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Newsletter April  2017
A Meditation on Resurrection
 
" One with omnipresent Christ Consciousness, 
Jesus is risen 
in the heart of every flower, 
every ray of sunshine, 
every noble thought.
And through your meditation 
and divine communion 
you shall be 
resurrected  
with him, 
from the sepulchre of the body 
and mortal consciousness 
into the ever blissful 
 infinitude of Spirit "
  
Paramahansa Yogananda
   From The Second Coming of Christ, The Resurrection of the Christ Within You
Easter Message 


Greetings!

This month we invite you to join us for very special Sunday morning services led by the SRF resident monastic of SRF Greenfield Retreat, Brahmacharini Alison, who will also attend the monthly potluck social on the same Sunday. Also, please join us on Easter Sunday for a sunrise service, light potluck breakfast, meditation and an Easter-themed reading service.  Details concerning these events and our regular services are provided below.

The General Membership voted at a meeting on March 26th to continue with the old system of collecting Sunday morning donations by devotees passing a basket rather than using the proposed new system of long-handled collection baskets passed by the ushers, with which we experimented the past month. 

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In Divine Friendship,
Rick Ludwick
Coordinator

Brahmacharini Alison leads Services and Potluck, 
Sunday, April 2nd

We are blessed to have Brahmacharini Alison, the resident monastic at the SRF Greenfield Retreat in Front Royal, VA, leading our Sunday morning services on April 2nd. Following services, we will have our monthly potluck social, which Brahmacharini Alison also will attend. Please join us in this time of divine fellowship. All are welcome. If you plan to attend, please bring a vegetarian entree, fruit juice or dessert.

Good Friday Service, April 14th 

We will have a special Good Friday Service at the Chapel with Good Friday readings, meditation and chanting on Friday, April 14th, from 7:30-9:00 pm.  All are welcome.

Special Easter Services Sunday,  April 16th

On Easter Sunday, April 16th, we will have an Easter Sunrise Service starting at 8:00 am. This will be followed by a Potluck Breakfast in the Social Room at 9:00 am. We will then hold our regular Sunday Morning Services with an Easter theme: 10:00 - 10:45 am, Meditation Service, 11:00 am - Noon, Reading Service.  All are welcome. 

General Membership Meeting and Annual Elections, Sunday, April 23rd

We will have our Annual Elections for Coordinator, Secretary, Treasurer, Managing Council Members-at-Large, Service Readers, and Sunday School Teachers and Assistants on April 23rd after the Reading Service. Also a short general meeting will precede the elections. Lunch will be provided. All devotees are urged to attend. If you are interested in volunteering in any of the elected positions, please  Vicki Giorgi, Chair of the Nominating Committee. Nominations can also be taken from the floor.

SRF Greenfield Retreats in April 

The SRF Greenfield Retreat in Front Royal, VA will be holding a One-Day, Men's Only Retreat on Saturday, April 1st. There will also be a General Weekend Retreat led by SRF monastics on Easter weekend Friday through Sunday, April 14th - 16th. Check the Greenfield calendar for details concerning both of these retreats. If you plan to attend, please fill out the sign-up sheet on the table in the Center's foyer or contact Greenfield directly at 540-635-5062.

Service Readings This Month

April 2:   Vol: 3 #15  "Life Energy: The Power that Heals"

April 9:   Vol: 3 #16 "The Balanced Life"

April 16: Vol: 3 #13 "The Easter Message of Immortality"

April 23: Vol: 3 #17 "Increasing the Power of Initiative"

April 30: Vol: 3 #18 "The Dream Fabric of Life"

Long Meditations This Month

We will hold a 4-hour meditation on Saturday, April 22nd  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. 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.

APRIL 2017 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

April 2

Brahmacharini Alison leads services followed by Monthly Potluck Social.
April 16, Easter

Easter Sunrise Service 8:00-9:00 AM, Followed by Potluck Breakfast.  Regular morning services follow starting at 10:00 am

April 23

General Membership Meeting and Annual Elections after services. Lunch provided
Thursdays


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

 

April 14



Good Friday Service: 7:30- 9:00 pm

Saturday



April 22


4-hour  Meditation 10:00-2:00 pm.

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