Appreciation Banquet in Honor of the Rev. Hovanness Svajian for His Nine Years of Service

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8

On the occasion of our pastor's decision to continue serving Jesus Christ and His church in Canada, the Armenian Evangelical Emmanuel Church organized an appreciation banquet to thank him, his wife Vera and their daughters, Areni and Nazani, for serving in our church for 9 years.

Rev. Hovanness Svajian diligently served His church, preaching His word and encouraging His flock to remain faithful in Christ despite the strong winds that could pluck away the roots of any person's faith. The representatives of the church groups (youth, sunday school, ladies, couples, blog) also shared their memories with Rev. Hovanness and Vera, and passed their heartfelt appreciations to them. One of the touching moments also was the surprise video of Zareh and Rita Manjelikians from Armenia. They had been part of our church family before their repat to Armenia. Rita had prepared a beautiful video of their times with the Svajians and the church, and we watched them with sweet memories.

The church also grabbed this bitter-sweet occasion of our pastor's departure, to thank Mr. Varouj Mazmanian for much of his undisclosed blessings.

Enjoy the photos...

Ladies preparing the food

Mr. Panos Mamigonian enchanting us with his harmonica

A beautiful Armenian voice

Rev. Svajian thanking Mr. Varouj Mazmanian

Rev. & Mrs. Hovannes and Vera Svajian

A speech from his heart, Dr. Vahe Karageuzian

A surprise choir singing Rev. Svajian favorite song, Antsa Knatsi

While watching the surprise video of the Manjelikians from Armenia

The chairman of the board of trustees thanking Rev. Svajian with an audio-visual gift

The chairman of the board of elders thanking Rev. Svajian with a plaque

The board of elders and the board of trustees with the Svajian family

Thank you Rev Hovannes and Vera for your services

A group photo with the volunteers who helped make the banquet a blessed one

The Karageuzian and the Sisslian's with the Svjians