Divine Potential with Pastor Laurie Xanthos, 1:00 to 3:00 PM in the Temple
Wednesday June 28: Message Circle with Pastor Laurie Xanthos, 7:00 Pm in the Temple

Rev Janet Decker will teach a 2 -1/2 day Past Life Regression Course, June 29th - July 1st at Camp Etna. Students who complete the course will receive their certification as a "Group Past Life Regression Practitioner" from the International Metaphysical University (IMU). Details can be found on the Camp Etna web site.

Details for all June events can be found on the Camp Etna web site.

Looking Ahead

Not to be missed! On July 30th our church will host Dr. June Bro, from Virginia Beach who will be sharing her experiences of working together with Edgar Cayce while he was alive. A love offering of $10.00 will be gladly accepted at the door. June is the only living person to have had a life reading with Edgar Cayce. At age 97, she writes for Venture Inward, the quarterly magazine of the A.R.E. - Cayce Center, and she conducts a weekly session called, "Conversations with June", at A.R.E. When June talks about her work with Cayce she brings his spirit alive!

Community News

Edgar Cayce's Glad Helpers Group meets every Monday afternoon from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Maine Holistic Center located at 81 Maine Street Bangor, ME. All Energy Healers are welcome to become part of this group at any time. For more information on Glad Helpers please see last month's newsletter. You can find it on our website under the "Newsletter" tab.

Serving the church in June
Facilitator – Rev. Janet Decker

Speakers/Mediums

June 4th: Sherwood Dedham (Student)
June 11th: Rev. Chris Owen and Suzanne Gagnon - Rev. Chris Owen is an excellent speaker and medium. His partner, Suzanne, is an accomplished.healer. Together they serve Spirit in Spiritualist churches and camps throughout Maine.
June 18th: Summer Solstice Ceremony
June 25th: Rev. Candace Breen - Rev. Candace Nadine Breen lives in Barrington Rhode Island with her loving husband and two children. She is a newly ordained Independent Spiritualist Minister and is also ordained as a Healing Minister in the church of Spiritual Humanism. Candace is Shamanic Healer and medium, published author and artist. In addition, she is a certified Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master and Teacher and Animal Reiki Master and Teacher. Candace also does Tarot Card readings.

Reminders

Pot Luck is the first Sunday of every month.

The back row of chairs on the right side of the church, as you enter, are designated as healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to sit in a healing chair. There will be a healer assigned to those chairs at every service.

The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out here or you can find it under the "Classes" tab. The church membership application is available in the church and can also be downloaded from the home page of our web site.

Please be aware that becoming a member of HLSC does not automatically make you a member of Camp Etna. Camp Etna and the church are separate entities and each has their own set of requirements for becoming a member.

If you want to become a member of the church please go to our web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org to read our by-laws and membership requirements and if you want to become a member of Camp Etna please go to campetna.com to read their by-laws and membership requirements. If you do not use a computer, you may ask any member of the church board or camp board for their respective information.

You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services, September through June, please see one of the pastors. Thank you.



 

To Say Thanks

A BIG THANK YOU to Angie Butler Welch for her church fund raising efforts.
A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums for the month of April.
A BIG THANK YOU to Sherwood for cleaning the Temple. Sherwood you do a splendid job!
A BIG THANK YOU to Rev. Dee and Rev. Marcia for planting the beautiful flowers A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the various church drives.

Let us all give honor to the pastors of our church for the selfless giving of their time and efforts. Your complete dedication to our church and to our members does not go unnoticed, believe me. As lead pastor I can honestly say, I do not know what I would do without you. You are a blessing to me and to everyone who attends our church. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

I also want to extend heartfelt gratitude to the members of the church board. I am aware of how busy everyone is these days and that you are willing to serve the church in the capacity as a board member is a blessing. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Ongoing

The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Pot Luck is held at the Inn June through October (no pot luck in August) and in the Temple November through May. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a nice meal and conversation with like-minded souls.

A Mediumship Development Group meets every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM in in the Temple (led by Rev. Janet Decker). Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. Beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted. (Please note that the development group will meet at Janet's cottage June 25th - August 27th.)

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday and Pastor Dee Powers will collect and deliver them.

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Playground toys
Diapers of all sizes
Trash bags
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Children's books

We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them.

Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the September newsletter I need the information by August 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my email address (Rev. Janet Decker) at the bottom of the newsletter.

The pastoral council and the church board of directors is open to hear suggestions that may improve our church and make it an even more inviting place of peace and sanctuary from the rigors of daily life. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. The church board members are: Pastor Dee Powers (President), Bonnie Mellott (Vice President), Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary), Janet McNerney (Treasurer), and Rev. Marcia Ruland (Trustee). Their contact information is below.

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO share this newsletter.

Bright Blessings,
Rev. Janet Decker

Contacts

Rev. Janet Decker
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-404-1845

Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary)
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

Rev. Dee Powers (President)
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com
Ph: 207-557-1979

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: ahappymedium@icloud.com
Ph: 207-647-3781

Janet McNerney (Treasurer)
Email: janetmcnerney11@msn.com

Rev. Shirley Boyens
Email: mables@tampabay.rr.com

Rev. Marcia Ruland (Board Member)
snakespirit17@yahoo.com

Bonnie Lee Mellott (Vice President)
queenmellott@gmail.com

May 2017 Newsletter

Happy May Everyone!

I just returned from a much needed vacation that took me all the way to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and although it was wonderful to spend some time in the warm sun, I am happy to be back in Maine.

Our state is so beautiful and not only that, it is not heavily populated which, I for one, love. With large populations comes a terrific amount of noise pollution, trash, incredible traffic congestion, and an unbelievable disrespect for nature and other human beings. Or at least this is how it seems to me.

Every time I leave Maine, and subsequently return, I am reminded of why I moved here in the first place. I cherish Maine and the many wonderful gifts she offers us; forests, rivers, streams, mountains and valleys, a long unaltered coast line, parks, recreation in every season, abundant wildlife, organic farms, seafood, peace and quiet, and abundant magnificent nature. Ahhhh Maine, the way life should be!

News

I am thrilled to announce that Marcia Ruland has completed the ordination course to become our fourth graduate! We can now address Marcia as, Reverend Marcia Ruland.

If you have had the pleasure of being present at a service that Marcia has facilitated you will already know that she was born to this. As I have said many times, becoming a minister is not something that can be conveyed on a person, you are born to it. We can teach some of the skills of leading a service, performing marriages/funerals/memorial services, etc., however, being a spiritual guide/teacher/leader is something that is truly in the blood. It is a calling. Congratulations Marcia!

The ESA board will meet with the church board members on May 14th after the service in the Inn. We are aware this is Mother’s Day. We chose this date because it is the one day where most of both boards can be present.

 

Pot Luck Sunday is May 7th, 2017, in the Temple after service.
 

The church and the ESA garden committee have some worthy projects in mind for the camp grounds this year. We are asking for donations of flower or vegetable seeds and flower bulbs. Donations can be left anytime on the tables on the left as you enter the Temple. Also, you may call Pastor Dee Powers or Marcia Ruland if you have questions.

We were tossing around ideas about how to let people know about HLSC. One perfect way to introduce people to our wonderful church is to bring someone with you on Sunday, or, bring someone with you to a church sponsored event. Visitors are always welcome and who knows, whoever you bring with you to church or an event may become our next best member!

We are still collecting stuffed animals for the fire department. You can drop them off at the Temple any time as it is always open. Just place them on the tables to the left as you enter. All donations must be new with tags still attached. Thank you!

We are also collecting food for homeless shelters and food pantrys, so when you are in the grocery store pick up an extra can of vegetables or box of pasta if you can. Again, you can leave your donation on the table to the left as you enter the Temple. Thank you!

The last Sunday of every month is an "All Healing and Message Service". What that means is, we will not have an inspirational talk on the last Sunday of the month but instead we will dedicate the entire service to healing and messages from spirit. This will be done in a circle formation. Everyone is welcome.

Looking Ahead

Rev Janet Decker will lead a 2 -1/2 day Past Life Regression Course, June 29th - July 1st at Camp Etna. Students who complete the course will receive their certification as a "Group Past Life Regression Practitioner" from the International Metaphysical University (IMU). Details can be found on the Camp Etna web site.

Upcoming May Events Featuring HLSC Members

Intuitive Painting Class
When: Sunday May 14th
Time: 12:30 - 2:30
What: The theme will be the Sunflower. Sunflowers are associated with spiritual knowledge and the desire to seek light and truth. A brief intuitive reading will be given to each participant by Artist/Psychic Medium Angie Butler Welch. No experience necessary.
Where: Temple on the Camp Etna Grounds
Cost: $35.00, all materials will be included. A portion of the proceeds will go to HLSC
Offered By: Intuitive Artist/Psychic Medium Angie Butler Welch
This is a class for all ages. Seating is limited so please RSVP to Angie at 266-1555 OR tyger25474@gmail ASAP.
If you are a church member and have an event coming up please let me know and I will post it in our newsletter.

Camp News

The water has been turned on at the camp grounds! For those of us who are members that means a great deal. People will be coming now to open their cottages and enjoy the grounds. Let the socializing and fun times begin!

Community News

Edgar Cayce's Glad Helpers Group meets every Monday afternoon from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Maine Holistic Center located at 81 Maine Street Bangor, ME. All Energy Healers are welcome to become part of this group at any time. For more information on Glad Helpers please see last month's newsletter. You can find it on our website under the "Newsletter" tab.

Serving the church in May
Facilitator – Rev. Dee Powers

Speakers/Mediums

May 7th: Bill (Wind Walker) Wentworth/inspirational talk, Rev. Dee Powers/messages

May 14th: Sherwood Denham (Student)

May 21st: Melanie Ames - Melanie comes to us from Gardiner, Maine. She has been a member of the Augusta Spiritualist Church for 11 year. Melanie is the Vice President of the Augusta church and a Director on the Board of MSSAC (Maine State Spiritualist Association of Churches) Melanie says she loves serving spirit!!

May 87th: Healing and Message Circle


Reminders


 

Pot Luck is the first Sunday of every month.

The back row of chairs on the right side of the church, as you enter, are designated as healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to sit in a healing chair. There will be a healer assigned to those chairs at every service.

The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out here or you can find it under the "Classes" tab. The church membership application is available in the church and can also be downloaded from the home page of our web site.
Please be aware that becoming a member of HLSC does not automatically make you a member of Camp Etna. Camp Etna and the church are separate entities and each has their own set of requirements for becoming a member.
If you want to become a member of the church please go to our web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org to read our by-laws and membership requirements and if you want to become a member of Camp Etna please go to campetna.com to read their by-laws and membership requirements. If you do not use a computer, you may ask any member of the church board or camp board for their respective information.

You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services, September through June, please see one of the pastors. Thank you.

To Say Thanks

A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for donating the annual cost of renewing the hosting agreement for our web site. Diane also maintains the web site for us which often takes a great deal of time. Diane you are such a blessing to our church. Thank you, thank you!
A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums for the month of April.
A BIG THANK YOU to Sherwood for cleaning the Temple. Sherwood you do a splendid job!
A BIG THANK YOU to Karlene Tanner for monitoring the heat in the church and for clearing the deck of ice and snow in the winter... you are a God Send!
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the various church drives.

Let us all give honor to the pastors of our church for the selfless giving of their time and efforts. Your complete dedication to our church and to our members does not go unnoticed, believe me. As lead pastor I can honestly say, I do not know what I would do without you. You are a blessing to me and to everyone who attends our church. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

I also want to extend heartfelt gratitude to the members of the church board. I am aware of how busy everyone is these days and that you are willing to serve the church in the capacity as a board member is a blessing. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!


 

Ongoing

The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Pot Luck is held at the Inn June through October (no pot luck in August) and in the Temple November through May. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a nice meal and conversation with like-minded souls.

A Mediumship Development Group meets every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM in in the Temple (led by Rev. Janet Decker). Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. Beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted.

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday and Pastor Dee Powers will collect and deliver them.

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Playground toys
Diapers of all sizes
Trash bags
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Children's books

We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them.

Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the September newsletter I need the information by August 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my email address (Rev. Janet Decker) at the bottom of the newsletter.
The pastoral council and the church board of directors is open to hear suggestions that may improve our church and make it an even more inviting place of peace and sanctuary from the rigors of daily life. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. The church board members are: Pastor Dee Powers (President), Bonnie Mellott (Vice President), Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary), Janet McNerney (Treasurer), and Rev. Marcia Ruland (Trustee). Their contact information is below.

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO share this newsletter.

Wishing Mother’s everywhere a very Happy Mother’s Day!
Rev. Janet Decker

Contacts

Rev. Janet Decker
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-404-1845

Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary)
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

Rev. Dee Powers (President)
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com
Ph: 207-557-1979

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: ahappymedium@icloud.com
Ph: 207-647-3781

Janet McNerney (Treasurer)
Email: janetmcnerney11@msn.com

Rev. Shirley Boyens
Email: mables@tampabay.rr.com

Rev. Marcia Ruland (Board Member)
snakespirit17@yahoo.com

Bonnie Lee Mellott (Vice President)
queenmellott@gmail.com

April 2017 Newsletter

 

Happy April Everyone and welcome to Spring!

Last month I talked about forgiveness and how important it is for our spiritual evolution. This month I'd like to continue with the theme of spiritual evolution through self-love and acceptance. This poem by Jellaludin Rumi pretty much says it all.

 

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

As I stated in last month’s newsletter, we have a choice in how we perceive everything that happens in our world. Rumi states here that we should meet each internal feeling as a guest at our door and to greet them laughing no matter how ugly they may seem to be. He talks about honoring each part of your "self" and to find the wonderful gift each individual guest has to offer you. Yes, even malice, shame, self-loathing or any dark thought, for indeed, these negative feelings of "self" offer you a gift beyond your wildest dreams, they offer you spiritual evolution once understood, blessed, and accepted.

May the newness of spring bring you self-love and peace beyond measure!

 

News

I will be away having a much needed vacation beginning Monday April 3rd through Sunday April 22nd. Please direct any questions or problems to Rev. Wachian Welch and Pastor Dee Powers. Their contact information is listed at the end of the newsletter. Thank you.

 

This is one of the happiest announcements I can make. Our own Dee Powers has just completed the ordination course to become our third graduate! I am proud to say we can now address Dee as Reverend Dee Powers. Congratulations Dee!

Pot Luck Sunday is April 2nd, 2017 in the Temple.


I am happy to report that 4 people received their Energy Healing certificates in April. They are: Sherwood Denham, Thoy Conroy, Christopher Smith and Bonnie Lee Mellott. Congratulations!

Our treasurer, Janet McNerney, will be having surgery April 4th at EMMC and will be hospitalized for 2 to 3 days, then, she will be in rehab at Ross Manor in Bangor for 2 weeks. Janet would love to have visitors once she enters rehab. Phone calls will also be welcome. You can find her number at the end of the newsletter. Let’s keep Janet in our prayers.

Kate Dobbins is home now. She was hospitalized for a time at EMMC. Please keep Kate in your prayers.

There will be a Gallery Reading event in the Temple on the last Saturday of the month, April 29th. Specifics are listed below.

The Sunday Mediumship Development Circle will be led by Karlene Tanner on April 9th, 16th and 23rd.

The church and the ESA garden committee have some worthy projects in mind for the camp grounds this year. We are asking for donations of flower or vegetable seeds and flower bulbs. Donations can be left anytime on the tables on the left as you enter the Temple. Also, you may call Pastor Dee Powers or Marcia Ruland if you have questions.

The drumming circle held on March 11th in the Temple was a huge success. 12 souls braved the cold to come out and drum. What a fabulous energetic "pick me up"!

We were tossing around ideas about how to let people know about HLSC. One perfect way to introduce people to our wonderful church is to bring someone with you on Sunday, or, bring someone with you to a church sponsored event. Visitors are always welcome and who knows, whoever you bring with you to church or an event may become our next best member!

We are still collecting stuffed animals for the fire department. You can drop them off at the Temple any time as it is always open. Just place them on the tables to the left as you enter. All donations must be new with tags still attached. Thank you!

We are also collecting food for homeless shelters and food pantrys, so when you are in the grocery store pick up an extra can of vegetables or box of pasta if you can. Again, you can leave your donation on the table to the left as you enter the Temple. Thank you!

The last Sunday of every month is an "All Healing and Message Service". What that means is, we will not have an inspirational talk on the last Sunday of the month but instead we will dedicate the entire service to healing and messages from spirit. This will be done in a circle formation. Everyone is welcome.

 

Looking Ahead
 

Angie Butler Welch, Intuitive Artist and Psychic Medium, will be holding an intuitive painting class in the Temple on Mother’s Day, May 14th from 12:30 - 2:30. Details will be in next month’s newsletter but you may want to mark your calendar now as this event is limited to 15 people. A portion of the proceeds will go to the HLSC.

Rev Janet Decker will lead a 2 -1/2 day Past Life Regression Course, June 29th - July 1st at Camp Etna. Students who complete the course will receive their certification as a "Group Past Life Regression Practitioner" from the International Metaphysical University (IMU). Details can be found on the Camp Etna web site. http://www.campetna.com/june-24-spirit-sampler.html

Upcoming April Events Featuring HLSC Members

 

Gallery Readings in the Temple
When: Saturday April 29th
Time: 7:00 PM
What: Messages From Spirit
Where: Temple on the Camp Etna Grounds
Cost: $15.00
Mediums Serving: Rev. Janet Decker and Sherwood Denham
Contact: Rev. Janet Decker, Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com, Ph: 207-404-1845
All are welcome - Come see what spirit has to share with you... and bring a friend!

If you are a church member and have an event coming up please let me know and I will post it in our newsletter.

