March 2019
HLSC Newsletter

Happy Spring!

Refreshment Sunday, March 3rd


Visitor Comment: "Awesome place and the energy was great! The people were very friendly and welcoming."



Greetings Healing Light Spiritualist Church Members and Friends,

Ahhhh spring! I know that March in Maine spring, as we tend to think of spring, does not necessarily mean the end of winter weather. However, on March 20, the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, we have equal hours of light and dark. From that date until June 21st the days begin to lengthen and the hours of darkness grow fewer.

For many cultures, this has always been a time of celebration and well it should be! Along with increasing daylight hours comes much-needed sunlight. For those who suffer from "SAD", Seasonal Affective Disorder, depression begins to lift and people in general, indeed all of nature, seems to come alive again. On March 20th the long dark gloomy days of winter are at an end... for now.

I leave you with the words to a song from the Wizard of Oz. The one where Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, and Toto leave the woods and first come into view of the Emerald City. What more need I say...?

You're out of the woods
You're out of the dark
You're out of the night
Step into the sun
Step into the light

Keep straight ahead for the most glorious place
On the face of the earth or the sky
Hold onto your breath
Hold onto your heart
Hold onto your hope
March up to the gate and bid it open

Blessed Be Everyone and Happy Spring!
Rev. Janet Decker


There will be a Board of Directors meeting after church on March 3rd and again on March 17th All Members are invited to attend and your input is always appreciated.

There will be no mediumship development group on March 3rd and 17th.

Refreshment Sunday is March 3rd. Come enjoy the service and bring a lite bite to share. Finger foods only, please. 

More News!

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 Sunday Service Line Up:

Facilitator: Pastor Laurie Xanthos and Rev. Linda Holmes


March 3rd: Pastor Laurie Xanthos (Facilitator, Speaker, and Messages) 
March 10th: Rev. Linda Holmes (Facilitator) Ava Spruce (Speaker and Medium)
March 17th: Pastor Laurie Xantos (Facilitator) Melissa Gabriel (Speaker and Medium)
March 24th: Pastor Laurie Xantos (Facilitator) Patty Smith (Speaker and Medium)
March 31st: Healing and Message Circle (all mediums, including aspiring mediums, are encouraged to attend)

About Our Speakers and Mediums

Laurie Xanthos is a pastor of HLSC. She is a well known and exceptional medium, shaman, teacher, and speaker. Laurie is currently enrolled in the Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination program and she teaches our Healing Certification program. She enjoys serving many Spiritualist Churches and Camps. Laurie lives in Dixfield, Maine.

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.

Melissa Gabriel is a caring professional Psychic Medium and Spiritual Healer. She has been using her abilities of clairvoyance (seeing), clairaudience (hearing) and clairsentience (feeling) to help guide others for over 15 years. Through private or group readings, she has assisted connecting people with their spirit relatives, guides and angels. She is a certified hypnotherapist specializing in past life regression. Melissa is also a board member of Harrison D. Barrett Church in Bangor Maine.

Patty Smith: Patti Smith Patti is a retired Registered Nurse and is a certified Shamanic Practioner. She has belonged to Spiritualist churches since 1986, where she started at Onset Church in Massachusetts. Patti enjoys taking Spiritual Development classes and is an incredibly gifted Holistic Medical Intuitive. Her Inspirational talks Can be heard in Maine Spiritualist churches and camps, where she proudly serves Spiritualism.

Classes and Workshops

HLSC Healing Certification

When: Sunday, March 24th and Sunday, March 31st 
Time: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm each day (after church)
Instructor: Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Description: Students will learn how to sense/feel energy and how to direct it for the purpose of healing.
Cost: $20.00 which will be donated to the church

Hypnotherapy Certification Course

When: April 22 - 27, 2019
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm each day
Where: 90 Pond St. Etna, ME
What: Hypnotherapy Certification Intensive
Instructor: Rev. Dr. Janet Decker
Description: This 6 day intensive will train you in the art/science of spiritual and clinical hypnosis including self-hypnosis. Students will learn how to: Induce a hypnotic state in their clients and optimize it, create powerful mind-programming suggestions, work with the higher-self, dialog with clients while in an altered state of consciousness, deal with traumatic memories that may spontaneously arise and much, much more. Students will also learn how to properly keep records, set up an office, and how to market a practice. Upon completion, students will receive certification from the International Metaphysical University International Metaphysical University (IMU)
Cost: $995.00 ($100 discount if paid in full by March 30th) A donation will be made to the church.
Contact: Rev. Dr. Janet Decker Ph: 207-404-1845 Email: janet.decker9@gmail.comfor course objectives and payment options.

Dr. & Master Sha's Healing Techniques 

When: June 29, 2019
Time: 12:00 noon
Where: TBA
Instructors: Thoy Conroy and Diane Jackman Skolfield
What: The three-hour class will start at Noon on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Thoy and Diane will talk a little about Master Sha before they begin the techniques they have chosen to share. Orb Healing, Sacred Divine Code/Soul Song, Tao Chants, Transformation of Old Age to Purity of Baby, finishing with a discussion on Chinese Nutritional Theories. Amazing healing of Soul, Mind and Body occur 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: $30.00 donation will be lovingly appreciated.
Contact: or visit our facebook event page

Weather Notifications

The HLSC Facebook page is a good place to check for weekly church news and updates and now that the snow and ice season is upon us this is where we will post cancellations. We will also post them to the local TV station WABI 5. Please bookmark our FB page so you can easily check for weather notifications.


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

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:

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.

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.

To Say Thanks

A Big Thank You to Ken Kroesser and Janice Nelson Kroesser for their ongoing efforts with the Assembly and Use plans for our new building 
A BIG THANK YOU to Peter Conroy and Diane Jackman Skolfield for their efforts on putting together a Standard Operating Procedures Manual for our church as well as establishing a user-friendly record keeping program for the church computer.
A BIG THANK YOU to Don and Diane Skolfied for working on the church By-Laws
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.
A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church website 

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 Refreshment Sunday. Come to enjoy the service and stay after for refreshments 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 me. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. Donations welcome. (No group on March 3rd or 17th.)

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 February newsletter I need the information by January 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.

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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Membership Dues $20

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