LOVSAPYR LOOSAPER Sovrp Bydros Ha3asdanya3x Ygy.yxi ST. PETER ARMENIAN CHURCH 100 TROY-SCHENECTADY ROAD, PO BOX 196, WATERVLIET, NY 12189 MARCH/APRIL 2010 St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church 100 Troy-Schenectady Road P.O. Box 196 Watervliet, NY 12189 Phone: (518) 274-3673 ~ Fax: (518) 274-3103 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: stpeterarmenianchurch.com SUNDAY WORSHIP: Morning Services (Matins) 9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m. OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Rev. Fr. Garen Gdanian, Pastor Emeritus Garo Derian 1 Cindy Lee Court 560 Rt. 9W Latham, NY 12110 785-4816 Glenmont, NY 12077 436-7447 E-mail: email@example.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org John Ekmalian, (Acting) Chair Mary Hartunian 11B Ledgewood Drive 6 Riviera Drive Albany, NY 12205 459-1836 Latham, NY 12110 785-6073 Arthur Mahserjian, Vice Chair Leon Kaiser 143 Forts Ferry Road 81 Old Coach Road Latham, NY 12110 785-4247 Clifton Park, NY 12065 383-3266 E-mail: email@example.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Joanne Scaringe, Secretary Yervant Kutchukian 6 Chestnut Hill Road South 2003 Brookview Road Loudonville, NY 12211 463-5004 Castleton-on-Hudson, NY 12033 732-7486 E-mail: email@example.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org R. Paul Moroukian, Jr., Treasurer George Mahserjian 9 Kimberly Court 1058 Valerie Drive Schenectady, NY 12309 785-1766 Niskayuna, NY 12309 783-8896 E-mail: email@example.com DIOCESAN DELEGATES: Edward A. Belemjian Robert Meeson 10 Orchard Grove 4 Westview Road Loudonville, NY 12211 465-3029 Troy, NY 12182 237-8435 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org E-mail: email@example.com CHURCH ORGANIZATION CONTACTS: PARISH COUNCIL LIAISON: ACYOA Jrs. Serena Moroukian . . . . . . . . 785-1766 Yervant Kutchukian ACYOA Srs. Jonathan Dadekian . . . . . . . 346-1819 Yervant Kutchukian Armenian School Anahid Altounian . . . . . . . . .463-2625 Garo Derian Bible Study Elsie Vozzy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 373-0242 Yervant Kutchukian St. Peter Adult Fellowship Philip Natcharian . . . . . . . . .785-8767 Edward Belemjian Sunday School Charles Tutunjian (acting) . .785-9423 Arthur Mahserjian Women’s Guild Virginia Mahserjian . . . . . . 783-8896 John Ekmalian OTHER CHURCH CONTACTS: Church Secretary Lori Payette . . . . . . . . . . . . 274-3673 Choir Director Dn. Rafi Topalian . . . . . . . . 272-2000 Fellowship Hour Lori Payette . . . . . . . . . . . . 274-3673 Loosaper Lori Payette . . . . . . . . . . . . 274-3673 All articles must be submitted on a timely basis by following the “Schedule for Publication” listed below: MAY/JUNE SCHEDULE FOR PUBLICATION Articles Deadline Monday, May 17 Typing and Proofreading Mon., May 17 - Fri., May 28 To Printer Friday, May 28 Mailing Wednesday, June 2 The Loosaper constitutes a vital and an historical record of the life of the St. Peter Church Community. Therefore, it is important to make every effort to preserve and maintain the continuity of this publication. In order to do this, we need help. Any parishioner interested in being a reporter or assisting the editorial staff with this publication should call the church office. Church Secretary, Lori Payette, is responsible for compiling and typing this issue. A volunteer group performs editorial tasks such as: proofreading, layout, writing and editing of articles. All materials submitted are subject to editing by the Editorial Staff. The mailing of the Loosaper is also handled by volunteers. If you find errors in this edition of the Loosaper, please understand that, while perfection is always our goal, it is one that may remain forever beyond our reach! CURRENT VOLUNTEER EDITORIAL STAFF: Sona Hachigian Joyce Kenosian Please forward all articles to the church office. LOOSAPER DONATIONS There is an outlay of approximately $700 for publishing and mailing each issue of the Loosaper. Any contribution sent to defray part of this cost will be gratefully appreciated. Names of donors and contributions will be listed in the Loosaper, unless we are requested not to do so. Many thanks to the most recent donors who answered our call to help offset the costs of our church publication: $50 - Mr. & Mrs. Paul J. Andonian (MA), Charles & Toni Michoian, Joseph Vartanesian, Jr. (NC); $25 - Kimberly Nazarian Ashby (PA), Arthur Koshkorian (VA). Please use the form below to send your donation to: “St. Peter Armenian Church” P.O. Box 196, Watervliet, NY 12189 PLEASE ACCEPT MY DONATION FOR LOOSAPER in the amount of $ Name: Address: Check box to send Loosaper to the following e-mail address: Discontinue sending Loosaper to my postal address: Yes or No Additional Comments: Easter Message from Dn. Yervant Kutchukian In the early morning, a woman went to a tomb to look for the Lord she loved so dearly. She expected to find His dead and lifeless body where it had been laid two days before and to embalm it with spices in accordance with Jewish practice. Instead, she arrived to find what appeared to be a ransacked tomb—the stone was rolled away and no body was to be found. Already overcome with grief at the gruesome death of this Lord she loved so much in life, the anguish that must have washed over her at the thought that someone had desecrated His grave and body must have been unbearable. She went to fetch His friends so that they too could witness this travesty. They came and saw the empty tomb and went on their ways disheartened. But this woman, Mary Magdelene, tarried a little while longer. As she peered into the tomb again, she saw two angels who asked her why she wept. Startled, she turned around and saw a man she did not recognize but thought was the gardener, demanding to know from him where he had taken the body that had been in this tomb. And then, all in a moment, her world changed forever. This man she took for the gardener uttered her name, “Mary”, and all at once she recognized the one she was looking for, her Lord whose lifeless body had been laid in the tomb just three days before was now standing before her, radiant and full of life! In her grief and longing for answers, Mary represents each of us in our human condition when we seek our Lord in the midst of pain and difficulties. She sought His lifeless body and we seek to hear His voice somehow in the midst of the challenges we meet in the course of our lives. Mary’s search did not go unmet, for the Lord she sought met her in a way she was not at all expecting, surpassing her wildest dreams. There He stood before her, the beloved teacher and Lord who understood her like no other human being. And so too with us, if we are able to get past that initial disappointment of not finding God where we would