Week of May 18 - May 24, 2015

“Death teaches us not to place our reliance on transient flesh but on eternal God. Therefore Death is a friend. We should not grieve unduly about the passing of our loved ones. It is selfish to desire that they always remain near us for our pleasure and comfort. Rather, rejoice that they have been summoned to advance toward soul freedom in the new and better environment of an astral world.”

 - Paramahansa Yogananda 

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This Week's Services:

Please join us this Sunday, May 24 for our weekly Service Reading entitled “Why Our Loved Ones Die”. 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:

 “Send the sunshine of Thy wisdom to guide me in my happy days of achievement; and the moon of Thy mercy when I travel in the dark nights of sorrow.” 

(Whispers from Eternity)

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Announcements:

 

• Our monthly meditation retreat is scheduled for this Saturday, May 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 9:00 am.

 

• Our next meeting of the Bhagavad Gita Study Group will be held in the chapel this Sunday, May 24 at 12:30pm. 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. We hope that you are able to attend.

 

• If you are planning to attend the 2015 SRF World Convocation, please also consider participating in the Center Representatives Conference which will be held in the Catalina Ballroom at the Bonaventure Hotel on Saturday, August 15, from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Please refer to the announcement and email the Managing Team (srfhouston@gmail.com) by Sunday, July 12 if you would like to register for this conference. Note that a donation of $35.00 per person is requested to attend this event.

 

• All activities and events organized by the Houston Center are carried out by dedicated members and friends and we always welcome new volunteers. 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.