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  Happenings during the Month of August 2017
Holy Baptism

Mr. P. Edwin Prabakar (aged 80 yrs)
H/O Late Mrs. Ivy Prabakar
Passed on to be with the Lord
on the 04th of August 2017

Mrs. Sita Savari Rayan (aged 92 yrs)
M/O Mrs. Renuka Jayakumar
Passed on to be with the Lord
on the 12th of August 2017

New Members

V. Luke Anish Samuel
Son of Mr. & Mrs. S. Vinoth Kumar
on 13th August 2017

Andrew Erwin Peter
Son of Mr. & Mrs. Erwin Martin Peter
on 13th August 2017

The month that was.

Dedication of Baptism Tank

Baptism is a gift from God. In Baptism, we take part in the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It also conveys that we die to sin and raise to new life in Him. Baptism by immersion signifies that we participate in the death and resurrection of our Lord; Baptism by sprinkling of water reminds us of the Old Testament practice where the priest sprinkled on the people the blood of the sacrificed animal as an atonement between God who is holy, and people who are sinful; Baptism by pouring of water signifies that God pours His Spirit on all people as He has promised through His prophets. We belong to one God our Creator, we have one Christ our Saviour, we are anointed by one Spirit the Comforter, we belong to one Church, and we have one Baptism. The Church of South India accepts all the above practices along with infant and adult Baptism, provided it is one Baptism in any believer's life.

Initiated by our Pastorate Committee, one of the families of our church came forward to sponsor to build a Baptism Tank in the place where we had a small water tank. This Baptism Tank can be used for those who intend to undergo immersion Baptism, particularly from our Mission Field. We thank God for the family that came forward in providing this facility.

Rev. Jessie Ranjan

Mission and Evangelism Report

We celebrated God's amazing faithfulness as a congregation by dedicating the month of August 2017 for the Mission and Evangelism Activities of our church. The theme of the month was 'Church in Mission'. Our Pastor Rev. Jessie st Ranjan delivered a very meaningful message on the 1 Sunday, emphasizing God's Great Commission to His disciples, and how it is so relevant for us today to continue in this calling and be partners in His Mission. Throughout the month, the focus was on the Mission Activities of our church. Breakfast Sales were organised every Sunday by the different Wings of our church to raise Funds. We thank and praise God for your involvement.

On the fourth Sunday of the month, a unique 'Mission Festival' was organized. Mr. Sampath Nayak our Evangelist and the children from Tubegere Mission Field Sunday School participated during our Worship Service. It was a blessing to hear them sing and recite Bible verses. Special Regional Stalls organized by our members, where traditional articles and food items were on sale, was a great success. This indeed helped us understand and respect each other's culture, and become aware of our 'Oneness in Christ and His Mission'.

The total amount realized through Sales during the month is around Rs. 1 lakh. This could be achieved only through the cooperation and generous contribution from all the Wings of the church. We are very grateful to each one of you, and especially to our Pastor, Rev. Jessie Ranjan, for her guidance and presence at every stage.

We place on record our appreciation, and thank you all for your whole-hearted support, prayers, encouragement, and involvement in the Mission Activities of our church.

Gladson Maben
Mission & Evangelism Committee

Are you an Urban Missionary ?

Missionary work in India pioneered well in the last fifty years growing and expanding very fast. With it came challenges as the social, political, and economic situation changes. New issues emerge as we learn to meet the growing challenges.

Urbanization in India is very rapid around 459 cities with population of more than 100,000, including 45 with more than a million people each. The elites, middle class, migrants and the marginalised are common in all cities.

Did you know 35% of India will be Youth population by 2020?

There are nearly 150 mega people groups with a population of more than one million. Several of them are strategic in their regions and politically influential. Some of the politically powerful people groups. They predominantly form the Urban population.

Most mission agencies in India are working in the rural areas among people groups who have not had a chance to hear about Jesus Christ. The Urban groups are often over looked as not being responsive simply for the reason of very little effort in contextually communicating the good news or providing an environment of appropriate integration among the established Christ followers.

What is our response to this call ?? Are you a Urban Missionary at your school, college, work place, society, apartment complex. We need to influence the whole of the Indian Society as salt and light. Christians are called to be actively involved in sharing the gospel, the good news.

Paul in his letter in Romans 1:16 writes "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes" Are you willing to share His word in the Urban setting you live in ?

As christians we are invited to be Urban Missionaries in all the seven mind molders / areas of influence in a society: Arts, Business, Community, Media, Education, Family and Government. Where are you a mind molder ? How are you a Urban Missionary ?

We aren't called to fill the pews with members; we are called to fill the world with His disciples - Stacy L. Sanchez

Paul Abraham

Supporting Mission through Celebration of Diversity

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Name on the Account St. Andrew's Church
Bank Name Vijaya Bank
Account Number 109301010008450
IFSC Code VIJB0001093
MICR Code 560029012
Branch Address No. 23/24, Infantry
Road, Bangalore
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