Greetings Healing Light Spiritualist Church Members and Friends,

I am always happy to send good news and the good news this month is, we are making terrific progress on our new building. WooHoo! 

Nature, as if to cheer us on with our church's spiritual endeavors, has sent us messengers in the form of a Baltimore Orioles. Many Baltimore Orioles in fact. The Baltimore Oriole is the Maryland State bird but the entire time I lived in Maryland I never saw one. The first Oriole I ever saw was in Virginia about 30 years ago. Then I saw one at my feeders when I lived in Jackson, Maine 16 years ago, right after I moved here. And now, all these years later, they are at my feeders again. I put out oranges to encourage them to hang around a while. 

Although I cannot remember what was going on in my life all those years ago, the first time I ever saw a Baltimore Oriole in Virginia, I can certainly remember what was going on when I saw a Baltimore Oriole 16 years ago. I had just moved north to make Maine my new home. And now, I am seeing them again as we are about to move our church into its new, and permanent, physical and spiritual home. It seems to me that this is no coincidence and that the Oriole is a good omen for new homes, A sign of new and wonderful things to come.

There are Orioles on Reverend Linda's feeders at the parsonage and other members of our church and mediumship groups have also seen them in their yards and at their feeders. With so many Orioles coming around I had to look them up to find out the spiritual meaning. It seems the Oriole brings sunshine to your life and current endeavors. How appropriate is that? The Oriole is also associated with Archangel Auriel. This is a wonderful message from nature in support of our endeavors. 

Bright Blessings one and all,
Rev. Janet Decker


June 2nd is Refreshment Sunday. Come to enjoy the service and stay after for refreshments and good conversation with like-minded folks.

We have designated Thursdays and Saturdays as work days in our new building. So far we have accomplished a great deal. Old carpet has been pulled up, walls and ceilings have been scrubbed down in preparation for painting and the painting has begun...indeed it is almost finished! Outside painting has also begun. Some necessary construction inside has begun as well. Things are moving along nicely and we are making great progress.  

If you can spare some time on a Thursday or Saturday please join us at the center starting at 9:30 and stay as long as you want. Many hands make light work and it feels really good to be working alongside like-minded folks with a vision.

Our sign has been ordered and should be here in a few short weeks...YAY! You can see what it looks like by going to our FB events page

We are in need of a volunteer to cut the grass at our center. We have the lawn out front, the lawn in the back and we have a big field to mow. We do not have a lawn mower yet so in addition to asking for a volunteer to mow we are also asking for the donation of a good used push mower and weed whacker. The field needs a riding mower so if anyone can volunteer to bring over their riding mower and mow the field that would be great. If we wait much longer we will need a bush hog, yikes!

Our neighbor, Dale Hopkins, graciously cut the grass out front for us this past week. When asked by Diane if she could pay him to mow for us until we got a mower he said, "Let's not worry about it". When asked if he would take a hug for it he said, "Yes!". Bless his heart    

I said this in the May newsletter but it bears repeating, the generosity of the people in our church is both astounding and humbling for me. Never in my life have I seen such an outpouring of love, kindness, giving, sharing and caring. And the best part is, it is contagious!!! It seems everybody wants to do something to help in some way. And now our neighbor has even stepped up to help. Is there any doubt we are doing exactly what we are meant to be doing? No doubt in my mind 

We are hoping to start holding services in our new building in July. I will send a separate email later in June to confirm this. 

I will be away from June 1st through June 20th. Please contact Rev. Linda Holmes or Pastor Laurie Xanthos if you have a pastoral need during the time I am away. Thank you.

There will be no Sunday Mediumship Development group for the first 4 weeks of June 2, 9, 16 and 23. We will resume the Sunday mediumship group on June 30th. When the group meets on June 30th we will likely be in our new building, 38 Stage Rd. The time will remain at 1:30, after church. Again, I will send another email later in June to confirm the new location.

There will be a Board of Directors meeting after church on June 23rd. 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. 

Plans are progressing nicely for our first summer season as well as for our first International Healing Light week. Please see what is happening below.

You can access the minutes for our Board of Directors meetings by clicking this link:

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

Rev. Dr. Janet Decker offers an Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination Program. To learn more about it click here:

Our June Sunday Service Line Up:

Facilitator: Pastor Laurie Xanthos


June 2nd: Janice Mitchell (Speaker) Ava Spruce (Medium)
June 9th: Kendra Wescott (Speaker) Pastor Laurie (Medium)
June 16th: Lauren Powers (Speaker and Medium)
June 23rd: Pastor Laurie Xanthos (Speaker and Medium)
June 30th: Master Maria Sunukjian will speak briefly and give healing messages (See Masters Weekend below)

About Our Speakers and Mediums

Janice Mitchell lives in Hampden, Maine and is a frequent visitor to Healing Light Spiritualist Church. Janice is a retired nurse and is now a licensed massage therapist. Since retiring as a nurse she concentrates on healing and growing in inner peace and joy through Cranio-Sacral, neuromuscular and Integrated Energy Therapy. In addition to providing these healing therapies, she travels and teaches IET and working with the Angels to "Heal One Heart At a Time". Janice is a mother and grandmother and in her leisure time, she enjoys traveling to new places, discovering more about her spiritual path and spending time with her family and great-grandchildren.

