Weekly Announcements- 10/15/2017

  1. MMVS Quiz Competition – Congratulations to the ladies of our MMVS, who won 2nd place for the Annual Quiz Competition at the MMVS Competition that took place at HTRC.
  2. Baby Boy Born – Mathew & Annie Thomas were blessed with a grandson, Nathan Samuel on October 11th.
  3. Parish Committee Meeting – There will be a Parish Committee meeting next Sunday, October 22nd, after refreshments. All Committee Members are requested to attend.
  4. FOCUS Meeting – Our next FOCUS Meeting will take place on Friday, October 27th at the residence of Mr. Bills & Nancy Varghese. All FOCUS members are requested to attend.

2nd Place Winners of Annual Quiz Competition

Weekly Announcements – 10/08/2017

  1. CROP Hunger Walk – As a parish we participated in the CROP Walk at Eisenhower Park on Saturday. Thank you for all those who donated to the cause and also who walked as well. We raised approximately $1500 through private donations and also through the bake sale. Thanks to all the youth and the parents who participated in the event.
  2. MGOCSM Winter Summit – The MGOCSM Winter Summit will be taking place from Dec 27th-30th, 2017 at Holy Transfiguration Retreat Center. Click the following link (http://goo.gl/5nZd1k) for registration. Please see the flyer below for more details.
  3. Parish Committee Meeting – There will be a parish committee meeting next Sunday, October 15th after refreshments.
  4. Parish Softball Team – Congratulations to our softball team for participating in the annual BKV Memorial Softball Tournament and getting the 2nd place prize.

2017 Winter Summit

2017 CROP Hunger Walk

2017 BKV Memorial 2nd Place Winners

Weekly Announcements – 10/01/2017

  1. Rev. Fr. Alexander Kurien – Special thanks for Rev. Fr. Alexander Kurien for conducting Holy Qurbana this Sunday.
  2. CROP Hunger Walk – The CROP Hunger Walk will take place next Saturday at Eisenhower Park. Registration will begin at 10am and the walk will begin at 11am.  You can either participate in the walk or even donate.  Please see this link for our church’s donation page: St. Thomas LI @ CROP Hunger Walk
  3. Parish Committee Meeting – The next Parish Committee Meeting will be held on Oct. 15th after Holy Qurbana. All committee members make arragements to attend.
  4. MGOCSM Blood Drive – Special thanks to the MGOCSM for conducting the Blood Drive with the Red Cross. We had 21 people donate, including many of our neighbors!!

Weekly Announcements – 09/24/2017

  1. MGOCSM Blood Drive – A friendly reminder that this Saturday, September 30th from 11am to 4pm is the blood drive organized by MGOCSM of our parish. Kindly make arrangements to support the event.
  2. CROP Hunger Walk – A friendly reminder regarding the CROP Walk, a charity event organized around the nation to help raise funds to fight against hunger. The event is to sponsor the efforts of Church World Services who fights hunger all around the world. Saturday, October 7th at 10am at Eisenhower Park. Please see the following link for details about the event: CROP Hunger Walk.
    • The Youth will be hosting a bake sale in the auditorium to raise funds for the CROP walk. Kindly show your support.
  3. Area Level Competition Winners – We have 5 winners from our church who participated in the area level talent competition.
    • Group 2nd – English Solo – Jiana Paul- 1st 
    • Group 3rd– Malayalam Solo Song – Sara Soloman – 1st
    • Group 5th– Malayalam Solo Song – Swagath Thomas – 2nd            
    • Group 6th– Malayalam Solo Song – Mariel Mathew – 2nd            
    • Group 7th– English Solo Song- Sonia Joseph -1st

Special thanks to following Teachers and parents who coordinated Bible Quiz and group song.

  • Bible Quiz-   Josuha Abraham, Mibby Abraham
  • Group Song- Sumini Thomas, Ansu Thomas, Rany Paul
  1. Graduates – Congratulations to all the recent graduates of high school and college! They were recognized for their achievements over the last two Sundays, and presented with a special gift.
  2. Assistant Vicar Schedule – Fr. Abraham (Abey) George will be traveling to Armenia and Georgia from September 24th through October 5th. He will be visiting both patriarchates on behalf of the Ecumenical Department of the Malankara Church to help cultivate strong ties among the churches. He will be periodically checking his email (abey.geo@gmail.com) if anyone would like to contact him. Kindly uphold him in your prayers.

