This is a great way to engage in fellowship, through service, with other Orthodox Christians. The FOCA is one of the church’s best kept secrets. From its beginning almost 90 years ago until the present, the FOCA (formerly the FROC) served an important role in assisting in the work of the Church providing talent and resources in such areas as youth ministry, religious education, liturgical music and financial assistance for the seminaries, missionary work and countless special projects. Through the organization's network of chapters coast-to-coast, a multitude of religious, educational, cultural, social and athletic activities were organized to provide an ideal way to meet others within the faith, within your local parish and beyond those boundaries. Over the years, many ideas have been shared, many dreams have become realties and many friendships have been developed into marriages.
The major charitable effort of the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America is its Fellowship of St. Andrew. To-date, nearly two million dollars in financial assistance has been raised and contributed to Orthodox Seminaries, missions, Alaska special needs, youth ministry, scholarships, International Orthodox Christian Charities and the Ohio District St. Vladimirs campground. In addition, Gifts of Love is an annual project addressing special needs in the United States and abroad.
Youth Ministry and Missions are two key areas of focus for service by the Fellowship. The organization's Junior division is a vital network of local chapters providing activities which are interactive, fun-filled and provide opportunities for personal and spiritual growth. The program has the potential of being an important vehicle for creating solidarity among our Churches youth in North America. The Fellowship and the Orthodox Church in America have a strong working relationship in coordinating youth ministry on regional levels. The missionary effort in America is assisted by the Fellowship through support to the Orthodox Church in America and through its Mission Hotline program, which provides underutilized liturgical items from on church to a mission. Many local chapters and districts assist mission parishes in their areas.
The FOCA annually schedules a National Convention as well as National Basketball, Bowling and Golf Tournaments. Each activity is generally sponsored by a district or local chapter. The National Convention is held in major cities and popular vacation destinations. Recent sites have included Orlando, Scottsdale, Minneapolis, Cleveland and Las Vegas. The Fellowships activities are family-oriented. Attending a national event is an ideal way to meet others within the faith. In addition, many districts and chapters sponsor a multitude of activities on a regional level.
The FOCA has the talent, resources and network to unite all Orthodox Christians in America in fellowship and service, from diocese-to-diocese to parish-to-parish. It is an ideal forum to meet others within the faith, and to work together for common goals. Give us a chance, we will not disappoint. We meet on a regular basis; please watch the bulletin and announce for updates.