JANUARY 2021 FOCUS NEWSLETTER

JANUARY 2021 FOCUS NEWSLETTER

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

In the New Year, never forget to say thank you to your past years because they enabled you to reach today! Without the stairs of the past, you cannot arrive at the future! Mehmet Murat ildan

Greetings Everyone,

Welcome to 2021!

I spent some time earlier today looking at past photos of events held at the church and got caught up in some really beautiful memories. I was reminded of times when the pews were full, the tables in Davis Hall were filled with delicious food, guest speakers frequented our platform, and so many interesting classes were being taught at the Center. I remembered, too, the ways in which we contributed to our community -such as the Hands of Light’s Christmas and Easter events for the children of Everyday Blessings and our own Blessing Bowl which was distributed to many other organizations needing our help.
Indeed, “our past years…enabled [us] to reach today.” And there is so much for us to be thankful for. From the seat which I have occupied for the past four months I have come to realize the importance of all who have contributed to this Center. I have profound respect for all who have held a seat on past Boards and I extend to each and every one of them a sincere, heartfelt thank you. They all stood on the “stairs of the past” that brought us to today. I am also grateful to our current Board members. Believe me, this is not easy work.
And, to all who have graced our platform in an effort to uplift, guide, and teach us, I am deeply appreciative. It takes real courage and devotion to accept such a role and, regardless of what great time and effort is put into it, it remains impossible to please everyone. Yet these amazing leaders persevere and continue doing the work they have committed their lives to.
Behind our Pastors and the speakers who visited with us, there stands a warm and supportive Ministerial Team that works hard to ensure an interesting and engaging platform for the congregants. They are so appreciated by the Board.
Where would we be without all the wonderful volunteer efforts over the years? The many smiling faces that prepared the coffee hours, time and time again, the workers for Psychic Saturday, our gifted Healers and our teams for Education and Publishing. Thank you to each of you.
The Board is extremely grateful to our dedicated and very professional office administrator. We are so fortunate to have Tina on staff.
It is the combined efforts of all these amazing individuals who built “our stairs of the past.” They carried us forward and into 2021. Without them, we would not have “have arrived at the future” as Sarasota Center of Light.
Please consider joining the Board and our committees in the repair and rebuilding of our seventy-one year old stairs. Let’s all do this together. For it is ultimately to all of you, our congregants, that the greatest appreciation is extended; without you there would be no need for the work that is being done.
Linda Viddish

As a reminder, Regular Board Meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month. You are always welcome to join us.

ACTING COORDINATOR OF THE MINISTERIAL TEAM

Happy New Year friends. Goodbye to 2020 and welcome 2021. I remember thinking on New Year’s Eve 2020 that it portended to be an auspicious year because having perfect vision comes to mind when you think of 2020. While this may be true it felt like anything but perfect vision but the veil has been lifted revealing what needs to be changed. Globally we have experienced a pandemic and a planet out of balance. The impact of having to close the doors on our church and center was echoed to every place of worship in a time when they were needed the most. Thank God for technology to be able to connect us. We all felt overwhelmed and at times bewildered as to what to do to make life “normal” again. I ask you to look back at 2020 with spiritual eyes which always have perfect vision and you will see 2020 in a whole new light.
Always the optimist and Metaphysician, I look for the positive or silver lining in any negative situation. I admit even I struggled at times as I watched what was happening to people all over the world and to those in our community. The good news is there are lightworkers whose purpose in this lifetime is to be a catalyst for change wherever it is needed. As the dark areas are cracking, the light is flooding in revealing what needs to be done for healing. Each one of us have an opportunity to be a part of the healing process by offering our divine light and love. We need the lightworkers who reveal the challenges as much as we need the lightworkers who bring peace, love, and healing. Choose to view the world through spiritual eyes and you will always have perfect vision.
God has blessed us with a new year and I invite you wherever you are, BE all there and in every situation live it fully knowing that it is for your highest and best in this new year and always.
The optimist will stay up to welcome the new year in. The pessimist will stay up to make sure the old year leaves. Be the optimist.

