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ACYOC Ski Trip 2007

another throwback of the past of my articles written

On Friday March 2, 2007 SR. ACYOC committee and participants embarked on a wonderful journey with the bus to Blue Mountain in Collingwood, Ontario for a weekend getaway with the Armenian youth. About 30 to 35 people were in attendance. Before everyone arrived, a few people had already gone up to the chalet to prepare and get everything ready for everyone’s arrival. We thank Vicken Orfali for providing the transportation to Blue Mountain and Back to Toronto and taking our participants back and forth from the chalet to the Slopes. That night everyone was getting to know one another and enjoying a delicious meal which was Pasta and Salad. As the night progressed everyone was excited to be there and that was followed by great dancing to Armenian Music.

Our Pastor Reverend Archpriest Zareh Zargarian came to visit the youth on the first day and had a discussion on different topics. People had an option to ski or snowboard and some people just took the weekend as a relaxing getaway from daily, school and work stresses and so some people just stood back at the chalet and took that time to relax and meet with friends and newly made friends. That evening we had wonderful Tortilla’s for dinner but before dinner, we prayed with Father Zareh and we got to know one another a little better and it was followed by more Armenian Dancing and have a lot of fun and it was sad to say that it was the last night and the weekend was just too short for our participants.

On Sunday we had our breakfast and it was our morning to go back to Toronto and so everyone started to pack up and clean up before disembarkation from Blue Mountain.

The purpose of having a ski trip together was to unite the Armenian Youth together to enjoy and create everlasting memories and friendships for a lifetime. We thank the wonderful SR. ACYOC committee for working extremely hard to make sure it was a weekend that everyone will enjoy and remember for a lifetime and those names are the following: Vicken Orfali, Natalie Kouyoumdjian, Maral Deveci, Celine Kirkoc, Talin Orfali, Arman Tanelyan, Ara Libarian, Ara Keoshkerian, Kevin Evran, Raffi Orfali and Saro Khatchadourian. We hope to see you at our next Ski Trip and our upcoming events in the near future. God Bless you.

Bible Studies Have Resumed At My Armenian Church – I Am So Happy About That

I was at An Armenian/English Bible Study this past Thursday evening and Hayr Sourp(The Priest) taught us about the Tree Of Life, and the Tree of Life is Jesus Christ and it is important to gather youth and young adults together to hear Gods word and be together to eat from the Tree Of Life.

Bible studies have resumed for young adults and youth sessions, Every Thursday at 9pm at St Mary’s Armenian Church at 45 Hallcrown Pl. Toronto, Ontario — www.stmarytoronto.com

Verses from The Bible.
John 8:24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.”

Revelation 19:17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God,

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates.

Everyone is welcome to The studies. It is educational, yet wonderful. Come make new friends, and be part of it all. It is interactive, and beautiful.

 

 

The Armenian Youth Getaway in Kingston, Ontario Was A Great Success – June 1-3, 2012

On Friday June 1st, 2012, around 63 or more people From Montreal and Toronto embarked on buses to North of Kingston, at Camp Iawah, in Godfrey Ontario to reunite with friends, to make new friends, to share, to also learn about Armenian Religion and to learn about our faith and community a lot more. Since this year is the 500th anniversary of the printing of Armenian Books and literature, this time we dedicated it all to that. We discussed the importance of Armenian Language, to speak and write Armenian, and why it is important to keep our culture, and heritage alive. On Friday night June 1st, we had arrived at Camp Iawah, and we began with an Orientation, then we all go our room numbers where we are going to sleep, but what sleep? We had little or no sleep at all, all weekend. Who goes to a Youth Getaway and sleeps right? It’s just for a weekend. Then afterwards we all met up in the conference room and we played an ice breaker game called get to know others bingo. So we had to go around the room and find someone similar to what month were born, what type of music we like, where each of us were born, and when it was all done, someone had to call bingo. It was a fun start to the weekend. After that we did our night prayer then we had free time.

On Saturday June 2nd, 2012, we woke up, had our morning prayer, then breakfast. After breakfast we had a few discussions, followed by lunch, after lunch we did a lot of sporting and outdoor activities such as canoeing, soccer, rock climbing, basketball, and among other games. After all that we had dinner and after dinner we had a strong debate on the importance of reading and writing Armenian and it was a heated one to two hours of it, but we sure did learn a lot from it, and how important it is to learn a new language so on and so forth. After that we had some time to spend outdoors again around a bonfire we made and we danced, sang, and just enjoyed each others company with cookies and hot chocolate. After we went back toward the building we were staying in and we had a karaoke night, it was such a great time. After everyone did their own thing and people were awake all hours of the night. including myself. I got like 4 hours sleep all weekend. Now, I am paying for that.

In conclusion, the whole weekend was an incredible experience for me again. This was my 3rd time attending the Youth Weekend getaway and it was nice to see my friends from Montreal. My Montreal circle keeps getting bigger and bigger and Its so awesome to see. Thanks to all the Organizers of this beautiful and great trip we had. It is not an easy task to plan and to organize events. I appreciate all those who worked so hard to make sure that we all are taken care of, we all had a great time and we made memories to last a lifetime. I mean that is what it’s all about right? Making friends, making memories, sharing our lives with others, and just going with the flow in life. All the best and I cannot wait until the next Getaway. It needs to come back fast because I miss everyone already. I am hoping I make a trip to Montreal soon to see my friends and hang out with everyone. All the best to the Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC) and thank you again for a beautiful weekend which I will never forget. God bless everyone.

 

Canadian Youth Mission To Armenia – CYMA 2012

Annually in the summertime for a month Armenian youth from all over Canada participate and volunteer their time into going to Armenia to help build churches, schools, and help villages as well as touring Armenia in that period of time, that the youth are there. The Youth stay with their registered families during that time and experience Armenia at its finest with staying in the village, eating together, and the whole ambiance which makes the CYMA Journey a lot more fulfilling and uplifting.This year CYMA 2012 Will take place from July 3 to August 3, 2012 and anyone from across the world can participate in this incredible opportunity to Visit Our Motherland Armenia, give back to the community, make new friends, become part of the CYMA Family, experience something so incredible in life that you will never forget. Last year the Youth worked on to renovate a school in Geghadir (GEH-GHA-DEER) and this year we will continue to renovate the classrooms of the same school.

One of our leaders Bedros Kokorian has always been part of CYMA Since the beginning in 1992. This year as the 20th anniversary, it marks an important milestone of 2 decades of continuous dedication to rebuilding, renovating and making Armenia’s villages beautiful than it already is. Armenia’s true beauty and everything else in between. We strongly encourage the Armenian Youth to join, to participate. You can truly make a difference in Armenia and for the Armenian community of the world. It is not too late to join and book yourself in.

For more details, please contact the Holy Trinity Armenian Church office at 416-431-3001 or Mr. Bedros Kokorian at 416 292 7729, who will be able to provide any information as well as answer any questions that you may have. At Montreal please contact Armenian Holy Apostolic Church Canadian Diocese , Christian Education and Youth Department  Office,  Deacon Ivan Gyadayan at 514-276-9479 / 6 or 514-549-0416.

You can visit CYMA here for more information in regards to flight information, but you can also fly from your local airports and join the CYMA Family in Armenia. Everyone is welcome to Join. You do not need to be Canadian to participate.

http://armenianchurch.ca/mission/cyma/

You can watch a video clip’s of CYMA Below.

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ca-D8_MK-ew]

 

 

Thank you very much, and Hope you can participate in CYMA. It will change your life and put a different perspective on life. Its a beautiful mission.