July 2019
HLSC Newsletter

Grand Opening Gala July 5th   6:00 pm to 9:00 pm!


Beginning July 7th church services will be held at the  Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd Etna, ME 04434

See you there!



Greetings Healing Light Spiritualist Church Members and Friends,

On June 28th we held the first of many events in our new building. I can only say that the joy of having a place of our own is immeasurable. As I gazed at each of the rooms my heart swelled. Spirit brought us an opportunity and we did not hesitate. It all came together so beautifully that it seems otherworldly. I suppose it actually is otherworldly. Vibrations of a much higher resonance brought our vision of a spiritual center into being, make no mistake in that regard.

Personally, I have wanted to be a part of birthing a spiritual endeavor such as this for about 35 years. I had gotten to a point where I pretty much gave up on it. Funny how the Universe works. You hold onto an idea, and you hold on, and hold on, and hold on, and then when you finally let go it happens. Kind of like spoon bending. And if you've never tried spoon bending we will be having a workshop on that in the fall. Amazing!

And it is about letting go so that an idea can manifest but it is also about timing. So many things had to come together at just the right time in order to work so perfectly. The right people, the right vision, the right place, the right attitudes, the right sense of purpose, the right financing, and on and on. Just think about it for a minute. Our little church filled with incredible loving lightworkers built, in essence, a palace of light for folks near and far to come to honor Spirit and Masters of all the sacred paths. A place that will feed their spiritual hunger, and slake their spiritual thirsts. Folks, if you aren't filled with awe and swelling with joy then perhaps you will want to spend more time loving and honoring yourself. In fact we all should because this is where it all begins, in our souls.

I could go on and on but I believe everyone knows what I am feeling. I hope you will join me in a chorus of thanks and gratitude for what we have been charged with and what we are now caretakers of.

May our Healing Light shine for all the world to feel!

Bright Blessings one and all,
Rev. Janet Decker


I am thrilled to announce that the Grand Opening Gala and Pig Roast for our Healing Light Spiritual Center will take place on Friday, July 5th, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Pastor Laurie Xanthos and John Welch have donated a pig roaster and a pig for the event. Thank you, Laurie and John! There will be music by "Josh We Know". Thank you, Josh! Platform messages by Sandy Campbell, Eleanor Walker, and Heather Hatton will round out the evening. Thank you, Sandy, Eleanor, and Heather!

Gather up the family and come enjoy the evening with us, and if you care to, please bring a dish to share.

We held our first class in our new building the last weekend of June. The Masters Healing Weekend ran June 28th, 29, and 30th. The class was very well attended and everyone came away feeling terrific.

There was a tremendous amount of valuable knowledge and healing imparted to the students and it made us aware of how fortunate we are to have such a high caliber teacher come to HLSC to teach and inspire us. Master Maria is incredible, to say the least. Thank you, thank you, Master Maria, for sharing your wisdom and knowledge with your hungry students. And thank you Thoy and Diane for bringing her to us. 

It did not escape me that having Master Maria as our first teacher was a blessing for our Center. Her walking into the building Friday evening brought a blessing in and of itself. Then, on Saturday, she did a cleansing and blessing by intention. WOW! A line from a song by Carole King came to mind, "I felt the earth move under my feet"!

Beginning in July our Sunday services and all events, including the Mediumship Development circle, will be held in our new spiritual center at 38 Stage Rd in Etna. Church service remains at 10:30 and the mediumship development group will continue to meet at 1:30. We are VERY excited about our new digs and I'm certain you must be too. It is more than wonderful to finally have such an excellent new and permanent home. 

July 7th is Refreshment Sunday. Bring a dish and come to enjoy the service then stay after for refreshments and good conversation with like-minded folks.

Our sign is up and shining for all the world to see! Our center will be a year-round facility for worship as well as spiritual and metaphysical classes and workshops. You can see what our sign looks like by visiting  https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal

There will be a Board of Directors meeting after church on July 21st. All Members are invited to attend and your input is always appreciated. Member participation is especially encouraged now that we are moving into an entirely new phase of development and operation. If you would like to have something added to the agenda please contact me. 

