SUNDAY February 16

At 12:30

Plan to stay until about 1:30 or 1:45. Express your views on what you would like to see at Woodland Chapel. As a member you can participate in electing new board members.



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We are collecting shoes, socks, boots, warm scarfs, and general articles of clothing to give to Helping Hands. Helping Hands has a store building where people come to select need clothing from racks of nicely displayed garments and shoes. Sizes range from newborn to adult.
This is a very tangible way to help our community serve those who have real needs.


Warm Coats, Socks and Mittens
GIven to “Helping Hands”
Bill Horn and Tara Blackstone delivered a second box of coats, scarfs, mittens, gloves and even some shoes to Helping Hands on February 13.
Helping Hands distributes clothing to people who are homeless and to others who need help. They are open from 9 to noon Monday through Thursday and on Saturdays. They are on SE 13th Street.
We value all humanity and especially desire to help shelter our homeless neighbors from the cold, wet days and nights of winter.
1st Box of coats


Taize Healing Service
Friday, January 3
6:30 PM
New Thought Taize with Mantra Music and Affirmative Prayer.
Deeply meditative moments with Rebecca Shepard and Shananda.
Spiritual Mind Treatments with our Practitioners and Ministers.


Burning Bowl
Sunday January 5
During Sunday Celebration
Begin the New Year by releasing what it is you do not want to carry forward. Make room for the new and wonderful.
I release and I let Go. I let the Power of God flow.
Things are Looking Up at the Chapel with
Energy Saving Interior Lighting
November 19, 2019
Or maybe we could say lighting up. We can see more clearly now because our board of Trustees approved having Lighting Specialties install LED and other efficient lighting in our Center. We see better using less wattage.
We are contributing to the improvement of our environment by using less energy going forward. We will also enjoy ongoing savings on our electric bills.
Kay Teague, energy specialist notified us that PGE awarded our Center a grant of $1,000 to offset the project cost which turned out to be about $3,000. Additionally Energy Trust of Oregon credited us with nearly $1,300 toward its cost. We ended up spending about $700 on this project.
Work finished on this project on November 19. Paul,Todd, Josh, Jeff and Mark were a great crew.
Craft Day
November 23
In the Fireside Room
Our artisans and crafts persons met and exchanged ideas for creating gifts. Prayer flags and ceramics were the main projects of the day.
Labyrinth Committee
Met October 4, 2019
In the Library
Early planing has started. The goal is to build a labyrinth on our grounds. These plans could take a year or more to come to fruition. Location and exact composition to be determined. Labyrinth could be located close to High Street or close to Church Street.
Layout could look like diagram above. Width currently is estimated to be thirty-one feet.
Food Drive
Well Done! We did it.
We helped feed families and children here in our communities.
Jennifer with Marion Polk Food Share picked up our barrel of food on October 23rd.

Pacific Northwest

New Thought


Four of our members attended this conference in Eugene. It was a great experience. The speakers were insightful and often entertaining. The music was definitely New Thought and exciting. The people were friendly and receptive to one another.
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Craft Day
November 23
In the Fireside Room
Our artisans and crafts persons met and exchanged ideas for creating gifts. Prayer flags and ceramics were the main projects of the day.

Pacific Northwest

New Thought


Four of our members attended this conference in Eugene. It was a great experience. The speakers were insightful and often entertaining. The music was definitely New Thought and exciting. The people were friendly and receptive to one another.
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Hunger Action Month

Help alleviate hunger. The Marion Polk Food Share has declared September as Hunger Action Month. We are collecting food. There is a small basket downstairs. A large barrel will soon be available. The list of preferred food items includes: soup, tuna, pasta, peanut butter, and canned fruit. Food banks distribute many items that are shelf stable.  Staff has asked us to bring peanut butter which people often ask for.
Bring shelf stable food items to Sunday Celebration or on Wednesday or Thursday between 10 AM and 2 PM.




August 18

Was well attended and a moving experience.

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Community Barbecue

July 28


Good food and good company.

Beautiful weather

It was fun with lots of time to visit.

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Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

Saturday, July 13


About 20 people joined in to celebrate the wonderful volunteers that serve Woodland Chapel so well.

