Saturday, October 31, 2009

Catching up

I am running little late, and doing catching up.  My family is down with flu and today I have not had a chance to spend as much time I wanted to, on Sunday school  materials.

Tomorrow, I may be coming directly to the Sunday school and let's continue our discussion on marriage.

Regarding your BRS answers please turn them in, and I will correct them.  Call me if you still have questions.

Sherine Sam and Sherlyne Sam told me they have been invited to another church to attend a perunnal tomorrow, and hence won't be able to make to to class.

There was an email communication sent out by Sunday school secretary.  See below:
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Hello All,

We will be having the Bala Balika Samajam on November 15th, this time all the Odd class number( Pre-K, KG, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11) students can participate. Please sign-up with the respective class teachers. The items can be Song, Bible verse, Bible story.

Last Sunday, I gave the BRS and Symposium Certificates to all the students for the year 2008-2009. If anyone haven’t received the certificate yet, then please let me know.

Regards,
Jaysee

DST ends tonight



Daylight savings time for 2009 ends tonight.  From tomorrow, Nov 1, we change an hour back on our clocks.  The way to remember it is,
Spring forward, Fall back.  

Without changing the time if you arrive at church tomorrow, you'll find that you arrived an hour early.

If you seldom shut down your home computer/laptop during weekdays, try shutting it down and restarting it tomorrow morning.  This applies to majority of our home electronics as well.

Why don't you take up the task of resetting all home electronics and clocks as young responsible adults? The list includes:

Computer(s)
Wall clocks - cuckoo clocks need to be checked for chime too.
Alarm Clock
Watches
Cell Phones - your's and your parents'
Home theater
Music system
Ipod
Microwave oven(s)
Cooking range
Certain washer/dryers
Refrigerator(s)
Video games
Picture frames

The last place to change the time is on your parents car(s).

It is also a good idea to change the battery of your smoke alarm at home.

If you undertake the task of changing time on all equipments at home, please come to me and collect your bonus points.

Atomic clocks are supposed to receive radio signals from the master clock in Colorado and synchronize themselves.  It is supposed to adjust itself during DST - that's what I believed until I had this experience.

At home we have an atomic clock and I was confident it will adjust time automatically.  Last march, I told everyone at home that it IS the right time, since it synchronizes itself with the master clock, and we don't have to change the time on it.  I went on and explained the technology behind it, how the energy levels of the caesium 133 atom drives the time, how superior it is compared to swiss watches or the quartz crystals, how it adjusts itself to even a microsecond, how GPS technology will not work without it, how internet time synchronization is important, and all that good stuff.  My family was impressed at our atomic clock.  They were stunned at the accuracy and precision the clock provided.  They felt that nothing can go wrong when we have such wonderful clock at home.

On Sunday morning, my son Chris called me and said, "Dada, the atomic clock is incorrect."  I reminded him about it's accuracy once again and told him, "Chris, that IS the right time."

"But dada... " Chris said.  "it is off by an hour from our other clocks."

I said, "Let me check."

I took down the priced atomic clock from the wall, only to find out that the 'auto synchronization' setting was not turned on.  My face turned red and it certainly was an embarrassing moment.

"Let's all get ready and run to church... we are gonna be late...Chris, you hurry up... " I said.. hiding the embarrassment, and wondering if my wife heard it.  She certainly was listening to what was going on, and had that familiar smile on her face.

Parumala perunnal

Below is the Parumala Perunnal live.  

You may close the advertisement once the 'Close Ad' button appears at the bottom.
I am surprised to see few ads that do not belong in a church perunnal setting.

Hallo-ween


What’s a ghost’s favorite breakfast?
Ghost toasties with boo-berries.

What’s a ghoul’s favorite game?
Hide-And-Go-Shriek!

What’s it like to be kissed by a vampire?
It’s a pain in the neck.

What’s the best way to catch an ear of corn?
Use a cobweb.

How come skeletons can’t have a party?
Because no-BODY came

What kind of makeup do ghosts wear?
Mas-scare-a.

