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Sign Up for OYMT 2020

Hello Prospective Orthodox Youth Mission Team 2020 Members in CT/NY, (expansion teams will hear from their team leaders soon)

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!

It’s time to sign up for next year’s youth mission project. Our mission trip, led by Fr. Luke Mihaly, will again be with Appalachian Service Project (ASP). The dates for the mission trip will be July 11—19, 2020. We will have an all Orthodox center.

Exciting news! We have managed finally to get our forms digitized. That means you can fill them out and sign online and copies will be returned to us. You’ll also notice that we’ve reduced the total number of forms that need to be filled out. Below are links to the 3 forms all team members (adult leaders and youth) need to fill out to register:

Registration Form

Youth Protection Policy


A few notes:

  • You’ll see that the registration form is the one ASP requires us to fill out and have notarized. Since the medical information we need for the year is on that form, we are asking each participant to fill it out now—YOU DO NOT NEED TO GET IT NOTARIZED AT THIS TIME! You also do not need to send in your insurance card. You will see that the fields for the notary are not required. At the end of the year we will print out your completed forms and you will be able to update if necessary before getting notarized.
  • For the Youth Protection Policy (YPP) and the Covenant if you are 18+ you will have to sign in both the 18+ line and the parent line—both fields are mandatory so that we don’t miss parent signatures. 
  • Note that we are using an electronic signature program. For youth under 18, both parent and child will need to sign the same form. You will both have to create a signature as directed in the document. 
  • If you have more than one child participating in OYMT this year, you will need to fill out separate forms for each child. Simply click on the link again and you will get a fresh form. 

In order to be registered for the team and have a spot reserved for you, you need to complete all 3 forms and submit your non-refundable deposit of $175 by Sunday Dec. 8th. (Note: ASP has raised their volunteer fee to $350 this  year. Second payment of $175 will be due Feb 9th.) This year, you may also pay your volunteer fees via the PayPal link on the website (click the Donate button on the left). Please put “OYMT Volunteer Fee” in the notes section. If you wish to pay by check, please make checks out to Holy Trinity Orthodox Church and mail to OYMT, 74 Joes Hill Rd., Danbury, CT 06811 or bring with you to the holiday fundraiser meeting Dec. 8th. If you need financial assistance please let us know.

Dec. 8th will be the date of our first get together to prepare our Holiday Fundraiser. We will meet at Holy Trinity in Danbury from 3-6 p.m.

Parents: there will be a Christmas shopping opportunity available at the rectory during this meeting—Pani Bethany Mihaly will again be offering a Mary Kay Holiday Sale as a fundraiser for the mission team. Please enjoy browsing through beautifully wrapped gifts or custom design you own and pick up some presents for special people on your list or treat yourself! 

Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who is interested in joining our team this year. As always, if there are any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via or you can call me at 203-947-7405. 

This will be OYMT’s 10th year of youth mission work and we look forward to sharing this blessed and fruitful spiritual opportunity with veteran and new team members!

In Christ, Susan Sulich

Orthodox Youth Mission Team

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church
74 Joes Hill Road
Danbury, CT 06811  

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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!

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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, 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,

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

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, or search @oymt1 on Facebook.

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