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 9:30 AM
A friendly reminder on October 3rd, we will be having a 1 Day Retreat at our parish (406 King St, Port Chester, NY). Also our annual 3-day convention is being held at our church from October 9th to the 11th. Rev B Mathew (Vicar of St James MTC) will be our guest speaker on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, Mr Aby Cherian from St Thomas MTC will be our speaker. The convention will start on both days at 7PM and on Sunday at 11:30 AM. Worship service will be held at 9:30 AM on Sunday. Please join us!
Our annual 3-day convention is being held at our church (406 King St, Port Chester, NY) from October 9th to the 11th. Rev B Mathew (Vicar of St James MTC) will be our guest speaker on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, Mr Aby Cherian from St Thomas MTC will be our speaker. The convention will start on both days at 7PM and on Sunday at 11:30 AM. Worship service will be held at 9:30 AM on Sunday. Please join us!
We are proud to announce a new addition to our parish, Annaliese Marie, born to Noble and Tisha Varughese on September 15th.
Since there are more variety of fruits and other entertainment options available, we are changing the venue for Saturday. Our apple picking outing will take place at the Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm located in Sharon, CT. We will be leaving from the church at 9:30 AM. We hope to see you all there!
Mr Benny Thomas (59 years), Puthen Veedu, Thiruvalla - (brother of Mrs Sumana Mathew) - left for our heavenly abode on Thursday, September 10th. Funeral service is scheduled for Saturday at Jerusalem MTC, Thiruvalla. Please uphold the bereaved family in your prayers.
This coming Sunday, September 13th, is Sevika Sangom Day. We will be having Rev Sony Philip lead us in Malayalam Holy Communion. For the covenience of those who could not participate last month, One Day Income offering will be collected during the Holy Communion service. After service Onam Sadhya will be served, please be sure to join us!
We are proud to announce a new addition to our parish, Jayden Titus, born to Anish and Danly Titus on September 7th.
Dear Believers in Christ,
The transcendent God became immanent - Emmanuel ie: God is with us. Jesus is the pre-existent word. Jesus is the constant word. Jesus Christ was not an after thought with God. Jesus was there when God moved to make us in His image. Jesus is the communicative word of Divinity. Jesus is the illuminating word. Jesus came to proclaim light. He came to world which was in a spiritual darkness and opened the Grace of God to the people of darkness. They will respond positively to the light of God will come to Jesus. They will receive Him in their heart and will experience a new birth. Jesus is the indwelling word the word became flesh and dwelled among us. He lived among us, worked among us, prayed among us, suffered among us, and died among us. Jesus came as tangible proof of the existence of God and God’s willingness to save human kind.
This month we are observing mission Sunday, youth Sunday & family Sunday. Our mission is intervention in the neighbourhood to do God’s will, and help with the mission activities of the church. Youthhood is an important stage of life to glorify God. Let us be perfect models for our youths to follow the path of Christ. Family is the Divine institution which is instituted by our Almighty God. Let us keep purity, love and healthy relationships in our family life. May our Almighty God grant us wisdom to know how great our God and His deeds are.
In Christ’s ministry,
Youth Chaplain's Corner
Meet the office bearers
Rev Sony Philip
President & Vicar
English Lay Ministrant
Malayalam Lay Ministrant
Dr. Minnie John
Sunday School Superintendent
Edavaka Mission Representative
Sevika Sangham Representative
Yuvajana Sakhyam Secretary
Youth Fellowship Representative
C. S. Chacko
Diocesan (Assembly) 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