Our summer season of classes, workshops, and events is underway! Please check out our schedule below. 

You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/board-meeting-minutes

If you are a member in good standing you can request to see the church financial statements by sending an email to HealingLightEtna@gmail.com

Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. To learn more about it click here: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination

Although I will be thanking everyone who has helped get our building ready for assembly and occupation in the "Thank You" section of the newsletter I must give special recognition to Diane Jackman Skolfield. Diane has practically lived at The Center since she arrived back in Maine on May 19th. Her carpentry skills have been a Godsend. Diane, on top of directing and overseeing the work of our volunteers and making countless trips to Lowes in Brewer, has also done a great deal of the hands-on labor and this includes building walls and knocking out walls, door installation, ramp building, painting, floor laying and you name it she has done it. On top of all of this, she created and designed our signs, brochures, and business cards, dealt with the sign people, Installed the sign,created the events pages for FB, 140 events I might add, created a fundraiser page on FB, coordinated all of our 140 events, is in the process of setting up our historical nook, kept our website calendar up to date along with the website itself, and did her secretarial duties as well. Diane also contributed monetarily to our spiritual endeavors. I don't know about you but I am exhausted just reading about what she has done to get our center ready.

I know I have probably left a lot out because truly Diane's efforts on the church's behalf are far too numerous for me to remember. Diane is an incredible human being with one of the biggest hearts I have ever seen or been privileged to know and call a friend. Diane, may The One Infinite Creator shower you with countless blessings as you have showered us! 

I also want to give special recognition to Janice Nelson Kroesser. As most everyone knows we would not even have a building for Diane to go crazy on if it weren't for Janice. Janice is also an incredibly loving and giving soul. She created an amazing place for folks to call home, folks who essentially have no home. Approximately 30 years ago Janice birthed Washington Manor, a residential care facility, into being. Her business, Janus Supportive Living services, financed our building and the funds needed to remodel it and bring it up to code.  

Again, my heart swells as I think about the blessings that have been showered upon us. For all that Janice has done for us and for so many others in her care throughout the years, may The One Infinite Creator shower you with countless blessings.

We are endlessly reminded of how blessed we are as a church. To have come so far in 3 months is almost unbelievable. To each and every person who has given time and/or money to bring our vision to life, you have the church's deepest heartfelt thanks and gratitude. 

Just to highlight our remodeling progress...The old carpet was removed, walls and ceilings have been scrubbed down and painted, new tile was laid in the bathroom and behind the counter in the assembly room, and carpeting has been installed in the upper classroom. Scraping and painting outside is in progress. Fire doors have been installed and firewalls have been constructed. New and beautiful front and back doors have also been installed as well as exit lighting. The sound system will be installed very soon. Flowers have been planted and the place looks beautiful! Construction and other work have progressed at breakneck speed but there is still plenty more to do. Stop by and give us a hand. We'd love to have you!

Our July Sunday Service Line Up:

Facilitator: Rev. Janet Decker


July 7th: Sandy Campbell speaker and medium
July 14th: Michael Van Ginkle (ministerial student) conducting the service, Dawn Wilbur (messages)
July 21st: Matthew Mcdonald speaker and medium
July 28th: Healing and Message Circle

About Our Speakers and Mediums

Michael Van Ginkle is a ministerial student in the Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination course. He is a Reiki practitioner and is currently working on his master teacher certification. Michael is also a shamanic practitioner. He spends many hours reading spiritual and religious texts in order to get a better understanding of our oneness with the Creator and to help him fulfill his purpose as a lightworker and healer. Michael actively participates in spiritual workshops and study groups in order to pass on the knowledge that Spirit has brought forth for him. Michael works with the Angels and finds that it is usually Uriel and Metatron who come to him because of his thirst for knowledge. Michael lives in Winthrop.

