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ST. JAMES ARMENIAN Apostolic CHURCH
Rev. Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan, Pastor
816 Clark Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Tel: 847-864-6263

 

May 26 - June 1, 2013
SUNDAY, May 26, 2013
Rememberance Of The Prophet Elijah 
Morning Service - 9:15 AM
Divine Liturgy - 10:00 AM

Scripture readings:
1 Kings 18: 29-46; 2 Kings 2: 1-15; James 5: 16-20;
Luke 4: 25-30   
 
Hokehankisd- Requiem Service
For the soul of Arsen Demirdjian (40 days)
Requested by Demirjian Family 
CALL FROM THE PRIMATE ARCHBISHOP KHAJAG BARSAMIAN  


On Monday, our country witnessed the horrors of another natural disaster: this time striking in the form of a mammoth tornado in Oklahoma.


The cost in human death-24 people at this writing-as well as in dislocation and misery is a pitiful spectacle. Even as we observe the terrible images of destruction from the safety of our homes, it is painful to know that we are witnessing the sorrow and loss of our fellow Americans.
 

Our hearts go out to the victims, and to all the people of the region. Please join us in offering prayers for their relief, safety, and consolation. 

With this directive, I am asking all our parishes to contribute to the relief of this disaster. Our Diocese and its humanitarian aid organization, the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR), will be contributing to the effort to assist the tornado victims, working through the National Council of Churches.


Please take up a special collection on Sunday, May 26, and/or on Sunday, June 2, to support the relief effort in Oklahoma. All funds collected should be sent to the Diocesan headquarters by Friday, June 7.


Contributions can also be made on our Diocesan website,
www.armenianchurch-ed.net; click on the "Donate" link and make a credit-card donation on our secure server. (Please note: In the lower part of the online information entry form, select the button "In Memory of," and type "Oklahoma Tornado Relief" in the memo bar that appears.)

Naturally, individuals and parishes can also send checks via mail to the Diocesan headquarters in New York (please write "Oklahoma Tornado Relief" in the memo).

May God bless you and your parishioners. And may He answer the prayers of all people who call out to Him from the depths of their suffering.
With prayers,
 

Archbishop Khajag Barsamian

Primate

REMEMBRANCE OF THE PROPHET ELIJAH

  

Prophet Elijah is one of the major prophets of the Old Testament, distinguished for his loyalty to the Lord, for his zealous struggle against idolatry spread in Israel by the apostate king Ahab and his idolatrous wife, Queen Jezebel.

Prophet Elijah lived in the IX century B.C. In the First Book of Kings (17-18) and the Second Book of Kings (1-2) is told about the activity of the Prophet Elijah. Evangelists also mention the name of the Prophet Elijah.

In the First Book of Kings it is told that being the true herald of the Word of God Elijah, by the Lord's will appeared before the apostate king Ahab and warned about the upcoming drought. His prophecy came true and after three years the Prophet again went to the king Ahab. Proving the weakness of the idolatrous, Prophet Elijah prayed God asking to send down fire for the sacrifice and a heavy rain. It is also told that thanks to the divine grace the Prophet Elijah helped the widow in Zarephath making so that her bowl wouldn't run out of flour and her jar wouldn't run of oil, also restored the widow's dead sun to life.

Feasts of St. Hripsime, St. Gayane, and St. Gregory 

  
Next week the Armenian Church honors three saints: St. Hripsime, St. Gayane, and St. Gregory the Illuminator. The stories of these saints are intertwined, each telling a part of the larger tale about Armenia's conversion to Christianity. 

The stories of these saints remind us of the dark�ness that lives in the un-repentant human heart, but they also show us the way God can take human tragedy and death, and transform them into victory and life.
  
Hripsime and Gayane were nuns, who with their holy sisters had dedi�cated their lives to Christ. For this they were persecuted in the Roman Empire, and sought refuge in the kingdom of Armenia's pagan King Drtad, where they also faced torture, and later death.

In this storm of death and destruction, Drtad became something less than human. The historian Agathangelos tells us he became a wild beast, and no physician or pagan priest could heal the wretched king. It was only the Christian missionary St. Gregory-long imprisoned in a dungeon cell-who could restore Drtad through the power of God, thus bringing illumination to a king, his court, and an entire nation.
  
Accomplished in our Lord's name, suffering is transformed into sacrifice, death becomes martyrdom. Whatever our fates may be in this life-loss, persecution, death-the final chap�ter is always written by God. It is God who takes the sacrifice and martyrdom, and turns them into something glorious, whether this means the conversion of an entire nation, or the inspiration of a single soul.


Click here to read more about St. Hripsime, St. Gayane, and St. Gregory the Illuminator.  

