Victoria Bourghol, also an alumna, is the art teacher for kids in 1st through 3rd grade of the Kirikian Armenian School. She is teaching them about the Armenian Genocide through various art projects this month. The children learned about the symbolism of the Forget-Me-Not-Flower while painting their very own last week.
It’s been an exciting start to our year. We had our first meeting a few weeks ago and elected a new executive committee. Congrats to our new executive team. We look forward to a fun year! We had 12 kids attend the Sports Weekend at St. Peter’s Church in Albany this past weekend. A huge thanks to chaperones John and Jane Torigian and Raffi and Aline Jamgotchian who split the weekend and watched over the kids. Thank you so much! The kids made it to the semi-finals in volleyball and enjoyed the dances and other activities. We have 2 more events this month…
St. Thomas Armenian Church is indebted to its volunteers, in all capacities. It’s a community effort each year to put together the annual Bazaar, with deliciously prepared foods, items carefully displayed for sale, and much more behind the scenes! As a friendly reminder, we are still accepting goods for the white elephant sale, which is always a popular first stop for many visitors to the bazaar. We are also graciously accepting sponsorship for the Bazaar. Please see the attached flyers, and if you wish to sponsor, kindly follow the instructions to make your donation.
We announce with pleasure that Matthew Bourghol will be elevated from Tbir to the rank of Sub-Deacon of the Armenian Church by his Eminence, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church on Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018.
Twenty-one youth from the St. Thomas ACYOA chapter attended Sports Weekend during Columbus Day weekend from October 7 to 9. Over 250 Armenian youth from the northeast gathered at this event, hosted by St. Leon’s in Fairlawn, NJ, to enjoy sports and social activities.
On Sunday September 17, 2017 after church services, the ACYOA youth group of St. Thomas Armenian Church held a fundraising Car Wash. The youth raised over $350 washing cars for 2 hours.
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.