St. Thomas Armenian Church ACYOA season has started with a bustling group of excited teens, advised this year by Diana Bourghol and Talar Sarafian.

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Advanced Chess winner, Matthew Bourghol

IMG_8563[1]Throughout the year, our young adults participate in several programs that create a greater sense of spiritual culture, tradition, and civic-mindedness. 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. This event, called Sports Weekend took place on October 7-10, hosted by St. Sahag and St. Mesrop Church in Wynnewood, PA.  St. Thomas had eleven members participating and representing our chapter.  A huge thanks to chaperones Vicken and Rosette Arslanian who accompanied the kids to ensure their safety and well being.  They also coached our volleyball team to two exciting wins, which was wonderful for their first time playing together.  Great job St. Thomas Titans!  St. Thomas did being home a trophy for Advanced Chess won by Matthew Bourghol. Congrats Matthew!

We invite you to view all of the moments captured from the ACYOA Sports Weekend in our photo gallery.

2016-17 St. Thomas ACYOA officers were recently elected. Congratulations to all!

President: The Very Rev. Fr. Papken Anoushian, Pastor
Chairman: Alec Jamgotchian
Vice Chair: Matthew Bourghol
Co-Treasurers: Shant Amerkanian and Garo Amerkanian
Co-Recording Secretaries: Cindy Mutafoglu and Alis Tokatlioglu
Corresponding Secretaries: Ania Torigian and Colette Arslanian (photos and social media)
Sports Weekend Coordinators: Arnag Baltaian and Colette Arslanian
Social/Charity/Fundraising coordinators: Victoria Bourghol and Arnag Baltaian
Parent Advisors: Talar Sarafian and Diana Bourghol
Parish Council Liasons: Paul Bourghol and John Torigian

14397952_1124035041009043_1522217783_nThe ACYOA has several upcoming events planned, including:

St. Thomas Food Festival, October 22-23.  The youth will be running a calendar raffle with an iPhone 7 as the main prize!  They will also have a booth selling snacks and candy.   

Halloween Party, October 29 – Hosted at the Baltaian’s home. RSVPs are required.

Food Drive to Benefit the Center for Food Action in Englewood, NJ, November 5 –  Our youth will be at the Stop and Shop of Tenafly, NJ from 10-4pm collecting food items and cash donations towards this well-deserving organization who feed homeless and less fortunate families throughout the year, and especially though the holiday season.
Please come and support our efforts.