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April 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

Springs Renewing Energy

Feeling tired? While coffee and tea sellers say business is soaring, lifestyle researchers say people are not getting enough sleep. It's odd that in spite of more and more gadgets to save us time, we feel like we never have enough time and energy.

Metaphysically there are lots of ways to recharge, but NOW is the time of Spring! This is the season of Nature's greatest lesson of renewal and rejuvenation- the biggest, visible lesson available! We see everywhere threes getting new green leaves and flowers blossoming with new flowers. It is as though all of Nature is launching forward with one magnificent, celebration of life! It's as though it is singing, "Divine Energy is unlimited, unstoppable, and glorious to behold". AND, we are a physical and mental extension of that same LIFE energy! We can all tune in to our Spiritual Guides and Angelic Teachers. Many learn this here at SCOL in various classes and development circles; and everyone can discover how their energy of love and support can be actualized. Their care can be felt in easy to find parking spaces, but also the warm glow of hope that softly comes over the heart. You might experience a feeling of optimism that might seem illogical to man's logic, but makes perfect sense to the divine logic of God.

Following the heart's optimism is restorative and life giving! It allows us to experience relief from fear, anxiety, bad moods, and feelings of doom. Negative indicators no longer entertain us; instead our heart is naturally drawn to the emotions and ideas of Spirit.

When you feel tired for any reason, try this simple recipe from White Eagle, channeled through the Mediumship of Grace Cooke, When you go to sleep at night let your last though be of praise and thankfulness to God. Think of crossing the river to the world of light. Let the divine will within be your director both in sleep and waking.*

May you experience renewal each day.-- Rev. Drew (*Golden Harvest, White Eagle, p. 54)


SCOL Welcomes Rev. Richard Schoeller

Come join us for three dynamic events in April 2014 with Medium Richard Schoeller! Our good friend Richard will be visiting the SCOL from April 20th-25th. Richard will be service the church at both services on Sunday, April 20, 2014.

"Aspects of Mediumship", Davis Hall, Tuesday, April 22, 7:30pm-10pm, fee is $30
People who are learning about their mediumistic ability want to understand the process of communication, both for themselves and from the spiritual realm. Richard will work with the students to help them gain a better understanding of their clairvoyance, clairaudience and clairsentience through theory and exercises. This workshop will be interactive and each participant is encouraged to have a basic understanding of mediumship.

"Fine Tuning Your Mediumship", Davis Hall, Thursday, April 24, 7:30pm-10pm, fee is $30
In mediumship, if we are not providing evidence about the spirit communicating, then how can we be proving the continuity of life? In this workshop Richard will work with the group in helping them to become clearer about the person who is workign with them from the Spirit side of life.

"An Evening of Spirit Communication", Sanctuary, Friday, April 25, 7:30pm-9pm, fee is $10-20
Richard will bring evidential and meaningful messages from spirit loved ones to those in attendance. He will try to reach as many people as possible but there is no guarantee that everyone will get a message. One thing is for sure, you will have an opportunity to witness one of the beset mental Mediums in the country and have a great time in the process.


2014 SCOL Annual Yard Sale

We would like to say a big "Thank You" to all of the volunteers and donators who helped to make this year's yard sale such a successful event. We would like to say a special "thank you" to our yard sale coordinator, Ruth Ann Smith. With all of your generous donations the Center raised over $1,600. Wow! Great job everyone!


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 "How I Died & What Happened Next" and May "Spirit World Wisdom", both books by Toni Winninger. You can buy these books at the SCOL Book Store located in the church lobby on Sundays or during office hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-1pm. The book club will not have discussion group on Sunday, April 20th due to Easter and will resume April 27th. If you have any questions, please contact the church office at 941-953-6620.


Radio Show Interview

Mantz and Mitchell Radio Show will be interviewing our very own Rev. Drew on Saturday, April 5th at 2pm,est. You can listen to this one hour interview on the website stream at www.1150KKNW.com/listen.


