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

Issue No. 2 Vol. IX

February 2014

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

119th Maramon Convention 9th to 16th February 2014

P.O. Box 25562 Safat 13116 Kuwait Tel : 25635253 (Res.) Mob : 6603 0775 St. Thomas Centre Tel: 2564 7060 E-mail: st.thomasmtcq8@gmail.com www.st-thomasmtckuwait.com

Rev. Sunil Joy Vicar

revsuniljoy@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


New Year Message from Vicar Dearly Beloved in Christ, Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I am happy to write to you all, once again, through the parish bulletin- St. Thomas Messenger. We are on the threshold of a world famous convention, i.e., “Maramon Convention”, and “Marubhoomiyile Maramon” in the land of Kuwait. Convention meeting is a time for hearing the word of God and enjoying spiritual fellowship. Once a tree was planted by the side of a house; its branches bore large and beautiful blossoms; whereas the other side of the same tree- some branches round the corner of the house- had no blossoms, but was starved and drooping; and therefore, had little hope of any fruit. Why was it so, when the branches had the same root and stem in common? It was noticed that the branches that blossomed were in glorious sun light whereas the barren branches were in the shade. Christian life can get nourished only by the divine light of the Word. The Psalmist says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Ps 119:105), and St. Paul writes, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you” (Col 3:16). In order that the Word may dwell in us, it must first enter into us. We must, therefore, read it, or hear it. Yet there is something more than the mere hearing or reading of it; for some hear the truth with one ear, and let it go away out of the other ear; and others are great readers, yet they seem to read only what is on the surface. A person cannot dwell in a house unless he enters into it. He who dwells in a house abides, resides, remains, and continues there. “The word of Christ” always dwelling inside of us; in the memory and is never forgotten; in the heart, always loved; in the understanding, really grasped. I pray and wish that all people enjoy the Word of God through hearing and obeying it.

I admonish you my dear members, that you must attend Friday and Tuesday worship services regularly. Parishioners who depart for a long time from the worship services or cottage prayers must think about their loyalty towards God and the Mar Thoma Sabha. I do not encourage anyone attending any worship services other than the Marthoma Services. You deserve to get Christian fellowship/ Pastoral care from the parish, and I am here for that and with you in your need at all times. The prayer group office bearers must visit those who are irregular in attending worship, two by two. Let us define our vision as to why we are here and what we must do for the Lord; is it just to earn some money for our needs…? God has blessed us with a job in Kuwait; your tithe not only in terms of money, but also in terms of time must be given to the Lord. May God bless you all abundantly. With Prayerful regards, Yours in Christ Service

Sunil Joy Achen Vicar


The last wishes of Alexander the Great:

On his death bed, Alexander summoned his generals and told them his 3 ultimate wishes: 1. The best doctors should carry his coffin. 2. The wealth he has accumulated (money, gold, precious stones) should be scattered along the procession to the cemetery, and 3. His hands should be let loose, hanging outside the coffin for all to see. One of his generals who was surprised by these unusual requests asked Alexander to explain.

Here is what Alexander the Great had to say: 1. I want the best doctors to carry my coffin to demonstrate that, in the face of death, even the best doctors in the world have no power to heal. 2. I want the road to be covered with my treasure so that everybody sees that material wealth acquired on earth, stays on earth. 3. I want my hands to swing in the wind, so that people understand that we come to this world empty handed and we leave this world empty handed after the most precious treasure of all is exhausted, and that is TIME.

How to Define…. Love, Truth, Compassion The main place for Truth is the Tongue, Love resides in the Heart, and Compassion lives in one’s Eyes. If someone asks, what is the definition of Truth, then stay quiet; this is the illustration of Truth. If someone asks you to define Love, then laugh a little; this itself is Love. If someone asks you to explain Compassion, then let your eyes moisten; this is the meaning of Compassion.

9 BEAUTIFUL MESSAGES!! 1. Stay away from anger, it hurts only you. 2. If you are right then there is no need to get angry, and if you are wrong then you don’t have any right to get angry. 3. Patience with family is love, Patience with others is respect. Patience with self is confidence and Patience with GOD is faith. 4. Never think hard about the PAST, It brings tears. Don’t think more about the FUTURE, It brings fears. Live this moment with a smile, it brings cheers. 5. Every test in our life makes us bitter or better, every problem comes to make us or break us; the choice is ours whether we become victims or victorious. 6. Beautiful things are not always good but good things are always beautiful. 7. Do you know why God created gaps between fingers? So that someone who is special to you comes and fills those gaps by holding your hand forever. 8. Happiness keeps you sweet so try n be as happy from within as possible. 9. God has sent us all in pairs, someone somewhere is made for u. So wait for the right time n right moment.


