Please join us this Sunday, November 7th if you are able as we hold our worship services. The Morning Service will begin at 9:30, and the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10:15. You can view services on our FaceBook page and our webpage if you can’t join us in person.
Our ACYO will be hosting ACYO Game Day here today after church services for Yettem, Fowler and Fresno ACYO members. $5.00 will cover your lunch and entrance into our Ping-Pong and Tavloo tournaments. Prizes will be awarded to the winners! Other games will be available to play as well! Contact Dustin Vartanian by phone (559) 623- 3520 or email email@example.com.
Ladies Society will be making Kufta starting at 8:30 AM on Saturday, November 13th in the Majarian Hall prior to their 12:30 monthly meeting. We welcome all the help we can get from both members and non-members for this important fund raiser. Kufta will be sold at our annual church bazaar.
Ladies Society (elections) meeting will be held on Saturday, November 13th in the Majarian Hall at 12:30 PM.
Our eleventh church raffle will be held on Sunday, November 14th, after church services. The drawing will also be streamed on Facebook. If you don’t have tickets or need additional ones, please contact Tina Peters at (559) 967-2593 by phone or text. There are three drawings left this year and your tickets are re-submitted even if you win!
Ladies Society is celebrating the month of thanksgiving with an “ I am thankful for ….” special fundraiser. Show your gratitude while also supporting Ladies Society at the same time. For a donation of $100, a large pinwheel will be placed in the church. For a donation of $20, a smaller pinwheel or 6 smaller pinwheels for $100 will be placed. In November, you will see the church yard decorated with your colorful pinwheel blowing in the wind. If you would like to participate call Linda Farsakian Wall at 786-1419.
Morning Service at 9:45 AM
Divine Liturgy at 10:30 AM
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
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Saint Mary Yettem Celebrates 110 Years!
On Sunday, July 18, 2021, about 150 parishioners and friends of St. Mary Armenian Church in Yettem gathered together to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the founding of the church. On this special occasion, His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian conducted ordinations of acolytes, a deacon and bestowed a Hye Spirit Award. His Eminence Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian, former Primate of the Western Diocese also journeyed from Southern California to be present for this historic day.
Young Hagop Pegor Keshishian and Jackson Poochigian were ordained as Acolytes. Alan Farsakian who was ordained as a Sub Deacon on July 7, 1991, was elevated to the rank of Deacon - thirty years and nine days later at the exact same altar. Life-long member Charlie Ananian who has faithfully served the parish holding candle, attending Sunday School, chairing the ACYO, singing in choir, assuming Parish Council responsibilities, and maintaining the church grounds for decades, was the recipient of this year’s Hye Spirit Award.
His Eminence Archbishop Derderian was the day’s celebrant assisted by Parish Priest Reverend Father Mashdots Keshishian, Yettem Deacon Randy Tellalian, Deacon Allan Jendian (Fresno) and Deacon Steve Adams (Fresno). The large choir was led and accompanied by Mari Louise Menendian.
His Eminence delivered the day’s message that began with sharing the word in Matthew 18:10-14. His Eminence encouraged us to renew our calling and to carry on the mission of the church and prayed for the founders and pastors of St. Mary Yettem. During a point in the sermon, a young child (actually the great-grandson of one of the original builders of our current church) made a little noise. His Eminence called the parents and the young boy up to the altar for a special blessing and reminded the congregation that a young cry should be seen as a blessing and a sign of hope from a new generation.
Following services, a banquet luncheon was served to those who remained in the Majarian Hall. The program included songs from Sunday School students and congratulatory remarks from those present, and messages read on behalf of family and friends unable to attend. Deacon Alan Farsakian shared a moving thank you that included his family’s multi-generation service to the Armenian Church. Hovnan Surpazan Hayr presented thank you gifts to all of the honorees and then invited Archbishop Hovsepian to close with his remarks and to offer the closing prayer.
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
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.
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The faithful of St. Mary Armenian Church in Yettem gathered together this past week for several celebrations related to Christ's Incarnation. Services were held on Christmas Eve on Wednesday, January 5th, on Epiphany on January 6th and on Sunday, January 9th. On Sunday, the day’s service began with Morning Service at 9:30 and the Divine Liturgy celebrated at 10:30. The Blessing of Water/Baptism of the Cross service took place at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy with Nickolas Souren Farsakian serving as Godfather of the Cross. A traditional Home Blessing Service was conducted in the Majarian Hall before the serving of a delicious kebab meal to over a hundred parishioners. Also, the St. Mary Sunday School students performed a program sharing the story of Jesus' birth.
This Sunday, January 30th, we will be conducting our Morning Service at 9:30, followed by the Divine Liturgy at 10:15. We are hoping that you will drive out to Yettem and join us. If you can’t, we will be streaming on Facebook and here on our website.
If you are interested in having your home blessed as is traditional in the Armenian Church, please call the church office to schedule a time.
Can you speak Armenian? Armenian Language classes start next week on Wednesday, February 2nd at 7 PM. The short, 15-20 minute classes will be on Zoom and will teach simple conversational Armenian. Please the church office for sign-up information and to receive the Zoom link invitation at (559) 528-6892.
Our Parish Assembly meeting will be held on Sunday, February 6th. Please come to hear all that we have accomplished and what we hope to do next. The meeting is open to all, but only dues-paying members may vote. A light lunch will be served at 12 Noon. If you can’t be here in person, a Zoom option is available.
Ladies Society meeting will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2022, in the Majarian Hall at 11:30 AM.
474 St. Mary Yettem Raffle tickets have been sold to date. These are great odds to win something. If you would like tickets, contact Tina at (559) 967-2593 by phone or text.
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Armenian Christmas Celebrated on January 9, 2022