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AUGUST 30
   No: 35/2019
St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church  
Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan, Pastor
Address: 4125 Fessenden St. NW, Washington, DC 20016 
Tel: 202-363-1923

TOP STORY     
FEAST OF THE DISCOVERY OF THE BELT OF THE THEOTOKOS

We can only imagine the joy of finding possessions of the Holy Mother. This Sunday, September 1, the second Sunday after Assumption, is the feast of the Discovery of the Belt of the Theotokos. Because there are no relics of the Holy Mother’s earthly body (she was assumed into Heaven), her personal belongings became the object of devotion and veneration. During the time of the early Church, when Christians were persecuted, her possessions were kept hidden and secret. Her belt was the first item to be discovered in Jerusalem in the fifth century.

This discovery is the basis for one of the eight feast days in the Armenian liturgical calendar devoted to the Holy Mother.
PARISH NEWS
Registration and the First Day of Shnorhali School 2019-2020

With great pleasure we are welcoming you to the 2019-2020 academic year of the Shnorhali School of St. Mary Armenian Church. The Shnorhali School is passionate about teaching our children the richness of our Armenian language, culture and faith.

The School Offers :
Religious Instruction (in English);
Armenian Language Classes (both in Eastern and Western Armenian);
Armenian History and Culture;
Extracurricular Activities (Children's Choir, Armenian Folk Dance, Acolyte Training Program, etc.).
School sessions are from September 8, 2019 to May 31, 2020.

Registration and First Day of School Begins on September 8, 2019.

Our Mission is to instill and teach the love of God, pride in our Armenian language, national identity and culture, in order to help our children and families live authentic Armenian Christian lives and become active members of the Armenian Church community.

The doors of our School are open to all members of our community with love, care and acceptance.

Click below to visit our website for Class Scheduled and Registration.
Fall Food Festival Schedule of Workshops 2019

St. Mary's Annual Fall Food Festival will take place on October 3-6. The event is organized by the St. Mary Parish Council and Women's Guild who have spearheaded a number of workshops bringing together community members in preparation of the Food Fair. Please, join us and support the church. 

Workshop's Date and Time

Chees Boureg prep- Friday, September 13, 4:00pm
Chees Boureg- Saturday, September 14, 10:00am
Baklava-Bourma- Saturday, September 21, 10:00am 
Yalanchi (Por-meechog)- Wednesday, September 25, 11:00pm
Yalanchi (Wrap)- Friday, September 27, 5:00pm
Meat Cutting- Saturday September 28, 10:00am
Haskanoush - Saturday, September 28, 2:00pm
Eggplant/Sauce- Monday, September 30, 10:00am
Khadayeef- Monday, September 30, 5:00pm
Hummus- Tuesday, October 1, TBD
Green Beans- Tuesday, October 1, TBD
Hall set up- Tuesday, October 1, 7:00pm

Please click on the button below to view the online sign up sheet.
Armenian National Women's (U18) Basketball Team 2019 European Champion

Our own Shnorhali School alum'12 and school volunteer Tatev Gomtsyan represented the Armenian National Women's (U18) Basketball team at the FIBA 2019 European Championship (Division C) in Andorra winning Gold and becoming a two-time European Champion. In 2017, Armenia’s U16 National Team took Gold in FIBA U16 championship in Gibraltar. The same year, Armenia’s U18 National Team earned Silver in FIBA U18 European Championship in Malta. Tatev was a part of both teams. She was awarded a “Master of Sports” title by the Government of Armenia in 2017.

Hearty congratulations to Tatev, the coaches and the whole Armenia National Team for doing such a great job representing our National Flag and the Anthem at a respected international competition! We wish Tatev best of luck in her future endeavors and the launch of her college studies at the University of Virginia this Fall.


DIOCESAN & OTHER NEWS
READ MORE NEWS FROM DIOCESE 
SUNDAY SCHEDULE
SEPTEMBER 1, 2019
Morning Service 
10:00 AM

Holy Badarak 
10:30 AM

Celebrant 
Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan

Ushers
Mr. Garbis Chubukian and Mrs. Rouzanna Oganissian

Parish Council Members on Duty
Mr. Jack Guiragossian, Mr. Zakar Shahverdian, 
Mr. Artur Sivaslian

Choir 
 Mrs. Edita Kalayjian

Organist 
Mrs. Karine Muradyan

Bible Reading 
Isaiah 9:8-19, 2 Corinthians1:1-11, Mark 4:35-41
HOKEHANKIST REQUIEM SERVICE
HOKEHANKIST
REQUIEM SERVICE  

For the Soul of:
Kaloust Yedibalian (40 day)

Requested by:
Susan Yedibalian (Spouse), Taline, Christopher and Michel Yedibalian (Children)


