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
Because of the inclement weather, church service tomorrow, January 24th, will be cancelled. Service will resume next week, we will be having English Holy Communion with Rev Abraham Kuruvilla.
Our Senior Suffragan Metropolitan and the first resident Bishop of the Diocese of North America and Europe, Dr. Zacharias Mar Theophilus Suffragan Metropolitan is taken to his Master’s glory today at 5.52 pm at KIMS hospital Trivandrum. The Mar Thoma Church deeply mourns the unexpected and sudden demise of the Senior Suffragan Metropolitan Rt. Rev. Dr. Zacharias Mar Theophilus Thirumeni. The mortal remains of Tirumeni will be brought to Tiruvanathapuram Pattoor Church and will be kept there till 8pm (IST) today for public viewing and then brought to Tiruvalla. On the way to Tiruvalla the body will be kept at Tittamel Church Chengannoor. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday 10 am at the S.C. S. Church, Tiruavlla. Please remember the services we received from our Tirumeni and give thanks to God for his blessed life. It is a great loss for our Church and for the entire Christian community. Let us uphold our Church and its leadership as we go through this time of mourning.
We are proud to announce a new addition to our parish, Jonathan Anish George, born to Anish and Smarty George on December 23rd.
Rev.Sony Philip is handing over the cash /gift card to Fr Hilario Alberto, Priest in charge of St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Port Chester, New York. The money will be for distribution to the needy during the Advent season.
Mr Daniel Mathai (62 years), brother of Mr John C Mathai left for heavenly abode in the morning on December 7th after a brief sickness. His family is settled down in Trivandrum and funeral arrangements are being made. Please uphold the bereaved family in your prayers.
Great Lent: From the Experience of Sack Cloth and Ashes to the New Clothes of Humility and HumblenessFeb 4, 2016
Dear Believers in Christ,
How will you observe lent this year? You may say I will give up something for lent, I will no longer watch my favorite, I will not eat chocolate, I will not listen my favorite CD. Lent is a time of self denial and it is a time to give up sinful activities to become new creation in Christ. We are Christian on Sunday but unbeliever on other days, look at how religious we are? Are we leading life of hypocrisy? Lent is a time to dismantle all type of hypocrisy.
What is Lent? We know the story of Pharisee and tax collector. Lent is that; man who stood in the back of the temple and looked down at the ground and prayed to God “Lord have mercy on me, I am a sinner”. Lent is a time for to be like that to give up our sinful habits, sinful attitudes and ask God for our forgiveness. Lent is an attitude, it is an attitude of honesty and humility, in coming days it is time for us to look deep into our heart and reflect on our life, how is our life?
What are you going to give up in this lentern season? We begin to walk to the road of cross which doesn’t end at the tomb of Christ. Our spiritual journey goes beyond that because He had risen from death to life. Lent is a time of reflection and repentance. Lent is a time of gratitude. It is an occasion of apologies and atonements. It is all about maturing in our faith and growing in our holiness. Lent season is the time for preparation, diversion and separation to become perfect human being for the fulfillment of Kingdom of God. Lent is a time for discipline and self examination. If we want to live with Holy God we need disciplined Christian life, that is the main vision of great lent. During the lent season let us give more time for prayer and fasting.
In Christ’s ministry,
- The word became flesh and dwelt among us* (John 1:14)
Dear Believers in Christ,
Whenever we feel rejected by the world, family or feel lonely turn to the Babe of Bethlehem, Who is Immanuel. He is better than your closest friend or relative. Christmas is story of God. God was transcendental being but through Christmas event God is with us, Immanuel. Christmas story is not what we think of God but what God think of us, what God did for our salvation? This is God’s story, this is gospel and great joy for whole world. How much God loved world so He gave His only Son for the redemption of world.
What is our response in Christmas season? How much do we love our God through our Christmas activities. Christmas is not celebration of drink, be merry, and eat which is more than this. It is a celebration of love, Peace and Joy all the celebrations should lead to world of justice, equality, & peace. The entrance to the Church of Naitivity (the birth place of Jesus) at Bethlehem is only 4 feet height. Those who wish to visit the manger, where Christ was born we have to humble ourselves and bent down to enter the small door of the Naitivity Church. If we become more humble then we can more experience the presence of Holy God.
Christmas is supreme revelation of God. Immanuel is a mysterious and precious name for us. In past days god revealed in various ways but in Christmas world saw the glory of His only son. God is with us for what purpose? God is with us to empower in our struggles, to be done perfect witness in earthly living. God is with us to overcome all evils. God is with us but are we really with Him? Let Almighty God help us to receive his manifold blessing and mercy in this Christmas season too and be a fruitful witness of Christ where ever we are. Let the Glory of God be with you all.
In Christ’s ministry,
Youth Chaplain's Corner
Meet the office bearers
Rev Sony Philip
President & Vicar
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