UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Dear Readers of our website!
Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ!
Souper Bowl Sunday 2015 is FEBRUARY 1, 2015!
Team up with Ukrainian Orthodox League of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA in our Annual Souper Bowl of Caring. Rally your parish and church youth to champion this social service ministry by feeding the poor and caring for those in need around the world.
It's easy! Your parish youth can collect donations on or near February 1, 2015 and direct the collected donations to UOL in order to benefit the ministry of St. Andrew Society of our Holy Church – benefitting the elderly and soup kitchens in Ukraine. Read the Flyer here!
As Orthodox Christians, in response to the Gospel, we are taught to be generous in charity and love to all. In cooperation with the Saint Andrew’s Ukrainian Orthodox Society, one of our Church’s central organizations that works to serve the less fortunate in Ukraine, we have the opportunity to help those in need.
In 1991 Saint Andrew’s Society was established to support the spiritual rebirth of the faithful in Ukraine especially in charitable outreach. This organization of our Church’s faithful has provided humanitarian assistance to the poor and disenfranchised elderly, by providing meals or food parcels, and to the orphans, with St. Nicholas visitations. These soup kitchens, located in various cities in Ukraine, have provided warm meals, Monday through Friday, for the needy.
Saint Andrew’s Society has also published Bibles, religious books and educational pamphlets for the faithful in Ukraine. The Orthodox seminaries have received countless supplies and equipment. The seminarians themselves have received scholarships. Along with these great offerings, the Society has raised over $115,000 to restore historic Saint Michael’s Monastery in Kyiv.
On Sunday, February 1st, numerous people across the country will gather to enjoy Super Bowl Sunday. We are truly so fortunate to enjoy God’s blessings; this is the perfect opportunity to remember and to share with the less fortunate. Again this year, the Ukrainian Orthodox League requests that all UOL Chapters take a collection, and/or host a fundraising meal to support Saint Andrew’s Society’s Soup Kitchens in Ukraine. With the blessing of your pastor and in cooperation with the parish administration, we request you distribute the brochures, sharing them with the faithful.
All donations can be sent:
Lauren Bentley - UOL Financial Secretary
818 Barley Sheaf Road
Coatesville, PA 19320-2216
Let's carry the excitement of Super Bowl Sunday into the homes and lives of people in need in Ukraine throughout the world. It's a simple but significant act that reminds us what is truly important. Your parish youth have the power to make a positive difference.
Join hundreds of other Orthodox Christian parishes around the country participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring as an opportunity to demonstrate your concern for the hungry and needy of the world around us. May God bless you and your parish in this New Year!
Bishop Daniel and Protodeacon Ihor Mahlay
Consistory Office of Christian Charity