SALEM MAR THOMA CHURCH
EASTERN LONG ISLAND NEW YORK
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Our Vicar: Rev. Jose K. I.
Message from Rev Jose K I – Vicar and President

9/1/2018 6:48:32 PM

I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our homeland Kerala is suffering its worst monsoon flooding in a century, with more than one million people displaced, and more than 400 reported deaths in the past two weeks. Aid agencies and government groups have set up more than 4,000 relief camps, while rescue personnel are making their way to submerged villages in helicopters and boats, bringing supplies, and evacuating those they can find. Fisherman from Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts takes part in the rescue operations with their boats and rescued several who were trapped in their homes amid rising waters at a time. Kerala Government calls the fishermen as "Coastal warriors ". Now "Things are well under control. We can do our responsibility. Our church organized a special fund for their rehabilitation. Everyone should be given maximum assistance to succeed in this venture. Our schools and colleges are open for the first week of September. Congratulations for passing the examinations. Give thanks to God who honored your hard work.

Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and all who follow his precepts have good understanding” Psalm 111: 10

The book of proverbs says that by wisdom we understand what is right and justice (proverbs 2:9). Through education we gain knowledge, but wisdom helps us to apply the knowledge rightly and beneficially with faithfulness, love and justice. God who is the source of wisdom. Apostle James speaks that if anyone lacks wisdom, he should ask God. These are days of stiff completion. A mere pass or even a first class is not enough. Aim to score high and work hard. Be regular in attendance. Be attentive in the class. Don’t take weekly or monthly tests lightly. They are meant to prepare you for the finals. Don’t postpone doing everything during the study holidays. Library is not a luxury. You should know more than what will be asked in the exams. Chose at least one extracurricular activity, otherwise your growth will not be balanced. This generation is crazy after entertainments. Don’t get into this trap and spoil your studies. However busy you may be with your studies, don’t neglect quiet with God. Begin the day with Bible meditation and prayer. Let me close with a Bible text “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you”.

Jose Achen.
Church: 45 N Service Road, Dix Hills, NY 11746
Parsonage: 57 Stevenson Pl, Deer Park, New York 11729
Tel. 631-522-1431 (Home) 516-234-2657 (Mobile)


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