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Saturday, November 17, 2012

ST PETERS"S FATHERS " UNION


Past Records of St Peter’s Fathers ’s Union
In 1982 October 03 rd, St Peter’s Father’s Union commence their mission at St Peter’s Church Korellawella.
Celebrating 30Th anniversary at the AGM on 18Th Nov 2012
Late  Ms  Norman De Mel,Tiddimon De Silva, Darley Fonseka ,were the pioneers of this Union.
The intention is to form such is to bring the Christian family to live according to the will of God,
And to understand   principle of Christian marriage is a Holy sacrament.
 Guide their children to Christian faith and lead their lives accordingly.
All fathers of the parish rally around and set good example to others doing right things.
Late Mr Norman De Mel was the  1St president.
Mr Neil Fernando draw the constitution, and be came the  1St Secretary
We wish to mention some of the services and   projects ,  that we have done during the 30yrs period.
When our President  Mr Sunil .P. B  Fernando’s  period,   we provide three posha for under 5 yrs Kids and Pregnant mothers in our locality in  the year1991
Our  members taken keen  on a  Shramadana  program at Lunawa Hospital by painting  children ward. Paint also we provide.
 In 1992 year we commenced a Pre School in the same locality , free of charge .
Even text books stationary provided free.
The members of our society donated for this charitable mission.
There were about 50 Children and occupied three teachers. Unfortunately in year 2004 due to the Tsunami disaster most of our  poor children ‘s homes destroyed, and lost their belonging.
We provide shoes to those attended after the tsunami sponsored by Ms Charles Sons Ltd.
After that incident very few were attend. There were more pre schools began providing meals and other facilities
Ultimately only three children were left.
And we decided to close.
As a another social service project we managed to build up a Bus halt by the side of Vicarage
In  parallel to 110th  St Peter’s Church anniversary , We organized social gathering to develop friend ship among our parishioners.
Entertainments  sports events  were carried out by dividing to four Houses. Prizes were distributed for the winners and  wining  house.
In this period we were able to conduct debates with Mothers Union and Ladies Guild in various topics 
Also Organized  cricket matches  with Methodist Church and with our Youth fellowship.
Organized Dramas during Christmas and Easter seasons.
Awareness  programs  arranged related to civil law and  HIV /Aids
Provide Donations to Ranaweru sevana   materiel worth of Rs 40000/-
Also had a Blood donation campaign open to people around our locality      
Conferences in related to ethic problems had during the war period with the approval  of Bishop of Colombo.
Bible studies organized during  the period of St Peter’s dedication season.
Prayer cells held some of our parishioners  premises
Independence celebrations organized  by  gathering all societies of the church. Refreshments provided by all societies to strengthening  the fellow ship.
During the period of Our President Mr Janaka Mendis, we  were able to accomplish the task by providing materials  for the boarding house of  the Deaf and blind School  as requested  by  the Bishop of Colombo Rt Rev: Dulip Chikara,
The materials donated by our parishioners  on Christmas day service.
We distribute 200 spectacles to people around our locality with the help of  “Lasantha Gunawardene Social Service Movement. Mr Udauya Thuduwewatte  taken a Keen Interest on this Project, Committee under the President Emil Perera and secretary Annesly Fernando appreciated this project.
A  revision class  one day program for AL students in our parish were conducted  by   Mrs Chithrani  De Mel  of the  National Christian Council .
Organized a conference  one day ,regarding  Human rights . (law) any basic right or freedom to which all human beings are entitled and in whose exercise a government may not interfere (including rights to life and liberty as well as freedom of thought and expression and equality before the law) with the help of  Board of social Responsibilities  by Mr Shanta Fernando.
Church path and flower garden re arranged to make the surrounding beautiful in lieu of 125Th Jubilee , in 2007
In year 2010 , Another useful talk arranged regarding responsibilities of parents  and rights of children .Talk delivered by The president of Serv  Mr Sanjeeva De Mel.
Our president Mr Meril Fernando took the initiative to  organized a One day  Meditation  program  at our  Church, rally around with all Societies and parishioners with the guide of  our parish priest Rev Fr John Marsall .
Another major project have done to Glorify God is assisting to build up a new Sundays school building  by bringing proposals’ at the AGM .
A big event organized in parallel to our 30 th anniversary , A Family Camp.Held on 31-of Aug 2012. Under the presidency of Mr lyle Peiris.
Very  successful event. Participated about 400  parishioner, and well wishes donated to wards this event. Breakfast Lunch and tea were served .
At the 129Th  Jubilee of our Parish we have rendered our service and support to make it successful.
Every 3rd Sundays we take First part of the service, by reading Scriptures and Gospel.
And we have not forgotten to visit Sick persons and pray and sing hymns along with them.
Every year on the Fathers Day we organize in special way to respect all fathers.















