Baby Boy, John Matthew was born to Matthew and Christina Darling Bateh. His proud grandparents are Johnny M Bateh and Donna (Johnny M) Bateh, and Jim and Anne Darling.
(Pictured from left: Nicholas Odeh, Caleb Campbell and Anthony Odeh.)
On Saturday, December 9th our annual event, Breakfast with Santa was held. Approximately 130 members brought their little ones to enjoy a buffet breakfast with pancakes, egg casserole, hash browns, and more. In addition, the children decorated cookies, painted ornaments, wrote letters to Santa and thoroughly enjoyed the photo booth. And last but not least, the signature event of the day was a visit from Santa, and everyone (including the big kids) was able to take pictures with Santa himself! Big appreciation and thanks go out to Chairperson Sandy Salem, and her committee Kelly (Rukab) Salem, Sally Salem and Louie Samaan.
(Pictured from left: Jessica Zarou Dellorso, Dalya Farah, Layla Farah, Tala Farah, Rania Farah and Rawan Farah)
On NYE, our annual NYE party featuring Samir Helme and DJ Khalil from Orlando, Florida was held. Three hundred people rang in 2018 together and had an amazing time enjoying each other, heavy mezza and fabulous music. Many thanks go out to Chairperson Tala Farah, Co-Chairpersons Shirley Kishek and Marwan Akel and the entire committee.
Youth Group News:
On Saturday, December 16th the Youth Group celebrated their successes of 2017 with a trip to Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida. Twenty five children with five chaperones attended and had an amazing time. A big thank you goes out to Kathy Akel, Abla Farhat, Linda Jubran, Diane Rukab, and Christy Rukab for chaperoning.
Also, in December our Youth gathered at Jack and Debbie Hanania’s house for a Christmas party. They enjoyed each other, the wonderful winter weather as well as a White Elephant Gift exchange. Many thanks and appreciation go out to Mr. and Mrs. Hanania for hosting the party.
The Jacksonville Community extends its deepest sympathy and condolences to the following families:
The Salman and Elias family for the passing of Emile Tawfiq Salman, beloved father of Nancy (Michael) Elias.
The Farah family for the passing of Anwar Abraham (ABE) Farah.
The Bateh family for the passing of Ellen Omar Bateh.
The Kassees family for the passing of Mrs. Knou (Kay) Mikhail Kassees.
The Ghanayem family for the passing of Samar Ghanayem Omran, beloved sister of Salem Ghanayem.
May they Rest In Peace and May their Memories Be Eternal.