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Below you can find the latest reports from across India as well as announcements and other news.
New Apostolic Christians in and around Mumbai were excited and on fire. Most of them had attended or watched a live webcast of Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider’s visit in Raipur. Now just two days later they were once again meeting for a power packed programme: the visit of District Apostle (DA) Mark Woll which included a Divine Service, the retirement of four ministers and the ordination of a Bishop. Bhandup is one of the oldest suburbs in Mumbay (previously Bombay) which used to be the home of the original inhabitants of the city. Once upon a time it used to be an area of dense forests but with rapid industrialisation it has become a hotbed for real estate investors. The Bhandup congregation has a special place to meet for Divine Service: It is not a “traditional” church building because it is located on the second floor of “Dreams the Mall”, a shopping Mall on LBS Marg in Bhandup West. When Trusting God is the Only Way Around 130 brothers and sisters had gathered in our church in Bhandup to participate in and celebrate DA Mark Woll’s visit after three long years. They started the evening with some praise and worship and then readied their hearts […]
For the first time in the history of the church’s activities in India, an online registration system was introduced for a Divine service which proved to be very efficient. This process not only made it easier for members to reserve their seats, it also provided the organizers with interesting and insightful facts about the attendees which can be seen below. Registration Data The minimum amount for registration was INR 500/- and there was also an option of contributing through donations. Thirty-eight generous donors contributed INR 2,38,000/- (almost 3,700 USD). Being the first time, we are overwhelmed and very thankful for this great start. The limited seating capacity at the venue allowed for maximum 950 registrations, of which almost 500 seats were blocked for the members from Chhattisgarh and Odisha. The remaining seats were kept open for the rest of India. According to the registration data, the gender ratio of the congregation is estimated to be 45% women and 55% men. More than half of the attendees are below 35 years of age, and almost 100 children (below 14 years) have registered, too. Our Diverse Congregation The Divine Service was mainly targeted at the Hindi speaking members, and our data confirmed […]
Promotions for the event began almost a year ago when the theme for the 2017 calendar was chosen. It focused on twelve previous Chief Apostles visits to India, the first one dating back as far as 1993. Over the course of the year, the calendar was a constant reminder of the forthcoming visit of Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider to Raipur in November 2017. This and other promotional activities carried out throughout the year served to build excitement and anticipation for the event to come. CG 04 CA 2017? “CG 04 CA 2017” is a unique number dedicated to the visit of our Chief Apostle (CA) this year (2017). This is derived from a typical registration number plate of vehicles in India. The first two digits represent the state (CG for Chhattisgarh) and the next two numbers stand for the area (in Chhattisgarh, 04 stands for Raipur). The remaining six figures are allotted sequentially by the Transport Department. We innovated ‘CA 2017’ as our unique code for the visit of our Chief Apostle. Promoting the Event across India Hence, ‘CG 04 CA 2017’ was developed as a key element for all promotional activities. Many photographs were taken of Raipur which were […]
When the Chief Apostle accepted an invitation to come to India for a visit, it brought much joy to the New Apostolic community. Earlier Chief Apostle visits had been arranged in places like Mumbai and Hyderabad, being central and southern cities of India. This time he is coming to Raipur. Raipur, the Capital of Chhattisgarh The state of Chhattisgarh was carved from the state of Madhya Pradesh in 2000 and is among the four recently formed states of the 29 states in India. Each state runs independently, almost like another country by itself. The languages spoken here are mainly Chhattisgarhi and Hindi. The state is rich in mineral wealth which attracts opportunists. On the other hand, these minerals are in thick forests where the tribals live off the forest and fiercely protect their natural habitat from invasions. Chhattisgarh is a state where the Christian community is very small and dominated by a Hindu culture. In short, it is a challenge to have Christian gatherings here. Raipur used to be a quiet, peace loving town close to the bustling industrial steel city of Bhilai. After acquiring capital status, major changes began: Naya Raipur (New Raipur) was formed as the administrative headquarters […]
Only 17 days from today, around 1000 brothers and sisters will gather in Raipur for a very special Divine Service with Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider. While all attendees are looking forward to a tremendous blessing on that day, some may be wondering how everyone can be served Holy Communion in a peaceful, orderly, and efficient way. Video explains the “Rotating System” The planning committees of this year’s Chief Apostle visit have asked themselves not only how it can be done, but also how it can be explained to as many as possible. This has been the wish of Apostle David for a long time, and finally, there is a short video which shows the Procedure for Holy Communion which is called the Rotating System. By following these instructions, it is ensured that every person receives Holy Communion in an orderly, peaceful and calm fashion, and that the serving completes in a very short time. All members who will attend the Divine Service are requested to watch and share this video with as many as possible.
