January Focus 2018

January Focus 2018

Creating a New Year by Rev. Jim


As 2018 arrives we have an opportunity to let go of last year and welcome in the New Year.  As 2017 was ending, many of us began to look at ourselves and our lives in preparation for the changes we wanted to make.  From this review, a list of resolutions can be made so that who we are and what we have can be different. Rather than renewing, reshaping or creating resolutions to change ourselves and our lives, what if we just created everything brand new?

It sounds simple, but most of us usually keep trying to work on what is instead of wiping the slate clean and starting over.  This doesn’t mean to forsake or get rid of anyone or anything.  It means making decisions about everything as if it doesn’t exist anymore.  It may sound a little extreme, but the truth is, from one moment to the next, that’s all there is to do.  Everything is only here now, and may not be the same in the next second.

This requires us to take a different look at life, to let go and not hold on so tightly.  When we set ourselves free from attachments and loosen our grip on what we are holding on to so tightly, an opening is created to experience ourselves and our lives with more freedom.  It’s like getting off our own merry-go-rounds and getting a different view.

Even the words renew and resolution begin with re. Re- is defined as “again” or “again and again” to indicate repetition, or with the meaning “back” or “backward” to indicate withdrawal or backward motion.  We have an opportunity to define in a completely different way, how we end 2017 and begin 2018.

It starts with and taking a close look at who we are and what we have in our lives with gratitude and acceptance.  The key is to arrive in this moment with a clear understanding of ourselves and our lives.  By choosing to take a look in the mirror and around us, we can see what feels right and fits for us.

By taking a step back and choosing from our heart and soul how we would like to be and what we want in our lives, no matter who or what is there, we can choose to create our lives with freedom instead of recreating what once was.  Allow yourself to let go of what is to allow for what can be.  Cherish what you love and embrace what inspires you as you embark on a journey in 2018 of Creating a New Year.

Happy New Year!!!!!!

Blessing Bowl Donations in 2017


Thanks to your generosity, we have given the following:

January            Children’s Sunday School                    $   260

February          Nate’s Animal Sanctuary                     $   300

March             Tidewell Hospice                                     $   234

April                Everyday Blessings                                 $   500

May                 Mothers Helping Mothers                    $   295

                        June                 Threshold Choir                                   $   242

July                  All Faiths Food Bank – Children        $   232

August             Casa de Kids                                          $1,240

September      Red Cross/Hurricane Relief               $   192

October           SPARCC                                                  $   209

November       All Faiths Food Bank + Food             $   179

December       Everyday Blessings (Christmas)        $1,385


President’s Message

Highlights of the Past Five Months

It is hard to imagine that 2017 is coming to a close; it seems just a brief time ago that this Board was appointed as leaders of SCOL.  Our focus has been, and continues to be, on streamlining operations, creating and/or strengthening our organizational structure, and bringing healing and peaceful resolution to challenges.

Our streamlining efforts are evidenced in the enhancement of SCOL’s committee structure, which reports active involvement of volunteers, successful events, and lots of laughter.  Strengthening SCOL’s organizational structure resulted from a desire for role clarification and improved efficiency.  One recent enhancement is the Board’s activation of a Marketing Committee which will review SCOL’s approaches to promote our message in the community. Members of this committee include: Suzanne Mitchell, Gary Mantz, Jen Blecher, Jim Young, Lisa Johnson, Eddie Muniz, Vicki Palma, Linda Viddish, Rev. Jim and Joan Volpe. Your ideas are welcomed!

In keeping with our theme of increasing membership and expanding the Face of SCOL in the community, we now have a Design Team responsible for all the advertising and promotional materials produced.  Members of this team include:  Jen Blecher, Tina Smith, and Noreen Rosati.

Music is such an integral part of SCOL’s service.  To boost and support our music program, the Board created a job description for a Musical Director and Suzanne Geyer has agreed to fill that position.  The Board also voted to have a Music Committee comprised of the Music Director, the Sr. Pastor, the Board liaison to Music, and two congregants. If you are a congregant interested in joining this committee, please contact Suzanne or the Office.

