FEBRUARY 2021 FOCUS NEWSLETTER

FEBRUARY 2021 FOCUS NEWSLETTER

A Message from the President…

All months of the year are important, with each being special and unique in its own way. But, for the Sarasota Center of Light, that is especially true during the month of February. By the end of this month, the 2021 AGM will have taken place and voting members will have elected a new Board to protect the interests of the church and remain in service to all of you throughout the upcoming year.
I would like to take a moment to share with you some of the wonderful qualities of those I have had the privilege to serve with for the past five months. Sitting in the seat of Vice-President, Eddie Muniz worked quietly and calmly. I reached out to him numerous times and he never failed to offer unwavering support. I am especially grateful to Eddie for helping me remain grounded during some challenging times.
Our Secretary, Sherry Brune has worked so hard to restore past minutes and records as well as offering hours of her time in keeping new minutes accurate and up-to-date. This position is no easy job; our meetings often lasted three hours or more and we averaged at least three or more meetings a month. There was always so much work to do, all of which needed documentation.
Jeff Lambert, as Treasurer, brought his knowledge of Center finances to the table and provided lengthy reports that I am sure were very time consuming for him. He was always ready to answer questions, and well knew the monetary exchanges at the Center.
Bob Sadler joined us at a time when his expertise and service could not have been more needed. Skilled in language, research, and professional communication with others, he took on project after project always bringing them to completion quickly. Mostly because of his hard work, new waivers (protecting the Center from possible Covid19 issues), a new lease for rental properties, and all election correspondence and documents were prepared and then legally reviewed to ensure that the Center moved forward in 2021 in a protected and secure manner.
There are so many duties and responsibilities beyond the meetings that sitting on the Board requires. Those dedicated to the work often spend hours of their time on a daily basis in search of solutions and continued improvement. Regardless of who represents and serves you in these positions during 2021, I would ask that you offer them your support in the rebuilding of a beautiful center hit hard by the pandemic of 2020.
Thank you for the opportunity to be of service to this Center.
Linda Viddish,
President

A Message from the Acting Coordinator of the Ministerial Team…

Greetings friends,

Welcome to the month of Love. February is noted for the celebration of Valentine’s Day and expressions of love and symbolized by hearts. There are many kinds of love; love of a spouse, love of a friend, love of family, the love of country and the love of a pet and love of the things that are important to us like Mother Earth. We use the word love freely and in my mind that is a good thing. As we know words carry vibration and the vibration of the word love is of the highest vibration. While Valentine’s Day is a noted day of love, let us all be mindful of those who are alone at this time and will not be getting a Valentine card. If there is someone you know who is alone, I ask you to reach out and send a card or make a phone call. The benefit to the receiver might make all the difference in their life for love brings hope and the will to carry on through difficult times. Imagine how wonderful it would be to make every month, every day, every year a time of love and expression of it by speaking love and BEING love.
For as it says in John 4:16; God is love, and whoever abides in God, and God abides in them. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God in them.
My wish is a constant flow of love to you and from you.
Rev. Phyllis Lambert

From the Education Committee…

Greetings everyone. First off, a very big thank you to Rev. Lisa Johnson for sharing her wonderful healing classes held on January 21st, and 28th, which brought valuable teachings to everyone who attended. Thanks also go to Bob Sadler who manned the zoom invites, we appreciate you. We hope to bring you more healing classes in the coming months.

For February, we welcome Rev. Tom Newman who will be teaching 4 workshops via Zoom on Getting to Know Your Spirit Guides.
The Workshops will be broken down as follows:
Thursday February 4th from 7:30-9:30 p.m. EST.
Guide Overview and Doorkeeper
Thursday, February 18th, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. EST
Spirit Doctor and Indian Guide Protector
Thursday, March 4th, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. EST
Chemist & Healing Sister
Thursday, March 18th, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. EST
Master Teacher
By the end of the workshops, you will know the names of your six Primary Guides. Look for Rev. Tom’s flyer that will be sent out shortly with more information.

