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Author of 1st 5 years: Mr. D. Alfred Bhaskar, one of the founders and the First President.

The Motivation: In January 1997, a group of people felt that the churches, which they attend, do not meet their needs adequately. Some of their major concerns and needs were as follows:

1) A lay fellowship that is above the denominational sect but acceptable to all denominations.

2) A congregation serving all communities without language barriers.

3) To cater for a Sunday weekly worship service that would fulfill the spiritual needs of lay Christians in the Central Jersey region.

4) Assist in the study of the scripture among the adults and young kids. 

5) Maintain the Christian traditions of the Indian sub-continent.

6) Bring people from this region closer so that their combined resources could be pooled to meet the Christian needs of out reach Ministries serving in the South Asian region.

7) Serve the local community.


Initiative:
Initially, the key people in this group were Mr. Alfred Bhaskar, Mr. Vijay Pulipati and Mr Rajani Kantha Rao. Later, they were joined by Mr. Ebenezer Mallepalle and Mr. Micheal Rose. After putting their burden in prayer for about three months, they believed that it is Godís will to start a new congregation with goals and objectives as listed above. They pledged to fund the start of the new Christian Congregation and sought the support of Rev. Dr. David Ravinder to serve as an honorary Sr. pastor and provide the spiritual leadership. With his assent, a formal decision was arrived to start a new fellowship. Dr. David Ravinder helped in getting a place for our Sunday evening worship service at the sanctuary of the United Methodist Church, located at 301, Chestnut Street, Roselle Park, New Jersey 07204. 

Mr. Alfred Bhaskar, Mr. Vijay Pulipati, Mr. RajaniKantha Rao and Mr. Ebenezer Mallepalle became the incorporators as they initiated the incorporation of the UECF body that started its first service on the first Sunday of the Month of April 1997. The first General Body meeting was held on June 4, 1997. All the local Christians were invited for this meeting. The attendance was 34 according to the list of signatories for the meeting. A draft Constitution prepared by Mr. Alfred Bhaskar along with the by-laws was presented for the approval of this General Body, and the same was approved. Also, the name United Christian Evangelical Fellowship with abbreviation UECF was approved. A Board of Trustees consisting of eight members was elected with the following Office bearers:

President: Mr. Alfred Bhaskar   

Secretary: Mr. Rajani Kantha Rao                                                              

Treasurer: Mr. Ebenezer Mallepalle                                                    

Members: Mr. Ajit Lakra, Mr.Michael Rose,  Mrs. Udaya Pulipati and Mr. Joel Dadepogu.                                                                                                
Rev. Dr. David Ravinder was nominated by the general body to be the Sr. Pastor cum Spiritual Advisor, and ex-officio member of the board.  

Goals and Objectives: The main goal of this fellowship is to provide spiritual and cultural fellowship for Indian Christians settled in the U.S.A. These goals are met through the following activities:

1) Conduct weekly worship service on Sundays with preaching of the word of God, glorify and praise His name; and exhort all believers to lead their lives following the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the son of God. 

2) Host fellowship hours after each service, to bring cohesion among the members.

3) Conduct Sunday School for children and Bible study for adults.

4) Organize and run special fellowship activities for youth and women.

5) Conduct other services on special occasions such as religious festivals, marriages, birth days, baptisms, anniversaries and funerals.

6) Promote cultural activities for the community, such as - imparting education in Indian languages, Indian music.

7) Assist in the spread of the gospel in India and other countries in coordination with other groups.

8) Organize and promote community service in the local Central New Jersey area, and in region in India that are in need of support due to calamities such as floods, famine, fire and epidemics.

9) Participate in activities of similar congregations.

Incorporation: A formal application was submitted on April 1, 97 to the Dept. of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service for recognition of the UECF as an employer.  The same was sanctioned vide IRS Notice No. CP 575 L dated 08-15-1997.  The official name and address was approved as follows:

United Evangelical Christian Fellowship, Address c/o Alfred D. Bhaskar, 23 Ross Ct, East Brunswick, NJ 08816.  (The Presidents address was given as there was no office for the Fellowship).

After getting the EIN, an application was filed on September 6, 1997 for State recognition and certification of Incorporation as a Nonprofit Organization along with other applications for Sales Tax Exemption.  The Constitution, By-laws, and statement of funds and balances were enclosed as required.  Necessary modifications were incorporated in the Constitution and by-laws as desired by the State of New Jersey to the State of New Jersey for incorporation of UECF for exempt organization status as a Church Fellowship under federal IRS Code Section 501 © (3).  Dispensation from IRS from payment of annual federal Tax was also obtained under federal tax code Section 509 a (1).  Some major provisions of the tax code are as follows:    
Contribution deductions from tax are allowed to donors as provided in Section 170 of the code.

Fund raising events may or may not qualify as deductible contribution depending on circumstances. 

Note: The Board of Trustees, and specially the President, and Treasurer are expected to be conversant to the provisions under tax laws.  The president received immense support in filing the papers and following correspondence and replies to queries from the State and IRS, from Mr. Christopher Arun Kumar, a Chartered public Accountant and friend of UECF who provided free service and expert advise and support.  With his help, we were able to achieve these results without paying hefty fees to attorneys.  The president in the first annual General Body Meeting moved a resolution recognizing the service and thanking Mr. Arun Kumar.

The UECF opened its account in Sovereign Bank.  The checks are to be signed by the Treasurer and one member of the executive committee according to the resolution incorporated while opening the account.  

1st 2 Years Review

The UECF was able to get its first pastor Rev Praveen Bunyan (associate Pastor) to serve as the regular preacher during worship services on three Sundays a week with the Sr. Pastor, Rev Ravinder taking charge of the fourth Sunday which was designated as Communion Sunday.

The first Annual General Body meeting was held in July 1998.  The first Anniversary of UECF was celebrated with a two day Revival meeting.  Mr. Ebenezer Mallepalle sponsored the guest speaker for the revival meeting, Mr. Akbar Haq.  All local churches and UTCF, NewYork participated in the meetings.

During the year Rev Praveen Bunyan left the UECF and relocated to Denver as a Pastor of a major congregation in that region.  Rev Sunil Balasundaram who came from India to join the seminary for doctoral studies filled the vacancy.  Rev. Balasundaram was assigned charge of the first and second Sunday worship services.  The third Sunday was reserved for other pastors and guest speakers.  Among the guest speakers, Rev. Milind Sojwal, Rev. Joseph Thomas, Rev. Solomon Tiwade, Rev. Charles  Mark, Christopher Salina, John Bhajjan and Prince Singh supported the congregation bringing their blessings and inspiring messages to the UECF congregation.  Several distinguished Ministers from India, like Bro.  Shanthavardhan and Bro.  Joshi  to name a few, also graced our Sunday worship services with their powerful messages.

