Happy Spring !
It has been a wonderfully mild winter and now the year wheel turns again and spring is in the air. `
For those who set intentions for 2016 and spent time on a regular basis visualizing a positive result, spring is the time that those intentions will germinate and begin to take form. By fall, or sooner, those intentions will manifest. Just remember to spend a few minutes every day to think about what success looks like. Also, just as important as seeing it accomplished, you should feel that you have already received it. Live every day as if your wishes have already come true.
Don't forget this little test to see if you are doing this right. If, while you are visualizing and feeling this new reality, a smile comes to your face and you feel really happy, then you are doing it correctly. See it, feel it, know it... and it is already yours!
Now the News
On March 20th we will be having our special Spring Equinox Ceremony. We will still have our regular healing and mediumship portions of the service as well.
The Equinoxes are times of equal day and night, or nearly so. Imagine, if you will, that you are standing in the middle of a circle and can see equally in all directions. Or, you can imagine you are standing on the top of Cadillac Mountain. If you've been there you will remember that you have a 360 degree view from there, and it is magnificent, I might add. This time of year gives us the greatest chance for the clearest vision of what it is we want or need for ourselves moving forward.
The spring equinox ushers in a time of renewal. A time when the earth begins to wake up from her long slumber, a time for planting seeds and for those seeds to germinate. When I talk about planting seeds I'm not just talking literally but also metaphorically.
This is a time for us to put real energy into the intentions we set for ourselves on New Years Day so that those intentions can be made manifest in our lives. When we come together in ceremony we join together as "ONE", one heart, one mind, one voice and our power to effect change in our lives and on the planet is magnified a thousand times or more. Coming together in sacred circle will enable us to better harness the Equinox energies for our highest good and the highest good of all.
Also, when we join together in a sacred circle to do ceremony we are honoring the old ways. The ways of our ancestors, who were, in many respects, more in tune with their true nature of, "One with all creation" than we currently are. Doing ceremony allows us to step back in time and reclaim old knowledge of ourselves as part of that which is known as "Sacred Unity". When we sit together in a circle no one is greater than the other and the realization that we are all "ONE" becomes clearer.
Also, whenever we come together in ceremony with the intention of doing sacred work to honor the elements, Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit, the "Councils of Light" are present. They bring in the higher octaves of vibration that can assist us in moving into higher levels of consciousness. In other words, doing ceremony helps us to be conscious of ourselves at higher levels of being and in so doing we are more open to working with the "Councils of Light".
I hope you will attend and be sure to bring with you a full and grateful heart and an open mind.
The pastors are busy creating a code of ethics for speakers and mediums. This is something that most spiritualist churches have in place and we decided that it would be good for the HLSC to have it as well.
With a code of ethics in place there will be no gray areas and everyone who serves the church will know exactly what is expected of them. I see it as a very positive step in the evolution of our church, one that offers a true spiritual haven where everyone can come and find deep inner peace, healing and fellowship with like-minded souls.
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.
One suggestion given was that we include in our service from time to time, when appropriate, a short ceremony to welcome new members. I think this is a fabulous idea and I thank Heather and Bethany for suggesting it.
Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion.
March 13th begins Daylight Savings Time. Be sure to set your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed Saturday night or you may be late for church on Sunday morning.
Also, the day we enter DST and move our clocks ahead one hour is a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. If you don't have a smoke detector or need safety information The American Red Cross is there to help. Please contact them at:
March 14th is the first meeting of the Monday night mediumship development group. It will be held at Karlene Tanners house on the Camp Etna grounds and will be led by Pastor Dee Powers. I'm sure Karlene will also be giving some tips and pointers as she is a very gifted medium. This group is offered by donation and all skill levels are welcome to attend.
Karlene's house is easy to locate. When you drive onto the camp ground take the first left, Barrett Square, and Karlene's house is the second on the left. It is a white house with teal colored trim. You may park at the Inn. The Inn is the first building on the right as you come onto the camp ground, just across the street from Barertt Square. Please feel free to call Dee if you have questions. Her contact info is below.
