Week of July 29th - August 4th, 2013

"The Lord is found through unceasing devotion. When you want only the Giver, and not His gifts, then He will come to you. He has given you free choice and will power in order that you may experience and know the difference between the lesser gifts of the world and the greater gift of His presence.”

 - Paramahansa Yogananda 

This Week's Services:

Please join us this Sunday, August 04 for our weekly Service Reading entitled β€œDevotion That Touches 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.

Weekly Affirmation:

β€œIn the solitude of my mind I yearn to hear Thy voice. Take away the dreams of earthly sounds that yet lurk in my memory. I want to hear Thy quiet voice ever singing in the silence of my soul.” (Metaphysical Meditations).

Announcements:

  • Our next Day of Service and Fellowship is this Saturday, August 3. Due to the rising temperatures and the summer heat, we are starting earlier at 7:30 am and we will also plan on ending the outside work sooner. If you are planning to attend, we request that you please inform Sudha (vasudhaven@yahoo.com) as this will help us organize the head count for lunch. 
  • Our monthly all-day meditation retreat will be held on Saturday, August 24 beginning at 9:00 am with group practice of the SRF Energization Exercises and ending at 4:00 pm. There will be a 30-minute break at 1:00 pm. All are welcome to attend at any time during the day but we ask that you enter or exit the chapel only during chants, readings, or during the break.
  • All activities and events organized by the Houston Center are carried out by dedicated members and friends and we always welcome new volunteers. We especially need help for housekeeping, social events, playing the harmonium, and ushering. If you have a few hours to spare each month and would like to volunteer, please let us know by contacting a member of the Managing Team after services.
  • Please join us this and every Sunday after the services for our weekly juice social in the Sunday School building.