The UECF celebrated a Musical Concert. Outside churches also participated in the  Concert.  The Thanks-giving was celebrated colorfully with an auction that was  enjoyed.  Christmas and Carol rounds were celebrated.  The thanksgiving auction and Christmas carols helped by giving some much needed funds to the UECF as we were leading a tight budget with revenues barely above expenditure.  A home Bible Study program which was being conducted at the home of Mr.Alfred Bhaskar as a private initiative started (in 1996) before the UECF came into existence, was adopted by the UECF as an activity and was conducted on a monthly basis. Lenten cottage Prayer meetings during Lenten service were also initiated and conducted during every Friday throughout the entire Lenten season.  The membership was growing but attrition too was taking its toll.


3rd Year Review

A second annual General Body meeting was held in August 1999.  The President Mr. Alfred Bhaskar and Secretary Mr. RajaniKantha Rao submitted their voluntary resignations from the executive Committee for personal reasons.  Mr. RajaniKantha Rao proposed Mr. Kanthi Paul Rapaka as his successor.  The general Body unanimously approved the proposal.  Mr. Alfred Bhaskars resignation was not accepted.  He was asked to continue for one more year and groom his successor.  Mr. Moses Peram was proposed by Mr. Bhaskar to fill the vacant position of Vice President and his proposal was accepted unanimously.  We received the support of additional preachers during this period.  Rev. Sunil Balasundaram moved to Philadelphia to take charge as pastor in a local church; however, he continued as a guest preacher and honorary Pastor of UECF.

There were no revival meetings or Musical Concert due to tight budget.  However, we invited several distinguished Ministers from India, like Bro.  Shanthavardhan and Rev. Dr. Kishore Masilamani  to name a few.  Rev. Milind Sojwal, Rev. Joseph Thomas, Rev. Solomon Tiwade, Rev. Charles Mark and Christopher Salina continued to bring the word of God in their powerful and inspiring messages during the regular worship services.  The Young Couples Group enacted a lent season passion Play on the Palm Sunday.  The Thanks giving and Christmas services were celebrated.  The home Bible Study group meetings and Lenten meetings were held as in the previous year.  The Bible Study was regularly scheduled for the second Friday of each month.

During the year, Mr. Moses Peram resigned for personal reasons due to relocation to North Jersey.  Mr. Kanthi Paul also resigned for personal reasons during the year.


4th Year Review

A General Body meeting was held in September 2000 in which a new team was elected as the three-year term for the incumbent team and leadership expired.  The following are the team members:

President: Mr. Ebenezer Mallepalle.                   

Vice president: Mr. Ajay 

Secretary: Mr. Vijay Pulipati                            

Treasurer: Mr. Simon Bushi.

Members of Board of Trustees: Mr. Ajit Lakra; Mrs. Udaya Pulipati; Mrs. Sujatha Mallepalle; Mr. Carol Daniel.

Directors/coordinators:

Music: Sushil Bhujbhal                                              

Womens Fellowship: Mrs. Sujatha Mallepalle

Missions and Out-reach Ministry: Mrs. Sujatha Mallepalle. 

Bible Study: Mrs. Udaya Pulipati

Youth fellowship: Johnsanjay Bhaskar                       

Young Couples Group: Mrs. Anna Bhujbhal

No nominations were accepted for the Spiritual Advisors Post and Rev. Dr. David Ravinder continued his term.

During the early part of the year, Mr. Ajit Lakra proposed the expansion of the Board of trustee membership by taking experienced ex members in and the Board approved the nomination of Mr. Rajani Kantha Rao as a new member.  Mr. Ebenezer Mallepalle resigned the presidentship and Mr. Ajay was nominated by the board of trustees to assume the role of the President until the end of the term.

During the year, the UECF was able to secure a place of worship in Edison, thanks to the efforts of Johnsanjay, the youth leader.  This place located at the Church of Nazarene at 70 Jefferson Blvd. is a central location with excellent facilities.  The UECF is grateful to the Pastor Rev. Tom Sanders, the church council members, and the congregation who graciously provided UECF the privilege of using their church and facilities.  The shift to the Edison location proved to be very popular.  The membership increased, and so did our receipts.  The UECF supported revival meetings hosted by the Church of Nazarene in which Bro.  Joshua Daniel was the guest speaker.  The year saw a new pastor supporting our worship service programs.  Rev. Steve Nash became a regular pastor bringing the word of God on the first Sundays of the month with Rev Sunil Balasundaram taking charge of the second and third Sundays and Pastor David Ravinder in charge of the communion Sunday.  Guest preachers were given the fifth Sundays.  Mrs. Anna Bhujbhal was the regular fifth Sunday preacher on most of the occasions.


5th Year Review

The fourth Annual General Body meeting was held in September 2001.  During this meeting, some amendments clarifying the definition of the word term of incumbency were approved.  The adhoc arrangement of Mr. Ajay holding the presidentship was terminated, and the general Body unanimously elected Mr. Ajay as a regular President.  Mr. Syam Pilli was elected as the new Vice President.  The UECF felt the need for a regular pastor who would nurture and help in the growth of the congregation as a church.  A search Committee was formed with Mr. Alfred Bhaskar, Mr.Ajit Lakra, Mr. RajaniKantha Rao, Mrs. Susan Bushi and Mr. Syam Pilli as members to examine the feasibility of sponsoring Rev. Emmanuel from India for a 2 year period and also to examine alternatives.  A special General Body meeting was fixed for November 25, 2001 with the main agenda of examining the study report and updating the Constitution/By-laws by new amendments as required.


6th & 7th Year Report

We are grateful to an Omnipotent God who continues to bless! It is because of His Goodness, Grace and Mercy that this report is submitted on this Annual General Body meeting.  

During the last general body meeting held on 23rd June 2002 , the then President, Mr. Ajay Damarapu announced to discontinue his services as President and later sent his resignation to the Executive Council through mail.  

The UECF board met on 27th October, 2002 to discuss the resignation of the president. Per UECF constitution, the Board requested the Vice-President to resume the responsibilities of the President. After a prayerful consideration, I accepted to be the Acting-President until the General Body elects next President.  

By the grace of Almighty and with the cooperation of the board members, elders and the congregation, we were able to perform various activities to glorify God during this year. Itís my pleasure to give a brief account of activities and accomplishments.  

