OYMT Reunion Gala

Dear past participant of the Orthodox Youth Mission Team,

We are pleased to cordially invite you to attend the Orthodox Youth Mission Team’s Reunion Gala on Saturday, November 26th in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The evening will bring together past and present participants, benefactors, clergy, and friends and family that have been involved with OYMT throughout the past twelve years of service. We’ll celebrate TEN successful mission trips, and all proceeds will contribute to future service.

Date: Saturday, November 26, 2022
Time: 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Venue: 364 Mill Hill Avenue, Bridgeport, Connecticut
Tickets: $50, all inclusive
Cocktail hour, dinner, dancing with DJ Bill Lopez, and a silent auction.
RSVP: Kindly RSVP  by November 12, 2022.

Purchase tickets using the DONATE button on this page.

Please feel free to reach out to [email protected] or Lexi Klimaszewski (203-997-3462) with any questions or concerns. Additionally, please send any and all pictures from past trips to Lexi at [email protected] for inclusion in a slideshow video. If you have any special physical memorabilia from any of the trips, we’d love to see that brought to the event for showcase as well.

We are fortunate enough to have had 106 people from the Tri-State Area alone participate in at least one OYMT trip over the past twelve years, and the majority returned for at least a second year. If you include participants from other states at our all-OYMT ASP centers in 2018, 2019, and 2022, that number tops 200. We truly hope to see as many former participants as possible at this event, so that it may be a true reunion and celebration of OYMT’s growth and service.

Last training session 6/30 5-7 p.m. at Holy Trinity in Danbury

Hello Orthodox Youth Mission Team!
Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!

This is it! Our last training session will take place this Thursday, June 30th from 5-7 p.m. at Holy Trinity in Danbury. We have heard from our staff at our Center in Clay, WV and have additional information to share about our center. We will also go over final details and preparations for our trip.

After we will have a barbecue. We will provide meats and dessert. Please bring a side dish (salad, chips, watermelon). Feel free to bring any yard games (frisbee, whiffle ball, etc.) to play as well.

We will also be taking a group photo for our postcards!

A few reminders of things to bring:
– If you do not want to bring your “big bag” to the church on Pack Night—Friday, July 8th at 4 p.m. you may bring it to this meeting.
– PARENTS: snacks or drinks for the trip if you volunteered to donate. Snacks will also be used to supplement lunches on our trip.
– $5 for dinner
– Any additional stock or donations. ALSO: Everyone should have finished their thank you’s at this time. Please complete before Thursday if you have not.
– Bring any outstanding forms, insurance cards, etc. from last meeting.
– Your tool bag for the worksite if it’s not already here.

Adult Leaders:  we will meet after the regular session to divide up the bigger item pack list and go over final leader details.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday!

Construction training Saturday 5/7 in Danbury

Hello Orthodox Youth Mission Team,

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

We hope you are all enjoying a most blessed and beautiful Pascha celebration! Guess what? Only 67 days until we leave for Appalachia! And, in case you didn’t hear, we have received our assignment. We will be going to Clay County, WV. You can click here to learn a little more about our center and the county we will be serving. 

This coming Saturday we have our construction day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Holy Trinity in Danbury, CT. We will be putting the tool and safety skills you learned last session to work and building a garden fence. A few reminders:

  • Eat breakfast before you come
  • Wear ASP work clothes (long pants, work boots, t-shirt with sleeves) and bring a reusable water bottle, hat and sunscreen (and rain gear if the weather forecast calls for it—there are no rain days on ASP!)
  • Bring your personal tool kit which should now be updated to include any missing items. 
    • Work gloves (2 pairs preferable)
    • Hammer
    • Safety glasses if you have them
    • Measuring tape
    • Carpenter pencil
    • Flashlight
    • Nail apron if you have one
    • Refillable water bottle
    • Hat or bandana
    • Sunscreen

We will provide lunch. Please bring $5.

You’ll also get to meet our two newest team members: Lexi and Jamison who come with lots of mission team experience and we look forward to officially introducing them to everyone.

We will expect to see everyone on Saturday since no one has let us know they are unable to attend. Only 3 training sessions left and each one is critical at this point—let’s push for a strong finish to our training. 

 

Looking forward to seeing you all!

