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Lenten Recipe: Zucchini with Peppers and Onion

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

In Armenian this dish is called: Bughbeghov yev Sokhov Tutoom

¼ cup olive oil
2 onions, sliced in ¼ -inch rounds
1 ¼ pounds small zucchini cut into ¼-inch rounds(there should be about 4 cups)
1 pepper (red or green, or ½ of each), cut into strips
1 14-ounce can Italian-style plum tomatoes
½ teaspoon crushed, dried basil
¼ teaspoon crushed, dried mint leaves
Salt and pepper to taste

 

ACYO Volunteers at Soup Kitchen

Friday, February 8, 2013
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Our ACYO members at the Martin De Porres Soup Kitchen with sDn. Arto Bedikian

On Saturday, February 6, members of Armenian Church Youth Organization of St. John, San Francisco volunteered at Martin De Porres Soup Kitchen. The leader of this inspirational day was Sub-Deacon Arto Bedikian. The day began with our youth cutting desserts in preparation for serving. Then, we spread out into different groups and helped to prepare food, serving, collecting dishes, and cleaning dishes. Overall, this was a enriching and important day as our youth were able to assist those who are destitute in our greater community of San Francisco.

Bible Studies Groups In San Francisco and Peninsula

Friday, February 8, 2013
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Wednesday January 16, Fr. Mesrop held a Bible Study Session with the San Francisco group at the home of Mr. and Mrs. David and Marina Israelyan, and on Tuesday, January 22,  with the Peninsula group at the home of Dn. and Mrs. Sarkis and Hera Kestekyan,  there were more then 15 participants in each session that received spiritual nourishment, and why not had fun after Bible Study. We thank the Israelyan and Kestekyan families for opening their doors.

Commemoration of St. Sarkis the Warrior & Youth Blessing

Monday, January 28, 2013
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On Sunday, January 27, 2013 the Feast of St. Sarkis the Warrior was commemorated, and was Youth day at St. John Church. Fr. Mesrop Ash invited the youth for a special service and blessing and delivered a special message, he talked about who St. Sarkis was and what was his role in the Armenian Church.

A special message was offered for youth of all ages about the role of social networks in our lives, such as Facebook.

Ladies Society Elects New Board

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

St. John Ladies Society held its annual Christmas Luncheon/Meeting on December 1, 2012. A delicious gourmet luncheon was hosted and prepared by Linda Lester and Marietta Nichols.

The following are the members of the 2013 Executive Board: Linda Lester and Anoush Maghdissian Co-Chair, Cecelia Baloian, Marietta Nichols, Arlene Barber, Helen Manougian, Yer. Annie Ash, Millie Sheehy and Isabelle Dokouzian.

ACYO Core Group Holds First Meeting

Monday, January 7, 2013
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On January 3, the first meeting of the ACYO Core Group was held in the private residence of Fr. Mesrop and Yn. Annie. Present were 6 of our parish's talented youth. The purpose of this fun and productive meeting was to brainstorm new ways of growing St. John's youth ministry. Some of the activities which they have put on the calendar include:

St. John Attends ArmTech Congress

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
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On December 10, Fr. Mesop Ash attended the 2012 ArmTech Congress on the campus of Stanford University. Also in attendance was Parish Council member Greg Nemet Sr. During the conference they learned about the various initiatives taken place between Silicon Valley and the Republic of Armenia to stimulate the growth of the tech sector. In the evening Fr. Mesrop and Yn. Annie. as well as many members from our community, were invited to participate in the banquet to celebrate the conference.

Toy Drive

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
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Once again in continuing with tradition, St. John Armenian Church hosted  the annual toy drive benefiting UCSF's Pediatric Ward.  this year’s Toy Drive was a huge success by raising  over $1600 in toys Many thanks for the generous monetary donations and toys. Your generous donations were greatly appreciated by the children in the pediatric ward and by St. John Armenian Church.

St. John extends its thanks to Dn. Charles Cherezian and Ms. Carmen Kestekyan for their hard work in organizing the toy drive.

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