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Newsletter – Summer 2022

 “LET’S WALK THIS  SPIRITUAL JOURNEY TOGETHER” 

From the Pastor’s Desk

As we roll into summer, we welcome all our new people who have joined us since our reopening. It’s great to see new faces and the new energies you bring to our church community. Welcome!

Because Covid transmission rates for Bay County are currently low, we have not been pushing masks while at church if someone is fully vaccinated. If the transmission rate climbs, we may have to revisit that being just an option. We will have a modest supply of masks on hand should they become necessary, though we encourage everyone to keep one with them just in case.

I also want to sincerely thank our out of town ministers who contributed to our church through their written sermons which we posted on the web site to “feed our sheep” while we were closed. Specifically, I’d like to thank Revs. Nancy Booth, Lisa Bovard, Letha Brogdon, Brian Funk, Brian Jones, Jenny Moss, Mary Myers, Fabienne Piccinni, Michael Schlotterbeck, Vi Schonhardt and Dianne and George Williams-all the way from Costa Rica. You brought such wonderful sermons to our congregation and I will be forever grateful for your selfless service.

Look for some evening classes to be held this summer. Revs. Sandra, Susan and I will be putting together some basic classes for those who want to learn more about our philosophy and practices without the commitment of Seminary level classes or costs. See the calendar pages and this newsletter for details.

This summer, we always are in need of people who are willing to come and do some weeding around the foundation plantings of our church building. If anyone feels they can help us, we will be very appreciative. I have done it a lot in the past, but gas prices are such that my 170 mile round trip to Bay City to do weeding isn’t financially feasible. Please come when it’s convenient for your schedule; bring a bag to collect the weeds and take them home for disposal since we don’t have curbside trash removal at the church.

Our church succeeds because of those who roll up their sleeves and help. We are all invested in the building and the community that calls it home. Thank you, in advance, for caring about our church as a source of light and love in Bay City.

Namaste.

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.

CLASSES ARE AVAILABLE AT CHURCH ON THURSDAY EVENINGS Rev. Sandra is offering her Meditation class on the first Thursday of every month through the summer. Rev. Laura is holding an Introduction to Divine Spiritual Metaphysics class on the third Thursday. Both classes are at 6:30 PM. The cost of the class is $5.00 per class. All are welcome.

MEETINGS THIS SUMMER QUARTER There will be a Membership Meeting Sunday, May 22nd at 5 PM before church. The July Board Meeting will be announced to the Board next month.

A REQUEST FROM REV. BOB ALLEN Rev. Bob is helping the Unity Church in Clare. He asked me to include in the newsletter a call for those of you who are church speakers to consider offering to speak at that church. If you have an interest, you can contact her at Nancy Temelko, Chairman, Spiritual Center of Clare 586-873-7680.

DIVINE STUDIES CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS ARE UP AND RUNNING A reminder that we have begun classes and have open enrollment for our certification programs! A milestone for our church! If you would like a handbook for the classes and programs please email our Registrar, Rev. Sandra Spyker. Her email is sjsteger1@cs.com You can also email Rev. Laura at percheronhitch6@yahoo.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. Long ago, one of our founders said “We must hit them with the same stick they hit us with!” What does that mean? Back then (in the 40’s) other denominations used to dismiss our church and its workers as not well educated about religion as a whole and therefore not properly trained! The “stick” was education! Knowing our stuff and being able to hold our own in conversations about the Bible, its interpretation as well as the principles and demonstration of healing and mediumship. This is exactly that.

STILL LOOKING FOR A RECOMMENDATION FOR A CPA The church is in need of a CPA or Bookkeeper to assist our Treasurer with our annual reporting and ledger review duties. If you have a recommendation, contact Rev. Laura, Treasurer Shawn Steive or any other Board member.

OUR AMENDED BYLAWS ARE AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING At our Annual Meeting, the amendments to the Bylaws needed to recognize our Divine Studies Program and types of Membership related to Seminarians were ratified. A copy of our most current Bylaws is always posted on the bulletin board outside the office. All Members in Good Standing are entitled to have a personal copy. Please ask any Board member for an email copy if you would like to have one. It’s not too late to pay your 2022 dues and be reinstated as a Member in Good Standing if you so desire. Again, see any Board member. Dues for the year are still $15.00.

OUR MINISTERS OFFER COUNSELING, SPECIAL SERVICES

Our Ministers are available for personal counseling. In our church, that can mean two things. Pastoral Counseling is available for your life challenges and relationships like at any other church. Additionally, we offer Spiritual Counseling when you feel you need a private half hour reading. Pastoral Counseling is a part of our ministry and is a free service. Private readings are paid to the Minister you choose to ask and cost $60-$75 depending on the person you wish to see. 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.

