Week of January 05 - January 11, 2015

“Salvation can come only through your own efforts. If you want to be saved you must make an effort continuously to give first importance to God. Constant reasoning and spiritual effort are necessary. You can never find God if you camouflage your reason. Blind faith camouflages your reason.”

 - Paramahansa Yogananda 

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This Week's Services:

Please join us this Sunday, January 11 for our weekly Service Reading entitled “Faith, Belief, and Wisdom”. Sunday School for children ages 3-12 is also held from 11 am to 12 noon. The service is 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:

 "May the sunlight of Thy wisdom burst forth from behind the darkness of our minds, and may Thy great outpouring of light, Thy great outpouring of power, Thy great outpouring of peace and happiness, Thy great outpouring of joy, abide with us.”

(Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons)

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Announcements:

 

• The traditional all-day meditation commemorating the birthday of Paramahansa Yogananda will be held in the chapel this Saturday, January 10 from 9 am to 4 pm, with a 30 minute break at 1 pm. A fruit offering is required but please note that monetary donations are not requested for this service.

 

• Our next meeting of the Bhagavad Gita Study Group will be held in the chapel on Sunday, January 18 after Service. This group is open to all members and friends who wish to read and meditate upon Paramahansa Yogananda’s spiritual interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita – God Talks with Arjuna.

 

• Our annual budget meeting will be held in the Sunday School building on Sunday, January 25 immediately after the services. Please join us in spiritual fellowship as we discuss plans for expenditures in 2015.

 

• Guruji said that “Group Meditation is a castle that protects the new spiritual aspirants as well as the veteran meditators. Meditating together increases the degree of Self-realization of each member of the group by the law of invisible vibratory exchange of group magnetism.”  Our Center hosts group meditations every Thursday night from 7:30 to 9:30 PM and from 7:00 to 10:00 PM on the first Thursday of the month. Meditations last about 45 minutes, along with a reading and chants. Devotees may enter or leave the service quietly at any time. These meditations are an excellent way to strengthen one's New Year's resolutions.

 

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