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To request a Hokehankist/Requiem Service 
Please contact the Church Office
by 12:00 Noon on Thursday
202-363-1923 or 
Click the here  to see the hokehankist form
GRAPE BLESSING
We thank everyone who contributed towards
Grape Blessing Donations.
CALENDAR OF FEASTS AND EVENTS
Every Tuesday
Bible Study

September 5-26
Who is the Master? - Backgammon Tournament

September 8
Book Signing and Presentation By: Rosemary Hartounian Cohen

September 15
Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 29
Feast of Holy Cross of Vara k

October 3 – 6
Fall Food Festival

October 11
Tribute GOMIDAS celebrating his 150th birthday
concert by Şahan Arzruni at French embassy at 7:30pm
Details will follow

October 27
Book presentation by Matthew Karanian : The Armenian Highland: Western Armenia and the First Armenian Republic Of 1918

October 27
Feast of the Discovery of the Holy Cross

November 21
Presentation of the Holy Mother-of-God to the Temple

November 23
Knights and Daughters of Vartan Fall Christmas Bazaar

December 9
Feast of the Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary

January 13-22, 2020
Pilgrimage to Jerusalem
FAR NEWS
FAR-Supported Art Show Helps Youth Showcase Their Talents

Meline Grigoryan, 15, loves to paint. Some of her work was recently shown at a local community center in her home townin Armenia’s Berd Region. “It’s so much fun and so exciting to participate in this exhibition,” said Meline. She and about 70 other children who participate in extracurricular groups organized through FAR’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP) worked to produce art for the show that depict their perspectives on the life and heritage of their region. 
“This exhibition, which was entitled ‘My Village,’ was a great chance to showcase the knowledge and skills of this group of children,” said FAR’s Berd Office Manager Lusik Aghababyan, who noted that the extracurricular groups not only help the children of Berd to better occupy their spare time, but also teach them how to empower themselves through creativity.

BIBLE READING
35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 36 And when they had sent away the multi-tude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. 37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 38 And he was in the hin-der part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? (Mark 4:35-41)


35 Այդ նոյն օրը, երեկոյեան դէմ, աշակերտներին ասաց. «Եկէք անցնենք ծովի միւս կողմը»: 36 Թողնելով ժողովրդին՝ նրան իրենց հետ տարան նաւակով, ինչպէս նաեւ՝ միւս նաւակները, որ նրա հետ էին: 37 Եւ մեծ մրրիկ բարձրացաւ ու ալիքները նաւակի մէջ էր թափում, այնպէս որ նաւակը գրեթէ լցւում էր: 38 Իսկ ինքը նաւախելի կողմը բարձի վրայ ննջում էր. նրան արթնացրին եւ ասացին. «Վարդապե՛տ, քեզ համար բնաւ հոգ չէ՞, որ ահա մենք կորչում ենք»: 39 Եւ նա արթնանալով սաստեց հողմին եւ ասաց ծովին. «Դադարի՛ր, լռի՛ր»: Եւ հողմը դադարեց, ու մեծ խաղաղութիւն եղաւ: 40 Եւ նրանց ասաց. «Ինչո՞ւ այդպէս վախկոտ էք. դեռեւս հաւատ չունէ՞ք»: 41 Եւ նրանք սաստիկ վախեցան եւ միմեանց ասում էին. «Ո՞վ է արդեօք սա, որ թէ՛ հողմը, թէ՛ ծովը հնազանդւում են սրան»: (Մարկոս 4:35-41)

MEMBERSHIP AND DUES 
Please Stay Current with Your Membership
St. Mary Church brings us together to worship, educate, and serve, yet we need your help to sustain this mission. We call upon you to renew, or become a new member, because dues are the largest part of our church income to help keep our beloved parish doors open.

Your Membership 
MAKES A DIFFERENCE 
Help us fulfill our mission to sustain and grow our ministries, worship programs and activities to strengthen our church family for generations to come. Thank you for your generosity and support. To Learn More About Membership  

To Become A Member 
VISIT ST. MARY GIFT SHOP
Our gift shop is furnished with distinctive and unique items from Armenians all over the world. 
Some of the items are Armenian crosses, jewelry, paintings, religious tiles and tapestry icons, children and adult books, T-shirts, hats, bags, Armenian CDs, Armenian artwork, and much more. 
The Gift Shop is open every week after Sunday Church services and by appointment.
OUR MISSION
St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church 
Serves the Greater Washington, DC and Baltimore communities. Our mission is to proclaim and grow together in our Apostolic Faith in Christ Jesus and to sustain our Christian Armenian identity. We celebrate our long and enduring legacy, 
the beautiful traditions of our religious and national heritage, with Christian servitude, and with love and reverence towards our Church. 
We invite you and welcome you to be a part of our church,worship with us, and experience the true love of Christ as we grow together as a community.
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St. Mary Armenian Church, Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan, Pastor
4125 Fessenden St. NW, Washington, DC 20016 | stmarychurchdc@gmail.com
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