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Announcement – March 23, 2020

CORONA VIRUS CONTAINMENT UPDATE

With today’s directive from the MI. Governor, we are to shelter in place for 3 weeks.  This means, unfortunately, that the hoped for re-opening for Easter Sunday can’t take place.  The Easter sermon by Rev. Joy Fletcher Thompson will be on the website that week instead.  The Board will reassess as this virus management continues to evolve.  So, stay tuned… keep safe and send healing out into the world every chance you get!

Announcement – March 18, 2020

CORONA VIRUS CONTAINMENT MESSAGE

To all of our members and friends of the First Spiritual Church of Bay City

At the March 15th meeting of the Board of Trustees, it was decided that, out of concern for the spread of the Corona Virus which has come to Bay City and Michigan very rapidly, that we close until at least April 12th, Easter Sunday.

Before that Sunday, we will re-evaluate the situation. We will consider the “curve” of cases in Bay City and surrounding communities.  We will check with the State of Michigan and its mandates for limitations on gatherings.  Then we will reassess.  We have a congregation which included vulnerable adults or those who care for vulnerable adults.  Every factor will be considered before we reopen.  If we do reopen for Easter Sunday, the service will be at 10:30 AM. with no separate Healing Service.

This means there will be no Guides and Teachers Meditation Class on 3/19.  There is no Rev. Donna Fitzgerald Weekend on 3/27 and 3/28.  The Memorial Service for Rev. Joan Anderson has been postponed by her family.  Psychic Saturday on 4/4 is cancelled, as is the Development class on 4/5.

We will be posting weekly sermons on our web site at bcfirstspiritualchurch.com written by the scheduled speakers for each week.  Our web site and our Facebook page (the one with the blue origami bird logo) will be our fast “message boards”.  You can also contact Rev. Laura by calling the church number 989-686-6300 and following the instructions.

This move is unprecedented in our 73 year history.  Never have we been confronted with the need to close our doors.  However, it is the prudent thing to do at this time. All around us, people are practicing “social distancing”- sheltering at home, schools and many businesses are closed.  Safety for everyone we love is Job 1.

As Divine Spiritual Metaphysicians, it is a call for all hands on deck!  Meditation is key- not only for your own family and friends, but for our planet and all our fellow Children of God.  As sparks of the same Divine Source, we resonate with the White Light of Christ Consciousness.  We can become one with that consciousness and direct it out throughout planet Earth for healing and transmutation. We consider the nature of “scientific prayer” as taught by the New Thought Movement.  We do not beg for healing, which only calls in to us the lack of it.  We express gratitude for the healing that is already taking place within that light which permeates our planet and everyone/everything on it.  We give thanks for the highest and best outcomes for everyone touched by this disease.  We visualize this light filling and surrounding the scientists and the doctors, filling them with wisdom and inspiration as they work on patient care and the discovery of vaccines and treatments for all people.  We see it delivering love and support to those in nursing homes, hospitals, homeless shelters- all those who fear they are alone or unloved.  We see Divine Order being at work whether we can see it or not.

So, until we can be together again, I bid you “so long for now.”  Be safe.  Be well.  Keep us updated on Facebook or messaging if you need to be added to our healing lists.  Prayer work and daily meditation continues.

Yours in Spiritual Service,

Rev. Laura MacLachlan

Pastor/President

Newsletter – Spring 2020

“LET’S WALK THIS SPIRITUAL JOURNEY TOGETHER”

From the Pastor’s Desk…

Spring quarter is around the corner! Our Easter Service falls on April 12th this year. On Easter, we hold one service at 10:30 AM only. There is no afternoon service.

Great news: The UMC Board voted to allow us to leave the United Metaphysical Churches. Full speed ahead in this, our 73rd year, which reduces to a 1 year for the church—New Beginnings!

In March we get a visit from Rev. Donna Fitzgerald from Alpharetta, GA. She will hold a Trance Circle with a group of Universal Masters on Fri. March 27th at 7 PM. Cost: $20. On Saturday @ 10 AM, a fun class on Spirit Art..Different from any you’ve had in the past! Rev. Donna writes, “Spirit speaks to us in so many different ways!” including channeled art! Cost: $20. She will also be our Sunday speaker that weekend.

Work continues on our new Seminary, The Great Lakes Seminary for Divine Studies. We are beginning classes in the fall. Stay tuned! We intend to offer programs for Ministers, Celebrant Ministers, Teachers, Energy Workers and Retreatants who just wish to take classes for their own enjoyment.

On Thursday, April 30th at 6:30 PM we will hold a Healing Service and piano recital presented by our own Sharon Costello. As those attending have time in healing stools, going into healing meditations, Sharon will share her gift of music including the special pieces she doesn’t usually play during our worship services. Cost: Love offering.

Keep in mind our summer hours begin in May. The Healing service will be at 6:30 PM and the Worship service will be at 7 PM.

