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

Issue No. 1 Vol. VII

January 2013

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

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 The celebration of the New Year is thought to be the oldest of all holidays, first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. In the years around 2000 BC, the Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon (which is the Crescent) after the Vernal Equinox (the first day of spring). It makes sense to celebrate the New Year at the beginning of spring. After all, it is the time of year the new growth peaks out from the snow, new leaves burst from trees; it is the season of planting new crops and welcoming warmth.  January 1, on the other hand, has no astronomical or agricultural significance. It is purely arbitrary. The Babylonian celebrated the New Year for eleven days. Each day had its own particular mode of celebration, Today’s one night and one day of celebration fails in comparison to those of the Babylonians. Romans observed the New Year in late March, but their calendar was continually changed by various Emperors so that their calendar soon became out of synchronization with the sun. To set the calendar right, the Roman senate, in 153 BC, declared January 1 to be the beginning of the New Year. But the changing of the calendar continued until Julius Caesar, in 46 BC, established what has now come to be known as the Julian calendar. It again established January 1st as the New Year. But in order to synchronize the calendar with the sun, Caesar had to let the previous year drag on for 445 days. We stand on the threshold of a new year. Most people generally look at the New Year as a fresh beginning, as an opportunity to kind of start over, to overcome a habit, or do a better job of something they see as important and that needs improvement. It may be parenting, being a better spouse, losing weight (which, by the way, is the number one resolution according to polls taken). It may be developing different priorities, using our time better, or a whole host of things that people would like to change. So, we usually hear a lot about New Year’s resolutions, resolutions which are usually broken in a matter of weeks. Many people are very pessimistic about the whole issue of making resolutions, and rightly so, because so many good intentions are followed by a history of past failures. But the New Year is a time to reflect and think about what the past year has brought and what the New Year could bring. It is a time to stop and analyze, to take stock of our priorities, values, pursuits, and goals. We need to ask questions like “Who am I, what am I doing with my life? What should I be doing as a Christian with my life and the stewardship God has given me?” After all, according to the Word of God, all of life is a stewardship--a stewardship of our time, talents, treasures, and God’s truth. In other words, since God’s plan and our stewardships revolve around and through the life of His Son, Jesus Christ, we need to each ask “How well am I responding to the Savior and the spiritual life that He has given me?” Let us dedicate our life to be His stewards. May God strengthen you to do His mission with a proper vision. Wishing you all a blessed and prospers New Year. Yours in Christ Panachamoottil achen


St. Thomas Fest 2013 Coupon Releasing

Our Parish Festival's Coupon Releasing by Mr. Jacob Punnoose, former DGP of Kerala and the first coupon received by Mr Christy Thomas and Mr. John Varghese.

