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OYMT Training #2: Cultural and Sensitivity Session

Sunday, February 26th
TIME CHANGED to 1-3 pm
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church
74 Joe’s Hill Road, Danbury CT

We’ll learn about the people in Appalachia that we’ll be serving, and how to work with our families in a way that respects them and their homes. You’ll also learn all about installing flooring at this session!

Bring $5 for dinner and $175 final fee.

NO adult leader meeting
Mission Trip 2023: July 8-16
If you have any questions please email

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 or Lexi Klimaszewski (203-997-3462) with any questions or concerns. Additionally, please send any and all pictures from past trips to Lexi at 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.

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 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!

OYMT CT/NY Fundraiser Meeting 12/8

Hello Returning and New OYMT Members in CT/NY,

Glory to Jesus Christ!

We hope you are all enjoyed a blessed Thanksgiving with your families and friends!

On Sunday, Dec. 8 we will be preparing our holiday fundraiser—apple pies—at Holy Trinity in Danbury from 3-6 p.m. Please make every effort to attend and help kick off our fundraising for our 2020 summer ASP trip. Parents: we will have a holiday shopping opportunity for you up at the rectory while the youth are making pies. Pani Bethany Mihaly will offer a Holiday Open House with Mary Kay gifts for women, men, teens, teachers and everyone on your Christmas gift list. Best of all, 30% of the proceeds will go right back to OYMT. Festive refreshments will be served.

If you haven’t already done so, please complete the 3 forms below to be registered for this year’s trip. We have several returning teams from MD, TX, AL, FL and new teams from CA and other places so spots are filling quickly. We don’t want anyone to miss out. Please bring a deposit of $175 to the fundraising session and $5 for dinner. If you will not be there, please mail as soon as possible to Holy Trinity.

Registration Form

Youth Protection Policy


Finally, please put Sunday, Jan. 12 on your calendars now. That will be the date of our first training session which will take place at St. Barbara in Orange from 3-5 p.m.  Adult leaders will stay for a meeting from 5:00-5:30 p.m.A schedule for the rest of the trainings for Danbury/Bridgeport is attached here. New this year: a full schedule of trainings will also be offered at St. Barbara in Orange. Stay tuned for dates and times.

In Christ, Susan

P.S. Please forward to new or prospective members whose emails we may not have yet!