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GREETINGS

The roses have bloomed. My irises have bloomed and withered. The tigerlilies just bloomed today. It’s definitely Summer. More than that, it’s Litha. All that promise of the Spring ­ those buds ­ are flowering.

My yard is quite overgrown. Between my feet and various other problems, I haven't gotten much mowing done yet. I haven't brought out the sprinkler at all this season either. Mother Nature seems to have made sure I haven't needed to. I rather like the effect of the rye grass and the flowering weeds, ahem, native plants all over the front yard. Sigh, I will have to clear things soon. But I'll enjoy it a while longer.

—Catherine

JUNE OPEN FULL MOON

Hearthstone meets the Friday before or the Friday of the Full Moon at the First Unitarian Church at 14th and Lafayette in Denver. The church doors open at 7, and we like to start at 7:30. (We are NOT big proponents of Pagan Standard Time, but if there is weather related driving trouble or a problem on the freeway, we've been known to wait a bit longer.) This month's ritual is FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2007.

Remember, please, that Hearthstone doesn’t expect everyone to enter in Perfect Love and Perfect Trust, as there are people you don't know there, but to enter with a willing heart and an open mind, and leave your differences at the door. 

Some traditions are more controversial than others, or may contain a component that disturbs someone attending an Open Full Moon.  It is one of the risks of exploring different traditions.  Should anyone be uncomfortable, unsettled, or upset about any ritual presented by Hearthstone, please contact Alia to discuss -- and hopefully resolve and heal -- the issue.

—Alia

The June 29th OFM will be presented by the Covenant of the Wiccæ. COTW will be guiding celebrants through an Anderson-Feri circle, where we will explore the question: What is my Work in the World? We will raise a cone of power, releasing it into this individual work, into the work of the OFMs, and into the work of our beautiful world. Then we will share cakes and ale, and carry our commitments to into the rest of our lives as a 27 day spellworking.

COTW celebrates a fusion of Alexandrian, Gardnerian and Anderson-Feri paths. We hold open and closed Circles, teach community and lend the services of our members as leaders and ritual coordinators. We are a teaching coven, offering entry level Wicca casual courses for students seeking Dedication into the Craft of the Wise, 1st year studies for students seeking Initiation into our Coven and Priest[ess] training at its Esbat and Sabbat celebrations. We are active with many diverse charities and fund-raising events and are looking for new ways to serve the community, expanding our services as our membership grows.
Learn more about COTW at http://cotw.us.

Parking has become more difficult at the church. Please read the parking suggestions provided by theFirst Unitarian Church. Thank you. —Alia

THANKS AND A TIP OF THE HAT

Hearthstone offers our Thanks and a Tip of the Hat to Kath Morgan and the five priests and priestesses who provided a Feri Tradition ritual on June 1. With the intention of increasing Love and Compassion, we were guided to "polish our hearts" and channel energy from above and below, swirling it into the center of our circle, from where it was freely shared. With a gentle spiral dance while singing John Lennon's song "Imagine" we sent out peaceful and compassionate energy for our world, our community and our Selves. Thank you, Kath and friends, for sharing your love with all of us!

—Arynne

PREPARING FOR SEPTEMBER'S OPEN FULL MOON

The September 28th OFM will be a Wiccaning presented by Amy and Teri for children ages 4 to 11. We have selected this age group mostly for parents who have found this path later in life and missed the traditional Wiccanings done for children during infancy. This is not a Dedication, this is a formal introduction to the elements, directions, and Deity. Each child will receive a token from each element and the Lord and the Lady, and a bag to keep them in. They may be dressed in formal ritual robes or dresses if you choose, or in ordinary attire. Due to time constraints, we will have to limit participation to 25 children who need to be pre-registered by August 21st. There will be a $4 cash only fee to cover supplies which will be collected upon admittance on the 14th. You can contact Amy at 303-487-8784 (cell) ANYTIME or Teri at 303-470-6272 during daytime hours of 9am to 6pm for registration and/or questions. We both have voicemail that is checked regularly, and you will receive a confirmation callback.

