Great Escape WINTER CAMP 2018 Registration

There’s still time to register for Great Escape WINTER CAMP 2018. Don’t miss out on the fun we have planned for a weekend retreat filled with fellowship, discussions, skits, olympic games, bonfires, sing-a-longs and worship to enlighten your Lenten journey. Spots are filling up fast! Limited to only 75 campers, on a first come first serve basis.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR WINTER CAMP NOW!

WHO: Grades 6th-11th WHEN: March 2-4 COST: $175 WHERE: St. Iakovos Retreat Center, Kansasville, WI.

QUESTIONS? Contact Dn. Chris Avramopoulos at 312-337-4130 or gochicagoyouth@aol.com

SAVE THE DATE: FANARI SUMMER CAMP 2018 (All 4 sessions open to campers entering 6th-11th grade in the fall of 2018)

SESSION 1: JUNE 17-23

SESSION 2: JUNE 24-30

SESSION 3: JULY 8-14

SESSION 4: JULY 15-21

Registration opens, TUESDAY, MARCH 6TH AT 12:00pm at fanari.org.


NYE Goya Dance TOMORROW!

GET READY TO BRING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH YOUR CHURCH/FANARI FRIENDS…

St. Demetrios of Elmhurst (893 N. Church Rd. Elmhurst) is hosting a “New Year’s Eve GOYA Dance” (opent to grades 6th-12th)  TOMORROW, Friday, December 29th from 7:30-10:30pm. Spread the word and reunite with friends, while enjoying a night of music, dancing, food and fun! All participants must stay until the end of the dance.

$15 entry–Dress to Impress–Greek Dancing–Photo Booth–FUN!

Questions? Contact Anthony Ruggerio at a.ruggerio@gmail.com

GOYA Dance, Winter Camp Registration, & Fanari Summer Camp 2018 SAVE THE DATE!

As the year winds down, and we reflect on the joyous summer together at Fanari Camp, we look forward to this year’s upcoming camping ministries already planned for the New Year!

BUT FIRST, come join your friends and ring in 2018 together….

St. Demetrios of Elmhurst is hosting a “New Year’s Eve GOYA Dance” (grades 6th-12th)  on Friday, December 29th from 7:30-10:30pm. $15 entry fee. Spread the word and reunite with friends, while enjoying a night of music, dancing, food and fun! Questions? Contact Anthony Ruggerio at a.ruggerio@gmail.com

The Great Escape WINTER CAMP 2018 Registration is now open! Limited to only 75 spaces, on a first come first serve basis.

WHO: Grades 6th-11th WHEN: March 2-4 COST: $175

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR WINTER CAMP NOW!

Questions? Contact Dn. Chris Avramopoulos at 312-337-4130 or gochicagoyouth@aol.com

Time to SAVE THE DATE for FANARI CAMP 2018!

SESSION 1: JUNE 17-23

SESSION 2: JUNE 24-30

SESSION 3: JULY 8-14

SESSION 4: JULY 15-21

Registration opens, TUESDAY, MARCH 6TH AT 12:00pm at fanari.org.

Questions? Email fanari.camp@gmail.com

 

Fanari Camp 2017 Reunion Dance

Summer is over, but the friendships and fun of Fanari Camp live on….it’s REUNION TIME!!!

Come enjoy a night of music, dancing, food and fellowship with all your Fanari friends! A Fanari Vespers service will begin at 7:00pm, with dancing and dinner to follow. Gather your friends, new and old, to reconnect and enjoy the night together, as one family in Christ. Hope to see you there!

When: Sunday, October 8, 2017

Time: 7:00pm Fanari Vespers/7:30-10:00pm Dance

Hosted by: SS. Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 1401 Wagner Rd. Glenview, IL.

Cost: $10 Includes DJ and Pizza

 

Saturday 7/22: Divine Liturgy and Goodbye Fanari Camp 2017!

Another incredible summer of Fanari Camp is in the books. The grounds of the St. Iakovos Retreat Center are quiet now, but the spirit of our campers will continue to be felt throughout!

