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
Three times I pleaded with The Lord to take it away from me, but he said to me, My Grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me (1 Corinthians 12:8-9)
Dear believers in Christ,
The uniqueness of Christianity is the Grace of God. It is Grace below us, above us, before us, behind us and beside us. It is a Grace in which we stand. Grace refers to that which God has given to us in Christ- not because we earned it or deserved it but because He willed to give it. Here Paul experienced a thorn in his flesh, but he overcame this by the Grace of God.
One day a little girl placed a cocoon that she found in a jar expecting to see butterfly emerge. One day she saw the butterfly within the cocoon trying to get out. It was struggling and trying to push its way out of the tight opening. In an effort to help the poor insect, she very carefully slit open the cocoon. After that, the butterfly was able to easily exit the cocoon. However, a strange thing happened. Instead of spreading two beautiful wings the butterfly had two useless ugly wings hanging by its side. Why did this happen? God designed the butterfly and its cocoon so that the tight opening would straighten and strengthen its wings. God has a purpose even in our weaknesses.
THE WEAKNESS OF LIFE KEEP US HUMBLE
Because of all the blessings Paul had been given and because of all the mighty ways God had used him, there was a danger that Paul may try to take all of the Glory for himself. Therefore, God gave Paul this thorn to remind Paul that this was about God and not about Paul. In other words, it was sent to keep Paul humble.
THE WEAKNESS OF LIFE HELP US TO DEEPEN OUR FAITH
Notice that Paul’s trials draw him to his knees. Often when the path of life is easy, we forget how much we need the Lord. We slack in our devotional lives and we tend to become a little too self-sufficient. But when trouble comes knocking, when we are pierced by one of the thorns of life, we are shocked back to reality once again. It is true that difficulty will drive us to our knees.
This month we are celebrating independence day of United States of America. Let us celebrate this freedom with responsibility. Summer is the time of outdoor activities. Let all our summer get-togethers create great joy and fellowship in our lives. Be a true and faithful Christian disciple in all our living situations. May Almighty God bless each one of us with abundant blessings.
With love and prayers,
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,
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