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Focus Newsletter

August 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

What's Your Story of Angels in Action?

Stories of angels in action are as impressive as real life account of tumors disappearing overnight, or as subtle as getting your favorite parking space. Prayers and affirmations of what is desire go out by the billions!

While we know that Natural Laws are not set aside in order to create "miracles", our angel friends work hard with current conditions to produce a desired result. Don't you just love that?!

It gets better. So, let's say you get a desired result, a good doctor's report or a desired manifestation shows up, then what? Then comes the positive effect of you bring in a new-found place. Emotionally, spiritually, you are a new person, in a whole new space.

As the experiencer of the manifestation you are now positioned and poised to SOAR! That in and of itself is reason enough for our angel friends to work hard on our behalf, but it is we who must be open to their actions.

A friend of mine was crossing her yard, heading for her car to go shopping. ON the lawn she collapsed from a brain aneurism, was seen by a neighbor, rushed to the ER and made a full recovery. Thanks to the angels, she wasn't out in traffic when she had it, and everything worked out well.

In July, just a few days before I was to depart to the orphanage work in Mexico, I received an unsolicited text message from California. Someone was donation a wealth of much-needed soccer shoes to our orphans! Within 48 hours the shoes arrived here in Sarasota. Additionally, our SCOL family has generously donated at least 100 items of clothing and $757 to the orphanage work. Angels are busy working through us all, so now let's thrive in the resulting manifestations, AND share them with others.

Blessings come to us from wherever they are waiting- Rev. Drew Vogt

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SCOL's 3rd Annual Labor Day Bar-B-Q Picnic

The Hands of Light will be hosting the 3rd Annual Labor Day Bar-B-Q Picnic on Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 12pm-4pm in Davis Hall. Join us for a day of good food, good friends, and children's activities. Signup sheet for food/volunteer is in the lobby next to the flier. If you have any questions, please see the new Volunteer Coordinator, Emily Sullivan at 941-716-1239 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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SCOL's 65th Anniversary Evening with Spirit!

The SCOL is celebrating our 65th anniversary this year and the Hands of Light group is planning a special event to honor the occasion on Saturday, November 8, 2014. We are hosting an Italian dinner similar to our previous event in the past "Elegant Evening".

If you are interested in volunteering, please contract Sherry Brune, HOL Co-Chair, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 478-461-7581.

 

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SCOL Associate Ministerial Training Class

Starting September 8, 2014!

This comprehensive Ministerial Training course will qualify students to become SCOL Associate Ministers through an understanding of metaphysical teachings of various religions and scriptures. Training includes but not limited to conducting services, ceremonies, public speaking, Mediumship and more.

About AMTP Open to SCOL Members only and scheduled for most Monday evenings over 7 months. Each two hour class is $20, and payable as you go. Except for outside reading, course materials are provided.

Program Pre-Requisites

1. Candidate to be an active SCOL member attending services at least two times/month.

2. Is active volunteering at SCOL and on at least one Team.

3. Has been in, or is enrolled in, one of SCOL's Mediumship for Living classes, 1.0-3.0.

Applications available in lobby, office or by email. Launch your ministry today!

Questions? Call us at 941-953-6620

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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. First, we offer a free Basic Concepts Class at least twice per year, comprised of two or three condensed classes on our beliefs and history, usually taught by our Senior Pastor Rev. Drew Vogt. Attendance at these is required for SCOL membership 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 cards are usually available in the lobby or office.

4. Submit this to us via the offering plate, church office, or to one of our staff members for Board Approval at our monthly meeting.

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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David Thompson Workshops2014

Physical Medium David Thompson is one of only a handful of materialization mediums in the world today. David from Sydney, Australia will return SCOL in fall 2014. He will be offering the following unique experiences for those seeking higher  understanding of the Spirit World and proof of life after death. Workshops listed on the events page on the website or on flier in lobby.

Materialization Seances

  • Friday, September 19, 6:30pm- Fee $100- SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, September 20, 6:30pm- Fee $100- SOLD OUT
  • Tuesday, September 23, 6:30pm- Fee $100 (for SCOL attendees only- few remaining spots)
  • Friday, September 26, 6:30pm- Fee $100- SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, September 27, 6:30pm- Fee $100- SOLD OUT

Participants for the materialization seances are to meet in Davis Hall no later than 6:30pm of the night their seance is scheduled. A pre-seance briefing will be given before traveling to the Chapel where the seance will be held. To secure a spot in one of more seances, fill out the registration and consent forms and mail them with payment to the church office 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. One reservation form per person. An email will be sent for approval.