Writers United Bangor
When: Wednesday April 5th
Time: To be determined
Where: To be determined
What: This is a new group that will get together on a weekly basis to brainstorm, and to explore creative writing styles and exercises.
Contact: Christopher Smith at 207-530-1277 for more information

Community News

Edgar Cayce's Glad Helpers Group meets every Monday afternoon from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Maine Holistic Center located at 81 Maine Street Bangor, ME. All Energy Healers are welcome to become part of this group at any time. For more information on Glad Helpers please see last month's newsletter. You can find it on our website under the "Newsletter" tab.

Serving the church in April
Facilitator – Rev. Wachian Welch
Speakers/Mediums

April 2nd: Melissa Gabriel – Owner of Angel Connection. She is a caring and professional Psychic Medium and Spiritual Healer. Her abilities include clairvoyance, clairaudience and clairsentience which she has used to help uplift and guide others for over 10 years. Dawn Wilber (student) will give messages.

April 9th: Rev. Patty Palmer is a co-pastor of Harrison D. Barrett Spiritualist Church in Bangor, ME. She serves on the HDB board and MSSAC board. Rev. Palmer is a Reiki Master, teaches development classes and serves Spiritualist churches and camps throughout the state of Maine.
Rev. Betty Simpson - Also a co-pastor of Harrison D. Barrett Spiritualist Church in Bangor, ME. She can often be found at Camp Etna with her husband who volunteers at the Camp. 

April 16th: Marcia Ruland (Ordination Student) Marcia is a board member of Healing Light Spiritualist Church, as well as a member and cottage owner at Camp Etna Spiritualist Camp. Marcia will be leading this service and delivering the inspirational talk. Rev. Wachian Welch will be giving messages.

April 23rd: Pat Heitman is serving as the guest speaker. She is a longtime friend of Healing Light Spiritualist Church. Pat has served our church many times giving her messages of inspiration. She and her husband, Norm, live close by and are regular visitors to church and Camp Etna. Pastor Laurie Xanthos will be leading this service and giving messages.

April 30th: Healing and Message Circle

Reminders

Pot Luck Sunday is April 2nd in the Temple. There will be an electrical strip to plug crock pots into. 

The back row of chairs on the right side of the church, as you enter, are designated as healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to sit in a healing chair. There will be a healer assigned to those chairs at every service.

The church has an online Ordination Program. You can find it under the "Classes" tab on the church web site.

The church membership application is available in the church and can also be downloaded from the home page of our web site.

There has been some confusion about HLSC and Camp Etna memberships. I hope the following will explain.

Becoming a member of HLSC does not automatically make you a member of Camp Etna. Camp Etna and the church are separate entities and each has their own set of requirements for becoming a member.

If you want to become a member of the church please go to our web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org to read our by-laws and membership requirements and if you want to become a member of Camp Etna please go to campetna.com to read their by-laws and membership requirements. If you do not use a computer, you may ask any member of the church board or camp board for their respective information.

You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page. healinglightspiritualistchurch.org

If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services, September through June, please see one of the pastors. Thank you.

 

Weather (Cancellation) Notification

When the weather is bad church services and meetings are canceled. You can check on the local TV news stations for our cancellations. We will also put the notice out on Facebook and via email. Once in a while we cancel church and then the storm doesn't manifest. Ahhhhh, nature, you cannot always predict her. Never the less, once church has been canceled we do not change it. Please make a note of this.

Please be ever mindful of safety both in the home and in your comings and goings. Always think, Safety First!

To Say Thank You!

At this time I want to give honor to the pastors of our church for the selfless giving of their time and efforts. Your complete dedication to our church and to our members does not go unnoticed, believe me. As lead pastor I can honestly say, I do not know what I would do without you. You are a blessing to me and to everyone who attends our church. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

I also want to extend heartfelt gratitude to the members of the church board. I am aware of how busy everyone is these days and that you are willing to serve the church in the capacity as a board member is a blessing. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums for the month of March.
A BIG THANK YOU to Pastor Laurie Xanthos for yet another great Energy Healing Class.
A BIG THANK YOU to Sherwood for cleaning the Temple. As usual, splendid job!
A BIG THANK YOU to Karlene Tanner for monitoring the heat in the church and for clearing the deck of ice and snow. You are a God Send!
A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for continuing to manage the church web site
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the various church drives.
A BIG THANK YOU to those who contributed to the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter, the local fire and rescue, and the local food banks.
TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Ongoing

The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Pot Luck is held at the Inn June through October (no pot luck in August) and in the Temple November through May. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a nice meal and conversation with like-minded souls.

A Mediumship Development Group meets every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM in in the Temple (led by Rev. Janet Decker). Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. Beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted.

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday and Pastor Dee Powers will collect and deliver them.


Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Playground toys
Diapers of all sizes
Trash bags
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Children's books


We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them.

Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the September newsletter I need the information by August 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my email address (Rev. Janet Decker) at the bottom of the newsletter.

The pastoral council and the church board of directors is open to hear suggestions that may improve our church and make it an even more inviting place of peace and sanctuary from the rigors of daily life. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. The church board members are: Pastor Dee Powers (President), Bonnie Mellott (Vice President), Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary), Janet McNerney (Treasurer), and Marcia Ruland (Trustee). Their contact information is below.


 

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO share this newsletter.

 

Bright Blessings to all,

Rev. Janet Decker

 

Contacts

Rev. Janet Decker
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-404-1845

Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary)
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

Pastor Dee Powers (President)
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com
Ph: 207-557-1979

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: ahappymedium@icloud.com
Ph: 207-647-3781

Janet McNerney (Treasurer)
Email: janetmcnerney11@msn.com

Rev. Shirley Boyens
Email: mables@tampabay.rr.com

Marcia Ruland (Board Member)
snakespirit17@yahoo.com

Bonnie Lee Mellott (Vice President)
queenmellott@gmail.com

March 2017 Newsletter

 

Happy March Everyone!

This month I thought I would share some thoughts about forgiveness.

One of the classes in our ordination program is all about forgiveness. The reason we have a class about forgiveness is because forgiving ourselves and others is of the utmost importance to our spiritual evolution not to mention our overall health and well-being.

I think being a Spiritualist helps me a great deal with forgiveness. As a Spiritualist I ABSOLUTELY KNOW, without question, that life goes on and the soul continues to evolve. Knowing this makes me realize that in order to evolve I ABSOLUTELY MUST forgive and move on, otherwise, I get stuck at the level I’m at, spiritually, and this is unacceptable to me.

Also, as a Spiritualist, I know that earth life is really nothing more than a school, and this school is all about experiences and opportunities for spiritual growth. I feel that there are no good experiences and no bad experiences, but rather, just experiences. How we perceive the experience makes it good or bad and we have a choice in that.

 

The other way being a Spiritualist helps me with forgiveness is that I know we make contracts with everyone we encounter on earth, prior to birth, while we are in Spirit. We chose to be born to our parents and they chose to have this experience with us. And this goes for everyone in our life, brothers, sisters, friends, acquaintances, etc. The people that give us the hardest time and the most grief are our greatest teachers and I am grateful to them for bringing me the gift/opportunity to evolve spiritually. And I truly mean this. I am very grateful to those who have hurt me beyond words. Being able to see the "gift" through the hurt and pain, and being grateful for the opportunity for growth, is a true blessing and a true sign of spiritual evolution.

Also, as one of the ordination course students so perfectly states in the classroom forum: " I have learned so much from and grown spiritually from the seemingly most negative and hurtful things in my life. These situations and people have spurred me on to grow in ways that I never imagined.  It gave me great comfort to finally realize that the people, who hurt me the most, had a great love for me in order to do this. This makes me want to forgive them even more.  I know as a Spiritualist that the door is always open - that everyone is always learning and growing no matter what plane they are on."

Who, in your life, needs to be forgiven? Offer up a blessing for them having brought you this opportunity for spiritual growth and know that they must really, really love you or they would never have signed up for this assignment. And smile, spring is coming!

News

Pot Luck Sunday is March 5th, 2017 in the Temple.

One of our members, Cathy Baker, passed into spirit on February 5th. While we are always sad to see one of our members leave us, physically, by transitioning to spirit, we are always happy that they have moved into the higher vibrations of light to continue their spiritual evolution. We know Cathy will visit us often from spirit. Happy Birthday, Cathy!

 

The second part of Pastor Laurie's energy healing certification class will be held on Sunday, March 12th at 1:00 PM in the Temple. Everyone who took the first part of the class last fall will now be able to complete it and receive their certificate.

There will be a drumming circle in the Temple on Saturday evening, March 11th, at 7:00 PM. Please join us and if you have an instrument, drum, flute, rattle, etc., feel free to bring it. This event is being offered by donation. Bring a friend!

The church had its first ever Gallery Reading night on February 18th and I am happy to report that it was a great success! We plan to offer the next one on the third Saturday in April. Mark your calendars and bring a friend!!!

We were tossing around ideas about how to let people know about HLSC. One perfect way to introduce people to our wonderful church is to bring someone with you on Sunday, or, bring someone with you to a church sponsored event. Visitors are always welcome and who knows, whoever you bring with you to church or an event may become our next best member!

We are still collecting stuffed animals for the fire department. You can drop them off at the Temple any time as it is always open. Just place them on the table to the left in the rear of the church. All donations must be new with tags still attached. Thank you!

We are also collecting food for homeless shelters and food pantry's, so when you are in the grocery store pick up an extra can of vegetables or box of pasta if you can. Again, you can leave your donation on the table to the left in the rear of the church. Thank you!

The last Sunday of every month is an "All Healing and Message Service". What that means is, we will not have an inspirational talk on the last Sunday of the month but instead we will dedicate the entire service to healing and messages from spirit. This will be done in a circle formation. Everyone is welcome.


Upcoming March Events Featuring HLSC Members

Holistic Health “Retreat to the Inn” Weekend

When: Fri. March 3, 2017 to Sat. March 4, 2017
Time: Fri. March 3th 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Sat. March 4th 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
What: Art Mediumship by Angie Butler Welch and Sound healing and psychic medium readings by Wachian Welch

Where: Belfast Breeze Inn, Belfast ME
Cost: Please contact Jane Liedtke at the Belfast Breeze
Contact: Jane Liedtke: jane@belfastbreezeinn.com
Ph: 207-218-7888

Please see the website for a list of additional vendors and workshops

All are welcome!


Drumming Circle
When: Saturday, March 11th
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Temple on the Camp Etna grounds
Cost: By Donation
Contact: Rev. Wachian Welch - Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023
All are welcome!

Table Tipping
When: Saturday, March 18th
Time: 6:30 PM
What: Messages from Spirit
Where: Temple on the Camp Etna grounds
Cost: $20 per person
Presenter: Rev. Janet Decker & Amy Griffiths
Contact: Rev. Decker at 207-404-1845 (janet.decker9@gmail.com) Amy Griffiths

Ph: 207-385-3321, (amyjspiritedway@gmail.com)
**All are welcome but please let us know you are coming, thanks!**


Intuitive Paint Night
When: Fri., March 31, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM

What: Intuitive Painting with Angie Butler Welch (supplies included)
Where: Belfast Breeze Inn, Belfast ME
Cost: $35 per person
Contact: Jane Liedtke: jane@belfastbreezeinn.com
Ph. 207-218-7888

**Please call to make your reservations**

 

If you are a church member and have an event coming up please let me know and I will post it in our newsletter. I will also be happy to post community events.
Community Events!

Edgar Cayce's Glad Helpers Group meets every Monday afternoon from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Maine Holistic Center located at 81 Maine Street Bangor, ME. All Energy Healers are welcome to become part of this group at any time. For more information on Glad Helpers please see last month's newsletter. You can find it on our website under the "Newsletter" tab.

Serving the church in March
Facilitator – Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Speakers/Mediums
March 5th: Laurie Xanthos
March 12th: Marcia Ruland (Student & Speaker), Graham Connally (Medium)
March 19th: Marcia Ruland (Student & Speaker), Kim Charist (Medium)
March 26th: Healing and Message Service

Reminders

Pot Luck Sunday is March 5th in the Temple. There will be an electrical strip to plug crock pots into. 

The back row of chairs on the right side of the church, as you enter, are designated as healing chairs for those folks who have difficulty getting up and down or walking up front to sit in a healing chair. There will be a healer assigned to those chairs at every service.

The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out here or you can find it under the "Classes" tab. The church membership application is available in the church and can also be downloaded from the home page of our web site.

There has been some confusion about HLSC and Camp Etna memberships. I hope the following will explain.

Becoming a member of HLSC does not automatically make you a member of Camp Etna. Camp Etna and the church are separate entities and each has their own set of requirements for becoming a member.

If you want to become a member of the church please go to our web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org to read our by-laws and membership requirements and if you want to become a member of Camp Etna please go to campetna.com to read their by-laws and membership requirements. If you do not use a computer, you may ask any member of the church board or camp board for their respective information.

You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services, September through June, please see one of the pastors. Thank you.


 

Weather (Cancellation) Notification

When the weather is bad church services and meetings are canceled. You can check on the local TV news stations for our cancellations. We will also put the notice out on Facebook and via email. Once in a while we cancel church and then the storm doesn't manifest. Ahhhhh, nature, you cannot always predict her. Never the less, once church has been canceled we do not change it. Please make a note of this.

Please be ever mindful of safety both in the home and in your comings and goings this winter. Always think, Safety First!

To Say Thank You!

At this time I want to give honor to the pastors of our church for the selfless giving of their time and efforts. Your complete dedication to our church and to our members does not go unnoticed, believe me. As lead pastor I can honestly say, I do not know what I would do without you. You are a blessing to me and to everyone who attends our church. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

I also want to extend heartfelt gratitude to the members of the church board. I am aware of how busy everyone is these days and that you are willing to serve the church in the capacity as a board member is a blessing. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums for the month of February.
A BIG THANK YOU to Sherwood for cleaning the Temple. As usual, splendid job!
A BIG THANK YOU to Karlene Tanner for monitoring the heat in the church and for clearing the deck of ice and snow. You are a God Send!
A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for continuing to manage the church web site.
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the Food Drive.
A BIG THANK YOU to those who contributed to the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter, the local fire and rescue, and the local food banks.
TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Ongoing

The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Pot Luck is held at the Inn June through October (no pot luck in August) and in the Temple November through May. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a nice meal and conversation with like-minded souls.
A Mediumship Development Group meets every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM in in the Temple (led by Rev. Janet Decker). Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. Beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted.

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday and Pastor Dee Powers will collect and deliver them.


 

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Playground toys
Diapers of all sizes
Trash bags
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Children's books

We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them.

Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the September newsletter I need the information by August 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my email address (Rev. Janet Decker) at the bottom of the newsletter.
The pastoral council and the church board of directors is open to hear suggestions that may improve our church and make it an even more inviting place of peace and sanctuary from the rigors of daily life. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. The church board members are: Pastor Dee Powers (President), Bonnie Mellott (Vice President), Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary), Janet McNerney (Treasurer), and Marcia Ruland (Trustee). Their contact information is below.

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO share this newsletter.

Bright Blessings to all and happy St. Patrick's Day!
Rev. Janet Decker

Contacts

Rev. Janet Decker
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-404-1845

Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary)
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

Pastor Dee Powers (President)
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com
Ph: 207-557-1979

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: ahappymedium@icloud.com
Ph: 207-647-3781

Janet McNerney (Treasurer)
Email: janetmcnerney11@msn.com

Rev. Shirley Boyens
Email: mables@tampabay.rr.com



 

Marcia Ruland (Board Member)
snakespirit17@yahoo.com

Bonnie Lee Mellott (Vice President)
queenmellott@gmail.com

HLSC Newsletter May  2016
 

Greetings Everyone,

I trust that May finds everyone well and excited to spend time outdoors. I know I am certainly feeling the pull to get outside and do things. Winter has a way of making us grateful for spring and summer now doesn't it?

Now the News

This year the first Sunday in May falls on May 1st. May 1st is also known as "May Day", and to celebrate there will be some special things happening during the service.

The May Day celebration is being created and facilitated by Pastor Dee Powers. Flowers are the theme for May Day and we ask that everyone who comes to church that day bring (one) flower to add to a bouquet that we will be creating.

Children are an important part of this celebration so come to church on May 1st and please do bring the children and grandchildren!

May 1st is also pot luck Sunday. We are hoping the weather will be nice enough to eat outside so think "SUNNY" thoughts.   

Here is a truly great piece of news; Rev. Wachian Welch and Angie Butler are engaged to be married!  I am extremely happy for them, as is everyone who knows them. Watch for the happy date of their marriage in future newsletters.

The 2016 summer schedule for Camp Etna is now available on the CE web site. There are some truly remarkable workshops and classes happening in July and August. Check it out here. http://www.campetna.com/summer-programs-.htm

Camp Etna's "Work Weekends" are coming up in May and June. These are the dates: May 21, 22, 28, 29 and June 4, 5, 11, and 12. If you are a member of Camp Etna, planning on becoming a member, or simply a friend and fan of Camp Etna, please come out and help us get the camp ready for the summer season. Everyone's help is both needed and appreciated. Thank you!

If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for June I need the information by May 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my email address (Rev. Janet Decker) at the bottom of the newsletter.

The pastoral council and the church board of directors is open to hear suggestions that may improve our church and make it an even more inviting place of peace, and a sanctuary from the rigors of daily life. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. The church council members are: Pastor Dee Powers, Chris Couture, Rev. Wachian Welch, Barbara Dolliver, and Marcia Ruland.

Upcoming Events

Saturday May 7th
What: Mind Body Spirit Festival
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Fairfield Community Center
61 Water St. Fairfield, ME 04937
Contact Info: www.mindbodyspiritfestival.org

Thursday May 19th
What: Psychic Dinner
Time: 5:00 PM
Where: Clewley Farms Restaurant, Eddington, ME
Presenter: Kelly LaRochelle
Reservations Required: 207-843-7446

Saturday May 21st
What: Table Tipping in the Temple
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Temple on Camp Etna grounds
Presenters: Rev. Janet Decker, janet.decker9@gmail.com and Amy Griffiths
Description: Table Tipping is a method of connecting with the spirit world known as physical phenomena. Come experience what spirit is capable of. The table can get quite active so please wear walking or running shoes. Footwear is required!

