Kaiser Permanente: Free Health Insurance: Sign-Up at GNFA – 1/11/2015

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Health Insurance Drive!

On December 28 Kaiser Permanente representatives will sign up for free health insurance to those with no access to health care coverage for free health insurance. For details please see the attached flyers.

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GNFA Food and Clothing Drive!

GNFA is holding a food and winter clothing drive at GNFA ( flyer attached) through January 5, 2015, with donated items going to a local food pantry and homeless shelter. Boxes for collecting items have been set up in the GNFA lobby.

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Membership Drive May 2013

Dear Members,

Gur Fateh! I would like to inform you that GNFA Gurdwara’s membership drive is currently ongoing. The membership committee’s representatives are available every Friday and Sunday until May 19th, 2013 to help you process new memberships, and expedite the renewal of your annual membership.

On behalf of Guru Nanak Foundation of America’s board of trustees, I take this opportunity to express my sincerest appreciation for renewing your membership and/or becoming a new member. We are deeply grateful for your support and generosity. There is something to be said about ‘strength in numbers’. Your membership is one of the ways your family continuously stays connected to the GNFA Gurdwara’s growing family.

It is through the support of individual and/or families like you that we are able to continue to strengthen our programs, and to develop new and innovative projects such as our new Gurdwara Sahib building to serve our members.

However, for those who have not renewed their membership yet, please make it your upmost priority to do so as soon as possible. Among many advantages of GNFA Gurdwara’s memberships, the most important is that it is your voice at the time of voting.

In connection with this, we would like to request that you please visit our new and redesigned web site at www.gnfa.org and register to receive important community alerts/events. You will be able to find all the relevant information related to becoming a new member, as well learn about the renewal process of annual membership to the GNFA Gurdwara.

Your registration on this website in combination with your membership ensures that we will continually practice to celebrate our spirituality, culture and traditions in a grand manner together!

If you are not a life member, please consider upgrading to life-membership now. Thank you. 

Prabhjot Singh Kohli
Chairperson of GNFA

Prince George’s Community Television’s coverage of the Wednesday August 8, 2012 Vigil and Memorial program at GNFA for the Oak Creek Wisconsin Gurdwara Shootings

On Wednesday August 8, 2012, PGCTV’s Sonia Srivastava interviews attendees at the Vigil and Memorial program that GNFA conducted for the Oak Creek Wisconsin Gurdwara shootings victims.

Interviewees included:

  • Ike Leggett – Montgomery County Executive
  • Delegate Kumar Barve – Majority Leader District 17, State of MD
  • Richard Fletcher – Montgomery County resident
  • Thomas Manger – Chief of Police Montgomery County
  • Arvinder Uppal – Chairperson GNFA
  • Tarina Ahuja – youth
  • Mark Marshall – youth

Guru Amar Das Prakash Purab May 23 2012

Sadh Sangat Ji

Please join us as we celebrate Prakash Purab of Our 3rd Guru on Wednesday from 7:30 to 9:15 PM

The Washington Capital Youth Kirtan Sammelan, May 26 2012

Please join us for this program from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Click on Links below for forms for entering your Jathas and get a copy of Judging Criteria.
2012 Youth Kirtan Sammelan Guidelines
Judging Criteria 2012

GNFA Celebrating Vaisakhi on April 13, 14 and 15, 2012 [Updated]

Guru Nanak Foundation of America will be celebrating Vaisakhi on April 13, 14 and 15, 2012.

Friday Diwan, April 13, 2012

Akhand Paath6:00 PM
Rehraas Sahib Paath7:30 - 8:00 PM
Kirtan by Bhai Jagmohan Singh, Harmohan Singh ji8:00 - 8:30 PM
Kirtan by Bhai Jaswinder Singh ji Hajoori Ragi Dukh Niwaran Patiala8:30 - 9:15 PM
Ardaas, Samapti & Langar9:15 PM

Vaisakhi Day Diwan, Sat. April 14, 2012

Amrit Sanchaar6:00 AM
Rehraas Sahib Paath7:30 - 8:00 PM
Kirtan by Istri Satsang8:00 - 8:30 PM
Kirtan by Bhai Jagmohan Singh, Harmohan Singh ji8:30 - 9:00 PM
Kirtan by Bhai Jaswinder Singh ji Hajoori Ragi Dukh Niwaran Patiala9:00 - 9:30 PM

