Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Dec 19 : Devotional Talk

Today we actually went back to the basics after quite a few meetings. The last weekly meetings were more of practice for our carols, Kalla mela etc.. 

We had a thought provoking message from Daiju. It was very much needed as we are celebrating Christmas and also entering in to the new year

The gist of the message was the need for  healing which leads to a sound body, mind and soul. For this we need to bring around a "relative" change for the better in  all our actions. We can rely on HIM for our solace. For some that is facilitated  by being in the right place.  Be it your native home in Kerala, friends, family, church or hopefully the weekly Yuvajana Sakhyam meetings :-)

I would summarize it as HCF - Heal, change and fellowship / friends / community.

Please post any questions you have. Daiju has agreed to be active in our blogs or mailing list. He will also ask questions or suggestions to make our group more active.

We also proposed to have our first cottage fellowship on Saturday, 4 PM, Jan 1st at the residence of Gibu (me).

Wishing everyone a great Christmas season ahead. 

MOM : Dec 12, just a stand-in meeting :-)

Dec 12, we really did not have a meeting inside church. Being the day after the Christmas Carols, the strength of the congregation was low. There were just five of us for the Sakhyam. We just had a stand-in meeting outside the church. Basically chaaya kudichoonddu samsarichu.... sold some Carols CDs ..... 

Sunday, December 5, 2010

MOM : Dec 5th : Practice for the YL Carols' slot

Today's session was mainly a practice session for our Church Christmas Carols.

We will be singing a beautiful song, selected by Gladwin. Hope you got the the lyrics of the song along with the link to the mp3 file (thanks to Jerry and Ruby for mp3 and lyrics).

Please get yourself accustomed, and join the Yuvajana Sakhyam while singing.

We will also have a practice session at 4:45 PM on Saturday, just before the Carols' start.

Reminder : Our Christmas Carols will be on Saturday Dec 11th @ 6:00 PM. It will followed by dinner so that's another reason you MUST make it :-).

Enjoy the wonderful Christmas season ahead.

Friday, December 3, 2010

MOM : Nov. 28th : choir, cottage fellowship, Christmas Program

We had a special session today, after the fun filled kalamela 2010 the previous day.

We had a fairly good number of members with three new members coming in. A warm welcome to Renz, Doanna and Jesmine.

We discussed quite a few things :

a) Introduction of Cottage Fellowship. Please post your comments about what is an appropriate time and day of the week.
b) Introduce a Youth League Choir so that we can participate more proactively in competitions and church service.
c) Time to practice for Christmas program. We need to present a 3-5 minute event during the Carol service.

Suggestion was made to ensure all members participate in the activities of the Yuvajana Sakhyam by way of conducting activities, games etc so that next year we are better prepared.

We had a repeat telecast :-) of the mimicry by Christo.

Other members, try to present your activity (like poetry etc..) in the next meeting.

See you in church later this week.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Chennai Center Kalamela 2010 Update

By God's grace we were able to conduct the Chennai Center Kalamela 2010 at the St Paul's Marthoma Church, Adyar. Thanks to all the Achens, Chennai Center Office Bearers, judges, participants, Committees, and all 6 parishes who participated. Special thanks to Liba and Zach too for the extensive groundwork before the event actually even started.

We had participation from Tambaram, St Thomas Mount, Avadi, Chetpet, Adayar and Annanagar. Special thanks to these parishes.

OK now let me address our Yuvajana Sakhyam !

I am sure many of you would have had a good learning experience by participating in various events and even in organizing the events. One important learning for me was in "the ability of the individual". Everyone is talented. They know how to solve problems, if given the opportunity, if forced to take the opportunity ! Our events could finish of on time, because each "Host" thought through the problem and made adjustments to ensure the events would finish off ahead of time. We started of an hour late, but finished off well ahead of time, in the process allowing our visiting friends to get to City-Center on time :-)

I guess I will stop the blabbing and let the pictures do the talking.

Thanks to all participants (for events and those who helped organize)

The only practice we had for the Tableu was 10 minutes before the event :-) great work Christo & team !

View the Group Singing by St Paul's Marthoma Yuvajana Sakhyam !

St Paul's Marthoma Church Youth League

Tambaram Team

View the photo album on the church website here.

