The Sarasota Center of Light (SCOL) has a long and distinguished history of being a center of Metaphysical Spirituality. Over the years this Center, as is true of organizations in general, has had its successes and challenges. SCOL is undergoing another time of change. August brought winds of upset and transition. The former board resigned effective August 15 , stating that rather than dividing the congregation further, they felt their resignation was in the highest and best interest of SCOL. The new board was appointed on that same day. As President of the current board, I wish to extend heartfelt gratitude from all of us to the former board members who served tirelessly, with devotion to SCOL. We will miss you.
Change is inevitable. Stability is achievable. Stability is created with persistence, trust, and a strong foundation. Now in its 68th year, SCOL has demonstrated itself as a pillar of strength, with an institutional and cellular memory that overcomes struggles and dividing influences.
In this period of transition, the board has invited Rev. Jim Toole to be our minister. On September 9th, a special membership meeting has been called to vote on reinstatement of Rev. Jim and to discuss the board’s progress to date and action plans for the future.
From an organizational perspective, SCOL is in need of a structural review and an analysis of the systems currently in place to operate the many services and programs SCOL offers. These reviews are already in motion. The board is developing a management approach of collaboration and accountability. For those SCOL members with a long history of participation, this model of cooperation will not seem new at all, but a recalling of times past.
The Board’s goal is to create a team based management approach that is collaborative and inclusive. We recognize the need for more open communication and information sharing with the congregation. To this end, the Board has appointed liaisons to all SCOL teams. If there are questions or interest in the work of a SCOL team, please contact the liaison by calling or emailing the SCOL office.
Rev. Julie Fox -Education Rev. Lisa Johnson – Facilities Management
Mark Roach – Healing Vicki Palma – Music Program
Rev. Marie Rowe – Publishing Laura Horn – Hands of Light
Joan Volpe – Marketing
Over the next months, the Focus will feature one of the teams. Names of team members and highlights of their work will be discussed. Requests for volunteers will be made, if needed.
In addition, the Board created an ad hoc, non voting liaison position intended to serve as a connection between the congregation, the teams, and the board. Jim Young has agreed to serve in this role. Please contact Jim Young by calling or emailing the SCOL office if you have overall comments or if an issue arises that has not been resolved at the team level.
To quote Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D., author of Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life,
“Bringing about peaceful change begins with working on our own mind-sets.”
Wishing you peace and joy,
Joan Volpe, Ph.D.
President, Board of Directors
SEPTEMBER CLASSES, WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS
Sept. 2th, Saturday, Psychic Saturday, 10:30-1:00pm, Davis Hall and Flexer Healing Chapel.
Sept. 6th , Wednesday, Healers Healing Healers, 6:00-6:30pm, Sanctuary.
Sept. 9th , Saturday, Board Meeting, 10:00-Noon, Center Office.
Sept. 9th,Saturday, End of Summer Potluck Picnic, is postponed.
Sept. 9th, Saturday, Special Congregational Meeting, 3:30pm, Sanctuary.
Sept. 19th, Tuesday, Ancient Egyptian Healing Rods of Goddess Isis with Robert Austin, 7:30-9:00pm, Flexer Healing Chapel, $15
Learn to work with the Rods of Isis and their healing abilities.
Sept. 26th, Tuesday, The Double Pyramid Activation Workshop with Robert Austin, 7:30-9:00pm, Davis Hall, $20. This class is limited to 8 people. Please call the office for reservations.
Sept. 24th, Sunday, Hands of Light meeting, 5:30pm, Davis Hall.
ONGOING WEEKLY CLASSES
Fridays, Developing Consciousness with Rev. Jim, 6:00-7:15pm, Ed. Center, $10 love donation.
