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Only 3 training sessions to go!!!

Hello Orthodox Youth Mission Team!

Can you believe it? We are down to our last 3 training sessions before we leave for Trade, TN for our ASP trip! Some important notes:

CONSTRUCTION DAY—this Saturday, May 12th starting at 9:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Orthodox in Danbury. Please bring/wear:

Rainjacket in case of showers
ASP work clothes: long pants, work boots, t-shirt w/sleeves
Water bottle
If you have a long sleeve shirt or an old “dad’s” button down shirt please bring—one of our jobs involves insulation
Stock sales
$5 for lunch
We will plan to end at 4:30 (not 5:00)
 

PARENT AND PAPERWORK MEETING—Sunday June 3rd at St. Barbara in Orange 3:00-5:00 Adult and youth leaders meeting 5:00-6:00

One parent per family must attend this meeting. There will be paperwork to fill out and have notarized. We will have a notary on premises. We will also give out the pack list at this time. More details to follow.

FINAL TRAINING—Thursday, June 28th at Holy Trinity Danbury 5:00-7:00 p.m. Adult and youth leaders meeting 7:00-8:00 p.m.

In addition, before we leave everyone will need to send out thank you notes to all stock donors—Beth will send lists and thank you templates.

Goes without say that all of our remaining training is critical—if you miss something it is your responsibility to contact one of the leaders and get what you’ve missed. As always, if you have any questions you can call or email me at any time!

In Christ, Susan

Mandatory Training Session Next Sunday 2/11

Hello Orthodox Youth Mission Team:

Glory to Jesus Christ!

 Our next MANDATORY training session will take place next Sunday, Feb. 11th at St. John’s Orthodox Church (364 Mill Hill Ave., Bridgeport, CT) from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. At this meeting we will be preparing our “stock sale” fundraiser. This is the BIGGEST fundraiser our team does and it is very important that every team member participates fully. Teens will be sending letters to family and friends asking them to “invest” in our team with a donation of $10 (or more). (Note: if you are a new family to our team these are not actual stock shares—just a metaphor to help donors understand where their funds are going!) Please bring mailing addresses on peel and stick labels. (We suggest using your family’s Christmas card list.) We will have the letters an all other supplies necessary for this fundraiser.

Please also bring $4 for dinner. We are looking for parents who would like to prepare dinner for our team for this and future meetings. We will reimburse you for the amount your spend on the food—we just need volunteers to buy and prepare the dinner for the team while the meeting is going on. Please email me if your are willing to do this for the Feb. 11 or other upcoming meetings.

We got off to a great start at our first meeting and we are excited about our team for 2018!

 If you have any questions about what is needed for this meeting or the fundraiser (or anything else!) please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 In Christ, Susan

P.S. No leader meeting this month!

 

OYMT Cocoa and Soup Mixes are ready for sale!

OYMT 2017-18 members packaged up Friendship Soup jars and Cocoa for a Cause jars today. If you would like a jar ( or 5!) let any team member know, or purchase them at St. John’s Bridgeport, Holy Trinity Danbury, or St. Barbara’s Orange. $8 each, to fund our trip with the Appalachia Service Project next summer. Thank you!

 

OYMT Mary Kay Fundraiser 12/10

Please join us for a very special Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 10 from 3 PM-7 PM. 20% of all proceeds will go directly to benefit Orthodox Youth Mission Team.

The Open House will be at Bethany Mihaly’s home at 74 Joes Hill Road in Danbury. There will be Holiday munchies and beverages and GIFTS for everyone, even the gifter!

If you can not make it but would still like to participate, you may order directly from Pani Bethany’s website, www.marykay.com/bmihaly and reference “Open House” in the notes section.

Please like and share the Facebook event.

Thank you so much for your support!

OYMT Holiday Fundraiser this Sunday 12/3

Hello OYMT Members,

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!

I hope you are all coming off a very lovely Thanksgiving weekend. Our 2018 team is coming is coming together and it’s time for our first event for next year, our holiday fundraiser. We will be meeting this Sunday, Dec. 3rd at Holy Trinity in Danbury from 3:00-6:00 p.m. to put together Hot Cocoa and Soup jars to sell at our parishes in the upcoming weeks before Christmas. Please respond to this email and let me know if you will be there.

Also, there are still a few of you who have not let me know whether or not you will be participating this year. Please get back to me before Sunday and if you haven’t already sent/given me your covenant, medical form and deposit please fill them out and bring on Sunday. Subscribe to the OYMT calendar to put the dates on your calendars now!

If you know someone new who is interested in joining us please forward this message to them.

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Sunday!

In Christ,
Susan  ssulich@yahoo.com 

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.

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