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  • Asian Indian Christian Church Newsletter Vol.12 Issue 3 March 2005 From the Pastors’ Desk Dear members and friends of AICC Greetings in the name of Jesus! We are now in the middle of the Lenten season. Lent has always been a wonderful season for the Christians. It is the time of year set aside for special consideration for our Savior’s wonderful love. It is the time of spiritual renewal for us. During Lent we are urged to pray and meditate with special intensity and devotion on the Gospel accounts of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is also a time to examine our lives and come closer to Jesus Christ so that we may become partakers of His death and resurrection. If we are willing to unite our suffering with the suffering and death of Christ, we will come to new life with Him. That is God’s promise; that is our hope. We look forward to the joyous triumph of Easter: the victory of life over death. Many people observe Lent by “giving up something”. Speaking of giving things up, I would like to offer a few suggestions. cont… Worship Services Every Sunday at 5pm Holy Communion every first Sunday of the month 3/25/05 Palm Sunday 3/27/05 Easter Service Lenten Program “And Jesus said unto 3/23/05 7:30pm Joint Maundy Thursday Service him, “verily I say unto 3/25/05 12noon Good Friday Service thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Saturday Lenten Meetings -Luke 23:43 Theme: “Faith Plus” (based on 2 Peter 1:3-11) 3/05/05 6:30pm Residence of Dr. (Mrs).& Dr.Viswanathan 3/12/05 6:30pm Residence of Dr. (Mrs).& Mr. Sudhakar Rajan 3/19/05 6:30pm Residence of Mrs.& Mr. Michael Sithersinghs Rev. Solomon (718-829-8849) Asian Indian Christian Church Senior Pastor Visit Our Website: (worshipping at Community Rev.B.B.C.Kumar (908-688-8426) United Methodist Church) Associate Pastor 301 Chestnut Street www.aiccnj.org Roselle Park, NJ 07204 Email: pastors@aiccnj.org
  • The Triune Page 2 Pastor’s Letter cont… •GIVE UP grumbling! Instead, quot;In everything give thanks.quot; quot;Moaning, groaning, and complainingquot; are not Christian disciplines. •GIVE UP 10 to 15 minutes in bed! Instead, use that time in prayer, Bible study and personal devotion. •GIVE UP looking at other people's worst points. Instead concentrate on their best points. We all have faults. It is a lot easier to have people overlook our shortcomings when we overlook theirs first. •GIVE UP speaking unkindly. Instead, let your speech be generous and understanding. It costs so little to say something kind and uplifting. •GIVE UP your hatred of anyone or anything! Instead, learn the discipline of love. quot;Love covers a multitude of sins. •GIVE UP your worries and anxieties! Instead, trust God with them. Anxiety is spending emotional energy on something we can do nothing about: like tomorrow! Live today and let God's grace be sufficient. •GIVE UP TV one evening a week! Instead, visit some lonely or sick person. There are those who are isolated by illness or age. Why isolate yourself in front of the quot;tube?quot; Give someone a precious gift, your time! Lent is the church season in which we prepare for Easter Sunday. Most of all, it is a time to ready ourselves for the sheer joy of Easter morning - it is a time to ready ourselves to meet our risen Lord once again! Jesus is alive. Jesus is risen. He is with us today. Easter not only happened two thousand years ago. It happens everyday. It is not only an historical event to be celebrated once a year, it is a living presence to be experienced everyday. The God of the empty tomb is also the God of our daily lives. The God who gives us victory over death also gives us victory during life. Easter replaces fear with peace, sorrow with joy, doubt with devotion, weakness with power, and idleness with a mission. Kindly remember the Saturday Bible study, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday & Easter services, and Easter Concert in your prayers. Try to attend all these important services. May the risen Lord be with us and fill us with peace and joy. Yours in His service, Christopher Solomon Saturday Lenten Bible Study During Lent we have been having our Bible study on the theme quot;FAITH PLUSquot;, based on 2 Peter 1: 1-11 Faith is important and without faith we can not please God. Faith is the foundation on which we are called to build our spiritual life. But 2 Peter 1: 1-11 makes it clear that believers in Christ are commanded to furnish or provide something more than faith, in order to fulfill God's whole purpose for our lives. Here Peter wants us to add something to our faith . In verse 5 he tells us to supplement our faith with goodness, knowledge, self- control, patience, godliness, mutual affection and love. He says quot;make every effort to supplement your faithquot; with these seven things. If we abound in these things then we will become fruitful and useful to our Lord Jesus Christ.Otherwise we will be blind and we can not understand the love of God. Cont..
