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July 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.


Pastor's Column

Building Your Field of Dreams

Imagine for a moment that before you came to planet earth, you were a sweet spirit ready to come here to experience "the new". Like a bright eyed adventurer ready for new challenges, you selected a particular family, in a particular city, in a particular country. Maybe you decided on a real big challenge and chose a family that would show you lots of ways of how not to live, so as to inspire you to even greater clarity as to how to live.

And imagine that in the depths of your eternal soul, you had dreams of things to come, things to experience with others, and things to create in the world- building your field of dreams. What if these dreams and desires were inspired bu Infinite Source? We might then prize these ideas like pearls of God, precious every single one.

Reality check: But as we all know all too well, some ideas come from society and some from ego self. Those usually feel frenetic, imbalanced and fearful. Feeling the difference helps the dreams and desires that come from Source feel lofty, empowering, invigorating! Sometimes they're so intimidating to the ego that we really , really have to lean on Spirit in order to move forward. The ego is quite "cozy" in a fear cave, not so much in moving into the world allowing the Soul of who you are to thrive.

As you consider how to build you field of dreams, consider the following four points:
How is my soul going to advance with this?
How will this bless and uplift humanity?
Am I harming anyone in the process?
Will the world be a better place because of it?

Blessings to you on your expansion.-- In Great Love, Rev. Drew L. Vogt, SCOL Senior Pastor



Moving Ahead

This month, I offer a brief Thank You to the many members and friends of SCOL that approach me with ideas for fund-raising and spiritual development. There certainly is no shortage of creativity at our Center!

As summer heats up, so too does, what the Disney brain trust calls "Imagineering". Ideas with a higher purpose take on a life of their own and flourish under timely, sensitive management. I have seen this time and again in our community and it is a source of blessings to all concerned.

If you have an inspiration for adding a new type of experience to the worship, learning and community life a SCOL, ideas that show financial promise included, please let me know. I would love to hear about them. In addition to our beautiful traditions, we also maintain an eager openness to new ways of enhancing our shared spiritual home. Let's take time this summer to be imagineers for the sake of the Center. Good ideas are God-ideas. I would love to learn what Spirit wants to express through you! Your inspirations could soon benefit us all.

-Gary Mantz, SCOL Board President
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Thank You to SCOL Service Participants

Many SCOL visionaries share their wisdom, time, and talent through our weekly services as Teachers, Speakers, Mediums and Ministers. We sincerely thank them for their love as a model of volunterrism. Some of them are available for private sessions as well.

Rev. Julie Fox          This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
LeeAnne Moody      This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Karin Strauss, A.M.   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Any other participants email addresses are available in the Sarasota Center of Light Friends and Members Directory or from the Church Office.


Welcome English Medium Eric Cargill

Eric Cargill is an experienced Trance Medium having developed his connection with Spirit over his lifetime. Eric comes to us from his home in York, England. Eric Cargill and Gerald O'Hara will serve SCOL church on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at both services.

Deep Trance Demonstrations: Chapel, Saturday, July 11th and Thursday, July 16th, 7pm-9pm, Fee $30
Join Eric for a fascinating experience of deep trance work in which his guides and other loved ones will come through to speak and answer questions from those in attendance. Eric has become one of England's most evidential Trance Mediums. Limit 40 people, reservations required with payment.

The Inspired Medium Workshop: Davis Hall, Tuesday, July 14th, 7:30pm-9:30pm, Fee $30
This is an opportunity to deepen your bond with spirit for inspired speaking, healing and demonstrating. This workshop will also help people link with spirit to deepen their connection with their guides and loved ones so that they feel the inspiration at a closer level in everyday activities. All levels of experience are welcome for this workshop.

Private Trance Readings: Ed Center, Fee $85 for 45 Min. (Call the office to schedule 941-953-6620)
Eric will be available to do a total of six private trance readings on July 13th & July 15th. The sessions are 45 minutes. This is an opportunity to ask questions on any topic regarding yourself, family, friends, employment, health issues, life lessons and purpose or universal questions. Sessions need to be scheduled and paid for in advance. Make checks payable to Sarasota Center of Light and mail or drop off at the office, 2710 Browning St., Sarasota, Fl 34237.


David Thompson Events, October 2015

Physical Medium David Thompson is one of only a handful of Materialization Mediums in the world today. He is from Sydney, Australia and will return to the Sarasota Center of Light in 2015. David will be offering the following unique experiences for those seeking higher understanding of the Spirit World and proof of life after death.

