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Placement of Prayer Cards
On March 6, 2017. Prayer cards, which had been collected from the congregation, were placed under the foundation of the new Fellowship Hall. Shortly afterwards, concrete was poured for the foundation, sealing the prayers in place as a permanent blessing for our hall.
This was our blessing and groundbreaking ceremony for our new fellowship hall held Sunday January 8, 2017. Sunday school children held their class outside and were joined by our ministers and the entire congregation after a shortened lecture service. The ceremony started with a prayer and Aarati ceremony with kirtan chanting. That was followed by the groundbreaking. Everyone then took up positions around the border of our new building and raised up a long ribbon while chanting OM. That was followed by everyone receiving proshad and a small card to place their own prayers onto that will later become part of the foundation of our new hall.
We had a wonderful Christmas Commemoration service last month with the Sunday School children followed by the children singing in the temple. Our temple Christmas Social continued with several talented members playing Christmas songs and then we sang carols together. The monks were given gifts and we were served a lovely vegetarian lunch afterwards outside in our patio area.
The Phoenix Temple Sunday School held our first Diwali Celebration today after the main service with the children, members, and monastics at our annex building. We had food and fellowship followed by an Arti Ceremony by Brother Balananda, chanting and a short meditation. We hope you'll enjoy this video of the event.
Temple Outing 2016 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
We had the company of two monastics; Brothers Balananda and Jayananda. We enjoyed the peace and beauty of nature, fellowship, hikes, food, stories from the monks, and meditation mixed with chants accompanied by guitar.
Easter 2016 - SRF Phoenix Temple Easter Sunday School Easter service and Easter Egg Hunt.
This was the special service for children which followed the Easter sunrise service and breakfast Easter morning. The children also had an Easter egg hunt and filed into the main lecture service to sing a short song one of the children had written.
Thanks to all who joined us for our annual Christmas celebration, held on December 20th, after the Sunday service. Entertainment included a wonderful music program showcasing the talents of our temple singers. A good time was had by all.
The Phoenix Temple teen group hosted a special Halloween event on the evening of October 24, which included a potluck dinner, a magic show, a haunted house, a puppet show, music and entertainment, a visit to the astral world, a special visit by the fairy queen and much more. A wonderful time was had by all.
The Phoenix Temple celebrated Easter Sunday on April 5, starting with a Sunrise Service at 7:00 am in the Temple, followed by a delicious breakfast at 8:00 am. The Sunday School had a devotional service for the children at 10:00 am, including an Easter egg hunt. Kids, Volunteers and member enjoyed fellowship on a beautiful Spring day in Phoenix.
The Phoenix Temple held its Bi-Annual India Night celebration this year on October 18. The celebration started with a traditional Aarti ceremony hosted by the resident SRF monastics. The teen group put on an entertaining play with a focus on the upcoming Phoenix Temple expansion project. Two sisters were visiting from Mother Center and they helped us celebrate the 100th birthday of our former Sangha Mata, Daya Mata, who passed in 2010. The kirtan group played for the opening Aarti ceremony and at the end with a rousing kirtan with the attending audience joining in. A delicious catered Indian meal was served. It was a beautiful evening!
Easter at the Temple was a great time for celebrating the life and teachings of Jesus and to honor his life and mission. For the children, a special outdoor service was held along with an Easter egg hunt. For the adults, we had a beautiful and inspirational message, along with a delicious Easter breakfast. Thanks to all who helped in making this Easter a great success!