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

Issue No. 2 Vol. VII

February 2013

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

Hearty Welcome

St. Thomas family members wholeheartedly welcoming our beloved Thirumeni

Congratulations and Best Wishes on the occasion of National Day & Liberation Day of Kuwait 118th Maramon Convention Feb 10th - 17th, 2013

Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius, Bishop of North America-Europe Diocese will be with us from Feb. 21st - 25th, 2013.

LENT February 10 - March 31

t\m¼p Imew 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 Desk of Vicar Dearly beloved in Christ, By the grace of God we are entering into the second month of the year 2013. The month of February is very memorable to many of us. For the Mar Thoma Church too this month is a special month. Maramon Convention is held in this month and most importantly the liturgical season of the church begins this month, the Great Lent Season. February was named after the Latin term februum, which means purification. As we are prayerfully entering into the 50 days of Great Lent (Valiya Nombu), from February 10th to March 31st, may these days be a time of purification for all of us through a self disciplined way of observing the days in which we are remembering the suffering, crucifixion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Christian church observed this time as a period of fasting and penitence for all in preparation for Easter. Jesus prepared for his ministry during 40 days of fasting and wrestling with temptation in wilderness. I personally encourage all the members to participate in this lent by giving up certain things that you cannot live without and spending more time in prayers and meditations and also mending broken relationships. Also it’s a time of meditating the salvific act of God through His son Jesus. We are planning to conduct the Sandhya Namaskaram during the Lenten season in our St.Thomas Centre and member’s houses beginning from February 11th to March 28th. Those who would like to open their homes for Sandhya Namaskaram may contact our Secretary for scheduling the prayers. I hope and pray that our Lenten prayer time will be a time of deepening our union with our Lord Jesus Christ. The 118th Maramon Convention will begin from 10th of this month. Let us remember in our prayers for the blessing of the forthcoming convention. Our Harvest Festival will be held on 22nd February. This is the time to thank God for His grace and mercy. It will be an occasion for getting together with families and friends, away form our daily routines and tensions. I request your earnest prayers and support in this matter. Our Vijayanagaram Mission Project is going on perfectly. Kindly I request you to fulfill the commitment towards the project in terms of donations, or by sponsoring needed items. Remember that without your prayer and support we will not be able to fulfill this task. May the Almighty God bless us and keep us under His wings in the days to come. With all best wishes and prayers, Panachamoottil Achen


ST. THOMAS FEST - 2013 St. Thomas Fest will be held on 22nd February, 2013 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm at Indian Community School Junior Branch premises at Salmiya. Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius, Bishop of North America & Europe Diocese will be the Chief Guest. Proceeds will be used for supporting mission activities and social services in India and within our parish. All are requested to help this noble cause by buying coupons and donating food items and other items for sale.

FIRST COMMUNICANT CLASSES Classes for First Communicants will held from the first week of February. All those who have completed 12 years and above are eligible for attending preparatory classes. First Communion will be celebrated by Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius on 23rd February, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Centre.

VALIYA NOMBU Lent season begins from February 10, 2013. All St. Thomas members are advised to observe lent by spending more time in prayer and fasting. Sandhya Namakarams will be arranged from February 11th to March 28th in St. Thomas Centre and member’s houses. Those who would like to open their homes for Sandhya Namaskaram may contact our Secretary for scheduling the prayers.

MARAMON CONVENTION Maramon Convention will be held from 10-17th February, 2013. Your prayers are requested for the blessings of the convention.

KUWAIT CENTRE MAR THOMA CONVENTION Kuwait Centre Mar Thoma Convention organized by Ahamdi, St. Thomas, St. James, St. Johns and St. Peter Mar Thoma churches in Kuwait will be held from 18th - 22nd February 2013 at NECK & Ahmadi Parish. Famous Maramon Convnetion Speaker Rev. Dr. Martin Alphonse will be the Main Speaker. Translation will be done by Rev. Dr. George Varghese (Director, Mar Thoma Guidance Center, Cochin).

ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION & EDAVAKA SANDHARANAM We have reached the last quarter of this financial year. Those who are not yet paid their Subscription and Edavaka Sandharam are requested to pay it as early as possible.