Sunday Diwan, April 15, 2012

Bhog Sri Akhand Paath6:30 AM
Sukhmani Sahib Paath6:00 AM - 7:30 AM
Kirtan Sri Asa Di Vaar - Bhai Jagmohan Singh, Harmohan Singh ji8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Kirtan by Khalsa School Students10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Nishaan Sahib da Choley di Seva10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Nitnem and Kirtan by Youth10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Kirtan by Bhai Jagmohan Singh Harmohan Singh ji12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Kirtan by Bhai Jaswinder Singh ji Hajoori Ragi Dukh Niwaran Patiala12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Speech1:00 PM - 1:20 PM
Smapti1:30 PM

The Saturday and Sunday programs will be webcast at www.passionfortruthtv.com

For further information, please contact:

Arvinder Kaur Uppal Chairperson: 410-531-5350
Prabhjot Singh Kohli Secretary: 410-499-3120
Gurdwara Sahib: 301-384-2133

Click on the image below to view / download the flyer

Amrit Sanchar 6AM Apr 14, 2012

All Gurdwaras of the Washington DC area will  conduct a joint Amrit Sanchar at GNFA Gurdwara Sahib at 6 AM on April 14th.

Please  contact Bhai Jagmohan Singh ji at 301 3842133 and/or Bhai Gurdarshan Singh ji at 301  332 2323.

Shaheedi Divas – Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur – Friday Nov 25 and Sunday Nov 27

Sees Diya par Sirar na Diay

GNFA will be conducting special divans on Friday November 25, 2011 and Sunday November 27, 2011 to commemorate the Shaheedi Divas of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Guru of the Sikhs.

Friday, 25 November 2011

  • Akhand Path: 6:00 AM
  • Rehraas Sahib: 7:30 – 8 PM
  • Kirtan Bhai Jagmohan Singh Ji: 8 – 8:30 PM
  • Kirtan Bhai Ompal Singh Ji: 8:30 – 9 PM
  • Kirtan Bhai Sarabjit Singh Ji: 9 – 9:30 PM

Sunday, 27 November 2011

  • Sukhmani Sahib: 6 AM
  • Akhand Path Bhog: 6:30 AM
  • Asa Di Var – Bhai Jagmohan Singh Ji: 8 – 10 AM
  • Nitnem & Kirtan – GNFA Youth: 10:30 – 11:15 AM
  • Kirtan by GNFA Khalsa School Students: 11:15 – 12 PM
  • Kirtan Bhai Jagmohan Singh Ji: 12 – 12:45 PM
  • Kirtan Bhai Ompal Singh Ji: 12:45 – 1:30 PM

About Guru Tegh Bahadur

Guru Tegh Bahadur was the youngest of the five sons of Guru Har Gobind, the sixth Guru. His life spanned 1 April 1621 to 11 November 1675. He became the ninth Guru on 20 March 1665.

Guru Ji’s refusal to accept Islam by the order of The Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb ultimately led to his arrest in July 1675. He was placed in captivity for more than three months and was taken to Delhi in November 1675. The Mughals placed him in chains and he was ordered to be tortured until he would convert to Islam. Ultimately, Guru Tegh Bahadur was beheaded in public on 11 November 1675 at Chandni Chowk. The exact location of his beheading is marked by Gurdwara Sis Ganj in Delhi.

The Guru’s body was publicly presented in the streets of Delhi and it was announced that nobody was permitted to remove the Guru’s dead body. Strong guards were posted to prevent its being taken away.

A dust storm entered Delhi which presented an opportunity to Lakhi Shah and a few of his tribesman. He loaded cotton on some carts and took them towards the location where Guru Ji’s body was laying. He loaded the body on the cart, concealed it and took it to his hut outside of Delhi. He placed a heap of firewood inside his hut, placed Guru Ji’s body on the heap then covered it with more wood. He then set his house ablaze. Thus, Guru Ji’s body was cremated secretly by Lakhi Shah and his companions. Gurdwara Rakab Ganj, stands at the place where Guru Tegh Bahadur’s headless body was cremated.

Another follower, Bhai Jaita, secretly transported Guru Ji’s severed head in a bag to Anandpur Sahib, a distance nearly 400 kilometers away where he presented it to Guru Ji’s son, Gobind Rai. Guru Ji’s head was subsequently cremated.

Due to Guru Ji’s refusal to convert to Islam, the threatened forced conversion of the Kashmiri Hindus was thwarted. Guru Tegh Bahadur earned the title of “Hind-di-Chadar” or the Shield of India.

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