2018 CALENDAR OF EVENTS The Armenian Church of Austin hosts cultural, social and educational events during the course of the year. Stay tuned for news on our next large event! To ensure that you are informed of our upcoming events, please join our mailing list. Just fill out the contact information on the CONTACT page.
MARCH 2019 SXSW Concert WHAT: Collectif Medz Bazar is a very talented and creative group of musicians based out of France (read about them here). They're made up of young (mostly Armenian) musicians; here is a bit of their music: example, example. The group has been invited to perform in Austin at the upcoming SXSW Music Festival 2019, but SXSW does not pay for travel expenses of the musicians and so, they're asking for help to cover the approx. $4K in travel expenses to Austin. A goFundme page has been set up at: https://www.gofundme.com/let039s-bring-quotcollectiv-medz-bazarquot-to-sxsw-2019?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_dn_cpgnsharemore_r&fbclid=IwAR2xfhCiTvP2MlQywDtGWJEJAq7zejBqo8QJbuXFyZWnwyv49F4jNXFkH5k DATE: During SXSW, exact date and time TBD LOCATION: Exact venue TBD
JANUARY 2019 DIVINE LITURGY WHAT: We will celebrate a Divine Liturgy with our visiting pastor, Rev. Fr. Yeprem Kelegian. Christmas Carol Singalong + Christmas Potluck (bring any side dishes, main dishes, deserts, or drinks). Please email Dawn (Arshalous) at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer to come early for setup, stay later for cleanup, etc. DATE: Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 12pm, noon LOCATION: St. Elias Orthodox Church at 408 E. 11th Street; Austin, TX 78701 (http://www.sainteliaschurch.org/)
ARMENIAN POETRY NIGHT WHAT: This is a great opportunity for our community members to present their poetry written either in English or Armenian. You can read some of your favorite poems during the event along with beautiful, romantic music playing in the background. This will be a very memorable event. For directions and additional information please feel free to send a text message to Shushan Vardanian at (512) 850-4077 or email at email@example.com. DATE: Friday, January 4, 2019 at 7pm LOCATION: Hosted by Tigran and Araks Parsamian; 2507 Carpazo Dr., Cedar Park, TX 78613
DECEMBER 2018 OPEN HOUSE WHAT: Alex Avetian and her husband Sam, new Austin residents who came to us from Glendale, CA, have kindly extended an invitation to our community for an Open House at their home. When we did these Open House events in the past, they were well-attended and very successful, so we're looking forward to seeing you there! (Alex wanted to make sure everyone knows that they have a dog; in case someone is scared or allergic, they will keep him away during the Open House.) As a reminder, these are informal events where we come together to meet and greet and catch up. We don't expect our hosts to do any major preparations and so, we ask everyone to please bring a dish, salad, or dessert to share with the community. DATE: Sunday, December 9, 2018; 2-6pm LOCATION: 1328 Rocky Creek Dr.; Pflugerville, TX 78660
OCTOBER 2018 DIVINE LITURGY WHAT: We will celebrate a Divine Liturgy with our visiting pastor, Rev. Fr. Yeprem Kelegian. (Unfortunately, no Sunday school this time...) DATE: Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 11am LOCATION: St. Elias Orthodox Church at 408 E. 11th Street; Austin, TX 78701 (http://www.sainteliaschurch.org/)
DIVINE LITURGY TUTORIAL WHAT: Ahead of our church service on Saturday, our visiting pastor, Rev. Fr. Yeprem Kelegian, will give an overview of the Divine Liturgy, so that old and new members learn more about the Badarak. DATE: Friday, October 5, 2018 at 8pm LOCATION: 8108 Greenslope Dr., Austin, TX 78759 - call (512) 773-1005 if you need directions
JUNE 2018 DIVINE LITURGY WHAT: We will celebrate a Divine Liturgy at 11AM with our visiting pastor, Rev. Fr. Yeprem Kelegian. There will be Sunday School in the Church Hall. During the fellowship, there will be a presentation on what is (politically) happening in Armenia. DATE: June 23, 2018 at 11AM LOCATION: St. Elias Orthodox Church at 408 E. 11th Street; Austin, TX 78701 (http://www.sainteliaschurch.org/)
