by Deacon John Saryan
The fall food drive to help our neighbors at the Lazarus House Ministries ended on Sunday December 17th. Here is a shout out to everyone who supported us by bringing in nonperishable food items such as canned tuna and chicken, canned vegetables and fruit, rice, dry and canned pasta and beans, and snack foods. Altogether we were able to collect 11 boxes of food along with personal care items and diapers. In addition, we were able to collect $300 and will forward a monetary donation to the Lazarus House.
Thanks to Sunday School student Austin Afarian for sorting and arranging the items on the table and thanks also to Greg Afarian who helped with loading and unloading the food. The staff at Lazarus House ministries was extremely grateful for the donation. They do great work in their community. You can learn more about their mission and work at www.lazarushouse.org.
Photos by Greg Afarian & Nishan Baljian
On Saturday, December 2, we held our annual Bazaar, which was christened "Winter Fest" for the first time this year. While the annual bazaar has traditionally been under the aegis of our devoted Ladies' Guild, it was the first year that a churchwide planning committee worked together in order to mount this successful event. Lasting almost the entire day, many of our parishioners and friends volunteered their time, money and hard work to make sure it was a great success. We are truly grateful to all those who helped plan and execute this year's Winter Fest Bazaar, as well as those who patronized the event.