APRIL 2021 FOCUS NEWSLETTER

APRIL 2021 FOCUS NEWSLETTER

A Message from the President…
This past Sunday we were honored to have Rev. Tom Newman in person, join with us in our Sunday morning ZOOM service to not only give the talk but to facilitate the induction of our new Board of Directors and also our three New Members.

Even though we are still following the COVID-19 restrictions it was a reminder to those of us present in the Sanctuary, that to meet together, remember old times and talk about the exciting plans for the future. It is the comradery of the church Members that we all miss. I want to assure you that we will re-open as soon as it is really safe for our people to gather together.

This last month has flown by and your Board has been hard at work with exciting plans regarding our mission going forward to bring authentic Metaphysical Teachings, classes in Mediumship & Healing with top notch Teachers from not only Sarasota but from the international pool of contacts that we have developed over the years.

Our Sanctuary lobby has undergone a face lift. A new, very experienced person (Ken Buser) has been hired to take over the care of our Buildings and grounds.

Wishing you all a great Easter and I would love you to join with us on Easter Sunday when Rev. Tom Newman will be giving the address and also messages during our ZOOM Service at 11 am.

Bob “Prez” Sadler
Board President
Dunedin1111@hotmail.com (phone 727 4922977)

A Message from the Board…

The Board’s regular meeting is usually scheduled for the second Tuesday. However, due to a schedule conflict that Tuesday, the Board’s regular meeting is moved one day earlier, to 4 PM Monday, April 12. All church members are welcome – please call the office to reserve your “virtual” seat and get the ZOOM log-in details.

Next month (May 2021), the Board’s regular meeting will return to the regular timing of the second Tuesday.

A Message from the Acting Coordinator of the Ministerial Team…

Happy Easter

“You are the light, and the kingdom of God is within” (Romans 8:11)

Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and endless. Easter is the beauty of new life for all of us. It is a time to resurrect our authenticity and our soul’s purpose. Passover reminds us of freedom and the ability to create our own reality.

Sarasota Center of Light is going through its own resurrection and purpose as we continue to grow our congregation using the principles and beliefs created by our founders Rev. Dorothy and Russell Flexer. Rev. Tom Newman inducted three new members during our Sunday service on March 28 and installed the 2021 Board. The Ministerial team working with the Education team have created an exciting month with a variety of guest speakers. We begin with Easter Service where Rev. Tom will be giving the spirit talk. Gerry Greig will be our guest on April 11 and will give the spirit talk and lead the meditation. We welcome Mary Torrey who is an international Medium on April 25 and will be giving the spirit talk and meditation. Mary will ZOOM in from her home in Colorado. The seeds that have been planted are blooming with new friends and old friends. As Metaphysicians we believe that we co-create with Divine Law as it is stated in our Declaration of Principles. We are witnessing the manifesting of our collective thoughts and energy to nourish and build our beautiful Sarasota Center of Light.

Faith makes all things possible and love makes it easy.

I wish each of you faith and love.

Rev. Phyllis Lambert

What is the Easter message?

As a metaphysical church our answer to that question would be that in John 11:25-26 Jesus states “I Am the resurrection and the life,” so through his death he was resurrected and seen by many, walking in the flesh and contacting his disciples and loved ones. This living proof we still have celebrated in the Spring for over 2,000 years.

His death and proof of life after death has been a blessing to mankind, especially after the scourge of the world wide effect of the covid virus which has devastated our way of life throughout the world. For all those who have lost loved ones, may they find some solace in that he died to demonstrate. We will see and hold our loved ones again, be it in another dimension of life, whilst we continue our journey of evolution.

This Easter Spirit of renewal reminds us to appreciate and show affection to our families and loved ones. To move forward into Spring factoring in more time more time for contemplation of our Creator and nourishing our church into the new awakening after this time of darkness.

Wishing you all a great Easter, with love and blessings.

Rev. Lisa

From the Education Committee…

Greetings everyone. Many of you have already heard the sad news of the sudden transition of Rev. John White who was scheduled to visit SCOL in April to serve as speaker at the Sunday morning service and teach a class. He will be sorely missed, and we send love and blessing to his family.

The Basic Concepts class held on March 6th, was a great success and we are delighted to welcome new members to our SCOL family as a result. Another class will be held later in the year for those who were unable to attend.

