By Carole Meghreblian
FLArmenians Naples Contributor
After a hiatus for the summer months, the Armenian Church of Southwest Florida began its seasonal worship on Saturday, November 3, 2012. The Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Hovnan Demerjian of St. Hagop Armenian Church in Pinellas Park, Florida.
Over 50 parishioners worshiped together and renewed old friendships at the luncheon which followed. Please check FLArmenians.com for the announcement of our next service in January. Join us in worship and then treat yourself to our Annual Bake Sale, featuring homemade Armenian baked goods and jellies. For further information about our services, please contact me at 239-348-3804.
This Sunday, October 7, St. Mary Armenian Church in Hollywood, Florida is pleased to invite you to attend their Bible Study. All children and parents will be listening to a Bible story shared by Fr. Vartan Joulfayan. Following the Liturgy, a special Armenian dish, Khashlama/Խաշլամա, and hot dogs for kids, will be served in Davitian Hall. The luncheon will be sponsored and served by Arayik & Armine Kocharian family and friends.
Earlier this year, FLArmenian Cuisine Contributors Robyn and Doug Kalajian shared their Khashlama recipe with our readers and we sure hope you enjoyed it.
FLArmenians encourage you to make a special effort and join them on Sunday. Bon a petit!
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.