July 2018 Newsletter
Greetings Everyone, and Happy Fourth of July!
I have just returned from 10 days in California. I was out there visiting my daughter, and what is even more wonderful is my brother and sister joined me! am fortunate in that I have a terrific relationship with my siblings and we enjoy traveling together. I feel very blessed in this regard.
Up until this visit I have not been in California for about 15 years. As with all of my travels, I am always VERY happy to return to Maine. The sheer number of people in California is staggering, not to mention the traffic!
While I was there I visited Big Sur. It is one of my favorite places. The coastline in Northern California is breathtaking, to say the least. The energy there is palpable. Such majesty of nature is not easily matched in my humble opinion. But then again, I'm not a world traveler so it is likely this very same, or at least similar, majestic energy does exist elsewhere.
During low tide on Pfieffer Beach in Big Sur, you can see starfish in an array of colors clinging to rocks and sea anemones in tidal pools. The splendor of watching a sunset there is beyond words. For me, these are the things dreams are made of.
I went kayaking in Avila Bay where I had the pleasure, and joy, of seeing sea otters with their babies, sea lions, harbor seals, and pelicans up close and personal. Not too close, though, as I feel it is disrespectful of nature and animals not to give them their space, also, it can be dangerous getting too close. My daughter and I found some plastic bags floating in the bay which we retrieved and disposed of when we returned to land. Plastic in any form can be, and often is, deadly to sea life. I must say, though, that for all the people who live in California the amount of trash on the roads and in the water was minimal. Thank goodness!
One thing I do where ever I go is offer up a blessing to the earth, the sea, the sky, and all beings who share this planet with us. The sea is in particular peril from all forms of pollution and overfishing. One thing I encourage everyone to do is buy products that are sustainably farmed or grown. For example, if you are currently taking fish oil you may want to switch to flaxseed oil. It gives you the same benefit and is sustainable. If you consume tuna look for labels that say sustainably harvested, line caught, and dolphin safe. And whenever possible buy organic, for your own good health and the health of the planet. If we can remember that we share this planet with all sorts of living, breathing beings and act accordingly we can make a difference.
As I stated earlier, I am always happy to return to the peace and serenity of Maine. Our coastline is no less beautiful than California's, just different. Different but still magnificent and we have far fewer people and cars here, even during tourist season. Aren’t we lucky?!!!
Looking forward to seeing everyone at church this Sunday. I've missed you!
Pot luck is Sunday, July 1st. Please come and bring a dish to share. Finger foods only, please!
This next piece of news is a bit difficult to write but here goes, I will be stepping down as lead pastor of our church effective July 31st. I will, however, continue to lead some services until December 31st and of course, I will be in church. The church is an integral part of my spiritual life so although I will no longer be the lead pastor I will still be around.
I took over the position of pastor in December of 2014 with the intention of doing it for 2 years. Well, it has been a bit more than 3-1/2 years and I feel I have fulfilled my commitment to the church and to myself. The winds of change are blowing and I must ride the wind to see where it takes me.
Some accomplishments of my tenure are: creating a pastoral council, changing the format, somewhat, of how we conduct services as well as instituting the all healing and message service that is held the last Sunday of every month, introduced new, more contemporary songs, as well as revive some very old songs, created and maintained the church newsletter, created an online ordination course, ordained 3 of our 5 pastors, as well as others, and I have helped to grow our congregation. I have been at nearly every service in my more than 3-1/2 years as the lead pastor and every one of them has been a great joy for me. Something I have always looked forward to every Sunday.
So, my friends and spiritual church family, I want to thank you for your support of the church and of me these past few years. I must say it has been a real pleasure and a blessing to serve and grow our church.
Wishing you many blessings of spirit,
**Please watch your emails for the upcoming August Healing Light Spiritualist Church newsletter**
Serving the church in July
July 1st: Rev. Sherwood Denham
July 8th: Rev. Wachian Welch
July 15th: Rev. Wachian Welch
July 22nd: Rev. Janet Decker
July 29th: Rev. Dee Powers
July 1st: TBA
July 8th: TBA
July 15th: TBA Rosalie Deer Heart
July 22nd: Speaker - Bonnie Lee Mellott/Medium - Dawn Wilber
July 29th: TBA
About our speakers and Mediums:
Rosalie Deer Heart - During her seven decades, Rosalie has enjoyed playing the roles of psychotherapist, teacher, author, sculptor, minister, and cosmic catalyst. She brings four decades of experience each time she does a soul reading as well as many lifetimes as a teacher and intuitive. http://heart-soul-healing.com/
Bonnie Lee Mellott: Bonnie is a member of Healing Light Spiritualist Church and holds the position of Vice President on the church board. She is a retired school teacher as well as a wonderful writer and inspirational speaker. She lives with her husband and beloved 4 legged companion in Carmel.
Dawn Wilbur is a member of Harrison D. Barret Church in Bangor, Maine. She is a Reiki Master trained in Integrated Energy therapy and has been delivering messages from spirit during her healing sessions for some time. She has been delivering messages from spirit to the general public for approximately 2 years. Dawn lives in Frankfurt with her husband, son, small livestock of chickens and their yellow lab.
July 14, 2018 Camp Etna Mediums Day 10:00 - 3:00 pm
July 17, 2018 Paint Pouring with Art Scrying by Angie Welch 6:00 PM, 6 State Street Brewer, 207-266-1555
The back row of chairs is 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 under the "Classes" tab on the HLSC web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org
If you have been coming to our church for a while and would like to become a member you can find out about our "membership requirements" on our web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org Or ask any of our pastors or board members.
You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/
If you would like to serve as a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services please see one of the pastors. Thank you.
To Say Thanks
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helps set up for our services every Sunday.
A BIG THANK YOU to the pastors who serve our church all year long.
A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year.
A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church website.
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the various church clothing and food drives.
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. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a bite to eat and good conversation with like-minded folks.
A Mediumship Development Group meets every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM at Rev. Janet Decker's cottage, 90 Pond St, on the Camp Etna grounds. If you don't know where that is just call or email her. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. Donations welcome. **For the time being this group is full. I will let you know when this changes.**
The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to church the first Sunday of any month and Rev. Dee Powers will collect and deliver them.
Here is a list of supplies they could use:
New sweat pants and sweat shirts (Everyone coming into the shelter receives a shower and a new set of clothes)
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
Books for children
We are accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. 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 sweatpants and sweatshirts 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 it will be needed by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the June newsletter the information would be needed by May 12th. Please send info to Rev. Janet Decker via email. You will find her contact info at the bottom of the newsletter.
The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hear suggestions that may improve our church service and make it an even more inviting time of peace and healing. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. All contact information is below.
Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO share this newsletter.
Have a blessed and happy July!
Rev. Janet Decker
Rev. Janet Decker
Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary)
Rev. Dee Powers (President)
Rev. Sherwood Denham
Rev. Shirley Boyens
Bonnie Lee Mellott (Vice President)