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Focus Newsletter

January 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

Starting Fresh

We all love new beginnings, a fresh start! There's nothing more exhilarating than the experience of the unscripted scene, the unplanned project. We love the uncharted territory of fresh new experiences because our souls are adventurous; they love the exploration that leads to discoveries and fresh manifestations!

Quite often, when I'm hiking in the wilderness, I intentionally veer off the trail. If for any number of reasons I stay on the well-trod travelers' trail, walking in their ruts from days already passed, I see the signs of their footsteps and things seen countless times. But, if I leave the predictable well-marked trail, new possibilities emerge; they reveal themselves! Sometimes I may be walking where no one has ever walked before. I may be seeing new trees or blossoms that no human eye has ever seen- and there I am the observer of something fresh and new. I discover something unique and sacred. It is a soul stirring experience. And, this is also how I do life.

Metaphysically speaking we might all agree that the future does not exist, yet. But, our thoughts as "fuel" are already at work to create the future. Feeling good and optimistic is essential for momentum to be powerful while we're open to the positive signals coming from our spiritual guides and loved ones. So at the start of a New Year, a new day, week, or month, entertain this question: If Spirit promised you that you could "Be, Do, or Have Anything" what would you bring into existence?

Feel free to leave the dreaded "should've, would've, could've thinking" behind. That is the known, the historical; allow it to inform you, yes, then learn from that and move on. When starting fresh, you will experience a new you and find yourself delighted in the adventure of uncharted territory.

How will your "starting fresh" enliven you? How will you enliven Sarasota Center of Light? Welcome to new discoveries!

-Rev. Drew Vogt

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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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Meet the Candidates: Open Forum

We are having an "Open Forum" to meet all of the 2015 Sarasota Center of Light Board Candidates. This will be held on Sunday, January 18, 2015 after the morning service in the church. This is your chance to see who is running and meet the candidates. This is your only opportunity before voting at the 1/24/15 Annual Meeting. We hope to see everyone there!

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Everyday Blessings

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the generous donations to Everyday Blessings for the children. We raised over $1,300, gift cards, a Christmas tree, food, a bike/helmets and several stuffed animals. The children had a joyous Christmas Holiday!

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Welcome Channel Roseann Buritz, January 2015

Roseann Buritz, author of, The Flow of Life, has been a charismatic channel throughout her life, providing access to the Angelic realms.

An Evening with Roseann & Spirit, Friday, January 30th, 7:30pm-9pm, Sanctuary, $10-$20 Love Donation. The Angelic Guides will speak on a subject of their choice, take Q&A, and lead the group in a guided Empowerment Meditation; an interactive vibrational meditation with the Angels. No reservations required.

Meditation with the Angels- Part I, Saturday, January 31st, 2pm-4pm, Davis Hall, $30. Activate the Light energy in your chakras. Open your inner eyes of perception of the Spiritual World. Practice various means of communicating with the Angelic realms. A practical and inspirational time spent with the Angels sharing deep insights and guided experiences of connection. Participants can attend one or both of the workshops.

Meditation with the Angels- Part II, Tuesday, February 3rd, 7:30pm-9:30pm, Davis Hall, $30. Activate the Light energy in your chakras. Open your inner eyes of perception of the Spiritual World. Practice various means of communicating with the Angelic realms. A practical and inspirational time spent with the Angels sharing deep insights and guided experiences of connection. Participants can attend one or both of the workshops.

Roseann will be serving the Center at the Sunday morning service on February 1st. If you would like to schedule a private Reading, please call the office at 941-953-6620.

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Welcome Medium Letizia Mason, February 2015

Evening Trance Sessions with Munjiji, Saturdays- February 21st & 28th, 7:30pm-9:30pm, Chapel, $30/session. These closed door sessions will include Q&A time between the audience and Munjiji and will last up to 2 hours. Limit 30, payment required at registration. Call the office at 941-953-6620.

Intro to Trance Mediumship & Energy Work, Tuesday, February 24th, 7:30pm-9:30pm, Chapel, $30. You will experience the different energies: from overshadowing, to trance healing to communication. In this workshop you will be: learning the purpose of Trance, practicing moving in and out of Trance, understanding your sensitivity and responses to Spirit influence, building the power of your Soul and deepening the contact with your Guides and inspirers. Limit 30, advance payment suggested.

Exploring Trance Mediumship (An Advanced Class), Thursday, February 26th, 7:30pm-10pm, Chapel, $30. This workshop is for experienced Mediums who want to deepen their connection with the Spirit World. It is an opportunity to explore further potential for the trance state in a supportive atmosphere. Limit 16, advance payment suggested.

If you would like to schedule a private Reading or tutoring session with Letizia to enhance your skills, please call the office at 941-953-6620.

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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.

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

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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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Ed Team News

January 5th kicks off our New Year with one new class and several returning classes. Caroline Demoise begins "Mediation in Motion"  on Monday 1/5 from 11am-12pm in the Flexer Healing Chapel. This will allow all of us another unique approach to our meditation practices. Vibrational/Spiritual Healing with Rev. Julie Fox begins an 18 week journey into our healing practices on 1/5 at 7:30pm in Flexer. This class is required for anyone wishing to become a Certified Healing for SCOL. Mediumship for Living 2.0 with Rev. Drew Vogt will begin on 1/6 at 7:30pm in the Ed Center. If you wish to continue developing your mediumship abilities, AND have taken Mediumship for Living 1.0, this is the class for you.

