Week of December 7 - December 13, 2015

“A guru’s work in the world is to alleviate the sorrows of mankind, whether through spiritual means or intellectual counsel or will power or physical transfer of disease. Escaping to the superconsciousness whenever he so desires, a master can become oblivious to his physical illness; sometimes, to set an example for his disciples, he chooses to bear bodily pain stoically.” 

 - Paramahansa Yogananda 

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This Week's Services:

Please join us this Sunday, December 13 for our weekly Service Reading entitled “The Nature of a Master”. 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:

 “A true yogi feels the throb of his heart in all hearts; his mind in all minds; his presence in all motion. I will be a true yogi.” 

(Metaphysical Meditations)

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Announcements:

 

• This Saturday, December 12, our Chapel will remain open from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm for open meditation.

 

• Next Thursday, December 17, we will be having a guided meditation led by SRF Monastics in our chapel from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, which will be followed by a juice social in the Sunday School building. We highly encourage everyone to attend this special service.

 

• If you are interested in joining us next Friday, December 18 for the outing with the SRF Monastics to the Battleship of Texas Historic Site and the San Jacinto Monument, please fill out the sign-up form located in the chapel foyer or email Chetan Patel (chetancpatel@hotmail.com) at your earliest.

 

• Our all-day Christmas Meditation will be held in the chapel next Saturday, December 19 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Detailed instructions in English can be downloaded by clicking here and instructions in Spanish are available by clicking on this link. These instructions will also be made available in the Chapel foyer. We encourage all members and guests to please arrive early to get settled and to practice the Energization Exercises on your own. The Sunday School building will be open and setup for meditation in case you arrive late, or for those coming only to the afternoon portion of the service. If you have a cold or cough it is best if you meditate at home and be in tune with the group. You may bring your own meditation arm rest as we only have a few available in the chapel. Also, please bring a fruit and a donation in an envelope as a devotional offering. A table with baskets will be arranged in the foyer for your fruit offerings and monetary donations. If you plan to write a check, please ensure that it is made to Self-Realization Fellowship.

 

• If you would like to contribute with a dish for our annual Christmas potluck lunch, which would be held next Sunday, December 20, please let Don & Maryann know by emailing them at dpstockard@gmail.com. You can also fill out the sign-up sheet located in the chapel foyer.

 

• If you would like to submit a question for the Satsanga next Sunday, December 20, you may send an e-mail to info@srfhouston.org and please indicate in the subject line: "Houston Satsanga - att. Br. Troy". Alternatively, you can place your confidential question (without your name) in the drop box supplied in the foyer of our chapel and we will send the questions directly to Br. Troy.

 

• Please note that there will be no Sunday School class on Sunday, December 27. Parents and children attending can observe the service in the infant room.

 

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