Advisors for 2012-2013 and their emails:
Agnoula Marcantonis &
Aris Tsingiropoulos Treasurer
Greek Orthodox Youth of America, or GOYA, ministers to teenagers in
the seventh to twelfth grades.
mission and goal of the GOYA (Greek Orthodox Youth of America)
ministry, is to lead our young people, into experiencing the Holy
Orthodox Faith. By developing a personal relationship with our Lord
and Savior, Jesus Christ and becoming active sacramental members of
the living Church, our young people will be equipped with tools
necessary to assist them in their journey through life. GOYA gives
our youth the opportunity to share, learn and grow spiritually while
having fun. The National
Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries recommends that the
GOYA ministry be based on the following four characteristics:
Worship (Liturgia), Fellowship (Koinonoia), Service (Diakonia), and
These characteristics are exemplified by attending and serving
during liturgy, fellowship in fun activities, doing out reach
activities and doing community service projects to those in need.
Umbrella of GOYA:
our youth program here at St Luke we have many groups that are also
an integral part of our community life.
Altar Boys are an important part of our liturgical life.
Greek Dance Group help our young people keep their ethnic
heritage, Basket Ball helps keep the body sharp along with the mind.
September we had our Kick off meeting at the Armenti family home.
It was great fun and we had a wonderful turn out of new and
Later on September 27th our GOYA hosted the DVYC Welcome Back Dance.
We had 135 young people from our diocese attend. DJ Kalo (are
own Evan Palmieri) was in charge of the music and the kids danced
both Greek and American favorites all night long.
October 5th the group is heading to Skyzone and to dinner.
On October 6th we will assume the responsibilities of the
Parish Council and the Oath of Office will be given to our Officers,
Nick Peters President, Evan Palmieri & Niko Spyropoulos as Vice
Presidents, Maria Raptis Recording
Secretary, Zoe Nikolos as corresponding secretary and Aris
Tsingiropouls as Treasurer.
Congratulations to our officers and may our year be
wonderful, spiritual and
Metropolis Ambassador Awards will be help on October 20, 2013 at the
Merion in NJ. Our
Ambassadors this year are Niko Spyropoulos as the Ambassador of
Love, Dimitra Migias as the Ambassador of Peace, Kathryn Corbino as
the Ambassador of Hope and Evan Palmieri as the Ambassador of Faith.
Our Liturgical Choir has been asked to sing as few hymns
under the direction of Mrs. Dena Papadopoulos and our own Kathryn
Corbino has agreed to sing the Greek National Anthem.
Congratulations and God Bless all of our young people.
Looking to November:
November 10th we will be hosting our first fundraiser:
Freshly baked Chocolate Chip Cookies and Hot Chocolate will be on
sale after Liturgy.
Basket Ball season is beginning on October 13th at St Demetrios at
2:00. Come out and help
support our teams. The
season schedule will be out and posted soon.
Keep an eye out on the St Luke's website.
young person that is in the 7th grade on up is welcome to join GOYA.
For further information please contact Demetra Peters at
610-608-5890 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Look for our calendar of events next month in your Epistle.
GOYA CODE OF CONDUCT:
Parents, in the event your child needs to be dismissed from any
type of GOYA event before it ends, please be sure to communicate
that information with the advisors and be sure to get a verbal
or electronic communication from them 24 hours in advance. Our
youths advisors primary concern is the well being of your child
and your child will not be permitted to leave without prior
communication from you.
Texting is not allowed during meetings or during an event when
adults are communicating information to the youth entrusted to
the advisors care. Cell phones need to be turned off during
meetings or when formal conversations are taking place. GOYAns
will be given one warning. The second time cell phones will be
taken away until the end of the meeting or formal gathering when
information is being given to them.
Gaming devices are not permitted under any circumstances during
meetings or when adults are communicating information to the
youth. If they are being used at such times, they will be taken
away until the meeting or event is over.
St. Luke's "The Giving Tree"
Learn more about this wonderful stewardship of love and charity.
Watch the interview, see our kids wrapping gifts for the needy and
singing Christmas Carols