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
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!
This is to inform you that United Media (Malayalam IPTV/BomTV) Pravasi Channel will be telecasting LIVE the farewell and welcome meeting of the Diocesan Bishops from Philadelphia on Friday April 1st from 7 PM.
We are proud to announce a new addition to our parish, Pearl Varghese, born to Sunitha and Febi Varghese on March 8th. Both proud mom and baby are doing well!
Mr.John Abraham (74) left for our heavenly abode on Friday 10 PM. Wake is on Sunday, February 21st from 3PM to 9PM at Ascension Mar Thoma Church, Philadelphia. Funeral arrangements are being made for Monday February 22nd. Please keep the family in your prayers.
We’re looking to see if anyone is interested in joining our team for the North East Regional Volleyball tournament on Saturday, May 28th, 2016. We’re looking for players as well as anyone willing to coach. For more information please visit this link.
We are proud to announce a new addition to our parish, Alizah Marie Jacob, born to Abeyson and Corie Jacob on February 16th. Both proud mom and baby are doing well!
Father forgive them, for they know not what they do
This great saying of Jesus show us that the very purpose of Jesus’s death on the cross was to gain forgiveness for our sins. Cross is the place where heaven’s love and heaven’s justice meets. Seven sayings of Jesus from the cross represents perfect vision of Christian life. It denotes the seven is God’s perfect number in the Bible. Cross is the symbol of Christian life style through following perfect relationship according to divine standard.
Mathematics of Cross
1 The Cross subtracts one from hell (-)
Those who believe in God Almighty have eternal life. Through the Cross of Jesus Christ we have protection from hell.
2 The Cross adds one to Heaven (+)
Through the death of Jesus we have heavenly life. Those who believe in Jesus have the privilege to be the children of God. Once we were mere people, now we became the people of God. By the Grace of God we are citizens of Heaven.
3 The Cross divides one from worldly values (/)
If anyone in Christ, who is a new creation. The values of Cross always fighting with values of world ,that is values of satan . So we need protection of Cross for a meaningful Christian witness.
4 The Cross multiplies our blessings (*)
By the relationship with the Almighty God we have lot of Blessings that is; nature ,family, job, material things etc. If we have right relationship with Jesus Christ definitely we have blessings of eternal life. If we have Holy Spirit we will have rewards of Holy Spirit.
5 The Cross is the vision of equality (=)
Jesus Christ died for all humanity and sins of the whole world. It is Good news to all the creation. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile. He is a God of justice not a God of partiality. This is the great hope of the Cross
Once again let us come to the Cross of the Christ and re-examine ourselves. Let us crucify our ego to understand the way of Cross and cleanse us by the blood of Jesus Christ for a fruitful Christian discipleship. May Almighty God bless everyone of us by his amazing grace.
With love and prayers,
Dear Believers in Christ,
Why do we have to rejoice in Christ Almighty?
He is the eternal God who is the root and cause of joy-nothing can steal that joy. The prophet Habakkuk teaches us to trust God in any circumstances. “Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no fruit, though the flock may be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stall yet I will rejoice in the Lord” (Hab 3:17- 18). Nothing will steal your joy if it is rooted in God Almighty because He is the God of joy and salvation.
Rejoice because your name is written in Heaven and the book of life. ** “Rejoice because your name is written in Heaven”( Luke 10:20). ** We are Christian so we have lot of things to rejoice about when we reflect on what God Almighty has done for us. When we analyze our life we genuinely we have lot of things to praise God for. What is the destiny of our life? We should have a meaningful existence in our worldly and Heavenly life with God.
Rejoice because God is a provider of your daily life. When we take a breath, you have a reason to praise God. For a small piece of fish on your table you should be thankful to lot of people. A series of miracles occur frequently in our lives, so let us create a culture of gratitude for what God has provided for us and avoid culture of complaining . He cares for the birds of air and lilies of the field and He will definitely take care of us because we are created in the likeness and image of God.
Rejoice because Jesus Christ will come back. All of the chaotic situations we face will be changed into Godly order. God will rule all the cosmos with mighty power. He will judge all of the unrighteous. He is the alpha and the omega. He only knows the beginning and end of the existing world. It is the hope and possibility of Christianity in the midst of suffering and tribulations, that Jesus Christ will come and restore all relationships for perfect joy.
"Watch your thoughts for they become words Watch your words for they become actions Watch your actions for they become habits Watch your habits for they become character Watch you character for they become destiny"
At the end of this month we are going to celebrate Easter because He is a God of life. Let us renew our commitments in Christ and meaningful observances of the Lent season. Let us strive for a meaningful mission for Jesus Christ of perfect Christian witness. May God Almighty bless you all with perfect happiness and joy.
In Christ’s ministry,
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,
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