There are a lot of tidbits missed out. Please post them as comments :-)

ps: If you have a great photo that you think depicts the Kalamela better, please share it in this blog. Post a comment or send an email to "spmcadyar" @"" - (without the double quotes)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Marthoma Yuvajana Sakhyam Chennai Center Kalamela 2010

The Marthoma Yuvajana Sakhyam Chennai Center Kala mela 2010  will be held in Adyar St Paul's Marthoma Church on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010.

More details here.

Monday, November 22, 2010

MOM : Nov. 21st

As discussed the Kalamela will be held in our church on Saturday.

You can get the schedule details on our web page.

Various committee members have been identified.

Host for Various events :
Singing Segment : Robin, Dayana, Deena
One Act Play Segment : Renosh, Biju, Aju
Painting Segment : Sweety, Biju, 1 member from Tambaram
Essay Writing Segment : Anish (Kuruvilla), 1 member from Tambaram

Registration Desk: Sam, Anoop, Cinchu, 2 members from Tambaram
Hospitality / Travel/ Food : Sherin, Rooshan, Cinchu
Food Committee : Biju, Sherin, Rooshan

Lets meet on Friday 5 PM at Church for practice for the group songs. Also the various hosts should make it by then.

Have a great week ahead.

Friday, November 19, 2010

MOM : Nov. 14 Unity Sunday

We had a pleasant meeting last Sunday which also happened to be Children's day and Unity Sunday (the CSI, CNI, Marthoma Churches).

We spent most of the time practicing for the group song for the Kalamela.

The below are the group songs we will be singing.
- Blessed Assurance
- O What a wonderful, wonderful day

Malayalam Group song : Same song we sang for the Youth Sunday.

Please note all those who attend the Yuvajana Sakhyam can participate. Please get in touch asap if you want to join an event.

Individual Events :
English : Solo (1 given + 1 songs): Nia, Ruby
Malayalam Song (Any 1 song) : Solo : Nia, Ruby
Essay Writing : ? , Sujith
Poetry : Christo, Soumya
Elocution : Sujith, Rino
Mimicry : Christo
Recitation : Cinchu, Deepti
Sketching : Deena, ?
Painting : Deena, ?
Cartooning : ?
Clay Modelling : Kuruvilla, Sherin
Instrumental Music :
String - Jenzo
Keyboard - Nia
Wind - Nia

Singing :- English (2 songs ) : Everyone : Up to 12 members. We will sing the song, Blessed Assurance & O What a wonderful day.. .
Singing :- Malayalam : Everyone : Up to 12 members.
One Act Play : ?
Bible Quiz : Christo, Gladwin, ?
Choreography : ?
Tableau : Christo & Team

The above list was updated on Nov. 22
Summary of the sermon in church :

  • It was the CSI, CNI, Marthoma Church Unity Sunday.
  • The main theme was one flock, one shepherd. Rev. Samuel stressed on the need for unity among all for fullness of life.
  • It was based on the Bible portion: St. John 10. The threat of globalization and manipulation is far from what we read about the good shepherd in John's gospel.
  • We need to also remember that we are all equal in God's sight. Take it literally. No exceptions, and seek the other so that we lead more humane lives.

Have a great week ahead.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

MOM : Nov 7 : Cyclone, World Sunday School Day and Today's session

Today we had lesser than the usual number of people in church, due to the bad weather. Actually I should not say, bad weather. We need rains in Chennai.

Today is celebrated as World Sunday School Day and Ms Nisha of the Velachery Prayer group gave the sermon.

To summarize, the sermon highlighted the four important characteristics of Jesus.
  • Curiosity
  • Deep Knowledge  : we too should strive to learn in-depth, of whatever we work in.
  • Sense of duty
  • Obedience
We decided to have the Youth Meeting in-spite of the fact that we had very few members in church. We had 5 members attending it. We met for 30 minutes and had a quick discussion on what events we will participate in during the Kalamela.

One important note : The Kalamela is being held in our Parish. Hence we need the help of all members to conduct the activities successfully. Those who may not be registered members can participate by organizing the events.

Here is a list of persons with events we have in mind for them. This is far from the starting line up. So please register yourselves.

