January 2019 Focus 2019

January 2019 Focus 2019

Being Your Center in 2019 by Rev. Jim Toole

Sarasota Center of Light is a reflection of the brilliance, beauty and inspiration of Spirit. You are a reflection and expression of the unlimited, infinite and eternal light, love and vibration of your Spirit. Make 2019 the year that you live “inside our,”, expressing the truth and purpose of your heart and soul.

Just as Sarasota center of light has grown and evolved in alignment with the ever-changing dynamic of Spirituality in the world, so do each of us continually become what our inner knowing and purpose calls for. Our soul reflects its inspiration into and through the unconditional love of our heart into our consciousness and through our expression into our lives.

Each of us has “our own life to live.” We have each come to know who we are and created all that is in our lives. Over time we have wrapped our perfection with layers of our perception. Our beliefs and understandings are the lenses our love and light “looks through” determining how we’re going to live. Our personality, circumstances and relationships also influence our experience in our everyday lives.

As much as all that we have perfectly created or manifested our lives, we can sometimes get stuck on the merry-go-round of life. We can find ourselves living with “the way it is” by getting distracted by situations around us and caught up in the patterns and habits we have created. It is important to remember everything we have and who we are, emerged from the desires of our heart and longings of our soul.

To create an amazing and fulfilling 2019, start by removing your perceptions, beliefs and understandings that are wrapped around the power, perfection and purpose of your deepest, inner knowing of your truth. Turn inward to connect with and remember that you are an expression of God, Source, Spirit. Your choice to BE that, becomes your expression and experience, as you and in your life.

In 2019, BE the unified expression of co-creation with All That Is, creating the life filled with freedom, fulfillment, love, joy and peace. We look forward to experiencing the reflection of your light as part of our Center of Light in the upcoming year. Turn inward to the very core of your being, Living Inside Out, expressing your true self in every moment by Being Your Center in 2019. Happy New Year!

January Classes, Workshops, and Events

Jan. 2nd , Wednesday, Healers Healing Healers, 6:00pm, Sanctuary.

Jan. 5th Saturday, Psychic Saturday, 10:30-1:00pm, 15 minute Readings-$20. Vibrational Healing-love donation. Davis Hall and Flexer Healing Chapel.

Join us for a 5 class series of Metaphysical Spirituality. Each class is unique and the series as a whole brings clarity, empowerment and inspiration to Practical Spirituality. Each class is $15 or four classes for $50.

Jan. 5th, Saturday, What is Metaphysical Spirituality?!, with Rev. Jim Toole, 2:00-3:30pm. Explore all that Metaphysical Spirituality is and the powerful influence it can have in your life. Learning Center – Love Offering.

Jan. 10th, Thursday, (1st in the 4 class series) Prayer and Meditation in Daily Life with Rev. Jim Toole. 7:30-9:00pm. Learn what prayer and meditation is and isn’t. Learning Center. This class $15 or the series of 4 classes for $50.

Jan. 11th, Friday, An Evening of Mediumship – Psychic Numerology with Joanne Leo, “Soul reader” and intuitive Life Coach. 7:00-9:00pm. Joanne will be offering her dynamic and heart centered gallery style readings. With your birth name and birthdate Joanne rapidly provides insight to who you are and where you are going. Sanctuary. Suggested Love Offering $10.

Jan. 17th, Thursday, (2nd in the 4 class series) The Science of Healing with Rev. Lisa Johnson. 7:30-9:00p. The world is evolving at a quicker pace and with it science is now proving what history has shown us. Learning Center. $15 or 4 for $50 (as part of the series).

Jan. 24th, Thursday, (3rd in the 4 class series)Where Science and Ancient Ways Meet: Shamanic Healing with Joan Volpe. 7:30-9:00pm. Participants will be introduced to the ancient ways and learn the concepts guiding each of the medicine ways. Learning Center. $15 or 4 for $50 (as part of the series).

