Weekly Announcements – 12/03/2017

  1. Parish General Body Meeting  – will be next Sunday, Dec 10th after Holy Qurbana. All eligible members are requested to attend.
  2. 5th Memorial of H.G. Mathews Mar Barnabas  – On Sunday, Dec 10th we will be observing the 5th memorial of the passing of H.G. Mathews Mar Barnabas.
  3. MGOCSM Bowling Night – The MGOCSM will be hosting a bowling night on Friday, Dec 22nd. for all MGOCSM & FOCUS members.
  4. Christmas Caroling – This year Christmas Caroling will be on the weekend of Dec. 16th & 17th.
  5. New Announcement System – we have changed vendors for the automated voice message system.  The new system has a new caller ID number, (405) 548-2251.  Please add this number to your phone books so that you do not ignore messages.

Annual Thanksgiving Potluck

On November 24th, the youth of the church held their Annual Thanksgiving Potluck. The evening started off with Saturday evening vespers followed by reflections by Amy George and Rebu Thomas. Both Amy and Rebu talked about the importance of offering up thanks to God every second of our lives even in the midst of suffering. Once Abey Achen offered his words, everyone gathered downstairs for a charity event involving arts and crafts. We used old t-shirts and cut them into strands to make bracelets for the less privileged children at St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Following this, we took a group picture and celebrated the birthday of Abey Achen. After pictures and cake cutting, everyone enjoyed the delicious Thanksgiving feast put together by the MGOCSM and FOCUS of the church. The evening overall was a great opportunity for the youth members to worship together and enjoy the fellowship with one another.

Weekly Announcements – 11/26/2017

  1. Nativity Fast – December 1st marks the begining of the Nativity Fast. All able bodied members are requested to observe this fast. Here is some more information about the Nativity Fast.
  2. Parish General Body Meeting – will be held on Sunday, December 10th after service. All eligible members are requested to attend.
  3. MGOCSM Faith Study Series – will be held this Saturday, December 2nd at 4pm at church. All MGOCSM members are requested to attend.
  4. MGOCSM & FOCUS Bowling Night – The youth will be hosting a bowling night on Friday, December 22nd for all MGOCSM and FOCUS members. Details to follow in the coming weeks.
  5. FOCUS Christmas Charity – As the Christmas season is approaching the FOCUS of the parish is partnering with “We the People United Corp.” to sponsor some local needy families. Please contact Mrs. Sini Jablonski for more details and how you can support a needy family in this time of giving.
  6. FOCUS Meeting – will be held on Friday, December 15th. Location to be announced. All FOCUS members are requested to attend.
  7. Theophilos Thirumeni’s 40th Day Service – please see the flyer below for Theophilos Thirumeni’s 40th Day service. The service will be held at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Suffern.

Happy Birthday to our Abey Achen!

The Vicar, Very Rev. Dr. Yohannan Sankarathil Chor Episcopos and the members of St. Thomas Malankara Orthodox Church, LI would like to wish our Achen, Rev. Fr. Abraham (Abey) George a blessed Happy Birthday! As a Church, we really appreciate everything Achen has done for us for the past couple of years. Within the past year, our Church was able to continue to grow spiritually and further explore the world of Orthodoxy. His new position as the Director of the FOCUS of our Diocese allowed his spiritual drive to encourage the passion for Christ into the hearts of the members of the Church.  Achen’s life has been the model by which our parishioners have sprung up within recent years in trying to hold the Church in the correct faith. He has become a spiritual father for many individuals and has motivated them to seek further knowledge of Orthodoxy to become closer to God. Achen has truly blessed us all, through the grace of God, with his life and spiritual demeanor. We pray for Achen and his ministry in the Lord’s vineyard as a priest. May God grant our Achen many years!

 

Holy Transfiguration Retreat Center & St. Tikhon’s Seminary/Monastery Trip 2017

On November 18th, a group of our parish members took a trip, organized by the church’s MGOCSM, to visit our Diocese’s newly acquired Holy Transfiguration Retreat Center and Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk’s Orthodox Seminary and Monastery. The day began at St. Tikhon’s where we were introduced to the the beautiful monastery church, filled with radiant iconography. We were also able to venerate the icons and some of the relics there (such as St. Seraphim of Sarov’s, St. Nicholas of Japan’s, etc.).  We were then taken to the seminary campuses, the classrooms, and the library which was filled with books about our faith and other faiths. Our Assistant Vicar, Rev. Fr. Abraham (Abey) George had attended seminary at St. Tikhon’s and was able to give us, as well as members from St. Stephen’s Orthodox Church, Franklin Square, a tour. We then took some time to visit the bookstore and the Burning Bush Cafe which sells coffee and other products made by the monastic community. We said our goodbyes to the community at St. Tikhon’s and went for a fellowship lunch before heading to the Retreat Center. After arriving at the Retreat Center, we were taken around the facility to see the newly furnished rooms, ready for future camps and retreats, as well as the chapel and the library. We were filled with awe by the breathtaking landscape, which the children especially enjoyed as they were able to run around and play. Our Vicar, Very Rev. Dr. Yohannan Sankarathil Chor Episcopos could not attend the trip but expressed great joy that the Church was able to attend these spiritual havens and learn more about the faith. We praise our Triune God for guiding these spiritual centers in the building up of the Holy Church as well as thank the MGOCSM of our church for organizing this amazing trip.