Birthdays in february Date

Name

Member No

pet name

Prayer Group

Telephone

Mobile

1

SISSLI JOHN

01112

SICILY

KADESH

25613051

99740830

1

SAMUEL KOSHY VILANILAM

03014

SAMKUTTY

SHEKAM

23727907

99468239

2

PAZHOOR VARUGHESE ABRAHAM

00041

PONNACHEN

MIZPAH

25612559

66277363

2

JEENA MARY SABU

04073

JEENA

KADESH

99735194

66174259

2

SMITHA SONY THOMAS

04462

SMITHA

GETHSEMANE

25650610

97677536

3

FEBY MANI MATHEW

00581

FEBY

MAHANAIM

66194291

97191953

3

JOSEPH MATHEW KOLLAMALA

00731

JOPPU

EMMAUS

25657821

99601604

3

SWAPNA MANOJ

01102

SWAPNA

SHEKAM

23715407

99844364

3

NIKHIL JACOB KURIAN

01763

NIKHIL

ARARAT

25610029

99531965

3

REEBA SUSAN THOMAS

02953

REEBA

MAHANAIM

67785016

66257383

3

SHIBU OOMMEN VARGHESE

03361

SHIBU

ARARAT

24311746

66644803 99398297

3

PRATHIK THOMAS MATHEW

04043

PRATHIK

CANAAN

25660857

4

MATHEW GEORGE ABRAHAM

00441

SANTHOSH

GETHSEMANE

25639462

99450411

4

SANDRA ANGEL SUNIL

04104

SANDRA

MIZPAH

66605358

66605358

5

ABRAHAM T.C.

00651

GEORGEKUTTY

EMMAUS

25758782

99807632

5

JOHN MATHEW

01801

SAMKUTTY

MAHANAIM

94403845

66049592

5

VARGHESE K.V.

02161

ACHENKUNJU

GETHSEMANE

99808234

99808234

5

LOVELY CHACKO

03202

LOVELY

MAHANAIM

25611739

99845904

5

BINCY JAMES

03262

BINCY

ARARAT

99450894

99450894

5

MALLIKA GANESH

04361

MALLIKA

EDEN

25621374

25621374

5

SONY THOMAS

04461

SONY

GETHSEMANE

25650610

97677536

6

PREETHA ABRAHAM (DR.)

01262

PREETHA

EMMAUS

25660975

66533284

6

LITTY P. MATHEW

03822

LITTY

GIHON

65970401

65970401

6

SHAJI GEORGE

03921

SHAJI

EDEN

60427100

60427100

7

BEN GEORGE

00765

THANGU

MIZPAH

25732895

66897629

7

RINI V. CHANDY

03442

RINI

ARARAT

94967896

94063349

8

MARY THOMAS

00472

SALLY

EDEN

25611281

99590819

8

AARON VARUGHESE MATHEW

02574

AARON

GIHON

25626196

99835773

8

LALIAMMA THOMAS

03332

LALY

ARARAT

24330423

99381691

8

ELIZABETH JOSEPH

03582

ELIZABETH

ARARAT

94453095

94453095

9

ZACHARIAH MATHEW KOMATTU (DR.)

01671

BLESSON

CANAAN

25629532

50170333

9

MERLEY ELIZABETH (DR.)

02412

MERLEY

CANAAN

25617784

65078450

9

SERAH MOLLY SHIBU

03363

SERAH

ARARAT

24311746

66644803

10

JOHIN MATHEW

00803

JOHIN

OLIVET

25617268

99426691

10

ALIN T. JACOB

02862

CICY

EDEN

25632914

60680746

10

BIJU VARGHESE

04291

BIJU

MIZPAH

55742722

55742722

12

NISHA THANKACHAN

04581

NISHA

EDEN

97741568

97741568

13

MANOJ P. KOSHY (DR.)

02491

MANOJ

CANAAN

25662310

66236469

13

SHANY V. ABRAHAM

04242

SHANY

EMMAUS

25758782

65719207


Birthdays in february Date

Name

Member No

pet name

Prayer Group

Telephone

Mobile

14

BINU VARGHESE JOHN (DR.)

