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ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING

Sunday, March 18th after Holy Communion Service All Edavaka Sangham Members are requested to attend the meeting.

MarThoma Church of San Francisco Bay Area

March 2012

Newsletter

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CHURCH MORTGAGE REPAYMENT STATUS • • • • • •

Donation -- $110,650 Loan -- $374,500 Total -- $485,150 Still Required -- $164,850 Families Pledged- -- 99 Amount Already Received -- $88,869

Required $164, 850

Goal $650,000

We could easily achieve the target with everyone’s contribution. We want to complete the pledge drive by March 15TH. Please convey your pledge to any of the committee members as early as possible. BIRTHDAY’S AND WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES DAY NAME 2 JOHNSON KAVANATTU 16 2 MATHEW KAVANATTU 18 18 3 KRISTAL KURIEN 18 4 SERENA CHACKO 18 4 RENJU OOMMEN 18 4 SUSAN JOHN 5 JOSHUA ALEXANDER 19 19 5 JOCELYN GEORGE 19 5 ANITA CHANDY 6 VALSAMMA THOMAS 19 20 7 RACHEL CHANDY 20 9 ANU GEORGE 20 10 SMITHA SKARIAH 20 11 JORDAN MATHEW 21 12 KEVIN STANLEY 22 12 LIJU JOHN 13 SARAMMA PHILIP 22 14 JOSEPH THOMAS 23 14 RICKY ROY 23 16 SHEILA CHANDY

SUNU EASOW REENU CHERIAN ISSAC MATHEWS JOHN MATHEWS SHANTE THOMAS CHRISTINE VIJI SUSAN ABRAHAM REBEKAH GEORGE JINSU VARGHESE JUSTIN VARUGHESE EVA THOMAS TARA GEORGE ALISHA THOMAS P.T THOMAS VIPIN THOMAS HANNAH GEEVARGHESE JESS MATHAI NOEL ZACHARIAH RYAN REUBEN

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RENU MATHEWS JOANNA ABRAHAM MARY VERGHESE SUSAN MATHEW SMITHU SAM SOSAMMA CHERIAN JOSHUA THOMAS SEAN KURIEN JOEL JACOB MELBIN MATHEW DAISY MATHEW

Wedding Anniversaries DAY NAME 2 KOSHY GEORGE & MARY VERGHESE 4 SAM GEORGE & GRACE GEORGE

Dearly Beloved in Christ, Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Once again we are passing through a Lenten period. We are memorizing the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Lent period are the days set apart for fasting, prayer and meditation, which should lead us to repentance and renewal. Lent related to the Holy week is called the great lent. Mar Thoma Church, being a Syrian Christian Church having Antiochine tradition, has 50 days of lent for the Great Lent. Before the 40th Friday we have 40 days of lent. Biblical basis of 40 days of celebration is the memory of the forty days of fasting of Jesus in the wilderness of Judea (Mtt 4:1,2, LK 4:1,2 ). Along with these days of Jesus’ fast, 40 days recall several great moments in Bible. For ex. 40 days flood at Noah’s time, Moses’ stay of 40 days in Mount Sinai,(Ex.34:28), Prophet Elijah’s walking of 40 days with the power of food given by Angel and 40years of wandering of Israelites in the wilderness. From the 40th Friday to Easter, we have 10 more days as Lent. These days are set apart for Meditation on the Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. For one as a follower of Jesus Christ, Lent is the period which disciplines himself or herself and there by trying to renew one’s Christian life. There were fasting and repenting experiences by the people of God in their faith journey both in the Old Testament and New Testament.1Sam 7:61 says about the fasting and praying of Israelites at Mizpah,2 Sam 12:16 says about David who fast and prayed for his child, 1 Kings 19:2-8 says about

Elijah’s fasting and prayer and in Nehemiah 9:1,2 it is written,..The people of Israel were assembled with fasting and in sackcloth, and with earth upon their heads. And the Israelites separated themselves from all the foreigners and stood and confessed their sins and the inequities of their fathers. In New Testament Mt.4 :1f & LK 4:1f says about Jesus’ experience of wilderness tempted by the devil. Mtt 17:21 says about the power of Prayer. In the 1st letter to Corinthians 9:27 St.Paul says, I harden my Body with blows and bring it under complete control, to keep myself from being disqualified after having called others to the contest. Lent provides us with a great opportunity to intensify our efforts to overcome the different temptations that we face in our life. So it challenges our life to take the decision of what our priorities are?, whether God’s way of Love and righteousness or worldly attractions of pleasure and prestige. Here is a prayer from the book of thousand prayers compiled by Angela Ashwin. Lord, in these days of mercy, make us quiet and prayerful. In these days of challenge, make us strong in You. In these days of emptiness, take possession of us. In these days of waiting, open our hearts to the mystery of your Cross. The members of our Youth fellowship will be preparing the Lenten devotions, probably from a week prior to the Holy week up to Easter. Through reading these reflections encourage our youths and also pray for them. May the Lord who overcame the tempter in the wilderness fill us all with His inward strength within us. Yours in Christ’s service, Viji Achen


