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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

Final Meeting!

 

Hello Orthodox Youth Mission Team,

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!

 This is it—our last meeting before we leave for Napaskiak, AK! A few reminders:

Meeting will take place on Saturday, June 24th at 3:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity in Danbury.

  • Parents meeting will take place first. We will go over the pack list, itinerary, airport procedure and final departure details.
  • We will also have the release and medical forms that need to be filled out and notarized. We will have a notary at the meeting.
  • Youth meeting will take place immediately following parent meeting.

 As previously announced, we have cancelled the BBQ. We anticipate the meeting ending at 6:00 p.m. (If we can get through everything and end earlier we will.)Adult leaders will meet after the regular meeting.

 Please bring:

  • Any remaining stock sales or other fundraiser monies
  • Insurance cards
  • ID (parents and teens)

For those few parents who are not able to attend the meeting, please ask someone to take notes for you and also to pick up forms. We will also make forms available on our website.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with me.

See you Saturday.

In Christ, Susan

Pack list prep

 

Hello Orthodox Youth Mission Team,

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Well believe it or not, in a little over 3 weeks we will be on our way to Napaskiak, Alaska! Time for the final push on our preparations. Beth will soon be sending you all the list of people who donated stock in your name along with details on sending out thank you’s. Please do this as quickly as possible. All thank you’s must be sent before we leave.

We will have the complete pack list at our last meeting which will take place on Saturday, June 24th at 3:00 p.m.at Holy Trinity in Danbury. However, for those of you that want to get a head start on your shopping, there are a few items that are different from what we’ve needed in years past. Keep in mind that the average temperatures in Bethel in July are a high of 63 and low of 49, and, the mosquitoes are plentiful—so that means overall more long sleeve shirts and few if any shorts. Work day gear will be the same: long pants, t-shirts and work boots (as always, no sleeveless or spaghetti straps, no offensive slogans, etc.). In addition, there are a few items we have not had on our list before:
· Waterproof rain coat (not just a poncho)
· Waterproof rain boots (we will need them getting in and out of the boats and for mud)
· Girls will need a long skirt and head covering for church services; boys will need a collared shirt and khaki or other non-jean pants
In addition, it’s recommended that you not use really good luggage or bags that you don’t want to get dirty. Wheels will work in the airport but the bag needs to be able to be carried from the boat to the school (about 150 yards); wheels will not work there.

As for bedding, we have determined that if you want to bring an air mattress, you can do so as a carry on as long as the dimensions meet those required for a carry on.

Another option is a flat mat for sleeping. In addition you will need a sleeping bag and pillow if you desire. Bottom line: you get one checked bag with a maximum weight of 50 pounds and one carry on with the above dimensions—however you make that work is up to you.

Finally, we have decided to cancel the BBQ at the end of the meeting on the 24th due to the number of grad parties going on. If you are one of the few parents who are not able to make the meeting we recommend you ask someone to get your paperwork, contact list/itinerary, pack list and take notes for you as we will be giving out much crucial info for our trip.

As always, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

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

About OYMT

The Orthodox Youth Mission Team consists of high school students from multiple Orthodox parishes in CT, NY and NJ.  We will be participating in a youth mission project in July 2017, traveling to Alaska to do mission work with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC).

The Orthodox Youth Mission Team will fundraising throughout the year to cover the expenses associated with the trip. We will prepare for our work in Alaska by serving as a team on a day-long repair project at our respective churches. We also participate in bible studies, sensitivity training and construction training sessions to ensure that the work we perform is done right and will have a lasting impact.

We need your help to make a lasting dent in Alaskan poverty. Here’s what you can do:

Serve with us. For information on volunteering as a youth or an adult leader, contact Father Luke or Susan Sulich at ssulich@yahoo.com or 203-746-6008.

Make a tax-deductible donation to fund our trip. Just click on the donation button on this page or mail a check made out to Holy Trinity Orthodox Church (put OYMT in the memo) to Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 74 Joes Hill Road, Danbury, CT 06811, c/o Susan Sulich—Team Leader.

Pray for us. Please pray for our mission group, the families we will serve, the OCMC staff and the ministry of OCMC as a whole.