St. Thomas Church Christmas Carol 2012


Birthdays in january Date

Name

Member No

pet name

Prayer Group

Telephone

Mobile 97940757

1

SAMSON JOSEPH

01851

SAMSON

SHEKAM

97940757

1

JIA SIBU JACOB

02143

JIA

EPHRAIM

24893157

66016484

2

MERLIN ABRAHAM

00724

MERLIN

MIZPAH

25624177

66284427

2

SOUMYA MARY VARGHESE

04392

SOUMIYA

MAHANAIM

66529639

66529639

3

SANJU MATHEW

00453

SANJU

MAHANAIM

25633985

99605899

3

MICAH PRINCE RINU

02093

MICAH

KADESH

25652342

99076494

3

COLIN SHIBU SKARIAH

02274

CILIN

MIZPAH

97157006

66888936

3

VIJI VARGHESE

03681

VIJI

EPHRAIM

97541288

97541288

4

SHARON MARIA MATHEW

00743

SHARON

GEEHON

25344763

66409359

4

JEHOSHEBA SARAH BOBBY

01594

SHONA

EMMAUS

25622547

65134650

4

ALAN GEORGE KOSHY

03671

ALAN

ARARAT

24335198

66735828

4

MATHEW PHILIP

03861

MATHEW

ARARAT

97133949

97133949

4

SANOJ K. MATHEW

04301

SANOJ

MIZPAH

97176482

97176482

5

JINU CHACKO THOMAS

01231

JINU

GETHSEMANE

25641796

99114562

5

MARTIN DILEEP KOLLAMALA

01465

MARTIN

GETHSEMANE

25639678

67057479

5

NIYA JOSE

04594

NIYA

KADESH

60424930

60424930

6

BIJI ABRAHAM

00722

BIJI

MIZPAH

25624177

66284427

6

SUJA BABY

03504

SUJA

EPHRAIM

24745215

99331738

7

MERCY SAJU

00862

VIJI

EDEN

25650391

99421457

7

THOMAS CHACKO

01171

BIJU

EPHRAIM

97335426

97335426

7

BENNY THOMAS

02041

BENNY

KADESH

25659310

99671087

8

NISHA KURIAN

02022

NISHA

GETHSEMANE

97230802

97230802

9

THOMAS GEORGE

00701

BABYCHEN

EPHRATH

24330292

66191007

9

SELVIN JOSE

02674

MON

ARARAT

24317585

66172425

9

VILAS JOSHUA

03343

JOSHUA

GEEHON

99899379

99899379

10

JEREMIAH MATHEW

00584

JERRY

MAHANAIM

66194291

97191953

10

VARUGHESE THOMAS M.

01201

BABU

GETHSEMANE

25652006

99320230

10

ANNAMMA THOMAS

01392

JESSY

KADESH

25621469

66420854

10

GEORGE KURUVILLA

03071

SURESH

GETHSEMANE

97271695

97271695

11

JOANNE REBECCA

02414

JOANNE

CANAAN

25617784

65078450

11

JISHAMOL KURUVILLA

02892

JISHA

EMMAUS

65062453

65062453

11

MANNA SYRAH VARGHESE

04063

MANNAH

EPHRAIM

99967590

99967590

11

GIBU KURIAN CHERIAN

04561

GIBU

EPHRATH

97389302

69963500

12

SHIBU T. JOHN

03001

SHIBU

EPHRATH

24342128

97201070

12

OLIVIA ELSA JIBU

03373

AMMU

EPHRAIM

25624570

66557486

13

MARY PHILIP

02873

NIDHI

SHEKAM

23718450

66846021

13

BLESSON GEORGE VARGHESE

03023

FEBY

GEEHON

66224297

66224297

15

SHAWN THOMAS

01734

SHAWN

EDEN

66761362

99138548

15

RAJU MATHAI M.

02721

RAJU

EPHRATH

24330292

97540381

15

DAN ANOOP ALEX

02913

DAN

EPHRATH

24344721

99436077

16

KIRAN ABRAHAM MATHEW

00283

KIRAN

OLIVET

25615203

99550996

16

SONAL JACOB

01244

SONAL

CANAAN

25624312

66577069

16

ASHA GEORGY

03162

ASHA

EPHRATH

67058476

67058476


Birthdays in january Date

Name

Member No

pet name

Prayer Group

Telephone

Mobile

17

SHIBU PHILIP MATHAI

01371

SHIBU

EDEN

25636526

99615724

17

EVELYN MARIAM EAPEN

02803

EVA

KADESH

25668263

66543990

17

JANET SHUBY ABRAHAM

03302

SHIBY

ARARAT

66474967

66474967

17

JEENU SUNIL

04262

JEENU

EDEN

66714543

66714543

18

RINU MATHEW JOHN

01344

RINU

ARARAT

24348934

66280967

18

JISHA JOHN

03342

JISHA

GEEHON

99899379

99899379

19

NOEL GEORGE KOLETH

00844

NOEL

EDEN

25625029

97504243

19

ASHNA ANN BENNY

02044

ASHNA MOL

KADESH

25659310

99671087

20

SINI RENJI VARGHESE

00942

SINI

OLIVET

25629644

99770623

20

NIBU P.N.