Thanks and regards, John Mathew

Pardon sin [3RD sunday Lent] Zeal of faith[4TH sunday Lent] Salvation in Christ[Mid Lent] Restoration Worship[5TH Lent] Annunciation[36TH sunday] Victory over Temptation [40TH Friday]

Fremont Area San Francisco Area

2Cor11:18-28,Mk.10:46-52

Gal.6:11-16,Mat.4:1-11

Dr. M. M. Thomas Mr. Koshy Chacko Mr & Mrs. Zachariah George ( Saji & Sheela) Mr. & Mrs. Mathew Jacob Mr. & Mrs. Cherian Philip

March 10Th 5:00 PM March 17Th 6:00 PM TIME

Central Valley San Jose Area Sacramento Area

PLACE

Num.21:4-9,1Cor. 1:18-31 Isa. 59:9-21,Rom.8:31-39 Isa. 42:1-9 ,Acts.16:19-34 Num. 21:4-9,1Cor. 1:18-31

Hb.9:24-28,Mk.2:1-12 Gl.2:11-21,Mt.15:21-28 Gal.6:11-16,Mk.10:32-34 Eph.6:10-20,Lk.13:10-17

EPISTLE/ GOSPELS

THEME/ SPECIAL DATES

Isa. 1:1-20,1 Jn.1:5-2:6 Isa. 45:1-8,Act.16:6-15

LESSONS

Church Mortgage Pay off Campaign: Last General body meeting held on December 4th 2011 elected a committee to coordinate Church Mortgage Pay off plan due in the month of June this year. Under the direction of our Vicar and the Committee Convener Satish David Abraham, committee members are working very hard to achieve the target. Please pray and contribute generously. Sevika Sangham: Our Sevikasangham members are participating in the regional Sevikasangham meeting hosted by Seattle Parish. Sincere thanks to all coordinators and Sevikasangham Members. After Refreshment Program: I would like to thank all for contributing to the after service refreshment. We need more volunteers and sponsors for this program. When you celebrate birthdays and anniversaries please join at the social hall, pray and celebrate with us. It would be a great blessing to all. Thanks to Our Guests: Last month, we had a great number of guests attending our services. We would like to sincerely thank each and every one for their participation. 2012 Marthoma Family Conference: Family Conference is July 5-8 at Virginia. Information flyers are available. Those who would like to participate, registration forms are available. Please pray for the conference and leaders.

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LECTIONARY

I greet you all in the name our risen Lord and Jesus Christ. I would like to thank all for attending last month’s services and various activities in our church. During the Lenten season, our church is focused on organizing various events. Prayer Meetings: We are conducting our area prayer meetings once a month and choir is meeting once a month as choir fellowship at the church as well Sevika Sangham is meeting regularly at the church or at various houses. Our Edvaka mission conducted fasting prayer on the first Saturday of each month at the Church. Our Vicar is actively participating and coordinating these meetings regularly. Thank you all for participating in all of the aforementioned activities. Annual General Body Meeting: Our 2011 annual General Body meeting is scheduled for March 18th after the Holy Communion Service. Meeting agenda is already posted. All our Edavaka Sangham members are requested to attend the meeting. I sincerely thank all who extended prayers and support 2011 executive committee members and request all to extend your prayers and support to the newly elected office bearers for 2012. Youth Fellowship Regional Conference: This year during the month of July our youth fellowship is hosting Regional Youth Conference. Our youth fellowship members are working very hard to make that event a great success. They are conducting various fund raising events in the

coming weeks. Let us hold the upcoming conference in our prayers and support them.

PRAYER

Dear All,

March 18Th 5:30 PM Yuba City March 25Th 5:30 PM March 24Th

CLEANING SCHEDULE CHOIR FELLOWSHIP: Saturday March 10th @ Mr. Ajith Zachariah March 4Th San Ramon YUVAJANA SAKHYAM: Saturday March 31st @ Mr. Sandeep March 11Th San Jose/SF SEVIKA SANGAM: Saturday March 17th 2:30pm March 18Th Fremont @ Mr. and Mrs. Gheevarghese Oonnunny Th March 25 Santa Clara FASTING PRAYER: MARCH 3RD 10:00 am @ Church & Sunnyvale WORSHIP ORDER March 4Th Malayalam March 11Th Malayalam March 18Th English March 25Th English

XII WESTERN REGIONAL YOUTH CONFERENCE July 19-22, 2012 @Alliance Redwood (Occidental,CA) Please Pray for the upcoming Conference and participate in the fundraising events

CHURCH ADDRESS 418 Junction Ave. Livermore, CA 94551

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