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
Mrs TV Mariamma (86), mother of George P. Varughese and grandmother of Noble Varughese, left for our heavenly abode on Tuesday. Funeral arrangements are being made for Thursday June 2nd. Please keep the family in your prayers.
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!
Greater love no one than this, then to lay down one’s life for his friend ( John-15:13)
Dear believers in Christ,
Memorial day is a thanks giving day to those who gave their best for this nation. Soldiers of this land died for our freedom & security. How many of us know large number of American soldiers were died in civil war, war with Spain, Iraq war, Afghan war, first and second World war, etc. We have to remember vision of our founding fathers and mothers. they had desire to do the will of God through this Nation.
Memorial day is the beginning of summer vacation, barbecues in the backyard, and family get togetherness. It is a day more than off from work, it is the day to remember those who have given their lives for the social, cultural, and spiritual changes of this nation.
a. Soldiers died for our freedom and security We know lot of soldiers sacrificed their lives for the prosperity of this country. So we have lot of freedom in this country, so we have freedom for prayer and worship, express our own ideas, vote for our leadership and so on. "Freedom is not a free matter", there are people who have paid great price for our freedom ; we call them soldiers. b. The saints who have died for their faith Let us remember martyrs of Christianity, Christian ministers in prison, Christian workers who are working in countries where there is no religious freedom. The disciples of Jesus Christ tortured and executed publically. On this memorial day let us remember those who have lived for authentic truth and left us an example of faith. c. The savior who died for our forgiveness and salvation Jesus Christ instituted Holy Qurbana and said do it in the remembrance of me. Who is a hero? A hero is someone who has given his or her life for a great or right cause. Jesus Christ is the evergreen hero in the history of the world who died for the sins of humanity through his death we got salvation and forgiveness, Let us remember those who have given their life for our freedom and security. Let us remember the great saints and martyrs who have sacrificed their lives for a solid faith. Let us remember our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for His mighty and marvelous deeds for our salvation.
Even though our country is founded on eternal values of Almighty God we have lot of immoral problems here but still it is a best place in world to live with all freedom. Let us pray for revival, let us look to Jesus, in order that our land be healed, blessed and progressed. May God Bless America. Let us have a meaningful summer days with great joy and happiness!
With love and prayers,
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,
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