By Janna Mosinyan
FLArmenians Guest Contributor
Jacksonville, FL – The community here has grown to the point that, last year, our mission parish purchased a new property, which will serve as the epicenter of the Armenian-American community of Jacksonville. The new parish location will play an important role in the development of our community. It will be a place where local Armenians will be able to come together for worship, celebrations, and cultural and social events. This will enable the dream of Armenians living in northern Florida to manage their own institution, plan for bible studies, Sunday school and more, to become reality. The Jacksonville community has been working together to reform the building, as construction work takes place every Sunday with the help of dedicated community leaders. While church construction is in progress, the Armenian community of Jacksonville, Florida gathers each month for the monthly “Badarak,” or Divine Liturgy. The women’s choir is performing with the participation of Janna Mosinyan, Elen Mosinyan, Olivia Arslanian, Silva Baboyan, and male members Rafael Grigoryan, Aleksandr Shafiyev, Nicolas Yedigarov and Erik Mirzoyev are all active participants of the service as well.
This summer has been especially productive for the young members of our community. Aleksandr Shafiyev recently represented the Armenian Community of Jacksonville on his pilgrimage to the Holly Land. Shafiyev was excited to discover that out of all the Christian nations, Armenians are one of two that have a special quarter in Jerusalem to practice their religion. “Now, that I have had an up-close experience of the Armenian traditions, I am eager to go back to my roots,” said Shafiyev. Hearing an Armenian who has never been to Armenia talk about his heritage with such a great pride is a delightful feeling. On July 11, 2012, The Eastern Diocese announced the recipients of the Diocesan Academic Scholarship for 2012-13. The Armenian community of Jacksonville is proud to announce that two of our students, Rafael Gregoryan and Erik Mirzoyev, have earned the scholarship by committing tremendous time and dedication to our community. Since 2008, I have been an active member of the Armenian-American community of Jacksonville, and it is evident that our local parish has been crucial for the success and development of young Armenians here. As an Armenian who arrived to United States only four years ago, I have found a little Armenia, here in north Florida, thousands of miles away from home.
Janna Mosinyan is an active member of the Jacksonville Armenian-American community, and sings in the parish choir. She is currently studying Political Science at the University of North Florida.
Upcoming Armenian Community Events Around Florida
St. David Armenian Church, Boca Raton (Palm Beach County)
Thurs, Jan. 5 – Armenian Christmas Eve – 7:00 PM
Fri, Jan. 6 – Armenian Christmas Morning Service – 10:00 AM
Fri-Sun, Jan. 13-15 – National ACYOA Chapter Workshop
Sat, Jan. 21 – Banquet Honoring Very Rev. Dr. Nareg Berberian’s 20th Anniversary of Ordination to the Holy Priesthood – 7:00 PM.
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Fri-Sat, Jan. 26-27 – ACYOA Annual Camping Retreat, Quiet Waters Park, Deerfield Beach.
Sun, Feb. 3 – Book Presentation: Walking Through the Armenian Faith and History, by Very Rev. Dr. Nareg Berberian – 1:00 PM
Sat, Feb. 11 – Women’s Guild Cupid Capers Fun Night (Live Music) – 8:00 PM – ?
Sat-Sun, Feb. 25-26 – St. David’s Annual Bazaar
Mon. March 26 – St. David’s Charity Golf Tournament, Boca Raton
St. Mary Armenian Church, Hollywood (Broward County)
Thurs. Jan. 5 – Christmas Eve Holy Badarak – 6:30 PM
Fri, Jan. 6 – SOORP DZNOUNT Badarak – 10:30 AM
Sat, Jan. 7 – Rehearsal for Children’s program – 10:00 AM, Pizza at 12:00 PM
Requiem Prayer at the Khatchkar-Memorial – 10:30 AM. Please call Fr. Vartan for Requiem request by Jan. 6th.
Sun, Jan. 8 – Blessing of Water – 10:30 AM. Armenian Brunch and Children’s Program – 12:30 PM
Fri, Jan. 13 – Feast of the Naming of our Lord JESUS CHRIST.
Sat, Jan. 14 – The Birth of St. John the Forerunner.
St. Hagop Armenian Church, Pinellas Park (Pinellas County)
Sun. Jan. 1 – Divine Liturgy – 10:30 AM
Thur. Jan. 5 – Eve of Theophany (Jrakalooyts) Badarak – 6:00 PM
Fri. Jan. 6 – Theophany-Armenian Christmas Church Open For Prayer—No Badarak
Sat. Jan. 7 – Women’s Guild Luncheon-Safety Harbor – 2:00 PM
Sun. Jan. 8 – Divine Liturgy, Blessing Waters, Armenian Christmas Observed 10:30 AM, Young Professionals Meeting – 7:00 PM
Wed. Jan. 11 – Beginner’s Armenian Lesson #1 with Der Abraham (in Sanctuary) – 6:00 PM
Sun. Feb. 19 – St. Hagop Winter Bazaar – 12:30 PM
Armenian Church of Southwest Florida
The Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Odabashian will celebrate the first Badarak of the season on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Bonita Springs, Florida. Service will begin promptly at 1:00 pm. Advanced reservations for a luleh kebab luncheon (advanced reservations only) will follow Badarak. The next Badarak service will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm. For further information or to be placed on our mailing list, please contact Parish Council Chair Carole Meghreblian at 239-348-3804.