Embracing the Divine, HCCL honors all spiritual paths and traditions.
We are a FORCE for Good in our community, our world, and beyond.
Our Helena Quaker Friends are now meeting in Inspiration Hall on the first Sunday of every month while we have our Zoom only meeting.
I slow down, I sit, and I breathe.
I feel my heart slow down to
match the rhythm of the universe.
As I breathe, I relax.
I practice non-thought.
I see, in my mind's eye,
the vastness of the cosmos.
I recognize the balance that keeps everything spinning, moving, appearing and disappearing.
Can it be this easy?
Breathing, contemplating, surrendering.
All is well
I release, I arrive, and life has changed.
And so it is.
-- Rev. Jean Sweet
A new program from Rev. Dr. Charles Geddes
Mind Your Own Becoming has become my soul work after 50 years of ministry. MYOB is a 501(c)3 non-profit incorporated in Montana, and is established as an Educational Public Forum. MYOB was birthed from the magnitude of what I beheld in 2020: the divisiveness, the hatred, and the insanity of our politics. It become clear to me that we need a new and compassionate view of humanity.
MYOB stands for "All lives that have not mattered because Love Wins.” Its core values: to clear the inner prejudices and judgments we hold that stand in the way of individual and collective healing. To open eyes, to listen compassionately, and to open minds to new visons of equality, love, prosperity, for all without exception.
We meet every Thursday night and the Zoom meeting begins at 5pm MST. We spend an hour introducing people with their unique stories and history, addressing key topics to understand what we have not known, and to encourage open discussion. MYOB is about people of all ages coming together to evolve humanity for future generations. You can subscribe (no cost) to receive our weekly e-blasts. Your donations are welcome and tax deductible.
His newly published book, Mind Your Own Becoming: Love Wins, is now available at amazon.com.
This group has been meeting weekly since September 2014. It provides a way to check in with others, set intentions, and share how your week has gone. The group provides a safe place for you to share honestly and without judgement. The meeting opens with a guided meditation, and closes with spiritual mind treatment.
Join now if you are experiencing loneliness and isolation from COVID restrictions or other causes. You are so welcome.
We meet via Zoom from 12:30 - 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. To join, send an email to Rev. Jean at email@example.com.
THE MIND SHOP
Visit the Mind Shop for books, cards,
and CDs to inspire you!
Look for Dr. Charles' newly published short book:
Mind Your Own Becoming:
When our world feels chaotic and upended, how do we maintain a sense of groundedness and balance? Is it possible not only to survive but to thrive in such conditions? Can we maintain calm, even laugh in such times? Please join me as we explore Balancing Comedies and Tragedies in Life.
Bio: Jan has seen her life positively transformed by the teachings of Ernest Holmes. She loves the practical applications of Science of Mind that provide tools allowing people to reclaim joy, prosperity, health, and limitless good into their lives. Her passion is meeting with people one-on-one as a Religious Science Practitioner and revealing their radiant authentic being.
Rev. Dr. Charles Geddes
After 9/11, Queen Elizabeth said: “Grief is the price we pay for love.”
"Beauty is the only thing that time cannot harm. Philosophies fall away like sand, creeds follow one another, but what is beautiful is a joy for all seasons, a possession for all eternity." -Oscar Wilde
The heart of my soul is meant to be the healing gift of laughter and the flow of tears. Honoring the depth of both is Love.
Joy is one of the attributes of the Divine Presence. Sometimes the miracles in life show up in unimagined ways and in unrecognized forms. How willing can we be to play along? Can we see irony and delight in the unexpected detours of our spiritual paths?
Join Catherine Metsch RScP to explore the Divine Comedy.
Rev. Jean Sweet
"All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts..."
-- William Shakespeare
God doesn't go anywhere. As comedies, tragedies, and the mundane unfold, God is fully present in your life, as your life.
It can take some time to fully comprehend the complete experience of a life event. Perhaps it was a soap opera - seemingly without end. With twists and turns and surprise episodes. Perhaps it's still ongoing with certain people. Regardless, God does not go anywhere.
