April 2020 Focus Newsletter

April 2020 Focus Newsletter

Reach In, Reach Up, Reach Out By Rev. Jim Toole

Holding a clear and powerful intention for each and all of you to Be Well, Be Safe and At Peace. As part of our spiritual family and community I want you to know that you’re not alone, you’re loved and I Am/We Are here with you and for you. We are making as many calls as we can to individually check in, see what you need and to support you. If you have not heard from one of us, please do not hesitate to contact the office at (941)-953-6620 or me directly at (941)-330-5031. You can also submit your healing, prayer and blessing requests to our healing team e-mail SCOLHealing@gmail.com.

In this time waiting we are all “distancing” ourselves from one another, there is a tendency to reach for connection, for what we need, to experience a sense of community (common unity). In a state of isolation, anxiety, fear, even desperation, we may at times and unconsciously reach “in all the wrong places” for what we’re looking for.

The truth of the matter is The Beatles got it right when they wrote the song “All We Need Is Love.”. And I ask you to consider in order for there to be unity it is important to bring all the “pieces” together. The pieces I speak of are our oneness with ourselves, our oneness with God, Source, Spirit, and our oneness with each other. In this time that we have alone or in our homes with our families or housemates, let’s take the time to reach to the places that serve each and all of us for the highest and best.

The first place to Reach is In. It’s time to stop, look and listen. To stop watching the news, worrying about what you have or don’t have, if it’s going to be OK. To look within and find the Love of your Heart and Light of your Spirit. To listen to your own intuition and inspiration guided by your deepest inner knowing and truth that you are a pure, perfect reflection and expression of All That Is.

By looking within to remember your true nature, you open the gateway to Source, whatever that may be to you. Reach Up, open to, and surrender to the flow of the Love, the Light and the Inspiration that moves to you, through you and as you as your embrace of it.

As you reach out from this place of balance, freedom, harmony, peace, love, joy and light, Reach Out. Allow the warmth and comfort of your Love (and the Love of Loves) and the light and encouragement of your Spirit (and of Spirit) to be reflected out to those you care about, into your spiritual community, to each and all of humanity and the world.

As we make our way through this very different time in our evolution as humanity, let us Reach In and connect with our own Divinity, Reach Up to connect to the Divine and Reach Out to share it with one another. We are the world. We make a difference. Let’s bring all of who we are, All That Is, into this time, this opportunity to change who we are, how we are and how life is for each and all of us.

All of us here at Sarasota Center of Light are here for you. If there is anything I can personally do for any one of you, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at 941-330-5031 or at revjimtoole@gmail.com. Be well. Be safe. Blessings. Just Jim

President’s Message

The first time I came to SCOL I was impressed with the amazing feeling of community. I was also impressed that I was made to feel so welcome immediately.

With all my time at SCOL the feeling of love and joy in the community has grown. It is apparent in services and it is certainly apparent in all classes.

As a part of this community you share in, we have a beautiful sanctuary for services and for all special events when we decide to have them.

As a part of this community you share in, we have the ability to hold classes and presentations in our own facilities that we can schedule to suit our needs.

For over 70 years this is given in our congregation “a place to stand”.

During this strange but exciting time, we have started communicating in different ways that some you may have participated in; and other new ways you will see soon. For now, this is what is necessary; however, when all this ends, we will have new tools AND it will be wonderful to come back to our personal community in our own wonderful space.

Please help us to maintain this sense of community through these unusual times.

We obviously do not have the ‘usual’ collection plate, so we are asking for you to contribute to your community using an alternate method:
1) On our website there is a button to ‘DONATE’.
2) You may mail checks to: 2710 browning St Sarasota FL 34237 made payable to
SCOL
3) Maybe the easiest – you can phone the office between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm at
941.953.6620 and Tina will very quickly take your credit card donation. To make it
easier, this can also be scheduled monthly.

Blessings as we go forward together in love and joy.

Hands of Light

The March coffee hour was a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and was presented by the Board of Directors as “Volunteer Appreciation Day.” It was very well attended and enjoyed by everyone, especially the volunteers! A special thank you to the board!!

We also had the information and recruitment tables available for anyone interested in the various volunteer activities at the center. The Hands of Light team had six new members interested in what we do at the center. Welcome to our members!!

We are still formulating plans for another fundraiser in the fall. We are anticipating celebrating 2020 with a Roaring 20’s Dance Party!

As our center remains closed indefinitely, we will still communicate with the HOL team by email and continue to plan for the future.

Be well, be safe. We will be together again soon.

Education

As most of you know, no public gatherings will be held at the Center for the foreseeable future. The current time line is through April, but it is anticipated that will be extended. We are in the process of converting what we offer of our classes, workshops and services to online.

We stopped holding public gatherings on March 16 as a result of Federal guidelines. We had our first online class ‘Intro to Metaphysical Spirituality’ on the evening of March 17 and our first service on Wednesday evening March 18 both as Facebook live presentations.

