May 2018 Newsletter
Welcome to May Everyone!
Rev. Wachian Welch here writing the May HLSC newsletter while Rev. Janet Decker takes a much-needed vacation. Please see the “news” section for information on the development group etc.
The flowers are peaking thru and in some cases actual flowers in the south facing sun have blossomed. Garden centers are getting shipments of beautiful blue, purple, and yellow flowers, how wonderful it is! I can’t help but take a deep breath and smile when I see them.
Spring is often celebrated as a time of releasing, renewal and growth, it can be felt in the air. We can do this any time of the year but in the spring, it just feels right. It seems that we have extra energy and focus to be physically active to take action and create change. It’s also a great time to envision endless possibilities, and to use our creative gifts to reach new levels of achievement, wellness, happiness and success.
Spring is also a good time to let go of the old and make room for the new. This applies to the traditional spring cleaning but most importantly we need to apply it to letting go of old grudges, resentments, anger, or fears that hold us back from enjoying inner peace and more happiness in our lives. By holding onto the old energies, we keep ruminating and revisiting those energies that keep us stuck. Sometimes we aren’t even aware we are doing this. When we make the decision to let go of the old, room is made for the new and the door to new possibilities are open and waiting for us.
Consider some practices to welcome renewal, growth and revitalization to mark the beginning of a fresh new start or new direction. Plant some seeds with the intention of positivity and abundance in your life. Create your own cleanse by not only physically cleaning and decluttering your home but tidying up and letting your intuition guide you to what you truly need to release, habits, thoughts, and things in your home, to make way for the new creative and fun energies. Get outside for a mindful walk in nature to take in the sun, sight and sounds and let it lift and renew your body and soul. Set some intentions by choosing what metaphorical seeds you’re planting this season and how you’ll water them. Aligning your values and yourself with positive affirmations and intentions. All of these are a perfect time to tune into the wisdom of your true nature to refresh your mind, body and spirit.
Sunday, May 6th, is Pot Luck Sunday. Since we are in the town hall we think it is best to keep things simple. Sandwiches, veggies, fruit, cheese, desert, or something along those lines would be good. Come enjoy church service then stay after for a bite to eat and good conversation with like-minded folks. All are welcome!
No worries...Woo Hoo!
Serving the church in May
Facilitator: Pastor Dee Powers
May 6th: Rev Patricia Heitman who was recently ordained at the Greater Boston Church of Spiritualism in Arlington, MA by Rev. Mary Di Giovanni. We are thrilled to have her on this 1st Sunday of May to give an uplifting and inspiring talk as well as messages from Spirit.
May 13th: Rev. Wachian Welch will be facilitating for Rev. Dee Powers. Guest speakers and mediums: Angie Welch, Karlene Tanner and Rev. Wachian Welch
May 20th: Bill "Windwalker" Wentworth our dear friend from Oxford, ME. Windwalker is a story teller and tea conductor of the Starteaching Society. His talks are always inspiring and uplifting.
May 27th: All Healing and Message Service
May 5-6, 2018: Awakening the Spiritual You: a 2-day intensive by Rev. Wachian Welch and Angie Welch. Spiritual Awakening and Intuitive and Mediumship Development. 2 Full Days of learning and practice! https://awakeningmediumshipdevelopment.brownpapertickets.com/
May 12, 2018: Create a Fairy House by Angie Welch. http://www.leapoffaithartistry.com/home.html
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.
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.
The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out under the "Classes" tab on the HLSC web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org
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 web site: healinglightspiritualistchurch.org Or ask any of our pastors or board members.
You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/
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 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.
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the various church clothing and food drives.
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. Come enjoy the service and stay after for a bite to eat 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 her. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. Donations welcome. **For the time being this group is full. I will let you know when this changes.**
The Mid Maine homeless shelter is asking for the following items. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to church the first Sunday of any month and Rev. Dee Powers will collect and deliver them.
Here is a list of supplies they could use:
New sweat pants and sweat shirts (Everyone coming into the shelter receives a shower and a new set of clothes)
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
Books for children
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 it will be needed by the 12th of the month prior to the month being published. Example, for the June newsletter the information would be needed by May 12th. Please send info to Rev. Janet Decker via email. You will find her contact info at the bottom of the newsletter.
The pastoral council and the church board of directors are open to hear 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.
Have a blessed and happy May!
Rev. Wachian Welch
Rev. Janet Decker
Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary)
Rev. Dee Powers (President)
Rev. Sherwood Denham
Rev. Shirley Boyens
Bonnie Lee Mellott (Vice President)