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Thomas said to him, “My Lord and My God”. (St. John 20:28)

Issue No. 11 Vol. V

November 2011

A Monthly publication for the St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church, Kuwait

World Sunday School Day “ Come to Jesus , bring every child to Jesus”

P.O. Box 25562 Safat 13116 Kuwait Tel : 2563 5253 (Res.) Mob : 6603 0775 St. Thomas Centre Tel: 2564 7060 E-mail: st.thomasmtcq8@gmail.com www.st-thomasmtckuwait.com

Rev. Thomas Koshy Panachamoottil Vicar fatherpanachi@gmail.com

(For Private Circulation only)

Parsonage Location Salmiya, Street 10, Bldg No. 20 1st Floor, Flat No. 14 Al-Dhahok Bin Qays Street Opp. Bestow Super Market


From the Vicar Dearly beloved in Christ,

We are going to enter in to the Advent and Christmas seasons. The word Advent is from the Latin “adventus” for “coming” and is associated with the four weeks of preparation for Christmas. Advent always contains four Sundays, beginning on the Sunday nearest the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, (November 30) and continuing until December 24. It blends together a penitential spirit, very similar to Lent, a liturgical theme of preparation for the Second and Final Coming of the Lord, called the Parousia, and a joyful theme of getting ready for the Bethlehem event. Since the 900s Advent has been considered the beginning of the Church year. This does not mean that Advent is the most important time of the year. Easter has always had this honor. The traditional color of Advent is purple or violet which symbolizes the penitential spirit. The people of Israel had been waiting for a Messiah. He was expected by the Jews, to enthrone Him and safeguard their values against all their enemies. At last when the Messiah did come in the person of Jesus, only a few identified Him as the Savior. The season of Advent is to prepare our hearts to accept Jesus Christ joyfully into our lives and proclaim with enthusiasm that comes from faith that He is the Lord and Savior of the whole world. Advent therefore is a call to understand the meaning of the incarnation of our Lord and to manifest His coming into our lives. It is regrettable today that the penitential dimension to Advent seems to have been largely forgotten by many Christians. Today, Christmas decorations go up months before and Christmas parties begin shortly thereafter. Advent also highlights the second coming of the Lord at the end of the age to judge the living and the dead. It brings us the assurance and the hope that the Kingdom of God will come along with the final coming of the Lord, that is reign of justice and righteousness will be established on earth as it is in heaven. So like five wise virgins, we should await His coming with oil in our lamps, the oil of prayer and meditation. May this Advent season help us to accept His Presence and Authority in the world. Yours in Christ Panachamoottil Achen

World Sunday School Day

Sunday school, institution for instruction in religion and morals, usually conducted in churches as part of the church organization but sometimes maintained by other religious or philanthropic bodies. Sunday School pays attention in bringing the individuals to our Lord and making them witnesses for Him in the society. In England during the 18th centurary, occasional efforts were made by charitable individuals to provide some education in religious matters as well as secular instruction to children of the poor. Probably the first to be called a Sunday school was that started in 1780 by Robert Raikes for factory children in Gloucester. The curriculum largely consisted of simple lessons in reading and spelling in preparation for reading the Bible, and memorizing Scripture passages and hymns. The plan was copied in other places; an important educational movement was thus started. By 1795 the Society for the Support and Encouragement of Sunday Schools had helped to establish more than 1,000 schools. In 1803 the London Sunday School Union was founded to promote the extension of schools with voluntary teachers. Sunday School Unions were developed in Ireland and Scotland. In 1862 a general Sunday school convention was held in London, at which a program was initiated for extending the movement to other Continents.


