Mrs. Elizabeth Abraham (Daisy) Passed away

Elizabeth_AbrahamMrs. Elizabeth Abraham (Daisy), wife of Late Mr. Koshy Kurian (Bavachen), Member of St. John’s Indian Orthodox Church of Delaware Valley passed away at Karuvatta, Kerala on 06/24/2016.

She was getting treatment for cancer at Fox Chase Cancer Center for the past two years and moved to India two months ago.

Funeral date will be decided later.
Ninan J. Poovathoor (Thampi)

EFICP Annual Report 2015

EFICP By: Sajeev Sankarathil Secretary, EFICP – 2015
It has been a true blessing and honor to have served as the secretary of Ecumenical Fellowship of Indian Churches in Philadelphia for the year of 2015-2016. I thank God for giving me the courage and strength to take this position and to be a part of this great group. This year, we were able to show strength and unity by conducting several new and successful events that incorporated our dynamic youth, talented children, and powerful women. We hosted the first EFICP Volleyball tournament, Bible Kaloltsavam, day of prayer, retreat for our youth, talent competition, college fair with many reputed universities, Christmas celebrations, and World Day of Prayer. We were also able to participate in the Papal Visit. It was our main goal and effort to promote the needs of our youth and children which we were successfully able to do as a strong group of leaders. Continue reading

EFICP Ecumenical Games & 5 K Run – Announcement

Ecu-Games1. Ecumenical Games
Ecumenical Games committee is organizing a volley Ball for men and a Basket Ball for Men and Women Tournament on Saturday, August 20th at the Jews community center, 10100 Jamison Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19116. Please contact Sumod Jacob and John Edathil to register your team.

2. Ecumenical 5 K Run / 1 K Walkathon
Ecumenical Charity Committee is organizing a 5 K Run and 1 K Walkathon on Saturday, September 17th at Neshaminy State Park. There will be a volunteer meeting today (6-19-2016) at Bensalem St. Gregorios church starting at 4 PM. Volunteers are welcome to attend this meeting. Please contact Benny Kottarathil for more information.

Mathew Samuel
EFICP Secretary

Demise of Mr. M.A Kuruvila & Mrs. Leelamma Kuruvila

MA_KURUVILLAIt is with deep sorrow and very profound sadness informing you of the passing away of Mr. M.A Kuruvila & Mrs. Leelamma Kuruvila (Mattathil Family) on Wednesday June 08- 2016. They were the member of St. Peter’s Syriac Orthodox Cathedral Philadelphia. The Ecumenical Fellowship of Indian Churches in Philadelphia (EFICP) would like to express our heartfelt condolences to her bereaved Mattathil family and other extended family members on their loss. We pray to the Almighty to give the sorrowing family strength during this difficult period of their life, and grant the departed eternal life.

Viewing and the funeral services as follows: Continue reading

EFICP Office Bearers 2016

EFICP

EFICP
Chairman: Rev Fr. Shibu Mathai Venadu
Co-Chairman: Rev. Fr. Saji Mukkoottu
Secretary: Mr. Mathew Samuel
Joint Secretary: Mr. Koshy Varghese
Treasurer: Mr. Biji Joseph

Committee Chairpersons:
Religious Activities: Rev. Fr. Gheevarghese John
Charity/Fund Raising: Mr. Benny Kottarathil
Women’s Forum Convenor: Mrs. Binu Shajimon
Women’s Forum Co-Convenor: Mrs. Shirley Chavara
Youth Affairs: Mr. John Edathil
Program Coordinator: Mr. Binu Joseph
Public Relations: Mr. Daniel P. Thomas
Choir: Mr. Thomas Abraham
Auditors: Mr. M.A. Mathew & Mr. George Oalickal

EFICP World Day of Prayer – 2015

WDPFrontPageWorld Day of Prayer is a global, ecumenical movement of Christian women joined together to observe a common day of prayer each year. The event is initiated and carried out by women in more than 170 countries and region and brings together women of various races, cultures and traditions in closer fellowship. World Day Prayer of Ecumenical Fellowship of Indian Churches in Philadelphia (EFICP) was celebrated on Saturday 7 March 2015 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM at  St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, 1009 Unruh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111. Photos are published in the Photo Gallery.

Aspiration of a Magnificent Goal

Aspiration

AspirationRev. Fr. M.K. Kuriakose
Project Coordinator, ICCCP

A community is a social unit that shares common values. If community exists, both a sense of connectedness and a more cohesive social entity may exist as well. Building a sense of community is easy but maintaining this sense of community is difficult in the modern world. Spirit of community depends on the people’s participation and the intensity and centrality of that involvement and so the community development is often linked with a community planning. The Great Good Places that Christian people need are the home, the office, the Church and the community hangout or gathering place. So consciously projected and re-created community coming together around particular chosen ways of life and shared emotional connection which takes on life of its on is a divine vision through God. ICCCP is such divine vision and this is the time for us to plunge in for its culmination with a confident new spirit. Continue reading

From the EFICP Secretary’s Desk

SecretaryAnnies Mathew
Secretary EFICP

We, the people of Philadelphia, have a great history of love and fraternal charity. Our Christmas celebration is above all, an expression of our mutual love and appreciation. Let us all try to bring Christ back into the midst of our culture, into our social life and political decision making. The world ravaged by terrorism and war needs peace, a peace which only Christ can give. Continue reading