June 2015 Healing Light Spiritualist Church Newsletter
Healing Light Spiritualist Church
June News Letter
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June already, how can that be?
Time always amazes me. I don't know about you but I am having a harder time remembering what day, week and month it is because the days go by so quickly!
To recap May:
On May 16th we had our Medium's Day fund raiser at camp Etna. It was a wonderful success! We are pleased to announce that we raised $455.00 for the church. I want to thank everyone who contributed their time, talents and efforts to the event. Without you there would have been no Medium's Day.
May 17th was a historic day for our church. On that day our first Healing Certification students received their certificates. We appreciate so much enthusiasm for this program. Hats off to the students and to Pastor Laurie for a job well done!
Also, on May 17th, another historic event occurred. The church membership voted to move the church from the town hall to the temple on the Camp Etna grounds.
We realize there is a lot of fear around this move for some folks. One thing to remember is fear stops progress. It is always helpful when we find ourselves in a space of fear to turn our focus to the positive.
We want to assure everyone that we, the church board and the pastoral council, are crossing our "t's" and dotting our "i's" where the contract is concerned. The camp board states openly that the contract we will have between the camp and the church is for the protection of the church not the camp.
I am going to restate just three of the positive aspects of moving the church from the town hall to the temple on the camp ground.
1) This move will put us in a building and on grounds that is steeped in the history of Spiritualism. This supports our religion and I believe will help "grow" it. It also supports the camp.
2) As Wachian pointed out, we are both spiritualist organizations. We are living in times when it is important to join forces to help each other. As spiritualist organizations it shows that we are aligned with the same purpose and belief system.
3) Please keep in mind the energetic principle of "sacred space." The temple is "sacred space", the town hall is not. As I am certain everyone knows about energy this concept needs no explanation. We feel it is a good thing to start holding services in a sacred space.
The temple is having renovations done to it so it will enable us to use it year round. The mold will be re-mediated, foam insulation will be installed under the floor, air leaks will be plugged, a heating and air conditioning system is being installed as well as a handicap ramp and gravel is being laid down on the parking area. The rear exit steps are also being replaced and we have some nice, comfortable new chairs for folks who find the pews uncomfortable. The parking area will be plowed every time the camp roads are plowed. Yes, the church will have to shovel the ramp and steps and lay ice melt and grit. We do not see this as a big problem.
We expect that at least some of the renovations will be completed by start of camp season which is June 28th.. Our contract with the town of Etna runs until the end of June. Our contract with Camp Etna will begin July 1st. This means our first service in the Temple will be on July 5th. We will gradually be moving the church belongings to the temple. Everything will be moved in by July 5th.
I hope you can come to church on July 5th and make our first day in our new home something to celebrate!
Serving the church in June:
Facilitator – Pastor Wachian Welch
June 7 - Pastor Wachian Welch
June 14 – Rev. Shirley Boyens
June 21 - Rev. Janet Decker
June 28 - Pastor Laurie Xanthos
On June 21st we will celebrate the summer solstice with ceremony. I hope you will join us as we welcome the first day of summer!
June 22 - June 27 - I will be teaching two different Past Life Regression Training and Certification courses at Camp Etna. This is a fund raiser for the camp. Please click on the "Events" tab on my web site for details: You can also find the information on the Camp Etna web site;
June 27th - Camp Etna's first Mediums Day of the season.
June 28th - Camp Season Begins! Our own Pastor Laurie Xanthos is the medium of the week.
You can find out more about what is happening at camp this year on the Camp Etna web site:
Kendra is collecting items for a yard sale and the funds go to help rescued animals. Please see Kendra for details.
A reminder: The HLSC Online Ordination Program is now available for those who feel the calling to become an ordained spiritualist minister. You can find the details and a link to the sign up page on our web site. Just click on the "Classes" tab.
A BIG THANK YOU Pastor Laurie for teaching the Healing Certification classes, GREAT JOB, LAURIE!
A BIG THANK YOU, to everyone who helped out on our Mediums Day fund raiser. We want to thank Kendra Wescott for organizing the event. Many thanks to Marcia Ruland, Dee Powers and Rosy D'elia for opening the cafe and cleaning it up so beautifully, it was quite a mess and needed a ton of cleaning! Thanks to those who brought the food. It was YUMMY! We thank the mediums and healers, Wachian, Dee, Rosy, Angie, Bethany, and me. We thank our healers, Don, Lauren, Bambi and Kendra. And, we thank Donna for doing the registration. If I missed anyone I do so apologize. I am trying very hard not to do that as everyone who serves deserves to be recognized.
We again thank Pastor Dee for delivering clothing and supplies to the Waterville Homeless Shelter and to Canaan Fire and Rescue.
I want to thank the Camp Etna board for being so willing to do whatever it takes to bring the church to the Camp Etna Temple. I have to tell you, the positive force behind this move is palpable! So, Camp Etna board, THANK YOU!
Healing Prayers and Good Wishes Going Out To:
Janet Ciano and her husband, John. They have had quite a difficult time with their move to Florida. Let us continue to keep them in our prayers.
Arlene Grant who has been ill through much of the winter and spring, our prayers go out to Arlene and her husband Dwight.
A reminder, you can now send us prayer requests from our web site; You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.
Mark your calendars for the first Sunday of every month. This is our Pot Luck Sunday. Come, enjoy the service and share some food and conversation after.
The Mediumship Development group meets every Sunday at my cottage on the Camp Etna grounds at 1:30. Whatever stage of development you are in you are always welcome to join us. Attending this group is free of charge; however, donations are gladly accepted.
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 church on any Sunday. (PLEASE, no unwashed clothing articles, no clothing with pet hair, and no clothing with holes in 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
Canaan Fire Department needs 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 along.
Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church.
Warm blessings to all,
Rev. Janet Decker
Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Pastor Wachian Welch
Pastor Dee Powers
Pastor Donna Williams
Pastor Laurie Xanthos
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