The balance in between the dramas is the resilience of Spirit. And you just may find that it takes some popcorn and a bit of distance.
Rev. Orlinda Worthington
Since we are on the eve of Halloween, we'll take the opportunity to welcome the unknown, release negativity, add resilience to our spirit, and bring a little extra intuition into everyday life. More to come on this topic in the weekly e-blast.
Message from Mary Ann Dunwell, newest Board member: Consider This
Our HCCL community is so grateful for your continued donations to sustain our church.
Did you know when you donate electronically that HCCL doesn't get the full amount? A certain percentage goes to PayPal or your credit card company. It's typically 3 percent, give or take.
For instance, if you donate $20 via PayPal or your credit/debit card, HCCL gets about $18. So if you want your full amount to go to HCCL, please consider writing a check. Every dollar counts.
Regardless of how you donate, thank you for your generosity.
(no PayPal account required)
A Note From Your Treasurer
I need your assistance to correctly process the money you send to HCCL.
When you send or drop off a check to HCCL, please follow these instructions. If it is not designated, your payment is marked as a general contribution.
When you pay via PayPal using the Donate Now button follow these instructions.
Following these instructions helps me keep your payments credited to the proper account.
Thank you for your help, and may you have an abundant and fulfilling New Year in 2021.
Please remember Food Share of Helena. They have decided to accept money in lieu of food donations to better serve the community. Please remember that the pantries empty at this time of year and be especially generous.
Please send a check made out to Helena Food Share, 1616 Lewis St, Helena, MT 59601. Indicate that the donation was from an HCCL member.
Visit their web site to join their virtual food drive or donate directly.
Our next rotation for Family Promise is Monday Oct. 10 and Tuesday Oct 11. We will be providing overnight hosting, dinners at the Day Center, and groceries for the week.
Thank you to everyone who supported the Family Promise Barbeque Comfort Food Challenge by attending and by donating money and raffle prizes. Family Promise made $9000 to $10,000 with some expenses yet to be paid.
Food donations were made by Rock Star BBQ, Firehouse BBQ, Tizer Meats, and Old Fashioned Kettle Korn. Other food donations were from Mackenzie River Pizza, Silver Star Steakhouse, Crumbl Cookies, Sodexo, Grateful Bread, Costco, Greg Field, Super 1 Foods, Van's Thriftway and Albertson's. Please thank them by patronizing these businesses when you can.
As we have been sheltering in place, we have had many reminders about how precious our earth is. The hope is that you are buried in recyclable material now. Keep it up! There's always enough room and time to sort everything out. More importantly, we've had time to consider how much plastic we use and how unnecessary much of it is.
Rev. Jean is still saving bottle caps to fuel her big vision. Which ones? Any bottle cap you would throw in the trash, such as vitamin bottle caps, water bottle caps, prescription bottle caps, milk carton caps, you get the idea. Please collect them in a cardboard box and bring the full box to Rev. Jean.
PLEASE DO NOT bring the caps in a plastic bag, as we are eliminating the use of plastic.
Take a moment to thank Dianne Nickman, our "Recycle Queen," who takes our plastic, glass, paper, and cardboard to the transfer station every month.
FINANCIAL REPORT August 2022
HCCL held its annual meeting on Sunday, March 27.
What you need to know:
The membership passed the bylaw change to allow for fewer board members.
We thanked Deb Blossom and Chris Vaughn who are withdrawing from the Board.
We welcomed Mary Ann Dunwell as the newest Board member.
We acknowledged that we completed 2021 in the black.
Various community members thanked everyone for their loving contributions and support.
“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.”
--Thich Nhat Hanh
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your family, too,
And God bless you, and send you
A Happy New Year,
And God send you a Happy New Year.
Your HCCL Board
President: Dr. Deb Jacobsen, 431-3173
Vice-President: Rosie Donahoe, 459-4408
Secretary: Diane Nickman, 442-8323
Treasurer: Taken over by Atwood Accounting
Mary Ann Dunwell, 461-5358
Mitzi Grover, 459-3320