Monday, January 13, 2014
Orthodox Christian Network Share the Light Sunday
January 19, 2014
For, “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed?
And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?
Orthodox Study Bible Romans 10:13-14
Beloved Clergy, Godly Monastics, and Blessed Faithful:
We greet you in the name of the Lord with the hope that all might hear His Name and understand His message of salvation. We live in the information age where we hear, and see a multitude of messages each and everyday. Our children and grandchildren have never known a world that was not overrun by the influences of the noisy multitude. Will this multitude drown out the voice of Orthodox Christianity? What will our children have to offer when they give birth to their own children and strive to raise them as loving, courageous, faithful human beings? The authentic Church of Christ must have a strong presence in media to share the truth of the Gospel.
The start of a New Year is a time to evaluate our lives and to promise ourselves that we will make a positive change. Share the Light Sunday begins our journey as we dedicate ourselves to learning more about our Orthodox church’s media voice in North America. Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) strives each day to provide positive, relevant Orthodox content via multiple delivery platforms, reaching people via broadcast, podcast, video, blogging, and online learning wherever an internet connection is available. On the third Sunday of January designated each year as Share the Light Sunday, we remind you that it is in your power to make a larger change that can affect more people and more families than you can meet in a lifetime.
This year represents the 18th year of continuous broadcasting for our agency. OCN is also celebrating the launch of its new website, where visitors can listen, read, watch, and learn from the best in Orthodoxy worldwide. Features of the site also take into account the needs and trends present in the younger generation, who spend so much time on the internet where there is often, sadly, so little of value available to them. OCN continues to use every tool it can to reach these young people who will be the next generation tasked with preserving our precious faith and handing it on to future generations.
OCN, the media arm of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, has been sharing Christ’s good news with the world since 1996. Now is the time for all faithful to stand with our media voice and make it strong. Visit OCN’s website at www.myocn.net to listen to broadcasts, watch videos, read articles, and share what you find with friends and family members. It is our prayer that you will become long-term supporters of OCN, both financially and in helping to spread the news of OCN to the faithful, and to those still seeking faith.
May He who commanded us to preach His Gospel to all nations bless and keep you, now and in the coming year.
In His Service,
The Right Reverend Bishop Peter (Episcopal Liaison of OCN)
Rev. Dr. Christopher Metropulos (OCN Executive Director)