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eBlast December, 2014


Living, loving, learning…together

December Schedule of Events


Theme:  Stillness

Sunday December 28, 2014

9:30 – 9:45 pm
Meditation: Sandy Gohlke, R.Sc.P

10:00 – 11:00 am
Special Guest Speaker and Special Music: Rev. Kathy Zavada

Social Hour following the service

12:30 – 2:30 pm – Workshop with Rev. Kathy (see below)

This Sunday!

Guest Speaker, Special Music and Workshop Presenter

               Kathy Zavada

“Stillness and Love: The Answer to Happiness”

               Sunday, December 28, 2014           12:30 – 2:30 pm

Tickets are $20 for people who have signed up in advance on the list in Lofftus Hall; if not, $25 at the door.

Rev. Kathy Zavada will be our guest speaker on Sunday, December 28th, speaking on “Stillness and Love:  The Answer to Happiness” and offering a workshop which looks at love and stillness as the two most important aspects of a fulfilled spiritual life. The poet Hafiz says, “God is fully known only through love, which accepts everything. Love reveals the Universe as a cosmic playground where every thing and being participates in a single, magnificent Game.”
In this workshop we will be supported in directly experiencing the

stillness of our being, the space between thoughts, the peace that is
already here within. We will look at how we can trust whatever life is
bringing, however challenging. We will be guided to open to the presence of love, inspired by music that transmits heart energy,and do some inner work that supports forgiveness, letting go, allowing and embracing all that life is bringing. There will also be writing practice, a chance for group sharing, question and answer, guided meditation and sacred chanting.
Rev. Kathy Zavada is an Interfaith Minister, celebrated sacred music
recording artist, and skilled long-time retreat and workshop facilitator
who specializes in supporting the release of difficult emotions,  getting
back in touch with and living from the heart, and guiding students in
finding the stillness or I Am presence within. Her programs are powerful
transmissions of unconditional Love and Presence. For more information visit

Special Dinner for Torres Shelter
On January 1, 2015, our beloved Hazel Carter has managed our outreach team to serve meals to the homeless at the Torres Shelter for 10 years. Thank you to Hazel for this amazing and devoted service.  

For this special occasion, Hazel would like to offer Torres Shelter a special festive dinner on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2015 in celebration. On Sunday, December 28th, all of the Social Hour donations, will go to supporting the Torres Shelter meal program. 

Hazel is also asking that if you can, please bring a cooked ham to add to the meal. You may contact Hazel directly at (530) 894-3462 for more information.

Coming Soon
“Breaking the Habits of Being Yourself = Becoming Who You Want to Be”
January 5, 12, 19 and 26
Beginning Monday, January 5, 2015 and continuing for four weeks, 
Dr. Joni Samples will present Brain 3: “Breaking the Habits of Being Yourself = Becoming Who You Want to Be” inspired by the book, “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself” by Dr. Joe Dispenza. Look for more information and sign up sheets in Lofftus Hall.

Look for your New Year inspiration with a 2015 calendar from our Room for Thought Bookstore

There are still many inspirational and motivational calendars to choose from as well as unique designer jewelry, books by your favorite authors and seasonal cards created by our own Sandy Gohlke.
 We have some wonderfully talented artists in our midst and they’re sharing their unique gifts with us now. Come see for yourself and enjoy!

News from the
Board of Trustees

At Sunday’s Board of Trustees open meeting, we discussed how we are moving forward into 2015.  Preliminary work was done on the budget that will be presented for approval at our annual meeting, February 22, 2015.

There are changes afoot in all areas of the Center and our activities. One important area we are addressing is the governance of the Center. Inspired by Rev. Duchess’ talk on Sunday about ‘name and nature’ being one in the same, we have voted to change the name of the Center’s primary governing body from the more traditionally corporate, ‘Board of Trustees’ to a name that more reflects who we are and what we do: Stewardship Council. We will be seeking two or three new members for this Council that will join in revealing and creating the new vision and plan for our Center in 2015.
We are also happy to report that Joni Samples is stepping into the position of coordinating our volunteers and teams to get us engaged and stepping up to be of service. (Joni is aligning with Spirit to have the new name for this service be revealed and we will let you know by the new year). More information on this will follow after the holidays

Knowing Happy Holidays to one and all.

Sandy Gohlke, Board President

Continuing classes and workshops
Science of Mind Magazine Circle
Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Facilitated by Rev. Duchess (Love offering)

Please note:

The SOM Magazine Circle is on holiday hiatus December 25, 2014 and January 1, 2015. The Circle will resume on January 8, 2015 with “Spiritual Hero of the Year” on page 14.  You can still pick up your new copy of the January edition in our bookstore.

Shen Ming Exercise with Matt Cavender
Tuesdays – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursdays – 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
(Love Offering)

Parking Reminder
Please be mindful when parking at our Center. Often times (especially at night) people have been parking in front of resident’s driveways and blocking their access. We want to be good neighbors, so when parking on the street, just be sure you are not blocking an entrance. Thank you!

A look ahead…
January 4, 2015
9:30 am
Contemplation Service
Rev. Duchess Dale
10:00 am
Inspiration Service
Rev. Duchess Dale

Special Music

Warren Haskell

Our center’s office will be closed Dec. 25 – 29, 2014

Open Tuesday, Dec. 30 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm 

Closed Dec. 31 – Jan. 3, 2015

If there are any facility/Center questions, or spiritual prayer requests or needs, please call the Center office,
530-895-8395 and leave a message with your name, the concern and your contact information. Peggy Gray will be checking the voice mail messages and have the appropriate person get back in touch with you. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility during this holiday season to allow for time off for the Staff. Thank you!

December Affirmations
With each new day, I am more willing to trust the stillness.

I listen to the still small voice within that sings the song of my soul.

The thunder of silence echoes sweetly so that I may hear my true self.

My heart is now open and I surrender to the fullness of my life.

All is well, all is God, and so it is. 

(This month’s affirmations written Rev.Duchess Dale)


December 21, 2014
No video is currently available and will be posted on the website at a later date.
Archive of Previous Sundays
on Youtube

New Classes Coming Soon!
In mid-January, Rev. Duchess will be offering the Foundations Class.

In February, John Boyle will be presenting “Self-Mastery.” 

Details for these accredited classes will follow after the holidays.

Mindfulness Meditation Coming in January
Steve Flowers, MFT is offering is a free weekly mindfulness meditation group for anyone that would come home to the true refuge of stillness which is always found in our own deep being.
Donations are welcomed and appreciated.

Please feel welcome to join us whenever you like. We meet every Tuesday from 5:00 – 6:00 pm at 7 Governors Lane “The Nest” in Chico. Bring a meditation cushion or use one of our chairs.

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Thank you! Our November Change for Change raised $100.10 for the Chico Food Project

December Change for Change: The Shalom Free Clinic

This is the last Sunday to support The Shalom Free Clinic, founded in 2007. This clinic provides the underinsured and uninsured with physical, mental and behavioral health services free of charge to people of all sexual orientations, races, genders, nationalities, ages, economic standings, marital status, mental and or physical abilities and family configurations. The clinic is open every Sunday from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  To find out more, visit them at:



Each month, our Center selects a viable non-profit organization-usually within Chico – that we can support with our loose change. We encourage you to bring your spare change so that we may contribute tangible change along with our philosophy of changing one’s
thinking to change lives.  Look for the big water jug in the foyer as you leave the Center. Thank you. 
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