Rev. Nerses Balabanian,
Calvary Armenian Congregational Church, San Francisco
The participants came from Syria and Jordan to Lebanon, to Harissa, where the sessions took place on April 23, and 24.
Rev. Camille Melki, is the coordinator of the event and his team had the event well organized. Mr. Tom Atema, the speaker presented most of the lessons, and assisting him was Rev. Khalil, from Jordan, who presented some of the lessons.
The title of the Chapters were:
1- Failing Forward
2- Rethinking Failure
3- Failure Is an Inside Job
4- Turn Adversity into Advantage
5- Make Failure Your Best Friend
6- The Power of Persistence
Participating from Lebanon were:
Ms. Shake Geocherian (Emmanuel Church),
Mr. Serop Ohanian (Emmanuel Church),
Mrs. Jimmy Kozman-Ohanian (Emmanuel Church),
Mr. Mano Chilingirian (Emmanuel Church),
Mr. Raffi Chilingirian (Emmanuel Church),
Ms. Silva Chilingirian (Marash Church)
Rev. Hagop Sarkissian (First Church).
Due to the fact that the 2nd day of the training coincided with the April 24 Remembrance Day of the Armenian Genocide, many Armenians were not able to participate in the 2nd day, also Armenian pastors from Syria were not able to come to Lebanon, because of their duties and obligations.
The difficult yet essential subject of Failing Forward
Shaké, Manoug, and Raffi
The beautiful scene and view from Harissa
On Monday, 24 May, in the Hassessian hall of the Armenian Evangelical Shamlian-Tatigian Secondary School, a cultural event was held, presented by the students of the Elementary grades. The cultural event had the following theme: In school, the song is a way to rear Christian Armenian Lebanese generations.
In the 1st part, the 1st and 2nd grade students presented the "School Anthem" song, while the 3rd and 4th grade students presented the Ten Commandments.
After these performances, Mrs. Sossi Abouhanian, who has been teaching in the same school for 34 years, shared stories from her teaching years. She also confirmed that the Armenian song and culture has always been present and encouraged in Shamlian-Tatigian School, and that the students have been greatly appreciated whenever they had participated in cultural events.
During the event, 129 students sang many songs related to Tarkmanchatz, Lebanese Independence, Christmas, Vartanantz, Paregentan, April 24, and Mother/Father Day.
At the end, the Elementary students closed the event singing Sartarabad, with Armenian flags, and ending with the Armenian Anthem.
The principal of the school, Badveli Hrayr Cholakian, thanked all those who helped in making this event a successful one, Mrs. Sossi, and also the students and their parents. Afterwards, Badveli Hrayr closed with prayer.
On Wednesday, 24 Feb. - the chanitzagans of Emmanuel Church celebrated Shaké's farewell within the ministry of Chanitz youth. She has been serving and leading the youth ministry for more than 15 years, as the appointed leader of the Church. Mr. Hovig Assilian who is the elected chairman of the new Chanitz Committee appreciated her years of service with a gift. Afterwards, Shaké shared her experience with the youth and encouraged the youth to remain in God's service. Then, it was time to cut the cake of appreciation and farewell.
* Shaké told us that she will continue her service in the church and will lend a hand whenever we need her.
Hovig passing the "Thank You" gift to Shaké
Teddy Khachadourian, Maria-Lena Kissoyan, Mrs. Maral Deyirmenjian (principal), Hagop Harfoushian
The Armenian Evangelical Central High School's 11th grade participated in the "Model United Nation" event, organized by the Lebanese American University.
It is worth mentioning that 10 Armenian students received awards among more than one thousand foreign and Armenian students.
From the Armenian Evangelical Central High School, Teddy Khachatoudirna presented about "Globalization" and received the Diplomacy Award. Hagop Harfoushian presented about the viewpoint of the Republic of Slovenia about the International Use of Nuclear Energy, and also received the Diplomacy Award.
Also, Maria-Lena Kissoyan presented Nepal's viewpoint about the Security of the Female and Children refugees, and received a valuable prize in the Position Paper field.
It is worthy to mention that these 3 students were able to receive awards due to their presentation skills.
The participating Armenian students received warm appreciation from the organizers, which showed great respect to the Armenian schools.
On Sunday, 28 Feb. - a group of Emmanuel Church's junior youth passed from the ranks of Badaniatz to Yeridasartatz, during the Chanitz Sunday.
