Article & Photos by Sonya Vartabedian Sico
Our church community came together Friday night, November 17, to celebrate the warmth and bounty of the season a week early at our Ladies' Guild's annual Thanksgiving Dinner Family Night. A crowd of more than 100 dined on a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings, capped off with scrumptious pies and other decadent desserts. The night also featured an assortment of drawings and the opening of the Festival of Trees raffle for a variety of festively decorated Christmas trees filled with an assortment of gifts. The Festival of Trees raffle will continue throughout the holiday season, with all raffle sales supporting Saint Gregory Church. Two highlights of the evening were the complete rite of the blessing of the table in the Armenian Apostolic tradition and a heartfelt speech made by 5th Grade Sunday School student Austin Afarian, highlighting the things for which he is thankful, including God, his family and his church.