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Armenian Church of Southwest Florida Celebrates 15th Anniversary

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By Carole Meghreblian
FLArmenians Naples Contributor

On February 21, the Armenian Church of Southwest Florida (ACSWFL) celebrated the Divine Liturgy with over 100 parishioners in attendance. Sub-deacon Jack Dikranian assisted at the altar. Guest organist Louise Yardumian and 12 choir members were present to help mark the special occasion, the 15th Anniversary of the Armenian Church of Southwest Florida, with beautiful music.

The anniversary banquet, hosted by Frank and Susan Stoneson, followed at Vanderbilt Country Club. Guest speakers Oscar Tatosian, former Chairman of the Diocesan Council, Fr. Tateos Abdalian, Carole Meghreblian, Chairperson of the Parish Council, spoke about the history of the ACSWFL. Entertainment was provided by Mrs. Yardumian who played several piano selections.

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ACSWFL Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, March 7: Bake Sale, Lunch, and FunFest in the Church Hall: 1:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, March 13: Badarak – Rev. Fr. Garabed Kochakian; Annual Lenten Luncheon to follow in Trinity Hall. Advanced reservations only.

All services are held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 3901 Davis Blvd., Naples, Florida at 1:30 pm.

For more information about the Armenian Church of Southwest Florida, please contact Carole Meghreblian by phone (239) 348-3809 or by email carolemeghreblian@gmail.com.

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Armenian Church of South West Florida Raises Funds for Children in Need

By Carole Meghreblian
FLArmenians Naples Contributor

Last month, the Armenian Church of Southwest Florida (ACSWFL) mission parish collected $1,067 as part of the Diocese’s Department of Mission Parishes food drive for children in need.

(Also on FLArmenians: Florida Mission Parish Update from ACSWFL)

The funds were donated to the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Ft. Myers, in memory of the children who were victims of anti-Armenian pogroms in Azerbaijan (1988-89) and the war in Nagorno-Karabagh (1991-1994).

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Meg Madzar, Campaign Project Coordinator, Harry Chapin Food Bank & Carol Meghreblian, ACSWFL Parish Council Chairwoman

The Harry Chapin Food Bank serves five counties in southwest Florida: Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee.  In 2011, they distributed 15 million pounds of food and other grocery items valued at $24.9 million, to more than 160 non-profit partners who serve more than 30,000 people monthly.  This is a first-time collection for the ACSWFL, and they intend to make it an annual event.

Florida Mission Parish Update from Armenian Church of Southwest Florida

Naples, FL – The Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, Dean of St. Nersess Seminary celebrated Armenian Christmas with the parishioners of the Armenian Church of Southwest Florida (ACSWFL) on January 13, 2013.  He was assisted at the altar by Seminarian student Levon Asdourian, and Deacon Allan Tossoonian of St. Hagop’s Church in Pinellas Park.

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The service concluded with the Blessing of Water.  Vahan Janoyan served as Godfather of the Cross.  A procession then followed into the fellowship hall where Fr. Chevian performed a Blessing of the Home ceremony.  Each family received a Nishghark from Fr. Chevian.

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The ACSWFL annual bake sale gave parishioners the opportunity to purchase  a variety of Armenian breads and desserts on display. A catered dinner followed with parishioners greeting old friends from up north and welcoming new members to the parish.

Sylvia Raubolt was presented a Waterford Cross by Fr. Chevian and Carole Meghreblian, chairperson of the ACSWFL. Mrs. Raubolt was one of the orginal parish council members until her retirement this year.

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February & March 2013 Services at ACSWFL

The Armenian Church of Southwest Florida is pleased to welcome the Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, Director of the Zohrab Center in New York City, to celebrate the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm. A light lunch will follow the service.

On March 3, 2013, at 1:00 pm, Fr. Tateos Abdalian, Director of Mission Parishes will celebrate Holy Badarak.  The annual Lenten luncheon will follow.

[See more photos from ACSWFL here]

ACSWFL services are held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 3901 Davis Blvd., Naples, Florida.

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Photo Caption 1: (L-R): Allan Tossoonian, Deacon, Rev. Mardiros Chevian, Celebrant, Vahan Janoyan, Godfather of the Cross, Levon Asdourian, Seminarian

Photo Caption 2: (L-R): Shirley Yergatian, Tony Akgulian, Diane Akgulian, Julie Couyoumjian

Photo Caption3: (L-R): Parish Council Members Pamela Torosian, Carole Meghreblian, Mariam Tatosian