To quote one member, “We’re on a roll. Let’s see what 2018 can bring.”  A big smile of gratitude to all the folks who have helped SCOL succeed in 2017.  We welcome all the new faces and those returning to SCOL.

Hope to see you at the AGM on January 27th at 2 p.m.

Best Wishes,

Joan Volpe, President


Healing Ministry

The first Wednesday, January 3rd, is dedicated to Healers Healing Healers in the Sanctuary at 6:00pm.  All Certified Healers and student healers are invited to join us for this special time set aside for us to receive the gift of healing and to replenish our bodies and souls.

Our healing certification program begins in January!  We have revised our curriculum so that students are able to begin healing in the Sanctuary after session 1. The balance of classes complete level 1 healing certification here at SCOL. More advanced healing classes are scheduled for later in the year. Those interested in learning about healing and/or healing during services please contact the office.

Anyone who would like to receive healing can call or email the Center office or go to the contact page of our website and request healing for themselves or someone else.  This can be in the form of absent healing, or if needed, in person. In the case of absent healing, our group of healers will be notified and will work together to send healing to each individual or situation.

Rev. Lisa Johnson oversees this process and will contact you after a week to check in.  All our healers are dedicated to be there with the healing you need and so that someone is there for you.

Center Office:  941-953-6620    Email: churchoffice@sarasotacenteroflight.com


Hands of Light

The Hands of Light Team wishes New Year Blessings to all our members and friends.  In the past year we had many events to meet up and enjoy together.  Going into the New Year 2018, Hands of Light will continue to be active in the planning of future events, to meet up, celebrate and enjoy together!


The Hands of Light Team meets on the last Sunday of each month at 5:30pm in Davis Hall.  Our January meeting will be held on the 28th.  We would like to extend an invitation to join us.  WHY???  If you are interested in joining the team, donating for events or coffee hours, you might enjoy being active in an annual event or just being available if needed.  Maybe you have some great ideas you would like to share with us.  We will value your input.


If you would like to attend our meeting on January 28th, GREAT!  Beverages will be available.  If you cannot make the date but would like to join, take part or offer an idea, please call Laura Horn, Hands of Light Chairperson at 941-567-5723


January Classes, Workshops, and Events

Jan. 3rd, Wednesday, Healers Healing Healers, 6:00-6:30 pm, Sanctuary.

Jan. 6th, Saturday, Psychic Saturday, 10:30-1:00 pm, 15 minute Readings $20, Vibrational Healing – love donation.  Gift certificates available.  Davis Hall and Flexer Healing Chapel.

Jan. 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th, Tuesdays, Healing Certification Classes.  7:30-9:00pm, Flexer Healing Chapel.  This healing program offers a focused, well-rounded curriculum and practicum.  Students may complete the curriculum for certification or attend individual classes.  $15

Jan. 13th, Saturday, Group Past Life Regression, the Healing Power of your Past with Elissa Bentsen.   1:00-3:00pm, Flexer Healing Chapel.  Uncover the Soul Memory of your Past Lives.

Discover this vital information of your past and how it relates to who you are today through hypnosis.  $35.

Jan. 20th, Saturday, Board Meeting, 10:00am, Center  Office.  Sarasota Center of Light members only.  Please call the office to reserve your seat.

Jan. 20th, Saturday, Introductory/Intermediate and Advanced Chakra Knowledge with David Winfree.  11:00am-4:0m, Flexer Healing Chapel.  Presenting valuable information about the 14 major Chakras and how they evolve.  The Primary Chakra and the 5 Transpersonal Chakras.

This workshop is a prepaid registration of $40.  Numbers are limited.  Please contact the Center office, 941-953-6630.

 Jan. 27th, Saturday, Annual General Meeting, 2:00pm, Sanctuary.

