1st October 2018 Newsletter

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Our Vision: Inspiring and Uplifting Every One of Us to Transform the World!
Volume 18, Issue 10 A -- October 3, 2018

From My Heart

Reverend Jyoti


September was a full month, including a fun road trip with my sister to Florida to deliver her car to her daughter.  What a beautiful country we live in.  I was inspired in Kansas by all the windmills.  At one point, there were lots of them on both sides of the road and I imagined them like prayer flags, carrying prayers of peace to be scattered on the wind.  And Alabama is SO GREEN and lovely, and has such delicious fried catfish.
In September, we celebrated Volunteer Appreciation Sunday at CSLBV and it was a wonderful time of appreciating all of the folks that make such a difference in our spiritual community – the Board and Practitioners, the greeters and ushers and those who help with setup and cleanup and Outreach and music and our library – the list goes on and on.  Thanks to all of you who serve our spiritual community with such love and light!

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I am a magnificent expression of the Divine.  I am enough. I am abundant.  I am blessed and I am a blessing!

Upcoming Sunday Services

October Theme: Prosperity, Abundance, Wealth 

Date: October 7, 2018 
Topic: We Are Enough 
Speaker: Lea Alvarado, RScP
Musician: Karen Karsh

Date: October 14, 2018 
Topic: Substance and Supply
Speaker: Rev. Jyoti
Musician: Eugene Holden and Karen Karsh
Date: October 21, 2018 
Topic: Getting and Giving Up
Speaker: Rev. Jyoti
Musician: Karen Karsh

Date: October 28, 2018 
Topic: Stay Open to Receive
Speaker: Rev. Jyoti
Musician: Park Peters and Karen Karsh

Special Guest Speaker

Lea Alvarado RScP

(soon to be our own Rev. Lea!)

Sunday October 7

Special Guest Musicians


Eugene Holden, RScP

(with Karen Karsh)


Sunday October 14



Park Peters

(with Karen Karsh)


Sunday October 28


Center Calendar

Oct 3   Meditation for Peace 6:30 pm
Oct 7   Sunday Service 10:00 am
Oct 10   Inspirational Movie Night 6:30 pm
Oct 14   Sunday Service 10:00 am
Oct 18   Third Thursday Spiritual Forum 7:00 pm
Oct 21   Sunday Service 10:00 am
Oct 28   Sunday Service 10:00 am
Potluck after service, at the church.

First Wednesday Meditation for Peace

Wednesday, October 3; 6:30 pm


Join us Wednesday October 3 at 6:30 pm as we meditate for peace. Meditation will last about 45 minutes and will give you a spiritual boost to start the month. At the Center for Spiritual Living Boulder Valley, 107 E. Geneseo St., Lafayette.

Facilitated by Jim Babcock, RScP.

Inspirational Movie Night

Wednesday, October 10; 6:30 pm



'Waking Ned Devine'

A comedy that will make you
feel like a million bucks

At the Affinity Theater in Lafayette


When best friends Jackie O'Shea (Ian Bannen) and Michael O'Sullivan (David Kelly) discover someone in their small Irish village has won the lottery, they immediately set off to see if the winner is in a sharing mood. Deducing that Ned Devine is the lucky man, O'Shea and O'Sullivan pay him a visit, only to find him dead from shock. 
The story shows integrity, generosity, loyalty and the utmost, fantastic optimism. Positive thinking at its finest! Waking Ned Devine is a playful drama that encourages us to catch joy as it flies. And there might be a Witch in the story... Happy October.

Location: The theatre at Affinity Living Community: 860 Baseline Rd - across from King Soopers on Baseline Road. Turn right at the first light heading east on Baseline after crossing Highway 287.  Call Pat Brazee at 303-880-9896 if the door is locked.

Third Thursday Spiritual Forum:
'Aging and Awakening'

Thursday, October 18
7:00 - 8:30 pm

At the church

CSL Boulder Valley

107 E. Geneseo St.


We are living in a time when wise elders are of critical importance. While the aging process involves losses and challenges, these can become a pathway to profound spiritual realization. Buddhist teachings offer us practical and liberating guidelines that enable us to free ourselves from the negative attitudes of modern western culture and to reframe the changes inherent in growing older as a curriculum leading to true spiritual maturity. This forum will encourage genuine discovery and exploration. It will be an opportunity to know ourselves in new ways that invite us to live fully, love well, and die joyfully.
Presenter Biography

David Chernikoff, MDiv, LCSW, is a meditation teacher, spiritual counselor, and life coach who taught psychology and meditation at Naropa University for many years. He has extensive experience working with the elderly. In the early 1980s, he worked at Ram Dass’s Hanuman Foundation Dying Center in Santa Fe, NM and then became the director of Messilla Valley Hospice in Las Cruces, NM. He was the education director for the Spiritual Eldering Institute, teaching conscious aging programs throughout the U.S., in Canada, and in Ireland. Trained as a Community Dharma Leader at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, David is currently one of the guiding teachers of the Insight Meditation Community of Colorado and has a private practice in Boulder. He teaches retreats and workshops throughout the U.S. For more information about David’s work, see

Third Thursday Spiritual Forums present mind-broadening and spirit-enriching topics every month. For further information, contact Dr. Jay Burch (phone 720-917-9303, or email:

Potluck After Service

Sunday, October 28
(last Sunday of the month, as usual)
At the church, in Celebration Hall


Join us for the potluck after the service. This is a great time to enjoy the community and get to know each other better. Come even if you don't bring food. We always have enough! And there are always great surprise dishes!!

