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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The annual St. Thomas Children’s Easter Communion and Breakfast took place on Saturday, March 26. The pews were filled with children of all ages, and their families, to receive Holy Communion and then enjoy breakfast with a special guest, the Easter Bunny! What a great turnout. This special service for the children is attended every year by all Armenian children in the area. Thanks to many people at St. Thomas, this year’s communion and breakfast was an uplifting and unforgettable Easter celebration!
On November 2015, the St. Thomas ACYOA participated in a food drive for the CFA (Center for Food Action). The mission of the Center for Food Action is to “prevent hunger and homelessness and improve the lives of individuals and families living in poverty.” Volunteers play a key role in CFA’s mission to end hunger and […]