expect or not receiving an answer as to why some tragedy has befallen us or our loved one, we too have the opportunity to meet Christ face to face, though like Mary we may not recognize the presence of our Lord in front of us. Following His resurrection Christ spoke words of blessing to His disciples that are perhaps more for our ears than anyone else’s: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” (John 20:29) Our risen Savior speaks to us today every bit as much as He spoke to Mary two thousand years ago that early morning when she was beside herself with grief at not finding her Lord where she thought He would be. May we, like Mary, have the eyes of our hearts opened to see our Lord when He seeks to meet us that we too may hear what He longs to say to each of us wherever we find ourselves in life. May the knowledge that Christ is present in every moment of our life experience, both in moments of celebration and in moments where words cannot express the depth of our pain, fill us with the same peace that must have washed over Mary in recognizing her Lord in front of her. And may the knowledge that Christ does not lie lifeless in a tomb, but has risen from the dead, instill in us hope for our own resurrection made possible through His loving sacrifice for humankind. May we say together with even greater conviction, “Blessed is the resurrection of Christ!” Message from the Parish Council Thank you to all who attended and participated in the Annual Parish Assembly on Sunday, March 7. The proposed revenue and expenditures budget for 2010 was unanimously passed. Also passed was the request for the expenditure of up to $18,000 for much needed roof repairs. We were happy to be able to announce at the Assembly that Fr. Stepanos Doudoukjian is interested in returning to St. Peter Armenian Church as our parish priest and we hope that this will take place in September. With the results of the elections, we welcome Gilbert Chorbajian and Ron Kaiser as the newest members of the Parish Council as we say goodbye to Mary Hartunian, Richard Hartunian and Joanne Scaringe with gratitude for their years of service. We are also pleased that Arthur Mahserjian was re-elected and will be serving another term. The 2010 budget that was passed at the Parish Assembly also contained money for two types of scholarships for young people of St. Peter Church. The St. Nersess / St. Vartan Camp Scholarships are five scholarships of $50 per camper for young people interested in attending either the St. Nersess 2010 Summer Conferences or Saint Vartan Camp 2010. Those wishing to apply for one of the available scholarships should send a letter of interest indicating the session they intend to register for to the St. Peter Church office as soon as possible. [Note: Information on Saint Vartan Camp 2010 is available at www.armenianchurch.net/stvartancamp and for St. Nersess 2010 Summer Conferences at www.stnersess.edu.] There also is the St. Peter Church Scholarship Fund. High school students entering a two-year or four-year accredited college or university in the 2010-2011 academic year may apply for a $250 scholarship. The student also must be the child of a dues-paying member of St. Peter Armenian Church and must also submit a 500-word essay on the topic “How has your Armenian-Christian identity impacted your life and how has your faith developed over the years?” These essays will be reviewed by a panel of three members of the church community. For more information on how to apply, contact the church office. Thank you to all the hardworking members of the Women’s Guild and the others who helped bake the dozens and dozens of tahin bread on Saturday, March 6, and those who prepared and served the Mid-Lenten Dinner to the St. Peter Church community on March 10. This was a successful event and a wonderful annual tradition. I joined in on one of the Armenian Dance classes for adults and young adults that were being led by Garo & Maria Derian. Those classes were a lot of fun and a great way to get some exercise. We are grateful to Garo & Maria for offering their services to benefit the St. Peter Church Building Fund. If you didn’t make it to any of the classes in this series of lessons and they decide to offer it again (we hope) — don’t miss out! We hope that as many people as possible will participate in the special events that are scheduled to be held at St. Peter Church during the weekend of Friday-Sunday, April 16-18. There will be the St. Nersess Mission, a series of events and activities that weekend presented by Fr. Stepanos Doudoukjian, as Director of Youth and Vocations, along with young people from St. Nersess, and a joint commemoration of the 95th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by the St. Peter and Holy Cross Armenian Apostolic Churches on that Sunday, April 18. (See flyers in this issue for more information or contact the St. Peter Church office). Start spreading the word! This year’s Annual Armenian Festival will again be a two-day event: on Saturday, June 12, 4:00-8:00 p.m., and Sunday, June 13, 12:00 noon-4:00 p.m. Preparations have begun and volunteers are needed. The two-day event last year was very successful and we hope to make it even better this year. Please plan to volunteer and assist with the many tasks required to accomplish this BIGGEST EVENT OF THE YEAR! Watch for upcoming announcements for more information or contact the church office. We hope to see all of you there! John “Frenchie” Ekmalian, Acting Chairman The following is a list of participants to date in our 2010 Membership/Stewardship Pledge program. At the end of each year, a Membership Dues/Stewardship Pledge Form is mailed to all parishioners requesting their annual Dues/Pledge commitment for the following year. This list represents those who have made that commitment for 2010; please accept our thanks. If your name does not appear in the list, please consider making that commitment now by completing the form on the following page or by contacting the church office. 