Firstly, in order to bring more people to UECF, flyers were made and invitations were sent inviting the community to participate in Thanksgiving and Christmas Services.  

Thanksgiving Service was held on 24th November 2002 and was well attended. Apart from UECF choir, Telugu Christian Fellowship Choir and Hosanna Singers also presented special music. The congregation donated items for auction. Praise God for the receivables on that day.  

From 6th December to 22nd December 2002 , Christmas Carolers visited 36 houses. All the families have graciously welcomed the Carolers and cheerfully offered their contributions. A total of $2000.00 was received during the Carol visits. Praise God for guiding us in the snowy season and protecting us from the winter chilly winds while caroling. Thank Mr. Louis Dundi for help in providing the route maps.  

We rejoiced in the Lord by celebrating Christmas on 25th December in a grand manner. It was a joyful occasion to see One Hundred and Forty people including children participating in the Christmas celebration and glorifying God. The Christmas Service was followed by Christmas lunch partially sponsored by some of our members.  

With the encouragement we received from the turn-outs on Christmas, we wanted to welcome the New Year in Godís presence with Communion. For the first time in the five-year history of UECF, we had a Watch Night Service on New Year eve. 77 people including children gathered to worship on 31st night.  

I am delighted to inform you that we received a total of more than six thousand dollars in Thanksgiving, Carol visiting, Christmas and Watch-Night Services.  

Group Bible studies were conducted on the second Fridays of every month. Laypersons had a wonderful opportunity to lead on different Books of Old Testament. Thanks to Mrs. Udaya Pulipati for her efforts in leading and coordinating the Bible Study activities.  

Sunday School was conducted regularly to both beginners and other age groups ( up to 12  years ) during the Service. Appreciate the services of all the Sunday School teachers for taking pains in nurturing children in the Lord. Sunday School children along with the teachers shared their love by visiting homeless women and kids at Amandla Crossing, an organization which homes needy women and kids.  

We had the opportunity to participate and rejoice in the combined Easter Sunrise Service at the United Methodist Church , Berkely Heights . Also, our members have actively participated in Good Friday Service, Telugu Conference and Annual banquet of National Association of Asian Indian Christians (NAAIC).  

Lenten Cottage Prayer meetings were held during Lent season ( from 7th March 2003 to 11th April 2003 )  at some of our membersí homes. I thank all the families for opening their doors. And  also thank those families who have shared their love by contributing the canned food to Somerset Community food bank.  

I am pleased to inform you that as part of our missions support, we have assisted the organizations such as Project Christ International (PCI) and Kids Club in Andhra Pradesh , India .

Mothers day was observed on 11th May 2003 . It was a spectacular event to see 19 mothers being honored by their sons and daughters. Thank the UECF men folk for preparing a delicious meal in honor of the mothers.  

Pastor Sunil Balasundaram had served as one of our honorary pastors for four and a half years. In appreciation of his services rendered to us, we bid him a grand farewell last week. Thank all the members who have generously contributed towards his gift check of $1400.00.  

In mid December 2002, we were informed by the pastor of the host church, Rev. Tom Saunders that the facility will not be available to UECF from beginning of April 2003. The reason given was the church of Nazarene wanted to expand the time and usage of the facility for their growing needs.  

The Board met on 22nd December2002 to discuss the possibilities at other churches located within 5 mile radius of the Church of the Nazarene. Pastor Ravinder suggested the New Dover United Methodist Church (NDUMC) and the Board unanimously authorized him to talk to the Pastor of NDUMC. Pastor Ravinder held the initial discussions with Pastor Bob Costello and later the Boards of UECF and NDUMC met at NDUMC on 26th of January 2003.  

The other facilities considered for relocation were the churches at Metuchen, Woodbridge , Christ United Methodist Church , Piscataway and Edison Wesley church. After a prayerful consideration, the Board felt that NDUMC will be best suited to our needs with its strategic location. Pastor David Ravinderís efforts in finding this facility and negotiating for a reasonable rent are highly appreciated.  

Consequently, we had our first worship service at NDUMC on 2nd of March 2003. Rev Bob Costello, the Pastor of NDUMC and Mrs. Tonya Burleigh, the Trustee President of NDUMC welcomed the UECF congregation. Their kindness and hospitality were very much acknowledged.  

We do express our profound thanks to our Sr. Hon. Pastor, Rev. Dr. David Ravinder for his powerful messages on Communion Sundays and also on various special occasions like Christmas, Watch Night Service and Cottage Prayer meetings. I am grateful for his continued guidance.  Our thanks are also due to our Hon. Pastors, Rev. Sunil Balasundaram and Rev. Steve Nash for their inspiring messages.  Apart from our designated Pastors, we are blessed to hear the word of God in our regular worship services from the guest preachers including Rev. Ananth Kumar, Rev. K. Azaraiah, Dr. Gurunatham Moodey, Bro. Rajan Matthews, Bro. S. Samraj and Bro. John Madhukar Bushi. Gospel Singers like Bro Bhanu Murthy, Mrs Mahitha Charles of Aradhana Gospel Music Ministries visited us and were encouraged. Mr. Sushil Bhujbalís help in providing music in our regular worship services is greatly appreciated.  

Praise the Lord for Internet presence! Web pages on our website www.uecf.net continue to be informative and current. We receive a positive feedback concerning the web pages constructed and maintained by web-master Mr. Phani Pilli and we are thankful for his efforts. Itís very encouraging for everyone to have a pictorial account of various events on our website. This also serves as a massive public relations campaign. Surfers from all over the world are regularly logging on to our website to hear Gospel music and to go to various useful links provided on the website. Some times, this generates a heavy traffic and we need to see the possibility of increasing the bandwidth. †
I thank all the congregation members for hosting the fellowship hour after each worship service. This really helped in bringing cohesion among the members and get to know about our visitors. Our members continued to Praise God for their blessings on their birthdays, anniversaries and baby-showers. We also had †a wonderful experience going on a UECF family picnic to Johnson Park in last August and we are looking forward to have another one soon. 

Praise the Lord! †

Respectfully, †
SYAM PILLI 
6/1/2003


8th & 9th Year Report

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  

It has been 9 blessed years since United Evangelical Christian Fellowship (UECF ) started. I am delighted to report the progress as we are entering into the 10th year.  

The last UECF General Body meeting was held on 22nd February 2004 and the leaders were elected for a 3 year tenure. The present leaders took charge after their installation on 7th March, 2004.  

As per UECF constitution, UECF Annual General Body should be held in the month of January. My sincere apologies for our inability to hold the Annual General Body meeting last year due to various activities.  

