February 2017 Focus

Our Mission Statement

We are a center of Light open to all. This Light includes healing, education, and inspiration that empowers individuals to progress on their personal spiritual path to find God. We are a gateway of understanding creating peace, love, and joy in the lives of individuals, families, and the world.

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Notes From the Senior Pastor – Rev. Jim Toole

Heart Centered Hope

I looked for just the right red colored paper.  I drew the heart carefully so it was perfect.   I cut just inside the lines so you couldn’t see them.  Now I had to tell her how I felt.  She was a perfect angel with dark hair and beautiful green eyes.  Her smile would like up the room.  I had to have her as my valentine.  In my heart, she already was.  I was nine years old.

Whether we are looking to share our hearts in innocence or change the world, when we live centered in our heart, life is more open, free and full.  By living open hearted we access and express our unconditional love.  Our lives reflect the qualities of love, compassion, understanding, gentleness, acceptance, peace and Hope into our lives.  We become an expression of the essence of love.  Everything we choose to be and do becomes filled with this beauty and splendor.

As we make our way through our day, our home, our workplace, our relationships, our interactions and encounters are blessed and enhanced.  Individuals we connect with and situations we are involved in are transformed, not because of what we know or what we do, but who we choose to BE.

We are all an expression of God’s love, continuously reflecting the brilliance and beauty of life into our consciousness and experience.  We are ambassadors of this energy of healing and Hope.  Each of us have the opportunity to make a difference for ourselves and for each other.  By keeping our purpose focused on love there are no limits to what we can create and manifest through our unconditional nature.

As our hart is open, our Spirit soars, inspiring us to share our passion and purpose in our lives and in the world.  By being a beacon of the energy and illumination of Love and Spirit we awaken it in each other and in the circumstances of our lives.  To change the world, it begins in our hearts.  As we join together as a spiritual family, we share it with one another.  By living heart centered, purposeful lives, the Light and Love of Spirit transforms the way we live and created Hope for all.

Let us spread the wings of our heart and take flight to new heights of Being the Inspiration, Upliftment and Hope with Sarasota Center of Light and beyond!  Happy Valentine;s Day and may your life be filled with Love Always.

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2017 SCOL Board of Directors

President:  Kathy Curtin

Vice President:  Cyril Mayer

Treasurer:  Jeffrey Lambert

Secretary:  Carole Demoise

1-Year Trustee:  Phyllis Town

2-Year Trustee:  Rev. Lyn Mulder

2-Year Trustee:  Forrest Paradise

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ANNUAL VALENTINE SOUPER SUNDAY – BRING A FRIEND DAY

Members and Friends – Our Annual Valentine Souper Sunday gathering will take place on Bring a Friend Day, Sunday, Feb. 5th, following both morning and evening services.  All are welcome and encouraged to join the merriment.  Donations of soup in crockpots and crackers are all welcome and appreciated bu not necessary.  Valentine cakes will be provide at both gatherings.   Prepared items can be dropped off to Davis Hall before each service on Sunday, Feb. 5th.

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HEALING MINISTRY

This is an exciting year for our Healing Mission.  Our Spiritual-Vibrational Healing classes have been elevated to a new level of excellence.   We have multiple instructors teaching the core courses necessary for our students to qualify for certification.

Our certified healers are invited to attend these classes as a refresher course as well as providing their energy and expertise to our students.  This is a triple win for everyone!  We are offering new and exciting Elective Classes that are scheduled all year for Everyone to attend.

Jen Blecher designed the beautiful brochure that has the entire year’s schedule on it.  You now have the ability to know ‘who’ is teaching ‘what’, ‘where’ and ‘when’ at all times.

The first Wednesday of every month is dedicated for Healers,Healing Healers in the Sanctuary starting at 6:00pm ending at 6:30pm.  Our healers are always ‘giving’ their love, time and energy to everyone else.  The first Wednesday is designed for them to ‘receive’.

We continue to add our healing services on Psychic Saturday in Flexer for a Love Offering that goes directly to the Center.

If you are in need of Absentee Healing, please call the office 941-953-5520 so we can add you to our healing list.  Of course, every Wednesday evening you are all cordially invited to attend our unique and special Candle Light Healing Service in the Sanctuary starting at 7pm.

Love Happiness & Joyful Healing to All

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SINCERE GRATITUDE FOR HEART CENTERED KINDNESS & ACTS OF SERVICE

Special Appreciation goes to Jeff Lambert and Forrest Paradise for all of the time, energy and effort they put into Davis Hall upgrading our sound system and lights.

