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Dearly Beloved in Christ,

Greetings to all in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

During this Lent season as we spend time alone with God in prayer, we make it our goal to become a better listener and communicator. As we speak to God train ourselves to hear Him & Trust in His providence. Many people think of prayer as asking God for various things. In prayer we have the freedom to communicate our needs with thanksgiving but remember one thing it is a time to listen to God and accepting His will with a grateful heart. I pray that this year Lent observation and meditations may renew our life and revive our community.

“I will, be clean” (Mk 1: 41). The Gospel according to St. Mark renders Jesus Christ as Son of God. We always try to hang on to the safer side in the ministry. Jesus himself put on the other way, the menial. This way of approach of Jesus is a wake-up call to our own ministerial concern. In the given text shows compassion to the leper. The leper was only concerned about a temporal healing to his pain and agony, since he was used to the disease. But Jesus responded in an entirely different manner. Standing as a Complete God, Jesus shows how a complete human must behave to the people around us. Christ calls for an alternative seeking mind. Jesus taught us to move from safe to unsafe mode, so that we may touch the untouched with our body, soul and mind. Are we able to touch our fellow being, at least a person who is sad? A gentle touch signifies that “You can share your pain with me, don’t hesitate; I will be your friend in your painful situation”.

As per our Metropolitan’s Kalpana, I stand transferred to Superintendent/ Director, Asraya Old Age Home &, Snekajyothi Balika Bhavan, Mallappally from 2019 May 1st. We intend to move from New York on April 24th. This is my last chance to address you all through the pages of the News Letter as the Vicar of the Epiphany Mar Thoma Church. I believe that thanksgiving is an important duty of human heart. “Every day I thank God for blessing with me more than I deserve. Thank You for being in my life and for staying with me through thick and thin”. Therefore, I thank God Almighty for giving me the privilege to serve the Epiphany parish as Vicar/President for the last three years. I express my sincere thanks to Our Metropolitan Tirumeni, the most Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan, and the Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Rev. Dr. Isaac Mar Philoxenos Thirumeni for their support, care and guidance.

There are many good ways to get involved in the Epiphany Mar Thoma Church, as well as through different organizations. “You make the world a better place for everyone, and you never fail to share God’s love in everything that you do. I am very grateful to have someone like you in my life. You teach me to look at the bigger picture, and to appreciate every good thing that happens, no matter how small it may be. Wonderful people like you make me realize just how much God loves us. Thank You! I guess that’s all I can say to show all the gratitude that I have in my heart. May God continue to bless you and be with you through your daily lives”. Thank you for your consideration in assisting us as we go on board in another specified area of our ministry.

I believe that I have utilized my time and God given talents for the overall development of Epiphany Mar Thoma Church. We have received wholehearted support from the parish office bearers, executive committee members, organization office bearers, and all Parish members. It is my pleasure to inform you that this year we have conducted Annual General Body meeting in the month of February 2019. So that we are also eligible for getting Best Parish award 2019 from the diocese for our commendable work in Parish, Diocese and the Church over all. I take this opportunity to appreciate all who worked timely, deliberately and consciously for the growth of our church. We have received the approved minutes, the Income and Expenditure Account 2018 and the budget for the year 2019 from the diocese.

I take this opportunity to welcome wholeheartedly our new Vicar Rev. Sibu Pallichira & Family. I wish and pray that let him be a fruitful minister in God’s hand. I request all parish members’ prayerful support towards their ministry.

Once again, I wholeheartedly acknowledge all your support and prayers for the effective functioning of my duties and responsibilities as Vicar/President. Remember 267 families in our prayers. Let the Triune God may strengthen all families continuously to serve God more dearly and clearly.

Our New Address:
Superintendent/ Director,
Asraya Old Age Home/ Snehajyothi Balika Bhavan
Mallappally West P.O, Pathanamthitta, 689585.

Phone 0469 2784926, 9447201140 (Personal).

Note. Hereafter My Official Email Address is jogyachen@yahoo.in.

May the triune God be with us all.

Regards & Prayers
Rev. Jogy Thomas & Family

Our Parish History

The first approved congregation in North America started as the Mar Thoma-Church of South India prayer group. The congregation, the Mar Thoma Church of Greater New York, met for worship service at the All Saints Lutheran church in Jamaica in the borough of Queens in New York City. After conducting worship services briefly at a worship place in Manhattan, the congregation moved in 1974 to a Presbyterian Church near 174th Street in Fort Washington, at the north end of the Manhattan borough of NYC, and it was its abode until the congregation was divided into four parishes.

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