Our April event was a huge success and we had great contact with spirit. Please spread the word about this fun and uplifting way to connect with loved ones, spirit guides and teachers as well as angels.

We will post the event to the church FB page, and the Camp Etna FB page. When you see the invitation link click on "accept" so we can reserve your spot. Alternately you may call Amy at 207-385-3321 to reserve your space. Also, please "Share" the event on your FB page. The more the merrier! Fee: $20.00.

Sunday May 22nd
What: Church board meeting
Time: 1:00 PM
Where: Donna and Barbara's house

Serving the church in May:

Facilitator – Pastor Dee Powers

Speakers/Mediums

May 1st - May Day Celebration!
May 8th - Amy Griffiths
May 15th - TBA
May 22nd Ernie VanDenBossche and Bonnie Lee Gibson
May 29th - Bethany Couture

Reminders

May 1st is Pot Luck Sunday. Please come, enjoy the service and bring a dish to share afterward. You can bring the food into the Temple with you and place it on one of the tables on the left. There will be an electrical strip for you to plug crock pots into and a microwave is also available. If you have something that needs to be kept cold you may want to leave that in your vehicle until after the service. See you there!

The church offers an ordination course for those who are interested in becoming an Ordained Independent Spiritualist Minister. This course covers everything from how to create a complete service to classes on spiritual counseling. If you are doing any type of spiritual healing or spiritual counseling work you may want to think seriously about becoming ordained.  Please feel free to contact me, Rev. Janet Decker, with questions. You can find my contact info at the bottom of the newsletter.

The church membership application is now available for download on the home page of our web site.

You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

If you would like to serve as either a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services please see one of the pastors. Thank you!

To Say Thank You!

A BIG THANK YOU to Bethany Couture for cleaning the Temple prior to our May Day celebration. 
A BIG THANK YOU to Ruth Nickerson for volunteering to play the piano for our Sunday services.
A BIG THANK YOU to the speakers and mediums who served our church in April. You are appreciated!
TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Ongoing

The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Pot Luck is held in the Temple November - May. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a nice meal and conversation.

Mediumship Development Groups Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM in the Temple on the Camp Etna grounds - led by Rev. Janet Decker. Monday night 7:00 PM at Karlene Tanners house on the Camp Etna grounds - led by Pastor Dee Powers.

Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. Beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted.

 

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday and Pastor Dee Powers will collect and deliver them.

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Playground toys
Diapers - all sizes
Trash bags
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Children's books

We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. These contributions will be given to Bill "Windwalker" Wentworth who will take them to the Native American Indian Reservations in Maine and Canada. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them.

 

Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

Weather (Cancellation) Notification

NONE! - I am always happy when May comes and I can remove the Weather Cancellation Notification. Happy days are here again, Woo Hoo!

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church!

Bright Blessings to all and I wish you a bright and beautiful May!

Rev. Janet Decker

Contacts

Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-404-1845

Rev. Wachian Welch
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

Pastor Dee Powers
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com
Ph: 207-557-1979

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: ahappymedium@icloud.com
Ph: 207-647-3781

Rev. Shirley Boyens
Email: mables@tampabay.rr.com

April 2016 Newsletter

Greetings Everyone,

Hopefully, the snows of winter and early spring are over but all in all, it was a very nice, mild, winter. Don't you agree?

I am sitting here looking out the window as I type this newsletter and I am seeing all the spring birds that are coming to my feeders. It is a beautiful sight to behold! Birds of all colors dance before my eyes, red, blue, gray, yellow, brown, green, black, and black with red wings... I never know what I will see from moment to moment. And when I step outside I am serenaded by these little marvels of the air. There is no lovelier sound in nature to my way of thinking. Their songs are so beautiful and wondrous.

It occurs to me how many people don't even notice these incredible beings of light let alone hear their songs. How sad for them, the people, not the birds, for they are missing one of the creators most blessed gifts to our planet. A gift to us!

I hope you will take a few moments each day to just bask in nature. There is no greater gift of healing than nature. Step outside, watch, listen, smell, feel, and taste the newness of life that is blossoming all around you. Let your soul be uplifted and nourished. You will not be disappointed, I promise.

Now the News

We had a wonderful Spring Equinox ceremony on March 20th. There were many new faces in the group that came to participate as well as many familiar faces. It was such a joy for me to lead everyone in celebrating the arrival of spring. I thank each of you for coming and hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Pastor Donna Williams has decided it is time to retire. She has stepped down from the Pastoral Council and we are sad to see her go while at the same time we are also very happy for her.

Donna was one of the founding members of our church and she was sole, and soul, pastor of the church for 10 years. Without Donna there would be no Healing Light Spiritualist Church. Donna, with all our hearts we wish you the very best of all that life has to offer you...YOU DESERVE IT!

Our church treasurer, Barbara Dolliver, will be having surgery April 20th to reverse a previous surgical procedure. Please hold her in your prayers.

The 2016 summer schedule for Camp Etna is now available on the CE web site. There are some truly remarkable workshops and classes coming up. Check it out here. http://www.campetna.com/summer-programs-.html

The pastors have created a code of ethics for speakers and mediums. This is something that most spiritualist churches have in place and we decided that it would be good for the HLSC to have it as well.

With a code of ethics in place there will be no gray areas. We see it as a very positive step in the evolution of our church, one that offers a true spiritual haven where everyone can come and find deep inner peace, healing and fellowship with like-minded souls. The church thanks all speakers and mediums for their service.

The pastoral council and the church board of directors is open to hear suggestions that may improve our church and make it an even more inviting place of peace, and a sanctuary from the rigors of daily life. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 1st
What: Rural Living Days
Time: 8:30 Am to 3:30 PM
Where: Mt. View High School, Thorndike
Description: Terrific presenters and workshops for those of us who love rural living and sustainability. Many wonderful workshops from bee keeping to growing strawberries, pasturing chickens, cheese tasting, tomato grafting, designing and building a small home, how to choose vegetable varieties, and so much more! Fee: $20.00 and this includes lunch.
Contact Info: http://umaine.edu/waldo/rld/

Saturday, April 2nd
What: Holistic Mystic Fair
Time: 10 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Calumet Club, Augusta, ME
Description: Psychic mediums, many vendors and free workshops all day
Contact Info: http://www.enchanteddragons.net/holistic-mystic-fair.html

Saturday April 10th
What: Mind Body Spirit Festival
Time: 10 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave, Belfast, ME
Description: Psychic mediums, many vendors and free workshops all day
Contact Info: http://www.mindbodyspiritfestival.org/festival-dates-locations/

Saturday April 16th
What: Table Tipping in the Temple
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Temple on Camp Etna grounds
Presenters: Rev. Janet Decker, janet.decker9@gmail.com and Amy Griffiths
Description: Table Tipping is a method of connecting with the spirit world known as physical phenomena. Come experience what spirit is capable of. The table can get quite active so please wear walking or running shoes. Footwear is required!

Our March event was a huge success and we had great contact with spirit. Please spread the word about this fun and uplifting way to connect with loved ones, spirit guides and teachers as well as angels.

We will post the event to the church FB page, and the Camp Etna FB page. When you see the invitation click on "accept" so we can reserve your spot. Alternately you may call Amy at 207-385-3321 to reserve your space. Also, please "Share" the event on your FB page. The more the merrier! Fee: $20.00.

Thursday, April 21st
What: Psychic Dinner
Time: 5:00 PM
Where: Clewley Farms Restaurant, Eddington, ME
Description: Dinner and a message
Presenters: Kelly LaRochelle, Rev. Wachian Welch, Angie Butler
Contact Info: http://www.clewleyfarm.com/ Reservations required: 843-7446 

Saturday, April 23rd
What: Tinctures, Infusions, Decoctions - Oh My!
Time: 2:00 PM
Where: Circles of Healing, 20 Black Fly Lane, Levant, ME
Presenter: Bethany Couture - Email: bethanycouture@rocketmail.com - Ph: 207-504-6776
Description: There are no products like homemade products. Breaking through the mystery of DIY beauty products & homemade remedies can be difficult and confusing. Follow Bethany down the Do-It-Yourself road & learn first-hand how amazingly easy it is to make your own beauty products.

In this fun 2 hour workshop we will demystify the how to & making of your own products and enjoy a complete facial to boot! Includes hand outs, facials, and samples to take home. Fee: $35.00

April 30th
What: Marketplace Mystical Fair
Time: 11:00 Am - 3:00 PM
Where: Marketplace at Augusta between GNC and Kay Jewelers
Contact Info: None available

If you have a class or workshop you would like to offer in the Temple during the winter or spring please let us know, and we will take it to the Camp Etna board. You can be sure they will give it every consideration.

Serving the church in April:

Facilitator – Pastor Laurie Xanthos

Speakers/Mediums
April 3rd - Pastor Laurie Xanthos
April 10th - TBA
April 17th - TBA
April 24th - Kelly LaRochelle

Reminders
April 3rd is Pot Luck Sunday. Please come, enjoy the service and bring a dish to share afterward. You can bring the food into the Temple with you and place it on one of the tables on the left. There will be an electrical strip for you to plug crock pots into and a microwave is also available. If you have something that needs to be kept cold you may want to leave that in your vehicle until after the service. See you there!
The church membership application is now available for download on the home page of our web site.

You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

We are in the process of scheduling speakers and mediums for May and June. If you would like to serve in either, or both, of these capacities please see one of the pastors. Thank you!

To Say Thank You!

A BIG THANK YOU to Bethany Couture for cleaning the church prior to our Spring Equinox ceremony. Bethany, you did a beautiful job!
A BIG THANK YOU to Rev. Wachian Welch for playing the Native American flute on Spring Equinox Sunday. Wachian, your music was wonderful!
A BIG THANK YOU to Ruth Nickerson for volunteering to play the piano for our Sunday services and for going a step beyond on Spring Equinox Sunday. Always, we enjoy your gift of music.
A BIG THANK YOU to the speakers and mediums who served our church in March. You are appreciated!

TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Ongoing

The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Pot Luck is held in the Temple November - April. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a nice meal and conversation.

Mediumship Development Groups:
Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM in the Temple on the Camp Etna grounds - Led by Rev. Janet Decker
Monday night 7:00 PM at Karlene Tanners house on the Camp Etna grounds - Led by Pastor Dee Powers.

Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. Beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted.

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday and Pastor Dee Powers will collect and deliver them.

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Playground toys
Diapers - all sizes
Trash bags
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Children's books

We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. These contributions will be given to Bill Wentworth who will take them to the Native American Indian Reservations in Maine and Canada. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them.

Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

Weather (Cancellation) Notification

When the weather is bad church services and meetings are canceled. You can check on the local TV news stations for our cancellations. We will also put the notice out on Facebook and via email. Once in a while we cancel church and then the storm doesn't manifest. Ahhhhh, nature, you cannot always predict her. Never the less, once church has been canceled we do not change it. Please make a note of this.

Please be ever mindful of safety both in the home and in your comings and goings this winter. Always think, Safety First!

If you know of anyone who would like to know more about our Healing Light Spiritualist Church and would enjoy reading our newsletter please, by all means, do pass this along.

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church!

Bright Blessings to all and I wish you a bright and beautiful April!

Rev. Janet Decker

Contacts

Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-404-1845

Rev. Wachian Welch
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

Pastor Dee Powers
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com
Ph: 207-557-1979

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: ahappymedium@icloud.com
Ph: 207-647-3781

Rev. Shirley Boyens
Email: mables@tampabay.rr.com

HLSC Newsletter March 2016

 

Happy Spring ! 

 

Greetings Everyone,

It has been a wonderfully mild winter and now the year wheel turns again and spring is in the air. `

For those who set intentions for 2016 and spent time on a regular basis visualizing a positive result, spring is the time that those intentions will germinate and begin to take form. By fall, or sooner, those intentions will manifest. Just remember to spend a few minutes every day to think about what success looks like. Also, just as important as seeing it accomplished, you should feel that you have already received it. Live every day as if your wishes have already come true.

Don't forget this little test to see if you are doing this right. If, while you are visualizing and feeling this new reality, a smile comes to your face and you feel really happy, then you are doing it correctly. See it, feel it, know it... and it is already yours!

Now the News

On March 20th we will be having our special Spring Equinox Ceremony. We will still have our regular healing and mediumship portions of the service as well.

The Equinoxes are times of equal day and night, or nearly so. Imagine, if you will, that you are standing in the middle of a circle and can see equally in all directions. Or, you can imagine you are standing on the top of Cadillac Mountain. If you've been there you will remember that you have a 360 degree view from there, and it is magnificent, I might add. This time of year gives us the greatest chance for the clearest vision of what it is we want or need for ourselves moving forward.

The spring equinox ushers in a time of renewal. A time when the earth begins to wake up from her long slumber, a time for planting seeds and for those seeds to germinate. When I talk about planting seeds I'm not just talking literally but also metaphorically.

This is a time for us to put real energy into the intentions we set for ourselves on New Years Day so that those intentions can be made manifest in our lives. When we come together in ceremony we join together as "ONE", one heart, one mind, one voice and our power to effect change in our lives and on the planet is magnified a thousand times or more. Coming together in sacred circle will enable us to better harness the Equinox energies for our highest good and the highest good of all.

Also, when we join together in a sacred circle to do ceremony we are honoring the old ways. The ways of our ancestors, who were, in many respects, more in tune with their true nature of, "One with all creation" than we currently are. Doing ceremony allows us to step back in time and reclaim old knowledge of ourselves as part of that which is known as "Sacred Unity". When we sit together in a circle no one is greater than the other and the realization that we are all "ONE" becomes clearer.

Also, whenever we come together in ceremony with the intention of doing sacred work to honor the elements, Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit, the "Councils of Light" are present. They bring in the higher octaves of vibration that can assist us in moving into higher levels of consciousness. In other words, doing ceremony helps us to be conscious of ourselves at higher levels of being and in so doing we are more open to working with the "Councils of Light".

I hope you will attend and be sure to bring with you a full and grateful heart and an open mind.

 

The pastors are busy creating a code of ethics for speakers and mediums. This is something that most spiritualist churches have in place and we decided that it would be good for the HLSC to have it as well.

With a code of ethics in place there will be no gray areas and everyone who serves the church will know exactly what is expected of them. I see it as a very positive step in the evolution of our church, one that offers a true spiritual haven where everyone can come and find deep inner peace, healing and fellowship with like-minded souls.

The pastoral council and the church board of directors is open to hear suggestions that may improve our church and make it an even more inviting place of peace, and a sanctuary from the rigors of daily life.

One suggestion given was that we include in our service from time to time, when appropriate, a short ceremony to welcome new members. I think this is a fabulous idea and I thank Heather and Bethany for suggesting it.

 

Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion.

Upcoming Events

March 13th begins Daylight Savings Time. Be sure to set your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed Saturday night or you may be late for church on Sunday morning. 

Also, the day we enter DST and move our clocks ahead one hour is a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. If you don't have a smoke detector or need safety information The American Red Cross is there to help. Please contact them at: http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Home-Fire-Campaign-Year-One-Successes-Just-a-Start.

 

March 14th is the first meeting of the Monday night mediumship development group. It will be held at Karlene Tanners house on the Camp Etna grounds and will be led by Pastor Dee Powers. I'm sure Karlene will also be giving some tips and pointers as she is a very gifted medium. This group is offered by donation and all skill levels are welcome to attend.

Karlene's house is easy to locate. When you drive onto the camp ground take the first left, Barrett Square, and Karlene's house is the second on the left. It is a white house with teal colored trim. You may park at the Inn. The Inn is the first building on the right as you come onto the camp ground, just across the street from Barertt Square. Please feel free to call Dee if you have questions. Her contact info is below.

 

March 15th Meet Your Spirit Guides by Wachian Welch and Angie Butler at Hands of Peace Reiki in  Ellsworth, 5:30 - 7:30, please RSVP at Hands of Peace Reiki, 207-479-3673

March 19th Spring Equinox Holistic Fair Jeff's Catering Brewer, ME 10:00 to 4:00, $5 entry fee and includes free workshops all day.

 

March 19th there will be Table Tipping in the Temple from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, weather permitting.
I, along with Amy Griffith, will be leading the the Table Tipping groups.

 

Our February event was a huge success and we had great contact with spirit. Please spread the word about this fun and uplifting way to connect with loved ones, spirit guides and teachers as well as angels.

 

We will post the event to the church FB page and also to the Camp Etna FB page. When you see the invitation please click on "accept" so we can reserve your spot. Alternately, you may call Amy at 207-385-3321, to reserve your space. Also, please "share" the event on your own FB page. The more the merrier! Fee $20.00.

Do you want to have a full and spiritually enriching weekend? Here is a suggestion, go to the Spring Equinox Holistic Fair in Brewer on Saturday the 19th, afterward have a nice dinner out then join us for Table Tipping in the evening. Then come to church on Sunday morning and join in our Spring Equinox ceremony. Ahhh, life is good!

March 22nd Spring Detox by Dr. Nate Petley, 165 State Street, Brewer, please contact Dee Powers to RSVP and more info.

If you have a class or workshop you would like to offer in the Temple during the winter or spring please let us know and we will take it to the Camp Etna board. You can be sure they will give it every consideration.

Serving the church in March:

Facilitator – Rev. Janet I. Decker

Speakers/Mediums
March 6 - Pat Heitman
March 13 - Nedra Foster
March 20- Rev. Janet Decker (Equinox Ceremony)
March 27 -Karlene Tanner

Reminders

March 6th is Pot Luck Sunday. Please come, enjoy the service and bring a dish to share afterward. You can bring the food into the Temple with you and place it on one of the tables on the left. There will be an electrical strip for you to plug crock pots into and a microwave is also available. If you have something that needs to be kept cold you may want to leave that in your vehicle until after the service. See you there!

