12/07/06: Invitation to the GCFA Christmas Celebrations Program scheduled
for Saturday, December 16, 2006 at 5:00 PM at Public School 24, 38th Street between 4th and 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
12/02/06: Gujarati Christian Fellowship's (GCF) youth proudly invites you to the first
annual Christmas Garba. Come join us in celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through a night of worship
through singing and dancing on Saturday, December 23rd, 2006 at our GCF Church Hall. The celebration will begin at with carol singing and will be followed by Christian garba and dandia raas. World-renowned
DJ Vil (Navil) and DJ Knut (Kevin) will provide the musical entertainment. Mark your calendar and invite your relatives, friends,
neighbors and their friends. Refreshments will be provided.
12/01/06: Congratulations. The Board of Trustees, Executive Members of
the Gujarat Christian Federation of America, Inc. is pleased to appoint Mr. Kanubhai Parmar of Anand as a Special Representative
of the Federation in the Anand/Nadiad area.
11/29/06: New church was inaugurated by Hon. Bishop Thomas Macwan at Gutal
on 11/12/06 along with several other priests. Shri Ishwarbhai Pravasi from Jamnagar was a key person and his son Nirav Pravasi
(USA) donated Rs. 51,000.00. for the constuction and development of this church. Many other Gutalvasi who are
not living in Gutal donated very generously. Rev. Bishop Thomas Macwan and lots of people those who left Gutal village 30-40
years ago, they also were present. This has happned because of the cooperation of all Gutalvasi. Praise the Lord!
News and Pictures provided by Kanubhai Parmar, Anand.
11/29/06: An evening mass was arranged at "Lotiya Bhagol Kabrasthan" on 2nd November 2006, "All Souls
Day". Fr. David & Fr. Ramesh offered the mass and several people participted and prayed for their loved ones. Reginaben
and her daughter Roshni praying at Bachubhai Vakil's tomb.
News & Pictures provided by Kanubhai Parmar, Anand.
11/16/06: Rev. Manoj Bhatt and Sister Shan Bhatt will be speaking in Staten Island, New York on following time and location.
NEW YORK PENTICOSTAL ASSEMBLY
150 WALKER STREET, Staten Island NY 10302
On Saturday, November 18th @ 5:00 PM
Call Mr. Emmanuel on # (917)
593-3299 for more information.
Rev. Bhatt is grand son of Hindu pujari. His grand papa was a pujari of historical and
well known Somnath Temple in Gujarat. Manoj
Bhatt found Jesus. Therefore, he left his old faith and serving the Lord Jesus Christ.
Ms. Shan was born in a Muslim family. She left Allah and followed Jesus. Come to join with
us to hear their challenging testimonies.
11/07/06: Deepak John Macwan son of John Basil Macwan (former teacher at St. Mary's School, Mariampura) passed away on Friday, November
03, 2006 at 3:00 am at Our Lady Of Pillar Hospital, Baroda. His funeral was held at Mariamputa Church on November
6th at 2:00 pm. He is surrived by his wife Varsha & five years old daughter Marin (janny). May God bless his
soul and give strenth to his family members.
If anyone like to contact John Sir who was in Los Angeles and flew back to Petald on Saturday, please
find below the phone number in India.
011-91-2697-224499 - Home
011-91-9898256409 - James
011-91-9924357292 - Shailesh
011-91-9879598225 - Anita
Amrutbhai: 714-915-1866 - Cell 714-761-8623 - Home
10/04/06: World Gujarati Conference - 2006 was held at the Raritan Center from September 1st to 3rd by AIANA.
It was a big success and several dignitaries attended the conference from all over the world. On September 3rd morning a book
"Social Darpan" by Mr. Joseph B. Parmar was released by Mr. Harikrishna Majamudar during a mini conference of senior citizens
relating to problems and solutions.
09/08/06: Mr. Babu Varma of Chicago, Ilinois, is being honored by Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago for his
community service at a award ceremony on Thursday, August 17, 2006. We are all very proud of Babu Varma.
Our heartfelt congratulations are in order.
Mayor Richard M. Daley had invited
many representatives from Indian community and some dignitaries from other ethnic group to a party to celebrate the India's
59th Independence Day on Thursday, August 17, 2006 at Chicago Cultural Center, Downtown, Chicago.
At this party, Mayor Daley had invited five social and cultural, and charity activists from Indian community who
were actively involve in these activities in Chicago. It is a great pleasure and privilege to share that Babu Varma
was selected as one of them to receive the honor plaque (award).The event hall was very well attended
by the dignitaries of different fields.The event was attended by Hindi film star, and legendry, Shashi
Kapoor and Mohammed Azharuddin, former captain of Indian Cricket team.Also, Rev. Timothy Rathod, and family
friends were present during award ceremony.
India’s Independence Day
Parade at Devon, Chicago
Indian Christian Federation of Midwest,
Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Evanston and Indian Association of Skokie jointly participated in the parade Devon, Chicago
on Saturday, August 19, 2006 at 12:00 PM. The federation’s float was nicely decorated with flowers, banners and a photo
of Mahatma Gandhi. The response from the public was very encouraging.Our float was packed with many community
members and members from Indian Associations of Skokie.All of the participants on our float were very
well dressed up with nice costumes.
