|Dates to Remember|
|ACYOA YouTube Contest!|
WHAT DOES ACYOA MEAN TO YOU?
|ACYOA Chapter Workshop: January 14-16, 2011|
Chapter leaders are encouraged to attend the ACYOA Chapter Workshop being held on January 14-16 at St. David Armenian Church in Boca Raton, FL. Now in its third year, the workshop is specifically designed for those who serve as executive officers of their local ACYOA chapter. It is also open to those who hale from parishes with no ACYOA chapter, but who are committed to establishing one. This is the perfect venue to get 'how-to' information and ask questions about the functions and mission of the ACYOA.
|Battle of the November Dances - St. Sahag & Mesrob Armenian Church, Providence, RI, ACYOA.|
This past November, over 250 guests packed the Hanoian Hall at St. Sahag & Mesrob Armenian Church, with everyone dancing until 2am!
|Battle of the November Dances - St. John Armenian Church, Detroit, MI ACYOA|
Detroit's "November Dance: Fall Fantasy" hosted by the St. John's ACYOA Seniors was a smashing success once again this year. Held at St. John’s Armenian Cultural Hall, the event brought together over 300 ACYOA members, other local Armenian youth, and out-of-town visitors from all over the Midwest and as far away as Massachusetts and California.
|Battle of the November Dances - St. Mark Armenian Church, Springfield, MA ACYOA|
For the 3rd year in a row, the band was comprised of All-Star musicians hailing from New England...
|Chapter Spotlight: St. Sahag & Mesrob ACYOA, Providence, RI|
With flu season in full swing, the Providence ACYOA decided to do their best to keep the viral disease at a minimum; and what better way to contribute to the fight against influenza than to sponsor a free Flu Shot Clinic?
|Good luck from Central Council!|
We wish all of our college students a productive and fruitful second semester. Study hard, be responsible and do your best! If you ever need guidance, want to attend Holy Badarak or get a hankering to be with other Armenians, remember ACYOA Central Council can direct you to the nearest Armenian Church and ACYOA Chapter.
|Why January 6th and not December 25th?|
How many times have you been asked why Armenians celebrate Christmas on the 6th of January or, "If Jesus was born on December 25th, then why do you celebrate on January 6th?", or "why do the Greek Orthodox observe January 7th?" For the very sophisticated, another question worth pondering would be why the Armenians in Jerusalem observe January 19th as the day of Theophany. So, are there 4 dates for the celebration of Christmas? What gives?
|Chapter Spotlight: a special Sports Weekend article|
Old City, Philly Food Tour and more.
|At Annual Chapter Workshop, ACYOA Members Reflect on Mission of Organization, Perform Service Project|
Members of the ACYOA gathered in the warm, palm-dotted environs of southeast Florida for the third annual Chapter Workshop, held at the St. David Church of Boca Raton, January 14-16. More than 30 young adults, representing 13 Diocesan parishes, participated in the weekend-long program.
|Chapter Spotlight: St. Sahag & Mesrob Church ACYOA, Racine, WI.|
The past holiday season was an active one for the St. Mesrob Church, Racine ACYOA. Its members were busy with their ministry in many aspects - everything from serving to leading, and of course, helping others.
Holy Martyrs ACYOA digs into a Hot topics session with Fr. Daniel Findikyan, Dean of St. Nersess Seminary.
|ACYOA National Lenten Retreat|
Join us as we search for answers to these and other questions about prayer at a weekend retreat sponsored by the ACYOA Central Council for young adults.
|ACYOA Alumni Ball Wrap-up|
The Central Council teamed up with the St. Gregory ACYOA to host the second annual ball on February 12, 2011, in White Plains, NY.
|CENTRAL COUNCIL WELCOMES NEW DIOCESAN VICAR|
The ACYOA Central Council is pleased to welcome the Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Odabashian, the newly-appointed Diocesan Vicar, as the Primate’s liaison to the Council. He will be presiding over Central Council meetings, serving as their pastoral advisor and will work with Executive Secretary Nancy Basmajian on many aspects of the day-to-day management of the ACYOA.
The Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America is pleased to announce VEMKAR — a new mobile application for the IPhone and IPod touch.
