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November 27, 2020
This Sunday, November 29
 Second Sunday of Advent
Յիսնակի Երկրորդ Կիրակի

10:00 am Divine Liturgy

Weekly Scripture Readings (click to read)
Isaiah 36:22-37:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-11; Luke 13:1-9
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED FOR SUNDAY
LIMITED SPACE REMAINS

 
We thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work together to keep our community safe and healthy, and adhere to all public health guidelines.

Due to social distancing guidelines, seating capacity in our sanctuary is significantly reduced. Attendance will be by reservation only, to ensure that we are able to maintain a safe number of attendees. 


Limited space remains for Divine Liturgy this Sunday. To make a reservation, please e-mail info@sthagop.com no later than noon tomorrow -  Saturday, November 28. Please wait for an e-mail confirming that we are able to accommodate your reservation.

Faithful who wish to come and briefly light a candle during services may do so, however there is no seating or standing room available. The sanctuary will be also open for one hour after services for lighting candles and for prayers.

Masks are required to be worn in the sanctuary, and on St. James grounds, at all times.
VIEW OUR SUNDAY BULLETIN
We encourage all faithful to participate in services in by joining in our weekly livestream, which is accessible by clicking on the button below. Please note, you do not need a Facebook account to view the livestream.
VIEW LIVESTREAM HERE
If you are able, please consider making your Sunday plate offering donations online via our website by clicking on the button below. Any amount is gratefully accepted. Thank you to all who have donated to our online collection plate over the past months. Your generosity is greatly appreciated, and will help us continue with the ministries of the Church. 
ONLINE SUNDAY OFFERING
We urge all faithful to continue to act in support of our brothers and sisters in Artsakh and Armenia.

ADVOCATE AND MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD
Visit the following websites for more information: 
Armenian Assembly of America
Armenian National Committee
Text "ASSEMBLY" to 52886 to take action on the latest item! 


OVER $101,000 RAISED FOR ARTSAKH RELIEF
 
Last month, Fr. Arakel and our Parish Council made the decision to contribute $35,000 of our parish funds to the Artsakh relief effort to the Armenia Fund on behalf of St. James. Since launching our appeal and through Facebook, your collective donations have brought our total parish contribution to more than $101,000, exceeding our goal! We thank you for your incredible generosity and support for our brothers and sisters in our homeland. We will continue to accept donations to add to our parish contribution, as the need for financial support continues. Donations may be made: by check payable to St. James Armenian Church (memo: Artsakh relief)  or online by clicking here.
LETTERS FOR ARMENIAN SOLDIERS
 
Parishioners are invited to write letters to our Armenian soldiers to offer them support and encouragement from around the world. Letters can typed or handwritten, in Armenian (preferred), English, or Russian. Please write in whatever language you are most comfortable. Artwork and drawings also welcome! This effort is organized by ACYOA Junior Nathan Kefeyan. Letters may be dropped off or mailed to the church office (Attn: Letters for Soldiers), or they may be scanned and e-mailed to Nathan directly. Letters are requested by Friday, December 4 so that they may be compiled and mailed to Armenia. View flyer here.
2020 MEMBERSHIP REMINDER
 
We remind our 2019 members to please renew their memberships for this year, and we encourage new members to join. Membership cards will be mailed to parishioners in September, however memberships can be submitted online by clicking on the button below. Membership gives you a voice in our parish decision-making and leadership.Your membership MAKES A DIFFERENCE. We thank returning members, and welcome all who are new this year.

If you are able, please consider adding an Annual Appeal donation to your membership dues to support all our ministries and programs at St. James. Each donation is gratefully accepted.
GIVE NOW

Due to the ongoing pandemic, My Brother's Keeper has announced changes to its Christmas Giving program. This year, they will not have volunteers select and wrap gifts at their facilities, and as such, are not using their traditional 'Giving Tree' model with tags to take home. Below please find a few options to donate gifts to My Brother's Keeper this Christmas season:

1. Shop their Amazon Wish List - This is the preferred, safest, and most efficient way to quickly and easily donate high demand items directly to My Brother’s Keeper with our Amazon Wishlist.
Click here to view the Amazon Wish List.

