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Stripping and Waxing

Wow, what a difference that makes! photo by Chris Fritzsche

Project Sleep Warm

Look what project sleep warm made with the fabric sample books that Paul donated! Technorati Tags: homeless , sewing , community , compassion , quilt

How it happens

Nancy Moorehead rakes and manicures our grounds. Thank you. - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone


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 fi

Taking Care of Business

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 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

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 effectivene

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!! - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

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 t

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

Center Video Studio

Dixon Delzzel and Kathy Secor directing the recording of Sunday Service Thank you both!

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.

Sound Upgrade Panel Installation

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?

Dust Bunnies and Pipe Music

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

Sound Renovation

Greetings, 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 me. 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, -- Posted from my iPhone

Renovations at the Center

Well they come in all forms don't they?

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. Love, Edward.

Center for Spiritual Living, this is….

Our volunteer receptionists were honored at a Tea at the Center.  We love them.

Parking Patrol (Angels)

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.

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

Our gratitude for your service! And wait till you hear the sound on Sunday!

Power Balins

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

Action on the set

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

Our New Boulevard Trees


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.

First floor, Enlightenment

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

Changing Light Bulbs in the Sanctuary

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.

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.