The Hand-in-Hand committee is putting together a documentary about the supply drive efforts of ACYOA chapters across the Diocese, and we want YOU to be included!
|HUGE SportsWeekend Update|
ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS - Read the complete article for the update!
|Newly Elected ACYOA Central Council has first meeting of year|
The ACYOA Central Council had its first meeting of the year on June 25, where they reviewed the 2011 General Assembly and Sports Weekend (held in May in Philadelphia), and focused on new programming initiatives. In discussions with Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian; Diocesan Vicar, the Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Odabashian; the Rev. Fr. Vasken Kouzouian; the Diocese’s executive director Michael Guglielmo; and ACYOA Executive Secretary Nancy Basmajian, Central Council members explored ways to engage more young people in the life of the Armenian Church. The Central Council will meet next on Saturday, September 24 in Chicago, IL.
|Summer interns work at FAR Children's Center|
At the 2010 ACYOA General Assembly, the delegation passed a motion to assist the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR). Since then, the ACYOA Central Council and the FAR Hand in Hand committee have created several programs to assist FAR, including an eight week summer internship at the FAR Children's Center in Yerevan, Armenia. This summer, three members of the Eastern Diocese participated in the internship; Crystal Densmore, Tatevik Khoja-Eynatyan and Krista Tyner.
|St. Nersess Summer Conferences continue to enrich the youth of Diocese|
St. Nersess Armenian Seminary is an essential institution not only for the clergy and lay leadership that graduate and serve the Diocese, but also for the youth summer conferences. The conferences have attracted thousands of teenagers and college-age students over the past fifty years to explore their faith and the heritage of the Armenian Church in a unique environment. Clergy and lay church leaders instruct the participants in the fundamentals of the Armenian Church’s faith and traditions, and encourage discussion about issues important to young people. St. Nersess makes daily worship, Bible Study, and Armenian language instruction appealing and fun. In addition, sports, day-trips, home-cooked meals, and indescribable St. Nersess traditions make for a well-rounded and innovative experience where young people make deep and long lasting friendships.
|Chapter Spotlight: St. Mesrob Armenian Church, Racine, WI|
On Saturday, September 10, about a dozen youth "descended on" one of our older parishioners homes. Usually, we go with a smaller group to make visits and take choreg and cheer. This time, we were on a "mission." The insurance company of this elder was going to cancel his home insurance unless certain things were taken care of. The garage had to be fixed, trees and vines had to come away from the home and a few other repairs were needed. Six of our ACYOA seniors transformed the garage into the way it had looked decades ago. The ACYOA juniors with their adult advisors worked on the greenery and hauled away truck loads of branches and vines. Other small repairs were also done.
|Reflection on Pilgrimage to Jerusalem|
Karen Dardarian, Vice Chairperson of the ACYOA Central Council reflects on the "Leadership in the Light of Our Lord" pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
|Good Luck from Central Council|
Wishing everyone a productive fall!
|ACYOA Young Adult Leadership Conference: Let Love In|
The ACYOA Central Council is sponsoring a Leadership Conference from November 4-6 at the Don Bosco Retreat Center in Stony Point, New York. The Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, Dean of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, will serve as conference chaplain. The conference is open to all young adults 18 and older.
|Central Council meets in Chicago|
On Saturday, September 24, the ACYOA Central Council met at St. Gregory Armenian Church in Chicago, IL. Council members presented strategic plans for 2011-12, including ideas for chapter development initiatives, faith-based programs, and service project and discussed how they will proceed with these plans in the coming months.
|Chapter spotlight: Holy Trinity Armenian Church, Cheltenham, PA|
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
|From the Desk of the Chairperson of the ACYOA|
To My Fellow ACYOA Members,
|2011 Leadership Conference helps participants "Let Love In"|
More than 70 young adults representing 23 parishes attended the 2011 Leadership Conference held at the Don Bosco Retreat Center in Stony Point, New York from November 4-6. Themed “Let Love In,” participants examined how Christ calls his followers to serve through love and discussed their roles in answering the call as leaders in the ACYOA and the church. Also joining the ACYOA members were representatives from the Coptic and Indian Orthodox Churches.
|ACYOA has shaped me into the person I AM|
By: Karen Dardarian, Central Council Vice Chair
|Chapter Spotlight: St. Gregory, White Plains, NY|
In mid-June, the Kurkjian family very graciously opened their home to the ACYOA Juniors and Seniors for a movie night. As the group gathered to watch a movie, we also outlined and had a discussion on key points in the movie that tied to religious lessons. The chapter met again at the Kurkjian home in September for a "Young Members of St. Gregory BBQ" in an effort to encourage ACYOA members to become voting members of the parish.
|4th annual Chapter Workshop planned for January 13-15, 2012|
The ACYOA Central Council is sponsoring the 4th annual Chapter Workshop at St. David Armenian Church in Boca Raton, Florida from January 13-15, 2012. The workshop will focus on the basics of being an ACYOA leader and working together to build a vibrant and successful organization.
