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    SCOBA The Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas 8 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10021 You will be enriched in everything for
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      The Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas
      8 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10021

      You will be enriched in everything for
      great generosity which, through us,
      will produce thanksgiving to God.
      (II Corinthians 9:11)

      November 23, 2008

      The Hierarchs of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops
      in the Americas

      To the Most Reverend Clergy, Venerable Monastics and Devout Faithful of the
      Holy Orthodox Churches in the Americas

      Dearly Beloved in Christ Jesus,

      Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ.

      On this Sunday before our national feast of Thanksgiving, we give thanks to
      our Merciful God for all His blessings, and we take time to remember
      International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC). As the humanitarian aid
      agency of SCOBA, IOCC serves throughout the world as ambassadors of God’s
      mercy. Agency staff and partners feed the hungry, care for the sick, and
      provide essential relief to those whose lives have been shattered by
      man-made and natural disasters. Through your generous support, millions of
      hurting people receive the care and attention that all people deserve.

      IOCC’s mission is to respond to our Lord’s call to minister to those who are
      suffering and are in need throughout the world, sharing with them God’s
      gifts of food, shelter, economic self-sufficiency, and most importantly,
      hope. Since its inception in 1992, IOCC has delivered more than $275
      million in services to some of the world’s most vulnerable people. From
      famine relief in Ethiopia to assisting the victims of Hurricane Katrina;
      from fire fighting equipment for Greece after the devastating wildfires of
      2007 to relief for the war-torn Caucasus (both in Northern Ossetia and
      Georgia), IOCC brings comfort and assistance to literally tens of thousands.

      As Saint Paul said to the Corinthians, God provides us with the means, in
      every way, so that we will be generous at all times (2 Cor. 9:11). A
      generous heart makes way for the grace of God to freely flow both to the one
      who receives, and to the one who gives. Through our giving, as God has given
      us, we enter a holy cycle that glorifies God and uplifts our fellow
      neighbor. When you support IOCC this holiday season, your love extends to
      families in need of food and shelter.

      As your spiritual shepherds, we exhort you to be mindful of your blessings,
      and to joyfully share your bounty with those who are struggling throughout
      the world, as well as your loved ones. In doing so, you not only bring them
      help and hope, but you kindle the holy flame of God’s love.

      May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ bless you and your families this
      holiday season, as we offer thanksgiving to Him, and make ready to receive
      Him anew in His Glorious Nativity in Bethlehem.

      With paternal love and blessings in Christ,

      †Archbishop DEMETRIOS, Chairman
      Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

      †Metropolitan PHILIP, Vice Chairman
      Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

      †Metropolitan CHRISTOPHER, Secretary
      Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA and Canada

      †Metropolitan NICHOLAS of Amissos, Treasurer American Carpatho-Russian
      Orthodox Diocese
      in the USA

      †Bishop MERCURIUS of Zaraisk
      Representation of the Moscow Patriarchate

      †Archbishop DMITRI Locum Tenens
      Orthodox Church in America

      †Archbishop NICOLAE
      Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese
      in America and Canada

      †Metropolitan JOSEPH
      Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church

      †Metropolitan CONSTANTINE
      Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA

      †Bishop ILIA of Philomelion
      Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America
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