All good things must come to an end. The week flew by so quickly! We couldn’t have been blessed with a better week filled with beautiful weather, the love of our Orthodox faith and memories to always cherish. After many pictures, hugs and a few tears, Session 1 is complete and the campers have all returned home.
‘The culmination of our beautiful week of Fanari 2016 “Rejoice Evermore, Pray Without Ceasing, In Everything Give Thanks” was attending Divine Liturgy before we departed today. Fr. Michael Arbanas, Fr. Jim Greanias, Fr. Kosmas Kallis, Fr. Anastasios Theodoropoulos and Deacon Chris Avramopoulos celebrated the Divine Liturgy together and chanted a memorial for all those Fanari campers, counselors and clergy who have fallen asleep in the Lord, as well as, the benefactors of the St. Iakovos Retreat Center.
In his sermon, Fr. Jim Greanias spoke about how we should take what we’ve learned this week at Fanari Camp and go back and teach the word of God to others. Deacon Chris gave a closing reflection about all the campers being the “Fanari”, the beacon of light, shining forth Christ’s love to all who they meet. We pray that you all carry your Fanari agape with you throughout your lives!
A heartfelt thank you to all our counselors, staff and clergy for all of your hard work and love that you put into our week together. None of this is possible without your dedication to the youth of our Metropolis and we are very thankful for you!
Farewell, Session 1 campers. Onward to Session 2!