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From Vicar's Desk


August 2023     Monthly Newsletter of Mar Thoma Church of Greater Seattle.

What are humans that you are mindful of them, mortalsthat you care for them?Yet you have made them a little lower than Godand crowned them with glory and honor - Psalm 8:4-5


Dearly beloved in Christ, greetings to you all in the name of the Triune God,

In the liturgical tradition of our Church, October holds special significance as it marks the celebration of several important occasions. This month, we observe Mar Thoma Voluntary
Evangelists’ Sunday, Youth Sunday, and Family Sunday, which are integral to our faith community’s
spiritual journey. Additionally, October prompts us to reflect on our solidarity with those who are differently abled, emphasizing the importance of inclusivity and compassion in our daily lives. In many ways, people are uniquely different from one another. We have distinct physical features, varying emotional. capacities, diverse feelings, live in different places, and boast unique personalities. These differences define our individuality and make each of us special. However, there are instances when we label. someone as “disabled.” It’s crucial to recognize that such labels are more a product of social constructs than natural occurrences.


Disability can be viewed as an “inclusive minority” that anyone. may potentially join at any stage of their lives. As a result, distinguishing between the able-bodied and disabled may not be practical. Instead, it may be more meaningful to recognize that, from certain perspectives, we all experience moments of disability. Nancy Eiesland, a prominent theologian, wrote a book titled, The Disabled God: Toward a Liberatory Theology of Disability, in which she challenges traditional perceptions of divinity and disability. In her thought-provoking work, Eisland proposes that God, in all His forms, embodies a profound connection to disability. Rather than viewing disability as a flaw or imperfection, she suggests that it is an integral part of the divine experience. If we believe that God created everyone in His image, then it logically follows that individuals who use crutches, rely on wheelchairs, have missing organs, or live with conditions like autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome are also reflections of that divine image. Consequently, this perspective suggests that we should be open to seeing aspects of God’s likeness in individuals who may have Down syndrome or autism, among other unique characteristics. Let us labor and pray for a Church that embraces a space where everyone, regardless of caste, gender, or ability, can find inclusion and belonging. As we transition into the fall season, I want to acknowledge that this past summer was truly blessed for all of us. We enjoyed the radiant and sunny days it brought. As a Church community, we had a remarkably busy summer, and I am grateful to God that all our programs unfolded smoothly and in a blessed manner. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to all those who dedicated their hard work to ensure that our programs became truly special and blessed occasions for us all. In the month ahead, our schedule is quite busy with significant events: On the first Sunday, we’ll be observing MTVEA Sunday, coinciding with our annual harvest festival. It’s important to remember that our charitable initiatives depend heavily on the income generated
from this festival. We have our Parish convention scheduled from October 20th to 22nd, and Family Sunday on the 22nd. Notably, we’ve resumed Sunday School classes. I want to emphasize the importance of parents prioritizing Sunday School attendance for their children and ensuring their active participation. In this season of change, as the vibrant colors of autumn surround us, may we find inspiration in the spirit of togetherness and the warmth of our faith community. As October unfolds, let us embrace the upcoming events with enthusiasm, and may our collective efforts continue to strengthen our bonds of love, compassion, and service.

Yours in his service.
Manu Achen


Portland Area Information

Holy Communion Service

Saturday October 7th, at 9AM

United Methodist Church Chapel located at 12755 NW Dogwood St, Portland, OR 97229

Seattle Area Information

Church Services

October 1st - Holy Communion service in Malayalam at 10.15AM.
October 8th, 15th and 22nd - Holy Communion service in English at 10.15AM.
Oct 29th – Divine service in Malayalam at 10.15AM.

Edavaka Mission

Saturday October 7th at 6PM at the residence of Sanjay and Merin Samuel

Sevika Sangham

October 8th after Service.

North Area Prayer

Saturday, October 14th at 5.30PM at the residence of Zubin and Shiny Alexander.

South Area Prayer


Youth Fellowship

Sunday October 22nd after service.

Senior Fellowship

Sunday, October 22nd at the residence of Prakash and Jolly Meloot at 6PM.

Choir Practice

Senior Choir on Saturdays at 8.30pm online.
Junior Choir Sundays at 12PM after Service.

Sunday School

Sundays at 9AM.


Oct 13th Friday at 7PM at the residence of Rojy and Jelin Thomas.

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