“Give Thanks” – Thanksgiving Day 2014

The Horeb Mar Thoma church celebrated thanksgiving on Sun, Nov 23rd by remembering the efforts and the sacrifices that our past and existing diaspora has taken for us to cherish these days. The presence of our Almighty God has always been felt very closely in each of our lives and as a fellowship, we are very “grateful”



Lighthouse – November

 

Monthly Newsletter of Horeb Mar Thoma Church

Lighthouse

Message from Rev. Larry Varghese, Vicar

Larry_Achen_sml

Dearly Beloved in Christ,

 

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us… Matthew 6:12 (NLT)

Paul says, “Therefore be imitators of God.” – Eph 5:1. Peter says, “Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct.” – 1 Pt 1:15.

We usually think of being Christ-like as being the Biblical mandate. But it’s interesting to ask the question: Does God act like us? When we think of forgiveness we know we are to forgive other just like God has forgiven us. Here though, intriguingly enough, we are taught to reverse idea that God will forgive us in the same manner we forgive others. Is this a mistranslation? We should note that the Lukan version can be translated as “forgive us our sins for we have forgiven the sins of others”, but Luke also quotes Jesus as saying, “Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” – Lk 6:37.

So what do we make of this idea of God acting like us? Well we should realize this isn’t something completely unusual. When Jesus spoke about judgmental attitudes he said, “For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.” – Mt 7:2. Should we expect that God wouldn’t act this way? Do we think that God will forgive us regardless of our forgiving others? What does our attitude of unforgiveness imply about our experience of forgiveness? It should cause us to stop and think. Every time we say the Lord’s Prayer we are asking God to be like us in terms of forgiveness.

It is a frightening request for us to be making year after year. But hopefully the one who understands their own sins before God will realize the irony if they refuse to forgive someone else. Understanding that forgiveness has been achieved once and for all on the cross, we must admit that the experience of forgiveness is somehow tied to our offering of forgiveness to others. Therefore forgive, and be forgiven – not as though to earn forgiveness, but to prove our understanding of God’s forgiveness of us.
Rev. Larry Varghese.


 

Worship Service

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Sunday School

All Sundays – 1:30 pm

Praise & Worship

All Sundays – 2:30 pm

Service Times

All Sundays – 3:00 pm

First Sunday — Holy Communion Service (English)

Second Sunday — Holy Communion Service (Malayalam)

Third Sunday — Holy Communion Service (English)

Fourth Sunday — Holy Communion Service (English)

Fifth Sunday — Divine Service (When applicable)

 

Lectionary

Bible Lesson Readers & Deacons

News, Events & Monthly Meetings

newsandevents

Parish (Edavaka) Mission

Tuesday Evening Meeting @ 7:00pm

11/04: Mr. & Mrs. K.M. Chacko
11/11: Mrs. Annamma Mathai
11/18: Mr. & Mrs. Isaac George
11/25: Mr. & Mrs. Mathew Koshy
 
 
Parish (Edavaka) Mission Prayer Meeting & Annual Elections
November 28
Location: Thomas Mammen, Long Beach

 
 
 
 
Horeb MTC General Body Meeting
November 16: 
 – Annual Elections
 
 
 
L.E.A.D. Class
November 15, 10am – 3pm
Location: GGUMC
 
 
Sevika Sangham
Bible Study and Annual Elections: To be held on November 7 at Mini THomas’ residence.
 
 
 
 
 
Area Prayer Meeting
 
South Area: Saturday, Nov 1 @ 6 pm — Saji Philip (San Diego)
West Area: Saturday, November  8 @ 5 pm — Benny Chacko (Buena Park)
East Area: Friday, November 21 @ 7 pm — Lejo Mammen (Brea)

The Areas are divided as follows:

 

  • West Area: Buena Park, Carson, Cerritos, Cypress, Gardena, La Palma, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Norwalk, Signal Hill
  • East Area: Anaheim Hills, Brea, Corona, Fullerton, Placentia, Rancho Cucamonga, Yorba Linda
  • South Area: Irvine, Orange, Portola Hills, San Diego, Tustin

 

 

Sunday School

Parent/Tacher’s meeting will be held on November 2nd following service at GGUMC.

 
 
Young Family Fellowship
Bible Study
Saturday, November, 22 – 4:00PM
Location: Benny & Sheba Chacko

 

Youth Fellowship

Bible Study
Friday, November 14, 6:45 pm
Location: Yasmeen Thomas

Bible Study
Sunday, November 30
Location: GGUMC after Service

 


 

Birthday and Wedding Anniversary



https://www.horebmtc.org/anniversaries/

 

 

 



Parish Day 2014

Videos of our 2014 Parish Day and Celebrations led by Rev Dr. K.A. Abraham.



