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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!
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
February 7 - Pastor Donna Williams
February 14 - Karlene Tanner
February 21- Bethany Couture
February 28 - Rev. Wachian Welch/Angie Butler
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.
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:
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
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
Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Rev. Wachian Welch
Pastor Dee Powers
Pastor Donna Williams
Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Rev. Shirley Boyens