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October 2019

"Deeply rooted in my consciousness is the notion that spiritual truth is not something that we are merely to hear about in church or temple once a week, but principles we are meant to practice every day of our life to the best of our ability. We may fall short from time to time; that's not the point. The Lord is not as concerned about how many times we fall, but that we quickly pick ourselves up each time. Then we are successful."

Sri Daya Mata
Replacing Your Flaws With the Divinity of Your Soul
SRF Magazine, Fall 2008, p. 27

We are happy and blessed to have a monastic lead our services again this month. Sister Brahmani will be leading our meditation and reading services on Sunday, October 6th; see below for more details. We also have the opportunity to attend separate men and women retreats at the SRF Greenfield Retreat in Front Royal, VA, this month as well, in addition to a Kriyaban retreat for women.

We have scheduled very interesting subjects for our reading services during the month of October, so we hope that you will invite your family and friends to visit our Center to cultivate a desire for and deepen their relationship with God.
In Master’s Service,

Wayne Lavallee
Team Structure

The managing council of the DC Center would like to remind everyone that our Center is team driven, which means the teams run the operations of the DC Center. Each team has a team chair and or co-chair that manage the team, and a liaison or devotee on the council that is the communication channel for the team to the Managing Council. When teams have issues, they should contact their team chair; if the team chair needs assistance, they should contact the team liaison, etc. If the Managing Council has an issue we cannot resolve, we contact SRF Center Department. There is a list of each team, team chairs, and liaisons on the bulletin board in the upstairs foyer. Also note if someone has a suggestion and/or complaint that they would like to share anonymously, we have a suggestion box in the social room that you can use. The managing Council reviews these each month.
Greenfield Retreats This Month

One-Day Women's Retreat: October 5
One-Day Men's Retreat: October 12
Women's Kriyaban Retreat: October 24-27

There will be several retreat opportunities this month at the SRF Greenfield Retreat in Front Royal, Virginia. A one-day retreat for women and another for men (both from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM), will be held on the dates listed above. Sign-up sheets are available in the foyer; please be sure to add your name and contact information if you wish to attend. Further information can be found at this  link .

There will also be a Women's Kriyaban retreat at the end of the month. Please contact Greenfield directly at 540-635-5066 in order to sign up. Please note that attendance for the entire duration of October 24-27 is required for this retreat.
Sister Brahmani to Lead Services and Attend Potluck

We will be blessed to have Sister Brahmani, the resident monastic at the SRF Greenfield retreat, lead our services and attend the monthly potluck on October 6th. Please bring a vegetarian entree ( pre-warmed to at least room temperature to facilitate more efficient food service ), fruit juice, or dessert, if you plan to attend. All are welcome.

Service Readings This Month

October 6: Vol. 2 #40: The Most Tempting Temptation
October 13: Vol. 2 #41: Practical Methods for Spiritual Growth
October 20: Vol. 2 #42: Reincarnation
October 27: Vol. 2 #43: Cultivate Your Desire for God

Long Meditations This Month

We will have 3-hour meditations every Sunday evening from 6:00-9:00 pm. The meditation on October 13th will include kirtan. There will also be a 4-hour guided meditation service on October 19th from 10am-2pm.  
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 at 301-395-9541.
Weekly Services

Meditation Service: 10:00-10:50 am
Reading Service: 11:00-12:00
3-Hour Meditation: 6:00-9:00 pm

Lessons Study Group: 6:00-7:00 pm
Inspirational Service: 7:30-9:00 pm
Special Events This Month

Greenfield One-Day Women's Retreat
October 5

Sister Brahmani Leads Services &
Monthly Potluck Social
October 6

Greenfield One-Day Men's Retreat
October 12

4-Hour Meditation
October 19

Women's Kriyaban Retreat
October 24-27
Washington DC Center of Self-Realization Fellowship
4911 Niagara Road College Park MD 20740