Making March Matter by Rev. Jim Toole
March brings with it Saint Patrick’s Day, the season of Lent and the Spring Equinox. Each of these has a different focus depending on your belief and heritage. All of them can be interpreted in a manner that has each of us take a closer look at our lives.
Saint Patrick’s Day is more than green beer and corned beef and cabbage. It is a religious and cultural celebration of Ireland’s heritage and the patron Saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. He is credited with converting Ireland to Christianity and would use a three-leafed clover as a representation of the Trinity.
We can look to Saint Patrick as an inspiration to rededicate ourselves to our Spiritual Truth and to be it every day in a way that not only affects our lives individually, but those around us whom we encounter daily. How can each of us BE a “patron saint” of our own belief of God, Source, Spirit?
Lent is a time of self-discipline, including fasting, abstinence, preparation and contemplation. It is an opportunity for us to take a closer look at the habits and patterns we have created in our lives. To look at the “way” we live and reflect on how it is or isn’t in alignment with our spiritual purpose and pathway. Are we BEING our belief in who we are and what we do every day?
The Spring Equinox, with 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness, reminds us of balance. Balance is key for each of us to be centered and experience harmony, peace and freedom in our lives. As we reflect the brilliant illumination of our Spirit into our depths, we are able to see who we truly are and embrace ourselves in balance. Are we choosing to BE the still and silent balance point of our expression in our lives?
We have an opportunity every moment to take a closer look at who we are and how we are BEING in our lives. During March, take the time to contemplate your Purpose, your Spiritual Truth, and how you can celebrate it and BE it more fully every day. Let your expression reflect this in everything you do and BE. Choose to bring the stillness and silence of balance into your BEING as you are Making March Matter.
2018 SCOL Board
President Joan Volpe Trustee Laura Horn
Vice President Tim Brady Trustee Rev. Lisa Johnson
Secretary Rev. Marie H. Rowe Trustee Mark Roach
Treasurer Jeffrey Lambert Senior Pastor Rev. Jim Toole
Blessing Bowl Donations in 2018
Thanks to your generosity, we have given the following:
January Resurrection House $ 192.00
February Nate’s Animal Rescue 207.00
March Tidewell Hospice Music for Memory
April Everyday Blessings – Kids’ Easter –
May Mothers Helping Mothers
June Girls, Inc.
July All Faiths Food Bank – Kids’ Summer Program
August Humane Society of Sarasota County
September Pastor’s Discretionary Fund
November All Faiths Food Bank, including Food
December Everyday Blessing Kids’ Christmas Tree/Gifts
Creative energy abounds at SCOL. With a sense of stability and a strong foundation, we invite in possibilities to strengthen and enhance our identity as a Metaphysical Spiritual Center, while honoring the traditions which uphold the teachings of our founders.
As 2017 came to a close there were a number of plans on the drawing board that now can take shape. A most important one is a Bylaw review. Tim Brady, Vice President, has agreed to lead the process of reviewing and rewriting the bylaws. Please watch for announcements of meetings.
Another idea whose time has come is Visioning the Future Direction of SCOL. A process will be starting in the near future and we will invite all interested persons to get involved, offer suggestions and provide input. The Board values your ideas.
The SCOL community comes alive through your participation. Thank you for the many ways you offer your time, services, and finances.
With the very best of wishes,
Joan Volpe, President
Please welcome Rev. Richard Schoeller
The Development of Mediumship and Connection to Spirit Workshop
Thursday, March 1st – Davis Hall, 7:30-9:30pm. $30
A Conversation with Spirit on Friday, March 2nd – Chapel, 7:30-9:30pm, $30
An Evening of Mediumship on Monday, March 5th – Chapel, 7:30-9:00pm,
Suggested love donation $10-$20
Sunday Services, March 4th – Rev. Schoeller will give the Spiritual Talk at the morning service and the Spiritual Talk and Spirit Messages at the evening service.
The first Wednesday, March 7th, is dedicated to Healers Healing Healers in the Sanctuary at 6:00pm. All Certified Healers and student healers are invited to join us for this special time set aside for us to receive the gift of healing and to replenish our bodies and souls.
Our healing team has been very busy this last month. There have been many in the congregation receiving healing who have been facing the flu, other viruses and health concerns. Testimonials are coming in from those who have received healing, sharing how much of a difference it has made to them.
Be sure to take the time to wash your hands or use anti-bacterial gels to help prevent sharing the germs. Taking the time to affirm being whole and healthy will raise your vibration and support your immune system. Vitamins and supplements also help.
Anyone who would like to receive healing can call or email the Center office or go to the contact page of our website and request healing for themselves or someone else. This can be in the form of absent healing, or if needed, in person. In the case of absent healing, our group of healers will be notified and will work together to send healing to each individual or situation.
Center Office: 941-953-6620 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hands of Light
Feedback…Feedback…Feedback!!! Your Hands of Light Team has received great feedback on the February’s Potts Brothers Event with a Valentine twist, along with Souper Sunday.