The church membership application is now available for download on the home page of our web site.

You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.
We are in the process of scheduling speakers and mediums for April through June. If you would like to serve in either, or both, of these capacities please see one of the pastors. Thank you!

 

To Say Thank You!

A BIG THANK YOU to Ruth Nickerson for volunteering to play the piano for our Sunday services.

A BIG THANK YOU to those who donated stuffed toys in February for Etna Fire and Rescue.

A BIG THANK YOU to the speakers and mediums who served our church in February. You are appreciated!

A BIG THANK YOU to our church board members and the Pastoral Council. We are very grateful for the time and effort you so lovingly give to our church.

Ongoing

 

The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Pot Luck is held in the Temple November - April. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a nice meal and conversation.

The Mediumship Development group meets on Sundays, at 1:30 PM in the Temple.  Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. And yes, beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted.

 

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is undergoing change. They are creating apartments for homeless youth at their facility which is wonderful! They are asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday and Pastor Dee Powers will collect and deliver them.

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Playground toys
Diapers - all sizes
Trash bags
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Children's books

We are still accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations, however, they will now be given to Bill Wentworth who will take them to the Native American Indian Reservations in Maine and Canada. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair.

Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

Weather (Cancellation) Notification

When the weather is bad church services and meetings are canceled. You can check on the local TV news stations for our cancellations. We will also put the notice out on Facebook and via email. Once in a while we cancel church and then the storm doesn't manifest. Ahhhhh, nature, you cannot always predict her. Never the less, once church has been canceled we do not change it. Please make a note of this.

 

Please be ever mindful of safety both in the home and in your comings and goings this winter. Always think, Safety First!

If you know of anyone who would like to know more about our Healing Light Spiritualist Church and would enjoy reading our newsletter please, by all means, do pass this along.

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church!

Bright Blessings to all and I wish you a safe and happy March!

Rev. Janet Decker

Contacts

 

Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-404-1845


 

Rev. Wachian Welch
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

 

Pastor Dee Powers
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com
Ph: 207-557-1979

 

Pastor Donna Williams
Ph: 207-269-2992

 

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: ahappymedium@cloud.com
Ph: 207-647-3781

Rev. Shirley Boyens
Email: mables@tampabay.rr.com

HLSC Newsletter February 2016

 


Greetings Everyone!

As the wind blows and snow falls let us remember to keep ourselves safe. The condition of the roads is often deceptive so please do not assume that just because the road is clear it is also safe. Black ice is a scary thing so please be alert to this possibility.

Also, while clearing snow from around your home, remember, there could be a layer of ice under the snow. I pray that each and every one of us has a very safe and incident free winter season.

I am hoping that you used the New Year energies to write down your intentions for 2016. For those that did, this is just a reminder that for a few minutes every day you should think about what success looks like. Also, just as important as seeing it accomplished, you should feel that you have already received it. Live every day as if your wishes have already come true.

Here is a little test you can use to see if you are doing this right. If, while you are visualizing and feeling this new reality, a smile comes to your face and you feel really happy, then you are doing it correctly. See it, feel it, know it... and it is already yours!

Now the News

The church members meeting was held on January 17th after the service at Pastor Donna Williams house. Donna made a lovely turkey soup which we all enjoyed while holding our meeting.

We elected new board members. The following people now sit on the board of the Healing Light Spiritualist Church: President - Pastor Dee Powers, VP - Chris Couture, Secretary - Rev. Wachian Welch, Treasurer - Barbara Dolliver, Trustee - Marcia Ruland. 

We offer a heart felt congratulations to the new board members along with our sincere gratitude for their willingness to be of service to our church.

During the meeting we addressed a few items which I will share with you now:

1) The members meeting will be moved to the first Sunday in October to allow more of our snow birds to attend and share their thoughts on growing and improving our church.
2) The Spiritualism Philosophy class will be moved to June or July instead of holding it in the spring. Again, we want our snow birds to be able to attend.
3) When someone serves the church we generally pay them. We want folks to know they have options. They can, if they so choose, refuse the payment, in which case it stays in the church coffers to be used for rent, pot luck supplies, and other such things, or, you can ask that it be donated to the homeless shelter or other worthy endeavors. Of course, you can also keep the money which we are happy for you to do. We are grateful to all the folks who serve our church.

If you would like to see a copy of the minutes from this meeting please see Rev. Welch. The next board meeting is scheduled for February 14th.

I am thrilled to announce that Ruth, a relative newcomer to our church, has volunteered to play the piano for us on some Sundays. In fact, she has already played for 2 of our services and she plays beautifully! Ruth, from the bottom of our hearts we thank you. You Rock!

Upcoming Events

I will be teaching self-hypnosis for chronic pain management at my cottage on the Camp Etna grounds on February 13th at 1:30 PM. It will last approximately 2 hours. Allow extra time as we may go over. Please note, you must have already seen a doctor and know what is causing the discomfort. Call or email if you have questions. The cost is $25.00. Space is limited to 6 people so please register early. My contact information is below.

The first ever (!) winter event scheduled in the temple, Table Tipping, had to be cancelled due to weather. Not to worry, though, we are offering it again on the 3rd Saturday of each month, February thru May, from 7:00 PM to 8:30/9:00 PM, weather permitting. Please mark your calendars.

I, along with Amy Griffith, will be leading these groups. I will post the event to the church FB page and also to the Camp Etna FB page. When you see the invitation please click on "accept" so we can reserve your spot. Alternately, you may call Amy at 207-385-3321, to reserve your space. We need a minimum of 7 people for these events so please register in advance. Also, please "share" the event on your own page. The more the merrier!

If you have a class or workshop you would like to offer in the Temple during the winter or spring please let us know and we will take it to the Camp Etna board. You can be sure they will give it every consideration.

We want to keep Camp Etna in the fore front of everyone's mind by letting people know the camp is alive and well even in the coldest and darkest months of the year. After all, Spirit does not take a break, why should we :-)

It is time again for our Valentine's Day stuffed toy drive. The toys must be new with tags attached. The church will give these stuffed toys to the Etna fire and rescue department. You can bring your donation to the church until Valentine's Day. We have been doing this for 4 years now. This annual Valentine's Day drive for stuffed toys began in commemoration of the Sandy Hook School Shooting on December 14, 2012.

A Monday night mediumship development group will begin on March 14th. It will be held at Karlene Tanners house on the Camp Etna grounds and will be led by Pastor Dee Powers. I'm sure Karlene will also be giving some tips and pointers as she is a very gifted medium. This group is offered by donation and all skill levels are welcome to attend.

The church membership application is now available for download on the home page of our web site;healinglightspiritualistchruch.org

Serving the church in Februry:

Facilitator – Pastor Donna Williams

Speakers/Mediums
February 7 - Pastor Donna Williams
February 14 - Karlene Tanner
February 21- Bethany Couture
February 28 - Rev. Wachian Welch/Angie Butler

Reminders

February 7th is Pot Luck Sunday. Please come, enjoy the service and bring a dish to share afterwards. You can bring the food into the Temple with you and place it on one of the tables on the left. There will be an electrical strip for you to plug crock pots into and a microwave is also available. If you have something that needs to be kept cold you may want to leave that in your vehicle until after the service. See you there!

You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page; healinglightspiritualistchruch.org

We are in the process of scheduling speakers and mediums for March through June. If you would like to serve in either, or both, of these capacities please see one of the pastors. Thank you!

To Say Thank You!

A BIG THANK YOU to Ruth for volunteering to play the piano for our Sunday services.

A BIG THANK YOU to Donna and Barbara for hosting the members meeting.

A BIG THANK YOU to the speakers and mediums who served our church in January. You are appreciated!

A BIG THANK YOU to our church board members. We are very grateful for the time and effort you so lovingly give to our church.

Ongoing

The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Pot Luck is held in the Temple November - April. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a nice meal and conversation.

The Mediumship Development group meets on Sundays, at 1:30 PM in the Temple.  Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. And yes, beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted.

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is undergoing change. They are creating apartments for homeless youth at their facility which is wonderful! They are asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday and Pastor Dee Powers will collect and deliver them.

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Playground toys
Diapers - all sizes
Trash bags
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Children's books

We are still accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations, however they will now be given to Bill Wentworth who will take them to the Native American Reservations in Maine and Canada. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair.

Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

Weather (Cancellation) Notification

When the weather is bad church services and meetings are canceled. You can check on the local TV news stations for our cancellations. We will also put the notice out on Facebook and via email. Once in a while we cancel church and then the storm doesn't manifest. Ahhhhh, nature, you cannot always predict her. Never the less, once church has been canceled we do not change it. Please make a note of this.

Please be ever mindful of safety both in the home and in your comings and goings this winter. Always think, Safety First!

If you know of anyone who would like to know more about our Healing Light Spiritualist Church and would enjoy reading our newsletter please, by all means, do pass this along.

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church!

Bright Blessings to all and I wish you a safe and happy February!

Rev. Janet Decker

Contacts

Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-404-1845

Rev. Wachian Welch
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

Pastor Dee Powers
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com
Ph: 207-557-1979

 

Pastor Donna Williams
Ph: 207-269-2992

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: ahappymedium@cloud.com
Ph: 207-647-3781

Rev. Shirley Boyens
Email: mables@tampabay.rr.com

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR! January 2016 Newsletter

January 2016 Church Members meeting postponed until January 17th!

 

Happy New Year, Everyone!

 

2015 has passed into history but before we let go of it completely lets recap. In December of 2014 Donna Williams stepped down as pastor of the HLSC after 10 years of devoted service. She passed the baton to me, Rev. Janet Decker, and I brought along 4 other pastors to share the load, Rev. Wachian Welch, Dee Powers, Laurie Xanthos, and Donna, to my joy, remained on board as one of the 5 on the pastoral council.

 

In April the HLSC held its first Healing Certification class which was taught by Pastor Laurie Xanthos. She graduated 10 students who now serve as healers during the service.

 

Three important events happened in May. First, we launched the HLSC web site. Second, the Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination course went online. Third, and perhaps the biggest event, was that the membership voted in favor of moving the church to the Temple on the Camp Etna grounds.

 

On July 5th, swathed in gorgeous weather, we held the first service in our new home and a wonderful barbecue picnic celebration followed with both church and camp members, along with friends, attending. We were no longer gypsies!

 

In September the second Healing Certification classes were held and Pastor Laurie graduated 5 more students. Also, in September, we welcomed Rev. Shirley Boyens to the pastoral council.

 

On November 22nd our former pianist, Janet Ciano, passed into spirit. We miss her and her music. more than we can say.

 

On December 6th I was honored to present Rev. Wachian Welch with his Certificate of Ordination. Rev. Welch was the first to take, and complete, our ordination course.

 

Since July, 2015 we have welcomed 7 new members into our church and, here is something quite notable, we did not have to cancel any church services due to weather until December 27th, WooHoo! I believe last year's winter is still quite fresh in our minds so for New England to have such a long and beautiful stretch of mild weather was more than welcome. I'm sure you can agree.

 

Now we move into 2016 and a new year begins. If you are making New Years resolutions here are some tips to help you accomplish them;

1) Define clearly what you want to change or improve.

2) What does success look like? See yourself as you will be once you have achieved it. In other words, pretend you have successfully achieved your goal(s).

3) This is the step most people leave out. Feel yourself as already successful. As you visualize yourself already successful in achieving your goal(s) how does that make you feel? Happy, strong, empowered, on top of the world, motivated to do more? Feel the desired result as if you already have it.

4) Take action!

 

Steps two and three should motivate you to action. Remember, thoughts are electrical and feelings are magnetic. You need both to be successful.

 

Now the NewsThe church members meeting has been rescheduled from December due to weather. It will be held on January 17th after the service. We will be electing new board members. The following people have agreed to serve on the new board: President - Pastor Dee Powers, VP - Chris Couture, Secretary - Rev. Wachian Welch, Treasurer - Barbara Dolliver, Trustee - Marcia Ruland. If you are a member or thinking of becoming a member we hope you will attend.

 

On the 3rd Saturday of each month, January thru June, table tipping will be offered in the Temple from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, weather permitting. I, along with Amy Griffith, will be leading these sessions. Please call 207-385-3321 to reserve your space.

 

A Monday night mediumship development group will begin on March 14th. It will be held at Karleen Tanners house on the Camp Etna grounds and will be led by Pastor Dee Powers. All skill levels are welcome to attend.

 

Serving the church in January:Facilitator – Dee Powers

Speakers/Mediums

January 3 - Pastor Dee Powers

January 10 - Karleen Tanner

January 17 - Christopher Smith

January 24 - Bill "Windwalker" Wentworth

January 31 - Stacey Lovejoy Scotia

Reminders:

January 3rd is Pot Luck Sunday. Please come, enjoy the service and bring a dish to share afterwards. You can bring the food into the Temple with you and place it on one of the tables on the left. There will be an electrical strip for you to plug crock pots into and a microwave is also available. If you have something that needs to be kept cold you may want to leave that in your vehicle until after the service. See you there!

 

We still need a pianist for our Sunday services. Does anyone know a piano student or pianist who would like a part time job? This is a paid position so if you know someone who may be interested please refer them to one of the pastors.

 

If you have a class or workshop you would like to offer in the Temple during the fall, winter, or spring, please let us know. We will give it every consideration.

 

You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site;http://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

 

We are in the process of scheduling speakers and mediums for February through June. If you would like to serve in either, or both, of these capacities please see one of the pastors. Thank you!

We want to Say Thank You!

A BIG THANK YOU to the speakers and mediums who served our church in December. You are appreciated!

A BIG THANK YOU to the Pastoral Council for their their devotion to our church.

A BIG THANK YOU to our church board members. We are very grateful for the time and effort you so lovingly give to our church.

A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield who continues to keep to keep our website updated.

 

Barbara Dolliver thanks everyone for their cards, phone calls and visits after her surgery and during recuperation. We are happy she is doing so well.

 

Ongoing

The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Pot Luck is held in the Temple November - April. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a nice meal and conversation.

 

The Mediumship Development group meets on Sundays, at 1:30 PM in the Temple. Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. And yes, beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted.

 

Weather (Cancellation) Notification

When the weather is bad church services and meetings are canceled. You can check on the local TV news stations for our cancellations. We will also put the notice out on Facebook and via email. Once in a while we cancel church and then the storm doesn't manifest. Ahhhhh, nature, you cannot always predict her. Never the less, once church has been canceled we do not change it. Please make a note of this.

 

Winter has finally arrived. Please be ever mindful of safety both in the home and in your comings and goings. Always think, Safety First!

 

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is always in need of many things. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday. (PLEASE, no unwashed clothing articles, no clothing with pet hair, and no clothing with holes in them. Thank you.)

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Playground toys

Diapers - all sizes

Trash bags

Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues

All Purpose cleaner

Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)

HE laundry detergent

Ziploc bags and aluminum foil

Food storage containers

Grocery store gift certificates

Soap, shampoo, and conditioner

Feminine products (pads and tampons)

Deodorant

Toothpaste and toothbrushes

Razors and shaving cream

Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer

Sugar and drink mixes

Canned and non-perishable foods

Children's books

 

Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.

 

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

 

If you know of anyone who would like to know more about our Healing Light Spiritualist Church and would enjoy reading our newsletter please, by all means, do pass this along.Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church!

 

Bright Blessings to all and I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

Rev. Janet Decker

 

Contacts:

Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.

Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com

Ph: 207-404-1845 

 

Rev. Wachian Welch

Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com

Ph: 207-514-6023

 

Pastor Dee Powers

Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com

Ph: 207-557-1979

 

Pastor Donna Williams

Ph: 207-269-2992

 

Pastor Laurie Xanthos

Email: ahappymedium@cloud.com

Ph: 207-647-3781

 

Rev. Shirley Boyens

Email: mables@tampabay.rr.com

 

Copyright © 2016 Healing Light Church

 

Our mailing address is:

Healing Light Church

PO Box 137

Etna, Me 04434

December 2015

 

Happy December, Everyone!

I'll begin this newsletter by wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Solstice!

The beginning of winter is a wonderful time to reflect upon the year that is about to pass and to think about what is, and what is not, working for us in our lives. Winter is the time of year to ponder change. If something in your life is not working what are the alternatives? What are the steps you need to take to bring about the positive change(s) you are considering?

Winter is the time of "going in". The work of spring, summer and fall, i.e., lawns, home improvements and/or repairs, tending gardens, harvest, putting up food, cutting and stacking wood, etc. is finished and now comes the quiet time.

Winter is considered the creative time. Seeds that will bring forth new life next spring lie dormant in the ground and we can consider this a metaphor for the creative ideas within our minds that will bring us something new and wonderful next year. What idea(s) would you like to breathe life into next year?  Remember, we are co-creators of our lives and our world so enjoy this time of rest and let your imagination flow.

Now the News!

On the first Sunday in December I will be presenting Rev. Wachian Welch with his Certificate of Ordination. As lead pastor of the Healing Light Spiritualist Church it gives me great pleasure to have helped a fellow traveler on the spiritual path to achieve his goals. Congratulations Wachian!

We will hold the annual church members meeting on December 27th, the last Sunday of the month this year instead of the first Sunday which is when we usually hold it. We will be electing new officers at this meeting. We hope you will come enjoy the church service on the 27th and that you will stay after for the meeting. It will not take long. Please mark your calendars.

Our church treasurer, Barbara Dolliver, will be having surgery on December 2nd. Please hold her in your thoughts and prayers.

Rev. Wachian Welch will be holding a "Rejuvenation and New Energies" workshop at Forest Circles Spiritual Center in Topsham, ME on December 12th from 10AM to 1PM. This is the time of year where we need all the energetic help we can get. I can think of no better time than now for this offering. You can contact Wachian if you have questions or want to sign up. His contact information is below. Or you can contact Regina at Forest Circles: 207.776.3152
rstrongheart@gmail.com

It is with a sad heart that I make this announcement. Our dear friend, church member, and former pianist, Janet Ciano, passed into spirit on November 22, 2015. The following is a copy of the email I received from her husband, John.

