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St. John Offering Two Bible Study Courses this Fall

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
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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.

St. John Fed the Multitudes... of Bicyclists

Thursday, July 27, 2017
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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.

Ladies Society Corner

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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Ladies Society is gearing up for our 2017 Food Festival cooking schedule. Take note of the
cooking schedule, we can use your help. Come when you can, come for the whole day, come
for part of the day, come with a friend, EVERY hand helps. It’s fun, it’s social and a great way to
work with the generations of the wise who have planted the seeds of our St. John Church
history.
 
Our last formal meeting, before our summer cooking sessions have begun, was in May. We

Seeking Family Favorites

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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Nested in the San Francisco Bay Area, we all cherish our Armenian culture in a multitude of ways - one being our food.  As we approach St. John’s 75th Anniversary Celebration, we’d like to document, share, and treasure the foods that connect our families, and friends to what our identified Armenian culture represents.  Whether it’s your favorite mezza to pilaf to sweet dessert recipes, we want you to share the food that fills your kitchen aroma and table.

My 101st step Essay written by Megan Tutundjian

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
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In conjunction with the Sports Weekend, an essay contest was held by Western Diocese asking the ACYO members to write a response to a book The 100 Steps. We are delighted to announce that our ACYO members won high honors in the contest, Megan Tutundjian won first prize, and Kevin Kestekyan won second prize. Congratulations to Megen and Kevin. 

The following is Megan Tutundjian's award winning essay:

Altar Server Training Program

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

An altar server training program was held at the Western Diocese in LA. Allen Torchiyan, Enrike Kaltakhtchyan, Paul Israelian, and I were able to attend. It was a great weekend for us to learn different aspects of the Sunday Liturgy. Topics included learning different liturgical hymns as well as learning the different roles of an altar server. On that Sunday, we attended the liturgy at the cathedral. We also got to know the Burbank ACYO Chapter a little better. They were very welcoming.

Youth Ministry Update

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
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The past couple months have been a busy time for our ACYO. The month of May focused on getting our teens ready for the annual ACYO Sports Weekend in Fresno. We held practices jointly with our brothers and sisters across the bay at St. Vartan Church. This was a great time to bond with them.  Sports weekend was a total success. Our kids had the time of their lives. We are proud of how they competed but more importantly how they represented themselves and our church. Our boys won the 3rd place in junior basketball. They fought hard and played so well. They enjoyed teaming up with St.

Two Bay Area Parishes Organized Historic Joint Pilgrimage

Thursday, June 22, 2017

In commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the consecrations of both St. Vartan Oakland and St. John San Francisco a first-of-its-kind joint pilgrimage was organized by Fr. Hovel Ohanyan and Fr. Mesrop Ash. This group consisted of 54 faithful from the area and throughout the Western Diocese, who signed up to reconnect with their ancestral homeland and commit themselves to spiritual renewal.

Klijian Memorial Fund College Scholarship for 2017

Thursday, June 1, 2017

St. John Armenian Church is proud to release the application for the James Martin Klijian Memorial Fund College Scholarship for 2017. This special scholarship was generously established by the Barkev and Beatrice Klijian Family in 1976 in loving memory of James Martin Klijian. Scholarships are available each year for the purpose of supporting the youth of St. John and encouraging participation youth activities.

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