With the blessings of His Grace Irinej, the Bishop of the Eastern America of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
Predicated on Decision No. 86 of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church of February 16, 2023, concerning the tragic earthquakes in Syria and Turkey, We hereby ordain that all church-school congregations, mission parishes and persons of good will of the Eastern American Diocese undertake a special fundraising initiative to help the suffering people of Syria and Turkey, effective February 20, 2023 – The Sunday of Forgiveness (Cheesefare Sunday). As per the above-mentioned Decision of the Holy Synod, all collected donations to will be sent through our Patriarchate in Belgrade. The collected donations designated for "Syria & Turkey Earthquake Relief Fund" are to be submitted to our Diocesan Offices by regular mail no later than the Second Sunday of the Great Lent. For electronic transfer or other means of payment please contact our Financial Department via e-mail at: email@example.com.