Individual Events :
English : Solo  (1 given  + 1 songs): Nia, Ruby
Malayalam Song (Any 1 song) : Solo : Gladwin, Ruby
Essay Writing : Dayana , Sujith
Poetry : Christo, Soumya
Elocution : Sujith, Deepti
Mimicry : Gladwin
Recitation : Cinchu
Sketching : Nancy, Deena
Painting : Nancy, Deena
Cartooning : ?
Clay Modelling : ?
Instrumental Music : Jenzo,  Ashwin

Singing :- English (2 songs ) : Everyone : Up to 12 members. We will sing the song, Blessed Assurance & Amazing Grace.
Singing :- Malyalam : Everyone : Up to 12 members.
One Act Play :
Bible Quiz : Grace, Christ, ..
Choreography :
Tableau : Christo & Team

To get more details about the various events, please take a look at the
details here.

We have not finalized the above list. Please get in touch with Gibu / Christo / Cinchu if you want to participate.

On another note, Preetha, one of our Youth League members, is getting married to Arun (who works in Bangalore). On behalf of the Yuvajana Sakhyam, we wish her happy married life !

Hope you are enjoying your long weekend. See you all in church next week.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Chennai Center Kalamela 2010 – 2011

You can view the details of the various events in our Yuvajana Sakhyam website (there is also a new dedicated tab at the top). You can also get details of our church location at our church website.

MOM : Oct 31

Meeting started with a Prayer (By Deepthi). Achen joined the meeting and we had an open discussion on  "How to lead a meaningful life in circumstances which looks odd to us".

Every one added their there valuable points and shared their life experience.

We also decided to give Ravi some gift for his marriage.

We concluded the meeting with prayer, by Lincy.

-  Kuruvilla Mathew

Sunday, October 31, 2010

MOM : Oct. 24 Center Kalla mela, Family Sunday ...

Family Sunday was the central theme in church, with Rev. Sam Koshy delivering the sermon. There was brunch after the service. So after rejuvenating,  15 members participated for the follow on meeting.  

We had a few updates : 

1) Center Kalla Mela will be on Nov. 27th Saturday. Will post the full list of activities / competitions soon.
2) Discussed about what we could present for the Christmas programs. 
3) There was also a discussion about some fund raising programs so that we can contribute to the charitable activities of the Sakhyam. 

BTW our offertory collection during the Yuvajana Sakhyam meeting this week was one off the highest we have had ! Those who attended will know why I explicitly mentioned it here :-) For those who did not understand, please come for the next meeting.

Have a nice week ahead.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

MOM : Oct 17 - Cyrus Sir

We had a intriguing session today with Cyrus Sir, who is a down to earth person (ex. lawyer) working in the backward regions of Orissa. Well he called on the youth to work as doctors, administrators, nurses, teachers etc. to help those deprived of basic human rights and living in abject poverty.

His speech in church was equally challenging. The youth meeting was a follow on discuss to the sermon in church.

The sermon in church was based on the healing of the paralytic person by Jesus. The paralytic was brought to Jesus by 4 persons. Their faith resulted in the healing of the paralyzed man.There is a difference between being cured and being healed. Healing involves the healing of the heart too. And the four persons here can be looked at, like the community of people who need to help the poor. We must bring in a meaningful change by our faith in the lives of the poor people. He also called upon everyone, to go out of the way, like the 4 persons who broke open the roof of the house, in the parable, to make a change in our society.

Next sunday is the Family Sunday. Do bring your family members too when coming to church and celebrate the Holy Qurbana as a family.

MOM : Oct 10 - Youth Sunday

We celebrated the Youth Sunday on Oct 12. Rev V M Mathew led the church service. The yuvajana sakhyam members played an active role in assisting the achen and other activities in the church.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

MOM: Sept 26, 2010

We had a fun filled session today.

We started off with the Minutes of the Committee Meeting held on Sept. 25. The accounts of the Onam programs were also presented and passsed.

This was followed by dumb charades. The gathering was divided in to 2 teams. Each team had to ask one of their representatives to act out a character, like St Thomas, St. Stephen etc, while the rest guessed the character.

It was easier than expected as almost every team guessed all their characters ! All well versed in the Bible. It also shows -why we had a lot of accolades for the skit presented in the Onam Celebrations :-)

Important Note : Oct. 2nd Week - Oct 10th Sunday will be the Youth Sunday. Please make sure all attend it and be blessed. Rev. V. M. Mathew achen will lead the worship service and retreat program.

