December Focus 2017

December Focus 2017

The Season of Illumination by Rev. Jim Toole                                                                   

 As December arrives so do many holidays of celebration.  Among them are Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Bodhi Day, Yule, Festivus and others.  Whether it is the reflection of Christmas lights and decorations or the lighting of the Menorah, there is an illumination of inspiration during this time of year.

As each of us begins to celebrate in our own way, let us find the common connection between and among us.  For it is not as important what we focus our belief on, as it is the expression of our Spirit.  Each of us, as part of our very nature, is joy, peace, love, kindness and compassion. It is this brilliant beauty of each of us that shines always within us.

No matter what lists we make, naughty or nice, no matter how big the tree or how many decorations, the holiday season is a time to share the ultimate gift, the reflection of the love of our heart and the inspiration of our soul.  We are each a spark of the divine and as we allow our light to shine, it brightens not only our lives, but the lives of those around us.

Find places and times during this holiday season to reach out not only with what you have, with who you really are.  Give the gift of a smile, an unexpected hello or a random act of kindness.  There are so many during this time of year who are feeling empty, alone, lost and unsure.  As you share your light, you ignite and awaken the light of life in those with whom you connect and touch.

Let us all join together during the holidays, to let the barriers of judgment  dissolve, to open our hearts, and to allow our soul to reflect the brilliance and beauty of our Spirit as the gift given and received.  As one candle is lit, it dispels the darkness.  As many candles are lighted, it illuminates the world.  May your holidays be filled with love, joy, peace and the Illumination of the Season.


December Birthdays

Jim Young                                    4               Jeannie Delph                     17

Katarina Paschall                       6               Jeff Lambert                        19

Franklin Ziemba                         7               Karen Vanderwal               21

Dianne Tansill                            9

Sophia & Julianna Famiglio   15


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)


President’s Message

We all smile in the same language.”

Out of the mouths of babes we hear simple truths.  This quotation, seen in an elementary school, reminds us of our oneness.  The Sarasota Center of Light rests on a foundation of Oneness…. believing in the inherent connection to all people, to nature, and universal consciousness.

Our beliefs raise our spirits and provide us with the opportunity to fulfill a basic need to belong.  As the holidays approach, we will be seeing many new faces.  Please open your hearts to all newcomers as well as returnees and offer the engaging SCOL smile of welcome.

As a spiritual family, we have much to smile about:

  • A most successful Founders’ Day celebration on November 5th,
  • Another exhilarating evening of Music and Messages on November 19th,
  • A Board of Directors excited to serve, showing up with energy and new ideas to enhance our spiritual and fiscal well being;
  • An increasing number of volunteers desiring to bring their talents and energy to the Center.
  • A holiday season offering weekly events in December to nourish our hearts and souls.

As part of our plan to streamline administrative functions, we now have a Membership Chairperson, Ruth Ann Smith.  Ruth Ann is known to many of you as one of our healers and a long term supporter of SCOL.  Her responsibilities will include maintaining an up to date list of members and assisting with other duties as defined in the bylaws regarding membership.

Generosity is more than just a concept; it is a practice that extends to collaboration with others. We thank and appreciate you for the many forms of generosity you have given to SCOL.

With peace and joy in our hearts,

Joan Volpe, Ph.D.

Pesident, Board of Directors


Healing Ministry

The first Wednesday, December 6th , 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!  Anyone 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 in person, if needed. 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:


Hands of Light

Hands of Light extends their sincere appreciation to all the members and friends who contributed

to the Founders’ Day Celebration.  We enjoy your enjoyment.  Well, there is more to enjoy, Sarasota Center of Light’s annual Holiday Celebration is set for Sunday, Dec. 3rd, after the morning service.

Please join us for savory food items, deserts and beverages.  Adding to the merriment will be 50/50 chance drawing, several prize drawings, game prizes and a Silly Santa Gift Exchange (bring a gift, pick a gift.  Slightly used is OK, funny, etc.).  Take a picture with Santa and take a gift from Santa’s Sack.

See you at the Holiday Party!

Blessings to All, Hands of Light Team


December Classes, Workshops, and Events

Dec. 2nd, 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.

Dec. 3rd, Sunday, Holiday Celebration, after am service with appetizers and beverages, treats, prizes and lots more!  Holiday themed coffee hour after pm service.  All are welcome.

Dec. 6th, Wednesday, Healers Healing Healers, 6:00-6:30 pm, Sanctuary.

Dec. 9th, Saturday, Healing in the Garden, 7:00 pm.  Join us in the brilliantly illuminated garden for guided meditation and healing. Experience the beauty, peace, energy and inspirational music.  Love donation.

