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OCN Matching Gift Pascha Appeal

“After years of being away from the Orthodox Church, my youngest brother invited me to attend the Paschal Liturgy. Like the Prodigal Son, I had come home. I listened to ‘Come Receive the Light’ and other OCN shows non-stop. The Orthodox Christian Network is an invaluable resource for the spread of Holy Orthodoxy, and I am a proud monthly supporter.” — S.F. from Las Vegas, NV

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

It’s no secret that many young people drift away from the Church. Do you ever feel like that unfortunate trend is simply unstoppable? It’s easy to get discouraged, but I have good news for you: More and more people like this young listener from Las Vegas are “coming home” to Orthodoxy. And YOU can make a difference in the lives of others just like him by joining with the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) in its mission to:

• CALL BACK the wayward
• INSPIRE the faithful
• CONNECT teens, young adults and families to Christ’s Church

As you may know, in this media-savvy age one of the best ways to engage the broader culture, as well as our own young people, is through the Internet, iPods, DVDs, radio and television. Numerous studies, and our own experience producing Orthodox programs for all of these forms of media, have confirmed the power and potential of this approach. That’s why I’m writing to invite you to become a part of a growing movement. The Orthodox Church has SO MUCH to offer the modern world, but it needs people like you to give it a voice in today’s media world. Your special Lenten gift to OCN will express your commitment to the next generation and create something truly valuable for Orthodox teens, young adults and families across North America and beyond.

And now, thanks to a $50,000 challenge grant from a private donor, your Lenten gift will also do something else: It will be MATCHED dollar for dollar! That means that if you give today, your tax-deductible gift of $25, $50, $100 or more will be immediately DOUBLED in value. Think about it: If only 500 people like you give $100 by Pascha on April 27, that $50,000 will then be DOUBLED! And, most important of all, the $100,000 that you will have helped to make possible will meet a pressing need in our Church. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to give a Lenten gift that keeps giving! And remember: Every single gift brings us closer to our goal, so your response is SO IMPORTANT and very much appreciated.

As always, I thank you for your prayers and support. Together, we are creating something truly valuable for the future of our families and our Church. May God bless you richly during this Lenten season!

Yours for the Spread of Orthodoxy,

Rev. Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos

Executive Director
Orthodox Christian Network

P.S. Just imagine: With your prayers and support, we can raise $50,000 by Pascha. Be a part of something great! If you act now, your tax-deductible gift will be matched DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR — and it will help to keep our young people connected to the Church. Thank you!