To prepare for the All-Day Christmas Meditation, tonight we will have a four-hour Kirtan Meditation at the main Temple, beginning at 4:40 p.m. on the Temple patio with the Energization Exercises. This replaces the 6:40-9:00 p.m. Energization Exercises and Meditation Service. Please note that the 4:30-6:30 p.m. Bhagavad Gita Study Group is canceled.

Today is the last day of the Holiday Toy Drive. If you don’t want to miss this opportunity to bring joy to others, please bring a bicycle or an unwrapped toy today by 6 p.m. We have had a wonderful response to our Toy Drive! Hundreds of toys have been donated. Thank you all for joining us in giving to those in need. Your sharing and caring are greatly appreciated.

All are warmly invited to a Christmas Open House at the SRF Mother Center this coming Saturday, December 7, from 12 – 5 p.m. The Open House provides an opportunity to meet informally with the monastics and each other in the spirit of Christmas fellowship. Paramahansa Yogananda’s shrine will be open. Light refreshments will be served.

Due to the timing of the 2019 Encinitas Holiday Parade, with no access into downtown, the Temple will not be chartering buses to the Mother Center this year. Please consider carpooling since parking is quite limited around Mother Center. We look forward to greeting you all at this event, and wish you a blessed Holiday season.

It’s almost here! One week from today, we will usher in the Holiday Season with our yearly Temple Christmas Party from 2- 5 p.m. at the Encinitas Community Center. Come and enjoy delicious and healthy food, chai and hot apple cider, divine fellowship with friends and family, a children’s craft room, a visit from Santa, holiday songs by our Temple Singers, and finally, joyful Christmas caroling together.  Please pick up a flyer as you exit.

The All-Day Christmas Meditation takes place on Saturday, December 14, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Guidelines, as well as Christmas Meditation song booklets, are available in the foyer. Some find it helpful to familiarize themselves with or even memorize the songs in advance of the Christmas Meditation.

Children in both the Sunday School and the Family Room, as well as teens, are invited to our Minister’s Christmas Visit on Sunday, December 15, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in the Special Events Room. This holiday event begins with a brief meditation, followed by Brother Balananda’s inspiring Christmas stories, Mr. Oszuscik’s amazing Magic Show, and joyful caroling. A special prashad will be served to all.

We are pleased to announce that the Encinitas Hermitage will be open every Sunday in December, from 2 – 4 p.m. except on Sunday, December 22. It will also be closed on Sunday, January 5, the birthday of our Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda.

Sunday, December 1: The Bhagavad-Gita Study Group is canceled.

Monday, December 2: The SRF Lessons Study Group is reading from Lesson 7, entitled, “The Art of Relaxation: Doorway to Inner Silence.”

Friday, December 6: The Second Coming of Christ Study Group reading is from Volume 2.