Sunday Messenger
October 21, 2018


Beware! You Are Always Teaching

As leaders and teachers of our parishes within our diocese, we are all in one way or another teaching our parishioners. So it is appropriate to refer to all those who have occupied leading positions in our communities as teachers. While this is an honor, its accountability is high! For whatever we say or do may not only impact people’s lives, but their eternity.

God gave to this world teachers for the work of ministry and for edifying the body of Christ. Yes, we may trust our priests and lay ministers who have attended seminary to shepherd our people to God, but we need to keep in mind that we are part of this same mission. The body of Christ includes people of different talents, graces, functions, skills, artistry.

In order to have a robust Church, we need to ensure that our tasks fulfill the needs of the Body of Christ. With our level of competence, we need to open the eyes of our people not only to witness love, but to live and share it! We take on the God given blessing to reflect his image to others through us.
Teaching involves living in the Spirit using the fruits of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, meekness and temperance. Use the graces and examples given by Jesus Christ in order to become:

Teachers who are good.
Teachers who assure their students are not afraid.
Teachers who use the word of God to teach.
Teachers who speak the Truth.
Teachers who trigger the students’ curiosity and encourage them to ask questions.
Teachers who have a vision and purpose.
Teachers who assure that the students are physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy.
Teachers who sacrifice for their students.
No matter the circumstance, the students should be assured to trust their teacher.

Whatever we sow, that is what we will reap. So if we teach using the gifts of the Spirit granted to us, we may plant the seed for our community to reap eternal life; for the students will share in all the good things of the teacher.

So let’s pray that our thoughts, words, and deeds will spring from the Spirit of God as we lead and teach with understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, and the fear of God.
By Arpi Nakashian


  • Galatians 4:3-18 (pages 172-173) New Testament
  • Luke 4:14-23 (pages 55-56) New Testament – (Please follow the Armenian Reading in your Bible)
  • Isaiah 20: 2-21:6 (page 698) Old Testament

REQUIEM SERVICES: Hokehankist today will be for: 

  • SARKIS RIZKALLAN (1st Anniversary of His eternal life) requested by his wife Marie Rizkallan, his daughters; Azadig, Laura, Linda and her husband Jashwa and grandchildren; Jackob, Tayler, Adrina, Eva & Tamar.

“Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing” (1Tim 2:8).  Please pray for Rev. Fr. Shnork Souin, Doris Alahverde, Anto Vartanian, Butch Kumkumian, Annabelle Alexanian, Alice Charles, Armenoui Aznavuryan and Pearl Jamgochian for a return to better health and to feel the presence of God in their lives. Pray for our country and her leaders; and also for our children who have returned to school –  that they may continue their education in a peaceful and safe environment.  Continue praying for our sister churches in Kerala, India, and for those affected by Hurricane Florence.

SAVE THE DATE: A Banquet honoring The Deacons and Choir of Holy Trinity Armenian Church Sunday, November 18, 2018 immediately following Badarak Stay tuned for more information Contact Holy Trinity Office 215-663-1600or with questions.

COFFEE HOUR:  today is sponsored by Marie Razkallan and Family in loving memory of SARKIS RIZKALLAN (1st Anniversary of His eternal life). All are welcome.

It’s Bake Shoppe time again! For this years’ Bazaar we are looking for donations of HOMEMADE items. Chocolate chips are our favorites! Any questions please contact Berj Murray at 856-912-2417.

Bazaar, (A wonderful time to serve you church): Servers (of any gender) are needed to serve at the Buffet on Friday, Oct., 26th, from 6-9 pm; Saturday, the 27th, from 5-9 pm, and Sunday, the 28th, after church, for a 1-2 hr. shift. It would be greatly appreciated if you would contact Marta Brann at, to volunteer your services to serve for a 1 or 2 hr. shift. Eight people are needed to serve during each shift.  Thank You!

ROAD CLOSURE: Please be advised that beginning on Monday, October 29, 2018 (after the bazaar), there will be no access to church by way of the intersection at Tookany Creek Parkway and Ashmead Road as the long-awaited reconstruction of the bridge will begin.  This closure will require many from Montgomery and Bucks Counties to find an alternate route to church.  We have not been advised if detour signs will be put up to help in this regard.  Please allow extra time to reach church because of this disruption.

