The General Body meeting of our church held on Sunday, June 22 2008, has resolved for the fundraising scheme, ‘Components Auction/Sales' in order to reduce the post-construction financial liability to an affordable level. The details of the scheme are published in the "Registered User" section.
Details for the "Scrip" Program are also published in the same section.
Devotional Address on First Sunday After Pentecost.
By: V. Rev. K. Mathai Cor-Episcopa
Holy Qurbana is one of the sacred Sacraments, one of the spiritual means to eternity. It has the deepest spiritual effects on life. Those who take in Holy Qurbana, the body and blood of Christ, are entitled to be abiding in God. By receiving Holy Communion a faithful is eligible for Salvation, Remission of sins and Everlasting life. The Holy Communion is a renewal of our covenant with God.
I was shocked to hear that Mr. Yesudasan Jacob had passed away in a time which was quite unexpected. He was a good and faithful servant of God working in His vineyard, the Holy Church. From the very early days of his life he devoted his life to Christ, promoting the Gospel by teaching, preaching and writing books. He was a firm Orthodox believer who took the Gospel, faith and traditions of the Church very seriously. He had visited various parishes in the American Diocese - visiting our Church, St. Gregorios Church, Philadelphia and giving a sermon during the Holy Qurbana.
The sudden demise of Mr. Yesudasan has created a great dent especially in the sphere of laymen’s ministry in the Church. The Church is always in need of devoted laymen to work for God and the Church. The laity can perform Christian ministry as effectively as the ministry of the clergy and Mr. Yesudasan had well proved it through his life.
The Great Master called His servant to His presence and thus Yesudasan took his place of rest there. On behalf of the St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Church, Philadelphia, my family and myself, I convey our sorrows and condolence to the bereaving wife, children and their families. May God give them peace.
K. Mathai Corepiscopa
Vicar, St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Church, Philadelphia
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By the grace of God, the St. Gregorios Bible Quiz Team, Mathew Kuruvilla, Nina Chacko and Josh Maret won the Philadelphia Area Talent Bible Quiz Competition. They were awarded a Rolling Trophy in memory of Rev. Fr. Philipose Poovathoor. Our children will represent our area in New York during the Northeast American Diocese talent competition.
The Philadelphia region Sunday School Talent Competition was held on October 4th, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at St Thomas Orthodox Church, Unruh. Our church won 1st place in the Philadelphia region quiz competition and 2nd place in the overall points achieved. Congratulation to all the winners. They will be representing the Philadelphia region in the Annual Diocese talent competition to be held on November 8th, 2008. Also Congratulations to all the parents, teachers and friends who prepared our children for this competition. Further details, information, the complete winners list has been posted in the registered section in the Sunday school page.
MARTHA MARIAM SMAJAM SPONSORS WINDOWS FOR NEW CHURCH
October 16, 2008
Martha Mariam Samajam members had collected one day salary from all working women of our Church and sponsored the windows of the New Church Building. The Samajam Secretary and the Fund Raising team had handed over the Check to the Vicar after the Parish worship on Sunday 10/05/2008.
PEACE RALLY BY INDIAN CHURCHES IN PHILADELPHIA AGAINST THE CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION IN INDIA
October 25, 2008
The Indian Churches in Philadelphia organized a peace rally against the Christian persecution in India. Over the past year the christian persecution in Orissa has increased rapidly and due to lack of any kind of action against these by the Indian Government, the rally was conducted urging strong action against these attacks.
"The protesters carrying placards reading “Stop Religious Persecution in India”,“We Want Justice” and “No Justification for Murder”, were led by Rev. Biju Thomas of St. Thomas Evangelical Church of Philadelphia and Fr. Jacob Christy of St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church of Philadelphia." (More photos in the photos section)
The presentation about the persecution presented at church can be obtained here Click Here
Due to unforeseen construction delays, the New Church's Dedication Day has been postponed. The new date might be around the weekend of May 22nd. The exact Date, Time, Events etc will be announced later. The construction for the church is due to be complete early December. New photos have been uploaded
Outstanding Performance by our Sunday School students in the Northeast Regional talent Competition. We got four first places and one second place.
We received 1st place in Group 1 - Solo Song; Group 1 - Story Telling; Group 2 - Story Telling; Group 4 - Solo Song; We also received the second place in the quiz competition, the first place went to St Gregorios Washington DC.
Congratulation to all the winners, as well as the teachers and parents who spent time and trained them.
The Ecumenical Fellowship Of Indian Churches in Philadelphia conducted the annual christmas program yesterday. Almost all the Indian christian churches performed various cultural Programs. Our church performed a beautiful dance during the program as well. More pictures and preferably the video will be posted on the website shortly.
This years Christmas Program was held on the 25th December. It was the first Christmas Program in our new church.It was a very good and well presented program. Sofia Varghese was the main coordinator for the event along with the help of Caroline Varughese, Sonya Mathews and Sophia Mathews. MC's for the show were Arun Philip and Cerena George. Pictures and videos from the event will be posted on the website as soon as we receive it.