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Happy Anniversary! SGOMA turns 1! October 20, 2010

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October 20th, 2010 – Feast Day of Saint Artemius/1st anniversary of the Saint George Orthodox Military Association (SGOMA).

One year ago today, an idea was born to find ways to support our Eastern Orthodox Christians serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

What started out as a letter writing campaign to try to get an Orthodox Chapel on Fort Bliss, one of the largest Army Bases in the U.S., turned out to develop into a Pan-Orthodox organization of active duty & reserve military, dependents, retirees, veterans and their families, all with the same goal, to advance the cause of our Orthodox men and women serving our country at home and overseas.

In the past year…

Our Facebook page went from 2 members to over 1,360 people. Our webpage has received over 100,000 hits, with visitors from all around the globe.

With the help and generosity of Ancient Faith Radio the Association has a regular podcast series called “Orthodox Christians on the Front Lines” available for download any time at: http://www.ancient faith.com

Our Orthodox Chaplains have done an outstanding job in helping us with the Podcasts and supplying us with liturgical information, Chaplain and Chapel updates, all in order to help our Orthodox brothers and sisters in the U.S. Armed Forces.

SGOMA has sent out over 25 Orthodox Survival Packages to our Orthodox service members in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Through the great generosity of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese SGOMA has been able to send out over 40 “Orthodox New Testament & Psalms” to our service members in the USA and around the world.

As we enter into our second year, SGOMA will continue to work towards serving our Orthodox Troops and find new opportunities to reach out to them and let them know they are loved, cared about, prayed for and remembered by the members of our association throughout the year.

SGOMA is working with USFallen.org in order to more accurately recognize and honor those Eastern Orthodox Christians who have given their lives in defense of our country. We will continue to expand, honor, pray for, and remember all of our fallen Orthodox service members throughout the year, in special panikhidas, and during Divine Liturgies.

SGOMA is continuing work on developing a home catechetical program and providing resources for Orthodox Home Schooling.

We are continuing to reach out to our Orthodox Troops, their families and our Orthodox Chaplains to bring you more interesting and educational Podcasts on our Ancient Faith series “Orthodox Christians on the Front Lines.”

We are very grateful for all the wonderful people who have donated to the Saint George Orthodox Military Association over the past year. Through your generosity we have been able to do the things that we have for our troops. We are still in need of more donations to continue the work that we have begun. If you would like donate to SGOMA please feel free to contact us via email at: StGeorgeOMA@gmail.com or mail your donations to us at: SGOMA, 2521 N. Main St., Unit 1, #198, Las Cruces, NM 88001. All your donations are tax detectable.

As always, we are open to ideas and suggestions on how we can better serve our Orthodox service members, their dependents, as well as our retirees and veterans. If you have any ideas please contact us and let us know.

We are excited to continue serving our Orthodox Service Members as we enter our second year. We ask for your continued prayers for our Association, but more importantly for our Airmen, Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, and Coast Guardsmen who so proudly and vigilantly protect our country every day. Our never-ending gratitude goes out to them!

Saint George Orthodox Military Association….we are “Supporting our Eastern Orthodox Christians serving in the U.S. Armed Forces”

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We Remember PFC Serge Kropov July 30, 2010

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We remember! On July 28th of this year SGOMA remembered one of our fallen Marines. July 28th is the birthday of PFC. Serge Kropov, USMC. Serge died in Afghanistan, in December 2009, while proudly serving his country. On this day members of SGOMA kept Serge in their prayers, as friends and family gathered around Serge’s grave at  St. Tikhon of Zadonsk Orthodox Monastery in South Canaan, PA, and held a Panachida for him.

Serge’s Mother has started a Facebook Memorial page for Serge. It is very touching and gives you a whole new feeling for the loss the Kropov family is feeling. This brings home the same loss that so many families around the United States feel who have lost a loved one serving our Country. You can view Serge’s Memorial Facebook page at:

 http://www.facebook.com/pages/manage/?act=50599020#!/group.php?gid=217355966323&ref=ts

We here at SGOMA remember Serge every day, just as we do for all of our fallen Orthodox Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen.  Memory Eternal!

