“Mistakes were made.” (The passive voice is ideal for avoiding blame.)
We thought it was time to visit some Armenian churches. Armenians have a long history in Fresno, arriving in the area after escaping European persecution in the late 19th and early 20th century. “Little Armenia” is no longer a part of the city as it was, but anyone can visit the Armenian Museum of Fresno, established in 2003. Fresno’s most famous native son, writer William Saroyan, was Armenian, as is artist Corky Normart.
website (all in English) had the service start time at 11:00 am. To our delight, the pastor had previously served at a church we visited in San Francisco a couple of years ago, and we looked forward to seeing him again. We were excited.
Pilgrim Armenian Congregational Church) but had gone to the Armenian Protestant church a few blocks south east of us, Armenian Church, Christians of Evangelical Faith. (Which explained why we didn’t see the pastor and why the sanctuary -- even the cross up front -- looked entirely different from the website.)
Mindy was glad she’d brought a scarf, because every woman wore a head covering, and she didn’t want to give offense.
Armenian alphabet is very different from English -- or even Greek or Russian, so we couldn’t even sing along phonetically.
mistakes were made. But this faithful gathering of God’s people was not one of them.