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‘Pray for Orlando’: Community turns out to show support for victims of nightclub tragedy

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Members of the community walk to the front of the sanctuary at First United Methodist Church of Orlando to announce the 49 victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting one by one during an InterFaith service Tuesday night in Orlando, Fla. (Luke Franke/Staff)

ORLANDO — Two strangers bowed their heads in prayer.

Jeanette Holloway, 36, and Matt Gilles, 28, met for the first time Tuesday evening near the flowers, signs and candles left in downtown Orlando to honor the 49 people killed and 53 injured last weekend at Pulse, a LGBT nightclub in the city.

Eyes closed, Holloway and Gilles asked that the people of Orlando heal from the mass shooting, one of the worst in American history.

 They asked for unity and understanding.

“Love is love,” said Gilles. “No matter who it’s from.”

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Rev. Tom McCloskey, Pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Orlando, speaks to members of the InterFaith Council of Central Florida minutes prior to the beginning of an InterFaith service held at the church to address the Pulse shooting Tuesday night in Orlando, Fla. (Luke Franke/Staff)

Since the killings at Pulse, the hashtag “Pray for Orlando” has become a social media trend. Vigils and prayer services at churches across the city have given people who live in Orlando, and surrounding communities, spaces to meet in person and mourn.

As Holloway and Gilles prayed outside under the twilight sky, more than 200 others gathered across the street from the memorial, for an interfaith service at First United Methodist Church.

There, under the same roof, religious leaders shared words of peace from Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism and other faiths.

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Gurpreet Singh, a member of the Sikhs Society of Central Florida, holds his cousin Suhavi Saini, 4, as she points out the window of the First United Methodist Church of Orlando minutes prior to the start of the InterFaith service held at the church Tuesday night in Orlando, Fla. (Luke Franke/Staff)

Through unity, Orlando will overcome the darkness of tragedy, said Louis Canter, of the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans. No one religion should be blamed or targeted for retribution, he said.

“We are sharing a common home,” Canter said. “Common home means we are all in this together, and we are all looking for solutions rather than searching for problems.”

Churches are “a safe space” and “a sanctuary,” just like Pulse had been to so many, said Hannah Willard of Equality Florida, a statewide organization that advocates for LGBT rights.

The shooting is a reminder that hate — homophobia, Islamophobia, sexism — must be defeated by promoting empathy and respect, she said.

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Portraits of the 49 victims of the Pulse shooting are posted one by one at the front of the sanctuary in the First United Methodist Church of Orlando during an InterFaith service to address the Pulse shooting Tuesday night in Orlando, Fla. (Luke Franke/Staff)

“We are committed to uprooting hatred anywhere it exists,” Willard said. “That is how we build a better Florida. A safer Florida.”

Brittnee Hopkins, 26, of Clermont, Florida, said she was vacationing on Sanibel Island when she and her husband, who was raised in Orlando, found out about the tragedy.

“We just got thrown right into the heartache,” Hopkins said.

They came to the interfaith service Tuesday night to find comfort and to defy the shooter, she said.

Orlando will be strong, Hopkins said.

“Eventually, this is just going to be a scar,” she said. “This is not going to change who we are as a city.”

 

Source: naplenews

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May 2015 Gurdwara Calendar

Pyari Sadh Sangat Ji,
Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ke Fateh!

Please save these dates and join us for the following programs:

Gurdwara Programs Calendar

Every Sunday Regular Diwan from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Kirtan followed by Langar.

Friday, May 1: Kirtan from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. followed by Langar.

Saturday, May 9: Sukhmani Sahib from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Friday, May 15: Kirtan from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. followed by Langar.

SPECIAL AKHAND PAATH PROGRAM – GURU ARJAN DEV JI SAHIDI PURB:
Langar and paathi seva is available if anyone is interested.
Please contact Bhai Sahibs as soon as possible to participate.
Friday, May 29: Morning Akhand Paath Arambh: 7 a.m.Evening Diwan Kirtan from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. followed by Langar

Saturday, May 30: Evening Diwan Kirtan from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. followed by Langar

Sunday, May 31: Smapati 10 a.m. Regular Diwan from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Kirtan followed by Langar

Note: NO Asa di Waar this month.

Thank you,
Navtej S. Khalsa
Sevadar
Sikh Society of Central Florida
2527 W. SR 426 (Aloma Road)
Oviedo, FL 32765
Phone: (407) 366-3136
http://www.orlandogurdwara.org/

Langer Preparation Checklist for Sangat

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January 2015 Gurdwara Calendar

Pyari Sadh Sangat Ji,
Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ke Fateh!