The culmination of our beautiful week was attending Divine Liturgy before our departure today. The Very Rev. Fr. Christodoulos Margellos, Fr. George Pappas, Fr. Panteleimon Dalanis, Fr. Peter Sarolas and Deacon Chris Avramopoulos, celebrated the Divine Liturgy together and chanted a trisigion for our beloved Metropolitan Iakovos, Fr. Bill Chiganos, and all those Fanari campers, counselors, clergy and benefactors of the St. Iakovos Retreat Center, who have fallen asleep in the Lord. May their memory be eternal!

Today was the feast day of St. Mary Magdalene and St. Markella. The Very Rev. Fr. Christodoulos Margellos spoke in his sermon about how in our society, we raise up strong and successful women as an example to our younger generation of girls, which is good and right. However, we should also look at the woman saints and martyrs of the church, like St. Markella, and especially the Panagia, who are also role models and women to emulate for their spiritual strength and convictions towards Christ. May they intercede for us all!

As the time has come to say goodbye, we thank all the Session 4 clergy and counselors for giving a week of their time and talents, to minister to the youth of our Metropolis. It’s because of their love and dedication to our program, that we are nourished in our Orthodox faith, which has brought us together for a memorable week of worship, laughter and friendship.

Finally, to our phenomenal counselors and Core Staff, who attended all 4 sessions this summer, may you be blessed; may you be strengthened; may you always continue down the path to Christ; and may you finally get some sleep. 🙂 

It’s been a blessing to share our daily activities and photos with you each session. Farewell, for the last time, from Fanari Camp 2017!  May God bless and watch over you all, for the remainder of your summer.

In Christ,                                                                                                               Diakonissa Nicole

Check out Session 4 Day 7 Photos!

Friday 7/21: Arts & Crafts, Skit Night

Our beautiful week together is just about over, and as sad as we are that it’s ending, we’re so thankful for the opportunity to be together and grow in our faith and friendships this week, as one family in Christ at Fanari Camp.

We wrapped things up today with our theme, “The Apostle Paul, Christ’s Great Athlete, A Champion to Imitate” by going through our final rotations of Bible Study, Orthodox Life and Theater, where we had dress rehearsal for our skits. Our “Flex” session was Arts and Crafts, where Alex Magdalinos taught everyone how to create a mosaic icon using tiles. Everyone enjoyed free time activities indoors and out, and getting all the swag and snacks they wanted before Camp Store closed.

After a week of preparation in Theater, we ended our final evening activity with “Skit Night”. Chrysanthy Agos and all the counselors did a great job coordinating the evening’s skits, and the campers enjoyed watching each other’s hilarious performances. We definitely have some theatrical and entertaining campers!!!

When it was time to announce our 2017 Session 4 Spirit Winners, no one was more surprised than the winners themselves, the OLYMPIANS!!! Huge congratulations to all the campers and counselors who embraced the Fanari Spirit all week long. Our four 11th graders were also recognized, whether it was their 1st or 6th year attending camp: Michael Ketchum, Gabriel Tosh, Steve Savas and Panagiotis Kurtis. Also, visiting since Thursday, Nicky Kotsinis, from our special needs ministry, “Pick Up Your Cross and Follow Me” has ended his 11th grade year with us, as well. We hope that Fanari will always hold a special place in all their hearts and that they keep all they’ve gained from their experiences here, with them always.

We ended our last Closing Day with a slideshow of all the great memories during the week and a heart felt THANK YOU to all our 4 week staff: Chrysanthe Agos, Ari Cussick, Alex Klonis, Cassandra Mezzines, John Anton, Gray Kafkes, Sam Liadakis, as well as our 4 week Core Staff, Dn. Chris Avramopoulos, Diakonissa Nicole Avramopoulos, Alex Magdalinos, Maria Pentaris, Chris Chakonas, Connie Savas and Nick Kirkeles, who have been busy planning the summer since last year.

Finally, Deacon Chris spoke on what a beautiful week we had, and how our friendships and faith in Christ grew during our week together. We should not let what we learned and experienced here stay at camp, but bring it back to our homes, families, friends and our communities.

