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OYMT Sip, Shop, Sparkle!

Hello Orthodox Youth Team Members and Parents,

We have an additional opportunity to raise funds for our mission trip to Alaska this year. We will be hosting a Holiday Open House on Sunday December 11th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the church hall at Holy Trinity in Danbury with lots of gifts wrapped and ready to give to family, friends, teachers, hostesses and more. Also, all skincare and the latest in holiday makeup will be available too. Pani Bethany Mihaly has generously offered to contribute 30% of all proceeds to the mission team. Please post the flyer at your church and spread the word to your parishes as well as friends, family and co-workers. Join us if you can to shop and enjoy refreshments and holiday cheer. If you can’t attend the event you can also shop online at www.marykay.com/bmihaly. See the attached flyer for more details.

If you have any questions, please contact me or Bethany.

In Christ,
Susan

Welcome 2017 Team! See you Sunday!

Hello OYMT 2017 Team Members,

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!

We are pleased to let you all know that our 2017 Orthodox Youth Mission Team has been finalized. Attached you will find a list of youth and adult leaders who will be participating in our mission trip to Napaskiak, Alaska through the OCMC July 7-18, 2017. This year’s team is comprised of 20 youth and 6 adult leaders from 6 parishes in 3 jurisdictions of the Orthodox church. We are grateful and excited that all of you have stepped forward to participate in this amazing opportunity to serve and put our faith to work! Please use the team list to begin praying for one another and for our mission work, that we may develop a fuller understanding of mission and deepen our relationship with our Lord, each other and those we will serve. Please also begin to pray for Fr. Vasily, the priest of the community we will be serving, as well as the people of Napaskiak and Oscarville. We will be sending the names of our team members to Fr. Vasily and asking him to pray for us as well.

Next up: see you this Sunday, December 4th at Holy Trinity in Danbury for our fundraising kickoff from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Please bring your covenant, medical form/permission slip and $150 deposit if you have not already turned these in. (Forms are available on our website: www.oymt.info.) Also, bring $5 for dinner.

Looking forward to seeing all of you Sunday and beginning our work together!

In Christ,
Susan

Time to sign up for 2017!!

Hello Orthodox Youth Mission Team Members:

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!

Thank you to everyone who attended Sunday’s informational meeting. It was so good to see all of you again! In learning and discussing details about the trip and watching Bishop Gregory (before he was Bishop Gregory!) speak from his mission trip to Alaska, you exhibited such excitement and enthusiasm for this upcoming work that you made all of us leaders realize more than ever how grateful to God we are for this incredible opportunity!

The forms folder contains the Covenant, Permission Form/Medical Release and the Training Schedule for the upcoming year. Please fill out and sign the covenant and permission/medical form and return to me along with your $150 deposit (or mail to: Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 74 Joes Hill Ave., Danbury, CT 06811) by this Sunday, Nov. 20th. (Checks should be made out to Holy Trinity Orthodox Church.) If anyone has difficulty making the deposit, please let me know—scholarships can be arranged if needed.

For those of you who were not able to make the meeting and still have questions, please contact me by phone or email, asap.

As a reminder, we will be meeting at Holy Trinity in Danbury on Sunday December 4th from 3:00-6:00 p.m. for our fundraising kick off to make soup and cookie jars to sell during the holiday season. Please bring $4 for dinner. If you are unable to attend, let me know.

Looking forward to serving with all of you!

In Christ, Susan

What’s Next: Packing 7/8 and Leaving 7/9

Greetings OYMT:

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!
Here are the final instructions for packing up and leaving for our trip. Once again, please note that we have TWO departure points this year, Bridgeport and Danbury.

On Saturday, bring breakfast or eat beforehand. 

If you are leaving from BRIDGEPORT:
Friday Night-Van Pack Night 4:00-6:00 p.m. St. John’s (364 Mill Hill Ave., Bridgeport, CT). Drop off all large bags, tools, etc.(everything except sleeping bags and overnight bags).
Saturday Morning-7:00 a.m. Meet at the Park and Ride Commuter Parking Lot, on the corner of Penny Ave. and Nichols Ave. (Rte. 108) in Trumbull, CT. We leave at 7:45 a.m. SHARP.

Directions to commuter lot:  From Merritt Pkwy south: Take exit 52; stay to the left (for Rte. 8 and 108). Then stay to the right for Rte. 108. At light at end of ramp, take left onto Rte. 108/Nichols Ave. At next light, take a right onto Penny Ave. Lot is on the right.
From Rte. 8 south: Take Exit 8 (Rte. 108) toward Stratford. At light at end of ramp, take left onto Rte. 108/Nichols Ave. At next light, take a right onto Penny Ave. Lot is on the right.

If you are leaving from DANBURY:
Friday Night-Van Pack Night 4:00-6:00 p.m. Holy Trinity Danbury (74 Joes Hill Rd, Danbury, CT). Drop off all large bags, tools, etc.(everything except sleeping bags and overnight bags).
Saturday Morning-7:30 a.m. Meet at Holy Trinity Danbury (74 Joes Hill Rd, Danbury, CT). Bring breakfast or eat beforehand. We leave at 8:00 a.m. SHARP.

Call me with any last minute questions.
See you all Saturday!!
In Christ,
Susan

What’s Next: 7/1 meeting pushed to 5:30-7:30pm

Hi Everyone,

Due to the fact that some of our team members have camp Friday we will change the meeting to 5:30-7:30 pm. We have a number of important tasks to take care of and will do our best to catch up late arrivals. We will wait to take the photo until everyone is here.  Coming from Orange you may want to look into take Rt. 34 to cut your time on the highway.

 Also, a few of you have expressed concern about the flooding in WV. Rest assured we and ASP have  the safety of our volunteers as a top priority and we will get updated information on the situation in our county from the center staff before we leave.

 In Christ,

Susan

What’s Next: Construction Days 5/14 or 5/21

You will put your safety training into action!

Please join us for one of the two mandatory construction work days  on 5/14 in Bridgeport OR 5/21 in Danbury. Email ssulich@yahoo.com to let Susan know which day/location you will attend.

IMPORTANT: You will need work boots, gloves, longs pants and t-shirts (no sleeveless shirts) for this training session (just as you will when we are working on the trip).

Bring $4 for lunch and any stock sales you have received so far.

NO Adult leader meeting.

What’s Next: Tool Safety Training 4/2 12-4pm in Bridgeport

Saturday, April 2nd,  we have a very important, MANDATORY training session at St. John’s in Bridgeport from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. We will be doing construction and tool training, learning how to SAFELY do the tasks we will need to know how to do for our trip and how to use tools properly. Everyone must attend this session (unless you have already spoken to me and made alternative arrangements). Safety is one of our top priorities on our mission trip and this session is key to making sure everyone has the proper training to do our work well and safely.

 IMPORTANT: You will need work boots, long pants and t-shirts (no sleeveless shirts) for this training session (just as you will when we are working on the trip).

Please bring $4 for lunch and any stock sales that you have received so far.

Remember to check our webpage: www.oymt.info if you have any questions and for latest information about our project. 

Next meeting 2/21 3pm in Bridgeport

At this meeting we will learn more about what life is like for the families in Appalachia that we will be serving and how ASP chooses the homes that we will work on. At this time, the final payment of $125 per teen is due. If you still have any money from our Friendship Soup sales or outstanding paperwork, please bring that along too. Also bring $4 for dinner.