04651

NIBU

GEEHON

96970497

96970497

21

TEENA TINI GEORGE

03292

TEENA

ARARAT

24318091

99250682

21

VARGHESE C.V

03301

MONCY

ARARAT

66474967

66474967

21

SAAYOOJ DENNIS JOHN

03694

SAAYOOJ

MAHANAIM

25610139

66249240

22

SHIBU PHILIP

01961

SHIBU

OLIVET

658311508

658311508

22

AJITH JOHN MATHEW

02083

AJITH

MIZPAH

25659153

97227413

22

CHINNU SUSAN CHERIYAN

03013

CHINNU

SHEKAM

23727907

99468239

23

GEORGE T. KOLETH

00841

BIJU

EDEN

25625029

97504243

23

ABRAHAM VARGHESE

01501

PRASAD

OLIVET

25652846

97592351

23

CRISTINA ELIZABETH SHIBU

02273

CHRISTINA

MIZPAH

97157006

66888936

23

TINKU ABRAHAM MATHEW

03981

TINKU

CANAAN

66421904

66421904

24

HANNAH GRACE ANDREWS

00403

AMMU

OLIVET

25646983

66396367

24

LEAH ELSA PHILIP

02284

AAMI

OLIVET

25611291

99574695

24

DENI DANIEL

02822

DENI

KADESH

25610934

99142005

24

NISHA MARIAM JOSHY

03673

NISHA

ARARAT

24335198

66735828

24

ASHA ANNIE PHILIP

04632

ASHA

SHEKAM

23710871

66321524

25

ARUN THOMAS LALOO

00273

ARUN

GETHSEMANE

25657655

99588244

25

ANNAMMA REJI

01142

BINDHU

ARARAT

24344521

97219433

25

MATHEW PHILIP

01373

NAMITH

EDEN

25636526

99615724

25

SAJU THOMAS

03061

SAJU

EPHRAIM

66884238

66884238

26

JOHEN VARGHESE JOHN

00204

JOHEN

CANAAN

25627036

99086449

26

SUSAN JOHN

00364

SUSAN

MIZPAH

25616795

66783239

26

GEORGY MATHEW

03101

GEORGY

ARARAT

24316092

65108084

27

ANGELA GEORGE KURIAN

00643

ANGELA

KADESH

25663826

99608206

27

ALEX MATHEW ALEXANDER

02633

ALEX

GEEHON

22623051

97100853

28

EASOW K.I.

00571

ABLE

MIZPAH

25751147

99780609

28

LITA STEVEN

04342

LITA

MIZPAH

25627706

66596645

29

SNEHA JOHN

04252

SNEHA

EDEN

94917052

94917052

29

VINOD THOMAS ALEXANDER

04381

VINOD

MAHANAIM

97637410

97637410

30

ETHAN BINOY

02373

ETHAN

EDEN

25611281

99880114

31

LEON VARKEY ABRAHAM

01933

LEON

EDEN

67050820

67050820

31

ABEL SHAJI GEORGE

03923

ABEL

EDEN

60427100

60427100

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 JANUARY Date 1 1 3 3 5 5 7 7 9 9 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 14 15 15 15 15 15 16 16 16 16 18 18 18 18 19 19 19 20 20 22 22 22 22 23 23 23 23 24 24 24 24 25 25