Lighthouse – October

 

Monthly Newsletter of Horeb Mar Thoma Church

Lighthouse

Message from Rev. Larry Varghese, Vicar

Larry_Achen_sml

Dearly Beloved in Christ,

 

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us… Matthew 6:12 (NLT)

Paul says, “Therefore be imitators of God.” – Eph 5:1. Peter says, “Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct.” – 1 Pt 1:15.

We usually think of being Christ-like as being the Biblical mandate. But it’s interesting to ask the question: Does God act like us? When we think of forgiveness we know we are to forgive other just like God has forgiven us. Here though, intriguingly enough, we are taught to reverse idea that God will forgive us in the same manner we forgive others. Is this a mistranslation? We should note that the Lukan version can be translated as “forgive us our sins for we have forgiven the sins of others”, but Luke also quotes Jesus as saying, “Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” – Lk 6:37.

So what do we make of this idea of God acting like us? Well we should realize this isn’t something completely unusual. When Jesus spoke about judgmental attitudes he said, “For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.” – Mt 7:2. Should we expect that God wouldn’t act this way? Do we think that God will forgive us regardless of our forgiving others? What does our attitude of unforgiveness imply about our experience of forgiveness? It should cause us to stop and think. Every time we say the Lord’s Prayer we are asking God to be like us in terms of forgiveness.

It is a frightening request for us to be making year after year. But hopefully the one who understands their own sins before God will realize the irony if they refuse to forgive someone else. Understanding that forgiveness has been achieved once and for all on the cross, we must admit that the experience of forgiveness is somehow tied to our offering of forgiveness to others. Therefore forgive, and be forgiven – not as though to earn forgiveness, but to prove our understanding of God’s forgiveness of us.
Rev. Larry Varghese.


Worship Service

Hands Held High Website Banner50

Sunday School

All Sundays – 1:30 pm

Praise & Worship

All Sundays – 2:30 pm

Service Times

All Sundays – 3:00 pm

First Sunday — Holy Communion Service (English)

Second Sunday — Holy Communion Service (Malayalam)

Third Sunday — Holy Communion Service (English)

Fourth Sunday — Holy Communion Service (English)

Fifth Sunday — Divine Service (When applicable)

 

Lectionary

Bible Lesson Readers & Deacons

News, Events & Monthly Meetings

newsandevents

Parish (Edavaka) Mission

Tuesday Evening Meeting @ 7:00pm

10/07: Mr. & Mrs. Mathew K. Philip
10/14: Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Mammen
10/21: Mr. & Mrs. Mathew Koshy
10/28: Mr. & Mrs. Isaac George
Parish (Edavaka) Mission Care Visit
October 25
Location: TBD
Church Convention
October 3  –  5
Location: GGUMC
Theme: Recapturing Biblical Dimensions of Vision
Main Speaker: Rev. Dr. K.A. Abraham
Horeb MTC Parish
October 5:
We will celebrate Horeb’s Parish day today with special songs and remember how God has blessed our parish during the past years. Dinner will be provided in Acker Hall following service.
L.E.A.D. Class
October 18,  10am  – 3pm
Location: GGUMC
Sevika Sangham
Bible Study: To be held on October 19 following service at GGUMC.
Area Prayer Meeting
 West Area: Saturday, October 11 @ 5 pm — Giju George (Cerritos)
 East Area: Friday, October 17 @ 7 pm — Dr. Thomas Mathew (Brea)

The Areas are divided as follows:

 

  • West Area: Buena Park, Carson, Cerritos, Cypress, Gardena, La Palma, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Norwalk, Signal Hill
  • East Area: Anaheim Hills, Brea, Corona, Fullerton, Placentia, Rancho Cucamonga, Yorba Linda
  • South Area: Irvine, Orange, Portola Hills, San Diego, Tustin

Sunday School

Teacher’s meeting will be held on on October 12th following service at GGUMC.

Young Family Fellowship
Bible Study
Saturday, October, 25  –  4:00PM
Location: Drs. Sunil and Susan Thomas

Youth Fellowship

Game Night
Friday, October 10,    6:30pm
Location: Anjali John

Bible Study
Sunday, October 26
Location: GGUMC after Service

 


Birthday and Wedding Anniversary



https://www.horebmtc.org/anniversaries/

 

 

 



Sevika Sangham Day 2014

The Sevika Sangham Day was celebrated on September 21, 2014. The auction was a great success followed by a delicious “sadhya”!



Annual Church Retreat 2014

The Second Annual Church Retreat at Pine Summit, Big Bear Lake.
The theme was “Missional Family” and the speaker was Dr. Sam George, Executive Director, Parivar International



Lighthouse – September

 

Monthly Newsletter of Horeb Mar Thoma Church

Lighthouse

Message from Rev. Larry Varghese, Vicar

Larry_Achen_sml

Dearly Beloved in Christ,

 

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us… Matthew 6:12 (NLT)

Paul says, “Therefore be imitators of God.” – Eph 5:1. Peter says, “Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct.” – 1 Pt 1:15.

