Thursday, December 23, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Project Sleep Warm


Look what project sleep warm made with the fabric sample books that Paul donated!

Friday, December 3, 2010

How it happens

Nancy Moorehead rakes and manicures our grounds. Thank you.

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Hi Everyone,

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.



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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Taking Care of Business

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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.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Last Day of the Art Show


Thanks to the volunteers who help mount track lighting in our Social Hall to beautifully highlight the art in our balconies!

Photo by Keith Eggel

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thanksgiving From Dr. Edward



Thanksgiving 2010

Dear friends,

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,

Edward VIljoen

A Thanksgiving Prayer For 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
of Truth...
        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

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Nursery Make Over

Thank you for all the thought and care that is going into upgrading our nursery floors and walls! Parents and babies are grateful!!

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Center Flooring

Here is the plan for the new flooring, as I know it...

On Thursday morning, October 21st, World of Carpet will deliver the materials for the nursery and halls. It will need to be stored here so it can acclimate.

On Sunday afternoon, October 24th, with the help of a team of
volunteers, we will clear everything out of the Nursery and store in the Social Hall. Susan and I plan to sort through the toys, donate a 1/3, clean and box a 1/3, and clean and ready a 1/3 to go back into the nursery. This way, my rotating toys, we can keep our toys cleaner
and get rid of any that are in disrepair and / or no longer serve.

On Monday, October 25th, World of Carpet will install the tile and
carpet in the nursery. Janet DePree will then paint the nursery on Tuesday - Friday and the nursery will be reassembled by Sunday.

On Sunday afternoon, October 31st, we will remove everything from the office halls and reception area and store in the Social Hall.

On Monday, November 1st, Reception will be moved to the Social Hall entrance and people will be directed to enter the building through those doors. World of Carpet will pull up the carpet and install the
new flooring Monday - Wednesday.

On Thursday, November 4th and 5th, the new floors will be installed in rooms 1 -2.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Georgett Eggel
Seva, Service & Event Coordinator
Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa
707-546-4543 x 110
Fax 707-546-4548

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

In the Sound Booth

Nick Grizzle who recently trained members of the community to run our sound equipment.  If you are interested in volunteering, contact nick at

Nick Grizzle on the Sound Board

Center Video Studio

Dixon Delzzel and Kathy Secor directing the recording of Sunday Service

Thank you both!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Facility Renovation Fund

A special thank you to those who contributed to our 2010 Facility Renovation Fund.  We will be soon creating our budget for 2011 and part of the process includes updating our 2011 Renovation Plan which we will post here.  I hope you will consider making a designated contribution to our Renovation Fund when you make your pledge for 2011.  If you have any questions about the process, do not hesitate to contact me or the Accounting staff at the Center.

Warm regards,

Edward Viljoen

Lilo And John Kangas

Sprucing up our picnic tables!  Thank you.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sound Upgrade Panel Installation

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Paul and Jeff prepping the new sound panels to be installed in our Sanctuary.

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Dixon Delzell, customizing them to fit according to the consultants specifications


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Joe and Gary Boehmer putting the panels in place.


Ron Abler, was he up on that scaffolding?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Dust Bunnies and Pipe Music

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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.
Jerry 707-328-3146

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sound Renovation


I expect we wil take delivery of the sound panels the 2nd oweek of June. It looks like the earliest opportunity we will have to install them is Saturday, June 19th. We can't get into the Sanctuary until 11 am, but this job should be done within 4 hours.

Will need to set up scaffolding for panels on the side walls and the rest will go onto the stage, behind the band.

Would like to hear from crew members from our last install, please pass this on just in case my email doesn't make it to everyone.

The wonderful, efficient crew we had before: Jeff Wong, Bob Storms, Chuck Fisher, Dixon Denzell, Steve Berg, Ron Abler, Keith Eggel, Joe Martinez,
Gary Boehmer.... I think we will need Chris Fritsche this time and of course

Jerry Cornacchio, Facility Manager
Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa
2075 Occidental Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
707-546-4543 x 114, FAX 546-4548,

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Want to help?

Hello! I'm looking for someone to help me maintain the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa Facebook group page - if you are interested, please contact me. I'm looking for someone who is willing to invest an hour a week (sometimes less) doing very specific tasks. If you are reliable, love the Center, know your way around the web and want to help... I would love to hear from you. You must have your own facebook account, and access to the internet to do this volunteer task.



Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Monday, May 3, 2010

Parking Patrol (Angels)

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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.

Friday, March 26, 2010

How many Religious Scientists does it take to move a speaker?

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Our gratitude for your service!

And wait till you hear the sound on Sunday!

Power Balins

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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

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Action on the set

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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

Sunday, March 21, 2010


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.

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

First floor, Enlightenment

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Don Jones working on our elevator panel, keeping our building accessible to all.

Thank you Don.

Changing Light Bulbs in the Sanctuary

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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.

Monday, February 1, 2010

William Abel

Month after month we are treated to a new look in our Sanctuary.  William Abel climbs ladders, hangs stars, paints walls, decorates, designs and delights us with his creativity. William has been collaborating with helpers to facilitate the creation of the 12 monthly theme banners that he envisions will hang all throughout the Sanctuary.  Each month we'll add another to highlight the topic focus of the month.

Recently William painted the entrance hall to our Social Hall, moving the statue of Ganesha and redecorating for a peaceful, sacred feel.  Thank you William for caring about our spiritual home with your time and talent.

Bill Stites

Doing his weekly leaf raking Seva.   Keeping our grounds clean, crisp (and safe) thanks to Bill and a host of other behind the scenes volunteers, from trimmers, to rose pruners, painters, picker-uppers and more.  Thank you to those of you who serve silently and help keep our facilities in a state of ongoing wellbeing.

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