OCN Open Golf Tournament - Mark Your Calendars!
The Nassau-Suffolk Long Island Clergy Association is hosting a Golf Tournament at the Hamlet Country Club in Commack, NY to benefit the OCN. The OCN Open is scheduled for October 21, 2013 and all are welcome to gather foursomes and attend the event. Limit: 100 golfers
You too can host a fundraiser in your community to support our outreach efforts!Call 954-522-5567 and ask for Venessa Gigicos, our events coordinator.
Pilgrimage to the Holy LandsJoin OCN in a spiritual quest and pilgrimage to the Holy Land to visit the holiest of places in Christendom. The trip will take place March 5-14, 2014.
Chicago, IL - On April 3, 2013, a "Meet and Greet" event was held at the Cite Restaurant located on the top of the Lake Point Tower, 505 North Lake Shore Drive on the 70th floor in Chicago across from Navy Pier. Fr. Chris presented a short informative session on the current happenings at OCN.
Several of our Chicago area partners were present. The event was complimentary thanks to the generous donation of Dr. Dame Evangeline Gouletas, member of the Orthodox Christian Network board of directors.
With close to 100
from six local parishes, the evening featured a panel discussion on “How Can
Technology Impact Our Faith.” Newly enthroned Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh,
Rev. Dr. Christopher T. Metropulos, OCN Executive Director, and Professor Terry
Mattingly, Scripps Howard Newspaper Columnist, participated on the panel.
Michael Emanuel, Fox News Chief Congressional Correspondent, served as moderator.
Metropolitan Savas commented that “new”
technology has always been around throughout history and has always been met
with resistance. The alphabet and
writing were new technologies; books were new technologies; television and
radio were new technologies. Every
introduction was met with resistance and posed a “moral threat” to the society
of its time.
Panelist Terry Mattingly spoke about society’s reaction to the introduction of new technology. He went on to say that when television was first introduced, it was called the “plug in drug.” He emphasized that proper use of media and technology should be a ministry in every church. “If our churches don’t provide some sort of guidance in the use of technology, who will?”
When asked about use of technology for worship, Mattingly quickly responded, “For education, not for worship! Young people are tired of rock shows…Everyone is glitzed-out these days. They are looking for substance, for depth.” He went on to say that educational material should be out there in all forms of modern media to expose the spiritually starved world to the beauty of the Orthodox faith.
Thirty-three families and organizations stepped up as Share the Light Partners as a result of the event. Also present were the Orthodox Christian Network board of directors members who convened for a meeting the prior day. Among the board members present were Rev. Dr. Christopher Metropulos, Dr. George Mekras - President, Nick Mavrick - Secretary, Michael Angelakos, Rev. Dr. Alexander Goussetis, Charles Lelon, Garry Paxinos, Estelle Sotirhos, Chris Tsavoussis and Rev. Dr. Steve Zorzos.
Fort Lauderdale, FL On March 6, 2011, the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN), an agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops, celebrated 15 years of broadcasting with an event held at the home of Dr. George and Donna Zoley. Estelle Sotirhos, OCN Event Coordinator, and Kathy Chapekis, OCN Annual Partner Coordinator, served as co-chairs of the event.
Retired UN Ambassador to Greece and Jamaica, Michael Sortihos, was the Master of Ceremonies. The OCN is planning more events such as this throughout the country. Also, to celebrate 30 years in the clergy, Father Christopher Metropulos was roasted by Harry Tangalakis and his son, Lucus Metropulos. The 110 guests enjoyed the beauty of the Zoley waterfront home while listening to the complimentary music provided by Mark Zadin, Peter Anthony, Ilia Fundo and Panagiotis Koutrakos.
being “roasted”, Father Chris, priest of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in
Fort Lauderdale, FL and founder of the Orthodox Christian Network, gave a
moving personal testimony of his recent illness and commitment to the OCN
ministry. He thanked God for “giving him a second chance at life so that
he can get things right this time.” Since he has been back, the Orthodox
Christian Network has been going non-stop. With the mission of spreading
the Christ-centered message of Orthodoxy around the world, to date, the OCN has
reached 1.3 million listeners.
Future events are in the planning stages..Stay tuned for New York and New Jersey this fall!
Are you interested in hosting a small group "new partner" gathering at your home? Kathy Chapekis would be happy to travel to your state, wherever you are, to make a presentation on OCN provided you get 2 or 3 new Share the Light Partners!