St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church
Serbian Orthodox Church, Merrillville, IN, was established in 1914 in Gary, IN. Divine Liturgy Sundays 10am, Fr. Marko Matic officiating. Liturgical responses by Karageorge Choir. Sunday School starts after Holy Communion (around 11:15) until 12:15. Serbian School will be incorporated into Sunday School. Vespers served Tuesdays and Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. Join us, everyone welcome! Folklore dance group and choir always accepting new members. Attend Sunday Luncheons after Liturgy, hosted by families or organizations, serving delicious homemade food and desserts.
South Wing SOCIAL CENTER NOW AVAILABLE for hosting social events, newly renovated and tastefully decorated. Showers, graduation parties, business meetings, Skup Svatova, wedding receptions, baptisms, birthdays, and retirements can all be accommodated. For more info, call (219)736-9191.
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Notice: June Senior Luncheon has been cancelled. Millie Kokotovich has been hospitalized just this week. Please note that the Senior Luncheons will resume in August, after Serb Fest. Check back for August Luncheon date. We wish Millie a speed recovery.
Wishing all Moms much Love on their special day! Please join us after Divine Liturgy in the south wing for a delicious luncheon. Also, pick up a special gift from St. Sava's Sunday School children.
The Serbian Historical Society presented a plaque to the church board commemorating the couple who blessed this church with a million dollar gift. Mile and Ella also bought the main bell for the church, paid for the monument dedicated to all Serbs who served and were victims of all previous wars. He labored tirelessly to help build this church along with many others who have since passed. He also served up "vruca rakija" every Badnje Vece. The plaque was the suggestion of Historical Society member George Skrivan, himself a large donor, and designed by Paul Jancarich. Look for this plaque where it will be permanently displayed in the north wing. Fr. Marko held Parastos for Mile (5 years) and Ella (4 years) Kosanovic and also for Milan Opacich's 40 Day Memorial. Milan's daughter Karin paid tribute to her father's memory, and hinted to a biography in the works. Luncheon Buffet was hosted by the Historical Society, and tables were decorated in Milan's favorite wine theme, Opolo wine, made by his dear Serbian friend Rick Quinn of Opolo Vineyards in Paso Robles, California. Proceeds from the luncheon will be used toward the purchase of blinds for the south wing's many windows.
5 Year Parastos for Mile & Ella Kosanovic, Plaque Presentation, 40 Day Parastos for Milan Opacich, Luncheon
Please join us this Sunday for several events.
Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m., Sunday School at 11:15 a.m., Parastos, and new Serbian Sisters Circle Board will be sworn in immediately following Liturgy. Luncheon buffet will be served in the South Wing, hosted by Serbian Historical Society, for fundraising to purchase blinds for South Wing windows. A brief plaque presentation will follow.
The hard working ladies of the Serbian Sisters Circle let someone else do the cooking as they celebrated the Holiday Season Saturday afternoon. Poetry, Christmas stories, games, and songs were all part of the program. Mothers, daughters, grandmothers, and friends laughed until they had tears in their eyes when Olga Galich Velasquez lead the Kolo Chorus in "The Twelve Days of Christmas". "Kolo Men" Simo Glumac and Richard Vrtikapa were thanked for all their help during the past year, and first time inductee Paul Jancarich was presented with his own pair of rubber gloves, apron, and bottle of Palmolive dish soap. "Youngest" Kolo member Karavelka Petrovich (well into her 100's) was honored with a bouquet of fresh flowers by Alexis Orlich. Kolo President Beba Rudman also had a special gift for Donna Nicolich - her very own Chef's hat! Special thanks to Kathy Vrtikapa Friedlander and her daughter Susan, who traveled from Indianapolis to coordinate the party activities and games. Please join us next year and be sure to invite a friend!
You are cordially invited to attend the St. Sava Serbian Sisters
Annual Christmas Luncheon
Saturday, December 8th, 12:30 p.m.
Innsbrook Country Club 6701 Taft St., Merrillville
$20 per person, friends and family welcome!
