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Our LAST Meeting!!

Hello Orthodox Youth Mission Team:

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!

This is it! Our last meeting before we leave for our ASP trip to Trade, TN will take place this Thursday, June 28th from 5-7 p.m. at Holy Trinity in Danbury. We will be going over final details and preparations for our trip. Please bring:

• Any remaining stock donations

• $5 for dinner

• Your big bag* if you do not wish to come back to Holy Trinity to drop it off on Fri. July 6th

• Any snacks/water/drink mixes that you wish to donate for the trip

*PLEASE NOTE: SLEEPING BAGS SHOULD BE LEFT OUT OF LUGGAGE They will be needed for the hotel on Saturday and therefore will be packed in an accessible place. So bring them on Thursday with your big bag but not in your bag. As a reminder, the items in your big bag will not be accessible to you until we reach Trade, TN on Sunday afternoon. All items needed for the ride down, Saturday night and Sunday morning need to be in a small drawstring bag or backpack that you will bring with you on Saturday morning the 7th.

Adult leaders will have a final meeting to go over tools to bring, etc. starting at 7:00 p.m.

Any questions, you know how to reach me! See you all on Thursday.

In Christ,


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

Mission Event and Next Training

Hello Orthodox Youth Mission Team!



Christ is Risen!


First, I want to thank all of you—youth and leaders—for a very productive tool and safety training session. We accomplished a lot in one afternoon and I hope you are all feeling more confident about using the tools safely and some of the tasks we will be doing in Appalachia. Always feel comfortable asking questions if you are unsure! No one expects you to become a construction expert in one day! At our next training you will be able to put the skills you learned into practice. We will next meet on Saturday, May 12th at Holy Trinity in Danbury from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to actually do some construction projects at the church and rectory. Please remember to wear ASP worksite clothes (long pants, t-shirts and workboots) and to bring sunscreen, hats and water bottles. We will serve lunch ($5 contribution is greatly appreciated). In the meantime, keep those stock sales going—we are no where near our goal as of yet.


I also wanted to alert you to a presentation that will be of interest to you coming up at one of our team parishes, St. Barbara, in Orange, CT on Tuesday, May 8th at 7:00 p.m.. A priest who has worked with OCMC (the organization that we went to Alaska with on last year’s trip) will be speaking about the Orthodox church in Kenya. I believe in light of all of our discussions about what mission is you will find it very interesting. I have attached the flyer for the event. I am planning to go and hope to see as many of you there as can make it.


In Christ,


Safety and Tool Training Session Next Saturday

Hello Orthodox Youth Mission Team,

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

I hope you all are enjoying a joyous Pascha season with your parishes and your families!

Next Saturday, April 21st from 12-5 at Holy Trinity in Danbury, CT we have one of our most important training sessions: Safety and Tool Training. I am happy that everyone is able to make it to this session because it is nearly impossible to make this one up. We will have different stations set up for youth to be instructed on how to safely use various tools and learn basic construction skills that will be needed for our work this summer. We will also be going over ASP safety and stewardship rules as well as other expectations for the trip. Please arrive promptly at noon and eat lunch before you come (we will have a break for snacks mid-way through the afternoon). You will need ASP clothing and gear: long pants, work boots or other sturdy (non-sneaker) closed toe shoes and a t-shirt with sleeves. Bring a water bottle and have on sunscreen. Also bring any stock sale money you have collected so far through your parish coffee hour or personal sales.

We will put the skills we use to work doing actual construction work on Construction Day session which will come next on May 12th. Coming down to the end of the training with only 3 sessions to go after this Saturday. And, less than 90 days until our trip! Be sure the remaining training dates are on your calendar as every one will provide vital information about our trip and how to best prepare for our time serving in TN.

See you all on Saturday!

In the Risen Christ,


P.S. We have some exciting news: our teammates from New Jersey/New York City will be joining us for this session. You will have a chance to meet the teens and adult leaders (and welcome back two leaders you already know, Mary Ann and Ernie Delcher) who will be part of our team in TN this summer. Be sure to give them all a warm welcome and veterans help newcomers!

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!


Join the Orthodox Youth Mission Team

Calling All High School Students and Youth Leaders:

Are you ready to put your Faith to work?!

Join the Orthodox Youth Mission Team

As part of an Orthodox Youth Mission Team (OYMT) you will have the opportunity to go on a week-long mission trip this summer to Appalachia, making Christ present by serving people in need and living in community with other Orthodox youth.

Who are we? The Orthodox Youth Mission Team is a pan Orthodox group of high school students and adult leaders, led by Fr. Luke Mihaly of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Danbury, CT. For the last 7 years we have been participating in youth mission work. We have taken part in the Appalachian Service Project (ASP) and most recently completed a short term OCMC mission trip to Napaskiak, Alaska.

When is the trip? July 7-15, 2018 serving with the Appalachian Service Project ( ASP is “a relational ministry with carpentry on the side.” Crews of teens and adult leaders will work on one family’s home to make it “warmer, safer and drier.” The mission team stays at a school or community center, living together and participating in devotional and team building activities.

How do we get there? Typically we rent 15 passenger vans to travel down to Appalachia. On the way we visit an Orthodox parish for liturgy and fellowship. We do the same on the way home and usually end our trip with a night at Hershey Park.

Who can join? High school youth who are currently in 8th grade or older (will be 14 by Aug. 1st 2018) and adult leaders (ages 25 and up). We are looking for parishes that would like to form their own crew to participate with us. We will directly with leaders and provide all the necessary training materials and information for your crew.

What’s the commitment: Training sessions begin in January 2018. Team members meets about once a month, including 2 full day sessions for safety and tool training and a construction work day. Team members are expected to attend all meetings and to help with the fundraising for the trip.

How much will it cost me? $300 per teen. Adult leaders give their time and are not asked to pay. Scholarships are available—OYMT will not turn away any teen who cannot afford the fee.

How do I find out more? Contact Fr. Luke Mihaly at or team coordinator, Susan Sulich at for more information. You can also visit our website and our Facebook page: @OYMT1.

We look forward to hearing from you and sharing this youth mission opportunity!

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, 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