  • The Triune Page 3 But we must realize that none of these quot;plusesquot;, or supplements, are adequate in themselves, apart from the foundation of faith in Jesus Christ which is our indispensable foundation. In this passage we are called to work hard to add these seven things to our faith. Let us ask God to help us to understand this passage and grant us grace so that we make every effort to support our faith with these seven qualities. We meet every Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in different homes to have our Bible study Please come and join in our fellowship. “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, CHRIST died for usquot; - Romans 5:8 GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE March 25, 2005 – 12:00 Noon to 3:00 PM Seven words of our Lord Jesus Christ spoken from the cross will be preached in English by the following speakers: Introductory Message: Rev. Christopher Solomon “Father Forgive Them, For They Know Not What They Do” - Luke 23: 34 Dr. Paulraj Ponniah “Today Shalt Thou Be With Me In Paradise” - Luke 23: 43 Mrs. Sarah Solomon “Woman Behold Thy Son. …. Behold Thy Mother” - John 19: 26 Mr. Kenneth Victor “My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?” - Matthew 27: 46 Rev. Ashok Suryawanshi “I Thirst” - John 19: 28 Mr. Samypillai Jayaraj “It Is Finished” - John 19: 30 Mr. Solomon Karunakaran “Father, Into Thy Hands, I Commend My Spirit” - Luke 23: 46 Rev. B.B.C. Kumar COME AND HEAR INSPIRING MESSAGES AND CHRISTIAN SONGS IN DIFFERENT INDIAN REGIONAL LANGUAGES. WORSHIP SERVICE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY TRADITIONAL FAST BREAKING MEAL. CHILDCARE WILL BE PROVIDED DURING THE SERVICE.
  • The Triune Page 4 THE MOHANS Mohan, Junitha and Gracelynne Our Family: Our Home is built by Mohan Mangalaraj Samuelraj ( better recognised as twin of John Monickaraj ! ).Junitha Rajendran .M & Gracelynne Naomi Mohan . Roots : We are from Tamil Nadu.Mohan is from Sawyerpuram (Tuticorin District ) & Junitha is a native of Surandai (Tirunelveli District ), but born & brought up in Madras. Mohan is the 3rd among the four sons of Mr.& Mrs. Samuelraj & Junitha is the eldest daughter of Mr.& Mrs.Rajendran. She has a sister & two brothers in India. Mohan was previously working in California .Lord united us on Feb. 3, 2003. Our Saviour blessed us with Gracelynne on December 2004. AICC : Internet introduced AICC to us. We began to attend services at AICC since 12/ 21/ 2004 .We are spiritually nourished by the thought provoking, short & crisp message of Rev. Christopher Solomon. We are blessed with many Uncles, Aunts, Annans, Accas and Friends after we began staying back for the fellowship hour ! . Hobbies :Mohan enjoys playing basketball, watching baseball, football (much against my resentment, promises to decrease the time spent watching these but fails to keep up). He loves music and is a good singer. Latest hobby is waking up Gracelynne & snoring when she expects his company! Junitha loves photography, enjoys traveling, shopping ,experimenting new recipes, chatting with sister, cousins & friends & philately. Our little one's hobby is yet to be discovered. Our Testimony : God's Presence was with us on Nov. 23rd, 2004, when an apartment below ours was on fire. Junitha, was chatting with Amy when this accident happened (this was the usual nap time of my full term pregnant wife ) .God safely brought her out of the apartment and she escaped without any injury. Our Saviour has guided us till this day & In God we trust. We take this opportunity to Thank the Pastors, Uncles ,Aunts, Annans, Accas & Friends who supported us especially our little daughter with their Prayers. The Editorial Board collects information on each of the families in AICC and includes it in each issue of the Triune, kind of a quot;getting-to-know the AICC familyquot; . We are doing this alphabetically and will send you a questionnaire to answer.We would like all the families to try and complete this before due date.
