On Sunday, January 19, the Rev. Fr. Tateos Abdalian, director of the Diocese’s Mission Parish program, visited the Armenian Church of Jacksonville, where he celebrated the Divine Liturgy and performed the “Blessing of Water” service.
The community then gathered for a festive dinner. Parishioners who are celebrating January birthdays were honored, and an afternoon of music and dance followed.
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.
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).
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.
Naples, FL – The Armenian Church of Southwest Florida (ACSWFL) is pleased to welcome the Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, Dean of St. Nersess Seminary, to celebrate Divine Liturgy on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm. The service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 3901 Davis Blvd., Naples, Florida 34104. A Iuncheon and bake sale featuring Armenian breads and pastries will follow the service. For further information about our church or to make luncheon reservations, please call the ACSWFL at (239) 348-3804.