Happy September Everyone!
Well, September is upon us and with it comes the end of a glorious summer in Maine, albeit a dry one.
Even though I do hate to see summer go I look forward to the changing of the seasons. Those of us who live in the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic region, where I spent most of my life, have it best, I think, where the changing of season's go. There is an energy about each season that is palpable to those of us who are attuned to nature.
Personally, I tend to grow pensive with the coming of autumn. It is a time of reflection for me. I find myself looking back at my year and asking myself if I am satisfied with the things I created and brought to fruition in 2016. If I am not satisfied then I reflect on what I could have done differently. Taking time to do this helps me to grow personally and spiritually.
Another part of my reflection on the year involves asking myself this question, "Did I say or do anything this year that negatively impacted anyone or anything?" Now this is an interesting question to ask because sometimes saying or doing nothing, in any given situation, can do as much harm as saying or doing something unkind or harmful.
A big part of growth is understanding ourselves and why we do things. Often, fear is our greatest challenge and overcoming it can be our greatest stepping stone to success on all levels of being. Personally, I choose to see fear as a tool for growth, expansion and higher learning, because that is exactly what it is.
So, as you bring in the harvest this fall, literally and figuratively speaking, and reflect on your year, be honest with yourself. Seek out the things you feel you "failed" at and ask yourself the hard questions. No need to beat yourself up as it serves nothing and no one. Just simply look at "the thing" or "the event" with the eyes of an "observer" then resolve to do better next time, because sure as the sun rises in the east, there will be a "next time."
Now the News
We are aware that some folks have difficulty walking up to take a chair during the healing part of the service, so, we decided we can bring the healers to them. Beginning in September the last row of chairs on the right side of the Temple will be reserved for people who have trouble getting up and down and/or walking. If you would like to have a healer come to you during the service please take a seat in one of these chairs.
On Sunday, September 18th, we will be doing an Autumn Equinox ceremony as part of the church service. Please join us as we celebrate The Divine in the changing of the seasons.
Rev. Wachian Welch and Angie Butler were united in marriage on August 6th on the camp ground. I felt very honored to officiate. May they experience many, many years of happiness together!
I am excited to announce that we have 2 new church members, Bruce Towle and Bonnie Mellott. Bruce and Bonnie, welcome to our church family!
For a small, out of the way church we are sure attracting a fair number of new people. I am reminded of the line from the movie "Field of Dreams" which says, "If you build it they will come." And indeed, people are coming!
Chris and Bethany Couture and their children are moving to New York to live with, and be caregivers for Chris's grandparents. Chris has already left and Bethany will follow at the end of September. Where we hate to see them go we recognize the goodness of their hearts and spirits in their willingness to pull up stakes to be live in caregivers for their aging grandparents. The good news is, they will return to us one day. We wish them many blessings as they journey onward.
Because Chris Couture has gone to NY to take care of his grandparents Pastor Dee Powers, HLSC President, has appointed Bonnie Mellott as new VP of the HLSC board. Thank you, Bonnie, for agreeing to take this position.
Donna Williams and Barbara Dollivar have moved to a new home! When I get their new mailing address I will post it in the newsletter, with their permission of course. Also, Donna has been having some health issues and will be undergoing surgery on August 29th. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
Kate Dobbins is back in her home on the camp ground after a few weeks in the hospital recovering from a fall. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers as well.
The HLSC will hold their Mediums Day fund raiser on Saturday, October 1, 2016, on the Camp Etna grounds. Mediums and healers are needed, also we need a registrar. We like to feed our volunteers so donations of food are welcome as well. Please consider helping the church in one of these capacities. Thank you!
The church membership meeting will be held on Sunday, October 2nd, during pot luck. We truly do welcome members input so join us as we eat and discuss the direction of the church.
