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Newsletter May  2017

"Everything in the future
will improve
if you are  making 
a spiritual effort now"

Swami Sri Yukteswar."

Excerpt from " Autobiography of a Yogi"
by Paramahansa Yogananda


Special events this month include a commemorative service, a Mother's Day potluck social and a Service Day to clean and maintain the Center.  See below for details concerning these and other events and our regular services. 

We recently held our Annual Elections and elected Officers, Managing Council-at-Large members, Service Readers, Sunday School Teachers and Assistants.  Their terms begin once we receive approval from SRF Mother Center.  A new main door to the Center was recently installed, which will help increase the security of the building.  The cost was paid from our Building Fund.  It and the Center's general operating costs are supported by the voluntary contributions of our many generous devotees.  To financially contribute to our building fund or toward the operating costs of the Center, please click HERE.

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In Divine Friendship,
Rick Ludwick

Special Service Honoring the Birth of Swami Sri Yukteswar, Wednesday, May 10th.

We will have a special commemorative service honoring the birth of our Paramguru, Swami Sri Yukteswar on Wednesday, May 10th, from 7:30-9:00 pm.  Please bring a flower and an offering in an envelope as symbols of your loyalty and devotion to the SRF line of Gurus.  Extra flowers and envelopes are available in the lobby on a donation basis.  All who can attend with reverence and devotion are welcome.

Spring Service Day, Saturday, May 13th

We will have a service day on Saturday, May 13th  from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Much needed indoor and outdoor spring cleaning and minor maintenance will be performed. Please help us keep our Center looking beautiful on this day.  Signup to volunteer to help by clicking here. Refreshments will be provided. Please contact Wayne Lavallee for more information.

Mother's Day Potluck Social, Sunday, May 14th

We will have a Mother's Day Potluck Social on Sunday, May 14th, after services. In addition to lunch, we will sing chants to the Divine Mother, including the Sunday School children. Please bring a vegetarian dish, salad, fruit juice or dessert if you are attending.  All are welcome, please come and share in divine fellowship.

SRF Greenfield Retreats in May
The SRF Greenfield Retreat in Front Royal, VA will be holding two retreats this month:
  • Women's Only Kriyaban Four-Day Retreat from May 4-7th.  
  • Women's Only One-Day Retreat on Saturday, May 27th.
If you would like to attend either retreat, please contact Greenfield directly at 540-635-5062.
Service Readings This Month

May 7 :   Vol: 3 # 20:  "The Oneness of Religion"

May 14 : Vol: 3 # 19  "Mothers: Manifestations of God's Love"

May 21 : Vol: 3 # 21: "Eliminating Fear"

May 28 : Vol: 3 # 22:  "Self-Analysis: Key to Mastery of Life"

Long Meditations This Month

We will hold a 4-hour meditation on Saturday, May 20th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Please note that this is the third Saturday of the month, rather than our usual 4th due to the  Women's retreat at Greenfield.  In addition, we will have 3-hour meditations every Sunday evening from 6:00-9:00 pm  except on Sunday, May 7th when  we will hold our 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

May 7

3-hour meditation with Kirtan 6-9:30 pm 
May 14

Mother's Day Potluck Social after services

May 10

Swami Sri Yukteswar Birthday Commemoration Service: 7:30-9:00pm

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


May 13

Service Day at Center:  9:00 am - 4 :00 pm
May  20
4-hour Meditation: 10:00-2:00 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