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ANNOUNCEMENTS

May  2024

Our Sunday School is canceled on June 2nd, and will reopen September 1. However, there is an opportunity for children and youth ages 7 – 17 from around the world to attend Self-Realization Fellowship's Online Summer Youth Program, June 19 – June 23. For more information go to the SRF website:   yoganada.org/events-and-programs-for-youth.

 

A reminder to Committee Chairpersons that there will be an All Chairs meeting next Sunday after Service.

Monastics from Self-Realization Fellowship will be leading a regional retreat hosted by the Seattle SRF Center, held annually at the beautiful Seabeck retreat center on the Olympic peninsula. This popular event will be held on the weekend of June 7th to 9th, and registration ends on May 31. For more information and to register, please visit the Seattle Center’s website, srfseattlecenter.org

The SRF World Convocation takes place July 14-20. This is an opportunity to join the SRF international spiritual family for a week of monastic led classes, meditations, and pilgrimages. The Convocation takes place in Los Angeles at the Bonaventure Hotel. Portland Center will also be livestreaming evening talks, opening and closing as well. See the E-newsletter and future announcements for additional details.

 

Saturday June 22nd is a Day of Service at Portland Center. Please mark your calendars to join us for whatever time you have available.

 

Thank you for supporting Portland Center with your skills and financial donations. If you would like to contribute online, you can send funds through Zelle to portlandcenterdonations@gmail.com or you may write a check. Checks payable to "Portland Center" will be deposited locally and support our Center's activities and expenses. Checks payable to "Self-Realization Fellowship" are sent to SRF headquarters in Los Angeles, to support SRF's worldwide activities. Checks may be mailed to our address at 356 NE 80th Avenue, Portland 97213. 

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We welcome everyone to enjoy our Center's meditation gardens before and after each of our services, until approximately 12:45 when the usher needs to close the building. For security purposes, please enter and exit the garden through the Sunday School room.

The Book Room will be open after Service today. We welcome you to peruse the many inspirational books, photos, music and other materials that are available. If possible, it would be helpful for purchases to be paid for by credit card or check. It is more efficient for Book Room volunteers to account for transactions in this way. Thank you for your consideration.

This past Tuesday and Wednesday, we were uplifted by the presence of Brother Naradananda and Brahmachari Bhaskarananda, who led a Satsanga, Technique Review, meditations, and a lecture about Affirmations and Healing Vibrations. We enjoyed informal conversations with them during a visit to the beautiful Leach Botanical Garden, as well as fellowship gatherings with refreshments in the Sunday School room. There are thank you cards for each of them on the table in the Information Room if you would like to sign them.

 

Thank you to the many volunteers who helped host these special events. The Guest Services, Hospitality Committee, Ushers, Greeters, Flower, Cleaning, Landscape and Maintenance Committees all provided special services. We also appreciate the extra communications through the E-newsletter, website, Calendar of Service and for the Monastic Visit flyer.

April, May and June are filled with spiritually inspiring services and events. Learn more through the new quarterly Calendar of Services in the foyer. A flyer with full details about the monastic visit on April 30th and May 1st (Tuesday and Wednesday) is available in the Information Room.

 

Please check your in-boxes to read the new e-newsletter for detailed information about the Center, upcoming SRF events, and photographs. If you haven’t perused it in a while, the e-newsletter provides an excellent overview of the Center. You may sign up for the e-newsletter at the Portland Center website at www.portlandcentersrf.org, or complete a short form available at the Newcomer’s table in the foyer.

 

Portland Center's website now includes a new section about the history of the Portland Center of SRF, originally compiled by the late Kent Hathaway. Follow the Home page tab to the “Our Center” page.

A reminder that our chapel is open every Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 9:30 for silent individual meditation. As this is not a conducted meditation, one my come and go at any time. 

Our Kirtan Group leads the Sunday morning services on the last Sunday of each month, beginning at 8:00 with the SRF Energization Exercises. You may also enter or leave during periods of chanting at 9:00 and 10:00. 

Also, those who wish to stay in the chapel a little longer to enjoy the meditative atmosphere generated during the morning are welcome to do so. We ask those who want to converse with one another after the service to kindly meet in the foyer or the Information Room, to preserve the silence of the chapel. Thank you for your consideration.

You may want to mark your calendars now for a one-day retreat that will be held on Saturday, September 21st at Alton Collins Center in Eagle Creek, Oregon.

If you know of people in need of healing prayers, you may submit their name in the prayer box in the Information Room. These names are submitted confidentially to the Mother Center, where they are prayed for by the monastics every day for three months. You may also request prayers on SRF’s website at www.yogananda.org.

Your donations help support the Portland Center. One way to do that is through the Zelle money transfer system. It is free and most often used by banks. Once you enroll, you just need an email address to send the money electronically. The email for Portland Center donations is: portlandcenterdonations@gmail.com  This information will be posted on the bulletin board in the Information Room.

Fragrances can be a problem for people who are allergic to them. Please be mindful of others, and we request that you refrain from wearing fragrances when attending services and events at the Portland Center. Thank you for your understanding.

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