These services are limited during Covid restrictions and are done at the personal comfort level of the individual Minister.

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 percheronhitch6@yahoo.com Our email quarterly bulletins are now coming out on the church email account. Please add firstspiritualchurch@gmail.com to your contact list of you receive quarterly mailing via email.


Newsletter – Spring 2022

 “LET’S WALK THIS  SPIRITUAL JOURNEY TOGETHER” 

From the Pastor’s Desk… We’re Back!!!

I want to thank everyone who participated in our Zoom Annual Meeting. After thoughtful discussion, the members in attendance voted to reopen our church to in person services on April 10th, Palm Sunday. There are going to be safety parameters in place to do our due diligence in keeping people as safe as possible. See separate reopening letter which is part of this mailing.

I talked in the annual President’s Message about rebuilding “community” within the church. 75 years ago, our founding members knew how to create community, which they did so beautifully and which we inherited when we became the caretakers of our church family. The welcoming atmosphere in our building could be felt by anyone who entered. After 2 years of being apart, we are faced with the task of rebuilding that energy in a new way. We will need each and every person not only in our membership but also in our circle of friends and supporters to remember the time when they first walked through the doors and felt the healing, the sense of family and understanding they felt when they arrived. Our philosophy about energy and mission to be of service to others is palpable! We need everyone to be those human faces of the energy we share with others. We share our spiritual gifts, we share our understanding of our relationship with Divine Source, all as we share our time with each other. We have been through a time which forced us to turn away from others and focus on “What do I need to do for me?” How can we get back to “What can I do to serve others?” The first ingredient is show up. We can listen. Some families have suffered unspeakable losses of family members, job situations– life as they knew it. We can lend our healing energy. Every person is like an instrument in an orchestra, creating the sounds of one-ness with each other and our God Source. Please be a part of our rebuilding! We have the love and support of generations of members who have graduated to the Spirit side of life and who are cheering us on as we reopen. It’s up to us now to be their hands and their voices in this rebuilding process.

A big THANK YOU to all those who have kept our church and its needs in your minds. I can’t say enough about the generosity of those who understand our church has had ongoing expenses to cover as we waited for the right time for reopening as safely as possible. To those “Good Stewards” I express my sincere gratitude.

If any members have an interest in helping with the quarterly release of the email edition of our newsletter and related information, please let me know and I will share it with David Byrd-Fournier who is currently the volunteer for this job. We need someone to assist him with this task. Many hands make light work! Thank you!!

Namaste.

OUR REOPENING WISH LIST If anyone would care to help us prepare for reopening, we’d appreciate donations of Microban Sanitizing Spray, hand sanitizer, N95 masks, disposable gloves (latex or latex free) or anything else you think may help us keep a safe environment inside our church, we would be so very appreciative.

REOPENING CLEANING DAY We are scheduling a cleaning day for Saturday, April 2nd at 11 AM. N 95 masks will be required. We will be cleaning and preparing the church for our reopening on April 10th. Come help get everything “spiffed up” for our church’s “family reunion” (so to speak) as we get back to our weekly service!

OUR HOURS FOR SPRING QUARTER As we reopen on April 10th, we will be on our WINTER services schedule, which is 2 PM Healing Service, 2:30 PM Worship Service. The following Sunday is our Easter Service, which we hold at 10:30 AM only. April 24th is also on the WINTER schedule for services. In May, we move to our SUMMER services schedule. That schedule is 6:30 PM Healing Service, 7:00 PM Worship Service. These service times continue to the end of September.

IN PERSON MEETINGS ARE BACK AT THE CHURCH In May we have an in-person Board Meeting on Sunday May 1st at 5 PM before the Healing Service at 6:30 PM. Our May Membership Meeting will be held at 5 PM on the 22nd.

LOOKING FOR A RECOMMENDATION FOR A CPA The church is still looking for a CPA or Bookkeeper to assist our Treasurer with our annual reporting and ledger review duties. If you have a recommendation, contact Rev. Laura, Treasurer Shawn Steive or any other Board member.

OUR AMENDED BYLAWS ARE AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING At our Annual Meeting, the amendments to the Bylaws needed to recognize our Divine Studies Program and types of Membership related to Seminarians were ratified. A copy of our most current Bylaws is always posted on the bulletin board outside the office. All Members in Good Standing are entitled to have a personal copy. Please ask any Board member for a copy if you would like to have one. It’s not too late to pay your 2022 dues and be reinstated as a Member in Good Standing if you so desire. Again, see any Board member. Dues for the year are still $15.00.