We usually think of being Christ-like as being the Biblical mandate. But it’s interesting to ask the question: Does God act like us? When we think of forgiveness we know we are to forgive other just like God has forgiven us. Here though, intriguingly enough, we are taught to reverse idea that God will forgive us in the same manner we forgive others. Is this a mistranslation? We should note that the Lukan version can be translated as “forgive us our sins for we have forgiven the sins of others”, but Luke also quotes Jesus as saying, “Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” – Lk 6:37.

So what do we make of this idea of God acting like us? Well we should realize this isn’t something completely unusual. When Jesus spoke about judgmental attitudes he said, “For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.” – Mt 7:2. Should we expect that God wouldn’t act this way? Do we think that God will forgive us regardless of our forgiving others? What does our attitude of unforgiveness imply about our experience of forgiveness? It should cause us to stop and think. Every time we say the Lord’s Prayer we are asking God to be like us in terms of forgiveness.

It is a frightening request for us to be making year after year. But hopefully the one who understands their own sins before God will realize the irony if they refuse to forgive someone else. Understanding that forgiveness has been achieved once and for all on the cross, we must admit that the experience of forgiveness is somehow tied to our offering of forgiveness to others. Therefore forgive, and be forgiven – not as though to earn forgiveness, but to prove our understanding of God’s forgiveness of us.
Rev. Larry Varghese.


Worship Service

Hands Held High Website Banner50

Sunday School

All Sundays – 1:30 pm (First Day of Sunday School on September 14, 2014)

Praise & Worship

All Sundays – 2:30 pm

Service Times

All Sundays – 3:00 pm

First Sunday — Holy Communion Service (English(September 7th Service at Retreat location in Pine Summit)

Second Sunday — Holy Communion Service (Malayalam)  (September 14th, Service English)

Third Sunday — Holy Communion Service (English)  (September 21, Service in Malayalam)

Fourth Sunday — Holy Communion Service (English)

Fifth Sunday — Divine Service (When applicable)

 

Lectionary

Bible Lesson Readers & Deacons

News, Events & Monthly Meetings

newsandevents

Parish (Edavaka) Mission

Tuesday Evening Meeting @ 7:00pm

9/02: Mr. & Mrs. Mathew Koshy
9/09: Mr. & Mrs. Binoy Abraham
9/16: Mr. & Mrs. Isaac George
9/23: Mr. & Mrs. Juby Mathew

9/26: Mr. & Mrs. Saji Baby

Friday Fasting & Prayer Meeting
September, 26th – 7:30pm
At the residence of Mr Thampi Thomas, Orange
 
 
Church Retreat
Friday, September, 5 -7 
Location: Pine Summit, Big Bear
Theme: Missional Family
Main Speaker: Dr. Sam George
 
Retreat Coordinator: Mr. Philip Jacob
 
 
Horeb MTC Town Hall Meeting
Saturday, September 20: Town Hall Meeting @ 5 pm, Acker Hall
Building Project Proposals
 
 
Sevika Sangham

Sevika Sangham Day: To be held on 21st Sept 2014. There will be a Grand Auction Sale following the service. Proceeds of the auction to go toward the church building fund. This will be followed by a Kerala sadhya.

 
Area Prayer Meeting
 
West Area: Saturday, September 13 @ 5 pm — Mathew Thomas (Cypress)
 

The Areas are divided as follows:

 

  • West Area: Buena Park, Carson, Cerritos, Cypress, Gardena, La Palma, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Norwalk, Signal Hill
  • East Area: Anaheim Hills, Brea, Corona, Fullerton, Placentia, Rancho Cucamonga, Yorba Linda
  • South Area: Irvine, Orange, Portola Hills, San Diego, Tustin

Sunday School

Our 2014/2015 Sunday School year will start  on September 14th, 2014 at 1:30PM. September 14th will also be Dedication Sunday. We have 48 students from nursery to grade 10 and 14 teachers.
We have two new teachers: Mrs. Sheeba George and Mrs. SueAnn Zachariah. Riya Mary George will lead the assembly and serve as the new music director. 
 