 

Weekly Announcements – 11/19/2017

  1. Parish General Body – The next parish General Body meeting will be held on Dec. 10, 2017.
  2. Thanksgiving Potluck – MGOCSM and FOCUS will be having a Thanksgiving Potluck feast on Nov. 24th, 2017 at 5PM at the church. All MGOCSM and FOCUS members are kindly requested to attend.
  3. Christmas Caroling Practice – There will be a song practice for Christmas Caroling next Sunday, Nov. 26th at 5PM at church.  All members are requested to attend.
  4. MMVS Fasting Prayer – The weekly fasting prayer at church is cancelled for upcoming Friday, Nov. 24th, 2017.
  5. HTRC/St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary Trip – The MGOCSM would like to thank all members who went on the trip to visit HTRC and St. Tikon’s Seminary.  Twenty parish members participated in this event, and a special thanks to all those who drove.  We encourage everyone to take the time to visit these spiritual centers of our faith.
  6. MGOCSM & FOCUS Donation – The MGOCSM and FOCUS of the parish donated $20,000 and $5,000, respectively towards the Church Building Loan Repayment. We would like to thank all of the youth members, both past and present, who have contributed to fundraising initiatives such as the annual basketball tournament.
  7. Baby Girl – Jeny and Shyni Koshy blessed with a baby girl Rianna Maria Koshy on Aug 11,2017.  We welcomed the baby to church  on Nov 5, 2017.  Let us uphold the new born baby and her family in our prayers.

Weekly Announcements – 11/12/2017

  1. Christmas Caroling  – Christmas Caroling will be done on the weekend of Dec. 16th and 17th.  All interested in participating please contact Mr. Cheriyan Abraham.
    • Christmas Caroling Practice –  The first Christmas Caroling Practice will be held on Sunday Nov. 26th at 5pm at the church.  All who will participate in caroling are kindly requested to attend.
  2. FOCUS Meeting – The next FOCUS meeting will be held at Sunil and Amy George’s house on November 17th at 7 pm. We will be continuing our review and discussion of the book, Beginning to Pray.
  3. HTRC/St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary Trip – The youth is organizing a trip to the St. Tikhon’s Seminary, and the Holy Transfiguration Retreat Center for all parents and youth. The date has been changed to Saturday, November 18th. Plan to arrive at the church at 6:30AM on Saturday, where breakfast will be provided.  The bus will leave promptly at 7AM. Please contact Manoj Varghese or Shojil Abraham at your earliest for further details. Click here to register.
  4. MGOCSM Thanksgiving One Day Conference – The MGOCSM of the Northeast American Diocese will be holding its annual one day Thanksgiving Conference on Saturday, Nov. 25th at St. Thomas Malankara Orthodox Church, Baltimore  .
    • The main speakers for the event are Rev. Fr. Sujit Thomas and Dn. Alexander (Pradeep) Hatcher.
    • The theme of the conference is “TRUST” (The Rest is Up to our Savior in Truth).
  5. Sunday School Centralized Exam and TTC Exam Results –  Special thanks to everyone that participated in the TTC and Sunday School Centralized Exams.  Congratulations to the below parish members who passed their exams:
    • TTC Exam – Mrs. Elcy Yohannan
    • 12th Grade Exam – Shainu George
    • 10th Grade Exam – Joshua Mathew

WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 11/05/2017

  1. FOCUS Meeting – The next FOCUS meeting will be held at Sunil and Amy George’s house on November 17th at 7 pm. We will be continuing our review and discussion of the book, Beginning to Pray.
  2. HTRC/St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary Trip – The youth is organizing a trip to the St. Tikhon’s Seminary, and the Holy Transfigiration Retreat Center for all parents and youth. The date has been changed to Saturday, November 18th. Please contact Manoj Varghese or Shojil Abraham at your earliest for further details. Click here to register.

    2017 HTRC & St. Tikon’s Trip

Weekly Announcements – 10/29/2017

  1. 2017 Account Statements – 2017 statements, as of 10/22/2017, were sent to all members, please review the statements and let the Treasurer know if there any corrections to made.
  2. Christmas Caroling – This year there will be a new format for Christmas Caroling.  Two groups of carolers will be going on 12/16 and 12/17 to cover all the houses in the parish.
  3. Family Night & Talent Show –  This year Family Night and the Talent Show will be held on 11/24/2017 as fellowship gathering at church.  More details to come in the coming weeks!!
  4. MGOCSM Trip – MGOCSM will be taking a trip to Holy Transfiguration Retreat Center and St. Tikon’s Seminary on Nov. 11, 2017.  Please use this link for registration:  https://goo.gl/forms/Mc1GqrPmyDroTcnh2

Weekly Announcements – 10/22/2017

  1. MGOCSM Meeting – There will be a MGOCSM Meeting on Saturday, October 28th at 4pm at the Parish.  All MGOCSM members are kindly requested to attend.
  2. FOCUS Meeting – There will be a FOCUS Meeting on Friday, October 27th at 7pm at the residence of Mr. Bills and Nancy Varghese.  All FOCUS members are kindly requested to attend.
  3. Sunday School Talent Competition – Our parish had five participants at the diocesan level talent competition: Giana Paul, Sara Solomon, Swagath Thomas, Mariel Mathew, and Sonia Joseph.  Two of our students won prizes for their efforts
    • Swagath Thomas – 2nd Prize for Solo Malayalam Song
    • Sonia Joseph – 3rd Prize for Solo English Song
  4. Feast of St. Geevarghese Mar Gregorios (Parumala Thirumeni) – The feast of is observed every year on Nov. 2nd.  The feast will be celebrated this year on Sunday, Nov. 5th.  Please see the following link to learn more about thirumeni’s  life and deeds: Parumala Thirumeni