Join the Orthodox Youth Mission Team 2018

 
 
It’s time to sign up for next year’s Orthodox Youth Mission Team trip! We will once again be participating with the Appalachian Service Project (ASP) this year from July 7-15, 2018 (no, it does not conflict with Camp Nazareth!). In fact, we have reserved an entire center this year. We have 63 spaces that we can fill! Our hope is that a few other Orthodox churches from other areas will form crews and join us.
 
As in the past, you need to be entering 9th grade in the fall after our trip (so current 8th graders are eligible). Since we have so many of you that want to continue to be on the team after starting college we are creating a new official team designation: Youth Leader. Adult leaders are those age 25 and up (due to CT laws about driving rental vehicles). So we are currently looking for youth, youth leaders and adult leaders to join or re-join the team.
 
The cost will stay the same this year: $300 per youth and youth leader. No fees for adult leaders. As always, partial or full scholarships will be available to anyone with financial need. Please send your forms and $150 deposit to Susan Sulich (mail to: 74 Joes Hill Rd., Danbury, CT 06811) by Nov. 12th. If you have any special circumstances that you need to discuss, email Susan at ssulich@yahoo.com.

Your invitation from OYMT

 

Thank You!!

 

Dear OYMT Stockholders and Supporters, 

We want to say a great BIG thank you to all of you for helping fund our Mission Trip this past summer to Napaskiak, AK. Your financial contributions, prayers and other support paid off in a wonderful trip that blessed us the servers as much as those that we served, as you will see by the reflections of the youth in our newsletter 

Hopefully you will be able to attend one of our parish presentations after liturgy to see what we accomplished:

Sunday Sept. 24: St. John’s Orthodox Church, 364 Mill Hill Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06610

Sunday Sept. 24: Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 74 Joes Hill Road, Danbury, CT 06811

Sunday Sept. 24: St. John’s Orthodox Church, 145 Broad Street, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Sunday Sept. 24: St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road Orange, CT 06477

Sunday Nov. 5Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 46 Seymour Street Yonkers, NY 10701

If you are unable to attend a session in person, please take a look at our photo gallery or our web site. 
 
Plans are underway for a July 2018 trip with ASP!! 
If you know of anyone who may be interested in joining us, please have them call 203-746-6008 or email ssulich@yahoo.com by November 12. 

Thanks again for your support!

Tips for Life Back Home

Dear OYMT 2017 Alaska Members,

Glory to Jesus Christ!  Glory Forever!

It was a blessed trip for all of us.  I'm sure all of you noticed a difference in culture from Napaskiak to what you found back here in 'the lower 48.'  I noticed the difference in culture just from the airports on the way home.  We contacted Presbytera Renee and went over some of the points OCMC give to their missionaries when they return home from a mission trip.  These are the ones we want to share with you.  Please read them carefully; think and pray on them.

TIPS FOR ENTERING LIFE BACK HOME
·         Be open to what God taught you while you were in Alaska.   
·         Keep up your prayer life.
·         Allow yourself to reflect a changed live.
·         Think about the most important things you want to share with others to inspire them about your Team experience.
·         Don’t expect others to be as excited about your experience as you are.
·         Be careful about value judgments – don’t judge people back at home or Alaska. 
·         Sometimes injustices or poverty lead us to ask ‘why’ (why not me; why here; why so much; why so little). Get involved in your own Churches outreach and make a difference around you.  Pray for Orthodox Missions.  Pray for your parish at home.  Pray for those you met in Napaskiak.
·         Be prepared for nostalgia – most people miss being with teammates, the hosts and having something meaningful to do.
·         Don’t let a little depression take you by surprise – we can become sad and miss the love and joy we were surrounded with.
·         Keep in touch! – with your team members, hosts, OCMC.
·         Contact your supporters – and share how meaningful your experience was and how you appreciated their financial and prayer support.

Remember to pray for each other and those in Alaska we came to know so well.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Assuring you of my love and prayers,

Fr. Luke Mihaly
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church
74 Joes Hill Road
Danbury, CT 06811
(203) 748-0671
www.holytrinitydanbury.org
www.acrod.org
www.ocmc.org

Alaska Update 7/12/17

Things couldn’t be better! We are in one of the best facilities that has ever been our Center. Bible camp was a huge success. We have a day to regroup tomorrow before the teen conference begins on Friday. The people are warm and inviting. We had lunch and dinner in private homes and everyone has been open to trying the local cuisine. Tonight’s delicacy was braised moose! Transportation can be challenging but we hope materials arrive tomorrow so we can continue work on the church in Oscarville. Because we are in a school, the wifi blocks Facebook during the day so we can only post and see comments after 5pm.  Please check out the pictures by clicking the ‘photo album’ button on www.oymt.info, or search @oymt1 on Facebook.

Love these kids! Americawear Wednesday was today’s camp theme, and work continued on the church in Oscarville.

Mary Kay Fundraiser Ends 7/1

 

Hello Team,

Glory to Jesus Christ!