Tara, Bill and Ligaya teamed up to prepare.  With help from Ligaya and Katy’s gardens, the Fireside Room was a delight for the senses.  The food smelled great and tasted even better.  The tables were decorated in rich colors.

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Here is the poster Tara painted.

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Taize and Healing Service at our Sunday Celebration on June 30 drew a large crowd.

We enjoyed the songs and chants, meditation and prayer. Each had the opportunity for individual private prayer with a practitioner.

Rebecca Sheppard and her band presented the music that supported the program so beautifully.


Book Signing


Emily Wells

On June 9 after Sunday Celebration was a success.  Many stopped by to talk with her and buy her first book, entitled:


Your Unknown

Inner Self


 Garden Party

Saturday June 8

10 am to Noon


We met at 10 AM and worked until noon. We built on last month’s garden party accomplishments and spread bark dust in the peace pole garden, cleaned up piles of pulled weeds and trimmed brush west of the meditation garden.


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Garden Party

Saturday, May 11

Was a great success.

Over the course of the day ten of us worked together. What fun. Lots done.
Pizza, vegetables, soft drinks and conversation.
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The two people who registered showed up for this class. Thank you both.
We decided to postpone for a time when more people can attend.


Workshop on April 28

Was a great success.

Twelve of us participated.



Good food.  Good fellowship.  What a delight.

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Silent Auction

March 3, 20, 24 and 31

WAS A HUGE SUCCESS.  We raised over $1,600 for our building fund.










Department Heads

met on Thursday, March 21

at 10:15 in our Library

This group keeps communication flowing among our many volunteers and is vital to the smooth operation of our Center.
Here are the Teams and Department Heads who are always invited to attend.
Treasury Team — Donna Stephens, Practitioner in Training
Hospitality Team — Tara Blackstone and Ligaya Storey are co-chairs.
Practitioners and Weddings — Ruth TenEyck, LSP
Office Team — Cathy Daniels and Katharine Kim.
Worship Team — Rev Don
Scheduling of musicians, meditators and platform — Rev Julie
Overall administration — Rev Maur
Team leaders normally meet on the 1st  Thursdays of the month at 10:15 in the library.
All members are welcome to attend.


New Thought Class

Open at the Top


Registration is now closed.

This 10-week course introduces key New Thought beliefs. It gives participants an opportunity to engage with the higher self. The course is based upon “What We Believe”. Each week students have the opportunity to examine the ideas contained in it and uncover ways to make the power of this teaching come alive in their lives and world. Each week has a meditation on Light that takes the student progressively deeper and deeper into the Light to find higher, inner Truth.

It is also a loving tribute to Dr. Ernest Holmes and all the wisdom he brought to our world.

Each week has a meditation on Light that takes the student progressively deeper and deeper into the Light to find inner Truth.

Text: The Essential Ernest Holmes by Dr Jesse Jennings

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 Suggested tuition: $125. Registration fee: $45.

Both full and partial scholarships available.

Class is scheduled from 6 to 8:30 PM


Past Events


VISTA 2019

workshops,messages and some great music

are still variable to members of our Center.

Leave a message at 503-362-4139 for access.

