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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.

Baptism is an important sacrament in Christianity. It is one of the two ordinances that Jesus instituted for the Church, the other one is the Holy Eucharist. "The word baptism came from the Greek word 'Baptisma' and it means immersion and submersion in water or application of water as an initiatory right. The gospels explain that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.     Just before His ascension, Jesus told His disciples to baptize the people who followed Him. In Matthew 28:19-20 " Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." These instructions specify that church is responsible to teach Jesus' word, make disciples and baptized them.  Baptism by water is a "reenactment" of the baptism by the Spirit. Roman 6:4 " We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life." Through baptism we buried our sinful nature along with Jesus and getting a new resurrected life in Jesus.      The Church of South India practices infant baptism for children born in Christian homes. For others adult baptism is given. In a child baptism child's parent select Godparents to request the child at baptism. The church expects when the child becomes old he will make a statement of faith and repent his sins at the sacrament of confirmation. In the meantime, Godparents make promises on the child's behalf. So Godparents have a big responsibility to nurture the children in Christian faith and belief.  

 Baptism is an outward testimony of the inward change in believer's life. That means we  need a Christ centered life in our ongoing spiritual journey. In Ephesians 4: 4-5 " There is one body and one spirit- just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call- one  Lord, one faith, one baptism." Paul urged that we need to have one baptism. Sometimes people are taking more than one baptism because of the influence of false teaching and false beliefs. It is not Biblical. Thomas Aquinas said "Baptism is the door of the spiritual life and the gateway to the sacraments."    We are observing the first Sunday of this month as Choir Sunday. Music has an important role in a Christian worship. Martin Luther said "Music makes people kinder, gentler more staid and reasonable. The devil flees the sound of music almost as much as before the word of God." So we  need more dedication, hard work and enthusiasm for the functioning of a best choir. I appreciate all members of the Choir for their dedication, hard work and commitment.  
On July 12, 2015 Mr. Philip Itty, one of the founding fathers of our Congregation passed away. He had contributed many ways to the development of the CSI Congregation of Hudson Valley and also contributed to the CSI Churches especially in the North American context. We lost a great leader of the Church of South India not only in America but in India too. May God give His comfort and peace to the bereaved family.

May God bless us all.

Thanking you 

Robin  Achen


(Rev. Robin K. Paul)