OCN Sunday: Share the Light – January 20th, 2019

January 20th, 2019

OCN Sunday is designated each year by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America to raise awareness of the Orthodox Christian Network Media Ministry Missions. The observance of OCN Sunday is an opportunity for parishes to help OCN take the extra step and go out to more people to share the truth of the gospel. Media allows us to spread the seeds of goodness in Orthodoxy around the world.  The Orthodox Christian Network continues to serve the Orthodox community since 1995 and provide unlimited access to Orthodox faith-inspiring programming, services and online community.

You, your families, parish, and organizations can support OCN in a number of ways:

  • Get Your Parish Involved.  Speak with your priest about the OCN Encyclical available here to download from the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, include OCN programming and resources in your parish bulletin, and take a special collection for OCN.  Create a Coffee Hour Table and add OCN to your parish website.
  • Be a Change Agent. Get Others Involved.  Create a Media Ministry Missions Team at your parish, become an OCN Virtual Volunteer or Contributor, or host a fundraiser to share the impact OCN has had on your faith and others.
  • Become a Monthly Share the Light Sponsor.  With church attendance declining, it’s the call of our generation to reach people where they are and remind them of the grace of God and His unconditional love. Millennials between ages 18-34 are leaving our churches at an alarming rate, 70% are leaving to be exact. We are surrounded with constant noise and notifications. If the people of today aren’t going to be in church then we need to be meet them where they are at and where they are on the internet consuming media. They are consuming over 40 hours of media a week. They are being lied to, and being told this is true, no this is true, so many truths, lies, and uncertainties.

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Share the Light Sunday Encyclical – 2019

Share the Light Sunday, January 20, 2019

How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? – Romans 14

Beloved Clergy, Godly Monastics, and Blessed Faithful:

We greet you during this great and joyous Feast of Theophany in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Christ’s earthly ministry begins with His baptism by St. John the Forerunner and the proclamation of the Triune God, “This is my Son in whom I am well pleased.” Today we write you to renew our appeal to you to assist in the media ministry missions outreach of our faith.  To join Christ’s ministry as disciples of the 21st Century.

Now more than ever the people of this world need to hear the word of God in a profound and meaningful way.  By the Grace of God we have the Orthodox Christian Network – to inspire the faithful everywhere; raise up our children; call back the wayward; and reach out to our cities and towns with the joyful, Christ-centered message of the Orthodox Christian Church.

In parishes across the country and in homes around the world, youth, families, priests, groups, and those yearning to learn more about the Church visit the Orthodox Christian Network every day. As an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) comforts, inspires, interacts and informs Orthodox Christians and seekers through Digital Media. OCN invites you and your congregation to get involved and join us at www.myocn.net with our live streaming Rudder Byzantine chant station, The Anchor talk radio station, news programs, blogs, live weekly social media programs, and popular online orthodox community. Join on the conversation on myOCN Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Spotify, and YouTube.

During the Orthodox Christian Network’s 23rd Anniversary, the Assembly asks every Orthodox parish in America to participate in a Share the Light Sunday. Please spread the word about this ministry, and remember OCN in your parish’s charitable giving. OCN is not financially underwritten by any one organization, jurisdiction, or individual. Rather, OCN is supported entirely by parish, organization, and personal donations. When your parish supports OCN, you contribute to strengthening Orthodox evangelism and outreach in the Digital Age. Give the Gift of Orthodoxy Today!

On behalf of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops, we thank you for your continued support of this vital ministry. Let us go forth and share the Good News.