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January 2023

  • We are happy to announce that Kirtan will now be offered again on the last Sunday of every month. Kirtan is devotional chanting with traditional Indian instruments. This is preceded with the Energization Exercises at 8:00 a.m. You may enter during the chanting at 8:15, 9:00 or 10:00. This is followed by the Inspirational service at 11:00.  

  • Sunday School will be starting again this year if there are qualified teachers and teacher’s aides. The SRF Youth Services offers training to devotees who would like to volunteer for this important and meaningful service . No prior experience is necessary. If this is something that captures your interest, please send an email to Mike O’Brien at the Portland Center email address or fill out a volunteer form. If you know of any SRF devotees who have children please inform them that we hope to start offering Sunday School. If they are interested, please have them contact us. The email address is: and can also be found on the internet.

  • If there are winter storm warnings such as snow and ice, please check the Portland Center website for closure announcements. If you would like to receive emails with updates including possible weather related closures you need to be receiving the Portland Center E-Newsletter. You may sign-up for the E-newsletter on our website or by submitting a small form at the Newcomer’s Table.


  • Remember to continue to dress warmly for our services and meditations, as we continue to have the windows partially opened for fresh air. 


  • The new Calendar of Services for the months of January through March is available at the Newcomer’s Table.  It contains dates and times for upcoming events as well as general information about our Center.


  • A reminder that every Tuesday evening our chapel is open for silent personal meditation.  You may enter and leave at any time between 6:30 and 9:30 pm. 

  • Looking ahead to later this year, we are happy to announce that Brother Devananda will be visiting us from May 26 through the 29th. You may want to mark your calendars. Speaking of calendars, the bookroom will be open today and has the beautiful SRF engagement and wall calendars available for purchase. These also make excellent gifts!

  • Portland Center's e-newsletter is delivered to your inbox every two or three months, bringing you inspiration along with information about happenings at our Center. ​By signing up for our e-newsletter you will also receive occasional important updates concerning schedule changes or news from SRF Mother Center. To subscribe, please fill out a form at the Newcomers Desk, or go to our website,"


  • The backyard landscaping project has made significant progress. The paths and garden areas have been created, and several benches installed. The next phase involves selecting plants for landscaping.  Feel free to visit the backyard following the service to view the new installations. As the work continues, donations are still being accepted. A chart with the fundraising progress is located on the display board in the Information room. Thank you for your support!



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:  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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