Weekly Announcements – 09/17/2017

  1. FOCUS Meeting – Our next FOCUS meeting will be held this Friday, September 22nd at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Alex and Tigi Abraham. All FOCUS members are requested to attend.
  2. 2017-18 Sunday School Academic Year – Just a friendly reminder that Sunday school classes will began this week. All students are requested to assemble in the sanctuary soon after refreshments.
    • TTC Exam Participants – Congratulations to our Kochamma who went to the TTC Training and took the TTC Exam. She passed the exam with a high score!!
    • Area Sunday School Competitions – Friendly reminder that the area Sunday School Competitions will be held on this Saturday, September 23rd . The flyer for the event will be posted on the website.
    • Parents/Teachers Meeting – Achen and the principal has called a meeting of all the parents and Sunday School teachers for next Sunday before Sunday School. Kindly make arrangements to attend.
  3. MGOCSM Charity Drives – The youth will be hosting two charity drives for the month of September.
    1. Jamaica Armory Women’s Shelter – They will be collecting toiletries, cleaning supplies, and household items.
    2. Children’s Shoe Drive –  A children’s shoe drive for pediatric psych patients at Nassau University Medical Center.
  4. MGOCSM Blood Drive – The youth has organized a blood drive in association with the Red Cross that will be held on Saturday, September 30th from 11am to 4pm at the parish. For anyone interested in donating blood please contact Vineeth Varghese or Danniya Samuel at your earliest.
  5. CROP Hunger Walk – This year the parish is planning to participate in the CROP Hunger Walk, a charity event organized around the nation to help raise funds to fight against hunger. The event is to sponsor the efforts of Church World Services (CWS) who fights hunger all around the world. Saturday, October 7th at 10am at Eisenhower Park. For more details, kindly reach out to Leslie Babu. Please see the following link for details about the event: CROP Hunger Walk.
  6. Hurricane Relief Buckets – CWS has opened up a temporary depot on Long Island and we have contacted them. We are hoping to put relief buckets together on the evening of Thursday 21st at St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Levittown, Long Island. We do need volunteers for the event. We also hope to deliver the finished buckets to the depot the next day
  7. Holy Qurbana Classes – The Holy Qurbana classes originally scheduled for today will be postponed to a later Sunday in October.

Blood Drive on Saturday, September 30, 2017!! We need you!!

On September 30th, 2017 we will be hosting a Blood Drive with the Red Cross on September 30th from 11am-4pm! BUT WAIT THERE IS STILL MORE! It’s completely free (besides giving away some of your blood). For those interested please sign up with the link below, and  select St. Thomas Malankara Orthodox Church and select which time works best for you.

http://www.redcrossblood.org/give/drive/driveSearchList.jsp?zipSponsor=StThomas

A few requirements is that you must be at least 17 (or have parents permission if you are 16), and be at least 110 pounds.

St. Thomas LI Blood Drive

WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 09/10/2017

  1. Weekly Fasting Prayer– The weekly fasting prayer will take place every Friday unless otherwise notified.
  2. Sunday school – classes for the 2017-18 year will begin next Sunday- September 17.
  3. The Feast of the Holy Cross – will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 13th at 6:30pm at our parish.
  4. FOCUS Meeting – will be held on Friday, September 22nd at the Residence of Mr. and Mrs. Alex and Tigi Abraham. All FOCUS members are requested to attend.
  5. MGCOSM Charity  Drives – The MGOCSM will be hosting two charity drives for the month of September:
    • Jamaica Armory Women’s Shelter- They will be collecting toiletries, cleaning supplies, and household items.
    • The second is a children’s shoe drive for pediatric psych patients at Nassau University Medical Center.
  6. MGOCSM Blood Drive – The MGOCSM has organized a blood drive in association with the Red Cross that will be held on Saturday, September 30th from 11am to 4pm at the parish.
  7. CROP Hunger Walk – As a parish, this year we are planning to participate in the CROP Walk, a charity event organized around the nation to help raise funds to fight against hunger. The event is to sponsor the efforts of Church World Services who fights hunger all around the world. Saturday, October 7th at 10am at Eisenhower Park. For more details, kindly reach out to Leslie Babu. The flyer for the event is posted on the below.
  8. MMVS Annual Conference – The annual conference is on Saturday Oct.14th at the Holy Transfiguration Retreat Center. Those who are interested in attending the conference, kindly contact the MMVS secretary or the trustee.
  9. Holy Qurbana Classes – We will be starting classes on the Holy Qurbana starting next Sunday- September 17th Sunday after refreshments for everyone. All are requested to attend.
  10. Hurricane Harvery Relief Fund – Those who would like to donate towards the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund kindly give the donations to the Secretary or the Trustee of the parish.

