Lighthouse – February

 

Monthly Newsletter of Horeb Mar Thoma Church

Lighthouse

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 — Divine Service (English)  – For February Only

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

02/03: Mr. & Mrs. Saji Baby
02/10: Mr. & Mrs. Juby Mathew
02/17: Mr. & Mrs. Mathew Thomas
02/24: Mrs Annamma Mathai
 

Edavaka (Parish) Mission Monthly Care Visit

Saturday, February 28, at 10am
Terrace View Care Center 

(201 E Bastanchury Rd, Fullerton, CA 92835)

 
 
Sunday School Teacher’s Meeting
 There will be a Sunday School Teacher’s meeting in Sunday, February 1st, after the service
 
Sevika Sangham
Bible Study:
To be held on February 7th, at 10am at the residence of Mrs. Thankamma Mammen.
 
Area Prayer Meeting for February
South Area
Saturday, February 7th at 7pm
At the residence of Mr. & Mrs. Jiju Cholakath, Irvine
 
East Area
Friday, February 20th at 7pm
at the residence of Mr & Mrs. Sunil Thomas, Anaheim Hills
 
West Area
Saturday, February 21st at 6pm
At the residence of Mr. & Mrs. Mathew Koshy, Cerritios
 

Western Regional Mar Thoma Voluntary Evangelists’ Association

– Annual Regional Conference for 2015
– Hosted by St. Andrews MTC of Los Angeles   
      (Chatsworth, CA)
Feb 14 & 15.

– Cost: $25 per adult.

Bible Quiz

The Quiz will be from “THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES” & “FAITH & SACRAMENTS OF THE MAR THOMA CHURCH”.

 
 

Young Family Fellowship
Bible Study
Saturday, February, 28 – 4:00PM
Location: TBD

 
 Youth Fellowship

Bible Study
Sunday, February 22
Location: GGUMC after Service

 


 
 
 
 

Birthday and Wedding Anniversary



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

 

 

 



Lighthouse – January

 

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

01/06: Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Mammen
01/13: Mr. & Mrs. Mathew Philip
01/20: Mr. & Mrs. K.M. Chacko
01/27: Mr. & Mrs. Mathew Koshy
Sunday School Art Exhibition
Our Sunday School students will be exhibiting their art poster for the “Going Green” initiative of our Diocese.
Their art will be display on our church walls on January 4 and 11.
 L.E.A.D. Class
January 17, 10am – 3pm
Location: GGUMC
Sevika Sangham
Bible Study and GB:
To be held on January 18th at GGUMC following service.
Prayer Meeting – Condolence
Saturday, January 17th  at 6pm
At the residence of Mr. Manu Abraham, Placentia

Young Family Fellowship
Bible Study
Saturday, January, 24 – 4:00PM
Location: Aji and Julie Varghese

 Youth Fellowship

Bible Study
Friday, January 9th,  6:45 pm
Location: Vivek Abraham

Bible Study
Sunday, January 25
Location: GGUMC after Service

 


Birthday and Wedding Anniversary



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

 

 

 



Christmas Carol Service 2014

The Horeb Mar Thoma church celebrated the Christmas Carol Service on Sun, Dec 21st by having a special worship service followed by special events by the Sunday School, Youth Fellowship, Choir, Sevika Sangham and other organizations. Rev. Dr. Bau Dang the Sr. Pastor at United Methodist Church who is also a translator of the Vietnamese Bible provided an enriching and thought provoking sermon.

Wishing all our brothers and sisters in Christ a blessed Christmas!



“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

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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/