02411

BINU

CANAAN

25617784

65078450

15

SUSAN ABRAHAM

01192

REENA

CANAAN

25641749

66575826

16

IRINE SARAH PAUL

02323

AMY

MIZPAH

25616347

66732206

16

DANIEL K. GEORGE

03611

SHAJI

EMMAUS

94495370

94495370

17

JOSHIN DANIEL GEORGY

01064

JOSHIN

EDEN

25621374

97211981

17

SHEJIN JOHN MATHEW

01803

SHEJIN

MAHANAIM

94403845

66049592

17

REJI VEEMBUKATTU THOMAS

01901

REJI

MAHANAIM

25641355

66717905

17

AJAY PHILIP MATHEW

02084

AJAY

MIZPAH

25659153

97227413

17

SATHISH MATHEW KAITHOTTA

02261

SATISH

OLIVET

25667847

97220734

17

ANWIN JAMES KOTTARAM

03263

ANWIN

ARARAT

99450894

99450894

17

EAPPEN P. MATHEW

04011

JAIMON

EPHRATH

90076484

90076484

17

SHERIN ANU RAJU

04082

SHERIN

MIZPAH

55041085

55041085

18

MANOJ MATHEW

01101

MANOJ

SHEKAM

23715407

99844364

18

JOHAN OOMMEN BOBY

04574

JOHAN

MAHANAIM

97140352

97140352

19

BIJU P. ABRAHAM

01781

BIJU

OLIVET

25630169

99223165

19

DEEPU MOHAN

03721

DEEPU

ARARAT

99583014

99583014

20

JOHN GEORGE P.

01095

JOHNY

MIZPAH

24537568

99463476

20

NATHAN JOHN JIBI

01633

NATHAN

MIZPAH

25743908

97214572

20

MEECHAL MERCY RINU

02094

MEECHAL

KADESH

25652342

99076494

20

ELAINE MARY BINU

02384

ELAINE

MAHANAIM

25658460

66180986

20

JAMES NATHANIEL

03351

KOCHUMON

ARARAT

24315306

97287546

21

ROY JOHN

01111

MONACHAN

KADESH

25613051

97223988

21

JIMMY CHERIAN VARGHESE

04061

JIMMY

EPHRAIM

99967590

99967590

22

ABRAHAM ABRAHAM P.

01451

RAJU

EDEN

25647805

97434147

22

VEDA ELIZABETH ZACHARIAH

01674

VEDA

CANAAN

25629532

50170333

22

JOHNS LESSLY THOMAS

03211

JOHNS

EDEN

25632914

65915720

22

TIJU NINAN DAVID

03251

TIJU

MIZPAH

66751937

66751937

22

EMMA ELSY RENGIT

04524

EMMA

MAHANAIM

55667602

65526339

23

SHERLY ANNI JOHN

04122

SHERLY

MAHANAIM

66425309

67094578

24

BENEETA ANN JACOB

01834

KUKKU

GETHSEMANE

25653582

94060957

24

KITTY VARGHESE

02062

KITTY

MAHANAIM

25630261

99562405

25

ALISHBA TANYA JOHN

01113

TANYA

KADESH

25613051

99740830

27

TIMOTHY THOMAS GEORGE

01053

TIMOTHY

CANAAN

25623273

97934381

27

ANNA THANKAM MATHEW

04624

ANNA

EDEN

96602606

96602606

28

JIJI ISSAC JACOB

00134

JIJU

CANAAN

25634270

66568667

28

TARUN KOSHY MATHEW

01434

TARUN

MIZPAH

25611453

97810618

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"


Wedding Anniversaries in february Date

Name

Prayer Grp.

Tel. Res.