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

MIZPAH

23727907

99468239

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

MIZPAH

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

4

SANDRA ANGEL SUNIL

04104

SANDRA

MIZPAH

4

EZRA THOMAS MATHEW

04834

EZRA

ARARAT

24336752

97663981

5

ABRAHAM T.C.

00651

GEORGEKUTTY

MIZPAH

25758782

99807632

5

JOHN MATHEW

01801

SAMKUTTY

MAHANAIM

94403845

66049592

5

VARGHESE K.V.

02161

ACHENKUNJU

GETHSEMANE

5

LOVELY CHACKO

03202

LOVELY

MAHANAIM

25611739

99845904

5

BINCY JAMES

03262

BINCY

ARARAT

5

MALLIKA GANESH

04361

MALLIKA

EDEN

25621374

99450411 66605358

99808234 99450894

5

SONY THOMAS

04461

SONY

GETHSEMANE

25650610

97677536

6

PREETHA ABRAHAM (DR.)

01262

PREETHA

EMMAUS

25660975

66533284

6

LITTY P. MATHEW

03822

LITTY

GIHON

7

BEN GEORGE

00765

THANGU

MIZPAH

25732895

7

RINI V. CHANDY

03442

RINI

ARARAT

94967896

94063349

8

MARY THOMAS

00472

SALLY

EDEN

25611281

99590819

65970401 66897629

8

AARON VARGHESE MATHEW

02574

AARON

GIHON

25626196

99835773

8

LALIAMMA THOMAS

03332

LALY

ARARAT

24330423

99381691

8

ELIZABETH JOSEPH

03582

ELIZABETH

ARARAT

9

ZACHARIAH MATHEW KOMATTU (DR.)

01671

BLESSON

CANAAN

25629532

55829532

9

MERLEY ELIZABETH (DR.)

02412

MERLEY

CANAAN

25617784

65078450

9

SERAH MOLLY SHIBU

03363

SERAH

ARARAT

24311746

66644803

9

JUNY THOMAS MATHEW

04811

JUNY

KADESH

25620572

66046936

10

JOHIN MATHEW

00803

JOHIN

OLIVET

25617268

99426691

10

ALIN T. JACOB

02862

CICY

EDEN

25632914

60680746

10

BIJU VARGHESE

04291

BIJU

MIZPAH

12

NISHA THANKACHAN

04581

NISHA

EDEN

13

MANOJ P. KOSHY (DR.)

02491

MANOJ

CANAAN

25662310

66236469

13

SHANY V. ABRAHAM

04242

SHANY

EMMAUS

25758782

65719207

14

BINU VARGHESE JOHN (DR.)

02411

BINU

CANAAN

25617784

65078450

94453095

55742722 97741568


Birthdays in february Date

Name

Member No

pet name

Prayer Group

Telephone

Mobile

15

SUSAN ABRAHAM

01192

REENA

CANAAN

25641749

66575826

16

IRINE SARAH PAUL

02323

AMY

MIZPAH

25616347

66732206

16

DANIEL K. GEORGE

03611

SHAJI

EMMAUS

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

17

EAPPEN P. MATHEW

04011

JAIMON

EPHRATH

90076484

17

SHERIN ANU RAJU

04082

SHERIN

MIZPAH

18

KEZIAH SARAH SUNIL

00003

ACHU

CANAAN

25635253

66030775

18

MANOJ MATHEW

01101

MANOJ

MIZPAH

23715407

99844364

18

JOHAN OOMMEN BOBY

04574

JOHAN

MAHANAIM

19

BIJU P. ABRAHAM

01781

BIJU

OLIVET

25630169

99223165

19

DEEPU MOHAN

03721

DEEPU

ARARAT

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

99740830

21

JIMMY CHERIAN VARGHESE

04061

JIMMY

EPHRAIM

22

ABRAHAM ABRAHAM P.

01451

RAJU

KADESH

25647805

22

VEDA ELIZABETH ZACHARIAH

01674

VEDA

CANAAN

25629532

55829532

22

JOHNS LESSLY THOMAS

03211

JOHNS

EDEN

25632914

65915720

22

TIJU NINAN DAVID

03251

TIJU

MIZPAH

22

EMMA ELSY RENGIT

04524

EMMA

MAHANAIM

55667602

65526339

23

SHERLY ANNI JOHN

04122

SHERLY

MAHANAIM

66425309

67094578

23

SHINTA ANN JOHN

04742

SHINTA

CANAAN

24

BENEETA ANN JACOB

01834

KUKKU

GETHSEMANE

25653582

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

28

JIJI ISSAC JACOB

00134

JIJU

CANAAN

25634270

66568667

28

TARUN KOSHY MATHEW

01434

TARUN

MIZPAH

25611453

97810618

28

ISAAC MATHEW THOMAS

04813

KADESH

25620572

66046936

94495370

55041085

97140352 99583014

99967590

66751937

66858404 94060957

96602606

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"