Jan. 28th, Monday, Walking the Medicine Way – Shamanic Healing with Joan Volpe. 7:00-9:00pm. This workshop focuses on releasing the patterns and healing ourselves and our ancestors from the stories that form our conscious and unconscious beliefs. Davis Hall. $20.

Jan. 31st, Thursday, (4th in the 4 class series) Personal Mediumship – Making Your Own Connection with Rev. Jim Toole. 7:30-9:00pm. Explore how establishing a connection to Spirit opens doorways to inspiration, information and communication that can change your life. Learning Center. $15 or 4 for $50 (as part of the series).

Fridays, Developing Consciousness with Rev. Jim, 6:00-7:15pm, Center, $10 love donation. Enjoy a time of connection, checking in with each other, discussing spiritual topics and joining in a channeled meditation. All are welcome.

President’s Message

“Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man has many—not on your misfortunes of which all men have some.” Charles Dickens

Counting Our Blessings

Thanks to the community of Sarasota Center of Light, 2018 closes with good memories, peace and joy. Through the efforts of many we can be grateful for:

• 16 new members (see their names listed in this edition of the FOCUS)
• a brand new roof protecting our beloved Sanctuary, completely paid for with your contributions
• a Vision and revised Mission statement to guide the Center forward
• the visioning process for the future of the Center, which includes ideas already being implemented
• a dedicated and tireless staff
• the efforts and hours provided by our many volunteers
• a process to revise the Bylaws that govern the Center, to be voted on at the AGM
• successful healing and mediumship classes
• a professional assessment of the condition of all Center properties and a planful way to proceed with upgrades and maintenance
• successful experiences with visiting mediums and special events
• a wide variety of classes and workshops which received positive evaluations
• a first ever marketing plan with activities that are carrying the face of the Center into the community

The greatest blessing of all is the open heartedness of our members. The love we feel is experienced by those who visit the Center at services and other events. There is no greater joy than to look into the face of a first time visitor who says, “I feel so welcome here.”

Joy and peace to you in the new year,
Joan Volpe

Marketing Committee

As 2019 begins, the Marketing Committee is excited about all the new opportunities we have created to spread the word about our Center and all that we offer. Robin Washburn has created a marketing plan and structure to help implement what we need to do so more people know about us. We are grateful for all the energy and effort Robin has put into updating and improving our marketing strategies and the continuing efforts she puts in to make it happen.

We’re beginning the New Year with a workshop series called Foundations of Metaphysical Spirituality. This will be a wonderful opportunity for our congregation and community to learn more about our philosophy and how it can work our lives. You can help us let others know about this and what’s happening at the Center by sharing on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.

As the New Year begins we are going to do all that we can as a committee to let more and more people know about how wonderful our Center is and how welcome they are to be a part of our spiritual family. You can do your part by sharing about your spiritual home with others in there’s always room on the Marketing Committee if you would like to join us.

Have a very Happy New Year filled with Love, Light, Peace and Joy!

Healing Ministry

We want to thank our healers for all they have shared of their energy and being of service as part of our healing ministry in 2018. We are looking forward to a wonderful New Year in 2019, sharing the energy of Spirit through our healing ministry. We are excited about the eight new healers who will be part of the healing team beginning in January and an intermediate healing class series beginning mid-January.

We are here to support you in your health and well-being. Whether you are facing a physical challenge or otherwise, we are here for you in your daily life. We are always available to send energy, healing and inspiration.

Anyone who would like to receive healing may telephonel or email the Center office or go to the contact page of our website. Rev. Lisa Johnson oversees this process. Our healers are dedicated to be there with the healing you need. Someone is always there for you.

The first Wednesday of the month, January 2, is dedicated to Healers Healing Healers in the Sanctuary at 6:00pm.

Happy New Year from the Healing Team.

Education Committee

Thanks to all of the presenters, attendees, volunteers and committee members, the Sarasota Center of Light had a very successful educational program in 2018. The Education Committee coordinated Center offerings of classes, workshops, and events throughout the year, including summer months, with excellent attendance. We are beaming with gratitude!!!

