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
This is to inform you that tomorrow’s 03/01/2018 Sandhyanamaskarum will be at our new parsonage at 7:00pm. The address is 29 Glen Ave, Port Chester, NY. All members are requested to attend.
Susan Kurian Ebenezer MTC Secretary
Dear Members of Ebenezer Mar Thoma Church,
Mrs. Mariamma Abraham (98) mother of Mr. Jacob Abraham enter in to eternity Friday January 26th . We the members of Ebenezer Mar Thoma Church, Portchester, New York convey our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. Please pray for them.
Funeral details: Viewing at the residence of Mr. Raju Abraham (Brother of Jacob Abraham) on January 29th 5:30 P M. Funeral Service at home start at 8:30 A M , January 30th, Tuesday. Church service will be at 10:30 A M . Funeral services will be lead by His Grace. Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan. Please uphold the families in your prayers.
Yours, C. S. Chacko (Secretary)
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live”” (John 11:25)
The raising of the dead Lazarus to life is the last sign of the seven signs recorded in the John’s Gospel. The evangelist John has placed this sign in a context of Jesus getting ready to die on the cross. And this sign has gained special eminence because it focused on the restoration of life and also on the authority of Jesus over the life. Jesus though heard that Lazarus was ill, he did not immediately rush to Bethany which was just 3km away from where Jesus was, instead he waited for two days to visit Lazarus whom he loved. Jesus wanted to create an opportunity to bring out the message of resurrection and life which was made clear in the later dialogue with Martha. According to Genesis 15:6,” Abram believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.” One is to believe the Lord to be considered as righteous and now according to the disclosure of Jesus, the same belief leads to the resurrection. When a person believes in Jesus Christ the Lord, he/she gains a quality of life where death has no dominion over life rather becomes a process through which one enters into heavenly abode which is everlasting. Jesus Christ here in his self-revelation expounds that he himself is the resurrection and life. And he supplemented it by saying that “those who believe in me, even though they die, will live”.
Jesus is expecting that all who believes in him will act and will react like Him.
Believing in Jesus is to accept and acclaim Jesus Christ as the incarnation of God and Savior of the World.
Believing in Jesus is to be born in Christ.
Believing in Jesus is to be washed in Christ.
Believing in Jesus is to imitate Christ.
Believing in Jesus is to adopt Christ’s liberative motifs and acts.
Believing in Jesus is to be fed in Christ.
Believing in Jesus Christ is to experience His sufferings.
Believing in Jesus is to be raised with Jesus Christ.
Believing in Jesus Christ is combating the evil forces in the world and responding to the situations where there is oppression and injustice.
Therefore, believing in Jesus Christ is putting end to the dark forces and to discern new life to live in Jesus to lead life in its fullness now and even after death.
May God Almighty will help us all, Amen.
May God Almighty will help us to lead a blessed life now and for evermore, Amen.
With prayers and Blessings, In God’s Ministry,
BIJI MATHEW ACHEN
“Why are you looking among the dead for one who is alive? He is not here; he has been raised.” (Luke 24:5)
My beloved in Christ, Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It is in spring that Christ died and rose from death. Nature then stood in full bloom. Butterflies fluttered in gardens where stood flowers of many colors and one could hear the warble of birds. Nature had prepared for Resurrection. So, did the angel declare that Christ was raised and the women and disciples who visited his tomb found it empty.
Empty tomb of Christ is the center of Christian faith: If the tomb were not empty, the centrality of Jerusalem would not have been maintained for a single day in the history. Faith in the crucified and risen Jesus cannot exist without the historical knowledge. This primordial event remains a concrete reality which divided the history as “Christ-centered” history. By coalescing the divine and human histories, thus making the Christ ‘fulfilled history’ and the “Christ controlled history”. It is this ‘Christic event’ dictated the history as ‘before and after Christ’ as the decisive and ‘kairotic’ moment. Therefore, this fact of empty tomb becomes both as the reality and a constructive hope of life for eternity.
Empty tomb of Christ is the Celebration of hope of life: The eschatological hope that Jesus’ resurrection brings is an ethical change for believers. Jesus’ resurrection involves a soteriological hope (Hope of salvation) while the (vicarious) death of Jesus on the cross is for the sake of the world. In other words, the righteous dying for the un-righteous. The death of Jesus must be understood, always in the context of Jesus’ resurrection. This hope in Christ’s resurrection is always a celebration of believer. The Eucharistic acclamation which follows the words of institution expresses almost sensory experience of the risen Christ, who is present with his redeeming life-giving power. The declaration which confesses Easter faith is ‘Christ has died; Christ has risen and will come again’. Lord, by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free, you are the Saviour of the world.
