The formal inauguration of the Immanuel Mar Thoma Church, Virginia took place on Sunday, December 26, 2010 in a public meeting held at the Community Lutheran Church in Sterling, VA. Prior to the public function there was a Holy Qurbana Service in which all members participated. The parish choir participated and helped in the service.
Immanuel Mar Thoma Church, Virginia came in to being on April 15th 2010 when the Episcopal Synod of the Mar Thoma Church approved it as an independent Mar Thoma Parish.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius Episcopa along with the Vicar Rev. M. M. John and the Senior Pastor of Community Lutheran Church, Rev. Dr. Joseph Vought lighted the lamp to signify the event.
Thirumeni also inaugurated the church website and released a souvenir to mark the inauguration event.
Many from the community and sister churches graced the event and offered felicitations. The dignitaries included Rev. Dr. Vought, Senator Mark Herring (VA State Senate), Mr. T.S. Mathews ( 2nd Secretary, Indian Embassy - Washington, DC), Dr. G.V.V. Rao (Durga Temple, Fairfax, VA), Rev. Laby George Panackamattom (Vicar, St. Gregorios Orthodox Church), Rev. Benu John (Vicar, Baltimore Mar Thoma Church) and Dr. George Zachariah (Mar Thoma Church of Greater Washington).
The public function started at 4:30 PM after the Holy Communion Service by Thirumeni. Rev. M. M. John welcomed all to the event and Mrs. Indu Jacob emceed the event. The opening ceremony included musical performances by the IMTC choir and the IMTC Sunday School, felicitations from the dignitaries, remarks by IMTC vice president, Mr. Thomas Varghese, report from the IMTC Secretary Mr. John Cyrus, Vote of thanks by the Inauguration program Convener, Mr. Joseph Abraham and Prayer by Rev. Benu John. A sumptuous dinner completed the activities of the evening.
December 27, 2010
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