Updated: Mar 18
The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
— Neal Klassen
“Release old concepts and energies that keep you in self-punishment patterns. Release old stories and create from a place of love and self-validation. You are worth it.”
— Guatama Buddha
Most of us know the children’s song about the old lady who swallowed the fly. It was just a small thing, really — the fly. Yet swallowing that fly set off a chain of bizarre choices that led to disastrous results for the old lady. This Sunday we’ll explore how small things can lead to self-destructive thoughts and behaviours, and we’ll talk about ways to create new stories.
Tune in early at 10:20am to hear the music of New Thought musician, Gary Lynn Floyd.
The SOM theme for March is Living Everyday Wonder — Play. Spirit created each of us with an overflowing capacity for Joy, Balance, and Freedom. Yet our human tendency is to get caught up in the busyness of the world and forget to engage these essential aspects of our Divine selves. Play is a sacred activity, absolutely necessary for our complete expression in this life. Play connects us with wonder and creativity. Play heals the body, mind and heart. It connects us with others and inspires our greater yet-to-be.
This Week’s Science of Mind Theme
Playing Twister with God
Between meditation, prayer and contemplation, who has time to play? Joy and Freedom are Divine qualities, too. Spirit is dancing around, in and through us all the time, calling us to celebrate it all, the serious and the silly. What if, at the end of the day, we are all just playing Twister with God?
We need to be open to the idea that Spirit is more than just a proper, serious grown-up. Rather, Spirit is the All-That-Is; there is no silliness you can find that is outside of God.
As in the game Twister, we are continually intertwining in unexpected ways with Infinite Spirit. Life changes, surprises, failures, wild successes all happen. The entire Universe is shifting us in a million tiny ways and holding us up at the same time.
When we make the space inside ourselves to really laugh, to live in the expression of Joy, we are being our most God-Self. Seek ways to play, to giggle and to celebrate the beauty of a life spent playing Twister with God!
In-Person Service at the RCA
We will be together again for an in-person service at the Mary Irwin Theatre in the Rotary Centre for the Arts (RCA) on March 13th. Please RSVP on the In-Person Sunday Celebration event page if you would like to attend.
Open House at the Peace Centre
If you’d like the opportunity to say an informal, personal goodbye to our Pandosy Peace Centre, which has been our classroom and office space for the last 21 years, you’re invited to head over to 2490 Pandosy Street (corner of Pandosy and Morrison) on March 13th right after our in-person service at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Drs. Deb and Kenn will be there to open the doors, greet you and do a little reminiscing as you say your farewell to this space that has held such wisdom, love, and has been such a wonderful home base for us over these many years. See more details on the Open House event page.
We’ll also be having a more formal farewell and Releasing Ceremony on Saturday, March 26th at 10:30am at the Peace Centre. This will be conducted by Dr. Nadene Rogers. Dr. Nadene is creating a special ceremony for us as a group to facilitate our conscious closure of the Peace Centre. She’ll create a special opportunity for us to say a tender and heartfelt thank you and goodbye to our building. We’d love to see you there. Conscious endings create a beautiful fresh energy for wonderful new beginnings of our next greater yet-to-be. We hope you can join us.
NOTICE of ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Our virtual Annual General Meeting will be held on March 27th at 1pm on Zoom. It is an exciting time at CSL Kelowna and we hope you will join us to hear all the highlights. Apply for membership before 5pm PT on March 26th so you can cast your vote at the AGM.
Annual Membership Drive
Take the powerful step of consciously choosing to become a member of the CSL Kelowna community in 2022! As we do this, we re-commit to our purpose of Awakening Humanity to its Spiritual Magnificence. Your membership also gives you a vote at our upcoming AGM. Please complete the application form on the Membership page of the website.
There is an easy way for you to help CSL Kelowna raise funds. Save your Nature’s Fare receipts and bring them to the in-person service on March 13th. Nature’s Fare will donate 3% of the total of your purchases to CSL Kelowna.
Support and Celebration
One of the great things about belonging to a spiritual community is that we are here for each other to celebrate life’s milestones and to support one another during challenging times. If you are struggling right now or you have a life event that you would like to have honoured, please let us know. You can email Amanda Pope at email@example.com.
Do you need help seeing the Truth in a challenging situation? Do you need support in finding clarity on an issue? Our Ministers and Practitioners are here in service to you. You can contact them through the About page on our website.
Our Shared Values: Education
EDUCATION is a value we share in the Science of Mind philosophy.
Inspiring Words During the Week
Connect with us through our daily posts on CSLK’s Facebook page! Here are a few of the messages we shared this week. Click on any image or go to the entire Things to Remember album. We invite you to ‘like’, comment and share any post that resonates!
Regular Events at CSLK
See more details and dates under Upcoming Events on our home page.
Coffee and Connection is every other Thursday with Dr. Deborah Gordon, Rev. Barbara Samuel and friends. The next online gathering is on March 10th at 10am. Everyone is welcome to this time of casual connection.
After-service Community Chat is every second and fourth Sunday of the month on Zoom. However, our next casual catch-up chat will instead be in person following our Sunday Celebration on March 13th. Everyone is welcome, with a special invitation to newcomers to spend some social time with us! After service, meet Laura and friends in the atrium of the Rotary Centre for the Arts and we will decide where to go from there.
Pre-service Meditation and our children's VIBE program are currently on hiatus and are being reimagined.
We are so Grateful for your Support!
We’re thankful for the many ways we are able to accept donations:
Online via the Ways to Donate page of our website (PayPal or credit card).
By Interac e-transfers sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
By CAFT automatic transfers directly from the bank.
Cheques can be mailed to: Suite 131, 101-1865 Dilworth Drive, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9T1.
For more information, please contact our treasurer, Derek Hinchliffe.
“God sings all the songs, dances all the dances, paints all the pictures, creates all art, writes every book, plays every game.”
— Ernest Holmes
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Vol. 31, Issue 10 | Editor: Annie Zalezsak