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Focus Newsletter

November 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

This month we celebrate Sarasota Center of Light's 65th Anniversary! It is a joyful time because this Center is a huge blessing to many! With joy and revelry you may find deep appreciation for how SCOL has personally provided you with hope and healing.

Healing emotional and physical conditions was very; important to our co-founder, the Rev. Dorothy Flexer. On this topic of healing in 1974, she said, "is is one of the most wonderful gift that anyone can develop". Now, sixty-five years later, our Healing ministry has become so important we are pleased to announce a re-dedication of Flexer Hall by renaming it Flexer Healing Chapel.

Many have come here over its long history and discovered hope for a new life, deeper meaning and purpose, resulting in a new way to live! Private, healed hurts may now bring new smiles to the faces of many. For Focus readers, the blessings you've received here have inspired you to bring friends, associates and family members. We are grateful for your trust in bringing them, and honored to be able to forge new relationships! Many of them have found this Center of Light to be a place of renewal-becoming victorious over fear and superstition. May find a new joy to life which opens the doors to success.

With grateful hearts we can now more fully appreciate a young, adventurous woman, Dorothy Flexer. While living in Pennsylvania, she followed her own guidance for Mediumship training at Camp Silver Belle, a Spiritualist community. After years of developing her own abilities and ministry, she trusted her guidance to come to Tampa, started a church, then had a vision of starting a second one in Sarasota. We have been told that Spirit planned for this Sarasota location 150 years before she arrived!

Their first service here was November 4, 1949. They learned of 12 lots that were for sale here at Tuttle and Browning Streets for just $3,000! With a small down payment they began to clear the land for the first two buildings. In addition to the Healing Garden, we now have six buildings on this beautiful campus dedicated to our spiritual work! In 1974, Rev. Dorothy said that their success was made "possible by our ability to communicate with the angels and gain their guidance and healing for those who have asked for the help".

Many beacons helped solidify what is today Sarasota Center of Light; such as Dr. Russell Flexer, Rev. Tom Newman, Rev. Don Dugar, and Rev. Tim Dudley. In January 2013, Spirit instructed me to apply for this job as SCOL Senior Pastor. Even thought I was secure and comfortable in my own church in California, I trusted Spirit to lead me to my new spiritual home. Not recruited by man, but inspired by Spirit, I applied for the position and this community has opened its arms to me. We are now experiencing growth and the healthy signs of peace and harmony. New member, many Healers and loving Mediums are the hallmark of our wellness. Our meetings and classes vibrate with the Love that our forebears must be proud of!

Thank you to each and every one of you for your role and gifts- that allows this Center of Light to shine brightly. Let's translate our love and appreciation into tangible ways to empower this Center so that many more will be able to benefit here for years to come.

-Rev. Drew Vogt


SCOL's 65th Anniversary Celebration

Join us on Sunday, November 9th after both service during both Coffee Hours at Davis Hall for a celebration. We hope to see everyone there!


Harvest Home Donations

Every year in November we celebrate "Harvest Home" and give to those less fortunate. Non-perishable food donations can be brought to the church during any service November 2nd-November 23rd. We will then collect all of the donations and bring them to the All Faiths Food Bank so that more families can have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.


Congratulations to Sarasota Center of Light's New Healers

We are pleased to announce the following new Healers: Caroline Demoise, Ree Meador, Forrest Paradise, Lynn Rigby, Marty Bednar, Mae Rhoades, Duane Derrick, Jacquelin McKenzie, Jeffrey Lambert, Donna Medina, Cathy Bruce, Joel Pye and Cyndy Mayer.


Welcome Toni Winninger

Transdimensional Channel Toni Winninger travels throughout the world teaching classes on several Metaphysical topics and giving hundreds of Individual and Group Channelings. Toni works with a group of Ascended Masters and Archangels and teaches in Asia, England and the United States.

Private Individual Channeling Sessions, $90 for 60 minutes, are to be paid at least 2 weeks in advance, by mailing a check payable to SCOL, 2710 Browning Street, Sarasota, Fl 34237. All individual channeling sessions are held in the Ed Center. Questions may be on any topic regarding yourself, family, friends, employment, health issues, life lessons and purpose, etc. Please call the church office, 941-953-6620, to make your reservation.

