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

Issue No. 12 Vol. V

December 2011

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,

CELEBRATION OF SUFFERINGS We are stepping to another Christmas season. When Christmas season comes, everyone around the world feels joy of celebration and a new awakening. I think Christmas is a celebration and remembrance of persecution or suffering faced by a poor Jewish family Joseph, Mary and Jesus. A young girl in Africa gave her teacher a Christmas gift. It was a beautiful sea shell. “Where did you get this?” asked the teacher. The girl told her that such shells are found only on a certain far away beach and that her father and she had to make a long and difficult journey to get it. The teacher was deeply touched because the girl took much trouble and walked many miles to get it.”You should not have suffered and travelled that far just find a gift for me”, the teacher told the girl. The girls smiled and replied “Suffering journey is part of the gift”. This is precisely the story of Jesus and the truth of Christmas. God’s gift of Christ to the world began with a journey of sufferings. He left the splendours of heaven to our level. The suffering journey of Jesus and his parents to Egypt as refugees, his long walk through the Palestine and the final walk carrying the heavy cross to Golgotha are all part of Gods loving gift to us. So we can say, Christmas is the celebration of sufferings. Let us remember those who face persecution esp. in many parts of India. Let us pray to God that He may grant us the courage to face the persecution and sufferings. Let this Christmas be a new year with the presence of Jesus Christ in us. Yours in Christ Panachamoottil Achen

Sabha DinaM( ST ThoMaS MaRTyRDoM) DeCeMbeR 21 Most Christian churches around the world are divided into Western or Eastern traditions. Eastern churches are again divided into two: the Eastern Orthodox and the Eastern Oriental. Mar Thoma Church is an Eastern Oriental Church. It adheres to the Syriac tradition and bases its teachings in accordance with Biblical teachings. It is one of the Saint Thomas Christian churches tracing its origins to the missionary activity of Thomas the Apostle. Apostle Thomas reached Cragannore at the Malabar coast in A D 52. He established 8 churches at1. Crangannore (Malankara),2. Chavakad (Palur),3. Parur near Alwaye,4. Gokamangalam,5. Niranam,6. Nilakkal (Chayal),7. Quilon and 8.Thiruvamcodu near Kanyakumami. These churches are known as “Ezharapallikal” . It is believed that St. Thomas then continued his mission and reached the east coast of India. Apostle Thomas was martyred in Mylapore near Madras. (Tradition calls this place Kalloor - the place of rock) in Tamilnadu State, India. The traditional date of martyrdom is 21st of December, 72 AD. His followers took his body and buried him in the tombs of the Chiefs. A merchant from Edessa in Syria who visited that region exhumed his body and took it to Syria where it was entombed in about AD 200. We could see these tombs in Mylapore and in Edessa. Two days are set apart to celebrate the legacy of St. Thomas in the church calendar. St. Thomas day is celebrated on July 3rd and Sabha Dinam on December 21st; the former is the feast commemorating the entombment of the remains at Edessa, and the latter is celebrated as the Day of Martyrdom.


ChRiSTMaS CaRoL Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself around you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart... filled it, too, with a melody that would last forever. - Bess Streeter Aldrich Our Christmas Carol for this year will be held on 23rd (Friday) December,2011, at Indian Community School ( Senior) from 6.30 pm. H.G. Mathews Mar Thevodosios Metropolitan, (Bishop, Quilon Diocese, Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church) will Grace the Occasion with his presence and deliver the Christmas Message. Our church choir, both Junior and Senior will sing harmonious Christmas Songs. Let us join together on this wonderful day of event to enjoy the magic of Christmas Carols.

MaR ThoMa CSi CoMMon SeRviCe To celebrate the Unity established among C.N.I., C.S.I. and MarThoma Churches,(Known as Communion of Churches in India-CCI), Second Sunday of November is ear-marked. Common Communion, pulpit change etc are part of the celebration. Accordingly at St. Thomas Church, on 18th November a CSI Communion Service was held, led by Rev. Binji Varghese with the assistance of our Vicar. On 19th evening At NECK Church & Parish Hall (CSI) a Marthoma Communion Service was conducted by Rev. K.G. Koshy. Our Vicar Rev. Thomas Koshy played the key role in co-ordinating the events. A large crowd attended both the services which was a unique and wonderful experience to many.

SunDay SChooL ChRiSTMaS CaRoL ChRiSTMaS aRounD The WoRLD God gave his Son to the whole world and our children will be presenting to you how Christmas is celebrated around the world. The Sunday School Christmas Program will be held on Friday, 30th December 2011 at the ICSK (Senior) Auditorium from 6:00PM. All parish members are invited to attend and requested to uphold this program in your prayers.


