From the Vicar’s Desk...
10212 Fountaingate Drive
Stafford, TX 77477
About Rev. Abraham Varghese.
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My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Greetings to you all in the name of the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth receives its true name (Eph.4:13)
We do observe October 1st Sunday as the MT Voluntary Evangelists’ Sunday, Second Sunday as Youth Sunday and fourth Sunday as Family Sunday. MTVEA was started with a great vision and motto “ every Marthomite is an evangelist.” Yes, ‘every person is a missionary, and every other person is a mission field.’ Do we take this challenge seriously? The aim of the Mar Thoma Yuvajana Sakhyam and Youth Fellowship is to equip the youth to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. We are proud of our Youth Fellowship and Yuvajana Sakhyam especially for their leadership in the Church. I feel the younger generation should take leadership roles in our Parish activities.
The family is an institution without a constitution. Its constitution is nothing but the Bible. So we need to rediscover the basis and purpose of Family from the Bible alone, not from the media or any other law books. Modern family is faced with unanticipated challenges. Every new day brings a new challenge. No book in the world gives us a direct answer or solution to the contemporary challenges. Bible is not an ‘answer book’ for our questions, but it should be the ‘pattern’ to find out the answers to all our questions. Our family should be bound and guided by Love and Value as the Bible teaches us, not by price and use (as they are the guiding principles of consumerist society in the age globality). The values of the world guide most of the parents and work hard to earn valuables for their children. They do not bother to practice or teach any values to their children, based on the values of the Kingdom of God. Parents should be in a position to exercise moral authority over their children based on the values they practice, not the muscle power based on the valuables they earn. We need to put a deliberate effort to be guided by the values that the Bible teaches us. For that, we need to be with Bible in family prayer. We must find the time, even in our busy schedule, for Praying together, playing together and dining together to keep the family in fellowship and unity. Remember, a prayerless home is a roofless home. Let us try to make our families a miniature of heaven.
October 2nd is an important day for our Church. The installation ceremony of Valiya Metropolitan (Chrysostom Thirumeni) and Metropolitan (Joseph Mar Thoma) held on that day at Tiruvalla (2007). Our Diocesan Episcopa Rt. Rev. Dr. Issac Mar Philoxenos along with Joseph Mar Barnabas and Thomas Mar Timotheos consecrated as Bishops of Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church on October 2nd 1993. Let us uphold them in our prayers.
In our Church, we follow the tradition of admitting candidates to the Holy Qurbana not soon after baptism, but after teaching them about church and matters of faith. We desire that this act of participating in the Qurbana should be a deliberate act which involves a public declaration of their commitment to the Lord of the church, Jesus Christ. This year 24 of our teenagers are preparing to take part in the Holy Communion for the first time and through that to the full communion of the Church. Kindly uphold them in your prayers.
Sunday, October 28th we are observing our Parish Day. This is a time to thankfully remember the providence we have received from above. Let us humble ourselves, repent before God and commit ourselves to diligently partake in the Mission & Ministry of the Church thus participating in the expansion of the Kingdom of God. Our Diocesan Bishop,Rt. Rev. Dr. Isaac Mar Philoxenos Episcopa will be the Chief Celebrant for the Holy Qurbana on that day and the Chief Guest for our Parish Day Celebration.
Sevikasangam is arranging “Hagar Nite” on October 6th Saturday. This is to stretch out our hands to give hope for the needy widows in India. Let us join our hands together to help the needy. Our parish picnic is on October 13th Saturday. It is a time of strengthening our fellowship with each other.
Our Diocese could sign the closing agreement for the purchase of The Mount Carmel Christian Church, 6015 Old Stone Mountain Road, Atlanta. Now this center will be known as “The Carmel Mar Thoma Center, Atlanta.” This is a historical endeavor. Diocese envisions to develop the following programs at ‘The Carmel Mar Thoma Center’ Atlanta. Family Enrichment Programs, Spiritual Development Programs, Clergy and Laity Refresher Courses, Retirement Homes, Publication Center, and Diocesan Convention Center. The total area of the property comprises 42 acres of land with 111,820 square feet of buildings. This will help our Diocese to have a second phase development for the future of the Church. Please pray and contribute to the Atlanta project of our Diocese.
May the Almighty God bless us all.
With prayerful regards
Servants in Christ,
AnuAchen & Saji Achen
Rev. Abraham Varghese (AnuAchen)
Vicar, Immanuel Mar Thoma Church, Houston