I trust that May finds everyone well and excited to spend time outdoors. I know I am certainly feeling the pull to get outside and do things. Winter has a way of making us grateful for spring and summer now doesn't it?
Now the News
This year the first Sunday in May falls on May 1st. May 1st is also known as "May Day", and to celebrate there will be some special things happening during the service.
The May Day celebration is being created and facilitated by Pastor Dee Powers. Flowers are the theme for May Day and we ask that everyone who comes to church that day bring (one) flower to add to a bouquet that we will be creating.
Children are an important part of this celebration so come to church on May 1st and please do bring the children and grandchildren!
May 1st is also pot luck Sunday. We are hoping the weather will be nice enough to eat outside so think "SUNNY" thoughts.
Here is a truly great piece of news; Rev. Wachian Welch and Angie Butler are engaged to be married! I am extremely happy for them, as is everyone who knows them. Watch for the happy date of their marriage in future newsletters.
The 2016 summer schedule for Camp Etna is now available on the CE web site. There are some truly remarkable workshops and classes happening in July and August. Check it out here. http://www.campetna.com/summer-programs-.htm
Camp Etna's "Work Weekends" are coming up in May and June. These are the dates: May 21, 22, 28, 29 and June 4, 5, 11, and 12. If you are a member of Camp Etna, planning on becoming a member, or simply a friend and fan of Camp Etna, please come out and help us get the camp ready for the summer season. Everyone's help is both needed and appreciated. Thank you!
If you have something you would like added to the church newsletter please be aware that I will need that information by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for June I need the information by May 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my email address (Rev. Janet Decker) at the bottom of the newsletter.
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. Please feel free to approach us or send us an email if you have a suggestion. The church council members are: Pastor Dee Powers, Chris Couture, Rev. Wachian Welch, Barbara Dolliver, and Marcia Ruland.
Saturday May 7th
What: Mind Body Spirit Festival
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Fairfield Community Center
61 Water St. Fairfield, ME 04937
Thursday May 19th
What: Psychic Dinner
Time: 5:00 PM
Where: Clewley Farms Restaurant, Eddington, ME
Presenter: Kelly LaRochelle
Reservations Required: 207-843-7446
Saturday May 21st
What: Table Tipping in the Temple
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Temple on Camp Etna grounds
Presenters: Rev. Janet Decker, and Amy Griffiths
Description: Table Tipping is a method of connecting with the spirit world known as physical phenomena. Come experience what spirit is capable of. The table can get quite active so please wear walking or running shoes. Footwear is required!
Our April 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 the Camp Etna FB page. When you see the invitation link 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 FB page. The more the merrier! Fee: $20.00.
Sunday May 22nd
What: Church board meeting
Time: 1:00 PM
Where: Donna and Barbara's house
Serving the church in May:
Facilitator – Pastor Dee Powers
May 1st - May Day Celebration!
May 8th - Amy Griffiths
May 15th - TBA
May 22nd Ernie VanDenBossche and Bonnie Lee Gibson
May 29th - Bethany Couture
May 1st 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 offers an ordination course for those who are interested in becoming an Ordained Independent Spiritualist Minister. This course covers everything from how to create a complete service to classes on spiritual counseling. If you are doing any type of spiritual healing or spiritual counseling work you may want to think seriously about becoming ordained. Please feel free to contact me, Rev. Janet Decker, with questions. You can find my contact info at the bottom of the newsletter.
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.
If you would like to serve as either a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services please see one of the pastors. Thank you!
To Say Thank You!
A BIG THANK YOU to Bethany Couture for cleaning the Temple prior to our May Day celebration.
A BIG THANK YOU to Ruth Nickerson for volunteering to play the piano for our Sunday services.
A BIG THANK YOU to the speakers and mediums who served our church in April. You are appreciated!
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 Pot Luck Sunday. Pot Luck is held in the Temple November - May. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a nice meal and conversation.
Mediumship Development Groups Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM in the Temple on the Camp Etna grounds - led by Rev. Janet Decker. Monday night 7:00 PM at Karlene Tanners house on the Camp Etna grounds - led by Pastor Dee Powers.
Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. Beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted.
The Mid Maine homeless shelter is 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 accepting new and/or clean, used clothing donations. These contributions will be given to Bill "Windwalker" Wentworth who will take them to the Native American Indian Reservations in Maine and Canada. Please no clothing with holes or pet hair. Again, you can bring your donation to the church and Pastor Dee Powers will collect them.
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
NONE! - I am always happy when May comes and I can remove the Weather Cancellation Notification. Happy days are here again, Woo Hoo!
Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church!
Bright Blessings to all and I wish you a bright and beautiful May!
Rev. Janet Decker
Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Rev. Wachian Welch
Pastor Dee Powers
Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Rev. Shirley Boyens