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  Happenings during the month of April 2019

James Winston Karkada

Son of Mr. & Mrs. Malveen Sudarshan Karkada
on 28th April 2019.

Champagne Art Wilson

Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Einstein C. R Wilson
on 28th April 2019.


Mr. G. E. Rupert Samuel (aged 80 years),
Passed away on 11th April 2019.
Husband of Mrs. Beulah Rupert,
Father of Dr. Immanuel Rupert & Mrs. Grace

Mr. Vijay Princely Arun & Family

Mr. Abishek Ebenezer Kotian
Son of of Mrs. & Rev. M. B. Kotian


Ms. Alexandrina Namratha
Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Prem Kumar
on 26th April 2019

Mr. Shawn Sandesh
Son of Mrs. Sandra Jennifer


Ms. Deborah Evangeline
Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jagadish
on the 30th of April 2019

St. Andrews church warmly welcomes the family of Rev. Dr. Dexter S.Maben

Mrs. Sangeetha Maben, Deron Maben, Rav. Dr. Dexter S.Maben and Deshawn Maben

VBS at St. Andrew's Church

Our VBS Team's prayers were answered when we saw the spiritual thirst and enthusiasm that our children showed during VBS. This would not have been possible without the guidance of our Presbyter, Rev. Jessie Ranjan, and the support extended by the Pastorate Committee.

Our Director Mrs. Naina Watsa, Teachers, Youth, and the Volunteers loved working with the children. They got together in reviving the spiritual lives of the children in a creative way. They helped them to unmask unpleasant things in their lives and put on the image - 'Likeness of Christ'. Yes! UNMASKED was our theme.

80 children grew spiritually in the 10-day Program from the 2nd to the 13th of April. Each day's regular Program involved Devotion, Singing and learning new Songs, Storytelling, Skits, Games, Craft, Treasure Hunt, and Team Building Activities.

Day of Cleanliness was observed by children cleaning up the church. The contributions received from the Day of Giving from children were handed over to 'The Little Sisters of The Poor'. Our vibrant children put a great and wonderful show on the Final Day.

It was a blessed fellowship that the VBS Team shared. We hope this will help us to work together and glorify God's name in the mission towards children in the future.

VBS at St. Andrew's School, Siddapura

Under the guidance of our Presbyter, Rev. Jessie Ranjan, and the support by the Pastorate Committee, the VBS was conducted at St. Andrew's School from the 11th to the 16th of April. The Director, Mrs. Sunanda Maliger, with the help of Mrs. Janet Abraham, 7 Teachers and Volunteers wonderfully instilled and sowed the seeds of love in the children that we have experienced with Christ. They helped the children in disciplining their lives. Children learnt to

remove the mask of hatred, lies, bad behaviour, and loneliness, and put on the mask of love, truth, good behaviour and friendship.

We witnessed their wonderful Final Day Program performed with so much of enthusiasm.

Mrs. Rashmi Mohanraj
Sunday School Superentendant

VBS at Tubagere Mission Field

VBS at Tubagere Mission Field was conducted for 6 days from the 22nd of April to the 27th of April, 2019. Our Evangelist Mr. Sampath Naik did all the needed arrangements. About 70 children of that area attended one or more days. It was conducted at Palpaldine for convenience sake.

Mrs. Sunanda Raju was the Director, ably supported by the Teachers, Mrs. Mridula, Mrs. Hemalatha, Mrs. Anuradha, Mrs. Geetha, Mrs. Asha, and Mr. Sampath Naik with 10 Volunteers.

Daily Program included Devotions, Classes, teaching Crafts and learning Songs. In between were breaks for refreshments and lunch

The children were divided into 5 classes - Beginners, Primary, Juniors, Intermediate, and Seniors. VBS Ministry Syllabus 2019 was followed. The Theme was "Unmasked"

Besides the Director, other members of Mission and Evangelism Committee representatives commuted daily from Bangalore and rendered help as Volunteers. Kenneth Franklyn, Alex Noronha, and Allen Noronha from the Youth Fellowship also helped as Volunteers.

The children enjoyed their time at the VBS learning many new songs and memory verses, biblical characters and about missionaries. Most of them were regular in their attendance

The Final Day Program was held on the 27th of April, and it was every exiting. The younger children presented the Songs they had learnt and the older children presented Skits and Songs. The occasion was graced by our Presbyter, Rev. Jessie Ranjan and members of the Pastorate Committee.

Mr. Franklyn Edwin
Convener, Mission and Evangelism

Farewell to Rev. Jessie Ranjan

St. Andrew's Church gave a grand farewell to Rev. Jessie Ranjan on Sunday, 28th of April 2019 as she moves on to her next assignment, to lead another congregation, CSI Kothanur Church, Bangalore.

Our congregation along with the Pastorate Committee members thanked Pastor Jessie Ranjan and acknowledged her contributions during the Kannada and English Worship Services. Members handed roses to her as she walked down the isle after the Service. We thank God for her Ministry in our church and wish her the very best.

Choral Concerts

On Sunday, April 7th at the Evening Service, there was a Concert of French Choral Music by the Bangalore Men, conducted by Jonas Olsson. The accompanist on the Piano was Rebecca Thomas Colaco. Soprano Soloist Payal John also rendered a few solos.

On Sunday, April 14th, at the Evening Service, there was a Re-Union Concert by The Praise Singers, conducted by Praveen Deepak. The Choir included choristers from the time of its inception! This Re-Union Concert was in honour and in celebration of the One Hundredth Birth Anniversary of the late Dr Thomas Gnanamuthu, the Founder and Director of Praise Singers. Their repertoire was in three sections - Invocations, Contemplation, and Jesus sets us Free, ending with Reprise, To be Free. The Concert included few songs composed and handwritten for the choir by Dr. Gnanamuthu, decades ago!

St. Andrew's Church Choir also sang three anthems, two from Handel's Messiah - Surely He hath borne our griefs, and Lift up your heads, and an anthem 'Silently tears were flowing' arranged by C J Adams.

The Finale was the Halleluiah Chorus lustily rendered by the Combined Choir!

Both the Concerts were enjoyable, meditative, well attended and very much appreciate

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