Jan. 28th, Sunday, Hands of Light meeting, 5:30 pm, Davis Hall.


Fridays, Developing Consciousness with Rev. Jim, 6:00-7:15pm, Ed. Center, $10 love donation.

Enjoy a time of connection, checking in with each other, discussing spiritual topics and joining in a channeled mediation.  All are welcome.


Ed Team                               

Greetings! Welcome to the New Year 2018.  We truly hope your holidays were joyous ones.  As we embark on this adventurous New Year, you will notice that in addition to the Healing Certification class that starts January 9th 2018 we will soon be offering our Medium classes. Stay tuned for this in an upcoming schedule.

Healing Certification classes will begin on Tuesday’s, 7:30 -9pm on January 9th. This healing program offers a focused, well-rounded curriculum and practicum.  Students may complete the curriculum for serving in the Sanctuary, certification or attend individual classes. $15 each class.

Elissa Bentsen will be offering Group Past Life Regression, the Healing Power of our Past Saturday, January 13th, 1 – 3pm, $35.  Introductory/Intermediate and Advanced Chakra Knowledge is being offered by David Winfree on Saturday, January 20th 11am – 4pm. Rev Jim also has an ongoing class, Developing Consciousness on Fridays at 6pm –  Love Offering. All are welcome.  Please refer to the calendar or website for details.

If you are interested in teaching please contact the office.  The process for teaching at the Sarasota Center of Light begins with submitting a proposal to the Education Team.  These Class/Workshop Proposal forms are available by contacting Tina in the office.

Classes are being formed now for 2018 along with workshops and events on a wide variety of topics and subjects.  Even if you’re not interested in teaching, please let us know of any ideas for classes you would like to see taught at the center.

Noreen Rosati, chair of the Education Committee, would like to invite you to be part of our Education Committee. Anyone interested in participation of has any questions please contact the Center office, 941-953-6620.



 Question for the Angel Hotline:

My dog who I loved for 18 years recently died.  Life is not the same without him.  Do animals have souls?  Will I see him again?    Signed: Grieving Animal Lover

Dear Animal Lover:  Yes, you surely will see your pet again.  Regardless of what some people think, pets do have souls.  Every kind of Life created has a soul, a spirit essence, an intelligence.  Animals come from a realm of God Consciousness different from that of human beings.  Although they are of the same God substance, their lives manifest in a different manner. Pets are special because we humans form a bond of love with them; we take responsibility for caring for them and loving them and they give us unconditional love in return.  If your pet was used to sitting in a certain spot day after day or sleeping at the foot of your bed, he will come again in that same way to bring you comfort, proving he is still around.   You may catch a glimpse of your pet walking by out of the corner of your eye; you may feel the weight on your feet when you’re in bed.  There are many ways a pet can manifest.  They will manifest for us for as long as the bond of love is strong and as long as we have need of them.  When it is your time to make the transition, your pet will come bounding down the path to greet you and welcome you home.  Pets are wonderful reflections of the Creator’s love in physical expression.  For their unconditional love, we give thanks. ~

P.S.  Rescue pets make good companions!


Send in your question for the Angel Hotline to:



Blessing Bowl

Each month on the second Sunday at both services and at the Wednesday Candlelight service, a special collection is made to benefit a charitable organization.  The total collected in December  was $1,385 for All Faiths Food Bank.

Gratitude to One and All!


A Recipe for Corn Pudding by Rev. Dorothy


2 tbsp. margarine                                             2 cans creamed corn

2 tbsp. flour                                                        1 egg, slightly beaten

1-1/2 c. milk                                                        ¼ tsp. mustard

1 tsp. salt                                                             1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce


Make sauce of margarine, flour and milk.  Add other ingredients and pour into a casserole dish.  Top with buttered bread crumbs.  Bake at 350◦ – 400◦ for 30 minutes or until set.

Dorothy G. Flexer  (Cornucopia of Cooking 1992)


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