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
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,
If you would like to send John a card this is his address:
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
December 6 - Pat Heitman
December - 13 - Alice King
December 20 - Melissa Gabriel
December 27 - Angie Butler/Rev. Wachian Welch
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; 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.
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:
Diapers - all sizes
Toilet tissues, paper towels, and tissues
All Purpose cleaner
Paper plates, cups, and napkins (square)
HE laundry detergent
Ziploc bags and aluminum foil
Food storage containers
Grocery store gift certificates
Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Razors and shaving cream
Coffee (regular; decaf) and creamer
Sugar and drink mixes
Canned and non-perishable foods
Both Etna and Canaan Fire Departments need sweat pants and sweat shirts to give out to people who, during a fire, are forced to flee their homes with no more than the shirt on their backs. It is not necessary to buy new. Clean, used items in good condition are very welcome. Please bring them to the church on any Sunday. Children’s sweats are also needed.
To all who have contributed in the past, or will contribute in the future, to any of the above causes, your gifts are truly a blessing. Thank you.
If you know of anyone who would like to know more about our Healing Light Spiritualist Church and would enjoy reading our newsletter please, by all means, do pass 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
Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Rev. Wachian Welch
Pastor Dee Powers
Pastor Donna Williams
Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Rev. Shirley Boyens