Atlanta Telugu Christhava Samavesam (Telugu Fellowship) was started by a small group of Telugu Christians in Atlanta Metro area for purpose of worship and fellowship in August 1995.
The group started initially with prayer meetings and bible study at individual member’s homes. A year after that, the group decided, in addition to the home prayer meetings, to have a worship service at a Church once a month. God led the group to Brookhaven United Methodist Church, who graciously offered their facility, so the group started having a service every third Saturday of the month, from Jan to October, and on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day in November and December respectively.
The vision of ATCS was not to form a church but to remain as a home prayer group. So the group does not have a pastor like in a church but the group has some ordained ministers who lead the worship and prayer gatherings.
Even though the members are from different denominations they all believe in the authority of Bible as the Word of God and redemption by grace through faith by the atonement of Lord Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary.
We give opportunity to every family to coordinate the monthly meetings and host the weekly bible study/prayer meetings. This way we honor the various denominational differences, while encouraging all the members, particularly the youth and children to get involved and grow in the LORD.
The weekly home bible study/prayer meetings are the heart of ATCS. The bible study discussion is interactive and we study questions based on a scripture portion, which are emailed to the members in advance.
In addition to the weekly and monthly meetings, the group also coordinated special revival meetings and retreats for the purpose of spiritual renewal and revival among the Telugu Christians in this region.
Over the years, the LORD has also provided the group opportunities to proclaim the Gospel to the community in Atlanta through presentations by our children, youth and adults at churches and cultural festivals. The group also set up booths at some of these cultural festivals to distribute bibles, videos and tracts.
In the year 2001, LORD Jesus has specially led us to start a website in order to reach out to the global Telugu community. The group also registered as a non-profit organization in order to operate more efficiently especially in the area of outreach.
God has brought specially gifted individuals together as a unique entity through which His Name is glorified. We thank Him for all that has been done and trust Him in all that He is going to do in and through ATCS.