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March 27, 2020
Our Membership Meeting:
On March 21, 2020, members and supporters of the Spiritualist Living Center gathered by various means for the fifth Annual Members’ Meeting. I wanted to extend a personal thank you for all the support and love shown to one another in our church gathering on Saturdays and our member’s meeting where some came to the Ralls’ home and other joined us on Zoom. This type of meeting was a first for all of us, and I wish more of you were able to experience the camaraderie we shared.
Following reports from all the committee, discussion of our church services for both the east valley and west valley churches. Obviously, we had a great deal of discussion of the bylaws to understand what we could and could not do and still be in compliance with the bylaws of the National Spiritualist Association of Churches who gave us our charter. The board came up with a strategy that is explained below.
After accepting the resignation of Debby Murrin from the office of President, we held elections.
Our new board consists of the following people:
President : Denise Hionas
Vice-President: Ray Ralls
Treasurer: Dennis Murrin
Secretary: Maggie Simpson
Trustee: Aileen Picard
We are grateful to Debby Murrin and Sue Blessing for serving on the Board these past three years. Your time, efforts, and support have been important to the growth and development of our church—and they continue to be important. In our church, every person plays an important role. There will always be another time and another opportunity for each one of you.
We are all aware (I assume) of the changes occurring in our society at this time. This is a disease we must take seriously. As a result, the Board and I have made some decisions
East Valley: The East Valley members and guests already decided to suspend services at the East Valley church until we can define a number of regular church members to form a base for our church. Although we had also decided to have a circle the last Sunday of the month, we chose to follow the Center for Disease Control recommendations to help block this disease and to suspend the circles also.
West Valley: The West Valley has a number of regular church members, but we will suspend services also until the safety of all can be assured reasonably protected. Instead, we will use our website (www.slcaz.org) to share prayer, insights, and talks with you. Obviously, this creates a problem when trying to collect your financial gifts to support the church and our efforts. We encourage you to tap into slcaz.org to participate in Spiritualist healing, support, and greetings from Spirit. Then go to the function on Paypal where you can donate to Paypal—just mark the payment church. Our treasurer, Dennis, will know your intention.
One more thing:
Development Classes—will begin April 5, Sunday evenings, 7:00-8:30 via Zoom. We discuss and learn about Spiritualism, linking in with Spirit, and living the Spiritualist life. See Norma for more information. Unfoldment classes usually are open the first month or so and then close to allow the class to develop its own vibration and strength. There is also an expectation that members of the class will be present to support one another each week.
If you have never used Zoom, I assure you it is not difficult to use. To access the “room” we will be using, log in with https://zoom.us/j/3499782616
If you would prefer not to receive communications from the Spiritualist Living Center, just let me know by return email.
Let Spirit awareness guide your every step.
Rev. Norma Turner, NST
Séances—We plan to have séances at different times during the year. A séance as we will hold them will not be like those you see on TV with candles and handholding and shaking tables and physical phenomena. No, we will be focusing on communication with those who have transitioned and perhaps trancing that may occur. There is no guarantee that everyone present will receive a greeting or message from Spirit, but the group is smaller than is usual with an all-message service and more personal. We ask that if you come to a séance, you prepare by inviting someone you wish to speak with to come. That doesn’t mean that Spirit will come, but it might help. All seances begin at 5:00 on Saturday and usually last an hour or an hour and a half.
[If there is interest, we will plan a séance in Goodyear area after the first of the year.]
Pastor : Rev. Dr. Norma J. Turner NST
Many people have never heard of Spiritualism. Exactly what is it?
Spiritualism is a religion rooted in the history of civilization since before the Assyrians, Babylonians, Egyptians, and Greco-Roman society. Attempts to communicate with spirit have been recorded since early times whether through dreams or priestesses or various forms of divination. Modern Spiritualism was developed in the middle of the 19th century and spread rapidly following the Civil War into the 20th century. Over the years, Spiritualism has weathered the storms of history, but remains a movement that is now becoming more evident as the public opens its minds and hearts to the presence of others around us who are not in human form.
The Spiritualist Living Center is a member of the National Spiritualist Association of Churches, the oldest and largest of the Spiritualist Associations in America. We define Spiritualism as a Science, a Philosophy, and as a Religion. A Spiritualist is one who believes, as the basis of his or her religion, in the communication between this and the Spirit World by means of mediumship and who endeavors to mold his or her character and conduct in accordance with the highest teachings derived from such communication. As such, mediumship, healing, and the phenomena of Spiritualism, including clairvoyance, trance work, automatic writing, and any other manifestation proving the continuity of life are part of Spiritualism as are the commitment and dedication to love, compassion, and service seen in the lives of our members. –Rev. Dr. Norma J. Turner, NST
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