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 the 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.

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 to Visit in September 2014

Physical Medium David Thompson is one of only a handful of materialization mediums in the world today. He and his partner Christine Morgan from Sydney, Australia will return to SCOL in 2014. They will be offering the following unique experiences for those seeking higher  understanding of the Spirit World and proof of life after death.

Materialization Seances

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

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.



Education Team

Rev. Richard Schoeller will be visiting from April 20-April 25 and will be offering 3 workshops on 4/22, 4/24 & 4/25. Eric Cargill will be visiting in May and will be offering two Deep Trance workshops on 5/17 & 5/24 and two other workshops on 5/20 & 5/22. David Thompson seances are filling up quickly. If you are interested please turn in your reservation form packets with payment asap. If you would like to schedule a private reading with Christine Morgan or David Thomson, please call the church office at 941.953.6620. Fliers are available in the church lobby.

The updated class schedule is now available. Our SCOL instructors have several ongoing classes with Rev. Drew's Law of Attraction and Rev. Julie Fox's Spiritual/Vibrational Healing.  Tai Chi with Caroline Demoise will take a break for the month of April. Her Monday class will resume in May with anew time of 11am-12pm in Flexer Hall. Sue Ford has decided to extend her "Open Circle" class for more dates 4/9, 5/14 and 6/11. Carolan Carey will be offering Psychometry on 4/10 and Psychic Boot Camp starts 4/29. Rev. Cyndy Mayer has Angelic Harp Healing on 4/3 and Rev. Mary Linn Clark is offering a "Life after Death" workshop on 4/5. Rev. Jacquie Riker will introduce Sound Journey with extended dates on on 4/11, 5/9, 6/13 & 7/11 at 7pm in Davis Hall.


Pathfinders Men's Group

The Pathfinders Men's Group invites all men to their organization planning from 7-7:15pm during Family Bowling Nights on the first Friday of each month at Gulf Gate Lanes, 7221 S. Tamiami Trail. The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 4, 2014. Bowling night is just one of the many fun events that have been established with the energetic planning of the pathfinders. For more information or to help plan future activities, contact Bill DeSantis, Team Leader at 941.306.9827 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Hands of Light

Hands of Light meet the 4th 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 April 27th 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

These past few months have just flown bu with so many interesting visitors and workshops. In my counseling here at SCOL, I'm never ceased to be amazed at the power of the subconscious mind combined with Spiritual Healing. So with spring here, I am offering a "Spring Cleaning" session with just a small group of people. We will sort out the cobwebs, and with Spiritual intent, point our minds in the direction of health, happiness and a breath of fresh air for a successful year. If you are interested, please give me a call at 941-822-0255.

Blessings, Rev. Lisa Johnson


Publishing Team

We have a weekday morning slot or two currently available form 9am-noon if this unique opportunity resonates with you. No special skills are required. Please contact Jen Blecher, Publishing Team Lead directly at 727-644-9041 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Our general monthly meeting dates alternate Sundays in the SCOL office: 4/6 & 4/20 noon- 5:30pm.


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
  • May              Salvation Army (Sarasota)
  • June             All Faiths Food Bank
  • July              VIDA (Mexican Orphanage)


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 $15 a workshop or 2 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: 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.


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

Rev. Drew Vogt

Rev. Drew Vogt
Rev. Greg Kehn


Blessing Bowl

Rev. Drew Vogt

Rev. Drew Vogt
Rev. Drew Vogt & Karin Strauss


Rev. Richard Schoeller


Rev. Richard Schoeller
Rev. Richard Schoeller


Rev. Drew Vogt


Karin Strauss
Karin Strauss

Weekly Services

Healing Service, 7:00 pm

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


Mailing Address:
2710 Browning St.
Sarasota, FL 34237

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Upcoming Events

An Evening of Spirit Communication with Rev. Richard Schoeller
Book Club Discussion Group
Children's Sunday Circle
Morning Celebration Service
Evening Celebration Services
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