We do not have a strict dress code at our church. Our hope is that everyone is made to feel welcome and comfortable. However, at the request of some of our congregants, I have to ask that if anyone likes to remove their shoes during the service, they continue to wear socks. We appreciate everyone’s sensitivity for others surrounding this issue.

Namaste.

 

PSYCHIC SATURDAYS– Psychic Saturdays continue on the first Saturday of every month through April. They go on hiatus from May to September. We start at 11 AM and take our last appointments at 1:15 PM. It is a first come, first serve basis. Donation: $15.00. This annual monthly fund raiser helps to defer heating costs in the winter months at the church.

THERE WILL BE A CLEANING DAY after Psychic Sat, on March 7TH. Many hands make light work, so let’s get as many as possible to come and help! We have cleaning supplies; we just need your participation.

BOARD/MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS: A Board Meeting will be held Sunday, Mar. 15th at 4:15 PM and Sunday, May 3rd at 5 PM. A Membership Meeting will be Sun. May. 17th at 5 PM.

CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS – Rev. Sandra’s Guides and Teachers Meditation classes will meet on the third Thursday of every month or as they agree on times and days. We will announce them at church or on Facebook. Re. Laura’s Development Class for your spiritual gifts will continue on the first Sunday of each month at 4:15 PM until May when we move to summer hours.

WE ARE ON FACEBOOK– For last minute announcements, church closings due to weather conditions, class offerings, see our First Spiritual Church of Bay City page or group page. Our web site is also up and running!

WANT TO BECOME A MEMBER? After you have attended services for a time, if you desire to become a member, you can fill out a card located on the information counter and give it to a Board Member. It will be voted upon at the next Board meeting. You will receive a philosophy packet as well as a New Member Handbook to look over, and can ask Rev. Laura any questions you might have. Your Membership is formalized after Board approval with the Right Hand of Fellowship ceremony during a Sunday worship Service.

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 sit with. 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.

Newletter – Winter 2019

“LET’S WALK THIS SPIRITUAL JOURNEY TOGETHER”

From the Pastor’s Desk…

Winter has made an early appearance here in Mid Michigan! Remember if we have a Sunday or another event day and the weather has created dangerous driving conditions, watch our Facebook page or text me at 248-521-0505 to see if we are holding that service or event.

Another winter reminder:  We have several church members who are caring for family members who have compromised immune systems. If you are sick, please stay home, bundle up and rest. Post a request on our Facebook page to be placed on our healing lists.

An important day coming up on the calendar is Sunday, Dec. 8th. That is the day of the special Membership meeting after church for the purpose of reviewing the discussion about our church’s future with UMC and then vote. It is very important for all our members to attend. If you have missed any of the meetings where votes have already been taken to move toward exiting UMC, know you will be caught up with the discussion portion of the meeting before we vote. We will have a pot luck that day as well.

Our Thanksgiving Dinner fund raising second collections, with matching church funds, meant we made a donation of $180 to the Bay City Family Homeless Shelter for their needs in creating that dinner for our local homeless families. Thanks so much for your contributions!

Stay tuned on FB and the web site for more workshop offerings in the winter quarter.

Namaste.

PSYCHIC SATURDAYS– Psychic Saturdays continue on the first Saturday of every month through April. We start at 11 AM and take our last appointments at 1:15 PM. It is a first come, first serve basis. Donation: $15.00. This annual monthly fund raiser helps to defer heating costs in the winter months at the church.

BOARD/MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS: A Board Meeting will be held Sunday, Jan. 6th at 4:15 PM. The SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING for vote to withdraw will be held Sun. Dec. 8th after church with a pot luck. We need all members in Good Standing (dues for 2019 paid) to attend. The Annual Membership Meeting will be Sun. Jan. 26th at 4:15 PM. Among other things, we have Board Elections and planning for 2020. Members who wish to vote must have paid their 2020 dues to be considered members in Good Standing, which is required for voting. Dues can be paid any Sunday to a Board member starting in December.

CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS – Rev. Sandra’s Guides and Teachers Meditation classes will meet on the third Thursday of every month or as they agree on times and days. We will announce them at church or on Facebook. Re. Laura’s Development Class for your spiritual gifts will resume in November on the first Sunday of each month at 4:15 PM. It has come to the Board’s attention that not everyone is remembering to pay for their classes when they attend. Unless specifically invited by the teacher of a class to be a guest that day, we would appreciate your financial support for the work we do to bring you an educational experience you can use in your everyday life. Cost is $8.00 for Non-Members, $5.00 for members. Thank You!

WE ARE ON FACEBOOK– For last minute announcements, church closings due to weather conditions, class offerings, see our First Spiritual Church of Bay City page or group page. Our web site is also up and running!

WANT TO BECOME A MEMBER? After you have attended services for a time, if you desire to become a member, you can fill out a card located on the information counter and give it to a Board Member. It will be voted upon at the next Board meeting. You will receive a philosophy packet as well as a New Member Handbook to look over, and can ask Rev. Laura any questions you might have. Your Membership is formalized after Board approval with the Right Hand of Fellowship ceremony during a Sunday worship Service.

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 sit with. 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.

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