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BSI E-NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2023

EPIPHANY: A Call To Take A Different Route In The New Year

A new year always brings a sense of hope.  The previous year with all its tragedies, problems, disappointments, failures, and sadness is now behind us, and a clean slate lies ahead…..

Rev. Dr. M. Mani Chacko
General Secretary

Christmas Discount Sale at Bible House in Guntur:

From December 9 to 14, 2022, the BSI AP Auxiliary organised Christmas Discount Sale in various strategic places such as:- Bible House in Guntur, Bible Bhavan in Visakhapatnam, GDM Hebron Church in Peravali and at CSI Noble Missionary Church in Machilipatnam. Many people appreciated and benefitted a lot to have copies of Bibles of various editions and prints.

BSI AP Auxiliary Staff Family Christmas:

BSI AP Auxiliary Staff Family Christmas was celebrated on 19th December 2022 at Bible House in Guntur. Blessed to have our General Secretary Rev. Dr. M. Mani Chacko as Chief Guest who shared the Christmas message. 

AP Auxiliary – Gannavaram Branch, Elamanchili Branch, Chodavaram Branch and Narsipatnam Branch have organised Christmas programs in their branches. 

 

The BSI Youth Christmas Tree, Jabalpur Auxiliary:

 

he BSI, Youth Committee organized “Christmas Tree” at Hawabagh Methodist Church, Jabalpur on 19th Dec 2022. Mr. Shamon Waghmare, BSI Staff, led the service…….

Farewell and Thanksgiving to Mrs. Joyce Pallat, Senior Office Assistant, Publishing and Marketing Department, BSI on December 20, 2022:

On her retirement, we bid farewell to Mrs. Joyce Pallat and we thank God for her faithful service rendered to the ministry of BSI for 19 years with commitment and joy……

 

BSI Central Office Christmas Carol Service

on December 20, 2022:

The year 2022 ended with a joyful note for the staff of the Central Office with Christmas celebration in physical after two consecutive years of virtual celebration through zoom due to Covid19 pandemic restrictions….

 

The Minister for Minority Welfare of the Government of Andhra Pradesh celebrated Christmas with AP Auxiliary Secretary:

The Minister for Minority Welfare of the Government of Andhra Pradesh celebrated Christmas….

 

BSI Dimapur Auxiliary Staff Christmas Celebrations with

Family and Volunteers:

The BSI Dimapur Auxiliary staff and volunteers along with their family members celebrated pre-Christmas on 20th December 2022 at Bible House, Dimapur….

Christmas Carols in Odisha Auxiliary on December 22, 2022:

The Odisha Auxiliary had a wonderful Christmas Carol service on December 22, 2023 after 2 consecutive years due pandemic restrictions……

United Candlelight and Annual Thanksgiving Service

With 177 Candles lit in the Bible House lawns, which was beautifully illuminated, marked the 177 years the journey of Allahabad Auxiliary on 4th December, 2022…..

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Farewell and Thanksgiving of Rev. Phidolis Dkhar, Sr. Auxiliary Secretary, Shillong Auxiliary

On December 1, 11:00 am at the Assembly of God’s Church, Nongthymmai Pohkseh, the Shillong Auxiliary organized a very grant Farewell and Thanksgiving programme for Rev Phidolis Dkhar, Sr. Auxiliary Secretary, Shillong auxiliary, who had put in 18 years of service as Auxiliary Secretary.

 

All the important leaders in the Shillong Auxiliary such as, Auxiliary Committee Members, Branch Leaders, Women and Youth leaders were present at the Farewell and Thanksgiving programme.

 

The family of Rev. Phidolis Dkhar – his wife Tryially Lyngdoh, his son Philip, his daughter Evangeline Marbaniang and son-in-law Riewehkupar Kharsynteiw graced the occasion with their presence. The programme was concluded with tearful yet a heart full of thanks to Rev. Phidolis Dkhar by all presence in the function for his outstanding performance for the Shillong Auxiliary.

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Jubilee Run – Shillong Auxiliary

Jubilee Run was organised in Shillong city on November 24, 2022 by the Regional Bible Women Society Conference in celebration of their Golden Jubilee this year 2022.

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Scripture Engagement Programme – Ranchi Auxiliary

On 11th November 2022 at Bible House, a very meaningful Scripture Engagement programme was organised, 65 women gathered for the Bible Study and short message was delivered by Mrs. Bharti Lakhra, one of our Mary Jones Women leaders in Ranchi Auxiliary. We had a very meaningful time of distribution of Scripture to 50 widows and needy women who were present for the programme.

