IOCC has humanitarian teams across the region serving people affected by the tragedy unfolding in Ukraine. Hand in hand with local partners, our staff are reaching those whose lives have been uprooted by the catastrophic events of recent weeks. They’re …
- Visiting reception sites that are receiving Ukrainian refugees
- Delivering emergency supplies to welcome centers in neighboring countries
- Preparing shipments of basics like food, water, hygiene items, and more for transport into Ukraine and delivery to people in need
IOCC anticipates active response to this humanitarian calamity for the foreseeable future—and your generous gifts will help us do exactly that. That’s why we set a goal of raising $1 million in private donations—and because of you, we’re already over $600,000. What’s more, an anonymous donor will match the next $10,000 we raise to help us reach $1 million even faster.
As you are able, please support this work with a financial gift to IOCC’s Ukraine Response Fund. Most of all, we ask for your prayers as we seek to fulfill Christ’s call to service in times of incredible need. Thank you.
Hos Beatitude Metroplitan Tikhon has asked for a special appeal in cooperation with the Orthodox Church of Poland in assisting Ukranian refugees. To donate to the appeal go here. He has specifically asked for the donations to come from individuals in the parishes. Please generous to our Orthodox brothers and sisters.
We are gathering names for the special one night movie on March 21 at 7:00 PM at the Regal Galleria in Poughkeepsie. The movie is called "Man of God" and is about the amazing modern Orthodox saint, St. Nektarios of Aegina. Please sign up on the sign-up sheet in the vestibule or contact Fr. Eric. Sign-up is due by February 27. To see more about the movie go here.
Dear Families and Friends of St. Gregory the Theologian Orthodox Church:
Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!
As many of you are aware, a new mask mandate for all indoor public venues in New York State began on Monday, December 13, 2021. The last guidelines we received from the Diocese was dated May 26, 2021 with an addendum dated June 9, 2021. They can be found at the Diocesan website at here and here. On December 17, 2021, His Eminence Archbishop Michael issued a letter to the Diocese on December 17, 2021 after consulting with the Diocesan leadership and advisors. This letter can be found on the parish website.
As such, the new mandate from New York State was determined to apply to religious organizations. After consultation with the Diocesan leadership, it was determined that parishes in New York State will comply with the mask mandate until such time that further guidance is issued from the Holy Synod and the Diocesan Bishop. As stated in the Guidelines from the Diocese we will not ask for the vaccine status of anyone. However, everyone is asked to wear a mask while in church. All other protocols remain unchanged. For those who are uncomfortable with the single spoon, please contact Fr. Eric for consideration of alternative means. For more information you can see the guidance from New York State. Frequently Asked Questions: Proof of Full Vaccination or Mask Requirement for Businesses and Venues | Department of Health (ny.gov).
We will continue to serve the services and there are no further changes to the parish protocols. We will continue to have coffee hour and we ask that everyone take the appropriate precautions while at coffee hour including wearing a mask until you sit at the table and eat and put the mask back on afterwards. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Fr. Eric.
We will continue to pray for the safety of everyone and for those who are going through these difficult times. I remain,
Yours in Christ: