Star Tendril LogoMoon Weekend Ceremony Schedule for 2024

Four Quarters is an Interfaith Sanctuary of earth-based religion - a church whose spirituality is shaped by its members and volunteersWe welcome all spiritualities and sacred expressions of the spiritual. We hold regular spiritual observances that are free and open to all called Moon Services in recognition of that most basic natural cycle, which are held on the Saturday closest to the Full or New Moons.

Our Moon Services are the core of our egalitarian approach to spiritual community, where volunteers prepare and serve our Saturday Evening Church Supper and lead us in ritual. By signing up to lead a service and inviting others to help, we grow in our own spirituality, contribute to the diversity of beliefs that make Four Quarters an interfaith organization, and build relationships with each other and the Land. This practice of open leadership has been our tradition for our thirty years of of Church Services.

We invite YOU to bring your own traditions to a church service at Four Quarters! Cook, offer ritual, or do both!

It’s a great way to meet people and get involved! There are no pre-requisites or requirements for the type of Service; all volunteers are welcomed; help is available to any who ask! Just send an e-mail to the 4QF Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 814-784-3080. If you have any questions, reach out to the Moon Service Volunteer Coordinator Carrie Krystek at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Church Services and Suppers are free to all; donations welcomed.
* Please note that some Moon Services require event registration.
Omnivore & vegetarian options will be served. Vegans, Gluten-free, other special diet: Please contact the office by Wednesday before Moon Service.

♦ Misa Espirituals are held on Friday nights of Moon Service weekends at 7:00 pm in the Loft. ♦

The Misa Espiritual or Spiritist Mass is an Afro-Caribbean ceremony of prayer and song devoted to communion and communication with our departed ancestors. Trance mediums serve as facilitators bringing messages from the dead for the celebrants. All are welcome. White head coverings are strongly suggested. Sleepover space is available, call us.
Pamela Alexander, In Service.

The Elements Of Ceremony
A Class on the Basics of Crafting Psycho-Emotive Ritual
This one hour class meets on Moon Service Saturdays and sequential attendance is not required. This class is not intended to offer initiation/degrees in any tradition, and is open to people of all faiths who want to deepen their skills and understanding of the mechanics and art of crafting meaningful ceremony.
Classes will range in topic from the very practical skills of voice projection and diction to the more esoteric subjects such as ritual language, posture, and the power of gesture. Classes will be focused on practical skill-building, and will be hands-on learning experiences.
If you want to learn to write ritual, or improve your ceremonial skills, come join us in the Church Office at 1:30 pm and we'll stir up some magic!

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2024 Moon Services

Note: Vegetarians, vegans, GF, special diets: Please RSVP for meals by the Wednesday prior to the Moon Service.

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A weekend full of Ceremony, Celebration and the Sweat Lodge!
Friday, May 24:
- Sweat Lodge Teaching Weekend Begins
- Misa Espiritual at 7pm at the Loft
Saturday May 25:
- Sweat Lodge Teaching Weekend Continues through Saturday to Monday
- Elements of Ceremony Class at 1:30pm at the Church Office
- Church Supper: 6:00pm in the Dining Pavilion.  
- Full Moon Service: Join us on this Flower Moon as we learn about the Rose of Jericho, which symbolizes the cycle of life, death, and rebirth that is ever present among flowers. We will also be praying to the Anthousai, who are a less known type of dryad, the Greek nymphs of the flower buds. We will share a focaccia bread with flowers in celebration of this Flower Moon.
In Service: Ashley Kremsner
Kitchen Service: Four Quarters Starvin' Artist

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Come celebrate the Solstice at Four Quarters as we honor the Mother of Honey and Gold, Love, and Beauty!
Friday, June 21:
- A Very Special Misa Espiritual at 7pm at the Loft hosted by Madrina Fanny Trump.
Please join us for a more traditional Misa hosted by this warm and experienced senior Santera. In this ceremony we will pray and receive wisdom, healing, and messages from our Beloved Departed and Spirit Guides.

Saturday June 22:
- NOTE: There is no Elements of Ceremony class this month.
Saturday 12:00 Noon at the Dining Pavilion - Adimu Oshun-Pouring Sweetness Upon the Sweet Waters
We will gather together and create a beautiful offering of flowers, fruit, candles, and honey in a large calabash, and take it reverently to the river and set it afloat to bring blessings of abundance, love, prosperity, fertility, and joy to the People.

Saturday 2:00 pm at the Dining Pavilion - Tambor Oshun-A Dance Party for the Mother Of Sweetness
This very special giveaway brings us the Sacred Bata Drums of Santeria, a Ceremonial leader, ("Apkwon") an unbelievably beautiful altar, and plenty of room to dance! We will get to first hear the "Oro Seco" where the Sacred drums play their salutes to the Orisha, then comes the "Oro Igbodu" where everyone joins in the celebratory singing and dancing. As a special treat we will also be hosting a consecrated dancer who has the ability to "bring down" the Orisha Oshun, and we might be treated to see a ceremonial visitation from the Orisha. The Tambor will also feature a feast of traditional Cuban foods which are favorites of Oshun! (Don't worry, the foods are not spicy, just flavorful and good!) And cake!!!

You are invited to bring the traditional gifts of yellow or white flowers or fruits, (oranges, cantaloupes, and pineapples are beloved of Oshun,) honey, and gifts of cash for the Bata drummers and the altar. White clothing is traditional, but in no way required. Please come out and get a taste of intoxicating rhythms, learn a song in Yoruba, and meet some warm and wonderful Elders!

Pamela Alexander and Four Quarters in Service
*Photographers, please check in with Pam for protocols prior to taking any pictures, as there may be a few people who can not be photographed for ceremonial reasons.

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A weekend full of Ceremony and Celebrating Summer!
Friday, July 12:
- Misa Espiritual at 7pm at the Loft
Saturday July 13:
- Elements of Ceremony Class at 1:30pm at the Church Office
- Church Supper: 6:00pm in the Dining Pavilion.
- Waxing Moon Service: Details to follow...
In Service: Holland Hook
Kitchen Service: Holland Hook and friends

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A weekend full of Ceremony and Celebrating the start of the Harvest!
The green man did dance
with the fairest of maidens
Pan played his pipe for the mother of all
Lugh forged his blade
through the long days of summer
At harvest-tide must the summer lord fall

The fields ran red in the dying sunlight
They carried his body up to the pyre
And as they laid him into the burning
He strode, antler crowned,
from the heart of the fire
~Earil Wilson

Friday, August 2:
- Misa Espiritual at 7pm at the Loft
Saturday August 3:
- Elements of Ceremony Class at 1:30pm at the Church Office:
This Moon Service will feature a special "Elements of Ceremony" class focusing on working within traditional frameworks to create ceremony. We will examine this topic from a perspective of Wicca, but these techniques should be applicable to a wide variety of different traditions.
- Church Supper: 6:00pm in the Dining Pavilion.
- New Moon Service: 7:30 pm, Stone Circle, rain or shine
A Traditional Lammas At Four Quarters
As the year turns to harvest, we celebrate the honorable sacrifice of the God of grains as he willingly lays down his life to provide us with the bounty of the fields. We will celebrate this Sabbat with a traditional Wiccan ceremony, where we will break and share the Lammas loaf, celebrating the first harvest of this bountiful season.
In Service: Kailin Stonesinger, Pamela Alexander, and Michel Lehmuller
Kitchen Service: Pamela Alexander and Michel Lehmuller, menu TBA

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A weekend full of Ceremony and Celebrating Autumn!
Friday, September 13:
- Misa Espiritual at 7pm at the Loft
- Night Sweat Lodge at approx. 9pm
Saturday September 14:
- Fall Community Sweat Weekend starts at 10am, Sweat Lodge in afternoon
- Elements of Ceremony Class at 1:30pm at the Church Office
- Church Supper: ~7:00pm in the Dining Pavilion.
- Full Moon Service 6:00 pm, Sweat Lodge Site As this month's Moon Service takes place during the Fall Community Sweat Weekend, we will hold a Sacred Pipe Ceremony provided by the Sweat Lodge Team honoring all the spirits of all the people who come to the Land, and sending our voices up to Spirit in a good and prayerful way. Supper immediately follows.
In Service: Sweat Lodge Crew
Kitchen Service: Four Quarters Starvin' Artist

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A weekend full of Ceremony and Celebrating the Arts of the Target!
Friday, October 18:
- Misa Espiritual at 7pm at the Loft
Saturday October 19:
- Schutzenfest! A traditional German Fall holiday celebrating the Arts of The Target
- Elements of Ceremony Class at 1:30pm at the Church Office
- Church Supper: 6:00pm in the Farmhouse.
- Full Moon Service: Details to follow...
In Service: Seeking Volunteers - Contact us if interested!
Kitchen Service: Seeking Volunteers - Contact us if interested!

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A weekend full of Ceremony, Celebration, and Gratitude!
Friday, November 15:
- Misa Espiritual at 7pm at the Loft
Saturday November 15:
- Elements of Ceremony Class at 1:30pm at the Church Office
- Church Supper: 5:00pm in the Farmhouse.
- Full Moon Service: Details to follow...
In Service: Seeking Volunteers - Contact us if interested!
Kitchen Service: Seeking Volunteers - Contact us if interested!

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A weekend full of Ceremony, Celebration, and Winter's Long Night!
Friday, December 13:
- Misa Espiritual at 7pm at the Loft
Saturday December 14:
- Elements of Ceremony Class at 1:30pm at the Church Office
- Church Supper: 5:00pm in the Farmhouse.
- Full Moon Service: Details to follow...
In Service: Seeking Volunteers - Contact us if interested!
Kitchen Service: Seeking Volunteers - Contact us if interested!

For Information or to Volunteer send an e-mail to the 4QF Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 814-784-3080. If you have any questions, reach out to the Moon Service Volunteer Coordinator Carrie Krystek at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

RSVP to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a room/bunk/sleeping space. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 814-784-3080.

Omnivore and vegetarian options will be served for Church Suppers. Please contact the office for any special dietary needs.

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Past 2024 Moon Services

A weekend full of Ceremony, Celebration...and Keeping Warm by the Fire!
Friday, January 26:
- Misa Espiritual at 7pm at the Loft
Saturday January 27:
- Elements of Ceremony Class at 1:30pm at the Church Office
- Church Supper: 5:00pm in the Farmhouse.
- Full Moon Service: Celebrate the High Wiccan Full Moon Rite with us!

Traditionally, only a few brave souls venture out to Four Quarters for the January Full Moon ceremony, but, for those who do, we like to have something special on tap. With that in mind, please consider this a heartfelt invitation to join us as we celebrate the traditional Wiccan Full Moon ceremony. The evening's working will focus on a divination tool not previously explored at Four Quarters: the Ouija Board. 
Mary Murphy, Michel Lehmuller, Holland Hook, and Sean Hetrick In Service.

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A weekend full of Ceremony and Celebrating the Return of Light!
Friday, February 23:
- Misa Espiritual at 7pm at the Loft
Saturday February 24:
- 1:30 Elements of Ceremony Class at the Church Office
- 3:30 Elderberry propagation demonstration, and short discussion on the health benefits of the elderberry plant
- Church Supper: 5:00pm in the Farmhouse.
- Full Moon Service: Embracing the Fierce Aid of the Elder Plant, A Short Ceremony of Finding Life in Letting Go
Ceremony in the Stone Circle (With Warm Tea!)

Sambucus Canadensis, also known as Common Elder, produces a well known fruit. You may have heard about the elderberry in recent years, as it’s use a immune supportive herb are well renowned. This month, we will explore the potent ways this herb has been and can be used in medicine, magic, and in the home.
We will call upon the elder to aid us in wishmaking, tea making, and to bring us closer to the wisdom of the plant world.
This is a non-denominational service aided by wisdom from traditional European herbalism and hoodoo.

Dinner will be Chili, Baked Potatoes, and a Citrus Elderberry Pound Cake

In Service: Holland Hook
Kitchen Service: Holland Hook

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A weekend full of Ceremony, Celebration, and Ostara/Spring Equinox!
Friday, March 22:
- Misa Espiritual at 7pm at the Loft
Saturday March 23:
- 1:30 Elements of Ceremony Class - Church Office
- 3:30 Plant discussion - Church Office
- 5:00 Coloring Eggs - Church Office
- 6:00 Church Supper - Farmhouse
- 7:00 Full Moon Service - Stone Circle
Join us as we celebrate Ostara and the Equinox!
Activities include dying eggs and a reflective walk seeking balance on this day of equal day and night.

Our shared meal will include 4 different kinds of quiche, crusty bread, salad, and lemon lavender bars.

In Service: Beth Thomas, JoAnn Bachteler, Walter Bachteler
Kitchen Service: Beth Thomas, JoAnn Bachteler, Walter Bachteler.

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A weekend full of Ceremony, Celebration, and Setting up for the Season!!
Friday, April 19:
- Misa Espiritual at 8pm at the Loft
Saturday April 20:
- Labryinth Dig: Join us as we continue construction on the Hilltop Labyrinth!
- Sweat Lodge Set Up: Join the Sweat Lodge Crew as they set up for the year!
NOTE: There is no Elements of Ceremony class this month.
- Church Supper: 6:00 pm at the Pavilion.
- Full Moon Service - 7:30 pm at the Labyrinth: "Work is a Gift and to Work is a Grace"
In Service: Carrie Krystek and the Labyrinth Crew 
Kitchen Service: Four Quarters Starvin' Artist