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May 2019 Newsletter #2

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Our Vision: Inspiring and Uplifting Every One of Us to Transform the World!
Volume 19, Issue 5 B -- May 15, 2019

Practitioner's Corner

Compassion in your Spiritual Practice

Kelly Robbins, RScP

Most of us would like to think of ourselves as compassionate. You may donate your time to nonprofits and feel a sense of good knowing that with loving kindness you are helping those less fortunate. At Center for Spiritual Living Boulder Valley, our outreach program changes each month and many of us joyfully bring in goods to support the variety programs we support.

And yet, being compassionate can be much more difficult when someone is hurting us. Or when we see painful events occurring across our community. School districts across the front range closing because of threats to our children, churches on guard in fear of religious persecution and intolerance, children taken from their parents as they cross the border coming into our country seeking refuge. How do we “be” compassion in instances that trigger us?

Compassion starts with perception

When you see others as different or separate from you it can be difficult to have compassion for them. Perceiving a shared humanity, knowing that we are all one is a different way of seeing the world in relation to other people. Knowing our oneness as a human species is a steppingstone to being a compassionate person. We might say that compassion is a way of “being”….an understanding of someone’s pain and a desire to stop that pain. Interestingly, compassion is a common practice in the ethical teachings of all major religions and traditions....

Click here to continue reading Kelly's article.

From the board

Abundance and Growth

Sandy Rinehart, Board Treasurer

As you can see from the picture, our tree, our symbol of our abundance and growth, is really growing. It gained another inch in the last month!  Our attendance has increased to the highest average in many years. As treasurer, I am happy to announce that we continue to be prosperous and over time have accumulated over $8000 in our Planting the Seed fund to provide for our expenses when we are ready to move to our new space.

All of this is an indication that our abundance consciousness is moving upward.  A majority of the board is attending the Financial Freedom class to up-level our personal and our Center abundance consciousness.  We invite all of our members and attendees to increase their abundance consciousness as well.

Deepak Chopra’s definition of affluence in his book Creating Affluence says “Affluence is the experience in which our needs are easily met and our desires spontaneously fulfilled. We feel joy, health, happiness, and vitality in every moment of our existence.”

Click here to continue reading Sandy's column.

A Spiritual View of Center Money

 

Our Board Treasurer, Sandy Rinehart, has written a great letter from the Board this month, sharing our desire for ALL of our members and friends to live prosperous, abundant, fulfilling lives.  Thank you, Sandy!  It reminded me of a few things I wanted to share about money.
 
I want to encourage you to use offering envelopes (you can find them on the lobby table) for cash contributions.  That way, we can give you an accurate accounting at the end of the year for tax purposes.  If your cash contributions are for Outreach or for Unexpected Income Tithes, etc., please mark that on the envelope so our bookkeeping is accurate.
 
If you prefer to contribute using your credit card, there are DONATE buttons on our website or you can go to the church office after service on Sunday.  We’re still working to accept text donations.  Stay tuned, we want to make it easy for you to contribute.
 
A member recently asked if they were doing their part financially to support the Center.  To answer that question, I looked at our monthly operating costs and came up with what’s called a watermark, the amount of monthly expenses divided by the number of CSLBV members.  Here’s what I came up with:
Our average monthly operating expenses at this time are about $5300. (Our rent has recently gone up $150 because of property tax increases.)  We currently have 38 adult members, a few of whom live in other states or no longer attend. So $5300/38 = about $140 per member per month.
 
Of course, some can afford and choose to contribute more, and that is great.  For others this could be a hardship and we certainly don’t expect it.  This is not about guilt-tripping anyone, it is just about sharing information.  Technically, tithing is contributing 10% of one’s income to the source of your spiritual inspiration.  However, 10% doesn’t work for everyone and we totally honor that.  And our inspiration comes from many sources.
 
We post the previous month’s financial statements on the bulletin board in the Celebration Hall.  For more information about CSLBV’s finances, talk to our treasurer, Sandy Rinehart, or talk to Reverend Jyoti. 

 Please know how much we appreciate your contributions of your time, your talent, and your treasure and know that the amazing Board members are good stewards of your money.
 
Many thanks and great blessings!
Reverend Jyoti

Affirmation:

Remembering my oneness with all of life, I am blessed and I AM a blessing!

Upcoming Services

May Theme: Compassion

June Theme: Empowerment

Date: May 19
Topic: Us and Them
Speaker: Rev. Jyoti
Musician: 
Karen Karsh


Date: May 26
Topic: Inner Peace
Speaker: Rev. Jyoti
Musician: 
Karen Karsh
Date: June 2
Topic: The Power Within Us
Speaker: Rev. Lea
Musician: 
Karen Karsh

 

Center Calendar

May 16   Third Thursday Spiritual Forum 7:00 pm
More information below.
May 18   Spring Cleanup at the Center 9:00 am - noon
More information below.
May 19   Sunday Service 10:00 am
Visioning after service.
May 22   Spiritual Uplift Ministry 6:30 pm
More information below.
May 26   Sunday Service 10:00 am
Potluck following service. At Rev. Jyoti and Mary's house, more information below.
Jun 2   Sunday Service 10:00 am
Jun 5   First Wednesday Meditation for Peace 6:30 pm
More information below.

