It’s hard to put into words all that we experienced and felt in our one week together. Love, forgiveness, friendship, laughter, prayer and fellowship filled our days. Our hope is that campers grew closer to Christ and His church, in some way during our Session 2 of Fanari Camp. After some pictures, hugs and exchanging of phone numbers, our week is complete and the campers have all returned home.
Rounding out the theme of our week, “The Apostle Paul: Christ’s Great Athlete, A Champion to Imitate”, we ended our morning celebrating the Divine Liturgy with Fr. Ted Poteres and Deacon Chris Avramopoulos. What a beautiful sight to see all our children worshipping together! We concluded with a memorial service for Metropolitan Iakovos, Fr. Bill Chiganos, and all those Fanari clergy, counselors, campers and benefactor’s of the St. Iakovos Retreat Center, who have fallen asleep in the Lord. May their memories be eternal!
At the conclusion of our service, Nick Kirkeles read two letters from a Fanari Camp Album, that were written in 1983, by Fr. Bill Chiganos and at the time, Bishop Iakovos of Chicago. Their message is still relevant today, as the goal of Fanari Camp is to bring our youth closer to the church and to have a living relationship with Christ.
To our outstanding young adults, who make up our staff, and all the loving clergy and medical staff who attended this week, we thank you for the love and care that you’ve given to our campers and camping program. Fanari is not possible without your dedication to the youth of our Metropolis and we are very thankful for you!
See you next year, Session 2 campers! Next stop…Session 3!