October 16, 2020

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
"Hope is the struggle of the soul, breaking loose from what is perishable, and attesting her eternity"
Herman Melville

Don't forget to register now for our first official Zoom Spirit Fest on Halloween.
This starts out with a gallery style event at noon and then, for just $5 more, book your own private reading from 1-3.
Don't miss out and please pre-register to ensure a spot for a private reading. Full details are further down in this newsletter
Next metaphysical service is Sunday, November 1, at 10am
Our special guest homilist will be Lori Solensten and Renee Ranke will be our emcee.
Lori's homily will be Blue Moon at Summer's End: Holding Light as We Move into Darkness and Uncertainty
Stay tuned to next week's newsletter for Zoom link!!

For thousands of years, the midpoint between the Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice has been honored and recognized as both the time "between years" and "between worlds", and in the turning of the wheel it is also the darkest time. The Celtic earth spirituality calls this Samhain, which translates as "Summer's End". Over time, other names and holidays have emerged and been "assigned" to this midpoint including All Souls Day, All Saints Day, All Hallows Eve and Halloween.  This year, 2020, we find both the second full moon of the month (called a blue moon) and the end of Mercury Retrograde falling at this sacred time. Added to that, we find ourselves in the midst of a still global pandemic and a highly charged presidential election in the United States.  
   In the service at ISD on Sunday, November 1, Lori Solensten will be speaking about this unique time we are passing through, its ancient roots and how we can honor and learn from our ancestors as to keep our balance and gratitude through the next few weeks.

Sunday November 1, 2020 3pm-5pm EST
Full Blue Hunter's Moon Ceremonial Dance!

Join us outdoors to celebrate three auspicious occasions- Halloween, a Full Blue Moon, and Samhain. Come learn a simple indigenous dance, with Jeannie Scarzafava & others, offered with a song of love to nature, meant to bridge and amplify the connection of our hearts to her beating rhythms and pulse. We will enjoy socializing at long last afterwards!
Register to attend in person, at Barb Hosier's Outdoor Pavilion in Oneonta (Covid safetly protocols in place)
Free to attend, but register to hold your spot as attendance is limited
Please help us keep our doors open by making a donation to ISD Oneonta by clicking below. No amount is too small! If you are a member making a pledge, please mention that in the comments
Adult Education

Don't forget to join us on Thursday evenings for Our Fall 2020 Lecture series,
"Metaphysically Speaking"

Check out the full series with clickable registration links Here

Tuition for each session:
$15 /$10 ISD Members

Or Register for the whole 8-Part Series:
$120/$80 ISD Members
Special 20% discount:
$94/$64 ISD Members

Thursday Oct. 29th 5:30-7:00pm EST
Sugar Skulls, marigolds, and feasting….Oh My!
Join psychic medium, Renee Ranke as she takes us on a virtual trip to Mexico for el Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. We will look at the history and traditions behind this multi day celebration and then we’ll travel back home to celebrate with our own ancestors…..they always love a good party!!

Schedule Metaphysically Speaking Series
Two Part Class:
Saturday October 24, 2020 11am-12:30pm EST
Saturday November 7, 2020 11am-12:30pm EST
Enhancing the Sacred in Your Life and Home with Altars and Shrines
In this class, retired History Professor, Edythe Quinn, explores the beautiful practice of creating and tending Home Altars & Shrines. She introduces us to her altars, the sacred reason for building them, like honoring family, or spiritual traditions, & shows us how to make one of our own. In part 2, we will show and tell the altars we have made.

Class format is Zoom
$25 General Tuition or $20 for ISD Members.
Boo!!! Join us for:

Halloween Spirit Fest!
Saturday October 31 12pm-3pm EST

ZOOM in on your magic broomstick, as the "White Witches" gather and combine forces to relay messages from departed loved ones, teachers and guides. Dress up in costume and have your wands ready! First, authentic spirit communication from 4 Tried & True Mediums; Add a Private reading w/ Psychic Reader of your choice. Check in on your Life Path Questions. . . Register now, spots are limited!

