Be At Home Were Your Heart Is by Rev. Jim Toole

Valentine’s Day brings our attention to love. Home brings our attention to safety, peace and ease. They say home is where the heart is. I think it’s more than where we are or how we feel. It’s about being love, with a wide open heart, wherever we are.

I remember as a small child, looking across the classroom trying to get the attention of some cute girl. On Valentine’s Day I went and got some of those little paper cutout valentines and tried to figure out what to say on it to get her attention. It didn’t work! One of the first lessons I would learn in looking for love in the wrong way and in all the wrong places.

When it came to home, it wasn’t much better of a situation. I definitely wasn’t experiencing safety, peace and ease there. My journey would begin early, trying to find “home” in my life and a place to express the love of my heart. Somewhere inside it seemed as if they belonged together somehow. How true this would eventually come to be for me.

I had no good references for where I could find a good home for my heart. I would spend many years looking for both outside of myself and in the world. I had no clear understanding what home was and what it felt to feel true love in my heart. After many failed relationships and living in different places, I finally started looking within.

Instead of trying to find safety, peace, ease and love in the world, I realized the only way I could truly experience them was by being them. The safety of home came from finding and expressing my truth. Peace came from accepting the I Am I Am. Ease came when I started trusting Spirit, moving through me and expressing as me. I found a home for my heart when I accepted, embraced and embodied that I was the love I had been looking for.

As you make your way along your pathway of life, stop as often as you can to fall in love. The love I am speaking of is the love that you are as an expression of the love of loves. In your knowing of your connection with the heart of hearts, you will find safety, peace and ease within you and therefore, within your life. In this way you can always be at home were your heart is.
Happy Valentine’s Day!

February Classes, Workshops, and Events

Feb. 1, Saturday, Psychic Saturday, 10:30-1:00 p.m., 15 minute Readings-$20. Vibrational Healing-love donation. Davis Hall and Flexer Healing Chapel.

Feb. 2, Sunday, Souper Sunday. We will be serving soup during our coffee hour after both the morning and evening service.

Feb. 2, Rev. Al and Geoff Potts. Each twin brother will be giving the Spiritual Talk at the 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Celebrations. Both will be giving Spiritual Messages at the evening service.

Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 18 and Mar. 3. The Four Agreements. Series of 4 classes based on the teachings of the book, “The Four Agreements” written by Don Miguel Ruiz. Each class $15.

Feb. 4, The First Agreement: Be Impeccable With Your Word with Joan Volpe. 7:00-8:30 p.m. Your word is the power to create; the gift that comes directly from God. Join us for discussion and experiential exercises to understand the power of the Word and the limitations we have accepted through our developing years. $15. Learning Center.

Feb. 11, The Second Agreement: Don’t Take Anything Personally with Carolan Carey. 7:00-8:30 p.m. We will learn how to stop taking each hurtful remark and criticism thrown at us as truth. If we accept any mean comments that are thrown at us then we are allowing the “ME” in us to take over. Comments are a reflection of the commentator’s reality, not yours. $15. Learning Center.

Feb. 18, The Third Agreement: Don’t Make Assumptions with Gerry Greig. 7:-8:30 p.m. The course starts with the last paragraph of the third agreement. “What you need comes to you easily because Spirit moves freely through you. This is the mastery of intent,…..This is the path to personal freedom.” Explore how our view of life and our discernment and other awarenesses help create freedom and presence with you and your experience. $15. Learning Center.

Feb. 25, Deepening Your Mediumistic Connection with Spirit with world renowned medium Richard Schoeller. 7:00-9:00 p.m. Join Richard for an exploration and experience of connecting to Spirit, becoming more clearly aware of the inspiration and information being shared and how it can be expressed for the greatest benefit for yourself and others. All levels welcome. $30. Sanctuary.

Feb. 28, An Evening of Mediumship with Richard Schoeller. 7:00 p.m. Join us in our Sanctuary for a wonderful evening of fellowship, connection and Spirit Communication with Richard. He will be demonstrating mediumship and sharing messages from the Spiritual Realm with as many people as possible of those who are present. $15. Sanctuary.

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.

President’s Message

Each month since fall of 2017, I have shared news of the Center with you in a FOCUS message from the President. Sometimes the news was more factual; other times more heartfelt. With the ebb and flow of change, the March message will be delivered by our new president. Your loving support of the work of the board and of me, personally, has been remarkable. Please join with me in offering help and support to the new president, who will be elected at the AGM on February 29, 2020.

