SOYO

Mission

We believe that the Goal of Orthodox Christian Youth Ministry is the integration of each young person fully into the total life of the Church. We believe that Orthodox Christians must commit themselves to living the Orthodox Faith daily. Worship, Witness, Service and Fellowship are the natural expressions of that commitment. We define them as follows:

WORSHIP– For Orthodox Christians, corporate worship is the sacramental expression of and participation in Holy Tradition, and is the indispensable foundation of youth ministry at all levels. Upon this foundation, we must cultivate a daily personal prayer life and reading of Holy

WITNESS– Christ calls us to be His witness in the world. We must enable our youth to express their faith for themselves and to others in order to be true witnesses to Christ and the Orthodox

SERVICE– Christ came not to be served, but to serve. We need to move our youth to do the same. We honor and glorify God by loving and serving mankind in the name of Jesus Christ, using our God-given gifts and talents.

FELLOWSHIP– The Holy Trinity is the perfect model of fellowship; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit share perfect communion and exist in perfect love as a community. By gathering together in fellowship, and by showing love for one another in Christ, we emulate the life of the Holy Trinity in our daily life.

Officers and Members

SOYO (Grades 8-12)

  • Abraham Kabazie, President
  • Jacob Firek, Vice President
  • Julie Conlogue, Secretary
  • Madison Bowser, Treasurer
  • Christian Bowser
  • Ryan Hardaway
  • Gregory Syiek
  • Leah Shiferaw
  • Jake Murray
  • Mark Zafaran
  • Emily Shaheen
  • Matt Shiferaw
  • Julianna Firek
  • Gabriella Abraham
  • Nick Lawton

SOYO (Grades 7 and below)

  • Maria Zafaran
  • Marissa Mansour
  • Isabella Florian
  • Emme Lawton

Activities

  • Outreach and mission projects such as, but not limited to:
    • Make Brown Bagged Lunches for Pittsburgh Homeless
    • IOCC Emergency Kits
    • Children’s Christmas Gift Drive
    • Christmas Carol at Local Nursing Homes
    • Winter Coat and Sweater Drives
    • Walk for Missions
    • Project Mexico
    • Projects at other churches (e.g. Brownsville Orthodox Church)
  • Service to church such as, but not limited to:
    • Orthodox Youth Month
      • Epistle Reading, Chanting, Collecting and Ushering During Services, Etc.
    • Help Prepare for Feast Days
    • Make and Serve Annual Parish Meeting Breakfast and other Meals
  • Attend meetings such as, but not limited to:
    • Delegate’s Meetings
    • Parish Life Conference
      • Bible Bowl
      • Diocesan SOYO Meetings
      • Oratorical
  • Fellowship such as, but not limited to:
    • Pirate Games
    • Bowling
    • Pool Parties
    • Game Days
    • Outings at Parks
  • Fundraising activities such as but not limited to:
    • Steeler Game “Tailgate” Party
    • Prayer Bracelets
    • Sell Food and Drinks
      • Hoagies, Candy, Etc.