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February 2018 Newsletter
"God has sent you to me, and I shall never fail you...Even when I am gone, my help will always be given to devotees all over the world, if they keep in tune.  Never think for a moment that when I am physically absent from you all, I am not otherwise with you.  I shall be just as deeply concerned for your spiritual welfare when I am no longer in this body as I am now.  I shall always be watching over each one of you, and whenever a true devotee thinks of me in the silent depths of his soul, he will know that I am near."
Paramahansa Yogananda
SRF Magazine, Winter 1993

Greetings!

Please join us for an afternoon of divine friendship at our potluck social this month, which focuses on the divine love at the heart of Valentine's Day.  Details appear below.

At our January General Membership Meeting, we voted to support a Mid-Week Monastic Tour to the Washington, DC area in September 2018, and also make renovations to our social room, book room, and overflow room.  We also formed a Nominating Committee to seek volunteers for the elected positions of Council Members, Service Readers, and Sunday School Teachers and Assistants.  See details below if you are interested in serving Master in any of these capacities.

In Divine Friendship,
Indira Harris
Coordinator

February Potluck Social:  Sunday, February 11th

We will have our monthly potluck social on February 11th, which will include the showing of an SRF video.  Please bring a vegetarian dish, fruit juice, or dessert if you plan to attend.  We welcome you to join us and share an afternoon of divine fellowship.  All are welcome. 

Harmonium Workshop:  Sunday, February 25th

A harmonium workshop will take place on February 25th from 12:15 to 1:30 pm.  This particular workshop is designed for devotees who can already play the harmonium, those who are interested in being a harmonium player for the Center, or current Center Harmonium players who want to improve their skills.  Beginners are nevertheless welcome to attend as well.  Additional details are to follow.

Please email Ron Jacobus (marknron@gmail.com) and/or Wayne Lavallee (wlavallee@verizon.net) if you plan to attend, or if you have questions.
  
Nominating Committee for Elections Formed

At our January General Membership meeting, we selected members to serve on the Nominating Committee.  They will seek nominations for our April elections, where we will vote for members to fill the elected positions of Council Members, Service Readers, and Sunday School Teachers and Assistants. 

An email blast will be sent the first week of February asking if you would like to be nominated to serve Master through any of these positions.  Please respond, whether you are able to serve or not.  Otherwise, the Nominating Committee will contact you via a follow-up phone call.

The email will also ask if you are interested in serving on any of the non-elected teams at our Center.  Again, please respond, even if you are unable to serve. 

We are extremely thankful for all the time and efforts the Center's volunteers make to further Master's work.

Service Readings this Month

February 4:  Vol:1 #5:  Vital Health Laws 

February 11: Vol:1 #6:  How Westerners Can Realize God

February 18: Vol:1 #7:  The Necessity of Religion

February 25: Vol:1 #8:  The Way to Be Happy at Will

Long Meditations this Month

We will hold a 4-hour meditation  on Saturday, February 24th  from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.   We will also hold 3-hour meditations every Sunday evening from 6:00-9:00 pm except Sunday, February 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.

FEBRUARY 2018 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, February 4th

  3-Hour Meditation with Kirtan
  6:00-9:30 pm

Sunday, February 11th

  Potluck Social and Video 12:00
Sunday, February 25th

  Harmonium Workshop 12:15-1:30
Thursdays

 

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



 
Saturdays


Saturday, February 24th

  4-hr Meditation 10:00 am - 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