I rejoice with you over the many successes the Center has experienced the past two and a half years. Our experience with the visiting mediums has enhanced the depth and breadth of our spiritual knowledge. It is very rewarding to host those mediums with a long history at Sarasota Center of Light. We also appreciate getting to know international mediums who have come to the Center for the first time. In the spring of 2020, we shall celebrate the start-up of an intensive mediumship training program led by Bill Coller. In the fall of 2020, we will welcome back David Thompson, an extraordinary physical medium, who will be offering three seances.

Through the efforts of dedicated volunteers, we had a most successful Elegant Evening and we now have published Pearls of Light, a compilation of messages delivered by Rev. Dorothy while in trance. Psychic Saturdays are favorites in the community and continue to be successful fund-raisers for the Center, while sharing and educating the public about spirit messages and healing.

Financially, the Center continues to rely upon our rental houses to support Center expenses. With the approval of voting members, the decision was made in December 2019 to sell one of our properties. The success of the sale enables the Center to meet financial obligations of aging properties and to invest the majority of the proceeds in a money generating account. A focus of 2020 for all of leadership and for each member is to share the jewels of the Sarasota Center of Light with others through services and educational opportunities.

Through the efforts of Rev. Jim’s healing and mediumship classes, the Center now has an active team of healers. Student mediums successfully offered a gallery and we hope to see more of their gifts in the future. A major milestone for the Center will be reached on February 2nd, when Phyllis Lambert will be ordained Minister of the Sarasota Center of Light.. We are pleased and proud to bestow this honor to such a dedicated, hard-working and loving member of the Center.

I look forward to sharing 2020 with you. I am grateful for the opportunity to have served as your President on a board of hard working, kind, and dedicated board members.

Joan Volpe

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 December was $165 for Resurrection House. Thank you to everyone.

Please Welcome Our New Members!

We welcome the following new members to the family of Sarasota Center of Light:

Glenda and Richard Fellows
Eve Gonzalez
Leah Logan
Tania (Tina) Mills
Bob Obeering

Healing Ministry

We thank all of our healers for being channels of healing energy and being of service at the center. Our basic healing class curriculum has begun and we have a wonderful new group of healing students.

Healers will begin meeting in February in Flexer Chapel to share healing with one another (Healers Healing Healers) and have a potluck or go out to lunch after. Ranie will be contacting you with the February date. Please plan to be there to begin the connection, communication and collaboration of the healing ministry of the center for 2020. Please contact Ranie Brothers, our new healing coordinator, with any questions you might have: michaelbrothers70@comcast.net

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. Let us know how we can support you.

Hands of Light

The Hands of Light team is welcoming the New Year, as well as the New Decade, with New Ideas for fellowship and enhancing the feeling of community within our Spiritual home. We would like to encourage members and friends to share their thoughts and ideas with the team as to new events that would be beneficial to growing our center.

There will be a poster in the Sanctuary soon about the team and the opportunities available to engage with us to co-create a new year of exciting activities.

This February 2nd is our “Souper Sunday” which coincides with the Super Bowl and traditionally involves members bringing their favorite soup in a Crockpot to be shared at the morning and evening coffee hours. This year will be extra special as the Potts Brothers are here visiting and will be at both services. Also, at the morning service, our own HOL member, Phyllis Lambert, will be ordained. Please come to support Phyllis and to share time with the Potts Brothers as well. There is a sign-up sheet in the Sanctuary, if you would like to bring soup or something else and our theme is, of course, Valentines Day!

The Hands of Light team is open to anyone and we would love to welcome new members. We meet on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 5:30 in Davis Hall before the evening service.


Board of Director’s Candidates Forum
on Sunday, February 9, 2020

Join us to meet the candidates running for the 2020 Board of Directors. Learn about their backgrounds and the experience they bring to their respective leadership positions. The candidates look forward to an informal question and answer exchange for one hour following the morning service and at 6:00 p.m. prior to the evening service.

The Slate of Candidates for the 2020 Board of Directors are:

President: Gerry Greig
Vice President: Mark Roach
Secretary: Marie Rowe
Treasurer: Jeffrey Lambert
3 Year Trustee: Ranie Brothers

Education Committee

In planning for 2020, the Committee is interested in offering programs that nourish our members and provide continuous spiritual growth. We also desire to offer more basic classes which will attract those new to Metaphysical Spirituality and possibly new to the Center.

