Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Grace Times, January 2009

from the pastor

Dear People,

Another year dawns. We start the year with this full assurance:
the past is forgiven, and
the future is secure

because God will be there for us.

The Bible is full of promises, and all of them are affirmatively ours in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:20). Claim all God’s promises. Only one way to do that. Take the Word of God in.

If the Word takes root in you, be prepared to bear fruit (2 Peter 1:4-8). A tree’s fruit is never for itself. Similarly you will need to bear fruit for others. So spend the year looking outward from within yourself. Don’t be self-centred, but loving and caring.

Grace to gratitude: that is the journey we need to make constantly. No time like New Year’s Day to resolve to do that. 2009 can be a year of happiness. It is entirely up to you. It depends on your having a two-way relationship with the Lord Jesus. Be blessed. Be happy.

In Christ’s love,


Shireen Revis’s brother passed away in Allahabad after a month of being ill.

Benjamin Mall fainted at the service on Dec 14th, but
providentially recovered within moments.

Usha, Manohar Antin and Jerusha were all involved in an accident when an auto hit their scooter and dragged Usha for a few feet. Usha has recovered well. Meanwhile Manohar’s checkup on hold.

Shwetha and Supriya spending Christmas holidays with Beniah Lal, while Whtisy, Johnson and Nehem are visiting their families in Tamilnad.

Our Sunday School Children excelled all earlier performances of the Christmas Play . There was also an outreach performance at the Epiphany Church for all the residents of the compound.

Manji and Nalin celebrated their silver wedding anniversary. Nalin’s siblings Rajan, Ajit and Sonia with her sons Nicky and Kunal attended, along with cousins on both sides of the family.

Bunny says his exams were positively mind-blowing.

Fizza and Nishal are preparing for Confirmation.

Ajay Prakash
getting married to Kusum Henry of Daliganj Methodist Church.

Geetu and Gary
coming for their first holiday after their wedding.

Cindy and Ashish
are expecting their first baby in July.
Martha and Stanley, along with Sandy went to visit them in Banbasa. They bring the news that Cindy has completed her thesis for her M Phil.

The Budget & Pledges for 2009

Our budget covers three areas:

Pastoral support 32.81%
Missions 44.27%
Establishment 22.91%

To keep our giving to missions at the present level, your giving needs to keep pace with income levels and increments. Don’t take your increment home without giving the Lord thanks and a token of appreciation. Support your church to be the church and function as a church?
God’s gifts put man’s best dreams to shame. —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
It is possible to give without loving, but it is impossible to love without giving.
—Richard Braunstein
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
—Winston S Churchill

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