Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Just wana say to the "new" converts~look at it through others eyes also.
God bless you all but you sure do ask allot of questions and make a lot of suggestions and demands, sometimes.
Look at it through the old/cradle Orthodox eyes sometimes. it can get to be unbearable or at the least exhausting.
thy come to church to worship and sometimes are bombarded with "why" or 'why not".
I always felt like I had the opposite problem, people were always trying
to teach me Orthodox and accommodate for me when all I wanted was to enjoy their company and make friends. I wasn't necessarily looking for a translator, if I needed
English I wouldn't be attending an Ethiopian-speaking parish in the first place
So I just become more visibly involved with the clergy and folks got the hint that I was in good hands in regards to my Church education and indoctrination, and we could get back to just meeting each other over coffee or lunch rather then forcing folks into giving impromptu catechism
I consign with the Achronos..
The most important thing in a parish is to become part of the parish. You don't have to become the most popular person there, but you should be meeting new people and making friends. The parish is a family, it takes time, but relationships and social support networks are crucial in this spiritual life. We experience all our ups and downs of life in the Church, we collectively celebrate our joyful accomplishments and we also mourn our mutual losses together. Converts tend to suffer from being a bit disconnected from all the normal social activity of the Church, and a major part of how we as Orthodox Christians learn to express and live our Faith is by doing it together.
I would add this, converts don't feel discouraged if it takes years, even if you were a "local" or even a direct family member of the parish it would still take several years to build to kinds of relationships within the parish to feel less like a visitor or outsider and more like a involved member. New members are new members, converts or not, and new membership takes time to establish and develop.
That being said, I recommend all converts get out of their comfort zone, Orthodox is about pushing you closer towards God, and when we get closer to God we inherently have to get closer and closer to each other