Tuesday, May 8, 2018, His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, confirmed the election of the Very Reverend Fr. Daniel Findikyan as the new Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church. For this occasion, Fr. Aren Jebejian and Fr. Armash Bagdasarian sent a congratulatory letter to the newly elected Primate.
Watch the Enthronement video below
Tuesday Lunch Club
Tuesdays at the Veteran's Hall
Doors open at 11:00 am
Lunch Served at Noon
Your $7 donation includes: salad, entrée with side, dessert, coffee, water
Individually plated meal served on china with linens
Lunch Served at Noon
Tuesdays in the Dining Hall of the Veterans Building
Thirty-seven-year-old Mariam Tamaryan from Lori Berd is trying desperately to overcome the hardships in her life.
This single mother has five children, Vardges, 19, who joined the army in Artsakh; Vahe, 16; Mary, 10; Angelina, 4; and Aren, 2. One year ago, Mariam and her children escaped from her abusive husband in Russia. He would beat her and the children, and on occasions even throw them out of the house on cold nights.
She fled to the Women's Resource Center in Yerevan where she had help for a few months before the government placed her and the children in a previously abandoned house in Lori Berd. Since the only way to earn a living in Lori Berd is by potato harvesting, Mariam and Vahe took on short-term contract work doing manual labor in the fields for a regional company. They worked 12-hour shifts while Mary stayed home and babysat Angelina and Aren.
When the season was finished, Mariam was left without a job and the huge debt she had incurred from borrowing food from local grovery stories. This took most of her earnings. Food is now scarce in their household and Mariam can barely feed her family. Without decent clothes to wear, her children are too ashamed to go to school.
"Alone, I am powerless," said Mariam as she broke down in tears. Without help, it won't get any easier for Mariam and her children. Ayo! can collect food and clothes locally for the family so they can get through the winter, but that's just a short-term fix.
The Revive the Soil project could help Mariam for the long-term. Having access to agricultural equipment empowers her and gives her freedom to cultivate her own plot of land, and to sell and use what she produces.
There are 1,490 families in Lori Berd and its surrounding communities who live in similar situations, who have similar stories of struggle. This project would give them a source of collective support.
The Komitas Choir conducted another fruitful week of immersing twenty of our youth in Armenian Culture
Thanks to the Instructors... Fr. Aren, Fr. Armash, Fr. Garabed, Dn. Rubik, Dikran, Naiyri, Dolly, Joy, Levon, Anahit, Ann Marie And to the Counselors.... Sevana, Mara, Ani, Lerna, Noubar, Alex and Oshen And to the Program Coordinator.. Denise K. The Komitas Choir conducted another fruitful week of immersing twenty of our youth in Armenian Culture
New activities for the young, arts & crafts, Health Fair, Fine Dining, Dancing & Delicacies,Kebob Dinners, Shopping and more. Special thanks to all who volunteered, staff and especially to Lisa M. and Paul A.
Day by Day Bible Study
Wednesdays - 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
October 24, November 28 and December 26
For more information, call Yeretzgin Roberta at 248-538-9993
November 2018 Events and Flyers
U P C O M I N G ...
Sunday, November 18 - Church School Thanksgiving Dinner Sunday, December 2 - Detroit Armenian Chorale Christmas Concert
Treasure in Heaven
In the latest episode of the video series Choices, Fr. Tateos Abdalian reflects on the upcoming season that begins with Thanksgiving and culminates in Christmas.
How can we truly exemplify the spirit of gratitude the season demands? And how can we carry that spirit beyond this special time of year, to enliven our everyday experience? Find out by watching "Treasure in Heaven."
Belinda Kabodian, RN, Community Health Coordinator at St. John Providence Hospital, will be available on the first Sunday of each month for blood pressure screenings in the Main Hall. This event is open to everyone and free of charge. The next blood pressure screening is on December 2nd.
St. John Armenian Church Parish Christmas Card
A Holiday Tradition to Support Our Church
Once again, parishioners may share their Christmas and New Year greetings with their fellow St. John's members in our Parish Christmas Card, and in doing so support a special program. All proceeds will go to the Social Concern Fund. Your gift is a testimony of your love and support in Christian stewardship for the works of Christ in our spiritual home.
Please complete the form below and forward to the church office with a suggested donation of $50.00, check payable to:
St. John Armenian Church
22001 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48075
Checks should be received no later than Wednesday, December 5, 2018.
Please see the form in the Sunday Bulletin or, if you wish to charge your gift, please phone the Church Office.
On Thursday, November 15, 2018, Fr. Aren Jebejian and Fr. Armash Bagdasarian paid a visit to Rabbi Aaron Starr, Chief Rabbi at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield.
The purpose of the visit was to personally express the sympathy of the Armenian Community to the Jewish Community following the horrific shooting at Tree of Life Temple in Pittsburgh where 11 worshipers were killed a few weeks ago. In addition to the statement put out by the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), Lift Up Southfield!, an interfaith group of ministers including Fr. Aren and Fr. Armash, put together a statement denouncing the tragedy.
As a result of discussions, it was decided to have worshipers from different congregations in Southfield join the Shaarey Zedek Community on Saturday November 17th during their Shabbat Services.
We encourage St. John parishioners to join our brothers and sisters at Temple Shaarey Zedek on Saturday Morning at 10:30am where members of different congregations will be seated in a special place in the temple in order to show our unity in denouncing such horrific events to worshiping communities.