The Mary Kay fundraiser to benefit our team will end this Saturday, July 1st. If you have any last minute orders that you would like to place, please do so by then. You can place orders through the website: www.marykay.com/bmihaly or by email to coachbe1@aol.com. As a reminder, 30% of your purchase goes to our mission team. A big thank you to Pani Bethany Mihaly for so generously donating from her profits to our mission team!

In Christ, Susan

Final Meeting!

 

Hello Orthodox Youth Mission Team,

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!

 This is it—our last meeting before we leave for Napaskiak, AK! A few reminders:

Meeting will take place on Saturday, June 24th at 3:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity in Danbury.

  • Parents meeting will take place first. We will go over the pack list, itinerary, airport procedure and final departure details.
  • We will also have the release and medical forms that need to be filled out and notarized. We will have a notary at the meeting.
  • Youth meeting will take place immediately following parent meeting.

 As previously announced, we have cancelled the BBQ. We anticipate the meeting ending at 6:00 p.m. (If we can get through everything and end earlier we will.)Adult leaders will meet after the regular meeting.

 Please bring:

  • Any remaining stock sales or other fundraiser monies
  • Insurance cards
  • ID (parents and teens)

For those few parents who are not able to attend the meeting, please ask someone to take notes for you and also to pick up forms. We will also make forms available on our website.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with me.

See you Saturday.

In Christ, Susan

Pack list prep

 

Hello Orthodox Youth Mission Team,

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Well believe it or not, in a little over 3 weeks we will be on our way to Napaskiak, Alaska! Time for the final push on our preparations. Beth will soon be sending you all the list of people who donated stock in your name along with details on sending out thank you’s. Please do this as quickly as possible. All thank you’s must be sent before we leave.

We will have the complete pack list at our last meeting which will take place on Saturday, June 24th at 3:00 p.m.at Holy Trinity in Danbury. However, for those of you that want to get a head start on your shopping, there are a few items that are different from what we’ve needed in years past. Keep in mind that the average temperatures in Bethel in July are a high of 63 and low of 49, and, the mosquitoes are plentiful—so that means overall more long sleeve shirts and few if any shorts. Work day gear will be the same: long pants, t-shirts and work boots (as always, no sleeveless or spaghetti straps, no offensive slogans, etc.). In addition, there are a few items we have not had on our list before:
· Waterproof rain coat (not just a poncho)
· Waterproof rain boots (we will need them getting in and out of the boats and for mud)
· Girls will need a long skirt and head covering for church services; boys will need a collared shirt and khaki or other non-jean pants
In addition, it’s recommended that you not use really good luggage or bags that you don’t want to get dirty. Wheels will work in the airport but the bag needs to be able to be carried from the boat to the school (about 150 yards); wheels will not work there.

As for bedding, we have determined that if you want to bring an air mattress, you can do so as a carry on as long as the dimensions meet those required for a carry on.

Another option is a flat mat for sleeping. In addition you will need a sleeping bag and pillow if you desire. Bottom line: you get one checked bag with a maximum weight of 50 pounds and one carry on with the above dimensions—however you make that work is up to you.

Finally, we have decided to cancel the BBQ at the end of the meeting on the 24th due to the number of grad parties going on. If you are one of the few parents who are not able to make the meeting we recommend you ask someone to get your paperwork, contact list/itinerary, pack list and take notes for you as we will be giving out much crucial info for our trip.

As always, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

In Christ,
Susan

LAST two meetings, pay attention!!

Dear Team Members,

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

We’re getting closer and closer to our mission trip to Napaskiak, Alaska but we still have some important training to do! We have two more sessions:

SATURDAY MAY 20TH 2-6 p.m. at ST. JOHN’S BRIDGEPORT (364 Mill Hill Ave.) – CONSTRUCTION, SAFETY AND TEACHING TRAINING SESSION
As you all have heard, our service in Alaska will be on two projects:
· Running a youth camp and teen conference
· Helping build a church in the nearby town of Oscarville

On 5/20 we will divide our time between
· A refresher of the construction and safety skills we will need for the church construction project
· Training on the lessons, crafts and sports/activities we will be offering at the youth camps
There will also be a presentation from Matushka Tamara Cowan from Holy Trinity Yonkers who has spent much time in Alaska and will share first hand some “insider info” and maybe teach us a phrase or two in Yup’ik.

There will be no meal on Saturday. Please bring any additional stock sales/fundraising proceeds.

SATURDAY JUNE 24TH 3-5 PARENT MEETING, 5-7 TEEN TRAINING AND BBQ (LEADER MEETING AT 7:00 P.M.) HOLY TRINITY DANBURY, CT
· Parents: fill out trip paperwork, go over pack list, answer last minute questions
· Teens: go over pack list, final travel and trip details, prayer walk, preparatory activities, BBQ
Looking forward to seeing all of you and completing our training for our mission trip together!

In Christ,
Susan