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 or
Bettsy Thommen, Associate Director of Admissions, Rosemont College
Mathew Samuel 215 667 4200.

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College fair sign-up sheet
EFICP Secretary

Ecumenical fellowship College Fair & 5K Run deadline

EFICPRegistration deadline for 5K Run and 1 K walk
The last day to register for the Ecumenical Fellowships 5K Run and 1K walk will be today August 28, 2016. The charity fundraising is held for the benefit of the homeless in Philadelphia and will be held at the Neshaminy state park on September 17, 2016. All participants for this event will receive an event tea-shirt and the orders for tea-shirt will go out soon. If you want to participate in this important event please (fill out a Registration Form and give it to your ecumenical representatives at the church or register online at

Ecumenical fellowship College Fair and financial aid section
7 local college admission and financial counselors are coming to help our college bound children on Sunday, September 25th at St Thomas Indian Orthodox church, 1009 Unruh Avenue at 1 PM.
Mathew Samuel EFICP Secretary

College Fair Brochure
EFICP 2016 Run Registration Form – FINAL

A Great day for Ecumenical Fellowship of Philadelphia

Ecu-Games_2016The Ecumenical Game day on August 20, 2016, was one of the Glorious day for the Philadelphia ecumenical community where 200 Volley Ball and Basket Ball players between the ages of 6 and 60 assembled at the Jews Community Center (JCC) in North East Philadelphia. We were there to find out who would become this year’s best Volley Ball and Basket Ball teams in the Philadelphia area.  Around 250 spectators also came out in support their favorite teams. It was a fellowship of all children of God from various churches in Philadelphia whether born here in American or in India, young or old. And of courses all our Vicars came out very strongly and showed that we are one in Christ. It was unbelievable to see our youth’s respect and discipline in and out of the court, evidence that our families and parishes are doing a good job in raising of our children and guiding them in the right path. Continue reading

Ecumenical Game Day

Ecu-Games_2016This Saturday, August 20, 2016, we are officially inaugurating this year’s Ecumenical events starting with a Game Day. On this day, we will have Volleyball and Basketball tournaments to be held at the JCC Center, 10100 Jamison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19116. There will be an opening ceremony at 9:00 AM and the games will begin thereafter.  All teams have to assemble at the venue at 8:30 AM. Very. Rev. Jose Chamakalayil Cor Episcopa along with Rev. Fr.  Saji Mukkoottu will be our chief guests for the opening kickoff. We have a total ten teams signed up for Volleyball and nine teams for Basketball. We are expecting the games to be completed by 6:00 PM, followed by a closing ceremony to end at 7:00 PM.  We will have team trophies for winners and individual trophies for best players. We will also have cash awards given for best teams.

We are also honoring former Volleyball and Basketball players who had played for any state or university, back in India or in the USA. If you know of any former players who had represented Kerala, India or any state universities teams and are currently residing in the Philadelphia area, please let us know of their personal information. We would like them to come for this game where they will be formally recognized.  If you can provide such names and phone numbers, the event organizers will be able to formally send invitation to them to be present at this game event. Closing ceremony will start around 6:00 PM.

Mathew Samuel – EFICP Secretary

Mrs. Amminikkutty Kochamma Passes on

ObituaryIn the hope of the resurrection in our Lord, I deeply regret to inform you that Mrs. Amminikkutty Kochamma wife of Rev. Fr. K. K. John (Vicar of St. Thomas Malankara Orthodox Church, Mascher Street, Philadelphia) and mother of Rev. Fr. Gheevarghese John (Assistant Vicar of St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, Unruh Avenue, Philadelphia) and Mrs. Susan Kurian passed away early this morning.

The following are the arrangements:
Wake: On Sunday, August 7, 2016, 4:30 -9:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, 1009 Unruh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111.
Funeral Service: Monday, August 8, 2016, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM at St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, 1009 Unruh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111.
Interment: Monday, August 8, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. at Forest Hills Cemetery, 25 Byberry Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006.

Please pray for the departed soul and bereaving families.
Mathew Samuel
EFICP Secretary