Thanks to the distance-learning courses of the Antiochian House of Studies , the pastor of Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church  in Anderson, South Carolina is a Certified Counselor and has opened an office for a marriage and family counseling ministry called "Teleios." The Very Rev. David Randolph was certified as a therapist after successfully completing the two year course  in Pastoral Marriage and Family Counseling at the House of Studies.
"The course provided a solid academic foundation for professional of pastoral counseling and therapy," notes Fr. David. Following graduation and with the blessing of his bishop and the support and encouragement of the parish, Fr. David opened the counseling center. Ministry services include premarital counseling; assessment and treatment for children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families; therapy to deal with marriage, parenting and child development issues; and help for substance abuse and emotional disorders.
The ministry is designed provide therapy to those are not able to pay the fees of a state licensed therapist and the fee structure will be based upon a sliding scale. Any client whose needs are beyond the scope of "Teleios" will be referred to a licensed agency. For further information call Fr. David at: 864-224-7478
St. George Cathedral  in Coral Gables, Florida held its Annual Middle Eastern Festival on February 8 - 9, 2014, and a wonderful time was had by all! It truly was a Christian atmosphere and an opportunity for people to "Explore the Middle East in Coral Gables....where family and fun meet!"
To view the full gallery of photos and memories of this year's festival, please visit www.stgmiami.org/festival.html .
The St. George Cathedral Debke Troupe showcased their new and exciting routine which awed those who attended. Children's activities, games for all ages, delicious foods, delightful sweets and much much more truly made the weekend a great one!
The Rev. Philip Rogers of Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church  in Lafayette, LA, reports that the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast had the diocese's annual Delegates Meeting in Atlanta, GA on January 24-26, 2014. During the weekend, the members of Teen SOYO, the Fellowship of St. John, the Antiochian Women, and the clergy all had fruitful meetings.
"This year's gathering was also special because we celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Camp St. Thekla , the Diocese camp," noted Fr. Philip. To celebrate this milestone, St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church  in Atlanta hosted a full day of camp with Matins, special Christian Education lessons, an afternoon with Color Wars, Great Vespers and an evening program with presentations from former campers and staff about the importance of Camp St. Thekla in their lives. Over 65 campers from around the Diocese and a number of parents and other camp supporters all participated in the event.