On November 17, 2017, St. John celebrated the 75th Anniversary of its founding as a Parish with a Gala Banquet at the Waterfront Marriott in Burlingame.
For over one year St. John has been offering seasonal religious education courses with unique, focused, and engaging topics. This program is continuing in 2018 with the newly Winter courses that will be offered from January 30 to March 6. The offerings include last seasons “Whats the Difference?” course and the newly designed “On Living Simply” course. As always, all courses are free, meet 4 to 5 times, and last about an hour.
St. John values the artistic talent found in the Armenian Community, and as often as possible will look for opportunities to share it with the congregation. Toward this end, St. John invited Yn. Marine Zuloyan to exhibit her lively and joyful artwork on November 3 through 5. An opening was hosted on Friday evening, and the exhibition concluded following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday. Yn. Marine’s husband, Fr. Vazken Boyajian, of the Canadian Diocese of the Armenian Church, celebrated the Divine Liturgy that day as well.
In conjunction with the visit of the Diocese Primate His Eminence Abp. Hovnan Derderian on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of St. John Armenian Church, special ordination services were held during the Episcopal Divine Liturgy.
On October 21–22, 2015, St. John Armenian Church hosted their 75th Annual Food Festival. This spectacular event is a major attraction that draws thousands of visitors from the Greater Bay Area each year. The Festival is a cultural feast of Armenian flavors, an authentic traditional cuisine that is handed down from generation to generation, Armenian folk music, and dancing, showcasing Armenian gifts from Armenia and bringing the community together.
We are excited to announce that in conjunction with the celebrations being coordinated to mark the 75th Anniversary of St. John Armenian Church in San Francisco, our community will witness the ordination to the diaconate of two of its beloved sons, sDn. Nshan Kesecker and sDn. Kevin Kestekyan on November 19, 2017.
His Eminence Abp. Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and preside over the ordinations of these devoted young men.
On August 7th, the St. John Armenian Church San Francisco junior ACYO set out for a four day trip to Lake Tahoe led by Rev. Fr Mesrop and Yn. Annie Ash and youth director Dn. Charles Cherezian. A special thank you to Katherine Zerounian and Naira Sujohn for chaperoning as well. Over 15 junior members we in attendance. The days were spent by having various fellowship activities. Activities included a hike and spiritual discussion in Emerald Bay State Park with Fr.
Beginning mid-September, St. John will be offering two five-session Bible study courses to the faithful, led by Fr. Mesrop Ash.
The first course will be an updated version of the Fresh Faith series, which is an engaging review of essential concepts of Armenian Apostolic Christianity. This course will be offered Sept. 19 through Oct. 17, each Tuesday from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. This course is perfect for those looking to engage their faith for the first time, or those who are looking to just brush up on crucial concepts.
it was quite a site. Boxed bikes parts being assembled, helmets, water bottles, sleeping bags, bike bags and the excited chatter of bicyclists on a mission that would go from San Francisco to Georgia.
For 2-1/2 days St. John graciously hosted 28 bicyclists (aged 19-70) representing The Fuller Center for Housing, as they began their journey across the country to raise money and awareness of Fuller's commitment to providing people with a decent place to live.