Atlanta Tamil Church dedicates new building
June 28, 2009, was a memorable day in the history of Atlanta Tamil Church, as the congregation and guests dedicated a new building at 6111 Oakbrook Parkway, Norcross.
The church had a small beginning in the year 2000, with worshippers meeting in an apartment near Jimmy Carter Blvd. After that, services were held for nine years in the facilities of the Korean Community Presbyterian Church. Then the small Tamil congregation managed to buy their own building, with the help of supporting members and well-wishers of the non-denominational church.
Along with Pastor Palmer Paramadhas, founder of the church, the elders’ board put a lot of effort and prayer into the dedication ceremony. The church was full of Tamil-speaking people, as well as pastors from different churches around Atlanta and neighboring states.
The ceremony started with a welcome message from the chairman, Antony Arputharaj, followed by a blessing of the Church by Rev. Dr. Vincent Samuel from India. The praise and worship team, under the leadership of Daniel Samuelraj, led the church into God’s presence with anointed praise and worship in Tamil.
Church treasurer Alfred Thyagaraju described the construction work done behind the scenes to bring the church to this level, made possible through the support and cooperation of every member. All the elders and prayer warriors were honored by the pastor for their dedication and commitment to the Church.
The Sunday School kids sang songs in Tamil. The joint secretary, Ajoy Devadawson, thanked everyone. There was a pattimantram (debate) on the topic: Is Christian life a life of prosperity or a life of burdens? Two teams talked about the various pros and cons in Christian life. The service ended with a delicious South Indian lunch.
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