The Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ is one of the five main “Tabernacle” feasts of the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church. It commemorates the transformation or the “transfiguration” that came over Jesus while He was praying. Christ’s face shone like the sun and his clothes became a radiant and gleaming white. The Apostles Peter, James and John witnessed that event which occurred on a high mountain named Tabor.
The St. John Internship Program started on Tuesday, July 1st. Ever since then we have gained more hard working interns. The interns registered for this summer are Andrew Boghossian, Enrike Kaltakhtchyan, Josiah Kazarian, Alex Kouyoumdjian, Gayana Saakyan, Allen Torchiyan and Alex Tour Sarkissian. St. John Internship is twice a week every Tuesday and Thursday. Lunch is provided and it is a good way for the St. John youth and young adults to obtain new skills.
Organize and Thrive was a free life changing presentation by Christina Ardemis. Christina Ardemis discussed the matter of organizing things in your home and work and how it makes you feel less stressed and happy. Fifty eager people attended Organize and Thrive and we hope that they all took the information and advice and applied them to their own circumstances. Christina Ardemis is a professional organizer, Vice-Chair of St. Johns Ladies Society and she sings in the choir. What a skilled and talented woman if I do say so my self.
Summer this year at St.John has been an awesome and cool time so far. We have participated in Christina Ardemis’s Organize and Thrive event, St. John Family Night and the most exciting so far, Lost and Found in Armenia.
It isn’t Christmas yet, but we already have a WISH LIST. It is for our Food Festival coming up on Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19, 2014. As you know, the Food Festival is our main fundraiser.
Our St. John ladies and men are already preparing the delicious foods that all of us, and our usual 2,000 plus guests, will enjoy in October.
We are pleased to announce that this year over 16 youth from St. John Armenian Church will attend Hey camp during the second and fourth week sessions. Fr. Mesrop Ash will be the camp chaplain for both weeks. We wish them a happy and safe trip. Campers will take with them choregs baked by our own ladies. Yum!
For those parents that have applied for camp scholarships, the Scholarship Committee will review them and inform the recipients throughout the month of June.
Sunday, June 1, was the last day of Sunday School. As usual students gathered in the Ashjian room for a short rehearsal, and attended church to receive communion and a spiritual message by Fr. Mesrop Ash.
The Feast of Hampartzoom (Ascension) is one of the most joyous of the feasts celebrated by the Armenian Church. It is celebrated after the 40 days of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
One of the projects of St. John Parish Council this year is to have Family Nights and dedicate them to diasporan communities that Armenians came from.
The first Family Night took placed on Saturday May 17, 2014, and was dedicated to Fresno Armenians. More than 80 people from the community attended the event. Following a casual dinner, respected members of the community that grew up in Fresno shared their stories about the farm and town life in the Valley during the good times and bad.
For the past 54 years the men of St. John Armenian Church have cooked and served breakfast for our mothers on Mother’s Day.
This year was no exception, Sunday, May 11, the hall was decorated with flowers, and one could inhale the aroma of the coffee, and famous French Toast in the Paul Family Fellowship Hall.
It was a perfect family environment and mother’s day present when mothers, grandmothers joined their families for a delicious breakfast.