What kind of mistakes do spooks make?
Boo boos.

What kind of music do ghosts listen to?
Sheet music.

What kind of tie does a ghost wear to a formal party?
A boo-tie.

What would you call the ghost of a door-to-door salesman?
A dead ringer.

Who was the most famous French skeleton?
Napoleon bone-apart.

Why are so few ghosts arrested?
It’s hard to pin anything on them.

Why couldn’t Dracula’s wife get to sleep?
Because of his coffin.

Why did the ghost go into the bar?
For the boos.

Why did the ghost starch her sheet?
She wanted everyone to be scared stiff.

Why did the vampire give his girlfriend a blood test?
To see if she was his type.

Why didn’t the skeleton cross the road?
He had no guts.

Why didn’t the skeleton dance at the party?
He had no body to dance with.

Why do demons and ghouls hang out together?
Because demons are a ghoul’s best friend.

Why do mummies make excellent spies?
They’re good at keeping things under wraps.

Why do witches fly on brooms?
Because vacuum cleaners are too heavy.

Why don’t mummies take vacations?
They’re afraid they’ll relax and unwind.

Why wasn’t there any food left after the monster party?
Because everyone was a goblin!

Friday, October 30, 2009

King Solomon's wisdom

We have read about King Solomon's wisdom where two women brought a baby claiming it as each other's child in 1 Kings 3: 16 - 28.

After that incident, two older women came before King Solomon, dragging between them a young man.

"This young man agreed to marry my daughter," said one.

"No! He agreed to marry MY daughter," said the other.

And so they began arguing until the King called for silence.

"Bring me my biggest sword," said Solomon, "and I shall hew the young man in half. Each of you shall receive a half."

"Sounds good to me," said the first lady.

But the other woman said, "Your Highness, do not spill innocent blood. Let the other woman's daughter marry him."

The wise king did not hesitate a moment. "The man must marry the first woman's daughter," he proclaimed.

"But she was willing to hew him in two!" exclaimed the king's court.

"Indeed," said wise King Solomon. "That shows she is the TRUE mother-in-law."

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wedding fun facts

Average Age
In the United States, the average bride is 24 years old and the average groom is 28.

Bouquet
For ancient Greeks and Romans, the bouquet was a pungent mix of garlic and herbs or grains. The garlic was supposed to ward off evil spirits and the herbs or grains were to insure a fruitful union. In ancient Poland, it was believed that sprinkling sugar on the bride's bouquet kept her temper sweet.

Bridesmaids Curse
Thrice a bridesmaid, never a bride is an old charm that can be broken by being a bridesmaid seven times.

Cake
The wedding cake has always played an important part in the wedding. Ancient Romans broke a cake over the bride's head to symbolize fertility or abundance. Many other cultures dropped wheat, flour or cake on the bride's head, and then ate the crumbs for good luck. The early British baked baskets of dry crackers, and every guest took one home after the wedding. In medieval times, guests brought small cakes and piled them on a table. The bride and groom then attempted to kiss over the cakes. Eventually, a young baker decided to put all the cakes together and cover them with frosting, thus the tiered wedding cake was born.

Dressing Matters
The tradition of bridesmaids dressing the same as each other and in similar style to the bride comes from ancient days when it was believed that evil spirits have a more difficult time distinguishing which one is the bride and putting a hex on her.

Dress Color
Traditionally, brides did not wear white wedding gowns. Through the 18th century, most brides just wore their Sunday best to their wedding. Red was a favorite during the Middle Ages in Europe. Other colors were worn for symbolic reasons: blue meant constancy and green meant youth. As years passed, white was worn as a symbol of purity. Today, white merely symbolizes the wedding and is worn by any bride, no matter if it is their second marriage.

Engagement Length
The average engagement period is around 16 months.

Engagement Ring Picking
74% of all brides receive a diamond engagement ring. Of those, 60% are involved in picking out their ring, while 3% actually pick it themselves.