|Good Luck, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Central Council|
The ACYOA Central Council wishes the best of luck to all students during finals. We also wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
|ACYOA sponsoring Alternative Spring Break|
Looking for a change of pace in your spring break plans? An “Alternative Spring Break” is being planned for March 17-24, 2012. The ACYOA is partnering with Habitat for Humanity and their annual Collegiate Challenge to give college students from around the country the opportunity to build affordable housing for a needy family in Buffalo, New York. Join our team and Chaplain Leader, Rev. Fr. Stepanos Doudoukjian, for a life-changing experience putting your faith into action.
|Explore your roots with the Armenia Service Program|
The ACYOA Central Council is once again sponsoring the Armenia Service Program (ASP) for young adults 18-28. The trip will take place from June 29-July 19, 2012. Participants will have the opportunity to see much of Armenia and also serve the country in a variety of ways.
|Chapter Workshop focuses on strengthening chapters|
Thirty-five ACYOA members from parishes across the Eastern Diocese gathered in Boca Raton, Fla., earlier this month for the ACYOA's fourth annual Chapter Workshop, hosted by St. David Armenian Church. The January 13-15 workshop with the theme "We're All in This Together," aimed to provide an interactive atmosphere for participants to share successes, struggles, and advice on how to nurture and build their respective ACYOA parish chapters while also providing opportunities for service, worship and Christian fellowship.
|3rd Annual ACYOA Alumni Ball – February 11|
CALLING ALL ALUMNI, CURRENT AND FUTURE MEMBERS OF THE ACYOA!
|Lenten Regional Retreat set for March 3 in Bayside, NY|
The ACYOA Central Council is sponsoring a one day Lenten Retreat for young adults in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania region. The day-long program will be hosted by the newly-formed ACYOA Chapter of Holy Martyrs Armenian Church in Bayside, New York on Saturday, March 3. The theme is The Call to Serve: Ministry of the Faithful.
|ACYOA welcomes newly formed Charlotte Chapter|
On January 18, St. Sarkis Armenian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina officially formed an ACYOA chapter. The newly formed chapter has been active for nearly two months and already has several events upcoming. Some activities include; distributing sandwiches to the homeless in downtown Charlotte, volunteering at a local soup kitchen and a regional event with youth from St. James in Richmond, Virginia.
|ACYOA sponsoring summer internship at FAR Children's Center in Yerevan, Armenia|
The ACYOA Central Council is offering young adults ages 20 and older a unique hands-on learning experience: a ten-week internship opportunity (May 29-August 8) at the FAR Children’s Support Center in Yerevan, Armenia for the summer of 2012. The center is one of the many projects of the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR) which is partnering with the ACYOA. Another partner in this important initiative is Birthright Armenia. The center provides psycho-social and medical treatment to children (ages 3-18),
|ACYOA Regional Retreat planned in Evanston, Illinois|
The ACYOA Central Council is sponsoring a one day regional retreat in the Chicago-land area. The day-long program will be hosted by the St. James Chapter of Evanston, IL on April 14. The theme is “The Call to Serve: Ministry of the Faithful.” Many best-selling books offer advice on how to “get” the most out of life, but that’s not the reason God created us. We were designed to “add” to life on earth, not just take from it. God wants us to give something back, to make a difference—and that is called our “ministry.”
|Diocese/AGBU to host 8 week summer internship in New York City|
The Eastern Diocese is once again working in partnership with the AGBU New York Summer Intern Program to offer an eight-week internship (tentative dates are June 17-August 11) at the Diocese for young adults between the ages of 19 and 26. According to individual career goals, interns may choose to work in areas such as communications, finance, development, Christian education, youth ministry, Armenian studies, music, or with the Fund for Armenian Relief.
|2012 General Assembly and Sports Weekend hosted by St. Gregory in Chicago, Illinois|
The 2012 ACYOA Sports Weekend committee is hard at work ironing out the details of the annual Memorial Day Weekend events. St. Gregory Armenian Church of Chicago, Illinois will host the 2012 General Assembly and Sports Weekend from May 24-28. The committee of young adults from around the Chicago-land area have chosen “We're on a Mission from God,” as the theme of the weekend.
|Follow the St. Vartan Camp Alumni Group on Facebook|
The Ararat Center Advisory Committee is pleased to announce the newly formed St. Vartan Camp Alumni Group—an organization that will allow camp alumni to connect with each other, and to extend support to the camp program throughout the year.
|2012 ACYOA Sports Weekend Registration is available online|
For the first time, the General Assembly and Sports Weekend registration is exclusively online. To register for the weekend, use the following link: www.chicagosportsweekend.com
|Take Part in an ACYOA Tradition: the Sports Weekend Ad-Book|
Dear Friend of the ACYOA,
|General Assembly and Sports Weekend Update|
ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS - Read the complete article for the update!
|Springfield Chapter hosting Diocesan Assembly Spring Dance|
Join the St. Mark ACYOA chapter for the 110th Diocesan Assembly Spring Dance on Saturday May 5th
|Midwest Spring Retreat Makes Disciples of Participants|
On Saturday, April 14, young adults from the midwest took part in a one day spring retreat at St. James Armenian Church in Evanston, IL. The day focused on understanding lay ministry, and participants had the opportunity to explore this topic through Bible study, discussion, and reflection.
