Hello all readers! Welcome to a new school year at the University of Illinois! OCF has had a few events so far, and we are so happy to meet new members! In August, we had our annual quad day barbecue, with food from Black Dog BBQ restaurant, all thanks to a generous donation from Roman’s grandmother. So far we have had two Tuesday night meetings, and we have had great turnouts at both! We would like to thank once again Mr. Tony Pomonis for donating food from Merry Ann’s diner each week for our OCF chapter. Without his generous donations, our chapter wouldn’t be where it is today. Our theme for this year is “the four circles of OCF ministry”, with the four areas being: Worship, Fellowship, Service, and Witness. Each week, we will focus our activities and discussions on one of these area. We are so excited to see where the year takes us and for all the new life-long friendships to be made!
Here is an update on the 2014 spring semester! It is crazy to believe that it is already spring break…where has the year gone?? We hope everyone is having a wonderful lent!
OCF has had a whole lot going on this semester. Book club/bible has officially started up again. Join us Monday nights at 8pm in the NIKA house basement for some snacks, a discussion, and some good bonding time with fellow OCF members. March was also a month full of service. On Saturday March 1st, OCF members volunteered at the Ronald McDonald house in Springfield, IL by cooking a meal for the families living in the house. We also fundraised for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. We would like to thank all the students and church members for donating to our team!
OCF was also honored to welcome Jennifer Nahas from the National OCF committee to one of our meetings this past month. At this same meeting with Mrs. Nehas, OCF was also honored with a presentation from Fr. David Eynon from Decatur, IL. It was a wonderful night and we are so thankful for their presence!
One of our most recent events that took place was a combined meeting with the Catholic Illini RSO on campus. We invited members of the Catholic Illini over for dinner, then headed over to Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church for a tour of the architecture led by Father Michael. We finished the night with a closing prayer all together–it was a wonderful night and we are planning more combined events for the future!
This spring semester is surely flying by…it is sad to think our seniors won’t be with us next year 😦 OCF plans to have more events coming up this semester so we can all continue to grow in our faith and friendships.
It’s been a crazy semester so far, and it’s sad to think it is almost over! OCF has had many great events so far and even better discussions. The overarching theme for this year is “Discovering Orthodoxy”, and we surely have discovered many parts of our faith this year. Some of our discussion topics have included: how to live in the faith when others around you do not, St. Sophia and her three daughters, discovering items behind the altar, and discovering what truly makes us happy.
Besides our general meetings, OCF has had a lot of other fun fellowship and service events! College student Sunday was celebrating in late September across all Orthodox churches; we would like to thank both parishes on campus for always providing us with the support and love we need! Without these two churches, our college experience would not be the same. We also have had some FROSH night activities–the goal of which is to get to know any new members better while doing fun events such as getting ice cream or watching a sporting event. October also provided us with the fall retreat and annual dad’s day tailgate–a huge thanks to all that attended! We also went to curtis apple orchard to enjoy some yummy treats and the beautiful fall weather. OCF also recently prepared food for coffee hour at St. Nicholas, we sure hope everyone liked the food!
A few future events are coming up! First, our service event at Salt and Light will take place on November 15th. Salt and Light is a Christian-based food and clothing donation center; we really look forward to our volunteering. A canned food drive will also take place soon, as it is important to give back during the community, especially during the holiday season. Finally, our winter retreat at Wisconsin Dells is happening this January! We are surely looking forward to it and it is sure to be a great time!
This past weekend, the University of Illinois hosted the annual fall retreat! We had students from Depaul University and Oakland University attend. Father Paul Jannakos, who is from Fenton, Michigan, was this years guest speaker, and he led an amazing presentation and discussion about the Four Loves and the Living Prayer. It was a great weekend full of spiritual growth and fellowship. Thank you to everyone that attended!
OCF welcome back BBQ, August 2013
Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year, OCF! This year is already off to an amazing start. Last Sunday we started the year off with our welcome back barbecue at the NIKA house. It was an amazing day full of great weather, delicious food, and even more amazing company! A big thank you to all the new and returning members that attended!
Last Tuesday, we also had our first official meeting of the school year! It was great to see so many new faces at our meeting. This year is already looking amazing, and we cannot wait to build new friendships, make new memories, and learn about our amazing faith!
Last Sunday, we celebrated our End Of The Year Party. After record attendance at Three Hierarchs Church for Palm Sunday, OCF celebrated with a Fish Fry dinner and a goodbye celebration to all our graduating seniors. The food was delicious, and it was great to hear the advice the seniors had to give. While we are very sad to see all the amazing seniors leave, we wish nothing but the best for their future, and hope that God guide them through the next chapter of their lives.
For this year’s Spring Retreat we were lucky to have Dr. Covington come talk to us about his journey to the Orthodox faith and his experiences in the medical profession. We are very thankful for him donating his time and sharing his wisdom. We also played a bit of Orthodox Jeopardy at the retreat and had a blast.
Later that evening, we went to the annual Relay for Life event that raises money for cancer research. As an OCF, we were able to raise a couple hundred dollars for a great cause!