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


November 10 - 16,  2013
SUNDAY, November 10, 2013
9th Sunday After the Holy Cross
Morning Service - 9:15 AM
Divine Liturgy- 10:00 AM


Scripture readings:
Isaiah 22:15-25; Ephesians 1:1-14; Luke 8:17-21


For the souls of deceased servicemen and women of the Armed Services of the United States of America.

Instructional Divine Liturgy


This Sunday, November 10, we will have an instructional Divine Liturgy. During the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, we will stop to offer explanations of what is going on. This program is ideal for those who shy away from the holy Badarak because of a lack of understanding. To make the most of the instruction, it is essential that you be present from the beginning of mass (10:00 am) when we explain the vestments worn by the celebrant priest.
Commemoration of the Apostles Andrew and Phillip

Before becoming Christ's disciple Apostle Andrew has been the disciple of St. John the Baptist. He was the brother of the Apostle Peter and was a fisherman. After the Ascension of the Lord and the Descend of the Holy Spirit Apostle Andrew has preached in Northern Greece and in Scythe.


Apostle Phillip was from the town Bethsaida. Perhaps he also has been the disciple of St. John the Baptist. He has preached in Asia Minor. Apostle Philip has been martyred and crucified in the town Heliople. 

His Holiness Karekin II Elected to WCC Presidency

Earlier this week, His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, was elected as one of eight presidents of the World Council of Churches during the ecumenical body's 10th Assembly in Busan, South Korea. His Holiness will represent the Oriental Orthodox family of churches at the WCC.

During the Assembly's opening ceremony on October 30, His Holiness Karekin II delivered a message of blessing. Leaders of roughly 360 churches, representing some 150 countries, along with high-ranking government and diplomatic officials, are taking part in the conference, which will conclude on November 8. Among them is the Eastern Diocese's Ecumenical Director, Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, who is also a longstanding member of the WCC's executive board.
The Armenian Church has been a member of the WCC since 1962.

Historic Event at St. James Armenian Church
Relic of St. James of Nisibis arrives to Evanston

On Saturday December 14, 2013, the Feast of St. James of Nisibis, also our church's Name Day, the Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America Archbishop Khajag Barsamian will celebrate Divine Liturgy on the Holy Altar of St. James Armenian Church in Evanston followed by a Celebratory Luncheon. A delegation from the Diocese of the Armenian Church will bring the Relic of St. James of Nisibis.


The 1700-year-old Relic of St. James of Nisibis was encased in a gold hand-shaped reliquary in 18th century and was donated to St. Kevork Church by Mr. Hayrabed. Every year, on the Feast of St. James in December, the clergy bless the faithful of the Armenian Church in Bulgaria with the relic. This will be the first time that it will travel overseas and we will have an opportunity to venerate the relic and receive the blessings of our Patron Saint.

 In addition to the Divine Liturgy (starting at 10:00 AM), a Hokehankisd (Requiem Service) for the souls of the founders of the St. James Church and a Service of Veneration of the Relic of St. James of Nisibis will be performed.

Living the Gospel of Christ: Who Do You Say I Am?
A Six-Session Bible Study

This year's Diocesan theme is Living the Gospel of Christ. The ultimate goal of this series involves knowing, understanding and doing as Christ prescribed through His actions and teachings as depicted in the Gospels. This series will also help us understand both who Christ is and what His Message is.


As always, you can either join Der Hayr at St. James or participate online on the following Wednesdays: Nov. 20, Dec. 4 and Dec. 18 at 8:00 PM.

You need to download an application on your computer to be able to participate online. 
Go to to join the session online on Wednesday.

Questions? Need help with Mac? Click here

College Care Packages
New Ministry at St. James


In an effort to show our love, concern and support for our college students who are away from home and church, we will be sending them care packages throughout the academic year.  You can help with this initiative by:


  • Providing us with the name and address of your child/grandchild who is away at college.  Please give their information to Wendy Farsakian or e-mail Der Hovhan at
  • Donating non-perishable snack items to fill the care packages.
  • Providing a monetary donation toward postage. To donate funds to this project, please make your check payable to St. James with "College Care" on the memo line.
  • Writing a note of encouragement to our students, including a favorite inspirational quote or Bible verse, and an invitation to join us for worship during their visits home or online.

All are invited to participate in this ministry. Again, please see Wendy Farsakian or Der Hovhan with questions or offers to assist. Thanks in advance for your help!