In the Risen Christ, Susan

 

P.S. Bring any additional stock you may have received. Stock sales are going very well! You will be receiving information shortly on sending thank you notes to all your donors—don’t worry, there’s a form letter for you to use!

Tool and Safety Training Session 4/2 12-4PM in Danbury

Hello OYMT Members!

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!

Reminder for our Tool and Safety Training Session that will take place this Saturday, April 2nd from 12-4 p.m. at Holy Trinity in Danbury. At this session we will be going over how to safely use a wide variety of tools and complete skills that we may need for our work in Appalachia.

Please remember to bring your personal tool bag with the following items:

  • Work gloves (2 pairs preferable)
  • Hammer
  • Safety glasses if you have them
  • Measuring tape
  • Carpenter pencil
  • Flashlight
  • Nail apron if you have one
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Hat or bandana
  • Sunscreen

Please mark everything with your name and pack all items in a drawstring bag.

leader will check that your bag is complete and then we will keep them at the church to use on our construction day and for the trip.

Other reminders:

  • Wear work boots or other heavy shoes—everyone will need these for the trip. If you don’t already have a pair it’s great to get them now and wear them for this and the following session to break them in. Nails and other debris on the worksite make sneakers insufficient for foot protection.
  • Long pants
  • T-shirts with sleeves
  • Stock sales

Eat lunch before you come. We’ll have snacks. As always, if you have any questions let us know.

In Christ,

Susan

P.S. At this point I have only heard that Lexi and Jamison are unable to attend so we expect to see ALL other team members at this training. Each teen will get signed off showing that they have trained in these areas. This is a critical part of what we do to keep everyone safe!

Any teen who does not make this session will need to be trained and provide documentation that they have completed this training for safety purposes. Skills include: sheet rock cutting and taping, using power tools such as chop saws and saws all, nailing, painting, flooring, ladder safety and more.  

Safety Training 12-4pm April 2 in Danbury

Hello OYMT Members!

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!

Great job to everyone who attended the Sensitivity Training Session! For those St. Barbara teens who were unable to attend, please talk to Shaun Berner about making up the session.

Wanted to give you a heads up for our next session because there are a few items you will need to gather before you arrive. It is our Tool and Safety Training Session and will take place on Saturday, April 2nd from 12-4 p.m. at Holy Trinity in Danbury. At this session we will be going over how to safely use a wide variety of tools and skills that we may need for our work in Appalachia including, sheet rock cutting and taping, using power tools such as chop saws and saws all, nailing, painting, flooring, ladder safety and more. Each teen will get signed off showing that they have trained in these areas. This is a critical part of what we do to keep everyone safe! Any teen who is not able to make this session will need to be trained on these skills and provide documentation that they have done this training for safety purposes.

On the trip we and ASP provide most of the tools that we will use. However, it is required that each teen bring a few basic items that are used frequently. We would like everyone to gather these supplies and bring to the Tool and Safety session. A leader will check that your bag is complete and then we will keep them at the church to use on our construction day and for the trip. Please mark everything with your name and pack all items in a drawstring bag.

The following items are required:

  • Work gloves (2 pairs preferable)
  • Hammer
  • Safety glasses if you have them
  • Measuring tape
  • Carpenter pencil
  • Flashlight
  • Nail apron if you have one
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Hat or bandana
  • Sunscreen

Other reminders:

  • Wear work boots or other heavy shoes—everyone will need these for the trip. If you don’t already have a pair it’s great to get them now and wear them for this and the following session to break them in. Nails and other debris on the worksite make sneakers insufficient for foot protection.
  • Long pants
  • T-shirts with sleeves
  • Stock sales

Eat lunch before you come. We’ll have snacks. As always, if you have any questions let us know.

In Christ, Susan

Training #2 This Sunday 2/27, Don’t Miss It!

Hello Orthodox Youth Mission Team,

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!

Our second training session will take place this Sunday, February 27th from 3-5 p.m. at Holy Trinity in Danbury (74 Joes Hill Rd., Danbury, CT). 

This is our fundraising session for our biggest fundraiserMock Stock Sales. For those of you who are new to the team, each teen will be sending letters to friends and family asking them to “invest” in their youth mission work. Each teen is required to bring names and addresses pre-printed on peel and stick address labels to use for this fundraiser. We recommend that families use their Christmas card address lists. If you have any trouble making your labels you can contact Beth ([email protected]). Mock Stock sales will also take place at each parish during coffee hours and the procedure will be explained to your teen at the meeting. Families with more than one team member need only make one address list and siblings can share it. 

