Week of November 28 - December 04, 2016

“To develop good habits you must nourish them with good actions; and to accomplish this it is necessary to be in good company.  Environment is very important, for it is stronger than will power.”

                                                      - Paramahansa Yogananda 


This Week's Services:

Please join us this Sunday, December 04 for our weekly Service Reading entitled “Receiving God's Answer to Your Prayers."  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 know that just behind the screen of my love demands Thou art listening to the silent words of my soul.

             (Scientific Healing Affirmations)




• Our next Day of Service and Fellowship will be held this Saturday, December 3, and in addition to the regular chores, we will also be 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.

• The Harmonium Workshop that was scheduled for Sunday, December 11 at the chapel has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Our next planned workshop will be held in January.

• Our next meeting of the Bhagavad Gita Study Group will be held next Sunday, December 11 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 all-day Christmas Meditation will be held in the chapel on Saturday, December 17 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Detailed instructions in English can be downloaded by clicking here and instructions in Spanish are available by clicking this link. These instructions will also be made available in the Chapel foyer. Please note that Group Energization Exercises will not be held and you can do your Energization Exercises individually before the meditation. All members and guests attending the meditation are required to enter the chapel before 9 am as we will not be able to admit anyone into the chapel once the meditation has started. Also, please click here to read the letter received from Mother Center to help devotees prepare for the All-Day Christmas Meditation.

• On Sunday, December 18 we will have our annual Christmas potluck lunch immediately after services in the Sunday School building. If you would like to contribute with a dish, please email Carol at carol.curro@sbcglobal.net or fill out the sign-up form which will be placed in the Chapel foyer.

• All activities and events organized by the Houston Center are carried out by dedicated members and friends and we always welcome new volunteers. We especially need help for ushering. If you have a few hours to spare each month and would like to volunteer, please let us know by contacting a member of the Managing Team after services.

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