Our final session of the summer has come and gone and we’re so very thankful for all that we experienced and felt in our one week together. New friendships were formed and old bonds were strengthened, with Christ being the center of it all. After many pictures, and some tearful goodbyes, Session 4 is complete and the campers have all returned home, leaving the grounds of the St. Iakovos Retreat Center quiet once again.
Rounding out the theme of our week, “Four Evangelists: The Four Doors to Christ”, we celebrated the Divine Liturgy with the Very Rev. Fr. Christodoulos Margellos, Fr. Ciprian Sas, Fr. George Pappas, Fr. Athanasios Minetos and Deacon Chris Avramopoulos. What a beautiful site to see all our children worshipping together, as they stood and sang the hymns they learned in Chanting class this week! We concluded with a trisigion for our beloved Metropolitan Iakovos, Fr. Bill Chiganos and all those Fanari campers, clergy and counselors who have fallen asleep in the Lord. May their memories be eternal!
Before departure from breakfast, we ended our morning with prayer and sang the hymn, “Who is so great a God”. We pray the campers will keep that light, the Fanari, within them throughout the year and continue to attend worship services in their own parishes and build on the connection to our faith they felt this week at camp.
A big THANK YOU to all the Session 4 clergy and counselors for their love and dedication to our program, which helps bring our campers closer to the church and having a living relationship with Christ. Finally, to our amazing counselors and Core Staff, who attended all 4 sessions of camp this summer, may you take the relationships you’ve made, the experiences that have touched you and the lessons you’ve learned, and use them to grow in your faith and continue down the path that Christ has set before you. May God bless and protect you always, and may you finally get some much deserved sleep!
We give thanks to the Lord for allowing us to spend another beautiful and fulfilling summer together, in our home, at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center. We’ll see you all next year for Fanari Camp 2019!