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  HAPPENINGS DURING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2021
WEDDINGS

Ms. Shainy Sabeena Salins
Daughter of Late David Purushotham & Late Aneeta Lola Salins
with
Mr. Noel Kiran V
Son of Mr. Vijayarathna Kumar S & Mrs. Suketha
February 14, 2021

Ms. Samarpitha R
Daughter of Mr. Rangaswamy R & Mrs. Sunandamma
with
Mr. Stalin Sandesh Kumar
Son of Mr. Solomon Sampath Kumar & Mrs. Sujatha S. Kumar
February 14, 2021

INFANT BAPTISM

Joan Anga

Daughter of Mr. Joseph Keerthi Prakash Anga
& Mrs. Agnita Robert Narendra
February 14, 2021

OBITUARY

Mr. Samuel Prakash Chinnappa

Aged 70 years
brother of Mrs. Nalini Simmons, slept in the Lord
February 22, 2021

REPORT
Ecumenical Sunday and Republic Day 2021

Ecumenical Sunday was observed on the 24th of January, during both our Worship Services. Being the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, our Pulpit Guests at both the Services were priests from the Roman Catholic Church.

The Pulpit Guest for the 8 am Kannada Service was Rev. Fr. Francis Xavier Joseph, Regional Director, Commission for Bible and Catechetics, Karnataka Region.

The Pulpit Guest for the 9.30 am English Service was Rev. Fr. Dr. Joseph P. Titus, from St. Peter's Pontifical Institute, Bangalore.

What impressed them most and much appreciated was our openness in inviting them to our church and their participation.

We were also privileged to have had two distinguished guests worshiping with us that morning, and they brought greetings from their respective Organisations:

Dr. Marina Behera: Originally from Mizoram, a member of the Presbyterian Church of Mizoram. She has served as a Faculty at the United Theological College, and as a professor of Ecumenical Missiology at the Ecumenical Institute, Bossey, a program of the World Council of Churches. Presently, she is serving as a Research Tutor and as the MPhil Stage Leader at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, Oxford, UK.

Mr. Pericho Prabhu, PRO, All Karnataka United Christian Forum for Human Rights, and Joint Secretary, Ecumenism Commission of Archdiocese of Bangalore.

Their participation brought in the element of ecumenism into our worship.


REPORT
Republic Day 2021

The day was celebrated with solemnity. It began with the Worship Service in the church, remembering and praying for our Nation and our Leaders. The text for the message delivered by our Presbyter, Rev. Dr. Dexter S. Maben, was from the Song of Solomon 2:12-15. In his message, he brought out the importance of Voices and Faces, which are important as we celebrate the sovereignty of our nation and the values of justice, peace and liberty enshrined in our Constitution. This was followed by the hoisting of the National Flag and the singing of the National Anthem.

Guests of Honour were our own church members, Col. Ritesh Singh and his wife, Mrs. Sharon Singh. Col. Singh is from Kalimpong in Darjeeling and was commissioned from the Indian Military Academy in the year 1998. He has served in several important Operations along the Line of Control, and has been conferred with the Army Commendation Card and the Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card. He has been actively involved in peaceful resolution of Border issues and has participated in delegations to China and Bangladesh. Col. Singh is presently posted as Director Recruiting at the Headquarters Recruiting Zone at Bangalore.

It was indeed a proud moment for us as Col. Singh hoisted our National Flag. In his brief address, he shared his experience as a solider, and the qualities that are important to be a soldier - Obedience, Integrity, Sacrifice and Servant-leadership. He said that the 'Salute' of a solider too is meaningful - the open palm indicating that he comes empty-handed and in peace. Finally, he concluded his address by saying that we are all soldiers - 'Soldiers of Christ'; and these qualities of obedience, integrity, sacrifice and servant-leadership are important and applicable to us as His soldiers.

Avery apt message indeed!

CFE - Care For the Elderly

SUNDAY SCHOOL

At last, we were able to have the face to face fellowship in the church campus led by our beloved Presbyter, Rev. Dr. Dexter S. Maben - after a year of COVID-19 related restrictions. We also had the privilege of Rev. Alwin J. Maben (Pastoral Charge - Trinity United Church, Coronation, Alberta, CANADA), delivering the message on "One Family in Christ" on 11th February 2021, as part of the CFE Followership Happy Hour. We had 30 plus participants and the key message dwelt was on "What's it being 'One' in a Christian Context", and what is "Family" in the church context, and through this One Family be rooted in Christ to build an inclusive community of believers.

It was also a time of sharing the experiences of "The Youth Fellowship" of the 1970s, and members brought in their happy memories and how the Youth Fellowship shaped their career, family and life.

Fellowship ended with a cake cutting remembering the birthdays of the elders who celebrated their birthdays in January and February 2021. A vegetarian meal was served to the participants.

We praise and thank our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for providing this opportunity to worship and fellowship.

January Fellowship:
We had the privilege of having Mr. Saji Abraham in the online January 2021 CFE Fellowship delivering the message on "Unity in Diversity". He brought in a very thoughtful message of Unity in Diversity from a Biblical context, taking into consideration the mixed language backgrounds of St. Andrew's members. Mr. Saji Abraham is a very famous speaker hailing from Kerala (Settled in Coimbatore), and we hope to have him again in the year 2021.

We thank our beloved Presbyter, Rev. Dr. Dexter S. Maben for continuing to provide the much-needed leadership and direction to this fellowship.

Mr. David Soans
Convener, Care for Elderly


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