Birthdays in decemBer Date

Name

Prayer GrouP

telePhoNe

mobile

1

PHILIP MATHEW

MIZPAH

25630152

66400194

1

JACOB ABRAHAM

CANAAN

25616438

66255173

25636526

1

NEETHA MARIAM ABRAHAM

EDEN

2

DENNY KOSHY

SHEKAM

2

STEVEN JOHN MULLASSERY

MIZPAH

2

ANGEL MARIAM ABEY

ARARAT

2

DENIL CHACKO MATHEW

MIZPAH

2

AARON P. ABEY

ARARAT

99615724 66691680

25616795

66782239 94453095

25750317

99004109 94453095

2

DEEPU GEORGE SIMON

SHEKAM

24891688

65017096

2

SEEMA ANNIE JOHN

MAHANAIM

25635729

66738237

4

ANU GEORGE THAKADIYIL THOMAS

ARARAT

66565360

66565360

4

ANIL MATHEW

EDEN

25625837

99682433

4

SONA ANN THOMAS

CANAAN

25649170

97944214

6

ALEN TOM ANU

ARARAT

66565360

66565360

6

SEENA ANN ABRAHAM

ARARAT

24316092

65108084

6

TERSY THOMAS

EDEN

25615982

97643176

25636489

7

GEORGE VERGHESE (DR.)

EMMAUS

7

AARON MATHEW TINKU

CANAAN

8

BINU THOMAS

EDEN

66421904 25611281

99590819

8

BINU THOMAS KUREEKKATTIL

MAHANAIM

25658460

66180986

8

ARON JOHN MANU C.

KADESH

25643756

66224249

8

MANJU KOSHY (DR.)

OLIVET

25640989

99575308

8

MATHEWS K.A.

KADESH

25646384

66547820

9

SHERIN ELSA SAMUEL

MAHANAIM

25622382

66671409

9

KURUVILLA MATHEWS

OLIVET

25667304

99423735 66467024

9

PREENA SUSAN ABRAHAM

ARARAT

24311746

10

MATHEWS KOSHY

CANAAN

25641766

10

PHILIPOSE VALIYAPARAMPIL

EDEN

66511065 99219375

11

MANESH KOSHY JACOB

SHEKAM

24755693

65074237

11

SHEBIN THOMAS MATHEW

MAHANAIM

94403845

66049592

12

ANITA JOSE (DR.)

GEEHON

25359283

66893031

12

CHACKO ATTACHERIL SKARIA

SHEKAM

24745215

99331738

24330564

67096465

12

SANDHRA JEMI SAM

MIZPAH

12

SHEJI ALEX (DR.)

EPHRATH

66166523

12

MATHEW ABRAHAM K.

GEEHON

25344763

66409359

13

JESSICA SARAH THOMAS

EMMAUS

25660975

66533284

13

JEREMY ABRAHAM THOMAS

EMMAUS

25660975

66533284

13

ALEYAMMA MATHEW

EPHRATH

24314590

66760075

15

CHRISTY THOMAS

EDEN

25663520

97867814

15

ERIN GEORGE

EPHRATH

24316092

65108084

15

IRINE SARAH JERRIN

EPHRATH

66862436

16

SUJI MATHEW SAMUEL

KADESH

66279687

16

SUSAN GEORGE

CANAAN

25622974

99501715

17

SIMI MIRIAM ASHISH

CANAAN

25645275

99858961

17

ASHLY MONCY

EPHRATH

99718537


Birthdays in decemBer Date

Name

Prayer GrouP

telePhoNe

mobile 99360073

17

GEEVARGHESE THOMAS

EMMAUS

25629186

18

RENESH VARGHESE RAJU

CANAAN

25641839

99406115

18

SUNITHA GEORGE

KADESH

25663459

99856518

18

SHARON RACHEL SUNIL

MAHANAIM

99514344

66197107

18

SHAJI JOSEPH

KADESH

25612248

94063161

19

VARGHESE P. C.

OLIVET

25642079

66488490

21

REENA K.MATHEW

MIZPAH

25611453

97810618

21

EAPEN VERGHESE

OLIVET

25658549

99556257

21

RONNELL JACOB

CANAAN

25624312

66577069

22

AMIEL ALEX VARGHESE

EPHRATH

24317873

97916134

22

MON MATHEWS C. JOHN

KADESH

25665482

99785934

25614539

22

SNEHA SUZANNA GEORGE

EMMAUS

22

GEORGE EAPEN

MAHANAIM

22

MATHEW SAMUEL

MIZPAH

22

ANGEL SHAJI GEORGE

EDEN

23

RUBIN K. THOMAS

EMMAUS

23

LEYA SARA JACOB

CANAAN

97247242 97254038

25611453

97810618 99691730

25730462

66293772 66246413

23

JOBY NEBU JOHN

MIZPAH

25759574

66978321

23

ANU ABRAHAM K.

