Well, here we are in October already. The days are warm and bright and there is a nip in the night air. Certainly, this is a most excellent time of year. And best of all, no bugs!!!
Did you get to see the beautiful HUGE (Super) Harvest moon/Full Moon eclipse this past Sunday night? I sure hope so because if you missed it you will not have the opportunity to see it again until 2033! This is a rare event and you may or may not know that the last one occurred in 1982. You can read about this very rare event at:
As we enjoy this time of year let us remember to be grateful for the harvest that will see us through the winter. So often we take for granted what our ancestors appreciated beyond words.
Personally, I try not to take food and water for granted, but sometimes, I do forget to say a prayer of thanks before meals. When that happens, I say a prayer of thanks before falling asleep at night. I know that what we are grateful for we are always provided with, and, I am glad I know that.
Pastor Laurie Xanthos certified 5 more people in Spiritual Healing on September 27th. I believe that brings the number of certified spiritual healers in our church to 15. OUTSTANDING! I look forward to getting a healing from each and every one of them.
Wonderful news! Since the church moved to the Temple on the Camp Etna grounds on July 5th we have had 6 new members. We give a BIG WELCOME to: Rosy D'Elia, Josh Childers, Wayne and Heather Sanborn, and Janice and Ken Kroesser. We are happy you are now a part of our church family.
There is a consensus among the pastors that we will see continued growth now that we are holding services in a sacred space. And honestly, it only makes sense.The vibration on the Camp Etna grounds is very high because these grounds have hosted spiritual events for 139 years. When a space is used for spiritual work for that many years it is definitely going to have a high vibration. It is this high vibration that will draw people and keep them coming back. We remain thankful for the gift of being able to gather together every week in the Temple on these sacred grounds.
The Church also welcomes Rev. Shirley Boyens to the Pastoral Council. Shirley lives with her husband, Ken, in Florida and they call Camp Etna home June through September. We are thrilled to have Shirley's knowledge and wise council. WELCOME Shirley!
Sometime in the spring of 2016 Pastors Dee Powers and Laurie Xanthos will be offering Spiritualism Philosophy classes. Article IX, Section 1 in the church by-laws and constitution states: Each new adult member shall agree to complete a basic three-part course in Philosophy if not done elsewhere within two (2) years of membership. Although the classes are geared to members who are new to Spiritualism, all are welcome to attend.
Now that the church is located on the Camp Etna grounds we want to keep both our church and the camp in the forefront of everyone's mind by offering classes, workshops, and Gallery Readings, throughout the fall, winter, and spring. If there is something you would like to present please let us know. We will give it every consideration.
Correction: The September newsletter incorrectly stated that there is a church members meeting in October. The members meeting is held the first Sunday of December, not October. I apologize for giving incorrect information.
As stated previously, we are in need of board members. We need a president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and one trustee. If you are willing to serve our church in this way it would be greatly appreciated. If you are currently serving in one of these positions and are willing to serve again we thank you with all our hearts. We do have several people who have stepped up to the plate and we are grateful. Still, we could use a few more nominees. You can see Pastor Dee Powers if you would like to be of service in this way.
We still need a pianist for our Sunday services. Does anyone know a piano student who would like a part time job? This is a paid position so if you know someone who may be interested please refer them to one of the pastors.
We are in the process of scheduling speakers and mediums for November through June. If you would like to serve in either, or both, of these capacities please see one of the pastors. Thank you!
Serving the church in October:
Facilitator – Pastor Donna Williams
October 4 - Graham Connelly
October 11 - Pastor Dee Powers
October 18 - Karlene Tanner
October 25 - Pastor Chris Owen
Reminder: The HLSC Online Ordination Program is now available for those who feel the calling to become an Ordained Independent Spiritualist Minister. At the completion of this course you will receive a certificate of Ordination as an Independent Spiritualist Minister with all the legal rights and responsibilities.
The choice to become an ordained minister is one that is extremely personal. Many of us arrive at this juncture only after years of personal spiritual pursuit. We arrive here once we feel we know ourselves well enough to be able to say, “I want to serve spirit, and people, in a greater capacity than I currently am.” Not everyone receives this “calling”.
There is great responsibility that goes along with becoming an ordained minister. You are choosing to be a spiritual guide to others on a more professional and learned level. To take this step is no small thing. That you have arrived at this place in your life speaks volumes. Not the least of which is, you have probably done this before in another, or many other, lifetime(s).
This online course provides a foundation of spiritual knowledge for personal and professional growth and provides a platform for the exploration of consciousness. Also, on a more fundamental level it will guide you in the art of spiritual counseling and the ethical, moral and legal boundaries that you need to be aware of as an ordained minister who counsels others. You will also learn the basics necessary for any Spiritualist Minister such as: the history of spiritualism and how to create and lead a Spiritualist church service.
This ordination course is a 9 week program and you can find the details and a link to purchase the course on our web site. Just click on the "Classes" tab.
Reminder: You can now send us prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site; You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.
The first Sunday of every month is Pot Luck Sunday. Please come enjoy the service and bring a dish to share after. Pot Luck in October will be at the Inn. You can drop your food off there before coming to church. Feel free to use the refrigerator.
The Mediumship Development group meets on Sundays, at 1:30 PM in the Temple. Anyone who is interested in developing or growing their mediumship and psychic skills are welcome to join us. And yes, beginners are certainly welcome as are the more advanced folks. Donations are gladly accepted :-)
The Mid Maine homeless shelter is always in need of many things. If you have items you would like to donate just bring them to the church on any Sunday. (PLEASE, no unwashed clothing articles, no clothing with pet hair, and no clothing with holes in them. Thank you.)
Here is a list of supplies they could use:
Diapers - 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
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 know of anyone who would like to know more about our Healing Light Spiritualist Church and would enjoy reading our newsletter please, by all means, do this pass along.
Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church.
Bright Blessings to all,
Rev. Janet Decker
Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Pastor Wachian Welch
Pastor Dee Powers
Pastor Donna Williams
Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Rev. Shirley Boyens