All good things must come to an end. We couldn’t have been blessed with a better week of learning, friendship and laughter! Even though it rained most of the time, it was still filled with the love of our Orthodox faith and memories to always cherish. After many pictures, hugs and a few tearful goodbyes, Session 1 is complete and the campers have all returned home.
‘The culmination of our beautiful week of Fanari 2018 “Four Evangelist: Four Doors to Christ” was attending Divine Liturgy before we departed today. Fr. Michael Arbanas, Fr. George Lamberis, Fr. Kosmas Kallis, Fr. Anastasios Theodoropoulos and Deacon Chris Avramopoulos celebrated the Divine Liturgy together and chanted a trisagion for Metropolitan Iakovos, Fr. Bill Chiganos, and all those Fanari campers, counselors and clergy who have fallen asleep in the Lord.
In his sermon, Fr. Anastasios spoke about how the heart of the Fanari Camp program is all the things we do together: the 20 minutes of morning and evening chapel each day; the prayer before meals. It’s not just the fellowship, sessions or activities. The holy things we participated in have opened the door to our heart for Christ. It’s why we feel the way we do when we go to summer camp. Only the dead don’t feel. Those who are alive in Christ have feeling. Go home and share the joy of the good news that brought you here to Fanari Camp this summer! What beautiful words to remind us of the true life of the church that God has called for us.
Counselors, staff and clergy, a heartfelt THANK YOU for all of your hard work and love that you put into our week together. A week of Fanari would not be possible without your dedication to the youth of our Metropolis and we are blessed to have you a part of our program.
Farewell, Session 1 campers. Onward to Session 2 tomorrow!