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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.