Matters of the Heart – Matter by Rev. Jim Toole
With February comes Valentine’s Day! It’s a day when love prevails; romantic love, expressed in so many ways. There will be heart shaped boxes of candy, bouquets of flowers and cards asking will you be my Valentine? There will be so many wishing to express their true love to one another. But what is true love?
The history behind Valentine’s Day takes us back to 270 AD, when a Bishop named Valentine was jailed for secretly conducting marriages for soldiers, against the wishes of the Roman Emperor Claudius II. He made friends with his jailor and fell in love with the jailor’s daughter. He wrote her a farewell message just before his execution signed, “from your Valentine.” He became the Patron Saint of Valentine’s Day.
Romantic love is only one of the reflections of love offered from the heart. There is a love of family, love of country, friendship, self-love and one of my favorites, the love of chocolate :-). Feeling all of these loves within us can bless us and affect us in many powerful and important ways. Each of these can fill us with warmth, tenderness and happiness. At times, the loss of love can bring sorrow, pain and emptiness. It is a vital part of living and experiencing life.
No love is more powerful and important than Divine Love. This love is different from one that is given or received, that must be earned or sought after. It is the very essence of who we are emanating from the center of our Divine Heart. It is the true connection we have with, and as, an expression of God, Source, Spirit. It is our true nature.
Because Divine Love is unconditional and boundless, it creates an opening and an energy that allows for the purity and presence of our soul to be expressed into us and through us into our lives. It is not only where we connect to our Divine Self and to God, Source, Spirit, it is our true connection of unity between each and all of us.
We may describe it in different ways because of the various experiences we have of it, but true love is unlimited, unconditional and eternal, just as our soul’s essence is reflected as an expression of All That Is. This Valentine’s Day, and every other day of the year, BE the true love of your Divine Heart, because Matters of the Heart – Matter.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
February Classes, Workshops, and Events
Feb. 2nd, Saturday, Psychic Saturday, 10:30-1:00 p.m., 15 minute Readings-$20. Vibrational Healing-love donation. Davis Hall and Flexer Healing Chapel.
Feb. 2nd, Saturday, Philosophy-Inspiration & Mediumship with Al & Geoff Potts. 3:00-5:00 p.m. These twin mediums will share a unique view of the inspiring philosophy of mediumship and share techniques and practices to connect and communicate with Spirit. Davis Hall. $30
Feb. 3rd, Sunday Celebrations – Spiritual Talk by Al Potts at 10:30 a.m. and Spirit Messages and Talk with Al and Geoff Potts at 7:00 p.m. Coffee Hour and Souper Sunday after each service. Davis Hall. Hot soups and fellowship to warm your bodies and souls!
Feb. 6th, Wednesday, Healers Healing Healers 6:00 p.m. Sanctuary.
Feb. 7th, Thursday, Intermediate Mediumship, weekly ongoing series. Please contact Rev. Jim directly in order to attend this class series. (941)330-5031 or firstname.lastname@example.org. $15.00
Feb. 11th, Monday, Meaning and Development of Spirit Circles with Carolan Carey. 7:00-9:00 p.m. Understand what a true spirit circle is and how to produce spiritual development you can be proud of. Let’s discover what spirit has in store for you and make your circle both spiritual and successful! Learning Center. $20.
Feb. 19th, Tuesday, Furthering Your Development of Mediumship with Richard Schoeller. 7:30-9:00 p.m. Mediumship is a dynamic process of communication. In this workshop Richard will work with the students in helping them to become more active and reactive to the communication process. Davis Hall. $30.
Feb. 22nd, Friday, An Evening of Mediumship with Richard Schoeller. 7:30-9:00 p.m. Richard will be demonstrating mediumship and bringing through messages from Spirt loved ones. Not all attendees will receive a message. Sanctuary. Love Offering $15.
Feb. 24th, Sunday Celebrations with Richard Schoeller. Spiritual Talks at both the 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. service also Spirit Messages at the 7:00 p.m. service.
ONGOING WEEKLY CLASSES
Fridays, Developing Consciousness with Rev. Jim, 6:00-7:15pm, Center, $10 love donation. Enjoy a time of connection, checking in with each other, discussing spiritual topics and joining in a channeled meditation. All are welcome.
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on January 26, 2019. The slate of officers were voted upon by acclamation. The new Board of Directors are: President, Joan Volpe, Vice-President-Robin Washburn, Secretary, Rev. Marie Rowe, Treasurer, Jeffrey Lambert, 3 year Trustee, Eddie Muniz. There is one vacancy on the board for the 2 year Trustee, which will be filled by Board appointment. In addition, Bylaw revisions, as proposed by the committee, were unanimously adopted. Copies of the new bylaws are available in the office. The Board wishes to thank members for their support. We look forward to a progressive and inspirational 2019.
The year 2018 was both successful and challenging. Our successes came in the form of improved organizational structure and property management, plus an increase in volunteers and membership, with 17 new members. Our greatest achievement is seen and felt in the growth, joy and peace experienced by our congregation. Challenges occurred through our aging infrastructure which require renovation. The Board is considering a number of alternatives to accommodate these expenses.
While we are entering a period of robust growth, the Center remains organizationally stable. We are very grateful to you for the many ways you offer support. We look forward to your active involvement in 2019.
Many Blessings to You,
We want to thank all of our healers for being channels of healing energy and being of service at the center. We are excited about all the new healers that were certified or recertified in January!