Retreat sessions were led by the Rev. Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan, pastor of St. James, Rev. Fr. Yeprem Kelegian, pastor of St. Mesrob Church of Racine, WI; and Nancy Basmajian, ACYOA executive secretary. Some 20 people took part in the daylong program.
|Central Council Members Present Check to Jerusalem Patriarchate|
On June 14, the ACYOA Central Council presented a check for $1,000 to the Jerusalem Patriarchate. Central Council members Olivia Derderian, Ani Grigorian and Jonathan Pelaez delivered the check to Archbishop Nourhan Manougian, Grand Sacristan of the Armenian Patriarchate and Patriarchal Vicar, who expressed his appreciation for the ACYOA’s donation.
|ACYOA Members Discover Armenia Through Service Program|
Twenty young adults from parishes across the Eastern Diocese helped serve their homeland during the ACYOA’s Armenian Service Program June 29-July 19. The young Armenians, led by Rev. Fr. Hakob Gevorgyan of Holy Trinity Church, Cheltenham, Pa., traveled throughout the country, visiting sites from Yerevan to Holy Etchmiadzin and also served their fellow Armenians by working with the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR) as volunteers at the Octet Music School and FAR Soup Kitchen in Gyumri. For more information and a photo gallery, read an article detailing the ASP participants journey on the Eastern Diocese’s website.
|Central Council Welcomes Two New Members|
The 2012-2013 ACYOA Central Council formally met for the first time on June 9, which was also the first meeting for council members secretary Ani Grigorian of St. Mesrob Church, Racine, WI, and treasurer Jonathan Pelaez, St. Mary Church, Livingston, NJ, both of whom were elected during the 2012 ACYOA General Assembly and Sports Weekend in Chicago in May. Both Ani and Jon have been deeply involved with the ACYOA for many years and hope to continue to serve the Armenian Church in their new roles.
|Spots Remain for St. Nersess Post-High School Summer Conference|
Attention college-age ACYOA members! Have you been delaying your end-of-summer plans waiting for something incredible to come along? Today is your lucky day! Limited space is available for the St. Nersess Post-High School Summer Conference, August 10-17! Co-directed by the V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan and Dn. Benjamin Rith-Najarian, this conference will give you the opportunity to see old friends, make new ones, and re-energize your spirit before you head off to school for the fall. Download the application form now! For further information contact the Seminary at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (914) 636-2003.
|Chapter Spotlight: St. Mesrob ACYOA Gets a Head Start on Holiday Season|
With summer behind us, and the leaves changing for the fall season, the St. Mesrob Racine chapter is staying busy to make sure that their community is served as the holiday season is not too far out of reach. The giving season starts out working with Habitat for Humanity-Racine; which is the non-profit organization devoted to building simple, decent, and affordable housing. Following this is help those in need at a local soup kitchen, serving those who are stopping by for a simple meal.
|ACYOA Central Council Looks Forward to Fall Programs|
The ACYOA Central Council met on Saturday, September 15, at the Church of the Holy Martyrs in Bayside, NY. The Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Odabashian, Diocesan Vicar, presided over the meeting. ACYOA executive secretary Nancy Basmajian was also in attendance.
|ACYOA to Sponsor New England Fall Retreat|
The ACYOA will host the New England Fall Retreat on Saturday, October 20, 2012, at St. James Church in Watertown, MA. The retreat's theme will focus on "The Call to Serve: The Ministry of the Faithful."
|ACYOA's Annual Leadership Conference Set for November|
The annual ACYOA Leadership Conference will take place November 9-11, 2012, at the Don Bosco Retreat Center in Stony Point, NY.
|A Reflection From Der Yeprem: Kudzu and Speeding Tickets|
This month, we invite you to take time and read a reflection from Der Yeprem Kelegian, pastor of St. Mesrob Church of Racine, WI, on politics, loyalty and respect.
|Chapter Spotlight: St. Mesrob ACYOA Gets a Head Start on Holiday Season|
Crystal Densmore, St. Mesrob ACYOA Chair, highlights the happenings at her church's chapter in Racine, WI.
|One month until Leadership Conference!|
The annual ACYOA Leadership Conference is a month away and we are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Don Bosco Retreat Center in Stony Point, NY! This year’s retreat will discuss the topic of Faith Literacy for Young Leaders.