OYMT meeting 2/12

Hello Orthodox Youth Mission Team Members,

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!

This is a reminder that next Sunday, February 12th we have a MANDATORY training session at St. Barbara (480 Racebrook Rd, Orange, CT 06477)—we will be in the Lightle House, which is the white building on the right as you face the church. The meeting will start promptly at 3:00 p.m. and go to 5:00 p.m. Adult leaders will meet at 5:00 p.m. This is our stock sales meeting and everyone is asked to bring their address list printed on peel and stick mailing labels. As in the past we will provide the letters, postage and all else that is needed to mail your stock letters. More than ever this year it is CRUCIAL that we meet our stock sale goal which is $20,000 in order to cover the costs of our trip to Alaska.

This week Fr. Luke, Beth and I met with members of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) who are working with us on this trip. We received more details about our mission trip which we look forward to sharing with you. If you go to the link below, you will see our team’s trip on their website. OCMC would like to list the names of all of our team members on this part of the website. Parents, please email me a “Yes” or “No” to let me know if you are okay with this.

https://www.ocmc.org/about/open_teams.aspx

Also: we have solidified the plans for the weekend training session with OCMC. The weekend will be the one on your schedule, Sat. April 29 into Sun. April 30th. OCMC is flying someone up from Florida for this training and orientation for our trip and everyone must be there from Saturday morning until Sunday after liturgy (no exceptions). The training will take place at Holy Trinity in Danbury and youth and leaders will be staying over at the church. Parents are invited to come on Sunday to meet with the OCMC staff for a Q & A about the trip after liturgy. Please engrave this date on your calendar and make no plans for that weekend!

Lastly, it’s time to make the final payment for the trip which is $150.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday.

Remember to bring your address labels and $5 for dinner!

In Christ,
Susan

OYMT Training Session Sunday 1/22

Hello Orthodox Youth Mission Team,

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!

I hope this finds you all well and as excited as I am to start our training for our mission trip to Napaskiak, Alaska this July! I am looking forward to seeing everyone at our first training session is this Sunday, Jan. 22nd at Holy Trinity in Danbury, CT from 5:00-7:00 p.m. (note the time). We have a lot of ground to cover so please be prompt.

Please bring the following:
· All missing paperwork and deposits—I will contact you under separate cover if you are missing anything
· Any remaining jars of soup of cookie mix and the money from the jars that were sold during the holidays
· $5 for dinner
· An open mind, enthusiastic heart and a prayerful spirit for the work we are undertaking!

Parents, there will be a sign up sheet at the meeting for families to prepare and serve dinner at the remaining meetings for the year. We will reimburse the cost of the meal but just ask for volunteers to plan, purchase and cook it. If you wish to email me a meeting you would like to take that is fine as well. Thank you in advance.

See you Sunday!

In Christ,
Susan

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

Thank You!

Dear OYMT Stockholders and Supporters, 

We want to say a great BIG thank you to all of you for helping fund our Appalachian Service Project Mission Trip this past summer to Hanover, WV. 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 to see what we accomplished:

Sunday Sept. 25, 11:00am: St. John’s Orthodox Church, 364 Mill Hill Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06610

Sunday Oct. 2, 11:30am: Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 74 Joes Hill Road, Danbury, CT 06811

Sunday Oct. 16, 11:30am: Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 46 Seymour Street Yonkers, NY 10701

Sunday Oct. 23, 11:00am: St. John’s Orthodox Church, 145 Broad Street, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Sunday Oct. 23, 12pm: St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road Orange, CT 06477

If you are unable to attend a session in person, please take a look at our photo gallery on our web site

Plans are underway for a July 2017 trip with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) to ALASKA!!

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 October 30. 

Thanks again for your support!

 

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