May 2017 Newsletter
Happy May Everyone!
I just returned from a much needed vacation that took me all the way to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and although it was wonderful to spend some time in the warm sun, I am happy to be back in Maine.
Our state is so beautiful and not only that, it is not heavily populated which, I for one, love. With large populations comes a terrific amount of noise pollution, trash, incredible traffic congestion, and an unbelievable disrespect for nature and other human beings. Or at least this is how it seems to me.
Every time I leave Maine, and subsequently return, I am reminded of why I moved here in the first place. I cherish Maine and the many wonderful gifts she offers us; forests, rivers, streams, mountains and valleys, a long unaltered coast line, parks, recreation in every season, abundant wildlife, organic farms, seafood, peace and quiet, and abundant magnificent nature. Ahhhh Maine, the way life should be!
I am thrilled to announce that Marcia Ruland has completed the ordination course to become our fourth graduate! We can now address Marcia as, Reverend Marcia Ruland.
If you have had the pleasure of being present at a service that Marcia has facilitated you will already know that she was born to this. As I have said many times, becoming a minister is not something that can be conveyed on a person, you are born to it. We can teach some of the skills of leading a service, performing marriages/funerals/memorial services, etc., however, being a spiritual guide/teacher/leader is something that is truly in the blood. It is a calling. Congratulations Marcia!
The ESA board will meet with the church board members on May 14th after the service in the Inn. We are aware this is Mother’s Day. We chose this date because it is the one day where most of both boards can be present.
Pot Luck Sunday is May 7th, 2017, in the Temple after service.
The church and the ESA garden committee have some worthy projects in mind for the camp grounds this year. We are asking for donations of flower or vegetable seeds and flower bulbs. Donations can be left anytime on the tables on the left as you enter the Temple. Also, you may call Pastor Dee Powers or Marcia Ruland if you have questions.
We were tossing around ideas about how to let people know about HLSC. One perfect way to introduce people to our wonderful church is to bring someone with you on Sunday, or, bring someone with you to a church sponsored event. Visitors are always welcome and who knows, whoever you bring with you to church or an event may become our next best member!
We are still collecting stuffed animals for the fire department. You can drop them off at the Temple any time as it is always open. Just place them on the tables to the left as you enter. All donations must be new with tags still attached. Thank you!
We are also collecting food for homeless shelters and food pantrys, so when you are in the grocery store pick up an extra can of vegetables or box of pasta if you can. Again, you can leave your donation on the table to the left as you enter the Temple. Thank you!
The last Sunday of every month is an "All Healing and Message Service". What that means is, we will not have an inspirational talk on the last Sunday of the month but instead we will dedicate the entire service to healing and messages from spirit. This will be done in a circle formation. Everyone is welcome.
Rev Janet Decker will lead a 2 -1/2 day Past Life Regression Course, June 29th - July 1st at Camp Etna. Students who complete the course will receive their certification as a "Group Past Life Regression Practitioner" from the International Metaphysical University (IMU). Details can be found on the Camp Etna web site.
Upcoming May Events Featuring HLSC Members
Intuitive Painting Class
When: Sunday May 14th
Time: 12:30 - 2:30
What: The theme will be the Sunflower. Sunflowers are associated with spiritual knowledge and the desire to seek light and truth. A brief intuitive reading will be given to each participant by Artist/Psychic Medium Angie Butler Welch. No experience necessary.
Where: Temple on the Camp Etna Grounds
Cost: $35.00, all materials will be included. A portion of the proceeds will go to HLSC
Offered By: Intuitive Artist/Psychic Medium Angie Butler Welch
This is a class for all ages. Seating is limited so please RSVP to Angie at 266-1555 OR tyger25474@gmail ASAP.
If you are a church member and have an event coming up please let me know and I will post it in our newsletter.
The water has been turned on at the camp grounds! For those of us who are members that means a great deal. People will be coming now to open their cottages and enjoy the grounds. Let the socializing and fun times begin!
Edgar Cayce's Glad Helpers Group meets every Monday afternoon from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Maine Holistic Center located at 81 Maine Street Bangor, ME. All Energy Healers are welcome to become part of this group at any time. For more information on Glad Helpers please see last month's newsletter. You can find it on our website under the "Newsletter" tab.
Serving the church in May
Facilitator – Rev. Dee Powers
May 7th: Bill (Wind Walker) Wentworth/inspirational talk, Rev. Dee Powers/messages
May 14th: Sherwood Denham (Student)
May 21st: Melanie Ames - Melanie comes to us from Gardiner, Maine. She has been a member of the Augusta Spiritualist Church for 11 year. Melanie is the Vice President of the Augusta church and a Director on the Board of MSSAC (Maine State Spiritualist Association of Churches) Melanie says she loves serving spirit!!
May 87th: Healing and Message Circle
Pot Luck is the first Sunday of every month.
The back row of chairs on the right side of the church, as you enter, are 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.
The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out here or you can find it under the "Classes" tab. The church membership application is available in the church and can also be downloaded from the home page of our web site.
Please be aware that becoming a member of HLSC does not automatically make you a member of Camp Etna. Camp Etna and the church are separate entities and each has their own set of requirements for becoming a member.
If you want to become a member of the church please go to our web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org to read our by-laws and membership requirements and if you want to become a member of Camp Etna please go to campetna.com to read their by-laws and membership requirements. If you do not use a computer, you may ask any member of the church board or camp board for their respective information.
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 a speaker and/or a medium during one of our services, September through June, please see one of the pastors. Thank you.
To Say Thanks
A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for donating the annual cost of renewing the hosting agreement for our web site. Diane also maintains the web site for us which often takes a great deal of time. Diane you are such a blessing to our church. Thank you, thank you!
A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums for the month of April.
A BIG THANK YOU to Sherwood for cleaning the Temple. Sherwood you do a splendid job!
A BIG THANK YOU to Karlene Tanner for monitoring the heat in the church and for clearing the deck of ice and snow in the winter... you are a God Send!
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the various church drives.
Let us all give honor to the pastors of our church for the selfless giving of their time and efforts. Your complete dedication to our church and to our members does not go unnoticed, believe me. As lead pastor I can honestly say, I do not know what I would do without you. You are a blessing to me and to everyone who attends our church. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!
I also want to extend heartfelt gratitude to the members of the church board. I am aware of how busy everyone is these days and that you are willing to serve the church in the capacity as a board member is a blessing. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!
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 at the Inn June through October (no pot luck in August) and in the Temple November through May. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a nice meal and conversation with like-minded souls.
A Mediumship Development Group meets every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM in in the Temple (led by Rev. Janet Decker). 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 of 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. 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.
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 the September newsletter I need the information by August 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 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 board members are: Pastor Dee Powers (President), Bonnie Mellott (Vice President), Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary), Janet McNerney (Treasurer), and Rev. Marcia Ruland (Trustee). Their 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 Mother’s everywhere a very Happy Mother’s Day!
Rev. Janet Decker
Rev. Janet Decker
Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary)
Rev. Dee Powers (President)
Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Janet McNerney (Treasurer)
Rev. Shirley Boyens
Rev. Marcia Ruland (Board Member)
Bonnie Lee Mellott (Vice President)