Happenings

P.S. from Rev. Staci for Sunday Service, January 10, 2021

D
ear Friends and Family,
 

I absolutely loved Dr. Rima’s talk on Sunday. It perfectly addressed that which was on my heart and reminded me of tools that need to be sharpened to be true to myself and live the life of authenticity and integrity that allows me to be my best self.

This morning as I was looking for just the right and perfect words for this paragraph, an email came through from Centers for Spiritual Living’s Spiritual Leader, Dr. Edward Viljoen, and it rings true to not only my heart but also my head. Hang in there, keep doing your work, and shining your light.

Remember that darkness cannot drive out darkness. So show up and be the Light. This day and time that we are living in has been a long time coming. We acknowledge what is going on and pray that Truth is revealed.

Lean into your faith and awareness and remember, with God, all things are possible. Remember that if you need anything, Rev Cheryl and myself are here for you.

Namasté,
Rev Staci

 

Dr. Edward Viljoen’s Response to the Events that took place on January 6, 2021, at the United States Capitol

My heart has been heavy with the recent social-political events and the attempted coup at the United States Capitol in Washington DC. So much has already been said about the event on January 6, who caused it, and what it means, and although I am not a political expert, I am a student of Science of Mind, and I know the power of focus and consciousness.

I understand the temptation to withdraw and retreat into spiritual practice when world events are overwhelming, or to focus on the complicity of others. However, Science of Mind has taught me to see that our spiritual, social, and economic wellbeing is intricately intertwined with others’ wellbeing through our shared experience of this one holy Life. Therefore, I cannot and must not imagine that I have no part in our world’s events. I must leave no stone unturned in my consciousness when I feel the tendency to flee. What is it, I ask myself, that I feel uncomfortable seeing?

Is it the radical disparity between how different groups of demonstrators are responded to? Is it the shock I feel that we were potentially mere steps away from losing a whole branch of government? Is it the frustration and dissonance I feel when I encounter denialism that the disparity is real? What is it that I must do and what must I give voice to that I haven’t?

I think it is this: that the recent attempted coup has highlighted, again, the disparity between societal responses to race in the United States in a way that makes it impossible to ignore. And it is impossible to ignore the opportunity to challenge the mindset, in me and in our culture, that denies or is silent about that disparity.

I grew up in South Africa during the apartheid regime, where silence was a matter of safety. Not everyone was silent; those who spoke out changed history. And what Nelson Mandela accomplished is nothing short of a miracle and testament to the possibility of a peaceful transition. He did it by including everyone, acknowledging his feelings towards the oppressors, and steadfastly keeping his eye on the nations’ unity and healing.

Unity and healing is the consciousness that will turn things around and usher in the end of supremacy of every kind. Control and domination of other people, nations, neighborhoods, or cultures is the recipe for suffering, not only in the United States but also anywhere where one group establishes itself as superior over another.

Spiritual growth is personal, and we must each examine our own consciousness. Everyone is going to have to decide for themselves where they stand. I stand for inclusivity. I stand for compassion. I stand for religious freedom. I stand for equality, justice, and equity. I stand for a world that works for everyone. It takes courage to declare such things because the world as it is today does not seem to support these statements. Yet, the declarations match something inside our hearts: the urge of the Divine Mind.

My task then is to use my gifts to take a step in the direction of what I stand for, expecting my effort to be supported and increased in ways I cannot imagine so that I can do more of what is mine to do. We have a great deal of work to do as citizens of the planet whatever country we live in, and I trust that the work begins with the courage to examine our consciousness, take a stand, and plant seeds of truth through prayer, affirmation, contemplation, words, and action.

I leave you with the words of a colleague: What will I pray for today? I will pray for my personal courage knowing that each of us is being called to stand up for truth and integrity. I will pray that as I walk this path, I will release all fear and anxiety. My prayers will also acknowledge that regardless of appearances, the presence of the Divine exists at the center of all things. I believe that the recognition of this Truth opens the door to the miraculous.

