Wow, what a difference that makes!
photo by Chris Fritzsche
Just letting you all know that we now have a system installed on the Sanctuary Yamaha piano that controls temperature and humidity. How might this affect you you askJ?
Well… anyone who is moving the piano any distance needs to be aware that there is now an extension cord that hangs from the bottom of the instrument. This is plugged in 24/7 to a unit which only comes on when necessary to regulate temperature/humidity of the instrument, so please don’t be tempted to unplug it for any reason. Please move VERY slowly if you need to move the piano, and be careful not to roll over the cord.
Also, we’ve set the thermostats in the Sanctuary to not let the room go below 55 degrees. This is in order to better care for our instruments and equipment, especially the piano and the drum heads. This means that the thermostats are now always turned to “heat” during the winter and not turned “off” when not in use like before. If anyone walks into the Sanctuary during the week and finds the thermostats turned to the “off” position, or if you find the room particularly “toasty” would you please help us by letting someone know who can make sure the heat hasn’t been turned up and then forgotten or turned off? This will be a big help.
Rev. Joyce Duffala, Assistant Minister and Ken McCauley, Treasurer take care of the business of signing the checks to pay our vendors and bills. Thank you for keeping us in good shape and checking up on the business of the Center.
Last year I opened my Thanksgiving letter with these words, Our spiritual community at the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa is so alive, well, caring and active that sometimes I forget to pause to take in the magnificent splendor of our surroundings. Right now, as nature begins to display a variety of colors and the light begins to sharpen the shapes of ordinary objects, I notice that I have the privilege of walking, talking and moving in one of the most beautiful spots on earth. When I pause to breathe and take in the beauty of Sonoma County, I cannot help being filled with a feeling of appreciation that is so much a part of the season. Reading these words again reminded me to do the same this year, and to pause and appreciate our Center. I appreciate our staff, volunteers, trustees, prayer practitioners and you. Because of you, our Center is thriving. Thanks to our website, information sharing is at an all time high in effectiveness and availability. Thanks to our staff and volunteers we are keeping core functions alive and well. Thanks to our strongly diverse offering in programs and services we are serving hundreds of people. Thanks to our Radio and TV programming we are reaching a community beyond our walls. Thanks to our teaching, we are illustrating what a consciousness of unity does for individuals and thereby for our communities.
Every Thanksgiving eve, the Center for Spiritual Living community takes the opportunity to pause and contemplate our blessings at our Annual Thanksgiving Eve Service. After the 6:30 pm meditation in Grinton Chapel, we will gather in the sanctuary to enjoy the music of the One Heart Choir, Christopher Fritzsche, Claire Victor and our house band. I'm inviting you to take a well-deserved break so you can be with your extended family to appreciate each other, celebrate Spirit and give thanks with song and prayer. Let this Thanksgiving mark the beginning of a holiday season of peace and gratitude for you and your loved ones.
This beautiful season has within it other favorite and new traditions at our Center: our Annual Remembrance Service on Wednesday, December 8 is an opportunity for us to remember those who have passed in the preceding 12 months, our free Drop and Shop on December 18th (leave your children with us at 12:30 pm while you shop till 4:30 pm), the Annual Candle Lighting service on December 24 at 6 and 8 pm is a magical time of renewal through light and music; and on Christmas day, Rev. Ruth Barnhart will be offering a special Christmas Day Service. On December 31 join us for a Prayer Vigil and our Annual World Peace Meditation at 4 am.
Although Thanksgiving Day comes officially only once a year, at the Center for Spiritual Living we try to think of every day as an opportunity to give thanks. Please join me in celebrating that consciousness by affirming the prayer on the reverse side of this letter written by Rev. Diane Harmony.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, please consider using our online contribution to make a special holiday gift to your Center by clicking here.
I'm truly grateful to be part of your spiritual community and thank you for all you do.
Peace be with you,
During this mystical, magical season of Thanksgiving and love,
I know that the Spirit back of it all is all that there is.
I know that the Life in and through and as all beings,
is my Life,
and it is your Life.
We are all One, tabernacles of the Divine within.
How blessed I am to speak a word
of gratitude for you this Thanksgiving season.
How thankful I am to know the Truth of your being,
that you are the Light of the world, forever and always.
I claim for you this day appreciation that your light shines
in clarity and grace always, radiating out to you,
your families and all you meet as
Joy, Harmony, Peace, Generosity, Abundance and Prosperity,
Health and Vitality, Gratitude and LOVE.
I recognize in you the Divine Urge to glow for Good,
and I know that you blaze easily and effortlessly.
I know that every inspiration that moves through you
is fully illuminated with all that is necessary
for its manifestation into form.
I know where there appears to be any doubt, or fear
that you are guided to shine your attention on your intention
that there is only LOVE, and that you are Its channel.
I thankfully claim for you a deep awareness
That there is within you a Knower that knows,
whose guidance and direction you allow to lead you
out of any seeming darkness.
I am so grateful to speak these words for you,
I am grateful to know that I speak Truth.
I release this prayer now and allow Life to live Itself as you.
And so it is. AMEN.
Rev. Diane Harmony
Paul and Jeff prepping the new sound panels to be installed in our Sanctuary.
Dixon Delzell, customizing them to fit according to the consultants specifications
Joe and Gary Boehmer putting the panels in place.
Ron Abler, was he up on that scaffolding?
Ellen Brokaw has been coming in to give the sanctuary it's weekly thorough dusting. It must be done slowly to avoid making dust bunnies airborne. Today Ellen mops slowly and gracefully to the ethereal sounds of Japanese pipe music.
Part of keeping our property safe, and tidy is making sure the people who use it do so safely and tidily. That has become a key function during large events and so our Parking Angels (seen beautifully dressed above) make it there business to guide and assist our parkers, maintaining not only our property, but our healthy relationships with our neighbors.
Thank you, Thank you. Over and Out.
Jerry and I used the lift today to connect the new powered balins to the outside projectors and it looks good.
I also used one of the old balins to connect the middle projector – it may not jitter but if it does we can easily connect a new powered one because the balin is behind the stage not 17ft in the air.
Also, the new matrix switch is configured and working, so we can have the Power Point projected or live video at the touch of a button.
Paul Sarran and friends were finishing the center speaker moves and we all expect improved sound in the front of the Sanctuary this coming Sunday.
Keith Eggel, Video Ministry Coordinator
The Scissor Lift: needed for our annual Fire Safety Inspection and tomorrow for our speaker relocation project and projector recabling project. It looks like fun, if you don’t mind heights.
Photo by Christopher Fritzsche
A beautiful way to begin Spring at the Center with the planting of new healthy trees to line our main driveway. Thank you, Thank you to our happy volunteers. Here are a few photos from Bruce Westin of just some of the hands that helped. And there were many more hands. We look forward to beautiful white blossoms next season.
Joe and Don perform the heady task of changing light bulbs in our Sanctuary…. it’s way way up there!
Thank you Joe and Don for keeping us in the light.