Newsletter – March 2015

Dear Friends,

2 Chronicles 20:17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you.

Daily, it seems, we are doing one of two things: fighting or surrendering. And ironically that which we are fighting, or surrendering to, is the same…..Life! We are either fighting Life or surrendering to Life. Maybe we even vacillate between our fighting and surrendering. The mode of surrender to which I am referring is a “conscious giving over”.

The world we face today can be extremely harsh and practical and impacts on us whether we realize it or not; so to a larger or lesser degree we are subject to the “goings on” in the world, and I know that I do not have to elaborate.

The message this month focuses on ‘Spiritual Wholeness,’ and is nothing new except perhaps the newness of our understanding and intention. Daily we are bombarded with information at many different levels from different sources, and the question that comes to mind is: why are these lines of communication not giving us the Truth?

When we are focused on fighting or resisting world issues, we are investing a lot of energy into what it is that we do not want, and by our very attention are making it more. And are any of the issues resolved in this way? When we surrender, I believe that we are consciously placing all attention and effort into trusting the true Power in Life. Scripture guides in this as you will see from the following examples:
2 Chronicles 20:17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you.
Isaiah 30:15 In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.
Exodus 14:13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.
For me, these passages have in common, the need to be still, in the Presence.

How many times have we not repeated the words in our Statement of Being on a Sunday morning: “I am an individualized expression of God. I am one with this perfect life, perfect love, and perfect substance?” Do we honestly believe this? Being at one with our Source, with God, is an experience that is unique to each one of us. An inner spiritual knowing that unites us all, and will always do so. It is the truth of our God-given birthright that can never change and will always be the same, but we have to remember it.

Here in our country we have been (and still are) subject to electricity “load-shedding.” Well, maybe it is time to do some personal load-shedding; off-loading that which we may have been mislead to believe; off-loading all that is inconsistent with Truth. We can play the blame game or we can work on bringing the Light of Truth back into perspective – the Light that is waiting to illumine the darkness and dissolve all confusion. And as each comes to that point of enlightened knowing, we in turn serve all. We have been given an opportunity.

So, as we give up the fight in the world and remember who we are in Truth, we surrender to that Truth, and so become the spiritually enlightened beings we are destined to be. And we play our part in living the message of Truth that never changes. We rest then in the Truth that is changeless, that is our anchor in Life, and we experience our true nature and heritage which is Spiritual Wholeness.

SUNDAY SERVICES: All are welcome to join us each week as we take time to Be Still, in Silent Meditation, and then share a Lesson in Truth Principles. NB. Childcare is available if you phone us on Friday before 10:00am to arrange.

Meditation – 09:30 to 09:45
Service – 09:45 to 10:30

01 Rosemary Batchelor
08 Sylvia van Zyl
15 Rev. Mallory Kretzmann
22 Rev. Helen Penfold
29 Rev. Mallory Kretzmann

GARAGE CLEAN-UP: We are most grateful to the enthusiastic individuals who rolled up their sleeves and got to work on Saturday morning, 21 February, to assist in cleaning and sorting out items for the forth-coming sale. In three hours a remarkable amount of organizing had taken place in a fun atmosphere. We are now asking folk to take flyers, for family, friends, and neighbours to assist in advertising the sale.

On Saturday, 7 March, (10:00 to 13:00) we are holding a Garage Sale to clear the garage of all stored, unnecessary items. There are tables, book shelves; there is wood for shelving, louvre doors, a metal 4-drawer filing cabinet, an antique wash basin, 2 x cream vinyl/wood armchairs, a number of blue plastic chairs, a six-pigeon hole shelf, a floor polisher, a lawnmower, a weed-eater, a wooden lectern, a half-moon table, and various other items. All will be priced to go. We will be grateful to anyone who can assist for a couple of hours at the sale, so please let us know or you can contact Mike McConnell on 084-5566076. More about the project of upgrading the garage, in the next letter…..

CLASSES: in coming together in shared focus and purpose, classes offer us an opportunity to connect with others as we perhaps really get to know them as more than passing acquaintances on a Sunday morning. Special bonds are formed as questions are discussed and understanding grows in a safe and confidential environment.
DIVINE SCIENCE BASIC PRINCIPLE CLASS – This class has been postponed until further notice, should anyone be interested in taking the class, please let us know.
DIVINE SCIENCE BIBLE – NEW TESTAMENT CLASS is underway with five very intentional and focused participants.

ACT MEMBERSHIP: The support of our members is valued. This is your Centre and together we grow in Self Awareness and Consciousness. Reminders to those who are due for Membership renewal will be posted or e-mailed out for your convenience.

We are delighted to announce an anticipated visit, in June, by Dr. Al Salazar, who will be coming to South Africa accompanied by his wife, Marcella, and his son. Many of you know Dr. Salazar and Marcella whose visits in the past have been so appreciated by us all. Dr. Salazar, during his first visit in 1997, designated ACT an Extension Campus to the Divine Science School in Washington DC; and was also instrumental in ordaining both Helen Penfold and Mallory Kretzmann into the Divine Science Ministry.
Dr. Salazar will be presenting our Thanksgiving Service and any other details will be available closer to the time. Watch this space!

In Closing…..

As you sit quietly in your own sacred space, take a deep breath and open your heart to love and peace….

With God, everything is in divine order.
I gently let the awareness of the Presence fill my whole being with Light.
Right now, in this Light, is the sense of surrender and trust.
And in this moment, I trust.
I am an instrument through which the Father expresses his Truth.
In stillness now, I know…..
All creation is sustained…..
And in this moment now, from the holy centre of peace within, I say:
Thank you, O most gracious God, for the promise of your eternal Presence.
Bountiful blessings,