Thought for the day

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8

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Webinar on the theme 'Impact of NEP in the lives and livelihood of Educational Institutions' Education Ministry

Church of South India, Board for Education Ministry along with Department of Communication organizes a Karnataka Regional Webinar on the theme 'Impact of NEP in the lives and livelihood of Educational Institutions' on 21st January 2021. The medium of communication will be kannada language. 

We invite you to kindly register yourself in the below mentioned link to participate in this webinar. Webinar is through Zoom platform. 

Register yourself before 20th 11pm.

https://forms.gle/Xfca66yzVrfPygfTA

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CSI Synod Officers Sends Christmas Message Drawing Parallel between the Flight of the Holy Family and the Plight of the Indian Migrant Labourers Communication

The Moderator, Deputy Moderator, General Secretary and the Hon. Treasurer of the Church of South India Send Christmas Greetings to You!

What child is this who fled that night
From Herod's wrathful order?
As Rachel wept
The family kept
On pressing toward the border.

This, this is Christ our king:
A refugee, a stranger.
Pray, pray for all like him,
The Babe, the son of Mary.
- Victoria Emily Jones (2016)

Ten million migrant labourers were forced to travel back to their homes, mainly on foot, when the lockdown was announced claiming to combat COVID 19 in India! The lockdown by the government, which was like a magician pulls a rabbit out of the hat, adversely affected the poor and vulnerable groups of people such as migrant labourers. Thousands of hapless people died, and many were killed in the mishaps on the road and railway tracks, when they were forced by the state machinery, exerted power without compassion. Surprisingly, the government did not maintain any data on how many migrant labourers were affected by the surprise announcement of lockdown! As of the nameless victims in Rama (Matthew 2: 18), the migrant labourers' lamentation, weeping and mourning also go down in the history as another inhuman story of the excessive use of the power of the rulers.

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see- I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people. (Luke 2: 10)

When fear engulfs; the miraculous voice tells us, “do not be afraid!”
When pain torments; the soothing voice tells us, “you will be healed!”
When hopelessness surrounds; the strengthening voice tells us, “you are given good news!”
When darkness covers; the pleasant voice tells us, “there will be a new dawn!”

We join the proclamation of hope amidst hopelessness and liberation amidst oppression.

Let us enjoy the joy of Christmas every day!

Wish you a meaningful Christmas and a PEACEFUL New Year 2021

The Most. Rev. A. Dharmaraj Rasalam
Moderator, CSI

The Rt. Rev. Dr K. Reuben Mark
Deputy Moderator

Adv. C. Fernandas Rathina Raja
General Secretary

Prof. Dr. B. Vimal Sukumar
Honorary Treasurer

(The painful journey of the migrant labourers during the lockdown, which was announced without any proper planning, is depicted in this Christmas card by drawing a parallel between the plight of these labourers and the flight of Joseph and Mary with the infant Jesus to Egypt fearing King Herod. Mr Harry Naveen Kumar, a member of the Dornakal Diocese of the Church of South India, is the artist.)

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To Represent Immanuel: GMS Christmas Gathering in Nalumavadi Mission & Evangelism

The Department of Mission and Evangelism of the Church of South India (CSI) Synod involved in the Christmas gathering of Global Missionary Society, Thoothukudy-Nazareth Diocese, on the 15th December 2020 at Jesus Redeems Centre, Nalumavadi. The gathering was well-organized by Rev. K. Daniel Edwin, General Secretary, DMPB. Rev. Maxcin John, Synod Mission Director shared Christmas Message. He stated that we are to represent Immanuel in the present world through our lives. He further stated that to represent Immanuel, and we should try our level best to make rapport with the people, listen to other's groaning, make ourselves available and approachable to others as Immanuel did. To becoming Immanuel is the 'Christmas challenge', he added. One-hundred and fifty participants attended the programme. They were Mission Volunteers, Promotional Workers and Missionaries including Rev. Croxmey, Nalumavadi and Rev. David Raj, Pannaivilai. It was the time of sharing gifts, cherishing mutual fellowship and rejuvenating team- spirit even in the midst of COVID 19. There was also a special meeting with Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. S.E.C Devasahayam, Thoothukudi-Nazareth Dioceseof the CSI. 

 

Rev. Maxcin John
Director, Department of Mission and Evangelism, 
CSI Synod. 

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"Rejoice in the Lord Always!": DMPB Christmas Gathering in Serapattu” Mission & Evangelism

The Department of Mission and Evangelism of the Church of South India (CSI) Synod took part in the Christmas gathering organized by Diocesan Missionary Prayer Band (DMPB) on the 14th December 2020 at CSI Church Serapattu. The Meeting was well-organized by Rev. V. David Robby Jacob, General Secretary, DMPB, along with Rev. Ravi Rajan (DMPB Superintending Missionary-SM) and other Assistant Superintending Missionaries- ASM. Rev. Maxcin John, Synod Mission Director, shared Christmas and New Year Message. He reminded that Christmas is the opportunity to participate in the ongoing work and the mission of God. Furthermore, he stated that Christmas is the salvific action of God through Jesus Christ who is Immanuel -God is with us. We should rejoice in the Lord always. It is an experience of living out and witnessing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Therefore, the year 2021 could be the New Year to rejoice in the Lord, and he encouraged the participants to believe in that positivity. Rev. Godwin Balis translated the speech into Tamil. A Holy Communion Service was solemnized by the leadership of Rev. David Robby Jacob. Three hundred and fifty missionaries participated in the special occasion. It was the time for sharing Christmas gifts, greeting each other, rejuvenating fellowship and motivation to moving ahead. There was also a short visit to the Mission Centre in Puthiram Pettu. 

 

Rev. Maxcin John
Director, Department of Mission and Evangelism, 
CSI Synod. 

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The Rt Rev Dr P G Kuruvilla, former Bishop of the erstwhile North Kerala Diocese of the Church of South India Passes Away. Communication

We are sad to inform you the passing away of The Rt. Rev. Dr P. G. Kuruvilla (88), the former bishop in the North Kerala Diocese of the CSI, at Calicut, Kerala.

Most Rev. Dharmaraj Rasalam, the Moderator of the CSI, Rt. Rev. Dr Reuben Mark, the Deputy Moderator, Adv. Fernandas Rathina Raja, the General Secretary, and Prof. Dr. Vimal Sukumar, the Hon. Treasurer expressed their deep condolences to the bereaved family.

More details and the date and time of the funeral will be informed later. Prayers requested

Phone number of Viola Kochamma

9447426265, 0495 2768995

~ CSI Synod Communications

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