"Today, November 22, 2015 at 1AM, Janet ( Lassen ) Ciano passed away. I thank you all for the prayers, good wishes, cards, letters, emails, phone calls and visits. Janet was well cared for here at Hospice of Dayton, and lived her last weeks in " The Four Radiant Abodes ": Loving Kindness, Compassion, Equanimity, and Joy. Yes, even Joy. She gave it to others as she passed her last three weeks in this good place. Although I grieve for Janet, I am grateful for the life we shared.

Peace be with you, friends and relatives,
John"               

If you would like to send John a card this is his address:

John Ciano
1343 Northgate Blvd.
Fairborn, OH 45324

The Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter is especially in need of toys this time of year. Can you play Santa for a child this year? Please bring new unwrapped toys to the church on any Sunday between now and Dec. 20th and Pastor Dee Powers will see that they get to the shelter.

Serving the church in November:

Facilitator – Rev. Wachian Welch

Speakers/Mediums
December 6 - Pat Heitman
December - 13 - Alice King
December 20 - Melissa Gabriel
December 27 - Angie Butler/Rev. Wachian Welch

Reminders

December 6th is Pot Luck Sunday. Please come, enjoy the service and bring a dish to share afterwards. You can bring the food into the Temple with you and place it on one of the tables on the left. There will be an electrical strip for you to plug crock pots into and a microwave is also available. If you have something that needs to be kept cold you may want to leave that in your vehicle until after the service. See you there!

We still need a pianist for our Sunday services. Does anyone know a piano student or pianist who would like a part time job? This is a paid position so if you know someone who may be interested please refer them to one of the pastors.

If you have a class or workshop you would like to offer in the Temple during the fall, winter, or spring, please let us know. We will give it every consideration.

You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site; http://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

We are in the process of scheduling speakers and mediums for February through June. If you would like to serve in either, or both, of these capacities please see one of the pastors. Thank you!

To Say Thank You!

A BIG THANK YOU to those who contributed to our Thanksgiving food drive. You made one family's day brighter.

A BIG THANK YOU to the speakers and mediums who served our church in November. You are appreciated!

A BIG THANK YOU to our church board members. We are very grateful for the time and effort you so lovingly give to our church.

Ongoing

The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Pot Luck is held in the Temple November - April. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a nice meal and conversation.

The Mediumship Development group meets on Sundays, at 1:30 PM in the Temple.  Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. And yes, beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted.

Weather (Cancellation) Notification

When the weather is bad church services and meetings are canceled. You can check on the local TV news stations for our cancellations. We will also put the notice out on Facebook and via email. Once in a while we cancel church and then the storm doesn't manifest. Ahhhhh, nature, you cannot always predict her. Never the less, once church has been canceled we do not change it. Please make a note of this.

With winter bearing down on us please be ever mindful of safety both in the home and in your comings and goings. Always think, Safety First!

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is always in need of many things. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday. (PLEASE, no unwashed clothing articles, no clothing with pet hair, and no clothing with holes in them. Thank you.)

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Playground toys
Diapers - all sizes
Trash bags
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Children's books

Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

If you know of anyone who would like to know more about our Healing Light Spiritualist Church and would enjoy reading our newsletter please, by all means, do pass this along.

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church!

Bright Blessings to all and I wish you a joyful holiday season!
Rev. Janet Decker


Contacts

Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-404-1845

Rev. Wachian Welch
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

Pastor Dee Powers
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com
Ph: 207-557-1979

 

Pastor Donna Williams
Ph: 207-269-2992

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: ahappymedium@cloud.com
Ph: 207-647-3781

Rev. Shirley Boyens
Email: mables@tampabay.rr.com

 

 

November 2015 News

 

Happy November, Everyone!

I must say this has been a most spectacular fall season. The colors were over the top gorgeous, wouldn't you agree?

On my drive to camp I always have the good fortune to observe one of the most beautiful mountain views anywhere. I frequently stop atop the mountain on route 7, right at the Penobscot County line, and just take it all in. We are fortunate here in Maine to have clear skies, as opposed to hazy smog filled skies. We are truly blessed to live in one of the most pristine states in the lower 48.

Now the News!

Here is a particularly wonderful piece of news. It gives me great pleasure to announce that Pastor Wachian Welch has successfully completed the Healing Light Spiritualist Church online course to become our first Ordained Independent Spiritualist Minister with all the legal rights and responsibilities that go along with it. Reverend Wachian Welch, we are proud of you... WooHoo!!!

As I stated in last month's newsletter, answering the call to become an ordained minister is no small step. As a minister you will likely be called upon for spiritual counseling from time to time and the impact of your words will follow the people you counsel not only through this lifetime but also through every lifetime that follows. In essence you become a spiritual guide and this is no small thing. That being said, hats off to those who hear the calling and follow it.

We have received word that our dear friend and church member, Janet Ciano, is quite ill and has been moved to hospice care. We will forever miss her beautiful piano playing that she shared with us for so many years. Please keep her and her husband, John, in your prayers. Here is her mailing address if you would like to send her a card.

Janet Ciano
1343 Northgate Blvd.
Fairborn, OH 45624

We have started our Thanksgiving food drive. Food and/or monetary donations are given to folks in Etna and Newport who are having a tough time of it, financially. You can place any donations you have in or around the donation basket on the table in the temple. Thank you for helping us make somebody's Thanksgiving a little brighter.

Some people that cannot come to the Sunday afternoon Mediumship Development Circle have expressed interest in forming a week day evening circle. Most have stated that Monday nights would work best for them, Pastor Dee Powers has agreed to lead it. We need at least 4 committed people in order to get this group going. Please contact Dee if you would be interested in attending a Monday night circle. Her contact info is at the end of this newsletter and on the church web site.  http://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/

The camp has installed a new toilet in the temple. Hopefully this one will be more serviceable. It is a composting toilet and it does require water for flushing, which we will make available. Please take time to read the instructions about flushing it, the instructions are hanging on the wall. Thank you for making yourself knowledgeable about how the toilet works before using it.

November 1st is Pot Luck Sunday. Please come, enjoy the service and bring a dish to share. You can bring the food into the Temple with you and place it on one of the tables on the left. There will be an electrical strip for you to plug crock pots into and a microwave is also available. If you have something that needs to be kept cold you may want to leave that in your vehicle until after the service.

Serving the church in November:

Facilitator – Pastor Janet Decker, Pastor Wachian Welch, and Karleen Tanner

Speakers/Mediums
November 1 - Pastor Wachian Welch/Heather Sanborn
November 8 - Karleen Tanner/Kelly LaRochelle
November 15 - Rev. Janet Decker/Pastor Dee Powers
November 22 - Rev. Janet Decker/ Bethany Couture
November 29 - Rev. Janet Decker/Karleen Tanner

A friend of mine writes beautiful poetry and I would like to share this one with you.

"RE-MEMBER".........................Remember this,, remember that,,,,this life,, that life,, aaaalll the way back.......Oneness with all,,, is what will be seen,,,,,before "the fall",,,,before the dream,,,,,,,,Yet not so far,,,this mystery of we......For in the moment it's found,,,,not in history.....Time and space,,,,an illusion to play.... Remembering love,,,, all else falls away.......Closer and closer,,to all that we are.....Feet on ground,,, head in the stars.......The heart is the center,, of all that we see,,,,Infinite wisdom,,,,love born free....... "Knowing Thyself",,,, is our mission at hand,,,,,Remembering oneness,,,,Remembering the plan........To experience,,to create,,,,All that we choose,,,,, While loving, and laughing,,,, we'll never lose..... The truth of the spark,,, that we all are from,,,, Only here in this moment,,,,, Thy kingdom come
. Socrates O. Smith

I hope you found this poem to be a reminder of "what is truly real" as much as I did. 

Reminders

The members meeting is held the first Sunday of December right after pot luck. Please mark your calendars and join us. At this meeting we will elect new board members so we hope you will attend and cast your vote.

We still need a pianist for our Sunday services. Does anyone know a piano student or pianist who would like a part time job? This is a paid position so if you know someone who may be interested please refer them to one of the pastors.

If you have a class or workshop you would like to offer in the Temple during the fall, winter, or spring, please let us know. We will give it every consideration.

You can now send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site; http://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

We are in the process of scheduling speakers and mediums for December through June. If you would like to serve in either, or both, of these capacities please see one of the pastors. Thank you!

Ongoing

The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Come enjoy the service and bring a dish to share after. Pot Luck will be held in the Temple November - April.

The Mediumship Development group meets on Sundays, at 1:30 PM in the Temple.  Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. And yes, beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted.

Weather (Cancellation) Notification

Yes, it is that time of year again. Winter always seems to come way too quickly! When the weather is bad church services and meetings are canceled. You can check on the local TV news stations for our cancellations. We will also put the notice out on Facebook and via email. Once in a while we cancel church and then the storm doesn't manifest. Ahhhhh, nature, you just cannot always predict her. Never the less, once church has been canceled we do not change it. Please make a note of this.

With winter bearing down on us please be ever mindful of safety both in the home and in your comings and goings. Always think, Safety First!

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is always in need of many things. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday. (PLEASE, no unwashed clothing articles, no clothing with pet hair, and no clothing with holes in them. Thank you.)

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Playground toys
Diapers - all sizes
Trash bags
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Children's books

Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

If you know of anyone who would like to know more about our Healing Light Spiritualist Church and would enjoy reading our newsletter please, by all means, do pass this along.

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church!

Bright Blessings to all and we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving,
Rev. Janet Decker


Contacts

Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-722-4241

Pastor Wachian Welch
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

Pastor Dee Powers
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com
Ph: 207-557-1979

 

Pastor Donna Williams
Ph: 207-269-2992

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: ahappymedium@cloud.com
Ph: 207-647-3781

Rev. Shirley Boyens
Email: mables@tampabay.rr.com


Copyright © 2015 Healing Light Church, All rights reserved.

October 2015

 

Greetings Everyone,

Well, here we are in October already. The days are warm and bright and there is a nip in the night air. Certainly, this is a most excellent time of year. And best of all, no bugs!!!

Did you get to see the beautiful HUGE (Super) Harvest moon/Full Moon eclipse this past Sunday night? I sure hope so because if you missed it you will not have the opportunity to see it again until 2033!  This is a rare event and you may or may not know that the last one occurred in 1982. You can read about this very rare event at: http://news.yahoo.com/supermoon-lunar-eclipse-2015-full-blood-moon-coverage-212938334.html;_ylt=A0LEVjcE1gpWilEAZzAPxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTByMjB0aG5zBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw--

As we enjoy this time of year let us remember to be grateful for the harvest that will see us through the winter. So often we take for granted what our ancestors appreciated beyond words.

Personally, I try not to take food and water for granted, but sometimes, I do forget to say a prayer of thanks before meals. When that happens, I say a prayer of thanks before falling asleep at night. I know that what we are grateful for we are always provided with, and, I am glad I know that.

Pastor Laurie Xanthos certified 5 more people in Spiritual Healing on September 27th. I believe that brings the number of certified spiritual healers in our church to 15. OUTSTANDING! I look forward to getting a healing from each and every one of them.

Wonderful news! Since the church moved to the Temple on the Camp Etna grounds on July 5th we have had 6 new members. We give a BIG WELCOME to: Rosy D'Elia, Josh Childers, Wayne and Heather Sanborn, and Janice and Ken Kroesser. We are happy you are now a part of our church family.

There is a consensus among the pastors that we will see continued growth now that we are holding services in a sacred space. And honestly, it only makes sense.The vibration on the Camp Etna grounds is very high because these grounds have hosted spiritual events for 139 years. When a space is used for spiritual work for that many years it is definitely going to have a high vibration. It is this high vibration that will draw people and keep them coming back. We remain thankful for the gift of being able to gather together every week in the Temple on these sacred grounds.

The Church also welcomes Rev. Shirley Boyens to the Pastoral Council. Shirley lives with her husband, Ken, in Florida and they call Camp Etna home June through September. We are thrilled to have Shirley's knowledge and wise council. WELCOME Shirley!

Sometime in the spring of 2016 Pastors Dee Powers and Laurie Xanthos will be offering Spiritualism Philosophy classes. Article IX, Section 1 in the church by-laws and constitution states: Each new adult member shall agree to complete a basic three-part course in Philosophy if not done elsewhere within two (2) years of membership. Although the classes are geared to members who are new to Spiritualism, all are welcome to attend.

Now that the church is located on the Camp Etna grounds we want to keep both our church and the camp in the forefront of everyone's mind by offering classes, workshops, and Gallery Readings, throughout the fall, winter, and spring. If there is something you would like to present please let us know. We will give it every consideration.

Correction: The September newsletter incorrectly stated that there is a church members meeting in October. The members meeting is held the first Sunday of December, not October. I apologize for giving incorrect information.

As stated previously, we are in need of board members. We need a president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and one trustee. If you are willing to serve our church in this way it would be greatly appreciated. If you are currently serving in one of these positions and are willing to serve again we thank you with all our hearts. We do have several people who have stepped up to the plate and we are grateful. Still, we could use a few more nominees. You can see Pastor Dee Powers if you would like to be of service in this way.

We still need a pianist for our Sunday services. Does anyone know a piano student who would like a part time job? This is a paid position so if you know someone who may be interested please refer them to one of the pastors.

We are in the process of scheduling speakers and mediums for November through June. If you would like to serve in either, or both, of these capacities please see one of the pastors. Thank you!

Serving the church in October:

Facilitator – Pastor Donna Williams

Speakers/Mediums
October 4 - Graham Connelly
October 11 - Pastor Dee Powers
October 18 - Karlene Tanner
October 25 - Pastor Chris Owen

Reminder: The HLSC Online Ordination Program is now available for those who feel the calling to become an Ordained Independent Spiritualist Minister. At the completion of this course you will receive a certificate of Ordination as an Independent Spiritualist Minister with all the legal rights and responsibilities.

The choice to become an ordained minister is one that is extremely personal. Many of us arrive at this juncture only after years of personal spiritual pursuit. We arrive here once we feel we know ourselves well enough to be able to say, “I want to serve spirit, and people, in a greater capacity than I currently am.” Not everyone receives this “calling”.

There is great responsibility that goes along with becoming an ordained minister. You are choosing to be a spiritual guide to others on a more professional and learned level. To take this step is no small thing. That you have arrived at this place in your life speaks volumes. Not the least of which is, you have probably done this before in another, or many other, lifetime(s).

This online course provides a foundation of spiritual knowledge for personal and professional growth and provides a platform for the exploration of consciousness. Also, on a more fundamental level it will guide you in the art of spiritual counseling and the ethical, moral and legal boundaries that you need to be aware of as an ordained minister who counsels others. You will also learn the basics necessary for any Spiritualist Minister such as: the history of spiritualism and how to create and lead a Spiritualist church service.

This ordination course is a 9 week program and you can find the details and a link to purchase the course on our web site. Just click on the "Classes" tab.  http://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/

Reminder: You can now send us prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site; http://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

Ongoing

The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Please come enjoy the service and bring a dish to share after. Pot Luck in October will be at the Inn. You can drop your food off there before coming to church. Feel free to use the refrigerator.

The Mediumship Development group meets on Sundays, at 1:30 PM in the Temple.  Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. And yes, beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted :-)

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is always in need of many things. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday. (PLEASE, no unwashed clothing articles, no clothing with pet hair, and no clothing with holes in them. Thank you.)

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Playground toys
Diapers - all sizes
Trash bags
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Children's books

Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

If you know of anyone who would like to know more about our Healing Light Spiritualist Church and would enjoy reading our newsletter please, by all means, do this pass along.

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church.

Bright Blessings to all,
Rev. Janet Decker


Contacts

Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-722-4241

Pastor Wachian Welch
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

Pastor Dee Powers
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com
Ph: 207-557-1979

 

Pastor Donna Williams
Ph: 207-269-2992

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: jkidder3@cloud.com
Ph: 207-647-3781

Rev. Shirley Boyens
Email: mables@tampabay.rr.com

 

September 2015

 

 

Greetings Everyone,

So here we are in September. Warm days, cool nights, Ahhhhh Maine, "The way life should be."

Now that summer is winding down, the Healing Light Spiritualist Church will be getting back to our normal routine. For those who don't know, in August the pastors facilitate the church services for the camp. The camp has a slightly altered order of service. September through July the church services are fully ours.

I am happy to report that the new air conditioning system works beautifully and it is soooo quiet! We have been cool and comfortable all summer long during church and we are grateful for this blessing.

Now that the church has a permanent home we want to keep both our church and the camp in the forefront of everyone's mind by offering classes, workshops and Gallery Readings throughout the fall, winter, and spring. If there is something you would like to present please let us know. We will give it every consideration.

The church members meeting is in October and we are in need of board members. We need a president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and one trustee. If you are willing to serve our church in this way it would be greatly appreciated. If you are currently serving in one of these positions and are willing to serve again we thank you with all our hearts. You can see Pastor Dee Powers if you would like to be of service.

It is important I make everyone aware that without a board our church cannot continue. We are a 501c3 which requires a board. These days everyone is so busy that they are reluctant to take on one more duty. Trust me, I do understand. Please know that being on the board of the HLSC is a very easy job, truly. Very little time and effort is necessary. We have only one board meeting a year and that is held in October. Throughout the year there are very few things that need the boards attention and these things can be taken care of via phone or email. Thank you for considering being of service in this way.

We still need a pianist for our Sunday services. Does anyone know a piano student who would like a part time job? This is a paid position so if you know someone who may be interested please refer them to to one of the pastors.

We are in the process of scheduling speakers and mediums for November through June. If you would like to serve in either, or both, of these capacity's please see one of the pastors. Thank you!