Workshop fees are $20.00 each, and reservations are required. You can pre-register via the website or by contacting Tina via email at churchoffice@SarasotaCenterofLight.com or you may call 941.953.6620. Once your payment is received you will receive the Zoom link to join the workshops.

We hope you enjoyed seeing and hearing from our friends across the pond, Gerald and Eric at the January 24th, morning service. We thank them sincerely for gifting their time to serve SCOL.
Rev. Phyllis and the SCOL ministers continue to work hard to bring you uplifting talks, messages and music on Sundays and Wednesdays. There is a lot of preparation and time spent to bring the zoom services to your homes. Our appreciation and thanks to Jeff Lambert, who is the production expert making sure everyone can see and hear what’s going on.
Please support the services as best as you are able, and as always we would welcome any feedback you would like to offer. This is your Center.
Lyn Mulder and Kath Curtin Co-Chairs Education Team.

From the Learning Center…
Library ~ Gift Shoppe ~ Healing Room
The Library 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

2021 Healing “Serenity” Room is Nearing Completion!

From the Healing Committee…

We are all part of a Spiritual Family and during these challenging times, I am reminded of the words in Psalm 91: “He shall give his angels charge over us to keep us safe.” These words themselves give us comfort but with the death rate climbing and many people refusing to wear masks we need to also be proactive during these times.

I am so very proud of our healers who, even though our doors are not open, work tirelessly behind the scenes attending to the growing need for Covid19 related cries for help.

Be assured that all requests sent to us receive quick attention and are transferred to a Healing Team which will contact you so that you will be given personal attention during your healing journey. This way you can speak to your Healer and keep in contact with each other as you get better.

I would also like to mention, that our two Ordained Ministers are certified Spiritual Counselors and they are also available to talk with you about navigating these difficult times.

Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 9AM to 12 NOON. You may call the office at 941-953-6620 and Tina will be pleased to help you.

Stay safe.
Blessings,
Rev. Lisa Johnson,
Minister of Healing

From the Nominating Committee ~ 2021
Reverend Lisa Johnson, Chair of the Nominating Committee met with committee member, LaVerne Duff on January 13, 2021 to open the Nomination Letters of those intending to seek a position on the Board during the Annual General Meeting in February. The committee will be releasing the names of candidates soon.
The Board will be sending, by the first week in February 2021, a letter to congregational members, information regarding their voting eligibility status, ballot, and an invitation to the annual General Meeting to be held virtually (Zoom) and in the Sanctuary on February 27, 2021.
If you have questions regarding this nomination process, please call the office and leave a message for Rev. Lisa Johnson to return your call.

A Message from the Board on the AGM…
Our Center’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in-person and on ZOOM (website is zoom.us) on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 2 PM. The ZOOM log-in details are as follows: Meeting ID: 913 6707 7292 Passcode: scol852. Please do not share the log-in details as this is a private meeting for our members only. All members were notified of their voting or non-voting status in mid-January, and voting members are being mailed Ballots in early February. The Board asks that members participate, especially since important topics are on the Ballot, including bylaw changes about the Senior Pastor’s employment. The Board will accept Ballots (this year only) from voting members who cannot attend either in person or on ZOOM. Ballots will be collected in person at the AGM. Voting members who do not attend in person must mail, or drop off their Ballot at the church office by noon on Monday, March 8, 2021 at the church office. Please be sure to add an eligible signature on the sealed back of the envelope if you choose to mail in your Ballot.

From the Organizational Committee…

Thank You to All Who Had a Hand in Finalizing This Warm and Friendly Foyer!
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 is almost completed.
There are still things to be done in the clean-up of the buildings, like molding being wiped down and windows being cleaned.
We welcome any assistance with this task. If anyone is interested in helping, please contact LaVerne Duff or Kathy Curtin.
LaVerne 410-440-5288
muttr4us@gmail.com

From the Hands of Light Committee…

“Remember all the wonderful coffee hours this dedicated committee provided for us?”
Due to the Pandemic, the HOL team is still not meeting. I do, however, reach out to them via the focus and HOL team emails. This month I reminded them that if they are not yet on Constant contact and wish to continue attending our services, to please reach out to me or Tina so they can be added to Constant Contact, and therefore receive the Zoom link. There are a couple of people that joined just after the first of the year last year, that I believe were brand new and had not previously been added to our Constant Contact list.
Respectful submitted

HOL Team Leader,
Sherry Brune

Infinite Insights

Praise is a necessary attitude for people to develop. Always give praise to other people for what they’re doing even though in your mind you think it’s not enough. Maybe they’re not sincere but give them praise for how little or how much they do. That helps them feel important. It also helps them realize that people do notice that they’re doing something. Everyone likes praise. It’s like a pat on the back.