APRIL 2018 SPRING PICNIC WHAT: Spring picnic, jointly organized by the Austin and the San Antonio Armenian communities! More information to follow... DATE: Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 12 Noon LOCATION: Landa Park, New Braunfels (https://www.nbtexas.org/156/Landa-Park) TICKETS: Purchase your tickets at the picnic location ($15 for adults, $5 for youth) MUSIC CONCERT WHAT: Armenian santoor maestro Sarkis Petrosian, internationally acclaimed pianist Hamayag Hovanessian with Artur Galustyan will perform folk and classical music which spans the Armenian tradition from the 12th century to the 20th century. For more information about this concert, please visit http://musicalconnections.net/?audiotheme_gig=the-magic-sound-of-yerevan-2. DATE: April 6, 2018 at 7PM LOCATION: Triumphant Love Lutheran Church located at 9508 Great Hills Trail, Austin, TX 78759
MARCH 2018 DIVINE LITURGY & PARISH ASSEMBLY WHAT: We will celebrate the Easter Divine Liturgy at 2PM with our visiting pastor, Rev. Fr. Yeprem Kelegian. Following the service, we will be hosting a pot-luck dinner so please bring your favorite dish to share, if you are able. We will also hold our Parish Assembly to review the work of our outgoing Parish Council and elect a new one! Please join us for this very important event! DATE: March 31, 2018 at 2PM LOCATION: St. Elias Orthodox Church at 408 E. 11th Street; Austin, TX 78701 (http://www.sainteliaschurch.org/) SUNDAY SCHOOL: Starting at 1:45pm, Alice B. will lead Sunday School for children ages 5-12, followed by an Easter Egg hunt. Please RSVP at (310) 902-6584!
COOKOUT BY THE UT ARMENIAN STUDENTS WHAT: The UT Armenian Students Association is having a cookout. They will be serving Armenian kebabs, vegetable kebabs, rice pilaf, and baklava. Please join these students as they fund raise for their organization! If you have any questions, please contact Joanna at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, the Armenian Student Association t-shirts have arrived! They are placing a second order in a couple of weeks, so make sure to contact email@example.com to get one! Your support for the UT student's is most appreciated! DATE: March 29, 2018 at 11AM-2PM LOCATION: PCL Plaza on UT campus (on the corner of the Perry Castaneda Library, 21st Street, and Jester Dormitory)
DIVINE LITURGY WHAT: We will celebrate the Christmas Divine Liturgy at 2PM with our visiting pastor, Rev. Fr. Yeprem Kelegian. Following the service, we will be hosting a pot-luck dinner so please bring your favorite dish to share, if you are able. Please join us for this very important event! DATE: January 6, 2018 at 2PM LOCATION: St. Elias Orthodox Church at 408 E. 11th Street; Austin, TX 78701 (http://www.sainteliaschurch.org/)
Christos dzunav yev haydnetsav Orhnial e haydnoutiounun Krisdosi
On Armenian Christmas day, 6th of January, 2018, the AustinHye community organized a gathering at the St. Elias Orthodox church in downtown Austin to celebrate Christmas. The day started with the Badarak celebrated by Father Yeprem Kelegian from Racine, Wisconsin, who flew to Austin to be with the AustinHye community over those special few days. Father Yeprem’s service was very heartwarming, enlightening and personal! Armenian Christmas, he said, Asdvadzahaydnootiun, celebrates His appearing to the world. “We must always be open to Him appearing in our lives today”. His sermon centered on how we have all experienced epiphanies of God in our lives. A sermon was also given to the children as he incorporated them into the blessing of the water. After the service, around fifty attendees moved to the hall for luncheon. A true sense of community was apparent! A table was set with homemade dishes and desserts offered by the AustinHye community members. Everybody enjoyed a wonderful meal, followed by singing Christmas carols.