Mobile

MAHANAIM

25610139

66249240

RAJU GEORGE & JIJI RAJU

EPHRAIM

65884620

65884620

4

MATHEW P SAMUEL & LITTY P MATHEW

GEEHON

65970401

65970401

5

RAJU PHILIP & LEELAMMA PHILIP

MIZPAH

25640337

99598570

5

BENNY THOMAS & JIJI BENNY

KADESH

25659310

99671087

5

VARGHESE K V & LOUSEY VARGHESE

GETHSEMANE

99808234

99808234

6

MATHEW JOHNY & BINDHU JOHN

EDEN

96602606

96602606

7

SHIBU PHILIP & JINI ANN ISSAC

OLIVET

65831508

65831508

8

ROY THOMAS & MERCY E VARGHESE

KADESH

25641509

99840439

8

MATHEW M M & SHEENA MATHEW

MAHANAIM

25650429

99893110

8

SIMON ABRAHAM & SAUMINI SIMON

EDEN

66890925

66890925

10

MANOJ MATHEW M & SUNITHA MANOJ M

CANAAN

25646726

99816826

10

DENNY KOSHY & SONIA MOHAN GEORGE

EPHRAIM

66691680

66691680

10

DEEPU THOMAS PHILIP & SMITHA P THOMAS

EMMAUS

25643019

97220705

16

ELCY RAJAN & RAJAN V JOHN

EPHRAIM

99628495

99628495

16

JOY THOMAS & JENU JOY THOMAS

EDEN

66014866

66014866

17

ABRAHAM T M & SOSAMMA ABRAHAM

MAHANAIM

25629174

65581644

19

PHILIP MATHEW & LAILA PHILIP

EMMAUS

25630152

66400194

21

ANITA JOSE (DR.) & HAROLD S. WARTIKA

GEEHON

25359283

66893031

22

SHAJI THOMAS & JESSY SHAJI

EPHRAIM

24319387

94426797

23

STEPHEN JOHN M & ALIAMMA JOHN

MIZPAH

25616795

66782239

23

MATHEW ABRAHAM K & MARIAMMA MATHEW

GEEHON

25344763

66409359

24

ABRAHAM T MATHEW & LEENA ABRAHAM

EPHRATH

67623224

66893288

27

ZACHARIAH MATHEW (DR.) & RENY THOMAS ABRAHAM

CANAAN

25629532

50170333

2

JOHN ALEXANDER & SHERLY JOHN

3

We wish all these couples a Happy Wedding Anniversary. Please attend and partake in the thanksgiving prayer during the Holy Communion Service.

NEW MEMBERS Sanoj Mathew Thomas & Family

Jerry T. Mathew & Family Member No: 0467 Prayer Group: Emmaus Mother Parish: St.Thomas Marthoma, Gudalur Contact No.: 66494156

Member No: 0468 Prayer Group: Canaan Mother Parish: Salem Marthoma, Kumplampoika. Contact No.: 50718100

REGULAR PROGRAMS AT ST.THOMAS CENTRE Sunday School

Every Friday at 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm

Yuvajana Sakhyam

Every 1st and 3rd Friday after the Worship service

Junior Choir

Every Thursday at 6.00 to 7.30 PM

Sevika Sanghom

All Saturdays at 5.00 PM

Senior Choir

Every Thursday at 7.30 to 9.30 PM

Edavaka Mission

All Saturdays at 7.00 PM


NEW VICAR GENERALS FOR THE MAR THOMA SYRIAN CHURCH The Honourable Episcopal Synod of the Mar Thoma Syrian church meeting held on 3rd December 2012 formally approved the selection of the following Vicar Generals:

Rev. P. T. Thomas

Rev. Dr. K. G Pothan

Rev. T. K. Mathew

Rev. Dr. Cherian Thomas Rev. C. A. Varghese

Rev. V. T. John Rev. Dr. Jayan Thomas Rev. Thomas Cherian Rev. Skariah Abraham Rev. Dr. C. K. Mathew The Installation Ceremony of the New Vicar Generals of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar will be held at 8:00 am, on Saturday 9th February, 2013, at the St. Thomas Church, Thiruvalla.

