EFICP Christmas Celebration – 2016

Christmas_2016_EmblemThe Ecumenical Fellowship of Indian Churches in Philadelphia is celebrating its thirtieth annual Christmas celebrations which will be held at the George Washington High School, 10175 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19116 at 3:00 PM on Saturday, December 10, 2016. His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, Metropolitan of the North East American Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Church will inaugurate the function. A traditional procession accompanied by chendamela will start at 3:00 PM. The cultural program will begins at 3:30 PM.  Click on the Link below for details.
Christmas – 2016 Flier
Christmas -2016 News Realease

Mathew Samuel
EFICP Secretary

Ecumenical Christmas Program 2016 Planning

Christmas_TokenThe Ecumenical Fellowship of Indian Churches in Philadelphia is hosting this year’s Christmas celebration on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at the George Washington High School. As in the past, this year also we will have biblical themed cultural programs and each of the churches will get seven minutes of time to do a show. Each church could select one performance like a skit, group dance, group song, tableau etc. Information of selection of church performance for the Christmas is invited. Please contact EFICP Program coordinator, Binu Joseph.
Mathew Samuel
EFICP Secretary

2016 Ecumenical Christmas Choir

ChoirThe Christmas Season is very fast approaching, and our Ecumenical Christmas Program will be held on Saturday December 10th, 2016 at George Washington High School, Philadelphia. The Ecumenical Christmas Choir plays a big part in the program. Our First Ecumenical Christmas Choir practice will be held on Sunday October 30th 2016 at 3:00pm at the St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church Unruh Ave. This will only be for 1 practice. The rest of the practices will be held at the St. Thomas Syro Malabar Catholic Church, Welsh Rd starting Sunday on Nov 6th, 2016. All parishes are requested to send a minimum of 5 or more representatives who sing consisting of Men, Women and Youth for the Ecumenical Christmas Choir. For those interested in joining the Choir please email your parish, name, email address and phone number to Choir Director Mr. Biju Abraham by October 29th, 2016. Last date to join the Ecumenical Christmas Choir will be Sunday November 13th, 2016.
Thomas Abraham (Biju)
2016 Ecumenical Choir Director

Bible Kalotsavam 2016

EFICPBible Kalotsavam 2016 will be held at St Thomas Malabar Catholic church, 608 Welsh rd. Philadelphia, Saturday October 22nd.  So far we have 230 children registered. Rev. Fr. Johnykutty George will inaugurate the event at 8:45 AM And hoping to finish the program by 4 PM.
Mathew Samuel
EFICP Secretary

For the Timeline chart of Bibile Kalolsavam, please click on the link below:
Binu Joseph
Program Co-ordinator

EFICP Gospel Convention 2016

ChoirEFICP Ecumenical Gospel Convention will take place this Sunday, Oct 16th, Sunday, at 5 pm, at St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church (1009 Unruh Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19111). The main speaker is Rev. Varghese Mathew, Vicar of St. Stephen’s Mar Thoma Church, New Jersey. For Convention details please click on the Link below


Fr.  Gheevarghese John
Asst. Vicar, St. Thomas I.O.C, Philadelphia
Religious Activities Coordinator, EFICP

Ecumenical Gospel Convention & Bible Kalolsavam 2016

EFICPEcumenical Gospel Convention will be held at St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, 1009 Unruh Avenue on Sunday, October 16th. Convention will start at 5 PM. Convention speaker will be Rev. Fr.  Varghese Mathew, Vicar,  St.  Stephens Marthoma Church, New Jersey. The Youth Convention will be held on Friday, November 11th.

Ecumenical Bible Kalolsavam (Talent competition) will be held at Syro Malabar Church on October 22nd.  Please contact your Sunday school for Bible Kalolsavam registrations forms, Topics and Rules. This year there will be quiz and group song completions. Please register your teams.

For more information’s Please contact Program Coordinator Binu Joseph (Christos church)
Mathew Samuel
EFICP Secretary

Sad News

ObituaryIt is with deep regret I announce that our parish member Mr George P. Varughese, 66 Years (1078 Wright Dr. , Philadelphia), was called to eternity on Friday October 30th.  May the Almighty God give His Peace and comfort to the bereaving families.

Viewing Service: On Thursday (10/06 ), from 6.00 pm till 8.30 pm at Christos Marthoma Church, 9999 Gantry Road, PA 19115.

Funeral Service: On Friday (10/07), from 9.00 am to 10.30 am at Lamb Funeral Home, 101 Byberry Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006.

With Prayers,
Rev. Varghese K. Thomas,
Christos MTC, Philadelphia

Obituary : Mr. Chacko V. Thomas

ObituaryMr.  Chacko V. Thomas (75), member of Philadelphia Marthoma Church, went to be with the Lord on September 11, 2016. Please keep the bereaving family in your prayers.
Details of the funeral arrangements are as follows:
Friday, September 16, 2016
Location: Marthoma Church Philadelphia
1085 Camphill Road Fort Washington, PA 19034
Viewing: Start at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM followed by funeral service.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Location: D’ANJOOurLELL Memorial Home of Broomall
2811 West Chester Pike, Broomall, PA 19008
Viewing: Start at 9:00 AM followed by;
Interment: St. Peter and Paul Cemetery
1600 S. Sproul Road; Springfield, PA 19064

Mathew Samuel
EFICP Secretary

EFICP College Fair 2016

EFICPEcumenical Fellowship of Philadelphia is sponsoring a college fair at St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church on Sunday, September 25th. So far 7 Local colleges including Drexel University representatives are attending this year’s college fair. It will be a golden  opportunity for our children and parents to meet with the counselors of various universities at one sitting instead of many days’ efforts to meet with them. There are a lot of scholarship opportunities and grants that we are not aware of. Students can ask the counselors of various courses and carriers to choose from. So parents and students, please make use of this opportunity, the  Ecumenical Fellowship of Indian Churches is arranging for you. Please forward this email to your group. I am attaching a sign-up sheet and a flyer. Please announce this in your Sunday school and make your students sign-up for this event. I will follow-up with you next week. Thanks.
For more information please contact:
For College Fair questions please contact Sajeev Sankarathil 267-767-4275 sankarathil@yahoo.com or
Bettsy Thommen, Associate Director of Admissions, Rosemont College bettsy.thommen@rosemont.edu
Mathew Samuel 215 667 4200. msamue2000@yahoo.com

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College fair sign-up sheet
EFICP Secretary