Week of September 11  - September 17, 2017

"If you have a gold sword and put it in an iron scabbard, you won't see the gold.  When you take it out, you will see the gold sword.  So it is with your soul.  It is purity; it is freedom; it is everything that God is, but in the body it is covered with limitations and the iron of the physical body.  You can't see the beautiful soul."

Paramahansa Yogananda

---

This Week's Services:

Please join us this Sunday, September 17 for our weekly Service Reading entitled "Man - God's Highest Creation."  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:

Father, teach me to reclaim my birthright and live as an immortal.

(Metaphysical Meditations)

---

Announcements:

 

• This Saturday, September 16, our Chapel will remain open from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm for open meditation.


• Our next meeting of the Bhagavad Gita Study Group for this Sunday, September 17 has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

• As previously announced, our next business meeting will be held on Sunday, September 24 at 12:30 pm in the Sunday School building to discuss the upcoming October Monastic Visit, 2018 Kriya Tour, progress of the Morgan Building committee, as well as highlights from the 2017 SRF convocation. All active members are encouraged to attend.

 

• Our Fall 2017 silent retreat at Villa de Matel will be held from Friday, October 6 through Sunday, October 8. Those who wish can arrive a day earlier, on Thursday, October 5 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 next Sunday, September 24. For more information, please contact Jose Guzman or Michaele O’Dwyer.

 

• 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. We hope that you are able to attend.

 

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