Sandy Campbell is an old friend of the Healing Light Spiritualist Church and we are glad to have him at our podium once again. Sandy hails from Scotland. He is a Spiritualist Minister and Pastor for Love and Light Spiritual & Wellbeing Center, which he founded in 2015. As a medium and teacher, Sandy works all over Scotland and his work has also taken him to England, Ireland and the USA. Sandy holds a diploma in Holistic Healing and is also a certified medium. He developed a Diploma Course in Spiritual Studies alongside his colleague and friend Heather Hatton in 2015. Sandy is a well respected and established medium in his own right having also trained with some of the UK's leading mediums such as Tony Stockwell and Glyn Edwards. He is also a holder of a certificate in Intuitive Studies through the renowned medium Gordon Smith.

Dawn Wilbur is a member of The Healing Light Spiritualist Church. 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.

Matthew T. McDonald has been a spiritual teacher for two decades. Besides being a gifted writer and speaker he has served Spirit using his gifts as a psychic medium and through his healing work with Ascended Masters and Angels. Matthew is also a teacher of the Hindu practice of Dhyana. His Spiritualism roots run deep through his Scottish heritage. Matthew Lives in Rockland with his son, James.

Classes - Workshops - Events 

Four days of Spiritual/Mediumship Events

When: July 5, 6, 7, 8
Time: See below
Where: Healing Light Spiritual Center 38 Stage Rd Etna, Maine
What: Spiritual Studies Certification (Part one Friday, July 5th 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Part two Saturday, July 6th 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Part three Sunday, July 7th 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm), Palmistry and Foot Reading Class (Monday, July 8th 9:00 am to 12:00 noon) 
Platform Messages and pot luck after the Sunday church Service (10:30 am)
Instructors: From across the Atlantic - Sandy Campbell, Eleanor Walker, Heather Hatton
Cost: Spiritual Studies Certification - 3 parts (10 hours) $99.00, Palmistry, and Foot Reading Class (3 hours) $30.00, Sunday Church Service, Pot Luck and Platform Messages (Donations gratefully accepted)
Please see our FB Events page for class details: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal
Contact: Diane, Email: dianejackmanskolfield@gmail.com Ph: 305-942-0670 

Spiritualism History and Philosophy

When: Sunday, July 14, Sunday, August 11th, Sunday, September 15th
Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Where: Healing Light Spiritual Center - 38 Stage Rd Etna, Maine
What: The History and philosophy of Spiritualism (recommended for everyone new to spiritualism)
Instructor: Diane Jackman Skolfield
Cost: Donations gratefully accepted
Contact: Diane Email: dianejackmanskolfield@gmail.com Ph: 305-942-0670

Edgar Cayce's Search For God

When: Saturday, July 13th
Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Healing LIght Spiritual Center 38 Stage Rd Etna, Maine
What: The Search for God Group Study lessons were started by Edgar Cayce back in 1931. Edgar Cayce agreed to help a group of people grow spiritually and become more psychic, with one condition: They would have to live the precepts. In this group, we will discuss his precepts and talk about God.
Presenter: Bob Johnstone
Cost: Donations gratefully accepted

Coming Back Home To God

When: Saturday, August 10th
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Healing LIght Spiritual Center 38 Stage Rd Etna, Maine
What: Rosie Deer Heart and June Bro have released their book called Coming Back Home to God; Reflections on Edgar Cayce's Legacy. Rosie will talk to us about this book, reading excerpts and dialogues which occurred between June Bro and Edgar Cayce while he was still alive. June Bro is the last living human to have worked with Edgar Cayce; The Sleeping Prophet.
Presenter: Rosie Deer Heart
Cost: Donations gratefully accepted

Health For Happiness Week

When: August 26th to August 31st
What: This entire week is dedicated to making our journey to HAPPINESS more easily attainable with Yoga, Music, Meditation, Hula Hoops, Food Fermenting and so much more. See our individual events for details.
Cost: All classes are $10 each. Pay for 4 and get the 5th one free! Please see our FB page for details