St. James School of Cooking
Do you have a favorite Armenian dish that reminds you of Grandma or your mother? Do you wish you could make them? Well stop wishing and come join our classes and learn how to make them yourself and treat your family to your favorite dishes. It is your turn to make memories! Come join us!
When: Classes will meet on Saturday once a month.
December 7, 2013, January 4, 2014, February 2, 2014

Time: 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

For more information call Kary Valenziano 847-687-2526 or e-mail

Family Winter Retreat 


Parish Council member Gevik Anbarchian would like to organize a family winter retreat in a Wisconsin cabin for 5-10 St. James families over the       Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. long weekend (Friday, January, 17, 2014 through Monday, January 20, 2014) and needs to have firm commitments before making arrangements/reservations. The purpose of the trip is to get away from facebook, iPhones, iPads, Netflix and other parts of our technology-driven life and celebrate the great outdoors--to tough it out for a weekend away from civilization. It is also meant as an opportunity to reflect on God, family, friendship and other things that should be the center of our lives but often aren't in our modern culture. The per-person cost of the trip will depend on the number going, the availability and cost of lodging and other such considerations. Activities would include snowshoeing/hiking, cross country skiing, fireside dinners, storytelling and of course Bible study. Please contact Gevik directly via email by November 15, 2013 if interested, making sure to indicate the number coming.  
Video of the Week
Braille Printer Project
Braille Printer Project

Photo of the Week  

The Stone Symphony of Garni

Altar Guild's Wish List

1. Four candle followers for two side altars. $15-60 each, not pledged.

2. Two banners. Donated.

3.  Two jajanch radiance (ostensorium). $300-600 each, not pledged.

4.  Painting for the main altar. $5,400, pledged.

5.  Painting of the St. Gregory the Illuminator for the left altar. Pledged.

6.  Painting of St. James of Nisibis. Not pledged.

7.  Curtain for the vestry and choir rooms. Donated.

8.  Priest's 'half-vestments'. $500 - not pledged.

9.  Set of a Chalice Veil and a Sadarium (linen-holder) for the Gospel book. $150- not pledged.

10. Twelve children's albs- shabeeg. $100 each, not pledged.

11. Large silver Hand-cross. Donated


Parish Council's Wish List

1.   Microphone for the pastor. $800 - donated.

2.   Security cameras- not pledged.

3.   TV and/or projector with screen for the Nishan hall. $7,000 - not pledged.

4.   Sound system for the Nishan hall. $1,000 - pledged

5.   Maintenance on supports in basement. $2,000 - not pledged.

6.   Alley wall repairs. $41,000 - not pledged.

7.   Windows for the Nishan hall. $15,000 - not pledged.

8.   Front entryway renovation. $35,000 - not pledged.


Sunday School's Wish List

1.   Cabinet for storage of books and supplies. Not pledged.

2.   Room furniture for students and teachers. Not pledged.

St James steeple
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November 11 - Commemoration of Sts. Pontiff Melitos of Antioch, Minas of Egypt and the other Bishop Melitos, Priest Bouras and Deacon Shinou


November 12 - Commemoration of St. Martyr Demetrios and the Priest St. Basilikos


November 14 - Commemoration of Sts. Gurias, Samunas, Deacon Abib, Romanos the Hermit, Child the Confessor and Soldier Husikos


November 16 - Commemoration of the Apostles Andrew and Phillip


Armenian Language Classes
Every Tuesday
7:30 pm

First class on November 12, 2013
to benefit St. James Armenian  Church sponsored by
Knights of Vartan

Sunday, November 17, 2013
after Divine Liturgy.
In addition to Sunday Morning Service and Divine Liturgy there will be
Saturday Evening (Kirakamtits) Service every first Saturday of the month at 5 pm (Dec. 7, Jan. 4, Feb. 1, March 1) and
Midday Service every third Thursday of the month 
(Nov. 21, Dec. 19,  Jan. 16, Feb. 20). 

Deacon Training
(For ordained acolytes and Altar servers) 
December 7th 4-5 pm
January 4th 4-5 pm
February 1st 4-5 pm
 Acolyte Training
(For first time Altar servers, 9-13)


Dates will be announced as soon as the group is formed. 

If you have a son who would like to begin serving at the Altar 
please contact Der Hovhan at 847-644-7389 or 



Please join us as we make the holiday season happier for families in need.

Canned food items and gift cards will be accepted for distribution to needy parishioners and a local food bank

at St. James on the following Sundays: 

November 3, 10, 17 and 24 and December 1, 8, 15 and 22. 

 Thank You!


Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 28, 2013
5:00 PM

 "O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever." Psalm 107:1

RSVP by November 23 if you plan to attend by calling (847) 864-6263


If you are not already a 2013 dues-paid member, please consider becoming one. New members must pay dues by July 1 in order to be eligible to vote during the Parish Assembly on January 2014. Forms are available in the church office.


Please remember to renew your membership for 2013.  The deadline for paying your annual dues of $125.00 is December 31, 2013 in order to vote in the next Parish Assembly in January 2014.



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

Go to to learn 

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!



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November 24, 2013

After Divine Liturgy.


November 10

November 20

November 21

November 24

November 28

December 4

December 7

December 7

December 14

December 18

December 19
January 4

January 5

January 6

January 12

January 16
January 26 

Instructional Divine Liturgy

Bible Study

Midday Hour at (12:00 Noon)

Women's Guild Meeting

Thanksgiving gathering at St. James

Bible Study

School of Cooking

Saturday Evening Service- Kirakamtits (5:00 pm)

Divine Liturgy- Feast of St. James of Nisibis (Saturday)

Bible Study

Midday Hour at (12:00 Noon)

Saturday Evening Service- Kirakamtits (5:00 pm) 

Eve of the Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Blessing of the Water

Midday Hour (12:00 Noon)
Parish Assembly (snow day- February 9)


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.