BTW do not forget to post your comments in the Onam Program blogs, ....  

We had 2 members celebrating their birthdays in our group this week.  21st was Biju's and Monday 27th,  was Kuruvillla's birthday. I will try not to be biased and try to get everyone's birthday updated here (ofcourse minus the year :-)  ).  

Until next week.... 

Saturday, September 25, 2010

MOM : Committee Meeting Held on Sept 25, 2010

The below are the list of items discussed during the Committee Meeting.

1) Youth Sunday will be held on Oct 10, 2010. Rev. V. M. Mathew will be the chief guest. All activities during worship service will be conducted by the Yuvajana Sakhyam Members. The meeting will be followed by lunch.

2) Audited Accounts for the Onam Program was presented by Cinchu and passed. Details attached.

3) It was decided to create a Josy Memorial Fund aimed at charity works and in memory of Late Mr. Josy who was an active member of the church and Youth League for 3 years. A minimum corpus of Rs 60,000 will be created and the interest of the same will be used for sponsoring a student via the SPMC Adyar Charitable Society. Approx. Rs 5000 per Year has to be generated for this purpose. The remaining collections made will be used towards charitable activities on a need basis.

4) We will have the Center Kalla Mela at our parish in the second week of November. We need to organize a fund raising program for the same. We plan to do a bookmarks, Christmas card sale etc during that time.

5) One day outing: We plan to have one on Jan 26, 2010.

Other items mentioned are

* Shift the account from the previous members to the new members.

* Purchase a cup board

* Print a Yuvajana Sakhyam Letter Pad

Monday, September 6, 2010

Onam Sangamam 2010: Great Team Work !

Onam Sangamam 2010: Great Team Work !

I think the title summarizes our Onam Programs for 2010. First of all thank God for His grace all throughout the program.

This is going to be a very short post. A detailed one may follow with more snaps.

The below photograph summarizes the spirit of participation and participants.

It was team work all the way. Lots of effort were put into direction, production, editing, implementation, practicing of the various programs, buying stuff, pookalam, selling coupons, etc. I am sure everyone enjoyed it to the fullest !

Thanks to all members of the Yuvajana Sakhyam and organizations like Sunday School, Choir etc. for their timely participation.

I am posting just a few photographs now, as there are 180+ to sort through. Will go through it and upload relevant ones later. Please post comments on the photos / events in the whole program so that it refreshes our memories !

More snaps below ..............

above is - "the directors special"

... there are only videos for the British scene. ...

Have a great week ahead.

- Gibu


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Friday, September 3, 2010

Onam Sangamam 2010 - Sept 5th, 2010

All are welcome for the Onam Celebrations at the St. Paul Marthoma Church on Sept 5th, 20

Yuvajana Sakhyam Members, please make it a point to attend.

All members can come for the singing and other practice session on Saturday at 4 PM at church.

Also all are welcome on stage for singing the Yuvajana Sakhyam Onam Song.

There will be a skit with lots of cultural programs, games and ofcourse Onam Sadhya !

Hope to see you all !

Saturday, August 21, 2010

M.O.M : August 15th : Independence Day

It was Aug 15th - and the Yuvajana Sakhyam ensured the Church had enough pointers of celebrating the Independence Day. There were flags all over the church ! The Choir too sang a special number during the offertory. The service ended by singing the national anthem. Could not get any snaps yet. Will post once we have it.

The Yuvajana Sakhyam meeting went well with the main activity being practicing for the Onam celebrations. Most participants of the skit have been selected. The group song too is coming out well. Those who could not come in last week, do come in this week.

BTW the Thiruvathira troupe lead by Cinchu will be practicing today Saturday : Aug 21 at 3 PM in Church.

Wishing you all a Happy Onam !

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Futsal : Football Tournament Update

Well we had a great start with participation from many members of the St Pauls Marthoma Church Youth League. We had a 7 member football team. Everyone gathered at 7:30 AM and we headed to the YMCA Grounds at Nandanam. Our match was at 10 AM and we were all charged up.

SMS from Gladwin :
Idivettu Biju
Minnal Kuruvilla
Vadivaal Christo
Kalari Gibu
Veidikattu Joseph
Patallum Rinosh
Vettukathi Vineeth ....
. to be replied at the bottom....

