Remember to set your clocks back one hour Saturday night!
Member comment: "I am excited to be a member of such a wonderful and caring church! From the very first service I attended everyone has been so warm and welcoming, I knew right away that I wanted to be a part of it. I feel like I have come home."
Greetings Healing Light Spiritualist Church Members,
We are now in the “harvest’ part of the year and I’d like to touch on what this means.
The "Harvest” can mean several things. Yes, it means the harvest of food, and here in Maine we have been well blessed with a long and productive summer, so there should be sufficient food to sustain us and our animal friends through the winter. And thank goodness we have wonderful grocery stores to provide for us through the winter as well.
The harvest can also mean the harvest of souls and celebrating the lives of those who have passed into spirit. Halloween is the holiday that is celebrated for fun in the secular world and In addition to the word "Halloween" frequently you will hear terms like, "All Souls Day", "All Hallows Eve", and "All Saints Eve" and all these terms connect to October 31, November 1st and November 2nd.
All Saints Eve began as a Catholic festival but then split off from All Saints Eve when the Irish and Scottish changed it into the secular Halloween. "All Souls Day", celebrated on November 2nd, is the source of Halloween’s connection to death.
Spiritualists view death as another birthday. To us, a person's death really means birth or graduation from earth life to spirit life. This is a good time of year to celebrate our ancestors for without them we would not be here.
As of October 14th, we have an entirely new board of directors and already the ideas and opportunities are flowing in unimaginable ways! Your new board members are: Rev. Janet Decker, President, Janice Nelson Kroesser, Vice President, Diane Jackman Skofield, Secretary, Rev. Linda Holmes, Treasurer, and Bruce Towle, Trustee.
Our first board meeting was held in the town hall on October 28, 2018, after church service. All church members were invited to attend. You will find the minutes from that meeting at the end of the newsletter.
There are exciting things on the horizon for our little church. Things that, with proper planning, could propel us into a wonderful future. The church board of directors wants our members to be directly involved with the decision making process as we move forward into a very bright future. Because we value our member's input we hope you can attend church on Sunday, November 4th, and stay after for refreshments and to discuss the following:
We have an amazing opportunity to purchase a property for a permanent home for our beloved Healing Light Spiritualist Church.
We invite all our members to meet with the board and discuss this possibility following church service next Sunday, November 4, 2018.
Here is some information for you to ponder in the meantime:
1- The Property is conveniently located in Etna.
2- The Property generates income which would pay the mortgage.
3- We have been offered financing to purchase this property.
We have 2 new members to our church, Ava Spruce and Karen Costigan. Karen and Ava, we bid you WELCOME to our church family! We are happy you chose to join our church and we look forward to any input you can give that will help grow our church.
One thing I have always advocated is that each member of our church is important to us and to each other. You are part of our family and church community. Our goal to each member is, at least in part, to make sure our members know they do not walk alone through this life. You now have like-minded family member's that will lend an ear or a helping hand. We, your church family, are here to help each other. If you have need of spiritual counseling the pastors are here to help. Feel free to reach out to any one of us. If you have other needs please bring them to a board member and we will discuss possibilities for giving you assistance.
Our November Sunday Service Line Up:
Facilitator: Laurie Xantos
November 4, 2018: Melissa Gabriel
November 11, 2018: Ava Spruce
November 18, 2018: Laurie Xanthos
November 25, 2018: All healing and Message Service
About Our Speakers and Mediums
Melissa Gabriel is a caring professional Psychic Medium and Spiritual Healer. She has been using her abilities of clairvoyance (seeing), clairaudience (hearing) and clairsentience (feeling) to help guide others for over 15 years. Through private or group readings, she has assisted connecting people with their spirit relatives, guides and angels. She is a certified hypnotherapist specializing in past life regression. Melissa is also a board member of Harrison D. Barrett Church in Bangor Maine.
Ava Spruce is a Reiki practitioner in the Usui System of Healing. She is a member of HLSC. 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.
Laurie Xanthos is a pastor of The Healing Light Spiritualist Church. She is an exceptional medium, shaman, teacher, and speaker. Laurie lives in Dixfield, Maine
The HLSC Facebook page is a good place to check for weekly church news and updates and now that the snow and ice season is upon us this is where we will post cancellations. We will also post them to the local TV station WABI channel 5. Please bookmark our FB page so you can easily check for weather notifications. https://www.facebook.com/Healing-Light-Spiritualist-Church-of-Etna-ME-146077428893201/?ref=bookmarks
Turn your clocks back one hour Saturday night!
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: https://www.healinglightspiritualistchurch.org/
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.
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.
To Say Thanks
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.
A BIG THANK YOU to our Board of Directors
A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Jackman Skolfield for maintaining the church website in addition to filling the post of secretary.
