Armenian Apostolic Church


“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, love, and soundness of mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Dear Parishioners,

“It is indeed a deeply inspiring and meaningful week ahead of us as we enter into Paschal Mystery of the Holy Week, the peak of our Liturgical year. In this particularly unusual time, we write to share with you the schedule for livestreamed services for Holy Week (on our Facebook page or on our Youtube channel) and to convey to you the opportunity to send a Yughakin offering and renew your membership in our church. Click here for complete schedule of Holy Week Services.
Easter Yughakin.  In this Holy Season of Easter it has become a tradition in our church to donate our Easter Yughakins as a gift of love in memory or in honor of our loved ones.  Yughakin tradition is an ancient custom, which goes back to the Old Testament times.  The faithful would bring oil to the temple of God so that its servants would have enough to eat.  Later on this custom entered into the Christian religion when oil was brought to Church by believers in order to illuminate it by lighting the lamps in the Church.

Today, Yughakin is simply the price or the value of oil donated to the Church.  Yughakin in Armenian means “price of oil.” In our church, today, we of course do not burn oil in order to illuminate the sanctuary, but we use electricity, gas and other operating expenses.  Let us continue the custom of Yughakin to keep the lights of St. James always burning!

Click here to download Yughakin form or securely donate via Paypal Portal (click on the button on the right).
Many parishioners have told us that they would appreciate reminders about membership dues.  So, this is our first reminder of the year!  Please take a look at your checkbook or other records.  If you have not yet submitted your membership dues for 2020, now is a great time to send in your 2020 St. James membership dues.  Annual membership dues are $125 per person; $100 per person over 65; $75 for students.There are two easy ways to submit your membership dues.  The first way is by check, made out to St. James Armenian Church.  Our church is closed for now, so, please mail your check, made out to St. James Armenian Church to our treasurer or assistant treasurer at one of these addresses:

Sedrak Pashyan                                                          Vartan Paylan
6 Forest View Drive                                                    9621 LeClaire Ave.
Hawthorn Woods, IL  60047-8836                                Skokie, IL  60077

It’s also easy to send your membership dues or steeple contribution via St. James secure PayPal (click on the button on the right).

Thank you for helping our church to keep its memberships rolls up to date!

Parish Council and Der Hovhan

April 3, 2020





St James Armenian Church
816 Clark Street, Evanston IL 60201
TEL: 847-864-6263


Diocesan Mission Statement

The mission of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church is to preach the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and to proclaim its message of salvation. This mission is realized through worship, education, witness, service, and the common life in Christ as expressed in the distinctive faith-experience of the Armenian people. All members of the Armenian Church—both clergy and lay—are called to participate fully in its mission.