As we go into March, please join us for a St. Patrick’s Day Coffee Hour (the weekend when Rev. Richard Schoeller will be visiting Sarasota Center of Light). Then we will be hopping…into our Annual Easter/Spring Party which is being planned to bring more fun and games for your enjoyment.
We welcome all interested members and friends to our meeting on Sunday, February 25th at 5:30 p.m. before the evening service. At this meeting we will be planning the Easter/Spring event, so your ideas will be most welcome.
Your Hands of Light Team
March Classes, Workshops, and Events
Mar. 1st, Thursday, The Development of Mediumship and Connection to Spirit with Rev. Richard Schoeller, 7:30-9:30pm, Davis Hall, $30.
Mar. 2nd , Friday, A Conversation with Spirit with Rev. Richard Schoeller, 7:30-9:30pm. Chapel, $30.
Mar. 3rd, Saturday, Psychic Saturday, 10:30-1:00pm, 15 minute Readings,$20, vibration Healing – love donation. Gift certificates available. Davis Hall and Flexer Healing Chapel.
Mar. 4th, Sunday Services, Rev. Richard Schoeller – Spiritual Talk at the morning service and Spiritual Talk and Spirit Messages at the evening service.
Mar. 5th, Monday, An Evening of Mediumship with Rev. Richard Schoeller, 7:30-9:00pm, Chapel, suggested love donation $10-$20.
Mar. 10th, Saturday, Crystal Tibetan Bowl Concert with sound healer Robert Austin and special guest gong artist, Ed. Russell. 7:00pm, Sanctuary, $20.
They will be blending the energies to form a very spiritual experience in the Sanctuary. Bring pillows and blankets for comfort! RSVP requested. Call the Center Office at 941-953-6620.
Mar. 17th, Saturday, Board Meeting, 10:00am, Center Office, Sarasota Center of Light members only. Call to reserve a seat.
Mar. 24th, Saturday, The Path of Rapid Transformation with David Winfree. 1:00-5:30pm, Flexer Healing Chapel, $40.
Mar. 25th, Sunday AM Service, In Honor of the New-Born Spring – Music-Inspired Lesson with “Rev. Faerie” Elaine Silver . Sanctuary 10:30am.
ONGOING WEEKLY CLASSES
Fridays, Developing Consciousness with Rev. Jim, 6:00-7:15pm, Ed. Center, $10 love donation.
Enjoy a time of connection, checking in with each other, discussing spiritual topics and joining in a channeled mediation. All are welcome.
We would like to thank everyone who has chosen to be a part of our Education Committee for 2018. We are excited to have several people, in different areas, creating an education program for our Center and community to enjoy. We are always looking for new ideas for classes, workshops and events, as well as those who would like to teach.
Be sure to mark your calendars for the Crystal Tibetan Bowl Concert with sound healer, Robert Austin, and special guest gong artist, Ed Russell, on March 10 at 7pm in the Sanctuary. David Winfree will present The Path of Rapid Transformation on March 24, 1pm – 5:30pm in Flexer Healing Chapel. Please check the calendar for details.
We are excited to have visiting medium, Rev. Richard Schoeller, with us this month with Rev. Drew Vogt coming in late April and Eric Cargill and Gerald O’Hara in mid-May.
If you are interested in teaching or have an idea for education please contact the office. The process for teaching at the Sarasota Center of Light begins with submitting a proposal to the Education Team. These Class/Workshop Proposal forms are available by contacting Tina in the Center Office.
Question for the Angel Hotline:
I’ve always wanted to know: Are Faeries real?
This is an age old question that continually pops up, especially close to March 17th when we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Many cultures, particularly the Irish and the Norwegians, have long histories of folklore and encounters with the “little folk” or “little people.” They are quite serious in their history and beliefs on the subject. Any Irish family will tell you of its experiences with Faeries, Leprechauns, Elves and the like. Many books have been written on the subject and one author captured several of them in pictures which are quite rare.
The Elementals, as they are known in the spirit world, are very real. Sometimes they manifest to individuals as Guides if that vibration is needed. The Elementals do their work in silence, closely with the earth and those who care for it in an earth friendly way.
The Elementals work harmoniously with all the forces of Nature and will impress you how to work with Nature regarding the best place to plant, what crops/flowers to plant, when to plant, etc. All you need do is ask for their help with an open mind and heart. You might consider creating a special alcove or grotto in your garden as an invitation to the Elementals to make a home in your garden. Set your intention and be surprised!
For your reading pleasure:
“The Coming of the Faeries” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
“Summer With the Leprechauns” by Tanis Helliwell
Send in your question for the Angel Hotline to:
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 February was $207 for Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue.
Gratitude to One and All!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks.
May your heart be as light as a song.
May each day bring you bright happy hours that stay with you all year long.
Apple Fritters by Rev. Dorothy G. Flexer
1 cup milk 2 cups flour
2 eggs, well beaten 1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. sugar and ½ tsp.salt 2 cups diced apple
Add eggs to milk and sugar. Stir in flour with baking powder and salt. Add apples to batter.
Drop by spoonfuls in deep fat (360-370 deg.) and fry 2 or 3 minutes until golden brown.