POETRY NIGHT WHAT: Wine and cheese AND Gregory of Narek, Hovhannes Toumanian, Avetik Isahakyan, Vahan Teryan, Yeghishe Charents, Paruyr Sevak, as well as poets killed in the Genocide: Siamanto, Daniel Varoujan, and Ruben Sevak. DATE: Friday, January 5, 2018 at 7PM LOCATION: Private home; Austin, TX 78701 "We are few but we are called Armenians." Some famous poems will be read both in English and Armenian along with beautiful romantic music playing in the background. As a closure, we will read Vahan Tekeyan's poem "The Armenian Church." This is not just for Armenians, bring a friend... Poetry is universal!
CHRISTMAS DIVINE LITURGY WHAT: We will celebrate Christmas Divine Liturgy at 2PM with our visiting pastor, Rev. Fr. Yeprem Kelegian. Following the service, we will be hosting a pot-luck dinner so please bring your favorite dish to share, if you are able. DATE: Sunday, January 8, 2017, 2PM LOCATION: Our Lady’s Maronite Catholic Church, 1320 East 51st Street, Austin, TX 78723 https://goo.gl/maps/vJvndvSpUKp
A CONCERT OF CLASSICAL GUITAR WITH IAKOVOS KOLANIAN & LARRY HAMMETT WHAT: A Concert of Classic Guitar with Iakovos Kolanian (Greece) and Larry Hammett (Oklahoma) DATE: Friday, February 24, 2017, 7:30pm LOCATION: Triumphant Love Lutheran Church, 9508 Great Hills Trail, Austin, TX 78759 INFORMATION: Please contact Alexis at firstname.lastname@example.org
A VIRTUAL LENTEN BIBLE STUDY WHAT: We will host a Lenten Bible Study to help kick of the Lenten season. The study will be a online session with our visiting pastor, The Rev. Fr. Yeprem Kelegian. DATE: Sunday, February, 26, 2017, 7PM Central Time LOCATION: Online Access information to be provided soon.
A CONCERT OF CLASSICAL SANTOUR & PIANO WITH SARKIS PETROSIAN & HAMAYAG HOVANESSIAN Sarkis Petrosyan, born and raised in Yerevan Armenia is considered one of the preeminent Armenian Santour musicians having studied at the Komitas Conservatory in Armenia. Sarkis joined the Armenian Philharmonic and founded the Armenian Folk Music Orchestra and the Tkzar Folk Orchestra. He has toured extensively throughout the Soviet Union and has played to appreciative audiences in the Soviet Union, Armenia and the United States. The response of music critics and music lovers to his performances and recordings has been overwhelmingly favorable. His Santour artistry thrills all his listeners - transcending countries, cultures, and religions. WHAT: A Concert of Classic Santour & Piano with Sarkis Petrosian DATE: MARCH, 2017 LOCATION:BLACKERBY RECITAL HALL, 1111 W. Anderson Lane
EASTER DIVINE LITURGY Our Easter Eve service will be on the Saturday of the Easter weekend. It is such a rare occurrence to find an available Armenian priest on Easter weekend that we hope you will make plans to come join us! WHAT: We will celebrate Easter Divine Liturgy at 4PM with our visting pastor, Rev. Fr. Yeprem Kelegian. Following services, we will be serving coffee and dessert. No need to bring anything except the spirit of Easter! DATE: Saturday, April 15, 2017, 4pm LOCATION: St. Elias Orthodox Church, located downtown at 408 E. 11th Street
JOINT AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO PICNIC On Sunday, April 23, the Armenians in San Antonio and Austin are having a joint picnic starting at noon. This is an opportunity to enjoy a great picnic with Armenians across central Texas. We are planning a soccer game, tavloo tournament, a great picnic featuring all of your favorite kebobs and side dishes, and a special commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. As part of our commemoration, you will have an opportunity to create a card to send to Armenian residents at the Armenian Nursing Home in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. A full Armenian meal is available at the advanced ticket price of $7 for adults and $4 for children. WHAT: Joint Austin/San Antonio Picnic DATE: Sunday, April 23, 2017, starting at 12 noon LOCATION: Landa Park in New Braunfels, TX
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