What a great first full day of Fanari! It was a bit chilly out today, but the sunshine was in and out, so the campers were able to enjoy the day with most of our activities outside.
We began our morning with chapel, lead by Fr. Chris Mihalopoulos, and had an Agiasmos service to bless the campers. Following the blessing, campers went outside for “Alone with God”–a time to sit and be alone with our thoughts in prayer and begin our day focused on Christ. It was a beautiful way to fill ourselves with peace and love.
After a delicious breakfast, we headed to our activities to begin our day. Campers learned all about the origin and different styles of dance in “Greek Culture” with Peter Savas and caught on quick to all the new dances! They also got started on their skits in Theater and enjoyed and had some great discussions in Orthodox Life and Bible Study.
Today was our swim test day. Any camper who wants to swim in our pool during the week, was tested by the lifeguard. Campers also played soccer, softball and basketball with their counselors or made friendship bracelets together and played games in the Main Lodge. The Camp Store was busy with customers and everyone loved getting some snacks and Fanari Swag to wear. What a blessing it is to see so many friends–new and old–enjoy the day together!
We were blessed with a visitor, Fr. John Ketchum from Annunciation in Milwaukee, to lead our vesper service and Fr. Tom Alijakis, from Assumption East Moline, gave us a sermon before we headed to dinner.
Tonight the campers danced the night away Greek style!!! Big shout-out to our DJ, Chrysanthe Agos, for playing and organizing our music for Greek night. We once again danced outside under the carport in front of our beautiful Main Lodge and showed off all the new dances we learned in Greek Culture today. Louie Pappas also told stories about the Saints by the fireplace on our beautiful outdoor balcony and the Main Lodge was full of campers visiting the Camp Store, playing the piano and all sorts of games. There were lots of smiles and laughter among the campers and staff tonight!
We ended with Closing day in chapel and listened to Louie Pappas reflect on how Christ is a true measure of sacrificial love. Tonight’s Spirit Sticks went out to the Athenians and Spartans, for truly showing they have the Holy Spirit within!
Our counselors, Leo Fotos and Marina Dimas, lead us in an exciting rendition of “Deep” and “Seek Ye First” before Deacon Chris and Alex Magdalinos closed out the night with teaching everyone a new hymn, “Lord of the Powers’, as the campers sang arm in arm. What a great day of fellowship and fun, as we learn more about our culture and faith. We love Fanari!
Campers are in their cabins now and will surely sleep well tonight! Goodnight…we are so very thankful for another wonderful day of Fanari!