Week of January 08 - January 14, 2018

“Seek wisdom without measure.  Do not search for drops of wisdom from earthly sources, but rather seek boundless wisdom from God's all-possessing, all-bountiful hands.  Then in the valley of your humbleness, the fathomless ocean of God's wisdom will gather."

Paramahansa Yogananda

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This Week's Services:

Please join us this Sunday, January 14 or our weekly Service Reading entitled “Faith, Belief, and Wisdom.”   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.

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Weekly Affirmation:

May the sunlight of Thy wisdom burst forth from behind the darkness of our minds, and may Thy great outpouring of light, Thy great outpouring of power, Thy great outpouring of peace and happiness, Thy great outpouring of joy, abide with us.

(Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons)

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Announcements:

• Our traditional all-day meditation commemorating the birthday of Paramahansa Yogananda will be held in the chapel this Saturday, January 13 from 9 am to 4 pm, with a 30 minute break at 1 pm. If you are unable to attend the entire duration, you may either attend the first half; or, may come at the intermission and stay for the second half. Devotees are encouraged to arrive early to have plenty of time to settle down comfortably before the meditation begins. A fruit offering is required but please note that monetary donations are not requested for this service. If you would like to offer a monetary donation, a basket will be placed in the rear of the chapel.

 

• Our next meeting of the Bhagavad Gita Study Group will be held in the chapel next Sunday, January 21 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 annual budget meeting will be held in the multi-purpose room in the Sunday School Building on Sunday, January 28 at 12:30 pm Please join us in spiritual fellowship as we discuss plans for expenditures in 2018.

 

• As previously announced, our Houston Center has an updated Bank Account and you can now make your checks payable to "Houston Center of SRF" or to "HCSRF" when making a donation offering or a book room purchase. We encourage you to no longer make them payable to ‘Houston Meditation Group’.

 

• 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. These meditations are an excellent way to strengthen one's New Year's resolutions.

 

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