The Goorabian Family Life Center (“FLC”) was started as a spark in the minds of several key people. In 1992, after the notorious L.A. riots, Rev. Roger Minassian began to conceive the idea of a place where local youth could find safe haven in the church, without feeling the social stigmas associated with a “church”. At the same time, Harry and Zabelle Goorabian – great supporters of the world of athletics and youth programs—were trying to find a way to invest in the community of Fresno. They dreamed of a similar place—a place where youth could be involved with team sports and at the same time receive the love, care, and Biblical teaching of a church. Reverend Minassian’s sermon particularly touched the Goorabians, and a meeting soon took place where the three gave the beginnings of life to the Goorabian Family Life Center. In early 1994, ground broke on this grand idea, and the building was completed and dedicated on September 9, 1994. The Goorabians have since passed on–gone to claim their reward. Harry Goorabian passed away in 1997 and Zabelle Goorabian just recently, in January 2007. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their tremendous generosity and foresight.
Sunday Funday is a Pilgrim youth driven program for neighborhood kids and Pilgrim children. Children from the ages of Kindergarten to 8th grade are welcome to enjoy games, fellowship and fun with the youth of Pilgrim Church. Sunday Funday is held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 1:30 at the Family Life Center.
Armenian Basketball League
To all Fresno County Armenian Churches: Fresno, Reedley, Yettem, Fowler
The Goorabian Family Life Center at Pilgrim Armenian Congregational Church is excited again to host the Armenian Church Men’s Basketball League. The purpose of this league is to promote Christian fellowship among the youth and young adults in the Central Valley. The league is High School and Pro divisions, and is open to all who want to play basketball and attend church. Games are played on Sunday nights at the Goorabian Family Life Center. Please support your church and let’s have a great time coming together for prayer and to encourage one another in Christian fellowship while playing some great basketball.
Pro League begins Spring 2019. Game times 7 pm, 8 pm. High School and Jr. High coed teams, game time is 6 pm.
- Teams must have rosters and Family Life Center waivers completed
- Registration: Pro Division $500/per team, High School Division $200 (subject to number of teams and games)
- CIB rules will be followed
- Referees and scorekeepers are provided
You can rent the FLC for many occasions
- Wedding Receptions
- Private parties
- Leagues or Tournaments