Church Events in January 2017

Consultation Meeting on 25th January, 2017 On 25th January, there was a consultation meeting of the Church Board members, Pastors and Evangelists and their spouses @ 7 pm. It was a time of much needed Prayer and reflection on our way forward. Both our Associate Pastors and Church Secretary shared their views and encouraged one and all to take up God’s work with more seriousness. Rev. B.N. Satpathy presided the Service. Then Rev. Ayub Chhinchani took a brief exhortation for the Church leaders and stressed on the need to have a clear-cut vision for the Spiritual as well as numerical …

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New Year Service – 1st January, 2017

This year’s speaker was Dr. Atul Y. Aghamkar from Bengaluru. He shared the Word of God on New Year 2017. His message was based on one thing mostly; to have a real burden for this city we are living in. Unless we do so, God will never ever change the condition of our city and people will be deprived of the Gospel of Christ. We had a packed house in both English and Odia Service. Many new faces and people from other faith had come to visit our Church and hear the Holy Word. We Praise God for giving us …

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November @ COC

Annual Mahila Divas (20th November, 2016) The Annual Mahila Divas organized by the Mahila Samiti of the Church was held like previous years on 20th November, 2016. This year’s speaker was Ms. Smita Pramanik from Puri. This is a day when we dedicate it to the ladies of the Church. The members of the Mahila Samiti gave wonderful presentations to glorify God. There were some lovely numbers by the ladies and along with it there were a few heart-touching skit which was performed by them. Our Associate Pastor, Rev. Ayub Chhinchani presided the meeting and encouraged our mothers. Among others, the …

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Elder’s Get-together (10-10-2016)

Elder’s Get-together (10th October, 2016) Like the previous years, a half-day Retreat was held for the Elderly on the 10th of October, 2016. The International Year of the elderly is on 1st October and we used to celebrate on the 2nd of October since the last few years, but this year, we had to observe it on 10th October, because 2nd October was a Sunday. This year’s speaker was Rev. Susanta Patra from Kolkata. He gave an encouraging message to those present in the Retreat. He spoke on “How to grow old gracefully?” We had nearly 200 elders who came …

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Seminar on Expository Preaching – II (13-09-16)

Seminar on Expository Preaching – II (13-09-16) A Seminar on Expository Preaching was held in the Church on 13th September, 2016. The Program commenced @ 10 am with soulful Worship by the Choir. The Resource person was Rev. Bichitra  Nanda Satpathy, Associate Pastor, Church of Christ (Union Church), Bhubaneswar. The 1st part of this Seminar was held on February 12th this year. Today’s meeting was attended by nearly 40 people. Rev. Satpathy continued from where he left in the last Seminar held early this year. He gave a brief recap of what we had covered then and he started the session …

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Sunday School Annual Retreat (05-09-16)

Sunday School Annual Retreat (05-09-16) The Sunday School Annual Retreat was held on 5th September, 2016; which incidently is celebrated as Teacher’s day in schools. The Retreat began @ 9:30 am. The Registration fees for Beginner, Primary and Junior was fixed @ Rs. 30/- only and for Intermediate and Seniors, it was Rs. 40/- only. We had nearly 80 children who attended this Retreat in the main Church. A Retreat for the Sunday school children attending the C.S. Pur Worship center was held in that area the same day and  same time. There were about 25 children in who attended the …

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Women’s Retreat (18-08-16)

Women’s Retreat held on 18th August A Women’s Retreat was held in Church on the 18th of August, 2016. It was organized by the Mahila Samiti, we have in our Church. The Mahila Samiti President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer among others were present. About 170 mothers registered for this one-day Retreat. This year’s Resource person was Ms. Nihar Nalini Chhatriya from Balangir. She spoke for two sessions and it was a tremendous of sharing and learning from God’s Word. Both our Associate Pastors, Rev. Ayub Chhinchani and Rev. B.N. Satpathy were present on this occasion. Before the lunch break, there …

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Sunday School Summer Camp (29-31 May’16)

Summer Camp 2016 The Sunday School Summer camp started this year on 29th May and it ended on 31st May. The classes were held from morning 7-10 am. Nearly 70 students were in attendance on each of the 3 days. The Sunday School Superintendent and other noted Sunday School members were present. Both our Associate Pastors were there to encourage the teachers and the students. The children were given valuable lessons on the 3 days; with the inspection being held on the 3rd day. On the evening of the 3rd day, prizes were awarded to students for their wonderful performances …

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VBS – 2016 (2nd-9th May, 2016)

VBS – 2016: This year, the Vacation Bible school was conducted from 2nd till 9th of May, 2016. Like the previous two years, our Church organized this Retreat in association with Scripture Union & CSSM. Rev. Manas Mohan Roul and Rev. Ashish Pradhan were the lead persons who helped us in conducting the Seminar along with other members of that organization. Rev. Ayub Chhinchani, Associate Pastor, Union Church Church was the Camp director. The Retreat used to begin everyday @ 7 am with Praise and Worship. Before that, the teachers used to assemble for their time of Prayer. We had about …

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New Church Board Dedicated (01-05-16)

Dedication Service (New Church Board 2016-19) The New Church Board was selected in a General Body Meeting of the Church on 20th April, 2016 @ 7 pm. The office bearers were selected on 27th April, 2016. They were dedicated into Service from 1st May, 2016. They will be in office till 30th April, 2019. They were dedicated in Sunday Worship Services (English & Odia). In the English Service, they were dedicated and in the afternoon Odia Service, they were given oaths by the Pastor as to what their role will be in serving the Body of Christ for the next …