David Thompson Event Update:

Christine Morgan will not be able to attend this year's events. David Thompson will teach both of her workshops. Her private readings/Spiritual assessments will be refunded. If you have any questions, please call the office at 941.953.6620.

 

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Education Team

David Thompson seances are almost sold out. We only have a few spaces available for the members seance on 9/23. Packets are in the lobby.  If you would like to schedule a private reading with David Thompson, please call the church office at 941.953.6620. Fliers are available in the church lobby.

The updated class schedule is in the lobby. Our SCOL instructors have several ongoing classes with Rev. Drew's Law of Attraction on Thursdays at 7:30pm in Davis Hall and Tai Chi with Caroline Demoise on Mondays at 11am-12pm in Flexer Hall.

Classes to mark for future dates: Rev. Drew will be hosting "Mediumship for Living 3.0" (pre-requisite 1.0 & 2.0) on Tuesdays, starting 9/2-10/28, 7:30-9pm in the Chapel and he will also be introducing the "SCOL Associate Ministerial Training Class" starting Mondays- 9/8 at 6pm-8:30pm in the church office. Flier for program pre-requisites and dates is in the lobby.

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Children's Sunday Circle

For the month of August, there will be no child care provided. This gives our teachers an opportunity to take a break and relax with their families.

Beginning in September, we will be structuring our program for our children ages 2 years through 11 years. We are aware that the learning needs of children change when they begin middle school, so we will be focusing on our younger children. This change will encourage our "tweens" and teen-agers to attend and participate in services in the sanctuary. We will be meeting on August 11th at 6:30pm in the Ed Center to plan for the fall program. If you have an interest and 90 minutes to volunteer, we will welcome your participation. Please let any of us know of your interest.

Love and Light to all, Rev. Julie Fox

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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 August 31st 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.

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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

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Publishing Team

The Publishing Team is pleased to share as a sneak preview some of SCOL's unique Spirit wisdom materials that we are assembling for CD production and sale.

In this month's newsletter, we bring to you a portion of one of our special recordings being that of Dwight Lyman Moody, also know as D.L. Moody, who was an American Evangelist and Publisher who founded the Moody Church, Northfield School and Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts, the Moody Bible Institute, and Moody Publishers. He was born February 5, 1837 and transitioned home to Spirit on December 22, 1899.

Through the independent voice, trumpet Mediumship of Rev. Dorothy Flexer, Dwight Moody spoke to Rev. Dorothy's Wednesday night class on 12/10/75 and delivered a fantastic inspirational lecture titled No Division in the World of Spirit. A few quotes from his powerful messages are as followed: "...every person should realize that he or she is something special and that it is wrong to judge our accomplishments by the accomplishments of others...every person of Earth has the same opportunities to grow, to learn, to study, to achieve as every other individual.The important thing is that you know what you want then go after it. And if you don't succeed the first time, try, try again. And if you discover what you thought was what you wanted, is it as fascinating or as satisfying once having achieved it? There is no law that forces you to remain in that situation having the power of freedom to choose another profession, another vocation." "...people don't open doors for any improvement, they fail to realize no matter what it is you need, it can be suppli9edunder the right conditions and with all you people having the wonderful help with Angel guidance, there is no is no excuse for any of you being completely unhappy. You have greater advantages of other people because those who do not understand in the great invisible silent world around them are many people eager to help, waiting to be asked, trained to bring inspiration." Stay tuned for next month's Spirit wisdom offering.

Did you know? There are a few weekday morning spots open for audio listeners. If this sounds like your cup of tea, 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 . Work dates: 8/10 & 8/24 in the office 12pm-5:30pm.

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Family Bowling Night

The Pathfinders invite you to our monthly Family Bowling Night on Friday, August 1, 2014. 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

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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: The Quiet Mind-Sayings of White Eagle by Grace Cooke, The Abundance Book by John Randolph Prime, Getting into the Vortex- Guided Meditation CD & User Guide by Esther Hicks, and four others by Hicks. 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 basket. 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

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. Only 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.

A "Lighting the Way for the Future" brochure is available in the lobby. 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 and kept us here. Thank you in advance!

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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
8/3 Jacquie Riker
Jacquie Riker
Karin Strauss

8/10

Blessing Bowl

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

8/17

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

8/24

Rev. Drew Vogt

Rev. Drew Vogt
Rev. Drew & Carolan Carey
8/31 Karin Strauss
Karin Strauss
Rev. Drew & 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 with Rev. Drew Vogt
Children's Sunday Circle
Morning Celebration Service
Evening Celebration Service
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