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Newsletter – Fall 2022

 “LET’S WALK THIS  SPIRITUAL JOURNEY TOGETHER” 

From the Pastor’s Desk

Important note: We will not be open Sept. 4th—the Sunday evening of Labor Day Weekend.

In the month of September we will continue on our summer time schedule. WINTER HOURS begin in October. 2 PM Healing, 2:30 PM Worship. That time schedule will continue until the end of April 2023.

Look for some evening classes to be held this Fall. Revs. Sandra and Carey will be continuing some basic classes for those who want to learn more about meditation practices and Mediumship without the commitment of Seminary level classes or costs. See the calendar pages and this newsletter for details. MY CLASS WILL RESUME at a later date due to the illness of my husband. I am his sole caregiver and he is too ill to leave home alone at present. I am so grateful for everyone sending such wonderful healing energy and including us in your prayers.

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 WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY EVENINGS Rev. Sandra is offering her Meditation class on the first Thursday of every month through the summer. Rev. Carey is holding her Mediumship class on the second Wednesday. 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, Sept. 25th at 5 PM before church. The Sept. Board Meeting will be announced to the Board soon.

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! September marks the beginning of our second year. 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 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 – 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.