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2017 Camp Good Shepherd Registration is Here!

We are pleased to announce that registration

for Camp Good Shepherd—Chesapeake Bay

(formerly CYC)

is

OPEN!

Camp will run from Monday, July 17 – Friday, July 21.

Early-Bird tuition (through June 1) is $475.

Regular tuition (after June 1) is $550.

Be an Early-Bird!

Day-Camper (ages 5-7) tuition is $75 (for Thursday, July 20).

TO REGISTER

Follow this link and fill out the form completely.

Be sure to fill out ONE (1) registration PER CHILD!

Registration is not complete until PAYMENT has been received.

If you filled out the registration form and still need to make payment, you may follow this link.
Reference the images below as a guide for how to submit payment.


STAFF APPLICATIONS

Those interested in volunteering for camp

may follow this link to apply!

Must be 18 or over by July 17, 2017.

February 5 — Family Worship Workshop

On Sunday, February 5, there will be no Sunday School.

The day will be set aside for children to be able to worship together with their families in the church.
Please make it a point to be on time! The Divine Liturgy begins at 10:00 AM.
That Sunday’s sermon will be addressed to children and their families.

Following the Divine Liturgy, children and their families are invited to stay for a light lunch and lesson that will be offered by Fr. Dean and Andreas:

“The Power of Humble Prayer: Orthodox Christian Prayers for Families”

Participants will take home a memento of the occasion!

To register by February 1, please follow this link: https://goo.gl/forms/Vo2KeyXP8SBColYB2

2016 Summer Camp

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This year’s Camp Good Shepherd — Chesapeake Bay (formerly CYC) is taking place from July 18 – 22 at Camp Wo-Me-To in Jarrettsville, MD. Registration is $525 per child and ends on July 10. Those who register by June 3 will pay a discounted rate of $450! Register as soon as possible, as there is a limited number of spaces available! This year promises to bring us a great camp filled with plenty of summer fun with friends, in an environment of spiritual development and education.

 

CAMP VOLUNTEERS: Click here to apply!

 

TIPS FOR REGISTRATION

Scroll down for payment instructions.

Have as much information handy as possible, particularly emergency contact information, and basic medical information.

One form must be completed per child!

Registration is valid only:

A) when registration forms are filled out completely

and

B) payment has been received

Registration is first-come, first-serve. Once all the camper slots are filled, registration will be closed.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS

Checks and cash are accepted, and may be mailed or delivered to

Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation
24 West Preston St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

To Pay Online

Follow the link in the registration form. (You may also follow it from here.)

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Fill in the appropriate payment information, and select 2016 Summer Camp Registration. Be sure to include camper name(s) in the Special Instructions field. Complete the transaction. You will receive a separate payment confirmation.

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We look forward to welcoming our campers in July!

BeeTreat!

CHRIST IS RISEN!
You’ve seen emails, Facebook posts, Instagram posts, and heard about it in person…what are you waiting for?
Sign up for the BeeTreat that is coming to our Cathedral on SATURDAY MAY 28!
 
Registration is FREE and can be completed by following this link.
This retreat is intended for all Orthodox Christians in the Baltimore area, so spread the news.
If you are not familiar with the popular and powerful video series ‘Be the Bee’ that is produced by our Archdiocese, you are missing out!
Follow this link to the YouTube channel, like, and subscribe! 

See you there!

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Love for God

porphyriosWhoever wants to become a Christian must first become a poet. That’s what it is! You must suffer. You must love and suffer–suffer for the one you love. Love makes effort for the loved one. She runs all through the night; she stays awake; she stains her feet with blood in order to meet her beloved. She makes sacrifices and disregards all impediments, threats, and difficulties for the sake of the loved one. Love towards Christ is something even higher, infinitely higher.

And when we say “love,” we don’t mean the virtues that we will acquire, but the heart that is pervaded by love towards Christ and others. We need to turn everything in this direction. Do we see a mother with her child in her arms and bending to give the child a kiss, her heart overflowing with emotion? Do we notice how her face lights up as she holds her little angel? These things do not escape a person with love of God. He sees them and is impressed by them and he says, “If only I had those emotions towards my God, towards my Holy Lady and our saints!” Look, that’s how we must love Christ our God. You desire it, you want it, and with the grace of God you acquire it.

St. Porphyrios (d. 1991), in Wounded by Love

 

One day, I was in an airport, at the luggage carousel waiting for my bags to come out.

While waiting, I noticed a young woman, maybe in her early twenties. It was obvious that she was waiting for someone who meant a lot to her. She was shifting on her tip-toes, with her head stretched up as far as it would go, looking for this person. She dodged her head left and right as the crowd moved in front of her, to catch the first possible glimpse.

And then, the moment.

Her eyes widened, and her mouth instantly formed a broad and open smile, seeming to silently shout ‘My love!’ As if with one motion, she briefly clapped her hands and bounced in excitement, and without hesitation started toward this person. Her strides were determined, and oblivious to the crowd around her as she made her way through.

As I lost sight of her, then glanced again to the carousel, which was moving now, the thought occurred to me, “I really hope that is what Christ’s second coming will be like for us.”

What a beautiful and terrible thought. We all know that our initial reaction to a circumstance, especially if it is a surprise, gives away our true thoughts or feelings, the inner state of the soul. When Christ arrives, what will our reaction be? Beaming, uncontainable joy, like the young woman in the airport? Or will it be dread and horror, in that moment when we realize all those things we decided not to take seriously were true after all, or we realize it’s too late to act on those matters of faith we thought we could worry about at a later time? As we hear from Christ’s own words in the gospel account of St. Matthew, “Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

It only seems right that we Christians would be the kind of people who live life in such a way that we are in constant anticipation of the arrival of our Love – that is, Christ — so that on that dreadful day of Judgment, we will only be ecstatic to see Him. Jesus’ words here should not induce panic or move us to live life in fear. On the contrary, they are an invitation to live life to its fullest, in love and in the path of God’s will, which ultimately leads to joy and eternal life.

The truth about a life led in this type of anticipation for Christ – like that of young lady in the airport waiting for her special someone – is that it makes Christ present in our lives all the time. It also makes Him present in the lives of others, through our witness. A life lived in the love of Christ makes Him present to us constantly; love in the Spirit does not wane on account of physical distance and separation. Rather, when Jesus comes on that fateful day, the ineffable joy that we will have will be for the longed-for beginning of our eternal life with God, finally putting off the weaknesses and sorrows of earthly life, participating in God’s eternity by His grace.

May the love of Christ pierce our hearts, and may our spirits ever be in eager anticipation of his arrival.




The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation is a parish of the Metropolis of New Jersey of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, located in Baltimore, Maryland.

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