It's not too late!
Foundations of the Science of Mind

Deadline for Signup: Monday May 20!

 

10 weeks: May 13 – July 22

Mondays, 6:00-9:00 pm

Are you ready to discover your next direction and purpose in life and how to make it happen? Would you like to enhance your spiritual connection to a Higher Power?

Join Kelly Robbins, RScP, in our Foundations of the Science of Mind course where you will learn a new Spiritual Principle each week and a Spiritual Practice to go with it! We’ll also delve into how the Creative Process works and integrate those teachings with each Spiritual Principle. The intention is to be able to integrate these concepts into your life and change your life for the better forever. E-mail Kelly now to sign-up for this adventure with other like-minded individuals in a safe, supportive environment and learn to make your dreams a reality!
 
Facilitated by Practitioner Kelly Robbins
To register or for more information:
Contact Kelly at Kelly@KellyRobbins.net or call/text 303-419-4963.
Deadline for registration is Monday, May 20th, 2019
 
Cost: $200
Includes Special Affirmative Prayer Workshop Saturday, June 22nd 10am -2pm
No class Memorial Day
 
Held at the Center for Spiritual Living Boulder Valley
107 E Geneseo St. Lafayette, CO

Third Thursday Spiritual Forum:

Greater Peace via the Enneagram

Thursday, May 16; 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Center for Spiritual Living  Boulder Valley

 
 

The enneagram is a powerful and dynamic system that describes nine fundamentally different personality types, defined as patterns of believing, thinking, feeling, and acting. (“Ennea” is Greek for nine.) These nine distinct patterns describe what individuals typically pay attention to, how they direct their energy, what underlying spiritual beliefs they tend to develop, and how childhood perception of “threats” or fears provided an unconscious impetus for shaping spiritual values and morality. Each person has a dominant personality type, with some of the characteristics of other types. Learning the enneagram will enhance your ability to understand personal dynamics – your own and that of others. It will immediately help you improve relationships and communication. It will expand your repertoire of responses, and help you consider new values when problem solving and setting priorities. The enneagram provides a greater understanding of yourself and your basic beliefs, promoting freedom, compassion, joy and peace. For more information, see www.enneagramworldwide.com and www.eclecticenergies.com.
 
Presenter Biography. Bev Johnson is passionate about helping individuals and groups enjoy greater satisfaction and success in life and work. She has worked in schools and corporations, sharing a knowledge base that supports expanding awareness, defining wholeness and supporting higher functioning on all aspects of being: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. In her work as an organization development specialist, Bev discovered how the enneagram is an effective tool for advancing leadership capacity and group functioning. She has been a serious student and practitioner of the enneagram and the Nine Essential Aspects for over 15 years. 

Further information:  contact Dr. Jay Burch (phone 720-917-9303, or email: jayburch333@gmail.com).

Spring Cleanup at the Center

This Saturday, May 18
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Come and join in the fun of giving the center a good spring cleaning, inside and outside.You won't have to pay extra for all the laughs and comeraderie! 

Visioning: Tuning into Spirit

Sunday, May 19 and June 2
After Service: ~11:45 am

God is on the Move!

Great things are happening here at CSLBV and we are listening to Spirit's guidance as to what's next. Visioning is a process of tuning in to Spirit's highest ideal for whatever is being visioned for. And for us, that's our growth and new space.Practitioner Loralei Matisse will lead us in the visioning process on May 19th and or June 2nd after service - about 11:45. All are welcome. All are needed. Join us in this deeply powerful process. For more information, call or text Loralei, 720-429-0636.

Spiritually Guided Social Uplift Ministry

Let's talk about Religious Diversity and Inclusion
Wednesday May 22, 6:30 pm

 

The Spiritually Guided Social Uplift Ministry approaches the issues of the day with a spiritual focus that transcends the polarizing political agenda that often discourages thoughtful discussion of important issues. This is a powerful curriculum and the CSLBV discussions will be facilitated by Reverend Jyoti and Practitioner Kelly Robbins. You can contact them for more information. Or, click here to visit the SUM website

The S.U.M. discussions are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The discussion on May 22 is the first of two devoted to the topic of Religious Diversity and Inclusion. Come and share your thoughts. To help in planning, you are asked to register: click here to let us know you're coming.

Potluck After Service

Sunday, May 26
at Rev. Jyoti & Mary's
(last Sunday of the month, as usual)

 

Join us for the potluck after the service. This month the potluck will be held at Rev. Jyoti and Mary’s  house, a short 7-min drive from the church. It is located at 16517 Antero Circle, Broomfield, 80023; directions will be available at the Sunday 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 plenty!

First Wednesday Meditation for Peace

Wednesday, June 5 at 6:30 pm

 

Join us Wednesday Jun 5  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 Barbra Babcock, RScP.

