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Nativity & Epiphany Services in Afghanistan December 4, 2010

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Attention Orthodox service members in Afghanistan, their loved ones, friends, and supporters!

Orthodox Chaplains, Fr. Jerome Cwiklinski and Fr. Christopher Moody will be provide Nativity and Epiphany services at various locations in Afghanistan.  Please pass the word, so that anyone in need of the Orthodox sacraments and desirous to observe these feasts, may make arrangements through their unit chaplains.  Orthodox personnel may request to be visited at their site, or request to travel to another site where these services will be offered.

Start asking your unit Chaplain about Orthodox services.  Fr. Jerome himself plans to go around twice, once for each of the Feasts, and on other days to make the Liturgy and Sacraments available, and just to have fellowship with fellow Orthodox service members.  He would be honored to provide services on days other than Sunday.

Father Jerome can be contacted anytime at the following:

C. J. CWIKLINSKI
CAPT, CHC, USN
I MEF/MARCENT Chaplain
(760) 725-9032/9821 (Office)
365-9032/9821 (DSN)
carl.cwiklinski@usmc.mil or carl.cwiklinski@usmc.smil.mil

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Latest Episode of SGOMA Podcast is availible on Ancient Faith Radio June 10, 2010

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The St. George’s Orthodox Military Association’s latest podcast episode of the “Orthodox Christians on the Front Lines” is now available on Ancient Faith Radio. In this episode Fr. Anthony Perkins, a Retired U.S. Army Intel Officer, reflects on his deployment to Afghanistan in the wake of 9-11. To listen to the podcast click on the AFR link: http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/frontlines

About the Podcast:

“Orthodox Christians on the Front Lines – Dispatches from the St. George Orthodox Military Association”

The St. George Orthodox Military Association (SGOMA) hosts discussions on various topics related to our Orthodox Christian military men and women and their dependents serving in the United States. We feature special guests who are members of Saint George Orthodox Military Association, our courageous Orthodox military chaplains, and special interviews with our Troops, Sailors, Air Men, and Marines.

USCG – Alaska has a new Orthodox Chaplain June 1, 2010

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The St. George Orthodox Military Association (SGOMA) is pleased to announce that the U.S. Coast Guard and armed forces in the state of Alaska once again has an Orthodox Chaplain.  Fr. Eugene Wozniak is stationed with the 17th Coast Guard District in Juneau, Alaska.  He has statewide responsibilities to the nearly 40 Coast Guard cutters, units, and offices throughout the state.  Orthodox members of the other branches stationed in Alaska should not hesitate to contact him at the following:

Rev. Eugene Wozniak

LCDR, CHC, USN

Office: (907) 463-2038

email: eugene.wozniak@uscg.mil

17th Coast Guard District (DCH)

Juneau, Alaska 99801

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!

Welcome to the St. George Orthodox Military Association’s Blog Page! January 18, 2010

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Welcome to the St. George Orthodox Military Association (SGOMA) Blog Page!

St. George Pray for our Troops.

The main goal of this Blog page if to offer our Orthodox Troops in the U.S. Armed Services a place to blog, learn more about the Holy Orthodox Church, discuses issues related to being Orthodox and serving our Country, and a place to reach out to other Orthodoxs.

We hope to have regular Blog contributions from out Orthodox Chaplains on various issues related to our Orthodox Troops: being Orthodox in the Military, Major Feast Days, Military Family Issues, Prayer on Deployment, Military Saints, conversations with troops about their experiences being Orthodox in the military, or many other similar topics.

So some of you may be asking yourselves….”What is the St. George Orthodox Military Association all about?”

Briefly, the SGOMA was founded on October 20th, 2009, on the feast day of Holy Great Martyr Artemius (military saint). The SGOMA is a Pan-Orthodox group designed for the spiritual support, assistance, and growth of the Eastern Orthodox Christian men and women serving in the United States Armed Services around the World.

The SGOMA received official recognition and a Hierarchical Blessing from His Grace, Bishop Daniel, of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA (a member jurisdiction of SCOBA) on December 23rd, 2009. Bishop Daniel has a very deep interest in the well being of the Orthodox Men & Women serving in the US Armed Services. Bishop Daniel spent several years as a US Army Reserve Orthodox Chaplain until his elevation to the episcopate.

The Mission Statement of the SGOMA is:

“To find new opportunities to support and assist our Orthodox Military Members serving in the US Armed Forces Stateside and around the World, because the spiritual wellness of our Orthodox Troops matter.”

We invite you to learn more about the SGOMA by visiting our website located at:  www.orthodoxmilitary.org

We hope you will come back to our Blog site on a regular basis and will leave your comments and questions about the various topics we Blog about.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

-The SGOMA Staff