Before dismissal, everyone sang together one last time, “Deep”, Pharaoh, Pharaoh”  and “Seek Ye First”. What seemed like a long week ahead of us, has quickly brought us to an end. Today we created so many memories, with friends, new and old. Thank you, Lord, for blessing us with beautiful moments together at Fanari Camp this week! Campers are all packed up and ready to go for departure, after Divine Liturgy tomorrow. 1 more day….see you at chapel in the morning for our final goodbyes.

 Check out Session 4 Day 6 Photos!

 

Thursday 7/20: Picnic Day and Dance

Time to take a break from our Daily Schedule and enjoy our Picnic Day!!!  We spent the morning rotating to different activities before lunch, and had a day of unlimited free-time and fun!

Following chapel and “Alone with God”, we headed to breakfast to get charged up for a busy morning of activities. Some campers started at the “St. Paul Challenge Course”, where the campers rotated through sessions, representing the different stages of St. Paul’s life.

Fr. Panteleimon and Sara Pessimisses took us through the first stop, the Road to Damascus in the woods, blindfolded, to represent how St. Paul was blinded on his journey. Then campers joined Fr. Dimitri Tobias, to celebrate St. Lydia’s baptism by chanting the hymn, “All those who have been baptized, into Christ, have put on Christ. Alleluia!”  Next was the imprisonment of St. Paul and Silas, where campers illustrated their steadfastness by all working together to stand on a small platform with John Fotopoulos.  Finally, to demonstrate the brutal stoning of St. Stephen, of whom St. Paul persecuted before his conversion, campers played what they thought was a game of dodge ball with Fr. George Pappas, before they realized the brutal stoning that took place to this martyr. 

While half the campers were on the “St. Paul Challenge Course”, the other half put their Trivia skills to the test, with Fr. Ciprian Sas. The categories included sports, world history, pop culture, Greek History, Geography and church. They also learned about the meaning of the items on the altar table, with Fr. Christodoulos Margellos.

Then it was finally time to fire up the grill and feast on a delicious lunch of souvlaki, pita, tzatziki, watermelon and chips! As our Delphian boys would say, “Water! Hydration!”. It was a hot and humid day, but everyone found themselves enjoying basketball, soccer, volleyball and some went swimming to cool off.  Campers also had the opportunity to visit the farm on “Maria’s Wacky Wagon Ride”, where Farmer Joe’s tractor took them on a tour of the grounds, so that they could visit the barn to see the animals. Everyone stood in line to hold the sweet kitten, meet the new and adorable goats named Jem & Scout, and pet our beautiful peacock!

Before our afternoon ended, the entire camp came together for our annual Counselor vs Camper softball game! We had some tough competitors and close calls, but fun was had by all who participated and observed. So many different opportunities happening at Fanari Camp this week! 

After dinner, it was time to go back…..back in time! The“Blast From the Past” Dance, with DJ Chrys Cross, was filled with tie dye and flower power, poodle skirts and 80’s neon! We danced to some great oldies like “Don’t Stop Believin”, “Mickey”, and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”. Some of our campers also enjoyed heading to the fireplace and roasting marshmallows to make s’mores, and listening to saint stories with Alex Magdalinos and Fr. Dimitri Tobias. A fun way to wrap up this full day of fellowship and fun with each other!

Following the dance, Sara Pessimiss spoke at Closing Day, and talked to the campers about “unplugging” from technology. While attending Ionian Village in Greece, she had the opportunity to unplug and focus on prayer and personal reflection. Her message was to put the devices down and don’t be distracted. Take time to appreciate your surroundings and connect to the people in your life.

Our Spirit Sticks were awarded to the Olympians and Spartans tonight, for all their energy and enthusiasm throughout the day. We’re nearing the end of our time together, but are so thankful for the memories we’re creating each day. 

All is quiet and calm in camp tonight. What a fulfilling day together, as one family in Christ, enjoying all the blessings at Fanari Camp. Goodnight and God Bless!

Check out Session 4 Day 5 Photos!