The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
Welcome to Ebenezer
Mar Thoma Church
Service every Sunday at 10 AM
Sunday School at 9:15 AM
A prayer meeting of the Center “A” Sevika Sanghom North East Region will be held on June 8th, 2016 at 10.00 AM at Long Island Marthoma Church, 2350 Merrick Avenue, Merrick, NY 11566. All Sevika Sanghom members are requested to attend this prayer meeting.
All Parish Sevika Sanghom secretaries are requested to announce this notice in your parishes.
Sevika Sanghom secretaries are requested to contact Long Island Marthoma Church Vicar, Rev. Shinoi Joseph at 516-208-3523/516-589-1606 or Sevika Sanghom Secretary, Mrs. Leelamma Chacko, 516-822-2276/516-681-3615 with the number of people attending this meeting on or before Sunday, June 5th, 2016.
Thank you and looking forward to seeing you all.
Sd/- Mrs. Sosamma Thomas Secretary, Center “A” North East Region Sevika Sanghom
This year’s Junior-Senior Conference will take place at Ramapo College from July 7 to July 10, 2016. Please announce during your announcements (both in the parish and Sunday school).
This year’s conference theme is Back to the Future with God - Jeremiah 29:11. Attached is the conference health form which is very important because of new rules for camp inhabitants at Ramapo. Also, something different this year is that we need to know who your chaperones are by mid June per NJ State rules. Please ask them now so they can clear their schedules. We will not be able to host our camp without this information this year. I will send out the brochure separately and we will have the website up shortly.
CONFERENCE BOOK ART: We are currently accepting original digital/scanned artwork that you have created, which tie into our theme “BACK TO THE FUTURE WITH GOD” See website for details (same as last year). Submission deadline is JUNE 10.
Thank you and please feel free to contact us if you have any concerns or questions. I’ve also attached the HEALTH FORM.
Shiby George Secretary Mar Thoma Sunday Schools Diocese of North America & Europe/NERSS (Home) 914-751-3898 (Mobile/Cell) 856-981-4597 (e-mail) firstname.lastname@example.org
NERYS volleyball tournament is scheduled to be held on May 28th 2016, Saturday at St. Johns University Volleyball arena, Queens. Please find the registration form and regulations attached. Please coordinate your church team and be part of this time of fellowship and sportsmanship. We are counting on your participation. Thank you.
We are proud to announce a new addition to our parish, Aaron Mathew Kovoor, born to Vipin and Ruby Kovoor on April 15th. Both proud mom and baby are doing well!
This is to inform you that United Media (Malayalam IPTV/BomTV) Pravasi Channel will be telecasting LIVE the farewell and welcome meeting of the Diocesan Bishops from Philadelphia on Friday April 1st from 7 PM.
We are proud to announce a new addition to our parish, Pearl Varghese, born to Sunitha and Febi Varghese on March 8th. Both proud mom and baby are doing well!
Dear believers in Christ,
The Church is the body of Christ. The Church is facing lot of burning issues ie; traditional, theological, doctrinal, cultural, gender, liturgical, etc. As a body of Christ we have to discern will of Jesus Christ in the crisis situation of the Churches. Let us analyze some burning issues that attacks the fabric of Church foundation.
- The crisis of unattended Church
We need to attend the Church. We need to defend the Church and recommend the Church. Christianity without worship is lifeless and powerless.
- The crisis of unbent knees before God or prayer experience
We have to experience how is the problem before the prayer and after the prayer ? Please pray for our companion , children , Church , country etc. Prayer is the responsibility before God and fellow beings .
- The crisis of untrained children
Children are gift of God. How is our generation growing in today’s context ? In home we have switch or regulator for everything except children. Train children to have respect for elders , responsibility for action and need to be taught them discipline.
- The crisis of unreading habit of The Bible or Bible centered life
We need to love the Holy Bible ,and learn from the Bible. We have to lead a Christian life on the foundation of Bible teachings. Bible needs tobe in our head, heart, hand and in our home.
- The crisis of unconfessed sin
Unconfessed sin blocks channels of blessing. People are doing private sins and public sins, but almighty God knows very well every situations of human life. What is sin? Doing, he knows what is wrong and doing not, what is right. Due to unconfessed lifestyle we see crisis of unfaithful living and unconcerned witness.
- We are being attacked not from outside, but from the inside
Many time our lifestyle is contradicting to Jesus teaching because we are leading world centered lifestyle that is against Kingdom values. So often our lifestyle is entirely different from Christ’s teaching, praxis and life. So Church is facing her big enemies from inside, not from outside of the Church. Don’t teach lukewarm Gospel which do not have power to save, convert and transform the people. When we deliver cheap standard and weak messages we cannot gain lost and sinners for Jesus. We must remember we are not closed Church it is open now and forever. The world has more influence in our Church life so we have to fight against it with spiritual weapons that is Bible, worship, prayer. fasting and fellowship. May The Holy Spirit empower us to lead a meaningful worship in the midst of different crisis and tribulations.
