From the Vicarâ€™s Desk...
10212 Fountaingate Drive
Stafford, TX 77477
Dearly beloved in Christ,
First of all, It gives us great pleasure in wishing you all a Blessed & Grace-filled New Year in the name of the Almighty from whom all blessings come.
There is an old saying which goes, â€œDonâ€™t cry, because it is over; smile it happened.â€ A new year is a time for new beginnings. It is time to start anew and do things which could make another soul smile. Before we enter into the New Year, God invites us to forget about all the distrust and fear, all the anxieties of the past, all the resentments we have been holding against others, all the criticism, to put them away and begin
anew. This New Year gives us an opportunity for a new beginning not only as individuals, but as a family, a church, and a community. A familiar year has passed out, and an unknown future is approaching us. One thing we can be certain about the coming year is that the Lord is ahead of us. Our future is in His strong and caring hands. â€œRemember, I will be with you and protect you wherever you goâ€ (Gen 28:15). The God who is the alpha and omega, the Lord who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and whose kingdom is going to last forever will be our rock and refuge in the New Year.
In January, the church celebrates â€˜Epiphany.â€™ â€˜Epiphanyâ€ means shining forth or manifestation of our God. Godâ€™s glory was revealed to us through his sonâ€™s birth, now itâ€™s time to witness Godâ€™s glory in this world. So, â€œArise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon youâ€ (Isa 60:1). In the early centuries, the feasts of Nativity and Epiphany were celebrated jointly on January sixth. There was only one feast of the Denho, which includes Nativity and Epiphany in the Eastern Church. The incarnation of the Divine Word and the baptism of our Lord, which he received from St. John the Baptist, were used to be commemorated together for a long time in the Church. According to the current practice of our Church, we celebrate those feasts separately.
Being the Vicars of the Immanuel Mar Thoma Parish, we are grateful to our 2018 office bearers and executive committee members for their devoted and sacrificial services. Mr. Abraham Varghese, Mr. M.A. Varughese, Mr. Thomas Mathew, Mr. Binu Pappachen, Mr. Saji John & Mr. Jim Thomas deserves special appreciation. We were delighted to welcome the newly elected office bearers and committee members. May God bless you to continue His Mission faithfully and diligently.
Our dear Saji Achen had a frightening car accident during our House to House Caroling. We experienced Godâ€™s miraculous hands. We just had to give thanks to God for His protection. Because of the severe collision, the car was damaged completely, but Achen, his elder son Johan and Melvin were wonderfully protected by the almighty. We urge your continued support and prayers. Let us be united and strive for the extension of Godâ€™s Kingdom.
Wishing you every blessing from above for a blessed New Year
Yours in His service,
AnuAchen & Saji Achen
Rev. Abraham Varghese (AnuAchen)
Vicar, Immanuel Mar Thoma Church, Houston