Christmas Gathering at Bethel Church
Rev. Haroutune Selimian Visits Armenian Elderly People’s Home
Nativity Artwork by Anush Ayvazyan, former student of AMAA-Armenia Child Sponsorship Program and current AMAA-Armenia scholarship recipient attending Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts
On December 8, Yerevan State University and Yerevan State Language University Professor Serob Khachatryan’s “Bridges Instead of Walls” book presentation was held at Avedisian School.
Prof. Khachatryan, a well-known expert in the field of educational systems in the Republic of Armenia, spoke about the major issues in the education system and how to change from walls created by an education system to building bridges between children and knowledge. He presented some practical steps that will help the teacher and the student to get closer by constructing these bridges that will unite them.
The presentation was attended by the teachers of Avedisian School, as well as of the Malatia Sebastia District schools. Following the program all the teachers took part in the discussions about the book.
Christmas and New Year are the most beautiful holidays of the year. The Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) office on Baghramyan Street in Yerevan, Armenia have already started assembling the “Christmas Joy” boxes to be distributed among for our children in the Homeland and Karabagh.
Dozens of volunteers joyfully are participating in this process. Every year, the AMAA and the Evangelical Church of Armenia organize Christmas Programs in Armenia and Karabagh to share God’s love and bring “Christmas Joy” to thousands of children.
To see more pictures visit the AMAA’s Armenia website at http://www.amaa.am
Singer/songwriter Mary Balian has released her second CD of Armenian Christian contemporary music, Hooysus Es (You Are My Hope). The CD is a compilation of modern worship songs and hymns, as well as original songs written by Balian and her colleagues. Hooysus Es was produced by Gilbert Hovsepian and sponsored by the Armenian ministry organization, Bashde.org, with additional support by individual donors and participating artists.
Mary is an Armenian-American singer/songwriter whose repertoire includes pop, world, dance, and contemporary Christian music. She is a graduate of UCLA and CSUN and is involved in ministry in the Los Angeles Armenian Evangelical community with her husband, Manny Saghbazarian, with whom she has two daughters.
Mary’s first CD, Bashdenk, was a powerful release, which saw thousands of copies used for Armenian youth ministries around the world, to great impact.
Mary has performed internationally, including Armenia and across Southern California, most recently in a November concert in Los Angeles with her producer and songwriting partner, Gilbert Hovsepian, who recently and miraculously recovered from a severe motorcycle accident.
Each CD costs $10.00 plus shipping and handling. http://amaa.org/dvd-cd.htm
nor pessimist by nature, and yet after four years of the Syrian conflict, and the seemingly resolute interference of a great world power, so convoluted are the knots, so dark the layers, so profound the conflict and so widespread the polarization, that no learned person or self-proclaimed expert can foretell the outcome of the catastrophe that befell us Armenians, striking Syria and the Syrian Armenians.
There is no country, political movement or alliance on the globe that hasn’t taken a stand, or more correctly, made to take a stand, vis-a-vis this ordeal.
Organized by Co-chairs Anita Buchakjian and Seta Nalbandian with the coordination of featured Soprano Solange Merdinian, the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) presented “The Best of Christmas” Holiday Concert on December 4th, which was held at the Armenian Presbyterian Church in Paramus, NJ to ring in the Christmas season. In the beautifully decorated sanctuary, cherished Christmas carols, such as “Silent Night,” “O Holy Night” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” were among a program which was filled with other classics, all of which were spectacularly performed by: Soprano Zovinar Aghavian, Soprano Anoosh Barclay, Tenor, Gregory Loshkajian, Mezzo-Soprano Solange Merdinian and Riko Higuma on piano. A highlight of the evening was the Sipan Armenian School Chorus singing some all-time favorites such as “Arachin Dzenoonte” (The First Noel), “Nor Dari” (New Year) and “Tzouyin Mechen” (Through the Snow.) The evening ended on a high note with everyone on their feet proclaiming “Joy to the World” in anticipation of celebrating the joy and beauty of Christ’s birth.
The Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) is a non-profit charitable organization which serves as the missionary arm of the Armenian Evangelical Churches worldwide. All donations received from this special Concert benefitted AMAA Christmas Joy Program. Since the early 1990s, the AMAA and the Evangelical Church of Armenia have been organizing Christmas Programs in Armenia and Karabagh to share God’s love and bring Christmas joy to thousands of children.
Join us for a Give Nice & Get Smiles Shopping Day!
10% of tracked sales from your total purchases* on December 4 will benefit the Armenian Missionary Association of America. When your shopping is complete, simply present this invitation and your receipts at the Redemption Desk on Main Level from 11AM – 6PM, or Gift Wrap on Lower Level from 10AM – 9PM.
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