All posts by Beth Ryzyk

January meeting date moved

Hello Everyone,

We try very hard to not change any meeting dates once the schedule is set but do to a happy event—the ordination of Fr. Luke’s son Nick to the priesthood—we will be changing the date of our first meeting from January 10th to Sunday, January 24th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. (adult leaders meet at 2:15 p.m.) at Holy Trinity Danbury.

If this presents a problem for anyone please let me know.

In Christ,


What’s Next

Dear Orthodox Youth Mission Team Members 2016:

Welcome to OYMT 2016! This year our team is the biggest it has ever been: 41 members from 7 parishes in CT, NY, and NJ. We will have 6 crews on our team which means 6 families that we will be able to serve in West Virginia this upcoming summer through the Appalachian Service Project, making their homes warmer, safer, and drier. ASP’s  theme for this year is:

Handiwork: Created to Serve:

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.” – Ephesians 2:10

We are very much looking forward to sharing this spiritual journey with you all. As we work to make Christ present in the lives of those we will serve, we will also deepen our relationship with Christ and with each other and learn what it means to minister to others as we put our faith to work.

Our first opportunity to get together will be on Sunday, December 6th from 3-6 p.m. at St. John’s in Bridgeport, CT. We will be working on a holiday fundraiser to help start raising the money we will need for our trip. Please let me know if you will be at the Dec. 6th meeting.

As we go through the year, be sure to check this website for updates, forms, etc. Please subscribe to emails and the calendar so you will receive posts and updates automatically. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 203-746-6008 or by email:

Looking forward to getting started on this year’s mission trip!!

In Christ,


What’s Next: Parish Presentations

Individual parishes will be giving presentations at coffee hour to thank their donors and recruit youth for next year. Be prepared to speak to your congregation on these dates. Invite any adults or youth who may be interested in joining OYMT next year!

Save The Trip Date: July 9-17, 2016

Sunday Sept. 27, 11:30am: Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 74 Joes Hill Road, Danbury, CT 06811

Sunday Oct. 4, 11:00am: St. John’s Orthodox Church, 364 Mill Hill Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06610

Sunday Oct. 4, 11:00am: St. John’s Orthodox Church, 145 Broad Street, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Sunday Oct. 4, 11:30am: Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 46 Seymour Street Yonkers, NY 10701

Sunday TBD, 12pm: St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road Orange, CT 06477