I praise the Lord for the privilege to serve Him. I thank Him for watching over us all these years and helping us in growing both spiritually and in numbers. Last couple of years have been very fruitful to UECF. More families have joined UECF and the receipts also increased progressively. Praise the Lord for His continued blessings. It has been exactly 3 years since we relocated to New Dover United Methodist Church , Edison . By Godís abundant grace, we are able to worship the Lord in this sanctuary continuously. Our regular worship services have been a blessing to many. We are privileged to hear the word of God through our honorary pastors.  

Apart from our honorary pastors, many servants of God from India had ministered to us during the last couple of years. These ministers from India included Rev. Dr. Joseph Kishore (New Life Associates), Rev. Dr. B. C. Paul (Emmaus ministries), Rev. Daniel Kalayanapu (Ecclesia Ministries), Rev. Azariah Korabandi, Rev. Syam Babu (Zion Evangelistic & Care Ministries), Bro. Harry Gomes (Caramel Ministries), Rev. Dr. Joshi (Jesus Followers Ministries) and Rev. Sam Saripalli (Golden Harvest Ministries). Missionaries from other countries such as Rev. Richard Bailey (Missionary from Pakistan ) and Rev. Rafael Flores (Missionary from Paraguay ) also shared us the Word along with the updates about their ministry. Locally, Rev. Darryl Duer, Bro. Rajan Mathews, Rev. Santosh Thadigiri, Rev. Navin Satyavrata and Bro. Kris Samudrala served us as guest preachers.  Special music was provided by the visiting Indian Gospel singers like John Bilmoria Rapaka and Mrs & Mr John Charles Pilli.  

As the Psalmist asked for revival, we had been seeking for Godís revival for a long time. I am extremely happy and praise the Lord for the much awaited 3-Day Revival meetings that were held from 28th October 2005 to 30th October 2005. A series of powerful messages were delivered by the faithful servant of God, Rev. Naveen Balakrishnan.  This series included the inspiring topics such as Salvation, Supplication, Sanctification, Scripture and Sharing. Many of our fellow Christians from the neighboring areas attended the meetings and were spiritually benefited by the messages. The impact of the meetings is such that some of the attendees were inspired and started reading the Bible regularly 4 chapters-a day as suggested by Rev. Naveen Balakrishnan. I praise the Lord for this tremendous impact!  

Apart from our regular Sunday worship services, we had special programs on Christmas, New Year Eve (Watch Night Service), Palm Sunday, Thanksgiving, Mothers Day and Fathers Day. As we do every year, Lenten Cottage prayer meetings were held for six weeks and we are looking forward to start the same for this year from next week onwards. UECF joined the Community United Methodist Church in Roselle Park for a combined Easter morning service on 27th March, 2005. UECF actively participated in Good Friday Meditation service, Christian Family conference, NAAIC Annual Banquet and NJIC special service on their tenth Anniversary.

As per the UECF Constitution, ten percent of the gross revenues should be designated towards the Missions fund. As part of the missions activities, we supported Rev. Stephen Nashís mission trip to India . We are happy to be part of the various activities organized through Rev. Azariahís ministry in India. UECF also supported the ministries in India such as Carmel Prayer Tower, Good News Messengers, Golden Harvest Ministries, Lutheran Revival Forum, St. Paulí Lutheran Church. We also supported the needy through UMCOR and RZIMís Wellspring ministry.  

I appreciate the Missions Coordinator, Mr. Ajit Lakra for his eagerness in helping out the poor and needy. We hope and pray that our support will bring light in the lives of many poor and unreachable.  

As you know, the end of the year 2004 witnessed a most tragic disaster. Exactly fourteen months ago, on December 26, 2004, the Indian Ocean Tsunami devastated several countries including India and Sri Lanka . UECF raised to the situation and contributed towards the relief efforts through Hindustan Bible Institute ( HBI ) and Rev. Joe Thomasí ministry in Sri Lanka . I thank all the members for your generosity and prayerful support.  

Praising the Lord with Songs and Hymns has always been the important part of our Sunday Worship Service. We sang praises in different regional languages in bringing glory to His name. The choir practices really helped us in bringing out good music on special occasions. I thank our Music Coordinator, Mr. Sushil Bhujabal for his never tiring services. I hope and pray that we will continue to glorify the Lord using further more musical instruments.  

Proverbs 22:6 states -Train up the child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it. Following this, UECF children are getting inculcated with Biblical teachings from the very childhood. Sunday School children of different age groups exhibited their talents on all possible special occasions. Thanks to Mr. Louis Dundi, Sunday School Coordinator and the teaching staff for their efforts in nurturing the children.  

Bible Study was held in NDUMC premises on second Friday of every month except during Lent and Christmas seasons. Thanks to Mrs. Susan Bushi for conducting Bible Study on regular basis. I pray for Godís wisdom in understanding His word and for His guidance in applying the word in our lives.  

Many guests have visited us and worshipped with us during regular Sunday worship and other Special services. Mr. Thomas Kalyanapu as Stewardship Coordinator has helped to reach out the visitors and ensured they signed the Guest Book with their addresses. Appreciate his efforts in helping to procure the filled in member data forms. This helped us in updating the database with Birthdays and Anniversaries.  

It was a great joy to participate in Carol rounds during the Christmas season. This year, we had visited 36 families as part of our carol rounds and received maximum contributions so far. Thank Mr. Clement Myla for his help in coordinating the Carol rounds. Thanks to all the families for opening the doors and all those members and the children for their active participation.  

UECF Annual Family picnics are generally filled with lots of fun, plenty of food along with the spiritual food. Last year we had a great fun time at Colonial Park . Saturday, the 30th July, 2005 had a perfect weather and all the members including children have taken an active part in playing variety of games and number of new activities.  

We were privileged to have an opportunity to take part in the secular event of India Independence day parade which was held for the first time on Oak Tree Road on 14th August, 2005. It was a great experience to hold the UECF banner and marching on Oak Tree Road along with Tricolor flags. This certainly helped us in getting some mileage in letting our presence known in the neighborhood.  

UECF Members have always volunteered to host Fellowship Coffee hour after each Sunday service while celebrating their Birthdays or anniversaries. Special programs like Baby showers were also celebrated. I thank Mrs. Padma Borugadda, Womenís fellowship coordinator and the womenís fellowship for their help in successfully organizing the Fellowship Coffee hours.  

The Married Coupleís meeting usually held on the 4th Saturday of every month in various homes that are pre-decided. Couples discussed and debated on various topics that are very practical and tried to use the Bible as a guiding tool. Thanks to Rev. Dr. David Ravinder & Mrs .Sarita Ravinder for leading this ministry. Thanks to Mr. Kanthi Paul Rapaka for coordinating.  