Engagement Ring Practice
The practice of giving or exchanging engagement rings began in 1477 when Roman Emperor, Maximilian I, gave Mary of Burgandy a diamond ring as an engagement present.

Formal or Casual
80% of brides plan formal weddings.

Honeymoon
The first weddings comprised of a groom taking his bride by capture. He would take her somewhere hidden away so her relatives and villagers couldn't find them. There they stayed for one moon phase and drank mead, a wine make from honey, to make them more amorous. Thus, the word "honeymoon" was born. Today, the honeymoon is the time when the couple can get away for awhile.

Internet Wedding Planning
8% of all Internet users are engaged to be married.

It's Popular to be Unlucky
According to English folklore, Saturday, the most popular American choice, is the unluckiest day to marry!

Number of U.S. Weddings
The number of marriages in the U.S. has averaged 2.25 - 2.4 million every year for the past 20 years.

Oldest Bridal Tradition
The veil dates back to ancient Rome, when it was flame-yellow, always worn over the face.

Something Blue
In the rhyme 'something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue', "blue" is symbolic of the blood of royalty, since both the bride and the groom were once considered to be "royal" on their wedding day.

Strange But True
In Pennsylvania, Ministers are forbidden from performing marriages when either the bride or groom is drunk.

Kiss
The first kiss a bride and groom share at the close of the ceremony has carried special significance through the centuries. Many cultures believed that the couple exchanged spirits with their breath and part of their souls were exchanged as well.

The Wedding Party
The most frequent number of bridesmaids is 4 (including the maid of honor). 62% of weddings have a flower girl, while 56% have a ring bearer.

Throwing Rice
One of the oldest wedding traditions, the custom of throwing rice, originated with the ancient Hindus and Chinese. In these cultures, rice is the symbol of fruitfulness and prosperity. Tossing it after the ceremony was believed to bestow fertility upon the bride and groom. Eating rice and other grains was thought to guarantee health, wealth and happiness for the newlyweds. Today, rice tossing is being replaced by the more ecologically friendly birdseed tossing, because uncooked rice is damaging to birds who eat it off the church lawn.

Veil
Mystique and romance has surrounded the veil for more than one thousand years. Originally, the veil is thought to have been used to hide the bride from abductors, just as the similar dress of her bridesmaids was meant to do. But a more romantic interpretation evolved later which believed that concealment (as the bride's face beneath a veil) rendered what was hidden more valuable. Another early interpretation of the veil was that it symbolized youth and virginity.

Wearing a Wedding Ring
The reason that the engagement ring and wedding band is worn on the fourth finger of the left hand is because the ancient Egyptians thought that the "vein of love' ran from this finger directly to the heart.

Wearing White
Queen Victoria made white the bridal color of choice when she wore it to wed Prince Albert in 1840.

Wedding Costs
The average wedding in the United States costs between $20,000 to $25,000.

Wedding Guests
In the United States, an average of 189 guests attend each wedding.

Wedding Location
In the United States, 85% of all weddings take place within a church or synagogue.

Wedding Month
August is the top month for weddings, with an average of 10.2% taking place. June comes in a close second with 9.9%.

Wedding Planning
37% of all brides plan their weddings for 7 to 12 months.

Credits: Various websites

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Family background

A little girl asked her mother one day, "How did the human race appear?"

The mother answered, "God made Adam and Eve and they had children, and so was all mankind made.."

Two days later the girl asked her father the same question.. The father answered, "Many years ago there were monkeys from which the human race evolved."

The confused girl returned to her mother and said, "Mom, how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God, and Dad said they developed from monkeys?"

The mother answered, "Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his."

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Church signs

Few church signs:

“God does not believe in atheists, therefore atheists do not exist”

“Free coffee AND everlasting life – yes, church membership has its privileges”

“Don’t be so open minded that your brains fall out”

“Read the Bible. It will scare the Hell out of you”

“God loved the world so much he didn’t send a committee”

“Wal-Mart is not the ONLY saving place”

“Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity”

“There are some questions that can’t be answered by Google”

Triple filter test

Everyday while talking to our friends, we hear lots of stories about others.  Some of it is true, Some of it will  hurt us, and some of it is not even relevant to us.

