By Florence Avakian
WALTHAM, Mass. — The 100th anniversary of any gathering is impressive; the weekend of October 18 to 20 the Armenian Missionary Association of America’s (AMAA) 100th Annual Meeting Banquet was especially noteworthy as it celebrated the Armenian Evangelical Church and the 173rd anniversary of its founding.
Its significance was marked by the presence of hundreds of members, friends and faithful who came from as far away as Australia, Armenia, Lebanon, Syria, Greece, France, and the East and West Coasts of the United States.
The highlight of the extraordinary weekend was the grand Banquet on Saturday night, October 19, which began with a cocktail reception, followed by a delicious dinner in the elegantly decorated ballroom.
The more than 300 guests present were warmly welcomed by Banquet Co-Chair Michèle Simourian both in English and Armenian. Skillfully running the program was Master of Ceremonies and Banquet Co-Chair John Simourian, who with the right touches introduced the prominent individuals present, including Armenia’s Ambassador to the US Varuzhan Nersesyan, and Rev. Antranig Baljian, representing the Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America, Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian.
Following the singing of the National anthems, and the invocation delivered by Rev. Dr. Avedis Boynerian, Pastor of the Armenian Memorial Church in Worcester, MA, Ambassador Nersesyan was introduced.