Upcoming September Events Featuring HLSC Members
Saturday September 10th
What: Table Tipping
Time: 2:00 PM
Where: Maine Holistic Health Center, Main St., Bangor
Presenters: Rev. Janet Decker and Amy Griffiths
Wednesday September 14th
What: Psychic Dinner
Time: 5:30 PM (Sitting 1) 7:30 PM (Sitting 2)
Where: Jasper's Restaurant, 200 High St., Ellsworth, ME
Presenters: Angie Butler, Rev. Wachian Welch, Kelly Purrington, and Melissa Gabriel
Reservations required: 207-667-5318
FYI this event sells out quickly. It would be wise to make your reservation ASAP and think ahead for October by making your reservation now. It is always held on the second Wednesday evening of the month.
Camp Etna News
August 28th – September 3rd, International Week with mediums from Iceland, Great Britain and the U.S.
September 3rd - Mind, Body Spirit Fair, 10 AM – 3:00 PM
September 5th - September 9th, Clinical and Spiritual Hypnotherapy Training and Certification course offered by Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.. Certification is offered through the International Metaphysical University (intermetu.com). Preregistration and payment are required by September 2nd. You can find out about the full details of this course, register, and pay, on the Camp Etna web site. Or, you can write a check, made out to "ESA", and give it to Sue Jalbert, Donna Williams, Janice Nelson Kroesser, or myself. Please note, if you pay by check you save the Pay Pal fees.
September 17th - Annual camp members meeting, 10:00 AM at the inn
Saturday, September 10th
What: Power In Belief
Where: Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Road, Bangor, ME
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost: $50.00 at the door ($40.00 if prepaid)
Contact: Melissa Gabriel: 207-299-5960
Web site: http://spectaculareventcenter.com/
Saturday September 17th
What: Mind, Body, Spirit Fair
Where: Fairfield Community Center, 61 Water St., Fairfield, ME
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost: $5.00 entrance fee, free workshops with paid admission
Saturday September 24th
What: Ultimate Women's Expo
Where: Spectacular Events, 395 Griffin Road, Bangor, ME
Time: 10:00 AM
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. I was fortunate to be able to attend the very first one on July 11th. It was fabulous!
Edgar Cayce started the first Glad Helpers Group in 1931 and it continues to be the healing arm of the ARE Edgar Cayce Center with groups around the world. Members follow his original guidelines, which include:
Reading from Cayce's book, "Meditation"
Building group intention
Sending healing prayers to people who have requested prayer, each other, countries and leaders of the world
Hands on healing
If you are in need of healing, or know someone who is, you can request to be on the prayer list. Email your request to: MaineGladHelpers@gmail.com
An invitation is extended to all Energy Healers who would like to join this group.
The ARE has donated Meditation books and the group is free. The Healing Light Spiritualist church is happy to see this group come to Bangor!
Serving the church in September:
Facilitator – Rev. Janet Decker
September 4th: Rosie Deerheart/Speaker and Bethany Couture - Medium
September 11th: Kimberly Charest
September 18th: Rev. Janet Decker
September 25th: Rev. Chris Owen
Pot Luck Sunday, September 4th at the inn.
The church membership application is available in the church and can also be downloaded from the home page of our web site:
You can send prayer requests and/or "suggestions" from our web site. You will find the form on the “Contact Us” page.
The church has an online Ordination Program. You can check it out by clicking on the “Classes” tab on our web site.
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 Thank You!
A BIG THANK YOU to Rev. Shirley Boyens for facilitating services in July and August.
A BIG THANK YOU to Diane Skofield for continuing to maintain our web site.
A BIG THANK YOU to Marcia Ruland and Pastor Dee Powers for supplying beautiful flowers for our services.
A BIG THANK YOU to Chris Couture for maintenance on several Temple repairs.
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 cottage on the Camp Etna grounds (led by Pastor Dee Powers).
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 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 council members are: Pastor Dee Powers, Bonnie Mellott, Rev. Wachian Welch, Barbara Dolliver, and Marcia Ruland.
Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for being part of our church and please DO to share this newsletter.
Bright Blessings to all and I wish you a SPECTACULAR September!!
Rev. Janet Decker
Rev. Janet Decker, C.Ht.
Rev. Wachian Welch
Pastor Dee Powers
Pastor Laurie Xanthos
Rev. Shirley Boyens
Marcia Ruland (Board Member)