The teams were good. One tidbit. There was one international team with 3 guys from Africa and another 2 girls from Australia (not sure).. They represented Powerhouse A Team and won their match 2-0.

Our matches got started at 10:10 AM. It got over just in time for us get back for the Onam practice sessions. Oh.. btw t
he score line was 2-0.

Special thanks to Regi and Family for turning up. We also had another visitor Bharath for encouragement.

Thanks to all the participants and see you in church tomorrow. Checkout more snaps below.

SMS From Biju :
Yenthokke pukilayirunnu !
Avasanam Pavanai Shavamai :-)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Aug 1 : Happy Friendship Day !

First Sunday of August is celebrated as Friendship Day ! So Happy Friendship day ! However did you know it is mainly celebrated only in India, and a few other countries. ....

Even today we had 2 new members. A warm welcome to them.

Today's meeting was all about planning for the Onam celebrations. It was very interactive. Those who missed it, please join us next week. We have formed 3 committees.

  • Program Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Food Committee

I am under strict orders to reveal nothing more than that, as far as the events are:-) So join us next week to know more.

BTW we did have a good brunch sale conducted by the Sevika Sangam before the meeting, so there was even more energy this time.

Well as if that was not enough, some of the YL members re-grouped for a football practice session. Next saturday, 8AM (unconfirmed time) we will have our matches at YMCA grounds, Nandanam. Hope we will have some crowd to cheer the team.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

MOM : Jul 25 : Onam is round the corner

The main theme for today's session was planning for the onam celebrations ! The time of the year that reminds us of our roots.

We will have our Onam Celebrations on Sept 5. That's the new dates. Hope all of you will be back from your trip for your own "Onam celebrations" in Kerala with family.

Nia & Robin taught us a new Onam song - Kera Nirakal Aadum. However... an update : we may not sing this song. However those who want to hear this awesome song, please check out this youtube video.

Will get back with more details when we do have it.

BTW thanks to the members who ensured the youth league meeting started off on time (within 15 minutes of church ending). 

A warm welcome to the new members.

Futsal :
We also have a football team almost ready for the Tournament being conducted by the Chetpet Church as part of the Platinum jubilee celebrations.Those interested please post a comment or send an email to the group.

Have a great week ahead.

Monday, July 19, 2010

MOM July 18, Welcome to new members and Session update

This week's Youth League Meeting was an interesting session, thou a bit longer. OK, I would say, today's session actually started of almost as soon as the church concluded :-) We had an active participation by everyone to pull in new members. We had lots of students from Hindustan College and other potential new members to the Youth League. We had atleast 4-5 of the members engaging them.

BTW since this post also goes out to all new visitors, let me take the opportunity to welcome all the visitors to the St Paul's Marthoma Church Adyar ( To be precise, we have 24 persons newly added to this mailing list today. I know many may be already regular visitors to the church. Do come for the Youth League as it could help mold your lives according to the will of God. That's one part of the goal. It also helps you socialize with people of your own thought process.

We also had 3 coupon books to be sold and it was done quite easily by our most active members :-).

The singing session started a bit late. We had a follow up discussion with Rev Jacob Achen.

We decided we will have a quick re-cap of what we heard in the sermon before we start the discussion. Members please remember we have to make the session interactive, hence try to collect some points to share and think of questions for the speaker during the sermon itself. Lets make every minute we spend count.

The main theme of the sermon in church was love as a common denominator. It ended of with a true story about the Rickshaw Puller and a small girl, that reminded what charity really is.

Some of the below points were asked during the youth meeting.

The first was the significance of turning the other cheek when one of it was slapped. A point was highlighted that it does not mean submission to wrong doing.

The story of the Rickshaw Puller was touching as it showed what we consider charity. It highlighted the fact that we need to give our time and effort for others. Money alone is not sufficient. Giving money out of abundance is not charity. Quality over quantity matters. I would leave it to one of the members to add a comment with the details of the story in this blog.

I am sure there were other points discussed, I hope other members would chime in.

Onam Celebrations:
We will have our Onam Celebrations along with the Church Harvest Festival on Sept 4 & 5. Our Thirumeni, Rt. Rev. Chrysostom Marthoma Vellia Metropolitan will attend and grace the occassion. We plan to have some games and activities organised during that weekend.
Football Tournament - MTC Futsal :
We will also participate in the football tournament conducted by the Chennai Center Youth League to be help on 7 & 8th August at the YMCA Grounds, Nandanam. We will get back with the exact times for the matches by end of the week.

