Youngwood, PA - Holy Ascension of Our Lord Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngwood, Pennsylvania, joyously celebrated its 102nd Krsna Slava on June 1, 2014. Rev. Father Milan Medakovic served the Divine Liturgy and Slava Litija to a packed church, and afterward remarked about the warmth and family atmosphere that prevailed through the services and the banquet that followed in the social hall.
Stevan and Kimberly Cheran who were married here in November of 2011 served as honored Kumovi. Stevan is the son of Steve and Rosemarie Cheran of Monoreville and the grandson of +Steve and +Lilian Cheran of Youngwood. Stevan has a long history with our church since his father was raised here and his grandparents brought him here to services since his earliest recollection. Kimberly is the daughter of Ronald and Audrey Gratzinger of Scottdale, Pennsylvania, and accepted Orthodoxy in 2007. Our entire parish wishes Stevan and Kimberly many blessings and many years!
A wonderful roast lamb, fried chicken, and sarma dinner and an entertaining program followed the church services. Honored guests included Rev. Father Lawrence Daniels and Matuska Sophie from SS. Cyril and Methodius, a neighboring parish of the Orthodox Church in America, and Father Konstantin (Kasovac), a monk from St. Tikhon Monastery who is originally from the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Phoenix, Arizona.
Parish Board President Angie Babich welcomed all parishioners and guests, and Master of Ceremonies Gary Musgrave thanked the many parishioners who worked on all the preparations for the Slava and other church projects throughout the year. Kum Stevan and Kuma Kimberly then presented a portion of the Slavski Kolac to next year’s Kumovi, Matthew and Anna Krajnak.
The beautiful services, wonderful banquet, and festive program made this year’s Slava a very special one that most appropriately honored the faith and hard work of those who founded and then perpetuated our beloved church through 102 years.