Week of August 18th - August 24th, 2014

Without concentration you shall never find God. Learn how to shut out all earthly sounds. As soon as your concentration is right, God is there. He isn’t hiding from you; you are hiding from Him. When with closed eyes you see any inward light, try to hold it and feel you are inside it, one with it. That is where God is."

 - Paramahansa Yogananda 

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This Week's Services:

Please join us this Sunday, August 24 for our weekly Service Reading entitled “Meditation is the Path to God”. The service is from 11 am to 12 noon. Sunday School for children ages 3-12 is also held from 11 am to 12 noon. Parents with younger children may enjoy the service from the infant room located in the Sunday School building. The Reading Service is preceded by a meditation service from 10 to 10:45 am, and by group practice of the Self-Realization Fellowship Energization Exercises at 9:40 am. The Center is open to the public for services and special activities.

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Weekly Affirmation:

 “I will meditate regularly, that the light of faith may usher me into the immortal kingdom of my Heavenly Father.”

(Metaphysical Meditations)

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Announcements:

• Our monthly meditation retreat is scheduled for this Saturday, August 23 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. This month we will have a guided meditation in the morning, which will include group practice of the SRF techniques of meditation. All are welcome to attend at any time during the day, but we ask that you enter or exit the chapel only during chants or readings. The SRF Energization Exercises will be conducted as a group at 9 am.

• We will have a General Membership meeting this Sunday, August 24 immediately after Service. The purpose of this meeting will be to provide updates and discuss plans for the upcoming fall retreat at the T Bar M Resort in New Braunfels, Texas. The retreat will be held from Friday, October 31 through Sunday, November 02, and will be led by SRF Monastics - Brother Naradananda and Brahmachari Gordon. If you are planning to attend the retreat and haven’t yet registered, we encourage you to please visit our website www.srfhouston.org to reserve your room.

• The second phase of our Audio-Visual fundraising drive is nearing completion, and we are very close to our goal of raising the remaining $3,500 by Sunday, August 31. We would like to thank all those who have contributed so far and we truly appreciate your gracious contributions. If you would like to make a donation, please deposit your cash or check in an envelope in the chapel or you can even make a donation on-line through our website www.srfhouston.org. When making the donation, please indicate that it is for Audio-Visual equipment. If you have any questions about this fundraising drive, please contact a member of the Managing Team.

• Please join us this and every Sunday after the services for our weekly juice social in the Sunday School building.