Healing Light Spiritualist Church December 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. 


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



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


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!


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)
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


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)

Bonnie Lee Mellott (Vice President)

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