You should also praise the God from whom all blessings flow. When you do that, you’re showing gratitude and you are reaching out to the highest of all powers. That opens the door for more of the same good things to come to you.

Praise is a wonderful attribute to develop. It opens the door for other people, not just for yourself. When you give praise, you create a happy, positive, constructive vibration; you’re improving the atmosphere and helping people, and it radiates from you. You benefit as well by giving praise to others.

~ You are loved ~

Publishing Committee News…

GREETINGS DEAR FRIENDS!
In this new year of new beginnings and better days ahead, the Publishing Team invites you to support our Center of Light by purchasing its very special BOOK and CD, co-created with Spirit for your upliftment, available at SarasotaCenterOfLight.com/Store.

As we begin a new and brighter year, please be sure to get your copy of our very special BOOK and CD, co-created with Spirit for your upliftment, available 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 Belcher

THE VOICES OF SPIRIT; TEACHINGS OF THE ANGELS
FAMOUS PEOPLE – VOLUME I (1 DISC CD) $14 US
The Voices of Spirit; Teachings of the Angels, Famous People – Volume I is SCOL’s first CD release and an excellent addition to your spiritual library and gifting pleasure! It is a series of profound Master Talks, conveying love, wisdom and guidance by Master Teachers who were well known famous people when on the earth plane now in the Spirit World. These truly unique recordings from the mid-1970’s through the late-1990’s are by way of co-founder, Rev. Dorothy G. Flexer and her successor, Rev. Don Dugar (following her transition in 1996), via extremely rare Trumpet Mediumship. The intention in providing these Master Talks is to bring inspiration, teachings of spiritual truths and philosophy that could be used to help people with the challenges of everyday life. This material is produced and presented with love and gratitude by SCOL Press, the publishing entity of Sarasota Center of Light, Sarasota, Florida, USA. We invite you to listen with an open heart and mind. For additional information on our rich history, click About Us.

One may ask the question, “Why would beings from the Spirit World want to communicate with people on the Earth?” The answer is “Because they want to give us insight into understanding our purpose in life.” In honoring each individual’s power of choice, our Spirit Guides and Teachers will not give us the answers to the challenges we face. That would be equivalent to doing our homework for us. So, they bring advice and suggestions that will help us to find our own answers. The process of Spirit communication also reinforces the understanding that life continues after the moment of physical death and that there is nothing to fear from the life in the Spirit World. It is our honor to bring these words of wisdom to you.

Another Successful Elegant Evening is Being Planned for 2021

Photo from Elegant Evening – 2020
The Elegant Evening fundraiser for 2021 is moving ahead. Winter Wonderland will be the theme for this exciting event.
If you haven’t disassembled and put away your holiday decorations, and you wish to part with some you are not going to keep, please keep us in mind. We are especially interested in:
Artificial trees
White lights
Silver & white balls
White poinsettias (artificial)
Pine garland, pine cones, etc.
If you wish to donate any of the above items, or have a question, please contact LaVerne at muttsr4us@gmail.com or 410-440-5288.

February Reminders

February 7 Reverend Tom Newman Returns…

February 14 Reverend Phyllis Lambert, Speaker
with Karen Strauss, A.M., Medium

February 20 Board Candidate Forum
(members please attend in-person or ZOOM)

February 21 Reverend John White as Speaker
with Diana Meir, Medium

February 27 Our Annual General Meeting (
members please attend in-person or ZOOM)

February 28 Brenda Viola, as Speaker
with Phyllis Lambert

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