Dearly Beloved in Christ, Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. During the month of November we had remarkable events in the Church. The Fall Festival, Bible Character Dress up competition, World Sunday School Day, One day retreat of Sevika Sanghom and election of new office bearers for the church for the year 2018. I must thank every one for your co-operation and wholehearted support. We are now entering into the celebrative mood of Christmas. The birth of Jesus Christ proclaims the fundamental truth that ‘nothing is impossible for God.’ Christmas is a season of great joy for all of us. The Christmas event invites us to hear the heartbeats of God in the world. We need to open our eyes to see the new born king in our midst. As we prepare ourselves for the Christmas celebration, let us keep in mind the following thoughts
Live like Christ, not as a propagating Christian but as a practicing Christian.
Join our hands to transform both the Church and society.
Listen to the feeble voices arising from streets and corners of the society.
Teach our generation - love and action of Christ through the word of God and church practices.
We are planning to have Christmas Carol Service on Dec.23, Saturday at Church. On Dec 02, 09 & 16 we would like to visit our homes with Christmas message. It is my request to all our families to receive the message of Joy and hope of Christmas by admitting and encouraging the carol group in our houses. Christmas is the message of God’s love for human kind and the need of love for each other. As we are celebrating the Christmas, it is our responsibility to be the agents of love and reconciliation. May each and every aspect of this Christmas be powerful signals to move in the proper direction towards the ultimate target of completing God's will in our lives. We are bidding farewell to one more year of our life. This is the time of self evaluation. Looking back, can we say that we were faithful in our life such as time, money, opportunities, skill and talents? Let us give thanks to God for all the provisions and providence we had received all through this year. Let us genuinely confess all our short comings and pray so that we canlead a more authentic and powerful christen life. Wishing you all a Blessed & Meaningful Christmas.
With prayerful regards, Liju Achen
Vicar's Message for the Month - November 2017
Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Let us thank God for His countless blessings and guidance that we have been experiencing the last 10 months of the financial year 2017. November is a month of thanksgiving. It refers to the guidance and blessing of God in the hard times of the early English settlers (pilgrims) in this country. In the midst of horror voyage, fierce winter and the death of their fellow companions, the pilgrims did not lose hope or their steadfast faith in God. In the fall of 1621 they first celebrated thanksgiving at Plymouth. As the nation celebrate thanksgiving on November 23, Thursday, let us join with our fellow Americans to praise and thank God for his manifold blessings showered upon us as an immigrant community and as a church. Our Diocese celebrates the Diaspora Sunday (Sunday before Thanksgiving Day) to remember our past and to thank God for preserving and prospering us in this nation. It also reminds us to pass it on to our next generation. This month our Sunday School is Celebrating Fall Fest and World Sunday School Day. Our Sunday school is participating in the Diocesan level Kid’s helping kid’s mission project. I appreciate all the teachers, students, and parents in supporting all the functions of our Sunday school. Please uphold our Sunday School teachers and students in your prayer. Our Sevika Sangham is planning to conduct a one day retreat on November 18 at church. I request all our Sevika Sanghom members to take part in the retreat. We are coming closer to the end of the financial year. Please remember to pay your subscriptions and other contributions which are in due. The parish and its organizations are having General Body meetings to elect the Office Bearers to shoulder the responsibility for the year 2018. May God guide us to elect appropriate people who are faithful to Christ and loyal to Church. Let us acknowledge God’s presence and providence we experienced throughout the faith Journey, which are beyond our measure. May the compassionate God be with us and bless us in our day to day life. With prayerful regards, Liju Achen
Vicar's Message for the Month - October 2017
Greetings to you all in the matchless name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We have come to the last quarter of this year. Let us thank God for His manifold blessings and Guidance that we had experienced during the past. Last month we had many programmes of the church and its organisations. I thank all the members for their active participation and support. This month too we are having various programmes, both at the parish level and also under the auspices of our parish organizations. Voluntary Evangelistic Association Day, Youth Sunday and Family Sunday falls in this month. We are planning to have our parish convention on October 19-22. Dr. George Varghese (Tiruvalla) will be the main speaker. I request all of you to pray and prepare for this blessed occasion to hear the word of God and to experience a renewal in our family life and parish life. As the church we are celebrating Family dedication Sunday on October 22. Family is the prime unit of any community. The togetherness and nurture of this unit is a serious matter. Conscious effort should be taken to eliminate anything that create disturbance for its unity and harmony. One of the greatest blessings we can receive in this life is the love of a family, and the bonds that exist between its members. A family in order to be blessed should be God Centered. The love, care and security that we experience in the family life is transmitted to the generations. Our families should reflect God’s unconditional love to its surroundings. I pray that the celebration of Family Sunday strengthen our families and also the Church …the family of families. Let us continue our journey with Christ, to transform the world. As we move on, I seek your wholehearted co-operation and support to-wards our parish and its activities. May the crucified and the resurrected Lord be with us in our daily life, in our ministry and in all walks of life…
Yours In Christ Liju Achen
Vicar's Message for the Month - September 2017
Dear Brothers and Sisters
Warmest greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. After the long vacations , the schools have reopened and our children are back to their classes. We send our children to school with lots of dreams. I pray and wish all our children success in this new academic year. A special prayer for our children is scheduled on Sunady, September 3rd. I urge all our parents to send their children for this prayer. Education is not only for imparting some knowledge, but also for bringing a person out into the world as a good citizen .It is to impart good qualities in human beings. Learning is not the collection of some information. But also a great treasure of love and care of the family and the society. As we tell our children about the situation that our parents suffered even to have basic education, It helps them to think how God has guided them all through out their life. This gives a new vision to the children that life is worth living, when held firmly with the Lord. Here comes the need of Sunday School. Our Sunday School will being on Sunday, Sept 3rd. Parents should take extra care and effort to send their children regularly to Sunday School classes. It is sad that we are not giving importance for the Sunday School. We need to give equal importance to the Sunday School as we give to their secular school/college and extra curricular activities. The Bible says that, ”The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”(Prov:1:7) Our children should be encouraged to search for the true wisdom, that is found in following the footsteps of the Lord. That is the true purpose of education. We are planning to have a picnic on Saturday, Sept 23 at Yorba Linda Park. Picnic is the time to interact and share more closely. Our Church Family Retreat this year is conducted together with St Andrews MTC. The theme of the retreat is ‘Family - Gods Idea’.Vicar of the Horeb Mar Thoma Church, Rev. Binu P Thomas will be the guest speaker. All our members are invited to participate in the conference. Malayalies all over the world are celebrating the festival of ONAM in the month of September. It is a great memory of love and prosperity and equality. This is the time to recall ourselves about the rich cultural heritage we have as malayalies. We are planning to conduct a Traditional Kerala Sadhya on Saturday, Sept 9th under the coordination of Young Family Fellowship. I request all our members to take part in this joyous moment. I pray that all these programs and events be a source to bring all the parish members in one chain and become more closer to each other in love and faith. We have to work together to maintain the unity and love among us. Yours In Christ Liju Achen