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October 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.


Pastor's Column

SCOL's Expanding Light- and Spirit's Support

This fall is extra special. While we can live in a state of gratitude every month of the year, autumn is a traditional time to show appreciation due to the harvesting of crops. "Lucky us", you might say, "We don't have to harvest". We just get food at the local market. But all good things flow from the one Source, not "the market".

Here at the Center we are feeling deep gratitude for "harvesting" the results of our spiritual work. In the context of gearing up to celebrate the Sarasota Center of Light's 65th Anniversary November 7-9, we can easily see how Spirit is blessing our efforts. Great attendance and new members are healthy signs that we are growing and thriving! Just two weeks ago we welcomed into new membership ten new members, one of the largest groups in a couple of years. You love is a "magnet" drawing folks into this Center. You, and spirit, in combination are creating a magnificent and sacred place where folks can heal and soar!

Our Light after 64 years is continuing to expand through our teachings and love. This is causing changed lives, healthy bodies and happy hearts! Many of you are experiencing a peace of mind and heart greater than you ever had in your life! The spiritual importance of knowing we are immortal beings is huge, and each week our Mediums demonstrate communication with the "other realm" while providing comfort and guidance. Thanks to our previous Senior Pastor, Rev. Tom Newman, we've had the great privilege of witnessing the Mediumship of world-renowned Physical Medium David Thompson proving life-after-life over five evenings in very demonstrable ways!

Case in point: Last night, September 23, at one of these evening sittings with David acting as the Trance Medium, Dr. Russell Flexer from spirit came through and spoke to us. He was/is the husband to SCOL Co-Founder Rev. Dorothy Flexer who are both on the "other side". Dr. Flexer personally addressed Rev. Tom and I for all attendees to hear, offering congratulations and advice for this Center.

Wow what evidence! What encouragement! What possibilities and responsibility we all have to hold and guide the original vision for which this Center was founded. To know that our spirit helpers "Live and love us still" is amazing! To know that they support us in this task is outrageously encouraging.

I'd like to share something here that may positively impact your life and this Center. This important passage is from Dr. Charles Davis, one of Co-Founder Rev. Dorothy Flexer's Spirit Guides: "Jesus' teachings focused on the divine power within man. He said, The Kingdom of God is Within. In other words, the Kingdom of God is a state of peace, harmony, and personal at-one-ment with the God Spirit of the Universe. It is the state of mind in which man can truly experience heaven in his earthly existence".

The entire SCOL Board and I are thrilled with the growing spiritual vibrancy here, as an expression of this Kingdom of God. Your peace and harmony here, working together is a manifestation of Spirit!

We look forward to celebrating our 65th Anniversary, November 7-9, 2014.

Blessings to all, Rev. Drew Vogt, Senior Pastor


Welcome New Members

We are pleased to announce the following new members! Lynn Rigby, John Gurrisi, Jeffrey Lambert, Jacqueline McKenzie, Kate Meeks-Hall, Rafael Negron, Emily Norman, Carol Kuzminski, Franklin & Scarlett Ziemba, John Shores and Forrest Paradise.


SCOL's 65th Anniversary Celebration "An Elegant Evening with Spirit"

Join Sarasota Center of Light's 65th Anniversary Celebration, "An Elegant Evening with Spirit", on Saturday, November 8th. This elegant gala, like no other, will start promptly at 7pm. In the stylishly transformed David Hall, we will serve you a delectable Italian dinner and decadent desserts with readings by 8 talented Mediums.

Don your dressiest dud, break out the diamonds and pearls, and strut your fabulous selves for one grand and glorious evening of fun. Bring some extra cash for great raffle prizes that you'll want to ake home or gift to someone special.

Tickets for the entire evening are only $30. Seating is limited to 64 and tickets are sold when paid for, so get yours today by contacting Rev. Julie Fox at 941-756-1702 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For all other event questions, call Gary or Suzanne at 941-312-6547. Looking forward to celebrating with YOU!


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!


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 October is "Becoming a Spiritualist" by Gordon Burroughs. You can buy any of our featured books at the SCOL Book Store located in the church lobby on Sundays or during office hours, Monday- Friday, 8am-12:30pm.