EMMAUS

25649072

97609876

24

GEORGE MATHEW

CANAAN

99432984

24

SHEEBA SIMON

MIZPAH

66605358

24

ASHWIN ISSAC MATHEW

EPHRATH

24316015

99561506

25

DAVID JOHN IDICULLA

KADESH

25653028

99281995

25622974

99501715

25

SHAJI PHILIP THENASSERIL

OLIVET

25

CHRISTINE ELIZABETH ABRAHAM

CANAAN

66763090

25

ABRAHAM VARGHESE

CANAAN

25637067

99860513

26

ATHUL SHIJU GEORGE

KADESH

25610934

99142005

26

JOEL THOMAS GEORGE K.

EDEN

25625029

97504243

26

ROSHAN ROY THOMAS

KADESH

25649143

99506276

27

SHERIN THOMAS

EDEN

25662952

99827389

27

SAMUEL RENJI VARGHESE

OLIVET

25629644

99585476

27

BINDU MATHEW

EMMAUS

25657821

99601604

28

SNEHA SARA THOMAS

EMMAUS

25730462

66293772

28

BYJU P. MATHEWS

OLIVET

25661536

97839101

28

VINEETH ABRAHAM PAZHOOR

MIZPAH

25612559

66277363

24348934

29

SHEENA KOSHY

ARARAT

29

BINDU ABRAHAM

KADESH

29

RAJI ANU KOSHY

EPHRATH

29

MARIAMMA MATHEW

GEEHON

97213522 66279687 99436077

25344763

66409359

29

NABILA ABRAHAM MATHEW

MAHANAIM

25629174

65581644

31

ROHAN ABRAHAM ATHYAL

KADESH

25619413

66577386

31

AMBILY ELIZABETH JACOB

EMMAUS

23716843

66270297

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"


neW boRn baby

Amy Marie Alan D/o Alan Aby varghese & Leya Sara Jacob Born on 17th March 2011 Canaan P.G

Richlin Ann George D/o George Eapen & Sheena Anna George Born on 17TH September 2011 Mahanaim P.G

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

NEW MEMBER

CoNDoleNCe We, The St. Thomas family express our deepest condolence to Mr. John Alexander & family Mem # 0369 Vice President, St. Thomas Mar Thoma church, at the sad demise of his mother-in-law Mrs. Mary John (73), Achandy house, Muringoor, Chalakudy.

Member Number-0425

JOHN C.MATHEW

Prayer Group: Eden Mother Parish: Immanuel -Nerul, Navi Mumbai Contact No - 94917052 ST.ThoMaS oFFiCe beaReRS 2011-2012 John alexander

John varghese (Reji)

Vice President

Secretary

Christy Thomas Trustee

66249240 / 25610139

99086449 / 25627036

97867814 / 25663520

vijoy alexander

Mathew P alexander

abraham Stephen

Trustee Accounts

Lay Ministrant

Lay Ministrant

97100853 / 22623051

97835292 / 25650273

66284427 / 25624177

St. Thomas family joins in conveying our heartfelt condolence to the bereaving members of Mr. John Sam & family Mem # 021 Olivet prayer group at the loss of his father-in-law Chacko T. Thomas (61) Thelapurathu, Maramon, who has been called to the heavenly adobe. May The Peace that passeth all understanding abide with the bereaved.


Wedding anniversaries in decemBer 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