Reservations a.s.a.p. to Mimi Orlich 219-310-8044 or Donna Nicolich 219-226-1758
The first American-born Serbian Saint was born in Gary, Indiana, where St. Varnava attended St. Sava Church. The Serbian Historical Society chose him for their Patron Saint, at the suggestion of Roz Opacich. After the blessing and cutting of the Slava Kolach, parishioners gathered in the south wing for a fall themed luncheon buffet. Also celebrating Veteran's Day, Paul Jancarich set up a display paying tribute to St. Sava's veterans from previous wars. Thanks to all who attended and for your continued support.
Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Parastos - Laying of Wreaths at Memorial Monuments
Consecration of New Pavilion • Anniversary Banquet and Program • South Wing
Guest Speaker: His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica Diocese
All festivities will take place at St. Sava Church Grounds, 99191 Mississippi St.
Please join us after Divine Liturgy for the blessing and cutting of the Slavski Kolach in celebration of St. Varnava.
Help support our Srbadija Folklore groups by attending their Luncheon Buffet this Sunday immediately after Divine Liturgy in the South Wing. Our dancers spend hours weekly practicing for upcoming performances and we're proud of them for representing our St. Sava Church family.
This Sunday, September 30th, please join us after Divine Liturgy and Sunday School for a delicious Luncheon Buffet in the south wing. Your hosts and chefs are Dynamic Duo in the Kitchen Dusko and Danica Pejnovic. Everyone's encouraged and welcome to attend these luncheons that benefit our church or it's organizations. Please choose a date to sponsor a luncheon - it can be a group of several families, and the menu should be kept simple. Contact the church office for available dates.
Divine Liturgy starts at 10:00 a.m. and Sunday School starts after Holy Communion. Please join us for a delicious luncheon buffet in the south wing after services. This week's hosts are Fr. Marko and Popadija Vesna. Please choose a Sunday to sponsor a luncheon - you can group with several families, and the menu can be simple.
After the luncheon, guest speaker Richard Soohey will speak to parents and grandparents about the 529 College Savings Plan. A lifetime resident of Northwest Indiana, Richard started in the life insurance and investments business with Prudential Life. After 10 years he changed his affiliation to Horace Mann Insurance Company, dealing primarily with insuring and helping educators with their retirement planning. In 1985 he graduated from the American College with a Chartered Life Underwriter designation, CLU. In 1987 he received his Chartered Financial Consultant, CFC, from the American College. After his association with Horace Mann he became an Independent Financial Adviser and now works with Creative Financial Designs, Inc., and CFD Investments, Inc., based in Kokomo, Indiana.
Joliet Kolo Hosts Luncheon Fundraiser to Benefit Lifeline Humanitarian Organization Sunday, May 20th
What do you get when you mix great people, great food and great cookies with a great cause? A Great Bring-a-Friend Fundraiser benefitting
LIFELINE HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATION
Spring 2012 Luncheon
Sunday, May 20, 2012
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
St. George Social Center
310 Stryker Avenue ~ Joliet, Illinois
Lunch prepared by Joliet’s Kolo Women
“Sweet Treat” Walk of homemade baked goods
Auction of Lovely Themed Gift Baskets
Music by Veselo Selo Tambura Orchestra of Joliet
Ticket Price: $10 per person, payable to: Lifeline
RSVP by May 10 to Roseanne Angelovich
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-sponsored by a proud partnership of Kolo Sestara:
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church ~ Joliet Circle of Serbian Sisters
St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church ~ Lansing’s
Circle of Serbian Sisters and Knjeginja Zorka Kolo
Milan Marinkovich, Zeljko Novakovich, Zoran Andrich, and their families will host the Sunday luncheon to benefit the soccer field and events. Please attend to show your support and enjoy a delicious meal with friends after Divine Liturgy.
Please join us this Sunday in the south wing for a delicious Lenten Meal hosted by Krajina Club after Divine Liturgy. This luncheon is a fund raiser to benefit St. Sava Church. Hope to see you there!
Confession at 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.
Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m.
