November 2017 Newsletter
I said in the September newsletter that you could expect October's newsletter to be short, well, that was an understatement. It was so short it did not even exist! I apologize for this and hopefully that was the first, and last, time it will happen.
Sunday, November 5th there will be a combined pot luck and members meeting in the Temple after church. Come enjoy church service, bring a dish to share and stay for our meeting. Member input is essential for guiding the direction of our church and growing our membership. All are welcome!
I am always thrilled to announce when someone has successfully completed the Ordination program and received their Certificate of Ordination. The church congratulates the Rev. Sherwood Denham! Also, Sherwood has agreed to become a Trustee on the church Board of Directors. Sherwood is replacing Rev. Marcia Ruland who previously held this position.
I am also happy to announce that we have added 3 new members to our church family. The HLSC extends a warm welcome to: Christina Brown, Brenda Brown and Ted Warren. We are very happy to have you as members. Welcome!
Veterans Day is on November 11th, however it will be observed by the federal government on Friday, November 10th. I wanted to know some history about Veteran's day so I looked it up. Here is what I found: Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11 that honors military veterans; that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I; major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day. The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.
I found the sequence of 11th hour, 11th day, and 11th month very interesting so I looked up the spiritual meaning of number 11. The number 11 is a high vibrational number and when you get into 11/11, or in this case 11/11/11 Angels are speaking. To be sure, the Angels were certainly speaking, and more than likely singing, when WW1 ended.
We are currently taking donations of food, and/or money, for our local Etna community. Please help our church make Thanksgiving a little brighter for a local family, or two. Non-perishable food donations can be left on the table at the rear of church. Please give monetary donations to one of the pastors or church board members.
Serving the church in November
Facilitator: Rev. Marcia Ruland
November 5th: Karlene Tanner
November 12th: Dawn Wilber
November 19: TBA
November 26th: Healing and Message service
Dawn Wilber: Dawn is a Reiki Master trained in Integrated Energy therapy and been delivering messages from spirit during her healing sessions for some time. She has been delivering messages from spirit to the general public for approximately 18 months. Dawn lives in Frankfurt with her husband, son, small livestock of chickens and their yellow lab.
Karlene Tanner: Karlene is a member of HLSC and lives on the grounds of Camp Etna. She comes from a long line of mediums and the Temple stands as a memorial to her grandmother, Glayds LaLiberte.
About the Healing and Message Service: This service is held on the last Sunday of every month unless otherwise stated. The service is conducted in a circle formation and healers move around the circle offering healing to each person. If you choose not to have a healing you can simply decline when the healer comes to you. During the message part of the service everyone in the circle has the opportunity to offer a short inspirational message from spirit, to a single person to whom they feel drawn, or, to the circle as a whole. No one is required to receive a healing or to give a message. Come enjoy this more relaxed yet very sacred and inspiring service.
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 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 https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/ordination or you can find it under the "Classes" tab on the HLSC web site: 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 our speakers and mediums who serve our church throughout the year.
A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church website and, I just want to mention that Diane is incredibly prompt with her updates!
A BIG THANK YOU to Sherwood for cleaning the Temple. Sherwood you do a splendid job!
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. Pot Luck is held at the Inn on the Camp Etna grounds June through October (no pot luck in August) and in the Temple November through May. Come bring a dish to share, 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 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:
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 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. Sherwood Denham (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.
Bright Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving,
Rev. Janet Decker
Rev. Janet Decker
Rev. Wachian Welch (Secretary)
Rev. Dee Powers (President)
Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Janet McNerney (Treasurer)
Rev. Shirley Boyens
Rev. Sherwood Denham
Bonnie Lee Mellott (Vice President)