Nilackal Ecumenikkal Trust decided to renovate the historical Nilackal St. Thomas Ecumenical Church. The Trust committee was gathered on 20 th June 2017 at Thellakom Chaithanya Pastoral Center. H.H. Moran Baselious Mar Thoma Paulose II Catholicos presided the meeting. The committee also decided to call up a meeting for all the Christian managements in the education field to discuss about the serious crisis and problems they are facing with the Chief Minister of Kerala. Nilackal Ecumenical Trust secretary & The Moderator of C.S.I Most Rev. Thomas K. Oommen, Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Marthoma, Most Rev. Kuriakose Mar Severious, H.G. Mar Mathew Moolakkadu, H.G. Dr. Josua Mar Ignathios, H.G. Silvister Ponnumuthan, H.G. Mar Mathew Arackal, H.G. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Athanasios, The Treasurer Sri. M.D. Joseph Manniparambil were participated in the meeting.
Temporary ‘Light House’ Erected as Part of Bicentenary Publicity
Remembering the ‘Arrival of the First CMS Missionary, Rev. Thomas Norton, in 1816, in Allepey Sea SHORE’…and as part of the CMS Missionary Arrival Bicentenary Valedictory Publicity, a temporary ‘Light House’ (functional) was erected as the Sastri Road Jn., Kottayam. We have no words to thank Rev. Samuel Oommen (Chairperson), Adv Anoop Varghese (Convener) and Mr. Ray Mathew, who toiled hard to make this possible. Young blood, Appu Kurian Thomas and a committed team assisted all the arrangements. And of course, one cannot forget Mr. Jobo Thomas & ALFA OPTICALS, for sponsoring the ‘Light House’.
The Rt. Rev. Thomas K. Oommen, ‘switched on’ the ‘Light House’ at around 5:00 PM on Oct. 15, 2016 in the presence of Shri. Jose K. Mani (Member of Parlaiment), Shri. Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan (Member of Legislative Assembly) & Shri. V. N. Vasavan (Ex. Member of Legislative Assembly) and the Office Bearers of the CSI Madhya Kerala Diocese.
The Valedictory of the Bicentenary will be held during Nov. 11 – 13, 2016, the MAIN PUBLIC EVENT TO BE HELD on Nov. 12, 2016 at the Nehru Stadium, Kottayam.
Photo Courtesy: Mr Shishir Kurian
CHURCH SPIRITED AGAINST ‘spirit’: CSI CALLS FOR SHUTTING DOWN LIQUOR OUTLETS
The Church of South India Temperance Movement, under the leadership of the Rt Rev Thomas K Oommen, Bishop CSI Madhya Kerala Diocese, who also is the Deputy Moderator of the Church of South India, in a public demonstration in front of the Kottayam District Head quarters, re-affirmed its stand on shutting down at least 10% of the liquor outlets. “The Church cannot compromise with any thing that denies life”, said the Bishop. During the tenure of the previous Govt, too the Church had voiced her ‘prophetic commitment’ in fighting against ‘thwarting life’ through uncontrolled liquor distribution. Earlier, the Clergy, Church Workers and hundreds of believers marched to the District Headquarters, and registerd their protest against the current liquor policy of the state government. Apart from the Bishop, Rt Rev Thomas K Oommen, the Rev Jacob George, the Rev Alex Oommen and the Rev Joby Varghese Avanakkadan, voiced out the Church’s stand.
Photo Courtesy: Mr Shishir Kurian
Bicentenary Cultural Programme
CSI Madhya Kerala Diocesan Sunday School, Bicentenary Cultural Programme.
CHILDREN ARE THE SHEEP OF JESUS, THE GOOD SHEPHERD said, the Film Actor Capt. Raju as he was addressing the Children participating in the Bicentenary Cultural Programme, organized by the CSI Madhya Kerala Diocesan Christian Education Department. It was a wonderful interactive session during which he hugged and appreciated the Children who recited many Psalms and other Biblical Verses byheart. Also, he sat there almost till the end of the programme encouraging the Children and enjoying their performance.
Earlier, the Meeting, presided by the Rev Dr Oommen George (Diocesan Clergy Secretary and Vice President, Sunday School) was inaugurated by the Diocesan Treasurer, the Rev Dr sabu K Cherian. Hats off to Rev Jiji John Jacob Achen and the Organizing Team for co-ordonating this big day. The programme which began at 10 AM went up to 2 PM …FOUR HOURS of enthralling performance by our Children testifying their talents, as gifts from the Almighty.
Photo Courtesy: Mr Shishir Kurian
Bicentenary Key Chain
Bicentenary Key Chain to commemorate CSI Bicentenary Valedictory Ceremony issued by Media and Publicity Committee. Available with picture of Churches and Institutions on option.
Kindly Contact to place order : Criz Jacob Daniel, Bicentenary office, CSI Madhya Kerala Diocesan Office, Cathedral Road, Kottayam.
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CSI Bicentenary Youth Centre Dedication
Dear all, With utmost joy we announce that yet another Bicentenary project, named CSI Bicentenary Youth Centre, at Karunya Nagar, Coimbatore, is dedicated. Thanks to the Mission Department of the CSI Madhya Kerala Diocese and the Rev Johnson Alexander and his successor Rev Levin Koshy Mallasseril, who toiled hard to make this possible. Many Parishes outside India and within India contributed toward the same. The first phase of the Centre, which includes a beautiful Chapel and Mission Quarters, was dedicated by the Bishop Rt Rev Thomas K Oommen and Bishop Rt Rev Timothy Ravinder, in the presence of many Clergy and laity, particularly our Youth, studying in Coimbatore.
We believe, any education which does not give emphasis on the spiritual nurturing of our generation would go futile. Therefore, this Centre is hoped to become a place of fellowship and worship, where our diaspora youth, irrespective of any differences could gather and encounter the very presence of God. This was constructed as part of the Projects included in the Bicentenary Celebration, commemmorating the 200 Years, following the arrival of the first CMS Missionary, Rev Thomas Norton, in 1816.
Bicentenary Revival Meeting
The Bicentenary Revival Meeting in the South Zone (Adoor, Mavelikara, Kodukulanji, Elanthoor, Tiruvalla and Kumpalampoika Districts) of the CSI Madhya Kerala Diocese was held at the CSI Christ Church Auditorium, Mavelikara on August 28, 2016. Rev Dr Valson Thampu, shared the Word of God, during which he urged us to become:
- missionaries who see harvest ahead and from afar,
- missionaries who believe that the harvest belongs to God and
- missionaries who pleads for God”s labourers.
The Rev George Cherian served as the Convener and Mr John David served as the Joint Convener, who with the help of CSI Christ Church, Mavelikara organized this meeting. The Choir, including members from various Districts in the South Zone, led the Singing Session. It was a God-incidence that the SIXTIETH BIRTHDAY of our dear Mother, Sr. Santhamma Joseph, of Bethel Ashram too fell on this day, and we gave her a surprise. 1000s of believers gathered during the Revival Meeting, and the ALMIGHTY made it a blessed evening.
CSI Bicentenary Students Centre
With great happiness we invite you all for the dedication of the newly constructed Students Centre at Karunya Nagar near the Karunya University Main Gate. We remember all those who have toiled hard for the timely completion of the project. We thank all our Diocesan officials, Mission Board and we are greatly indebted to our respected and beloved Thirumeni for the guidance and support. Thanking all our well-wishers for their support and prayers. Do continue to uphold the project and the student community in your prayers.