Workshop: Aspects of Altered States, Thursday, Oct. 1, 7:30pm-10pm, Davis Hall (no reservation required)

Open Forum: My Journey as a Physical Medium: A Question and Answer Session, Monday, Oct. 5, 7:30pm-9pm, Sanctuary, Donation $20 (no reservation required)

Materialization Seances: Friday, Oct. 2, Saturday, Oct. 3 (sold out) and Tuesday, Oct. 6. Fee: $100

Participants for the materialization seances are to meet in the SCOL Sanctuary no later than 6:20pm on the evening their seance is scheduled. A brief pre-seance briefing will be given before moving to our nearby Chapel for the seance. To secure a spot in one or more seances, fill out the registration and consent forms and mail them with payment to the church at 2710 Browning St., Sarasota, Fl 34237. All applications are tentative until approved. No checks will be cashed until the applicant is approved for participation. Please use only one reservations form per person. Refunds can only be granted if there is an approved person to take the place of the one not attending. All forms can be found on the "Visiting Mediums" page under David Thompson.


Ed Team News

As this past school year comes to a close, we are delighted to have Eric Cargill and Gerald O'Hara return from "across the pond". Excellent teachers, strong Mediums and delightful Members of our community, both of these gentlemen contribute to the growth of our congregation, our friends and our visitors. Plan to attend one (or more) of their workshops and demonstrations.

During the summer months our Ed Team is busy evaluating the year that is ending and planning for next year. It's a slower kind of "busy", but an important one. If you would like to be part of our planning and evaluating, please join us. Contact Sarah in the office, Rev. Julie Fox, Rev. Lyn Mulder, Laura Horn or any board member.

Is there a class or workshop you can teach? We are always looking for people who are knowledgeable and passionate about a subject. If this is your first time teaching, we can help you prepare and/or advertise. Our Sarasota Center of Light family and friends are always looking to learn more as each person follows their path of development.

The next Ed Team meeting will be Sunday, July 19 after the am service in the Ed Center.

Our goal is to provide quality and meaningful classes, workshops and demonstrations for  you. Your input helps us reach this goal. We welcome your contributions.

Upcoming Events: Eric Cargill: "Deep Trance Demo's on 7/11 & 7/16 at 7pm, reservations required and "The Inspired Medium" on 7/14 at 7:30pm in Davis Hall, no rsvp required. "Cremation Society Seminar & Lunch" on 7/25 in Davis Hall at 10:30am with Catherine Kalua and Barbara Doty.

Ongoing Classes: "Meditation Circle", Sundays at 5:30pm in Davis Hall with Cyndy and Cyril Mayer. "Law of Attraction" on Thursdays at 7:30pm in the Ed Center with Rev. Drew, LeeAnne Moody and Liz Adams.


Children's Sunday Circle

Summer is here! Hot days, lemonade, watermelon and fun in the sun! Our Summer Sunday School has been going strong and we encourage our young angel children to continue to spiritually grow as we keep our Sunday School open to all!

June has been a quiet, nice time for our kids to relax and speak on summer excitement, and wind down from spring and schools ending. We are excited and welcoming new energies for Fall festivities with our kids, and inviting new friends to come on over on Sunday mornings at 10:30am to learn comfortably about our spiritual beliefs and enjoy. Big Shout-Outs of Thank-You to all, for the Story Time on the first Sunday of each month and camaraderie amongst the congregation.

-Sunday School Teachers


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 July 26th. 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.


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


Healing Team to Serve You

If someone in our congregation or their immediate family would like a vibrational healing, please contact the church office at 941-953-6620 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and ask for the individual to be put into the Healing Outreach Program.


Book Club Discussion Group

Break from June-September

Our Book Club Discussion Group is held every Sunday from 9:15am-10am in the Ed Center. Everyone is welcome. 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.


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 2015

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

  • January         Canine Companions               $179
  • February        Coffee Time                        $227
  • March            Bethesda House                  $140
  • April              Everyday Blessings               $351
  • May              Nate's Animal Rescue           $124
  • June             Tidewell Hospice Sarasota     $170
  • July               VIDA
  • August          SPARCC


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.


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!



Benu Workshop CD's

The Benu organization has graciously allowed us to market the remaining Benu workshop CD's that were held here at SCOL on 3/7-3/8/15. The Cd's are 1 for $15 or 2 for $25 (plus shipping at $6.75). If you would like to pick one up at the office, please call 941-953-6620. Office hours are 8am-12:30pm, 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.

3/7/15- Karma Vs. Free Will
3/8/15- Science, Religion & Spirituality


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.


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.


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".


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.


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!


SCOL Board, 2015

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




Center Services Schedule


Date Morning Evening Messages

Kid's Corner

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


Blessing Bowl

Gerald O'Hara
Eric Cargill
Gerald O'Hara & Eric Cargill
6/21 Matthew A- Wilson
Matthew A-Wilson
Lori Haynes & Rev. Julie Fox
6/28 Karin Strauss
Karin Strauss
Karin Strauss

Services Schedule

Healing Service 7:00 pm

Morning Celebration 10:30 am
Evening Celebration 7:00 pm

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Upcoming Events

Family Bowling
Children's Sunday Circle
Morning Celebration Service
Meditation Circle with Cyndy & Cyril Mayer
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