Reminder: Set Your Clocks Ahead - Sunday Luncheon Buffet and Monthly General Membership Meeting This Sunday
Families and friends of the Serbian Historical Society will host this Sunday's Lenten Buffet to raise funds for St. Sava Church. Please join us after Divine Liturgy for a wonderful meal. followed by the MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING, also in the South Wing Social Center. Your attendance is important, as well as your input and participation. Share your talents; there are many projects around the church and for the upcoming Serb Fest.
Don't forget to set your clocks ahead one hour - it's that time of year.
Don't miss the opportunity to support our youth teams, already practicing hard in preparation for the SNF Basketball Tournament.
The Sever Family is hosting a Lenten Luncheon Buffet after Divine Liturgy on Sunday, March 4 in the south wing. These players will represent our St. Sava Church at the tournament hosted by St. Elijah Cathedral in Merrillville in June.
SNF membership deadline is Wednesday, April 11; entry deadline is Monday, May 7. Contact Mr. Eli Roknich to join the SNF soon or call the church office for details.
On Sunday, December 4, the wonderful ladies of our Serbian Sisters Circle relaxed and enjoyed the afternoon at Innsbrook Country Club as they celebrated the holiday season. After another year of hard work making thousands of strudels, nut rolls, sarmas, and palachinke, it was time to kick back and be served for a change. The ladies enjoyed a delicious meal and Kathy Freidlander took charge of fun and games. Kolo sister Karaveljka Petrovich was presented with a bouquet of red roses to mark her 100 plus* years. "Kolo brothers" Richard Vrtikapa, Simo Glumac, and Stanley Galich also attended. Stanley was presented with a bag of walnuts, honoring his expert nut grinding this past nut roll making season. All joking aside, the men have been a tremendous help and are greatly appreciated!
Thanks to Xenia Jancarich for taking these lovely photos.
On Sunday, November 20, St. Sava's Serbian Historical Society celebrated their patron Saint, St. Varnava The Holy Confessor with a festive luncheon in the south wing. Fr. Marko, with board members in attendance, blessed the Kolach at the end of Divine Liturgy. 40 day Parastos was also held for +Cvijeta Rajkovich. Paul Jancarich sang the Troparian and read the story of St. Varnava's life and his childhood in Gary. On display were articles and photographs showing the remarkable yet tragic life of St. Varnava, the first American - born Serbian Saint.
Thank You to all who attended the luncheon or sent donations. Thanks also for all the families who brought salads and baked goods, and for their continued support. Special Thanks to Beba Rudman, Donna Nikolich, and Mimi Orlich for their hard work.
You are cordially invited to attend the St. Sava Serbian Sisters Annual
Sunday, December 4 at 12:30 p.m.
Insbrook Country Club - 6701 Taft Street
Reservations a must by November 29th
Call Beba Rudman (219) 462-4524
Kay Bozich (219) 980-1805
Mimi Orlich (219) 310-8044
$20 per person
Please bring a friend and join us in the holiday spirit!
St. Sava’s Serbian Historical Society
Invites you to their Slava Celebration
HolyConfessor St. Varnava
First American-Born Serbian Saint, from Gary St. Sava
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Luncheon Following Divine Liturgy
in the South Wing
SPECIAL PRAYER & BLESSING
Please join His Grace Bishop Longin, Father Marko, and guest clergy
for Divine Liturgy followed by Prayer and Blessing
of St. Sava's new pavilion construction on
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Divine Liturgy will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.
followed by procession to the construction
grounds for blessing.
The Executive Board will host this Sunday's Luncheon, where you can eat in or take-out a delicious Lamb or Pig Dinner for only $12. Other items will be offered, so please join us on this Sunday as well as every Sunday during the summer for picnic-style food offerings. All proceeds will help the general fund.
Luncheons are always in the South Wing Social Center.
The weather was absolutely delightful for all Moms on their special day. Srbadija Folklore Group hosted the event, and some of the Dads helped with preparations and serving. Thanks to all the Kolo ladies for their dessert and salad donations.
Special Thanks to Borka Grimsgard for the lovely photos.
