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Dearly Beloved in Christ,
Greetings to you all in the matchless name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It gives me immense pleasure in addressing you all again through this newsletter as a vicar of the Church. Let me acknowledge God's presence and providence we experienced throughout the Journey, which are beyond our measure. Here I request your wholehearted prayer and support to us for a fruitful ministry in the Church. We are deeply touched by the we the cooperation extended to us by members of the entire Epiphany family . Once again, we express our love and thanks to all and submit ourselves in the mighty hands of God for an effective ministry that will be fruitful to all members of the parish.
As we all know, Kerala, the most southern state of India, is nicknamed "God's Own Country", is coping one of the worst flood disasters in a century. Floods washed away hundreds of houses and submerged villages, killing at least 450 people and displacing about 800,000 to relief camps. Government estimates on 26 August indicated 50,000 homes may have been destroyed. Mar Thoma Church along with National Council of churches in India has made an appeal to all our members and partners to share your resources with the people of Kerala, especially food, water and clothes. People who did not lose their homes nonetheless arrived at the shelters, with food and supplies, to celebrate with their neighbors - who, before the flood, they may have considered strangers. We the people of God to assure our prayers and accompaniment at this time of trial and experience of crossing the valley of darkness. We have collected $26,000 in the church so far and sent the amount to the church flood relief fund in Kerala. I expressed my sincere thanks to all those who have contributed for this cause.
We are at the beginning of a new academic year. I congratulate all our children for their good academic performance. May our Lord bless them and be with them as they move on to their education journey forward. After summer vacation, our Sunday School classes will start from September 1st Sunday. All parents are requested to encourage their children to attend the Sunday School regularly. Make sure our children's participation in church worship also.
This year harvest Festival will be held on September 16th in the church. This year's North East Regional talent festival will be held on Saturday, 15th September in our church.
As we move on, I seek your wholehearted prayerful support and cooperation towards our parish and all its activities. May the crucified and the resurrected Lord be with us in our daily life, in our ministry and in all walks of life.
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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