Update on 175th Anniversary of Armenian Evangelical Church Celebratory Activities
July 1, 2021 marks the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Armenian Evangelical Church.
On January 18, 2021, it was communicated to you that in celebration of this ostensible milestone, the Armenian Evangelical World Council had formed a special Celebratory Committee to plan and implement appropriate celebratory events on and around July 1, 2021 in Armenia.
For the past 14 months, the Celebratory Committee has been diligently planning a host of activities in the Homeland in June and July 2021. Most of the activities required travel and physical presence in Armenia.
In consideration of the continuing uncertainties and concerns over the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee in its meeting of April 5, 2021 decided to postpone all celebratory activities in Armenia until the year 2022. This includes the All Armenian Evangelical Youth Conference at the AMAA Sheen Shoghik Camp in Hankavan, Armenia.
We are saddened by this decision and are confident you are too. However, the safety and security of all potential participants is tantamount in the Committee’s mind, a concern that has dictated this postponement.
While all travel and attendance related activities have been moved to 2022, the 175th Anniversary Commemorative Book, edited and compiled by the Rev. Dr. Vahan Tootikian is complete and at the printer. Upon publication, you will be able to obtain copies through your respective Armenian Evangelical Unions or through the AMAA offices in Paramus, New Jersey or Yerevan, Armenia.
It is worthwhile to remind you all that the committee chose Hebrews 10:23 as the theme of the global 175th celebration –
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful
Անխախտ Պահենք Մեր Հաւատքը
The Armenian Evangelical Unions around the globe, in a manner of their choice, will celebrate this anniversary on July 1, 2021. Please hold your appetite for the collective celebration to better days in 2022.
As we come out of our Lord’s glorious resurrection celebration, please keep the church, our nation and humanity in your prayers seeking mercy and grace from God.
Zaven Khanjian, AMAA Executive Director/CEO – Chair, AEWC 175th Celebratory Committee