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200 Columbus Avenue
Valhalla, NY 10595
MOTTO 2015:

" Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise not as unwise but as wise
Ephesians 5:15

Welcome !!

Established in 1994 as a Church of South India (CSI) congregation and also a member of the
United Church of Christ, we are located in Valhalla, New York, a small village in lovely Westchester County.
You are warmly invited to come worship with us!

 The Vicar's letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Greetings in the name of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ.

Christians all over the world celebrate Pentecost day. It was an important event in the church history, because we considered that, Pentecost day is the birthday of church. Some churches have a practice that they receive new members on the Pentecost day. They commemorating the first new members joined after Peter's speech on Pentecost. Centuries ago, the people who are joining the church wore white cloth for baptism. So the Sunday was called "White Sunday."

Jesus resurrected from the dead after three days of His crucifixion. He appeared to His disciples and many of His believers for forty days. He ascended into heaven forty days after His resurrection. Before His ascension, the resurrected Jesus made fellowships and conversation with His disciples, and He encouraged them to take His earthly ministry and continuing it. After 10 days, God's promised Holy Spirit comes upon His disciples and followers who are anticipating for its coming. 'The arrival of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost marked the end of the Lord's personal ministry on the earth.'

The English word Pentecost is a translation of the Greek word "Pentekostos", which means fifty. It comes from the ancient Christian expression Pentekoste Hemera, which means fiftieth day. This word is taken from the Greek speaking

Jews who used to refer the festival of week or "Shavuot". The Pentecost event is recorded in the book of Acts of the Apostles chapter 2. People from various places and different languages were gathered together for expecting God's promised Holy Spirit. Before His crucifixion Jesus promised to His disciples that His father sent another Counselor (John 14:16) to them. In Joel 2:28 God promised His spirit to all flesh. It was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost.

Christians are called to live in the presence and the power of the Spirit of God. God's Spirit helps us to confess Jesus as Lord. In 1 Corinthians 12:3 Paul says 'therefore no one speaking in the spirit of God ever says Jesus is accursed and no one can say Jesus is Lord except in the Holy Spirit'. The Holy Spirit is not only given to individuals but also to the people who gathered in one place (Acts 2:4). So, it solicits us to consider our participation in the fellowship and mission of God. May the Holy Spirit empowers and encourages us to serve God and bind us together as an indispensable member of the body of Christ and His Salvific act.

May God bless us all.

Thanking you 

Robin  Achen


(Rev. Robin K. Paul)