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March 2015 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

Transforming Your Life Into Good

Are you aware of your profound influence in deciding whether or not to have a joyful life? This is no small matter; it's a huge matter!

Just recently an associate casually asked me about a little problem I faces, and hesitantly wondered IF I was going to resolve it. I quickly responded with an enthusiastic answer affirming my position and steps to resolve the issue as soon as humanly possible. He seemed surprised by my swift and heartfelt response, and said, "Wow, I'm glad you feel so strongly about resolving it".

Then I understood what I was feeling! I asked him, "Do you know why I feel so adamant about resolving this?" I continued, because THIS IS MY LIFE! Anything that affects the quality of my life, my experience, is my issue and I have influence over it, I get to transform IT into Good. This is my life!

I came here to have a good experience, learn, grow and expand! We are all the masters of our own experience, problems, blessings, all of it. We decide what to make out of it. This life is Source's gift to us and it's our response-ability to solve things, transforming it into Good.

We Metaphysicians and Spiritualists practice this art of transforming all the time, don't we? We transform our thinking, habits, and lives into richer lives.

This month of March, 2015, is our first ever Pledge Month. I am inviting everyone to transform their love for this amazing Center of Light into Good- a monthly financial gift each month for one year. You can be a pillar of Light here empowering the Good. These monthly pledges will give everyone a way to make a difference, and provides Spirit the way to continue this life-changing ministry. Thank you for your role in Transforming Your Life Into Good. Blessings to you, love and appreciation for your vision!

-Rev. Drew Vogt, SCOL Senior Pastor

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Moving Ahead

During this month when Spring energy returns with a burst of creativity all around, I enjoy looking for new approaches to doing things. Is there untapped potential in people and situations that I can help develop? It's exciting to think of new possibilities for expression and growth! Maybe you too are ready to greet the season with a sense of positive expectancy.

When on campus this month, enjoying all that SCOL has to offer, please take time to consider expanding your role as a contributor to our community. Your financial stewardship is always greatly appreciated, of course. And there are numerous opportunities for volunteering your time in simple ways that can make a big difference. Greeting and ushering at services; helping out at educational and social events; taking a turn in the kitchen or just stacking chairs and putting away tables: your efforts definitely help our Center become more successful. Small acts of service count for a lot. Try it and see! Ask any Board Member how you can get involved. We will help find the right opportunity for you. Many Thanks!

-Gary Mantz, SCOL Board President

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Benu/Karen Cook, March 2015

Karen Cook, a transdimensional channel from Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been channeling the "energy" of Benu, the Archangel Gabriel, since the age of 3. She has spent many years refining her ability to raise her vibrational level to meet Benu's. Karen allows Benu to bring his energy and persona forth through her body so that we may experience his energy first hand in human form. Benu is here to bring the power of unconditional love back into our lives with wisdom and great humor. Karen and Benu will be giving two workshops while in Sarasota in March 2015 making this their 15th year to visit Sarasota.

The workshops are 3 hours in length with the first half, Benu's teachings and the last half set aside for Benu to answer questions from the audience. (1pm-4pm- Doors open at 12:15pm). $50 for one workshop/ $75 for both. Reservations required with payment. No refunds. Walk-ins welcome.

  • Saturday, March 7, 2015- Topic: Karma vs. Free Will
  • Sunday, March 8, 2015- Topic: Science, Religion and Spirituality

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Welcome Janet Nohavec & Joseph Shiel

How to Use Your Psychic Abilities to Empower Your Life. Spend an evening with renowned Medium Janet Nohavec and Spirit Artist Joseph Shiel as they demonstrate the continuity of life by connecting to your loved ones on the other side. Sunday, March 15th, 2pm-4pm, Davis Hall, $30. Demonstration on Mediumship at the Sunday Evening Service, 3/15, 7pm, no rsvp needed.

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Welcome Rev. John White, March 2015

John C. White has been a teacher of the Spiritual Sciences for over thirty-five years. He travels throughout America, Canada and India teaching. Known for the ability to unite Eastern and Western mysticism, John reveals the secrets of the ancients. Author of five CD's, he has a unique ability to help others discover their own natural intuitive gifts.

Manifesting, Davis Hall, Tuesday, March 24th, 7:30pm-9:30pm, $30

Angels, Guides & Masters, Davis Hall, Thursday, March 26th, 7:30pm-9:30pm, $30

Church Services & Private Readings- Rev. John will be serving the church on Sunday, 3/29 at the 7pm evening service. Call the office to schedule your 30 minute Private Reading for $55 at 941-953-6620.

 

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Medium Richard Schoeller, April 2015

Richard P. Schoeller is an Ordained Minister and founding member of Summerland Church of Light, NSAC in Hauppauge, NY. Richard has taught classes and demonstrated Mediumship in England, Scotland, Switzerland and Germany as well as served Spiritualist churches throughout the United States.

Entering the Dialogue- A Workshop on Mediumship, Davis Hall, Tuesday, April 21st, 7:30pm-10pm, $30.

An Evening of Spirit Communication, Sanctuary, Friday, April 24th, 7:30pm-9pm, Suggested Love Donation $10-$20.

A Conversation with Spirit, Chapel, Thursday, April 28th, 7:30pm-9:30om, $30.

Church Services & Private Readings- Richard will be serving the church on Sunday, April 26th at both services. If you would like to schedule a 45 minute Private Reading for $110, please call the office at 941-953-6620.

