October 28,2021

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“I was born on the night of Samhain, when the barrier between the worlds is whisper-thin and when magic, old magic, sings its heady and sweet song to anyone who cares to hear it.”
― Carolyn MacCullough, Once a Witch

Our next
Metaphysical Service
will be Sunday November 7th at 10am on Zoom

Stay tuned for full details

If you are looking for some inspiration in the meantime, check out some of our previous homilies on our YouTube channel:
What's Happening at ISD Oneonta?

  • Tonight, Thursday October 21, 5:30pm-7pm is part two of Chakras: the Spiritual Growth Highway with our Director of Healing, JoAnn Wormuth. This class is required for our Healing Certification program but open to EVERYONE. Full details below under Adult Education.
  • Find details on the Healing Certification Program Here

  • You don't want to miss out. Join our ISD Halloween celebration this Saturday October 30 from 12:00pm (noon)-3pm Halloween Psychic Readings: Through the Veil with ISD. Book your own private reading with an ISD psychic medium. $30 for 25 minutes with all proceeds going to ISD. Details and registration link below.

  • Don't forget to sign up for Past Life Regression with Rev. Story. This three-part class begins next Thursday November 4 5:30-7pm and is an elective for the Healing Certification program and is always one of our most popular classes. Full details below in Adult Education

  • What is GTTAGSC? Check out the message below from Sherry Barton on behalf of the Membership Committee. Let's join together in person as this season of gratitude begins!

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From the ISD Membership Committee:
GTTAGSC (Getting Together To Avoid Going Stir Crazy) Socials 

Time to join together in person!!

ISD is looking to revamp our after-church hospitality social hour. We are looking for people to host small afternoon or evening (candlelight) potluck socials.
Potlucks are fantastic ways to connect or reconnect with others, share a meal the food preparation, showcase a favorite dish or try out a new dish, and share our latest updates with each other.
If you are interested in volunteering as a host, email me at the email address below. Let me know how many guests and your preference for an afternoon or evening meal.

Contact Sherry Barton: Sherryepbarton@gmail.com

One more quick note from Sherry about in-person gatherings:

The holiday season is about 7 weeks away. Many missed having our Holiday/Christmas party last year. We want to know how many are interested in having an in-person party where the selected space is large enough for social distancing and following the CDC Guidelines.

Contact Sherry Barton: Sherryepbarton@gmail.com
Please help us to keep offering quality classes, beautiful metaphysical services, and engaging development circles by clicking on the donate button below to make a donation to ISD Oneonta.
No amount is too small! If you are a member making a pledge, please mention that in the comments
Celebrate Halloween with a Private Reading
Saturday October 30, noon to 3pm
Halloween Psychic Readings: Through the Veil with ISD

This is an ISD fundraiser with all proceeds supporting the mission of ISD Oneonta
"What's in that Crystal Ball for Me?"
Is the wind of your life changing directions? At a crossroads? Consult a tried and true ISD Psychic Medium, during this magical Halloween time, while the veil is thin, to see what your spirit guides & departed loved ones are trying to show you that would help you with your life path. Only $30 for 25 minutes!

Choose your psychic Medium and enjoy a private Zoom reading.
Adult Education

Thursday October 21st and Thursday October 28th
Chakras: The Spiritual Growth Highway
A required class for the ISD Oneonta Healing Certification Program, but open to everyone
Chakras form our energy anatomy. When clear of blockages, they keep us healthy and balanced. In this two-part class JoAnn Wormuth, Master Energy Healer, leads us to discover the meaning and purpose of each chakra. We will learn to address & clear any impurities in our own energy system. There will be energy exercises & as well as self-discovery and healing meditations

Thursday November 4th, Thursday November 11th, and Thursday November 18th 5:30-7pm
Reincarnation and Past Life Regression with Rev. Story Ducey
Ever felt this has happened before, Deja Vu? 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 is a three class series that examines our soul's curriculum. Gain insights, join the fun! This course is open to all, and also counts as an elective for the Healing Certification Program and the Intuitive Practitioner Program.
Join us during the week for our 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 Please click below to make a donation to ISD and note what circle the donation is for
Weekly Circles:

