This year’s Christian Youth Mission to Armenia (CYMA) Trip is just around the corner. For one month, (July 1-31) the youth of the Diaspora will learn about our rich history and will be immersed in the current lifestyle through internships, interactions with youth, and social projects. CYMA’s participants will visit Armenia’s historic churches and landmarks. They will enjoy the wondrous beauty of the Motherland and will rediscover their roots!
For the past month, Evening Services have been held each Wednesday to provide an opportunity for the faithful to pray and meditate. We give thanks that many have come to enjoy the prayerful respite of the prayers of evening hour.
Beginning February 12, 2014 the Evening Service will be held at 7:00pm. The reason for this change is to give those who work and have families more time to attend.
We are excited to announce that Parish Priest, Fr. Mesrop Ash, will be leading a pilrimage to Armenia from September 24 - October 10, 2014. This will be a wonderful opportunity for the faithful of the Bay Area to experiance the Hayrenik, our ancestral homeland.
This pilgrimage will travel to all the essential sites of Armenian heritage, including Holy Etchmiadzin, Khor Virab, Lake Sevan, Dilijan, Artsakh, and more.
On January 2, 2014 a meeting of clergy of the Orthodox Churches serving Middle Eastern communities was gathered at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in San Francisco. Fr. Mesrop, Parish Priest of St. John Armenian Church, attended as well as Fr. Hovel Ohanyan of St. Vartan Oakland. Also attending were representatives of the Catholic and Antiochian Orthodox churches, as well as others. This casual meeting was gathered to explore ways that these churches, which serve communities with common values and challenges, can work together to strengthen their missions.
It has been a wonderful tradition at St. John to have a Candlelight Service on Western Christmas Eve. This year was no exception, more than 200 faithful gathered together to sing Christmas carols along with the St. John Choir, to hear the scripture readings by our dedicated deacons, and to watch our wonderful Sunday School Children present the Nativity scene.
On January 7, 2014 Armenian classes will resume each Tuesday evening at 7 PM. For returning students an intermediate level class has been established. Intermediate level Armenian speakers who have not been a part of the class may join. A new beginners level class will start on January 7, and all of those interested who did not register in the fall are welcome to sign-up. If you are interested in joining the class, Please contact the office at print the seas (415) 661–1142 ex. 0.
St. John Armenian Church is proud to announce that three applicants were granted 2013 James Martin Klijian Memorial Fund College Scholarship. Having reinstated the long standing scholarship in 2013, which was established by the Barkev and Beatrice Klijian Family in 1976 in loving memory of James Martin Klijian, the parish is grateful to honor them by supporting our outstanding youth in their academic endevors.
Sunday December 15, following Divine Liturgy St. John had a wonderful Christmas Party, nearly 200 parishioners came together as one big family to celebrate and welcome Santa Claus. Fr. Mesrop Ash welcomed everyone and blessed the table. During the lunch Sunday School Students performed Christmas carols accompanied by St. John Sunday School band and received enthusiastic applause from the audience. This was their 3rd official performance lead by Tommy Kesecker, who worked very hard with the musicians to make this event possible.
Every year St. John Armenian Church hosts the annual toy drive benefiting UCSF Pediatric Ward. As usual spearheaded by our own Dn. Charles Cherezian, this year's toy drive was a huge success. Over $1,000 toys were purchased and delivered to the hospital. We thank our Sunday School students and families for donating toys and all who made monetary donations. Your generosity is greatly appreciated by the children in the pediatric ward. We also thank Dn. Charles for making this event possible every year.
We are pleased to announce that starting January 8, 2014, Fr. Mesrop Ash will be conducting Evening (Vespers) Service every Wednesday, from 6:30pm-7:00pm. The service will be concluded with a short spiritual reflection. Our parishoners are encouraged to participate in this meditative service.