Blessing Bowl Donations in 2017
Thanks to your generosity, we have given the following:
January Children’s Sunday School $ 260
February Nate’s Animal Sanctuary $ 300
March Tidewell Hospice $ 234
April Everyday Blessings $ 500
May Mothers Helping Mothers $ 295
June Threshold Choir $ 242
July All Faiths Food Bank – Children $ 232
August Casa de Kids $1,240
September Pastor’s Discretionary Fund
November All Faiths Food Bank + Food
December Everyday Blessings (Christmas)
Children’s Sunday Circle
Greetings to all,
We are ready to launch a new school year! Our Sunday school doors will open September 3rd at 10:15 a.m. We look forward to seeing you.
We are also looking for teachers to serve our program this year. If you are interested in joining our team, please contact Elizabeth Adams, 941-376-2862, or you may contact the
Love and Light to you,
Your Sarasota Center of Light Teachers
The Law of Increase
Just before the offertory is collected at each service, we say the Offertory Affirmation. This affirmation was created by the founders of our center, inspired by Spirit. The original affirmation states: The Law of Increase governs my life through giving. All that is mine comes to me through the operation of Divine Love and Law.
At some point a decision was made to change the word mine to good, thereby changing the middle portion of the affirmation to, “All that is good comes to me….” The original intent of the change was made so that this portion of the affirmation would not sound “selfish.”
Rev. Marie Rowe brought to our attention that although both statements are true, using the word mine is more in accordance with Spiritual Law. By stating “All that is mine comes to me,” you are declaring your belief in “…ask and you shall receive;” that the abundance of the universe is available to you and affirming your intention to receive.
In this affirmation we are working in accordance with Spiritual Law by giving and being open to receive”… through the operation of Divine Law and Law.” In so doing each will experience the abundance of the universe for the highest and best. We will begin using the word mine once again in our Offertory Affirmation honoring our founders, Spirit and Spiritual Law.
Rev. Jim Toole
The first Wednesday, September 6th , 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.
We are pleased to announce that we are in the process of forming teams of Healers who have received special training in the art of absent healing. This is an extension of the Healing Bowl into which requests are placed at our Wednesday evening Healing Service.
The testimonials have been so positive and uplifting that we wanted to offer the opportunity to all of having a healing team working with Spirit on behalf of their loved ones.
If you or a family member will be going into hospital or faced with a medical emergency, please call the office at 941-953-6620, email: email@example.com or go to our website.
Rev. Lisa will contact you and a healing team will be assigned to you to give you comfort and prayer.
GOD SPEAKS TO ME
In the quiet, I hear you.
In the stillness, I am listening.
In the mist, I see you..
In the Light, I behold you.
In the twilight, I protect you.
In the dark, I enfold you.
In your temptation, I deliver you.
In your affliction, I heal you.
In Life’s burdens, I strengthen you.
In your despair, I uplift you.
In your laughter, I laugh with you.
When you remember My presence within you, true JOY abounds.
There is no separation; no You, no Me, just THE ONE, All That Is!
I breathe My life essence in your being; all that I have created is meant for
Our good pleasure and enjoyment.
I AM Rev. Marie H. Rowe
Hands of Light
Join us for Coffee Hour in Davis Hall on Sunday, Sept. 3rd following both Morning and Evening Services. All are welcome; bring a friend!
Our festive End of Summer Potluck Picnic, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9th, is POSTPONED to a later date due to the Board Meeting and Special Congregational Meeting occurring that day. Announcement of the Picnic’s rescheduled date will be made in the near future… stay tuned!
Hands of Light is the dynamic team of creative men and women who plan and implement many of SCOL’s social activities and fundraisers. Are you a new or existing church member or friend? Would you like to help make a positive difference at SCOL? Do you enjoy or are interested in event planning? Do you have ideas that would engage and enhance our SCOL community in meaningful fellowship and supportive ways? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, we invite and encourage you to join our progressive team! Hands of Light meet the last Sunday of every month at 5:30pm in Davis Hall… please stop by.
