Dear Father Barnabas and Church Camp Leaders,
This past week was a wonderful experience for everyone participating in our first vacation church camp. The participants, campers and volunteers alike, have gone away with a great feeling of love and understanding for their Orthodox faith and their Greek heritage. A special thank you to Stamatia Hagen, Lisa Boston, Evon Patrick, and Marina Raymond for organizing and implementing the activities for the church camp. These ladies did an exceptional job and are to be congratulated for all that they have done. Because of their efforts, we were able to accommodate thirty-five campers!
Thank you Father Barnabas for your guidance, prayers and talks every morning. We are grateful to Jennifer Tubbs who supplied the teachable icon puzzles and to Haralambos Mavromatidis who presented and explained each of the icons to our children. Words cannot begin to express what an inspiration this was for all of us.
The following list shows how many adults and young people participated in making this endeavor such a success:
Checking “in” and “out” of campers every day – Marina Raymond and Helen McCart
Cooking and manners – Helen McCart, Florence Lytle, Evon Patrick, and Emily Christie
Dancing – Evie Grammenos Atkinson
Music – Marie Chapman who provided musical instruments and directed the singing
Crafts – Lisa Boston, Connor Rachael, Christine Waldron, and Luke Hosonitz
Tina and Plutarch Vamvakias – provided wooden crosses for campers to paint
Recreation – Niko Tzevelekos, Jacob Atkinson, and Renee Birozes who provided the sports equipment and directed the activities
Shepherds – Maria Hagen, Sophia Hagen, Pat Morris, Margaret Gasper, Mildred Zourzoukis, Christos Zourzoukis, Presvytera Connie Powell, and Tina Maheras
Cleaning of the outdoor chapel grounds – Panagiotis Jordanopoulos
Assistant to Stamatia Hagen – Kelly Hosonitz
T-Shirts – provided by Picasso Brothers Printing and John Zourzoukis
Photographer/historian – Stamatia Hagen
As a parishioner and as Ministry Coordinator, I want to personally thank all of you for your time and effort. It is because of you that our church will continue to grow. May God bless you in all that you do.
In His Service,