Optimistically yours,
Rev. Phyllis Lambert

LEARNING CENTER – LIBRARY – SERENITY HEALING ROOM:

The library is almost 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 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

EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Greetings everyone. We hope you enjoyed the Sunday a.m. services with our guest speakers last month, and we continue to seek guest speakers for the coming months.
This month we have been busy looking to schedule classes on Zoom for January and February 2021. We are delighted to announce the following classes will be available to you as a great way to start the New Year:

Thursday, January 21st and Thursday, 28th, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
The Art of Authentic Absent/Distance Healing via Zoom with Rev. Lisa Johnson.
Rev. Lisa will be sharing with you the very beginnings of absent healing found in the writings of the Dead Sea Scrolls. These ancient wisdom secrets, and modern day science have now joined together in an amazing symphony of spiritual healing energy that can overcome any distance and produce results that have astounded the World.
If ever there was a time for healers and those with the desire to learn, the time is now during this Covid19 pandemic.
A love offering of $15.00 per class is requested, and we ask that you pre-register by calling the office or paying through the website. The cutoff date for registering is January 19th, 2021. Once your payment is received you will receive the Zoom link to join the classes.

February 4th and February 18th, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. Introduction to Spirit Guides, with Rev. Tom Newman. More information will be forthcoming via the website and constant contact.

Lyn Mulder and Kath Curtin Co-Chairs Education Team.

HEALING COMMITTEE
OUR HEALING MISSION

Spiritual Healing is a way of life and if ever there was a need for it, now is the time. Due to COVID19 we have had to adjust our hands on “Contact Healing” to the methodology of “Distant Healing,” of which all our Healers are certified by the State of Florida.
Our Wednesday Evening Candlelight Service and our Sunday Morning Services are now on Zoom so please join us and know that Divine Healing Rays will still reach out and surround you with love, harmony & health.
We have instituted a system for those in need. You can call the office at 941-966-6620 or visit our website at sarasotacenteroflight.com and you will be joined with a Healer that will work with you and/or your family member. This ensures that you will be part of the Team and we have experienced great success with this method.
Post COVID19 we have many plans for the continuance of our Healing Ministry and we will be sharing that with all of you at a later date.
Be Well, Blessings Rev. Lisa Johnson, Minister of Healing

NOMINATING COMMITTEE for 2021

Reverend Lisa Johnson, Chair of the Nominating Committee, is asking for nominations for our Board of Directors. The Deadline is January 13, 2021. We ask you to consider this opportunity to serve our Center.
Nominations are being accepted now for the President (One Year), Vice President (tWO Year), Secretary (One Year), Treasurer (Two Year), Three Year Trustee, Two Year Trustee and the One Year Trustee.

The Board will be sending, by the first week in January 2021, a letter to the congregational members, information regarding their voting eligibility status and an invitation to the annual General Meeting to be held on February 27, 2021. Details to follow.
To apply, please provide your letter of nomination and the position for which you wish to apply to Rev. Lisa in care of the church office on Browning Street.

ORGANIZATIONAL COMMITTEE

Our small committee has been busy re-organizing and cleaning the buildings on our campus. While the center is closed, we are addressing some housekeeping issues and hoping to have a new look and refreshed buildings when we reopen.
Some items that were not being used in our facilities are being considered for donating, while other items are being stored in cleaned closets and cupboards. Items with historical value are being archived and preserved by the history team. We are freshening up the waiting area for guest speakers and mediums in the back of the Sanctuary to make a calm welcoming place for them.
There is a great need for volunteers to help in the clean-up of the Sanctuary, 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

HANDS OF LIGHT COMMITTEE

HAPPY HOLIDAYS to my dear Hands of Light team!
Thanksgiving is over and now we are in the midst of our Hanukah, Christmas and New Year preparations and celebrations. Are you finding those celebrations are turning out differently than you had planned? I know mine are!
But through it all, I’m counting my blessings, I am happy and healthy, with food on my table and a vehicle that gets me everywhere I need to go, and loving family and friends.
2021 is just around the corner so I’m brainstorming some really fun things to look forward to once the Center reopens. We are all hoping that will be in the not too distant future. I can’t wait to welcome you back once those doors swing open.
In the meantime, please let me know if you have any ideas for 2021 activities, or how HOL can help you, our center, and our community.
If you are not already a member of the Hands of Light team but would like to be, please call me at 478-461-7581 or shoot me an email, at sherbear72811@gmail.com. I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon!

PUBLISHING COMMITTEE

NEW YEAR GREETINGS DEAR FRIENDS!

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.

ELEGANT EVENING 2021

Elegant Evening – 2021
We are moving ahead with our plans for another Elegant Evening fundraiser for 2021. Winter Wonderland will be the theme for this exciting event.
When you disassemble your holiday decorations, if you wish to part with some you are not going to keep, please keep us in mind. We are interested in:
Artificial trees, white lights,
Silver & white balls
Silver wrapping paper, white bows and ribbon,
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.

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