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
"Thank you to everyone who made the soccer camp a great success. To Milan Marinkovich, Zeljko Novakovic, Zoran Andric, and Mladen Tolimir who made the field come to life. It took a few years but they kept on with it. Thank you to Fr. Marko for your support, Danny Jeftich and his assistant coaches for their dedication to the children. To Dennis and Lynn Svilar for donating the shirts and Myra and Mike Ajder for the hotdogs and snacks. Thanks to Mara Savic for her help in registering the campers. Everyone had a great time, even the parents."........Mike Ajder
St. Sava's new Obilic Soccer Field is ready! Soccer Camp training offered the kids an advantage in developing their own skills and talents for the upcoming school year.
Thanks to Milan Marinkovich for the photos.
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.
Divine Liturgy starts at 9:00 a.m.
Traditional Djurdjevdanski Uranak hosted by Serbian Cetniks Ravana Gora will offer roasted lamb & pig dinner.
SOCCER CAMP at St. Sava with Professional Director Danny Jeftich, Coaches Darko Latinovic, Scott Bartlett
St. Sava Church is fortunate to have the talents of Danny Jeftich, Darko Latinovic, and Scott Bartlett, all soccer professional, to instruct our children at our new soccer field. Soccer Camp will be held on Thursday May 16 and Friday May 17th from 5pm to 7 pm at our new Obilic Soccer Field. Children in 1st through 8th qualify. All details are on the printable forms below. Event is open to all children from friends or other churches. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to give your child an advantage with close, personal attention from qualified, local soccer experts.
Hurry to order delicious spit-roasted lamb or pig for your Easter family feast. Thanks once again to the Knezic family for donating their time and skills to prepare this old country favorite! ORDER BY WEDNESDAY, May 1st. Details below. Pick up on Easter Sunday from noon to 1 p.m. in the outdoor kitchen.
Please join us for choir practice this Thursday, April 11th. This is a new beginning for Karageorge, our wonderful choir, who will host this year's annual SOCA Festival in early June. NEW MEMBERSHIP is encouraged - parents and children welcome, 5th GRADERS and older! Practice THURSDAY April 11th and every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the north wing conference room. Let's recruit those young voices, and teach a new generation the joy of our music! S.S.S.Karageorge will also celebrate their 100th Anniversary during this same weekend!
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.
For so may years, Deena Galich has shared her creativity and artistic talents with St. Sava Sunday School for their many programs. Deena is the daughter of Yvonne and the late Mike Galich, church president for many years. She has custom designed and hand crafted themed props for songs and plays on St. Sava Day. Props were intricately carved, painted, and wrapped in string. You may remember church silhouettes, palachinke, krofne, angels, little lambs, flags, a choo choo train, cross, automobile, and so many more. Her imagination alone is to be admired. We're very grateful to Deena for adding these enhancements to the children's programs each year. Thanks, Deena!
At 99 years young, Blazo Dragic was honored by Dusan Matic reading this poem "Sveti Sava", written by Blazo in January of 1947 in a displaced persons camp in Eboli, Italy. Blazo wrote many beautiful poems during those years spent in Italy and Germany. Blazo's poems have been published and can be purchased through the church office (219) 736-9191 during office hours 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. "Zivot I Ja Unjemu - Life and Me in It" is priced at only $15 with entire purchase price donated to St. Sava Church.
Vespers started at 6:00 p.m. as we solemnly celebrated the eve before Our Savior's birth. Sunday School students presented a short program starting with a procession of angels, shepherds, sheep, and kings awaiting the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Karageorge choir sang hymns honoring the occasion. Fr. Marko led the faithful outdoors and blessed the burning badnjak. Hundreds packed the south wing for refreshments and caught up with old friends. Santa photos and video will be posted soon.
On Badnji Dan, we were delighted to have Dr. Rade M. Pejic share his knowledge and expertise about great Serbian inventor Nikola Tesla. Years of research have inspired Dr. Pejic to become the local expert about Tesla's revolutionary ideas and patents. Tesla died on January 7th, 1943.
Even Google converted it's logo for Tesla's birthday last year.
Karageorge members would like to invite you to their annual Slava celebration of St. Andrew the First Called. Join them after Divine Liturgy for Blessing and Cutting of the Slava Kolach, and proceed to the South Wing for their Luncheon Buffet.
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.
Please join us after Divine Liturgy for the blessing and cutting of the Slavski Kolach in celebration of St. Varnava.
Great progress has been made, and with extra help, we can wrap it up until spring. Playground installation is scheduled for Saturday, November 3rd at 8:00am at the church (weather permitting). If you are available, please come out and help Nick Knezic and Dragutin Popovic. We need all of the manpower we can get to complete this project before winter. The team would appreciate all your help. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm if you are coming so the guys can plan accordingly. Thank you! Thanks also to everyone who contributed monetary donations toward the purchase of the playground equipment.