FAR UPDATE:  Adopt-A-Library, Ayo!’s biggest project ever, is fully funded! Ayo!, the crowdfunding platform of Fund for Armenian Relief, has raised enough money to bring libraries to 17 rural Armenian schools, affecting thousands of students for years to come. Having an accessible library will teach these students how empowering it is to have books at their fingertips. Ayo! is greatly appreciative to its amazingly community of supporters who helped to make this project happen. To stay up to date on how the Adopt-A-Library project progresses and to learn about Ayo!’s next project, go to: support Ayo! programs, go to

GIFT AUCTION: We are in need of donations for the Harvest Bazaar Gift Auction and are asking for your help. We will again feature our Raffle ticket items valued at over $100 and our silent auction for special items.  Our goal is to obtain new gifts each in value of $100 or more but we are happy to accept gifts of various values that we can combine in our baskets.  Gifts can be geared toward younger children like Star Wars, Spiderman, Pokemon, or other trending  items for kids. For teenagers (movie theater basket) or adults (golf, tennis, restaurants, massage/beauty or home). Gift baskets and gift certificates are most appreciated. We also will have letters you can take to various businesses to see if they would provide a $20 to $30 gift certificate for free. If you own a business and are willing to donate, please let us know.   Wine or liquor are popular items that we can combine with other items. For the special items we would look for large value items (over $200), liquor, jewelry, oriental rugs for home, car (new or used) and vacation houses. In addition, if anyone could lend us their beach house for a weekend or week, that would help to generate funds. Cash will also be appreciated to purchase desirable items. Please call or email Cece Garibian at 215-884-9292 or OR Tanya Paretchan at 215-947-4394 or, for more details.  Thank you in advance for all your generosity and support.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD begins again and we invite you to be a part of this amazing outreach by filling shoeboxes for underprivileged children all over the world, including Armenia.  Many of you have participated in the past and we hope you will again. Parents and grandparents:  take your children to the dollar store so that they can be a part of the process. OCC Shoeboxes will soon be available but it’s not too soon to start shopping for fun and necessary items that will delight a child.  Look for the flyers around the church that will give ideas about how to “Pack A Shoebox” and many other details. Filled boxes should be returned to church by Sunday, November 11.  For any questions, contact Jeanette Der Hagopian (215-206-0440) or OR  Emily Movsesian (734-277-2753) or  To those who are unable to fill a shoebox, donations will be gratefully accepted.  Checks should be made payable to:  Holy Trinity Armenian Church, Memo: OCC

COUNTRY STORE will be closed today. 

Men’s Club “200 Club” Ticket Update-WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! Additional tickets are now available due to several senior parishioners returning their tickets. We now have nine (9) tickets available for purchase and looking for our younger members to participate. Our first drawing of the season is scheduled for early November and we need 100% sold. Please see/contact Mick, Larry, or Mike Tookmanian. Thank you!

2018 Attendance:        Plate/Candle Collection:
2 – 57 people              $231.00
9 – 113 people             $616.00
16 – 97 people              $528.00
23 – 79 people             $400.00
30 – 111 people           $504.00
Weekly Expenses: $6,000.00

CHURCH CALENDAR (please mark your calendars)
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 26, 27 & 28: Harvest Bazaar

Tuesdays 6, 13, 20 (Tuesday mornings):  Scripture and Shnorhali
Sunday November 18: Banquet

Sunday Dec 16    Lunch with Santa
Sunday Dec 30    Pomegranate Sunday

ASA BLOCS Meeting on Wednesday 10/24 Redirect your state tax dollars & help ASA and receive tax credits. Interested in finding out more? Come to our meeting on Wednesday, 10/24 at 7:00 pm at the Armenian Sisters Academy Board Room RSVP to

Using the Pew Book: In order to enrich understanding of the Divine Liturgy, we encourage our faithful to follow along in the large two-part Pew Book. Part One includes the classical Armenian used in the Liturgy; the facing page is the translation in modern Western Armenian. Part Two contains the transliteration of the classical Armenian; the right-hand page has the English translation. This Pew Book includes the prayers of the celebrant usually offered inaudibly. The prayers offered aloud are indicated in boldface type.

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THE NICENE CREED/ HAVADAMK –  This is the Profession of our Faith which is recited every Sunday moments after the Gospel is read from the altar.  Sometimes it is sung, but more often it is recited by the Deacons and/or the Choir.  We invite you to affirm your own “Profession of Faith” by reciting along with us.  God longs for all of us to express our faith and devotion to Him.

THE KISS OF PEACE: After the gifts of the Eucharist are brought to the Altar Table, the deacon proclaims, “Greet one another with a holy kiss.”  The person giving the greetings says, Kristos ee mech mer Haydnetsav – Christ is revealed amongst us.  The recipient would respond, Orhnial eh Haydnootiunun Kristosee – Blessed is the revelation of Christ.
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