ST. MARY ARMENIAN CHURCH 
SHNORHALI MONTHLY E-NEWSLETTER
FEBRUARY 2019
Annual Parish Assembly

The Annual Parish Assembly took place on February 10 after Badarak with 61 dues paying members in attendance. Annual statements and reports of all of the organizations were presented and approved. The budget for the upcoming year was also approved. The following individuals were elected to fill parish leadership and other positions: Parish Council - Artur Sivaslian, Onnik Sivaslian, Ara Stepanyan and Bagrat Bayburtian. Nominating Committee - Rebecca Bagdasarian, Robert George and Catherine Sahakian. Auditing Committee - Vladimir Shekoyan. Investment Committee - Sarine Zenian. WED Scholarship Committee - Rebecca Bagdasarian. 

We congratulate all the newly elected officers and wish them success in their ministry to our church. Our appreciation goes to all those who faithfully served in their various capacities in the past. 

To view the Parish Report click here
Bible Study on the Gospel of Matthew

St. Mary's series of Bible Study on the Gospel of Matthew began January 8 and was well attended weekly until February 19.

Attendees explored the Gospel of Matthew and took an in-depth journey into the heart of God. They entered into the drama of Christ's family tree, the birth of our Savior, His duel in the desert with Satan, and the life-changing truths of His Sermon on the Mount. Also experienced was the unfolding of Jesus' ministry through His miracles and parables. 

The Bible Study will resume after the Great Lent .
ACYOA Juniors Snow Tubing

On February 23rd, the ACYOA Juniors youth group enjoyed a day trip to Liberty Mountain in Pennsylvania. A group of teens, and a few of the brave chaperons, donned their snow pants and slid down the hill at the Snow Tubing center! Afterwards they had lunch and time of fellowship. 
Special thanks goes out to Catherine Sahakian for organizing the event!

Commemorating the Pogroms of Sumgait and Baku

February marked the 31s anniversary of the attacks on the Armenian population of Sumgait, Azerbaijan. The February 1988 attacks subsequently spread to other cities in Azerbaijan with sizable Armenian populations. 
At St. Mary Armenian Church a requiem service was held for the victims of Azeri aggression on February 24.

Click below to read more about the February 20 commemoration. 

Hokehankists - Requiem Services

February 3, 2019
For the Soul of: Rose Arakelian
Requested by: Eleanor (Daughter) and David (Son-in-Law) Marvel, Anna Gharakanian (Sister), George and Robin (Nephews) and their Families

For the Souls of: Arousiag Boursalian, Peter Boursalian and Pierre Boursalian
Requested by: Noubar and Linda Boursalian

February 10, 2019
For the Souls of:   Garo and Rose Bandazian, Barkev Kibarian, Simon and Yaghout Kibarian 
Requested by : Mary Ann Kibarian, Maral and Bill Skelsey, Charlotte and Freddie Skelsey

February 17, 2019
For the Soul of: Charles Kumkumian (40 days) 
Requested by: Greg and Katie Kumkumian, Simon and Lenie Kumkumian, John and Roxanne Schweitzer and families. 

February 24, 2019
For the Souls of: Victims of Massacres in Sumgayit and Baku (1988-1990)
Requested by : Office of Artsakh in USA, Parish Council & Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan
For the Soul of: Anjel Hovanessian (3rd anniversary)
Requested by: Bogos and Seta Sivaslian 

May God rest their souls in peace and may His loving favor be with their loved ones .  
Funeral

February 26, 2019
Ararat Yervand Melkonian
Beloved Husband of Meri M. Melkonyan
Beloved Father of Tigran Melkonyan (Daughter-in Law Rouzanna Yulan) and Magdalena Melkonyan (Son-in- Law Artin Aharonyan)
 
February 28, 2019
Ardemis Boyajian Yousoof
Beloved Mother of Celeste Campbell

May the Lord rest their souls in peace and grant comfort to the family members and friends.
St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church  
Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan, Pastor
4125 Fessenden Street N.W, Washington, DC 20016 
202-363-1923 / www.stmaryaac.org