GOYA: Greek Orthodox Youth of America
Advisors for 2014-2015 and their emails:
Agnoula Marcantonis &
Evan Palmieri President
Maria Raptis Vice President
Aris Tsingiropoulos Vice President
Yanni Tsetsekos Corresponding Secretary
Eli Papadopoulos Treasurer
The Greek Orthodox Youth of America, or GOYA, ministers to
teenagers in the seventh to twelfth grades.
The 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 Witness (Martyria). 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.
The Umbrella of GOYA:
In 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 and spent the afternoon
skewering Souvlakia for the Greek Affair. It was messy fun and
we had a wonderful turn out of new and veteran members.
Later on September 26th our GOYA attended the DVYC Welcome Back
Dance at Holy Trinity in Wilmington DE. We hada a wonderful time dancing the night away.
On October 4th we will gather in our community center for a meeting to prepare
for our first annual Dodge Ball Tournament. We will decorate our teams T-Shirts.
On October 5th we will assume the responsibilities of the Parish Council and the
Oath of Office will be given to our Officers, Evan Palmieri President, Maria Raptis & Aris Tsingiropouls Vice
Presidents, Zoe Nikolos Recording
Secretary, Yanni Tsetsekos as corresponding secretary and Eli
Papadopoulos as Treasurer. Congratulations to our officers and
may our year be wonderful, spiritual and exciting.
Also on October 5,
we will be hosting a Bake Sale in our Community Center during coffee
hour. Please come
and buy some treats to help us raise funds for all of our GOYA
On October 11, 2014 we will be hosting our first annual Dodge Ball Tournament. The proceeds will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation. GOYAns from all parishes are invited
to participate. For more
information please contact the advisors listed above, they will be
happy to answer all your questions and concerns.
On October 26, 2014 The Metropolis Ambassador Awards will be help on October 20, 2014
at the Merion in NJ. Our Ambassadors this year are, as the
Ambassador of Love, Maria Raptis, as the Ambassador of Peace,
Christina Zographakis, as the Ambassador of Hope, Aleko Kontos, and
as the Ambassador of Faith, Nicholas Lamprinakos. Our
.Congratulations and God Bless all of our young people.
Looking to November: November 8th we will be heading to Poco Loco to
have fun playing paint ball.
Basket Ball season is beginning on October. 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.
Any 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 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