2. Generic Gift Collection Drive – Donations of new, unwrapped toys or new clothing with tags (warm clothing for adults and children are needed) may be brought to the St. James office during the week from 10 am - 4 pm, through December 18. Please call ahead before coming to the office, as hours and conditions may change due to ongoing public health updates. View their top 20 most-needed items.

3. Adopt-a-Family -  My Brother's Keeper also offers the option to adopt a family. Please note, gifts for the Adopt-a-Family program must be delivered directly to their facilities in Easton or Dartmouth. For full details, click here. 

Despite this big change, their overall goal remains the same: to serve more than 3,000 local families in Christ's name this Christmas— more than 12,000 children and adults! You are making that possible through your prayers and generous support.

ST. JAMES FOOD DRIVE 
 
The Food Pantries of Watertown have been busier than ever throughout the pandemic, with increasing demand since March. Please view our flyer for more information about our parish-wide food drive, which has been ongoing over the past several months. Thank you to all who have contributed thus far. All non-expired non-perishable foods are accepted, and can be dropped off outdoors in the designated area at any time. Thank you for your generosity during these challenging times.

Most needed items: Cereal, School Snacks, Old Fashioned Oatmeal, Canned Fruit, Mac & Cheese boxes, Peanut Butter/Jam or Jelly, Canned Green Beans or Corn, Pasta/Rice, Cooking Oil, Canned Tuna, Canned Soup, Ensure Nutrition Drinks, Coffee/Tea, Canned Tomato Sauce/Paste/Whole, Tomatoes, White Cannellini Beans/Chick Peas, Canned Fruit, Baked Beans.
 

Ayo! Launches #WeAreArtsakh Campaign

Ayo, the fundraising platform of Fund for Armenian Relief, has launched the #WeAreArtsakh campaign to provide those who fled Artsakh with basic necessities to survive. We Are Artsakh will support the tens of thousands of people and families who have fled Artsakh for safety in Armenia since September 27th.

The organization has identified four key needs that will be initially addressing with your donations: food and hygiene supplies, school bags and supplies for kids, winter clothes and bedding, and medication. For more info and donations, visit: 
www.weareayo.org.

NOTES & REMINDERS

VEMKAR DIOCESAN RESOURCE & APP The Eastern Diocese recently launched a new electronic resource - VEMKAR - aimed at the pastoral and educational leaders of our church. Each edition inspires readers to “get ready for Sunday,” by presenting classroom lessons, sermon topics, and other resources to enrich young and old alike in their worship and learning experiences. View this week's VEMKAR newsletter. Download the VEMKAR app! Click here for iOS or Android platforms. 

UPDATE ON CHURCH OFFICE - Please note that for the safety of well-being of our community, our church office remains closed to general visitors. Limited visits may be made by appointment only, for specific needs. Visitors must call ahead, and only one person will be allowed at a time. Facial coverings will be required, and social distancing guidelines must be observed. Please call 617.923.8860 or e-mail info@sthagop.com to contact the office with any needs or requests. We ask that parishioners submit requests over the phone or via e-mail rather than visiting in person, when possible. Our current office hours are 10 am - 4 pm Monday through Friday. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


UPDATE YOUR E-MAIL PREFERENCES - Did you know? For your convenience, we offer the option to customize your preferences and select which type of e-mails you wish to receive from our parish. Simply click on 'update subscription preferences' at the bottom of this (or any) St. James e-mail you receive to opt-in or opt-out of certain lists. 

HELP US RECEIVE DONATIONS THROUGH AMAZON SMILE - St. James Armenian Church is now registered with Amazon Smile, a program which donates to charity organizations with each purchase. Click here to get started. Once you have selected St. James Church as your charity, all you need to do is enter smile.amazon.com each time you shop!  Prime and all other features are not affected.  Thank you for your support! 
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