Toni will serve the SCOL church at the morning service on Sunday, November 16th and will be conducting the following activities and workshops:

An Evening of Group Channeling, Friday, 11/7, 7:30pm-9:30pm, Sanctuary, $10

Psychic Awareness Sampler Workshop, Tuesday, 11/11, 7:30pm-10pm, Davis Hall, $30

Age and Past Life Regression Workshop, Saturday, 11/15, 2pm-4:30pm, Davis Hall, $30



Elegant Evening with Spirit- Reminder

Special reminder for those of you who purchased tickets to our Elegant Evening with Spirit on Saturday, November 8th. This elegant gala, like no other, will start promptly at 7pm. In the stylishly transformed David Hall, we will serve you a delectable Italian dinner and decadent desserts with Readings by 8 talented Mediums.

For all other event questions, call Gary or Suzanne at 941-312-6547. Looking forward to celebrating with YOU!


Everyday Blessings- Christmas

Our SCOL Blessing Bowl for December will sponsor the children at Everyday Blessings. Last year our community was very generous in making the season a special time for the children in-need. If you are unfamiliar with this phenomenal organization, Everyday Blessings is a not-for-profit located close to us on Bahia Vista. It is funded totally from charitable contributions. It proved a safe location for children who have been remove from their home due to serious family issues, sometimes at very short notice. They provide a safe environment and keep siblings together. We will be providing more information on how you can participate shortly.


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!


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 November is "The Way To Love" by Anthony De Mello. You can buy any of our featured books at the SCOL Book Store located in the church lobby on Sundays or during office hours, Monday- Friday, 8am-12:30pm.


Education Team News

LeeAnne Moody will continue sharing the "Magic of Holding the Vision". A class designed to assist you in clarifying your vision for your life. Sue Ford will continue her monthly "Open Meditation Circle" on 11/12. Her special connection with the angels helps all of us feel renewed, refreshed and challenged.

Our ongoing classes and workshops will continue. Law of Attraction gatherings are open every Thursday at 7:30pm as we learn to improve our lives.

Altogether, it's a great month ahead with many exciting opportunities for everyone. Detailed schedules are available on the church website or in the lobby. Pick one up and plan to join us! We love having you in attendance.

Next Ed Team Meeting: 11/18 @ 6:30m in office.


Children's Sunday Circle

Our children during the month of October, focused on Indian Cultures, which included the Native American's views on Spirituality. Knowing, understanding, and conversing with his/her Indian Guide was explained. The children exhibit all the signs of interested; they retain the lesson of the prior week, ask questions pertaining to the lesson, and eagerly tell their parents what they did in class.

November's lessons will focus on Being Thankful/Thanksgiving. Please continue to spread the word about our Children's Sunday Circle. Our teachers will eagerly be there to greet and share the day's lesson they planned for your child.


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, cook-outs and lots of other fun activities. We have a lot of really exciting things planned and we want you to join us on November 30th 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 To Serve You

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 News

We are most excited to announce SCOL Press' first ever CD release! SCOL's rare and invaluable treasure of Spirit wisdom and guidance on audio by way of Rev. Dorothy Flexer's Trumpet Mediumship has been professionally digitally mastered for listening ease in order to benefit seekers of spiritual truths and philosophy world-wide. SCOL's first CD, "The Voices of Spirit, Teachings of the Angels" offers the direct wisdom and voices of famous people such as: St. Francis of Assisi, Mahatma Gandhi, Joseph, Father of Jesus, and Andrew Jackson Davis. This is a fantastic addition to your spiritual library and makes for excellent gifts!! They will be available for sale beginning Sunday, November 9th at both Coffee Hours following services for only $14.

The Publishing Team worked diligently to make this tribute in time for SCOL's 65th Anniversary Celebration and is pleased the goal has been met. This expression of Divine Love to benefit humankind would be be possible without the generous support of all Publishing Team volunteers on both sides of life and ALL who serve and support our beloved Sarasota Center of Light- THANK YOU!!!


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 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   $4,700
  • September     Habitat for Humanity Sarasota  $232
  • November      All Faiths Food Bank
  • December      Everyday Blessings


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 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".


Lighting the Way

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.


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
11/2 Rev. Drew Vogt
Rev. Drew Vogt
Rev. Drew & Carolan Carey


Blessing Bowl

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


Toni Winninger
Rev. Drew Vogt
Rev. Drew & Karin Strauss


Rev. Drew Vogt

Rev. Drew Vogt
Rev. Drew & Carolan Carey
11/30 LeeAnne Moody
LeeAnne Moody
Karin Strauss

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

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