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Dearly Beloved in Christ,

I am highly delighted to greet you through this Newsletter as the new Vicar of the Epiphany Mar Thoma Church, New York. I praise God for your faithfulness, love and dedication to the Lord and to His church even at this Diaspora context. I realize the pain and the struggle you have rendered for the stability of the church in this land. God has planted, watered, made us grow in this ‘fertile land’. Now the time has come for the harvest. Bearing fruit is the destiny of the plant and the desire of the farmer. May we be fruitful for the farmer- The Lord, Almighty.

Another blessed month just passed by and a new month is at the doorstep. Let us thank God for His grace and blessings we have experienced in this month. By observing the Mother’s Day (May 12) and the Memorial Day (May 27), we could commemorate the sacrificial love of our blessed mothers and the dedicated service of the military personnel, both of whom stood for our wellbeing. In the month of June, we are celebrating the Children’s Day (June 9) and the Father’s Day (June 16). Children, the special gift of God and the paradigm for the values of the Kingdom of God, is the promise of the future. May God help us to value our children as Jesus valued them. Father’s Day is another special moment to thank God for the patronage that we have received through our blessed fathers, both physical and spiritual. It’s also a blessed moment for the church to celebrate the 88th Birthday of our spiritual father, The Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan, on June 27. Let us thank God for the blessed and visionary leadership of our beloved Thirumeni and pray for Thirumeni’s good health and long life to lead His folk, the church. I am highly thankful to you all for the gracious support, care and love, you have extended to us throughout these days. Your love proved what you have been, your deeds show what you are, your care prompts what we ought to be.

May God help us to be a Worshipping Community for becoming a Witnessing Community.

In Christ,
Rev. Sibu Pallichira

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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