7-8:30pm EST

Oracle Circle

With Story Ducey. These experimental circles will focus on deep meditation for healing and renewal and seeking guidance, teachings and home work from Spirit.
Click below for additional information:
email interest and to get the Zoom link:storyducey@gmail.com
2:30pm-4pm EST

Learning & Psychic Development Circle

With Renee Ranke. These experiential intuitive development circles are designed to be a place to step away from the weight of the everyday world.
Click below for additional information and the Zoom link
email interest or questions:mysticalmomentsremembered@gmail.com
5:30-6:30 pm EST

Wise Wednesday Meditation and Intuitive Development Circle

Facebook Live meditation and Zoom intuitive development circle with our own pastor and co-director, Rev. Diana Friedell
Click below for additional information:
RSVP to Diana info@dianafriedell.com
10-11:30am EST

Dream Message Circle

With Rev. Story Lucile Ducey. This circle is dedicated to receiving, recording and discussing the messages many of us are receiving in our ‘night school journeys.’
Click below for additional details
RSVP to Story storyducey@gmail.com
Monthly Circles:

3rd Thursdays
7-8 pm EST
Next circle is Thursday October 21st
Path of the Magdalene Meditation Sessions
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.
Click below for additional information
RSVP to Dale to receive the Zoom Link dalecapristo@gmail.com
4th Tuesdays
6-7:30 pm EST
Next circle Tuesday October 26th
Allowing Abundance
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.
Check out our October 2021 events calendar on ISDOneonta.org for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.
Song of the Witches: “Double, double toil and trouble”

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and howlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon's blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations


This week the Sun will be joined in Scorpio by Mars. These two planets together in one sign encourage action and strength. The influence of Scorpio on this combination creates a powerful intensity to our days. It will be well to remember our better angels and our manners with this combination shining down upon us. Be sure to do your best to live your highest light. Scorpio is a very strong sign, with the ability to go to extremes.

Scorpio is the 8th sign in the Zodiac. In Numerology 8 is associated with strength, decisiveness and particularly emphasizes the proper use of power. Eight is the upright infinity sign. Balanced achievement is very possible with this numerical energy.

Combined together the Sun, Mars, Scorpio, and the energy of the numbers 8 (Zodiac sign), and 11 (month number) create a potent opportunity to move your life and soul in very significant ways. Choose from your heart and choose well. Emphasis on the heart is important since power wielded only with cold reasoning will no longer work. The same energy generated through the heart center will create with ever increasing beauty and grace.

Another factor worth our notice at this time is the visible night sky. Shortly after dark you can still step outside and see Venus shining ever so brightly in the low western sky. Saturn and Jupiter are right behind her in the southwestern sky. All of them are following a similar path. All are easily seen with the naked eye. Drink in the inspiration and wonder of their path across our night sky.

There is another way to find kinship and support from our celestial "family." The stars appear to twinkle at us, changing color and jumping position slightly. The beams of light reaching our eyes have to come through multiple layers of our atmosphere. They fluctuate and waver, appearing to shine brighter at some moments more than others. Is that not a perfect description of our lives? We are not steady, unchanging beams of light. We also must make our way through layers of challenge and seeming missteps. Keep in mind that light is a Sine wave with natural peaks and valleys. So too are we! We seem to blink on and off, just as the stars do.

I ask you this; Do the stars seem any less brilliant and magical because their light seems to waver momentarily? Or are they seeming to communicate in some wonderful way - because they twinkle! Try this. Communicate back. Allow your eye to drift to your favorite place in the sky and allow yourself to receive. Those stars that you love, love you back! Bask in the glory of it. Receive messages. Allow this part of the natural world to be part of your support system.
And the Halloween News Is!!!!!

