Thursday 7/16: Prosfora, Proskinitaria & Picnic Day!

There was rain in the forecast all day long, but nothing’s going to stop us from enjoying our time together and filling our day with all of God’s blessings.

After morning chapel and breakfast, we started off our day with 3 rotations: A session on Prosforo baking with Deacon Chris, where we learned the meaning of the seal and ingredients, so we can use the bread we make for our andithoron for Sunday Divine Liturgy. We continued building our bonfire benches by finishing up screwing the legs to the seats, mixing and pouring concrete and spreading out mulch between the rows. And finally, a walk down the wooded path to the beautiful Proskinitaria, which were generously donated by our Retreat Center Patrons, to stop and learn about the saints and how to offer our prayers along the path of beautiful icons, with Fr. George Pappas and Nick Lanzourakis. It was a wonderful morning filled with so many new and exciting things that we are learning and experiencing at Fanari Camp!

Then it was picnic time!!! Fr. George Pappas blessed our delicious souvlaki and karpouzi, so the picnic could begin! It was very fulfilling today to have the chance to sit back for a moment and watch the fellowship among the campers and staff during lunch. Laughter, singing, smiles and dancing! What a blessing to have this special time together. Campers also had fun swimming, playing soccer, basketball, volleyball and hanging out in the Main Lodge making friendship bracelets and playing games. There was also a little Karaoke under the tent for all our fabulous singers! We always find something fun to do at Fanari Camp!

Our afternoon ended with an exciting Counselor vs. Camper softball game!!! The campers gave it a great effort, but congratulations goes to our counselors, for winning the game! We had a great time together cheering each other on and everyone displayed true sportsmanship!

The rain just came in, minutes after free-time ended. Glory be to God for watching over us all day! We just finished with evening chapel, lead by Fr.George Pappas from SS. Constantine and Helen in Merrillville, Indiana, ate dinner and are now getting ready for our dance. We can’t wait to see everyone decked out in their Hawaiian fashion and accessories for our Luau! Stay tuned…

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