Save the Date
Friday November 9
7:00 pm


Come help us celebrate:

Reverend Jyoti’s Ordination
Reverend Lea’s Installation as Assistant Minister


A Deeper YES

Ceremony to be held at Columbine Spiritual Center (formerly Columbine Unity)
8900 Arapahoe Rd Boulder, CO 80303


October Outreach

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Our Outreach this month will be collecting
cash donations for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Their Mission Statement:
Guide Dogs for the Blind empowers lives by creating exceptional partnerships between people, dogs, and communities.
Their Vision Statement:
Guide Dogs for the Blind envisions a world with greater inclusion, opportunity, and independence by optimizing the unique capabilities of people and dogs.

Since 1942, Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) has empowered lives by creating exceptional partnerships between people, dogs and communities. GDB is the largest Guide Dog school in the country and is dedicated to providing high quality student training services and extensive follow-up support for graduates. GDB is more than an industry-leading guide dog school; they are a passionate community that serves the visually impaired. With exceptional client services and a robust network of instructors, puppy raisers, donors, and volunteers, they prepare highly qualified guide dogs to serve and empower individuals who are blind or have low vision. All of their services are provided free of charge, including personalized training, extensive post-graduation support and financial assistance for veterinary care if needed. For more information about Guide Dogs for the Blind, click here.
GDB is funded entirely with private donations; they receive no government funding. Guide Dogs for the Blind is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization. All donations are fully tax deductible.

To donate cash: put it in the jar on the table in the lobby or use an offering envelope and clearly mark it “OUTREACH” or “GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND”

To donate by check: make it out to ‘CSL Boulder Valley’ and put “OUTREACH” or “GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND” in the memo section.
Thank you for your generosity!

Thank you for your Donations
to our September Outreach


Blue Sky Bridge


Thank you to all those who contributed to our September Outreach, Blue Sky Bridge. The families and children appreciate your generosity very much.

 For more information about Blue Sky Bridge, click here.

Keep Your Eyes Open!


This is always a good idea...But in this case, we are looking for a new home for the church. The Sunday services are growing, having more kids and families. A feeling of excitement is in the air.  We’re open to a new larger space and increased prosperity to support it, so if you know of anyplace for lease that might be a good fit for us, please let Rev. Jyoti or one of the Board members know (Sandy Rinehart, Cathy Snider, Linda Williamson, Jim Schink).

We have a Lending Library!


Use it to expand your spiritual reading resources

The Center’s lending library has been blessed by the many wonderful book, CD, and DVD donations we have received, and are still receiving, from the congregation. We are grateful both for your donations and to be able to serve as a source of spiritual wisdom for those who wish to borrow from our shelves.

Borrowing Books
We do have a process in place for working the shelves: There are two bins on the shelf for books. One is marked “Donations,” the other is marked “Returns” as shown in the picture to the left. We use the honor system for people to check out books. For this, we have a check-out sheet, attached to a cardboard “clipboard,” for borrowers to fill out when they borrow a book and again when they return it. This clipboard rests between the plastic bins. When books are returned, we ask that they are placed in the bin labeled “Returns.” Linda Carlson, the Lending Library Librarian, will return the books to the shelves, to ensure that they are correctly alphabetized. Books are shelved alphabetically by author’s last name, then alphabetically by title, if we have more than one book by the same author. We have two alphabetical lists, one for books and one for audio resources. These lists are stapled together separately and kept on the shelf with the clipboard. These can be perused by borrowers if they want to quickly see if we have a specific book or audio resource.
Donating Books
When books/media are donated, we ask that they be placed in the bin marked “Donations.” Linda will process the donations and shelf them.

Love and Light from Linda the Lending Library Librarian!

An Ongoing Art Workshop
After Sunday Services

Healing Arts

Not held on Potluck Sundays
or when other special events are scheduled



Welcome to a relaxed, enriching series of Art workshops. Whether you attend once, or many times, your creative spirit will enjoy experimenting with Visual Art. Release your creative spirit, heal, and thrive emotionally and spiritually!
  • No pre-registration required
  • $10 per 1-hour session
  • ($15 for child w/ adult)
  • Starts at 11:15...11:30, after Sunday service, in the Kids/Art Room.
  • Contact Carole for more information - 303-872-4976

Ecclesiastical Staff

Reverend Jyoti DeVernie 303-668-0411
Lea Alvarado RScP 303-704-7763
Barbra Babcock RScP
Jim Babcock RScP
Laurie Lee RScP 303-449-5452
Kathy Nunemaker RScP     303-931-8313
Kelly Robbins RScP 303-460-0285

Board of Trustees

President: Catherine Snider
VP &Treasurer: Sandy Rinehart
Secretary: Linda Williamson
Member at Large: Jim Schink

Pastoral Care Needs

If you or someone you know needs prayer or support, please call Rev. Jyoti at 303-668-0411.

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