2010 Membership/Stewardship Participants Joseph & Effie Akullian Phyllis Jevanian Charlotte Sevazlian Harry & Rosemary Ammian Natalie Kachougian Farid F. Shafik (CT) Winifred Ammian Donald Kaiser Lucille Shamlian Helga Apkarian Leon & Susan Kaiser Toros Shamlian, Jr. Alexander & Marion Arghnian Ronald P. Kaiser Mrs. Mary Shanks Beatrice Arzoumanian Grace Karian Leo G. Sogoian Gerald Arzoumanian Edward & Bertha Kazanjian Lucille Sogoian Steve & Pamela Azarian Linda Kazanjian Susan Sogoian Nazar Bakerian Martin & Joyce Kenosian Josephine Speanburg Ara Baligian Karen Khachadourian Fay Talarico Linda Bedian Russell & Sandra Kilidjian Rafi & Marianne Topalian Robert & Sandy Bedian Harry & Marion Koshgarian Kevork & Seta Torossian George & Elsie Bedrosian Michael & Dyanne Koshgarian Charles & Carol Tutunjian Alyson Buff Peter Koshgarian Nazar & Joan Tutunjian Cecilia Burgess Isabel Krempa Daniel Vartigian Charles & Alice Chorbajian Charles & Patrician Krikorian Ralph Vartigian Robert & Holly Dadekian Lucy Krikorian Elsie Vozzy Isabel Derian Yervant Kutchukian Alice Wildman Paul & Melissa DerOhannesian George & Virginia Mahserjian Suzanne Dickinson Nellie Marderosian Marguerite Djehizian Sean & Alice McMullan John & Debbie Ekmalian Robert & Sheila Meeson Ralph & Elizabeth Enokian H. Khachik & Mary Minassian Arpy Ernest David & Tara Mooradian Sarkis Garabedian Valery Gaston R. Mihran & Ovsanna Mooradian Sarah Moroukian Have you Fr. Garen & Yn. Zabelle Gdanian Lucy Morton Sonia Hachigian Joanne C. Hartunian Philip J. Natcharian Gregory & Marjorie Nazarian made your Mary Hartunian Lenore M. Nevins Richard & Beth Hartunian Joseph & Patricia O’Keefe Najib Himidian Barbara Hrachian George & Elizabeth Osganian Mary Panjarjian 2010 Pledge Seren Hrachian Helen Paparian Suren & Sarah Hrachian Karnick Jabian David & Breann Parseghian Anna Pascazio yet? Mary Jaffarian Margaret Sakalian Hripsime Jevanian George & Joanne Scaringe St. Nersess 2nd Annual 3K Walk for Faith Sunday, April 11, 1:00 p.m. (following Badarak and a light lunch) This walk is a fun, healthy and spiritual way to raise money to support the mission of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary. Consider participating or support the event by making a donation. Visit www.stnersess.edu/support for more information and to support online. 2010 Membership Dues/Stewardship Pledge Form Name(s): Please list name(s) of all committed givers. Address: Phone: City, State and Zip: E-mail: “. . . for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor 9:7) St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church Membership Dues and Stewardship Pledge Form — Giving 2010 There are two categories listed below. Membership Dues are necessary for St. Peter Church to pay to the Diocese in New York City. Stewardship pledge is an individual commitment to the needs of our own St. Peter Church parish. A) Membership Dues for 2010*...............................................….....................….$___________ ($150 times the number of each dues-paying member in household.) Dues-paying members of St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church must be at least 18 years of age and pay the annual dues of $150 in order to be in good standing. Only dues-paying members in good standing may vote at Parish Assembly Meetings or hold elective offices. B) Stewardship Pledge for 2010............................................…...........................$___________ (Total for all persons listed above.) A pledge is a personal commitment, in addition to or besides Membership Dues, to support the mission and goal of St. Peter Armenian Church. C) Total Contribution for 2010............................……........…...................………….$___________ (Add Line A and Line B) SIGNATURE:__________________________________________________________________________ DATE:_____________________ Please return this completed form to the church office as soon as possible to activate your 2010 Dues/Pledge account. No payment is necessary to submit a Pledge Form. It is asked that Dues/Pledge monies be paid by the end of the 2010 calendar year.* If you have any questions on how to fill out this form, please call the church office at 274-3673. Once this form has been submitted, you will be assigned an account number and offering envelopes (if you choose to use them) can be picked up the following week at the church office. *According to Diocesan by-laws, Dues must be paid in full prior to end of the calendar year. + Yes, offeringissue me a box of please envelops. + No, a box ofbe needed. will not offering envelopes Building Fund Report Pledges and payments for our 2009-2012 campaign have been disappointing. It is our hope to pay the loan balance to Pioneer Bank by the end of this three-year campaign (September 30, 2012). In order to accomplish this, we need additional new pledges totaling approximately $190,000 for this campaign. If we do not pay the loan balance by September 30, 2012, we will continue to need additional pledges because of the added interest cost we will incur. If you have not yet pledged, please do so as soon as possible. Pledge forms are available at the desk in the vestibule of the church or by contacting the church office at (518) 274-3673. Memorials & Naming Opportunities Only two items remain available for this purpose. They are the roadway around the rear of the church and the priest's office. If you are interested and would like more information, contact the church office at (518) 274-3673 or Toros Shamlian, Building Fund Treasurer, at (518) 326- 1032. Building Fund Financial Information January 1 to February 28, 2010 Cash Receipts, Disbursements and Balances Cash balance—January 1, 2010 $ 65.28 Receipts: Payments on pledges: 2006-2009 $ 1,000.00 Payments on pledges: 2009-2012 17,210.00 Advance payments for Memorials 10,000.00 Total receipts 28,210.00 Total available $ 28,275.28 Disbursements: Payments of loan principal (net) $ 22,100.00 Interest expense 2,557.37 Total disbursements $ 24,657.37 Cash balance—February 28, 2010 $ 3,617.91 Pledges Receivable 2006-2009 2009-2012 Campaign Campaign Combined Balance of pledges—January 1, 2010 $ 12,975.65 $ 29,975.00 $ 42,950.65 Additional pledges (increases/decreases) ( 3,200.00) 21,210.00 18,010.00 Total 9,775.65 $ 51,185.00 $ 60,960.65 Payments on pledges 1,000.00 17,210.00 18,210.00 Balance of pledges—February 28, 2010 $ 8,775.65 $ 33,975.00 $ 42,750.65 Loan Payable to Pioneer Bank Balance of loan payable—January 1, 2010 $268,800.00 Payments of loan principal (net) 22,100.00 Balance of loan payable—February 28, 2010 $246,700.00 Toros Shamlian Treasurer Church Organization News Sunday School The Sunday School students are busy preparing for their special project for the year. On Sunday, April 18, during the Armenian Genocide commemoration that will be held at our church, each of our students will be presenting a very brief summary of their family’s experiences during the genocide of 1915. Students are interviewing their parents, grandparents and relatives to learn about their family history. They are researching to find out the village from which their family came, where to and how they escaped, and some other details of their survival. This project is both a learning experience for the students as well as their parents. Following the commemoration program, the students will be honoring their ancestors who perished during the genocide with a special memorial dedication on the church grounds. We hope all our parishioners