DIVINE STUDIES CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS ARE UP AND RUNNING A reminder that we have begun classes and have open enrollment for our certification programs! A milestone for our church! If you would like a handbook for the classes and programs please email our Registrar, Rev. Sandra Spyker. Her email is sjsteger1@cs.com You can also email Rev. Laura at percheronhitch6@yahoo.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. Long ago, one of our founders said “We must hit them with the same stick they hit us with!” What does that mean? Back then (in the 40’s) other denominations used to dismiss our church and its workers as not well educated about religion as a whole and therefore not properly trained! The “stick” was education! Knowing our stuff and being able to hold our own in conversations about the Bible, its interpretation as well as the principles and demonstration of healing and mediumship. This is exactly that.

WHAT IS AVAILABLE EVERY WEEK? We are, of course, still providing weekly written sermons on line on our web site and Responsive Readings (great weekly meditation starting points for the week) on the church Facebook page leading up to our reopening on April 10th. Facebook is still the most instant venue for up to the minute information regarding any other aspects of re-opening. You can also always call or email Rev. Laura or any Board member. We are not restarting Psychic Saturdays at this point; we will probably offer a readings event which can be done outside or in the Sanctuary with masking and open doors and windows as the weather improves. Stay tuned.

OUR MINISTERS OFFER COUNSELING, SPECIAL SERVICES

Our Ministers are available for personal counseling. In our church, that can mean two things. Pastoral Counseling is available for your life challenges and relationships like at any other church. Additionally, we offer Spiritual Counseling when you feel you need a private half hour reading. Pastoral Counseling is a part of our ministry and is a free service. Private readings are paid to the Minister you choose to ask and cost $60-$75 depending on the person you wish to see. 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.

These services are limited during Covid restrictions and are done at the personal comfort level of the individual Minister.

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 percheronhitch6@yahoo.com Our email quarterly bulletins are now coming out on the church email account. Please add firstspiritualchurch@gmail.com to your contact list of you receive quarterly mailing via email.


Newsletter – Winter 2021

 “LET’S WALK THIS  SPIRITUAL JOURNEY TOGETHER” 

From the Pastor’s Desk… 

Who would have ever thought we would still be navigating the troubled waters Covid has brought to our world after all this time! But I am encouraged that the vaccination rate continues to rise as people make the personal decision to guard their lives and health as much as possible in that way. We are still working to visualize the church again open and holding the light for others, which has been our mission since 1947.

We just celebrated All Soul’s Day on Nov. 1st. That is the day we honor and send our love to everyone in the spirit side of life who we have loved and lost on the physical plane. One of those is our own Pat Caulfield. Godspeed to you, Pat, on your soul’s progression! So many families are sadly facing another holiday season with empty chairs at their tables. Not just on All Soul’s Day but any time you stop, take a breath and see them in your mind’s eye. You can send them your love and thanks for sharing this physical life with you. Thankfully, the beauty of our religion teaches us that love never dies. Our loved ones often send us signs, messages and dreams of their continued love and care for us who are left behind here on the material plane.

Every time I go to our church building, I can feel the same love and support from the generations of members who came before us. They are helping to hold the energy until we can return. I had a “sign” recently after a phone call from someone who wanted to talk about how much they missed being at church. In my email inbox was an unsolicited political ad from a candidate from another state named Dean Phillips! Most of you may remember Rev. Dean Phillips (who graduated to spirit many years ago) was a long time Pastor of our church and the first one I knew when I joined in the mid 80’s. I knew right away this was a nod and a wink that Rev. Dean was helping us “win” the battle to reopen safely. All of those who came before us have our backs!

Namaste.

CHURCH OPENING STATUS At the Zoom meeting of the membership on Oct. 18th the members present voted to remain closed due to continued the surge of the Covid Delta Variance and break through cases in Bay, Midland and Saginaw Counties. We will revisit in the Annual Membership Meeting held at 4 PM January 16th. for possible reopening The First weekend of February. Zoom meeting ID and password to be sent to all members in good standing prior to the meeting by 30 days. We will also hold our annual Board elections and discuss the proposed Bylaw revisions to reflect our new Seminary program. Remember your dues for 2022 ($15.00) must be paid to vote in the Annual Meeting. Dues can be sent to the church: 906 N. Chilson St. Bay City, MI. 49706 or to the Treasurer’s home: Shawn Steive, 412 Fillmore Pl. Bay City 48708. The church is made out to the First Spiritual Church of Bay City. THANK YOU for continuing to support your church as members! Our collective energy has accomplished many wonderful things through the years and now it is as important as ever to keep that energy going. It is a living, breathing current of pure love. Being apart is hard…lending our good energy to seeing us reopen is easy. If you are currently a Member in Good Standing, you will receive in this mailing a Zoom meeting invitation to the Annual Meeting in January. If you feel you should have gotten it but did not, contact Rev. Laura and you will get a copy.