ISD's Halloween Spirit Fest will be held from 12 noon -3 pm on Zoom and will feature 6 Psychic Readers.  
What might Spirit have to say that will help you through these changing times? Come & find out, in two ways. . .
  1. at the Evidential Mediumship Gallery starting at 12 noon, held via ZOOM in the comfort of your own home! Join the fun, wear a costume. Our Gallery Mediums are Diana Friedell, Story Ducey, Renee Ranke, Judy Simmons. Stay on the Zoom Call for your
  2. Personal, Confidential Psychic Readings from 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm by assigned appointment time with tried and true psychic readers  will be only $25 for 20 minutes ($20 ISD Member Rate).  Halloween

Sunday Series Continues:
Remaining date:
Sunday November 8th 10am-12pm

Reincarnation and Past Life Regression
This exciting three part lecture series will be held on the second Sunday of the month through November.
Rev. Story Ducey; Academic Philosopher, 35 year Teacher of metaphysics, and Medium, takes us on a journey to discover past lives that have created patterns of behavior & prompted choices that still affect our lives today. 
This series taps into our collective group energy, and provides a safe setting to actually take guided journeys into your past realm. Together we will discuss the regressed memories experienced, & why and how it still has influences over our life. In the process, you will re-acquire blocked strengths to help meet your current goals.
Each class will have a Talk and guided past life regression with discussion. Course is open to all levels, from Novice to Avatar.

Full Series:
General Tuition $65 ISD Members $55
One Session:
General Tuition $25 ISD Members $20
We have open Online Development circles for anyone looking to further their spiritual and intuitive growth!!!!
Join one/two/or join them all!!
Take your pick. We have meditation and messaging or 'dream weaving'....please join us and tap into your own spiritual connection

 Suggested Donation for these circles is $10
We understand that many are suffering with financial stress during this time.
No amount is too small and no amount is required!! Please click below to make a donation to ISD and note what circle the donation is for ISD Donation PayPal
ISD Development Circles:

Monday Evenings 7-8:30 pm....
The Art and Science of Intuitive Development
Intuitive Development Circle under the leadership of Story L. Ducey, "the Ivy League Psychic".
Story connects Scientific Research into consciousness studies, and the human energy field. Helping us to understand how our bodies are wired for telepathy and intuition. Lots of practice with intuitive techniques, and more. .
This is a healing/meditation Zoom circle every Monday night
RSVP to Story storyducey@gmail.com

Tuesday Afternoons 2:30pm-4pm....
Learning and Psychic Development Circle
These experiential intuitive development circles are designed to be a place to step away from the weight of the everyday world. Our own little spiritual oasis where everyone, regardless of their experience level, feels comfortable learning, discussing, and unfolding their connection to their own psychic and mediumistic gifts. Let’s join together in the spirit of Love to explore, communicate and develop!!
Each of the circles, facilitated by ISD ministerial cleric Renee Ranke, will begin with a discussion and learning segment that changes weekly. Renee will then lead us in a healing guided meditation directed at receiving your own personal message from Spirit. And we will finish up the session with group messaging work.
Click below for additional information and the Zoom link
email interest or questions to Renee at mysticalmomentsremembered@gmail.com

Wednesday Evenings 5:30-6:30 pm....
Wise Wednesday Meditation and Intuitive Development Circle
Zoom meditation and intuitive development circle with our own pastor and co-director, Rev. Diana Friedell
Return to a sense of Body, Mind, Soul balance and connection with your Spirit helpers. Refresh and renew with a unique guided meditation. Diana, an Intuitive Development Teacher and Psychic Medium for the past 20 years, will lead us in different practices and exercises to allow our own abilities to unfold and continue to develop in a like-minded group. Open to anyone, at all levels of development. We have a lot of fun, and discover the best way to approach our sessions is by saying "I don't know what I don't know!" and "I am open and ready to receive."
Click below for additional information:
RSVP with interest in attending this circle to Diana at info@dianafriedell.com
More Info about Diana:

Thursday Mornings 10-11:30am....
Dream Message Circle
Join a Meditation and Intuitive Development Circle with Rev. Story Lucile Ducey. This circle is dedicated to receiving, recording and discussing the messages many of us are receiving ( and trying to recall!) in our ‘night school journeys.’
Click below for additional details
 RSVP to Story storyducey@gmail.com

Monthly on the 3rd Thursday of the month 7-8 pm....
Path of the Magdalene Meditation Sessions
Next circle is Thursday November 19th
Path of the Magdalene Meditation sessions are an opportunity to join together monthly to activate the healing frequencies of Mary Magdalene in your own life. Mary Magdalene embodied the highest qualities of the Divine, unshakeable faith, unwavering courage, love in action. Each month a quality of Mary Magdalene; faith, tenderness, intelligence, and more is explored and activated. Deepen your experience of Divine Feminine energies and connect with like hearted souls to share your experience.
Join us to create an energetic field for a personal encounter of the Magdalena Energies within.
Click below for additional information and the Zoom link

Monthly on the last Tuesday of the month 6pm-7:30 pm....
Allowing Abundance
Next circle is Tuesday October 27th
This circle, facilitated by Elke Saal, will meet monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month.
Based on the Abraham Hicks teachings and using principles of intention we will deepen our understanding of allowing abundance into our lives. As “Like attracts Like” we need to feel what we desire emotionally before it can manifest into the reality that we prefer. We will strengthen our intentions for abundance with the support of the group energy field.
Check out our October2020 events calendar on ISDOneonta.org for more upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.

Hold on a While
by Amos Russel Wells

When all the sky is very black
And all the earth is blue,
And all the fiends are on your track
And howling after you;
When courage falls and hope decays
And fair ambition dies,
And all your dreamland is ablaze
Beneath the ebon skies;
When you would fain renounce the goal,
Nor plod another mile,
Oh, straighten up your drooping soul,
And—just—hold on—a while!
Hold on a while! the darkest night
May bring the fairest day.
Hold on a while! the good, the right,
Will always find a way.
Hold on! for is Jehovah dead?
His love an empty song?
Hold on! have heaven's armies fled
Before the hosts of wrong?
Hold on! for still some strength remains,
Nor yield you till you must;
A newer life may flood your veins;
Born of a larger trust.
A newer life—hold on for that!
A lily from the mud!
The greening peak of Ararat
Emerging from the flood!
The clouds are shattered by the sun;
The earth is all aglow;
Away the howling devils run,
And back to hell they go!
Hold on for that! Do what you can,
Nor prove a craven elf;
For heaven never helped a man
Until he helped himself.
And when your fondest hopes are dead
And fate has ceased to smile.
'Tis then it pays to lift your head
And—just—hold on a-while.

And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • A Texas restaurant, famous for its funny signs, is still bringing smiles and chuckles during this Covid-19 era. Get ready to giggle when you see their signs in This article from the Good News Network!!

  • Check out This MSN.com article about the amazing 14 year old who won the 3M Young Scientist Challenge by discovering a potential treatment for Covid-19. Anika Chebrolu started her research hoping to find a cure for influenza, but changed direction after the pandemic hit

  • Softer and sexier sparrow songs in San Francisco? This is an interesting article from the Smithsonian about a study proving that song birds in large cities have had to adapt their singing to be heard above the hustle and bustle of humanity. Since the pandemic, it was found that birds in San Francisco were now singing more softly, but being heard for greater distances.

  • Nature helping out!! Here is an incredible article about an owl that flew into a helicopter battling wildfires in California. Looks like the little guy just wanted to make sure that the important job was being done right!