May Outreach: Mother House

Mother House's mission is providing mothers in crisis and their babies a nurturing, supportive, and empowering residential community.

Since 1982, Mother House has been much more than a shelter. It is a program designed to help its residents develop the skills to become good parents (if they decide to parent), as well as become successful and responsible members of society. 

Mother House takes in at-risk women in their second trimester and helps them prepare for their future. Mother House seeks to support any pregnant woman in need, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity. They believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed in life, and they are providing guidance and care to at-risk mothers and their babies. Mother House is a caring, home environment, and they ensure that each of their residents and their staff members are always respected and supported.

Mother House needs items for their house and kitchen, and for the residents and their babies. Items that they are requesting are listed below. Bring items to the center and leave them on or near the table in lobby.

House and Kitchen
Laundry detergent pods & dryer sheets; Paper towels & toilet paper; Dish towels, dishcloths & liquid dishsoap; Clorox wipes, Windex, bathroom cleaner, Swiffer wet and dry pads, & spray kitchen cleaner; Glass & Tupperware food containers; Zip-lock bags (quart & gallon size); Cooking spray, sugar, flour, baking mixes & spices; Canned vegetables, one pot meals, soup, crackers, rice & pasta; Tea bags, hot cocoa & drink mixes; Twin Bedding & Hand Sanitizer; Dishwasher Soap

Resident & Baby Needs
Body lotion, chapstick, deodorant, razors & Q-tips; Hair conditioner, Pink oil, combs & brushes; Toothpaste, mouthwash & floss; Aveeno Baby Products; Disposable diapers – all sizes; Breast milk freezer bags & Diaper Genie bags; Nipple Creams; Sanitary napkins; Baby thermometers & bottle brushes; Gift cards for resident undergarments, for haircuts, for gas & for baby items; Gift cards to grocery stores (for new residents); Sunscreen

Thanks for Contributing
to our April Outreach!


Coal Creek Meals on Wheels

 
 

Their Mission is to provide daily nutritious meals and related support services to members of our community in need, helping them to live with dignity in their own homes. 

Thanks to all who generously contributed. These donations are critical to helping CCMOW serve tens of thousands of meals every year to seniors and others in need in the local communities of Lafayette, Lousiville, Erie, Superior and surrounding areas. Every dollar and every item received is very much appreciated.

Six Week Meditation Class 
Renew your Body, Mind, and Spirit!


June 25 – August 6, 6:30-8pm
Facilitated by Rev. Lea

 
  
This class will help you deepen your meditation practice, as well as expand your self-awareness and connection to the stillness within you. Classes will include a variety of meditation techniques. All levels are welcome!

What you will learn:
  • Releasing exercises to let go of the day and to become fully grounded and present.
  • The power of working with essential oils, sound, mala beads, and other elements to enhance your meditation practice.
  • Six different meditation techniques that can be easily incorporated into your spiritual practices.
Types of meditations covered:
  • Observing the breath and the use of affirmations with breath work
  • Loving-Kindness Meditation
  • Vipassana Meditation
  • Guided Meditations
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Meditation using Chants/Mantras
Cost: $18 per class or $100 for all 6.
 

Pastoral Care is Now Available

 

There are times in our life when we experience challenges and we want you to know that you are not alone. Whether it’s a loss of a loved one or a beloved pet, a hospitalization, or home recovering from surgery or an illness, during times like this, all of us need some extra love and support. Our pastoral care support team are committed to providing compassion, love, and support to our church community. This includes prayer support, hospital and home visits, short term assistance, memorial service planning, bereavement support and workshops, and spiritual guidance sessions. Please let us know how we can support you! You can email Rev. Lea, our Pastoral Care Minister, at  revleacslbv@gmail.com. Or, you can click here for more information or to request Pastoral Care.

Ecclesiastical Services

Ecclesiastical Staff

Ministers:
Reverend Jyoti DeVernie
Senior Minister 
303-668-0411 RevJyotiD@gmail.com
Reverend Lea Alvarado
Assistant Minister
303-704-7763

Revleacslbv@gmail.com

Practitioners:
Barbra Babcock RScP 408-497-7332 BarbraFangBabcock@gmail.com
Jim Babcock RScP 831-239-7623 smilingbk123@gmail.com
Laurie Lee RScP 303-449-5452 laurielee57@hotmail.com
Loralei Matisse RScP 720-429-0636 loralei_matisse@msn.com
Kathy Nunemaker RScP     303-931-8313 61k.nunemaker@gmail.com
Kelly Robbins RScP     303-419-4963 kelly@kellyrobbins.net

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 or Rev. Lea at 303-704-7763.

Office Hours

Rev. Jyoti and practitioner Kelly Robbins hold office hours every week. Call and come by the Center during office hours, or contact them (phone/email above) to set up an appointment (best), for either during office hours or at a time outside office hours if that is more convenient.

Rev. Jyoti:          Thursdays         2:30 pm to 5:30 pm 
Kelly Robbins:    Wednesdays     8:00 am to 12:00 pm

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