Several of us attended various talks and workshops at the virtual convention, VISTA 2019. As in the picture above, some did so at our Center. Others signed in from home.
In addition to our Center, Michele Giammatteo, Donna Stephens, Carmen Bacho, Cathy Daniels and Ruth TenEyck and perhaps others had logon information. Our technology worked very well at our Center.
The information in the general sessions was relevant and inspirational. Much music, awards given out and great talks. We all had our favorites. All were very good.
You can request access to any of the workshops and talks. They will be online for the next 60 days. Just ask Rev Maur and he will be happy to schedule a time for you.
Monday March 4
5:00pm – 6:30pM (PST)
Opening General Session LIVE from the Calgary Centre for Spiritual Living, Canada
·        A Welcome from Canada by Rev. Dr. Pat Campbell
·        Welcome to VISTA 2019 by Rev. Josh Reeves
·        A Message by Rev. Staci Hylton
o   Moving from FO to JO and Not Missing a Thing!
This talk is designed to express how we can use fear, doubt, worry, and not enoughness to propel ourselves forward into a new adventure and perhaps our true nature of joy. The secret is Knowing When to Hold Em and Knowing When to Fold em. It is no surprise that Las Vegas is where Rev Staci Hylton learned this life altering lesson.
·        A Message by Rev. Dr. Kenn Gordon
o   5 Commandments for a New Way of Being RATED EXCELLENT BY RUTH TENEYCK, LSP.
It appears that there is a new age being birthed throughout the world. This requires a new way of being and a heightened responsibility if we choose to help direct the future rather than be directed by others. Dr. Kenn will touch on 5 ways of being that we could choose to embrace to help facilitate a smoother evolution.
·        Music Under the Direction of Amy Bishop
Wednesday March 6
5:00pm – 6:30pm (PST)
Evening General Session LIVE from the Center for Spiritual Living Atlanta!
·        A Welcome from Atlanta by Rev. Dr. David Ault
·        A Message from the CSL Events Team by Rev. Sunshine Daye
·        A Message by Rev. Dr. Raymont Anderson
o   My Piece of Sky
Often we look up at the sky and simply see our piece of it, forgetting that the same sky I look up at is the same sky that everyone looks up at! Though the particular vantage points may vary, there are not different skies, there is only One. In a similar manner, there is only One Mind, God, Spirit, that can be seen, experienced, and connected to from as many vantage points as there are incarnations of this One Power. What happens to our practical spirituality when we approach it from the realization that as I set fireworks into the night sky, someone many miles away sees the lights and is moved? When I consciously move in the direction of my evolution, shifting of my consciousness, my awareness, and alignment not just with God but AS The Thing ItSelf, oh imagine how brightly the night skies then become!
·        A Message by Tracy Brown, RScP
There is no accident that even though we are all human, we have each been individually designed. Do you use your spiritual practices to invigorate your uniqueness? Marilyn Monroe said, “We are all of us stars and we deserve to twinkle!” Tracy will remind you to polish your star and shine so brightly that the legacy you leave, simply by being yourself, can never be forgotten. We can all follow in the steps of Sojourner Truth who declared: “I am not going to die; I’m going home like a shooting star!”
Music Under the Direction of Rev Penelope Williams.
Thursday March 7
5:00PM – 6:30PM (PST)
Closing General Session LIVE from the Seaside Center for Spiritual Living
·        A Welcome from Southern California by Rev. Dr. Christian Sorenson
·        A Message by Rev. Nicole Von Atzingen
o   An Outlaw State of Mind RATED EXCELLENT BY REV DON.
We come from a long line of outlaws, mental outlaws, those who have been stretching and tearing apart the doctrines and chains of thinking passed down for centuries. A Divine rebellion has been brewing and it’s time that we embrace it… my God shall be my strength.
·        A Message by Rev. Dr. Roger Teel
Are you bogged down in the life you’ve built to define yourself? Welcome to your transformational crossroads . . . the calling to release control, to embrace change, to honor a deeper guidance. The path of authentic purpose and power is beckoning to be lived!
·        Music Under the Direction of Gary Lynn Floyd


Annual Meeting

And Discussion in the Round

 February 17, 2019

Woodland Chapel Annual Meeting Draft Report

February 17, 2019

DRAFT Report

Welcome — Rev Maur

Opening Treatment – Kathy Prather, LSP

Election of New Board Members – Moved, seconded and passed unanimously

One year terms: Carmen Bacho, Michele Giammatteo and Ruth TenEyck

Three year term: Helen Frater

Senior Minister Report – highlighted uplifted Sunday celebrations and New Flat Roof for $14,600, with over $5,000 added to the building fund from general income.   Complete Report available.

Secretary – Vicki Tournay provided a report on membership which included 10 new members since last year’s meeting.

Treasurer – Donna Stephens, Practitioner in Training, provided the Treasurer’s report.

Reports and a summary of the Round Table Discussion in five areas is available to members of our Center.  Contact Rev Maur or leave a message at 503-362-4139.



We Remembered Pat Elling’s Life

February 9

At Capital Manor


We celebrated Kay Elling’s life

January 5 2019

At Capital Manor.

