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Youth Chaplain’s Corner

Dearly beloved in Christ,

Dearly beloved in Christ, Let us thank God for the blessings we have, to come to the 7th month of this year. As Americans, we will be celebrating the 247th Independence Day on July 4th. Let us thank God for our nation and keep our country and her leaders in prayers for God-given strength and reconciliation in diversity pointing towards Christ-centered living. Let us also praise God for the heritage we have as St. Thomas Christians. We commemorate July 3rd as St. Thomas Day and as we recognize the life of the apostle Thomas, let us also understand even during doubt and uncertainty, we can learn to honestly acknowledge it and grow further in our faith. That is the lesson we learn from St. Thomas, we are also not perfect, but we should grow in faith in our God who is perfect and as St. Thomas claimed out loud, we should recognize and commit to our God personally as “My Lord and My God”.

This July we are looking forward to many great events as a diocese as well as a region. Let us pray for the upcoming family conference in Philadelphia its leaders as well as the delegates. Let us also call to mind the Diocesan Youth Fellowship Conference that will be held in Chicago with the theme The Amazing Race. It will be held on July 20-23, 2023. As a region, NERSS Jr. Sr. Conference will be held on July 13-16, our NERYF BBQ will be held on July 28, and our NERYF Mental Health Workshop will be held on August 5th. Let us pray for God’s wisdom and our participation to make all these events for the glory of God. Please support and promote these events. We are still having our weekly Men Bible Studies in person on Wednesdays and Women's Bible Studies online on Saturdays respectively. I am preparing the list of new college students for campus visits for the coming fall and spring semesters 2023-2024, please do reach out to the NERYF Secretary for the QR code and sign up, looking forward to seeing all of you in this new academic year. In the meantime, enjoy this summer! God bless all of you.

Much Love,
Jess Achen

About our Youth Chaplain
      Rev. Jess Mathew George
      Wife: Justeena Kochamma
Mother Parish:
      Chicago Mar Thoma Church
Ordaination as Kassissa:
      August 5, 2017
Last parish served:
      -St. Thomas Mar Thoma Syrian Church, Panaji, Goa
      -Ebenezer Mar Thoma Syrian Church, Vasco Da Gama, Goa
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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