 

Weekly Announcements – 09/03/2017

  1. Weekly Fasting Prayer – Our weekly fasting prayer will be held this Friday from 10am-Noon at the parish. Rides can be arranged for those who need them.
  2. Sunday School Announcements – Below are some announcements pertaining to upcoming Sunday School year. & Competitions.
    • Teacher’s Meeting – Sunday school teacher’s meeting will be held on Saturday, September 9th at 4:00pm in church. All Sunday School teachers are requested to attend.
    • 2017-2018 Sunday School Year – Sunday school classes will start on September 17 after Holy Qurbana.
    • Talent Competition – Sunday school talent competitions will be held on September 10th after Holy Qurbana. Please give the name of the participants to the principal or the assistant principal.
    • Area Level Competition – Sunday School area level competition will be held on September 23rd Saturday at St. Mary’s West Sayville church
  3. Feast of the Birth of St. Mary   We will be celebrating the Feast of the Birth of St. Mary, the Mother of God this Thursday evening, September 7th at 6:30pm.
  4. Feast of the Holy Cross – Next Wednesday, September 13th at 6:30pm we will be celebrating the Feast of the Holy Cross. Kindly make arrangements to attend.
  5. MGOCSM Charity Drives – The youth will be hosting two charity drives for the month of September.
    • Jamaica Women’s Shelter –  will be collecting toiletries, cleaning supplies, and household items.
    • Children’s Shoe Drive –  a children’s shoe drive for pediatric psych patients at Nassau university medical center. Please see the flyer posted on the downstairs bulletin board for details.
  6. MGOCSM Blood Drive – The youth has organized a blood drive in association with the Red Cross that will be held on Saturday, September 30th from 11am to 4pm at the parish. For anyone interested in donating blood please contact Vineeth Varghese or Danniya Samuel at your earliest.
  7. MMVS Annual Conference – There is one announcement about the MMVS Annual Conference. Our annual conference is on Oct.14th Saturday at the Holy Transfiguration Retreat Center. Anyone interested to go for the conference please contact the MMVS secretary or the trustee. There is a fee total of $50 for the bus fee and registration that needs to be collected as early as possible.
  8. Holy Qurbana Classes – We will be starting classes on the Holy Qurbana starting September 17th Sunday after refreshments for everyone. All are requested to attend.

Weekly Announcements – 08/27/2017

    1. Parish OVBS – We had our parish OVBS yesterday. We had close to 60 children participate. Special thanks to all the volunteers, teachers and parents, especially the children who spent the entire day at the church.  Please see the slide show presentation on YouTube https://youtu.be/3VRP4vxC4xI
  1. Weekly Fasting Prayer – Our weekly fasting prayer will be held this Friday from 10am – 12pm at the parish. Rides can be arranged for those who need them.
  2. Holy Qurbana – Two days during the week we will be having Holy Qurbana. September 7th Thursday evening at 6:30pm for the Birth of St. Mary, the Mother of God. Wednesday, September 13th at 6:30pm for the Feast of the Holy Cross. Kindly make arrangements to attend.
  3. MGOCSM Blood Drive – The youth has organized a blood drive in association with the Red Cross that will be held on Saturday, September 30th from 11am to 4pm at the parish. For anyone interested in donating blood please contact Vineeth Varghese or Danniya Samuel at your earliest.
  4. MGOCSM Charity Drive – The youth will be hosting 2 charity drives for the month of September.
    • The first is for the Jamaica Women’s Shelter. They will be collecting toiletries, cleaning supplies, and household items.
    • The second is a children’s shoe drive for pediatric psych patients at Nassau university medical center. Please see the flyer posted on the downstairs bulletin board for details.
  5. Area Level Sunday School Competition – The Area Level Sunday School talent competition will be held on Saturday, September 23rd at St. Mary’s West Sayville church. If anyone is interested in volunteering to help run the event please contact Danniya Samuel.
  6. MMVS Annual Conference  Our annual conference is on Oct.14th Saturday at the Holy Transfiguration Retreat Center. Anyone interested to go for the conference please contact the MMVS secretary or trustee. There is a fee of $35 for the bus and needs to be collected as early as possible.
  7. AmazonSmile – Do you shop on Amazon? If yes, it is easy to support our parish with each purchase via AmazonSmile.  AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a small portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.  A few minutes to set up is all it takes.  Please click the link below to select our parish to support with your Amazon purchase. https://smile.amazon.com/ch/11-3077671
  8. Recent Graduates – Please give the names of all recent graduates (August 2016-June 2017) to the Secretary.

Parish OVBS

Today our parish hosted its OVBS for the Sunday school and college students. The theme for this years OVBS was taken from St. Mathew 5:48, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

The day began with Matins followed by a message from Rev. Dn. Thomas (Shawn) Thomas. After the message the students separated into different groups where they had group discussions about the lives of saints and how that could help us in our spiritual journey. The students also participated in an arts and crafts activity where they colored their patron saint. Later on in the day Fr. Abraham and Dn. Thomas led a special activity of making of the Ameera (Qurbana Appum).

We were blessed with the presence of the Vicar, Very. Rev. Dr Yohannan Sankarathil Chor-Episcopos and the Assistant Vicar, Rev. Fr. Abraham (Abey) George. Thank you to our OVBS coordinator Nevin Joseph, our valuable donors, and the volunteers who made this day possible. We would also like to specially thank Dn. Thomas for being our main speaker for this years OVBS.

Please see the 2017 Parish OVBS album for more photos.

2017 Parish OVBS