2015-2016 Academic Year off to a Great Start!

Greetings from Urbana-Champaign!

With a lively group of freshman and other fresh faces, the OCF at the University of Illinois U-C is moving full speed ahead! We started off the year great with a welcome day BBQ at the NIKA house (thank you Foti!), hosting about 40 people and having a first-time-ever live band play during the BBQ.

Tuesdays this semester have consisted of bible studies, discussion, and deep spiritual conversation, in addition to social hours and visits from Champaign volunteer groups. The group of students that we have attend both Three Hierarch’s Greek Orthodox Church and St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church and continue to help out with service events at each church.

Recently, we have been active in serving communities inside and outside of Champaign via food drives and preparing shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts to be sent to children in Africa, for example. Coming up during our spring semester, we are participating in Relay for Life, where we raise money for the American Cancer Society and spend time inside the University’s Armory honoring and remembering those who have battled with cancer.

In January 2016, we will have our semiannual winter retreat at the Wilderness Resort, Wisconsin Dells.

Stay posted for our upcoming events for Spring 2016!!

If you have any questions about joining or just want more information, please do not hesitate to send me an email at mastora2@illinois.edu!

In Christ,

George Mastorakos

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