At this meeting the remainder of the payment for the trip is due. The total cost of the trip per teen is $350. Please bring a check (made out to Holy Trinity) or cash for the total minus the deposit you made initially for your teen’s fees. 

We are also looking for a parent volunteer to prepare something simple for meal (baked ziti, a ham, mac and cheese—whatever you like!). We can reimburse you for the cost of the ingredients if you wish.

Team members are asked to bring $5 for dinner.

As always, if you are unable to attend this meeting for any reason please let us know in advance. 

Thank you and looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday!

In Christ,

Susan

First Meeting today!

We are looking forward to getting together with everyone for our first training session this Sunday, Jan. 23rd from 3-5 p.m. at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 74 Joes Hill Ave., Danbury, CT. This year’s theme from ASP is “Rooted in Love.” We will explore this theme and discuss what mission means and how we are called to be a part of it. All of our training sessions are essential for preparation for our mission trip this summer. If there is some reason you are not able to attend we expect to hear from you ahead of time.

Here’s a few things to bring:

IMPORTANT: In order to have everyone’s contacts and medical info in case of an emergency, ALL members—teens and leaders—are asked to please fill out the registration form on the ASP website BEFORE attending Sunday’s meeting. 

Instructions are here: Complete your individual registration to join our group by going here.

  • Enter 11567 for the group code
  • Click on the “Join an existing group” button

Susan Sulich
Group: Orthodox Youth Mission Team – #11567

Click on the ‘Join this Group’ button and fill out the form. NOTE: If you are a returning team member you will have to enter your password. If you are a new team member you will need to create an account.

For assistance with your username and/or password, contact [email protected] or 800-289-4254

We will also have a laptop at the meeting if you are unable to fill out online but a parent will be needed.

As always, if you have any questions, contact us!

Cancelled: training #3 3/15 and 3/22

Hello Orthodox Youth Mission Team CT/NY,

Glory to Jesus Christ!

In the interest of safety first we will be postponing Training # 3 scheduled to take place in Danbury on 3/15 and in Orange on 3/22. Stay tuned for updates on our Tool Training day on April 4th

Please give any stock that you have received to Lynne or Shaun. 

Stay safe and continue to pray for all of those affected by the virus. 

In Christ, Susan

CT/NY Feb Meeting

2/9 3-5PM IN DANBURY OR

2/16 1-3PM IN ORANGE

Hello Orthodox Youth Mission Team Members,

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!

At our next training session we will be sending out our Stock Sales and going over some basic training material for our ASP trip this summer. A few notes about stock sales:

  • Stock Sales is our biggest fundraiser for this project.
  • Everyone is expected to participate (as a reminder, in the Covenant you sign in to participate on the mission team you agree to sell 50 shares of stock (which amounts to $500) to help defer the costs of the mission trip.
  • The volunteer fee that youth pay goes in total to ASP. It does not cover transportation, hotel and travel expenses and training expenses.
  • If participating in the stock sales is an issue for you or your family, we will be looking for you to raise the funds that would have come from stock in another way. We do not want to see any $0 stock numbers for any youth team members.
  • Another way to help sell stock is to participate in your parish fellowship sales.

For new members, we offer “mock stock” shares for $10 each to friends and family as a way of “investing” in our youth. In return, “investors” get to follow our progress and are invited to a thank you presentation when we return from Appalachia. For the training we ask that each youth member (family) bring pre-printed address labels to the meeting for people you will send stock packets to. We suggest using your Christmas card list. If this is your first time, you will be surprised at the number of people even beyond the church who are happy to see youth involved in giving of themselves to others and are pleased to support this effort.

We will provide envelopes, stamps and all materials. 

Training #2 will take place in Danbury on Sunday, Feb. 9th from 3-5 p.m. (followed by a brief adult leader meeting). It will take place in Orange on Sunday, Feb. 16thfrom 1-3 p.m. If you are unable to make either of these training sessions, please let Susan ([email protected]) and Shaun ([email protected]) know asap. Please also bring $5 for refreshments.

Last but not least, the final payment of $175 for volunteer fees is due at this meeting.

Any questions, please contact me.

In Christ,

Susan

@OYMT1