It’s Erntedank time again – or Thanksgiving Festival like it’s popularly known in India and abroad. The festival is a celebration of the autumn harvest. The first Sunday in October is set aside as a day of Thanksgiving, in India and worldwide. Here is a small glimpse of the celebrations in Aundh (Pune, Maharashtra), Yerragondapalem (Prakasham, Andhra Pradesh) and a variety of lovingly and painstakingly decorated altars from different congregations. Aundh gets Smarter Aundh used to be a little suburb in Pune, Maharashtra that has experienced tremendous growth since the mid 1990s. Close to IT parks and the esteemed University of Pune, it boasts swanky residential properties. Chosen as one of the Smart City projects, the area is being transformed – people are excited to see cycle tracks, vertical gardens, well planned roads and other infrastructure perks that will not only beautify the city but make life more convenient. Small Hands – Overflowing Heart When the Aundh congregation gathered for Thanksgiving, eight year old Bhumi stood among the crowd. She had lost her mother when she was barely two years old, and her maternal grandparents had brought her up. She has been a fixture in church and is an active part of […]
In Nagpur, a group of New Apostolic Christians celebrated the birthday of Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider by reaching out to the elderly. This was followed by preparations for Thanksgiving in Ghugus-style: with a Biryani Fete. The Chief Apostle‘s Birthday, a Reason to Reach Out On 18 September, brothers and sisters in Nagpur decided to celebrate our Chief Apostle‘s birthday at an old age home in order to spread the happiness among the elderly. Around 60 elderly were dropped at the Panchwati Vrudh Ashram by relatives or family. When they heard about the Chief Apostle‘s birthday, they conveyed their greetings and blessing to him. It was a rich time of fellowship and sharing experiences, and may of the elerdly requested for regular visits and prayer meetings. Their zeal to stay happy in spite of being mentally and physically weak was an inspiration for everyone present. Spiritual talk went hand in hand with snacks and tea, and both was a delightful and refreshing. Biryani Preparations for Thanksgiving With Thanksgiving Day approaching – this year on 1st October 2017 – the brothers and sisters in Nagpur hatched a plan to prepare a Biryani Fete. This idea was born in Ghugus a few years ago as a creative contribution […]
Our friend and Bishop, the recently retired Bishop Sanjay Arvind Gorde passed away on Monday, 18 September 2017. After having health issues for quite some time, he stepped into eternity at the early age of 53. The Funeral service and burial took place on Tuesday, 19 September at his hometown Kolhapur, Maharashtra, and was conducted by the Apostles Sanjay Shastri and Pravin Gajbhiv. Born on 25 April 1964, Bishop Sanjay Gorde was ordained as Bishop on 23 March 2002 by Chief Apostle Richard Fehr. He served for more than 15 years as a Bishop during which he worked mainly in the state of Maharashtra in the districts of Kolhapur, Solhapur, and Pune. Before getting into full-time ministry he was involved in the construction of our church buildings, and for many years he was also a zealous teaching faculty. Due to serious health issues, Bishop Gorde was relieved from active ministry on 2 September 2017. Many Apostles, Bishops, and brothers with whom he worked were also present at his funeral to bid their friend and Bishop a tearful goodbye. He leaves behind his wife Neha Sanjay Gorde and his four children (three girls and one boy). Bishop Gorde during the All India Apostles and Bishops Meeting (AIABM) in […]
Our motto for the year 2017 is to glorify God. How do we glorify Him? There are many ways, and one of them is through our gratitude. Our Heavenly Father is the giver of all good gifts. We owe everything to Him. Offering is a result of our thankfulness and love for God and His work. Special Offering of Thankfulness This year, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on 1 October 2017. It is the time when we bring a special offering in addition to our regular offerings. Let us use the opportunity to bring our special offering of thanks to God on this day. Let us be thankful and glorify God through our gratitude! Letter from our District Apostle in Seven Languages With less than a month to go, let us prepare our hearts and minds, and every congregation for this special season. The annual Thanksgiving Letter by our dear District Apostle Mark Woll is meant to be shared with every member and congregation. The letter has been translated into seven languages and can be downloaded below.
September 2017: Without Words What a shame—yet another minister is retiring. And this one really had something to say! No one would ever sleep when he was preaching—not even on a hot and sticky Wednesday evening after a long and stressful day at work. His words really carried weight, not only in the divine service, but also in pastoral visits, and even in the brief statements he would often make while saying good-bye to people at church. And it was quite clear to everyone: behind these words there was a great deal of experience, both in life and in faith. And now this fellow is going to find himself sitting in the pew! Many would have loved to see him carry on a little longer in active service. But who has ever said that a retired minister is no longer capable of preaching? Although it may no longer be in words, he can often preach just as effectively as he did before! A sermon without words is at times even more effective than one delivered from the altar. The way he accepts the young ministers (who are at times something of an acquired taste), the way he deals with the changes that […]
Vasant Kunj is a place near the airport which is known for its farm houses and bungalows. One of our priests from Cape Town, South Africa, resides there with his wife, and they invited the Delhi youth to their place for a refreshing afternoon. Despite the distance from our Lajpat Nagar Church, around 35 members followed the invitation with enthusiasm and excitement. Praise, Worship and Practice for November A fellowship breakfast was followed by spiritual part which even moved the security guard who works at Kallie and Roseline’s place. The bible text was taken from Colossians 2:6-7 which says “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” During a praise and worship session, the youth expressed their joys and talents by playing instruments, singing, dancing, etc. The meeting was also used to discuss ideas and practice for an activity that the Delhi youth would present in Raipur on November 11 during the Cultural Evening with our Chief Apostle. After a scrumptious lunch with a variety of foods, the youth indulged in fun activities like swimming and playing water games – and of course, taking […]
My dear brothers, sisters and dear friends, Greetings once again. It is now certainly time for another update. A few days ago, as we went past the “3 months to go” milestone for the special Divine Service with our Chief Apostle, I was really excited that we were able to stick close to our timeline and open registrations for the event around this date. Online Registrations and Donations Although I was not able to write and alert you of this, many came to know, and the word has begun to spread rapidly. Within the past week, 150 seats were blocked by registering members, and about Rs.31,000/= was received as donations. Great going indeed. I noticed that most wanted to sit in front, but please be aware that while everybody cannot be in front, we will also have 2 big 10 feet x 10 feet screens at a place where everyone can view the whole service clearly. Even if you are in the balcony. In fact, that may be a better view. I do trust that apart from our registration amounts we will be honest with our tithing and liberal beyond that. Please do not hesitate to approach well-wishers and non-New-Apostolic […]