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Thursday 6/19: Divine Liturgy

Thursday morning is always a special time at Fanari Camp, as we celebrate the Divine Liturgy together. It’s beautiful to hear the campers sing hymns together and to witness so many priests from our Metropolis serving together. Campers listened to a wonderful sermon about Fanari and our friendship in Christ from Fr. Bill Chiganos. Campers received the Sacrament of Holy Communion and we had campers participate in the Liturgy as altar boys and chanters. We are truly blessed to be a part of this amazing experience.

Following Divine Liturgy, we had a late breakfast and took some parish group photos. Now it’s time for the lakefront and an afternoon of free time! We’re looking forward to a tasty lunch of souvlaki, karpoozi and lemonade, and if the weather holds out our 4th Annual Fanari Water Games (canoe races).

Sat 6/22: Fanari 2013 is in the books

Sorry for the delay – we had difficulty with wifi…

Every year Fanari seems to fly by, and this year was no different. The campers arrive on Sunday afternoon and the next thing you know, it’s Saturday morning and our campers are heading home. Fanari 2013 is complete and the buses are on their way home.

We were blessed with another wonderful year of Fanari and we’re so thankful for such an amazing experience. Campers, we hope you made new friends, had fun, and most importantly, learned more about your faith. We pray that you carry your Fanari agape with you throughout your lives, and that you cherish the friendships and memories you’ve made.

Counselors, staff, and clergy thank you for all of your hard work this week. Fanari couldn’t happen without you! Your dedication to the youth of our Metropolis is so important to our ministry and we’re so grateful for the time you’ve given to our Fanari campers.

Thanks everyone for a great week! We’ll see you next year for Fanari 2014!!!

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Thursday 6/20: Divine Liturgy

Thursday morning is always a special time at Fanari Camp, as we celebrate the Divine Liturgy together. It’s beautiful to hear the campers sing hymns together and to witness so many priests from our Metropolis serving together. Campers listened to a wonderful sermon from Fr. Bill Chiganos and received the Sacrament of Holy Communion. We are truly blessed to be a part of this amazing experience.

Following Divine Liturgy, we had a late breakfast and took some parish group photos. Now it’s time for the lakefront and a whole day of enjoying this beautiful weather! We’re looking forward to a tasty lunch of souvlaki, karpoozi and lemonade, followed by our 3rd Annual Water Games.

Wednesday 6/19: Confession & the Song Game

Today was a full day of confession in Orthodox Life (OL), and priests from around our Metropolis heard confession from our campers and counselors. Campers continued their work on their icons in Diakonia and talked about what love is in Bible Study. 

Free time brought beautiful sunshine, perfect warm weather, and the prelims for the 3rd Annual Fanari Water Games (canoe races). Each grade will advance two teams for tomorrow’s finals…we’re looking forward to a fun afternoon on the water!

Tonight we brought back a Fanari classic, the Song Game.  Each grade competed in preliminary rounds amongst themselves, and then sent one team to the finals. The final round had the 6th grade vs. the 9th grade….with the 6th grade pulling off the win! 

Tonight is a quiet night and we’ll be up bright and early to celebrate Divine Liturgy together, followed by a full day of free time and our annual picnic. It’s hard to believe it’s Wednesday night already, this week is just flying by!

Goodnight Fanari campers!

All our bags are packed, we’re ready to go…

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Well, our 40th year of Fanari Camp is done! The campers are all on the buses and just pulled out of camp.

Thank you to our counselors, staff and priests for all of your hard work and energy this week. Fanari couldn’t happen without you!

Campers, we hope you had a wonderful week, made new friends and learned about our faith. We pray that the experiences you had at Fanari will be with you throughout your lives.

We’ll see everyone on June 17 for Fanari 2012!!!

11th Grade Memories

Today we have some guest bloggers, two 11th grade girls from Holy Apostles: Kristina Clark & Lia Kass. Thank you Kristina and Lia for sharing your Fanari experience with us!

Coming to Fanari for the past 6 years changed our lives in a way we didn’t think possible. It is a place that taught us more about ourselves and our faith. Leaving behind the memories we have made is one of the hardest things we have ever had to do, and Fanari will always hold a special place in our hearts. Friendships made here at camp are impossible to find anywhere else, and it is a blessing to have had the opportunity to have something like Fanari.

This camp not only brought us closer together with God, but has helped us to become stronger Orthodox Christians for the rest of our lives. While maturing in our faith, Fanari has been something we looked forward to every single year.

We will miss you Fanari!

Kristina & Lia

Fanari Loves the 80s!

The morning started out with all of us celebrating the Divine Liturgy and enjoying a late breakfast. Unfortunately a light rain hung around most of the day, but the campers watched movies, played in the gym, and had some sing-a-longs. Our traditional cookout was served inside, and our water games were postponed until tomorrow.

After lunch, Metropolitan Iakovos spoke to the campers and presented them each with an olive wood cross.

Tonight we had our 80s themed dance and had an indoor “campfire” with stories from Mr. D. The campers dressed in their 80s finest, and enjoyed an evening of 80s, Greek and current music. The campers listening to Mr. D enjoyed some s’mores and some of his famous stories.

We finished the night in chapel and are thankful for another wonderful day at Fanari- it’s hard to believe tomorrow is our last full day!