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Focus Newsletter

September 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

Are You Deliberately Divine?

Folks are sometimes surprised when I say, "You are your own best Medium". When I say this I sincerely mean that you are your own best interpreter of the divine signals coming to you! This is no small statement, and it has life-empowering implications!

This fall we will experience the results of many individuals' intentions who were deliberately divine. How so? They focused on putting service to God and Spirit first, while putting lesser concerns aside. To me, this is a magnificent step in growth. Serving Spirit means there's a positive magnetism that's puling us forward, aligning us with Source, and calling in our spiritual teachers.

Sometimes service is considered a sacrifice, and is avoided for fear of loss of time or freedom. But sacrifice does not have to mean being a martyr, or giving up who you are. In fact, the opposite is true. When service is offered in alignment with one's soul and purpose, it is merely an act of prioritizing what's most important. Then, things prioritized in that way expand who you are, not diminish.

  • Our ongoing support of our student Mediums shows our belief in setting the course for many future teachers and Mediums here at SCOL!
  • In September we will witness the profound Mediumship of David Thompson, and have the experience of communicating with the spiritual realm right here in our Chapel.
  • Our ongoing improvement to the Healing Garden and facilities will inspire a spiritual pride, comfort, and enable us to host SCOL events.
  • In November we will be celebrating our 65th Anniversary and the continuing vision that Rev. Dorothy and Dr. Flexer started. This means for 65 years here in Sarasota Spirit has shared the good news of how to make this life better, and then enjoy the life here after.

I invite you to become deliberately divine by prioritizing the spiritual things of most importance. You will then expand and achieve what you came here to be!

-Blessings, Rev. Drew Vogt, SCOL's Senior Pastor


Fern Bradburn

Dear Friends,

We are saddened by the loos of our beloved Fern, who made her transition to the spiritual realm on Sunday morning, August 24, 2014.

Fern was loved and respected here at SCOL and everywhere she went. She became a member here in 1984 and was a friend and student of co-founder Rev. Dorothy Flexer. Fern's granddaughter, Page, and grandchildren live in Sarasota.

Her family in Pennsylvania will hold a service for her there, and we have their blessing to hold a celebration of life service here. Join us in honoring her life on Saturday, September 6th, 4pm at our main sanctuary: 852 S. Tuttle Ave., corner of Browning St.


Thank You

The Hands of Light would like to thank all of the volunteers and participants who made the Labor Day BBQ a wonderful event! Without the help of our volunteers and coordinators we would be unable to have such a successful event.


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.


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


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!


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 are sold out, but we are accepting reservations for standby

  • Friday, September 19, 6:30pm- Fee $100- 2 seats available
  • 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.

Personal Assessments
David will be available for limited number of Personal Trance Assessments in which he will assess the trance work of the client and give suggestions on how to improve the trance. This will be invaluable feedback from one of the world's great Trance Mediums. The sessions are 30 minutes for $60.

Workshop Information (All workshops held in Davis Hall- $30)- Pay at the door
So You Want to Be a Medium: Beginning Mediumship, Thurs. 9/18, 7:30pm-10pm
Aspects of Altered States, Mon. 9/22, 7:30pm-10pm
The Journey to Intermediate Mediumship, Thurs. 9/25, 7:30pm-10pm



Education Team

We are so blessed to have a strong Ed Team that has been working on the class schedule for the Fall months. At our recent meeting we were able to add some new workshops and to continue some populate ones.

For September, the Associate Minister class and Mediumship 3.0 will be taught by Rev. Drew. Law of Attraction will continue on Thursday evenings with Rev. Drew, Jacquie Riker and LeeAnne Moody sharing the facilitator role.

David Thompson will be our featured visiting Medium for September. He is internationally known and respected. David will be involved with 5 (that's right 5) seances and 3 workshops about mediumship- (show up and pay at the door). Rev. Tom will also be here during David's visit coordinating the events and will be available for private reading as well as the morning church services on 9/21 & 9/28.

We look forward to seeing everyone participate in these exiting events!


Children's Sunday Circle

Our Sunday School Team met and completed plans for the fall months. We are very excited about our plans to share Spiritualism with your children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews! Classes being Sunday, September 7 in the Ed Center. We will have 2 groups for teaching. One group is for 2-6 year old children and the second for 7-11 years. Each group will have activities appropriate for the learning levels.

Our topic for September is our Emotional Guidance Scale. The children will be encouraged to identify their feelings and to choose actions. Learning that they have choices and are not stuck with "reactions" will empower each child.

Sign your child in before 10:30am and you can be at services on time! We welcome your participation and comments. Thanks for your support!

Love and Light to all, Rev. Julie Fox


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 September 28th 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

The Publishing Team is pleased to bring you this month's Spirit wisdom, offering a sneak preview of the soon to be released CD. St. Francis of Assisi visited Rev. Dorothy Flexer's Wednesday Night Class (WNC) on November 15, 1978 via her independent voice trumpet mediumship. St. Francis, being on the Spirit side of life, had been present at one of our healing services during that era. He spoke to the WNC about the Power of Healing and a portion of his beautiful insight is as follows:

"...when you come asking for that help with the Faith it will be provided, you go away feeling rich in power, recognizing the blessings that are yours, realizing that you have touched the highest power possible while you're yet in Human form. That Divine Power pours out to all who ask..."

Be sure to read next month's FOCUS for more Spirit wisdom.

Did you know? There are a few weekday morning spots open for Audio Listeners. If this sounds like your cup of tea, please contract 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: 9/7 & 9/21 in the office 12pm-5:30pm.


Family Bowling Night

The Pathfinders invite you to our monthly Family Bowling Night on Friday, September 5, 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.


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


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

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!


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
9/7 Rev. Drew Vogt
LeeAnne Moody
Karin Strauss


Blessing Bowl

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


Rev. Tom Newman
David Thompson
Rev. Drew & David Thompson


Rev. Tom Newman

Rev. Drew Vogt
Rev. Drew & Carolan Carey

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

Children's Sunday Circle
Morning Celebration Service
Evening Celebration Service
SCOL Associate Ministerial Training Class with Rev. Drew Vogt
Aspects of Altered States with David Thompson
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