You’re able to watch Facebook live presentations as they occur by going to the Sarasota Center of Light Facebook page at the time the presentation is being offered. If you’re not able to join the presentation when it is live, you can go to our Facebook page later and watch the video.

Services have been presented this way on Sundays at 11am, March 22, March 29, April 5 and Wednesdays at 7pm, March 25, and April 1. We’re not currently having Sunday evening celebrations. A class on ‘Personal Responsibility – Making a Difference Now’ was offered on March 31 and a class on ‘Healing Body, Mind and Spirit In These Times We Are In’ was presented on April 7. All of these can be viewed on our Facebook page.

All our classes, Sunday morning and Wednesday evening services will continue to be offered as Facebook live presentations at least through April. There will be no charge for the classes presented. Please check your e-mails, our website or our Facebook page to see the schedule and announcements of classes and services.

Our healing and mediumship curriculum classes are continuing to be held on a program called Zoom. These classes have been ongoing and are offered to the students that have been attending. Other classes and presentations are being developed and will be announced as they become available.

As you all know, we have a large campus with quite a few buildings and a garden. We also need to maintain compensation for our pastor, our office and maintenance personnel as well as the cleaning staff. Any contributions or donations are greatly appreciated at this time. Know that you are able to go to our website and donate on our donate page https://www.sarasotacenteroflight.com/donate/, call our office Mon – Fri 9am – 12pm or mail a check to 2710 Browning Street, Sarasota, FL 34237.

You are also able to send prayer, blessing and healing requests through our contact page on our website or to SCOLHealing@gmail.com. If there is anything we can do to support you please contact the office at (941)-953-6620 or churchoffice@sarasotacenteroflight.com or Rev. Jim directly at (941)-330-5031 or revjimtoole@gmail.com.

Infinite Insights

“We have so many blessings that have come our way and few people give credit to the Higher Spiritual Power. The angels are invisible only to our physical sight, not to our spiritual sight. They are there if we let them know we need them. We are grateful for their help and they will never depart from us. Surely you know that the angels walk with us, the God Power cooperates with us and so, we never walk alone.”
You are loved. 

Publishing Team

Sarasota Center of Light proudly announces the release of its special and relevant NEW book entitled: “Pearls of Light – A Gift From Spirit; Handbook for Awakening the Soul.” $20 US. It is the first book in a new series guided by Spirit. This spiral-bound paperback beauty contains nearly 60 inspirationally curated lectures and dialogues from Master Teachers in Spirit who imparted timeless wisdom and guidance to benefit humankind – especially now in a world in great need of positive change. Content topics include: Self Awareness, Conscious Understanding of Universal Truth, Awareness of Available Help, and Call to Action. These highly relevant to the here and now Master Talks originated through the trance mediumship of co-founder, Rev. Dorothy Graff Flexer, specifically by way of her trumpet mediumship – an extremely rare form of physical mediumship.

This gem of a book, a worthy gift and a wonderful addition to your personal library, also contains: affirmations, workbook pages, The 7 Spiritual Laws, and a glossary – designed to add helpful dimensionality. The purpose of this unique and special co-created resource, and the series underway, is to provide a guiding-light to help people come to understand, and to remember, the nature of their spiritual being and the metaphysics of human life. Our true purpose often eludes the human soul in the development of greater awareness and expansion of consciousness. This book is also meant to spark and encourage interest in those who wish to develop their connection to Spirit, to their spiritual gifts, and their purpose of this life.

Also available for purchase for $14 US, is Sarasota Center of Light’s professionally produced audio CD of Rev. Dorothy’s trance work entitled: The Voices of Spirit, Teachings of the Angels – Famous People – Volume 1. Speakers include: St. Francis of Assisi, Benjamin Franklin, Mahatma Gandhi, Joseph-Father of Jesus, Andrew Jackson Davis, Dwight L. Moody, and a Master of Light. Volume 2 is underway and will be released in Divine time. We invite you to experience the energy of these wise and loving beings for yourself.

The Book and CD can be obtained via website: SarasotaCenterOfLight.com, in the Sanctuary before and after Sunday and Wednesday Services, at the Business Office weekday mornings (941-953-6620 / ChurchOffice@SarasotaCenterOfLight.com), and at Psychic Saturday the first Saturday morning monthly.

Thank you for supporting Sarasota Center of Light’s efforts to uplift and educate in service to the higher good. Questions can be directed to Jen Blecher at 727-644-9041 or jbrssk@hotmail.com.

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 March for the Women’s Resource Center. Thank you to everyone.

2 Comment(s)
  • craig Posted May 24, 2020 12:18 pm

    toget to sunnday 1100am HOW does 1 get to IT ?

    • SCOL Staff Posted May 27, 2020 10:22 am

      Please go to Sarasota Center of Light on Facebook Live for the Sunday Service at 11:00 a.m. or the Meditation on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m
      Thank you.
      Sarasota Center of Light Office.

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