Happy July and Happy Summer!
July 3rd marks the one year anniversary of our church moving to the Temple on the Camp Etna grounds. We thank spirit every day for creating an opportunity to be located in such a lovely building on grounds that are steeped in Spiritualist history.
During our first year in the Temple we accepted 18 new members, most all of them are year round residents of Maine. Why is this important, you may ask? Well, it is important because previous to this past year most of the folks coming to service have been snow birds. Not that we mind because WE DON'T! We love our snow birds, however, when fall arrives our wonderful snow birds fly away and from November through May, historically, there have been low numbers at our Sunday service. This past winter has seen our Sunday regulars double and often triple and this makes everyone at the HLSC smile.
It is becoming well known in Etna and surrounding communities that we offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere to all who walk through our doors. Several have stated they did not feel welcome in other churches but have felt completely welcome in ours. Isn't this part of what church is about, making people feel welcome? We think so. Let it be known far and wide HLSC welcomes everyone!
Now the News
July 3rd is Pot Luck Sunday, come enjoy our Sunday service and bring a dish to share after. See "Reminders" for details.
There will be a Spiritualist Philosophies class on August 1, 2016 at 6:00 PM, place to be announced. This class is required for new members, so everyone who has joined our church since December of 2014 should plan to attend. Although new members are required to attend everyone is welcome. There should be lots of interesting discussion.
In July and August the speakers/mediums each week are the mediums featured by the camp. We hope you will come out and support all these wonderful and inspiring folks, many of whom have traveled great distances to serve.
The next board meeting is scheduled for 1:00 PM, August 21st at Rev. Wachian Welch's cottage. New member applications will be voted on at that time.
Looking ahead, the HLSC will hold their Mediums Day fund raiser on Saturday, October 1, 2016, on the Camp Etna grounds. Mediums and healers are needed. We like to feed our volunteers so donations of food are also welcome. Please consider helping the church in one of these capacities. Thank you!
Camp Etna News
Saturday, July 2nd, is opening day of the Camp's 140th summer season.There are free demonstrations, readings, healers, a guided historical walk about the grounds, vendors, food, and lots of fun planned for that day.
To honor the spirits of Camp Etna there will be a 10 cent admission fee. This is what the entrance fee was for many years back in the day. There will be a bowl at the Inn to drop your dime in.
Also, on July 2nd, in the evening, there are BIG DOINGS! From 7 to 9 PM Etna Spiritualist Association will celebrate Camp Etna's 140th year of continuous service to spirit with live music by "Josh WeKnow and Friends" and during intermission there will be an interview with renowned clairvoyant Jeanne Marie Antoinette. The evening's entertainment is by donation.
For more information on our opening day gala you can visit the FB page created just for this day.
July 3 - 9: Friends from Florida Week, July 10th - 16th: Camp Etna Mediums Week, July 17th - 23rd: Spirit Sampler week, July 24th - 30th: Features Laurie Xanthos, July 31st - August 6th Features Malcolm Speirs and Lynn Walker.
Please check out the Camp Etna web site to find out everything that is happening on July 2nd and throughout the summer season.
Upcoming July Events Featuring HLSC Members
Thursday July 13th
What: Psychic Dinner
Time: 5:30 PM (Sitting 1) 7:30 PM (Sitting 2)
Where: Jasper's Restaurant, Ellsworth, ME
Presenters: Angie Butler, Rev. Wachian Welch, Kelly Purrington, Bonnie Lee Gibson, Ernie VandenBossche
Reservations Required: 207-667-5318
FYI this event sells out quickly and may already be sold out for July. It would be wise to make your reservation asap and think ahead for August by making your reservation now. It is always held on the second Wednesday evening of the month.
Beginning July 11th from 4-6 PM, and each Monday thereafter to infinity, Edgar Cayce's Glad Helpers Group will meet in the Maine Holistic Center located at 81 Maine Street Bangor, ME.
Edgar Cayce started the first Glad Helpers Group in 1931 and it continues to be the healing arm of the ARE Edgar Cayce Center with groups around the world. Members follow his original guidelines, which include:
Reading from Cayce's book, "Meditation"
Building group intention
Sending healing prayers to people who have requested prayer, each other, countries and leaders of the world
Hands on healing
If you are in need of healing or know someone who is please call Rosalie Deer Heart at 207-730-2288 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and she will gladly include your name on the weekly prayer list.
An invitation is extended to all Energy Healers who would like to join this group.
The ARE has donated Meditation books and the group is free. The Healing Light Spiritualist church is happy to see this group come to Bangor!
Serving the church in June:
Facilitator – Rev. Shirley Boyens
July 3rd - Rev. Dr. Phil DeLong
July 10th - Christopher Smith/Kelly Purington
July 17th - Graham Connolly
July 24th - Laurie Xanthos
July 31st - Malcolm Speirs
July 3rd is Pot Luck Sunday. We will be holding this after church at the Inn. The Inn is the first building on the right as you enter the camp ground. Please come, enjoy the service and bring a dish to share afterward. You can leave the food at the inn. There is a refrigerator and electrical strip for crock pots. There is also a microwave available.
The church membership application is available in the church and can also be downloaded from thehome page of our web site.
You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.
The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out here.
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!
To Say Thank You!
A BIG THANK YOU to Bethany Couture for cleaning and setting up the Temple prior to our Solstice Ceremony.
A BIG THANK YOU to the speakers and mediums who served our church in June. You are appreciated!
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 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 Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM in Janet Decker's cottage (July and August) on the Camp Etna grounds - led by Rev. Janet Decker and Monday night 7:00 PM at Pastor Dee Powers cottage on the Camp Etna grounds - led by Pastor Dee Powers.
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:
Diapers of 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 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 August newsletter I need the information by July 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 a 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 council members are: Pastor Dee Powers, Chris Couture, Rev. Wachian Welch, Barbara Dolliver, and Marcia Ruland.
Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO to share this newsletter.
Bright Blessings to all and I wish you a bright and beautiful July!
Rev. Janet Decker
Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Rev. Wachian Welch
Pastor Dee Powers
Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Rev. Shirley Boyens