PARAMUS, N.J. — On Friday, December 25, in a festive atmosphere, families from Emmanuel, Bethel, Martyrs’ and Syriac churches gathered in Bethel Church to celebrate Christmas in the Church’s Poladian Hall.
The program started with welcoming words from Maria Boshgezenian as well as a greeting with a short message from Rev. Haroutune Selimian, President of the Armenian Evangelical Community in Syria.
“The New Year brings new hope to our lives, the hope that something will change for the better. As the old year comes to an end and the New Year unfolds we will thus feel renewed with new hope and promises of something good and beautiful things to come” said Selimian.
The celebration reached its climax when Santa Claus arrived, and with the financial support of the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) distributed gifts of pajamas to family members. At the conclusion of the event Sona Keosgherian, on behalf of the Armenian Evangelical Social Action Committee, thanked Selimian for his steadfast support to the Armenian Community in Syria.
The following day, Selimian, along with Pastor Simon Der Sahagian and some members of the Church visited the Armenian Old People’s Home at Gulbenkian Hospital in Nor Kyugh, Aleppo. Selimian greeted the residents of the Home and with his encouraging words wished them a Blessed Christmas and a healthy and peaceful year. With the financial support of the AMAA, gifts were distributed to the elderly.
The same day, Selimian along with a few members of the Church also visited the Armenian Orphanage in Nor Kyugh. In attendance were the Board of Trustees of the Orphanage and the children of people martyred during the Syrian Civil war. During the meeting Selimian thanked the Board Members for their devoted service and care towards these orphans and distributed gifts which were made possible through the support of the AMAA.