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


July 28 - August 3, 2013
SUNDAY, July 28, 2013

Fourth Sunday After Transfiguration  

Morning Service - 9:15 AM
Divine Liturgy- 10:00 AM

Scripture readings:
Isaiah 58:13-59:7; 1 Timothy 4:12 - 5:10; John 3:13-21   
Saint Vahan of Goghtn  
Vahan was taken into custody as a young child with many other children of Armenian nobility who had been killed. He was moved to Damascus where he received his education and, like the other children, received Islamic training. He was well liked by the Arab leaders and attained a high position in the court. While serving in the court, the Arab overlords granted the captured Armenian children, who had grown to adulthood, the right to return home, Vahan promised his overlord that he would come back but after returning to Armenia, his overlord died and Vahan felt he was released from his promise. Vahan married and established himself over the lands of his father who was killed prior to his captivity. The Arab overlords, however, demanded Vahan's return and started to pursue him. He fled from one place to another over a number of years, leaving his family and home. At each place he went, the populace became endangered because of his presence so he finally decided to surrender himself, explain his desire to remain in Armenia and practice his own religion The person governing Armenia had him immediately thrown into prison and after many different kinds of torture, he was finally beheaded. His life and martyrdom were recorded and according to some traditions, his sister wrote the melody and lyric of the hymn dedicated to this saint.

 Saint Gregory of Nazianzus, The Theologian

(c. 329/330 - c. 390CE)

St. Gregory the Theologian has left rich literary heritage, which was translated into Armenian in the 5-8th centuries AD. In all probability St. Moses of Khoronk has made a part of translations into Armenian. St. Gregory the Theologian is one of the most prominent figures of Christianity, who by means of the struggle against Arians has kept Christianity uncorrupted and by means of his works he has greatly influenced the formulation of the Christian theologian ideology.

St. Gregory the Theologian was born in 328 AD in the village Ariangue near the town Naziangue, of Cappadocia. He was the son of the Bishop Gregory. Gregory studied in Caesaria, and then in Athens. In Athens Gregory became acquainted with St. Barsegh of Ceasaria - one of the prominent figures of Christianity in the future. After leading ascetic life for a while, Gregory returned to Naziangue, where he was ordained as a priest by his father. Later he became the Bishop of Sasima. Together with St. Barsegh of Ceasaria St. Gregory the theologian struggled against the Arians. He participated in the 2nd Ecumenical Council of Constantinople. St. Gregory passed away on January 25, 389 AD.

New Website Launched!

We are very excited to have finally launched our new website design after almost a full year in development!

As you will see it is a completely new look, design & feel. We hope that you will find it much easier to navigate and get the information that you want to know about our church.
As always, if you have any questions, some thoughts and comments or need help you can contact us at

Taste of Armenia offers business sponsorship opportunities

Street Logo This year we are offering businesses sponsorship opportunities at three levels with benefits to advertise and spotlight your enterprise to the nearly 2,000 residents and businesses in the area during 25th Annual St. James Taste of Armenia Street Fair which will take place on Sunday, August 25, 2013 from noon to 6:30 PM .

Proceeds from the event are not only used to maintain our church. St. James Armenian Church also contributes to orphanages in Armenia, donates to Family Promise in Evanston, and provides food to the homeless.


Click here for the letter for business owners.

Click here for the brochure and form with details about the various advertising opportunities.

New stair lift makes St. James accessible 

New stair was installed at the side entrance of the church. It was made possible by a donation from George W. Jigamian, The Coloian and Groh Families and The Ipjian Family.  


If assistance is needed, please ask a member of the Parish Council.

St. James Armenian Church at the Evanston Farmers' Market
St. James Armenian Church will once again host a bake sale table at the Evanston FarmersMarket on Saturday, August 17 from 7:00 am to noon to promote the Taste of Armenia Festival the following weekend. 


Please help staff the table for even an hour or two, then enjoy the bounty of fresh produce, food products, flowers and other items available at this top-rated market.