In the spirit of change, the Committee wishes to thank Gary Mantz and Suzanne Mitchell for all of their contributions toward a successful year of educational offerings. Through their efforts, we were introduced to medium Vincent Genna and a most rewarding return to the Center by medium Bill Coller. We are grateful for their service in 2018. The role of coordinator of external mediums has been passed on to Carolan Carey. Experiencing the joy of volunteering, Jacquelin McKenzie is also joining the Education Committee. We are very pleased to have the talents of Carolan and Jacquelin working with us as we start the new year.

The Committee is gearing up for a very exciting and inspiring year of education in 2019. January offers a 5 week series on the Foundations of Metaphysical Spirituality. This series provides the underpinning of our basic beliefs as supported by our founders, ancient wisdom and science. In the calendar of events, please watch for announcements of visiting mediums, the Potts Brothers and Richard Schoeller, in February.

Please join us.
Joan Volpe, Chair

Bylaw Committee

Revised Bylaws to be presented at Jan. 26 Annual General Meeting

The Board and its Bylaw Review Committee are pleased to announce that Bylaw changes are being proposed to better serve our Center’s unique needs, and safeguard our property. The proposed Bylaw changes will be presented for a member vote at our Annual Meeting, January 26, 2019. A copy of the proposed Bylaws is available upon request at the Office or from Bob Sadler, Committee Chair (email dunedin1111@hotmail.com).

New Members to Center of Light in 2018

The following members were welcomed into the Center of Light family in 2018:
Margaret Estes, Cindy Gourley, Gerry Greig, Heather Neeley, Robert Neeley, Jacqueline Prevey, Milagros Scalise, Kathryn Schlosser, Jacquelin Tauber, Karen Werley, Brenda Viola, Ranie Brothers, Signa Bowie, Chuck Pisa, Jacqueline Smith-Toole and Janet Daily-Grogan

Foundations of Metaphysical Spirituality Classes schedule throughout January:

Join us for a 5 class series of Metaphysical Spirituality, a philosophy that offers an opportunity for you to explore and discover your own individualized spiritual truth. Each class is unique and the series as a whole brings clarity, empowerment and inspiration to Practical Spirituality. The series begins with:
What is Metaphysical Spirituality?!, followed by Prayer and Meditation in Daily Life: The Science of Healing: Where Science and Ancient Ways Meet: Shamanic Healing and Personal Mediumship – Making Your Own Connection.
The first class on January 5 is an exploration and overview of Metaphysical Spirituality in the profound difference this philosophy makes in the lives of many. The cost of this class is a love offering. The next four classes offer insight and understanding into various ways to approach and experience life in a metaphysically spiritual way.
Each class will provide a piece of the puzzle that will create a clear picture of how Metaphysical Spirituality can be utilized to live with more joy, freedom, peace, love and light. Each of the classes can be attended separately for $15 or $50 for the last four classes in the series (a $10 savings). Please see the back page of this month Focus for times and location.

Infinite Insights

Loyalty is a necessary attribute of the metaphysician. Once an individual can make choices in life and chooses people and organizations to support, he develops a sense of loyalty to them. His life is then no longer torn by indecision and confusion that come from the conflicting ideas of others. Having loyalty will help him to lead others to the same state of loyalty that manifests through his very nerve and every part of his being.

The inspiration of your loyalty can be expressed in all of your actions and your service as well as associations with other people. Not only is loyalty to people of Earth important, but loyalty to the God Spirit which manifests in your life and in your church. If you have this understanding and remain loyal, your reward will be great and your life will be enriched here and hereafter.

You are Loved. 

New Support Group Starting


A new bi-weekly support group starting for those who have lost loved ones. Join others who share similar experiences or concerns and receive loving support. We offer an opportunity to learn from one another through empathy and friendship.

Next meeting is Thursday, January 10th from 2:00-3:30pm at the Learning Center.

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