St. Sava Folklore Group is hosting this year's Mother's Day Luncheon in the South Wing after Divine Liturgy. What a great way to spend the day with Mom! Everyone is welcome.
"Springtime In The Park" was the perfect theme for an afternoon of fashion, food, and fun at the recent event co-hosted by St. Sava and St. Elijah Kolo Sisters. What a pleasure it was to see so many young, beautiful Serbian children and teens model current fashion trends available for purchase at Piper Children's Boutique in Valparaiso and THE BUCKLE in Westfield Southlake Mall. Kolo Sisters attended from St. Louis, South Bend, Milwaukee, and many other midwest parishes. Enjoy the videos and be sure to post them on your facebook pages. Click on the video outside the arrow, and it will take you directly to YouTube, where you can get the video link, or click on the blog title, go to the top of the page and copy the new URL and post the entire story with the videos.
Many Thanks to all the volunteers who worked for weeks planning and organizing this successful event. The combined Kolo Sisters from St. Sava and St. Elijah donated and solicited Silent Auction Items and Door Prizes, sold tickets, served tables, made horsd'oeuvres and baked cookies. Simo Glumac, Arfin Grimsgard, Steve Baroevich, and Nick Knezich served cocktails. Kathy Friedlander made aprons in spring colors for all the servers. Sladjan prepared a fabulous Lenten dinner. Melanie Sever coordinated the style show, and Borka Grimsgard was the commentator. Thanks also to the numerous vendors who tempted us all with their merchandise and services.
Special Thanks to Nancy Van Santen, owner of Piper Children's Boutique in Valparaiso and Vido Ivanovic, assistant manager of THE BUCKLE in the Mall for their patience and assistance throughout the planning and day of the show.
Please support the efforts of our young basketball players who will represent our church at the upcoming SNF Basketball Tournament in Canton, Ohio. After Divine Liturgy, bring the entire family to the South Wing Social center for a great meal. If you can't attend, donations will gladly be accepted. Proceeds will help pay for a bus and other travel expenses. So far, we have 3 teams practicing for the tournament. Hope to see you there!
Date: Sunday, May 1
On the menu:
CEVAP DINNER $10
HAMBURGER / HOT DOG $5
Includes sides, salad, and dessert.
Starts at 11:45 a.m.
St. Sava and St. Elijah's Kolo Sisters will together host a Luncheon to raise funds for this year's summer camp season. This relaxing afternoon event will feature a delicious meal, children's style show, cocktails, silent auction, door prizes, and even a Martini Bar! Bring a friend or the entire family. Doors open at 11:30. Details below:
PRICES: Adults $20 - Children 12 & Under $5 - Teens 13 to 18 $10
TWO MAIN EVENTS!
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6th
ALL DAY LONG SUPER BOWL PARTY
Luncheon Buffet after Church $10 per Adult
Super Bowl Party & Buffet CONTINUES $10 per Adult
FREE Pizza & Pop for all children!
EAT ALL DAY at BOTH EVENTS - $20
On the Menu: Cevaps, Chicken, much more!
Sponsored By Hunting Club and Chetniks Organization
Proceeds to benefit new building construction.
BRING FAMILY & FRIENDS
EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
Entire proceeds from this Sunday's Luncheon Buffet will benefit the victims of the November 3rd earthquake in Serbia. Please try to support this effort in any way you can by attending and donating for the relief efforts. St. Sava's Executive Board is hosting this event. (Ladies, salads and desserts would be much appreciated).
Due to today's funeral service for George Makivich, the October Senior Social Luncheon is postponed until Thursday, November 4. Please join us then.
Chef Millie Kokotovich and friends serve up a delicious spread for seniors on Thursday afternoons once a month. The September 30th luncheon was also a surprise celebration of Richard and Polly Vrtikapa's 60th Wedding Anniversary. Their daughter Kathy provided a beautiful sheet cake for the occasion. If you have the free time, please join this group of friends. You'll have a great time and are encouraged to bring a friend. Sometimes there is a guest speaker or art presentation. The next Senior Social Luncheon will be Thursday, October 28; hope to see you there. Thanks to Xenia Jancarich for taking these lovely photos.
