Centralized Written Competitions - October 21st

The Sunday School Centralized Written Competitions will be held Sunday, October 21st.  The competition topics and guidelines are below for your reference.  The drawing competition will be from 9am - 9:45am so please arrive early.  All the other categories will be held after the Holy Qurbana.

Topics and Guidelines

Deadline for Registration:
  Sun., October 7th

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CHURCH PICNIC - Cerritos Park East, Sat., September 15th @ 10am


The church picnic is scheduled for Saturday, September 15th at Cerritos Park East. There will be lots of fun and games along with food for everyone. This is a time for all of us to close the Summer and enjoy some family time together. The cost for the picnic is $5/person.  Please contact Mrs. Helen Abraham to sign-up your family so we can plan the event better.

Time: 10am
Location: Cerritos Park East, Cerritos, Shelter #3
Address: 13234 166th Street., Cerritos CA 90703
Click here for directions

General Prayer Meeting - Sat., September 8th @ 6:30pm

A general prayer meeting has been scheduled at church on Saturday, September 8th at 6:30pm.  The prayer meeting is hosted by Mr. K.I. Varughese and family.  The family invites all members to attend the prayer meeting.

The previously scheduled prayer meeting at Mr. George Mathew's (Madhu) home will be rescheduled to a new date later.


Holy Qurbana Celebrated by Bava Thirumeni - September 2nd @ 8:30am


The following are the details to follow for welcoming our Catholicose to St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Los Angeles.

8:00AM – All members to arrive at church (Please arrive as early as possible)
8:15AM – Setup for procession and welcome
8:30AM – Bava Thirumeni arrives
            – Procession to inside church
            – Morning Prayer
            – Absolution (please arrive prepared and on-time)
9:30AM – Holy Qurbana
11:00AM – NO Birthday, Wedding or Memorial Prayer today
11:15AM – Pictures with Clergy and Altar Assistants
11:30AM – Welcome Ceremony for Catholicose
12:00PM – Lunch
12:30PM – Meet with Catholicose inside church and pictures (All Organizations come prepared)
1:30PM - Departure

Dress Code:  Men – Black or dark suite with white shirt and red tie, Boys – Black pants, white shirt and red tie, Women – Kerala sari or churidhar, Girls – Kerala outfits or light cream color dress

Procession:  Procession will begin from the flag pole area to inside church.  Please enter from side door by parking lot and occupy inside church before Bava enters.  We should have full church as he enters the church.  Please occupy all the spaces towards the front to maximize our capacity.

Parking:  Please park outside church area once it is full.  Do not double park and block others

Meet Bava and Pictures:  There will be time to meet Bava Thirumeni from 12:30 – 1:30pm inside the church.  All organizations group should plan to take picture with him so please be prompt as time is very short.

Parsonage:  The parsonage will be used for hosting lunch for Bava Thirumeni and will be off limits for MGOCSM and children for eating lunch and hangout.  Please inform your children.

Sunday School Begins September 9th @ 8:45am

The 2018-19 Sunday School year will begin on Sunday, September 9th at 8:45am.  All children 3 years and older should be attending our Sunday School.  If you haven't registered your child, please fill out the form below with all the details.  Please remember to bring your children on time.

If you have any questions, please contact Mathew Varughese.

REGISTER YOUR CHILD

2018 Annual MMVS Conference, Sept 28-30

Annual MMVS Conference

Date:  September 28-30, 2018
Location:  Dallas, Texas

2018 MMVS Conference Flyer

2018 MMVS Conference registration form

Also the link for reserving the hotel rooms are here.  Host homes are also available.  Rooms are at $89 per night that accommodate four people.

Book your group rate for MM SAMAJAM WOMENS CONFERENCE 2018

2018 OVBS, July 20-22

The 2018 OVBS will be held at our church from Friday, July 20 to Sunday, July 22.  Please register your children by using the link below by July 14. We need everyone to register on-time so we can plan and prepare properly. Please make sure to include your child's t-shirt size correctly while you register.  All 10th graders and above will be volunteers so if you would like to help, please contact Mathew Varughese.  All volunteers also need to register so we have full count for materials, t-shirts and food.

Theme:  “God molds us”
- Isaiah 64:8

Schedule:
Friday - 9:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday - 10:30am - 4:30pm

Sunday - After Holy Qurbana

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

St. Thomas Day Perunal - June 30 and July 1

The St. Thomas Day Purunal will be held on June 30 and July 1.  The following are the schedule of events for the weekend.

H.G. Yuhannon Mar Meletius will be visiting Los Angeles and will be the chief guest for the St. Thomas Day Perunal.  His Grace will be giving the devotional message on Saturday evening as well as celebrating the Holy Qurbana on Sunday.

Please don't miss any of the activities and plan to attend with your family.

Sat., June 30
 7:00pm - Evening Prayer
 7:40pm - Flag Hoisting
                 Devotional Message
 
Sun., July 1
 9:00am - Morning Prayer
 9:45am - Holy Qurbana
 11:45am - Rasa
 12:15pm - Lowering of Flag
 12:30pm- Feast


Sunday School Final Exam - June 10th @ 8:45am

The Final Exam will take place on Sunday, June 10th at 8:45am.  Parents are kindly requested to prepare their children and bring them on time. Exams will take place from 9-9:50am, so please don't be late.

Please contact your child's teacher or Mathew Varughese, if you have any questions.

H.G. Dr. Abraham Mar Seraphim Visits LA - June 16-18

H.G. Dr. Abraham Mar Seraphim, Metropolitan of Bangalore Diocese will be visiting our church from June 16 - 18.  We welcome thirumeni to St. Thomas Orthodox Church.  Please plan to attend with your family and receive his blessings on Saturday evening prayer meeting and Holy Qurbana on Sunday.

His Grace was born on 28th December 1969 as the son of Puthenveedu V. A. Mathews and Annie. His Grace is a member of St. George Valiyapally, Eram, Thumpamon Diocese.  After taking his Bachelors Degree in Science from  Mahatma Gandhi University, he joined the  Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam, for theological studies. From the Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam, he took Graduate Degree in Sacred Theology (GST) and the Bachelor of Divinity (BD) degree at the Senate of Serampore University. After taking his M. Th from  Dharmaram Theological College, Bangalore,  he took  D. Th from  Chikkago Theological Seminary, America.

His Grace took several key positions of the church as General Secretary, Mar Gregorios Orthodox Christian Movement of  India,Member, Managing Committee, Orthodox Church, Member, Governing Board Thadakam Ashram, Coimbatore, Director, Santhinilayam Counselling Centre, Pathanamthitta.

He is elected as the  Metropolitan candidate on   17th February at the Malankara Association held at Sasthamkotta. He is consecrated as Metropolitan on  12th May 2010 at Mar Elia Cathedral, Kottayam.His Grace  is serving the Banglore  Diocese as its Metropolitan.