  • Do you have a crafty streak? Check out This Good News Network article and time-lapse video showing an industrial designer in Mexico building a haunted house model using an Amazon box, corrugated cardboard, clay and some trash.

  • Oooohhh spooky!! Want to visit a haunted house this Halloween? This CN Traveler article highlights the 32 most haunted places in America. 

  • Nix, wyvern, and hodag…oh my! This Merriam-Webster article brings you definitions for the strangest and most elusive beasts and might give you some ideas for this year’s Halloween costume!

  • Do aliens exist? This Unexplained Mysteries article contains a video with NASA astrobiologist Lindsay Hays discussing the search for life outside of our planet and where scientists are looking for it.

  • What about vampires? This Country Living article takes a look at vampires…the myths, the legends, the science!!

Do you or someone you know need some assistance with mental health issues or coping. 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.

Did you know that there are SEVEN ISD chapters?
It all began with ISD Sparta NJ!
Now there are also chapters in Madison NJ, Washington DC, Sarasota Fla, Treasure Cost Fla, Middle Tennessee, and of course....right here in Oneonta NY.

We would ALL like to welcome you to our new Institute for Spiritual Development Facebook group:

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Together we shine love and light to souls around the country and around the world with education, metaphysical services, healing and community.
We support YOU in your quest to explore, build, and develop your own spiritual connection
Got Bottles & Cans to return?

ISD has a CLYNK account at Hannaford in Oneonta. 

Good News!!!

Returning Deposit Bottles to Hannaford:
Our CLYNK Account now has $239, and is growing, with the addition of about 20 bags of returnables donated by Pat Robinson.
Have you got some returnable cans and bottles to turn in ?
Its a nice way to make progress on your clean-up projects, and help the environment out by re-cycling, and benefitting ISD Oneonta!
Many thanks to Tom Landon and Diana Friedell, who delivered & tagged all of those hundreds of items to Hannaford for credit.
If you would like info about the CLYNK project, and want to get the right tags for your bags, please reach out to Diana Friedell at isdoneonta@gmail.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:

What is the Institute for Spiritual Development?
It's both a metaphysical church and an educational center originally founded 40 yrs ago in Sparta, NJ. With the belief that all paths lead us Home, ISD is dedicated to helping each spirit walk their path with courage and joy.
We stand for each individual’s right to seek their own personal Truth, as they respect the same right for others. We honor the sacred texts of all traditions of the Light.

The Oneonta NY chapter of ISD was Lovingly created by Rev. Diana Friedell & her sister Rev. Sue Landon. We are now led by a powerful leadership team, and executive board.

ISD is a spiritual community that focuses on healing and intuitive connection, and the joy of finding the spirit connection within rather than being told how it should or could be experienced.
We welcome those who want to belong to a spiritual group of like-minded people, in which you can explore and find your own path in a community of love and support.

There are classes, services, events, and a sense of community and fellowship. Energy healing and intuitive messages are delivered as a regular part of the worship service. Classes offer many tools which will help you on your life path, and the community we are creating together is one of openness and acceptance, and the ability to adapt with change and growth.
Welcome Home!!!
We could use your help. If you would like to volunteer to help with our Metaphysical Library, event planning, service planning, website, office tasks, or anything else- Just call or email! Diana!
ISD Oneonta Board of Directors
Shown left to right, Kimberly Winsor, Rev. Amanda Hoover
Kimberly Winsor - President
Elke Saal - Vice President
Sali Dellysse - Treasurer
Susan Owens - Secretary
Tom Landon - Trustee
Maggie Kilbride - Trustee
Story Ducey - Trustee
Melissa Stagnaro - Trustee
Renee Ranke -Trustee
Amanda Hoover - ex officio
Diana Friedell - ex officio

Our ISD Leadership
Shown left to right, Rev. Diana Friedell, Rev. Story Ducey
Diana Friedell - Pastor and 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 Director of Healing

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