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Newsletter December 2016

" The Christ of Christmas
must be celebrated 
in the heart's love of 
all races for one another.
I  pray Christ be born 
in the cradle of a new
international understanding,
that out of the dark 
night of war
the star of Christ Love
may ilumine a 
new United World "

Paramahansa Yogananda
Christmas message - Written from India in 1935shortly after his visit to the Holy Land.

Greetings!

We wish all a very Bliss-filled Christmas from the birth of Christ Consciousness within your own consciousness. Our annual All-Day Christmas meditation is an ideal opportunity to experience that consciousness. Please join us for this very special divine communion led by the SRF monastic Brahmacharini Alison. Continue the joy of the season with our Christmas potluck social and enjoy a Christmas program by the Sunday School children as well Christmas carols and a visit by Santa. Live the generosity of Christmas by giving to our Holiday Food Drive. Then finish the year and enter in the new one in the ideal fashion recommended by Paramahansa Yogananda - in meditation - at our New Year's Eve meditation.

See below for details concerning all these events.
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In Divine Friendship,
Rick Ludwick
Coordinator

All-Day Christmas Meditation, Saturday, December 10th 
SRF Monastic Brahmacharini Alison Leading Our Christmas Meditation

Our All-Day Christmas meditation will take place Saturday, December 10th from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm at the Center.  We are very blessed that the entire meditation will be led by Brahmacharini Alison, the SRF resident monastic at SRF Greenfield Retreat.  If you plan to attend, please read beforehand the SRF All-Day Christmas Meditation Instructions at the link below and also available at the Center on the table in the foyer.  According to these instructions, no one will be permitted to enter the chapel after the meditation begins at 10:00 am and if you plan to attend only a portion of the meditation, it must be the morning portion which ends with an intermission at 2:00 pm.  The meditation concludes at 5:30 pm.  Please bring as a devotional offering a fruit and a donation in an envelope.  Extra fruits and envelopes will be available at the Center on a donation basis.  All are welcome.

Christmas Celebration & Potluck, Sunday, December 18th
Our annual Christmas Celebration and Potluck Social will be held on Sunday, December 18th after services. The Sunday School students will be singing carols, and we'll also be treated to a special instrumental performance.  And, of course, because no Christmas party would be complete without Santa, he will be making a visit from the North Pole (probably with some gifts for the children).  So plan to spend some time with fellow devotees in divine fellowship, celebrating this most special season.  Please bring a vegetarian dish, fruit juice, or a dessert. Wishing you a merry and blessed Christmas from all at the Washington DC Center of Self-Realization Fellowship.
Greenfield Christmas Meditation, Saturday, December 17th
The SRF Greenfield Retreat in Front Royal, VA will hold their All-Day Christmas Meditation on Saturday, December 17th, from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.   If you would like to attend, please sign the sheet on the table in the foyer or call Greenfield directly. Click on Greenfield link below for more information.
Christmas Day Services on Sunday, December 25th
We are most happy to inform you that our Center will be holding the usual Meditation and Reading Services from 10:00 am - noon on Christmas Day. We will also have Sunday School. However, the 3-hour Meditation in the evening is cancelled.
New Year's Eve Meditation & Social, Saturday, December 31st
We will be holding a New Year's Eve meditation on December 31st, from 11:00 pm to 12:30 am at the Center. Our Master, recommended starting the new year in meditation. Prior to the meditation, there will be a potluck social at the home of Herb and Sally Simon at 403 Hamilton Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. 20901, starting at 7:30 pm, which will include a period a chanting and Christmas songs.  If you plan to attend the social, please RSVP HERE.  An email blast will be sent as the event nears with directions and pertinent information and flyers will also be on the table in the lobby of the Center. Please bring a vegetarian entree or dessert if you are attending the social.  All are warmly invited.
Christmas Holiday Food Drive
As a service to God and Guru through caring for others, the Washington DC Center of SRF is conducting a Christmas Food Drive to benefit local food charities.  Please place your donated non-perishable food items in the marked boxes in the Center's foyer.
Service Readings This Month

December 4:  Vol: 2 # 48 : The Soul's Three Encasements" 

December 11: Vol: 2 # 49:  "Receiving God's Answers to Your Prayers"

December 18: Vol: 2 # 50: "Miracles of Raja Yoga"

December 25: Vol: 2 # 51: "Receive Christ Consciousness"

Long Meditations this Month
We will hold our annual All-Day Christmas meditation on Saturday, December 10th, from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. Please note this replaces our usual Saturday 4-hour meditation this month. We will also hold 3-hour meditations every Sunday evening from 6:00-9:00 pm. All are welcome.
The Caring Friends Team
The "Caring Friends Team" provides support and outreach to members who are experiencing illness, hardships and personal crisis.  For more information please contact: 
DECEMBER SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Sundays


Meditation Service: 10:00-10:50 am
Reading Service: 11:00 am - Noon
3-Hour Meditation 6:00-9:00 pm
Sunday, December 18


Christmas Celebration & Potluck Social after services.

Sunday, December 25

3-Hour Evening Meditation CANCELLED
Thursdays 


 
Lessons Study Group: 6:00-7:00 pm
Inspirational Service: 7:30-9:00 pm

 Saturdays
 
Saturday, December 10


All Day Christmas Meditation
10:00 am - 5:30 pm 

Saturday December 31

 
New Year's Eve Meditation 11:00-12:30 am. preceded by an off-site Social.  See Details above. 
Washington DC Center of SRF, 4911 Niagara Road, College Park, MD 20740
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