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Newsletter September 2016


All those fortunate to attend this year's SRF World Convocation were greatly spiritually uplifted by this special annual event.  They will share their Convocation experiences and the devotional feeling of Convocation at a Post-Convocation potluck social on Sunday, September 11th so all can share in the joyous Convocation experience.

This month, we also celebrate the Mahasamadhi and birthday of Lahiri Mahasaya, have a 5-hour guided meditation and SRF Greenfield Retreat holds a one-day women's and 3-day regional retreat.  Also, Sunday School starts on September 11.

Details appear below concerning these and other events and our regularly scheduled services.

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In Divine Friendship,
Rick Ludwick

Post Convocation Potluck Social, Sunday, September 11th

We will hold our Post-Convocation Potluck on Sunday, September 11th, after the Reading Service.  Devotees will share their experiences from SRF World Convocation 2016.  All are welcome, even if you did not attend this year's Convocation, as the event will provide a feel of the Convocation experience. Please bring a vegetarian entree, fruit juice, salad if you plan to attend.  We encourage all devotees, especially newcomers to attend.

DC Sunday School resumes Sunday, September 11th

Sunday School will start Sunday, September 11th.  All children ages 4-18 are welcome. Sunday School for Juniors, ages 4-12, is every Sunday.  If you would like your children to attend, please contact  Gauri Prakash-Canjels.

DC Council &Team Chairs Meeting, Sunday, September 18th

We will hold our annual joint meeting of DC Managing Council and all the Service Team Chairs on this day.  The meeting will take place after the Reading service  and lunch will be provided by the Center.  All Team Chairs are strongly urged to attend this important organizational meeting. 

Special Services honoring Lahiri Mahasaya, 
Monday September 26 & Friday September 30

We will hold two services honoring Lahiri Mahasaya, the first on Monday, September 26th, honoring his Mahasamadhi and the second on Friday, September 30th, honoring his birth.  Both services are from 7:30-9:00 pm.  Please bring a flower and a donation in an envelope as symbols of your loyalty and devotion to the SRF Gurus.  Extra flowers and envelopes are available in the lobby on a donation basis.  All who can attend with reverence and devotion and are familiar with the guru-disciple relationship are welcome to attend.

SRF Publishers Booth at the Pathways Natural Healing Expo, Sunday,  September 25th

The SRF Publishers Group from Mother Center will be exhibiting at the Pathways Natural Living Expo on Sunday, September 25, from 10:00 to 7:00 pm at the Fairview Park Marriott and Conference Center, 3111 Fairview Park, Dr., Fall Church, VA,  at the Beltway & Rt. 50.  Many SRF books will be offered at a  discount during the show. Click here if you want more information and for a discount admission coupon.  If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, please contact Jackie Valone.

SRF Greenfield Retreats this Month
One Day Women's Retreat Saturday, September 3 
Regional General Retreat, September 23 - 25 

The SRF Greenfield Retreat in Front Royal, Va, will be having a  One Day Women's Retreat on Saturday September 3rd  from 9:30 am - 5:00 pm and a Regional General Retreat led by SRF Mother Center monastics from Friday, September 23rd to Sunday September 25th.  If you want to attend either, please fill out the sign-up sheets on the table in the foyer or you can contact Greenfield directly.  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

September 4: Vol: 2 # 35: 
"Man's Greatest Duty: To Remember God"

September 11: Vol: 2 # 36: "What is Salvation?"

September 18: Vol: 2 # 37: "Life--A Cosmic Motion Picture"

September 25: Vol: 2 # 38:  "Hastening Human Evolution"

Long Meditations This Month

We will hold a 5-hour Guided Meditation on Saturday, September 17th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. In addition, we will have 3-hour meditations every Sunday evening from 6:00-9:00 pm, except on September 4th, 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

Sunday September 4
3-hour Meditation with Kirtan 6:00-9:30 pm
Sunday September 11
Post Convocation Potluck Social, after services. 
Sunday September 18
Joint Meeting of Council and Team Chairs after services.  Lunch provided.

Monday September 26

Mahasamadhi of Lahiri Mahasaya Commemorative Service  7:30-9:00 pm


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

Friday September 30

Birthday of Lahiri Mahasaya Commemorative Service 7:30-9:00 pm


September 17

5-hour Guided Meditation: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.


Washington DC Center of Self Realization Fellowship
4911 Niagara Rd. College Park, Md 20740
Phone: 301-345-4172
SRF Website www.yogananda-srf.org