Camp Nazareth 2015: “The G Series”
Fr. Hector Firoglanis
The 2015 Camp Nazareth theme is “The G Series,” a take on the Gatorade product line of thirst quenching sports drinks. Young people are familiar with the popular sports drink in the arena of athletic training and competition. The theme of training and exercise will be applied to the spiritual life and St. Paul’s words in Galatians 5:22-24: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
Reflecting on the teachings of Fr. Maximos from the book, “Inner River,” we will be looking at the list of St. Paul’s virtues from an inverted sequence, beginning with self-control and ascending towards love. Self-control is the foundation of all the virtues which we ascend as upon a ladder towards gentleness, faithfulness, goodness, kindness, patience, peace, joy, and love. We don’t strive for the virtues individually, but we strive for the Holy Spirit which empowers us to ascend the ladder of virtues towards love (and perfect union with God, known as theosis). The ascent towards love is not an emotional feeling, but a disciplined and systematic spiritual struggle that can be compared to the struggle and training regimen of a dedicated athlete.
The JOY children of our parish will be attending Session 1 from June 21-27.
The GOYAN of our parish will be attending Session 4 from July 12-18.
Summer camp at Camp Nazareth is a vital ministry of our Church that solidifies our young people in their relationships with God, with each other, and with campers, counselors, and clergy throughout our Pittsburgh Metropolis.
The cost of summer camp is $500 per camper with an additional $75 for the bus. Each year our parish provides scholarship aid for families in need of financial support. Please consider making a donation of a half or full scholarship ($250, $500, or any amount) to make sure every child from our parish has to opportunity to attend camp. Checks may be made payable to “Annunciation Church Summer Camp” and sent to church office.
Thank you for supporting our Summer Camp ministry!