Please find the St. Thomas schedule of Holy Week (Avak Shapat) Services, April 9 – 16, 2017, in Armenian and in English.
The traditional Holy Week service of Vodnluva (Washing of the Feet) will take place on Holy Thursday, April 13, 2017. Please contact St. Thomas as soon as possible by email or phone if you would like your son(s) to participate.
The ACYOA of St. Thomas Armenian Church will have a meeting and chocolate-making on Sunday, April 2nd, in preparation for their annual Easter fundraising efforts. The meeting will take place directly after Soorp Badarak in the St. Thomas Youth Room. Lunch will be provided.
You may purchase an Easter Lily plant and, by doing so, also adorn the St. Thomas Armenian Church altar during the Easter season! The plants will be available for pick-up after the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy (Soorp Badarak) on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017. The plants will be available for pick-up after the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy (Soorp Badarak) on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017. Please contact Mrs. Jacklyn Baltaian or the Church office to order your beautiful plant today!
The ACYOA Juniors will be having some fun and fellowship on Saturday, April 1 from 8 – 10pm at the Jump-n-Glow at Bounce Trampoline Sports in Valley Cottage, NY. The cost is $20 per jumper, plus $2 for required socks. An online waiver must be submitted for first time jumpers. For more information, please visit www.bouncevalleycottage.com.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!