will be in attendance for this special event to learn from our students and honor our ancestors who gave their lives for our homeland and Christian faith. Charles Tutunjian Acting Superintendent Adult Bible Study The St. Peter Armenian Church Adult Bible Study Group is planning a trip to St. Nersess Seminary this spring. We are inviting everyone to join us for a memorable day of fun fellowship and inspirational teaching. We are so blessed to have an Armenian Seminary so close to home. It will be a great show of support for the Seminary whose staff is already preparing a special day for us and looking forward to our arrival. Our very own Der Stepanos will be our host and guide. Please consider signing up for this day trip. It promises to be a blessing. If you are interested, please contact Martin Kenosian at 785-3140 or Elsie Vozzy at 373-0242 to express your interest in attending. Based on interest, date and cost will be announced in the near Elsie Vozzy Participants of the Adult Bible Study group (above), June 2009. Other members, not in the photo, include: Ed & Bertha Kazanjian, Carol & Peter Duro, Lucy Morton, Martin & Joyce Kenosian, and Josephine Speanburg. Women’s Guild Mid-Lenten Dinner & Tahin Bread Sale: The Women’s Guild Mid-Lenten Dinner and tahin bread sale held on March 10 was very successful. One hundred seven (107) dinners were served that evening. Special thanks go Alice Chorbajian, Sona Hachigian, Holly Dadekian and John Ekmalian for arriving at 7:00 a.m on Saturday morning, March 6, to prepare the dough mixture for the tahin bread. Thank you also to Isabel Krempa for taking the orders and to the 25 others who helped make the tahin bread and to all those who helped with the dinner. God bless all of you for volunteering your time to make this year’s event another success. Saintly Women’s Day: Commemoration of Saintly Women’s Day was held on Sunday, March 14, honoring Tamar Mogatski of Mogk, a Christian wife and mother who valued her faith above everything else. During services that day, Sona Hachigian read the account of Tamar’s life who was not only a “jewel” by name, but became the true gem of God. Thanks to Phyllis Jevanian for chairing the event and to the members for contributing refreshments for the coffee hour that followed services. Thank you also to all those who made donations totaling $213 in a special plate collection that was taken and contributed to the Women’s Guild Central Council. Holy Thursday Breakfast: On Thursday, April 1, the Women’s Guild hosted the annual Holy Thursday Breakfast immediately following services that morning. The traditional Armenian breakfast of cheoreg, eggs, cheese, olives and coffee was enjoyed by all who attended. Thank you to Rhonda Boyajian for chairing the breakfast and those who volunteered their help. Madagh Luncheon: On Sunday, April 18, the Women’s Guild of St. Peter Armenian Church and the Ladies Aid of Holy Cross Armenian Church will work together to prepare and serve a madagh meal following a special program to be held at St. Peter Church in commemoration of the 95th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. There will be no charge for the meal; however, donations will be graciously accepted. (See flyer in this issue for more information.) Mother’s Day Celebration: The St. Peter Women’s Guild will sponsor their annual Mother’s Day Luncheon and Celebration on Sunday, May 8, at the Filet 7 West Restaurant in Latham. This is always a special occasion and not only mothers and daughters but all women of the parish are invited and encouraged to attend. (See flyer in this issue for details.) Virginia Mahserjian ACYOA Blood Drive Saturday, April 24 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The St. Peter ACYOA Juniors and the American Red Cross will team up to sponsor a Blood Drive to be held at St. Peter Armenian Church, Gdanian Auditorium. This blood drive is in commemoration of the victims of the Armenian Genocide and the 1988 earthquake in Armenia. It is preferred that appointments are made by April 10; however, walk-ins will also be welcome. A minimum of 40 donors are needed; therefore, please contact Lena Guleserian-Hoglund at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 221-5362 as soon as possible. For questions on donating blood, visit www.DonateBloodNow.org. Adult Fellowship Our first monthly luncheon meeting in 2010 was held on Wednesday, March 3, in the Gdanian Auditorium. This was our traditional Lenten potluck meal with a variety of non-meat dishes prepared by our members. As usual, there was an array of appetizing foods for all to enjoy. Our thanks to Lucy Krikorian for again coordinating this luncheon for us Our monthly luncheon meetings are usually scheduled for the first Wednesday of the month. The next meeting on April 7 will be a belated salute to St. Patrick’s Day with a corn beef and cabbage meal and the meeting on May 5 will be a picnic-style meal, either indoor or outdoor depending on the weather. The Executive Committee is considering several possibilities for future special activities for the club. One of these is a visit to St. Nersess Seminary along with the Bible Study group one day this spring. Please contact Martin Kenosian at 785-3140 for more information if you are interested. We have scheduled our annual trip to the Mac-Haydn Theater in Chatham for August 19 to attend the matinee performance of the musical Showboat by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein. Instead of our usual luncheon before the theater performance, we may plan on having dinner together at an area restaurant afterwards. Anyone interested should contact Martin Kenosian at 785-3140. On a sad note, the club lost a longtime valued member with the death of Marion Tashjian Quiroga in February. She was a hardworking and devoted member of our group participating in all phases of the club’s activities. She had served as a cochair, was on the Executive Committee for many years, made arrangements for many interesting programs as well as actively working on the table setups and decorations for each meeting.. She will be missed by all of us. Martin Kenosian, Secretary Armenian Dance Group A series of Armenian dance classes for adults led by Garo & Maria Derian have been held at St. Peter Armenian Church since January. The final class in this first six-week series will be held in the Gdanian Auditorium on Friday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. Some people joined for the entire series, while others joined in from time-to-time for an individual class or two. Each week, the group averaged about 10-12 participants. The total proceeds of $470 from the classes were contributed to the St. Peter Church Building Fund. Garo & Maria have graciously offered to continue the