We wish you all a very happy new year!
Sadh Sangat ji, please save these dates and join us in the following programs:

January 2015 Gurdwara Programs
Every Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Kirtan followed by Langar.
Friday, January 2:  Kirtan from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. followed by Langar.
Friday to Sunday, January 9-11:  Siri Guru Gobind Singh ji Gurpurb – Akhand Paath
Friday, January 9:
Akhand Paath Arambh 7 a.m.
Kirtan 7.15 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. followed by langar
Saturday, January 10:
Kirtan 7.15 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. followed by langar
(Note: There will be no Sukhmani Sahib on this Saturday)
Sunday, January 11:
Akhand Paath Bhog 10.30 a.m. followed by breakfast langar
Kirtan 11.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. followed by langar

Langar Seva: Several langar seva spots are open over this weekend. Please contact bhai sahibs if you wish to participate in langar seva. As of this notice, available are Friday evening, Saturday noon and evening, and Sunday breakfast.

Paathis: Paathis are needed to help during the Akhand Paath. Please contact bhai sahibs if you wish to do this seva.

Friday, January 16:
Kirtan from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. followed by Langar.
Saturday, January 31: Asa di Waar from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. followed by Tea/Breakfast.
Thank you,
Sevadar,
Navtej S. Khalsa
Sikh Society of Central Florida
2527 W. SR 426 (Aloma Road)
Oviedo, FL 32765

2015 Nanakshahi Calendar

2015 Calendar Dates
January February March April
May June July August
September October November December


January 2015

5 Parkash Purab, 10th Patshahi, Guru Gobind Singh Ji
6 Shaheedi Diwas, Bhai Kehar Singh and Bhai Satwant Singh
13 The foundation/Laying stone of the Harimandir Sahib laid down by Sufi saint Mian Mir Ji
13 Arambh (Magh)
18 Janamdin, Bhai Sahib Himmat Singh Ji (1661), one of the Panj Pyare
26 Janamdin, Baba Deep Singh Ji (1682)
31 Parkash Purab, 7th Patshahi, Sri Guru Har Rai Ji

February 2015

3 Janamdin Bhagat Ravidas Ji
11 Janam Sahibzada Ajit Singh Ji
12 Aramb Phagun
21 Shaheedi Saka Sri Nanakana Sahib Ji


March 2015

4 Sri Guru Hargobind Ji arrived at Machkund – Gurdwara Sher Shikar, Muchukund
6 Hola mahala
14 Arambh (Chet)
14 Gurgaddi Purab, 7th Patshahi, Sri Guru Har Rai Ji
14 New Year Nanakshahi
15 Khalsa captures Delhi. Dal Khalsa forces attacked and captured Delhi and built gurdwaras including Sis Ganj and Rakab Ganj.
19 Joti Jot Purab, 6th Patshahi, Sri Guru Hargobind Ji
20 Chittisinghpura Massacre at small Jammu and Kashmir village called “Chittisinghpura”.
23 Shaheedi Diwas, S. Bhagat Singh
25 Shaheedi Diwas Bhai Subeg Singh Ji and Bhai Shahbaz Singh Ji


April 2015

4 Mata Sundri Ji was married to Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji (Anandpur, April 1684)
9 Janam, Sahibzada Baba Jujhar Singh Sahib Ji
14 Arambh (Vaisakhi)
16 Joti Jot Purab, 2nd Patshahi, Sri Guru Angad Dev Ji
16 Gurgaddi Purab , 3rd Patshahi, Sir Guru Amar Das Ji
16 Joti Jot Purab, 8th Patshahi, Sri Guru HarKrishan Ji
16 Gargaddi Purab, 9th Patshahi, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji
18 Parkash Purab, 2nd Patshahi, Sri Guru Angad Dev Ji
18 Parkash Purab , 9th Patshahi, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji


May 2015

2 Parkash Purab, 5th Patshahi, Sri Guru Arjun Dev Ji
4 Shaheedi Forty Muktas from Battle of Muktsar Sahib
14 Sirhind Fateh Diwas
15 Arambh (Jeth)
17 Chhota Ghallughara
23 Parkash Purab, 3rd Patshahi, Sri Guru Amar Das Ji


June 2015

2 Janam Diwas, Bhagat Kabir Ji
4 Janam Diwas, Bhagat Puran Singh Ji (1904). Remembering the SEVA of Bhagat Puran Singh Ji
5 3rd Ghalughara. Anniversary of the Attack on Sri Akal Takhat Sahib Ji – 1984 (Golden Temple, Sri Harmandar Sahib, Amritsar)
5 Shaheedi Sant Jarnail Singh Ji Khalsa Bhindranwale, General Shabeg Singh, Bhai Amrik Singh, and Many Singhs (including Women & Children)
11 Gurgaddi Purab, 6th Patshahi, Sri Guru Hargobind Ji
15 Arambh (Harh)
16 Shaheedi Diwas (Joti Jot Purab), 5th Patshahi Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji
25 Shaheedi Diwas, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur
29 Maharaja Ranjit Singh Ji (1780-1839) died 27th June 1839, also called “Sher-e-Punjab” (“The Lion of Punjab”) was the principle Sikh ruler of the sovereign country of Punjab and the Sikh Empire. This great warrior, fearless soldier, able administrator, clement ruler, a statesman and liberator of Punjab.


