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April 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

Soul Groups- Happy Together

Did you choose your family? A soul group?

If as souls before we came here to earth with goals and agendas, we might have chosen our families. We might have chosen a soul group.

As scary as that may seem to some, it may be more comforting than explaining it as accidental. When I take on this perspective of having chosen, I feel more objective and appreciative of those around me. Whenever I find myself in a spiritual community I realize that it's a soul group I've preplanned to experience this Life with; I never think it's an accident. I then begin to see each person as having a key role in teaching me about myself and Life.

Our friend, Maxine Best, who recently made her transition to Spirit, is now free of earthly concerns, but leaves behind timeless examples of love. Here at Sarasota Center of Light, she developed the mediumistic gift of Automatic Writing; this occurs when spirit guides influence the mind and/or hand of the Medium to write what they'd like to share.

Her guides often began writing session by opening with "Always happy to be together". I think this is one of the main purposes of Life, to be happy together. We are experiencers of this gift of Life, and everything we offer here at the Center is intended to boost YOUR love for life- including being Happy Together.

-Rev. Drew Vogt, SCOL Senior Pastor


Moving Ahead

At the recent memorial service for Maxine Best, a beloved Member, Healer and Medium, whose contributions to our community helped define who we are as a Center of Light; I witnessed a celebration of a life well-lived. Love for Maxine, whom I did not know, was expressed fervently by so many that I couldn't help but feel like her memory will serve as an example to us all for many years to come.

We cannot be aware each minute of every day just how much our words and actions affect others who share this spiritual home. The supposedly little things we say and do often have an impact greater than we assume in the moment. Yet isn't it in each moment that we tell the world who we are and what we value?

In this month of Easter and resurgent energy, please take special not of the words in our Declaration of Principles that affirm the Golden Rule. If all of us miraculously for just one day did and spoke unto others only as we would with to be treated, it would be as if we created the world anew. A SCOL, every day presents an opportunity to be the difference in order to see the difference we wish to experience. May it be so in your life and mine TODAY!

-Gary Mantz, SCOL Board President


Divine Light Service

April 1st, 7pm

Experience a re-awakening of your own Inner Light. As is our SCOL custom, we celebrate this season of Light with a candle light service called Divine Light. This year, magnificently, is on Wednesday, April 1st! Traditional music will evoke memories, and each person will receive a lighted candle and a personal, one-on-one Spiritual Message from one of our Mediums. This beautiful service will spark your own inner glow-- reminding you of your own Divine Spark, a light to the world. Plan to arrive by 6:30pm, Doors open at 6:15pm.


Children's Easter Egg Hunt

Please join us for our "Annual Children's Easter Egg Hunt" on Easter Sunday, April 5th after the morning service in Davis Hall/Garden. Volunteers are needed for this event. Please see Sherry Brune or Phyllis Town. The signup sheet is in the lobby. Come and enjoy some Easter Egg Fun!!!


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, Tuesday, 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.


Ed Team News

Many thanks to all of the volunteers that keep our Education Team running smoothly! Please keep an eye on the calendar as the changes are announced and make your plans to attend. If you are interested in joining our team, please contact Rev. Julie Fox. We welcome your enthusiasm and participation.

Richard Schoeller will be conducting 3 workshops on 4/21, 4/24 & 4/28 as well as the church services on 4/26.

Our SCOL Teachers have some wonderful classes in the schedule. Rev. Lisa Johnson has "Circle of Self Discovery" on 4/7 and a new class just added, "The Science of Spiritual Healing" from 5/5-5/26. Mediumship for Living 3.0 with Rev. Drew starts 4/7-6/30, Ken Schultz "Leaving a Lasting Legacy" on 5/2 and Robert Austin with "Sounds of the Bowls" on 6/12. Check the website or class schedule for more details.


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 April 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


Children's Sunday Circle

Welcome Spring...Blessings to All. We launched our new studies program, based on the book, Sara, Book 1: Sara Learns about the Law of Attraction. Teacher, Karin Strauss, began the program with an introduction to the book and referencing to the Law of Attraction. Teacher, Liz Adams, worked with the students on an interactive lesson plan focusing on Angel Guides. Teacher, Rev. Julie Fox, says, "I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly our students responded to the book's description for an unpleasant classroom. They recognized the situation and had kind, caring and supportive responses which they might have shared with the student (Sara) "on the spot"". This book is well written for the level of the children. Teacher, Laura Horn, will review the materials and then move on to the next life situation. Laura will then share the student's to date input with you in next month's article. Please feel free to thumb through the book with any teacher.

- SCOL Teachers


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


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 April is "Listening to Spirit Wisdom" by Toni Winninger. 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
  • May              Nate's Animal Rescue
  • June             Tidewell Hospice Sarasota
  • 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  Carolan Carey
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 & Carolan Carey


Blessing Bowl

Rev. Drew Vogt
Rev. Drew Vogt
Rev. Drew Vogt & Students
4/19 Rev. Drew Vogt
Rev. Drew Vogt
Rev. Drew Vogt & Karin Strauss


Richard Schoeller
Richard Schoeller
Richard Schoeller

Weekly Services

Healing Service, 7:00 pm

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

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Upcoming Events

Divine Light Service (Easter)
Law of Attraction Gathering
Angel Guides: Healing Sister & Chemist with Karin Strauss
Family Bowling
Book Club Discussion Group-Cancelled for Easter
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