Empty tomb of Christ is the ‘Anubhava’, the experience in resurrected Lord: The path to sharing and growing in Easter faith has become possible by experiencing the risen Christ in worship with others, much more than analyzing evidence in favor of the resurrection. It has been a matter of knowing the risen Christ in direct and lasting experience rather than knowing things (the relevant data). It enjoys a practical as well as a logical and spiritual credibility.
Resurrection faith claims not only that Jesus rose from the dead but also that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, he has remained actively present in the world and in particular, in the lives of Christians. This experience leads us to understand the divine self-revelation. In other words, this experience is ‘God-encountering’, that dispels the darkness both in the mind and life. This gives a new vision and perspective towards changing our identity and the behavior. The early Christian proclamation of the risen Lord depended fundamentally on the four Gospels. This witness of Jesus’ resurrection makes the disciples as Apostles and in a unique manner as ‘the choicest’ of the earth.
The cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ gives a new courage and strength to face all the life situations in our life. His cross proved that death is not an end of life or death is not losing. Cross and resurrection gives new meaning and new hope to life.
May God Almighty will help us to lead a blessed life now and for evermore, Amen.
With prayers and Blessings, In God’s Ministry,
BIJI MATHEW ACHEN
Dearly beloved in Christ Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. First of all, I thank the Lord God almighty who gave the opportunity to address you all in the News Letter of New York Ebenezer Mar Thoma Church. I thank all the members of this Parish for the love and care extended to me and my family. And I also express my sincere gratitude to all for making us to be a part of your family and fellowship.
Lent season is a very significant in the life and activities of the church which enables to introspect and rededicate ourselves to God. Lent is also a time for lending our blessings of gifts to the needy and identify ourselves with suffering communities and the oppressed. Many Church leaders like Martin Luther, the great protestant church reformer was touched by our Lord during the lent season to be committed to their calling of God.
Lent season is a time of repentance. “Metonoiao” in Greek means turning from our folly to God, accepting His will in our lives for his ministry. It also refers to spring season, falling of the old leaves of and blossoming of new leaves, indicating the renewal of life, and spirituality. Lent enumerates the church to meditate upon Christ and his suffering on the cross which would bring spiritual revolution in the lives of believers in and through the scripture in our faith journey.
Lent season is a time of Reconciliation which brings peace and joy among the individuals and corporate. The word used in Greek for Reconciliation ‘apokatallassein’ refers to bringing two parties into peaceful relation or bringing together friends, who have been estranged or hostile.
God is the reconciler and we are reconciled through our Lord Jesus Christ Eph.2:11-22). Since God loved us by giving His only begotten son, to sacrifice his life on the cross, Jesus paid price for our sins and pleased God through his sacrificial death. For in him the fullness of God was pleased to dwell unto him to reconcile to himself all things, whether in earth or in heaven making peace by the blood of his cross (Col.1:20).
St. Paul realized this fact and experienced this meaning of reconciliation through Christ. He shared this message with Ephesians, as how this alienated gentile became children of God through faith in Christ and became one with Christ and with one another. Jesus abolished the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace and he might reconcile us both to God in body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. Our Lord created new age of fellowship among the brethren that they are no longer strangers or aliens but the fellow citizens with the saints and members of the house hold of God. In Him the believers are being built together in the dwelling place of God by the Spirit.
Reconciliation ministry is a finished ministry through the death and resurrection of our Lord and our duty is to cooperate with God’s plan to be engaged in the mission to the world. It needs repentance and accepting others as brothers and sisters. Reconciliation brings peace and freedom (Eph.2:14-17; Gal.5:1) and also it enables not to receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear but to receive the Spirit of adoption as sons by whom we cry Abba, Father. As we are living in the pluralistic context, we cannot ignore the realities of conflicts between races, the difference of creed and colour and enmity. But we carry the vision of Christ through the gospel, in word and deed, to create a new era of fellowship, peace and justice through reconciliation ministry.
Faith is the basic factor for salvation as Paul states in Eph.2:8. We comprehend God’s presence and power is always available as long as we have faith on him and cooperate to the God’s plan in our lives and ministry. This would make us reconciled and have right relationship between God and man and fellowship among brethren. So, we need to have faith in God and also submit ourselves perfectly to the will of God as ambassadors of Christ to extend God’s kingdom in this world. May the Lord God Almighty bless our Parish and make all our efforts for His Glory and for the extension of His Kingdom.
With loving regards and prayers,
In Lord’s Ministry,
Rev. Biji Mathew
Youth Chaplain's Corner
Meet the office bearers
Rev Biji Mathew
President & Vicar
George P Varughese
Dr Susan Kurian
John C Mathai
English Lay Ministrant
Malayalam Lay Ministrant
Sunday School Superintendent
Edavaka Mission Representative
Sevika Sangham Representative
Yuvajana Sakhyam Representative
Youth Fellowship Representative
Diocesan (Assembly) 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. Sony Philip
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