A time arrives in the life of every true seeker when it is not enough to simply believe in God. The greatest need is to know God.
Flower A. Newhouse
New Office Hours
Office hours are Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
When Angels reach a certain advanced rank in Their Kingdom, They are given a choice. They may choose to continue toward Godhood as an Angel, a path that is unobstructed but very gradual. Or they may choose to cross over to the human line of evolution where growth is arduous but greatly accelerated.
Flower A. Newhouse
September 25-27: MICHAELMAS RETREAT
Friday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m. – From the Angel Kingdom to Earth: A dramatic presentation of the early incarnations of Flower A. Newhouse
Saturday, September 26 – A day spent on Angel awareness
Sunday, September 27 at 10:45 a.m. – A dramatic presentation of the most recent incarnations of Flower A. Newhouse. Narrated by Reverend Lucy Wold
August 7-9: 75th ANNIVERSARY RETREAT–Questhaven celebrates its 75th Anniversary!
We are still riding the currents of inspiration, spiritual love, and renewed sense of purpose brought forth from last week's 75th anniversary celebration here at Questhaven. The retreat began with a powerful Friday evening service that included sharings from individuals and the presentation of three new works of art, honoring Questhaven and its founders, Flower and Lawrence Newhouse. This was followed by a very moving video presentation of Questhaven's evolution since its birth in 1940. The service concluded with a rededication to Christ through an oil ceremony.
Saturday we had a well-attended Open House to introduce Questhaven and its history to the local community. This drew many to the Retreat for the first time, as well as giving us the opportunity of welcoming back some old friends. Tours of the grounds and facilities were offered, and poster presentations and scrapbooks showing Questhaven's history were on display in the Friendship House. Many of our ministers and other friendly greeters were there to welcome visitors and answer questions about the Retreat and Ministry.
Our anniversary celebration concluded on Sunday with a special service held in the Oak Grove as a tribute to the dedication service originally held here by Flower A. Newhouse on August 4th, 1940.
The service included joyful, uplifting music from both our vocal and hand bell choirs, two sacred dances, and inspirational sharings by three of our ministers on the Angels, the Masters and Christ as revealed by Flower. Following the service the Friendship House was full as we gathered for food and fellowship.
This retreat reminded all of us who love Questhaven that we have a special opportunity this life to contribute each in our own small way to ensure the continuance of Questhaven's purpose as we move forward into the next 75 years.
What a privilege that is!
Days are of little consequence unless you objectively come closer to the shining nearness of God's Presence Indwelling.
A group of 28 spiritual seekers made their way through Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland, visiting Castles, Cathedrals and Lords of the Mountains.
Vernal Retreat highlighted their trip with a slide show presentation accompanied by music and dance along with shared personal experiences from their journey, traveling with inner perceptiveness.
Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Thank you to all of you who joined us for Easter Retreat 2015!
It is this concentrating upon and loving and revering and following the real Lord Christ that enables the Christ nature to slip into us.
Flower A. Newhouse, Ash Wednesday, 1968
LENTEN AND EASTER TALKS
Lessons that have been impressed on Flower A. Newhouse
Wednesday Night Services
Feb 18 Ash Wednesday An Inner Understanding of Lent
Reverend Flower A. Newhouse
Mar 4 Outposts of Consciousness–Be Forever Expectant of the Good
Mar 11 Outposts of Consciousness–Never Count the Cost
Mar 18 Outposts of Consciousness–We Are to Express Spiritual Love as Widely as Possible
Mar 25 Outposts of Consciousness–To Help Others Lighten Their Load and Climb
Feb 22 Outposts of Consciousness–Improving our Speaking and Thinking
Reverend Blake Isaac
Mar 1 Outposts of Consciousness–Facing Our Fears and Anxieties
Reverend Lucy Wold
Mar 8 Outposts of Consciousness–Cutting Through Our Chains and Fetters
Reverend Hal Lingerman
Mar 15 Outposts of Consciousness–Drawing Closer to God and Being Open to Him
Reverend Elizabeth Wood
Mar 22 Outposts of Consciousness–We Do Not Attain What We Want. We Attain What We Are
Reverend Miara Wiltshire
Mar 29 Palm Sunday In Christ's Way–Build an Altar, Pitch a Tent, Dig a Well
Reverend Blake Isaac
Apr 5 Easter Sunday Easter's Victory–Christ Risen Within Us
Reverend Jonathan Wiltshire
As Christmas approaches through the Advent season, we have an opportunity to draw even closer to our Lord Emmanuel, the Living Christ. His nativity is really the unfolding of our nativity through Him. Our Lord brings His influence upon our continual rebirth and transformation.
The days which precede and include Christmas shall be consecrated to the deepening of spiritual Love for all the Lives which God has created and the handiwork He has made. From the practice of such inward preparation, may we be filled with the spirit of peace, love, and of reverence for God. Then with clear-sightedness and accelerated intuition we shall approach Christ's day to testify through His inner cleansing.
Flower A. Newhouse
The weeks of Advent offer everyone many accelerated opportunities to draw closer to the Lord Christ and all the Company of Heaven who are inspiring and encouraging us to waken all our God-given spiritual capacities.
Flower A. Newhouse said "A soul that is active in us is dwelling in a wonderful world, a world of Light, a world of power and beauty and creativity such as we know nothing about in this dimension." Like a star to shine its reflections of God upon us, we need to learn to listen and respond to its rays of hope and promise. Let us explore how we can do this in ever greater ways.
The word vigil is derived from Latin meaning wakefulness. It is more than staying awake, being on guard, or sitting up with one who is in need. Throughout the history of religion vigil has been an important aspect of the holy quest. It's a way to find our inner strength, to know divine intercession, to discover that silence is not empty. The Christmas season calls us to the silent night, the holy night, and vigil.
And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. For He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden: for behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. Luke 1, 46-48 (KJV)
How exquisite is the stillness that reveals His nearness. For the Spirit of our Lord walks with us guiding our discovery of life's sacredness. Let us find that stillness, feel His nearness and welcome that which He brings. Behold! The Light of Christmas is in our midst.
If we desire a deepening understanding of Christmas as an inner experience, it calls for each of us to expand our understanding into the mystery of the Christ office. From Lord Maitreya to the first Christmas, we begin to sense the growing immensity of the one who came to fulfill the prophesies–Lord Emmanuel, the Living Christ. With great joy, the world sings out for the Lord has come.