WHAT’S THE ENERGY OF 2022? As we look ahead at the New Year, what is the new energy we will be stepping into? 2+0+2+2= 6. 6 energy is all about Duty, Responsibility, Service, Caretaking. We will be feeling the urge to step out of our self centric mindset that has been so much a part of the Covid cloud energetically hanging over our heads and once again get that nudge to help someone else. How can we be that helping hand for someone who is struggling with the “stuff” life has handed them? You can’t overlook the heavy emphasis the 2’s in the year 2022. This triple 2 energy dictates HOW we fulfill the urgings/promptings of a 6 year: through the feminine energy of love, bridge building, partnership with others and helping to calm the troubled waters of conflict between those around us. This is going to be such a change from the last two years! The isolation of the Covid months caused some of us to sort of forget how to bring people together and be of service, because everything going on around us screamed, “Keep your distance! Stay home!!” Now we have to strike a balance between the two concepts. One foot is resting in self care/protection, one is resting in the new 6 energy of duty, responsibility and service to others. This might be tricky to master…and time for regular meditation and prayer for guidance and insight as to how to find our way.

LOOKING FOR A RECOMMENDATION FOR A CPA The church is looking for a CPA someone knows and trusts to assist with our bookkeeping and 1099 tax reporting. If you have a recommendation, contact Rev. Laura on FB messaging or her email percheronhitch6@yahoo.com

MILESTONE DIVINE STUDIES CERTIFICATION PROGRAM IS UP AND RUNNING A reminder that we have begun classes and have open enrollment for our certification programs! A milestone for our church! If you would like a handbook for the classes and programs please email our Registrar, Rev. Sandra Spyker. Her email is sjsteger1@cs.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. If you wish a Student Handbook for the programs, etc., email Rev. Laura at percheronhitch6@yahoo.com This might be the perfect opportunity to begin working on your own 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. Long ago, one of our founders said “We must hit them with the same stick they hit us with!” What does that mean? Back then (in the 40’s) other denominations used to dismiss our church and its workers as not well educated about religion as a whole and therefore not properly trained! The “stick” was education! Knowing our stuff and being able to hold our own in conversations about the Bible, its interpretation as well as the principles and demonstration of healing and mediumship. This is exactly that.

HELP WANTED When we do go back to in-person services, we will be needing some replacements for one of our veteran volunteers. Pat Caulfield, Hostess of our church, sadly passed away last summer after a courageous battle with cancer. Such tremendous shoes to fill! A big thank you to Starr Henning, who volunteered to head a Hostess Committee, but she will be needing help! Care to help out? Many hands make light work! This is a weekly position. While we may never replace her baked goods in any one person’s skill set, they are tasked with being sure church is stocked with TP, paper towel, soap, coffee and paper products by notifying Rev. Laura or Treasurer Shawn Stieve when new stores are needed. They are responsible for serving of food and coffee after church, setting up for coffee service and snacks and putting things away afterward, and keeping the rest rooms in good order. Our church provides the coffee, tea and related additives. Snacks have been donations made by church members, which we will announce a need for whenever the supply gets low.

The details of these Hostess Committee positions can be discussed with Rev. Laura. For Pat, this was her ministry..she wore an apron instead of a robe, but she was no less ministering to everyone who enjoyed the love she put into everything she did for our congregation. This is now a calling for some new people looking to make a difference in our church.

WHAT IS AVAILABLE EVERY WEEK? We are, of course, still providing weekly written sermons on line on our web site and Responsive Readings (great weekly meditation starting points for the week) on the church Facebook page. Facebook is still the most instant venue for up to the minute information regarding re-opening. You can also always call or email Rev. Laura or any Board member. If anyone does not have access to the internet and wants a sermon to read, get a message to Rev. Laura for assistance.

A big THANK YOU to all those who have kept our church and its needs in your minds. In spite of having no services at all for 20 months, our deficit is still very small, thanks to the generosity of our members and friends.

HEALING REQUESTS– Our healing channels are available for adding names to their personal healing lists. Leave a request on our Facebook page or via private messaging on Facebook until we are together in the church and they can be placed in the Healing Chest for weekly prayer.

OUR MINISTERS OFFER COUNSELING, SPECIAL SERVICES

Our Ministers are available for personal counseling. In our church, that can mean two things. Pastoral Counseling is available for your life challenges and relationships like at any other church. Additionally, we offer Spiritual Counseling when you feel you need a private half hour reading. Pastoral Counseling is a part of our ministry and is a free service. Private readings are paid to the Minister you choose to ask and cost $60-$75 depending on the person you wish to see. 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.

These services are limited during Covid restrictions and are done at the personal comfort level of the individual Minister.

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 percheronhitch6@yahoo.com