Dec. 11, Monday,  Energy Dynamics in Human Relationships  with David Winfree 7:30 – 9:00 pm, Flexer Healing Chapel,  $15.  A gentle introduction to advanced metaphysical knowledge.

Learn how the human energy field (aura) impacts human interactions and relationships.

 Dec. 16, Saturday, Caroling in the Garden  7:00 pm.  Carolers and musicians will be singing and

leading carols for everyone to listen to and participate in.  Refreshments and snacks to enjoy.

Come be a part of the music, fun and inspiration of the season.

Dec. 24, Sunday, Divine Light Service  7:00 pm  Sanctuary.  You are invited to be a part of the

sacred energy and connection of this candlelight service.  Those who attend will enjoy wonderful

music, an inspirational talk and receive an inspirational message from one of our mediums.

Dec. 31st, Sunday, Burning Bowl Ceremony will be held after the morning service.  Clear the path and create intentions for the new year.

Dec. 31st, 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.



 “Each day I improve my relations with my family and friends.  All of my experiences bring me joy and contentment.  I embrace only love.”

“Try to live by Spiritual Law.  Be concerned about one another.  Care for each other.  This is the way of all Masters and Prophets.”  – Rev. Dorothy Flexer, A New Depth to Life


Ed Team                               

Happy Holidays!! Healing classes are beginning in January!  There will be a series of certification classes for those who would like to heal during services.  These classes are also open to anyone who would like to attend one or all of them.  Mediumship classes will also be scheduled soon.

Join David Winfree for Energy Dynamics in Human Relationships December 11, 7:30 – 9pm.  This will be a gentle introduction to advanced metaphysical knowledge. Learn how the human energy field (aura) impacts human interactions and relationships.  It will be held in Flexer Healing Chapel and the cost is $15.

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.

Be sure to get your proposal in if you’re interested in teaching.  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 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 participating or has any questions please contact the Center office, 953 6620.


Wonderful Events in December at the Center

Be sure to be a part of all the exciting events scheduled in December!  Our Holiday celebration on December 3 after the Sunday morning service celebration will include appetizers, beverages, treats, prize drawings, games, holiday music, Silly Santa Surprise and Mr. and Mrs. Clause. There will be a holiday themed coffee hour after the evening service.

We have illuminated our garden with over 10,000 lights!  On December 9 at 7pm enjoy

Healing in the Garden. Experience a guided meditation, receive a healing, gentle inspirational music and be surrounded by the beauty, peace, energy and inspiration of the brilliantly illuminated garden.

Carolers and musicians will be singing and leading carols for everyone to listen to during Caroling in the Garden on December 16 at 7pm. There will be refreshments and snacks to enjoy.  Come be a part of the music, fun and inspiration of the season.

Our Divine Light Service is scheduled for December 24 at 7pm. You are invited to be a part of the sacred energy and connection of this candlelight service.  Those who attend will enjoy wonderful music, an inspirational talk and receive an inspirational message from one of our mediums.

Enjoy the holidays with your friends and family and bring them to our holiday events during December.  Let’s share the love, light, joy and peace of the season together.



 Question for the Angel Hotline:  How do I know when I talk to my guides that they are listening?    Signed:  Newbie

Dear Newbie:  The short answer is, your Guides are drawn to you through the Law of Attraction. Like attracts like. Your Guides know you better than you know yourself.  They are walking with you through this life, loving and guiding you.  Because they have experienced life on Earth, they understand your physical and emotional makeup, your dreams and your fears, your heart’s desires, your talents, your strengths and your weaknesses.

Your Guides are as close to you as your breath.  Whether you speak audibly to them or only in your thoughts and prayers, they hear you.  Believing in their existence and talking to them builds a closer connection with them and their help is much more easily received by you.  You know that wonderful and inspiring thought that came to you recently?  You can thank your Guides.  You remember that fulfilling career choice you made or meeting the right person at the right time ‘accidentally’ or the protection while driving or traveling?  Say thank you to your Guides.

Since they have completed their Earth lives, they are better able to impress you and help you reach your full potential. As our Guides help us progress on our path through life, so do they progress on their spiritual journey as well.   The longer version is, well…..much longer.  Keep your mind and heart open to their guidance and you will be richly rewarded.

Send in your question for the Angel Hotline to:


Children’s Sunday Circle

Greetings to all:

The holiday season in upon us and I wish you all a joyous time.  Make happy memories and be in the moment.  Our Sunday school program will be closed the month of December.

Happy wishes for a season of love and light.  Ms. Elizabeth


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 November was $179 for All Faiths Food Bank.

Gratitude to One and All!


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