Worship Order
Sunday 1/06/2019
10:00 AM 
Holy Communion Service in English
Denaho: Baptism of Jesus Epiphany Solidarity to the Creation



Sunday 1/13/2019
8:30 AM
Divine Service in English

10:00 AM
Holy Communion Service in Malayalam
Fruitful Life (Temperance Sunday)



Sunday 1/20/2019
10:00 AM 
Holy Communion Service in English
Church as One Body
(Ecumenical Sunday)




Sunday 1/27/2019
8:30 AM
Divine Service in English

10:00 AM
Holy Communion Service in Malayalam
Bear Fruit Worthy of Repentance
 










Sunday 1/06/2019
10:00 AM 
Holy Communion Service in English
Denaho: Baptism of Jesus Epiphany Solidarity to the Creation



Sunday 1/13/2019
8:30 AM
Divine Service in English

10:00 AM
Holy Communion Service in Malayalam
Fruitful Life (Temperance Sunday)



Sunday 1/20/2019
10:00 AM 
Holy Communion Service in English
Church as One Body
(Ecumenical Sunday)




Sunday 1/27/2019
8:30 AM
Divine Service in English

10:00 AM
Holy Communion Service in Malayalam
Bear Fruit Worthy of Repentance

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2019 January NEWSLETTER
Message from our vicar
Dearly beloved in Christ

‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’ Luke. 13: 8, 9
 
New Year is again knocking at our doors. It’s time to recall and also to thrive for a new beginning. Let’s thank God for his sustained guid-ance in our lives. Each New Year is God’s gift. We should have been dis-carded long ago but still we are being preserved by God’s mercy. This fact is clearly depicted in the parable illustrated in St. Luke 13. Once a landlord had a fig tree planted in his vineyard. He anxiously waited for the tree to get fruited. Expectations grew as each year passed. At last with a heavy heart he decided to chop down his favorite tree as it was fruitless. Knowing how determined his master was, the vinedresser went and pleaded to wait a little longer. ‘Master, we can wait for one more year. I’ll dig around it, put on extra manure and will give some extra care’, vinedresser told his master. The tree was fortunate enough to get one more year. Still if it doesn’t bear fruit, it will soon end up in its master’s fireplace.

It’s a serious matter of concern as the fig tree symbolizes our own lives. This New Year urges us to examine ourselves that Am I just taking up space? Am I bearing fruit for the kingdom of God? Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. - John. 15:4. When we abide in the Lord and in his word we can bear fruit through the power of the holy spirit.

The attitude of vinedresser deserves a standing ovation. He is a man of hope. Orison Swett Marden said, ‘there is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow’. The vinedresser was giving the tree another chance out of his mercy. We are taking the New Year gift for granted. Let’s remember God’s grace and His long suffering. We must not presume upon the kind-ness and long suffering of the Lord, for there will be a final judgment. As we enter into this New Year let’s submit ourselves into the mighty hands of our Almighty and we should bear fruit for His glory. Let’s decide:

Like Enoch – walk in daily fellowship with my Heavenly Father.
Like Abraham – trust implicitly in my God.
Like Job – be patient under all circumstances.
Like Joseph – turn my back on all seductive advances.
Like Moses – choose to suffer rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin.
Like Caleb and Joshua – refuse to be discouraged because of numbers.
Like Gideon – advance, even though my friends are few.
Like David – lift up my eyes to the hills from which comes my help.
Like Jehoshaphat – prepare my heart to seek the Lord.
Like Daniel – commune with God at all times and in all places.
Like Andrew – strive to lead others to Christ.
Like Stephen – manifest a forgiving spirit towards all who seek my hurt.
Like Paul – forget those things that are behind and press forward.

(Adapted from Gospel Lite)

I thank all the executive committee members especially the vice president, the secretary, the trustees and the lay leaders for their sincere efforts and I wish the upcoming executive committee and the office bear-ers a fruitful year to work for His Glory.

May the eyes of the Lord, our God be always upon us from the beginning of this year. I wish all of you a blessed new year.

With love and prayers,
Rev. Sajit Thomas John
Vicar.




Sunday School
Meeting to be announced at the Church




Edavaka Mission
Weekly bible study classes will be held every Thursday at 7:30 PM at the Church conference room.






Edavaka Mission Activities

Mar Thoma Voluntary Evangelist's Association was found by our late Metropolitan Most Rev. Abraham Mar Thoma out of his strong conviction that each Mar Thomite is an Evangelist.  Evangelism is the utmost mission of this Organization.  The Parish level unit is known as the Edavaka Mission and at the Long Island Mar Thoma Church, New York, we give stress to the seven fold activities such as Intercessory Prayer, Bible Study, Sharing of Experience, House Visit, Visiting the Sick, Group Activities etc

Edavaka Mission regular meetings are conducted every
Thursday at 7.30 PM at the Church as well as Members' houses with prior announcement at the Parish on Sundays.  Fasting Prayer meetings are conducted once every month at the members' houses either the last Saturdays or Thursdays depending upon members and Achen's convenience with prior announcement at the Parish on Sundays.
 
Edavaka Mission also support various Mission projects such as sponsorship of students at St. Thomas School, Visakhapatanam, India.  Sponsoraship of an Evangelist in India. Medical and financial aid to different individuals and families based on requests received by Achen time to time.  Edavaka Mission welcomes donations from members for the above mentioned activities and sponsorship.  For details, please contact our Achen Rev. A. B. Binu, Mr. Mammen Samuel or Achamma Jacob.




Youth Fellowship
Meeting to be announced at the Church

YOUNG FAMILY FELLOWSHIP
Meeting to be announced at the Church

CHOIR


Choir audition will be conducted on January 26th, 2019 at 10.00 AM at Church. The song details will be provided later at Church.

Yuvajana Sakhyam
Meeting to be announced at the Church.
Sevika Sanghom
  • North East Region Center A meeting is scheduled to be held on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 10.00 AM at Epiphany Marthoma Church, Ozone Park , New York.
  • Monthly meeting of LIMTC Sevika Sangham is scheduled to be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 10.00 AM in the Church.
  • Weekly Bible study sessions will be held on Tuesdays, January 22 and 29, 2019 at 10.00 AM in the Church .
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