Ever heard of 'character assassination'?  That is what some people try to do.  I personally do not believe about someone's character without having a first hand experience.  The person who is portrayed as a villian by others may show you his/her good side and thus turn out to be your good friend.  Another person who seems nice on the surface may not have a heart at all, when you get to know him/her.  Therefore do not believe everything what others say about someone.   In short, do not judge a book by it's cover.

Here is a true story, called the 'Triple Filter Test':

In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, “Do you know what I just heard about your friend?”

“Hold on a minute,” Socrates replied. “Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be good idea to take a moment and filter what you’re going to say. That’s why I call it the triple filter test. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”

“Well, no,” the man said, “actually I just heard about it and...”

“All right,” said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now, let’s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?”

“Umm, no, on the contrary...”

“So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about my friend, but you’re not certain it’s true. You may still pass the test though, because there’s one filter left-the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?”

“No, not really...”

“Well,” concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither true, nor good, nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?”

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I have met some wise people who follow the 'triple filter test' in their life.  I encourage you to start applying it in your life and you will see the difference.

Wedding humor

A successful husband is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful wife is one who can find such a husband.

Before marriage, a man yearns for the woman he loves. After marriage, the “y” becomes silent.

A husband said to his wife, “No, I don’t hate your relatives. In fact, I like your mother-in-law better than I like mine.”

The honeymoon is over when the husband calls home to say he’ll be late for dinner and the answering machine says it is in the microwave.

A little boy asked his father, “Daddy, how much does it cost to get married?”  And the father replied, “I don’t know, son, I’m still paying for it.”

A man said his credit card was stolen but he decided not to report it because the thief was spending less than his wife did.

The most effective way to remember your wife’s birthday is to forget it once.

Cosmetics: A woman’s means for keeping a man from reading between the lines.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sixteen

A little boy was attending his first wedding.

After the service, his cousin asked him, "How many women can a man marry?"

"Sixteen," the boy responded.

His cousin was amazed that he had an answer so quickly. "How do you know that?"

"Easy," the little boy said. "All you have to do is add it up, like the Bishop said: 4 better, 4 worse, 4 richer, 4 poorer"


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Oct 25

We had an interesting class today - another day of full house.  It's good to see all of you attending the general session right from the start and coming to our class right away.  When I took attendance in today's general session, some of you were just walking in - but that's ok; I gave you today's attendance.

Most of you turned in your BRS # 3, which is only due next Sunday.  Bravo!!! I am really proud of my class.  We discussed some of the BRS questions which were bit tough.  Yeah - you may re-submit your answers by next week and still score 100.  Let me correct the ones you turned in, and inform you if you need to answer them again.

In class, we started a new topic - marriage.  For the next few weeks, we'll be sticking to this topic.  It is one of the most interesting topics in our book.  None of you wanted to leave the class even after the lecture concluded.  You still had many meaningful questions  - do you know how a teacher feels when the students stay after the class and still ask lots of questions?  Any teacher will be delighted to answer such questions students have.  Come prepared with all your questions next time, and I'll do my best to answer them.

Here is the link for wedding songs that I promised -they are some of my personal favorite; I listen to them quite often.  One good thing about these links is that you can freely download it to your laptop or ipod.

We need to start talking about our Christmas program.   I have received some ideas, but as a class, we need to collectively agree upon something.  Sherine Sam and Sherlyne Sam showed interest in doing a dance with Mariya Tom, similar to last year.  Others - think what you want to do, and let me know.  We'll work out something.

When I was talking to you about the possibility of being the headmaster, I noticed many of you crying and wiping your tears.  No - I am not leaving you alone and going anywhere.  I will take care of you, to the best of my abilities - I love you all.  You are such a sweet bunch of students, and I already know that.

It's getting cold and you may want to start wearing your winter clothing to church from now on.

Have a nice week.  See you next Sunday.