dance lessons for those who are interested. Please let them know by contacting them at (518) 436-7447 or email@example.com. Photo Gallery . . . Women’s Guild Tahin Bread Baking Day March 6, 2010 L-R: Holly Dadekian, John “Frenchie” Ekmalian, Ginny Mahserjian, Alice Chorbjaian, and Sona Hachigian. John “Frenchie” Ekmalian Sharon & Bill Foley L-R: Lucy Topalian, Lynn Roberts, Alice Wildman, and Sue Dickinson. Joyce Dadekian & Serena Moroukian Parish Community News Sacraments and Rites Funerals Marion T. Quiroga entered her eternal rest on February 4, 2010. She is survived by a daughter, Leslie Peppin and a son-in-law, Kim Peppin; three grandchildren, Lora, Jason & Philip Peppin; six great- grandchildren; as well as many dear relatives in NJ, MA and CA. Fr. Stepanos Doudoukjian conducted the funeral service on February 8. Karasoonk (40-Day Memorial) January 24, 2010 Sarkis Khanjian - requested by Sarkis & Heidi Guleserian & Family; Timothy & Lena Guleserian-Hoglund; Hagop & Ani Khanjian & Family; Levon & Zovig Kayserian & Family; Ms. Maral Khanjian (FL); Mrs. Melanie Kalandjian (FL); Sarkis & Tracey Kalandjian & Family (FL); Steve & Seta Alexis & Family (FL); Ohan & Rita Ohanian; Mary & Ara Panjarjian; George & Virginia Mahserjian; Mr. & Mrs. Hagop Bilanian & Family (MA); Mr. & Mrs. Sarkis Khatcherian & Family (FL); Hrant & Alice Bardakjian; Peter & Rebecca Massmanian (MA); Mrs. Anahid Minassian; Mr. & Mrs. Nercess Minassian; Mr. & Mrs. Sarkis Minassian; Mr. & Mrs. Greg Karian; Levon & Karen Khachadourian & Family; Moe & Sonia Sukljian; Leon & Rita Dekermendjian; David & Haygouhie Shamlian & Family (MA); Mrs. Pauline Nakashian (MA); Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Douglas & Family (MA); Mr. & Mrs. Alan Nakashian-Holsberg (MA); David & Nadine Bournazian; Akoghlanian Family (MA); Mr. & Mrs. Steve Karageozian; Mrs. Lousin Karageozian; Mr. & Mrs. Antranig Karageozian; Mr. & Mrs. John Khachadourian; Hagop & Nectar Derian; Garo & Maria Derian; Raffi & Aline Jamgotchian (NJ); Garen & Varty Apanosian (NJ); Mr. & Mrs. Robert Kalantar & Family; Mr. & Mrs. Mardarosian; Yervant & Chake Kazandjian; John Karian; Mr. & Mrs. Edward Kazanjian); Mr. & Mrs. Kevork Parseghian. February 7, 2010 Anna Chorbajian - requested by Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Chorbajian; Gilbert & Bridgette Chorbajian; Geoffrey & Shaily Chorbajian; John & Alyson Buff; Andrea Chorbajian; Toros Shamlian, Jr.; Mr. & Mrs. George Mahserjian & Family; Charles & Alice Chorbajian; John & Debbie Ekmalian; Sarah Moroukian; Anne Moroukian; Linda Kazanjian; Mr. & Mrs. Hrant Bardakjian; Mary Panjarjian. February 28, 2010 Rev. Fr. Vahram Hazarian - requested by His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate, Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern). Dareleetz (First Anniversary) March 14, 2010 Helen Poladian - requested by Hagop Poladian; Richard & Rachel Poladian & Family; Joanne Queen & Family; Pauline Poladian; John & Helen Bezjian. Hokehankist January 24, 2010 Leo Buchakjian, Margaret Buchakjian Wilsey; Paul Wilsey - requested by Mary Sobo; Leonard Buchakjian; Leo Buchakjian, Jr.; Christine McCarthy. F. Donald Burgess (Seventh Anniversary); Jimmie B. Shanks; Azadian Family - requested by Cecilia Burgess. January 24, 2010 Jack Koloian (Sixth Anniversary) - requested by Ed & Adrina Tutunjian. Margaret Spiezio; Armen Parseghian - requested by Mrs. Valery Gaston. Harry Vartigian (Fourth Anniversary) - requested by Rosemary Wieczorek (WI). February 7, 2010 Julia Jabian (Seventh Anniversary) - requested by Karnick Jabian; Aghavni Jabian; Rev. & Mrs. Garen Gdanian. Polly & Vahe Moroukian; Rose Moroukian; Vartanoush Uzar - requested by Charles & Alice Chorbajian & Family; Mr. & Mrs. George Mahserjian & Family; Sarah Moroukian; Anne Moroukian. Charlotte & Carney Postoian - requested by Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Chorbajian; Gilbert & Bridgette Chorbajian; Geoffrey & Shaily Chorbajian; John & Alyson Buff; Andrea Chorbajian; Toros Shamlian, Jr. Philip Zadigian - requested by Cecilia Burgess. February 14, 2010 Leo Ammian (Fifth Anniversary) - requested by Winifred Ammian; Mr. & Mrs. Michael Egan & Family; Mr. & Mrs. Peter Hansen & Family; Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Quackenbush & Family; Harry & Rosemary Ammian; Mr. & Mrs. Richard Ammian (FL). Ammian, Tabakian, Minasian, Kazanjian, Kalmbach, Vallee, Thomas & Speanburg Families—requested by Ammian Families; Josephine Speanburg. Kevork & Siranoush Gdanian; Khoren & Ovsanna Kludjian; Beatrice Kludjian Watson; Hagop & Puzant Gdanian; Sarkis & Azniv Parseghian; Hagop & Marie Nersoyan; Marie Ernest - requested by Rev. & Mrs. Garen Gdanian & Family. Leo Kazanjian - requested by Edward & Bertha Kazanjian; Ara & Nancy Balian (MA); Lisa & Donald Harootunian (RI); Marguerite Djehizian. AnnVartigian (Third Anniversary) - requested by Ralph Vartigian; Mr. & Mrs. Curt Erlandson & Family (NJ); Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Vartigian & Family; Charleen Akullian; Edward & Bertha Kazanjian; Ara & Nancy Balian (MA); Lisa & Donald Harootunian (RI); Harry & Rosemary Ammian; George Osganian & Family; Richard Osganian & Family; Mr. & Mrs. William T. Nevins, Sr.; James & Mary Kalteux; Martin & Doris (Kasarjian) Kavoukian (CA). February 28, 2010 Rose Kasparian Arnone - requested by Dr. A. Nancy Avakian & Family; Mr. & Mrs. William T. Nevins, Jr. & Family. John Jevanian; Martin & Alice Jevanian; Stepan Siekertzian; Lily Badishkanian - requested by Hrepsime Jevanian; Phyllis Jevanian; Mr. & Mrs. Sean McMullan; Mr. & Mrs. Charles Tutunjian. Haroutiun & Araxie Tutunjian; Alice Karageozian - requested by Mr. & Mrs. Nazar Tutunjian; Mr. & Mrs. Charles Tutunjian; Mr. & Mrs. Harry Tutunjian. March 14, 2010 Vergine Ohanesian (Fifth Anniversary) - requested by Ohanesian Family. March 14, 2010 Michael & Mary Koshgarian; George & Rosemary Koshgarian; Khachig & Sadie Koshgarian; Krikor & Zechia Kerkunian - requested by Arthur Koshkorian (VA). Raymond Gaston (Fifth Anniversary); Ruth Paparian (Eleventh Anniversary); Alexander Gaston—requested by Mrs. Valery M. Gaston; Richard & Valerie Buchakjian & Family; Dakes P. & Linda Gaston & Family; Raymond P. & Laura Gaston & Family; Mr. & Mrs. Albert V. Paparian & Family; Nora Paparian; Natalie Kachougian & Family; Margaret Muraski & Family. Note: In the January/February Loosaper, the Hokehankist on December 6, 2009 requested by Martin & Joyce Kenosian should have read: Asadoor & Sarah Kenosian; Ernest & Margaret Kenosian; Dorothy & Grace Kenosian; Henry & Anna Kaiser. We regret that Henry Kaiser’s name was inadvertently omitted. Altar Flowers February 7, 2010 Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Chorbajian & Family in memory of loved