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SUNDAY, January 31, 2021
 
Third Sunday after the Octave of Theophany
Երրորդ Կիրակի Յետ Ս. Ծննդեան Ութօրեքի


READINGS OF THE DAY
Isaiah 63:7-18,   2 Timothy 3:1-12,    St. John 6:22-38

Տէր Փառէն Քհն. Գալստյան, Հոգեւոր Հովիւ
Reverend Fr. Paren Galstyan, Pastor
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Covid 19 Guidelines
Dear Friends,
We would like to remind all parishioners who are attending church in person to please continue following the guidance while attending church set by the dioceses during the Pandemic. Please always wear your mask while in the church at all times, use the hand sanitizer station while entering church, keep 6 ft apart in church and in the narthex area, sit in the designated areas in church and do not to enter the church hall. Your continued support is appreciated. 

Sincerely,
Soorp Haroutiun Parish Council

St. Sarkis
 

Way of a Warrior

He became a figure of enduring spiritual stature in the Armenian Church. But he began his sojourn among our people as a stranger. This Saturday we will honor his memory once more—some 17 centuries after his death—during the Feast of St. Sarkis the Warrior.
 
Sarkis, or Sergius, was a 4th-century Roman soldier who became a Christian, and was persecuted for his faith. Fleeing Rome with his son Mardiros, Sarkis found refuge in Armenia, which at the time had been a Christian nation for two generations. Father and son were eventually martyred in Persia. But years later, their relics were retrieved by St. Mesrob Mashdots, and brought back to Armenia—where Sarkis has remained a beloved saint, and an inspiring example of courage and conviction for our people.
 
It’s noteworthy that St. Sarkis came to our homeland seeking refuge. What he found in Armenia was a welcoming home, a sanctuary of safety and acceptance, and a place where his memory would make a lasting, inspirational impression.
 
His story still holds meaning for us today. To learn more, click here.

PRAYER OF THE WEEK
In faith I confess and bow down to you, Father and Son and Holy Spirit, uncreated and immortal nature, creator of angels, of men, and of all things. Have mercy upon your creatures, and upon me, great sinner that I am.
     Lord, please keep watch over your faithful people and the holy soil of Arstakh and Armenia, now and always. Grant them strength, and lead us together through the present time of trial. Amen.

Sunday Livestreams


Sundays: From 10.30 am to Noon.
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Please register your 2021 membership
 
Many parishioners have told us that they would appreciate reminders about membership dues. So, this is our first reminder of the year!  Please take a look at your checkbook or other records.  If you have not yet submitted your membership dues for 2021, now is a great time to send in your 2021 Soorp Haroutiun membership dues.  Annual membership dues are $125 per person.
For your convenience, you will find a membership application on the table in the Narthex, which can be dropped off at the Church office.  Also, we are accepting your donations by credit card.
Click to Download the 2021 Membership Form
Click here to pay Membership Online

Thanks to Our 2020 Membership


Rita Arnold, Elisa Azarian, Vagan Babajanian, Leonardo Badiglian, Anton Balasanyan, Arlin & Patricic Baligian,  Khacho & Ghoson Bedrossian, Mariam Bezhanyan, Avedis Boornazian, Richard & Linda Boornazian, Dr. Gregory Boyajian, Diran & Anna Chamoun,  Liza Derbalian-Coredo, Albert Eckian, Anahid Frangoul, Gregory Chouljian, Yn. Anna Galstyan, Kristina Gerard, Antibas & Suzanne Gumushian, Arman & Suna Hartenyan, Ishkhan Hunanyan, Michael Jefarjian, Hagob & Anais Karadjian, Linda Lowman, Mariia Malovana, Garo Mekhdjavakian, Dr. Artak Mirijanyan, Robert & Siranush Mkrtchyan, Armen Mkrtchyan, Grigor Mkrtchyan, Algis & Varsenig Nakutis, Ropen & Linda Nalbandian, Sargis Navoyan, Aram & Ana Nazarian, Joanne Periera, Ann Barsamian Polasek, George & Barbara Rustigian, Eduard Sarkissian, Rose Sarkissian, John Shahinian, Dr. Michael Tiraturian & Dr. Irina Sarafyan,  Drs. Aram & Aida Khachadourian/ Tchobanian, John Tegerian, Alice Tegrarian, Charles Tekesian, Marieta Vausquez, Garabed Veneskahian, Jerome & Lona Youderian, Asnot Zatikyan & Anna Mirijanyan.

Prayer Requests for Our Faithful

Please keep Rev. Fr. Mampre Kouzouian, Margurit Balian, Dee Bargamian, John and Iris Ganimian, John Gumushian, Anahid Frangul, Sargis Katvalyan, Fimi Manguikian, Sarkis Minassian, Varant Movsessian, Talin Mukhjian,  Christian Tresppolacios, Anil & Surekha VaibhDr. Aida Khachadourian/Tchobanian, Sabrina Wood, Hratch Xatourian,
Franco Vasquez in your prayers for physical and spiritual health.
Youth Bible Study this Saturday 

Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 5 P.M.
 
