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December 2014 Newsletter

Our Mission Statement

We are a center of Light open to all. This Light includes healing, education and inspiration that empowers individuals to progress on their personal spiritual path to find God. We are a gateway of understanding creating peace, love and joy in the lives of individuals, families and the world.

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Pastor's Column

The Season of Light

The busy-ness of life often overwhelms us and makes life all too much about "business" rather than living. The contrast between winter's dark nights and summer's days is Nature's way to help us appreciate the light. With more time to reflect and recover from the busy-ness of life, the Season of Light is a chance to appreciate YOUR own inner light. Our traditions of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Divine Light are beautiful expressions of this Light.

We are told by a Spirit Guide, White Eagle, through the Mediumship of Grace Cooke, the in the spirit world they also celebrate this season. They do this with a Christmas festival, trees and lights! I am wishing you all a season filled with spiritual light- the illumination from your soul's connection to Source-- lighting your way with wisdom, joy, and love.

As a gift, I'd like to share an excerpt about this season with you, from White Eagle's The Way of the Sun:

You hear so much about the angels coming to the shepherds; and we would remind you all of the help you could receive from the angels if only you would open your hearts to receive this blessing. When you attune yourselves, through love, to the Son, the angels are able to get their help through to you. It is so much more difficult for them and for us to help you when you are mentally rigid, or when you are depressed. But if you will make the effort to break through the bonds of the material mind...then you will find an immediate response in the help that comes to you from our world and from the angels. But do remember that the handle of the door is on your side...

We would like to think also of the invisible worlds and the mystic presence which is upon the earth at this season.; for invisible hosts draw very near to the earth...remember your angelic and spiritual visitors, and to throw open the door of your soul to receive them at Christmas time.

-Rev. Drew Vogt

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Everyday Blessings- Christmas Angel Tree

Our SCOL Blessing Bowl for December will sponsor the children at Everyday Blessings. Last year our community was very generous in making the season a special time for the children in-need. If you are unfamiliar with this phenomenal organization, Everyday Blessings is a not-for-profit located close to us on Bahia Vista. It is funded totally from charitable contributions. It proved a safe location for children who have been remove from their home due to serious family issues, sometimes at very short notice. They provide a safe environment and keep siblings together. They have total of 12 boys/girls in ages 10-17. The Angel Tree will be in the lobby. All donations and contributions welcome. Let's make this Holiday special for these wonderful children! Any questions, see Lyn, Jody or Kathy.

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Experiencing Divine Light

December 24, 7pm

Experience a re-awakening of your own Inner Light. As is our SCOL custom, we celebrate this season of light with a candle light service called Divine Light. This year, magnificently, is on Christmas Eve, 12/24! Traditional music will evoke memories, and each person will receive a lighted candle and a personal , one-on-one Spiritual Message form one of our Mediums. This beautiful service will spark your own inner glow- reminding you of your own Divine Spark, a light to the world.

Plan to arrive by 6:30pm, Doors open at 6:15pm.

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Information about Serving on the SCOL Board for 2015

Sarasota Center of Light Board of Directors

The Sarasota Center of Light (SCOL) is a legal entity incorporated under the laws of the State of Florida that is run by a membership-elected Board of Directors. This is a working board comprised of individuals who are dedicated to helping the Center to grow and to serve as a place of Spirituality for people in our community. Prospective board members should be positive, innovative-thinking individuals with business experience who can work in a team environment.

Board Composition: The SCOL Board is comprised of the following directors: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and three Trustees plus the Executive Director and Director of the Center. Board Members shall be at least 18 years of age and a "Voting Member" of the Center.

Terms of Board Members: The President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer serve for one year terms. The Trustees serve for three year terms that are staggered with one Trustee position coming open each year. The Directors are permanent board members as long as the are hired to serve in that capacity.

Duties of the Board: The duties of the Board include raising funds for the operation of the Center; carrying on the business affairs of the Center including the management of Center properties; and implementing any actions voted upon at the Annual Meeting.

President: The President shall run the meetings of the Board and membership; oversee the business affairs of the Center and shall appoint all committees subject to the approval of the majority of the Board.

Vice President: The Vice President assists the President and assumes the duties of the President if he or she is not in attendance.

Secretary: The Secretary keeps an accurate record of all minutes of board and membership meetings and handles the the general correspondence of the Center.

Treasurer: The Treasurer oversees the accurate accounting of all Center monies received and expenses paid. The Treasurer works with the Center CPA to insure all financial reporting is done in accordance with standard accounting principles.

Trustees: The Trustees provide information and recommendations to the Board for the maintenance, operation and capital improvement of Center property.

The SCOL Board meets monthly and board members are called upon to head up committees and special projects. If interested in serving on the SCOL Board of Directors, please submit a one page letter to the Nominating Chairman Donna Carrion by 12pm on December 12, 2014 expressing your interest in a particular position and why you feel you are qualified for that position.

Positions Available: President, Vice President, Secretary, and 3yr Trustee.