July 2015

2 Foundation of Sri Akal Takhat Sahib Ji (Amritsar, Punjab)
5 Parkash Purab, 6th Patshahi, Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji
9 Shaheedi Diwas, Bhai Mani Singh Ji
16 Shaheedi Diwas, Bhai Taru Singh Ji
16 Arambh (Sawan)
21 Miri-Piri Diwas, 6th Patshahi, Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji
23 Parkash Purab, 8th Patshahi, Sri Guru Harkrishan Ji
28 Saka Panja Sahib


August 2015

2 Janamdin, Baba Farid Ji
5 Bhagat Puran Singh
16 Arambh (Bhadon)
30 Completion of Adi Granth by Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji


September 2015

1 1st Parkash, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (Installed at Golden Temple for the first time)
8 Baba Buddha Ji
12 Battle of Saragarhi
15 Arambh (Assu)
16 Joti Jot Purab, 3rd Patshahi, Sri Guru Amar Das Ji
16 Gurgaddi Purab , 4th Patshahi, Sri Guru Ram Das Ji
16 Joti Jot Purab, 4th Patshahi, Sri Guru Ram Das Ji
16 Gurgaddi Purab, 5th Patshahi, Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji
18 Gurgaddi Purab, 2nd Patshahi, Sri Guru Angad Dev Ji
22 Joti Jot Purab, 1st Patshahi, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji


October 2015

5 Commemorating Endless Seva of Giani Ditt Singh Ji
9 Parkash Purab, 4th Patshahi, Sri Guru Ramdas Ji
9 Shaheed Bhai Harjindeer singh Jinda & Shaheed Bhai Sukhdev Singh Sukha
15 Arambh (Katik)
20 Joti Jot Purab, 7th Patshahi, Sri Guru Har Rai Ji
20 Gurgaddi Purab, 8th Patshahi, Sri Guru Harkrishan Ji
20 Gurgaddi Purab, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji declared as the Guru for all times to come by Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji (1708)
21 Joti Jot Purab, 10th Patshahi, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji
28 Shaheedi Bhai Beant Singh


November 2015

1 Janamdin, Mata Sahib Kaur Ji
1-2 Sikh Genecide 1984
11 Bandi Chhor Diwas
13 Shaheedi Diwas, Baba Deep Singh Ji Shaheed
13 Janamdin, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Ji (1780-1839). Was born on 13th November 1780 in Gujranwala in modern day [[Pakistan].
14 Arambh (Maghar)
22 Janamdin, Bhagat Namdev Ji
24 Shaheedi Diwas (Joti Jot Purab), 9th Patshahi, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji
24 Gurgaddi Purab, 10th Patshahi, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji
24 Shaheedi Diwas: Bhai Mati Das Ji, Bhai Sati Das Ji, Bhai Dyala Ji
25 Parkash Purab, 1st Patshahi, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji
28 Janam, Sahibzada Zorawar Singh Ji


December 2015

12 Janam, Sahibzada Fateh Singh Ji
14 Arambh (Poh)
21 Shaheedi, Vade Sahibzade, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Ji and Sahibzada Jujhar Singh Ji, the two elder sons of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, martyred in the battle of Chamkaur.
26 Shaheedi, Chhote Sahibzade and Mata Gujari Ji, Sahibzada Zorawar Singh Ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh Ji, the two younger sons of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, executed in Sirhind.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji Birthday Celebration

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Thursday, November 6, 2014:  – Special Diwan in Celebration of Guru Nanak’s Gurpurb. This is actual day of the Gurpurb.
Kirtan from 7:15 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. followed by Langar.
Friday, November 7, 2014:  Akhand Paath Arambh at 7:00 a.m. Evening Kirtan from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. followed by Langar.
Saturday, November 8, 2014: Akhand Paath. Evening Kirtan from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. followed by Langar.
Sunday, November 9, 2014: Akhand Paath Sempati at 10.30 a.m. followed by regular diwan. Immediately after diwan will be Nishan Sahib seva.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji Prakash Utsav 2014 – SSCF

Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji HD Wallpaper

Baisakhi celebration 2014 SSCF

Vaisakhi Celebration at SSCF 2013 Orlando

2014 Kids Gurmat Camp Orlando

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