Name SAJU PAPPACHAN & MERCY SAJU JOSE EAPEN & ANNAMMA JOSE MATHEW JOHN & CUCKOO ALEY MATHEW JOHN SAMGEO PHILIP & PRIYA SAIRA ABRAHAM JACOB CHERIAN & ALEYAMMA THOMAS PHILIP VARGHESE (DR.) & MARIAM JOSEPH ANDREWS CHERIAN & ANU ALICE ANDREWS MATHEW GEORGE ABRAHAM & SALLY GEORGE ABRAHAM PAZHOOR VARUGHESE ABRAHAM & ALEYAMMA ABRAHAM RENJI VARGHESE & SINI RENJI VARGHESE LIJU CHACKO VARGHESE & BINNEY LIJU ABRAHAM THOMAS (DR.) & FENE MARY ABRAHAM ABRAHAM ISSAC ABRAHAM & DAISY ISSAC ABRAHAM AVINASH RAJAN DANIEL & JEENA AVINASH VARUGHESE THOMAS & JANCY JOSEPH GEORGE MATHEW K. & BEENA THOMAS RENJI RAJU & VINCY RENJI GEEVARGHESE THOMAS & SUSY VARGHESE THOMAS THOMAS P. ABRAHAM & LIZY THOMAS REJI MATHEW PHILIP K. & ANNAMMA REJI VARUGHESE GEORGE (DR.) & KITTY VARGHESE ABIN BOBY & PRECY ABIN BOBY JOSE MATHEW & LINY THOMAS RAJU VARGHESE & SUSAMMA ABRAHAM PHILIP A. NINAN & VALSAMMA PHILIP MATHEW C. OOMMEN & ALEYAMMA MATHEW JOHNSON GEORGE & SUSAN JOHNSON EAPEN VERGHESE & REXY GIGI THOMAS K. S. & MARY THOMAS BINOY THOMAS & SHIYA MOL TOM JACOB T. ABRAHAM & ALIN T. JACOB PHILIP C. M. & SARAH PHILIP SHIJU MAMMEN GEORGE & DENI DANIEL VINOO VARGHESE ABRAHAM & LEENA MARIAM MATHEWS ACHANKUNJU K. M. & SHALI ACHANKUNJU SHIBU SKARIAH & JEE ANNIE MATHEW MATHEW PHILIP & SUSY MATHEW ALEYAMMA VARGHESE & VARGHESE K. A. JACOB JOSEPH P. & MARIAMMA JACOB JOHN P. MATHEW & BEELA MATHEW REGI ALEX MATHEW (DR.) & SHEJI ALEX (DR.) ANIL KURIAN JACOB & NANCY KURIAN SUBIN SAM MATHEW & LENI ELIZABETH MAMMEN AJU PAUL & CIBI AJU ABRAHAM T. C. & ALEYAMMA ABRAHAM PHILIP GEORGE & SOPHY VARGHESE (LATE) NISHA MARIAM JOSHY BYJU JOHN & ASHA ANNIE PHILIP JACOB M. CHANNAPETTA & SUDHA JACOB MON MATHEWS C. JOHN & SEENA M. MATHEWS

Prayer Grp.

Tel. Res.

Mobile

EDEN ARARAT MIZPAH EMMAUS EPHRAIM SHEKAM OLIVET GETHSEMANE MIZPAH OLIVET EPHRAIM EMMAUS GENERAL CANAAN EPHRAIM EPHRAIM EPHRAIM EMMAUS CANAAN ARARAT MAHANAIM MAHANAIM KADESH CANAAN CANAAN EPHRATH SHEKAM OLIVET EDEN EDEN EDEN CANAAN KADESH OLIVET KADESH MIZPAH GEEHON GEEHON OLIVET MAHANAIM EPHRATH ARARAT ARARAT MIZPAH EMMAUS EPHRATH ARARAT SHEKAM CANAAN KADESH

25650351 24338529 25659153 65608221 97459430 23718450 25646983 25639462 25612559 25629644 66883181 55778350 25634157 25629747 24808395 24316340 66857851 25629186 25649170 24344521 25630261 97140352 60424930 25641839 55160182 24314590 66725394 25658549 25611281 25611281 25632914 25629665 25610934

99421457 66660764 97227413 65608221 97459430 66846021 66396367 99450411 66277363 99770623 66883181 55778350 66239656 99068514 99526062 97100727 66857851 60631272 97944214 97219433 99562405 97140352 60424930 99406115 55160182 66760075 66725394 99556257 99590819 99880114 60680746 99796536 99142005

25646384 97157006 22657126 25319557 25635798 25632457 24330564 25610029 24341694 25616347 25758782 66674980 24335198 23710871 25624312 25665482

66547820 66888936 99730699 66830185 66481618 99800713 67096465 99531965 99362892 66732206 99807632 66674980 66735828 66321524 66577069 99785934


Wedding Anniversaries in JANUARY Date 25 25 25 26 26 26 27 28 29 29 31 31 31

Name RINU ABY PRINCE & SUSAN RINU ALEX M. GEORGE & SHIMSY ALEX SHIBU T. JOHN & JESSY KOSHY MATHEW ABRAHAM & MARY MATHEW ABRAHAM JIJI IDICULLA JOHN & TRESSA MARIE JOHN CROSSBLE THOMAS & DANI ABRAHAM IDICULA MATHAI & SUSAN IDICULA MATHAI JAMES V. KOTTARAM & BINCY JAMES SAJU THOMAS & RESHMI RAJAN GEORGE ABRAHAM ARUTHUKKAL & ALEYAMMA ABRAHAM GEORGE MATHEW & MINI GEORGE MATHEW JOSHAN P. ABRAHAM & DEEPA ANN MATHEW KURIAN OOMMEN & JINCY GEORGE

Prayer Grp.

