thanks for letting me know that aristokles. yet it does remain that at least a couple didn't care for my take on lack of fellowship. but what can i say? though i didn't grow up Orthodox, i did grow up in a church full of people who loved each other, worked together, served together, had potlucks together, and played basketball together. is it such a crime that in preparing to join the Orthodox Church i'm hoping that i can have at least some kind of fellowship? i agree that the church service itself is for worshiping God, alone. i even agree that the majority of our fellowship outside the church service should still be service or worship related. but you gotta have some fun in this life and why not do it with quality Christian people in a clean, godly context? just my opinion. but one i feel passionate about.
and cleveland, thanks for the encouragement. it's good to know not all Orthodox are like that. i couldn't help but think "if that's what's expected of me, then i'm gonna make a terrible Orthodox. maybe i should look at the Church of England instead."