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  Happenings during the month of June 2019

Mrs. Mercy James & family

Mr. Joyson Alex Kairanna & family

Mr. Glen Soans & family


Mr. Samuel Immanuel Prince (aged 75 years)
Husband of Mrs. George Esther Rajammal & Father of Mrs. Juno Samuel & Mrs. Jean Rao Essampally
Passed away on the 18th of June 2019

Mrs. Catherine J Hans (aged 80 years)
Mother of Mr. Dayanidhi Sandeep, Ms. Smitha
Vinaya Kumari & Mrs. Sanjana Kotian

Passed away on 20th of June 2019

Mr. Kevin Emmanuel Johnas
Son of Mrs. & Mr. E. S. Johnas


Ms. Monisha Carroll Soans
Daughter of Mrs. & Mr. Leslie Vijaya Kumar Soans
on 22nd June 2019

Report on the Education and Environment Activities organized during the Month of June 2019

As part of Education and Environment Initiatives, discussed and finalized with our Presbyter and the Pastorate Committee, following events were organized by the Scholarship Committee during June 2019:

1. Session on Minorities and their Right to Education on June 9th
2. Career Awareness and Counseling Session on June 9th
3. Special Awareness Session on New Age Careers on June 15rd
4. Tree Planting and Sapling Distribution in the Church Campus on June 23th
5. Dedicating Solar Energy initiative in the Church Campus on June 30th

First event on June 9th was the Session on 'Minorities and their Right to Education' by Dr. William Prathap, a Social Worker with extensive experience in the field of Minority Welfare. Dr. William Prathap gave an in-depth understanding of the various schemes and support for the Christian Community from the Government.

Following this, the second event on June 9th was the Career Awareness and Counseling Session by Ms. Shalini Neelakantan, a counselor with extensive experience in the field of education. Ms. Neelakantan spoke about the various career options and the need to select the career carefully considering the skills and aptitude.

Both the Sessions on 9th were very interactive and was attended by around 75 people, including from other nearby churches. th Next event on June 15th was the special awareness session on New Age Careers by Dr. Paul Salins our very own church member and Director of MH Mazumdar Shaw Medical Center, and his Team. Subjects covered included Nano Technology, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Entrepreneurship. The Session was well accepted and appreciated by all the participants. All speakers highly accomplished in their respective fields, were available for Q & A which greatly benefitted all the participants

The event on June 23rd was the Tree Planting and Sapling Distribution in the church campus. Tree planting was carried out after the English Service by our former Presbyter, Rev Prem Mitra and our present Presbyter, Rev. Dr. Dexter S. Maben, among others. Saplings were distributed to the members after the Kannada and English Services. Mr. Roland Palanna spoke about the importance of environment and our responsibility to protect and conserve, not just for our generation but future generations as well.

Last event on June 30th was the dedication of Solar Energy Initiative. Property Committee, after a brief study took up this initiative on Solar Lighting in the church campus. Rev. Dr. Allan Palanna and Rev. Vasudevan dedicated a 50Watt, zero maintenance LED Street Lamp Post, which was donated by Guardian Bank.

The Scholarship Committee and the Property Committee would like to thank our Presbyter, the Pastorate Committee, Office Bearers and the Congregation Members for their support.

Vijay Palanna
Convener - Scholarship Committee

Women's Fellowship:
Report on the Activities for the Month of June 2019

House Visit: Around 15 members of our Women's Fellowship visited Mrs. Vanamala Bangera on Saturday, June 15. We had a fruitful time of fellowship and prayer. The family members of Mrs. Bangera were very happy and grateful that we were able to visit them.

Retreat: Theme - 'Arise and Shine'

A day's Retreat on the above Theme was held on Sunday, June 16, after our Morning Worship Service, from 11.30 am to 4 pm, in the Rev. Stewart Wright Hall. Around 50 ladies from our church participated. Ms. Sumita Kumar on behalf of the Committee, welcomed the resource person Mrs. Sharon Joseph, and the members. Our President, Mrs. Sangeetha Maben, offered the Opening Prayer

The Morning Session was in two parts – 'Arise' and 'Shine', based on Isaiah 60: 1, and supported by the verse from Isaiah 40: 31 – '…to wait on the Lord…renew our strength like the eagles…not be weary… not faint'. Mrs. Joseph also focused on the Shunammite woman (2 Kings 4: 8-37), explaining how God works Miracles in our daily lives. This was followed by Group Discussion and Presentation based on the theme and the verses, on how to break the barriers of ego, pride, selfishness and to overcome the word 'I' and transform it to 'WE' in our day to day life.

The Afternoon Session was on Types of Cancers in Women. This Session was led by Dr. Nithya, Oncology Surgeon from The Bangalore Baptist Hospital. She focused on the most common cancer in women, Breast Cancer, and stressed on certain important measures a women must take for early detection and treatment. She also spoke on other types of cancers in women, and in general. The members raised a lot of questions and doubts, to which Dr. Nithya very patiently explained every point in detail. It was a very useful and an informative Session.

Our Vice President, Mrs. Shashikala Ravi thanked Mrs. Sharon Joseph and Dr. Nithya for their gracious presence and for their precious inputs and advice.

The Retreat concluded with the Closing Prayer.

It was a day well spent – a time of fellowship, spiritual enrichment and medical awareness.

Mrs. Mirium L.S. Sadhu
Secretary - Women's Fellowship


A Children's Choir Concert was held at the Church on Sunday, June 30, 2019, during the Evening Service.

The Harmony Chorus, conducted by Sandra Oberoi, The Giselle Violin School Strings, conducted by Giselle Voigts, The Center for Music Education Kids' Choir conducted by Samantha, Asen and Neha Soans, the Sophia's Choir conducted by Abishek Gnanaraj, performed at this Concert.

More than 150 children participated in this Concert, the youngest participant being 3 year old Anna from the CME Kids' Choir, whose comment about St Andrew's was, "I love this place!" Piyush, a special child proudly remarked, "I've sung in this Church before!"

Singing on the topics of the Creation, the World and the Environment, the children sang a variety of songs, ranging from 'Top of the World' by The Carpenters, 'Heal the World' by Michael Jackson, 'We move the World' by Branko Stark, 'Folk Songs' from the Philippines, Venezuela, and New Zealand about God's Creation, 'Up Above My Head' by Bill and Gloria Gaither, The 'Lord is my Shepherd' by Franz Schubert, 'Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty', 'How Great Thou Art', and 'Oh, had I Jubal's lyre' and 'Miriam's tuneful voice', by Handel.

With more than 50% of the children being non-Christian, the Service was attended and appreciated by many Hindu and Muslim parents. Rev. Dr. Alan Palanna aptly concluded the Service quoting Matthew 21:16, "Do you hear what these children are saying?" they asked Him. "Yes," replied Jesus, "Have you never read, 'From the lips of children and infants, you, Lord, have called forth your praise'?"

It was a delightful evening indeed!

Andrew Bhagyanathan
Organist and Choir Director

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