Services and Events This Week
We will hold a General Meeting after the Readings Service on Sunday, February 25, 2017.
We will inform you about our finances, our “business” of running the group and of upcoming plans and activities.
Please join us for our regularly scheduled vegetarian potluck on the first Sunday of the month, on March 4, 2018. This is a wonderful opportunity to nourish your mind with the spiritual fellowship of other devotees while pampering your body with tasty and mostly healthy food.
Upcoming Commemorative Services
We will celebrate the Mahasamadhi of Paramahansa Yogananda on Wednesday, March 7 and the Mahasamadhi of Swami Sri Yukteswar on Friday, March 9, 2018. Both services start at 7:30 p.m. and last one hour.
It is customary to bring a flower as a symbol of your love and devotion to the guru, and a monetary donation as a symbol of your loyalty—enclosed in a white envelope—to commemorative services.
We regularly provide flowers and white envelopes for those who cannot make it to the flower shop. You are welcome to attend whether you have a flower or not.
Central Daylight Savings Time
Remember to move your clocks one hour ahead on Sunday, March 11, 2018.
Upcoming Weekend Retreat
The Minneapolis Meditation Group will conduct a Weekend Retreat at the Assisi Spiritual Center in Rochester, Minnesota, during the weekend of June 15—17, 2018. Please let us know if you are willing to help us with the organization of this retreat.
Sunday School for children between 3 and 18 years is provided downstairs during our Sunday Readings Services from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m.
If you have any questions about the Sunday School or the Teen Group, please talk to Tom Austin.
Helping the Guru’s work brings many blessings to those who serve. We offer various different opportunities to make a divine investment with your time and talents.
Here is a list of positions that currently open:
- Flower Arrangements,
- Garland Preparation,
- Landscaping Assistants,
- Electronic Newsletter Editors,
- Building Maintenance, and
We will be happy to provide you with all the necessary training for the position. You can communicate directly to the chairperson who is coordinating the volunteers for one of the above positions by clicking on the corresponding link, or you can also contact our Coordinator if you just want to help wherever you are needed. We appreciate your generosity.
The Minneapolis Meditation Group has developed a severe weather policy for the safety of our members and friends. Please be advised that Minneapolis Meditation Group services will be cancelled if a severe weather warning is issued by the National Weather Service that includes our church area (the city of Minneapolis or Hennepin County), within a window of two hours prior to a scheduled service to two hours after a scheduled service. It will be the responsibility of each member to be aware of any severe weather warnings prior to a scheduled service. This includes severe thunderstorm warnings, tornado warnings and winter storm warnings.
A severe weather warning indicates that severe weather is occurring in the area, creating dangerous conditions that may be a threat to life or property.
A severe weather watch indicates that conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather and provides advance notice.
Snow Emergency Parking
If you are driving to a service after a recent snow fall, call 612-348-SNOW (7669) to get all the details regarding any snow emergency parking restrictions that may be in effect for Minneapolis. You will need to know that the church is on the even address side of the street. You can also check the Minneapolis City website for up-to-date information.
The Minneapolis Meditation Group wants to encourage all its members and friends to attend our beautiful long meditations on Saturday mornings. You can stay as long as you wish. Please remember to try to enter or leave the chapel during a chant which are typically on the hour. Our beloved Guru said about group meditations:
“Why shouldn’t you strengthen your own vibrations through fellowship with people seeking Self-realization, and by group meditation with them? This practice will fortify your own spiritual convictions; you will find that many seemingly insuperable barriers in your life will crumble and dissolve in the waters of meditation. Your devotion and love for God will commingle with the devotion and love of others. Divine bliss will radiate from you, helping all persons you meet.”