Photos courtesy of Mark Wall, Charlie Davidian, Chuck Simonian, Debbie Sheklian and Myron Sheklian
On Sunday afternoon, December 13, 21, St. Mary Sunday School students and interested parishioners visited the Imagine U Children's' Museum in Visalia. This special field trip was part of Der Zaven's long-term plan to have activities scheduled that would allow Sunday School students to get to know each other better outside of the church setting. Superintendent Tracy Valencia and Sunday School teacher Linda Farsakian Wall planned the event.
Once again this year our church community members had the opportunity to take part in a special Sunrise Service held on Saturday, October 10, 2015.
The evening before, all were invited to attend a barbeque hosted by Margie Davidian, Debbie Sheklian and Myron Sheklian. Approximately 25 individuals enjoyed appetizers, hot dogs, hamburgers, beans, chips and S'mores. About a dozen spent the night in RVs, tents and on cots to awaken to the fresh Yettem air on Saturday morning.
Because Father Zaven was in Armenia, Deacon Randy Tellalian led the service on Saturday morning with participants reading from the prepared booklets that were provided that included special prayers.
Breakfast was served following the service which included eggs, bacon, pancakes and potatoes. The hope is that attendance will grow in the coming years.
Sunrise Service Held October 9-10
A new column of 4 blocks is available The price is $200 per name.
Sunday School Classes are held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month
This year on August 16, 2015, the Parish Council honored those parishioners that were 80 years and older as a way to remember the spiritual heritage conveyed to each and everyone of us by those who have done so much in building our St. Mary Yettem Church community.
Parish Council member Laurie Menedian read a short summary of the contributions made by those present as they were introduced. Parish Council Chairperson Chuck Simonian then presented each of the honorees with a specially designed lapel pin.
Der Zaven summarized the day well in stating " The people whom are recognized on August 16th are the direct bearers of St. Mary parish history. "
New Web Camera System
Pictures courtesy of Debbie Sheklian
Pictures courtesy of Mark & Linda Wall
Honoring our Octogenarians
Morning Service at 9:45 AM
Divine Liturgy at 10:30 AM
A new camera system has been installed for broadcasting our church services. The new system will allow users to view services on almost any device. We are making final adjustments to the system. Let me know how it works.
Annual Church Bazaar Held
This year's annual Ladies' Society Bazaar was changed from a Fall Bazaar to a Christmas Bazaar. The Majarian Hall was beautifully decorated in a Christmas theme. All indications from the number in attendance and the money raised points to a successful change.
The December 6th event began with a BBQ hamburger lunch with all the usual sides. A Country Store, raffle and the sale of kuftas and monti all added to the profits made from the auctioned items that were donated. This annual event that has long been a major fundraiser for the Ladies Society, is eagerly anticipated each year. The Society generously donates from this and their other fundraisers to the Parish Council to assist with the annual operating budget.
Sunday School Visits Imagine U
your contact information to the church office.