November 2016 Newsletter
Welcome to November!
I do believe that cooler weather is here to stay and as I sit here creating this newsletter most of the leaves are off the trees and I once again can see through the denseness of the forest outside my window.
Whereas I do hate to see the end of warm weather I have to admit there is something very inspiring about the crispness of the breeze and the scent of wood smoke that hangs in the air this time of year. It speaks to me of homecoming, the harvest, and pumpkin pie, yummmmm!
I do so hope that everyone can get out outside to enjoy a brisk walk and while doing so open your senses to the scents of the earth and the air. You will sleep better for it, I'm sure.
Our Mediums Day fund raiser was held on Saturday, October 1, 2016, on the Camp Etna grounds, I am happy to say it was a great success! Although there was a nip in the air, and in spite of other events being held in the surrounding communities, we still had a nice turn out of people. Marcia did a fabulous job with the food and there were many nice donations of food and baked goods from our members as well. All very yummy! Thanks to everyone who helped with this event.
I am pleased to announce that we have a new treasurer, Janet McNerney. Janet brings years of accounting knowledge to our little church and we are grateful to have her. Thank you, Janet, for agreeing to take this position.
A brief pastoral council meeting was held on Sunday, October 23rd and out of that meeting came some good ideas. One of those ideas will be instituted beginning the first Sunday in November. We are adding something called "Sharing What Makes Us Smile".
So what is "Sharing What Makes Us Smile", you may ask? Well, everyone loves to hear good things and so we will set aside 5 to 10 minutes, after announcements, for folks to simply share something good they have experienced in their lives. It doesn’t matter if it is a recent event or a past event, as long as it is something that has made you smile, it is sharable. Is that even a word??? :-) We look forward to hearing about what makes you smile.
The Pastoral Council also decided to make the last Sunday of the month, September through June, 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. The first one will be held the last Sunday of January. We hope you will enjoy this bit of a change up one Sunday a month. If not, we can always return to the standard format for all services.
Part of our meeting was devoted to a discussion about student presenters. While HLSC strives to bring you speakers and mediums who are inspiring and incredible in their ability to connect with spirit we also want to encourage and teach others how to do the same. We are a "teaching church".
Students are the future of Spiritualism and they need to have a platform on which to "hone their skills", while at the same time, learning about appropriate presentation. That being said, from time to time, as in the past, we will have students facilitating the service, leading the meditations, giving the inspirational talks, and giving messages from spirit. Some students will be from our church and some may come to us from other churches. Where ever they come from we want to encourage their evolution and growth as Spiritualists.
The Pastoral Council and the Church Board wish to thank you for helping us to grow our religion by coming out to support and encourage the students.
We are having a Thanksgiving Day food drive. Beginning the last week of October and continuing until the Sunday before Thanksgiving you may bring non-perishable items to the Temple and leave them on the tables on the left side of the Temple. The Temple is always open so you can bring your items and drop them off throughout the week. It has been suggested that gift certificates to one of the grocery stores would be a welcome contribution. We will deliver these to the local town halls who will see they are distributed. Thank you for making someone’s Thanksgiving a little nicer.
Upcoming November Events Featuring HLSC Members
Saturday November 19th
What: Table Tipping
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Temple on the Camp Etna grounds
Presenters: Rev. Janet Decker and Amy Griffiths
Camp Etna News
Camp Etna has been put to bed for the winter.
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 web site under the "Newsletter" tab.
Serving the church in November:
Facilitator – Rev. Wachian Welch
November 5th: Pat Heitman/Speaker, Pat Heitman and Rev. Welch/messages
November 12th: Caroline King/Speaker, Rev. Wachian Welch/messages
November 19th: Rev. Wachian Welch/Speaker, Rev. Wachian Welch and congregation participation/messages
November 26th: Facilitator Pastor Dee Powers, Terry Willette/Speaker, Message Circle
Pot Luck Sunday is November 5th in the Temple. There will be an electrical strip to plug crock pots into. You may want to leave cold items in your car until after service.
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 on the church website: www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org. 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.
There has been some confusion about church HLSC and Camp Etna memberships. I hope the following will explain.
Becoming a member of the 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!
Weather (Cancellation) Notification
When the weather is bad church services and meetings are canceled. You can check on the local TV news stations for our cancellations. We will also put the notice out on Facebook and via email. Once in a while we cancel church and then the storm doesn't manifest. Ahhhhh, nature, you cannot always predict her. Never the less, once church has been canceled we do not change it. Please make a note of this.
Please be ever mindful of safety both in the home and in your comings and goings this winter. Always think, Safety First!
To Say Thank You!
A BIG THANK YOU to our speakers and mediums for the month of October.
A BIG THANK YOU to Sherwood for cleaning the Temple. You did a marvelous job!
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped out and/or contributed food to our Mediums Day fund raiser
A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for continuing to maintain our church web site.
A BIG THANK YOU to those who contributed to the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter, the local fire and rescue and the Native American Indian Reservations in Maine and Canada.
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.
Mediumship Development Groups meet every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM in in the Temple (led by Rev. Janet Decker) and Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM at Pastor Dee Powers' house in Canaan (led by Pastor Dee Powers). Please call or email her for directions.
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. 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.
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 December newsletter I need the information by November 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 council members are: Pastor Dee Powers, Bonnie Mellott, Rev. Wachian Welch, Janet McNerney, and Marcia Ruland.
Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO share this newsletter.
Bright Blessings to all and I wish you a November filled with things to be grateful for.
Rev. Janet Decker
Rev. Janet Decker (Lead Pastor)
Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary)
Pastor Dee Powers (President)
Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Rev. Shirley Boyens
Marcia Ruland (Board Member)
Bonnie Lee Mellott (Vice President)
Janet McNerney (Treasurer)