With love and prayers,
Father forgive them, for they know not what they do
This great saying of Jesus show us that the very purpose of Jesus’s death on the cross was to gain forgiveness for our sins. Cross is the place where heaven’s love and heaven’s justice meets. Seven sayings of Jesus from the cross represents perfect vision of Christian life. It denotes the seven is God’s perfect number in the Bible. Cross is the symbol of Christian life style through following perfect relationship according to divine standard.
Mathematics of Cross
1 The Cross subtracts one from hell (-)
Those who believe in God Almighty have eternal life. Through the Cross of Jesus Christ we have protection from hell.
2 The Cross adds one to Heaven (+)
Through the death of Jesus we have heavenly life. Those who believe in Jesus have the privilege to be the children of God. Once we were mere people, now we became the people of God. By the Grace of God we are citizens of Heaven.
3 The Cross divides one from worldly values (/)
If anyone in Christ, who is a new creation. The values of Cross always fighting with values of world ,that is values of satan . So we need protection of Cross for a meaningful Christian witness.
4 The Cross multiplies our blessings (*)
By the relationship with the Almighty God we have lot of Blessings that is; nature ,family, job, material things etc. If we have right relationship with Jesus Christ definitely we have blessings of eternal life. If we have Holy Spirit we will have rewards of Holy Spirit.
5 The Cross is the vision of equality (=)
Jesus Christ died for all humanity and sins of the whole world. It is Good news to all the creation. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile. He is a God of justice not a God of partiality. This is the great hope of the Cross
Once again let us come to the Cross of the Christ and re-examine ourselves. Let us crucify our ego to understand the way of Cross and cleanse us by the blood of Jesus Christ for a fruitful Christian discipleship. May Almighty God bless everyone of us by his amazing grace.
With love and prayers,
Dear Believers in Christ,
Why do we have to rejoice in Christ Almighty?
He is the eternal God who is the root and cause of joy-nothing can steal that joy. The prophet Habakkuk teaches us to trust God in any circumstances. “Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no fruit, though the flock may be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stall yet I will rejoice in the Lord” (Hab 3:17- 18). Nothing will steal your joy if it is rooted in God Almighty because He is the God of joy and salvation.
Rejoice because your name is written in Heaven and the book of life. ** “Rejoice because your name is written in Heaven”( Luke 10:20). ** We are Christian so we have lot of things to rejoice about when we reflect on what God Almighty has done for us. When we analyze our life we genuinely we have lot of things to praise God for. What is the destiny of our life? We should have a meaningful existence in our worldly and Heavenly life with God.
Rejoice because God is a provider of your daily life. When we take a breath, you have a reason to praise God. For a small piece of fish on your table you should be thankful to lot of people. A series of miracles occur frequently in our lives, so let us create a culture of gratitude for what God has provided for us and avoid culture of complaining . He cares for the birds of air and lilies of the field and He will definitely take care of us because we are created in the likeness and image of God.
Rejoice because Jesus Christ will come back. All of the chaotic situations we face will be changed into Godly order. God will rule all the cosmos with mighty power. He will judge all of the unrighteous. He is the alpha and the omega. He only knows the beginning and end of the existing world. It is the hope and possibility of Christianity in the midst of suffering and tribulations, that Jesus Christ will come and restore all relationships for perfect joy.
"Watch your thoughts for they become words Watch your words for they become actions Watch your actions for they become habits Watch your habits for they become character Watch you character for they become destiny"
At the end of this month we are going to celebrate Easter because He is a God of life. Let us renew our commitments in Christ and meaningful observances of the Lent season. Let us strive for a meaningful mission for Jesus Christ of perfect Christian witness. May God Almighty bless you all with perfect happiness and joy.
In Christ’s ministry,
Youth Chaplain's Corner
Meet the office bearers
Rev Sony Philip
President & Vicar
Secretary and Diocesan Assembly Member
John C Mathai
English Lay Ministrant
Malayalam Lay Ministrant
Dr. Minnie John
Sunday School Superintendent
Edavaka Mission Representative
Sevika Sangham Representative
Yuvajana Sakhyam Representative
Youth Fellowship Representative
Dr Susan Kurian
Executive Committee Member
Executive Committee Member
The spiritual renewal in the Church, which was the offspring of reformation has created a yearning in believers to present the Gospel to others. It was realized that this could not be fully achieved by the services of a few full time evangelists. On the other hand every member of the Church should be a missionary filled with such joy and assurance of salvation as to be Christ’s witness to those who come into contact with him, irrespective of one’s profession in secular life.Believers interested in evangelistic and intercessory activities used to assemble periodically for prayer and fellowship. It was in the annual meeting of such a gathering in 1924, the present Mar Thoma Voluntary Evangelists’ Association was formed. Bishop Abraham Mar Thoma was the ardent supporter of this movement.The objective of this association is that every member of the Church should be a witness to Jesus Christ, whatever his or her occupation may be. Those who volunteer to be members of the Association meet together in each parish at least once a week for fellowship, intercessory prayer, Bible study and sharing experiences.The branch of the Mar Thoma Voluntary Evangelists Association in the Parish is called "Edavaka Mission".