Education Team

many thanks to EVERYONE who made the David Thompson visit in September so successful! It truly "takes a village" and our community made all of us so very proud!

October's classes will allow us a time to focus on some of our local teachers. Each one is sharing their expertise in a loving and thoughtful way. Please join any of the classes because they are open to everyone for each class.

LeeAnne Moody will be sharing the "Magic of Holding the Vision". A class designed to assist you in clarifying your vision for your life. Rev. Karin Strauss will continue the classes about our Angel Band of Guides, focusing this month on Your Dr. of Philosophy. Sue Ford will continue her monthly "Open Meditation Circle" on 10/8. Her special connection with the angels helps all of us feel renewed, refreshed and challenged. Carolan Carey will enlighten us about the "Shaman's Path". A truly informative and enjoyable glimpse of shamanism and our connection to it.

Our ongoing classes and workshops will continue. Law of Attraction gatherings are open to everyone as we learn to improve our life and find support from others. Rev. Drew will also be teaching a one day workshop on 10/25, 10am-3pm, Mediumship for Living 1.0 and will cover all of 1.0. This is a prerequisite for 2.0. Flier in the lobby.

Altogether, it's a great month ahead with many exciting opportunities for everyone. Detailed schedules are available. Pick one up and plan to join us! We love having all of you in attendance.


Children's Sunday Circle

Childrens' Capers

Our children had a marvelous time during September learning about the Emotional Guidance Scale. In addition to learning to identify their feelings, they were encouraged to make choices that would change unhappy feelings into happy ones.

October will focus on our Indian Cultures and their strands of Spirituality. Each child will learn to converse with his/her Indian Guide. This month is designed to inform the children about the other master teachers and how they affect our lives now.

Bring your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends to the Ed Center each Sunday by 10:30am to join our enthusiastic teachers.


Hands of Light

Hands of Light meet the last Sunday of every month at 5:30pm in Davis Hall. We plan for the monthly coffee hours, Psychic Saturdays, receptions, holiday parties, cook-outs and lots of other fun activities. We have a lot of really entertaining things planned and we want you to join in the fun! Please join us on October 26th when we plan some really exciting event for the fall! 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.


Healing Team

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


Publishing Team News

The Publishing Team extends grateful thanks to new and ongoing volunteers!

We bring you another sneak preview of Spirit wisdom, which is contained in the much anticipated and soon to be released CD. An ascended being known as Master of Light spoke to Rev. Dorothy Flexer's Wednesday Night Class (WNC) on December 13, 1978 via her independent voice trumpet mediumship. The Master of Light eloquently spoke about Divine Light and expressed the following:

"Invisible though it may be, it is ever powerful and you are never without that beam of light which can brighten your heart as well as your pathway...recognize the blessings that are brought to you. The gift from the Spirit is everlasting".

Would you like to be of service and find inspiration at the same time? There are a few weekday morning spots open for Audio Listeners. Please contact team leader Jen Blecher for more information at 727-644-9041 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Blessings to All! Work Dates: 10/5 & 10/19 in the office 12pm-5:30pm.


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.


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   $5,404
  • September    Habitat for Humanity Sarasota  $232


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.


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.


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.


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 basket. You will have your CD the following Sunday.


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".


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.


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



Center Services Schedule


Date Morning Evening Messages
10/5 Rev. Drew Vogt
Rev. Drew Vogt
Rev. Drew & Carolan Carey


Blessing Bowl

Rev. Drew Vogt
Rev. Drew Vogt
Rev. Drew & Students


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


Rev. Drew Vogt

Rev. Drew Vogt
Revs. Drew & Karin Strauss

Weekly Services

Healing Service, 7:00 pm

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


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

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

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Upcoming Events

Law of Attraction Gathering with LeeAnne Moody
Getting to Know Your Spirit Doctor with Karin Strauss
Mediumship for Living 1.0 Workshop with Rev. Drew Vogt
Book Club Discussion Group
Children's Sunday Circle
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