Web site has been instrumental for the growth of UECF. Many have visited us by knowing our presence through the web site. Members and others are able to get the updates on Fellowshipís activities which are being regularly posted on web. The web site has facilitated in making UECF well known all over the world. Websiteís Guest Book indicates the popularity as people from many parts of the world sign the Guest Book and witness how the site has been blessing to them. This site has become a home page for many and all are blessed by the collection of songs. I take this opportunity to thank Mr. Phani Pilli for sponsoring the website, maintaining and updating it periodically for the benefit of the Fellowship and also to others.  

As the journey of UECF continues, I hope and pray that the 10th year may be a remarkable year for UECF and bring much more glory to His matchless name. I would request all of your whole hearted support in carrying out what God has asked us to do. More focus is needed on our youth activities. We need to work towards procuring a building of our own for Worship. We need to reach out the people with good news of Christ, probably in the neighboring areas. Much more work needs to be done in helping the un-reached through missions support. At this time, I request all the members to maintain the discipline by coming to service on time. As Christís body, itís our responsibility to follow the principles in achieving the goals and objectives laid out in the UECF Constitution.  

I would like to thank the Executive officers, Board of Trustees, Pastorate Committee and all the congregation members for their help and support. I prayerfully request the leadership to extend support by adhering to the Constitution. My thanks are due to our Honorary Senior Pastor, Rev. David Ravinder for not only sharing the word but also for his able guidance in running the Fellowship. He has been always there with us - may it be home prayer meetings or cottage prayer meetings or any other celebrations.  His readiness to get into the shoes whenever a scheduled preacher was unable to make it is highly appreciated.  

I express my thanks to our Honorary Pastors Rev. Stephen Nash and Rev. David Davis for ministering to us on the scheduled Sundays.  Thanks to Rev. Anna Bhujbal for sharing the Word on all possible occasions and helping the Communion services.  

Thank the NDUMC board of trustees and Pastor Darryl Duer for their continued support.  

Lastly, I thank my wife Saritha and lovely daughters Hannah & Tryphena for their support and cooperation without which I wouldnít have been able to perform my duties.  

Above all, I thank and Praise the Lord for His immense mercy!    

In Him  

SYAM PILLI

26-Feb-2006


10th Year Report

Praise the Lord for one more year of the Lord's choicest blessings upon this Fellowship!  

I deem it a great privilege to present this annual report as UECF completes 10 years of Service. Over the past decade, by the grace of Almighty, UECF has a grown considerably.  I am blessed to serve Him as an Acting President for almost 2 years and as a President for the last 3 years. God has protected me and my family all these years whether I was away in Wisconsin or traveled to Philadelphia for my job. Praise the Lord for His wonderful mercies!  

I am glad to state that most of the goals and objectives listed in the UECF Constitution have been met during the last several years. In the last five years, as you may have noticed, by the Lordís abundant grace, UECF revenues have increased three fold.  

We continued the last year events with the inspiration gained from Revival meetings by Rev. Naveen Balakrishnan held in the year 2005. These 3-Day meetings had a tremendous impact on many people. Sadly at the same time, the satan also started to disturb the unity among the congregation, but God has sustained us from all the troubles.  

Apart from the regular Sunday worship Services, we have had many special programs. We tried our best to make the worship services energetic and dynamic. In addition to the procurement of Public Address System, special instruments like Drums, Guitar, Key-Board, Karaoke CD Player, Tambourines, OHP Projector, Worship songs DVDs and other instruments were received as donations over a period of time. Time for joys and concerns during Sunday services gave us the opportunity to update the congregation on the news and needs of our friends, families and members.  

We had a great joy in celebrating special occasions on Christmas, New Year Eve (Watch Night Service), Palm Sunday, Thanksgiving, Mothers Day and Fathers Day. On the scheduled Sundays, Sr. Honorary Pastor Rev. Dr. David Ravinder and Honorary Pastor Rev. David Davis have shared the Godís word and spiritually encouraged us all through the year. We are also blessed to hear the Word of God through many of the guest preachers from India and around New Jersey . The guest preachers for the year 2006 included the following eminent servants of God:Rev. John Paul Reddypogu, Rev. Devasahayam Dandala, Rev. Azariah Korabandi, Rev. Dr. A. B. Joseph Kishore, Rev. Dr. N. Krupa Rao, Dr. Oomen A. Koshy, Rev. Eli Miranda, Rev. Darryl Duer, Rev. Anna Bhujbal, Bro. Kumar Das Villuri, Rev. Dr. K. Jayawanth Samuel and Rev. Manoj Bhatt.  

Last June, we had witnessed a large gathering at UECF through special Gospel meeting by Bro. Anil Kumar. When we invited Bro. Anil Kumar for special meetings, my only prayer to God was to enable at least one person to come to the Lord Jesus. Thank God for the answered prayer! Praise the Lord for the new addition to UECF family and for their powerful testimony!! It was such a glorious event that for the first time this sanctuary was filled with people from not only New Jersey but also from neighboring states.  

We had a joyful Christmas 2006 as many families and friends not only from USA but also from Canada and India joined us in Worship. This was the largest gathering UECF ever had for Christmas, having 250 people in attendance.  

Praise Time has been a vital part of our Sunday Worship Services. We had the opportunity to sing praises not only English but also in the regional languages like Telugu and Hindi. Thanks to the efforts of the Music Coordinator, Mr. Sushil Bhujabal. Also thanks to the Praise Team and to Mr Peter Kollory, MR. Samuel Chilaka, Master Philip Moodey, Mr.Junia Moses and Mr. Sunil Robert for providing music support.  

Our special meditation programs included the Cottage Prayer meetings during the 6 weeks of Lenten season. We had the opportunity to join the Community United Methodist Church in Roselle Park for a combined Easter morning service. In order to fulfill the Constitutional Objective Ė ĎTo participate in the activities of similar congregationsí, UECF represented the Good Friday Meditation service at Rahway, Christian Family conference, NAAIC Annual Banquet, UTCF special programs etc.  

I would like to bring to the notice of the General Body that although the UECF Constitution specifies that 10% of the gross revenues should be designated towards the Missions fund, this has not been implemented because of the difference of opinion among the members of the Board.  

One hand the Pastorate Committee has recommended disbursement of Missions fund (10% of the gross revenues) retrospectively, the other hand, the Board chose to give only 5%; and that too from the future year budget! The General Body may want to correct this prayerfully at a later time.  

