Worship Order
Sunday 05/06/2018
8:30 AM
Divine Service in English

10:00 AM
Holy Communion in Malayalam
Christ’s invitation to participate in Caring



Sunday 05/13/2018
10:00 AM

Holy Communion in English
Mother’s Day
Waiting upon the Holy Spirit


Sunday 05/20/2018
8:30 AM
English Divine Service

10:00 AM
Holy Communion in Malayalam
Feast of Pentecost- ‘Come Holy Spirit Renew Us’


Sunday 05/27/2018
10:00 AM

   Holy Communion in English
Trinity Sunday – “We worship the Triune God”,  Sacred Music Sunday


 











Sunday 05/06/2018
8:30 AM
Divine Service in English

10:00 AM
Holy Communion in Malayalam
Christ’s invitation to participate in Caring



Sunday 05/13/2018
10:00 AM

Holy Communion in English
Mother’s Day
Waiting upon the Holy Spirit


Sunday 05/20/2018
8:30 AM
English Divine Service

10:00 AM
Holy Communion in Malayalam
Feast of Pentecost- ‘Come Holy Spirit Renew Us’


Sunday 05/27/2018
10:00 AM

   Holy Communion in English
Trinity Sunday – “We worship the Triune God”,  Sacred Music Sunday

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2018 May NEWSLETTER
Message from our vicar
A NEW BEGINNING

Dearly beloved,

‘’Then He said, Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.’’                                             
Genesis 32: 28

The good news of the gospel is that every human being can have a new beginning. No one needs to remain trapped in sin. Our character can be changed. We can see this change happening in the life of Jacob. The name Jacob meant “deceiver”. The meaning of his name matched his character as a trickster throughout the first part of his life. He cheated his brother Esau out of his birth right. Then he tricked his father Isaac into blessing him than Esau. When Isaac and Esau realized that they had been tricked, Jacob had to flee to his uncle Laban in Haran. Jacob the ‘home boy’ was then without a home and became a pilgrim. He became tired, lonely, frustrated and afraid. He slept beneath the stars with a stone as pillow. That night Jacob learned that there was a way back to God from the dark paths of sin. He recognized that the God of his father Isaac and his grandfather, Abraham could even become his God. It was the night of his conversion. He made a commitment to give back to God ten percent of all he received. God forgave his sins and was with him in the journeys followed. He suffered the consequences of his sins. God in His grace forgives our sins, but we reap what we sow.  Laban lied to Jacob and deceived him. During the years as he worked for Laban, he endured many trials both as a shepherd and as a husband. He surpassed his tough situations by faith in the promises of God. Twenty years of struggles, scheming and planning went by, Jacob was still a strange mixture of flesh and faith. He was led to submission in an unusual manner. On his return to Canaan from Laban’s home in Haran, he came to a stream called the Jabbok.  He knew that he would encounter with Esau soon. He made preparations to please his brother and sent flocks ahead as a gift. Then he sent his family and everything else that he had. He spent the night alone beside the Jabbok. He experienced a turning point in his life. God came to him as a wrestler. Jacob who had spent most of his life wrestling with people- Esau, Isaac and Laban wrestled with God. At Bethel God had promised to bless Jacob, and His promise was fulfilled from a materialistic point of view. He became a wealthy man. There was much more to the blessing of God in matters of godly character and spiritual experiences. Jacob discovered that he had spent his life fighting with God, resisting His will and the only way to victory was through surrender. The Lord wrestled with Jacob until he yielded. When   Jacob met God, he got a new nature and a new name.

Jacob’s story portrays, what can happen in every human being. A deceiver became a good man when the Lord prevailed in his life. His name changed from Jacob, ‘the deceiver’ to Israel which means ‘perseverer with God’. He made every effort to seek reconciliation with Esau. Jacob gave a special name to this significant place as Peniel   which means face of God. Paul says, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed way; behold, the new has come’’ (2 Cor.5:17).  Paul speaks this from his experience. The conversion of ‘Saul of Tarsus’ the leading persecutor of Christians was one of the greatest events in history. He got a new name. The Lord had a special work for Paul to do. The persecutor became a preacher and a proclaimer of the grace of God. His salvation is a great encouragement to any lost sinner, for if the ‘chief of sinners’ could be saved, surely anyone can be saved.

John Newton who wrote the popular song ‘Amazing Grace’ had a similar experience. He was born in 1725 in London. He lost his mother at the age of seven. His father was a naval Captain and he took him to the sea at the age of eleven. After many voyages and wreck-less youth of drinking, he joined British Navy. While serving in a slave ship he got involved in the slave trade and made mess of his life. But later he had a life changing encounter with Lord. He wrote ‘Amazing Grace that saved a wretch like me…’

A change in human nature occurs when we allow the Lord to prevail in our life. Will you allow the Lord to change your life? May God bless you.

May God bless you All.

Rev Sajit Thomas John
Vicar

Sunday School
  • Sunday School starts at 09.00 AM on all Sundays.
  • Little Blessing and Junior Blessing will be conducted on all Malayalam services.
  • Sunday School Final Exam will be held on May 6th at 10.00 AM for Grades 5 to 10 in the auditorium.   Grades 1 to 4 final exam will be announced by the respective teachers.
  • Sunday School Diocesan Exam will be held on May 20th at 12.00 Noon in the auditorium.
  • The Talent Fest story/song selections will be posted on the Lobby bulletin board.
  • Our local Talent Fest will be held on June 30th at 09.00 AM. Song sheets and recordings will be available to all students on May 12th.
  • Sunday school annual event calendar will be posted on the Lobby bulletin board.





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Edavaka Mission
Edavaka Mission meetings will be held on every Thursday at 7.30 PM  at the Church.





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
Weekly Meeting schedule will be either announced in the church or through email sent to Youth Fellowship Members.

YOUNG FAMILY FELLOWSHIP

Regular meeting will be held on Sunday May 20th, immediately after the service, in the upstairs classroom of the Church.

CHOIR
Malayalam and English Choir practices will be held either before or after service on their respective weeks
Yuvajana Sakhyam
  • Meeting schedule will be announced at the Church.
  • Fundraiser Program on Saturday May 19th at 6.00 PM at Church Auditorium.
  • Sight & Sound show of “JESUS” at Lancaster, PA will be on Friday JUNE 29th.
Sevika Sanghom
  • Weekly Bible Study classes will be held every Tuesday at 10.00 AM at the Church.
  • Monthly meeting will be held on Saturday May 12th at 10.00 AM at the Church.

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