Another 10 bibles were given to the CNI Cathedral members who could not present in the programme due to unavoidable circumstances. The women were rejoicing in God for their thirst for the Word of God is met through the Bible study and with a gift Bible for their own. We give thanks to the ministry of the Bible Society of India and the Mary Jones Women for their voluntary works, and above all, Praise be God who never forsake us!

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New Branch at Valakom in Kollam Region

The inaugural meeting of Valakom Branch, which was formed as the 141 st Branch of the Bible Society of India – Kerala Auxiliary, was held on 14 th October at St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church, Valakom. Rev. Georgie Varghese presided over the meeting. The Auxiliary Secretary, Rev. Jacob Antony Koodathinkal gave the inaugural address. He exhorted that the vision of the Bible Society is to stand ecumenically with the co-operation of various churches and make the Word of God accessible to everyone in their own language and that the only thing that does not change in a changing world is the Word of God. Rev. Thomas Daniel, Rev. Santosh Tharakan, Rev Devadanam James, Pastor Cherian Chacko, Pastor Ununni Mathew, Major G. Mathew, Br. Saju Thomas, Ms. Minitha Thampan, Mr. Alex Kutty David & Mr. A. Joykutty conveyed their greetings. More than 150 people participated in the meeting.

The office bearers of Valakom Branch were selected: Patron- Rev. Thomas Daniel, President :
Rev. Georgie Varghese, Secretary: Mr. K.G. Thomas, Jt. Secretary: Mr. Shaiju Samuel, Treasurer: Mr. A. Joykutty. Along with the office bearers, 46 members representing various churches were also selected in the committee for the smooth functioning of the Branch.

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BSI E-NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2022

CHRISTMAS – A TIME TO REGAIN CHRIST CONSCIOUNESS

The message of Christmas is the message of universal love. It is the message of ineffable divine glory and splendour. The message of Christmas is the message of peace and goodwill among all nations……..

Rev.Dr.M.Mani Chacko
General Secretary

New Branch at Valakom in Kollam Region – Kerala Auxiliary

The inaugural meeting of Valakom Branch, which was formed as the 141 st Branch of the Bible Society of India – Kerala Auxiliary, was held on 14 th October at St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church, Valakom. Rev. Georgie Varghese presided over the meeting. The Auxiliary Secretary, Rev. Jacob Antony Koodathinkal gave the inaugural address……

Scripture Engagement Program for The Youth: All Kerala Elocution Competition

BSI Kerala Auxiliary Elocution Competition in memory of Y. Mathew’ for the year 2022 was held in a most blessed manner at CSI Christ Church, Elamkulam, Cochin on Monday, 24th October, ‘22. This is a competition conducted annually by the Kerala Auxiliary for the youth and this is the 8th competition since……

Scripture Engagement Programme – Ranchi Auxiliary

On 11th November 2022 at Bible House, a very meaningful Scripture Engagement programme was organised, 65 women gathered for the Bible Study and short message was delivered by Mrs. Bharti Lakhra, one of our Mary Jones Women leader in Ranchi Auxiliary. We had a very meaningful time of distribution of Scripture to……

Jubilee Run – Shillong Auxiliary

Jubilee Run was organised in Shillong city on November 24, 2022 by the Regional Bible Women Society Conference in celebration of their Golden Jubilee this year 2022.

Farewell and Thanksgiving of Rev. Phidolis Dkhar, Sr. Auxiliary Secretary, Shillong Auxiliary

On December 1, 11:00 am at the Assembly of God’s Church, Nongthymmai Pohkseh, the Shillong Auxiliary organized a very grant Farewell and Thanksgiving programme for Rev Phidolis Dkhar, Sr. Auxiliary Secretary, Shillong auxiliary, who had put in 18 years……

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CHRISTMAS – A TIME TO REGAIN CHRIST CONSCIOUNESS

The message of Christmas is the message of universal love. It is the message of ineffable divine glory and splendour. The message of Christmas is the message of peace and goodwill among all nations.

Christmas is more than a day of rejoicing and festivity. It is a day for realizing the Christ-consciousness. It is a day for remembering the noble deeds of Lord Jesus and his sacred life of pristine purity. Christmas comes and Christmas goes, but let the spirit of Christmas be ever with us all.

Merry-making is not Christmas at all. Christmas does not consist in ringing bells and singing songs, exchanging mutual gifts and sending Christmas cards, and in enjoying rich repasts and heavy dinners and eating cakes.