Love and Gratitude go to Caroline Demoise for spending nine hours hemming the blue drapes and making them look lovely again.  Thanks go to Jeff and Cyril for taking them down and rehanging them.

A great big Thank You goes to Phyllis, Sherry, Kalua, Kath, Jen, Cindy, Jeff, Randy, Jimmy Lee and Michael for transforming our Christmas tree in a Heart Centered work of art.

A Huge Thank You goes to Suzanne and The Choir for tirelessly working towards filling our Sanctuary with beautiful and joyous music.  Please attend our Heart Centered Concert on Feb. 12th beginning at 6:00pm followed by Sunday Evening Service at 7:–.  Be sure to receive your Inspirational Heart (from the tree) following service.

Let us catch You doing something Awe Inspiring in next month’s column.

As you can see: ‘It Takes a Village’ to keep our Center of Light glowing Brightly!

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HANDS OF LIGHT AUXILIARY GROUP

Members and Friends,

Mark your calendars for Sunday, Feb. 5th.  Hands of Light will again be planning a Valentine’s Day Theme, SOUPER SUNDAY, after the am and pm Services.  Hands of Light will be stirring up some tasty soups and chilis.  You too can show your culinary talents by stirring up a soup or chili for SOUPER SUNDAY.  Thank you in advance for your participation in this enjoyable and tasty event.

IT WILL WARM YOU HEART

The Hands of Light Team can always use more Hands.  If you would like to inquire about what we do within our church community and how you can be a part of our team, contact Laura Horn, 941-355-1586.  See you at Souper Sunday!

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BLESSING BOWL

Each month on the second Sunday, at both services, a special collectiion is made to benefit a charitable organization.  The total collected in January for our own Sunday Children’s Circle was $260.00.

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Ed Team News

Visiting mediums are arriving soon to offer us exciting events.  Al and Geoff Potts will share various techniques to help you improve your skill at their ‘Combining Mediumship with Philosophy’ workshop, Sat. Feb. 4th, 2-4pm in Davis, $30.  A pre-paid registration in recommended.

David Winfree, a spiritual teacher and author, will be offering ‘Activation of Palm Chakras for More Powerful Healing’ in Flexer Healing Chapel, Tes. Feb. 7th, 7:30-9pm, $15.  David’s workshop is open to everyone and will be the first elective in the Vibrational Healing program.

Caroline Demoise, an author and Tai Chi/Qigong instructor, will present ‘Introduction to Meditative Movement’ in Flexer Healing Chapel, Tues. Feb. 14th, 7:30-9pm, $15.  It is open to everyone and is the second elective in the Vibrational Healing program.

Anne Cederberg, an interpretive naturalist, will be offering another new workshop on Monday, Feb. 27th, 7:30-9pm for $20.  ‘the Sensitive Psychic;s Survival Guide’ will be held in Flexer Healing Chapel.  Anne always brings a unique perspective to her topics.

There are a number of ongoing classes in February.  ‘Tai CHi and Qigong’ is Monday nights, 6-7pm in Flexer, $10.  The Vibrational Healing protocol classes on Tuesday resume in Flexer February 21st for $15.  Rev Jim’s Mediumship class on Thursdays continues in the Chapel, 7:30-9pm, $15 and his Developing Consciousness class will be on Fridays in the Ed Center, 6-7:15pm for a love offering.

Early in March, Richard Schoeller will offer a ‘Mediumship Development Workshop’ in Davis, Thursday, March 2, 7:30-9pm, $30.  On Friday, March 3rd, Richard will be doing a “conversation with Spirit – A Demonstration of trance’ session in the Chapel for $30, 7:30-9:30pm.  Advanced registration is desirable to secure your place in these events. Seating in the Chapel is limited.  Contact Tina in the offfice to register and pre-pay.

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Children’s Sunday Circle

Dear Members and Friends,

Sarasota Center of Light’s Sunday School Teachers would like to  ‘Thank You’ for contributing to January’s Blessing Bowl.  The $260 will be sued for future purchases of teaching materials and school supplies, as needed.

You are always welcome to stop in and review our lesson plans, activities, or just say ‘Hi’.  the teachers are very eager to extend the ‘Celebrate You’ program to each student.  the program gives special recognition to each student’s birthday.  We celebrate favorite things, what they hold dear to their heart and wishes.  their understanding is this;  every student is an individual and every student is special.

