Ανακοίνωση για όλους τους Ορθόδοξους Χριστιανούς που ζουν στις ΗΠΑ και στον Καναδά. OCMC Announcement – Mission Sunday, March 13th,2016 is Almost Here!
In just a few more days our great Lenten journey begins! As this beautiful season approaches, please remember that Mission Sunday is also March 13th. What better way to approach our March toward Pascha than to pray for and support the Church’s mission to share the salvation of Christ with the world!
On March 13th, please say a prayer for Orthodox Missions and Orthodox Missionaries serving around the world, consider volunteering to serve as part of an Orthodox Mission Team, and support this eternal work of the Church with a gift to the Mission Center. For more information or to get involved, visit http://www.ocmc.org, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 1-877-463-6784.
Please Pray for Missionaries and Mission Workers this Mission Sunday, March 13th!
This Sunday, March 13th, is Mission Sunday! Currently there are 25 long-term missionaries and mission specialists serving in eight countries, and this year more than 100 volunteers will serve on short-term mission teams. Though their service may take different forms, the purpose of their service is all the same – to share the Orthodox Faith with the world. Please remember and pray for those who have answered the call to make disciples of all nations this Mission Sunday!
So you can pray for them by name, the OCMC Missionaries and Mission Specialists in the field are: Anastasia Pamela M. Barksdale, Pres. Georgia Bendo, Nathan & Gabriela Hoppe, Dr. Jeffrey & Caryn Macdonald, Dn. Stephanos & Dkn. Alexandria Ritsi, Jesse Brandow, Fr. John and Pres. Sandy Chakos, Dr. William Black, Dr. Michael & Lisa Colburn, Meagan Engelbach, Kurt A. Bringerud, Floyd & Ancuta Frantz, Hosea & Pamela Dilullo, Fr. David & Mat. Rozanne Rucker, Felice Stewart, and Fr. Paul and Pres. Katerina Patitsas.
A Word from OCMC Executive Director Fr. Martin Ritsi on Mission Sunday
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We pray that the new year has already been full of blessings.
This year Mission Sunday falls on March 13th. As the official foreign missions agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, we invite you to join us in growing an awareness of Orthodox Missions while helping to share the Faith with people around the world this Lenten season.
Many people still do not know that through the OCMC the Orthodox Churches of the United States send and support several long-term missionaries and hundreds of short-term mission team volunteers each year to preach and teach the Faith, minister to youth, provide healthcare, and help the Church grow on nearly every continent. This service is offered by lay people and clergy, men and women, the young and the old. There are opportunities for everyone to bring the light of Christ to those who remain in darkness.
Please speak to your parish about Orthodox missions on Mission Sunday, March 13th, or at some point during Lent this year.
Encourage your Sunday school teachers to use the lesson plans developed by the Mission Center to educate our children about this aspect of our Faith.
Help them to use OCMC Coin Boxes to raise support for this vital work of the Church.
Welcome people from your community to join an OCMC Mission Team or to serve as long-term missionary from your parish.
A prayer, a gift, an offering of time to serve will touch the lives of hundreds of people and bring love to a world that needs it now more than ever.
Thank you for all that you have done and will do to continue the mission of the Church! None of it would be possible without you and the countless others who have answered the call to make disciples of all nations before you.
Fr. Martin Ritsi