During the service, the pastor Rev. Hovhanness Svajian, called each badanee by their name and invited them to come forth. The chairman of the junior youth group, Ms. Jimmy Kozman Ohanian passed them gifts, after which the pastor prayed for them, for their growth physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Some of the youth present in the picture: Mr. Koko Avessian, Ms. Hera Kouzikian, Ms. Maria Hagopian, Mr. Garo Kharpertian, Mr. Elio Khachadourian, Mr. Armen Bakalian, Mr. Serovpe Avedikian.
Some of the leaders present in the picture: Mrs. Jimmy Kozman Ohanian, Ms. Markrid Markarian, Mr. Raffi Chilingirian, Mr. Mike Hagopian, with the pastor of the church, Rev. Hovhanness Svajian
Getting a crazy picture
Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) will have its Internship Program from July 11 – till July 28, 2010 at KCHAG Camp, Lebanon.
* We received news from Mrs. Louisa Janbazian that this event is canceled. We still do not know the reason(s) for the cancellation.
Beirut, May 3, 2010 - On April 29, 2010, Haigazian University held the inaugural ceremony of the Heritage Building as a proud culmination of five years of fundraising, planning, construction and hard work.
This building, whose construction notably took three years of dedicated effort that preserved the Lebanese architectural heritage of the exterior, will serve a dual administrative and academic purpose with its 6 floors, including offices as well as classrooms.
The Heritage Building originally built around 1930 does not only serve as a valuable addition to an educational institution, but also stands as an effort by Haigazian University to preserve the Lebanese cultural heritage in general and of the traditional and prestigious neighborhood of Kantari in particular. With this addition, Haigazian University now possesses two buildings of Lebanese architectural heritage as classified by the Ministry of Culture.
This grand event was conducted under the High Patronage of the President of the Council of Ministers, H.E. Mr. Saad Hariri, represented by the Minister of Culture, Mr. Salim Wardé. Also in attendance at this impressive occasion were Minister of State Jean Oghasabian, members of Parliament Walid Joumblat, Hagop Pakradounian, Tamam Salam, Arthur Nazarian, Serge Toursarkissian, and Shant Chinchinian. Representatives of the Commanders of the Army, General Security and Internal Security were also present, in addition to the Armenian Ambassador to Lebanon, Mr. Ashod Kotcharian, President of the Supreme Council of the Evangelical Community in Syria and Lebanon, Rev. Salim Sahyouni, President of the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East, Rev. Megrdich Kargeozian, Bishops Kegham Khatcherian and Vartan Ashkarian, previous ministers and members of parliament, community leaders and dignitaries, in addition to Haigazian faculty, staff and students.
The Armenian Evangelical Educational Council planned a special program dedicated to twenty teachers of seven Armenian Evangelical schools, who have been teaching for twenty-five years on condition that they have served in Armenian Evangelical Schools for fifteen years.
The program took place on Sunday, March 14, 2010 in Armenian Evangelical College’s hall at 6:00 p.m. The program began with the opening word by Dr. Arda Ekmekji, followed by a Bible passage read by Mrs. Takouhi Sarkissian. Then Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian, president of Haigazian University, lectured, “Teachers are considered as spiritual and secular messengers and they are rewarded because they are not considered as ordinary messengers. Throughout the years, they are teaching constantly, and are planting seeds in the heart of the students, and they have positive attitude that the students regard highly”. Afterwards, Rev. Megerditch Karageuzian, the president of Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East, thanked and appreciated the teachers for their long-standing service. He also wished them to keep up with the 21st century teaching professionalism and with the new technology. The program was enriched when Miss Shaghig Hovsepian (graduate from CHS) recited a poem “Tasdiarag” by Taniel Varoujan. Then the students of Arm. Evang. Guertmenian school filled the hall with their beautiful voices and sang two songs dedicated to the teachers. The choir was conducted by Mrs. Jaqueline Baghbourarian accompanied by Miss Arousiag Pashigian (piano). The representatives of the rewarded teachers, Miss Kohar Andonian (in Armenian) and Mrs. Siham Saab-Sarkissian (in Arabic) thanked the Educational Council for valuing and appreciating highly their twenty-five years of teaching career. The program ended by the benediction’s prayer by Rev. Megerditch Karageozian.
The appreciated teachers are the following: Rosette AlHaddad, Kohar Andonian, Marlene Ashjian, Serena Kevorkian,Manoushag Kizirian, Seta Kouyoumjian, Annie Khoshafian Younissess, Marijean Der-Adourian, Arousiag Bedros Geukjian, Arpy Hamparian, Vazken Moughalian (Mikhaelian), Jeanette Tchilingirian, Rima Cholakian, Jacqueline Baghboudarian, Madlene (Anahid) Bedigian, Siham Saab Sarkissian, Maral Der Khatchadourian, Rozine Kelougian, Maro Kitabjian and Shamig Kara-Keshishian.