Altar Guild's wish list

1. Candle followers for two side altars- 4 ($15 each) 

2. Banners- 2 (pledged) 

3. Jajanch, Radiance (Ostensorium, monstrance) - 2 ($300 each)   

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 for the vestry and choir rooms (donated)
8. Priest's "half- vestments" ($500)
9. Set of a chalice veil and a Sudarium (linen-holder) for the Gospel book ($150)
10. Children's albs (Shabeegs) ($100 each)
11. Large Silver Hand-cross (pledged)

E-Bulletin archive is now available

Missed or accidentally deleted any of the previous E-Bulletins? 
You can read all our previous issues in the archive here.

Summer'13 Issue of 
Deseelk (Vision) Newsletter

The Summer'13 issue of Deseelk (Vision) Newsletter can be found on our website as a PDF document. 

Click here to view the Newsletter or go to our website to download current issue.

If you are unable to open the file, you may need to update your Acrobat Reader. This can be done by visiting

Calendar of Armenian cultural events in Chicago area 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 @ 6:00pm


Bennett Gordon Hall, Ravinia Festival  

Noreen Polera, Piano

Program: Schumann, Grieg, Ligeti, Bronner, Rachmaninoff, Rostroponich


Reserved $10
No Lawn
Ticket & dining package $40 (Promo code DINING)

Click here for tickets and more information



Thursday, August 15, 2013 @ 6:00pm


Bennett Gordon Hall, Ravinia Festival  

Lincoln Trio


Desir´┐Że Ruhstrat, Violin

David Cunliffe, Cello


Reserved $10

No Lawn
Click here for tickets and more information



Saturday, October 19, 2013 @ 7:30pm


Assyrian Community Center

9131 Niles Center Road, Skokie, IL



Celebrate Parev Monthly's 18th year anniversary with Onnik Dinkjian, John Berberian, Ara Dinkjian, Mal Barsamian, and Jason Naroian LIVE in concert! 

General Admission: $35*
Age 6-15 Admission: $15*
*Admission tickets do not include dinner. Dinner sold separately. 

For tickets call: (847) 965- 4537 or email:

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July 29 - Commemoration of St. Kirakos and his mother Judithah


July 30 - St. Vahan of Gohten and Saints Eugenia the Virgin, and her Father Philip and Mother Claudia, and her Brother Sergius and Apito, and the Two Eunuches


August 1 - Commemoration of the Hermits St. Triphon, St. Parsam and St. Vonoprios


August 3 - St. Gregroy of Nazianzus, The Theologian

AUGUST 25, 2013
Street Logo

Taste of Armenia Big Raffle Tickets are available.


$100.00 per ticket.

For more information click here


SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2013



26202 West Nippersink Road, Ingleside, IL 60041

Directions at 


Opening Day Schedule

2:00 p.m. 

Arrival of 2013 Hye Campers, parents and guests. Tour of facilities.

4:30 p.m. 
Opening prayers and introduction of staff in the Soorp Haroutiun Chapel.

5:00 p.m

Dinner (free-will offering).

6:30 p.m. 

Parents and guests depart.


All former and future Hye Campers, 

staff members, interested parents and friends of Hye Camp are invited to attend.



Saturday, September 21, 2013


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for the flyer.



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

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more and to sign up. 

It's FREE. 


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 or 847-864-6263.

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



The Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America is pleased to announce the release of its latest electronic book for the Apple iPad: "Transfiguration." We invite you to download this free book, and to embark on a journey through the story of Christ's miraculous transformation on Mt. Tabor.

Click here to download your free copy. 

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



August 11

August 17

August 18

August 25

September 21

Blessing of College Students

Evanston Farmers' Market


"Taste of Armenia" Festival

Church Annual Picnic



August 4

August 10-11

August 17-18

August 18

August 25

September 8

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St. James Armenian Church, Evanston, IL

Knights of Vartan (Proesel Park in Lincolnwood, IL)


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.