This year's host for the Winter Camp of St. Petersburg's Deanery was the parish of Sts. Peter and Paul, here in Atlanta, GA. The main theme of the camp was "According to your faith let it be done to you." Matthew 9:29.
Winter Camp was held from December 26th – 28th, 2016 at host parishes St Archangel Michael in Akron and St George in North Canton. The theme for this year’s camp was “Finding Christ in the Feast”.
Today in our holy St. Petka Church, on this Sunday before Christmas - on Serbian Father's Day - His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America served the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy together with Prota Milan and Prota Milovan. After liturgy, on this holiday when our fathers are tied up and have to be untied through their gifts of love, all in preparation for the Feast of the Lord's Nativity, our children tied up Bishop Maxim and he bought his freedom by giving them gifts and his blessing.
The Patron Saint-day of the church of Saint Spiridon in Trieste was solemly celebrated with the participation of His Eminence Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana and of the competent Bishop Andrej of Austria-Switzerland.
The solemn Vesper service was served by Metropolitan Porfirije with the concelebration of archimandrite Grigorios Miliaris, the principal of the Greek church of Saint Nicholas in Trieste, protopresbyter-stavrophor Toma Cirkovic, the principal of the church of Saint Sava in Koper, Slovenia, protopresbyter Vladimir Melynichuk, priest of the Russian Orthodox Church in Udine, and other Serbian priests.