A big THANKS goes to all Hands of Light participants, past and present. We honor your enthusiasm, creativity, commitment, gracious love, and generosity!
For more information, or to join, please contact team leader, Laura Horn at 941-567-5723.
Divine Blessings, Hands of Light
Rev. Dorothy’s Pecan Pie
Make pastry for one crust 9” pie. Line a pie pan.
Beat together with beater: 3 eggs
½ cup sugar
½ tsp. salt
1/3 cup butter, melted (somewhat cooled)
1 cup pure maple syrup
Mix in: 1 cup pecan halves
Pour into pastry lined pie pan. Bake in 375 degree oven for 50 minutes until pastry is nicely browned and center is set. Test center by inserting table knife in center; if it comes out clean, the pie is done. Cool Serve slightly warm or cold. ENJOY!
We welcome Rev. Julie Fox as the board liaison of the Education Committee. We have openings on the Education Committee. Anyone interested in participating please contact the office.
The Education Team is considering educational programs and workshops for the fall and the coming year. We invite you to suggest ideas and submit a class/workshop you would like to present. The process for teaching at Sarasota Center of Light begins with submitting a proposal to the Education Team. These Class/Workshop Proposal forms are available from Tina in the office.
When you have completed your proposal, please return them to the office and they will be put in the Education Team’s box to be considered at our next meeting. Be sure to include your preference for dates and room location. It is important to submit proposals well in advance so that they can be considered and then promoted properly.
We look forward to hearing your ideas for classes and workshops for the fall and 2018 to help everyone better live metaphysical principles.
Labor of Love by Rev. Jim
Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of our country. It is also a chance to look at our job, what we do for living, or how we spend our time.
Whether we are a child, in the midst of our career, or retired, we offer ourselves to the world through who we are. It is our purpose to be our individualized, unique expression every day. Through this expression we create our experience, and the impact we have in our lives and in the world.
Some feel as if they have to work, some believe that work is all there is, and there are those that have no work. Children attend school, and the retired take a well-deserved break from work. A chosen few (those who have chosen) do what they love to do.
Kahlil Gibran, author of The Prophet, when asked about work states: “When you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God. Work is love made visible.” He is referring to by being in a state of love in your work or your expression, you are “in Love” with yourself, with others and in union with the Love of Loves, God.
Although it may seem difficult, with all the circumstances and conditions in the world, to find the “perfect” job, we do have a choice in how we choose to be, no matter what we’re doing. Living in unconditional love releases us from the conditional reality in which we live. This is not an escape but an opportunity to be who we truly are in all that we do.
If we choose to look at our expression as being of service, the fulfillment of our purpose, our heart and soul will bring the fullness of our love and the inspiration of our Spirit into each moment. We may be challenged by the circumstances or lessons that show up, stirring our human nature, sometimes causing us to forget the Love we are. The beauty is there’s always the next moment to choose once again.
In honor of Labor Day, in honor of yourself, take the time to look at your job, your expression, and choose to be who you really are. Let this time off during the holiday be a time of remembrance of what truly matters to your heart and soul. Choose to do your job, live your life, express your purpose, as a true Labor of Love.
Happy Labor Day! Enjoy the holiday!
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We would like to congratulate the newest members of Sarasota Center of Light:
KAREN ROSE SLEMBER, RON SLEMBER, EDDIE MUNIZ, BEN PORTER, ELAINE DAVIS, GARY THOMAS, WENDY THOMAS, FLORENCE RYE, LINDA VIDDISH and NOREEN ROSATI.
We are happy to have LUCILLE BLOODSWORTH returning to our Center and membership after being a part of our Center many years ago.
We welcome all of you into our Spiritual Family!
POTLUCK PICNIC POSTPONED
The summer picnic is postponed to a later date.
The Board of Directors voted to postpone and we shall plan a celebration
for a future time.
Please watch for the date.
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 August was $1,240 for back to school supplies for Casa De Kids.
Gratitude to One and All!