After the parade, the Indian Christian
Federation had invited all the participants for lunch at Macaw Foundation.Those who attended the parade
agreed to continue and participate in all national events.
The following community members participated
in the parade:
Vinubhai Chitnis, Babu and Ruth Varma, Rev. Timothy Rathod, Rev. John & Purnavati Rathod, Bishop Agape, Mrs. Krishna
Goyal (president of Indian Association), Raman & Mary Jyotika Sutaria, Alfred & Kolin Parmar, Girish & Catherine
Christie, Girish and Malti Fatnani, Sam & Carol Chauhan, Mrs. Suvarna Chauhan, Carolyn Jaypal, Mrs.
Pankunvar C. Dave, Shyam & Brijlata Bindal, Pushpa Tamashi, and many young and adult members joined the parade.
The Indian Christian Federation of Midwest
has appreciated the donors and well-wishers for their prayer, monetary support and participation.Without
your support to this parade we would not have been able to participate in this event.
08/14/06: Congratulation to Dipika & Francis who got married on 08/10/06
at 5:30 PM in Christnivas Church, Maninagar (East). Francis Connors, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad son of Mrs. Martha Peter
and Late Mr. Peter Emmanuel Weds Dipika, MBA, (works in London daughter of Mr. Girishbiai Macwan and Mrs. Vimala Macwan from
Maninagar, A20, Nil Darshan Society, India, Gujarat.
Angelo Free Marriage Bureau Wishes both of them Happy Married Life. The bureau also thanks www.jagadishchristian.com without which it would have not been possible for them to come together. Reported by Mr. Kanubhai Parmar,
Dipika was told by her friend Blossom (daugher of my classmate and friend) & Nimesh to visit
my website in order to look for a lifemate. After checking the list online she contacted Mr. Kanubhai Parmar and with his
help she found Francis and got married. I am very much Pleased & request others to take advantage of these services. My
best wishes to Dipika & Francis. Thanks... Jagadish Christian.
08/06/06: AHMEDABAD: A Catholic priest
working in Meghraj was killed in tragic circumstances while trying to help the police chase a runaway vehicle late on Friday.
The Toyota Qualis that Father SG Prakash was driving rammed into a tree at a turning about 7 km from Modasa, about 70 km north
of Ahmedabad, at 10.30 pm. Prakash (42), a parish priest at Meghraj, was driving his vehicle with another priest, Father Glacius
Raj, by his side when they were flagged down by the police at a check-post at 10.15 pm. They were returning from the diocese
feast at Himmatnagar when police asked them to stop at the Modasa police chowki. While Prakash was in the vehicle, police
called out Raj for questioning. At that moment, a Maruti car went speeding and did not heed the signals from the police to
pull over for a check-up. In excitement, two police officials jumped into Prakash's vehicle and told him to give the car a
chase. Before Raj could jump into the car, he saw the Qualis go off after the Maruti car. A police jeep also followed suit
but, as fate would have it, they found the Qualis crashed against a roadside tree about 7 km away. From witness accounts,
it appears the accident took place because of the insistence of the police officials to Prakash to drive faster to catch up
with the Maruti car but he lost control of the vehicle in the process. Raj, who waited at the chowki for Prakash to return,
told TOI: "I was shocked when the Qualis did not return, but the police jeep did, with Fr Prakash's body which was still warm
when I touched it."Doctors at a hospital in Modasa declared Prakash dead on arrival. The incident sent shock waves across
the Christian community who came to know about the bizarre incident on Saturday.The Maruti car, which was being chased, could
not be traced but witnesses said it had Rajasthan registration plates.
07/25/06: Shri Piyushbhai Paulbhai Macwan, Surya Street (Maruvas),
ANAND, died at on July 23, 2006 due to brain hemorrhage. He was 57 years old. He survived with his
wife Urmilaben 42 years and two sons; Brijesh 23 years and Olwin 21 years and two daughters; Ankita 17 years and Kinjal 15
years. May Almighty rest his soul in peace in heaven and give courage to his beloved family.
by Kanubhai Parmar, Anand
07/21/06: The first International Gujarati Convention was held in Ford, New Jersey from July 07, 2006 till
July 09, 2006. India's Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel and Minister of Ovrseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi were Guests
of Honor. On July 9th 2006 Interfaith Seminar was held and Mr. Joseph B. Parmar was invited to speak about Christianity.
06/30/06: Send of
party for Father of the White Revolution, at Irma, Anand, India on 06/07/06
Dr. Kurien glamorized Anand city and created many
organizations like Amul Dairy, Gujarat Coop Milk Marketing Federation Ltd., National Dairy Development Board, National Coop
Dairy Federation of India, National Tree Grower Coop Federation, Tribhuvan Das Foundation and GDDC dairy, Indian Dairy Machinery,
VV Nagar Amul Dairy is the Model and many dairies in India then created and country is grown up now. He put Anand on the map of the world. Reported by Kabubhai
Parmar, Anand, India
Kanubhai with Dr. Kurien
annual fund raising dinner at St. Philip Neri Parish, Northport, New York by the parish committee “Dediapada – Spirit of India” to support the parish in Dediapada,
Gujarat, India. Fr. Valentine Rebello started this effort four years ago.
