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January 7, 2021
This Sunday, January 10
Fifth Day of Nativity
Հինգերորդ Օր Սբ. Ծննդեան

10:00 am Divine Liturgy
Weekly Scripture Readings (click to read)

Hebrews 12:18-27; Luke 1:39-56
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 or call the church office at 617.923.8860 no later than 3 pm on Friday.

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 securely covering the nose and mouth are required to be worn in the sanctuary, and on St. James grounds, at all times.

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
Christ is Born and Revealed among us!  Blessed is the Revelation of Christ!
Քրիստոս ծնաւ եւ յայտնեցաւ: Ձեզի Մեզի մեծ Աւետիս:
Krisdos dzunav yev haydnetsav!  Tsezi Mezi Medz Avedis!

On Wednesday, January 6th, the Armenian Church celebrated the Feast of the Nativity and Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ with Divine Liturgy followed by the Blessing of Water Service in Remembrance of our Lord's Baptism. Serving as Godfather of the Cross yesterday was Michael Guleserian, son of Nancy Guleserian and the late Edward Guleserian.
 

During the Blessing of Water Service, a beautiful new cross was used for the first time. The cross is one of several new liturgical items, each handmade in Armenia, generously gifted to St. James in loving memory of Edward Guleserian by his wife Nancy Guleserian, daughter Dr. Kristine Guleserian, and son Michael Guleserian. Our Primate Bishop Daniel Findikyan blessed the items during his visit this past October.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Guleserian family for these generous gifts to our parish, which will be used at St. James during church services and sacraments for years to come.

CHRISTMAS OFFERING "YUGHAKIN"

Remember St. James during this holy season with a Christmas offering. Your offering demonstrates your faith and helps meet the needs of our church. With your help, our church will continue to grow in faith and serve the needs of our faithful. 
 
We continue to reach out to our parishioners throughout the pandemic, including outdoor in-person visits (masked, socially distanced), phone calls to say hello, and drop-offs of food items (soups, baked goods, etc.).  We are working to continue connecting with our parishioners, and need your help.
 
If you would like to receive an outdoor visit, a phone call, or a drop off of homemade, safely and lovingly prepared food -- or know someone who might like to receive one -- please email info@sthagop.com to contact us, or call 617.923.8860.

Volunteers are welcome! Please email volunteer coordinator Sandy Raphalian if you would like to be a part of our ongoing effort. Thank you!
Our Made in Armenia Fundraiser continues, featuring items handmade in Armenia! All items are fair trade certified and have been made available through the Homeland Development Initiative Foundation. Click on the button below to place your order online. Limited items remain. Orders may be picked up in the church office. 100% of proceeds from this fundraiser will be donated to the 'We Are Artsakh' campaign, organized by Ayo!, an affiliate of the Fund for Armenian Relief. Thank you for your support.
 
SHOP THE FUNDRAISER
Our St. James Cookbooks have arrived! Cookbooks may be picked up from the church office or may be shipped for an additional charge. We have additional cookbooks available for purchase in the Church office. Click here to place an order online.
FAR: We cannot allow those from Artsakh to lose hope this Christmas
 
This Christmas season, FAR is doing everything it can to support those from Artsakh who have lost their homes, their family members, and their livelihoods due to the war. From providing temporary shelter, food, healthcare, and education and livelihood opportunities, FAR is doing everything it can to meet the immediate needs of those from Artsakh. By making a donation to support FAR's work this year you will be giving the gift of hope to those in need, allowing them the opportunity to look forward to rebuilding their lives, either back in Artsakh or in Armenia. To support FAR's work on this humanitarian crisis, go to: https://www.farusa.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. 

FOOD DRIVE IS ONGOING - 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. 

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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