September events

Healing Certification Classes
Pastor Laurie Xanthos is teaching the Healing Certification classes again in September for those who are interested in learning how to be a channel for Spiritual Healing. It is an excellent class and is offered by donation. Classes will be held on September 20th and 27th, 12:30 to 3:00 PM and will be held in the Temple. Both classes are necessary in order to receive your certification. Please contact Laurie if you would like to take this class so she knows how many handouts to print. Her contact information is at the end of this newsletter

Autumn Equinox Ceremony
On September 20th I will lead an Equinox Ceremony to celebrate our sacred planet and the change of seasons. I lead four ceremonies a year to honor the earth and her changing seasons. The entire service remains the same except that at these particular services the inspirational talk is replaced with a ceremony. The ceremonies are uplifting, engaging and empowering. If you have not had the opportunity to attend one of these ceremonies please consider coming on September 20th as we welcome autumn and give thanks for the harvest which will see us through the winter. All are welcome!

 

Serving the church in September:
Facilitator – Pastor Laurie Xanthos

Speakers/Mediums
September 6 - Pastor Laurie Xanthos
September 13 - Rev. Shirley Boyans
September 20 - Rev. Janet Decker
September 27 - Debbie Walker

Reminder: The HLSC Online Ordination Program is now available for those who feel the calling to become an ordained spiritualist minister. You can find the details and a link to the sign up page on our web site. Just click on the "Classes" tab.  http://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/

Reminder: You can now send us prayer requests from our web site; http://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

Special Events at Camp Etna August 30 - September 5th.
International Week -  see the brochure or visit the camp website for details on the many classes and fun events happening that week. campetna.com

Kudos

A BIG THANK YOU to the many speakers and mediums who served the church and the camp in July and August.

Another BIG THANK YOU to the pastors of the HLSC for facilitating the church services for the camp in August.

Also, a BIG THANK YOU to Rosy D'Elia who helped facilitate the service and gave messages on August 2nd.

Ongoing

The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Please come enjoy the service and bring a dish to share after. Pot Luck in September will be at the Inn. You can drop your food off there before coming to church. Feel free to use the refrigerator.

The Mediumship Development group will begin meeting again on Sunday, September 13th. Time: 1:30 PM. Where: in the Temple. We will continue meeting every Sunday thereafter, weather permitting. Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. And yes, beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted ;-)

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is always in need of many things. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to church on any Sunday. (PLEASE, no unwashed clothing articles, no clothing with pet hair, and no clothing with holes in them).

 

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Playground toys
Diapers - all sizes
Trash bags
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Children's books

 Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.
   
To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

If you know of anyone who would like to know more about our Healing Light Spiritualist Church and would enjoy reading our newsletter please, by all means, do this pass along.

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church.

Bright Blessings to all,
Rev. Janet Decker

Contacts:

Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-722-4241

Pastor Wachian Welch
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023


Pastor Dee Powers
Ph: 207-557-1979
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com


Pastor Donna Williams
Ph: 207-269-2992

 

Pastor Laurie Xanthos

Ph: 207-647-3781

Email: ahappymedium@icloud.com

 

Copyright © 2015 Healing Light Church, All rights reserved.

 

 

August 2015 News Letter

 

July 5th
The HLSC Returns Home

Greetings Everyone,

It has been such a labor of love for me to create this particular newsletter. As you can see, July 5th was a red letter day for the Healing Light Spiritualist Church.

To highlight: (From top of Page) The Gladys Laliberte Temple was the birthplace of the HLSC just over a decade ago. On Sunday July 5th, 2015 the church returned home. There was nearly standing room only for our homecoming service in the Temple on the grounds of historic Camp Etna. Our oldest attendee was Phyllis Little, 97 years young!

There were so many smiles and hugs going around that it would have been impossible to leave the church feeling anything but a spiritual high. Joy and happiness were pervasive throughout the entire day.

Pastors Janet Decker, Dee Powers and Wachian Welch (standing behind Rev. Sabine) facilitated the service and Rev. Catherine Sabine gave the inspirational talk and messages from spirit. Throughout the service Joshua Peters Childers provided music.

After the service there was food, more wonderful music, and cake! Pasha made us a beautiful sunflower cake to celebrate the occasion. It was as delicious as it was pretty. And yes, there was also ice cream. This is probably another reason people were so happy :-)

After the festivities Diane facilitated our first Family Lyceum in the museum at the Inn. Week 1: Spiritualist Principle #1 "We believe in Infinite Intelligence" and that was followed with a bit of history on Harrison D. Barrett and his contribution to Spiritualism.

All in all this was a fabulous homecoming and Mother Nature provided a spectacular day for us to eat and make merry. What more could we ask for? Truly, it is a day to remember. Welcome home Healing Light Spiritualist Church!

Although we began this newsletter with pictures and a narrative about our homecoming, in actuality, the celebration truly began the evening before. On Saturday, July 4th, at 7 PM, we held a drumming/sacred dance/chanting circle in the Temple. It is hard to describe the energy that was created. You just had to be there in order to understand. The spirits of the Native Americans who once lived upon Camp Etna land came in to dance to the beat of our drums. We felt so honored that they welcomed us with such love and joy. Many Spiritualist souls who attended camp meetings at Camp Etna in the past also showed up as did loved ones of the participants. In a word, SPECTACULAR! There were so many spirits at the drumming and the next day at the service that they were packed in like sardines and we were very elated to have them.

I am happy to announce that the new heating and air conditioning system has been installed in the temple, and, on a recent hot, muggy day we tested it. It worked so well we actually got cold! How wonderful is that?  Also, the foam insulation has been installed beneath the floor of the temple. It is now all snugged up for winter.

Moving forward now into August here is the line up of facilitators and speakers.

Serving the church in August:
Facilitators – Rev. Janet Decker, Pastor Wachian Welch, Pastor Donna Williams, Pastor Dee Powers, Pastor Laurie Xanthos

Speakers/Mediums
August  2 - Patricia Beers
August 9 – Rosy D'Elia
August 16 - Sheila Ryan
August 23 - Leslie Zehr/John Alexander
August 30 - To be announced

Reminder: The HLSC Online Ordination Program is now available for those who feel the calling to become an ordained spiritualist minister. You can find the details and a link to the sign up page on our web site. Just click on the "Classes" tab.  http://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/

Reminder: You can now send us prayer requests from our web site; http://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

Special Events at Camp Etna in August
Each Sunday in August: 1:30 - 2:30 Family Lyceum held at the inn
August 22nd - Mediums Day
August 30 - Sept. 4 - Hypnotherapy Training and Certification - Instructor: Rev. Janet Decker
August 30 - Sept. 5 - International Week

You can find out more about what is happening at camp this year on the Camp Etna web site: http://www.campetna.com/home.html

Kudos

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone at Camp Etna and all the members of our church who assisted with the festivities on our homecoming Sunday. YOU ROCK!

Ongoing

Mark your calendars for the first Sunday of every month. This is our Pot Luck Sunday. Come, enjoy the service and share some food and conversation after.

**The Mediumship Development group will begin meeting again on September 13th. We will meet in the Temple. See you then!

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is always in need of many things. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to church on any Sunday. (PLEASE, no unwashed clothing articles, no clothing with pet hair, and no clothing with holes in them).

 

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Playground toys
Diapers - all sizes
Trash bags
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Children's books

 Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.
   
To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

If you know of anyone who would like to know more about our Healing Light Spiritualist Church and would enjoy reading our newsletter please, by all means, do pass along.

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church.

Bright Blessings to all,
Rev. Janet Decker

Contacts:

Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-722-4241

Pastor Wachian Welch
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

Pastor Dee Powers
Ph: 207-557-1979
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com

Pastor Donna Williams
Ph: 207-269-2992

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: ahappymedium@icloud.com




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July 2015


Healing Light Spiritualist Church
July News Letter

 

News!, News!, News

 Greetings Everyone!

     Summer is in full swing and we are ever grateful for the wonderful warm, and sometimes HOT, weather. Also, we are extremely grateful for the great food that we grow and harvest during the warm months and those we share it with. Winter will come round again soon enough so let's enjoy being outside and eating!!!

To recap June:
     On June 21st we held a Solstice Ceremony during church. Holding ceremony is a wonderful way to welcome each season and to honor our world and her many forms and beings.
     On June 28th we held the last service at the Etna Town Hall. The hall served us well for 10 years and we are grateful to the town of Etna for its use.

July News
     On Saturday, July 4th at 7 PM, there will be a drumming and sacred dance circle in the Temple on the Camp Etna grounds.
     Drumming and dancing are fabulous during times of transition. The combination of rhythm and movement helps to release the past with gratitude in our hearts and ushers in the future with good vibrations. It is the perfect way to set the stage for new beginnings. All are welcome!
     On July 5th we hold our first church service in our new home, the Temple at Camp Etna. Afterward there will be a pot luck and barbeque along with cake and ice cream. Music provided by Joshua Peters Childers! Please bring a dish to share and join us for the celebration! Feel free to bring a friend and please do pass this invitation along to those who would enjoy the celebration. The more the merrier!
     After the pot luck and BBQ please join the Family Discussion Lyceum. This is the first of a 9 week discussion group on each of the 9 Spiritualist Principles along with some of the history of spiritualism. Principle #1 - We believe in Infinite Intelligence. Come, discuss, share, and learn!
     Many wonderful renovations to the Temple have been completed. Although much has been accomplished already there is still some work to be done. 

Renovations to date:
1) A new road/driveway was built from our parking lot beside the Temple and around the front of the temple. People with disabilities can be dropped off at the front door where the handicap ramp is. We are in the process of finding the perfect name for this road. If you have a suggestion please let us know.
     If you are driving yourself and need assistance someone will be available to help you into the Temple and they will park your car for you. Valet parking, how great is that!
2) Stone has been laid on the new parking lot and driveway
3) New steps have been built in the front and in the rear of the Temple
4) Mold remediation has been completed
5) New chairs have been installed
6) Repairs to the Temple floor have been made
7) Cracks in the Temple foundation have been patched and the foundation has been painted
8) The walls and floor have been painted and new curtains will be hung

Still to be completed:
1) Foaming underneath the Temple floor
2) Heating and air conditioning installation
     These 2 things are slated for completion on or around July 15th.
I can't wait for everyone to see the transformation that has taken place. It is fabulous!

Camp Season has begun! Check the Camp Etna web site for up to date information regarding classes, readings and workshops: http://www.campetna.com/home.html

Serving the church in July:
Facilitator – Pastor Dee Powers
Speakers/Mediums
July 5th – Catherine Sabine
July 12th – Swamscott Church
July 19th – Christina Cross
July 26th – Rev. Shirley Boyens

Kudos!
     There are sooooo many “thank yous” going out this month that I hardly know where to begin... but I'll try.
A BIG THANK YOU to Ken Kroesser for building the new road and laying down stone.
A BIG THANK YOU to Don and Diane Skolfield and Karleen Tanner for improvements made to the Temple. Steps, painting, floor repair, foundation repair and other assorted wonderful things.
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped with moving us out of the town hall and into the Temple.
A BIG THANK YOU to Janice, Dee, Marcia and her friend, Glenda, Wachian, Angie, Donna, Rosy, Kelly, Cathy Mac and myself for cleaning the Temple, moving pews into storage, setting up chairs and moving panels to create a quiet space within the temple for mediation or healing.
A BIG THANK YOU to our gardeners, Diane, Dee and Marcia who so lovingly planted beautiful flowers and other assorted plants around the temple.
A BIG THANK YOU to those who supplied the flowers and plants.
A BIG THANK YOU to the Camp Etna board and the Camp Etna members for all their considerable efforts on behalf of the HLSC.
A BIG THANK YOU to the board of the HLSC and the Pastoral Council for their work and devotion to bringing us to this new beginning.
     I also thank those folks who could not physically help us with all this work but did their part by sending up prayers of good wishes and ENERGY!  It was, and continues to be, appreciated.
     If I missed anyone please forgive me and know that we are grateful beyond words for your help.
     As I watched, and assisted with, getting the temple ready and moving our church from one place to another, I was extremely aware of, and grateful for, our Spiritualist community. Two sayings come to mind, "Many hands make light work.", and, "It takes a village". It is so true. Our community is a blessing and I love being able to say this and truly mean it. I am grateful for the souls who during this time of transition have demonstrated that they understand the meaning behind the above quotes. Truly, my heart is overflowing with love and gratitude for each and every one of you.

A reminder, you can now send us prayer requests from our web site; http://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

Ongoing
     Mark your calendars for the first Sunday of every month. This is our Pot Luck Sunday. Come, enjoy the service and share some food and conversation after.
     The Mediumship Development group is taking a break for the summer. We will begin meeting again in September. See you then!
     The Mid Maine homeless shelter is always in need of many things. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to church on any Sunday. (PLEASE, no unwashed clothing articles, no clothing with pet hair, and no clothing with holes in them).

 

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Diapers - all sizes
Trash bags
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Children's books

      Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.
    To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

     If you know of anyone who would like to know more about our Healing Light Spiritualist Church and would enjoy reading our newsletter please, by all means, do pass along.

     Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church.

Warm Blessings to all,
Rev. Janet Decker

Contacts:

Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-722-4241

Pastor Wachian Welch
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

Pastor Dee Powers
Ph: 207-557-1979
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com

Pastor Donna Williams
Ph: 207-269-2992

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: ahappymedium@icloud.com

  

Copyright © 2015 Healing Light Church, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this newsletter because you are on our membership or “friends” list.

Our mailing address is:

Healing Light Church

 

PO Box 137

Etna, Me 04434

June 2015 Healing Light Spiritualist Church Newsletter


Healing Light Spiritualist Church
June News Letter

 

News!, News!, News!

June already, how can that be?

Time always amazes me. I don't know about you but I am having a harder time remembering what day, week and month it is because the days go by so quickly!

To recap May:

On May 16th we had our Medium's Day fund raiser at camp Etna. It was a wonderful success! We are pleased to announce that we raised $455.00 for the church. I want to thank everyone who contributed their time, talents and efforts to the event. Without you there would have been no Medium's Day.

May 17th was a historic day for our church. On that day our first Healing Certification students received their certificates. We appreciate so much enthusiasm for this program. Hats off to the students and to Pastor Laurie for a job well done!

Also, on May 17th, another historic event occurred. The church membership voted to move the church from the town hall to the temple on the Camp Etna grounds.

We realize there is a lot of fear around this move for some folks. One thing to remember is fear stops progress. It is always helpful when we find ourselves in a space of fear to turn our focus to the positive.

We want to assure everyone that we, the church board and the pastoral council, are crossing our "t's" and dotting our "i's" where the contract is concerned. The camp board states openly that the contract we will have between the camp and the church is for the protection of the church not the camp.

I am going to restate just three of the positive aspects of moving the church from the town hall to the temple on the camp ground.

1) This move will put us in a building and on grounds that is steeped in the history of Spiritualism. This supports our religion and I believe will help "grow" it. It also supports the camp.

2) As Wachian pointed out, we are both spiritualist organizations. We are living in times when it is important to join forces to help each other. As spiritualist organizations it shows that we are aligned with the same purpose and belief system.

3) Please keep in mind the energetic principle of "sacred space." The temple is "sacred space", the town hall is not. As I am certain everyone knows about energy this concept needs no explanation. We feel it is a good thing to start holding services in a sacred space. 

The temple is having renovations done to it so it will enable us to use it year round. The mold will be re-mediated, foam insulation will be installed under the floor, air leaks will be plugged, a heating and air conditioning system is being installed as well as a handicap ramp and gravel is being laid down on the parking area. The rear exit steps are also being replaced and we have some nice, comfortable new chairs for folks who find the pews uncomfortable. The parking area will be plowed every time the camp roads are plowed. Yes, the church will have to shovel the ramp and steps and lay ice melt and grit. We do not see this as a big problem.

We expect that at least some of the renovations will be completed by start of camp season which is June 28th.. Our contract with the town of Etna runs until the end of June. Our contract with Camp Etna will begin July 1st. This means our first service in the Temple will be on July 5th. We will gradually be moving the church belongings to the temple. Everything will be moved in by July 5th.

I hope you can come to church on July 5th and make our first day in our new home something to celebrate!

Serving the church in June:
Facilitator – Pastor Wachian Welch

Speakers/Mediums
June 7 - Pastor Wachian Welch
June 14 – Rev. Shirley Boyens
June 21 - Rev. Janet Decker
June 28 - Pastor Laurie Xanthos

On June 21st we will celebrate the summer solstice with ceremony. I hope you will join us as we welcome the first day of summer!

June 22 - June 27 - I will be teaching two different Past Life Regression Training and Certification courses at Camp Etna. This is a fund raiser for the camp. Please click on the "Events" tab on my web site for details: http://www.hypnotherapyservices.com/. You can also find the information on the Camp Etna web site; http://www.campetna.com/home.html

June 27th - Camp Etna's first Mediums Day of the season.

June 28th - Camp Season Begins! Our own Pastor Laurie Xanthos is the medium of the week.

You can find out more about what is happening at camp this year on the Camp Etna web site: http://www.campetna.com/home.html

Kendra is collecting items for a yard sale and the funds go to help rescued animals. Please see Kendra for details.

A reminder: The HLSC Online Ordination Program is now available for those who feel the calling to become an ordained spiritualist minister. You can find the details and a link to the sign up page on our web site. Just click on the "Classes" tab.  http://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/.

Kudos!

A BIG THANK YOU Pastor Laurie for teaching the Healing Certification classes, GREAT JOB, LAURIE!

A BIG THANK YOU, to everyone who helped out on our Mediums Day fund raiser. We want to thank Kendra Wescott for organizing the event. Many thanks to Marcia Ruland, Dee Powers and Rosy D'elia for opening the cafe and cleaning it up so beautifully, it was quite a mess and needed a ton of cleaning! Thanks to those who brought the food. It was YUMMY! We thank the mediums and healers, Wachian, Dee, Rosy, Angie, Bethany, and me. We thank our healers, Don, Lauren, Bambi and Kendra. And, we thank Donna for doing the registration. If I missed anyone I do so apologize. I am trying very hard not to do that as everyone who serves deserves to be recognized.

