Armenian Apostolic Church



March 2021

Dear Faithful,

During our Annual Parish Assembly on Sunday February 28, the theme of our 2021 stewardship campaign for was introduced:  I Love My Church!  As our pastor Der Hovhan so eloquently shared with us, the pandemic reminded us how much we love our church – our Universal Church, led by Jesus Christ; our St. James community, with people coming together virtually and in person; and our building.

Stewardship is a spiritual experience spelled out in Scriptures: “Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another, with whatever gift each of you has received.” (1 Peter 4:10).  In honor of our theme, “I Love My Church!,” we ask you to reaffirm your commitment to the mission of our parish with a stewardship contribution or pledge, so that we can continue to preserve our church community for our children, our children’s children and beyond.

With your support of our stewardship program, in a challenging 2020 we were able to provide live-streamed Holy Badarak and other service throughout the year and to re-commence in-person services in July, with appropriate safety precautions. We also continued to renovate several key areas of our church and begin the process of necessary steeple repairs.  Over the past several years we have:

  • Granted young parishioners scholarships to attend various summer programs, including at Hye Camp, St. Nersess and the Holy Land.
  • Expanded our involvement in outreach programs – including donating 10% of our stewardship funds to FAR and other youth-related projects – so that we may share God’s bounty more generously with those less fortunate than ourselves.
  • Increased our cash savings.

Per the budget that was presented during the Annual Parish Assembly, our 2021 stewardship goal is $36,000.  Please use the enclosed form to make your 2021 stewardship pledge today.  We welcome contributions at any and all levels.  And if you have already pledged, please remember to honor your 2021 pledge before the end of the year.  Please contact Der Hovhan or any Parish Council member with questions.  You may also E-mail the church ( or call the office (847-864-6263).

Thank you for your continued support of our parish!  We All Love Our Church!

St. James Armenian Church Parish Council

Download “I LOVE MY CHURCH!” 2021 Membership/Stewardship form

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