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
Announcements - April 9, 2021
This Sunday, April 11, is referred to as “New Sunday”. The Morning Service will begin at 9:45 and the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10:30. Services will be celebrated indoors.
Parishioners are asked to wear masks when entering and leaving the sanctuary. We will be following the guidelines that limit attendance. Parish Council members will monitor that safe distances are maintained between non-family members. Windows will be opened to allow fresh air ventilation. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance and exit of the church. We will not be passing the plate and the Kiss of Peace will be offered from a distance. Communion will be offered and placed in the hand of those receiving it.
The period from Holy Easter to the Sunday of Pentecost is called "Hinantz" - a special 50-day period in the Armenian Church. The first 40 days of Eastertide is primarily dedicated to the mystery of the resurrected Savior's encounters with his Apostles and followers and culminates with the Feast of the Holy Ascension, which commemorates our Lord's ascent into heaven.
It is during this period that the faithful greet each other with the good news:
"Christ is risen from the dead!",
and the response of,
"Blessed is the Resurrection of Christ!"
The Ladies Society will be holding their monthly meeting in-person tomorrow, Saturday, April 10th in the Majarian Hall at 11:30 PM.
Our Sunday School students will be meeting this Sunday, April 11th at 11 AM.
Our ACYO will be meeting via Zoom on Sunday, April 18th at 4 PM.
Father Mashdots has resumed a schedule of Home Blessings. Steps have been taken to address current health and safety concerns. If you are interested in having your home blessed, please call the church office or Der Mashdots.
April 24 marks Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, the 106th anniversary of the atrocity. Valley Public TV will be airing two programs on April 22nd and April 24th that you will want to share the details with to your family and friends.
“What Will Become of Us” features slice-of-life stories with our own Richard and Andrew Hagopian, singer/songwriter Sebu Simonian of Capital Cities, housewares designer/artist Michael Aram, comedian Lory Tatoulian, political activist Aram Hamparian, and John and Annie Sweers who travel to Armenia for the first time through Birthright Armenia and Armenian Volunteer Corps.
“100 Years from Home” features interviews with historian Richard Hovannisian, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, social critic Vahe Berberian, documentarian Carla Garapedian, Armenian studies scholar Shushan Karapetian, and Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Artsakh. While these films deal with weighty issues, in the end, the stories are hopeful.
Then on April 29th, you have an opportunity to join a Zoom presentation entitled “The Armenian Genocide and the Modern Age”. See the flier below for information.
The St. Mary Yettem Ladies Society Mothers’ Day Luncheon will be held under the beautiful trees on Saturday, May 8th at 11:30 AM. Catered by Vintage Press: Choice of either Spinach Salad with strawberries topped with Grilled Chicken or Curry Chicken Salad, $30 per person. For reservations email number in your party and choice of salad to email@example.com. or call the church office at (559) 528-6892. Deadline for reservations, Saturday, May 1st.
We will be holding our 43rd Annual Food Festival Luncheon and Dinner this year on Thursday, May 20th. The drive-through only event will be held at the Elks Lodge in Visalia. Mark your calendars and spread the word. Look for information that will be mailed out in the coming weeks. If you would like to help with the event, please contact Margie L. Davidian or Judy Skaff.
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St. Mary Yettem Covid-19 Guidelines
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.
your contact information to the church office.
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St. Mary Yettem Holy Week 2021
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
Morning Service at 9:45 AM
Divine Liturgy at 10:30 AM
March 2021 April 2021
First Place - $150 First Place - $150
Amy Shuklian Laurie Menendian
Second Place - $100 Second Place - $100
Margo Margosian Karnig Peters
Third Place - $50 Third Place - $50
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It's not too late to get tickets. Call Tina Peters at 559-967-2593 by phone or text.
CLICK HERE to watch an Easter Greeting from Sunday School
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