06/12/06: Fr. Titus, who was at St. Xavier's School at Chavadapura, Jitodia has been transferred to Balasinor at our HigherSecondary School at Balasinor. He joined today 12/6/06.In this regards, we had a get-together at Lotiyabhagol Church
where many Christian people participated
during church activity program including Rev. Fr. Ramesh and Rev.
Fr. David - Fr. Titus replaces Fr. Rocky. We all wish him Best in
Reported by Kanu D. Parmar, Anand
06/08/06: Results of Gujarati Christian Higher Secondary Schools, Gujarat,
06/02/06: Mansi & Rajani Macwan celebrated their daughter Saloni's
first Birthday. We all enjoyed it.
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Ratanben Fulabhai Parmar, Jehovah Witness who was staying in Gamdi Village, Anand died on 29th May, 2006 at
in Baroda hospital due to diabetic problem and her burial was held on 30th May 2006 at . She was 87 years old. She
is survived by her three sons and three daughters. May god shower his blessings. - News provided by Kanubhai Parmar, Anand, India.
05/30/06 : My niece Rachel Jakaria(daughter of my sister Nilaxi Jakaria
& James Jakaria)received thesacrament of confirmationon 05/30/06.She was
conferred byMost Reverend David Arias. (Auxilliary Bishop , Diocese of Newark)atHoly FamilyChurch, Union City, New Jersey. I was a proud sponsor
for Rachel. After the ceremony we had dinner and cake (My nephew & Rachel's brother Kevin's birthday May
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05/26/06 : Please click below to read
May-June 2006 bulletin of "American Christian News".
05/20/06 : My nieceChristine Christian(daughter
of my brother Ketan Christian & Ila Christian)received thesacrament of confirmationon 05/20/06.She was conferred byMost Reverend Frank J. Rodimer (Bishop
Emeritus, Diocese of Paterson)atSacredHeartChurch,
South Plainfield, New Jersey.In this ceremony 98 kids received the sacrament
of confirmation. The church was packed with people. Fr. Valentine Rebello took part in
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05/16/06 : " LEGION D'HONNEUR " AWARD
FOR FR. CEDRIC PRAKASH
05/08/06: “Pratik Digital Studio”. Congratulations.
My bother-in-law Augustine P. Macwan has opened up a Digital Studio at 103, Shiv Apartment, Vallabhnagar, Shri Rameshwar Mahadev, Pij Road, Nadiad. The Inauguration of “Pratik Digital Studio” is being held at
10:00 Am on May 14th 2006. (Mother's Day). Cell: 9879660842.
05/02/06 : This July 6-9th 2006, Say Ministry
will be holding a South Asian Youth Conference in Staten Island, NY. For registration and more
information please visit : sayministry.org
05/02/06 : Please click below to read Mother's
Day Bulletin - 2006 By Gujarat Christian Federation of America, inc.
04/16/06:> He is risen. Happy Easter Everyone. THE RESURRECTION is the keystone
of the arch on which our faith is supported. If Christ has not risen, we must impeach all those witnesses for lying. If Christ
has not risen, we have no proof that the crucifixion of Jesus differed from that of the two thieves who suffered with him.
If Christ has not risen, it is impossible to believe his atoning death was accepted. D.L. Moody, "Jesus Arose: So Shall We" (sermon)
"Finally Pilate handed Him
over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying His own cross, He went out to The Place of The
Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgatha. Here they crucified Him, and with Him two others - one on each side and Jesus
in the middle." (John 19:16-18) See
03/24/06: Please click below to read Easter
Bulletin - 2006 By Gujarat Christian Federation of America, inc. Thank
you Linusbhai Taylor & Lamuelbhai Merchant.
03/22/06: Kantilal Macwan passed away in Anand. Father of Hemlata, fatehr-in-law of my brother Kalpesh Christian. He is survived by
His wife Sushilaben, two sons Mahesh & Shailesh and a daughter, Hemlata. The last time I met him was on
March 9th 2006, when he was leaving for India at Newark Airport. This is a very shocking news. May god rest him in peace.
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Kantilal Macwan, Fr. Vinayak Jadav & Sushilaben
03/01/06: Ash Wednesday. On Ash Wednesday we go to church to kneel, to pray, and to ask for God's forgiveness.
The period from today until "Easter" is "Lent". "Lent" is a season of soul-searching and repentance. "Lent" is a period of
retreat, sober reflection, self-examination and spritual redirection.
01/22/06: Cinderella & Kenneth got married in Anand. Cinderella is a daughter of Anton (My brother Ketan's brother in-law) & Pushpa. Kenneth
is a son of Agnes (My friend and classmate of class 9-11 at St. Mary's High School, Mariampura) & Kirit.
01/02/06: My son Rodney's 17th Birthday.
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