March 1, 2015 Online Gazette

Welcome to The Celebration Online Gazette.

Please join us this Sunday, March 1, 2015 for our Sunday service. Here are the highlights:

Greeter: John Smith

Speaker: George Cohen, “Reflections on The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer”

Host: Ken Shaw

Announcements: David Raymer

Reading: Jeff Hood

Meditation: Max Highstein

Special Music: Max Highstein

Upcoming Speaker for March 8: Joan Sotkin, “Embracing the Discomfort of Change”

Upcoming Special Music:

For March 8: Chris Chickering

For March 15: Shelley Campbell

For March 22: Catherine Donavon

For March 29: Terra Pressler with Mike Varagon

The Celebration Service is held at 10:30am every Sunday at the National Education Association building, 2007 Botulph Road in SantaFe. The Celebration also has a Facebook page! Help us fill it with pictures, comments, and your ideas, and be sure to LIKE the page when you visit

About This Week’s Speaker

George Cohen was so impressed with the power of the principles presented by Michael Singer’s book The Untethered Soul, that he felt moved to share them.  These principles are seen as essential in the process of the freeing of the soul.  George will explore the means for accomplishing this worthwhile task.

George M. Cohen worked as an educator for over 40 years.  During that time he trained students, school staff, corporate employees and parents in Communication, Conflict Management, Leadership and other topics. Since coming to Santa Fe, Mr. Cohen has worked at the State Penitentiary conducting classes in Anger Management. His interest in spiritual principles has led him to study A Course in Miracles for more than 8 years. He has been an active member of The Celebration for over nine years..

About Next Week’s Speaker

For the past 30 years, Joan Sotkin has been examining alternative ways of dealing with life on many different levels. Joan does not define success as merely making a lot of money or having social or career status. Her search has been for something deeper and more meaningful and learning to integrate what she discovers into her business and personal life. Her website,, is her contribution to those of you who want to experience the “more” of life while creating satisfying and prosperous lives and businesses.

March Council

will meet on Sunday, March 15, at 2pm at Joan Sotkin’s house, 2581 Camino San Patricio. David Raymer will facilitate. Agenda items include:

–Financial Report…………………………………….. Ellen Shapiro

–Songbook Committee………………………………….. David Raymer

–Service Indexing Report……………………………… David Raymer

–Continuing Discussion About Word Change in our Invocation ……….David Raymer

If you would like your voice to be heard regarding the last item, please plan on attending. The discussion so far has been very rich and nothing has been concluded yet.

Celebration Potluck March 29th to Mark our 24th Anniversary!

David Raymer has offered to host a potluck at his home, 510 Fulton Lane, on Sunday, March 29th following the service. We mark the anniversary of The Celebration on the Sunday before Easter, which this year is March 29. Please plan on joining us for a good food and good company for a good reason! Bring a dish to share. Please park in the Frenchy’s Park parking lot and walk the one short block to David’s house if you are able, as parking is very scarce near the house.

 Community Activities

–An FYI from DD: Dianne Deloren is now officially a grandma! Her daughter delivered a fine, healthy baby boy last Tuesday at 1am. Miles Augustus Lal is his name. Dianne will be noticeably absentMarch 1 and March 8 as she will be out in California helping the new mom adjust to her new mom-hood.

–Max Highstein is now offering Celebrants his intuitive spiritual counseling work as a gift, at no charge. In sessions he helps clients identify and release inner blocks, and connect more deeply with their own higher guidance. Max has MA degrees in both counseling and spiritual psychology; and intuitive gifts of insight and healing cultivated over decades. Learn more at his website ( and call him at 466-1055 to schedule an appointment. All Celebrants are welcome.

Ongoing Call for Speakers

Please let Dianne know if have any ideas for good inspirational speakers. Would you or someone you know be interested in sharing about your life path in a twenty minute talk? We are especially interested in the stories of individual journeys of self knowledge and spiritual unfoldment and invite you to consider sharing yours. If you are interested in sharing with us please contact Dianne Deloren,

How YOU Can Participate in the Celebration Service

Our service is largely coordinated and sustained by volunteers. If you would like to participate by conducting a meditation, doing a reading, being a speaker, or performing special music, please contact the following coordinators:

MEDITATION: Elsie Rippel,, Ph. 424-1302

READING: Nancy Moon,, Ph. 467-8632

SPEAKER: Dianne Deloren,  699-0023

SPECIAL MUSIC:, Ph. 670-2144

Ongoing Call for Speakers & Special Music

Would you or someone you know be interested in sharing about your life path in a twenty minute talk? We are especially interested in the stories of individual journeys of self knowledge and spiritual unfoldment and invite you to consider sharing yours. If you are interested in sharing with us please contact Dianne Deloren,  Special music providers are booked by Virginia Gilstrap,

Celebration Cares Committee

The Celebration Cares Committee has the mission of co-ordinating activities for the personal well-being needs of members of our community. Please contact Ken Shaw if you or someone in our community needs help, or to become a member yourself. Committee members are:  Sharon Cheney, 474-6363; George Cohen, 699-1923; Dianne Deloren, 699-0023; Bernard Gross, 474-5694;  Kate Marks, 471-8632; Christopher Murphy, 989-7382; Terra Pressler, 395-.8267; Elsie Rippel, 424-1302; Ken Shaw, 819-7359; To join, e-mail

The Celebration also has a HELP FUND that can give financial assistance to individuals. You would make a check out to The Celebration and label it for the person you wish to assist. The Celebration then gives a check to that individual, which makes your donation tax deductible. If there is a specific individual you wish to support through the HELP FUND, contact


Cyber Connections:

–Patti Blair’s website is

–Nicolaas Bollen shares his philosophy on his Facebook page, Perfect Universal Dialogue.

–Sharon Cheney writes and sends out a free monthly news-letter. To request it,

–Denys Cope’s website:

–Virginia Gilstrap has a blog about her work as a hospice nurse:

–Deanna Hallmark’s blog: http:/

–Bernard Gross’ website is:

–Max Highstein’s websites: and his guided meditations are at

–Kathleen Hill’s website:

–Cynthia Hinkley’s handmade greeting cards are on etsy:

–Jeff Hood’s website is

–Kate Marks’ website is

–Nancy Moon’s website is

–Kathleen Nagy’s website:

–Bill O’Donnell’s YouTube channel is;there are many videos posted there

–Ronda’s amazon site is

–Joan Sotkin’s website and podcasts can be found at:

–Ellen Shapiro’s 2 blogs: and

–Tairifa’s website is