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After years of planning and months of construction we are very pleased to report that we have completed the first phase of our Phoenix Temple Expansion Project. The two-story building contains approximately 10,500 square feet and includes a fellowship hall, commercial kitchen, expanded bookroom, lending library, Sunday school and restrooms. The new building was designed to work in conjunction with our expanded patio and offer flexible options for a variety of indoor and outdoor functions.
Fellowship Hall Dedication
We cut the ribbon on our new building at a Dedication Ceremony held on Sunday, September 10. This beautiful, moving and inspiring ceremony was conducted by Brother Vishwananda assisted by Brother Balananda and Bramachari Lynn.
Celebrating the Guru in our New Fellowship Hall
What a beautiful evening of fellowship and inspiration on October 7th! We enjoyed a delicious India meal and had what many called a “mini-Convocation”, listening to uplifting talks by Brothers Achalananda, Santoshananda, Ritananda, Jitananda, Balananda and Bramachari Lynn. We were greatly entertained by a “Yogi Detective” skit by the teen group and enjoyed mingling in our new Fellowship Hall and spacious patio – all on a lovely night under the Harvest Moon.
Beginning Phase II...
After the beginning of the new year, we plan to move forward with planning for the next phase of our project. We anticipate this phase will include upgrades to the interior of the Temple building and enhancements to the Central Avenue frontage. More detail on “Phase II” will be presented as plans develop.
Donate to the Plan Online
Our financial goal has been to fund the new facility as well as make improvements to our existing Phoenix Temple building. Thanks to your generous donations, we have been able to achieve our goal of building the new building as well as to reserve some funding for Temple building improvements.
However, we continue to welcome your donations, which will be applied to interior and exterior improvements to the Temple Building and grounds. This work is planned to begin next year. There are three ways to make a tax-deductible donation to our Phoenix Temple Expansion Plan fund at Mother Center -including on line donations. Please follow the link below for details.
Where We Stand
Thanks to the generous help of many devotees, we have already made great strides toward our fundraising goal. But more is needed to insure we realize the fulfillment of this opportunity. Click here for Master Plan details.
Please keep our architectural committee in your prayers as we undertake this exciting new project. We have every confidence that Gurudeva will show you what gift is possible. Returning a portion of what God has given us is a perfect expression of stewardship. Please be assured that whatever gift you make, regardless of size, will be deeply appreciated. Also know that if for whatever reasons, you are unable to make a gift at this time, your prayers for the success of this project are deeply valued.