However, we were able to support the following Ministries in India :

Golden Harvest Ministries (Rev. Sam Saripalli)

Good News Messengers (Rev. Dr. Santhavardhan)

Saviorís Heartbeat Ministries (Rev. Devasahayam Dandala)

Neu Life Associates (Rev. Dr. Joseph Kishore)

Emmaus Ministries (Rev. Dr. B. C. Paul)

Shalom Christian Ministries (Rev. R. Vasanth Peter)

Hebron Pentecostal Church (Rev. N. Vivekananda)

Rev. Azariah Korabandi  

Sunday School: Sunday School children of different age groups exhibited their talents on all possible special occasions. Thanks to Mr. Louis Dundi, Sunday School Coordinator and the Sunday School teaching staff for conducting one day retreat, staging dramas and group dances. Thanks for their efforts in nurturing the children with the Word of God.  

Bible Study: UECF monthly Bible Study has been a blessing to many of the members. Thanks to the efforts of Mrs. Susan Bushi and for her dedication in coordinating and conducting Bible Study.
As we do every year, we participated in Carol rounds during the Christmas season. In the year 2006, we had visited 36 families as part of our carol rounds and received your prayerful gifts. Thanks to Mr. Clement Myla for his help in coordinating the Carol rounds.
†Last year, we had an Annual Family picnic at Colonial Park . Mr. Ebenezer Mallepalle shared the word of God during our picnic time. Many families have actively participated in various items of the picnic. †

Web site: I can only report that God has richly blessed this Fellowship through the web site†( www.uecf.net ). The presence of UECF is known all over the World through this web site. Many visitors have attended our worship services and testified that they came to know about UECF through the Web site. Some such visitors started attending regularly. Praise the Lord for this wonderful tool and the never tiring efforts of Joshua ( Phani ) Pilli ! This effort has been a blessing to many and obviously received high appreciation from all quarters. Thanks to Joshua Pilliís for his labor in sponsoring, maintaining and updating the web site periodically for the benefit of not only to UECF but also to others. †

Fellowship Hour: Constitution specifies in the goals & objectives that the Fellowship Hour is needed to bring the cohesion among the members. Many of our members have volunteered to host Fellowship Coffee hour after each Sunday service while celebrating their Birthdays and anniversaries. Special programs like Baby showers were also taken place. †
One area where the improvement required is all the members coming to service on time. At this juncture, I would like to appreciate Mr. Vinod Nakka & family for their promptness and also their help rendered in arranging the Communion elements on Communion Sundays. †

I thank the Executive officers, Board of Trustees and Pastorate Committee, Coordinators and all the members for their help. I express my thanks to our Pastors Rev. Dr. David Ravinder and Rev. David Davis for ministering to us. Thanks to the NDUMC board of trustees and Pastor Darryl Duer for their continued support. †
Lastly, I take this opportunity to thank my wife Saritha and daughters Hannah & Tryphena for their support, cooperation and sacrifices which enabled me to perform my duties in serving Him. I request your continued prayers as we are moving to Virginia . †

In Him †
SYAM PILLI††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
25-Feb-2007

11th Year Report

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!    

It has been 10 blessed years since United Evangelical Christian Fellowship (UECF ) started. I am delighted to report the progress as we entered into the 11th year.   

The last UECF General Body meeting was held on 25th February 2007 and the leaders were elected for a 3 year tenure. The present leaders took charge after their installation on 4th March, 2007.  

I praise the Lord for the privilege to serve Him. I thank Him for watching over us all these years and helping us in growing both spiritually and in numbers. Praise the Lord for His continued blessings. Our regular worship services have been a blessing to many. We are privileged to hear the word of God through our honorary pastors.    

We had a great joy in celebrating UECF 10th anniversary last October. 3-Day celebrations were held with guest preaching by Rev. Naveen Balakrishnan and Rev. Solomon Raju Kunchanpalli. Apart from regular Sunday worship services, we had special services on Christmas, New Year Eve (Watch Night Service), Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter, Thanksgiving, Mothers Day and Fathers Day. On the scheduled Sundays, Sr. Honorary Pastor Rev. Dr. David Ravinder and Honorary Pastor Rev. David Davis have shared the Godís word and spiritually encouraged us all through the year. We are also blessed to hear the Word of God through many of the guest preachers from India and around New Jersey . The guest preachers for the year 2007 included the following eminent servants of God: Rev. Dr. Yesupadam Bandela, Rev. Manoj Bhatt, Rev. Anna Bhujbal, Rev. Darryl Duer, Rev. Nelson Vantabathina, Dr. Elijah Gnanaranjan Philip, Dr. Jacob Prabhu, Rev. Vasanth Peter, Rev. Dr, Livingston Gadde, Rev. Dr. John Stephen, Rev. Solomon Raju Kunchanapalli, Dr. Edwin Chelli, Bro. Suresh Kumar Gundala, Rev. Naveen Balakrishnan, Rev. K. Kurian, Rev. Dr. Devasahayam Dandala, Rev. Dr. M. S. Santhavardhan.  

As we do every year, Lenten Cottage prayer meetings were held for six weeks and we are looking forward to start the same for this year from next week onwards. UECF joined the Community United Methodist Church in Roselle Park for a combined Easter morning service on 4th April, 2007. UECF actively participated in Christian Family conference and NAAIC Annual Banquet.  

Praise Time has been a vital part of our Sunday Worship Services. We had the opportunity to sing praises not only English but also in the regional languages like Telugu and Hindi. Thanks to the Praise Team and to Mrs. Emily Sensen Gopal, Ms. Yuko Unehara, Mr. Sushil Bhujbal, Mr. Samuel Chilaka, Mr. Josiah Srigiri, Mr.Junia Moses, Mr. Sunil Robert and James & Jacob for providing music support.    

Sunday School: Sunday School children of different age groups exhibited their talents on all possible special occasions. Thanks to Mr. Louis Dundi, Sunday School Coordinator and the Sunday School teaching staff for conducting dramas and group dances. Thanks for their efforts in nurturing the children with the Word of God.    

Bible Study: UECF monthly Bible Study has been a blessing to many of the members. Thanks to the efforts of Mr. Ravi Rapaka for taking lead in conducting the Bible Study.  

Christmas Carols: As we do every year, we participated in Carol rounds during the Christmas season. In the year 2007, we had visited 49 families as part of our carol rounds and received your prayerful gifts. Thanks to Mr. Clement Myla and Mr. Louis Dundi for their help in coordinating the Carol rounds.  

Picnic: Last year, we had an Annual Family picnic at Colonial Park . Mr. Ebenezer Mallepalle shared the word of God during our picnic time. Many families have actively participated in various items of the picnic.  