Farewell

NEW BORN BABieS Elijah Binoy Thomas Date of Birth: 15-01-2013 D/o Binoy Thomas & Shiya Toms Prayer Group: Eden Family No.: 237

Rev.Thomas Koshy Panachamoottil presenting the memento to Mr. Mathai Samuel (Member No. 0056) during the farewell meeting. “Come unto Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” - Matthew 11:28

CONDOLENCE ON THE SAD DEMISES OF: Mr. P.J.Koshy (91), Mavelikkara, Polachirackal House, father of Mr Jacob P. Jabbu Koshy, Member. No: 0312, Mahanaim Prayer group, Tel: 99056031. St. Thomas family expresses our heart-felt condolence to the bereaved family members on the sad demise of his beloved ones. May the Lord strengthen and comfort them.


1 FRI

DATE

7.30 PM

7.30 AM

TIME

HOP, NECK, Kuwait City

STC, SALMIYA

VENUE Healing of Body Mind and Soul through Christ-Medical Mission Sunday

THEME HOLY COMMUNION

PROGRAMME James 5:13-19

EPISTLE

St.Mark 7:31-37

GOSPEL

2 Kings 20:1-11

FIRST LESSON

Acts 3:1-10

SECOND LESSON

KADESH

WILL BE ASSIGNED

SHEKAM

GEEHON

EDEN

EDAVAKA MISSION

SUNDAY SCHOOL

MAHANAIM

WILL BE ASSIGNED

PRAYER GROUP/ ORGANIZATION

WORSHIP SCHEDULE FOR THE MONTH OF february 2013

5 TUE

Romans 12:1-8 1 John 2:15-17

Romans 12:1-8

Isaiah 1:10-20 2 Kings 5:1-14

Acts 3:1-10

Isaiah 1:10-20 FASTING PRAYER St.John 2:1-11 St.Mark 1:40-45

Numbers 12:1-16

St.John 2:1-11

Ephesians 2:1-10 Philemon 8-17

St. Mark 2:1-12

Acts 3:1-10

Ephesians 2:1-10

HOLY COMMUNION HOLY COMMUNION

Romans 7:15-24

Kuwait MAR THOMA centre CONVENTION AT NECK Worship Service HOLY COMMUNION

Numbers 12:1-16

HOLY COMMUNION (English)

STC, SALMIYA STC, SALMIYA

7.30 AM 10.00 AM

Healing through Foregiveness of sins (3rd Sunday in Lent)

Lent:Feeling the Touch of Christ (2nd Sunday in Lent)

Pethurtha - Beginning of Great Lent. 118th Maramon Convention Begins "You will be my witnesses"

8 FRI 8 FRI

STC, SALMIYA

HOP, NECK, Kuwait City

7.30 PM

STC, SALMIYA

7.30 PM

7.30 AM STC, SALMIYA

12 TUE

19 TUE

7.00 PM

STC, SALMIYA

22 FRI 7.30 PM

7.30 AM

23 SAT

15 FRI

26 TUE

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 our Lay Readers.

St. Thomas Messenger for the month of February is sponsored by the following couples on the occasion of their wedding anniversaries: Mr. Mathew John & Mrs. Cuckoo Aley Mathew John, Mr. Andrews Cherian & Mrs. Anu Alice Andrews, Mr. Renji Varghese & Mrs. Sini Renji Varghese, Mr. George Mathew K. & Mrs. Beena Thomas. St.Thomas family takes this opportunity to thank them for their support.

Sponsorship for St. THOMAS MESSENGER We request individuals / organizations / prayer groups to sponsor our monthly bulletin “St. Thomas Messenger” every month. You could even share the special occasions in your family with St.Thomas family by sponsoring an issue of “St. Thomas Messenger”. Your kind co-operation in this matter is solicited. For Further details, please contact the office bearers in advance. Vice President Laloo Thomas

99891450 / 25649403

Secretary Shibu Cherian

66565496 / 25630521

Trustee - Finance Abraham Mathew P.

66165292 / 25652751

Trustee - Accounts Chacko Daniel

66562536 / 25635156

Lay Ministrant Boban Varghese K.

99468253 / 25663820

Lay Ministrant Dr. Abraham Kurian

ST.THOMAS OFFICE BEARERS 2012-2013

99588244 / 25657655


Messenger for the month of Feb 2013  

St Thomas Mar Thoma Chruch, Kuwait - Messenger

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