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Syrian Relief Gathering to Benefit IOCC's Middle East Outreach

On Sunday, April 17, 2016 the IOCC Pittsburgh Metropolitan Committee plans to hold a prayer service and fund raising dinner that will benefit our Syrian brothers and sisters. This "Syrian Relief" gathering will be held at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Pittsburgh, PA. We would like to cordially invite your Parish to attend, and support IOCC's aid efforts in Syria. The recent conflict has been devastating. It has resulted in the displacement of a substantial percentage of the population which is now hungry, homeless, and lacking essential items. (Please see below)

Last year Archbishop Melchisedek, Metropolitan Savas, Bishop Thomas, Bishop Dr. Mitrophan, Bishop Daniel and Metropolitan Theodosius (retired) lead our Syrian Relief gathering. This year we are hoping to more fully engage all of the Orthodox jurisdictions and faithful in this Orthodox offering of love, prayer, and mercy. Please join us!

During the past three years, we have held three similar Syrian Relief gatherings that have grossed $27,000, $37,000, and $62,000, respectively. We are able to be extremely efficient with these gathering, because the community made/donated almost all of the food and supplies for the events. We were able to send $25,000, $36,000, and $60,000 respectively, to IOCC from these events. Glory to God! (As a reminder IOCC is typically able to obtain $7 worth of grant/other money for each $1 we raise. So this is equivalent to approximately $847K of total aid in Syria from our community's efforts.)

We need your help in the following ways:

Attend the Event - Assign a liaison from your parish that can help sell tickets (call Zelfa for details 412-417-4706). Reserve tables for your parishioners and attend as a group. Encourage the philanthropic organizations within your church to participate and help as a group. (See Flyer for reservation details)

Make a donation - Consider making a group church donation (perhaps pass a tray). Bring the donation to the gathering or send it to to Nick Terezis, c/o IOCC, 306 Marberry Dr. Pittsburgh, PA 15215. Please make the check payable to IOCC and write "Syrian Relief - Pit" in the memo. Donations from individuals are also welcome.

Volunteer to help at the Dinner - Please volunteer to help during the day of the event (April 17), AND encourage your church youth group to volunteer. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Zelfa at 412-417-4706.

Build Awareness - Please place this flyer in your church bulletin, post it on your bulletin board, and verbally encourage friends to attend.

Pray - Most importantly, pray for our Syrian brothers and sisters in Christ, and for all people risking their safety to deliver aid.

We are hoping that this gathering will help to foster more frequent collaborations in our Pittsburgh region - where all of the Orthodox faithful come together, in Christ, to aid one another when tragedies occur in our ethnic homelands. Thank you for your love and help in the ministry of IOCC.

In Christ,

Nicholas E. Terezis, Chairman
IOCC Pittsburgh Metropolitan Committee

Read updates on IOCC efforts in Syria