Kozhencherry Branch : Golden Jubilee Celebration Closing Session
The closing session of the Golden Jubilee celebration of Kozhencherry Branch was held on 26 October ‘22 at St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church, Kozhencherry. The event was blessed by the esteemed presence of Bishops, Clergies, Pastors and other leaders of various churches. The meeting was presided by the Branch President Rev. Thomas Mathew, Vicar, St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church, Kozhencherry. Rt. Rev. Dr. Abraham Mar Paulos Episcopa, Central Council Member, BSI & Kerala Auxiliary Committee member delivered the inaugural address. In his speech, Bishop exhorted in figurative style that the Word of God is like a rose flower. As the rose flower spreads its fragrance and looks attractive to eyes; God’s Word attracts people and those who read and abide in the Word of God spread their fragrance to whomsoever they meet. Bishop appreciated the mission initiative of the Branch as good amount is donated to BSI Ranchi Auxiliary and visiting villages of the Auxiliary for distributing Bibles and food packets. He added that it is an emulative example for the Branches to follow by including in their Budget in the future. The Auxiliary President Most Rev. Dr. Yuhanon Mar Chrysostomos Metropolitan and Rt. Rev. Thomas Samuel, former President, Kerala Auxilary gave benedictory message and later Bishop released the golden jubilee souvenir by presenting it to the first Branch Secretary, Mrs. Elizabeth Philip Varghese.
Rt. Rev. Mathews Mar Silvanios Episcopa, BEC shared greetings and inaugurated the formation of Branch Youth Wing by handing over the lighted lamp to the youth members. The Auxiliary Secretary, Rev. Jacob Antony Koodathinkal felicitated the closing ceremony by quoting Psalms 133:1, that Bible Society is a blessed platform for uniting and witnessing the Bible Cause from different church denominations. BSI Kozhencherry Branch Secretary, Mr. Varghese Jacob presented the Golden Jubilee Report. Rev. Abraham George, STECI, Rev. Dr. Santhosh John (AG Church), Divisional Commander Major O.P. John (Salvation Army) Shri. Anto Antony MP, Mr. Joseph Easow (Treasurer, Kozhencherry Branch), Smt. Elizabeth Philip Varghese, Smt. Saramma Shajan, Smt. Jiji Varghese John (members of the Branch & panchayat local body members) shared their greetings. The Jubilee choir and the august audience blessed the celebration with meaningful songs and valuable participation.
New Branch at Moolamattom in Idukki Region
The inauguration of BSI Moolamattom Branch formed as the 142nd Branch in Kerala Auxiliary was held at IPC Church Moolamattom on 31 October 2022 at 3.30p.m.
Rev. K.J. Jose presided over the meeting and the Auxiliary Secretary gave the inaugural address.Clergies and pastors from various churches graced the occasion and greeted the event.Rev. Binu Kuruvilla Jose (CSI), Rev. Eby Oommen (MarThoma Church), Pastor T. Biju (IPC), Pastor T.M. Abraham (New India Church), Pastor P.D. Johnson (Church of God), Br. Shajimon P.D. (Brethren Church).Mr. K.D. Samuel (Secretary), Mr. C.K. Mammen (Treasurer) also spoke in the inaugural meeting. A Bible exhibition with discount sale was also arranged.
The following persons were selected and dedicated as Branch Officials: Rev. Binu Kuruvilla, Patron, Rev. K.J. Jose, President, Mr. K.D. Samuel, Secretary, Mr. C.K. Mammen, Treasurer and Mr. U J Mani, Joint Secretary