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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 (www.asphome.org). 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 Padreluke@aol.com or team coordinator, Susan Sulich at ssulich@yahoo.com for more information. You can also visit our website www.oymt.info 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, 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.

Your invitation from OYMT

 

Thank You!!

 

Dear OYMT Stockholders and Supporters, 

We want to say a great BIG thank you to all of you for helping fund our Mission Trip this past summer to Napaskiak, AK. Your financial contributions, prayers and other support paid off in a wonderful trip that blessed us the servers as much as those that we served, as you will see by the reflections of the youth in our newsletter 

Hopefully you will be able to attend one of our parish presentations after liturgy to see what we accomplished:

Sunday Sept. 24: St. John’s Orthodox Church, 364 Mill Hill Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06610

Sunday Sept. 24: Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 74 Joes Hill Road, Danbury, CT 06811

Sunday Sept. 24: St. John’s Orthodox Church, 145 Broad Street, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Sunday Sept. 24: St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road Orange, CT 06477

Sunday Nov. 5Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 46 Seymour Street Yonkers, NY 10701

If you are unable to attend a session in person, please take a look at our photo gallery or our web site. 
 
Plans are underway for a July 2018 trip with ASP!! 
If you know of anyone who may be interested in joining us, please have them call 203-746-6008 or email ssulich@yahoo.com by November 12. 

Thanks again for your support!

Tips for Life Back Home

Dear OYMT 2017 Alaska Members,

Glory to Jesus Christ!  Glory Forever!

It was a blessed trip for all of us.  I'm sure all of you noticed a difference in culture from Napaskiak to what you found back here in 'the lower 48.'  I noticed the difference in culture just from the airports on the way home.  We contacted Presbytera Renee and went over some of the points OCMC give to their missionaries when they return home from a mission trip.  These are the ones we want to share with you.  Please read them carefully; think and pray on them.

TIPS FOR ENTERING LIFE BACK HOME
·         Be open to what God taught you while you were in Alaska.   
·         Keep up your prayer life.
·         Allow yourself to reflect a changed live.
·         Think about the most important things you want to share with others to inspire them about your Team experience.
·         Don’t expect others to be as excited about your experience as you are.
·         Be careful about value judgments – don’t judge people back at home or Alaska. 
·         Sometimes injustices or poverty lead us to ask ‘why’ (why not me; why here; why so much; why so little). Get involved in your own Churches outreach and make a difference around you.  Pray for Orthodox Missions.  Pray for your parish at home.  Pray for those you met in Napaskiak.
·         Be prepared for nostalgia – most people miss being with teammates, the hosts and having something meaningful to do.
·         Don’t let a little depression take you by surprise – we can become sad and miss the love and joy we were surrounded with.
·         Keep in touch! – with your team members, hosts, OCMC.
·         Contact your supporters – and share how meaningful your experience was and how you appreciated their financial and prayer support.

Remember to pray for each other and those in Alaska we came to know so well.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Assuring you of my love and prayers,

Fr. Luke Mihaly
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church
74 Joes Hill Road
Danbury, CT 06811
(203) 748-0671
www.holytrinitydanbury.org
www.acrod.org
www.ocmc.org

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.