To help elders of the parish to take part in church activities, and Help needy, and build the fellowship of  all parishioners.   

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

St Peter's Sundays School and Auditorium


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
ST PETER’S  Sundays School
Brief History –
A new Building and a auditorium for the St Peter’s Sundays school.
The history  of  St Peter’s Sundays school goes far beyond 130 yrs.
Year 1874 ,  a  Day school and  a Sundays  school , were conducted by  Holy Emmanuel church  and St Peter’s Church combine together at koralawella ,  
 St Peter’s Church  was consecrated in 1883.
With the approval  of  The bishop of Colombo, Sunday services were held in this hall   3 ½ years before  that period
In 1899  we separated  from Holy Emmanuel Church and appointed a committee to work independently as  St Peter’s Sundays school.
Year 2008  , Under the guidance of Rev Fr John Marshell , at the A G M ,  St Peter’s  Fathers’ Union  made a proposal  explaining the  importance of a New Building  to our parish .
This was informed to the Bishop of Colombo by the Wardens and in year 2010  May  01St  laid the corner stone for this two story building .Estimated cost of the Building , Rs 25  Million
The Parishioners  and  well wishes , Donated  generously with Cash, Materials and labour to  glorify  the God as this is for the Children to learn the word of God and display the talents of our children
In year 2011 November 06 the new Sundays school were consecrated by Bishop of Colombo  Rt Rev Delorage Cannagasaby and handed over to Parishioners of St Peter’s Church..
Building Committee
Parish Priest Rev John Marshell
Wardens
Udaya Thuduwewatte
Mano Ganaprgasam
Lakith Peiris
Lay members
Lyle Peiris    Patric Perera   Asiri Mendis
Sri SavinFernando  (Civil Engineer )
Amila Fernando  Sunil J Fernando
Roshan Fernando Heshan Perera Sunil Peiris
Justin Fernando  Ransilu Perera  Supem Kananarachi
Chandrani Fonseka  Dyan Cooray  Thilak Mendis 
Chrishanthi Perera  Emil Perera  Rajitha Mendis  
Sudath  Perera  Geetha Fernando  Annesly Fernando

Jehova Jire Provides
 We celebrated the 1St Anniversary  of our new Sundays school Building on 4Th of Nov 2012, .and 130 Th year of St Peter’s Choir.
                                                 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Forgiveness



Forgiveness

"If you forgive the failures of others, your heavenly Father will also forgive you."
 Matthew 6:14

 I am so thankful to visit  doctor's who charge low cost for medicine and prescriptions
that would normally cost me  Rs 100/-
Our Souls Are Sick, just like with the human body that is often used to sickness
and
disease, our souls are prone to sin and decay. That is why Jesus came:
to save us from our sick souls.
 "Healthy people don't need a doctor; those who  are sick do.
 I've come to call sinners, not people who think they have God's
 approval" (Jesus, Mark 2:17). The word "salvation" actually refers to salve,
 a kind of healing ointment? So imagine your sick soul,
 with all it's hurts and failings, and Jesus coming to put an eternally-healing
 salve on it that He paid for with His own blood. That's the good news of the
 Gospel:
that there is hope for our healing in Jesus. And it's given freely to everyone
who wants it. …

"If you forgive the failures of others, your heavenly Father will also
forgive you. But if you don't forgive others, your Father will not forgive your
 failures" (Matthew 6:14-15).

Jesus told to illustrate it:
Mattew 18 – 21- 35 , Then Peter came and said to him, ‘Lord, if another
member of the church* sins against me, how often should I forgive?
As many as seven times?’ 22Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but,
 I tell you, seventy-seven* times.
23 ‘For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who
 wished to settle accounts with his slaves. 24When he began the reckoning,

one who owed him ten thousand talents* was brought to him; 25and, as he
 could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife
 and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made.
26So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, “Have patience with me
who owed him a hundred denarii;* and seizing him by the throat, he said,
 “Pay what you owe.” 29Then his fellow-slave fell down and pleaded with him,
 “Have patience with me, and I will pay you.” 30But he refused; then he
went and threw him into prison until he should pay the debt.
31When his fellow-slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly
 distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had