Sincerely, Sarasota Center of Light Sunday School Teachers – Liz Adams, Laura Horn and Karen Werley

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David Thompson Seance C/Ds

If you would like to purchase a copy of a David Thompson October Seance, please call the office at 941-953-6620. CD’s are $10 each and can be mailed for a cost of $5 shipping. You can pick your copy up at the church office, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-12:30pm.

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Considering a Membership at SCOL

Our spiritual family is a joy for many! Often folks ask about how to become members, so we’d like to explain how simple it is in 5 easy steps:

  1. We offer a free Basic Concepts Class at least twice per year, comprised of two condensed classes on our beliefs and history. Attendance at these is required and allows us a chance to get to know each other; however, attending does not require you to become a member.
  2. Upon completion of the Basic Concepts Class, ask a SCOL member to be your Sponsor.
  3. Fill out a blue SCOL Petition for Membership card, and a letter or short explanation about your reason for joining. These are usually available in the lobby or office.
  4. Submit this to us.
  5. Upon approval, we will contact you to set a date for you New Members Ceremony. This is comprised of a short candle lighting ceremony which is usually a part of one of the Sunday services.

Lastly, in accordance with the Bylaws to be  a voting member, you must be a member for 6 months and attend at least two services per month. If you have any questions regarding membership, please contact our Board of Directors. We look forward to welcoming you!

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Sermons and Meditations on CD’s

If you would like to purchase a copy of a sermon or meditation, AM or PM please fill out the “Books & CD’s Order Form Envelope” located in the lobby. Please enclose $5 for each talk or meditation and place the envelope in the contribution plate. You will have your CD the following Sunday.

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Publishing Team

SCOL’s Publishing Team offers to you our first CD, The Voices of Spirit, Teachings of the Angels – Famous People – Volume 1.  This CD is available for purchase for $14 in the church lobby at services, church office weekday mornings, and at Psychic Saturdays.  This unique treasure of Spirit wisdom and guidance, by way of our founder Rev. Dorothy Flexer’s Trumpet Mediumship and is timeless and relevant to today’s living.  Thank you for supporting SCOL –  Jen Blecher

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Simple Ways to Give

There are two easy “green” ways to support SCOL’s ministry, or tithe on an ongoing basis. All donations are tax deductible.

  1. Give through our secure PayPal link on our website at www.sarasotacenteroflight.com. At top right, click on “Donate”.
  2. Mail check or money order to SCOL at 2710 Browning St., Sarasota, Fl 34237.

If you would like to discuss Giving Plans or remember SCOL in your Will, please email us today at churchoffice@sarasotacenteroflight.com. For your Giving Planning, our Tax ID is 65-0501429. Thank you for empowering us to share Metaphysical Spirituality with many!

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Planning For Success

We invite you to contribute to our Endowment Fund for the Center’s long-term fiscal health. All contributors, whether a direct donation or bequest, will be considered as “principal” of the fund and cannot be withdrawn. The interest from the Endowment Fund can be used for the Center. Management of the fund will be kept with our Trusted Ameriprise Financial Advisor.

We have an informative brochure that explain ways to give: Lighting the Way for the Future. This is available in our lobby or can be mailed for our office. Let’s all think of ways to leave part of our resources to the Center in the future. In this way, many thousands of people who come after us will be able to find the same love, harmony and education that has drawn us here. Thank you for supporting this ministry.

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Highlights from the SCOL Board

The Board would like to thank everyone for their participation in the Annual General Meeting.  It is your involvement in the Center that makes SCOl the beautiful place that it is.  A special thank you to those who completed the survey.

the monthly Board meetings are held the second Saturday of each month at 10am.  All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Please call the office to reserve your seat.

Congratulations to all the members of the Board of Directors for 2017.

In this new year the Board is instituting an outreach program.  Our website is being updated.  All of our events are being posted in three online calendars, in the Sarasota Meet-Up group, and in Natural Awakenings magazine.  Additionally, a trifold brochure is being edited and printed.

Please feel free to contact any board member with any of your concerns.

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SCOL Pathway of Love Commemorative Brick Program

Celebrate your love of SCOL by ordering your personalized brick(s) to commemorate a family member, friend, pet, group, business, or special occasion for recognition and thanks as a tribute or in memory of a loved one.  Your engraved brick(s) will become part of the new walkway from Davis Hall to the Healing Garden and will be special reminder to the community of SCOL’s rich history.

Order your Engraved Bricks:  $50 – 4″ x 8″ ($45 for Members) – 3 lines – up to 20 characters per line.  Order Forms are available in the church lobby and in the church office.

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