As you read this, we will have had our first “in house” class in over a year at SCOL, when we welcomed Rev. Tom Newman who taught the Spiritual Dowsing workshop. Our thanks to him for continuing to support the Center and sharing his many years as a Spiritual Teacher.

Rev. Lisa Johnson is offering the following classes for April:

How Do We Connect with our Guides – 2 classes via ZOOM
April 15th, 2021 and April 29th, 2021 , 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST.
Fee is: $20.00.

These classes will teach you the authentic way to connect with your guides, loved ones and our creator. Learn the tools that will enable you to flow with the currents down the beautiful river of your life.

You will deepen your understanding of the connection between the two worlds and the gifts that we have been given so that we become the creator of our own destiny.

Rev. Lisa has taught this class in both the UK and United States. Her many years as both a Metaphysical Spiritual Healer and Minster and the experience she gained as a counselor and teacher with her Husband in the Johnson Counseling Center that they owned brings a wealth of knowledge and depth to her classes.

Registration is encouraged via SCOL website at www.sarasotacenteroflight.com

Until next time, stay well and stay safe.

Kath Curtin and Lyn Mulder
Co-Chairs Education Team

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Library News/Healing Room

The Library has moved to a new home in the Learning Center!

The Library portion is finished and we are very excited about the new look. We want to welcome you to come in and sit while you look for an inspirational book to read or borrow. We have books on Healing, Angels, Spirit Communication, Cosmic Awareness, Self-Help, Notable Authors, and many more.

The new book store and a gift shop, which will feature items from local artists is making progress and is almost finished. This exciting new addition to our Spiritual experience will be completed when we open our church to the public again.

We are exploring vendors who may be interested in selling their items on consignment with us, as well as artists to display their work. If you or someone you know may be interested, please contact LaVerne.

A Healing room in the Learning Center is also being prepared and will be opening soon for the use of our in house healers as well as others.

We are very excited about the new location of the library and book & gift store and Healing room. We think you also will enjoy all that it will offer!!

We are trying to resume a modified Psychic Saturday, plans are being discussed with the Board and Tina is keeping a list of those interested in participating. Please contact the office to be put on the list (941-953-6620).

LaVerne Duff
410-440-5288
muttsr4us@gmail.com

From the Organizational Committee…

Our committee has been busy re-organizing and cleaning the buildings on our campus.
There have been some structural issues addressed as well, which include some mortar repair in the flower room and placement of gutter guards on the Sanctuary. While the center is closed, we are addressing some housekeeping issues and hoping to have a new look and refreshed buildings when we reopen.

The Sanctuary foyer is almost finished with just a few small items to be done. A cleaned and refreshed waiting area in the back of the Sanctuary for guest speakers has been completed.
There are still things to be done in the clean-up of the buildings, like molding being wiped down and windows being cleaned. A few of the exterior doors should be painted also.

We welcome any assistance with this task. If anyone is interested in helping, please contact LaVerne Duff or Kathy Curtin.

LaVerne Duff
410-440-5288
muttsr4us@gmail.com

From the Healing Committee…

Our Healers are here to serve and be available whenever we are called upon. As you know, during the Covid Pandemic, our church Sunday and Healing Services are held on ZOOM.

However, if you need our Healers to contact you for a healing or emergency, please call the Church Office at (941) 356-6620 and Tina will connect you with a Healer.

If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is that we now have to take responsibility for our own health. No longer is it easy to go to the doctor. We have to think for ourselves what to do. We think back to some of Grandma’s ancient remedies and we are surprised that many of them work well!

As metaphysical thinkers, we understand that illness starts in the Etheric Spiritual Body and, if not addressed, moves on into the Physical. As we plan for our re-opening, we are going to address Self-Healing classes to enlighten us in this art.

Be well and care for yourself.

Rev. Lisa

From the Hands of Light (HOL) Committee…

Spring is in the air and many of us are being vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. We are finally beginning to see a glimmer of light at the end of that tunnel. It appears we may gradually begin to start welcoming people back within the next several months. Naturally we will start slowly and adhere to COVID protocol as long as necessary.

I am looking forward to working with the Hands of Light team to start brainstorming and planning for the bright future that lies before us. If you would like to become a member of the HOL team or confirm your continuing membership, please send an email to sherbear72811@gmail.com so we can begin brainstorming. Once I have enough participants to get started, we’ll decide a date and time for our first meeting and you will receive an invitation to a ZOOM Meeting.

