Once again, our annual Sunrise Service and Camp-out was a huge success. The original idea of having a Sunrise Service in October was made by Reverend Father Zaven Markosyan. Soon others built to expand the idea to include a BBQ dinner and a breakfast after the service on Saturday. Margie Lynn Davidian for several years now has funded the dinner and breakfast in memory of her mother Sylvia Davidian. 

This year, we had the pleasure of having Father Markosyan and his family re-join us for this special event. Both Father Mashdots and Father Zaven led the prayers during the weekend that included recognition for the soldiers and civilians who lost their lives in Artsakh. Donations were collected and will be included with other monies collected to support our brethren.

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Photos courtesy of David Menendian

Sunday Services:

Morning Service at 9:45 AM

Divine Liturgy at 10:30 AM

14395 Ave 384  Yettem, California  93670     (559) 528-6892

To view services, go to our webpage at www.stmaryyettem.org and click on the tab "Live Church Camera. On that page, click the link to view the services. A picture of the church will come on followed by a video box. You may have to click the play button in the center of the screen to begin the video stream. To fill the screen, move your cursor to the bottom right corner and click the double arrow. This system allows users to view services on any device including Windows=based machines, Macs, Linux, Chromebooks, Androids, Smart TVs, game units and smart phones.

October 23, 2020 - St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church in Yettem is currently following State and County guidelines and not holding worship services indoors with parishioners in attendance. We are streaming services each Sunday. Beginning Sunday, October 25th, we will be holding Sunday services OUTSIDE. Safeguards will be in place. 

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Sunday, October 18th - Yettem Style

Sunrise Service and Camp-Out - October 9 -10th

Dear Faithful People of the Armenian Apostolic Church,
Late Saturday night and early Sunday morning we were once again outraged, infuriated and incensed by the acts of war perpetrated by the Azeris up and down the Artsakh border. The attacks against the peaceful people of Artsakh were unprovoked and prompted immediate reaction by the government of the Republic of Armenia. Throughout the world people are calling on political leaders to stop Azerbaijan from committing these barbaric crimes and demanding that Turkey stop supporting this fighting.

United in Solidarity with the People of Artsakh

Your support is urgent!
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On October 18, 2020,  deacons and altar servers from throughout the Western Diocese made their way to Yettem to join with His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Reverend Father Vazken Movsesian and St. Mary Yettem Parish Priest Father Mashdots Keshishian to celebrate the Divine Liturgy. The beautifully adorned altar, under the newly built pavilion in the center of the peaceful church yard, created a spiritual setting for the 135 faithful who gathered.

 Powerful messages were delivered by His Eminence and Father Vazken. Following the Holy Badarak a Deacon’s Prayer was recited by the altar servers that were gathered. This Deacon’s Council, a first anywhere in the United States, began as a vision backed solely by the faith and determination of Archbishop Hovnan and Father Vazken. The Deacon’s Council has been summoned to assemble, organize, and implement work for the greater benefit of our Church and the Armenian people.  

A fantastic lunch was offered for those who gathered.  Parishioners and guests carefully adhered to recommendations to wear masks and follow other now common social etiquette. Long-time parishioners Sarkis and Hasmik Enfiedjian were honored for their faithful service to our Yettem Parish.

Despite these trying times, once again our church community has come together to praise God and support each other. We are blessed.

Building of Our Pavilion for Outdoor Services

For more information go to the Western Diocese webpage at:

     Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America

Memorial Wall 

A new column of 4 blocks is available The price is $200 per name.

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                         What is WD168??

      One of the many ministries of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America is a weekly internet channel and program entitled "WD168". The host of this informative program is our special Yettem friend, Father Vazken Movsesian. Father Vazken begins each episode explaining that "God gives us 168 hours every week to live, love and enjoy." If you have never watched these before, you should. The programs are lively, informative and educational as Der Vazken shares activities going on throughout our Diocese.
      In recent episodes, including the latest released today, Father Vazken has included news featuring St. Mary Yettem.
You can watch previous episodes at https://www.wdacna.com/videos


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               Three Day Lent/Fast and Prayer for Artsakh

                                                 The following communiqué was received from the Western Diocese about a                                                     three day lent/fast in support of Artsakh. You may be unable to participate to                                                     the full extent as announced, and that is understandable. St. Mary Yettem Parish Priest,                         Rev. Father Mashdots Keshishian, will be offering prayers live on our webpage                                                    and Facebook page (CLICK HERE) TODAY, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 at 1:00 PM.

We are pleased to inform the Diocesan faithful that with the blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Diocesan Primate, the Western Diocese announces a three-day lent and fasting period in support of the Armenian soldiers in the front lines in Artsakh.

This Lenten period will begin on Friday, October 23 at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude on Sunday, October 25, with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. Special prayers have been selected in preparation for this fasting (Lenten) period. They must be recited three times daily at 9:00 a.m., at 3:00 p.m., and at 7:00 p.m., respectively.

The funds saved from the fasting (Lenten) period are encouraged to be donated to Armenia Fund for humanitarian relief.

Chancellery of the Western Diocese
October 20, 2020 

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Our pavilion project has been completed in one week's time. This new focal point on our south lawn area will provide us a place to conduct outdoor services beginning on October 18, 2020. The structure will also be used in the future by our Sunday School students, ACYO and parishioners of all ages for outside activities.

The project was funded by donations by Tina and Darrell Peters in memory of Tina's father George Margosian, by Anahid and James Soxman in memory of Anahid's parents Hacher and Takouhie Mikaelian, by Judy and Mike Skaff in memory of Judy's parents Richard and Alice Dudukian and by Myron and Debbie Sheklian in memory of deceased Sheklian and Derderian family members. The hand-crafted cross was made and donated by Alan Farsakian in memory of Farsakian and Simonian family members. 

The pavilion was built by Alan Farsakian, Myron Sheklian, Gerard Garoian, David Menendian and Alan Borba. Thank you also to Charlie Davidian, Charlie Ananian, Darren Ananian and Hagop Pegor Keshishian for technical and moral support.

Beginning on Sunday, October 18,  we will be holding Sunday services outside so that all may attend church services each and every Sunday outdoors until restrictions are lifted on indoor worship.