Mar Thoma Sunday School Samajam Moto: “ Come to Jesus , bring every child to Jesus” The reformers realized the importance of Bible Study, as essential for spiritual renewal and growth. The opening of the Sunday Schools thus became a natural development in the way of Christian nurture. The formal inauguration of the Sunday School Samajam comprising all the Sunday Schools, which had already been started in the parishes, took place at Maramon Convention in 1905. Mr. V P Mammen, (later Vicar General V P Mammen Kasseesa) was elected as the General Secretary. The growth and development of the Sunday School Samajam as one of the leading Christian Education organizations in India was the result of the extraordinary organizing ability of Rev. V P Mammen and his untiring efforts for 47 years. In those days of very limited travel facilities he visited churches in different places traveling in bullock carts and riding bicycles. He organized syllabuses for the different grades and published the lessons to be taught in various classes. A publication entitled “Sandarsini” began to be published in 1911 containing articles helpful to the pupils, teachers and parents and lesson notes for Sunday school teachers. Since 1952 textbooks are published for the various classes. From 1977 the Sunday School Samajam follows the curriculum of the Christian Education Council of India. Rev. Dr. K K George joined the work of the Sunday School Samajam in 1952 as a successor to Very Rev. V P Mammen, from 1952 up to June in 1982. Both of them laboured in this great cause dedicating their extraordinary powers of head and heart to the cause of Christian Education in children. Our Bishop Dr. Abraham Mar Paulose was the General Secretary of the Samajam from the year 2000 to 2005. The present General Secretary is Rev. Dr. G.Samuel. In 1905 there were fifty Sunday Schools, two hundred and thirty four teachers and two thousand and seventy four students. After 100 years, in 2005 the numbers rose to 1,031 Sunday Schools, 16,575 teachers and 1,45,350 students. The Christian Education Center at Charal Mount, Kuriannoor, the high school at Edakulam and the boarding house attached to it are run by the Sunday School Samajam.

FAMILY SUNDAY – KUDUMBA NAVEEKARANA DHYANAM Our Parish was Blessed through the wonderful and thought provoking messages rendered by Rev. Shaji Thomas during the days of our Kudumba Naveekarana Dhyanam conducted from 18th to 21st October,2011. Our Nation will be blessed only when the Family is filled with Lords’ presence. Now we are worried about the livelihood of our children whereas we should be concerned about their endurance. It is not the gleaming superficial life, but the quality in life such as values, love, faith, respect etc. that constitute a family, Rev. Shaji Thomas said. A large crowd attended the meetings which was inaugurated by Rev. Chacko Thomas of St. Peter’s Mathoma Church. During the other days Rev. A. Y. Varghese and Rev. Thomas Koshy presided. The event was organized by Mr. Chacko Thomas, Convenor and Mr. Chacko Daniel and Mr. Abraham Vaghese as Joint Convenors. On the concluding day all families submitted themselves to the Lord. We hope and pray the Dhyanam would help us in reforming and refining our life.


Birthdays in november Date

Name

1

RUTH MARIAM JACOB

1

DANY V. JACOB

Prayer Group

Telephone

Mobile

EDEN

25615982

97643176

OLIVET

55479452

99381676

2

SHERWIN SAM THOMAS

EMMAUS

25730462

66293772

2

ANGELLA MARIA SANJAY

EMMAUS

23727529

67766034

3

MERCY MATHEW

4

MARY JACOB

4

THOMAS CHACKO

4

ALAN MATHEW MATHAI

5

ALEENA SUSAN ANU

5

RHEA JOSE WARTIKA

6

ELWINA SUBIN

MAHANAIM

25622382

66671409

EMMAUS

23716843

66270297 99795431

EMMAUS

25610213

MAHANAIM

25650429

99893110

ARARAT

66565360

66565360

GEEHON

25359283

66893031

MAHANAIM

25648202

97482940

6

JOYAL SAM MATHEW

OLIVET

6

ROSHNA VARGHESE

SHEKAM

24808395

55804695

6

ALWIN THOMAS JINU

OLIVET

25641796

99114562

6

CHELSEA DANIEL SAJU

EDEN

25650391

99421457

99526062

7

JOHN P. MATHEW

MAHANAIM

25632457

99800713

7

MANOJ MATHEW M.

CANAAN

256466726

99816826

7

KEZIAH RACHEL VARGHESE

EPHRATH

24311491

97115102

7

JOANNE SUSAN VARGHESE

GEEHON

25652543

97910385

25627554

66779089

7

ALISHA SARA THOMAS

8

ANDREA ANNA MATHEWS

MAHANAIM KADESH

67094578

8

SARADA MATHEWS ABRAHAM

GEEHON

25323698

99446358

9

JEFFIN MANOJ

CANAAN

23717859

99816826 99845904

9

SAJI VARGHESE SAMUEL

MAHANAIM

25611739

10

RAJAN DANIEL. N.

