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Nov. 2010 E-Newsletter


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A Great Thanksgiving Banquet!

“Everyone capable of thanksgiving is capable of salvation and eternal joy.” - Fr. Alexander Schmemann


Once in seminary I was told that Fr. Alexander Schmemann used to say that Thanksgiving is truly the most Christian of all American holidays. I certainly agree! With all the family, food and warm thanks offered, one can easily imagine that our Thanksgiving meal is a foretaste of the Great Thanksgiving Banquet to come!

But for so many this week, Thanksgiving is a harsh reminder of the loneliness and overwhelming struggle just to “make it” that they feel every day...

This thanksgiving season FOCUS NA volunteers have helped to prepare and distribute Thanksgiving baskets and have served thousands of warm holiday meals.  They also have taken time to visit with those who would otherwise have gone without food or family.  I wish everyone could join us at least once to serve a meal in a FOCUS Center and see how thankful people are for what is offered and sit to listen to their stories first hand.  To be honest, I feel that the poor we serve are often so much more thankful for the little they have than I have ever been for all that I enjoy.  But times are hard and getting harder. That’s why we are so thankful for your generous gift today.

Because of your generous support this Thanksgiving, Orthodox Christians are uniting together to give hope to the hopeless! Here are three examples of how your prayers and gifts to FOCUS North America are making a real difference:

  • This Thanksgiving season, your gifts will provide hot, nutritious meals and vital care for homeless families and their children living in cramped motel rooms in Orange County, CA and homeless men and women on the streets in San Diego, CA and Orlando, FL.
  • This Thanksgiving season, your gifts will provide counseling and job assistance to new mothers struggling to find work and care for their new babies after choosing not to have an abortion in St. Louis.
  • This Thanksgiving season, your gifts will give warmth to the many cold by providing hot meals, shoes and warm winter clothing in Minnesota.

In the next few weeks, we will serve more meals and care for more people than at any other time of the year! While this means more chances to help change the lives of those we serve, it also means we need more help.


Would you share your thanksgiving for all God has given you by helping to provide hot, nutritious meals and vital life-recovery ministries for those in need through FOCUS North America?  Please click on the donate button in this email to give today.

Many times, those we serve simply need someone who cares to listen and a helping hand to regain their footing in life. The generosity of faithful friends like you makes it possible for this Thanksgiving to be special and keeps FOCUS North America’s doors open all year around. And that should give you a special thanksgiving too! Thank you!

Fr. Justin Mathews


Executive Director


PS - We are so thankful for your generous support donated online today! Click on the following links to read an amazing story of your gifts in action at our FOCUS MN Center and to listen to our latest podcast interview with Mat. Vera Proctor, Local Director of FOCUS MN.

Board of Directors:

Mr. Charles Ajalat,
Mr. William Hoeft,
Vice Chairman
Dr. Julie Papatheofanis, MD
V. Rev. Fr. Tom Avramis,
Mrs. Lory Barsdate Easton,
Mr. Brian Gerich,
Ms. Georgia Kazakis

Fr. Justin Mathews,
Executive Director

Advisory Board

Mr. Andrew Natsios,

Mrs.Theodora Polamalu
Mr. Peter Marudas
Mrs. Maria Foscarinis
Fr. Gregory Matthewes-Green
Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green
Mr. Joel Smith


For a Complete List of Our
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FOCUS North America
PO Box 871578

Kansas City, MO 

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