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Sarasota Center of Light Annual Meeting

The Sarasota Center of Light's annual membership meeting will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 2pm in the Church Sanctuary. This is an opportunity for church members and friends to hear about the progress of the past year and to help formulate plans for the growth and fellowship of the church in the new year. Your energies and thoughts are needed and we hope you can join us.

The Sarasota Center of Light Bylaws approved by the congregation state that a Voting Member must have been a member for a minimum of six (6) months (as well as have reasonable, regular attendance at services).

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Mediumship for Living 1.0 Workshop

with Rev. Drew Vogt

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Discover a comprehensive development workshop that includes fun exercises, various meditations, professional ethics and guidelines of Mediumship. This workshop is a prerequisite for the 2.0 level that begins in January, 2015. SCOL's 3 levels of training is a route to being a Certified Medium. No registration required.

Time: 1pm-5pm    Location: Ed Center, 2770 Browning St.     Fee: $49

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Ed Team News

Our Education Team recently met and planned some exciting classes for January-March 2015. All classes and workshops were planned with you (our congregants and friends) in mind. Please plan to join us for any or all of these exciting events.

Since this is the time of year we remember and recognize things and people that we are grateful for, many thanks to Lyn Mulder and Laura Horn for the extra work they have completed during the past year. These ladies have spent countless hours, behind the scenes, making the Ed Team a success.

Many thanks to all of our teachers for the hours and the expertise they have donated, Carolan Carey, Sue Ford, Jacquie Riker, Rev. Lisa Johnson, LeeAnne Moody, Cyndy Mayer, Lee Davidson, Caroline Demoise, Rev. Drew Vogt, Karin Strauss and Rev. Julie Fox. These teachers love sharing their knowledge and skills with the intention of enhancing your spiritual path.

Our visiting Mediums have enhanced our spiritual journey as well. Special thanks to Roseann Buritz, Letizia and Richard Mason, Bill Coller, Suzanne Giesemann, Rev. John White, Rev. Tom Newman, Richard Schoeller, Eric Cargill, Gerald O'Hara, David Thompson and Toni Winninger. What a wonderful group of people who are willing to assist all of us!

The Sunday School team has dedicated themselves to helping our children grow and blossom in our Spiritualist beliefs. Laura Warnelo, Sadie Muniz, Laura Horn, Joyce Chalmers, Liz Adams, Karin Strauss, Maria Andrasi and Rev. Julie Fox all deserve our thanks and gratitude.

For those of you who have served on the Ed Team, please know that your comments, insights and volunteered hours have made a difference in the lives of many people. And last, but not least, many thanks and much gratitude to all of you who have attended our classes and workshops. We do all of this for you! Thank you so much for your support.

We have an exciting schedule lined up for the new year with visits from Roseann Buritz, Letizia and Richard Mason, Karen Cook and Richard Schoeller to name a few. The new 2015 class schedule will  be in the lobby on 12/1/14.

-Rev. Julie Fox

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Considering a Membership at SCOL

Our spiritual family is a joy for many! Often folks ask about how to become members, so we'd like to explain how simple it is in 5 easy steps:

1. We offer a free Basic Concepts Class at least twice per year, comprised of two condensed classes on our beliefs and history, usually taught by Senior Pastor Rev. Drew Vogt. Attendance at these is required and allows us a chance to get to know each other; however, attending does not require you to become a member.

2. Upon completion of the Basic Concepts Class, ask a SCOL member to be your Sponsor.

3. Fill out a blue SCOL Petition for Membership card, and a letter or short explanation about your reason for joining. These are usually available in the lobby or office.

4. Submit this to us.

5. Upon approval, we will contact you to set a date for you New Members Ceremony. This is comprised of a short candle lighting ceremony which is usually a part of one of the Sunday services.

Lastly, in accordance with the Bylaws to be  a voting member, you must be a member for 6 months and attend at least two services per month. If you have any questions regarding membership, please contact Rev. Drew or any of our Board of Directors. We look forward to welcoming you!

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Hands of Light

Hands of Light meets the last Sunday of every month at 5:30pm in Davis Hall. We make possible the monthly coffee hours, Psychic Saturdays, receptions, holiday parties, cook-outs and lots of other fun activities. We have a lot of really exciting things planned and we want you to join us on December 28th. For more information, please contact Team Leaders, Sherry Brune This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 478.461.7591 or Jody Smith This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 941.536.5193.

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Healing Team To Serve You

If someone in our congregation or their immediate family would like a Vibrational healing, please contact the church office and ask for the individual to be out into the Healing Outreach Program. Contact Lisa Johnson at 941-822-0255 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or if your request is time sensitive, email the office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Publishing Team News

The Voices of Spirit: Teachings of the Angels Volume I

The Luminaries- Famous People

SCOL's first CD release! Spirit World Wisdom and Guidance by way of Rev. Dorothy Flexer's Trumpet Mediumship. An Excellent addition to your Spiritual library, plus they make great gifts for only $14. Don't delay, get your copies today in the lobby after services, at Psychic Saturday or in the office- Monday-Friday, 8am-12:30pm. Honoring Rev. Dorothy and Dr. Russell Flexer and Spirit in celebration of SCOL's 65th Anniversary. See Jen Blecher or LaVerne Duff with questions.