Ava Spruce is a member of HLSC. She is a Reiki practitioner in the Usui System of Healing. Ava is a creative and loving soul who has been seeing, hearing and feeling Spirit from a very young age. She began Mediumship Development classes at age 15 with her father and has been taking these classes now for over 30 years. Ava enjoys serving area churches as speaker and medium and her focus is on sharing love and light.

Kendra Powers Wescott is a spiritual medium and healer and has been a Spiritualist for 45 years. Kendra served the Bright Light Spiritualist church in Brewer for many years before moving to Florida. While living in Florida she served the Space Coast Spiritualist Church in Melbourne, Florida. Kendra has been involved with The Healing Light Spiritualist Church community for approximately 14 years and has served as medium and healer.

Lauren Powers began healing at 11 years of age taking classes with Rev. Bernice Damon and later worked in her church, The Bright Light Spiritualist Church, giving messages and healing. He later ran that church and was president for a time. He worked in and trained at the Pinpoint of Light Spiritualist Church and did many readings for groups. For quite a few years he gave healing and messages along with assisting with classes in Vermont. Since returning to Maine he has worked in the Healing Light Spiritualist Church many times. 

Maria Sunukjian is a  Master Teacher, Divine Channel, World Wide representative and Disciple of Master Zhi Gang Sha. She is a spiritual teacher, psychotherapist, and healer. Master Maria has been offering classes in spiritual development since 2005. She has been in the social work field since 1973 and became licensed as a clinical social worker in 1981. To her credit Master Maria started a residential drug treatment program for addicted adolescents and started the first outpatient chemical dependency service at the Albany Veterans Medical Center in 1990. She modernized a homeless program for addicted veterans in 1995 and regulated a social service non-profit starting in 1998, an organization she served for 13 years. Currently, Master Maria offers a variety of classes, teachings, and programs in spiritual development based on Taoist and Buddhist philosophy and practice. She sponsors a weekly soul mind-body wellness group in Albany, NY.  as well as free Love, Peace, and Harmony blessings and healing's every Tuesday evening via phone for anyone. She is certified to teach Master Sha's Divine Healing Hands (Tao Hands), which is the highest treasure in healing. She is a practicing psychotherapist and provides counseling to adolescents, adults, couples, and families.

Classes - Workshops - Events

Dr. & Master Sha's Healing Techniques 

When: June 28th: 6:00 - 8:00 PM, 29th: 12:00 - 3:00 PM, 30th: 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Healing Light Spiritualist Center, 38 Stage Rd Etna, ME
Instructors: Master Maria Sunukjian, Thoy Conroy and Diane Jackman Skolfield
What: Masters' Weekend is an Introduction to Master Sha's Healing Teachings. Thoy Conroy and Diane Jackman Skolfield will join Master Maria teaching five of Dr. & Master Sha's Healing Techniques; Healing Orb Meditation, Sacred Divine Code, Tao Chants, Return to Purity and Chinese Nutritional Ideals. Amazing healing takes place when these techniques are practiced. 
About Dr. Sha: Dr. & Master Zhi Gang Sha is a soul leader, an extraordinary healer, and a divine servant. He was trained as a conventional doctor of traditional Chinese medicine. The founder of Soul Healing and Enlightenment and the Love-Peace-Harmony Movement, he is a grandmaster of many ancient disciplines, including Tai Chi, Qi gong, I Ching, Kung Fu, and Feng Shui. Master Sha is also an expert in the most advanced cellular healing science now occurring in China.  He intends to use his divine soul secrets, wisdom, knowledge, and practices to lead humanity and all souls to the universe of soul over matter.
Cost: $20.00 per class or $50.00 for all three classes
Contact: or visit our Facebook event page

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:
Contact: Diane, Email: 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: 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

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. (No group in June until June 30th) 

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

To Say Thanks!

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone stepping up to the plate to work on our new building. We could not do it without you. To date, these folks are, Michele McPherson, Thoy Conroy, Peter Conroy, Bruce Towle, Karen Costigan, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Ken Krosser, Diane Jackman Skolfield, Rev. Linda Holmes, Sandra Spear, John Welch, Susan Joyce, Rev. Janet Decker
A BIG THANK YOU to our neighbor, Dale Hopkins, for mowing out in front of our building. We desperately needed this done!
A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money to grow our church and our new endeavors.
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
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: 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: And on our website:


The first Sunday of every month is refreshment Sunday. To keep things simple bring finger foods only.

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: 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
Ph: 207-404-1845

Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Ph: 207-647-3781

Pastor Linda Holmes
Ph: 207-341-4978

Janice Nelson Kroesser
Ph: 207-845-2885 

Diane Jackman
Ph: 305-942-0670

Bruce Towle
Ph: 207-948-3436 

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