97434147


Wedding Anniversaries in february Date 2 2 3 4 5 5 5 6 7 8 8 8 10 10 10 16 16 17 21 22 23 23 24 27

Name JOHN ALEXANDER & SHERLY JOHN ROHAN JACOB MANI & ASHA MARIAM JACOB RAJU GEORGE & JIJI RAJU MATHEW P SAMUEL & LITTY P MATHEW RAJU PHILIP & LEELAMMA PHILIP BENNY THOMAS & JIJI BENNY VARGHESE K V & LOUSEY VARGHESE MATHEW JOHNY & BINDHU JOHN SHIBU PHILIP & JINI ANN ISSAC ROY THOMAS & MERCY E VARGHESE MATHEW M M & SHEENA MATHEW SIMON ABRAHAM & SAUMINI SIMON MANOJ MATHEW M & SUNITHA MANOJ M DENNY KOSHY & SONIA MOHAN GEORGE DEEPU THOMAS PHILIP & SMITHA P THOMAS ELCY RAJAN & RAJAN V JOHN JOY THOMAS & JENU JOY THOMAS ABRAHAM T M & SOSAMMA ABRAHAM ANITA JOSE (DR.) & HAROLD S. WARTIKA SHAJI THOMAS & JESSY SHAJI STEPHEN JOHN M & ALIAMMA JOHN MATHEW ABRAHAM K & MARIAMMA MATHEW ABRAHAM T MATHEW & LEENA ABRAHAM ZACHARIAH MATHEW (DR.) & RENY THOMAS ABRAHAM

M. No. 00369 00207 00395 00382 00018 00204 00216 00462 00196 00259 00324 00400 00010 00127 00313 00104 00182 00168 00348 00077 00036 00074 00242 00167

Prayer Grp. MAHANAIM EDEN EPHRAIM GIHON MIZPAH KADESH GETHSEMANE EDEN OLIVET KADESH MAHANAIM EDEN CANAAN EPHRAIM EMMAUS EPHRAIM EDEN MAHANAIM GIHON EPHRAIM MIZPAH GIHON EPHRATH CANAAN

Tel. Res.

Mobile

25610139 25624138

66249240 97520573 65884620 65970401 99598570 99671087 99808234 96602606 65831508 99840439 99893110 66890925 99816826 66691680 97220705 99628495 66014866 65581644 66893031 94426797 66782239 66409359 66893288 55829532

25640337 25659310

25641509 25650429 25646726 25643019

25629174 25359283 24319387 25616795 25344763 67623224 25629532

We wish all these couples a Happy Wedding Anniversary.

Please attend and partake in the thanksgiving prayer during the Holy Communion Service.

Farewell

Welcome Reception

Rev. Sunil Joy presenting the memento to Mr. David George & Mrs. Laly George ( Mem #071) during the farewell meeting.

Reception for Rev. V. S. Skariah (Vicar, St. James Mar Thoma Church, Kuwait) and family

REGULAR PROGRAMS AT ST.THOMAS CENTRE Sunday School

Every Friday 2.30 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


MAR THOMA SYRIAN CHURCH OF MALABAR

Marubhoomiyile Maramon Convention 2014 February 17th to 21st 2014 - Theme: Hope in Distress

The occasion will be blessed with the renowned leaders of the Mar Thoma Church Rev. P. K. Zachariah, popularly known as “the man on the wheel” the main speaker will deliver the message relating his experience in the Lord as he passed through the difficult situations after the accident in US. The Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Mar Theethos Episcopa, Mumbai Diocese will administer the Holy Communion service and address the fellowship gathering on Friday, 21st February. The details of the convention are given below. Date 17.02.2014 (Mon.) 18.02.2014 (Tue.) 19.02.2014 (Wed.) 20 02.2014 (Thur.) 21.02.2014 (Fri.)

