Sleepover Retreat this Weekend! Parent meeting on Sunday!

Hello Team,

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

I hope you all are enjoying a most glorious Pascha! Since our weekend-long training session at Holy Trinity in Danbury on April 29-30 is rapidly approaching, I wanted to send a few important details and reminders. We will be welcoming Andy Lekos, a Missions Team Director from OCMC who will be conducting our training. Our two days will be very busy and we have a lot of ground to cover. So, here’s what you need to know:

· Arrive at Holy Trinity on Saturday, April 29th at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast.
· We will also  provide lunch, dinner, and breakfast after liturgy on Sunday.
· What to pack: ASP dress code appropriate attire for day sessions (no work boots required) and sleeping, a Bible, clothes for liturgy on Sunday. Bring an air mattress or mat and sleeping bag. (NOTE: on our trip we will not be bringing air mattresses, only camping mats. This may be a good time to purchase and try out your mat to make sure it works for you.) If the weather cooperates, boys/men may be sleeping outside—we will provide the tents.
· There will be separate bathrooms for males and females; no showers.
· We will be making breakfast on Sunday as a fundraiser for our trip.
· The training session will end for youth on Sunday at 2 p.m. Youth are expected to be here for the entire time unless you have already cleared an exception with me. (Adult leaders will have an additional session with Andy from 2:00-4:00 p.m.)

PARENTS: There will be a question and answer session for parents with Andy from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Sunday. A parent for each teen is strongly encouraged to attend. This will be your one opportunity to speak directly with someone from OCMC about our trip and get any and all questions you have answered.

Hope your fundraising efforts are going well. Please bring all stock sales and fundraiser proceeds you have to our training session. We have passed the half way point of $10,000 toward our stock goal. 

Also, for our trip everyone will need a government issued photo i.d. This can be one of the following:
· Driver’s license
· Govt. issued driver’s learner’s permit with photo
· Non-driver’s license govt issued photo id
We will need to make a photocopy of your id in order to submit names for your airline tickets. Please bring your id with you on Saturday so we can photocopy. If you do not have one of these forms of ID please make arrangements to get one before our May meeting. That will be the deadline for copying ID’s.

If anyone has any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me by phone or email.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 29th!

In Christ,
Susan

Keep on Fundraising!

Hello Orthodox Youth Mission Team Members,

 Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!

Who’s excited about going to Alaska?! Well now it’s time to put your enthusiasm into action. Good news: we have achieved 40% of our stock sale goal of $20,000. But that means we still have more than 50% to go. It’s up to all of you youths (not your leaders!) to organize yourselves to sell stock to your parishes at coffee hours. A week from Sunday (April 9th) will be Palm Sunday and I am sure you are all planning to be in church. Get together and set up a table at coffee hour (with the blessing of your priest, of course). Make a sign, have a laptop or ipad with photos from last year’s trip (if you need help gathering photos, etc. contact Beth-bethyryzyk@gmail.com. Share your enthusiasm with your parish. As we have said, you are on a groundbreaking mission—the first time that OCMC has sent a short term mission team of high school students! Your participation in this mission is exciting not only for our team but for the possibility of opening up this avenue of service to many other Orthodox teens. I know everyone is busy but I also know that you all are dedicated and believe in the mission team or you wouldn’t keep coming back and investing time and effort each year.

 It’s crunch time for fundraising! We have a ways to go before we can step on that plane to Napaskiak. In addition to stock sales, each parish is working on their own fundraiser or fundraisers for our trip. Get in touch with your leaders, share your ideas, make yourself available and take the lead in making these efforts successful. As important as raising funds is raising awareness of what the group is doing and what missions means to our Church!

 Reverend Fathers and parents, any and all help you can provide in assisting our youth in promoting this mission trip and opportunity to serve is greatly appreciated!

 Wishing you all a continued fruitful Lenten journey!

 In Christ, Susan