Posts from 2016

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First Annual Sunday School Tree Lighting

by Alin Manukyan
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Members of St. Thomas and Sunday School staff have been busy preparing for the Christmas season! It is with thanks to their efforts that our lobby has been adorned with a beautiful Christmas tree and peaceful nativity display. The Sunday School asks that you please join us Sunday, December 18, right after Soorp Badarak, for the first annual St. Thomas Sunday School Christmas tree lighting ceremony! As part of the ceremony, Fr. Papken will also bless the children. Celebrations will continue as the students sing joyful Armenian Christmas carols.

Nativity Scene on Display

by Alin Manukyan
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Every year, members of the St. Thomas ACYOA Juniors volunteer to set-up a beautiful nativity scene on the church grounds for everyone to see and enjoy. Shant Amerkanian, Mathew Bourghol, Victoria Bourghol, and Cindy Mutafoglu assembled the nativity on Saturday, December 3rd. Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas season!

Got New Year’s Eve Plans?

by Alin Manukyan
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December is in full-swing, and the holidays are fast approaching! What are you doing this New Year’s Eve? Why not spend the last hours of 2016, and the first moments of 2017 with your extended friends and family at St. Thomas. There will be abundant food, including appetizers, a sit-down dinner, traditional sweets, music, party favors, and champagne! It’s a great way to welcome the New Year, a night you do not want to miss. Arrange your table(s) and make your reservations today!

Kirikian Armenian School Students Learn Fire Safety

by Alin Manukyan
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On Saturday, December 3rd, students were exposed to fire safety first-hand from a local expert. A dedicated member of the Tenafly fire department volunteered his time to teach our youngsters and Armenian school staff several fire safety techniques, including how to escape from a potential fire.

ACYOA Juniors Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

by Ania Torigian
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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and in the spirit of giving, the St. Thomas ACYOA held their 2nd annual food drive at the Stop & Shop in Tenafly. The youth spent a total of six hours on Saturday, November 5th collecting donations for The Center of Food Action (CFA). Working together, 18 dedicated St. Thomas Armenian Church ACYOA Juniors were able to collect a total of ten full carts of food and supplies for the homeless and hungry in our community!

ACYOA Juniors Halloween Party

by Ania Torigian
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Boo to you if you missed this year’s ACYOA Juniors Halloween party! Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Baltaian and their unwavering enthusiasm and creativity, it was a night filled with ghouls, ghosts, goblins, and goodies for all. All in all, a fun time to hang out and enjoy good friends.

Fall Bazaar News and Thank Yous

by Alin Manukyan
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Everyone who attended the Fall St. Thomas Annual Bazaar and Food Festival had a wonderful time! It was the perfect weekend to coordinate with family and friends to meet up, catch up, and enjoy these homemade foods and applause-worthy exciting entertainment in the warm environment of St. Thomas Armenian Church! There was so much talent among our Armenian youth that everyone was full of joy and pride as they applauded after each performance. We are so grateful and thankful to everyone who contributed and helped make the 2016 Fall Bazaar a success!

Sunday School Student Fall Activities

by Alin Manukyan
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St. Thomas Armenian Church Sunday School students had a day of fun and creativity for fall, getting to know their new classmates while decorating their own pumpkins to take home! Our Sunday School has year-round open enrollment, and tuition is free. If you are interested in enrolling your child, just stop by! We encourage the spiritual foundation and growth of your children.

Helping Hands For The Annual Bazaar

by Alin Manukyan
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St. Thomas Armenian Church is blessed to have a family of helping hands, experienced and young, ready and willing to prepare for the Annual (Fall) Bazaar and Food Festival! Food certainly brings people together, and the act of eating together is a special time with our loved ones. We thank God for our meals and for the hands that helped created it. The foods we love bring to us good memories and immerse us in our culture and traditions! The St. Thomas Armenian Church Bazaar would not be possible without the help of several selfless, hardworking, and dedicated volunteers behind the scenes. Along with generous donors, St. Thomas Armenian Church is grateful and thankful to all those who give of their own time to help make this event happen annually!

ACYOA Sports Weekend And News

by Diana Bourghol
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St. Thomas Armenian Church ACYOA season has started with a bustling group of excited teens, advised this year by Diana Bourghol and Talar Sarafian. As members of the ACYOA, young adults form a bond of friendship together through all kinds of activities, including sports, community service, fund-raising, and social activities that are fun and encourage creativity and leadership. Twice a year, ACYOA Junior members from across the eastern half of the U.S. come together for sports, socializing and Armenian spirit. Sports Weekend took place on October 7-10, hosted by St. Sahag and St. Mesrop Church in Wynnewood, PA. A huge thanks to chaperones Vicken and Rosette Arslanian who accompanied the kids to ensure their safety and well being.

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