Time 7.00 pm 7.00 pm 7.00 pm 7.00 pm

Venue NECK NECK Ahmadi MTC NECK

6.30 am

NECK

7.00 pm

NECK

Newly Wedded Couple

SUBY JOHN T. & SHIBI ANNIE JOHN Marriage Date : 30th December 2013 At St. Andrew's Marthoma Chruch, Kannamangalam, Chettikulangara, Mavelikara, Alappuzha. Family No: 388, Prayer Grorp : EPHRATH, ABBASIYA Tel : 94900437

NEW BORN BABY Aleena Mary Binoy D/o Binoy Rajan & Juby Thomas Family No - 0371 Born on 03rd January 2014 Eden Prayer Group

Leaders Rev. P. K. Zachariah Rev. P. K. Zachariah Rev. P. K. Zachariah Rev. P. K. Zachariah Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Mar Theethos Episcopa Rev. P. K. Zachariah

kvt\lnXsc, Ipsshäv skâv tXmakv amÀt¯m½m CShIbpsS 6þm-aXv skâv tXmakv s^Ìv 2014 s^{_phcn 14 shÅnbmgv¨ cmhnse 9:00 aWn apX sshIn«v 6:00 aWn hsc kmÂanb C´y³ I½yqWnän kvIqÄ Pq\nbÀ {_m©n hnhn[ ]cn]mSnItfmSp IqSn \S¯p¶XmWv. CXneqsS e`yamIp¶ km¼¯nI em`w hnhn[ kmaqlnI, PohImcpWy {]hÀ¯\§Ä¡mbn hn\ntbmKn¡p¶XmWv.  GhcpsSbpw BßmÀ°amb km¶n²y klmb klIcWhpw {]mÀ°\bpw At]£n¨p sImÅp¶p. “Come unto Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” - Matthew 11:28

CONDOLENCES ON THE SAD DEMISES OF:

Mr. P.A. Thomas (68), Plavunilkunnathil House, Vadasserikkara, father-in-law of Mr. John Mathew (Samkutty) and Mrs. Suja’s father, Membership # 180, Mahanaim Prayer Group. Adv. Mrs. Selin Thomas (63), Panickaruveedu, Kangazha, sister of Mr. Rajan Daniel Membership # 33 Canaan Prayer Group & Mr. Samson Daniel Membership # 39 Mahanaim Prayer Group. St. Thomas family expresses our heart-felt condolences to the bereaved family members on the sad demise of their beloved ones. May the Lord strengthen and comfort them.


7 FRI

4 TUE

DATE

7.30 PM

7.30 AM

7.30 PM

TIME

HOP, NECK, Kuwait City

STC, SALMIYA

HOP, NECK, Kuwait City

VENUE

STC, SALMIYA

THEME HOLY COMMUNION

PROGRAMME Romans 11:33 - 12:2

EPISTLE

St.Luke 2:22-39

GOSPEL

1 Samuel 1:19-28

FIRST LESSON

Hebrews 10:1-14

SECOND LESSON

Acts 3:1-10

Mayaltho - Presentation / entry of Our Lord in the Temple.

Isaiah 42:1-9

St.Mark 7:31-37

HOLY COMMUNION

Romans 7:14-25

St.Matthew 7:15-23

Genesis 6:1-13

Romans 5:12-21

PRAYER GROUP/ ORGANIZATION

GEEHON

CANAN

EDEN

WILL BE ASSIGNED

EPHRATH / EPHRAIM

WILL BE ASSIGNED

Kuwait Centre Marthoma Churches - Joint Holy Communion.

Kuwait Centre Marthoma Convention - "Marubhoomiyile Maramon".

WORSHIP SERVICE

James 5:13-18

Fall as the Violation of the purpose of Creation

Sabbath as the Culmination of Creation.

Compassionate Love and Healing.

HOLY COMMUNION

WORSHIP SCHEDULE FOR THE MONTH OF february 2014

11TUE STC, SALMIYA Church & Parish Hall NECK.

7.30 AM

18 TUE 7.00 PM Church & Parish Hall NECK.

14 FRI

7.00 AM

25 TUE 7.30 PM STC, SALMIYA

21 FRI

7.30 AM

28 FRI

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 .

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.

St. Thomas Messenger for the month of February is sponsored by Mr. Saju Thomas & Reshmi Rajan, Mr. Andrews Cherian & Anu Alice Andrews, Dr. Reji Alex Mathew & Dr. Sheji Alex. St.Thomas family takes this opportunity to thank them for their support. Trustee - Accounts Binu John Zachariah

66957302 / 25728848 lukoseradisson@gmail.com

Lay Ministrant Lukose Raju

66232678 / 25659976 manojannivilla@yahoo.com

Lay Ministrant Mathew Varghese

ST. THOMAS OFFICE BEARERS 2013-2014 Trustee - Finance Thomas P. Abraham

66523843 / 25661703 binujohnz@yahoo.com

Secretary Jiji Mathew George

Vice President Alexander Vaidyan P. K.

97944214 / 25649170 thomaskwt@gmail.com

Note : Any changes in worship venue or time will be informed through e-mail.

97205846 / 24318176 97801302 / 25668174 alexander_vaidyan@hotmail.com jiji.raji@gmail.com


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