UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Family Fest 2016 at All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Camp in Emlenton, PA
Family Fest at All Saints Camp Labor Day weekend this year was fantastic! Families and friends attended from near and far for a weekend full of fellowship, fun and relaxation! It was great to see old friends and meet many new friends during the weekend!
The weather was as good as it gets, allowing for all events to occur in a dry and comfortable climate. Families began arriving Friday evening and catching up and sharing memories at the dining hall. Saturday morning after Morning Prayers and breakfast, everyone headed down to the field for the Annual “Family Fest Kickball Game”. Young and old had a great time, whether a playing, watching or cheerleading! The afternoon was set aside for free time, swimming or sports.
After Great Vespers, conducted by Very Rev. Fr. John Haluszczak, the themed dinner, “Super Hero’s”, was served at the pavilion. Deacon Jim Cairns, our pig roast executive chef, did an amazing job delighting many especially with delicious crispy pig skin. Tables were decorated with favorite super hero themes. We even had a watermelon pig carved by Michael Kapeluck for those vegetarians. Face painting was performed by Mike Bodnar. After dinner Michele Kapeluck & Becky Mills led a Super Hero Academy Game (blind fold musical chairs) which was met with great laughter by all watching.
Very Rev. Fr. Fr. John Nakonachny, Very Rev. Fr. John Haluszczak, and Deacon Jim Cairns celebrated Divine Liturgy on Sunday. Participants beautifully sang responses providing a very uplifting spiritual experience. Rob Prokopchak shared information on his recent volunteering with OCMC for Habitat for Humanity during an impromptu presentation after brunch! The balance of the day provided time for various other Family Fest activities like the Name Game (won by the ladies after a string of men's victories), Bingo, sharing photos from past encampments, and a campfire with s’mores and hot dogs!
Christine Mills would like to thank everyone for coming to Family Fest and also to those who helped out in ANY way over the weekend. She expressed how wonderful it is to have so many friends help to provide a great weekend. From decorating, kitchen help, and taking out the trash or to running an event, your assistance meant the world to her. After several years of coordinating Family Fest Christine Mills has decided to step down as chair. Thank you Christine, for your service and let's welcome Cathy Bucharew and Eric Senedak who have stepped forward to co-chair Family Fest 2017.
Thank you again for a “SUPER” weekend and may God Bless you all!