The below links will remain here so that you will easily be able to find them if you have a need:

  • Do you or someone you know need some assistance with mental health issues or coping during this pandemic period. Here is a link to the US Department of Health & Human Services that will provide you with resources and tools to help deal with the stress of this time.

  • Do you have coronavirus questions? Here is an interesting article from CNN that may answer some of them. Questions like, "When are people with coronavirus most contagious?" and "How safe are public restrooms?"
Got Bottles & Cans to return?

ISD has a CLYNK account at Hannaford in Oneonta. 

How can I help? 
Go to the Lotus Center, 41-45 Dietz St., and even if the door is locked, you will see stickers in the plastic flyer display holder on the wall to the LEFT of the Door, under the prayer flags.
Take one to put on each bag that you are bringing to Hannaford- Ask someone there where the bags go. With that correct tag on it, the bottle deposit money goes directly into the ISD Oneonta Account.

Thank you to all who have brought in your 5 cent returnables for us to return, and to Connie Lull for delivering to Hannaford.
We have built up about $160 for ISD just from returning our cans!
Thank you!

Help us to raise the money to pay ISD National for our hymnals.
You are invited to dedicate an ISD Oneonta hymnal in the name of a loved one. For a donation of $35 a custom bookplate will be permanently placed in a hymnal. 
You may dedicate it to the Memory of a friend or loved one who has died; OR you may present it "in Honor of:" a living friend or loved one, who you would like to honor- as a gift to mark a special occasion, or just to thank them.

Simple to do, click on the below link, fill out the form, and press send!
A note from Rev. Diana

Members and Friends:
Wanna Reach out to friends in your church family?
Susan Owens is has taken on the task of starting a church directory through an online app called InstaChurch, and a few of you have replied to her already about your preferences.

All members are automatically in the directory, but only with the information that you provided when you joined the church.
A reminder that the Directory is Completely Private- passcode protected, will only be able to be seen and accessed by people who are in the directory- ISD Members and friends.

Please email Susan Owens if you would like to be included in the directory, but haven’t formally signed up to be a member yet;
or if you do NOT want to be in the church directory.
You will very soon have the opportunity to see the directory and check your listing, and send any corrections to Susan at drsowens@yahoo.com
Just a reminder that we are continuing our Prayer Warriors group, every day at 5pm we pause to pray and send our healing energies where they are most needed right now

Each day at 5 PM EST, we will pause for about 10 minutes and meditate and pray with the intention of sending healing energy to all.
You do not have to be present each day. Requests for healing or suggestions should be submitted to our Healing Program director, Jo Ann Wormuth at the below ISD website link:

Rev. Diana Friedell, Pastor & Co-Director A popular area medium and psychic for 17 years, graduate of Fellowships of the Spirit, Lily Dale, NY & SUNY Oneonta, Rev. Diana is astounding in her commitment to bring the Institute to Oneonta as a gathering place for all who want to explore their own Divine nature & expand intuitive gifts. I look forward to chatting with you! 607-433-2089
See my brand new website! Thank you Dan Afriacano: www.dianafriedell.com
Also available for private phone readings/consultations during these changing times.

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Our ISD Leadership
Shown Amanda Hoover, Co-Director

Amanda Hoover - Co-Director w/Diana
Story Lucile Ducey,
Adult Education/Programming Chair
Ministry Training Program
Renee Ranke – Adult Education/Programming Co-Chair
& Newsletter Editor
Jo Ann Wormuth Developing Healing Certification Program to start in September!
Many more new leaders are stepping up. . . more to come
Founding Pastor, Rev. Sue has retired to concentrate on her healing right now. If there is anything we can do she will let us know. But meanwhile, the strong leadership at ISD continues to build on 3 years of groundwork for this amazing institution. We could use your help. If you can volunteer to help with the Bookstore, hospitality, ushering, building maintenance, website, office tasks, shopping- Just call or email! Diana!
Your gift helps to sustain Oneonta's first Metaphysical Church and learning center. . .