We also decided to opt out of the Shuttle Tournament organised by the Christian Sports League.

BTW if you missed the Jul 11th session, don't miss to read the blog post titled Confessional Prayer of the Marthoma Church.

Hope to see those who did not attend today, next week.

Have a great week ahead.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

July 11 : Confessional Prayer of the Mar Thoma Church

We were privileged to have Rev Sam Koshy Achen talk to us on the confessional prayer of the Mar Thoma Church during the youth league meeting. Here is a quick write up of what we understood. BTW we had good attendance at the youth league meeting  with over 25 people attending. Now to the details.

There will be Series of messages on the Sacrement of the Marthoma Church on every Second Sunday.

Why do we believe in Public Confession?

Public confession is a tradition dating back to the time of reformation in the church. Public confession is an act of affirming the sinful nature of oneself before God and the community. Belief is with support and help of the community, hence public confession.

 The Prayer of Confession can be divided into three statements.

  1. Statement to God
  2. Statement of Sin
  3. Statement of Redemption

Each statement has 3 subparts.

 Statement to God

 The Statement to God addresses God the Father who created the world, Jesus the Son who is the Savior and the Holy Spirit.

  • God the Father created us in his image .Therefore we are both spiritually and cosmically like him. Hence we are inherently good and have the potential to be good. However He has given us the freedom to do good or evil. It is when we misuse the freedom that God has given us that we fall into sin. (Creator God). In spite of our sins God forgives us like our parents.
  • Jesus dies on the Cross and saved us from sin. God sent His Son in the form of a Human to save us. Even though Jesus redeemed us, we still continue to sin (Redeemer God).
  • Holy Spirit reminds us about what is good and bad. The Holy Spirit is like our conscience which tells us the difference between good and evil and guides us. The Holy Spirit is the Counselor within us.(Reference- John14:16)

Statement of Sin

We sin through Thought, Word and Deed

Thought – we sin through Thought because our intentions are not correct; we are filled with malignant thoughts which direct the course our thoughts are shaped. (Reference - Acts 8: 21)

Word – we sin through words which are usually said on the spur of the moment or during quarrels. (Reference- Proverbs 12: 18, 19)

Deed- we sin through our actions because our deeds are not good (Reference Luke 23: 41, 42)

Thought, Word and Deed are related to each other at some level. Hence our thoughts will affect our words and actions and vice versa.

Statement on Redemption

Redemption is meant for persons who are truly sorry for their sins. Even people who you think can never be accepted are also forgiven. 

  • Woman who was a sinner – she took the initiative to confess.(Luke 7 : 47,48)
  • Publican –  the tax collector Levi – Jesus took the initiative and goes to the sinner (Luke 5: 27-29)
  • Thief on the cross – even at the time of death you can confess.(Luke 23: 41,42)
Some of the points mentioned during the class :

  • Confession is like a new handshake with God.
  • Communion is like a Fellowship meal with God. (Psalms 103: 6-8)
  • Even if a person is a sinner, God will honour him if he comes back.
  • Serious and repeated confession will give you a control over sin. Dedication is necessary; i.e., you have to be truly sorry for your sins.
  • Confession is an every time, anywhere activity.

Please post any comments on additions or corrections to the content. Any factual errors, do let us know by posting to this blog, so that we can make corrections.

- Ashish & Biju


Friday, July 9, 2010

Instructions for BRIM Electronic Display in Church

K.K. Agencies deployed the display device in Church. We call it  BRIM because that is the first text shown on the screen. The below options are for the keyboard based one bought in 2005.

Editing and existing entry:

  • Switch on the display by plugging it in.
  • Choose the entry by using the Up and Down arrow key
  • To edit a specific entry. press F1, now edit the entry using the keyboard. Be patient, it is slow.
  • Once making changes, press Enter, then F12. Now it begins to scroll.
  • Press F9 to make it stop the scroll. Press Up or Down arrow key as appropriate to reach the right entry.

