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!
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
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 :-)
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
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
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
Rev. Janet Decker
Pastor Wachian Welch
Pastor Dee Powers
Pastor Donna Williams
Pastor Laurie Xanthos
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