The HOL team could surely use a little muscle once we open the doors, so I am inviting the gentlemen among us to step up and help as well. Hands of Light is NOT a ladies only committee and I would venture to say you guys have some great ideas for projects. We’d love to hear them!

I am looking forward to hearing from you! Let’s get to work!
Sherry Brune, Hands of Light Team Leader

Infinite Insights

An old aphorism reminds us that “Love is like the tide… it must go out before it can come in.” Certainly, it is true that the more love you give, the more you receive. Love is a vibration – a power – that you must develop within your inner-being. Simply put, if you want to be loved, you must love.

Unfortunately, many people really don’t know what it is to love or be loved. They become so interest in material and physical things, that they hold no interest in spiritual matters, which includes the feeling, concern, and understanding of love. Love brings a desire to share and give the invisible things.

When you love, you want your love to be returned. If you hug a small child, he or she will enthusiastically hug you back. Perhaps, the child doesn’t understand love as you do, but the return is there. However, it is important not to love for selfish reasons. Many individuals like to be friends with others because they think they might need them someday. They show love because they think it would be wise to stay on good terms with certain people. This is pretense rather than real love; it cannot be considered deep and sincere feeling.

Real love for another person causes you to suffer when that individual is suffering and to feel what that person is feeling. Real love is the development of a vibration within you that creates communication of soul-to-soul, spirit-to-spirit. There is almost a oneness, or an attunement between those who truly share love.

Love is like the tide – the more you send out the more love comes back to you. When you love, you activate the great Universal Law of Love, which determines that the love you send out will come back to you. The Law doesn’t change; if you give – you will receive it, if you love, you will be loved in return, but not always from the same source to which you gave. It is wonderful when love returns from the source to which you directed it, but if for some reason it doesn’t, keep the faith that it will return from somewhere else.

You will never lose anything that you give. If you give out unkindness, unhappiness, and confusion, the Law of Compensation will see that those vibrations are returned to you. As you sow, so you reap. It is far better and much easier to love and be a kind, considerate friend because then you can put your mind at rest; you will never want for love and friendship. The fact that you created positive, loving feelings and sent them out gives you the opportunity to receive them in like manner somewhere, at some time.

Think about flooding the world with kindness, understanding, forgiveness, and joy. Make your home overflow with love. You will be surprised how many people will want to be your friend. They will always want to be around you because they will feel the upliftment and recognize the power of your love. God is love and love is God. Your efforts at creating love and good-will assuredly will receive the blessings of divine love and power.

~ You are loved. ~

Publishing Committee

Thanks to all who have purchased our Center of Light’s very special BOOK and CD, co-created with Spirit for your upliftment and expansion. Your support in this way is truly helpful and appreciated during these challenging times. Likewise, the deeply loving and inspirational messages in these spiritually-rich resources have too been helpful to so many. Get yours today at SarasotaCenterOfLight.com/Store

BOOK $20: Pearls of Light – A Gift from Spirit; Handbook for Awakening the Soul

AUDIO CD $14: The Voices of Spirit – Teachings of the Angels; Famous People – Volume 1

These truly unique and extraordinary collaborative works, inspired and guided by Spirit, were manifested to help us come to understand, and to remember, the nature of our spiritual being and the metaphysics of human life – especially now in a world in great need of positive change. Our true purpose often eludes the human soul in the development of greater awareness and expansion of consciousness. The spiral-bound, paperback book contains nearly 60 inspirationally curated lectures and dialogues from Master Teachers in Spirit, Content topics include Self Awareness, Conscious Understanding of Universal Truth, Awareness of Available Help, and Call to Action. It also contains value-added affirmations, workbook pages, and additional special content for your benefit. The professionally produced audio CD of Rev. Dorothy’s trance work, famous people in this first CD release, is highly recommended for you to experience the energy of these well-known, wise, and loving luminaries and their important messages of love.

Thank you and God bless!
Jen Blecher

April 2021 Reminders

April 4: Easter Service – Rev. Tom will be giving the spirit talk.

April 11: Gerry Greig will give the spirit talk and lead the meditation.

April 15: How Do We Connect with our Guides – first of Rev. Lisa’s two classes via ZOOM

April 25: Mary Torrey, an international Medium, will give the spirit talk and lead the meditation.

April 29: How Do We Connect with our Guides – second of Rev. Lisa’s two classes via ZOOM

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