Newsletter – Spring 2023
“LET’S WALK THIS SPIRITUAL JOURNEY TOGETHER”
From the Pastor’s Desk
From the Pastor’s Desk…
Important note: We will not be open the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend so everyone can spend time with their families!
The Annual Meeting of the Membership has been rescheduled for Feb. 19th after church. Members in Good Standing will vote in Board election and take part in discussion for our upcoming year. If you need to pay your dues to renew your standing for this year, they can be paid right up until the meeting begins.
In the spring quarter our evening classes will move back to weeknights at 6:30 PM. Rev. Sandra will hold her Thursday night Guides and Teachers Meditation class on the 1st Thursday of the month. Rev. Carey will be continuing the practices of Mediumship on the 2nd Wednesday of every month and Rev. Laura’s Philosophy class will be held on the 3rd Thursday. All are welcome.
In May we move to summer hours! Healing will be at 6:30 PM and our worship service will be at 7 PM. This summer schedule continues until the end of September.
Our New Year’s All Message was a success, while still keeping everyone safe with ticketed control of number of attendees. We have decided to hold an Easter All Message Service at 7PM on April 11th. Again, we will limit attendance in case of a covid outbreak so attendance is limited to 25 people. There are tickets for purchase to attend. They will be available at the church. We will be sure everyone gets at least 2 messages that evening, with the sharing of gifts from our Mediums.
Our Scholarship Fund, donated in memory of Roger W. Schlack, will be available this spring to our Seminary Students. After the Annual Meeting, the guidelines for the disbursement of funds will be published to those who are interested.
OUR EASTER MORNING SERVICE will be at 10:30 AM on April 9th. There is no afternoon service that day.
Attn. Certificate Holders! Because of Covid restrictions that curbed our ability to service as Ministers, Mediums and Healers for so long, the Board has decided to waive annual renewal fees until further notice. However, you must continue to pay your membership dues to be under the legal umbrella of the church’s Bylaws to practice as certified workers.
NOTE: The church has a new phone number! 989-439-5577. Please note that the easiest way to get in touch with us or get information about services is on our web site or Facebook page as well as announcements on Sundays during our service.
MEETINGS IN SPRING QUARTER- The spring Membership Meeting will be Sunday, May. 21st before church at 5 PM. Spring Board Meetings will be March 19th at 4 PM and May 7th at 5 PM.
HEALING CHANNELS NEEDED- We are still in need of Members in Good Standing willing to take a class and become Healing Channels for our weekly Healing service. Please see Rev. Sandra or Rev. Laura for more information. This is an excellent way to begin to serve others with your ability to be a healing channel. Healing channels are sharing a phase of Mediumship as in the footsteps of the Master Jesus. He told us, “These things and greater ye shall do also.”
DIVINE STUDIES CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS ARE UP AND RUNNING There is open enrollment for our certification programs! Students can begin at any time. If you would like a handbook for the classes and programs please email our Registrar, Rev. Sandra Spyker. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org You can also email Rev. Laura at email@example.com Our programs include Minister, Celebrant Minister (for those more interested in a Ministry outside of the church setting) Energy Worker (Healing modalities), Teacher and Mediumship. The first year, all students have 10 required “Core Classes” or Basic Unfoldment classes. We are also accepting Ordination by Sanction/transfer of certificate applications. All of this can be discussed with Rev Spyker. This might be the perfect opportunity to begin working on your path to getting the education you need for certifications from our church. We will need certified workers for the continued success of our mission to serve our community with a metaphysically based philosophy, including sharing of our spiritual gifts of healing, mediumship, teaching and preaching. We also accept Retreat students who simply wish to take Seminary level classes for their own enjoyment. These classes are intensive! They are in depth, serious classes to prepare students for the Ministry in whatever form you wish it to take.
OUR MINISTERS OFFER COUNSELING, SPECIAL SERVICES
Our Ministers are available for personal counseling. Pastoral Counseling is a free service which is part of our Ministry. available for your life challenges and relationships like at any other church. Additionally, we also offer Spiritual Counseling. These are traditional private half hour readings. Fees for private readings are arranged with the Minister you choose to ask. Contact Rev. Laura for individual contact information for readings done over the phone or via video meet up. Both types of assistance require appointments that can be made with that person. Our Ministers are also available for weddings and other special services. Ask about our flier outlining these services.
OUR WEBSITE-For more information on any of our events, our church or our staff, please visit our website at www. firstspiritualchurchofbaycity.com. To contact Rev. Laura, Private Message her on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org Our email quarterly bulletins are now coming out on the church email account. Please add email@example.com to your contact list of you receive quarterly mailing via email.