One of our own July 18, 2010

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One of the Saint George Orthodox Military Association’s Facebook members, Scott Hakim (center in photo), is a U.S. Marine currently serving in Afghanistan. Recently, Fr. David Alexander, a USN Chaplain, serving in Afghanistan, did a very moving podcast about Scott on Ancient Faith Radio (Finding Scott Hakim – In the Valley of the Shadow of Death). Fr. David found Scott injured and in the military hospital there in Afghanistan, after a serious roadside bombing attack.

According to Scott’s family, he is now healthy and doing fine and is back with his fellow Marines. His small Marine Company is stationed on the top of a mountain scouting over the three towns that surround the mountain. They are due to head back to the States on October 4th.

Until then, Scott told them he would like some goodies from the USA, such as: blue Gattor-aide powder, beef jerky, sour skittles, and pouches of chicken and tuna.

SGOMA will be sending Scott one of our Survival packages. If you would like to send some items to Scott and his fellow Marines you can contact SGOMA for Scott’s mailing address in Afghanistan, our email is:  StGeorgeOMA@gmail.com. I am also sure they would appreciate cards and letters of support from our Orthodox people and especially from children.

SGOMA is also accepting donations for our Orthodox Survival Package Program. If you would like to assist SGOMA in this project please contact us.

Please keep, Scott, his fellow Marines, and all of our Troops in harm’s way, in your daily prayers.

1,000+ Friends of SGOMA on Facebook! May 4, 2010

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Wow! 1,000+ Friends of the St. George Orthodox Military Association (SGOMA) on the popular social networking site “Facebook”!

Thanks to everyone who has joined our Fan Page!

As always, if you are interested in the work and outreach programs of the SGOMA please consider officially joining the Association. We have a variety of membership levels to include:

1) Active Membership – Available to all Active Duty, Guard and Reservists. If you are currently in any of the aforementioned statuses with the U.S. Armed Services then you qualify for Active Membership. All Active memberships are free to our troops.

2) Family Membership – If you have a loved one who is currently serving on Active Duty, or is in the Reserves or the National Guard you can sign up for the Family Membership. For this level of Membership we ask for an annual donation of $15.

3) Veteran Membership – Available to all Retirees and Veterans of any of the U.S. Armed Services. For this level of membership we ask for an annual donation of $20.

4) Supporter Membership – Available to anyone who wants to show their support for our troops and SGOMA’s mission and goals. With this level of membership there is no need for any association with any of the U.S. Armed Services, just a desire to help our troops. For this level of membership we ask for an annual donation of $25.

5) Parish Sponsorship– Available to any Orthodox Parish who want to show their support for our troops and the SGOMA’s mission and goals. With this level of membership there is no need for any association with any of the U.S. Armed Services, just a desire to help our troops. For this level of membership we ask for an annual donation of $50.

6) Corporate/Business Sponsorship– Available to any Corporation or Business who wants to show their support for our troops and the SGOMA’s mission and goals. With this level of membership there is no need for any association with any of the U.S. Armed Services, just a desire to help our troops. For this level of membership we ask for an annual donation of $75.

What does your membership get you? When you join SGOMA you receive an official membership certificate, email updates on events, join and become active in a local Chapter (if there is one near you), and a monthly newsletter. In the near future SGOMA will have t-shirts, mugs, and baseball caps available to our members only.

How does your membership help our Troops? Your membership donations help SGOMA in our various outreach programs. It allows us to: ship the New Testament & Psalms for Orthodox Christians (Military Addition) to our Troops deployed around the world;  to send care packages to our Orthodox Troops deployed in combat zones; to further develop our Podcast series “Orthodox Christians on the Front Lines” on Ancient Faith Radio; helps in the design of a Home Catechetical Study Program; Orthodox Pen-pals; design and planning for future SGOMA retreats for our Orthodox Chaplains, Orthodox Military Families, and single Orthodox Troops; and provides funds for website, brochures, postage, chapter organization, as well as many other items.

Can People from outside the USA join the Association? Yes. Everyone is welcome to join the Association as long has they want to support the mission, goals and outreach programs of SGOMA. Most non U.S. Residents will probably sign up for “Supporter Membership.” We have a lot of Facebook Members who are on our Fan Page from all over the world: Serbia, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and others. If you want to support our Orthodox Armed Services members then join today!

If you are interested in finding out more about membership in SGOMA please go to our website, http://www.orthodoxmilitary.org, and go to out “Membership” section. There you will find additional membership information and membership forms. Or click on this link:  SGOMA MEMBERSHIP

Show your support for the St. George Orthodox Military Association and officially join today!