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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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
January 3 - Pastor Dee Powers
January 10 - Karleen Tanner
January 17 - Christopher Smith
January 24 - Bill "Windwalker" Wentworth
January 31 - Stacey Lovejoy Scotia
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; 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.
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:
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 happy and prosperous New Year!
Rev. Janet Decker
Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Rev. Wachian Welch
Pastor Dee Powers
Pastor Donna Williams
Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Rev. Shirley Boyens
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Our mailing address is:
Healing Light Church
PO Box 137
Etna, Me 04434