  • The Triune Page 5 CHILDREN’S CORNER THE FINAL HOURS OF JESUS . ACROSS DOWN 3. What was Jesus nailed to? (Mark 15:21) 1. The chief priests and teachers of the law _____ Jesus while he was on the cross? (Mark 15: 31) 4. Who did the chief Priests and elders take Jesus to? (Mark 15: 1) 2. Which disciple betrayed Jesus? (Mark 14: 43) 5. What came over the earth just before 6. What kind of criminals were crucified with Jesus died? (Mark 15: 33) Jesus? (Mark 15: 27) 8. How was Jesus put to death? (Mark 15:15) 7. What was the signal used to identify Jesus? (Mark 14: 44) Kids activity from www.kidssundayschool.com
  • The Triune Page 6 ~Triune in your faith journey ~ The Editorial Board of Triune wants to thank you for your time in reading the magazine. It’s been a year as a Board that we are in circulation, We appreciate your contribution, support and feedback in making this magazine a success and a medium to present AICC to the rest of the world. In a mission to make things better for Triune, we need your help. Please let us know how Triune is making a difference in your life. Some of the questions you can ask yourself are, quot;What do I like the most about Triune?“ quot;What do I want to share with others about Triune?“ quot;What do I want to see in the future issues of Triune?quot; We would like to thank those who responded…. “I enjoy reading the Triune every month, It keeps me updated on what’s happening at AICC. I also enjoy reading the “AICC family”, I learn a lot of interesting facts about the families. ” -Dinesh Suryawanshi “Congrats! to the crew on year first anniversary. Hats off to you guys for your patience and perseverance. I like the way you nag to get articles and info from the members. I mean it in a positive way. I personally look forward to reading the Triune for one reason and that is to get to know every family in a personal way I really enjoy that column of the Triune. I also carefully read the special message by our Pastors. Keep the good job going. We are with you.” -Sunitha John TRIUNE 2004 QUIZ :RESULTS Quiz # 1 : March 2004 Anshel Bright Triune takes every opportunity to refresh the reader’s knowledge of Sheba Ainsha Bible. So in 2004, every quarter Triune had a Quiz in two Priya Mamidi categories, one for adults and the other for kids. This was to Josephine Monickaraj . encourage our readers, especially children to read the Bible, gain Percy Senthil knowledge and apply it to answer the questions in the Quiz. Quiz # 2 : June 2004 We in AICC have been blessed with a very encouraging and knowledgeable congregation. There was a very positive Jean Thomas participation by the congregation and the responses were accurate Jonathan Alfred most of the time. Joanne Alfred Anshel Bright Triune wants to thank all the participants and their hard work in completing the quiz successfully. The congregation is encouraged Sheba Ainsha to participate with more enthusiasm as this will help you gain Ryan Kishore spiritual food. Quiz #3 : Nov 2004 Jean Thomas quot;I can do all things through Christ who Anshel Bright strengthens me.quot; Sitara Kishore - Phil 4:13
  • The Triune Page 7 ESTHER : PRAYER submitted by Mrs. Radhabai Vijayakumar “ Let us all believe that prayer is a Vehicle which carries all the actions and events of our life to save the poor people and give strength to the poor people, thus building a loving community among people “ 1) Esther’s Courage: “My people should live in the world safely” were the words spoken by Esther. Esther’s courage was essential to save the lives of God’s people in Persia. Esther decided to risk her own life to save her people. Let us all join hands and pray to God to help our Indian community in the aftermath of the tsunami. 2) Esther’s Progress: Esther who grew up under the great care of her uncle Mordecai glittered like a “ star” even when she was poor. God had blessed her abundantly and elevated her and she was chosen by King Xerxes from the royal harem to be his queen. Jesus can do the same for you when disasters happen in your life. He can help you recover from terrific poverty, dreadful diseases and tearful sorrows. In our life time, we should be obedient, disciplined, patient and sincere like Esther and Indeed God shall lift our life. 3) Esther’s Victory : The story of Esther is a profound interplay of God’s sovereignty and human will. God prepared the place and the opportunity, and Esther chose to act on it. Esther was victorious despite the enormous risk that she took to save her people because God was with her at all times. We in India have been facing a series of natural disasters. Orissa faced a tremendous flood which demolished many buildings and caused many deaths. In Gujarat, the earthquake had taken the lives of many people. Many were buried alive and a large number lost their homes. Very recently we were struck by the deadly tsunami/ Numerous houses, buildings, industries, lives, and property people's property have been lost due to these natural disasters. Like Esther let us all join in hands and pray to God with sincerity, discipline, obedience, and faith. Father of Love, we pray for all our Indian people. Please save our people from these suffering .Lord it is you who created this world . We are all people without any strength. Lord you are great indeed . You are our strength and our only HELP. “ If we pray sincerely our Lord will make us a glittering star like Esther. What is your goal and achievement in your life? It is to impress God’s hearts by our activities? . Let us all like Esther, PRAY FAITHFULLY And WAIT ON GOD TO ACT ON OUR BEHALF.