Fellowship Hour: Many of our members have volunteered to host Fellowship Coffee hour after each Sunday service while celebrating their Birthdays and anniversaries. Special programs like Baby showers were also taken place. I thank all the congregation members for keeping the sanctuary and the fellowship hall clean and neat after the usage.

Many guests have visited us and worshipped with us during regular Sunday worship and other Special services. Mr. Thomas Kalyanapu as Stewardship Coordinator has helped to reach out the visitors and ensured they signed the Guest Book with their addresses.

UECF acknowledged the yeoman services of Late. Mr. Alfred Bhaskar, one of the founding leaders and the first President of UECF. The congregation misses him a lot and he is always remembered for his services and vision.  

I thank the Executive officers, Board of Trustees and Pastorate Committee, Coordinators and all the members for their help. I express my thanks to our Pastors Rev. Dr. David Ravinder and Rev. David Davis for ministering to us. Thanks to the NDUMC board of trustees and Pastor Darryl Duer for their continued support.    

In Him,

Joshua(Phani) Pilli.

12th Year Report

Greetings to you in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!    

It has been 11 blessed years since United Evangelical Christian Fellowship (UECF ) started. I am delighted to report the progress as we are at the end of the 12th year.    

I thank and praise God for the privilege to serve Him. I thank Him for watching over us all these years and helping us in growing both spiritually and in numbers. Praise the Lord for His continued blessings. Our regular worship services have been a great blessing to many. We are privileged to hear the word of God through our honorary Pastors and guest Preachers.    

Apart from regular Sunday worship services, we had special services on Christmas, New Year Eve (Watch Night Service), Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter, Thanksgiving, Mothers Day and Fathers Day. On the scheduled Sundays, Sr. Honorary Pastor Rev. Dr. David Ravinder and Honorary Pastor Rev. David Davis have shared the Godís word and spiritually encouraged us all through the year. We are also blessed to hear the Word of God through many of the guest preachers from India and around New Jersey . The guest preachers for the year 2008 included the following eminent servants of God: Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, Acahrya R.R.K Murthy, Rev. Anna Bhujbal, Rev. Darryl Duer, Rev. Vincent Gurrala, Rev. Israel Suppogu, Rev. Philip Pedapalli, Rev. Cheryl West, Rev. Dr. Samuel Sudhakar, Rev. George Dubish, Dr. Gurunadham Moodey, Bro. Raja Ernest Reddy, Bro. John Cornish, Rev. Edwin Fernando, Rev. Dr. Prasanna Kumar, Bro. Babu Ganta, Rev. Solomon Raju Kunchanapalli, Rev. G. R. Purushotham, Rev. Dr. B. C. Paul, Bro. Martin Gulla, Rev. Dr. Victor Luther Paul Nakka, Rev. K. Kurian, Rev. Dr. Bhanumurthy Nainarapu, Rev. Dr. Devasahayam Dandala, Rev. D.G.M. Vinod and Bro. Rajan Mathews.  

As we do every year, Lenten Cottage prayer meetings were held for six weeks and we started the same for this year on last Friday. UECF joined the Community United Methodist Church in Roselle Park for a combined Easter morning service on 23rd March, 2008. UECF actively participated in Christian Family conference and NAAIC Annual Banquet.  

Praise Time has been a vital part of our Sunday Worship Services. We had the opportunity to sing praises not only in English but also in the regional languages like Telugu and Hindi. Thanks to the Praise Team and to Mrs. Emily Sensen Gopal, Mr. Samuel Sudhakar Chilaka, Mr. Josiah Srigiri, Ms. Yuko Unehara, Madeline for providing music support.    

Sunday School: Sunday School children of different age groups exhibited their talents on all possible special occasions. Thanks to Mr. Louis Dundi, Sunday School Coordinator and the Sunday School teaching staff for conducting dramas and group dances. Thanks for their efforts in nurturing the children with the Word of God.    

Bible Study: UECF monthly Bible Study has been a blessing to many of the members. Thanks to the efforts of Mr. Ravi Rapaka for taking lead in conducting the Bible Study.  

Christmas Carols: As we do every year, we participated in Carol rounds during the Christmas season. In the year 2008, we had visited 48 families as part of our carol rounds and received your prayerful gifts. Thanks to Mr. Clement Myla and Mr. Louis Dundi for their help in coordinating the Carol rounds.  

Picnic: Last year, we had an Annual Family picnic at Colonial Park . Rev. Dr. David Ravinder shared the word of God during our picnic time. Many families have actively participated in various items of the picnic.  

Fellowship Hour: Many of our members have volunteered to host Fellowship Coffee hour after each Sunday service while celebrating their Birthdays and anniversaries. I thank Mrs. Jyothi Nakka and all the congregation members for keeping the sanctuary and the fellowship hall clean and neat after the usage.

Womenís Prayer Fellowship: UECF monthly Womenís Prayer Fellowship has been a blessing to many of the members. Thanks to the encouragement of Mrs. Shanthi Bhaskar and Mrs. Udaya Pulipati,  Mrs. Bhavani Raya, Mrs. Grace Tsappidi, Mrs. Susan Bushi for leading the fellowship and Mrs. Jyothi Nakka for co-ordinating these meetings.  

UECF.NET: The presence of UECF is known all over the world through this web site. Many visitors have attended our worship services and testified that they came to know about UECF through the website. Some such visitors started attending regularly.

Many guests have visited us and worshipped with us during regular Sunday worship and other Special services. Mr. Thomas Kalyanapu as Stewardship Coordinator has helped to reach out the visitors and ensured they signed the Guest Book with their addresses.   

I thank the Executive officers, Board of Trustees and Pastorate Committee, Coordinators and all the members for their help. I express my thanks to our Pastors Rev. Dr. David Ravinder and Rev. David Davis for ministering to us. Thanks to Rev. Dr. Richard Ruch and  board of trustees of Reformed Church for their continued support. Also, thanks to Pastor Jim Miller and board of trustees of First Baptist Church , Metuchen for allowing us to celebrate Christmas in their facility.    

In Him,

Joshua(Phani) Pilli.

13th Year Report

Greetings to you in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!    

It has been a great blessing to Serve the Lord and I thank God for this wonderful privilege. God has been faithful to us all these years in expanding the congregation and growing us in our faith. Praise the Lord for His continued blessings! Our regular worship services have been a great blessing to many. We are enlightened by the word of God through our honorary pastors and many guest preachers. I am extremely happy to inform you that the Lord has blessed UECF ministry with wonderful messages, praise and worship, offerings, children activities and Bible study programs, and our Lordís name was glorified.  

