Hello Orthodox Youth Mission Team!
Christ is Risen!
First, I want to thank all of you—youth and leaders—for a very productive tool and safety training session. We accomplished a lot in one afternoon and I hope you are all feeling more confident about using the tools safely and some of the tasks we will be doing in Appalachia. Always feel comfortable asking questions if you are unsure! No one expects you to become a construction expert in one day! At our next training you will be able to put the skills you learned into practice. We will next meet on Saturday, May 12th at Holy Trinity in Danbury from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to actually do some construction projects at the church and rectory. Please remember to wear ASP worksite clothes (long pants, t-shirts and workboots) and to bring sunscreen, hats and water bottles. We will serve lunch ($5 contribution is greatly appreciated). In the meantime, keep those stock sales going—we are no where near our goal as of yet.
I also wanted to alert you to a presentation that will be of interest to you coming up at one of our team parishes, St. Barbara, in Orange, CT on Tuesday, May 8th at 7:00 p.m.. A priest who has worked with OCMC (the organization that we went to Alaska with on last year’s trip) will be speaking about the Orthodox church in Kenya. I believe in light of all of our discussions about what mission is you will find it very interesting. I have attached the flyer for the event. I am planning to go and hope to see as many of you there as can make it.
Hello Orthodox Youth Mission Team,
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
I hope you all are enjoying a joyous Pascha season with your parishes and your families!
Next Saturday, April 21st from 12-5 at Holy Trinity in Danbury, CT we have one of our most important training sessions: Safety and Tool Training. I am happy that everyone is able to make it to this session because it is nearly impossible to make this one up. We will have different stations set up for youth to be instructed on how to safely use various tools and learn basic construction skills that will be needed for our work this summer. We will also be going over ASP safety and stewardship rules as well as other expectations for the trip. Please arrive promptly at noon and eat lunch before you come (we will have a break for snacks mid-way through the afternoon). You will need ASP clothing and gear: long pants, work boots or other sturdy (non-sneaker) closed toe shoes and a t-shirt with sleeves. Bring a water bottle and have on sunscreen. Also bring any stock sale money you have collected so far through your parish coffee hour or personal sales.
We will put the skills we use to work doing actual construction work on Construction Day session which will come next on May 12th. Coming down to the end of the training with only 3 sessions to go after this Saturday. And, less than 90 days until our trip! Be sure the remaining training dates are on your calendar as every one will provide vital information about our trip and how to best prepare for our time serving in TN.
See you all on Saturday!
In the Risen Christ,
P.S. We have some exciting news: our teammates from New Jersey/New York City will be joining us for this session. You will have a chance to meet the teens and adult leaders (and welcome back two leaders you already know, Mary Ann and Ernie Delcher) who will be part of our team in TN this summer. Be sure to give them all a warm welcome and veterans help newcomers!