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Occurred Christmas Day

at 2:00 Pm in the Fireside Room

Rev Maur and Vicki Horton provided the turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy. Others brought delicious side dishes and deserts.

15 to 20 of us attended and we finished up at about 4 PM.


Candle Lighting Service


December 22

7:00 PM

Over 60 of us enjoyed Christmas carols, music and a true Christmas miracle story.

We lit Candles while singing “Silent Night.” This was a beautiful family experience for us adults as well as the six children who attended.

The Joyful Singers sang three songs.

Dawn Lewis provided childcare and escorted the children up to participate in the candle lighting.  Each child held an electric candle.  Beautiful indeed.  Heartwarming.

We enjoyed hospitality afterwards with coffee, cookies and cake in the Fireside Room.



Our Christmas Gift to Our Community

Was picked up on December 13.

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Our Beyond Limits Class

Held Its 10th and Final Session

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On December 12 Members of the class presented their projects which included foam board displays, poems and a booklet. D’Anna’s project is pictured here and on display in the Fireside Room. Others are or will soon also be displayed.
New Class The Essential Ernest starts on January 16. It offers deep insights into the basic principles of Science Of Mind printed in each issue of the Science of Mind magazine. They are on page 10 of December’s issue. We received 10 extra issues of the December issue. Come get one.


December 1

Art Workshop was great success.




Was a fun.  As many as 30 people attended and enjoyed the good food and great company.



Flat Roof Repaired

Major work completed on November 9

Interior view of the new skylights.
Caleb cleans the side of our building on November 24.

Valley Roofing did a great job. Place was left neat. Some roofing material dropped from above had left black marks on the elevator shaft. Kaleb Taylor came over and cleaned it up a few days after we paid the contract in full.

Final Check given to Jon Taylor of Valley Roofing for a job well done.
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Additional contributions have already helped off set $1,350 of the amount above $12,150.

Final bill came in at $14,600. Extras include labor and materials to replace dry rot $1,850, skylights $450 and gutters $150.

We are grateful to Valley Roofing for their excellent work.

Picture is of area above Library. Isn’t it beautiful?

Thank you for helping fund this project.





Was a great time to share creative activities.

About a dozen people joined Donna Stephens in rock painting and Karen Lawrence in making art cards.  What fun!




Woodland Chapel will host its third annual Christmas Day potluck on December 25.  The Center provides the main meat dish, potatoes and gravey.  Everyone signs up to bring salads, hot dishes and desserts.  Last year we had 17 people attend.




August 19

Sunday August 19
11:00 AM
Sunday August 19
11:00 AM
We enjoyed coffee, donuts, fruit and a wonderful messagein the Meditation garden.  Rev Don, Rev Julie and Rev Maur shared a fire side story while Donna Stephens and Michele Giammatteo played druns and Blaine Moody and Annie Cornely will presented our music.

Prosperity in All Dimensions of Life

A series on the four Mondays in August.

Last meeting was August 20

Rev Don and Rev Maur led a four week session on The Secret Of Unlimited Prosperity. Each session presents a unique perspective, so drop-ins are welcome. The workshop explores concepts from the Dynamic Laws of Prosperity by Catherine Ponder.

The lessons werea based on one of Rev Don’s favorite authors, Catherine Ponder, and her sixty page book: “The Secret of Unlimited Prosperity.”  This was a perfect summer series with lots of dialogue and no homework.

Tina Greene spoke and led a fun, informative seminar.

Sunday, August 12

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Tina Greene, RScP

Got Garbage? Make Fertilizer!  Sunday Message

We all have personal garbage that can keep us stuck, cause us suffering and blind us to our own divinity and our own wisdom.  In this talk, I look at the ways that we can use acceptance, self-compassion and the power of Christ to transform our garbage into fertilizer that can enrich our lives.

Transform Wounds Into Wisdom : Sunday Workshop :: Featuring Paints

1:00 to 4:00 PM

Thich Nhat Hanh says “No mud. No lotus.” The beautiful lotus flower grows out of the dankest muddy pond. Transform Wounds Into Wisdom provides an opportunity for participants to bring the light of love and compassion to an experience that causes pain so that they can discover the wisdom that is rooted there. Regardless of the source of the pain, this approach allows each of us to reframe our experience and free up space for new perspectives, new ideas and new ways of living in the world.