CULTURAL COMMITTEE OF ST. JAMES ARMENIAN CHURCH 

Invites You to the Book Presentation and Signing Series
  
Sunday, June 30, 2013
by
David Luhrssen
Author of
"Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen"

 

Following Divine Liturgy - 12:30 PM

FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

 

EPISCOPAL LITURGY AND ORDINATION OF ACOLYTES AND DEACONS 

 

 SUNDAY, July 7, 2013

 

Officiated by

His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian

 

Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America

 

Morning Service - 9:00 AM

Divine Liturgy - 10:00 AM

 

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Celebratory Luncheon- 12:30 PM

2013 DIOCESAN SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS

HYE Camp

 

For campers ages 8 to 15 * Housed at Camp Hickory, Ingleside, IL

Staff Training: July 25 - 28, Two-week Session: July 28 - August 10

One-week Camp Session: July 28-August 3 (all participants)

One-week Camp Session: August 4-10

(available for those unable to attend week 1)

To register visit www.armenianchurch-ed.net

 

For more information, contact:

Jennifer E. Morris, Youth Outreach Coordinator

jenniferm@armeniandiocese.org - 

(248) 648-0702

 

Please note that registration deadlines are rapidly approaching, 

and medical forms signed by a doctor are required. 

 

Financial assistance is available- ask Der Hovhan.


2013 ST. NERSESS SUMMER CONFERENCES FOR YOUTH

 

Decons' Training

June 24  - July 2, 2013 

(Scholarships available - Ask Der Hayr)  

 

High Shcool Session "A"  

July 5-13, 2013

 

High School Session "B"

July 29 - August 6, 2013

 

Post High-Shcool Session

August 8-13, 2013

 

Download application here.

 

SMC Offers two scholarships

The Sacred Music Council is pleased to offer two scholarships for 2013: 
Two $250.00 scholarships for St. Nersess Seminary Deacons' Training Program; and 
One $500.00 scholarship from the Margaret E. Hagopian Musical Training Scholarship fund.

The Deacons' Training program teaches the students the deacon's role in the Divine Liturgy and other worship services of the Armenian Church.

The Margaret E. Hagopian Scholarship fund has been identified for choir members and altar servers who actively participating in their choirs, and will be enrolling in courses such as Music History, Music Appreciation, Music Theory, Composition, or Vocal Training.

This scholarship is also offered to choir directors and church organists who are taking courses to help with developmental skills as well as improvements in conducting choirs.

Ask Der Hayr for the application.
Altar Guild's Wish List

1. Candle holders and followers for two side altars (4 of each) 
2. Banners (1 or 2) 
3. Jajanch, Radiance (Ostensorium, monstrance) (1 or 2) 
4. Painting for the main altar (pledged) 
5. Painting for the left altar (of St. Gregory the Illuminator) 
6. Painting of St. James of Nisibis 
7. Curtains to cover the overhead storage areas in the vestry and choir rooms

8. Priest's vestments

9. Set of a chalice veil and a Sudarium (linen-holder) for the Gospel book

10. Children's albs (Shabeegs)

11. Large Hand-cross for Weddings and The Ceremony of the Blessing of Water

Have you signed up for eScrip?

 

 

That will cost you nothing. You do not need to spend extra money, yet you will make a contribution to St. James.

Here's How it Works:

  • You register any one or all of your existing grocery loyalty, debit and credit cards for use in the program.
  • Participating merchants will make contributions to your chosen group, based on purchases made by you, just by using the cards you have registered.
  • Your purchases are tracked and available to you online, allowing you to see just how much you are earning on your church's behalf!

How to sign-up online:

1)      Go to www.escrip.com

2)      Click on Sign-Up-It's Free.

3)      Choose the Group ID radio button, enter '500011443' in the text box, and click 'Search'.

4)      Click on St James Armenian Church.

5)      Follow the step-by-step instructions on the web site to set-up your account.

6)      Click 'Next'.

7)      Enter your personal information and click 'Next'.

8)      Select card type, enter card number, and click 'Next'.

 

 

Sign Up Now!  eScrip is proven to be a fantastic resource for fundraising where participating business partners contribute a percentage of your grocery loyalty cards, credit card, and debit/ATM card purchases to the school, church or organization of your choice.

WOMEN'S GUILD DAY
 
 
Sunday, June 9, 2013
 
Join us in honoring the members 
of St. James Women's Guild 
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FEASTS

May 26
Remembrance of the Prophet Elijah

May 27
Commemoration ofSt. Hripsime and Her Companions

May 28
Commemoration of St. Gayane and Her Companions

May 30
Commemoration of St. John the Forerunner (the Baptist) and Bishop Atanagine

June 1
Feast of St. Gregory the Illuminator's deliverance from the pit

2013 MEMBERSHIP DUES

 

Why not take care of your 2013 dues now!

