2003: New OCAY Group in
At the September OCAY meeting, the attendees elected officers, began discussion for a “local chapter” name and planned their focus for the next few meetings. This year’s officers are: Analucia Perdomo, President; Daniel Adams, Vice-President; Arielle Evans, Treasurer; Michael Schroen, Secretary; and Cristina Perdomo, Artistic Director. The group’s adult sponsors are Lori Elizabeth Thompson and Dr. Marc Simpson, with assistance from Matushka Elizabeth Perdomo. The meeting included an enthusiastically contested game of team “Logos” (an Orthodox word game) and concluded with pizza for all!
The October meeting was to have been a brief business meeting followed by a rousing game of volleyball, but since there was a chilly rain falling, we had to go to “Plan B.” This consisted of meeting at the Perdomo’s home, planning for future activities and eating brownies. After much lively discussion, an OCAY “local name” was at last decided upon. The name which was unanimously approved is: “All American Saints Orthodox Youth” or AASOY. Even though the acronym sounds a bit like a Lenten Chinese dinner, it is meant to “allow room” for new future Saints which, according to the youth, will surely come from All over the
The upcoming November meeting’s primarily focus will be packaging small bags of candy which will then be distributed to children in
In December, our local AASOY (OCAY) group will be very busy. Some will be helping at our St. George’s Open House and International Bake Fest on December 6th. Others will be Directing and Producing the Parish’s annual “Children’s Nativity Play.” Members will help with props, costumery and casting the Church’s younger children as they share a performance which remembers the story of the birth of Christ in Bethlehem.
Some of our local OCAY members will also be singing at the “Candlelight Posadas” performance to be held in early December in McAllen, Texas. At this event, Parish adults and youth will sing traditional Orthodox hymns and songs of the Nativity season. In addition, our local AASOY group will particpate in a mid-December Christmas Caroling activity in the neighborhood of the Church as well as for several
nearby elderly residential communities. After caroling, a “fasting” pot-luck supper, complete with more singing and hot apple cider, is planned for all at the Perdomo’s home.
Submitted by: Matushka Elizabeth Perdomo,
Member of the SE Deanery Youth Team of the OCA Diocese of the South