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Sunday School Classes are held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month
April 2022 Winners:
$150 - Judy Skaff
$100 -Rasha Hebesha
$50 - Alice Toukdarian
St. Mary Yettem Events May 20, 2022
Morning Service at 9:45 AM
Divine Liturgy at 10:30 AM
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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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On behalf of Parish Priest Father Mashdots Keshishian and the St. Mary Armenian Church Parish Council, we extend a huge "thank you" to the Tulare County community for again supporting our biannual Armenian Food Festival held on Thursday, May 19. This important cultural and fundraising event is made possible through the church's Ways and Means Committee and the many parish members and friends of the St. Mary Yettem Armenian Church. We are grateful for you all!
Please join us for services this Sunday, May 22nd. The Morning Service will begin at 9:30 and the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10:15. Services will be streamed on our webpage and on Facebook if you can’t attend in person.
On behalf of our St. Mary Parish family, we wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Vars and the extended Hovannisian family on the recent passing of John Hovannisian. Church services will be held at Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church in Fresno on Monday, May 23rd at 11: 00 AM. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Sunday School is meeting this week beginning at 11 AM.
The ACYO will be hosting a fellowship on Sunday, May 22nd after church services. Following the fellowship, a short meeting will be conducted.
Armenian Language classes are held TUESDAYS at 7 PM. The short 15–20-minute classes on Zoom taught by Father Mashdots teaches simple conversational Armenian and classes are not sequential. Attend as many weeks as you can. Join the Zoom Meeting by clicking this link:
Meeting ID: 329 252 7222
The regular Parish Council meeting will be held on Thursday, May 26th at 6:00 PM.
ACYO Sports Weekend will be held in Fresno May 27th – 29th.
Fr. Mashdots is available to conduct grave blessings at the Visalia District Cemetery on Monday, May 30th between 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Please call the church office at (559) 528-6892 to schedule a time before Friday, May 27th.
Our sixth church raffle drawing will be held on Fathers’ Day, Sunday June 19th. The drawing will also be streamed on Facebook. If you don’t have tickets or need additional ones, contact Tina Peters at (559) 967-2593 by phone or text.
Now that Covid restrictions have been relaxed, Father Mashdots is willing to make informal visits to the home of parishioners to get to know them better. Father Mashdots is also available to visit those who maybe sick at home, hospitalized or may need special prayers. Der Hayr is also scheduling Easter home blessings for those that are interested. Please call the church office to inform or schedule any of these requests.
Spring is here! Time to clean out your garage or yard of that old vehicle taking up space and donate it. It is as easy as 1,2,3. 1.) Call Careasy at 855-500-RIDE (7433) or use the website careasy.org to complete the online form. 2) Choose St. Mary Armenian Church of Yettem as the nonprofit you want to donate to. 3) Arrange with Careasy for your vehicle to be picked up. All proceeds will go to benefit our church. What are you waiting for? Clean out that clutter! Call Linda Farsakian-Wall at 559-786-1419 for more information.
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.
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