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Passion Week 2016 (20-27 March)

Passion Week 2016 Passion Week 2016 was between March 20-27. The Program started with Palm Sunday (marking the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem). Then we entered into the Passion week starting from Monday till Wednesday; culminating into Maundy Thursday (known as the Last Supper); before we enter into Good Friday: (The day Jesus died for the entire humanity; opening a way for our Salvation.). The Passion Week ends with Easter Sunday or Resurrection Sunday, when Jesus Christ rose from the dead, conquering Sin and Satan once for all. Let us remember, “it is the Resurrection that makes Good Friday good.” That’s …

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Haggai Institute International Day of Evangelism (27-02-16)

Haggai Institute International Day of Evangelism:  HI Vision: Help ensure that the Gospel is presented in the power of the Holy Spirit with cultural relevance and sensitivity to all peoples, especially in non-evangelized nations/regions. HI Mission: Haggai Institute advances the skills of qualified Christian leaders to more effectively evangelize their own people, and train others to do the same.  The Haggai Institute Bhubaneswar Alumni Association had a small get-together on the evening of 27th February, 2016 in Church on occasion of Haggai International day of Evangelism to coincide with the birthday of it’s Founder, Dr. John Edmund Haggai. In the afternoon, some of the …

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Prayers for Exams (21-02-16)

Our Precious Children preparing for their Exams On 21st February, 2016; as a Church we offered Special Prayers for the children who are/will be appearing for their various exams; be it school, board exams, entrance exams. We do this every year in our Church. This year on 21st February, in both the English and Odia Worship Services, after the Intercessory Prayer, special Prayers were offered. Rev. Ayub Chhinchani offered Prayers in both the Worship Services.  As Rev. Chhinchani prayed, the Congregation also responded to the Prayers and the parents and elders blessed their children by lifting up their right hand. It …

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Leadership Seminar by YWAM (15th, 16th February, 2016)

Leadership Seminar by YWAM Youth with a Mission (YWAM) conducted a two-day Leadership Seminar in our Church on February 15 and 16, 2016. It commenced around 9:30 am and ended in the afternoon on both the days. The registration fee was Rs. 100/- only per participant. Rev. (Dr.) K.R.Stephen from Trivandrum, Kerala was the Resource person. Rev. (Dr.) Stephen also spoke in separate meetings held at 7 pm on Monday and Tuesday in Church. Due to this evening Meetings, the regular Monday Prayer and C.E. Union Meeting on tuesday were cancelled. It was a Blessed time for all those present in …

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Expository Preaching Seminar – I (12-02-16)

Expository Preaching Seminar – I (12th February, 2016) The programme started around 9:30 am with Worship by English Choir. The Seminar started around 10 am with an opening Prayer by Church Elder Mr. Stephen Behera. Then Rev. B.N. Satpathy gave a welcome address to all present and explained about the Seminar in brief.  1st session: Duration 10.15 a.m to 11.30 a.m: Topics discussed were introduction to Homiletics, its basis, scope and types. Then Rev. B.N Satpathy shared the definition of Expository preaching, the need of Expository preaching in today’s context and its relevance, purpose, benefits and also mentioned that there are three types …

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“union church bhubaneswar” mobile app launch (24-01-16)

‘Union Church Bhubaneswar’ app launch On 24th January, 2016; by the Grace of God, we launched the Church app for Android phone users. The app will be available for Windows and IOS phone users very soon. Mr. Samaresh Bisoi (CEO of AllyTrek Digital Agency) was present on the occasion. He is the Creator of our Church website and this app too. The name of our Church app is: Union Church Bhubaneswar. You can download it from your Android smart phone in the Google Playstore by typing the name of the app: Union Church Bhubaneswar. Mr. Sandeep Kumar (Church Board member …

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‘Children for Christ’ Special Program (02-01-16)

Special Children’s Program On 2nd January 2016, the Children for Christ organization conducted a special workshop for our children in Church. This Program was conducted by a team from Children for Christ. They work among children teaching them unique ways of knowing Christ and sharing the Gospel to the unreached. This Program was held in the afternoon from 3 to 5 pm. Nearly 70-80 children were present. At the end of the Program, the children were presented with little gifts. Light refreshments were given to the children and the organizers from the Church. The Resource persons from Children to Christ ministry conducted …

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New Year Service 2016

Welcome 2016 Happy New Year (1st January) This time, the New Year’s Speakers were our Associate Pastors; Rev. Bichitrananda Satpathy and Rev. Ayub Chhinchani. In the morning English Service, Rev. B.N. Satpathy shared God’s Word from the book of Joshua 3:1-17. His theme was “Setting goals and living by it”. Rev. Chhinchani preached in the afternoon Service from the book of Philippians 4:1-9. His theme was “How to be Joyful throughout the Year!” In the morning Service, our English Choir presented a few special numbers and in the afternoon Service, the Odia Choir presented special songs too. We had a wonderful …

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Abhula Smruti (A Cultural Evening on 26th December, 2015)

Abhula Smruti (An Evening to Remember) On 26th December 2015, the Church organized a cultural show for the Worshipers. It was a beautiful Program and all the various wings of the Church took part in it. Many people came to enjoy this Cultural show conducted by the Church towards the end of 2015. The Program started @ 6:30 pm. We organized this Program to Glorify Him and Him alone. Here is the Cultural Program’s Order of Service… 1) 6:30 – 6:40 PM: Worship by Odia Choir 2) 6:40 – 6:50 PM: Worship by English Choir  3) 6:50 – 6:55 PM: …

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