ON DONATIONS

We appreciate that many of you donate to the church.  With your contributions, we have reached the point where the church is preparing to set policies for assisting those in need.  The more you can spare, the more we can help those who need it.

We aren’t going to start collecting at the door, and no one will be turned away for not having a donation.  However, we would like to suggest a donation of 4 to 7 dollars per person.  (The extra is to cover the pagans that are unable to donate.)  If you can’t afford it, you are still welcome – if you can afford more, we’d be delighted to accept it.

NOTE:  Hearthstone is a church and your donations to Hearthstone are tax deductible. If you would like to write a check so you can keep track of your donations, we can certainly handle that as well.

College of Wicca and Old Lore

In 1999, the College of Wicca and Old Lore was established. The College has as its mission to teach Wicca and the Old Ways, to teach teachers of Wicca and to build community. For more information about the College of Wicca and Old Lore, our schedule of classes, or.to apply to the program listed below, please go to our website: http://www.collegeofwicca.org.

Upcoming 8-week classes:

Saturdays, 8/18/07 - 10/6/07, 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Sundays, 8/19/07 - 10/7/07 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesdays, 10/3/07 - 12/5/07, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, skipping 10/31/07 and 11/21/07

Tuition:

$50 for entire eight-week course.

Application/Registration:
To apply, please go to our website www.collegeofwicca.org and click twice on the "Register" button and follow the directions given.

 

COLORADO PAGAN CHILDREN’S CIRCLE

Children's Circle meets to celebrate the Pagan Sabbats with our children, involving them in our spiritual and magickal lives.

7/29/07 Lammas - Meet at Noon
9/16/07 Mabon - Meet at Noon
10/28/07 Samhain - Meet at Noon
12/16/07 Yule - Meet at Noon


We meet at Spirit Wise at 6590 S. Broadway in Centennial. A map is available at: http://www.spiritwisegifts.com/Location_and_Hours.html
Contact Kath if you need more details.

 

EARTH TEMPLE DATES

These are the 2007 dates for Earth Temple rituals. Earth Temple meets on Fridays at 7:30 pm we start announcements, and ritual begins at 7:45 pm; at Small Gatherings, 66th and Wadsworth.

If you have suggestions or questions about Earth Temple activities, please write to us at earthtemple-owner@yahoogroups.com.

Earth Temple 2007 dates:

Jul 13  New Moon
Jul 27  Lammas
Aug 10  New Moon
Sep 7  New Moon
Sep 21 Mabon
Oct 12 Nnew Moon
Nov 2  Samhain
Dec 7  New Moon
Dec 21 Yule

GUEST COLUMNS?

If you have something to say, and are willing to let Alia or Catherine edit it slightly, (generally for grammar – Alia has the soul of an English teacher and I want to be one) please feel free to submit your writing.   Content will not be edited.   We can usually make room for more voices.

This newsletter is for Hearthstone Community Church, Inc. of Denver, Colorado.  Edited by: Catherine Mock.  Published by:  M. Alia Denny.

STANDARD DISCLAIMER and COPYRIGHT INFORMATION

Please note that information and opinions contained in the articles in this newsletter are the responsibility of the authors only.  No endorsement by Hearthstone Community Church, Inc. is implied. 


All writings are copyright to their respective authors.  Please obtain permission before reprinting anything here with the exception of the Open Full Moon Dates.  Those may be copied and transmitted as needed.

Open Full Moon Dates

2007

June 29, 2007
July 27, 2007
Aug 24, 2007
Sept. 21, 2007Sept. 28, 2007
Oct. 19, 2007
Nov. 23, 2007
Dec. 14, 2007

Several of our dates are a week early this year, in an effort to separate them somewhat from Sabbats very close to the date. This allows for Hearthstone to focus on Full Moon celebrations and allow other groups to focus on the Sabbats, whether that be public groups or closed circles.


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