Adding a new Entry to the end of the existing list:
  • Switch on the display, in the state when it is scrolling, press F8
    • Now you will see different options. 
      • The first entry is GAP:01 then press Enter to view the next option.
      • Speed:05 Enter
      • Wait:02 Enter
      • Now you can add content. By default the font may be big, reduce it by pressing F5 and the save as usual by pressing Enter and F12.

Resetting All Entries:

  • While the text is scrolling (typically happens when you start BRIM for the first time or when you press Esc), press F11. 
  • You will see SET TIME on the screen. When you see this, press the UP Arrow key and then navigate to CLEAR ALL. 
  • Now Enter one by one in the normal procedure as mentioned above.

You can contact KK Agencies,  the manufacturer/vendor in the following numbers :  044 - 2245 69 25, 94444 56052

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Summary of the lesson from the book of Daniel - chapter1

At the beginning of his reign in Jerusalem, King Nebuchadnezzar of babylon ordered his chief Ashpenaz to bring in the most brilliant men in Israel. The men were to be young and from noble families, having physical appeal and showing aptitude in all kinds of areas. These men were to be taught the culture and literature of Babylon. In this passage, Jerusalem represents the 'land of god' and Babylon the 'land of satan'. It shows how satan tries to bend people to his will by forcing them to the act of idol worship. He does this with great shrewdness, by taking the young from their families and showering them wit luxury. The young men were given food from the king's table and the finest wine to drink. He knows tat the old are fixed in their ways and the young are impressionable.

Among these men were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishaul and Azariah. They were all given new names by the chief official. Daniel did not object to any of the luxuries on fine education he was given. Nor did he object to his new name, which was an insult to his beliefs. He believed all such things were superficial in nature. None of those depicted who he was as a person. But he would not indulge himself with the royal food and wine. He felt such an act would be an act of treachery to his faith.

The chief feared that if the King saw Daniel looking lean and unhealthy compared to the other men, the king would punish him. Daniel challenged him, telling him to give him and his friends nothing but vegetables and water for 10 days. At the end of 10 days, Daniel and his friends were much healthier and nourished than any of the other men. From this we understand that god provides everything we could ever need, If we just believe in him. Daniel and his friends firm belief in the lord, even in the face of the enemy is admirable and our faith should be independent of the circumstance.

These four men were dear to god and he blessed him with the gifts of knowledge and understanding. From this we see that gods love shows no bounds for those who are not afraid to stand up for him, whatever the situation. The king found Daniel and his friends 10 times more brilliant than anyone else and showered them with riches and high positions at court.

- Anuj

Sunday, June 27, 2010

MOM : Jun 27th Attitude matters

We had a very good session with guidance from Rev Sam Koshy Achen.

Primary topic of discussion in the Youth League Meeting will be a follow up of the sermon heard in Church on that day. This is good because it helps us to get in to the actual discussion as soon as possible. Well that means we all have to be more attentive in Church too. So far we have not been doing a "re-cap" of what we heard in church. I guess that should be practiced next meeting onwards so that those who missed out can come up to speed.

Topic of Discussion : 2 Timothy 1:11
The main talking point was the Story about the architect of the St Paul's Cathedral (not the one in Adyar) in London, Christopher Wren who talked to 3 workers at the construction site. Christopher asked these 3 men what they were doing. Each of them gave a different type of answer.

The story goes that the first person he talked to said he was "cutting rocks"
The second person said he was trying to construct the church so that he could earn a living to feed his family. He was looking at monetary benefits.
The third person said he was building a church.

The attitude of each of these persons were different. The third person showed the "right attitude" and Achen called on the members to have the right attitude to our work/prayer etc.

Some other jottings from the meeting :

Say a short prayer before you start reading The Bible (personal). This will make a big difference in how you are able to interpret The Bible.

Other Items discussed :
  • Notice of the Center Youth League will be held at 10 AM next Saturday, Jul 3rd, 2010.
  • Announced the availability of this website.
  • Mr. Robin Varghese reminded us to socialize and welcome the guests to the church, especially youngsters. He also highlighted the need to conduct the Onam celebrations well.

Quiz Next Week : Dayana will be conducting a quiz next week based on the first and second lessons of this week. Chapters to be familiar with : Ezekiel 37 and Romans 8.

Quick Update : Thanks to Cinchu for keeping the accounts up to date in less than a few hours of the meeting.

Well members please feel free to post your comments on corrections / additions to any posts or content on this site.

