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Newsletter November 2016

"Always in the background
of your mind 
hum a silent devotional song of love 
to your Beloved 
Heavenly Father, 
remembering that 
all your abilities 
are gifts from Him"

Paramahansa Yogananda 
Spiritual Diary November 29


We have a very special event this month -- our "Harvest of Love" Indian dinner and professional concert to benefit our Center's building fund.  Please come and enjoy an evening of divine fellowship and heavenly entertainment!  See the link below for more details and for ticket purchase information.  The funds raised will offset the cost of current and future renovations to the Center: 
replacing the treads and flooring material on in the stairwell off the foyer ($2,700, approved last month by the General Membership), parking lot repair and restriping (about $10,000), and other future renovations. 

The Center is very grateful and thankful to the SRF devotees who generously and selflessly serve Master and the Center through their financial support and volunteer time - manifesting Master's spirit of universal love.

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In Divine Friendship,
Rick Ludwick

Building Fundraiser Saturday, November 12, "Harvest of Love"

Concert by Famed Tennessee Recording Artist 
Joni Bishop, Delicious Indian food, The Nrithya Geetanjali  Indian Dancers, Adam Gattuso, Takako Mako, Dennis Murphy, Cheryl Nkeba, Raj Konar & Wayne Lavallee 

This special  event will take place on Saturday, November 12th, with doors opening at 5:30 pm. At 6:00 pm, a delicious Indian vegetarian dinner lovingly prepared, will be served while you are being serenaded by beautiful chamber music performed by classically trained musicians.  Then at 7:15 pm, experience the beautiful and colorful Nrithya Geetanjali Indian dancers and famed recording artist and SRF devotee Joni Bishop and her ensemble, who will perform seasonal songs that will uplift everyone's spirits.  We will end the evening with a brief meditation to honor our beloved Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda. Tickets may be purchased through the EventBrite page  or click on Button Link below. They may also be purchased in the Center's bookstore after Sunday services.  We are hoping all can come and generate funds for our building fund. We look forward to seeing you there! Suggested donation is $30 for adults and $10 for children, but any  amount given is acceptable.  As this is a fundraising event, we are grateful for those who can generously give larger amounts.
Daylight Savings Ends, Turn Back Your Clocks Saturday, November 5th
Please remember to turn back your clocks one hour on Saturday night November 5th to adjust to our Standard time. The annual tradition signals the official start of shorter days.

Holiday Food Drive November and December
Our Center will be conducting a Thanksgiving and 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.

Thanksgiving Dinner Social 
Our annual Thanksgiving Potluck dinner  will be on Thanksgiving Day starting at 4:00 pm.  We will start with a short meditation in the chapel and then have our fellowship.  Please sign the sheet in the foyer of the chapel for food coordination.  All are welcome to share food and fellowship and giving thanks to the Heavenly Father for his many blessings.

Greenfield One Day Retreat for Women, Saturday, 
November 12
The SRF Greenfield Retreat in Front Royal, Va, will be having a One-Day Women's Retreat on Saturday, November 12,  from 9:30 am - 5:00 pm. Please sign the sheet on the table in the foyer if you would like to attend. These retreats are offered on a donation basis to all Kriyabans and Lessons students. Please bring your student or Kriyaban cards for admittance.  For further information  please click on this link.

Service Readings This Month

November 6: Vol: 2 # 44: 
"Harmonizing Work and Meditation"

November 13: Vol: 2 # 45: "Why God Does not Stop War"

November 20: Vol: 2 # 46: "Gaining the Wealth of Inner Happiness"

November 27: Vol: 2 # 47:  "Limited and Unlimited Methods of Healing"

Long Meditations This Month
We will hold a 4-hour meditation on Saturday, November 26, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  In addition, we will have 3-hour meditations every Sunday evening from 6:00-9:00 pm, except on November 6, which will be a 3-hour meditation with Kirtan from 6:00-9:30 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: Stacey Hawkins or call her at  301-395-9541.



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

November 6
3-hour Meditation with Kirtan: 6:00 - 9:30 pm


Lessons Study Group: 6:00 - 7:00 pm 
Inspirational Service: 7:30 - 9:00 pm
November 24
Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner at Center: 
4:00 - 8:00 pm


November 12

HARVEST OF LOVE Fundraiser at the Center: 
5:30 - 9:00 pm

Greenfield Retreat for Women Only: 9:30 - 5:00 pm

November 26
 4-hour Meditation: 10:00 - 2:00 pm

Washington DC Center of SRF, 4911 Niagara Road, College Park, MD 20740
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