ones. February 14, 2010 Eric, Michael & Mark Osganian & Families in memory of their Aunt Ann Vartigian. Altar Candles January 24, 2010 Sharon & Doug Pauley, Eleanor Meeson, and Robert Meeson, Jr. & Family in memory of Robert Meeson, Sr.; Sharon & Doug Pauley in honor of Fr. Garen Gdanian’s birthday (on February 1). January 31, 2010 Sonia Hachigian in memory of Sarkis Hachigian and in honor of Fr. Garen Gdanian for their Name Day. February 7, 2010 Rosine Kazanjian in memory of Leo Kazanjian; the Chorbajian Family in memory of Ghevont Chorbajian. February 14, 2010 Winifred Ammian & Family in memory of Leo Ammian; Mrs. Valery Gaston in memory of Raymond Gaston. March 14, 2010 Mrs. Valery M. Gaston in memory of loves ones; Arthur Koshkorian (VA) in memory of loved ones; Ohanesian Family in memory of Vergine Ohanesian. Fellowship Hour To maintain a regular schedule of coffee hours, the Parish Council is asking that church auxiliaries/schools and individuals/families select dates to host a coffee hour. Please contact the church office to make the necessary arrangements and to reserve the date of your choice. Refreshments for the Fellowship Hour after Church Services were donated as follows: January 24 Khanjian, Guleserian & Kayserian Families in memory of Sarkis Khanjian January 31 St. Peter Church Sunday School February 7 Chorbajian Families in memory of Anna Chorbajian February 28 Jevanian, Tutunjian & McMullan Families in memory of loved ones March 14 St. Peter Women’s Guild in commemoration of Saintly Women’s Day Visiting Guest Clergy We are grateful to the following visiting clergy who came to conduct services on Sundays on the following dates: January 24, Fr. Garen Gdanian; January 31, Fr. Sahak Kaishian; February 7, Fr. Stepanos Doudoukjian; February 14, February 28 and March 7, Fr. Garen Gdanian; March 14, Fr. Stepanos Doudoukjian; and March 28, Fr. Garen Gdanian. We are also grateful to Yervant Kutchukian and our deacons who conducted services on the following Sunday dates: January 3, January 17, February 21, and March 21; as well as the Wednesday evening Vespers Services held during the Lenten period. Words of Thanks Dear St. Peter Armenian Church Parish Council and Parishioners, Thank you for your expression of sympathy shown to us on the death of our father and grandfather, John J. McNulty, Jr. Your kindness and generosity are sincerely appreciated and gratefully acknowledged. We hope that in your time of need you will be blessed, as our family has been, to have friends like you. Sincerely, Jack III, Mike, Mary & Ellen McNulty and families To the Parish Council, We want to say thank you for all the big and little things you do to serve our St. Peter Church community. We truly appreciate all the time and sacrifice of your service. We nominated you, we elected you, and we are proud of you. May God richly bless you and your families. Sincerely, Elsie Vozzy and the St. Peter Adult Bible Study Group Dear Parishioners, Thank you for your generous donation of $1,050 in our effort to aid the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. On behalf of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, I extend my deep gratitude for your generosity. Please note that 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the relief effort in Haiti, to be distributed through Church World Service, the humanitarian aid arm of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA. Most of all, in times of tragedy, it is our calling to stand beside the afflicted, offer our prayers, and lend our spiritual and material support. May our Lord remember all those who lost their lives in this disaster; may He watch over the victims whose lives have been devastated; and may His hand guide the rebuilding of communities, homes, and churches in Haiti. With prayers, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate Announcement Dr. & Mrs. Robert Dadekian and Mr. & Mrs. Vachik Mirzoyan of Atlanta, GA, are happy to announce the engagement of their children, Jonathan Dadekian to Violet Mirzoyan. May the Lord bless them as they begin their lives together. Special Donations General donations were received from the following: Anonymous ($20); Mr. & Mrs. William T. Nevins Sr. ($20). Donations to the General Fund were received from the following church organizations: St. Peter Armenian Fellowship ($1,000); St. Peter Women’s Guild ($3,000). Donations totaling $1,050 were received in a special plate collection taken on January 17 for the victims of the Haitian Earthquake. Monies collected were sent to the Diocesan humanitarian aid organization, the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR), which is contributing to the effort to assist the earthquake victims, working through the National Council of Churches. In Lieu of Flowers Donations IN MEMORY OF MARION T. QUIROGA $ 200 Verjin Arpiarian 100 Mr/Mrs Philip Arpiarian (NJ) Sona Kludjian 50 Helen H. Bryce DerOhannesian Families Mr/Mrs Ralph Enokian Matilde & Armen Kalbian (NJ) Mr/Mrs Martin Kenosian Grace Koshgarian Debra Merchant Haigoohi M. Smith Catherine T. Spataro Mr/Mrs Kevork Torossian 40 Albert & Linda Simidian 35 Claudia Engelhardt Mary Jaffarian 30 Ron Kaiser & Family Ed Kababjian Mr/Mrs George Mahserjian 25 Beatrice Arzoumanian Camille Avakian Mr/Mrs Charles Chorbajian Alyce Garabedian Rev/Mrs Garen Gdanian Sonia Hachigian Linda Jaffarian Grace Karian Martha Leckonby Diana R. Malkonian Carol Mattozza Mr/Mrs Edward Nakashian (NJ) Philip J. Natcharian Virginia & Edward Noga Clare Schisa Lucille Shamlian Mary Tashjian 20 Ara & Rachel Altounian Joseph & Debra Crounse Hagop & Nectar Derian Mary Hartunian Barbara Hrachian Mr/Mrs Edward Kazanjian Isabel Krempa Edward & Adrina Tutunjian 15 Elizabeth E. Avakian (MN) Ara & Joan Baligian Mr/Mrs Edward T. Canniff (MA) Vartan Vartanian, Jr. Ralph Vartigian 10 Arra & Alice Derderian (MA) Lucy Morton Anna Pascazio Sharon & Doug Pauley Susan Sogoian Josephine Speanburg Fay Talarico Total: $1,830 IN MEMORY OF ANNA BEDIAN CHORBAJIAN $ 125 Henry & Donata Klersy 100 John & Alyson Buff & Family Andrea Chorbajian Gil & Bridgette Chorbajian & Family Geoffrey Chorbajian Jack & Lucille Dolab E. Steward Jones, Jr. & Shaily Rahman & Family (CA) 50 Martin & Doris (Kasarjian) Kavoukian (CA) 25 Mr/Mrs Paul J. Andonian Sonia Garabedian (MA) & Diane (MA) 20 Lucy Krikorian 10 Anna Gabaldon Josephine Speanburg New Total: $8,375 Sincere appreciation and acknowledgment is extended to the above-named individuals for their generous memorial donations. Armenian Church Endowment Fund The following information was contained in a letter dated March 16, 2010, from Bruce Ballard, the Treasurer of the Armenian Church Endowment Fund (ACEF): “The Armenian Church Endowment Fund (ACEF) is pleased to report that we are able