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Vicar Message - November 2018

Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ 

Greet you all in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ 

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”. (1 Thes. 5:18)

      Thanksgiving is a recurring theme in the Bible. Most of the Psalms in the Bible are formed as an expression of giving thanks to God. God’s People thanked Him during war, good harvest, and deliverance from killer diseases and epidemics. In every situation, we should remain thankful to God. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”. We are to be thankful, not only for the things we like, but for the circumstances we don’t like. When we offer thank God for everything that He allows to come into our lives, we keep bitterness away. We cannot have both thankful and bitterness at the same time. When we go through trials and tribulations in life, God is sustaining us, and He gives us the strength to endure it. In James chapter 1: 12 says “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him”. St. Paul from his personal experience says “but he said to me My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Cor. 12:9). It is His promise that all things will work together for the good, to those who love God and are called according to his purpose. 

     On Thursday, November 22nd, United States of America is celebrating Thanksgiving. The first thanksgiving was celebrated by the pilgrims in 1621 as a harvest feast after a successful growing season and lasted three days. George Washington established Thanksgiving Day in 179 to be a national day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed with gratitude to God for the manifold blessings and favors. In our abundance, let us not forget the humble beginnings of the holiday and its true meaning - the pilgrims, who had little, celebrated the gifts that had been given and a bountiful harvest was to be shared by all. Together let us thank God for all He has given us and always be willing to share these gifts with others. 

     I appreciate the parish members for your participation in our Annual Parish Convention and Family Night. It was a blessed time for all of us.

     On Sunday, November 4th, we are observing as Sunday School Day. Let us give thanks to God for the children, who are great blessings from Him. Please uphold our Sunday school activities in our prayers.

     We are coming closer to the end of the financial year. Please remember to pay your monthly Subscription and other Contributions which are due. The parish and her organizations are having General Body Meeting to elect the Office Bearers to shoulder the responsibility for the year 2019. May God guide us to elect appropriate people who are faithful to Christ and loyal to Church. May the compassionate God be with you and bless you in your day today life.

Rev. Santhosh Joseph

(845) 362-8158

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