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…
On Saturday March 10th, the St. Thomas ACYOA Juniors participated in the annual Lock-In. This event encourages fellowship, teamwork, prayers, and also a lot of fun. With parent chaperones and Hayr Soorp Anoushian, the teens spent their evening at the church taking part in activities and an overnight sleep-over.
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.
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!
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!
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.
St. Thomas Armenian Apostolic Church has had much reason to celebrate this past Palm Sunday weekend, on the 51st anniversary of its consecration. Taking into consideration the weekend, which began with the ordination of altar servers to acolytes, and all the events of Palm Sunday, there was so much vitality in the church on it’s 51st anniversary! In the words of his Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate, it was “an inspiring day” where the “legacy of our martyrs is being continued.”