4

EASOW K. I. & SANTHAMMA EASOW

MIZPAH

25751147

99780609

4

ABRAHAM VARGHESE & JESSY A. MATHEW

OLIVET

25652846

97592351

5

ABRAHAM V. JOHN & JOMOL ABRAHAM

MIZPAH

66891075

99270127

6

CHACKO ALEXANDER P. & ELIZABETH ALEXANDER

MIZPAH

25710468

66067546

8

JOHN GEORGE & SUNITA ANIE SAMUEL

EMMAUS

25616846

99252794

8

SUNIL JOY & JEENU SUNIL

9

ABEY P. THOMAS & ELIZABETH THOMAS

10

THOMAS GEORGE & GRACY THOMAS

EPHRATH

24330292

66191007

10

SAJI BABY & ANNIE VARGHESE

EPHRATH

24330292

66191007

25629747

99068514

EDEN

66714543

ARARAT

94453095

15

ANUP RAJAN DANIEL & MALINI ANUP DANIEL

CANAAN

15

MATHEW PHILIP & JITTYMOL MARIAM MATHEW

ARARAT

23

DR. SUBIN THOMAS & ELWINA SUBIN

25

SHEEBU OOMMEN & SMITA SHEEBU OOMMEN

ARARAT

25

SAM CHERIYAN & BINU THOMAS

EMMAUS

23727907

99468239

26

THOMAS GEORGE & ANNE THOMAS

CANAAN

25623273

97934381

27

JOSEPH GEORGE & ELSY JOSEPH GEORGE

MAHANAIM

25636722

66632157

27

IDICULLA ABRAHAM & ANITHA ABRAHAM

MIZPAH

25731735

65608884

27

BINU T. KORUTHU & SHERLY BINU

MIZPAH

67785016

66257383

27

SAM PHILIP & BINSU SAM

MIZPAH

28

VARUGHESE MATHEW & ANNAMMA MATHEW

EDEN

25615823

99758170

28

DR. REJI PHILIP ATHYAL & DR. PREETHI SIMON

KADESH

25619413

66577386

28

SHAJI THOMAS & SOSAMMA THOMAS

CANAAN

25651132

99204016

29

MATHEWS K. ABRAHAM & SARADA MATHEWS ABRAHAM

GEEHON

25323698

99446358

29

GEORGE VARGHESE K. & LEELAMMA K. GEORGE

GEEHON

25353394

66224297

29

JIBU JACOB THOMAS & BENCY ANNIE CHACKO

29

SUNNY THOMAS CHAKKUMCHIRA & VIJI SUNNY THOMAS

30

VARUGHESE THOMAS M. & SOSAMMA THOMAS

30

SHAJI GEORGE & BINU JOB

31

JOHN YOHANNAN & ACCAMMA JOHN

31

PHILIP BABY & DR. LIGY MATHEW

MAHANAIM

97133949 25648202

97482940 97827674

66166523

OLIVET

66325904

MAHANAIM

66357330

CANAAN

25652006

EDEN

99320230 99691730

CANAAN

25630400

66588173

OLIVET

25611291

99574695


PRoGRaMMe

ePiSTLe

GoSPeL

FiRST LeSSon

SeConD LeSSon

SUNDAY SCHOOL

OLIVET

MAHANAIM

PRayeRGRouP/ oRGaniSaTion

WoRShiP SCheDuLe FoR The MonTh oF DeCeMbeR 2011 TheMe

TiMe

venue

DaTe STC, SALMIYA

2 CORI 1:3-11

7.30 AM

GEN 33:1-17

2 FRI

ST.LUKE 1:39-45

HOP, NECK HOLY COMMUNION ENGLISH

2 THES 3:6- 13

7.30 PM STC, SALMIYA

HOLY COMMUNION

6 TUE 7.30 AM

VISITATION OF MARY TO ELIZABETH- “BEARERSOF GOOD NEWS” BIBLE STUDY

9 FRI

ACTS 11:19-26

EDEN

ACTS 20:17-16

WILL BE ASSIGNED

ARARAT

CANAAN

WILL BE ASSIGNED

CHOIR

KADESH

EPHRAIM

EDAVAKA MISSION

1SSA 55:6-13

1 JOHN 5:1-12

FASTING PRAYER

ST.LUKE 1:57-66

ISSA 11:1-10

STC, SALMIYA

HEBREW 4:1-13

ST.MATHEW 1: 18-23

EPHRATH

9.00 AM

ROMANS 1 :1-16

1 CORI 1:18-25

BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

HOLY COMMUNION

ISSA 22:20-29

HOLY COMMUNION ANNUNCIATION TO JOSEPH

ST.JOHN 2: 1-4

HOP, NECK STC, SALMIYA

PHIL 3:12-21

ISSA 61:1-11

HEBREW

GAL 4:1-7

ST.MAT 16:9-18

EXO 33:12-23

13:7-21

ST.LUKE 12:22-34

ISSA 9:1-18

HOLY COMMUNION

1 PETER 5:6-11

ST.LUKE 2:1-14

MAR THOMA CHURCH DAY

STC, SALMIYA

2 TIMO 2:1-10

HEBREW 1:1-12

HOP, NECK

9 FRI

7:30 AM

13 TUE 7.30 PM 16 FRI

7:30 AM

20 TUE 7.30 PM 23 FRI

HOLY COMMUNION

ICSK SALMIYA

CAROLL SERVICE

23 FRI 07:00 PM STC, SALMIYA

HOLY COMMUNION

HOLY COMMUNION

neW yeaR SeRviCe

CHRISTMAS HOLY COMMUNION

24 SAT 07:00 PM HOP, NECK

YALDO BIRTH OF OUR SAVIOUR (FESTOF NATIVITY)

27 TUE 7.30 PM

WATCH NIGHT SERVICE

HOLY COMMUNION

7:30 AM

STC, SALMIYA

STC, SALMIYA

30 FRI

31 SAT 09:30 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.

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