Topic: Youth Bible Study

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 624 937 7521
Passcode: Church
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
  • Sunday, January 31, 2021 – Third Sunday after Nativity
  • Sunday, February 7, 2021 – Forth Sunday after Nativity
  • Sunday, February 14, 2021 - Great Barekendan – Presentation of the Lord to the Tample
  • Monday, February 15, 2021 - Beginning of the Great Lent
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021: Lenten Service and Bible Study at 6.30PM
  • Sunday, February 21, 2021 – Sunday of Expulsion
  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021: Lenten Service and Bible Study at 6.30PM
  • Sunday, February 28, 2021 – Sunday of the Prodigal Son
  • Wednesday, March 3, 2021: Lenten Service and Bible Study at 6.30PM

Virtual Diocesan Assembly screenshots
 

Virtual Diocesan Assembly Focuses on Voting for Officers, Budget, Proposals

On Saturday, January 23, the Eastern Diocese held its 118th annual Diocesan Assembly as an online gathering, convened over the Zoom video conference platform. Some 150 attendees—clergy, delegates, parish council chairs, and observers, representing local parishes throughout the Diocese—took part in the meeting.
 
Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel Findikyan, who presided over the gathering, acknowledged the novelty of holding a Diocesan Assembly remotely. In his welcoming remarks he noted that this was not only a first in the history of the Diocese, but possibly a milestone in the history of the Armenian Church, considering that other diocesan jurisdictions had decided to forego their representative assemblies for the duration of the pandemic crisis.
 
Bishop Daniel said that delegates throughout the Eastern Diocese felt that even under such circumstances it was important to hold an assembly, and communications technology made the gathering feasible. The Primate emphasized that whether meeting face-to-face or over the Internet, “the church and the actions of its leaders always aim to serve God’s will, first and foremost.”
 
An earlier online gathering of Diocesan delegates in September 2020 had gone forward as an “informational assembly.” But a distinctive function of the January 23 meeting involved voting for elected officers, proposals, and matters such as the approval of the Diocesan budget—all accomplished through the use of a secure remote balloting platform.
 
The assembly heard reports on the Eastern Diocese’s finances and 2020 fundraising, and an update from its standing committee established to review matters of church governance. Bowing to time considerations, an Auditing Committee report and votes on several proposals were deferred to a later session, to be scheduled for the near future. 
 

FAR Artsakh projects

FAR’s “
Ayo!” Campaign Brings Winter Supplies to Artsakh Families

Through its #WeAreArtsakh campaign, the Fund for Armenian Relief’s crowd-funding effort, Ayo!, has been providing emergency essentials to displaced Artsakh families in need.
 
The most recent distribution of supplies included 1,750 packages of winter bedding items, pillows, sheets, and pillowcases, and 600 electric heaters—all provided to help families cope with the winter cold.
 
Ayo! will continue these distributions to help meet the most immediate needs of our people in Artsakh. To support the campaign, go to 
WeAreAyo.org


Holyday Lahmajun is Arrived


Dear friends and parishioners. We have Lahmajuns on sell for you available at the Church.

1 dozen - $25
2 dozens - $45

All the profit will go to Artsakh Fund
Prayer Request
Call during the week to request prayers, hokehankist, visitations to the sick, and house blessings. Please let Church office know if you are planning to have Hokehankist Service. It would be appreciated to have a light lunch or coffee hour following Badarak in memory of the deceased.
Help Us to Update Church Directory
Dear parishioners and friends, Parish Council of Soorp Haroutiun Armenian Church is looking more people who can work and prepare the church Directory.
ALTAR FLOWERS
Altar flowers are a gift to the church. If a family wants to decorate the church with flowers, they are free to do so. If the family needs flowers for the reception hall or cemetery they should make prior arrangements.
 
Altar flowers donated by Mrs. Marietts Vasquez
Home or Hospital Bound
As an extended family of St. Gregory, many of our sick, elderly and home bound faithful are unable to attend Church. They may be at home or in the hospital but most importantly: They are not forgotten and we would like to make sure to visit them. If you know of someone who is unable to attend Church or is in need of a pastoral visitation, please inform Fr. Paren directly Email: armenianchurchorlando@gmail.com  or call the church office at 407-876-7732.
The Parish Council of Soorb Haroutiun Armenian Church of Orlando is looking forward to restart the Women's Guild in our church. We are asking those who are ready to help and interested on this to contact our Chairman Mr. John Shahinian or call to church office.
Click here to read more about the Woman's Guild of the Armenian Church of Eastern Diocese 

Home Blessing 

A number of families have invited Fr Paren to bless their homes. Der Hayr’s schedule is flexible to accommodate even the busiest parishioners. Please invite him to your home. You may contact him at the church at 407-876-7732 or cell phone 847-732-7183. His email address is derparen@gmail.com
Click to see the new diocesan educational initiative called Vemkar. The goal is for Vemkar to transform the way all our people grow in their Christian faith and commitment to the Armenian Church.

Click the following links for resources that will enrich your appreciation of the connection between Communion and healing:
  • READ: A post about St. Gregory the Illuminator, “The Golden Hammer”
  • LEARN: Catholicos St. Nersess the Great and Armenian Charity
  • CONTEMPLATE: “The Many Graces of St. Nersess Shnorhali”
  • WATCH: A video on St. Nersess Shnorhali in the Living Voices series.

Mission of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church

The Mission of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church is to preach the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ and to proclaim its message of Salvation. This mission is realized through worship, education, witness, service, and a common life in Jesus Christ as expressed in the distinctive faith – experience of the Armenian people. All members of the Armenian Church (both clergy and lay) are called to participate fully in its mission.

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