As the Spiritual Leader of Centers for Spiritual Living, one of my roles is to be the spokesperson representing our organization’s Global Vision in responding to world events. During the pandemic, I have turned to social media to fulfill this role, using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and blog articles to communicate our visions, values, and Science of Mind teaching.

I invite you to visit the Spiritual Leader social media content and help me in my effort to disseminate the content by liking, sharing, and commenting.

Here are all the ways you can follow the Centers for Spiritual Living Spiritual Leader content:

 

 
My blessings to you,
 
Rev. Edward Viljoen, DD (hon.)
Spiritual Leader

Sunday Service, January 17, 2021

Timeless Wisdom

COME CELEBRATE WITH US!

Online or in-person (by reservation only)

 

Sunday Service

10 a.m.

January 2021 Theme: 

Timeless Wisdom . . .
Evolutionary Vision

 

Talk Title: 

Here and Now

View Video

CSL Video for October 25th
Rev. Edward Viljoen, DD (Hon)

Our center is now open to the public
To join us at the Center.

Follow the guidelines posted HERE


Also, our service will also be aired
live on Facebook.

To join us on Facebook at 10 am Sunday
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Thanks to the generosity
of our members,
we have been able to
continue our
services virtually.

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Music Featuring  Patty Powers and David Marinelli

Music Featuring

Patty Powers

Vocalist and Music Director

and

Dave Marinelli

Keyboardist Extraordinaire


Youth Ministry

Ages 4-8

Tween ages 9-13

Babies and Children

Babies and Children under 3 are welcome to sit with parents in the “Happy Baby Room” located on the side of the sanctuary. There are 2 large windows and sound is piped in.

Teacher: Rev. Patricia Paulsen and the God Squad members: Amie, Lauren, Kitty and Beth

See our Youth page for more information

 

Teen GroupTeen Group

Teens, you are welcome to join in on a fun, interactive experience as we explore revealing Spirit as a loving presence and affirming the Divine nature in each of you.

See our Teen page
for more information

From Whence We Came, February 15, 2021

From Whence We Came

From Whence We Came

If you like history, then this is a course you will find most interesting. You won’t have to memorize dates or place names. The history is one of ideas which converged in American culture to become what we now know as Science of Mind™ & Spirit and the larger New Thought movement. These ideas originally arose before recorded history, but were rediscovered in the 19th century by some notable people whose works are read and discussed in this course. These great luminaries of New Thought were the first to frame them in words and make them accessible to the general public.

Discounted Tuition: $145 (normally $220) for this class
Please inquire about scholarships and special payment arrangements.

Required Books: Emerson’s Essays, by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Holmes Papers Vol. 1, by Ernest Holmes, Scientific Christian Mental Practice, by Emma Curtis Hopkins and The Edinburgh Lectures, by Thomas Troward

Held Virtually on Tuesday evenings
via Zoom technology

Dates: February 16, 2021—April 6, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.

Instructor: Rev. Cheryl Bell
Direct Contact: 702-524-1706

Click here to register for this history class

 

Mental Equivalent, February 13, 2021

Mental Equivalent

Required Book:
The Mental Equivalent
by Emmet Fox

This class discusses the essential methods for transforming intentions from desire to demonstration, using mental equivalents to transform undesirable conditions and co-create.

Leap into a state of true potential by activating the powerful Law of Mental Equivalents. For every formed thing in the Universe there is a corresponding mental image. Discover how to measure and expand thinking to create a larger mental image so that one’s greatest desires may demonstrate.

Start Date:
February 13, 2021
Saturdays VIA ZOOM
from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Instructor: Rev. Staci Hylton
Direct Contact: 702-524-7096
Discounted Tuition Price:
$99 this 5-week class.