Art For Happiness Week

When: September 2nd to September 7th
What: This entire week is dedicated to making our journey to HAPPINESS more easily attainable with Acting classes, Creative Writing Classes, Music, Song Writing Classes, Yoga and much more. See our individual events for details.
Cost: All classes are $10 each. Pay for 4 and get the 5th one free! Please see our FB page for details

Healing Light International Week

When: September 6th to 14th
What: During International Healing Light Week we'll host several International Tutors teaching workshops in Mental and Physical Mediumship, Psychic Art, Animal Communication, Runes, Hypnosis, Healing, Qigong, History of Spiritualism and so much more!
Presenters: Sandra Bell, Dominic Boag, Victoria Carillo DVM, Rev. Dr. Janet Decker, Iddi Eiriksson, Colin Hall, Graham MacLauren, Gary Mannion, Dorothy Reid, Diane Jackman Skolfield
Cost: Classes are individually priced.
Please see our FB page for details https://www.facebook.com/events/740661116327417/

If you are holding a spiritual/mediumship/psychic event and would like to have it added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 15th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the June newsletter I need the information by May 15th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my contact info at the bottom of the newsletter. The church reserves the right to accept or deny submissions.

Mediumship Development Groups

Sunday afternoons at 1:30 PM at the Healing Light Spiritual Center, 38 Stage Rd in Etna. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. Donations welcome.  

Wednesday evening at 6:00 PM at Michele McPherson’s house, 19 Lost View Lane, Levant. Everyone welcome, beginners through advanced. Pot luck 6:00 PM group begins at 7:00 PM. (No group in July)

To Say Thanks!

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone stepping up to the plate to physically work on our new building. We could not do it without you. To date, these folks are, Diane Jackman Skolfield, Bruce Towle, Thoy Conroy, Peter Conroy, Karen Costigan, John Costigan, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Ken Krosser, Rev. Linda Holmes, Sandra Spear, John Welch, Susan Joyce, Kendra Wescott, Michele McPherson, Rhonda Allen, Rev. Janet Decker.
A BIG THANK YOU to Janice Nelson Kroesser for her generous contribution of window treatments. I know they will look beautiful! 
A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money to grow our church and our new endeavors. Most of these folks prefer to remain anonymous but spirit knows who you are!
A BIG THANK YOU to Bonnie Mellott for mowing the field.
A BIG THANK YOU to Laurie Xanthos and John Welch for donating the pig and pig roaster for our Grand Opening Gala.
A BIG THANK YOU to Peter Conroy for his ongoing support and teaching efforts with regards to the database and bookkeeping program for the church computer. And for his willingness to always be available if we need him.
A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church/center website and FB page.
A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for being our event coordinator and for every other hat she wears.
A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors
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.

TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!


As we move forward with our new Healing Light Spiritual Center we hope you will consider donating your time and/or monetary help. If you want to donate time please contact any board member, they are listed at the end of every newsletter. If you would rather contribute monetarily you can do it by clicking here: www.HealingLightSpiritualistChurch.org or you can give donations to one of the pastors. All contributions, whether time or money, are very gratefully appreciated!

All events are updated regularly on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/events/?ref=page_internal And on our website: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/events


The first Sunday of every month is refreshment Sunday. To keep things simple bring finger foods only. In the future, we plan to once again have pop luck Sundays. We will let you know when that happens.

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.

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 website: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ or talk to one of the pastors or board members.

You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our website. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.

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.

The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hearing 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.

Wishing everyone many blessings of spirit,
Rev. Janet Decker


Rev. Janet Decker
Email: janet.decker9@gmail.com
Ph: 207-404-1845

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Email: mysticmaven5555@yahoo.com
Ph: 207-647-3781

Pastor Linda Holmes
Email: billindaholmes@gmail.com
Ph: 207-341-4978

Janice Nelson Kroesser
Email: administrator@janussupported.org
Ph: 207-845-2885 

Diane Jackman
Email: dianejackmanskolfield@gmail.com
Ph: 305-942-0670

Bruce Towle
Email: bjbat@uninets.net
Ph: 207-948-3436 









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