March 8, 2015 Online Gazette

Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour (Spring Forward) before retiring on Saturday night March 7th!
Please join us this Sunday, March 8, 2015 for our Sunday service. Here are the highlights:
Greeter: Dottie Hill
Inspirational Speaker: Joan Sotkin, “Embracing the Discomfort of Change”
Host: Terra Pressler
Announcements: David Raymer
Reading: Nicolaas Bollen
Meditation: Ken Shaw
Special Music: Chris Chickering
Upcoming Speaker for March 15: John Bishop, “My Spiritual Journey”
Upcoming Special Music:
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 Santa Fe. 
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
   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. She has searched for something deeper and more meaningful and learned to integrate what she discovered 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.
About Next Week’s Speaker
   John Bishop has lived in Santa Fe for nearly thirty years and has attended The Celebration  for over twenty years. He has a twenty year old company based in Portland, Oregon that specializes in nanotechnology with focused ion beam technology, making parts for the semiconductor, diamond and archival industries. He is the founder of The MASTERS Program at Santa Fe Community College, an early college charter high school.  He is involved in community service through Rotary International and Coming Home Connection. His partner, is Glenys Carl.
Council will meet on March 15
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
–Mary and Ken are sponsoring a “Musical Celebration for Russ” (Russell Call) this Saturday, March 7, at 4:30 pm. It will be at Ken’s home, 2539 Camino Cabestro (see directions below).  It is a pot luck and people are bringing instruments and “creative music makers.” You are invited to this delightful event and I hope you will join us, whether you plan to play an instrument or not.
Directions: From Yucca, between Zia And Rodeo, turn east toward the mountains onto Jemez. Go a few feet to the stop sign and turn left. The road turns right and becomes Camino Cabestro, and a few houses down on the left is 2539, the one with the black mailbox and the yellow newspaper tube. OR, on Rodeo near St. Francis, head west to Camino Cabestro. Take that right and go to 2539 on the right with the black mail box and yellow newspaper tube.
If you have questions, call Mary 862-1418, Ken 819-7359, or George 699-1923. (You might bring extra folding chairs if you have them, just in case.)
–This from Charles Tichenor:
–“Dear Friends and Fans: After a long hiatus, I am back in the cabaret world! I installed a stunning, seven foot Mason & Hamlin grand piano in the backroom of the new El Agave Mexican Restaurant right in the middle of Burro Alley and next to the Lensic Theater.  I’ll be playing the piano, singing, and entertaining the crowd on Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm to 9pm. Come see me and meet owner Hector Venegas, he’s a charmer. By the way, the authentic Mexican food is outrageously delicious. Come enjoy the newest addition to the Santa Fe music scene.  Come to the cabaret!”
–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. All Celebrants are welcome.
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
The deadline is 4:00pm on Thursday to place an announcement of Celebration-related business or a Community Activities item in this newsletter.  Dianne Deloren can be reached at Please send content items or content related questions to Technical or other questions about this newsletter or your subscription to it should be sent to For general questions about The Celebration service, visit our website,