WELCOM NEW MEMBERS FOR 2015!
St. James Armenian Church is very pleased to announce and welcome to following New Members who joined our church family. We look forward to welcoming more new members for 2015:
Mrs. Ellen (Jebejian) Ballard - June 2015
We would like to thank all current members of St. James Armenian Church who have already renewed their membership for 2015. As a reminder, in order to vote at the next Annual Assembly in February 2016 your dues of $100 must be paid in the 2015 calendar year. If you are a parishioner who is not a current member, please consider joining and supporting the parish community. As a member you will be able to vote and fully participate in the Annual Assembly, hold an elective office within the parish, enjoy special discounts for hall rentals, receive the quarterly Oshagan as well as email updates and weekly bulletins and be listed and receive the church membership directory. Please contact the church office to learn more.
One hundred years ago, before the eyes of the world, the first Genocide of the 20th Century - systematically planned - unfolded in the Ottoman Empire. By the time it has subsided, one and a half million voices were forever silenced. With their disappearance, and the forced exile of hundreds of thousands of survivors, the first Christian nation - an ancient people who inhabited the Armenian highlands for three thousand years - lost its historic homeland.
Today, the families of survivors have settled across the glove and formed a vibrant and prosperous Armenian Diaspora, untied by their shared past and rich cultural heritage.
This year we are commemorating the Centennial of the Armenian genocide. Armenians around the world, solemnly remember the great tragedy that befell our people in 1915. But while we are observing those commemorative events in every corner of the world, history is unfolding right in front of our eyes, thanks to social media, we are witnessing another Genocide, deja vu, exactly 100 years apart. We are watching with horror the daily unfolding agony, pain, suffering death, and destruction of our Armenian communities in Syria and Iraq.
Watching all those horrific, incomprehensible and unimaginable barbaric brutality committed by those godforsaken monsters, it would be natural for us Armenians in thosetrying times to cry out to our wholly Father ad ask "why, all-powerful and wholly-good God did you not save our people form those massacres"? Instead we confide in our Lord and give thanks to Almighty God He has given us the strenght and courage to live a life of our faith and always pray to the Lord to "Deliver us from evil".
Dear parishioners and friends of St. James Church, I urge you to please make a generous donation to either or both, Syrian or Iraqi Relief Fund. You can make checks payable to St. James Armenian Church, indicate Syrian or Iraqi Relief and we will forward to the Diocese, OR send your donation directly to Syrian or Iraqi Relief. Our brothers and sister are in dire need of our help. Let's extend a helping hand and make a lasting change in the lives of Armenians in Syria and Iraq.
Thank you in advance for your earnest consideration for a donation.
Chair, Parish Council
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