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Dearly Beloved in Christ,

Greetings to you all in the matchless name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We have entered the fourth quarter of this year and let us thank God for His countless blessings and guidance that we have been experiencing the last nine months of the financial year 2018. It gives me immense pleasure in addressing you all again through this News Letter as a vicar of the Church.
At the outset I would like to congratulate our diocesan Tirumeni Rt. Rev. Dr. Isaac Mar Philoxenos along with the Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Barnabas and Rt. Rev. Thomas Mar Timotheos as they complete 25 years of Episcopal ministry in the Church. Mar Thoma Church has an uninterrupted history of episcopal tradition that refers back to the ministry of the apostles, especially that of St. Thomas. The Syrian Christans of south India in general draw their Episcopal authority from the See of St. Thomas. Up to 17th century the Syrian Christians depended on the Persian and the Syrian Churches for the Episcopal supervision and guidance. God blessed the church through the centuries by raising great leaders to adorn the Episcopal Office of the church. Titus 1, Titus 2, Abraham Mar Thoma, Juhanon Mar Thoma, Alexandr Mar Thoma, Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma and Joseph Mar Thoma are those great men who fared efficiently in the office of the Mar Thom Metropolitans to guide the Church through the time of tests and trials and periods of commendable growth and development.( Mar Thoma Messenger, July 2018, P 14).
Rt. Rev. Joseph Mar Barnabas, Rt. Rev. Thomas mar Thimotheos and Rt. Rev. Dr. Isaac Mar Philoxenos were consecrated as the Episcopas (Tirumeni's) of the Mar Thoma on october 2nd, 1993. These respected tirumeni's are completing 25 years of their blessed ministry as Episcopa's of the Church. Each one of them is unique in the way they embody and translate the love of God and the righteousness of the Kingdom in the contemporary context of life. The Church appreciate the wonderful contributions of our beloved tirumeni's on the solemn occasion of the Silver Jubilee of their consecration. It is also a time for the whole Church to praise and thank God Almighty for the great leadrship and witness of these tirumeni's for the past 25 long years. ( Mar Thoma Messenger, July 2018, P 14).
As per the Church Calender the 1st Sunday of the october is being observed as Voluntary Evangelist's Day. The 2nd Sunday is being observed as Youth Fellowship Sunday, the third Sunday is being observed as Yuvajana Sakhyam Sunday and the 4th Sunday is Family Sunday. A joyful and busy summer has officially entered, and Autumn has begun, and the nature is preparing to receive one more winter.
Mission is the extension of the worship and witness of the Church. Church existing in worship necessitates mission as its spontaneous response. The very urge of the Church is to worship God and serve the world. May the Almighty Lord be with us and bless our ways and our ministry in this faith journey.

With Prayerful Regards
Rev. Jogy Thomas

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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