Week of April 17  - April 23, 2017


“Do little things in an extraordinary way; be the best one in your line.  You must not let your life run in the ordinary way-- you must do something that nobody has done, something that will dazzle the world.  You must do something to show that God’s creative principle works in you.” 

-Paramahansa Yogananda


This Week's Services:

Please join us this Sunday, April 23 for our weekly Service Reading entitled “Increasing the Power of Initiative."  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 9:40am The Center is open to the public for services and special activities.


Weekly Affirmation:

I take a sacred vow: Never will I do anything that reminds me not of Thee.

(Whispers of Eternity)




• Our monthly all-day meditation retreat will be held this Saturday, April 22. This month we will have an open, 12 hour non-conducted meditation from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. You are welcome to join us at any time but we ask that you sign in when you arrive and that you enter and exit the chapel quietly.


• Our next meeting of the Bhagavad Gita Study Group will be held in the chapel this Sunday, April 23 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.


• Our Spring 2017 silent retreat at Villa de Matel will be held from Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7. Those who have attended these retreats in the past are welcome to arrive a day earlier, on Thursday, May 4 in the afternoon. An information sheet and registration forms are available in the foyer. As accommodations are limited, we ask that you register only if you are sure that you will attend on the indicated dates. The deadline for registration is Sunday, April 23. For more information, please contact Jose Guzman or Michaele O'Dwyer.


• As previously announced, our third annual India Night event will be held on Saturday, May 27 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm on our chapel grounds. We encourage everyone to RSVP by Wednesday, May 17 either by visiting our website www.srfhouston.org or by filing out the sign-up sheet in the foyer. A suggested donation of $20 per adult and $10 per child is requested to attend this event. Your donations will be used towards the construction of a new Multi-Purpose Building, as well as to cover the costs of the India Night event. Donations can be made either online through our website or in person by cash or check. Checks can be made out to "Houston Meditation Group" with the memo indicating "India Night Event". For cash donations, please put your donation amount in an envelope and place it in the basket in the Chapel foyer.

• The Houston Center Library is currently being upgraded and replenished.  We invite devotees who wish to donate gently used SRF CD’s, DVD’s, or books to please place them in the DONATION BOX located by the library in the Sunday School building.


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