Tel. Res.

Mobile

KADESH CANAAN EPHRATH OLIVET KADESH GETHSEMANE MAHANAIM ARARAT EPHRAIM EPHRAIM EMMAUS EDEN EPHRAIM

25652342 66062752 24342128 25615203 25653028 25649357 25633985 99450894 66884238 55720525 97615189 25647805 66173407

99076494 66062752 97201070 99550996 99281995 99597282 99605899 99450894 66884238 55720525 97615189 97434147 66173407

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

Farewell

Sevika Sangham Cake sale Inauguration

Rev.Thomas Koshy Panachamoottil presenting the memento to Mr. Philip A. Ninan (Member No.0100) during the farewell meeting.

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

“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:

Mrs. Mariyamma John (64), Vennikkulam, Chamathackal-Baby Villa, mother of Mrs. Beena Elizabeth, Member. No: 03912, Ephraim Prayer Group, Tel: 97341068. Mrs. Sosamma Mathen (81), Parackamannil House, Manjadi, Thiruvalla, mother of Mrs. Aliyamma Varughese, Member. No: 0292, Geehon Prayer group, Tel: 66830185. 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.


STC, SALMIYA

THEME Danha (Epiphany): Baptism of our Lord Outside Kerala Mission

Destruction of Body and Soul - Loosing the Kingdom of God -Temperance Sunday

"God of Life, Lead us in to Justice and Peace" Eccumenical Sunday Cost of Discipleship

St.Matthew 3: 13-17

GOSPEL

Isaiah 28:1-7

2 Kings 2:19-22

FIRST LESSON

Ephesians 5:15-21

Acts 19:1-7

SECOND LESSON

EPISTLE Romans 6: 1-11

St.Mark 5:1-19

HOLY COMMUNION

HOLY COMMUNION

1 Peter 4:12-19

Ephesians 6:10-17

Galatians 5:16-24

St.Luke 14:25-33

St.Matthew 5: 1-11

St.Mark 5:1-19

Isaiah 42 : 1-7

Genesis 6:13-22

Isaiah 28:1-7

2 Timothy 2:1-13

James 5:1-11

Ephesians 5:15-21

PROGRAMME HOLY COMMUNION Galatians 5:16-24

HOLY COMMUNION

FASTING PRAYER

HOLY COMMUNION (English)

MIZPA

EPHRAIM & EPHRAT

ARARAT

GETHSEMANE

OLIVET

EDAVAKA MISSION

SUNDAY SCHOOL / Jr. CHOIR

EMMAUS

CANAAN

PRAYER GROUP/ ORGANIZATION

WORSHIP SCHEDULE FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2013 7.30 AM HOP, NECK, Kuwait City

VENUE

4 FRI 7.30 PM STC, SALMIYA

TIME

8 TUE 7.30 AM

DATE

11 FRI STC, SALMIYA

STC, SALMIYA

10.00 AM

7.30 AM HOP, NECK, Kuwait City

11 FRI

18 FRI 7.30 PM STC, SALMIYA

HOP, NECK, Kuwait City

22 TUE 7.30 AM HOP, NECK, Kuwait City

7.30 PM

25 FRI 7.30 PM

15 TUE

29 TUE

St. Thomas Messenger for the month of January is sponsored by the following couples on the occasion of their wedding anniversaries: Mr. Crossble Thomas & Mrs. Dani Abraham, Mr. Saju Pappachen & Mrs. Mercy Saju, Mr. Sam Cherian & Mrs. Binu Thomas, Dr. Reji Philip Athyal & Dr. Preethi Simon. 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 Jan 2013  

St Thomas Mar Thoma Church, Messenger, Jan 2013

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