The Armenian Evangelical Church located at 905 West Golf Road, Mount Prospect, Ill. hosted the 88th annual meeting and related activities of the Armenian Missionary Association of America held from October 12-15.
On the morning of October 12, the Armenian Evangelical World Council (AEWC) met at the church which was followed by a seminar presented by Ted Haro, a friend and student of Dr. Gilbert Bilezikian, challenging everyone to be active in the church and community. After a delicious dinner organized by the ladies of the church, the AMAA Board of Directors met under the leadership of Dr. H. Steven Aharonian, President and Andrew Torigian, Executive Director.
The 88th Annual Meeting took place on October 13. It was very rewarding to hear the reports of all the AMAA committees, and Armenian Evangelical Churches and organizations worldwide. All who were present were very proud to hear that the AMAA raises funds to help the needy around the world, especially our homeland Armenia.
It was a special treat to attend the AMAA’s 89th Anniversary dinner at a local banquet hall. The evening’s activities were organized in cooperation with the AMAA and the host church. Torigian welcomed those in attendance and the invocation was offered by Rev. Sam Agulian, the pastor of the host church. Dr. George Aynilian, Master of Ceremonies, thanked God for the host church and mentioned about the church’s strong affiliation with the AMAA. After dinner, the keynote speaker, Honorable Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan, stated that he is very proud of the AMAA, which helps thousands of people worldwide. "Life is a choice," he said, "we all can make good or bad choices. The will is ours." It was an inspiring message given by a Federal Judge. The evening’s entertainment was provided by Artin Kendimian, a renowned Baritone from the Chicago area, singing Armenian and other folk songs. The closing prayer and benediction was given by Rev. Gilbert Leonian, President of the Armenian Evangelical Fellowship of Europe.
The activities came to a spiritual conclusion when everyone gathered at the new church edifice of the host church for Sunday morning worship. Torigian presented the list of AMAA members who passed away during the year and offered a memorial prayer for their families. There were two dynamic preachers that morning. The Rev. Ronald Tovmassian, the Moderator of the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America (AEUNA) gave the English sermon challenging the Church to make Christ the head. Rev. Berj Djambazian gave the Armenian sermon challenging the church to be compassionate as Christ. He thanked God for the mighty work of the AMAA, showing real compassion where there is need. At the end of the service, Rev. Dr. Vahan Tootikian installed the new AMAA Board members. The closing remarks and benediction was given by Rev. Joseph Matossian, Minister to the Union.
The AEUNA Board meetings were also held at the church on Sunday evening and Monday morning.
Once again, thanks be to God for this great opportunity to come together with diverse Evangelical organizations. Special thanks to all who worked hard in making this event a success. Lastly, thanks to the AMAA for bringing the Armenian Evangelical world together. The 89th Annual Meeting of the AMAA celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the organization is scheduled for October 2008 in Paramus, NJ.