If you are not already a 2013 dues-paid member, please consider becoming one. 

New members must pay dues by JUNE 30 in order to be eligible to vote during the Parish Assembly on January 2014.

Do you know that now you can pay your dues with your credit card? Ask Vahan Janjigian or Arda Paylan.

Forms are available in the church office.

STEWARDSHIP

 

St. James' Stewardship Committee encourages you to become a steward. To date we have pledged only $15K. Please consider becoming a steward of St. James and helping our parish meet its $50K goal for 2013. Pledges of any amount are welcome. Contact Parish Council member and Stewardship Committee Chair, Gevik Anbarchian, for additional information. 

ST. JAMES VIDEO


 
This video was produced by St. James parish to feature our various ministries,  programs and outreach efforts. 
 
Click above to watch the  video.
CONGRATULATIONS, ALIK!

Mr. Alik Sarkisian, Northwestern's head men's and women's diving coach, has been selected to serve as USA Diving's Team Leader and Assistant Coach for the 2013 FISU World University Games take place in Kazan, Russia, this summer. 

 

Congratulation,  Alik, and good luck!

 

ST. JAMES PARISH 
TOWN HALL MEETING

SUNDAY, JUNE 2
after Divine Liturgy

Parish's delegates will share information about the recent Diocesan Assembly.

PAREV MONTHLY AND 

A.G.B.U. CHICAGO

Present new movie

 GAREGIN NJDEH

 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

7:00 PM

  

A.G.B.U. Onnig Norhad Community Center (7248 N. Harlem)

 

$15 General Admission

For tickets call Missak Galian 

at 847/965-4537

JOHN AZARIAN MEMORIAL ARMENIAN YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP FUND

is accepting applications for the year 2013 -2014 academic year.
Application dead line May 31, 2013.


CLASS OF 2013 GRADUATES

 

If you have a graduate in your family or know of someone who is graduating, please send us their information.

 

 If you are a graduate, please submit the school you are graduating from , the school you will be attending (if applicable), course of study (if applicable), degree earned and future plans.

 

We are planning to host a reception to honor our graduates on June 16.   

Call or e-mail the Church office  before June 12.

FIRST-EVER ARMENIAN CHURCH iBOOK 
 
The Eastern Diocese is proud to introduce the first-ever Armenian Church iBook designed for the iPad. Hagop Nersoyan's "The Story of Sts. Vartanants" is brought to life on your iPad with interactive features, including photo galleries, video and audio, an interactive map, and more.

This compelling digital book invites readers to revisit St. Vartan's stand against the Persian army in defense of Armenia's continued existence as a Christian nation. The book is free and available on iTunes and the iBookstore. 
 
Download it, and begin your adventure today.

HOME BLESSING

 

Home blessing

 

All parishioners who wish to have their homes blessed call Der Hovhan (847) 644-7389 to make arrangements. Have a piece of bread, dish of salt and glass of water available for the blessing. 

The HOLY BIBLE
Armenian Church Edition
is now in the church pews.

 

If you would like to purchase your personal copy, please contact the Church office.
CALL FOR PHOTOS
 
The Parish is looking for old photos for the website and archive.  
Anything historical having to do with the Parish, Church Building, Church organizations and events or Armenian community in Evanston. We are also looking for photos of our past pastors. If you can help contact office@stjamesevanston.org or 847-864-6263.


Your photos will be scanned and immediately returned.
Help us Celebrate the Parish 70 year anniversary!

PARKING ON SUNDAYS

Parking is FREE on Saturdays and Sundays at the large condominium building at Clark & Benson (Quartet Copies). Enter the garage from Benson street.

SUNDAY BULLETIN
(pdf)


CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS AT ST. JAMES 
 

May 28

May 29

June 2

June 9             

 

June 16

June 30

July 7

August 25

September 21

Taste of Armenia planning meeting

Bible Study

Parish Town Hall Meeting

Women's Guild Sunday

Sunday School end-of-the-year program  

Celebrating Graduates   

Book presentation by David Luhrssen

Episcopal Liturgy and Ordinations

"Taste of Armenia"

Annual Picnic at Harms Woods

Please sign up for a Coffee Hour

 

Coffee hour tables can be simple or complex.  Sometimes when people do a coffee hour table they put out coffee cakes and doughnuts; sometimes they put out some fruits. Others put out entire lunch. We encourage you to sign up for coffee hour a couple of times each year. It can be simple or an entire meal - either is fine. The sign-up sheet is in the church hall.