June 1st – 3rd, a number of parishioners of St Herman’s traveled to the Russian River for our annual camping trip. Most campers began arriving on Friday… some pitched their tents on the church grounds, others stayed in nearby hotels or cabins.
We had a wonderful time getting to spend time with one another under the trees alongside the beautiful Russian River. The Kazan Mother of God Church is right on the river and it was a special treat to hold services in such a beautiful setting.
The agenda was relaxed and facilitated a number of activities for people to choose from including hiking through the redwoods, relaxing at the beach, a tour and tasting at a local winery, and some even ventured over to the coast and up to nearby Fort Ross.
In the evenings we sat by the campfire to sing songs, play some games, and to roast the always popular ‘smores’. Morning and evening prayers were held in the church and on Saturday evening the Vigil service to All Saints was celebrated, followed Sunday morning with the Divine Liturgy.
It is a great blessing to be able to get away for a little while to such a peaceful and beautiful place where we can grow closer in fellowship with one another as a church family.
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