CANAAN

25629747

10

MONCY ABRAHAM

EPHRATH

10

ALICE LALOO

10

ASHISH VARGHESE VAIDIYAN

11

MATHEW D. KOLLAMALA

CANAAN

25639678

67057479

11

MATHEW C. OOMMEN

EPHRATH

24314590

66760075

11

ANCEY ANIYAN

KADESH

11

JULIE BIJU

OLIVET

25630169

99223165

99068514 99718537

MAHANAIM

25657655

99588244

EDEN

25623126

99488960

65114270

11

JOHN GEORGE

EMMAUS

25616846

99252794

12

RIYA SARA JOHN

ARARAT

24348934

66280967

12

KEZIA MARIAM JOSEPH

EMMAUS

23716843

66270297

12

SHEELA PHILIP

EDEN

25633251

66777350

12

REMYA MARIAM

CANAAN

25641766

66511065

13

AKSHAY GEORGE FINNEY

MAHANAIM

25610329

66631761

13

TIRZAH MIRIAM TOGY

14

ANU MANI

ARARAT

24349472

97271924

EDEN

25624138

97520573

14 14

FINNEY GEORGE

MAHANAIM

25610329

AIREEN ANN LALU

ARARAT

66631761 94063349

15

CHACKO ABRAHAM THUNDIYIL

EDEN

25710468

99632147

15

CHACKO ALEXANDER P.

MIZPAH

25710468

66067546

15

NIKKY ELIZABETH GEORGE

MIZPAH

25743908

97214572

15

AARON SHIJU GEORGE

KADESH

25610934

99142005

16

SIMON ABRAHAM

EDEN

66890925


Birthdays in november Date

Name

Prayer Group

Telephone

Mobile

16

SAM GEORGE PALAKOTHUPEEDIKAIL

EMMAUS

25639634

66133001

16

RHEA REBECCA PHILIP

EMMAUS

25643271

65150212

17

ANITA EIPE (DR.)

SHEKAM

24892880

65997720

17

SANJEEV SAMUEL MATHEW

MAHANAIM

25622382

66671409

17

MINI VARUGHESE MATHEW

EMMAUS

25619683

99112919

18

JEFFIN NEBU JOHN

MIZPAH

25759574

66978321 99204016

19

STEVE THOMAS

CANAAN

25651132

19

JENCY SARA EASOW

MIZPAH

25751147

19

ABRAHAM VARGHESE

EDEN

99780609 97294693

19

SHANTEL ANN SOJI

OLIVET

25628044

66267537

19

REEBA GEORGE

MIZPAH

25637568

99463476

19

DAVID GEORGE

MAHANAIM

25649742

97439377

20

THOMAS C. GEORGE

ARARAT

24330423

99381691

OLIVET

25630521

66565496

EDEN

25611281

99880114

MAHANAIM

25629174

65581644

EDEN

99735194

66174259

24348934

66280967

20

ALEYKUTTY ABRAHAM

20

SHIYA MOL TOM

20

SOSAMMA ABRAHAM

20

ALEYAMMA PHILIP

20

RONI THOMAS JOHN

MIZPAH

22

JOHN MATHEW

ARARAT

55041085

22

BINU ABRAHAM

22

ANNIE ALEXANDER

MAHANAIM

EDEN 25619976

97514540 99515448

22

SUSAN VARGHESE

EMMAUS

25646274

66106744

23

MELVIN MANOJ MATHEW

CANAAN

25646726

99816826

23

LEELAMMA K. GEORGE

GEEHON

25353394

66224297

23

THOMAS PHILIP KOLETH

EDEN

25662952

99827389

24

JOHN MATHEW P.

MAHANAIM

25632457

99800713

24

ABRAHAM T.M.

MAHANAIM

25629174

65581644

24

LISSY DANIEL

EDEN

25652751

66165292

25

CAROLYN CHARISMA SAJAN

KADESH

25

ALEYAMMA VARGHESE

CANAAN

25319557

99039701

26

JIBU CHACKO VARGHESE

SHEKAM

24731745

97682203

27

ANNAMMA JOSE

ARARAT

24317585

66172425

27

THOMAS MATHEW

CANAAN

25640153

66750875

27

THOMAS GEORGE P.

EMMAUS

25614539

97247242

28

ACHANKUNJU K. M.

KADESH

25646384

66547820

28

SAM PHILIP

28

JOSHI ABRAHAM

28

REXY GIGI

MIZPAH

66830185

66166523

MAHANAIM

25620983

99517300

OLIVET

25658549

99556257 97219433

29

REJI MATHEW PHILIP K.