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 Refreshment Sunday. Come to enjoy the service and stay after for refreshments 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 me. Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced. Donations welcome.
If you have something you would like 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 July newsletter I need the information by August 12th. Please send info to me via email. You will find my contact info at the bottom of the newsletter.
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.
Have a blessed day!
Rev. Janet Decker
Healing Light Spiritualist Church Board Meeting Minutes for October 28, 2018
October 28, 2018
Meeting called to order at 12:26
Invocation by Linda Holmes
Janice Nelson Kroesser
Diane Jackman (by phone)
The Secretary’s Report culminates in the agenda of this meeting. Emails were sent and received, represented by the votes we will ratify during old business part of this meeting.
One bit of correspondence was received on Facebook Page where I posted our new board’s photo.
It came from Janine Lomina: “Thank you for sharing this picture of my beautiful healing light family! Thank you all for stepping up and restoring love and healing light.” We thanked her for her comment.
The Treasurer’s Report:
FINANCIAL STATEMENT 10-28-2018
Checking Account Balance 9-30-2018 $5142.00
9-9-2-18 $ 60.00
9-16 $ 158.50
9-23 $ 116.00
10-07 $ 103.00
10-14 $ 115.00
10-21 $ 87.00
10-28 $ 91.00
Donation $ 25.00
Balance $ 5908.51
Membership Dues received
Sandra Bell $ 20
Ava Spruce $ 20
Karen Costigan $ 20
John Welch $ 20
Balance $ 5988.51
Rent paid to Town of Etna 9-28-2018 -$200 (Diane paid by check and was reimbursed with cash)
SAVINGS ACCOUNT $ 5174.42
TOTAL BALANCE of ASSETS:
Checking Account, Savings Account, Cash on hand $ 10,962.93
$200 rent will have to be paid for November. Linda will bring cash to the Town Office. We are not using the checking account until an audit is completed.
All signatures have been done at the bank for the checking account
Signatures need to be taken care of for savings account
New two-person procedure in place for each deposit. Also duplicates of records sent to Treasurer and President.
All monetary records were put together and given to Janet Decker to bring to Shawna Waters for audit.
Motion to ratify following votes taken via email:
1- Motion made and seconded to ratify email vote which suggested we have an outside source do an audit before the new regime deposits or withdraws any monies from HLSC accounts. Janet Decker will drop off books to Shawna Waters on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. She charges $25/hour and we have placed a four-hour cap on her services for this audit. All in favor.
2- Motion made and seconded to ratify email vote which suggested that once an audit is complete all agreed to allow our Treasurer, Linda Holmes, and our Secretary, Diane Jackman, to set up a PayPal Account to be connected to the HLSC checking account. It will connect to the existing DONATE BUTTON. All in favor.
3- Motion made and seconded to ratify email vote which suggested we welcome Linda Holmes as one of our HLSC Pastors. All in favor.
4- Motion made and seconded to ratify email vote which suggested we renew Sandra Bell’s application for membership. All in favor.
5- Motion made and seconded to ratify email vote which suggested we accept applications for new membership from Ava Spruce and Karen Costigan. All in favor.
1- Accepted application from John Welch, a friend of Laurie Xanthos. He has only been to our church once. He will be notified of membership requirements in a letter.
2- Review Insurance Policy: Do we need a separate policy for the board? How many pastors are insured? Janet Decker will be communicating with insurance agent concerning questions. Possibly finding a better price?
3- Discussion of purchase of a computer for HLSC. Janet and Linda will be talking to Peter Conroy and have him help us through this process. Motion made and seconded to purchase a computer. All in favor.
4- Janet Decker will write a check to HLSC for money received this year from the ordination program and for cash donations made to the Mediumship Group. Then the HLSC will write a check to her thus creating a proper paper trail.
5- Discussion of Future Home of HLSC-Possible Property Purchase in Etna, Maine
a- We have an amazing opportunity to purchase a property for a permanent home for our beloved Healing Light Spiritualist Church.
b- The property is conveniently located in Etna.
c- The property generates income which would pay the mortgage.
d- We have been offered financing to purchase this property.
e- We recognize we must be very careful and be aware of the responsibilities of owning property.
f- Diane Jackman moved to bring the discussion of the purchase of a permanent home to the membership for their input on November 4, 2018, after the church service. Janet Decker seconded. Diane will send an email out to the members asap.
g- An attorney will be found for this transaction.
6- Bruce Towle made a motion to hold Board Meetings on the 3rd Sunday of each month. It was seconded by Janet Decker.
Benediction by Rev. Janet Decker
Meeting Adjourned at 1:47 pm
Respectfully submitted by Diane Jackman, Secretary HLSC
Rev. Janet Decker
Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Pastor Linda Holmes
Janice Nelson Kroesser