We are days away from the expected landfall of Hurricane Irma, the strongest Atlantic Ocean hurricane ever recorded. As we anticipate the storm, we would like to provide our readers with important information to help us all prepare properly, for ourselves and our neighbors.
If you haven’t already, please sign up here to receive timely Florida Armenians email alerts and updates.
On Tuesday, Governor Scott declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties in Florida. This preliminary move activates federal agency assistance and prepares state and local agencies to deliver emergency services, disaster relief, safety equipment and critical supplies well in advance. In Florida, County Governments are responsible for shelters, evacuation routes, deliver of aid and emergency services, so please check your County Government website for more information.
Below you will find important information regarding hurricane preparedness, government agency and emergency contact information, as well as notices from our Armenian Churches in Florida.
We hope you will find this information useful, and will follow the guidelines to ensure you and your families safety.
Taniel Koushakjian & Arsine Kaloustian
Florida Armenian Church Advisories Regarding Hurricane Irma
Below is a summary of Florida Armenian Church advisories of cancellation of religious services for Sunday, September 10, 2017:
St. David Armenian Church (Boca Raton, FL)
Services Cancelled This Sunday
For the safety of our parishioners, the Parish Council and I have decided to cancel all the activities for this weekend including the Morning Service and the Divine Liturgy for this Sunday, September 10th, and we are praying for the Lord’s Divine protection around you and your families during this upcoming hurricane.
St. Mary Armenian Church (Hollywood, FL)
St. Mary to Serve as Hurricane Shelter, Services Cancelled This Sunday
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
As we all know by now, the hurricane Irma is set to hit South Florida and travel northward covering almost all of Florida.
Those of you who may need special help, please contact your nearest fire station, police department or designated shelter to plan your safety ahead of time. Once the hurricane approaches South Florida, there won’t be enough time to plan and prepare. THIS IS THE TIME TO PLAN YOUR SAFETY.
Also, should you need to evacuate whether voluntarily or mandatory, please let me know by Saturday. I will open our church to serve as a shelter for all our families.
Get gasoline, batteries for your radio and flashlights, non-perishable food and water today.
Keep praying with me and everyone else so God may weaken the hurricane’s strength and save us from all harms.
God is with us,
Cell: (954) 296-1406
St. Hagop Armenian Church (Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL)
Services Cancelled This Sunday
Due to potential high winds and heavy rains, St. Hagop Armenian Church will NOT have services this Sunday September 10th. We will resume on Sunday September 17th for the Feast of the Cross and our new first day of Sunday School. Please help us spread the word. We have a number of parishioners who do not do e-mail. Call them!
If you become aware of a pastoral emergency during this time, as always please call Fr. Hovnan’s cell at 727-771-5270. If you are having a medical emergency or the effects of the storm require emergency help, call 911.
Advisories from Sourp Haroutiun Armenian Church (Orlando, FL), and the Jacksonville Armenian Church Mission Parish have not been issued at this time.
Hurricane Irma: Be Prepared
By Margaret Atayants
FLArmenians Tallahassee Chair
On April 21, 2017, the Jacksonville Armenian community gathered together to watch the weekend premiere of the movie, ‘The Promise.’
Together with Elmira Grigoryan, Chairwoman of the Armenian Church of Jacksonville, we organized Armenians across northern Florida to assemble together and watch the movie in one theatre, which we secured for the 7:00pm showing. The theatre was packed!
When Mrs. Grigoryan first contacted me about getting everyone together, we were very concerned that we would not be able to pull it off due to the small number of Armenians in North Florida. However, to our surprise, not only did we fill up the theatre with our committed Armenians, but many non-Armenian friends arrived and supported us, too. People were even sitting on the steps!
The event turned out to be a big success for the small but growing Jacksonville Armenian community. Elmira and I would like to give special thanks to everyone who made this gathering possible.
The next day on Sunday, Rev. Fr. Tateos Abdalian blessed us with his presence by leading the Easter Badarak lead by our wonderful choir and our dedicated altar boys, Alex Shafiyev and Nicholas Yedigarov. Badarak was then followed by a big community dinner with homemade food from all the different Armenian backgrounds. We also celebrated the birthdays of members for the month of April. The afternoon concluded with Armenian children’s songs. After a full weekend of events, the love and warmth of everyone made me, and all those apart or new coming of the Jacksonville Armenian community, truly feel right at home.
Florida Armenians is pleased to announce Elen Mosinyan as the new Jacksonville Contributor to FLArmenians.com.
Elen Mosinyan is a student at University of North Florida, majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science. In 2008, Mosinyan moved from Armenia to the United States, where she was quickly immersed in the Armenian community and became an active member of the Armenian Church of Jacksonville. Upon her arrival, she has been a regular participant of the monthly Divine Liturgy, as well as teaching the Armenian language to young Armenians in Jacksonville.
While completing her undergraduate degree, she has interned for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville, and the U.S. Department of State.
“I am very excited to join FLArmenians.com and I’m looking forward to working with the team of contributors from across the state to highlight the major Armenian events happening in Jacksonville,” Mosinyan said.