  • The Triune Page 8 YOUTH CORNER Submitted by Padmini Kumar The youth recently had a fundraiser for Valentine's Day. We made candy grams, which consisted of a bag of candy with a personalized message which church members could send to each other. The proceeds would be submitted to the Tsunami Relief Fund. We raised about $405! Thank you to everyone who supported our fundraiser. It was a huge success, and went out for a wonderful cause! On the Lighter Side… quot;If there are any idiots in the room, will they please stand up,quot; said the sarcastic teacher. After a long silence, one freshman rose to his feet. quot;Now then mister, why do you consider yourself an idiot?quot; inquired the teacher with a sneer. quot;Well, actually I don't,quot; said the student, quot;but I hate to see you standing up there all by yourself and God said we should love they neighbor as thyself.quot; This relates to the youth in an odd way because the youth will always stand together and we are a team and will never let another one of our team members fall. We are all here for each other. Words to Live By… 1. Anger is a condition in which the tongue works faster than the mind. 2. You can't change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying over the future. 3. Love ......and you shall be loved. 4. God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him. 5. All people smile in the same language. 6. A hug is a great gift..one size fits all. It can be given for any occasion and it's easy to exchange. 7. Everyone needs to be loved...especially when they do not deserve it. 8. The real measure of a man's wealth is what he has invested in eternity. 9. Laughter is God's sunshine. 10. Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it Did you know…. •The definition of Easter is found in the root of its meaning from the mythical goddess 'EOSTRE' (also known as Ostara or Ishtar), a goddess of the dawn and spring. •The word Easter is used only once in the Bible found in Acts 12:4, in some versions instead of “Passover” •Easter falls on the first Sunday after the full moon on or following the vernal equinox (spring) which is March 21. Therefore, Easter can come from March 22-April 25
  • The Triune Page 9 ANNOUNCEMENTS cont.. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Dr. Jayanthi Viswanathan Chairman Bldg. Committee †Those who want to host Mr. Kenneth Victor monthly Prayer Fellowship Bldg. Committee secretary (every third Friday at 8pm) March 2nd Ainsha Enose Dr. Densingh Bright are kindly requested to March 4th Nalantha Devaraj Bldg. Committee member contact the convener – Alexander John Mr. Ainsha Enose Mr. Bobby Benjamin March 9th David Kumar Worship committee member March 11th Riya Chatterji †There are many ways to March 20th Bagshaw Philip Harper become involved in Mrs. Madhu Luther March 22nd Pradeep Albert Sunday School Superintendent church…. Come and talk to March 27th Cynthia Praveen one the Pastors and see March 31st Rajesh Frederick how God can use you! Mrs. Amy Jayapaul Mr. Sunil Luther †Congratulations to the new office-bearers of the Mrs. Joy Victor church, who were installed Mrs. Priya Pakianathan on Sunday Feb. 27, 2005. Mrs. Sunitha John Mr. Kenneth Victor Dr. Jayanthi Viswanathan New Council member Mrs. Shebah Rajadurai Coffee Hour Mr. Thomas Kishore Secretary Ms. Priya Kumar If you would like to host the Mr. Anand Manchala after-service coffee hour, Please Sunday School Teachers contact Mrs. Priya Mamidi. Treasurer Padmini Kumar Mr. Jayaraj Thomas Associate Treasurer Sunday School Teachers’ assistant Change in Triune Board Triune welcomes Mrs. Shebah Rajadurai to editorial board. Rajadurai, Shebah and little Rebekah are big part of the AICC family and they have been actively involved in our Church activities. We, the congregation of AICC thank you Shebah for kindly accepting the responsibility and remember you on our prayers, we wish you the best. Editors Note: Corrections and Omissions The Triune is a monthly newsletter to serve as Gracelynne Naomi Mohan was born a means of expression for the members of AICC. December 21st, 2004 to We would like to encourage all to contribute Mohan Mangalaraj S & Junitha Mohan articles, ideas, viewpoints,etc. for this purpose.The next issue will be April 2005. Shebah Rajadurai will replace Kenneth Victor Kindly submit your articles by the 20th of in the Triune Board March. It is our hope that this newsletter along with those that follow will glorify our Lord and edify its readers. Kindly bring to our notice any The Editorial Board omissions or errors. Warsha Suryawanshi, Jayanthi Viswanathan, Anand Manchala & Shebah Rajadurai The Editorial Board Triune Email: triune@aiccnj.org
  • The Triune Asian Indian Christian Church Newsletter OUR VISION To establish a worshiping and witnessing church to cater to the spiritual needs of the Asian Indian Christian community in the USA, enabling them to come together for worship, fellowship, and service to the community at large through activities such as: “Jesus said unto her, I am the •Regular Sunday worship resurrection, and the life: he that •Sunday school believeth in me, though he were •Youth ministry dead, yet shall he live: And •Music ministry whosoever liveth and believeth •Counseling in me shall never die. Believest •Evangelism thou this?” -John 11: 25-26 •Mission •Social activities COME AND WORSHIP WITH US EVERY SUNDAY AT 5PM Asian Indian Christian Church (worshipping at Community United Methodist Church) 301 Chestnut Street Roselle Park, NJ 07204