May 2019


Greetings Healing Light Spiritualist Church Members and Friends,

It seems we are having an early spring, for Maine, and doesn't that make me happy... WOOHOO! I am seeing green everywhere I look and it is VERY uplifting!

We had our first work day at the center on April 19th. We pulled up the old carpet and it felt really great to make this first effort for this fabulous undertaking. 

After much searching by several of us, we located chairs for our facility, 76 of them to be exact. They are in very nice condition and Spirit really came through for us on the price and the weather. I say spirit came through for us on the weather because there was only one day last week that John could free himself up to go on a road trip and it "just happened" to be the one day in 7 that it did not rain. Pastor Laurie and John drove to Vermont to pick up the chairs and 6 people were on hand to unload them making short work of things. Pastor Laurie and John donated their time, cost of the Uhaul and gas.

The generosity of the people in our church is both astounding and humbling for me. Never in my life have I seen such an outpouring of love, kindness, giving, sharing and caring. And the best part is, it is contagious!!! It seems everybody wants to do something to help in some way. There is absolutely no doubt that we are doing exactly what we are supposed to be doing. 

Looking forward to a very exciting future,
Rev. Janet Decker


Don and Diane Skolfield are looking for a caregiver for Phyllis, Don's mother, who will be at camp with them this summer. This is a temporary, part-time position, 5 hours a day five days a week, which will begin in June. Phyllis is easy to care for. She is 101 years old and is blind so she needs help walking and eating. Please call or email Diane for details. Her contact information is at the end of the newsletter.

On Refreshment Sunday, May 5th, you are invited to enjoy refreshments in the parsonage of our new building located at 40 Stage Rd in Etna. This event will take place after our church service at the town hall. We will be giving a tour of the facility and talking about plans that are currently underway. Come enjoy the service then join us at the parsonage afterward. We can't wait to show you around!

There will be a Board of Directors meeting after church on May 19th. All Members are invited to attend and your input is always appreciated. Member participation is especially encouraged now that we are moving into an entirely new phase of development and operation. If you would like to have something added to the agenda please contact me. 

There will be no mediumship development group on May 19th.

Plans are progressing nicely for our first summer season as well as for our first International Healing Light week. More on that next month.

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 May Sunday Service Line Up:

Facilitator: Rev. Linda Holmes


May 5th: Rev. Linda (Speaker) Kendra Wescott, Michele Mcpherson, Rev. Janet Decker (Mediums)
May 12th: Ava Spruce (Speaker and Medium)
May 19th: Don Gilbert (Speaker and Medium
May 26th: Healing and Message Circle (all mediums, including aspiring mediums, are encouraged to attend)

About Our Speakers and Mediums

Rev. Linda Holmes is a member of Healing Light Spiritualist Church and has been a spiritual seeker all her life.  She began her studies in metaphysics as a senior at Newport High School through Christian Science.  She earned her bachelors degree from the University of Maine in 1978, and her master's degree in higher consciousness studies from Holmes Institute in Denver in 2004, with a ministerial license through The Church of Religious Science and the Science of Mind philosophy.

Kendra Powers Wescott is a spiritual medium and healer and has been a Spiritualist for 45 years. Kendra served the Bright Light Spiritualist church in Brewer for many years before moving to Florida. While living in Florida she served the Space Coast Spiritualist Church in Melbourne, Florida. Kendra has been involved with The Healing Light Spiritualist Church community for approximately 14 years and has served as medium and healer.

Michele McPherson is a member of our church. She became aware of being connected to spirit when she was a young girl. It took her many years to find like-minded people with, and from whom, she could learn. Michele has been actively participating in development groups for 7 years.

Rev. Janet Decker is an ordained minister in the Spiritualist Chuch, the Metaphysical Church, and she holds a doctorate in Metaphysical Studies. She is a certified clinical, forensic, and spiritual hypnotherapist and a certified psychic medium and spiritual counselor. She is Dean of Metaphysical Studies for the International Metaphysical University where she also teaches psychic development and paranormal studies. Janet is the lead pastor of the Healing Light Spiritualist Church in Etna, Maine, President of their board of directors and creator and teacher of the Independent Spiritualist Minister Ordination program. 

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.

Don Gilbert is a Reiki Master Instructor and Integrated Energy Therapy Master Instructor and an intuitive trance medium. Don has been doing this work for the past 6 to 7 years professionally. He just recently opened up new office space in Ellsworth called Infinite Wisdom and Healing. 

Classes - Workshops - Events

Victorian Seance

When: Saturday, May 18th
Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: Lakewood Theatre, 76 Theatre Rd, Madison, ME 
What: Fundraiser for Madison Spiritualist Camp
Description: Table Seances, Table Tipping, Smoke Billet Readings, History of camp and theatre
Cost: $40.00 

Mediums Day

When: May 18th
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: Camp Etna - 77 Stage Rd Etna, ME
What: Fund Raiser for Camp Etna
Cost: $20.00/15 minutes

Dr. & Master Sha's Healing Techniques 

When: June 28th: 6:00 - 8:00 PM, 29th: 12:00 - 3:00 PM, 30th: 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Healing Light Spiritualist Center, 38 Stage Rd Etna, ME
Instructors: Master Maria Sunukjian, Thoy Conroy and Diane Jackman Skolfield
What: Masters' Weekend is an Introduction to Master Sha's Healing Teachings. Thoy Conroy and Diane Jackman Skolfield will join Master Maria teaching five of Dr. & Master Sha's Healing Techniques; Healing Orb Meditation, Sacred Divine Code, Tao Chants, Return to Purity and Chinese Nutritional Ideals. Amazing healing takes place when these techniques are practiced. Donations lovingly appreciated. 
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: $20.00 per class or $50.00 for all three classes
Contact: or visit our Facebook event page

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 June newsletter I need the information by May 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.


Mediumship Development Groups

Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM at Rev. Janet Decker's cottage, 90 Pond St, on the Camp Etna grounds in Etna. If you don't know where that is, just call or email me. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. Donations welcome. (No group on Sunday, May 19th.)

Wednesday evening at 6:00 PM at Michele Mcpherson’s house, 19 Lost View Lane, Levant. Everyone welcome, beginners through advanced. Pot luck 6:00 PM group begins at 7:00 PM

To Say Thanks

A Big THANK YOU to Ken Kroesser for the ordering, and gathering of construction materials and the coordination of work efforts on our new building.
A BIG THANK YOU  to Pastor Laurie Xanthos and John Welch for driving to Vermont to pick up our chairs and delivering them. And for their donation of the cost for the Uhaul and gas.
A BIG THANK YOU to John Welch, Michele Mcpherson, Susan Joyce, Janice Nelson Kroesser, and Rev. Linda Holmes for unloading the chairs.
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who is stepping up to the plate to work on our new building. We could not do it without you!
A BIG THANK YOU to Peter Conroy for his ongoing support and teaching efforts with regards to the database and bookkeeping program for the church computer. And for his willingness to always be available if we need him.
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 Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church/center website and FB page.
A BIG THANK YOU to those who have contributed money to grow our church and our new endeavors.
A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for being our event coordinator
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.

TO BE CLEAR, everyone who serves our church, no matter what the capacity, is a blessing to us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!


As we move forward with our new Healing Light Spiritual Center we hope you will consider donating your time and/or monetary help. If you want to donate time please contact any board member, they are listed at the end of every newsletter. If you would rather contribute monetarily you can do it by clicking here: or you can give donations to one of the pastors. All contributions, whether time or money, are very gratefully appreciated!

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.


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

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.

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: or talk to one of the pastors or board members.

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.

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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