IOCC Health Kit Packing

We collected supplies for IOCC health kits and packed them at our last regular meeting of the fall semester. We were really blessed by the generosity of the parishoners at Holy Apostles and St. Catherine whose generous donations enabled us to excess our goal of 120 kits and pack 140!

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more packing!

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A completed kit

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Packing the kits

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A box full of kits

2015-2016 Recap

Despite what it might look like from this blog, we were busy in the 2015-2016 academic year. A brief recap:

  • We continued to have our regular gatherings on Wednesday evenings and morning prayers once a week as well.

 

  • We packed health kits for the IOCC in the fall semester. It was quite a successful project. We packed over 100 kits! Extra items that we couldn’t use in the kits were donated to a local shelter.

 

  • We had a fantastic end of the fall semester dinner hosted by Greg!

 

  • We were visited by Archbishop Michael during the spring semester.

 

  • We started out Lent by participating in the OCF Day of Prayer on Clean Monday.

 

  • Our lecture series continued in April with a lecture by Rev. Dr. Nicolas Kazarian on “Orthodoxy Without Borders.” (See flyer below.)

 

  • We celebrated Pascha! (And had a Bright Wednesday feast that week too complete with hamburgers grilled in the parking lot.)

 

  • Most of all though, we enjoyed each other’s friendship, encouragement, and growing in and learning about our faith.

 

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March OCF Events

Donation Drive: As in the past we will be holding a donation drive for the Advocacy Center (a shelter in Ithaca). This year’s drive will be from March 15- April 15.  More details on exactly what the Center needs the most will follow, but if you want to start picking an item or two up every time you shop, last year we collected toiletries, diapers, socks and other similar items.
Lecture Series – March 19: Fr. Christopher Eid will be talking on March 19th about “Ancient Christianity in the Middle East”. More details to follow, but mark your calendars now.
Retreat: The retreat will be March 20-22 at St. Andrew’s Camp near Syracuse. More details to follow.

Are you saved?

On December 3, 2014 the OCF will be hosting a lecture by Bishop Michael of the diocese of New York and New Jersey. He will be talking about the Orthodox view of salvation and the talk is entitled “Are you saved: An Orthodox Christian Perspective”.

The lecture will begin at 7:30 pm in the chapel of Anabel Taylor Hall. All are welcomed and invited!

Bishop Michael Poster

Fall 2014 Retreat Details: Relationships Rooted in Christ

Relationships Rooted in Christ
Prepare to cast your worldly cares and stresses into the raging waters of Lake Oneida and join your fellow Orthodox brothers and sisters for a weekend of prayer, worship, education, and overall awesomeness at St. Andrew’s Camp near Syracuse.
All are invited. The cost is free. The topic will be “Relationships Rooted in Christ” with theological and practical insights offered by Fr. John Malcom.
Arrival begins Friday November 7 at 6pm and the retreat will go through Sunday morning Liturgy. Confirm your attendance on the retreat Facebook page here or reply to grf44@cornell.edu  directly. See the flyers in this post for details and spread the word! Stay tuned for a full itinerary and driving directions (to be posted on Facebook) and feel free to email any questions.
The retreat is being sponsored by the Orthodox Christian College Ministry. Check them out on the web or Facebook!
Please bring a nonperishable food item, or two, or ten and help us feed the hungry!
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Upcoming Events

With the semester staring this coming week we have a few upcoming events!

 

Monday August 25: We will be at the Spirit of Cornell event hosted by CURW in the courtyard by Balch Hall. Come and visit!

 

Wednesday August 27: Our first regular meeting of the year will be at 7 pm in the Edwards Room of Anabel Taylor Hall. This is an important meeting as we plan for the semester and entire year ahead of us.

 

Saturday September 6: BBQ at Myers Park, followed by Vespers at Holy Apostles. (Rides will be available. )