In January the Center offered an exciting program given by William Meader. William is an international spokesperson on soul astrology. He brought the teachings of Alice Bailey and the Theosophical Society to us. Watch for him again sometime in the future.

Education programs throughout 2020 are taking form. Please watch for them in the Bulletin, our website and fliers. Finalized arrangements with visiting mediums in 2020 include the Potts Brothers in January and Richard Schoeller the end of February. If you are interested in receiving a reading from Richard please contact the office. 2020 promises to bring additional exciting programs to the Center.

We shall be starting an intensive mediumship program in May taught by Bill Coller. The program consists of four weekends, Friday through Sunday. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact me, jnvolpe@aol.com.

In late September we will be welcoming back David Thompson, one of the few physical mediums in the world. Physical Mediumship is a rare form of mediumship phenomena. David is offering three séances the end of September and early October. If interested, please contact Tom Newman at tnewman@gte.net. We also will be welcoming medium Nicole de Haas from Holland, who will be offering a limited number of readings and a trance demonstration. Information about David and Nicole is available by contacting Tom Newman.

The Education Committee wishes to thank all who provided time and effort this past season. We have openings on the Education Committee for new volunteers. Please contact Joan Volpe if you are interested, 941 223 0275.

Looking forward to the new year with you,
Joan Volpe, Chair

Publishing Team

Sarasota Center of Light proudly announces the release of its special and relevant NEW book entitled: “Pearls of Light – A Gift From Spirit; Handbook for Awakening the Soul.” $20 US. It is the first book in a new series guided by Spirit. This spiral-bound paperback beauty contains nearly 60 inspirationally curated lectures and dialogues from Master Teachers in Spirit who imparted timeless wisdom and guidance to benefit humankind – especially now in a world in great need of positive change. Content topics include: Self Awareness, Conscious Understanding of Universal Truth, Awareness of Available Help, and Call to Action. These highly relevant to the here and now Master Talks originated through the trance mediumship of co-founder, Rev. Dorothy Graff Flexer, specifically by way of her trumpet mediumship – an extremely rare form of physical mediumship.

This gem of a book, a worthy gift and a wonderful addition to your personal library, also contains: affirmations, workbook pages, The 7 Spiritual Laws, and a glossary – designed to add helpful dimensionality. The purpose of this unique and special co-created resource, and the series underway, is to provide a guiding-light to help people come to understand, and to remember, the nature of their spiritual being and the metaphysics of human life. Our true purpose often eludes the human soul in the development of greater awareness and expansion of consciousness. This book is also meant to spark and encourage interest in those who wish to develop their connection to Spirit, to their spiritual gifts, and their purpose of this life.

Also available for purchase for $14 US, is Sarasota Center of Light’s professionally produced audio CD of Rev. Dorothy’s trance work entitled: The Voices of Spirit, Teachings of the Angels – Famous People – Volume 1. Speakers include: St. Francis of Assisi, Benjamin Franklin, Mahatma Gandhi, Joseph-Father of Jesus, Andrew Jackson Davis, Dwight L. Moody, and a Master of Light. Volume 2 is underway and will be released in Divine time. We invite you to experience the energy of these wise and loving beings for yourself.

The Book and CD can be obtained via website: SarasotaCenterOfLight.com, in the Sanctuary before and after Sunday and Wednesday Services, at the Business Office weekday mornings (941-953-6620 / ChurchOffice@SarasotaCenterOfLight.com), and at Psychic Saturday the first Saturday morning monthly.

Thank you for supporting Sarasota Center of Light’s efforts to uplift and educate in service to the higher good. Questions can be directed to Jen Blecher at 727-644-9041 or jbrssk@hotmail.com.

Infinite Insights

What really counts? It is the spirit behind anything that counts. It is the will to go forward. It is our own will that is motivated by the God Spirit. And what is this God Spirit? It is not a thing, but is everything. It is that which causes blades of grass to grow and to turn green. In us, it makes us each who we are. It is the motivating principle behind everything – an ever-expanding principle. It makes us each ruler over all, to rise to heights sublime. If we keep a positive state of mind, then what is right for us will come.

You are loved. 

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