Click here to register for
Mental Equivalents

Prayer for My Country

Pray for our Planet

Prayer for My Country
by Dr. Ernest Holmes

MY PRAYER FOR MY COUNTRY
Written by Dr. Ernest Holmes,
published in the Science of Mind™ magazine, 1953

BELIEVING in the Divine destiny of the United States of America and in the preservation of liberty, security,
and self-expression for all,
I offer this, my prayer for my country:
I know that Divine Intelligence governs the destiny of the United States of America, directing the thought and the activity of all who guide its affairs.
I know that success, prosperity, and happiness are the gifts of freedom and are the Divine heritage
of everyone in this country.
I know that success, prosperity, and happiness are now operating in the affairs of every individual in this country.
I know that Divine guidance enlightens the collective mind of the people of this country, causing it to know that economic security may come to all without the loss of either personal freedom or individual self-expression.
I know that no one can believe or be led to believe that freedom must be surrendered in order to
ensure economic security for all.
THE All-Knowing Mind contains the answer to every problem which confronts this country. I know that every leader in this country is now directed by this All-Knowing Mind and has the knowledge of a complete solution to every problem. Each is compelled to act upon this knowledge to the end that abundance, security,
and peace shall come to all.
AND I know that this spiritual democracy shall endure, guaranteeing to everyone in this country personal liberty, happiness, and self-expression.
And so it is!

prayer for our planet

P.S. from Rev. Staci for Sunday Service, January 3, 2021

D
ear Friends and Family,
 

“Because everything changes rapidly around us, it is difficult to vision a changeless reality. This intellectual difficulty is met when we realize that change takes place within the changeless. The ceaseless movement of life is but a necessary complement of that which does not move. It is life viewing itself in action that it may come into self-realization through fruition. There is a center in everyone that never moves.”
-Words That Heal Today-Dr. Ernest Holmes

Some days, I need help to find that center, that changeless reality that does not move. Some days I have to ask others to help me remember that It is always at the center of all. Some days I doubt Its omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence in all.

Some days I forget that there is good in all.

Yesterday was one of those “somedays” for me. You might have felt that way too as we heard or watched people and “the people’s house” be dishonored, disrespected, and ravaged.

Today I realize that this energy of rage and ceaseless movement was necessary to be brought to the forefront so that “tomorrow” truth may be revealed. And so this too must be for good.

Namasté,
Rev Staci

 

Sunday Service, January 10, 2021

Timeless Wisdom

COME CELEBRATE WITH US!

Online or in-person (by reservation only)

 

Sunday Service

10 a.m.

January 2021 Theme: 

Timeless Wisdom . . .
Evolutionary Vision

 

Talk Title: 

Seven Steps to
Self-Sovereignty
for the Year Ahead

View Video

CSL Video for October 25th
Rev. Edward Viljoen, DD (Hon)

Guest
Speaker

 

Dr. Rima
Bonario

 

Dr. Rima Bonario

Our center is now open to the public
To join us at the Center.

Follow the guidelines posted HERE


Also, our service will also be aired
live on Facebook.

To join us on Facebook at 10 am Sunday
use the following link:

Facebook.com/pg/lvcsl/videos

Thanks to the generosity
of our members,
we have been able to
continue our
services virtually.

Loving Hands

Make an Online Donation


Music Featuring  Patty Powers and David Marinelli

Music Featuring

Patty Powers

Vocalist and Music Director

and

Dave Marinelli

Keyboardist Extraordinaire


Youth Ministry

Ages 4-8

Tween ages 9-13

Babies and Children

Babies and Children under 3 are welcome to sit with parents in the “Happy Baby Room” located on the side of the sanctuary. There are 2 large windows and sound is piped in.

Teacher: Rev. Patricia Paulsen and the God Squad members: Amie, Lauren, Kitty and Beth

See our Youth page for more information

 

Teen GroupTeen Group

Teens, you are welcome to join in on a fun, interactive experience as we explore revealing Spirit as a loving presence and affirming the Divine nature in each of you.

See our Teen page
for more information