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
On November 19th at 6PM, we will be having our annual Family Nite and Thanksgiving celebration at our parish. Please join us for this fun filled evening! Dinner will be served immediately after the program. See you then!
On November 20th, we will be having Holy Communion Service in English as well as a special Diaspora Sunday worship. Our Diocesan Secretary, Rev Denny Philip will be leading the services. Your prayerful participation is requested!
We are happy to announce that our Ebenezer Youth had taken 2nd place in the St Thomas Basketball Tournament! The team consisted of the following members (in alphabetical order):
- Abeyson Jacob - Chris John - Ivin Varughese - Jason John - Kevin Chacko - Kevin Thomas - Nithin Thomas - Rijin Cherian Jose - Robin Chacko
Congrats to the team and hope to see future success! Click Here for pictures from the tournament and church trophy presentation
The Ebenezer youth will be participating in a basketball tournament organized by St Thomas Mar Thoma Church. The tournament will be Oct 8, 2016 Saturday starting at 9am. Everyone is invited to come support our church.
The facility we will be playing at is located at: The House of Sports 1 Elm St Ardsley, NY 10502
Entrance fee is $10
For more information, visit the site below:
Thank you, Robin
We will be going apple picking again on September 24th from 10AM to 3PM at Wilkens Farm (1335 White Hill Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598). Please join us for some fun fall festivities! For more information, please visit the farm’s website: http://wilkensfarm.com/
Christmas is season of dreams. Dream of assurance, dreams of hope, dreams of peace. Christmas is about miracles of transformation. Transformation in the life of Zachariah and Elizabeth, through the birth of John the Baptist, transformation of Joseph and Mary through the birth of Jesus Christ. The shepherds were outcast but they were recognized by God. In Christmas fear transformed into joy, bewilderment was transformed into wonderment.
a) Christmas informs the culture
The message is that God loves this world and He cares about us. Main message of Christmas are " Don't be afraid", "joy for all", "peace for all". Christmas announce that there are reason for hope, joy and peace. Jesus is wonderful counselor ,mighty God , everlasting Father , Prince of peace. This is the message about Jesus Christ with which Christmas informs the world. Christmas says God is Immanuel ie: He is with us
b) Christmas transforms the culture
Christmas is message about changing the world . it talks about transformation of individual and the world . We are transformed by the Gospel in order to transform the culture around us. We have a great culture ie: Christmas culture that will transform a wicked person to Holy saint. As a Christian are we a failure to influence world according to divine culture?. Our ultimate loyalty should be to the culture of Jesus Christ or His Kingdom values
C) Christmas forms a new culture
Birth of Jesus Christ was beginning of new things . His Kingdom would replace the kingdom of world . Christmas is announcement of new worldly order, through Christmas we got the opportunity to become new creation in Christ. In Christmas there are hope for hopeless , homeless, powerless, untouchable, convicted , uneducated, outcaste and cultureless . The culture of Christmas is self emptying love, give our life for the blessing of others. Let this Christmas season be a meaningful celebration for each one of us. All our Carol rounds , Carol service and Watch night service be a God experiencing fellowship.
With love and prayers,
- “As you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to god the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”” (Ephesians:-5;19,20)*
Dear believers in Christ,
November is the month of thanksgiving . It is a symbolic expression for all days. Thanksgiving day is a distinctive holiday for Americans. It doesn’t commemorate a battle or anyone’s birthday or anniversary, it is a day set aside to express our nation’s thanks to our God Almighty. There is a danger when we determine our thanksgiving on the basis of how much we have possessed . Material things will change but main thing is our relationship with God.
* "Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians:-5:16-18)*
Four things that keep us away from thankful mind a) Our pride or arrogant nature b) Constant complaining attitude c) Forgetting the history of God’s marvelous ways in the crisis our life situations d) There is not much awareness about Grace of God in our life
How to present thanksgiving to God Almighty? a)Thanksgiving to God should be expressed through language , music or other body gestures b)Thanksgiving to God Almighty should be an expensive matter eg: First fruit c)God Almighty expect thanksgiving from all His creatures
Creator God do expect thanksgiving from all the creatures of the world. In our worship service thanksgiving prayer has very important role to praise the Lord. True thankfulness should be the mark of God’s community. Thankless life is a big sin, we need a proper perspective about thanksgiving day. It is not mere an American holiday, it points out Godly way of life. Thanksgiving is an attitude not a day observation. Why we praise God, because He is our creator, provider, sustainer and redeemer. Let us celebrate thanksgiving day with thankful heart for the mercy and Grace of God. May the God Almighty empower us to do Thy will for the extension of the Kingdom of God. May the God Almighty bless each one of us.
With love and prayers,
Leaders are made not born
Dear believers in Christ,
Brokenness for more fruitful experience. Brokenness is a process for more maturity and fruitfulness. In this bible passage Jesus gives a lesson about His life with the comparison of wheat. God uses broken things:
Broken soil to produce a crop Broken clouds to produce rain Broken grain to produce bread Broken bread to give strength to human body
Brokenness is the surrender of our heart, mind and body to Christ. Brokenness is what we allow God to make of us. Brokenness brings wholeness in our life. The amazing paradox which Jesus says . it is only by death that you can gain life. It is only by spending life that you can retain it. It is only by serving that greatness coming.
What are the changes of corn or wheat when it is planted a) Store room security b) Wheat has been thrown from comfort zone to danger zone c) Burial of wheat d) Softening the hard shell of wheat e) Transformatory stages of wheat f) The corn of wheat opens:- Openness g) Resurrection of corn:- Flowering-Fruitfulness
For abundance of life we all should go through burial and resurrection process of wheat for a meaningful Christian life, this is what Jesus Christ has shown in His life through the way of cross.. For abundance of life and resurrection we have to go through a dying process:
Your pride has to die Your worries have to die Your greed has to die Your selfishness has to die You wrong lifestyle has to die
In contemporary world religion is dividing factor or unifying factor? Today’s world we see the blood shedding ,terrorism, fanaticism and genocide in the name of God , but bible presenting God as a loving God and He has broken His life on the Calvary for the abundance of life and the salvation of the world . So as a Christian we have a great mission from Jesus Christ to stand for the abundance of life like the mission of wheat .So our presence be a life giving and dialogical in a pluralistic world . This month we have lot of spiritual renewal programs and observing days of organizations. Let all our celebrations be a spiritual animation to our organizations. Our convention be a time for repentance and renewal. May Almighty Lord use our life more meaningfully and fruitfully in creative manner for His divine purpose
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: 10:00 AM
Sunday School: 09:15 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