Week of November 16 - November 22, 2015

“If your mind is strong and if you surrender yourself to God and forget the body, you will be able to maintain your freedom as a child of God. Make up your mind that no habit has a permanent hold on you. If your wisdom is strong you can convince yourself in a second what you should do. Awaken that wisdom which revives in you the power of free will, enabling you to rise above the compulsive instinct of ordinary habits.” 

 - Paramahansa Yogananda 

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This Week's Services:

Please join us this Sunday, November 22 for our weekly Service Reading entitled “Freedom From Habit Slavery”. 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:

 “Heavenly Father, strengthen my determination to discard wrong habits, which attract evil vibrations, and to form right habits, which attract good vibrations.” 

(Scientific Healing Affirmations)

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Announcements:

 

• Our monthly meditation retreat is scheduled for this Saturday, November 21 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 Day of Service and Fellowship will be held on Saturday, December 5, and in addition to the regular chores, we will be also decorating the chapel for Christmas. 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 Houston Center will be holding our first harmonium workshop on Sunday, December 6 after services. This workshop is open to all members and friends, who are interested in either joining our Kirtan Group or would like to just learn how to play the SRF cosmic chants on the harmonium. If you own a personal harmonium, we request that you please bring it with you to the workshop. If you have any questions about the workshop, you may contact Arjun by emailing him at arjunraghuraman@gmail.com

 

• On Friday, December 18, we will be organizing an outing with Brother Kalyanananda & Br. Troy to visit the Battleship of Texas Historic Site and the San Jacinto Monument. We plan to meet at the Chapel around 8:30am on Friday and will depart sharply at 9:00am. The entrance fee is $6 per person. We will have a picnic on the grounds after the site tour around Noon.  Everyone is encouraged to bring their own brown bag lunch. If you are interested in joining us for this outing with the Monastics, please fill out the sign-up form located in the chapel foyer. If you have any questions about this outing, please contact Chetan Patel by emailing him at chetancpatel@hotmail.com.

 

• Please join us this Sunday after the services for our annual Thanksgiving Potluck social in the Sunday School building as we celebrate the Thanksgiving special holiday in true spiritual fellowship. If you would like to contribute a dish, you may contact Carol Curro at carol.curro@sbcglobal.net or (713) 560-2422.