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Welcome to the St. Gregorios Orthodox Church of Austin Website! Our Church belongs to the South West Diocese of America under the Malankara Orthodox Church led by H.H. Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, the Catholicos of the East and the Malankara Metropolitan. Our present diocesian metropolitan is His Grace Alexios Mar Eusebius.

St. Thomas Mission Attappady - The Tribal Mission

The Malankara Orthodox Church was never afraid in walking into unchartered territory and go into places that many had neglected. The tribal area of Attappady is one among them.  
 
H.H. Moran Mar Baselius Didymus I had the inner calling to be the blessing for the tribals of Attappady. H.H, a man of prayer and service served the backback diocese of Malabar for 4 decades. In 1994, H.H. sowed the seeds of the first Tribal mission in Kerala by starting Society of the Missionaries of St. Thomas to serve the underdeveloped tribal region of Attappady in Palakkad district in Kerala.

St. Thomas Bhilai Mission - The roots of Village Mission

Christ had great plans for Malankara Orthodox Church. The church didnot curtial its missionary reach to just the state of Kerala, but the missionary reach of the church expanded to places beyond the boundaries of its home state of Kerala.

Mahatma Gandhiji once said - 'The soul of India is in its Villages'. In the early 1970's, many of these villages in North India were extremely backward in education, healthcare and womens welfare. H.G. Stephanos Mar Theodosius, the metropolitan of Calcutta and the pioneer of the mission work in North India took on this daunting mission for the Malankara Orthodox Church by laying the foundation stones of its village mission.

St. Pauls Mission and the Mission board

For any true organized and sustainable mission, it is very important to train the missionaries and provide guidance and resources. In such a persuit, the church established the Mission board which has taken the initiative of training the missionaries and providing them the resources needed for their mission.

Sabharatnam H.G. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios thirumeni, and the visionary of the malankara mission saw the need for training the missionaries in the early days and established the St. Pauls Mission center at Mavelikara in 1953 on his return from US after his education. The land was purchased by  and using his savings that he had in the US.
 

Servants of Cross

In the early 19th century, caste segregation and Untouchability plagued the society. This era saw the rise of Mahatma Gandhi and other social leaders who focussed on the reform movements. At the same time, in the land of Malankara, Deacon Peter  began his deicated service for equal rights for the so called lower castes in the Hindu society. With his simple life style and care and love for the neglected and his mission to preach the class less Gospel of Christ, Fr. Peter was very influential and attracted many to the Orthodox faith.

 

In 1924, H.G. established the 'Servants of Cross', (Sleebadasa Samooham) a monastic missionary movement to care for the upliftment and welfare of the people attracted to the Orthodox faith.

Got Anger?

Got Anger? How well do you manage it? Anger is a normal, healthy emotion, but when chronic, explosive anger spirals out of control, it can have serious consequences for your relationships, your health, and your state of mind. Rev. Fr. Thomas Kalam talks about Anger Management at St. Gregorios Orthodox Church as part of personal development series.

Prayer Meeting Songs

Psalm 96:1 reminds us, "Sing to the LORD a new song; Sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.…". During our monthly prayer meetings, our goal is to learn atleast 2 new songs.
 
Month Song Name Lyrics
October 2015 Karthavin Varavil

Malayalam

Manglish

September 2015 Ennudayone Malayalam and Manglish
June 2015 EnikkaiKaruthunnavan-Manglish

Malayalam

Manglish

  YachippinTharumEnnarulion

Malayalam

Manglish

April 2015 Parishudhathmave

Malayalam

Manglish

  Daivam Vathil Malayalam and Manglish
  Here I am Lord (Song 15)
Showers of Blessing (Song 30)

Souper Bowl of Caring

While Americans turn their attention to the biggest sports event of the year, Super Bowl XLVI, more than a quarter of a million young people are working to transform Super Bowl weekend into the nation’s largest celebration of giving and serving through Souper Bowl of Caring.
 
This year, the youth of St. Gregorios Church, Austin will participate in the souper bowl of caring initiative and will join the youth all across the country to collect canned foods for the local food bank. This will be done in parternship with the Pidi-Ari project (the monthly food drive) and will be donated to the local food bank. The canned foods can be dropped at the church till the 1st of February.

Inspiring Volunteer Perspectives +  

The impact of the volunteers never stops at the few hours of work they do, their impact has no boundaries. They inspire many more, and enable the growth of tomorrow’s volunteers, making volunteerism eternal. They help people see new perspectives and encourage others to make a difference in their own unique ways by putting their faith in action and serving others.

In an effort to keep volunteerism viral, we are asking our volunteers to share their perspectives and experiences that they experienced during their volunteer work. We thank our volunteers for making a difference and sharing their inspiring experiences.

100 Bible Verses

Proverbs 7:2 reminds us, "Guard my words as your most precious possession. Write them down and also keep them deep within your heart.". One of the most effective ways to sustain your walk with God is spending more time in the Word of God. Just as we have memorized prayers, memorizing the scriptures will help us to be in His presence more than the worries of this world.
 
God's Word
  • Comforts you when we are sad
  • Helps you to resist temptation
  • Helps you to make wise decisions
  • Strengthens you when you go through trials
  • Helps you to know the will of God in your life
  • Helps you to witness to unbelievers

S for Sharing, S for Shoebox +  

What goes in a shoe box is fun, but what comes out is eternal. It is this, what encouraged the Sunday school students to pack shoe boxes for children as part of the Operation Christmas child, a project of the Samaritan's Purse internaltional relief organization.

Giving Back Corner


Pidi Ari Project

Making a Difference, one can, at a time...

15429 lbs

of canned food donated since the start of the project. Thank you!

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