Lee Davidson will be teaching her workshop on "Automatic Writing" on 1/20 at 7:30pm in Davis Hall. Reviews from this class have been outstanding! Law of Attraction will remain Thursday evenings in the Ed Center. Join Rev. Drew, Jacquie Riker and LeeAnne Moody for this life-changing class (ongoing). Enjoy your New Year and enjoy any or all of our classes!

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Leaving a Lasting Legacy

"Leaving a Lasting Legacy" with Ken Schultz offers valuable insights on personal and family matters that we all need to think about when creating our legacy. He will provide a blueprint for formulating your personal legacy. His comments will assist you in the development of your own unique financial and legacy road map. Join us on February 7th in Davis Hall at 10am to benefit from Ken's experience and wisdom as you implement your plan for your life's bequests.

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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 January 25th. 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

With the dedication of Flexer Hall to the Flexer Healing Chapel, I fee that our Healing Mission, as we were informed by Spirit, is well on the way. We are expanding into a wonderful service for both our Church Members and also those in need in the community.

With this in mind, 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 call the office at 941-953-6620 or Rev. Lisa Johnson at 941-822-0255. Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!

-Rev. Lisa Johnson

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Publishing Team News

Happy New Year from the Publishing Team! 2015 brings opportunities for new thoughts, new dreams, new attitudes, new adventures, and new growth for us all. Consider joining the Publishing Team where inspiration can empower you to enjoy life on new unimagined levels. SCOL's first ever CD, The Voices of Spirit, Teachings of the Angels- Famous People- Volume 1, is available for purchase for just $14 and it's a BIG HIT folks! It makes for GREAT gifts and is an excellent addition to anyone's spiritual library! You can purchase as many copies as you like from the church office weekday mornings and after services. This truly unique treasure of Spirit Wisdom & Guidance, which is timeless and relevant to today's living, is by way of Rev. Dorothy Flexer's Trumpet Mediumship. Trumpet Mediumship is extremely rare today. This amazing CD has the direct voices of famous people in Spirit such as: St. Francis of Assisi, Mahatma Gandhi, Andrew Jackson Davis, Joseph, the father of Jesus- who speaks about the very birth of Jesus, a Master of Light who brings a special Christmas message, and more. Tremendous thanks goes to all volunteers who participated in this historical endeavor on both sides of life and to our founders; Rev. Dorothy & Dr. Russell Flexer for their unwavering Faith and Trust in Spirit!

Audio listeners are needed weekday mornings from 9am-12pm to help catalog our vast bank of direct voice Spirit lectures and messages like the one on the CD. Please contact Jen Blecher at 727-644-9041 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information on this mutually beneficial opportunity. Make 2015 the best year yet! Love and Blessings of light are sent to you now and all throughout the year.

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Children's Sunday Circle

Dear Parents, Grandparents, Members and Friends,

We, the Sunday School Teachers, feel that our Sunday School had a very rewarding September-December. We introduced the students to the Emotional Guidance Scale and the teachers are happy with how the students refer back to the Scale with other lessons. The students were also introduced to their Indian Guides, giving thanks, appreciating others, loving the people in their lives, and the understanding of prayer.

The students look forward to the 1st Sunday of each month when they go to the Sanctuary for the kid's corner. With that said, we are looking forward to a bright and blessed New Year with the students. The lesson plans for January-March have been set. If you would like to be a teacher's assistant, visit during class, or have any questions, please contact Rev. Julie Fox. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to teach your child.

-Liz Adams, Rev. Julie Fox, Laura Horn and Karin Strauss

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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                 $1300

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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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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

1/4

Kid's Corner

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

1/11

Blessing Bowl

Rev. Drew Vogt
Rev. Drew Vogt
Rev. Drew Vogt & Students
1/18 Rev. Drew Vogt
Rev. Drew Vogt
Rev. Drew & Carolan Carey

1/25

Karin Strauss
Karin Strauss
Karin Strauss






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

Candlelight Healing & Prayer Service
Law of Attraction Gathering
An Evening with Roseann Buritz & Spirit
Meditation with the Angels -Part I with Roseann Buritz
Book Club Dicussion Group
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Metaphysical Spirituality?

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Metaphysical Spirituality is a science, philosophy, and religion and is based on the life, teachings, and demonstrations of the Master Jesus. Here's how we're different.

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Our Principles and Beliefs

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Our church is multi-dimensional in nature: it is a place where you can feel the energies of God and the Healing Power and experience contact with spirit loved ones and spirit guides.

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The Sarasota Center of Light is celebrating over six decades of Metaphysical Spirituality!

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Meet the Flexer's, our visionary founders.  Together, they brought Metaphysical Spirituality to the world, creating a Center of Light in Sarasota.

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Metaphysical Spirituality emphasizes eight Spiritual Laws which, when followed, form the essence of right living.

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