The women in the Mar Thoma church also shared the spiritual power generated by the Reformation. The Mar Thoma Suvisesha Sevika Sangham the women’s wing, was inaugurated during the Maramon Convention in the year 1919, under the leadership of Abraham Mar Thoma Suffragan Metropolitan, who gave the Sangham continued support and inspiration. Every women of the Mar Thoma Church above the age of 18 years is a member of the Sevika Sangham. The Sevika Sangham has branches in all parishes of the Mar Thoma Church both in India and abroad. The Sevika Sangham at Ebenezer Mar Thoma Church is an extremely active and spirited group who play an extremely active role in the development and growth of our church.
In the Mar Thoma Church, Sunday Schools play a very significant role in the spiritual renewal and growth of young generation. The formal inauguration of the Sunday School Samajam took place at Maramon Convention in 1905. 'Come to Jesus and bring every child to Jesus' is the motto of our Sunday school. Since then the Sunday School organization has grown and changed but our motto still remains the same.Ebenezer Mar Thoma Church Sunday School is held every Sunday (with some exception) between September and June at 11:00am. It is comprised of an extremely dedicated team of teachers and an eager group of students who have led to its continued success year after year. Our students actively participate in Diocesan-led initiatives such as the National Diocesan Exam and VBS. In addition to bible study, our students also learn about church history and the growth of the Mar Thoma Church.
Youth Fellowship and Yuvagena Sakhyam
The Mar Thoma Yuvajana Sakhyam was organized with a view that all the young people in the Church should accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, and bear witness to His saving power. It was organized in 1933 by a resolution of the Sabha Prathinidhi Mandalam. Ebenezer Mar Thoma Church continues to honor this resolution with not only an active and thriving Yuvajana Sakhyam but also an extremely devoted Youth Fellowship group. Both groups work hand in hand to develop our youth as responsible young men and women who can face the challenges of life while upholding the faith and practices of the Mar Thoma Church and Christian values.
About Our Parish
Address: 406 King St Port Chester, NY 10573
Phone: (914) 413-9550
Sunday Worship: 9:30 AM
Sunday School: 11:00 AM
Ebenezer Mar Thoma Church, New York, established on 1987, Previously this parish was known as 'Congregation of Greater New York', one of the first Mar Thoma Congregation in USA , established on 1976.
His Grace, Late Rt. Rev .Dr. Alexander Mar Thoma Metropolitan renamed this Congregation as Ebenezer Mar Thoma Church and the worshipping location was Pelham Community Church, at Washington & High Brook Ave, Pelham, New York. There were seventy families regularly attended the worship service. Rev. George Varghese was our Vicar and Rt. Rev. Dr. Abraham Mar Paulose (Rev.Dr.K.U.Abraham) served as Asst.Vicar.
When we write the history of our church, we cannot ignore the period of 1996 – 2000, a new era of our North American Diocese and Ebenezer Mar Thoma church, the untold story of our sufferings and sacrifice. Even though we walked through the valley of the shadow of death, we were grateful to be the part of the history of Mar Thoma Sabha in North America. We were glad to have the historical judgment which enabled the Diocesan of North America to establish and expand their spiritual and social growth in North America.
We thank our late Metropolitan, His Grace Rt. Rev. Dr. Alexander Valiya Metropolitan, our first Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Rev. Dr. Zacharias Mar Theophilus Suffragan for their immense support and guidance
After 25 years, by the Grace of our Savior Jesus Christ, we have our own church and we have started service on our new parish on January 22nd 2012.
On March 31st 2012, His Grace Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan consecrated our church along with our Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius Episcopa.
Rev. Abraham Oommen
Rev. Benjamin George
Rev. Johnson C Jacob
Rev. Johnson Varghese
Rev. George Mathew
Rev. Dr. V. S. Varghese (Associate Vicar)
Rev. Thomas Easow
Rev. Thomas C Alexander
Rev. Dr. T. P. Abraham
Rev. Johnson Varghese
Rev. Dr. K. U. Abraham (Associate Vicar) (Rt. Rev. Dr. Abraham Mar Paulose)
Rev. G. Varghese