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Ed Team News

Many thanks to all of the volunteers that keep our Education Team running smoothly! We recently met and planned classes and workshops for April, May and June. It is exciting to see the variety of classes and workshops available to you. Please keep an eye on the calendar as the changes are announced and make your plans to attend.

Benu/Karen Cook, Janet Nohavec, Joseph Shiel, Rev. John White, Richard Schoeller, Gerald O'Hara and Eric Cargill will be visiting during the month of March-June. Excellent Mediums, warm and caring people, the workshops conducted by these Mediums are designed to enhance your life and spiritual growth. Plan now to join us as we celebrate their gifts!

If you are interested in joining our team, please let me know. We welcome your enthusiasm and participation. Thanks for your support.

-Rev. Julie Fox

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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, cookouts and other fun activities. We have a lot of really exciting things planned and want you to join us on March 29th. For more information, please contact Team Leader, Sherry Brune This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 478-461-7581.

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Publishing Team News

SCOL's Publishing Team offers to you our first CD, The Voices of Spirit, Teachings of the Angels- Famous People- Volume I. This CD is available for purchase for $14 at the church office weekday mornings, at services, and at Psychic Saturdays. This unique treasure of Spirit wisdom and guidance, is timeless and relevant to today's living, is by way of our founder Rev. Dorothy Flexer's Trumpet Mediumship.Trumpet Mediumship is extremely rare today. This awesome CD contains the direct voices (in their own words and persona) of famous and well known people in Spirit  such as; St. Francis of Assisi, Mahatma Gandhi, Andrew Jackson Davis and Joseph, the father of Jesus- who speaks about the very birth of Jesus, a Master of Light, and more. We invite you to experience the energy of these wise and loving beings for yourself. Thank you for supporting SCOL's efforts to uplift and educate.

-Jen Blecher, 727-644-9041 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Children's Sunday Circle

Dear Parents, Grandparents and Friends,

February: Valentine's Day. How appropriate that the teacher's lesson plan focused on LOVE. Love of parents, family, friends, and love of self. We discussed how we show love through our actions, words and thoughts. And of course every day, mot just on Valentine's Day.

The Teachers are very excited to incorporate the books written by Esther and Jerry Hicks, Sara Book I, into the lesson plans. This book offers a thoughtful and inspired formula for generating appreciation, happiness and good feelings, blended into the uplifting story of a plucky, inquisitive girl named Sara and her teacher an ethereal owl names Solomon. This book will enlighten each student.

- SCOL Teachers

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Healing Team to Serve You

I encourage people to take advantage of our Absent Healing Outreach which is based on the principles of the renowned Harry Edwards Sanctuary in the UK. Each and every request is taken very seriously and an Absent Healing protocol is followed. If you would like more information, please contact the office or Rev. Lisa Johnson at 941-822-0255.

-Rev. Lisa Johnson

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Book Club Discussion Group

Our Book Club Discussion Group is held every Sunday from 9:15am-10am in the Ed Center. Everyone is welcome. The book for March is "Jesus and the Essenes by Dolores Cannon. You can buy any of our featured books at the SCOL Book Store located in the lobby on Sundays or at the office, Monday-Friday, 8am-12:30pm. If you have any questions, please contact the office at 941-953-6620.

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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 2015

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

  • January         Canine Companions               $179
  • February        Coffee Time                        $227
  • March            Bethesda House
  • April              Everyday Blessings
  • May              Nate's Animal Rescue
  • June             Tidewell Hospice Sarasota
  • July               VIDA
  • August          SPARCC

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Psychic Readings & Healings Saturday

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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Simple Ways to Give

There are four easy "green" ways to support SCOL's ministry, or tithe on an ongoing basis. All donations are tax deductible.

1. Give through our secure PayPal link on our website at www.sarasotacenteroflight.com. At top right, click on "Donate".

2. Mail check or money order to SCOL at 2710 Browning St., Sarasota, Fl 34237.

3. Electronic funds transfer, authorize a monthly gift amount and deduction date with your bank representative.

If you would like to discuss Giving Plans or remember SCOL in your Will, please email us today at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . for your Giving Planning, our Tax ID is 65-0501429. Thank you for empowering us to share Metaphysical Spirituality with many!

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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 White Eagle 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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Planning For Success

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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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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SCOL Board, 2015

President         Gary Mantz
Vice President  Catherine Kalua
Treasurer        LaVerne Duff
Secretary        Jen Blecher
3 Yr. Trustee  Carolan Carey
2 Yr. Trustee  Phyllis Town
1 Yr. Trustee  Donna Carrion

 

 

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Center Services Schedule

 

Date Morning Evening Messages

3/1

Kid's Corner

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

3/8

Blessing Bowl

Rev. Drew Vogt
Rev. Drew Vogt
Rev. Drew Vogt & Students
3/15 Rev. Drew Vogt
Joseph Shiel
Janet Nohavec

3/22

Rev. Julie Fox
Rev. Julie Fox
Karin Strauss
3/29 Rev. Drew Vogt
Rev. John White
Rev. John White



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

Meditation in Motion with Caroline Demoise
Circle of Self-Discovery: Mind, Body & Spirit with Rev. Lisa Johnson
Candlelight Healing & Prayer Service
Law of Attraction Gathering
Law of Attraction Gathering
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