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These folks showed up right away. Some just visited. Those who stayed enjoyed a transformative experience.





Free One Hour Meditation Workshop Was Well Attended

A Native American Meditation on healing through our connection with the plant world was well attended with 10 participants.  We experienced the essential oil called “wild orange.”  Amy Cooper led us in a meditation on the Divine as expressed in wild orange.  She also provided us with information on essential oils including safety tips.

Free, no fee.

On July 9 we had our laurel hedge trimmed.

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And removed all this and more! All the vegetative materials that were left after our successful garden parties and the trimmings from the laurel hedge are gone.


Second Spiritual Living Circle

Our second monthly circle met at Helen McCann’s home in Dallas, a lovely setting.  Sixteen people attended   We met on July 11 at 6 pm.  We discussed two daily meditations from the Science of Mind magazine.  One was from July 10, the other from July 11. We opened and closed with Spiritual Mind Treatment.  Lively discussion among the participants marked this a successful event.  The cobbler was delicious.


Garden Party Clean up on Saturday, July 7
was a success.

We had five volunteers.  One took the pictures.

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Spiritual Circles Organized on June 19 at 6pm at Brian and Robyn’s Home

Participants set up recurring conversations.  Thirteen enjoyed the meeting which featured lively discussions and a dessert of ice cream bars.  Topics going forward will be among those identified in the Science of Mind magazine.


Rummage Sale was a huge success.

June 8 and 9 from 8:00 Am to 4:00 PM our congregants staffed and many people came to buy.

Everything was cleared out before 4 pm on Saturday, June 9.

Our volunteers raised $1,000 toward our building fund.

Here are some photos as our crew set up for the event.




Cathy Daniels led the crew.  Here she is just after we closed up Saturday afternoon.

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Garden Party and Pizza on June 2

From 9:30 to Noon Saturday

Six of us worked outdoors together to improve our meditation garden and grounds.  We pulled invasive species and spread bark chips.

We enjoyed a meat lovers and a vegetarian pizza.

Our Crew

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Saturday April 21 – Dinner and Discourse

6:00 PM at Woodland Chapel

Cordelia and Anaapoorna prepared and presented a delicious vegetarian meal.  The venue was changed from Cordelis’a home to Woodland Chapel because we expected 18 people.

Annapoorna Malakalppa Nuchchi and her husband Virthel led a discussion on Karma Yoga: The Path of Action.   Anapoorna accompanies her husband as he moves from job site to job site as an IT specialist.  They offered an exploration of Hinduism and Meditation.


Class completed on May 29

As you enter more deeply into the study of the Science of Mind, you will begin to see how your personal inward search for an understanding of your relationship to God and the Universe eventually brings you to a very important aspect of  the spiritual experience-living as a beneficial presence in the world.

This course helps one delve into and develop the practices of Affirmative Prayer and Meditation.  It is a great introduction to and also an excellent refresher on these profound spiritual practices. The course includes a review of basic Science of Mind Principles.

Watch for our next class.


Change to Distribution of Monthly Newsletter

Starting in March our newsletter, Joyful News, has been sent via email to those whose email addresses we have.  You know we have your email address if you are receiving our weekly emails.  Printed copies of the monthly newsletter are being sent to the people who have requested them.

Charley Thweatt Was In Concert At Woodland Chapel on May 12, 2018

We enjoyed a delightful concert of original music.  Charley told stories about how his songs originated. His career has taken him all around the U.S. and into 15 other countries on 6 continents.

He has recorded 16 CD’s, performed hundreds of spiritually healing concerts, and co-presented workshops with many well known teachers  in the Human Potential movement.

See and hear more at:

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The Sunday workshop morphed into a second impromptu concert with an opportunity to discuss music and spirituality with Charley.



A dozen of us enjoyed a tasty meal of “loaded” baked potatoes and salad.  We shared stories about how we initially got involved in our Center and volunteering.


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