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Sunday School Discovers the Garden Ministry

Friday, February 28, 2014

The St. John Sunday School spent the damp but sunny morning of last Sunday not in the classroom as they usually would, but in a new setting: St. John’s newly established parish garden. Instead of their usual curriculum, they learned about how and why seeds grow in to plants that bare vegetables and fruits. Most importantly, they learned that God gave them, and all humanity, the responsibility to be good stewards of His creation. Each child was given their own plot in the garden, so that they can learn that it takes time, attention, and love to be a good steward.

Archbishop Aris Shirvanian Visits Bay Area

Friday, February 7, 2014

Sunday, February 2, was a celebratory and joyous day for St. John parish, Archbishop Aris Shirvanian was invited to celebrate The Divine Liturgy and deliver the spiritual message. Fr. Mesrop Ash, altar servers, deacons and the choir were ready for the majestic worship experiance of the Episcopal Divine Liturgy.

Following the Episcopal Divine Liturgy, Fr. Mesrop Ash welcomed Abp. Shirvanian on behalf of the parishioners and invited him to deliver the spiritual message.

College Students: Get Ready for CYMA!

Friday, February 7, 2014

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!

Evening Service Will Be Held at 7pm

Thursday, February 6, 2014

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.

Fr. Mesrop to Lead Pilgrimage to Armenia in Fall 2014

Thursday, February 6, 2014

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.

Parish Priest Participates in Gathering of Near and Middle Eastern Clergy

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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.


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