From the Vicar’s Desk

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10212 Fountaingate Drive
Stafford, TX 77477
Home: 281.561.9147
Cell: 832.876.4281

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Dearly beloved in Christ,

Greetings to you in the name of Triune God.

We owe to the Holy Apostles the priceless treasure of the Christian faith. They handed over Christ's teachings to us. From them, we received the Holy Gospel and the letters of the Apostles. They laid a firm foundation for the Church. Bishop Andrew Sheptytsky says: "The Apostles in the full sense of the word are our parents in the holy faith. Through their hands, God gave to humankind and to every nation within Church all that belongs to the divine apostolic tradition.” This month begins with the celebration of St. Thomas day. It is celebrated on July 03rd . St. Thomas was one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus Christ. He is commonly known as “doubting Thomas”. We could see very few references about St.Thomas in the Bible. One incident was, when Jesus said He was returning to Judea to visit His sick friend Lazarus, Thomas immediately pipes up and exhorts the others to accompany Him, even though this trip involved danger because of the mounting hostility of the authorities- He said-“Let us also go, that we may die with him" (John 11:7- 16). He was ready to take risk. He was perhaps the only apostle who went outside the Roman Empire to preach the Gospel. Thomas’ response after encountering with the risen Christ became the “basic creed” of the Church –“My Lord and my God” (John 20:27-28). Thomas understood his own mission as that of sharing this experience; St. Thomas came to India on AD 52 and preached the Good news and put the foundation of our Church. We are the decedents of St. Thomas Christians (Mar Thoma Nasranikal). St. Thomas the Apostle challenges us to grow in deep faith in the risen Christ with the zeal for proclaiming the good news to all nations.

We are privileged to host the Diocesan Clergy conference from July 3& 4 at our Church. Our Church is blessed by the eminent presence of our most respected Metropolitan Joseph Mar Thoma, our diocesan Episcopa Isaac Mar Philoxenos Tirumeni, bishop of Thiruvananthapuram-Kollam diocese Rt. Rev. Joseph Mar Barnabas Episcopa and the Bishop of Chengannur- Mavelikkara diocese Rt. Rev. Thomas Mar Timotheos Episcopa and 57 achens and family.

Family Conference is always the best platform for fellowship and witness. The theme for the family conference is “United by God; Committed to serve”. The called out community of God are gathered and united by the grace of God. This community is commanded with the responsibility to share the good news of Christ through praxis. This community is nurtured and reinforced by the table of the Word and table of the Body of Christ. The ultimate calling of the Church is to render a sacramental presence in the world and to serve the people who are in the periphery. I urge you all to prayerfully participate in the Family conference.

Our nation is celebrating the independence day on July 04th . Let us salute the grate leaders of our nation.

Our VBS and School of Gamaliel are from July 27th -29th of July. Please make sure that all our children are participating in the VBS. It is an opportunity for our children to learn and practice Christian faith, thereby paving the way for the transformation of the community and society according to God’s plan.
Let us be united and work for the extension of God’s kingdom.

With prayerful regards,
Yours Servant in Christ,

Rev. Abraham Varghese (AnuAchen)
Vicar, Immanuel Mar Thoma Church, Houston