to make distributions this year to the beneficiaries of the funds we manage in amounts consistent with our current distribution policy of 4.5% of the average market value of the Fund during the prior twelve quarter period due to the fund’s appreciation of 16.7% during 2009. Accordingly, enclosed are checks totaling $27,789.82, representing the total of the 2009 distribution from the endowed fund(s) within the ACEF benefiting your church. “Clearly, the discipline of our investment policies has been beneficial in preventing wide fluctuations within the Fund. Moreover, ACEF took significant steps to enhance the Fund’s liquidity and avoid some of the traps other endowment funds now find themselves in. However, when the 2010 distribution is calculated in 2011, it will include in its calculation a much longer period of depressed market values and consequently will result in much smaller distribution amounts. “The asset value of the Fund for the calendar year ending December 31, 2009 was $71.6 million, a 16.7% increase from 2008. While we fully expect the resilience of the American economy to rebound further, and for the Fund to grow even further, make no mistake that the next year distribution will be less. Due to our principle of averaging market values for the last twelve quarters, the quarters for March, June, September and December 2007 were at historic highs of $80-$90 million within the 2009 distribution. Expect the Fund’s market values for quarter ends of March, June, September and December of 2010 to be in the $70-$75 million range, barring any large market volatility, thereby reducing the average market value over the last 12 quarters. It will be ACEF’s responsibility, applying the expertise and varied disciplines of its Board members in a prudent, responsible and focused manner, to obtain reasonable returns while maintaining low risk.” The names of our benefactors and the amount earned by each endowment are listed below: EARNINGS AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2009 DONOR 2009 EARNINGS J. Albert & Alice Barsamian Endowment Fund $ 29.81 Rev. Fr. Garen & Yn. Zabelle Gdanian Fund 501.76 Martin & Joyce Kenosian Endowment Fund 974.18 St. Peter Armenian Church Endowment Fund 26,013.00 Bishop Papken Varjabedian Endowment Fund 271.07 TOTAL $ 27,789.82 These interest earnings from the ACEF for 2009 have been deposited into the St. Peter Armenian Church General Fund. Contributions made in 2009 to the St. Peter Armenian Church Endowment Funds were as follows: $5,000 to the Toros Shamlian End. Fund $2,000 to the V & B and L & M Buchakjian End. Fund $500 to the Asador & Sarah Kenosian End. Fund $500 to the Grace & Dorothy Kenosian End. Fund $500 to the Henry & Anna Kaiser End. Fund $300 to the Virginia C. Belemjian End. Fund $300 to the Kenneth Chorbajian End. Fund 2010 GRADUATES: We ask all who are to graduate from High School, College or a University this spring to kindly send their names to the church office by Monday, May 17, for publication in the May/ June issue of Loosaper. Please include the name of the school, the degree which you will receive and your future plans. Der Garen’s Column Community News "EVERYONE PRAYS AT HOLY ETCHMIADZIN" NOMINATED FOR 2010 EMMY: This documentary about the Armenian Church has been nominated for a 2010 Emmy Award. The film details the history and spiritual heritage of the Armenian Church, with a particular focus on the efforts of the modern Armenian Church to foster Christian unity and interfaith dialogue. It was produced under the leadership of the Eastern Diocese and the National Council of Churches. US POSTAL SERVICE UNVEILS GORKY STAMP: Armenian-American artist Arshile Gorky's 1944 painting "The Liver in a Cock's Comb," was the first of a series of stamps unveiled on March 11 by the US Postal Service honoring 10 abstract expressionists, a group of artists who revolutionized art during the 1940’s and 1950’s. CORNERSTONE ARTS PRESENTS ~ THE JUDGMENT SEAT: The Judgment Seat is a riveting drama depicting the lives and deaths of ordinary people. Director Richard Montez portrays a powerful message that has caused thousands around the world to find true purpose in life. Spiritual yet practical, this drama is thought-provoking, soul-searching, humorous and entertaining. The play is performed and produced by Capital Region volunteers and will be presented at The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany, on April 29 & 30. Cost is $10 for 11:00 a.m. matinee and $20 for 7:00 p.m. showing. Group rates are available. A limited number of tickets are available through the St. Peter Church office and can be obtained by contacting Lori at (518) 274-3673. For further information, call (518) 459-3152 or (518) 426-0751. The production group is still seeking volunteer actors -- no experience necessary. If interested, contact event coordinator, Sylvia Kutchukian at 459-3152 or firstname.lastname@example.org. PETER BALAKIAN LECTURES AT SIENA COLLEGE By D. Edward Kebabjian Siena College in Loudonville, NY, and the Capital District Armenian Genocide Committee jointly hosted a lecture by Dr. Peter Balakian, the eminent Armenian author and professor, on the evening of March 25, 2010, at Siena College. Dr. Balakian is the author of several books covering the Armenian Genocide including Black Dog of Fate, The Burning Tigris, and most recently, Armenian Golgotha, the memoirs of his great-great uncle Grigoris Balakian translated from Armenian into English. Dr. Balakian has also written several books of poetry. There was a booksigning at a local bookstore in the afternoon and the lecture in the evening attended by over 400 persons, many of whom were Siena College students. Dr. Balakian began the lecture by defining modern-day genocide. Then he turned to discussing his great-great uncle and gave us some insight as to who this man was; a man who had survived the horrors of the Armenian Genocide and not only lived to tell about it, but wrote out in detail the things he had heard and seen, and the experiences he endured. In ending, Dr. Balakian quoted some passages from Armenian Golgotha and went on to explain the circumstances under which those were written. The lecture was inspiring and held everyone’s attention. It was a special pleasure to have had Dr. Balakian among us in our community. Capital District Genocide Commemoration Events Thursday, April 15 ~ Jarod Kearney, curator of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum in Staunton, VA, will be the featured speaker for the 2010 Armenian Lecture Series to be held at 7:30 p.m. at The Sage Colleges, Bush Memorial Hall, Troy (corner of First & Congress Streets). The topic of Mr. Kearney’s lecture will be “The Pursuit of Self Determination and Perpetual Peace: President Wilson and