1:30PMAssembly
2:00 PMClasses begin
2:45-2:55PMSnack Time
3:00PMSanctuary
Nursery through 4th grade will use the the Faith Weaver curriculum. Classes from 5th through 10th will follow the Diocesan curriculum.
We kindly request your prayers and support so that our children may grow in Christ.
(From Sunday School Superintendent)
 
 
Young Family Fellowship
Bible Study
Saturday, September, 27  –  4:00PM
Location: Mr. & Mrs. Ajith Varghese

Youth Fellowship

Outreach
Friday, September 13
Location: TBD

Bible Study
Sunday, September 28
Location: GGUMC after Service

 


Birthday and Wedding Anniversary



https://www.horebmtc.org/anniversaries/

 

 

 



Celebrating Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Horeb

The Horeb MTC celebrated the VBS at the church from July 31-Aug 3rd of 2014. The theme of this year was “Jungle Safari” where kids learned about God as the Creator, Provider, Protector, Savior and King. There were special sessions for adults also. Thanks to all the coordinators, teachers, volunteers, donors and especially the kids for their very energetic participation during this year’s VBS.



Lighthouse – August

 

Monthly Newsletter of Horeb Mar Thoma Church

Lighthouse

Message from Rev. Larry Varghese, Vicar

Larry_Achen_sml

Dearly Beloved in Christ,

 

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us… Matthew 6:12 (NLT)

Paul says, “Therefore be imitators of God.” – Eph 5:1.  Peter says, “Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct.” – 1 Pt 1:15.

We usually think of being Christ-like as being the Biblical mandate. But it’s interesting to ask the question: Does God act like us? When we think of forgiveness we know we are to forgive other just like God has forgiven us. Here though, intriguingly enough, we are taught to reverse idea that God will forgive us in the same manner we forgive others. Is this a mistranslation? We should note that the Lukan version can be translated as “forgive us our sins for we have forgiven the sins of others”, but Luke also quotes Jesus as saying, “Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” – Lk 6:37.

So what do we make of this idea of God acting like us? Well we should realize this isn’t something completely unusual. When Jesus spoke about judgmental attitudes he said, “For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.” – Mt 7:2. Should we expect that God wouldn’t act this way? Do we think that God will forgive us regardless of our forgiving others? What does our attitude of unforgiveness imply about our experience of forgiveness? It should cause us to stop and think. Every time we say the Lord’s Prayer we are asking God to be like us in terms of forgiveness.

It is a frightening request for us to be making year after year. But hopefully the one who understands their own sins before God will realize the irony if they refuse to forgive someone else. Understanding that forgiveness has been achieved once and for all on the cross, we must admit that the experience of forgiveness is somehow tied to our offering of forgiveness to others. Therefore forgive, and be forgiven – not as though to earn forgiveness, but to prove our understanding of God’s forgiveness of us.
Rev. Larry Varghese.


Worship Service

Hands Held High Website Banner50

Sunday School

All Sundays – 1:30 pm (Currently OFF for Summer Break. Summer Programs Only)

Praise & Worship

All Sundays – 2:30 pm

Service Times

All Sundays – 3:00 pm

First Sunday — Holy Communion Service (English)

Second Sunday — Holy Communion Service (Malayalam)

Third Sunday — Divine & Witnessing Service (English) – For August Only

Fourth Sunday —  Holy Communion Service (English)

Fifth Sunday —  Holy Communion Service (English)

 

Lectionary

Bible Lesson Readers & Deacons

News, Events & Monthly Meetings

newsandevents

Parish (Edavaka) Mission

Tuesday Evening Meeting @ 7:00pm

8/5: Mr. & Mrs. Isaac George
8/12: Mr. & Mrs. Mathew Koshy
8/19: Mr. & Mrs. Juby Mathew
8/26: TBD

 

Sevika Sangham
Bible Study @ GGUMC
Friday, August 1, 3PM
Sunday, August 10, after service
 

Area Prayer Meeting

 
West Area:   Saturday, August 9 @ 5 pm — Location TBD
South Area:  Saturday, August 9 @ 6 pm — Manoj Mathew, Tustin
East Area:    Friday, August 15 @ 7 pm –  Location, TBD
 
 

The Areas are divided as follows:

 

  • West Area: Buena Park, Carson, Cerritos, Cypress, Gardena, La Palma, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Norwalk, Signal Hill
  • East Area: Anaheim Hills, Brea, Corona, Fullerton, Placentia, Rancho Cucamonga, Yorba Linda
  • South Area: Irvine, Orange, Portola Hills, San Diego, Tustin

Sunday School

Sunday School Teacher’s Workshop
Saturday, August 30,  10am – 3pm 

At GGUMC, Room 15

Young Family Fellowship
Bible Study
Saturday, August 23,  4:00PM
Location: Mr. & Mrs. Mathew Philip, Norwalk

Youth Fellowship

Outreach
Friday, August 8, 6:45PM
Location: TBD

Bible Study
Sunday, August 24
Location: GGUMC after Service

 


Birthday and Wedding Anniversary



https://www.horebmtc.org/anniversaries/

 

 

 



Church Picnic at Carbon Canyon Park

The Horeb Mar Thoma Church joined together to celebrate their 2nd picnic since the formation of a church at the Carbon Canyon Region Park in Brea on Sat, July 26th.