ARARAT

24344521

30

BIJU GEORGE THOMAS

MAHANAIM

25635729

66738237

30

MELBA MARY ABRAHAM

OLIVET

25652846

97592351

30

SIMY SARAH ABRAHAM

OLIVET

25630521

66565496

30

JEFFRIN JOHN

OLIVET

23710567

65078450

30

MATHAI KOCHUMMAN

OLIVET

25617268

99426691

Thanks to God Almighty for his mercy that kept you safe and sound during the past year. Praying to Lord God to shower his Blessings, on each of you, all through the year ahead. "Happy Birthday"


Vidyaramba Susrusha

VIDYARAMBAM ....Our Vicar was the ‘Guru’ for the 7 tiny tots on the occasion of writing their First Alphabet. May God shower Wisdom on all of them.

Sunday school conference It was a new experience for all the 66 participants who attended the Conference conducted by our Sunday school especially for the Intermediates and Senior Classes on 21st and 22nd October at St. Thomas Center. The Objective of the Conference was to equip the children for an effective Christian life and to experience the presence and the transforming grace of Jesus Christ in their lives Rev. Shaji Thomas initiated the first session based on the Conference Theme “ Abide With Us” ” (Luke 24:29). Rev. Abraham Scaria from the TMA Counseling Center, Kottayam, through his sessions on Cyber-Addiction and the need for a “Cyber-Fasting”, enlightened the students of the dangers of spending excessive time on the Internet. Other sessions were led by Mr George Mathew (Personality Development), Dr.Sherlyn Vineeth and Dr. Reji Alex (Medical -Self Awareness). There was a panel discussion, comprising of spiritual, social and student leaders on “The Impact of Media on our lives”. St. Thomas Mar Thoma Sunday School is indebted to our Vicar Rev. Thomas Koshy and all those who have helped and supported in making this conference, an absolute blessing for our beloved children.


Wedding Anniversaries in november We wish the following couples a Happy Wedding Anniversary. Please attend and partake in the thanksgiving prayer during the Holy Communion Service. Date

Name

Prayer Grp.

Tel. Res.