Armenia.” For more information, contact Steven Leibo at email@example.com or (518) 244-2330. Sunday, April 18 ~ In a joint venture, Holy Cross Armenian Church (Troy, NY) and St. Peter Armenian Church will come together in worship and in solemn remembrance of the victims of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. On Sunday, April 18, both communities are invited to attend church services and a commemorative program and special requiem to be held at St. Peter Armenian Church beginning at 10:00 a.m. Following services and the program, a madagh lunch will be served in the Gdanian Auditorium prepared by the St. Peter Women’s Guild and Holy Cross Ladies Aid. See flyer in this issue for more information. Next year, the St. Peter Church community will attend church services and commemorative program to be held at Holy Cross Armenian Church. Thursday, April 22 ~ Ralph Enokian will be speaking on the Armenian Genocide at the American Italian Museum and Cultural Center (1227 Central Avenue, Albany) at 7:30 p.m. A social hour with refreshments will follow the presentation. Saturday, April 24 ~ In conjunction with the American Red Cross, the St. Peter ACYOA Juniors will sponsor a Blood Drive on Saturday, April 24, in the Gdanian Auditorium from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This blood drive is in commemoration of the victims of the Armenian Genocide and the 1988 earthquake in Armenia. It is preferred that appointments are made by April 10; however, walk-ins will also be welcome. A minimum of 40 donors is needed; therefore, please contact Lena Guleserian-Hoglund at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 221-5362 as soon as possible. For questions on donating blood, visit www.DonateBloodNow.org. Saturday, April 24 ~ The Armenian National Committee of Albany and Homenetment of Albany will sponsor a march ~ A March for Justice! A March with Pride! A March to Recognize the Armenian Genocide! The event will begin at 3:00 p.m. with a commemoration program at Old Troy City Hall, 1 Monument Square, Troy. The March will begin there at 4:00 p.m. and conclude at the Armenian American Community Center, 1627 3rd Avenue, Watervliet. A madagh dinner will be served at the Community Center at 5:30 p.m. E-mail email@example.com or call (518) 331-8559 for more information. Sunday, April 25 ~ On Sunday, April 25, at 2:00 p.m., the Knights & Daughters of Vartan, along with several other co-sponsors, will commemorate the 95th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide with a mass demonstration in Times Square, 43rd Street & Broadway. Free bus transportation is being offering to and from Times Square and can be arranged by contacting John at (718) 631- 2247 or Rouben at (917) 992-8501. For more information on the event, visit www.knightsofvartan. org, click on “April 24.” Friday-Sunday, April 30-May 2 ~ The New York State Theatre Institute presents Lorraine Serabian in a staged reading of “Silence in a Circular Rainbow,” a play with an Armenian theme written by Dr. Herand Markarian of New Jersey. Armenians Shooshan and her husband Dr. Hagop live a happy life together as they expect their second child on the eve of World War I. But with the outbreak of war, the Ottoman Empire begins to systematically oppress the Armenians who live within its borders and Shooshan and Hagop must scramble as they react to the injustices heaped upon them and their people. Recommended for ages 14 and up. There will be three performances at the James L. Meader Little Theatre, First & Division Streets, McKinstry Courtyard, Russell Sage College, Troy: on Friday, April 30, at 10:00 a.m. and Saturday, May 1, and Sunday, May 2, at 2:00 p.m. All tickets are $10 each. Contact the theatre box office at 274-3256 or firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket information. St. Peter Armenian Church 100 Troy Schenectady Road, Watervliet, NY Saturday, June 12 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Sunday, June 13 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m. ♦ Armenian & Middle-Eastern Music ♦ Fun & Games ♦ Entertainment ♦ St. Peter Church Bookstore & Giftshop ♦ Delicious Armenian Foods ♦ Shish Kebab ♦ Losh (Khema) Kebab ♦ Chicken Kebab ♦ Pilaf ♦ Lahmejune ♦ Pastries and more . . . Free Parking, Free Admission, Rain or Shine Indoor & Outdoor Seating, Tent Coverage Saturday Night Tavloo Tournament For more information, call (518) 274-3673 or e-mail: email@example.com PLEASE SUPPORT THESE PATRONS located at the HILLTOP PLAZA 143 Troy-Schenectady Road, Watervliet Nora E. Sosnowski George’s Agency Owner Auto Glass & Upholstery Allstate Insurance Company 143 Troy Schenectady Rd. 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LOVSAPYR LOOSAPER For more information, call 518-274-3673 Loosaper is the official monthly publication of St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church YES, I would like to advertise my business in Loosaper. Enclosed is my business ad as I would have it appear. Business Card $150 (annually) Half Page $500 (annually) Quarter Page $250 (annually) Full Page $1,000 (annually) Please make check payable to: St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church and mail it to: 100 Troy Schenectady Road, Watervliet, NY 12189 ST. 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Garen Gdanian Matins ~ 9:00 a.m.; Liturgy ~ 10:00 a.m. Fellowship Hour hosted by Nalbandian Family: Gdanian Auditorium following services in celebration of the 13th birthdays of Nazareth, Melanie & Hrant Monday, April 12 Parish Council Incoming/Outgoing Dinner Meeting: The Barnsider ~ 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 16 Adult Bible Study Class: Gdanian Auditorium ~ 10:15 a.m. Fri-Sun, April 16-18 St. Nersess Mission: An Opportunity to Serve: Weekend program of events and activities for St. Peter Church community led by Fr. Stepanos Doudoukjian Sunday, April 18 Visiting Guest Clergy: Fr. Stepanos Doudoukjian & Fr. Bedros Shetilian Matins ~ 9:00 a.m.; Liturgy ~ 10:00 a.m. Armenian Genocide Anniversary Commemoration Service & Program Madagh Meal: Gdanian Auditoriuam following services Saturday, April 24 ACYOA Blood Drive: Gdanian Auditorium ~ 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 30 Adult Bible Study Class: Gdanian Auditorium ~ 10:15 a.m. Saturday, May 8 Women’s Guild Mother’s Day Luncheon: Filet 7 West, Latham ~ 11: 30 a.m. Friday, May 14 Adult Bible Study Class: Gdanian Auditorium ~ 10:15 a.m. Friday, May 28 Adult Bible Study Class: Gdanian Auditorium ~ 10:15 a.m. Saturday, June 12 ARMENIAN FESTIVAL ~ DAY 1: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, June 13 ARMENIAN FESTIVAL ~ DAY 2: 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.
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