Registration and first day of classes for Sunday School students at 9:45 am in the north wing. Parents, grandparents, or Kumovi, please remember that you are responsible for the religious education and foundation for your children. If you cannot afford the fee or need transportation, contact the church office or Fr. Marko for assistance.
SUNDAY LUNCHEON buffet will be served immediately after Divine Liturgy.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING in south wing after luncheon.
COMBINED CHOIR PRACTICE at Nick and Melanie Sever's home in Ogden Dunes will start at 2:00 pm. New member always welcome.
After a great round of golf, everyone was treated to an all-you-can-eat Serbian Luncheon Buffet.The selections included endless rounds of roasted lamb, sarma, cevaps, chicken, and all the trimmings, followed by homemade apple strudel. PRAZNA FLASA Tamburitza Orchestra entertained the golfers as they relaxed among friends. Many golfers stayed on all afternoon and enjoyed Serb Fest music and activities. Everyone had a great time, so be sure to join us next year.
Golf prizes were awarded for:
LOWEST SCORE - Steve Buha's Foursome
CLOSEST TO PIN - Stevan Ivetich
LONGEST DRIVE - Bob Drobac
Reserve a foursome and become a Sponsor for the popular 2010 Serb Fest Golf Classic on Friday, July 30. Download and print the Registration and Sponsorship forms here. Golf with your Serbian friends at Summer Tree Golf Course in Merrillville. Your fee includes 18 holes of golf with cart, continental breakfast, refreshments on course, and a fabulous Serbian Luncheon Buffet at the church grounds. Non - golfers can attend the luncheon for $25. Live tamburitza music is always part of the celebration. This year's entertainment will be provided by PRAZNA FLASA Tamburitza Orchestra from Milwaukee! Join us, everyone is welcome!
We thank our Sponsors for supporting St. Sava Church and encourage our parishioners to patronize these local businesses. Sponsors will have names listed on course and banner on display at Serb Fest for thousands to view over three days. Hurry, golf reservation deadline is soon. Details on printable forms below:
Go ahead, take the day off. We won't tell your boss, and you can explain the sunburn later. Better yet, bring the boss to the golf outing Friday, July 30th at Summertree Golf Course. Foursomes are still available, and a fabulous Serbian Luncheon Buffet awaits you.
Entry Fee is $100 per person, $400 Foursome, and includes 18 holes golf with cart, refreshments, prizes, and luncheon buffet at the church grounds with live tamburitza music by PRAZNA FLASA Orchestra. 7 am registration, 8 am shotgun start, luncheon 1:30-3:30.
SPONSOR PACKAGES available from $100 to $500, so take advantage of some prime exposure for your local business.
Call Sam or Vonnie Orlich at (219) 779-9174 or V_Orlich@comcast.net for info.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
Mom - Mama - Mommy - Ma - Mother; no matter what you call her, she is very loved. Our church board hosted this year's Mother's Day Luncheon. It's always a treat to get Mom out of the kitchen for the day, so Thanks to all the men who served. Perhaps you'll notice that up to three generations attended this wonderful celebration. Borka Grimsgard took these lovely photos........Thanks, Borka!
Pictured below are Karen and Lazo Knezich. Too cute!
Mirko Kljajic will host this Sunday's Luncheon immediately after Divine Liturgy.
Confession will start at 9:00 a.m., Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.
The Kolo ladies of our Serbian Sisters Circle will enjoy an afternoon of fun at their Annual Christmas Luncheon at Innsbrook Country Club, 6701 Taft St., Merrillville.
Please join the Kolo Sisters on Sunday, October 25th as they celebrate their Slava after Divine Liturgy. Blessing of the kolach and koljivo will precede the luncheon. On the actual Slava day, October 27th, the sisters will read the names of all deceased members, a tradition of remembrance for all our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, and kumas. Please make every effort to attend both services.