Our Basic Healing classes have started again with 6 new healers finishing their healing certification at the center. An intermediate healing class series will begin in the second quarter of this year, as well as refresher classes and advanced classes later in the year.
We are here to support you in your health and well-being. Whether you are facing a physical challenge or otherwise, we are here for you in your daily life. We are always available to send energy, healing and inspiration.
Anyone who would like to receive healing may call or email the Center office or go to the contact page of our website. Rev. Lisa Johnson oversees this process. Our healers are dedicated to be there with the healing you need. Someone is always there for you.
The first Wednesday of the month, February 6, is dedicated to Healers Healing Healers in the Sanctuary at 6:00pm. Happy Valentine’s Day from the Healing Team!
Welcome Renowned New York Medium
February 19th to 24th
Richard will be presenting a workshop, Furthering Your Development of Mediumship, on Tuesday, Feb. 19th in Davis Hall. 7:30-9:00 p.m. $30.
On Friday, Feb. 22nd join Richard for An Evening of Mediumship from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Love Offering. $15.
Richard will give the Spiritual Talks at both the morning and evening service on Sunday, Feb 24th with Spirit Messages at the evening service.
The educational program for 2019 is taking shape to provide inspirational and memorable classes and workshops. In 2018, the Committee initiated a monthly Friday event of metaphysical speakers. In February, the event will be offered by Richard Schoeller on February 22nd , entitled An Evening of Mediumship.
In December 2018, the Committee welcomed its two new members, Carolan Carey and Jacquelin McKenzie. Carolan has agreed to chair the Visiting Mediums and Jacquelin will chair the internal classes and workshops. Eddie Muniz, recently elected to the board of Directors as the 3 year Trustee, is stepping down from serving as the chair of the coordinators. We thank you Eddie for your service.
February holds the promise of exciting events with visiting mediums. The Potts brothers are joining us the first weekend in February and Richard Schoeller will arrive February 18th, offering workshops and private readings. The continuation of Basic Healing and Intermediate Mediumship classes are well underway and will continue until the end of March
In March the Center will be offering a series on the Psychic Arts. This series will include such classes as psychometry, spiritual palm reading, and sound healing. Please watch for details on our website and flyers and service bulletins.
The Committee is pleased to report that we are receiving a steady stream of requests from individuals new to the Center to teach workshops and/or serve on Sunday. The Committee is reviewing these requests in terms of our threefold purpose of healing, mediumship, and metaphysical spirituality.
Wishing you joy and peace,
Joan Volpe, Chair
Congratulations to our recently certified Healers:
Robin Washburn, Cindy Gourley, Karen Werley, Teddy Gavales & Kathryn Schlosser
Recertified: Deborah Markaverich
Healers in Training:
Eddie Muniz, Jacquelin McKenzie, Janet Grogan, Heather Neeley, Brenda Viola
And Ranie Brothers
Hands of Light
Dear Members and Friends,
Souper Sunday ………tantilize your taste buds with savory soups and chilis! The February Coffee Hour, will be quite “FULL FILLING” as Hands Of Light hosts this yearly Valentine Themed Event. Prize drawings will follow. So……..sit, converse, and enjoy! If you would like to contribute a side dish, salad or desert , it will be appreciated. You will find a log in the church lobby , to list your item.
HOL will continue to support and contribute donations to All Faiths Food Bank, Everyday Blessings, and Stillpoint Mission. HOL will be happy to answer any questions you may have referencing your donation to these charities.
It is the intention of HOL to continue into 2019 with enthusiasm, creativity, and team work, for the enjoyment of the Sarasota Center of Light Community. We’re a great group. We have fun together. We get a lot done and we all enjoy each other’s company doing it! Consider joining us by becoming a Hands Of Light Team Member. We now meet on the third Sunday of every month in Davis Hall, at 5:30 before evening service.
All are welcome.
Your Hands Of Light Team
Welcome Al and Geoff Potts
Al and Geoff will share their extensive insight into the philosophy and inspiration of mediumship at their workshop, Philosophy-Inspiration & Mediumship, on Saturday.
February 2nd from 3:00-5:00 p.m. The event will be held in Davis Hall. $30.
On Sunday, February 3rd, Al and Geoff will be giving Spiritual Talks at the 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. celebrations and Spirit Messages at the 7:00 p.m. celebration.
Truth never dies. It comes into the conscious mind to serve you according to your needs. The God Power is no respecter of persons. Age, race, color, creed, none of these things will ever act as barriers to the action of the God Power unless the barriers are created in the minds of the individuals themselves.
As an instrument of healing, you must always keep in mind that the important thing is that the God Power being divine is perfect. It manifests through you, the instrument, at your will because of your willingness to cooperate and coordinate with it. As it passes through your being touching those who need help, that power is magnified by the person’s faith, by the faith of the one who is directing it and also by the conditions that manifest at the time of contact.
When the healing power is directed, it does not stop at the moment you feel that you’ve cut off your service. That power remains in that person’s aura and body for a long time. This divine energy can seep into the weak places of the body and the consciousness to continue to do the work that nature wants it to do. Don’t for a moment think that once you’ve made the contact and helped the power to pour into a body, that when you remove your hands and remove yourself from a person’s presence, that you pull out the power. It is continuous; it’s constant. Keep this in mind and it will help you increase your faith and understand more of the workings of the Law of Healing.
You are Loved