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Family Bowling Night

The Pathfinders invite you to our monthly Family Bowling Night on the first Friday of each month. All you can bowl at Gulf Gate Lanes, 7221 S. Tamiami Trail, 7pm-9pm for a total of $10 which includes bowling shoes and a $5 donation to the SCOL. Everyone is welcome to enjoy an evening out with your spiritual family.

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Blessing Bowl Donation 2014

Thanks to your generosity, we've donated the following:

  • January         Bethesda House                   $258
  • February        Nate's Honor Animal Rescue   $404
  • March           Tidewell Hospice                  $207
  • April              Everyday Blessings               $433
  • May              Salvation Army (Sarasota)     $162
  • June             All Faiths Food Bank             $197
  • July               VIDA (Mexican Orphanage)   $757
  • August          SCOL Healing Garden Improvements   $4,700
  • September     Habitat for Humanity Sarasota  $232
  • November      All Faiths Food Bank               $236
  • December      Everyday Blessings

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Psychic Readings & Healings Saturday

Break for December

Gift Certificates are available for future Readings and Healings and would make a wonderful a birthday gift for that special person who has almost everything. Please contact the Center Office to purchase a gift certificate or do so at the next Psychic Saturday every 3rd Saturday of the month in Davis Hall from 10:30am-1pm.

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Benu Workshop CD's

The Benu organization has graciously allowed us to market the remaining Benu workshop CD's that they had in their inventory. The topics of this inventory are varied and always fascinating. Originally a two CD workshop set of CD's cost $22 plus shipping. The reduced cost is now $10 a workshop or 3 workshops for $25. Of the 250 workshop/lecture CD's they brought in March, we have approximately 70 left. If interested, please feel free to call or stop by the office at 2710 Browning Street to see what is available. The office is open from 8:30am-1:00pm, Monday-Friday. This is a wonderful opportunity to have a permanent recording of the teachings of the Archangel Gabriel. They would make a great birthday gift for family and friends.

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Discovering New Book

Yeah! Our bookstore selection is fantastic! There's a lot of buzz right now about all the encouragement folks are finding in some of our newest books, such as: Becoming a Spiritualist by H. Gordon Burroughs and A Guide to Mediumship and Psychical Unfoldment by M.H.  & E. Wallis. We also have Suzanne Giesemann and a variety of books by Toni Winninger. Benu tapes and CD's are free to lend to members at the SCOL office or available for purchase.

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Books & CD's

If you would like to purchase a copy of a sermon, AM or PM please fill out the "Books & CDs Order Form Envelop" located in the lobby. Please enclose $5 and place the envelope in the contribution plate. You will have your CD the following Sunday.

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Center Newsmakers

If you have some accomplishments that you would like to have recognized, please email the office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject "Center News Makers".

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Lighting the Way

We invite you to contribute to our Endowment Fund for the Center's long-term fiscal health. All contributors, whether a direct donation or bequest, will be considered as "principal" of the fund and cannot be withdrawn. The interest from the Endowment Fund can be used for the Center. Management of the fund will be kept with our Trusted Amerprise Financial Advisor.

We have two informative brochures that explain ways to give: Lighting the Way for the Future, and Living and Thriving in the Flow; both are available in our lobby or can be mailed for our office. Let's all think of ways to leave part of our resources to the Center in the future. In this way, many thousands of people who come after us will be able to find the same love, harmony and education that has drawn us here. Thank you for supporting this ministry.

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SCOL Board, 2014

President         Kathy Curtin
Vice President  Catherine Kalua
Treasurer        LaVerne Duff
Secretary        Jen Blecher
3 Yr. Trustee  Gary Mantz
2 Yr. Trustee  Donna Carrion
1 Yr. Trustee  Rev. Lyn Mulder

 

 

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Center Services Schedule

 

Date Morning Evening Messages
12/7   Kid's Corner Rev. Drew Vogt
Rev. Drew Vogt
Rev. Drew & Carolan Carey

12/14

Blessing Bowl

Karin Strauss
Karin Strauss
Karin Strauss & Students

12/21

Rev. Drew Vogt
Rev. Drew Vogt
Rev. Drew & Carolan Carey

12/28 Burning Bowl

Jacquie Riker Jacquie Riker
Karin Strauss & Rev. Julie Fox






Weekly Services

Wednesdays
Healing Service, 7:00 pm

Sundays
Morning Celebration, 10:30 am
Evening Celebration7:00 pm

Email:
churchoffice@sarasotacenteroflight.com

Office Mailing Address:
2710 Browning St.
Sarasota, FL 34237

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri 8am-12:30pm

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Upcoming Events

Book Club Discussion Group
Children's Sunday Circle
Morning Celebration Service
Evening Celebration Service
SCOL Associate Ministerial Training Class with Rev. Drew Vogt
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