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200 Columbus Avenue
Valhalla, NY 10595
MOTTO 2014:

" Your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard
Isaiah 58:8

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.

Pentecost is one of the most important events in the church's history. Pentecost is the Greek name for Shavuot, the feast of weeks; it literally means the 50th.There are two beliefs among the Jews about this event.  Exodus 34:22 says" And you shall observe the feast of weeks, the first fruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year's end". Another belief says Pentecost is a prominent feast of Israelites commemorating the law; it was given by God to Moses on Mount Sinai. 

  In the New Testament, Pentecost is a feast commemorating the descent of the Holy Spiritupon the apostles and the followers of Jesus Christ, as described in Acts of Apostles 2:1-33. Pentecost is 50th and final day of the Easter season. It was happened 50 days after Jesus resurrection. Theologians believe that Pentecost event helped the formation of church more simply it is the birthday of church.

In Acts of Apostles, there is a brief description of the Pentecost event. There were about one hundred and twenty followers including twelve disciples who were present at that time. They received the Holy Spirit from God.  When Pentecost came, the disciples were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind and it filled the entire house where the disciples were sitting. God's Holy Spirit appeared above each one of them as tongues of fire. They were filled with Holy Spirit and they began to speak in other tongues. They came from different nations with different languages but they could understand what each other was saying.

When Jesus was in the world He promised His Holy Spirit would come and stay with His disciples. In John14:15-17"If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will pray to the Father, and he will give you another counselor, to be with you forever, even the spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you." After His resurrection He told his disciples to go to Jerusalem before he leaves them. They were waiting for Holy Spirit in the upper room. When they received the Holy Spirit they were amazed and praised God.  The gift of Holy Spirit helped them to go out into the world to preach the kingdom of God and be His witnesses. God anointed His people for the great job that is the extension of kingdom of God. But it happened only through his marvelous gift of the Holy Spirit. In Babel (Genesis11:1-9) God made confusion in their languages and scattered them but in Pentecost He brings all the people back together.

The power of the Holy Spirit is the life of all Christians. So we are called by God to reach beyond our own borders and our own comforts. We are filled with the one Spirit; the same Holy Spirit who came down on apostles and the early believers at the time of Pentecost. It demands that we be true witnesses among our family, society and Global community. David Wilkerson said "When you strip it of everything else, Pentecost stands for the power and life that came into the church when the Holy Spirit came down on the day of Pentecost."  Let us submit ourselves to God's hands.

As you know that 28th CSI Family and Youth Conference will be held on 2014 July 3 to 6 at Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center, PA. Preparations are going on. Please pray for the conference and the people who are working behind the scenes. I hope God's presence will be there on those days.

May God bless to all.

Thanking you 

Robin  Achen

(Rev. Robin K. Paul)