Apart from the regular Sunday worship services, we had the wonderful opportunity to celebrate the special services on Christmas, New Year Eve (Watch Night Service), Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter, Thanksgiving, Mothers Day and Fathers Day. On the scheduled Sundays, Sr. Honorary Pastor Rev. Dr. David Ravinder and Honorary Pastor Rev. David Davis have shared the Godís word and spiritually encouraged us all through the year. We are also blessed to hear the Word of God through many of the guest preachers from India and around New Jersey . The guest preachers for the year 2009 included the following eminent servants of God: Bro. Moses Jangam, Rev. Dr. Yesupadam Bandela, Rev. Amoon Sharon, Rev. Dr. Augustine Pagolu, Dr. Joshi Jayaprakash, Rev. Israel Suppogu, Rev. Dr. Thomas Nalla, Bro. Rajan S. Mathews, Rev. Anna Thomas, Rev. Herford Urlica, Rev. Lilly Daniel, Bishop Spurgeon Raju Pachigalla, Rev. Dr. Joseph Kishore, Bro. Ratna Raju Rapaka, Bro. Prasanna Kumar Devarapalli, Rev. Dr. Akumarthi Daniel, Rev. T. K. Jai Kumar, Rev. Dr. Samuel Mohan Raj, Rev. Solomon Raju Kunchanapalli, Rev. K. Kurian and Rev. Dr. Richard Ruch.  

As you have witnessed, more than 400 people have gathered to worship the Lord on the last Christmas Worship Service.  We thank you all and all those who visited us from Canada , St. Louis , Kansas , North Carolina , Boston , Atlanta , Maryland , Virginia , Delaware , Pennsylvania , Connecticut and New York . Praise God for the grand celebration! Thanks to Pastor Jim Miller and board of trustees of First Baptist Church , Metuchen for allowing us to celebrate Christmas in their facility.  

The 3-day Special Deeper Life Meetings were conducted in last September to strengthen the congregation in the Word of God Our special meditation programs included the Cottage Prayer meetings during the 6 weeks of Lenten season. Also, UECF participated in New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia and TTCA annual family conferences.  

Missions Support: As part of the missions support, UECF supported Neu Life Associates(Rev. Dr. Joseph Kishore), Emmaus Ministries(Rev. Dr. B. C. Paul), Golden Harvest Ministries(Rev. Sam Saripalli), Good News Messengers(Rev. Dr. Santhavardhan), Saviorís Heartbeat Ministries(Rev. Devasahayam Dandala), Shalom Christian Ministries(Mrs. Sasikala Vasanth Peter), Bro. Philip Gundala, Hebron Pentecostal Church(Rev. Vivekananda Nakka), Rev. Azariah Korabandi, IEM(Bro. Suresh Gundala), Bro. Venu Gopal Yagnamurthy, Bro. Johnson Samuel, Rev. John  Nakka. Also, UECF supported Bowery mission, other Evangelist and flood victims in Andhra Pradesh. Thanks for your prayerful financial support.  

Music Ministry: Praise Time has been a vital part of our Sunday Worship Services. We had the opportunity to sing praises not only in English but also in the regional languages like Telugu and Hindi. I thank and praise God for giving UECF an opportunity to reach out millions of people through our special Music programs in Aradana TV, Subhavartha TV and Miraclenet TV channels. Thanks to the choir members and to Mr. Samuel Sudhakar Chilaka, Mr. Josiah Srigiri, Mr. Nishanth Dwaram, Mrs. Emily Gopal, Ms. Yuko Unehara for providing music support. We appreciate the sincere efforts of  Mr. Naveen Thammadi, Mr. Ramesh Saripalli, Mrs. Satya Srigiri, Dr. Solomon Pagolu, Mr. Paul Gummadi and Mr. Victor Gollamandala for their support in Photography/Videography.    

Sunday School: Sunday School children of different age groups exhibited their talents on all possible special occasions. Thanks to Mr. Louis Dundi, Sunday School Coordinator and the Sunday School teaching staff for conducting dramas and choreographies. Thanks for their efforts in nurturing the children with the Word of God.    

Bible Study: UECF monthly Bible Study has been a blessing to many of the members. Thanks to the efforts of Mr. Ravi Rapaka for taking lead in conducting the Bible Study.  

Christmas Carols: We praise God for His protection throughout the Christmas season.  God enabled us to visit 41 families as part of Carol rounds during the Christmas season. We thank all the Carolers, all the families who opened their doors and for their prayerful support. We appreciate the efforts of Mr. Clement Myla for his help in coordinating the Carol rounds.  

Picnic: We had a wonderful time of Annual Family picnic at Thomson Park . Rev. Dr. David Ravinder shared the word of God during our picnic time. Congregation especially children had lots of fun at the picnic and enjoyed the activities.  

Fellowship Hour: Fellowship Coffee hour has been useful in bringing cohesion among the congregation. Many of our members have volunteered to host Fellowship Coffee hour after each Sunday service while celebrating their Birthdays and anniversaries. I thank all the congregation members for keeping the sanctuary and the fellowship hall clean & tidy after the usage.

Womenís Prayer Fellowship: UECF monthly Womenís Prayer Fellowship has been a blessing to many of the members. Thanks to Mrs. Shanthi Bhaskar and Mrs. Udaya Pulipati, Rev. Lilly Daniel, Mrs. Grace Tsappidi and  Mrs. Susan Bushi for leading the fellowship and Mrs. Jyothi Nakka for coordinating these meetings.  

UECF.NET: UECF Website has been a blessing to many. The presence of UECF is known all over the world through this web site. God is using this website as a channel to bring in more people to join us in worshipping the Lord. Many visitors have attended our worship services and testified that they came to know about UECF through the website. Some such visitors started attending regularly.  

I thank the Executive Committee, Board of Trustees and Pastorate Committee, Coordinators and all the members for their help.  Our thanks are due to Mr. Chittaranjan Lam and Mr. Anand Devi for auditing the UECF finances.  God in His abundance strengthened our finances in spite of the recession.  

I express my profound thanks to our honorary Pastors Rev. Dr. David Ravinder and Rev. David Davis for ministering to us. Thanks to Rev. Dr. Richard Ruch and Board of Trustees of Reformed Church for their continued support.

Apostle Paul in his first letter to Corinthians reminded that Ė For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as He chose. (1 Corinthians 12:12, 18).  

All praise, glory and honor to God alone!  

In Him,

Joshua(Phani) Pilli                                                                                           

24- Jan- 2010.