Christmas is a state of spiritual awakening. To realize the Reign of God within ourselves, to hold communion with the Lord in the chambers of our hearts, to regain our lost divinity, to attain Christ-consciousness, to love all, to include all in the warm embrace of our love is real Christmas.

The spirit or heart of Christ is seriously lacking in the vast majority of persons. The love of Christ is badly wanted. What is Christmas without love, mercy and purity? Everybody wants to exploit his/her neighbour. One nation wants to destroy another nation. Is this Christmas? Is this the teaching of Christ?

Real Christmas never comes and goes. It is eternal. We need to feel the spirit of Christmas not only on one day, but throughout the year. Every day is a Christmas day for a real follower of Christ, for a thirsting soul. Let
that be our yearning and desire !

Rev.Dr.M.Mani Chacko


General Secretary
Bible Society of India

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Activities of the Gujarat Auxiliary

Golden Jubillee Celebration of the Uttarsanda Branch, Gujarat Auxiliary

On September 16, the Uttarsanda Branch had completed 50 years and they had arranged Thanksgiving Service and called Church leaders of the surrounding areas. The BSI Auxiliary President and Secretary and few staff members attended the service. We had a very meaningful time of meeting with church leaders, friends of BSI and donors who happily and willingly donated for the BSI ministry.

A visit to Philadelphia Church:

In Udepur near Gujarat & Rajasthan border, we had visited the Philadelphia Church, they purchaseda large number of Bibles for their ministry and we were also invited to organise Bible Sunday in the new month.

Bible Sale

On October 8 and 9 we had Bible Sale programme in Maninagar at Siyon Alliance Church with the help of Diocese Book Shop with good response. On October 15 and16 we had Bible Sale programme in Nadiad city, 50 kms away from Ahmedabad. We had a very impressive response from the Nadiad city. On October 22 and23,  we had arranged Bible Sale programme in Baroda city with a good response from the churches in and around the city.

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Message from the Indigenous Delegates of the 11 th  Assembly of the World Council of Churches, Karlsruhe, Germany from August 28 to September 9, 2022.

The theme of this Assembly was to “Christ’s Love Moving the World to Reconciliation and Unity”. On this overarching theme, many workshops and presentations were held from various perspectives and platforms. Here is a message from the Ecumenical Indigenous Pre-Assembly meeting for the Christian World in general and for the Churches in particular drafted by Lori Ransom, a delegate from the Presbyterian Church in Canada: “The church must pursue reconciliation with Indigenous peoples around the world.  It must confront and address the spiritual violence it has committed in the name of Christ’s love, and in the pursuit of a unity that denies the God-given diverse identities of Indigenous peoples, including their spiritual identities.  The church in its many global contexts needs to establish processes to hear the truth of the harm it has done, to repent of its sins, to atone, and change its behaviour.  This extends to a deep examination of its understanding of what it means to witness Christ’s love.  Indigenous peoples have much to teach the church in this regard. It also involves supporting Indigenous peoples in dealing with historical and ongoing trauma, and racism within the church, that still leads to suffering (e.g. suicide, substance abuse, and violence) and the loss of Indigenous lives.  Finally, the church must commit to supporting Indigenous self- determination within ecclesial institutions in keeping with article 12.1 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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Observance of International Literacy Day on September 8, 2022

The family of the Bible Society of India, throughout the Central Offices, Translation Centre Shillong and all our 17 Auxiliaries observed the International Literacy Day declared by the United Nations Organization on September 8, 2022, in our respective offices. This day was observed with morning prayer by following a very meaningful Order of Worship prepared by the Media and Special Audience Department, Bible Society of India. Praying for those who are not able to read and write, those who do not have the opportunities of learning and are denied access to knowledge. We have meditated on the selected biblical text Joshua 1: 7 – 9, as a reminder of the importance of learning and following God’s command. The mission of God is to get involved in teaching and Scripture Engagement with those who are ignorant and who do not know how to read and write.

Odisha Auxiliary

Indeed it was a great time to observe “International Literacy Day” in our Odisha Auxiliary meaningfully by following the order of service prepared by the Media Department.

It was wonderful to have Mrs Sushanna Pramanik, Translation Advisor, BSI Bangalore and the Kuvi consultation team as we observed International Literacy Day even as the Kuvi Bible consultation is an ongoing project under their leadership. The sharing from the word of God by Rev. Prabhudas Sirka, one of our Translators of the Kuvi Bible, was very encourageous. We gave thanks to God for those who can read the Bible and also have prayed for all those who are yet to be literate.

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