MGOCSM North America Council Meeting held on January 6th to 8th, 2012
The MGOCSM North America Council met in Detroit, January 6th-8th, 2012 to kick-off the second year of its 2011 - 2012 term. General Secretary, Rev. Dn. Vijay Thomas, and General Treasurer, Seminarian Teji Abraham, reminded the council that although half of their term has concluded, another vital year of ministry remains ahead. The meeting was presided by MGOCSM President, His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos with the blessing and consent of His Grace Alexios Mar Eusebius. In addition, the Diocese of South-West America MGOCSM Secretary, Rev. Dn. Jake Kurian, and MGOCSM Midwest Region Vice President, Rev. Fr. Abi Chacko, were also present.
2011 was filled with God’s blessings in each one of the areas across the continent. MGOCSM units everywhere were able to “Go Beyond Borders” and reach new heights under the three pillars of Worship, Study, and Service. To keep the momentum going and continue growing in Christ, the Council has adopted “Alter Your Perception” as the North American MGOCSM theme for 2012. The theme is taken from St. Luke 17:21, “Nor will they say, 'See here!' or 'See there!' For Indeed, the kingdom of God is within you." This theme coincides with the theme for Leadership Camp Detroit 2012 taking place July 25-28, 2012 at Alma College in Alma, Michigan.
Last year, MGOCSM North America sought to externally spread the ministry by sharing in fellowship with fellow Oriental Orthodox churches and reaching out to local and national communities. This year, the goal is to bring it back in and focus on a more internal mission for this student movement. With this theme in mind, the Council wants MGOCSM members to look within themselves to discover their true potential in this grand ministry. Each individual is capable of great things and spreading this ministry begins within ourselves.
Council has recognized the need to establish a solid foundation for the Orthodox faith, one that could triumph over the challenges and oppositions faced daily as an ancient and tradition-based church. They hope and pray that through the national projects for the year, youth everywhere will alter their perceptions on common misunderstandings of the Indian Orthodox Church. In countering perceived stereotypes, they want to show that the Church, as the body of Christ, is a hospital for the broken and an establishment by which Christians receive God’s grace. Moreover, youth are encouraged to view obstacles in their daily lives as opportunities to strengthen their faith in Christ rather than faltering in times of tribulation.
The council hopes that all MGOCSM units in North America will join them in their mission this year to “Alter Your Perception”. Please keep all future endeavors of MGOCSM North America in your thoughts and prayers. Without each and every member’s support and guidance from our Heavenly Father, our ministry would not be possible.
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