Our Venerable Mother Petka-Paraskeva, as she became known, was born in the 11th century in the city of Epivat, which is between Silivria and Constantinople. Her parents were very religious and raised their children to be pious. After her parents died, St. Petka strictly devoted herself to the monastic life, and with fasting and prayer, she committed her life to God. After five years of fasting and prayer, she went to the Holy Land (Palestine) to live in the desert of Jordan. In her old age, she returned to Constantinople to the Church of Holy Theotokos in Blaherna to revere the miraculous icon of the Mother of God.
Two centuries after her death (1238 A.D.), the Bulgarian emperor John Asen decided to move St. Petka's relics from Epivat, which then was under the Crusader's control, to Trnovo, the capital of Bulgaria. After the Turkish occupation of Bulgaria, the relics were moved again--this time to Vidim on the Danube (Vlaska). In 1396 when the Turks also conquered this area, the Serbian princess Milica acted to bring the holy relics to Belgrade. In 1417 the Church of St. Petka was built in Belgrade and her holy relics were placed there. In 1521 after the mighty Sulleyman II conquered Belgrade, St. Petka's remains, along with many Serbian families, were moved to Constantinople. There her remains were received with great respect and solemnity and the Sultan brought them to his castle. Numerous miracles occurred there, which caused the holy Mother Petka-Paraskeva also to be worshipped by Muslims. In 1641, with permission from Constantinople's patriarch Partenije I, the pious Moldavian ruler Vasilije Lupul brought St. Petka's remains to Moldavia's capital, Jash, where on 14/27 October they were placed in the church of the Three Holy Hierarchs, where St. Petka's holy relics continued to glorify the Lord with wonders and miracles.
(Text from westsrbdio.org)
The weather was cold and stormy, but the atmosphere was warm and inviting at the first Senior Luncheon hosted by our Kolo Sisters. At 101 years young, even Ann Pamachena attended as Paul and Xenia Jancarich's guest. Thanks to Millie Kokotovich, Beba, Desa, Donna, Mimi, Kay, Gordana, Zorka, and all the girls for preparing the great food, and to Father Marko for his support. Thanks also to Donna Nicolich, our photographer for the day, great job!
"THE STIMULUS GOLF PACKAGE"
Friday, July 31, 2009
8:30 a.m. Shot Gun Start - Scramble Format
SUMMER TREE GOLF COURSE, 2323 E. 101st Ave., Merrillville, IN
ENTRY FEE $100 / Person or $400 Foursome
18 Holes of Golf with Cart, Continental Breakfast, Refreshments on Course
Longest Drive (Men / Women) Contest
Longest Putt (Men / Women) Contest
Closest to the Pin Contest
Serbian Buffet Luncheon (Split - Roasted Lamb, Pig, Cevaps, Salad, Dessert)
7:15 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Shotgun Start
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Buffet Luncheon & Prizes
St. Sava Church Grounds, 9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville
SPONSOR PACKAGES AVAILABLE:
FEATURED SPONSOR $500
COGNAC CART SPONSOR $200
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST PATRON $200
CLASSIC SPONSOR $100
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Steve Baroevich (219) 713-1031 email@example.com
Barb (Borka) Grimsgard (219) 617-1645 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jovan Djokic (219) 241-7750 email@example.com
Bring Mom to Church this Sunday, stay for the Luncheon, and take her to the North Wing for a sneak peek into the Cultural Room. "Serbian Wedding Traditions" is the theme for this display. Mom will Love it! The luncheon will follow Divine Liturgy, and the Cultural Room will be open until 3 p.m. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
This Sunday's Lenten Luncheon will be hosted by the Marinkovich, Andrich, and Novakovich families. It will be the first of several luncheons that directly benefit the building of a new soccer field for our children and for hosting future sporting events. Also this Sunday, the family of Mike Galich will hold one year Parastos in his memory. Please attend Divine Liturgy, Parastos, and the Luncheon, all on March 15th.
The complete information is included below, as well as the form for Golf Sign-Up and/or Sponsorship for this exciting annual event. Don't miss the opportunity to spend a fun, memorable day among friends. Register to golf or sponsor, using the same printable form. The Golf Luncheon will be held at the Church Property on 9191 Mississippi Street in Merrillville with live Tamburitza Musicians to entertain you.