JULY FOCUS NEWSLETTER

JULY FOCUS NEWSLETTER

A Message from the President

Hello, from the Board President’s desk…I hope you enjoy this upcoming month of July! The fourth of July is always a great way to celebrate our nation’s freedom, including our choices of religion and spirituality.

Our Board of Directors is hard at work and planning for our reopening in person, as well as maintaining and repairing the campus as needed. The Board’s decision about when to reopen in person was delayed slightly by the need to meet with our financial advisors, who reported that our Ameriprise account it healthy and earning a great interest rate. The advisors at the meeting last month reviewed some of the choices we have regarding audio-visual equipment to enhance our ZOOM services when we open in person later this year. Thanks for your patience during this decision process, know that we are acting in the best interest of the Center and will let you all know as soon as possible.

Our regular meeting of the Board of Directors is earlier than normal this month, at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, July 5, on ZOOM. Members, please call or email the office to reserve your space.

Volunteer Help Needed…please join us!

We are looking for qualified volunteers who can assist the Center in any of the following needs to help our Center’s operations as we gear up for reopening. Please reach out to Bob Sadler, Board President, using the contact information below. All are welcome even you have even a few hours to volunteer, and even if you attend but are not a member:

Gardening; landscaping

Web design

Audio-visual

Light building repair

Enjoy the month…Bob “Prez” Sadler, Board President
Dunedin1111@hotmail.com (phone 727 4922977)

A Message From the Minister’s Corner

Happy Fourth of July!
What does the fourth of July mean to you? Barbeques, family gatherings, fireworks, a holiday? This year, freedom takes on a whole new meaning. We are free to gather with family and friends to watch fireworks and share a meal. That in and of itself is cause for celebration. We are free from lockdown! Life looked different last 4th of July when we weren’t free to gather. Sometimes we need to lose what we take for granted, like personal freedom to appreciate it. Fortunately, we live in a country that values freedom and we knew we would be free again once the pandemic was under control with vaccines. The Declaration of Independence states that people “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” God wants us to have a wonderful life, to be free and happy. It is Independence Day that has afforded us the right to celebrate our personal freedom to live the life we have chosen. From a spiritual point of view, I suggest we strive to use our freedom in another way by being;

Free from Judgement of oneself and others
Free from stress
Free from worry
Free from pain
Free from doubt
Free from guilt

Let us be thoughtful and give gratitude for all those who came before us and made Independence Day possible.
“For you were called to freedom, use your freedom as an opportunity to serve and love one another. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32)

May God bless you and God bless America,

Rev. Phyllis Lambert

A Message From the Education Team

Greetings everyone. We hope you enjoyed Rev. Tom’s classes on the Beliefs of Metaphysical Spirituality. We share our gratitude and appreciation to Rev. Tom for being a blessing to SCOL.

As we move into the summer class schedule, we have some new and exciting events for your Spiritual growth.

The Public Servants’ Survival Guide: 10 Keys to Reclaim Your Joy in Work and Life While Doing What You Love with Brenda Viola.
Thursday, July 15th, 2021 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., EDT, in the Sanctuary and via ZOOM
Fee is $30.00
Brenda is generously gifting all proceeds for the class to the Center.

Brenda is a member of SCOL and this workshop will give you an insight to her book (The Public Servant’s Survival Guide), which will be available for sale after the workshop, for $12.50 (or online). Brenda will be happy to autograph her book for you. During the book signing, refreshments will be served.
Check out the flyer on the SCOL website, and constant contacts.

Symbology: The Language of the Universe with Associate Minister, Mary Torrey
Tuesday July 20th, 2021 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EDT, via ZOOM
Fee is $30.00

This is the first class SCOL has had the pleasure of sponsoring with Mary. There will be many more to come. This class will help build your psychic skills and is fundamental for developing mediumship, and opening up communication with the Spirit world.

Check out the flyer on the SCOL website, and constant contacts.

Crystal Tibetan Bowl Concert with Sound Healer Robert Austin
Friday, July 30th, 2021 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., EDT, in the Sanctuary
Fee is $20.00 on the website and $25.00 at the door.

Our good friend Robert Austin returns to SCOL to delight us with his concert. For those of you who have not experienced the vibration of the Bowls, you won’t want to miss this opportunity. Bring a pillow and/or blanket for added comfort.
Check out the flyer on the Website and constant contacts.

Registration is encouraged for all classes whether in-house or on ZOOM, via SCOL website at www.sarasotacenteroflight.com, or by contacting Tina via email at churchoffice@SarasotaCenterofLight.com, or call the office at (941) 953-6620. For those attending the ZOOM classes, once your payment is received you will receive the ZOOM link to join that particular class.
As the office hours are between 9:00 a.m. and 12 noon EDT, please sign up no later than 10:00 a.m. EST on the day of the class. This is to ensure that Tina receives your request, and has time to send you the ZOOM link and the handout, prior to the office closing at noon.

Kath Curtin and Lyn Mulder
Co-Chairs Education Team

A Message From The Hands of Light

The Hands of Light Team meeting on Wednesday, June 16th via ZOOM was well attended including some new members.
We discussed the feasibility of holding a church clean-up day once we receive notification when the Center will reopen. There were many who volunteered to help at that time! We want our Center to “shine” when we swing those doors open!
The group discussed the projects and activities that the HOL team is known for such as the monthly coffee hours, fund-raising events, parties, and social gatherings, etc. Feedback from the attendees was positive with many ideas that the HOL team will seriously consider.

Other suggestions offered during the meeting included options for ways to have a safe and successful re-opening, a variety of marketing venues, and ideas for both member and community outreach programs.

I’d like to thank those who attended for their time and input and invite you to consider being a part of our HOL team. You can donate as much or as little time to HOL as you wish; every minute you can contribute is a Blessing!
Our next Hands of Light meeting is scheduled for Sunday evening, July 18, 2021 at 7:00 PM on Zoom.
For more information, please email Sherry Brune, sherbear72811@gmail.com or call me 478-461-7581. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on ZOOM!

Sherry Brune, Coordinator
LaVerne Duff, Co-leader

INFINITE INSIGHTS

When you live each day to the fullest, you almost forget how old you are. Figuring your age by counting the years really isn’t very important anyway. It’s what you accomplish and the joy that you bring to others that count.

It’s sad to hear someone say, “I’m too old to do this anymore.” Certainly, it’s natural that through the years, you change your pattern of living. For example, you may no longer hopscotch at age 65; all the same, there are other ways in which you can get the needed physical exercise. Just live each day to the fullest and make it important to be alive.

Think about living each day with the thought that tomorrow is another beautiful day that you have yet to live. With that thought in mind, you’ll not think about becoming old and decrepit. This is what young and old should think about life – because it is eternal. The spirit never grows old. It is only the body that tells you about the aches and pains.

No matter how many years you have lived, everyone can enjoy fun, laughter, and games. You need diversion. Doing different things creates an excitement about life. If you need a new friend, make sure you are out there where a friend can find you. If you simply stay home and don’t associate much with others, your world grows smaller, your aches and pains increase because that’s all you have to concentrate on. Even a sick person can forget discomfort when he or she has new things to think about, a vacation to plan, or visits from friends to anticipate. Individuals can experience all sorts of emotional changes because they put their minds into active use instead of thinking about how badly they feel.

The key to lasting happiness is within your mind. Live each day as though there are a hundred more to come that are happy and joyful. Live to the fullest and don’t think of age. Grow younger, happier, and wiser with your years.

– You are loved. –

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