We again thank Pastor Dee for delivering clothing and supplies to the Waterville Homeless Shelter and to Canaan Fire and Rescue.

I want to thank the Camp Etna board for being so willing to do whatever it takes to bring the church to the Camp Etna Temple. I have to tell you, the positive force behind this move is palpable! So, Camp Etna board, THANK YOU!

Healing Prayers and Good Wishes Going Out To:

Janet Ciano and her husband, John. They have had quite a difficult time with their move to Florida. Let us continue to keep them in our prayers.

Arlene Grant who has been ill through much of the winter and spring, our prayers go out to Arlene and her husband Dwight.

A reminder, you can now send us prayer requests from our web site; http://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

Ongoing

Mark your calendars for the first Sunday of every month. This is our Pot Luck Sunday. Come, enjoy the service and share some food and conversation after.

The Mediumship Development group meets every Sunday at my cottage on the Camp Etna grounds at 1:30. Whatever stage of development you are in you are always welcome to join us. Attending this group is free of charge; however, donations are gladly accepted.

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is always in need of many things. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to church on any Sunday. (PLEASE, no unwashed clothing articles, no clothing with pet hair, and no clothing with holes in them).

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Diapers - all sizes

Trash bags

Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues

All Purpose cleaner

Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)

HE laundry detergent

Ziploc bags and aluminum foil

Food storage containers

Grocery store gift certificates

Soap, shampoo, and conditioner

Feminine products (pads and tampons)

Deodorant

Toothpaste and toothbrushes

Razors and shaving cream

Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer

Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods

Children's books 

Canaan Fire Department needs sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

If you know of anyone who would like to know more about our Healing Light Spiritualist Church and would enjoy reading our newsletter please, by all means, do pass along.

Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church.

Warm blessings to all,

Rev. Janet Decker

Contacts:

Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-722-4241

Pastor Wachian Welch
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

Pastor Dee Powers
Ph: 207-557-1979
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com

Pastor Donna Williams
Ph: 207-269-2992

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: jkidder3@cloud.com

 

Copyright © 2015 Healing Light Church, All rights reserved.
 

May 2015 Healing Light Spiritualist Church Newsletter


News! News! News!

 

Greetings and Welcome to May!

There are some really great things happening in May and I am excited to tell you about them.

The 2nd class for the Healers' Certification will be held on Sunday, May 17th.  This class will go from 12:30 to 2:30 and certificates will be handed out at its conclusion.

I am thrilled to report that the first class, held on April 26th, was well attended and very well received. Congratulations to each of our "soon to be" graduates. We look forward to having you share your healing gifts in church as well as other venues moving forward.

Our new web site is up and running! I think it looks terrific. You can check it out here: http://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/

Our ordination course is up and ready to go. Anyone interested in becoming ordained as an Independent Spiritualist Minister can go to the church web site, above, and click the “Classes” link, then click on “Ordination”. There you will see a course description and the syllabus. When you click on the “Buy Now” button you will be taken to the Pay Pal web site. You do not have to have an account with Pay Pal but to use it you do need to have a major credit card. When you have paid for the course Pay Pal will notify me. I will then enroll you in the ordination course within 24 hours.

Once enrolled you will receive an email notification with a link which will take you to the International Metaphysical University (IMU) web site and instructions on how to log into your course. The learning platform is very user friendly. If I can use it anyone can :-)

You may also pay for the program by check or Money Order. You can mail it to:

The Healing Light Spiritualist Church
PO Box 137
Etna, ME 04434

The program consists of 9 lessons and cost $197.00. It involves listening to audio lectures, taking quizzes, research and writing, not a ton of it but some, writing and recording prayers, a guided meditation and an inspirational talk. Also, there is a classroom forum with a new question each week that you are expected to take part in. The forums are used to promote discussions between the students. Participating in the forum does count toward your successful completion of the program.

The lessons are designed to be taken one per week, however, you can work at your own pace as long as it is completed within 12 weeks. Extensions can be granted if needed. You may also complete it sooner than 9 weeks. I will be the one reading and grading the research papers and critiquing the recordings. I will also be monitoring the forums for participation.

At the completion of this course you will receive a Certificate of Ordination as an Independent Spiritualist Minister with all legal rights, and responsibilities, from the International Metaphysical University, http://intermetu.com/

 

For a very long time there were only 2 options for becoming ordained: get a certificate for free without doing any work, or, doing a ton of work over several years at a high cost of both money and time. Now, there is a third option and I feel really good about it.

Putting this program together was a labor of love for me. Yes, it took countless hours of work but every one of those hours was satisfying. As I write to you about this now I feel so very fortunate to have had this opportunity. I wish to thank everyone who encouraged me to step up to the plate and put the ordination program together.

And Still More Exciting News!

Camp Etna held its first board meeting of the year on April 25th.  At that meeting Donna and I raised the idea of moving the Healing Light Church to the temple on the campground. The support among the board members for this was more than enthusiastic. Here is what we worked out.

The camp will be responsible for:

1) Remediation of mold
2) Insulating the temple floor
3) Installing a heating & air conditioning system
4) Laying gravel in the new parking area
5) Plowing and sanding the parking area in the winter
6) Installing a handicap ramp on the parking lot side of the temple
 
Benefits for the church are as follows:

1) The church will have a 3 year contract at $200.00 per month, which is essentially what we are paying now, however, at the end of the 3 year contract, provided all expenses for winterizing the temple have been recouped, our rent will likely drop to cover just the cost of utilities. In other words, the campground is not looking to make money off the church.
2) We can use the temple for other activities without incurring an added expense. Right now we pay $25.00 for each 2 hour slot we reserve at the town hall.
3) We won't have to set up and break down every week... YEAH!
4) For those of us with a hearing impairment the temple offers greater ease of listening
5) We will actually have a real church building dedicated to celebrating spirit, raising awareness of spiritualism, promoting spiritualism, and best of all, the campground carries the energy of all the spiritualists that have come and gone since it was first established in 1876. There is no price we can put on that!

Benefits for the campground are:

1) They have a year round building for use.
2) Year round visibility, meaning, the camp doesn't disappear when camp season ends making it easier to promote camp season.
3) The camp can host events through the winter if they choose.

Our contract with the town ends on June 25th. This means the first service in the temple would be on June 28th.

I would like to add that the pastoral council is all in favor of moving the church to the temple building on the campground. We see it as very positive and life affirming.

All that being said, we do need the church members to vote on this. So, on Sunday May 17th at the end of the church service the membership will vote. Please know that only the members in good standing have a vote. Meaning, you must be up to date with your church dues. If you are a member in good standing and would like to vote but cannot be in church on the 17th you can, if you wish, send a signed and dated paper ballot with a Yes or a No written on it to:

Healing Light Spiritualist Church
PO Box 137
Etna, ME 04434

The vote must be received before Sunday, May 17th. Please feel free to bring any thoughts, questions or concerns to any of the pastors. We will be happy to talk with you about it.

Serving the church in May:
Facilitator - Rev. Janet Decker

Speakers/Mediums
May 3rd - Rev. Janet Decker
May 10th - Marcia Ruland/Pastor Dee Powers
May 17th - Graham Connely
May 24th - Kelly LaRochelle
May 31st - Facilitator Pastor Wachian Welch/Kate Dobbins

May 17th - Healing Certification Class at the Etna Town Hall 12:30 - 2:30

May 16th - HLSC Mediums Day. It will be held on the Camp Etna grounds from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. There will be healers available as well as mediums. All proceeds go to support the church. Please tell your friends!

Also we are asking for donations of food so we can feed the mediums and healers who are so generously giving of their time and talents for this event. Food donations can be brought to the campground office any time before 11:30 AM.

There will be no pastoral council meeting in May. The next council meeting will be on June 14th.

Looking ahead:

June 22 - June 27 - I will be teaching two different Past Life Regression Training and Certification courses at Camp Etna. This is a fund raiser for the camp. Please click on the "Events" tab on my web site for details: http://www.hypnotherapyservices.com/ . You can also find the information on the Camp Etna web site.

June 27th - Camp Etna's first Mediums' Day of the season

June 28th - Camp Season Begins! Our own Pastor Laurie Xanthos is the medium of the week.

You can find out more about what is happening at camp this year on the Camp Etna web site: http://www.campetna.com

Kudos!

 A BIG THANK YOU Pastor Laurie for teaching the Healing Certification classes, GREAT JOB, LAURIE!

Another BIG THANK YOU to Diane Skolfield for designing our wonderful new web site. I just want to add here that Diane told me it was an honor to serve her beautiful church in this way. Diane, YOU ROCK!  

A BIG THANK YOU, in advance, to everyone who will be helping out with our Mediums' Day fund raiser. You are appreciated more than you know.

Healing Prayers and Good Wishes Going Out To:

Janet Ciano who moved to Florida on April 26th. Janet you are ever in our hearts and prayers. We wish you great joy and much healing in your new home state.

Arlene Grant who has been ill through much of the winter and will be returning to the hospital in New Hampshire for further treatment this month. Our prayers go out to Arlene and her husband Dwight.

Just so everyone knows, you can now send us prayer requests from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

Ongoing

 

Mark your calendars for the first Sunday of every month. This is our Pot Luck Sunday. Come, enjoy the service and share some food and conversation after.

 

The Mediumship Development group meets every Sunday at my cottage on the Camp Etna grounds at 1:30. Whatever stage of development you are in you are always welcome to join us. Attending this group is free of charge; however, donations are gladly accepted.

 

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is always in need of many things. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to church on any Sunday. (PLEASE, no unwashed clothing articles, no clothing with pet hair, and no clothing with holes in them).

 

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Diapers - all sizes

Trash bags

Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues

All Purpose cleaner

Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)

HE laundry detergent

Ziploc bags and aluminum foil

Food storage containers

Grocery store gift certificates

Soap, shampoo, and conditioner

Feminine products (pads and tampons)

Deodorant

Toothpaste and toothbrushes

Razors and shaving cream

Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer

Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods

Children's books

 

Canaan Fire Department needs sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Childrens sweats are also needed.

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

 

If you know of anyone who would like to know more about our Healing Light Spiritualist Church and would enjoy reading our newsletter please, by all means, do pass along. WHEW, This is one very long newsletter!  Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church. Without you, there would be no church. Guess what? I did not have to put weather cancellation info in this newsletter... Woo Hoo!!!  If you live in New England you know why this one little thing makes me sooooo happy :-)

 

Warm Blessings to all,

Rev. Janet Decker

 

Contacts:

Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph:  207-722-4241

Pastor Wachian Welch
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

 

Pastor Dee Powers
Ph:  207-557-1979
Email:  jazmin10wf@yahoo.com

 

Pastor Donna Williams
Ph:  207-269-2992

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email:   jkidder3@cloud.com

 

April 2015

 

Greetings Everyone and Welcome to Spring!
 

I am happy to announce that the Healing Light Church healing certification classes will take place in April. There will be two classes altogether and both are required in order to receive your certification. The classes will be taught by Pastor Laurie Xanthos on April 12th and 26th.

On April 12th the class will run from 12:30 to 5:00 PM with a break for lunch at approx. 2:30. This will be a pot luck so please bring something to share. The class will resume at 3:00 and go to approximately 5:00 PM.  On April 26th the class will run from 1:30 to 3:30. Both classes will be at the Etna Town Hall.

There is no charge for these classes, however, we are asking for donations because we need to rent the hall.

Pastor Laurie is a terrific instructor. She brings a great deal of experience to the classroom. Teaching healing classes is something Laurie has a great passion for, and feels it is an investment in a more harmonious universe. I completely agree with her.

I can attest to Laurie's skill as a teacher because I took a Shamanic Journeying class from her and I enjoyed it completely. I know you will gain a lot of knowledge from Laurie.

If you are feeling called to be a vessel of service through healing then I encourage you to attend. Please know that these classes are for anyone who feels the calling, not just members of the church. So please do share the information with others.There is no such thing as too many healers.

Sad news but also happy news. Our lovely piano player, Janet Ciano, is moving to Florida at the end of April. It is sad for us as we so enjoy her gift of music on Sundays and we so enjoy seeing her smiling face at church but it is happy news for Janet. We know the increase in sunshine will be wonderful for her healing process and also, she will be closer to her brother which will bring her great happiness.

Janet wants everyone to know she will truly miss her church family and playing for us on Sundays. Janet, you will be greatly missed but know that we do wish you great joy and increased healing in the Sunshine state!

Janet's leaving creates a need within the church for a new piano player. Please help us put that out to the Universe so we can attract someone wonderful to fill the post. Thank you.

Serving the church in April is:
Facilitator - Pastor Laurie Xanthos

Speakers/Mediums
April 5th - Pastor Laure Xanthos/Lauren Powers
April 12th - Debbie Walker/Wachian Welch
April 19th - Kendra Wescott
April 26th - Bethany Couture
April 12, 26 - Healing Certification Classes at the Etna Town Hall

There will be no pastoral council meeting in April.

This month's Spiritualism Nugget: A Spiritualist is one who believes, as the basis of his or her religion, in the communication between this and the spirit world by means of Mediumship and who endeavors to mold his or her character and conduct in accordance with the highest teachings derived from such communion.

Spiritualists believe that God or Infinite Intelligence is ALL That Is, expressing through all creation by love, light and law. Humanity, the most complex of life on earth, reaches this Divine Source through prayer, meditation, listening to inner awareness, and service. Why service? Because every living thing is a part of God, so as we serve life we also serve the Higher Energies.

A Call to Activism

Because spiritualist love and care about the natural world, seeing the Divine as part of everything that is, I feel it is appropriate to insert the following into the newsletter. I hope you agree and will pass it along to others.

Our world is in trouble. It is not new knowledge that we are losing our bat populations to something called White Nose Syndrome and it is not new knowledge that we are losing our honey bees, but it may not be as widely known that the Monarch butterfly may soon disappear from our landscape and our lives. Nearly a Billion of these beautiful creatures have vanished. Personally, I see fewer and fewer in my gardens every year. Last year, sadly, I saw only two. We will lose this masterpiece of nature within a few years if we don't do something right now.

There is an intense effort underway to plant 200,000 acres of Monarch butterfly habitat from Texas to Minnesota but here is what you can do at home. Milkweed is the sole food of the Monarch butterfly larvae. If you have a yard where you can let the milkweed grow please let it be and plant more. It will establish itself in any disturbed ground. And please, don't use herbicides or insecticides on your plants. Search for organic methods of weed and insect control. Weeding by hand is labor intensive but it is also incredibly therapeutic and puts you outside next to the earth and in the sun. You can and will receive incredible healing for mind, body and soul by spending time in your yard and/or garden weeding. Milkweed is geographically specific, meaning, you want to plant what naturally grows in Maine. Our milkweed is adapted to our climate so be sure to gather seeds locally.

I have milkweed growing in my yard and with my vegetables. It smells good, is nice to look at and attracts pollinators. Nothing lost, everything gained!

Also, milkweed is a wild edible plant. Take just some parts from each plant to assure it will blossom and create new seeds. Check out the web site below before you start chowing down, though. Before eating anything wild you should know what parts to eat and what parts to leave alone and, you need to know how to properly prepare wild edibles. With a little due diligence you can enjoy great tasting nutritious wild food and help nature as well. What's not to like!

How To Eat Common Milkweed
http://tacticalintelligence.net/blog/how-to-eat-milkweed.htm

 

To learn more about the plight of the Monarchs and the efforts underway to help this beautiful creature you can go to: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/02/09/the-monarch-massacre-nearly-a-billion-butterflies-have-vanished/

Together we truly can make a difference in this world. Thank you for your efforts on behalf of nature.

Two online viewing and reading recommendations

Story on Today news: "Return To Life" One Child's memory of a past life: http://www.today.com/news/return-life-how-some-children-have-memories-reincarnation-2D80550946

Free E-Book - Healing Mother Earth's Sacred Sites: http://www.earthwisdomfoundation.net/uploads/eBook_-_English.pdf

Looking ahead: Mark your calendars for our May 16th Mediums Day. It will be held on the Camp Etna grounds from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. There will be healers available as well as mediums. All proceeds go to support the church. Please tell your friends!

Ongoing

Mark your calendars for the first Sunday of every month. This is our Pot Luck Sunday. Come, enjoy the service and share some food and conversation after.

 

The Mediumship Development group meets every Sunday at my cottage on the Camp Etna grounds at 1:30. Whatever stage of development you are in you are always welcome to join us. Attending this group is free of charge; however, donations are gladly accepted. Note: If church service is canceled due to bad weather the development group is also canceled.

 

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is always in need of many things. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to church on any Sunday. (PLEASE, no unwashed clothing articles, no clothing with pet hair, and no clothing with holes in them).

 

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Diapers - all sizes

Trash bags

Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues

All Purpose cleaner

Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)

HE laundry detergent

Ziploc bags and aluminum foil

Food storage containers

Grocery store gift certificates

Soap, shampoo, and conditioner

Feminine products (pads and tampons)

Deodorant

Toothpaste and toothbrushes

Razors and shaving cream

Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer

Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods

Children's books

 

Canaan Fire Department needs sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday.

 

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

 

Weather (Cancellation) Notification

When there is a threat of bad weather church services and meetings are canceled. You can check on the local TV news stations for our cancellations. Also, if you are on the churches email list you will receive notice that way as well. Once in a while we cancel church and then the storm doesn't manifest. Ahhhhh, nature, you just cannot always predict her. Never the less, once church has been canceled we do not change it. Please make a note of this.

 

Although spring has officially arrived we may still see some snow. Please be ever mindful of safety both in the home and in your comings and goings. Always think, Safety First!

 

If you know of anyone who would like to know more about our Healing Light Church and would enjoy reading our newsletter please, by all means, do pass along. 