March 15th Meet Your Spirit Guides by Wachian Welch and Angie Butler at Hands of Peace Reiki in Ellsworth, 5:30 - 7:30, please RSVP at Hands of Peace Reiki, 207-479-3673
March 19th Spring Equinox Holistic Fair Jeff's Catering Brewer, ME 10:00 to 4:00, $5 entry fee and includes free workshops all day.
March 19th there will be Table Tipping in the Temple from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, weather permitting.
I, along with Amy Griffith, will be leading the the Table Tipping groups.
Our February event was a huge success and we had great contact with spirit. Please spread the word about this fun and uplifting way to connect with loved ones, spirit guides and teachers as well as angels.
We will post the event to the church FB page and also to the Camp Etna FB page. When you see the invitation please click on "accept" so we can reserve your spot. Alternately, you may call Amy at 207-385-3321, to reserve your space. Also, please "share" the event on your own FB page. The more the merrier! Fee $20.00.
Do you want to have a full and spiritually enriching weekend? Here is a suggestion, go to the Spring Equinox Holistic Fair in Brewer on Saturday the 19th, afterward have a nice dinner out then join us for Table Tipping in the evening. Then come to church on Sunday morning and join in our Spring Equinox ceremony. Ahhh, life is good!
March 22nd Spring Detox by Dr. Nate Petley, 165 State Street, Brewer, please contact Dee Powers to RSVP and more info.
If you have a class or workshop you would like to offer in the Temple during the winter or spring please let us know and we will take it to the Camp Etna board. You can be sure they will give it every consideration.
Serving the church in March:
Facilitator – Rev. Janet I. Decker
March 6 - Pat Heitman
March 13 - Nedra Foster
March 20- Rev. Janet Decker (Equinox Ceremony)
March 27 -Karlene Tanner
March 6th is Pot Luck Sunday. Please come, enjoy the service and bring a dish to share afterward. You can bring the food into the Temple with you and place it on one of the tables on the left. There will be an electrical strip for you to plug crock pots into and a microwave is also available. If you have something that needs to be kept cold you may want to leave that in your vehicle until after the service. See you there!
The church membership application is now available for download on the home 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.
We are in the process of scheduling speakers and mediums for April through June. If you would like to serve in either, or both, of these capacities please see one of the pastors. Thank you!
To Say Thank You!
A BIG THANK YOU to Ruth Nickerson for volunteering to play the piano for our Sunday services.
A BIG THANK YOU to those who donated stuffed toys in February for Etna Fire and Rescue.
A BIG THANK YOU to the speakers and mediums who served our church in February. You are appreciated!
A BIG THANK YOU to our church board members and the Pastoral Council. We are very grateful for the time and effort you so lovingly give to our church.
The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Pot Luck is held in the Temple November - April. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a nice meal and conversation.
The Mediumship Development group meets on Sundays, at 1:30 PM in the Temple. Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. And yes, beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted.
The Mid Maine homeless shelter is undergoing change. They are creating apartments for homeless youth at their facility which is wonderful! They are 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 - 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 still accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations, however, they will now be given to Bill Wentworth who will take them to the Native American Indian Reservations in Maine and Canada. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair.
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.
Weather (Cancellation) Notification
When the weather is bad church services and meetings are canceled. You can check on the local TV news stations for our cancellations. We will also put the notice out on Facebook and via email. Once in a while we cancel church and then the storm doesn't manifest. Ahhhhh, nature, you cannot always predict her. Never the less, once church has been canceled we do not change it. Please make a note of this.
Please be ever mindful of safety both in the home and in your comings and goings this winter. Always think, Safety First!
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 this along.
Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church!
Bright Blessings to all and I wish you a safe and happy March!
Rev. Janet Decker
Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Rev. Wachian Welch
Pastor Dee Powers
Pastor Donna Williams
Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Rev. Shirley Boyens