Call to members to write & post articles / photos etc on this site.

Center Youth League Notice : General Body Meeting on July 3rd

Date: 26th June ' 10

Dear Achen/Secretary,

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

       The Annual General Body Meeting of the Chennai Centre Mar Thoma Yuvajana Sakhyam will be held at The Madras Mar Thoma Syrian Church, Chetpet at 10am on July 3rd 2010.


  1. Presentation/Approval  of Annual Report 2009 – 10
  2. Presentation/Approval of Annual Accounts 2009 – 10
  3. Presentation/Approval of Annual Budget 2010 - 11
  4. Election of Office Bearers for 2010 – 11
  5. Any other matters with the permission of the Chair.

       Devotional Talk will be given by Rev. V.M Mathew, Former Asst. Secretary of Yuvajana Sakhyam.

       All the Yuvajana Sakhyam members are cordially invited to attend the meeting.

Yours in Christ's Service,

Ms. Liba Varghese


Chennai Centre MTYS.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Committee Meeting Saturday 5 PM June 19th

We had 5 of the members attending the committee meeting of the youth league.

Members who attended : Rev K C George, Cinchu, Ruby, Jerry, Ashish, Sweety,Gibu

Points discussed :
1) Achen suggested we have to visit the nearby slum and inquire about their whereabouts. To empathize with their day to day life.
2) Need to update the youth league members list and have a new membership drive to sign up more persons.
3) We need to organise a 1-2 day camp among our youth league members. Best time to have a good councelor guide the sessions.
4) Youth Sunday - we should visit the members of our church. Pick one or two areas and visit some of the member houses.
5) Discussion topics : could discuss on Sacrements of the Marthoma Church.
6) Assist Achen / help in activities of the church atleast once in 2 months
7) Visit Karna mission field.
Cinju presented the accounts.

Format of the Youth League Meeting

Ideally we should start the meeting within 15 minutes of church ending.

  • Intro to new members
  • 2 Songs
  • Prayer
  • Bible Reading (if there is no leadership)
  • Updates from the last meeting
  • Testimony if required
  • We will have Discussion/ Debate based on the sermon given in church
  • Offertory
  • Prayer

Mr Robin Varghese and Rev Sam Koshy Achen will be participating in the youth league meetings.

Updated : June 27th

MOM June 13th

Leadership : Advocate P. A Cirus Sir.
Cirus sir was a living testimony of how a person can really live at harmony with nature and God even in this current society which is so fast moving.

He reiterated that we should live to satisfy our needs only, not our greed.
Matthew 6: 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.

The Bible does not say that "all things" shall be yours. But tells "all these" things shall be yours. Read the above verse again.

He challenged the Youth League members to join the social work activities in Orissa. He gave inspiring words on how his team is able to help the poor and exploited people in Orissa. They are in need for doctors and other volunteers. You can contact the vicar of St Pauls Marthoma church to get in touch with Cirus sir.

He gave more than a few points that .... highlighted why women are superior to men. He had humorous and serious points to substantiate that.

The session today was an extended one with lot of discussion generated by the members.

MOM June 6th First session for 2010

Leadership by : Rev. K. C. George

Bible Reading : We started off the year by reading Proverbs Chapter 1.

Topic of discussion : Who is your true Foundation ?
This was the topic in church too. Is the foundation of your life on a rock or on the sand.Like the wise man who built his house on the rock while the foolish man built his house on the sand, we need to make Jesus the foundation of our lives.

There was also an elaborate discussion on how we can try to live a true Christian Life in the current society. Christo also shared a real life incident in the context of this debate. He elaborated on how he stood up when there was a real need to help a person who was being targeted.

Testimony shared by Dayana

Pre-Committee Meeting Suggestions from members :

1) Have a fixed and predictable time for the Youth League Session
2) Discuss on relevant topics for Youth
a) Choosing a life partner / Marriage & Divorce
3) Meditate on what was preached in the church
4) Career Goals
5) Doubts in the Bible
6) Cottage Fellowship
7) Publish Year's events / activities in advance
- competitions
- retreats
8) YL Members should participate more in church like assisting the Achen etc.
- engage new members
- Assist Achen
9) Give members to share their testimony
10) Have a prayer box that members can drop prayer requests in.
11) Bring out a hand written book of the members

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