 

Warm Blessings to all,

Rev. Janet Decker

 

Contacts:

Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-722-4241

Pastor Wachian Welch
Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com
Ph: 207-514-6023

 

Pastor Dee Powers
Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com

Ph: 207-557-1979
 

Pastor Donna Williams
Ph: 207-269-2992

 

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: jkidder3@cloud.com

March 2015

 

Greetings Everyone and a Happy St. Patrick's Day to All!

 

There is no doubt that this has been the winter that just keeps on giving. As I sit here writing this it is February 19th and it is snowing yet again. However, because I make every effort to look at things from all sides I am choosing to believe that this incredibly cold and snowy winter has a very bright side.

 

In my estimation this record breaking winter will greatly reduce the numbers of many insect pests this spring and summer. You know the ones; they eat up our gardens, berry bushes, and fruit trees, without mercy.

 

For years Maine escaped many of the pests that plague the other, more southerly, states because our cold winters kept them from coming here. Then came global warming and pests streamed in. Take Japanese Beetles for instance. They were not a problem in Maine until about 13 years or so ago. At least they were not a problem in the mid coast area of Maine. Now, well, they are here dining voraciously on all of our favorite things.

 

So you see, there is a special gift that such a long, cold and snowy winter brings us. Let's embrace it and thank the Universe for taking care of us. As an organic gardener having fewer garden eating insects makes me especially grateful.

March!

 

So, what things can we look forward to in March? Spring of course! And, the days are growing longer and brighter. How wonderful is that!? Also, daylight savings time begins on March 8th so remember to “Spring Forward!”

Wachian adds that the day we enter DST and set our clocks forward one hour is also a good time to change the batteries in your our detectors. Thanks, Wachian, for reminding us.

 

On the Winter Solstice the Northern Hemisphere gets just 9 hours and 32 minutes of daylight. By the time of the Spring Equinox the Northern Hemisphere gets approximately 12 hours of Daylight and this is worth smiling about.

 

Serving the church in March is:

Facilitator - Pastor Donna Williams

 

Speakers/Mediums

 

March 1st – Pastor Donna Williams/Dee Powers

March 8th – Kelly LaRochelle

March 15th – Lauren Powers

March 22nd – Rev. Janet Decker

March 29th – Pastor Dee Powers

March 8th – Pastoral Council Meets

 

On March 22nd we will be having our special Equinox Ceremony. We will still have our regular healing, and mediumship portions of the service as well so not to worry.

 

About the Equinox: The Equinoxes are times of equal day and night, or nearly so. Imagine if you will that you are standing in the middle of a circle and can see equally in all directions. Or, you can imagine you are standing on the top of Cadillac Mountain. If you've been there you will remember that you have a 360 degree view from there, and it is magnificent, I might add.  This time of year gives us the greatest chance for the clearest vision of what it is we want or need for ourselves moving forward.

 

The Spring Equinox ushers in a time of renewal. A time when the earth begins to wake up from her long slumber, a time for planting seeds and for those seeds to germinate. When I talk about planting seeds I'm not just talking literally but also metaphorically.

 

If you remember, in our New Year's Ceremony you wrote down what no longer served you and you released it to the fire to be burned away. You also wrote down what you would like to have come into your life and we sent those requests out into the universe with the smoke as we burned them. Now is the time to put energy into the ideas that you birthed at New Years.

 

So that we may more effectively use these energies to our highest good and the highest good of all we will be doing a ceremony to celebrate the Equinox the way many of our ancestors did.

 

When we come together in ceremony we join together as one. One heart, one mind one voice and our power to effect change in our lives and on the planet is magnified a thousand times or more. Also when we come together in ceremony we honor the ancient ones who were, in many respects, more in tune with their true nature as Sacred Unity than we are.

 

Also, whenever we come together with the intention of doing sacred work through ceremony The Councils of Light are present. They bring in the higher octaves of vibration that can assist us in moving into higher levels of consciousness. Doing ceremony helps us to be conscious of ourselves at higher levels of being. And in so doing we are open to working with the Councils of Light.

 

I hope you can attend and be sure to bring with you a full and grateful heart and an open mind.


This month's Spiritualism Nugget is: Spiritualism is a philosophy because it studies the laws of nature both on the seen and unseen sides of life and bases its conclusions upon present observed facts. It accepts statements of observed facts of past ages and conclusions drawn therefrom, when sustained by reason and by results of observed facts of the present day.

 

Movie Recommendation: I recommend watching the movie "Temple Grandin". It is a true story about the brilliant and amazing achievements of an Autistic Woman.

 

It is not just that it is a good movie but in watching it you will see the Universe and the Law of Attraction at work in this woman's life. It thoroughly demonstrates how an idea, together with the passion to make it happen, really does bring you what you want, often miraculously, although I doubt the producers ever recognized this all too obvious scenario.

I cannot recommend it highly enough. Enjoy!

 

Kudos

 

A BIG THANK YOU to Dee who did a wonderful job facilitating the services in February. 

 

In January Wachian was wearing a frown because he only got to lead two services due to bad weather. In February Dee was wearing that same frown. I tell her what I told Wachian, do not worry, there will be plenty more future services for you to lovingly guide us through.

 

Dee, you did a terrific job and we look forward to your heartfelt service to the church in the future.

 

I want to thank Angie Butler for stepping in, without notice I might add, to give messages on February 1st. You did a fabulous job, Angie!

 

Ongoing

 

Mark your calendars for the first Sunday of every month. This is our Pot Luck Sunday. Come, enjoy the service and share some food and conversation after.

 

The Mediumship Development group meets every Sunday at my cottage on the Camp Etna grounds at 1:30. Whatever stage of development you are in you are always welcome to join us. Attending this group is free of charge; however, donations are gladly accepted. Note: If church service is canceled due to bad weather the development group is also canceled.

 

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is always in need of many things. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to church on any Sunday. (PLEASE, no unwashed clothing articles, no clothing with pet hair, and no clothing with holes in them).

 

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Diapers - all sizes

Trash bags

Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues

All Purpose cleaner

Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)

HE laundry detergent

Ziploc bags and aluminum foil

Food storage containers

Grocery store gift certificates

Soap, shampoo, and conditioner

Feminine products (pads and tampons)

Deodorant

Toothpaste and toothbrushes

Razors and shaving cream

Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer

Sugar and drink mixes

Canned and non-perishable foods

Children's books

 

Canaan Fire Department needs sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday.

 

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

 

Weather (Cancellation) Notification

When there is a threat of bad weather church services and meetings are canceled. You can check on the local TV news stations for our cancellations. Once in a while we cancel church and then the storm doesn't manifest. Ahhhhh, nature, you just cannot always predict her. Never the less, once church has been canceled we do not change it. Please make a note of this.

 

Also, if you are on the churches email list you will receive notice that way as well.

 

As winter continues please be ever mindful of safety both in the home and in your comings and goings. Always think, Safety First!

 

If you know of anyone who would like to know more about our Healing Light Church and would enjoy reading our newsletter please, by all means, do pass along. 

 

Warm Blessings to all,

Rev. Janet Decker

 

Contacts:

Rev. Janet Decker

Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com

Ph: 207-722-4241

Pastor Wachian Welch

Email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com

Ph: 207-5514-6023

 

Pastor Dee Powers

Ph: 207-557-1979

Email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com

Pastor Donna Williams

Ph: 207-269-2992

Pastor Laurie Xanthos

Ph: 647-3781
Email: jkidder3@cloud.com

 

If you are receiving this newsletter it is because you are on our membership or “friends” list. If you do not want to receive our newsletter please just "reply" with "Unsubscribe" in the heading and we will make sure you don't get any more of them. If you are receiving this newsletter by USPS please call me if you do not want to receive it any longer.


Our background and circumstances
may have influenced who we are,
but, we are responsible for who we become.

 

February 2015

 

 

Greetings Everyone!

 

February already. Where does the time go? 

 

Here is a bit of interesting history. February 2nd is the mid-way point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox and was the basis for various ancient European celebrations that commemorate the annual beginnings of the agricultural season.

 

February 2nd has two other connections. Ground hog day, which has its origin in European folklore, as a prediction for the coming spring, and, February 2nd is celebrated by the Anglican, Roman Catholic, and Greek Orthodox churches as a tribute to the light of God's glory, it is called Candlemass, or Candelaria.

On February 2nd I like to remember that it is now only 6 weeks until spring! 

Kudos

 

A BIG THANK YOU to Wachian who did a wonderful job facilitating the services in January. 

 

Wachian was wearing a frown because he only got to lead two services due to bad weather. I told him not to worry, there were plenty more future services for him to lovingly guide us through.

 

Wachian, you did a terrific job and we look forward to your heartfelt service to the church in the future.

 

We give Dee a BIG THANK YOU for delivering the donations made by the good hearted folks of the Healing Light Church to both the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter and the Cannan Fire Dept.

 

Serving the church in February is:

Facilitator - Pastor Dee Powers

 

Speakers/Mediums

February 1st – Dee Powers

February 8th – Bethany Couture

February 15th – Kelly LaRochelle

February 22nd – Kendra Wescott


This month's Spiritualism Nugget is: Spiritualism is a science because it investigates, analyzes and classifies facts and manifestations demonstrated from the spirit side of life.

Last month I asked this question, “What do you think is the greatest challenge to our mediumship/psychic development?” I did not get any replies to this question but as promised, here are my thoughts on the subject.

 

I feel the greatest challenge to growing our mediumship and psychic abilities is lack of trust and fear that we may be wrong.

 

What I mean by this is, we fear that what we are receiving is coming from our own mind/imagination. We fear we are making it up. We do not believe or trust it is coming from spirit.

 

This is a really BIG obstacle to overcome and to my knowledge there is only one way to learn to trust what you are receiving and that is to practice.

 

Sitting regularly in a mediumship/psychic development group, where you can feel “safe” giving what you get, works. I know this because for years I have sat in groups practicing and I've seen my own progress. Also, I've seen the progress of many others. Ask any “old time” medium how they honed their gifts and most will tell you they sat in groups for much of their lives.

 

So, there it is, my thoughts on the greatest challenge for those of us who really want to be good at doing this work. Remember, practice makes perfect, or at least, that is the goal :-)

 

Ongoing

Mark your calendars for the first Sunday of every month. This is our Pot Luck Sunday. Come, enjoy the service and share some food and conversation after.

 

The Mediumship Development group meets every Sunday at my cottage on the Camp Etna grounds at 1:30. Whatever stage of development you are in you are always welcome to join us. Attending this group is free of charge, however, donations are gladly accepted. Note: If church service is canceled due to bad weather the development group is also canceled.

 

The Mid Maine homeless shelter is always in need of many things. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to church on any Sunday. (PLEASE, no unwashed clothing articles, no clothing with pet hair, and no clothing with holes in them).

 

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

Diapers - all sizes

Trash bags

Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues

All Purpose cleaner

Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)

HE laundry detergent

Ziploc bags and aluminum foil

Food storage containers

Grocery store gift certificates

Soap, shampoo, and conditioner

Feminine products (pads and tampons)

Deodorant

Toothpaste and toothbrushes

Razors and shaving cream

Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer

Sugar and drink mixes

Canned and non-perishable foods

Children's books

 

Cannan Fire Department needs sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday.

For our own Fire and Rescue Department we are collecting new stuffed animals up until Valentine's Day. We have been doing this for 3 years now. This annual Valentine's Day Drive for stuffed animals began in commemoration of the Sandy Hook School Shooting on December 14, 2012.

 

The stuffed animals we collect are given out to children who are taken to the hospital by ambulance. It is comforting to a child who is most usually frightened and confused, as well as ill or injured, to receive one of these stuffed toys to hold on to. Again, these must be new, with the tags still on. You may bring them to the church the first two Sundays in February.

 

To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.

 

Weather (Cancellation) Notification

When the weather is bad church services and meetings are canceled. You can check on the local TV news stations for our cancellations. Once in a while we cancel church and then the storm doesn't manifest. Ahhhhh, nature, you just cannot always predict her. Never the less, once church has been canceled we do not change it. Please make a note of this.

 

As winter continues please be ever mindful of safety both in the home and in your comings and goings. Always think, Safety First!

 

If you know of anyone who would like to know more about our Healing Light Church and would enjoy reading our newsletter please, by all means, do pass along. 

Blessings to all,

 

Rev. Janet Decker

 

Contacts:

Rev. Janet Decker

Ph: 207-722-4241

Pastor Wachian Welch

Ph: 207-514-6023

email: wachianwelch44@gmail.com

Pastor Dee Powers

Ph: 207-557-1979

email: jazmin10wf@yahoo.com

 

Pastor Donna Williams

Ph: 207-269-2992

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
email: jkidder3@cloud.com

 

If you are receiving this newsletter it is because you are on our membership or “friends” list. If you do not want to receive our newsletter please just "reply" with "Unsubscribe" in the heading and we will make sure you don't get any more of them. If you are receiving this newsletter by USPS please call me if you do not want to receive it any longer.


Our background and circumstances
may have influenced who we are,
but, we are responsible for who we become.

 

 

 

December 2014 Newsletter

 

 

Greetings Everyone!

 

We hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving at that you are pacing yourself now that the holiday season is upon us. Remember to take some time for yourself whenever possible, even if only 15 minutes here and there.

 

This publication of the Healing Light Church is the first of what we hope will be regular monthly mailings. At least this is our goal. If you do not want to receive our newsletter please just "reply" with "Unsubscribe" in the heading we will make sure you don't get any more.

 

Now for the news!

 

On December 7th Our Lead Pastor, Donna Williams, is stepping down after 10 years of selfless service. She has been untiring and steadfast in her service to the Healing Light Church community. We feel extreme gratitude to Donna for  all she has done and wish her every happiness in the days and years ahead.  THANK YOU DONNA! Please note, though, Donna isn't going anywhere. She will be serving on the pastoral council as one of the co-pastors. We are thrilled she still wants to hang around with us.

 

There are some wonderful changes/additions coming to the Healing Light Church. This newsletter will give you a brief overview of what we have planned.

 

1) We are establishing a pastoral council which, to start off with, will include 5 people. They are, Rev. Janet Decker who will be the Lead Pastor for the church, Pastor Wachian Welch who is a Spiritualist Minister in training, Pastor Laurie Xanthos, Pastor Donna Williams and Pastor Dee Powers. Each person brings something special to our church and it is thrilling to have such a terrific group of people who are willing to serve. A big THANK YOU! goes out to each of them.

 

2) We are putting together an Ordination Program for those who feel called to this service. We have not yet worked out all the details, however, it should be fully up and running in January. At least that is the goal.

 

3) We are developing a Healing Certification program. We hope to have more information on this program after the first of the year.

 

December Schedule of Events:

On Dec. 7th there will be a members meeting after the pot luck. Whether you are already a member or considering becoming a member please come, bring a dish to share, and stay for the meeting afterward.

December 21st is the solstice and we will be holding a Yule ceremony in place of the normal church service. To the ancient cultures the winter solstice was extremely important because it  marked the return of the Sun. At midnight on the winter solstice the days, at last, stop growing shorter and begin to grow longer.  This day was considered the start of the new year to many of our ancestors.

 

At the winter solstice the energies are especially conducive to releasing that which no longer serves us and establishing in our hearts and minds something new. New year, new start. To assist us in releasing the old and bringing in the new we will do a ceremony. In the spirit of our ancient ancestors let us join together to welcome the return of the sun and new beginnings!

 

Ongoing: The Mediumship development group meets Sundays at 1:30. We meet at Janet Decker's cottage on the Camp Etna grounds. It is open to all.

 

A big THANK YOU to Peter Conroy for updating our church membership roster and for editing and sending out our church newsletter. It would be very helpful to have every members email address. If you are receiving this newsletter via snail mail then we do not have your email address so please see Peter or Barb Dolliver so we can include you in our electronic mailing. It truly does save the church much needed funds. Thank you.

 

It is the Yule tide season and the spirit of giving is upon us. As many of you know Rose and Bud Rideout have taken in 5 children whom they have been caring for for appropriately 3 months. The children range in age from 4 to 11. There are 4 girls and one boy. Our church family has reached out to help Bud and Rose in any way we can. If you feel it in your heart to help these children have a nice Christmas, contributions in the way of clothing and toys, or if you don't like to shop, money, would be greatly appreciated. Gifts may be placed on the table in the back of the church and contributions of money can be given directly to Bud and Rose or to Barb Dolliver. May the light and love of the One Infinite Creator bless you for your kindness and generosity.

 

Toy Conroy has donated to the church an assortment of beautiful hand made bags. You will see them displayed in the church on Sunday mornings. These bags are truly lovely and all money collected from the sale of these bags will go to Bud and Rose. They are very reasonably priced at $15.00 for the large bag and $10.00 for the medium. For those who don't know Toy she is extremely gifted as a quilter and a healer. You can feel the incredible energy she puts into everything she makes. If you purchase one of these bags you will feel the energy every time you carry it. How wonderful is that?!

 

In the spirit of giving the Healing Light Church is donating $100.00 to the Mid Maine homeless shelter. The shelter is in need of many things. If you have items you would like to donate please bring them to church on any Sunday. Dee Powers will see that they get to the shelter. Thank you Dee!

 

Here is a list of supplies they could use:

 

Diapers - all sizes.

Towels and washcloths.

Trash bags.

Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues.

All Purpose cleaner.

Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square).

HE laundry detergent.

Ziploc bags and aluminum foil.

Food storage containers.

Grocery store gift certificates.

Soap, shampoo, and conditioner.

Feminine products (pads and tampons).

Deodorant.

Toothpaste and toothbrushes.

Razors and shaving cream.

Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer.

Sugar and drink mixes.

Canned and non-perishable foods.

Children's books.

 

From our heart to yours, the Healing Light Church wishes each one of you a safe and happy holiday season and a healthy and prosperous new year!

 

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