Beirut, 30/03/2010- On Saturday, March 27, 2010, Minister of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia, Mrs. Hranoush Hagopian addressed a large group of Armenian educators in Lebanon, during a fellowship evening jointly organized by Haigazian University and the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Lebanon.
University President, Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian welcomed the audience and introduced the Minister.
Hagopian discussed Armenia’s general social issues, and concentrated on education, assessing the current situation of the educational sector, the arising needs, and the future plans.
She shared with the audience the Ministry’s project in establishing a bridge between Armenia and the Diaspora, whereby the two entities would mutually benefit from each other’s knowledge and expertise. In this respect, Hagopian expressed her readiness to assist the diasporan youth and students in visiting and studying in Armenia by facilitating their stay and tuition fees.
Hagopian applauded the role the Armenian schools play in the Diaspora in preserving the Armenian language, culture and heritage. “The Armenian schools and organizations in the Middle East are a shining example of that”, Hagopian noted.
Hagopian acknowledged the obligation of morally and financially supporting the Armenian educators, and in this respect, and by virtue of a presidential decree, she decorated two educators with the “Movses Khorenatsi” medal. The recipients were lecturer and linguist Garo Arakelian, and long time theatre teacher and director Robert Arakelian.
Finally certificates of appreciation were presented from the Ministry to Mrs. Santoukhd Bertizlian (AKA Shahantoukhd), Mr. Hovig Bertizlian and Mrs. Shake Yakoubian.
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The Armiss Choir performing Hoy Im Nazani Yare (Armenian folk song arranged by T. Altounian and words by Hrachia Hovhannessian) during its Spring Concert in the First Armenian Evangelical Church on March 28, 2010. The choir is conducted by Garo Avessian and accompanied by pianist Mathilde-Sandra Cholakian. The choir also performed selections from the opera Anoush by Armen Tigranian (1879-1950). The Armiss Choir belongs to the Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East (UAECNE) and its concerts are organized by the Armiss Cultural Committee.
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The Armenian Evangelical Shamlian-Tatigian Secondary School of Nor Marash celebrated the 75th anniversary of its founding on Friday, March 12, 2010 in the presence of representatives of the large family that surrounds the school: old and new alumni, teachers, staff, board members, as well as Rev. Mgerdich Karageozian, the President of the UAECNE, Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian, the President of Haigazian University of Beirut, Mr. Antranig Messerlian, the Mayor of Bourj Hammoud, and Dr. Nourijan Demirjian, a former member of the Lebanese parliament.
The 75th Anniversary Committee (Dr. Avedis Chakmakian, Mrs. Anita Andonian, Mrs.
Ani Sarkissian, Miss. Sonia Sislian, and Miss. Joanna Momjian) had prepared a program, the MC of which was the Committee Chair, Dr. Chakmakian.
The opening words of welcome were given by Mr. John Sagherian, the Chair of the Board of the school, who then invited Rev. Dr. Haidostian to offer a prayer.
The program featured live music on piano by maestro and composer Garo Avesian, popular Armenian songs by singer and musician Mr. Kevork Bebejian, Armenian folk dance performed by the girls of the school’s Sipan dance group, poetry by Taniel Varoujan performed by alumna Tamar Nalbandian. Then the renowned maestro and musician Zakar Keshishian told anecdotes from his school days at Shamlian-Tatigian and ended his memories by playing on Shevi telling the audience that it was on the same platform that he had first played Shevi as a teenager.
Afterwards, Joanna Momjian made a powerpoint presentation on “Bourj Hammoud Yesterday & Today”, followed by a word from the principal of the school Pastor Hrayr Cholakian, who thanked all those who had worked hard to make the event a success. In his word, he noted that celebrating the 75th anniversary also serves the future of the school, because it is there to serve many more years. Then Pastor Cholakian invited Mr. A. Messerlian, along with Rev. M. Karagoezian and Mr. J. Sagherian. Mr. A. Messerlian received an appreciation plaque for his significant service to the city of
as a Mayor and for his long years of generous and encouraging support of Shamlian-Tatikian school. Then all four men cut the celebratory cake.
The closing words were given by Rev. M. Karagoezian, who noted that celebrating the past achievements is important, because the past suggests the steps towards the future. Then he offered the Apostolic Benediction.
Those present at the celebratory banquet went home with renewed memories and heartfelt wishes for successful and fruitful years to their alma mater.
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