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February 2014
Dear Young Parishioner,

This special E-Bulletin features numerous programs (camps, retreats, training, scholarships, etc) made available to you by our parish, the Diocese, St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, AGBU, Armenian Assembly of America and the RA Ministry of Diaspora. 

We hope that you find this information useful and that you benefit from participating in these programs. 

St. James' Youth Prepare Food for Kids in Need

On Saturday, February 1, thirteen members of St. James Armenian Church's newly re-formed ACYOA Juniors, along with their parents and Pastor Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan, began their first outreach project. 
Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God's children who are hungry in both body and spirit. The approach is simple: Children and adults hand pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children and then ship these meals to nearly seventy countries around the world. The group met at their parish in Evanston, IL for an organizational meeting and then drove to the Feed My Starving Children offices in nearby Libertyville, IL where they volunteered two hours of their time. The next visit is scheduled for early spring.
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New Youth Choir 

St. James Armenian Church Kousan Choir invites to join in establishing its first Youth Choir. The choir will meet every Sunday at 12:30 PM and end promptly at 1:00 PM 


Choir rehearsals will include singing, proper voice technique, history and religious importance of each hymn.  We will even learn folk & village songs.  Der Hayr and Dn. Kavork will lead the light-hearted and joyous rehearsals. 

Membership is open to all youths over the age of eight.  No musical experience is necessary.  All members wtill be fitted for their very own shabigs and will have their own music. 


The goal is to sing for Easter Eve Divine Liturgy on Saturday, April 19, 2014!

Questions and further information: please call Dn. Kavork at (847) 609-0339

St. Nersess Summer Conference Dates Announced!

Calling all youth! The summer conferences dates have been announced and registration forms will be available soon. Each conference is limited to only 25 participants. Please save the date as you make your summer plans! For information regarding this year's special Deacons' Training Program, please contact the program director, Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, at


High School Summer Conference A: July 14 - 23

High School Summer Conference B: July 26 - August 4

Post High School Summer Conference: August 6 - 12

Armenia Service Project 2014 

The Armenia Service Program(ASP) provides young adults an opportunity to travel to their homeland to not only tour, but to give back to their brothers and sisters in Armenia. This trip is truly a pilgrimage in which hundreds of ACYOA members have felt a connection to their Armenian heritage that continues to inspire them throughout their lives.


The program began in the 1970's and was called the Armenia Studies Program. ACYOA members would travel to Armenian for educaitonal purposes. Several years ago, as need for aid in Armenia grew, the course of the trip changed from studies to service. For many years, the service portion of the trip included acting as counselors and teachers at camp Siranoosh in Yeghegnadzor, a camp for underprivileged children from the villages in Armenia. The ASP recently joined Habitat for Humanity, which has been making a considerable impact in Armenia, to build homes for a better, stronger homeland.

Click here to see the flyer. 
Click here download the application.
Click here for more details.

FAR Young Professional Trip (July 7 - 22, 2014)
Young Professionals Trip 2014 - Now with Eastern Turkey and Istanbul OR Nagorno Karabakh!

Join FAR's Young Professionals Trip in 2014 and discover Armenia - her culture, her history and her future, while making new friends in the process. For the 19th year, YPT will hold its Young Professionals Trip, which provides the ideal opportunity for young professionals between the ages of 23 and 40 to travel to Armenia as a group. Join us and do more than just see the country's landmarks. You will learn about Armenia's place in the world, her religious, political and economic heritage, and have the chance to engage with government and religious leaders in official state visits.


The 19th annual Young Professionals Trip will take place from July 7th to July 19th, 2014. For the first time ever, we will offer two variants to round out the trip: a trip to Turkey or a trip to Nagorno Karabakh. See itinerary below for more details!

Click here for more information.

Ari Tun 2014
The Ministry of Diaspora of RA is launching renovated program "Ari Tun".

The project aims to help the young Armenian to know more about their Homeland, to contribute come to grips with the ethnic Homeland, experience local customs and traditions by living with a host family, newly appreciate the spiritual and cultural values of the Homeland and your national identity.


The project period starts from June 15 and ends in August 30, 2014 that will give an opportunity to 13-18 years old Armenian youth with two week duration to be hosted in Armenian families and participate in summer camp.


The selection of the hosted families is organized by the Ministry of Diaspora and the municipalities of Yerevan city. The participation to the program is free of charge. The participation to the program is organized via RA diplomatic corps, Diaspora community organizations and educational institutions.


The participants' travel expenses cover by themselves or sponsors. The Ministry of Diaspora organizes the participants' arrival and departure and their tours throughout Armenia, visits to museums and cultural events.

During the summer camp period the participants will be given the opportunity to attend to armenology, Armenian language, national sing and  dance classes as well as to meet the representatives in the state, public and cultural sphere. We hope that "Ari Tun" program will promote to the repatriation and contribute to the strengthening of ties between the Diaspora and the Homeland and creating the universal communication networks for youth.


The deadline for the submission of the application should be at least a month before.


Click here to learn more about the program.


ACYOA General Assembly and Sports Weekend

The 2014 General Assembly and Sports Weekend will be hosted by the Holy Martyrs ACYOA in New York City, May 22-25.



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Lecture by Prof. Richard Hovannisian at AGBU Center

Women's Guild General Meeting

Youth Choir First Rehearsal (12:30 PM)

Street Fair Meeting (7:30)

AGBU Young Professionals Pre-Poon Party 

Vespers (Kirakamtits)

Poon Paregentan Dance

Poon Paregentan Sunday (Masquerade) 

Youth Choir First Rehearsal (12:30 PM) 

Fall Bazaar Meeting

First Day of Great Lent

Lenten Vigil (Wednesday)

Youth Choir First Rehearsal (12:30 PM) 

Vartanantz Commemoration at AGBU Center

Lenten Vigil (Wednesday)  

Saintly Women's Day (Greenfield, WI)

Youth Choir First Rehearsal (12:30 PM) 

Lenten Vigil (Wednesday) 

St. James Parish Leadership Retreat

Youth Choir First Rehearsal (12:30 PM) 

Lenten Vigil (Wednesday) 

ACYOA Sr. Regional Retreat 

Youth Choir First Rehearsal (12:30 PM) 
Lenten Vigil (Wednesday)   

ACYOA Jr. Lenten Retreat at Camp Hickory

Women's Retreat (Racine, WI)

Youth Choir First Rehearsal (12:30 PM)  Lenten Vigil (Wednesday) 

Palm Sunday. ACYOA Day

Easter Sunday

Martyr's Day Commemoration  (Sts. Joachim & Anne) 

Commemorative Concert hosted by ACYOA of St. James

Instructional Divine Liturgy

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March 1, 2014




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Invites you to celebrate





Sunday, March 2, 2014

following Divine Liturgy


Festive Masquerade



Harrisa and Spas (Tan Abur)



  ACYOA Logo

 April 13, 2014

Nishan Hall
St. James Armenian Church
Saturday, March 29, 2014

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April 4- 6, 2014

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Click here for the registration packet.


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AGBU 2014 

Yerevan 2014: 

June 21-August 1 (6 weeks)


Application Deadline: March 1, 2014

 Arrival days: June 21, 22

First day of work: June 23

Last day of work: July 31

Departure days: August 1, 2


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Click here to read the press release.
Rev. Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan, Pastor
816 Clark Street, Evanston, IL 60201