Mobile

MAHANAIM

25641963

99369353

1

BIJU VARGHESE & SMITHA THOMAS

7

JOHN C.MATHEW & SNEHA JOHN

8

ALAN ABY VARGHESE & LEYA SARA JACOB

CANAAN

9

ALEXANDER VAIDYAN T.O. & JESSY ALEX

ARARAT

EDEN

94917052 66246413 24346876

66896594

9

THOMAS CHACKO & VALSAMA THOMAS

EPHRATH

10

SUBY MATHEW THOMAS & ELIZABETH MATHEW

CANAAN

99781927

10

VINCE VARGHESE & NANCY WILSON

OLIVET

10

GEOL ABRAHAM & DEENA GEOL

KADESH

25621963

66588150

11

ABRAHAM STEPHEN & BIJI ABRAHAM

MIZPAH

25624177

66284427

12

JIMMY CHERIAN VARGHESE & PRIYA VARGHESE

13

JIBI JOHN KIDANGIL & NIKKY ELIZABETH GEORGE

16

JOHN MATHEW THOMAS & SHEELA PHILIP

17

VARUGHESE JOHN & SUSAN VARGHESE

17

MANI JACOB & ANU MANI

18

VARGHESE OOMMEN & ANNAMMA THOMAS

19

JOHNS LESSLY THOMAS & MINI JOHNS LESSLY

19

25640153

66750875 55108344

EPHRAIM

99967590

MIZPAH

25743908

99826875

EDEN

25633251

66777350

EMMAUS

25646274

66106744

EDEN

25624138

97520573

KADESH

25621469

66420854

EDEN

25632914

65915720

AJIT MAMMEN ABRAHAM & SUSAN GEORGE

CANAAN

25622974

99501715

20

TINKU ABRAHAM MATHEW & JOSYMOL ZACHARIAH

CANAAN

21

GEORGE KURUVILLA & SUSAN GEORGE

CANAAN

23

SABU THOMAS & SHERLY P.Y

25

66421904 66330192

EDEN

66761362

99138548

SANTHOSH MATHEW KAITHOTTA & ANU MATHAI

CANAAN

25619359

99578545

25

BABUKUTTY P. & ALEYAMMA BABUKUTTY

EMMAUS

25

KOSHY KUNJU DANIEL & SARAMMA KOSHY KUNJ DANIEL

OLIVET

25640989

99575308

26

JOHN MAMMEN & MANU ANN VARGHESE

OLIVET

25661269

99413536

27

REJI IDICULLA PHILIP & SHOBA ANNIE MATHEW

EMMAUS

25643271

65150212

28

BINO K. JACOB & SUSAN JACOB

CANAAN

25627158

99670672

28

JIJI MATHEW GEORGE & SUSAN JIJI MATHEW

CANAAN

25668174

97801302

29

KUNJAPPAN ALEXANDER & KEZIA ALEXANDER

MIZPAH

97214239

97952102

29

GEORGEKUTTY M. C.& MARIAMMA GEORGE KUTTY

EDEN

25659514

66512291

29

PHILIPOSE VALIYAPARAMPIL & ALICE PHILIPOSE

EDEN

30

SUNIL TOM MATHEWS & PREETHI VARGHESE

25626196

99835773

GEEHON

66910782

99219375

REGULAR PROGRAMS AT ST.THOMAS CENTRE Sunday School

Every Friday at 2.30 PM

Junior Choir

Every Thursday at 6.00 to 7.30 PM

Senior Choir

Every Thursday at 7.30 to 9.30 PM

Yuvajana Sakhyam

Every 1st Friday at Centre after the Worship service And 3rd Sunday at Abbasiya

Sevika Sanghom

All Saturdays at 5.00 PM

Edavaka Mission

All Saturdays at 7.30 PM


1 TUE

DATE

7.30 AM

7.30 PM

TIME

HALL OF PEACE

ST. THOMAS CENTRE

HALL OF PEACE

VENUE

HUDOS EETHO RENEWAL OF THE CHURCH.N UTTURING “WORLD SUNDAY SCHOOL DAY”

ALL SAINTS DAY

THEME

PROGRAMME 1 Corinthians 3 :10-17

EPISTLE

St.Luke 19: 45-48

GOSPEL

Exodus 40:1-14

FIRST LESSON

Revelation 2:12-17

SECOND LESSON

SEKHAM

PRAYERGROUP/ ORGANISATION

EMMAUS

EDAVAKA MISSION

GEEHON

SUNDAY SCHOOL

HOLY COMMUNION HOLY COMMUNION

Hebrews 12:1-13

Ephesians 4:1-16

Proverbs 23:15-26

Ezekiel 37:15-23

St.John 6:1-14

HOLY COMMUNION

Acts 2: 43-47

FASTING PRAYER HOLY COMMUNION

WILL BE ASSIGNED

MIZPAH

CANAAN

JOINT COMMUNION C. S. I. SERVICE

Ephesians 1:3-14

HOLY COMMUNION

Zechariah 2:10-13

WILL BE ASSIGNED St.Luke 1:26-38

JOINT COMMUNION MTC SERVICE HOLY COMMUNION HOLY COMMUNION

Galatians 4:21-31

HOLY COMMUNION

St.John 17:17-24

Ephesians 6:1-4

WORSHIP SCHEDULE FOR THE MONTH OF november 2011

4 FRI 7.30 PM ST. THOMAS CENTRE

SURRENDER TO THE WILL OF GOD

UNITY THROUGH WORSHIP (CCI, CNI,CSI,MTS)

8 TUE 11 FRI 7.30 AM HALL OF PEACE

CHURCH AND PARISH HALL

15 TUE 7:30 PM

19 SAT 7.15 PM ST.THOMAS CENTRE

ST. THOMAS CENTRE

25 FRI 7.30 AM HALL OF PEACE

18 FRI 7.30 AM

29 TUE 7:30 PM

Prayer Groups shall identify and assign appropriate personnel as Two Laymen to Assist in Church services ,Two Lesson Readers And Four Children to collect offertory, during Worship services and Holy Communion services for both St.Thomas center & Hall of Peace .Please co-ordinate with Lay Readers .

Sponsership For ST. THOMAS MESSENGER Sponsorship for “MESSENGER” is solicited from individuals, families (share the special occasions), organizations, prayer groups. For details please contact the office bearers in advance.

Vice President

John Alexander

99086449 / 25627036

Secretary

John Varghese (Reji)

97867814 / 25663520

Trustee

Christy Thomas

97100853 / 22623051

Trustee Accounts

Vijoy Alexander

97835292 / 25650273

Lay Ministrant

Mathew P Alexander

66284427 / 25624177

Lay Ministrant

Abraham Stephen

ST.THOMAS OFFICE BEARERS 2011-2012

66249240 / 25610139

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