Monthly Archives: November 2012

St. David Armenian Church to Host 2013 Diocesan Assembly

Last month, the Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Odabashian, Diocesan Vicar, and Michael Guglielmo, the Diocese’s Executive Director, traveled to St. David Church in Boca Raton, Florida where they met with members of the 111th Diocesan Assembly Committee to discuss plans for next year’s gathering of Diocesan clergy and delegates. The entire Florida Armenian-American community is excited to play host to the 2013 Diocesan Assembly.

Along with a very full and exciting schedule of activities for the 2013 season, St. David Armenian Church has the honor of having been selected to host the 111th Annual Diocesan Assembly taking place from April 29 through May 5, 2013.  The Assembly proceedings will be held at the newly renovated Boca Center Marriott Hotel on Military Trail in Boca Raton.  “This undertaking is being ably chaired by Carol Norigian, Chairman of the Parish Council, and a very enthusiastic committee,” stated Very Rev. Fr. Nareg Berberian, Pastor of St. David Armenian Church.

The Assembly will be preceded by the Annual Clergy Conference beginning Monday, April 29, 2013 at Our Lady of Florida Conference Center in Palm Beach, and ending Thursday, May 2, 2013.

The Women’s Guild will hold its 27th Annual Assembly concurrent with the Diocesan Assembly from Thursday, May 2, 2013 through Saturday, May 5, 2013.  On Saturday, the Women’s Guild Central Council will sponsor the 4th Annual “WOW” (Woman of Wonder) Luncheon at the Marriott Hotel.  This year’s Women’s Guild Assembly will include a new session with clergy present, exciting mini-workshops and dynamic speakers.

Parishioners and friends are invited to join the Assembly participants at the gala Banquet and program on Friday evening, May 3 in the Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel where the presentation of the “Friend of the Armenians” and “Armenian of the Year” will be announced.

The Assembly sessions will culminate on Saturday evening with a dance also held at the Marriott Hotel.  On Sunday, May 6, the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at St. David Armenian Church followed by a Farewell Brunch.

This undertaking is being ably chaired by Carol Norigian, Chairman of the Parish Council and an enthusiastic committee; however, with so many categories to cover, we will be depending on your kind assistance and cooperation to make this a very successful Assembly.  We are anxious to share our “southern hospitality” with our friends from all over the Eastern Diocese with warm hearts, welcoming smiles and a friendly hand.

To contribute and/or volunteer please contact St. David Armenian Church at (561) 994-2335.

Compiled from multiple sources.

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Happy Thanksgiving, Support Armenia Fund Telethon 2012

Florida Armenians wishes a warm and Happy Thanksgiving to the entire Florida Armenian community. On this special occasion, we would like you to pause with us and give thanks for all that God has given us and the opportunities we have today. We give thanks for our families with whom we get to share this important time of year and remember our brothers and sister in Armenia who may not be as fortunate as us.

As we reflect and give our thanks here in America, Florida Armenians encourages you to watch and support the 15th annual Armenia Fund Telethon 2012. The telethon will be webcast live all day on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22 from 11:00 am – 11:00 pm. It is important that we keep our homeland and her citizens in our hearts and minds this and every holiday season. To watch the Armenia Fund Telethon, click on the link above or the image below.

Jacksonville Parishioners Continue Progress in Building New Center

Jacksonville, FL – Over the Veterans Day weekend, Rev. Fr. Tateos Abdalian, the Diocese’s director of Mission Parishes, visited the mission parish of Jacksonville, Florida, where parishioners are continuing the work of renovating a new property that the parish purchased in the summer of 2011. The two-story, 3,600-square-foot building, located on two acres of land, will serve as a community center where local Armenians can gather for worship and for cultural and social programs.

Rev. Fr. Tateos Abdalian with altar servers

Sooren Vardanian and members of the Parish Council are overseeing the team of volunteers who are dedicating their time to the project. Fr. Abdalian met with Mr. Vardanian to discuss the project’s progress.

On Saturday evening, Fr. Abdalian led a Bible study session focusing on Sunday’s Gospel reading. During services the next day, the reading was given in Armenian, English, and Russian. Following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, the community enjoyed a Thanksgiving celebration, and honored its veterans as well as members who are celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this month.

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