Sunday, September 16th marked the first day of religious classes. Fr. Marko read a special prayer to mark the beginning of the new season. Note the new class schedule. Children should attend Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. with their families and class will start at 11:15 a.m. after Holy Communion and end at 12:15 p.m.. Students are welcome to enroll anytime during the school year. Luncheons will follow in the south wing after Divine Liturgy.
Don't miss the opportunity for your children to learn traditional Serbian dances and to make lifelong friends. It's so much fun for the dancers, and many performances are planned for the upcoming year. PLEASE TURN IN ALL COMPLETE COSTUMES at registration. THIS INCLUDES OPANKE, SASHES, HATS, for inventory purposes. Board positions for parents are available. Please contact Borka if you are interested at 219-617-1645 or email@example.com - we need your continued support! Three levels are offered for dancers: Pee-wee, Juniors, and Seniors. Registration is from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 13th in the north wing and Sunday, September 16th from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the north wing. First practice will resume on Thursday, September 27th and Pizza and Punch will be served! Hope to see you all!
Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. in north wing outside church office on Sunday, Sept. 16th. Sunday School starts at 11:15 a.m. after Holy Communion and ends at 12:15 p.m.
***Please note the change in start time for classes. Fr. Marko encourages families to attend church services together, to give our children an opportunity to experience Divine Liturgy. Divine Liturgy starts at 10 a.m. every Sunday.
Classes will be held in the downstairs learning center. Please register your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and Kumovi.
COST: $50 First Child, $25 for Each Additional Child
Ages: 3 and up Grades: Preschool thru 8th
In Eastern Christianity the icon is generally a flat panel painting depicting a holy being or object such as Christ, Mary, saints, angels, or the cross. These religious works of art adorn our churches and homes. Icons may also be cast in metal, carved in stone, embroidered on cloth, painted on wood, done in mosaic or fresco work, printed on paper or metal, etc. Icons served many purposes in the Orthodox Church. A person can walk into an Orthodox Church and see the whole Bible story unfolded on its walls. Icons of Old and New Testament were used to teach the faithful about the Christian Faith. At this year's Serb Fest, the Serbian Historical Society presented an exhibit of unique Orthodox icons featuring the work of iconographer Drazen Dupor. Many individuals and local priests shared their personal favorites. Sisters from The Most Holy Mother of God Monastery in New Carlisle displayed their hand embroidered icons as well as a unique icon on silk from Japan. Young iconographer Steven Kozabarich showed a work-in-progress as well as a beautiful image of St. Demetrius. On the ceiling in the center of the room was an image of St. Elijah Cathedral's cupola (dome) that has recently been adorned with hand-painted frescoes. One part of the exhibit featured photos of all the Northwest Indiana Orthodox Churches as well as an icon on loan from each parish. Hundreds of Serb Fest guests enjoyed the exhibit daily. Special thanks to everyone who shared their precious icons; many of these were treasured family heirlooms. Sincere thanks also to Fr. Marko for his support and travels twice to Madison, Wisconsin to the Dupor Studio to pick up and return the large icons. Enjoy the video below: (To play in full screen, just start the video and click on the 4 arrows in the bottom right corner: click escape to return to this page at the end)
With amazing energy, young guests from Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland enjoyed three nights of kolo dancing at St. Sava's Serb Fest 2012. Musical entertainment for dancing was provided by Orchestra Sumadija, Maestro, and DJ Spaz. See if you can keep up!
For just a short time, the Icon Art Exhibit "Images of Faith" will be open Sundays after Divine Liturgy in the north wing. Please take a moment to stop in and see the inspirational variety of icons from all over the Orthodox world - even Japan! Many churches, clergy, and individuals have shared their treasures for this exhibit. Featuring the works of iconographers Drazen Dupor and Steven Kozabarich, you'll be amazed at their talents. Several icons are offered for sale. You can also arrange for a group or private visit by contacting Dorothy (219) 462-0286 or Paul (219) 465-1795.
This year's Serb Fest volunteers dealt with especially challenging situations: temperatures in the mid-90's and a dangerous thunderstorm that blew through late Saturday afternoon. Children were safely gathered into the basement of the church building, while others gathered at the back corners of the solid new Pavilion. Within 45 minutes of the 70 mph thundertorm, tables and chairs were re-set, cevap grills were running, and smiling Serbian faces were back in business for the evening rush. We lost some tents and signs, but thankfully no one was hurt! It all turned out well, thanks to the spirit of our great volunteers, many of whom worked for weeks cleaning, planning, baking, and preparing for the annual festival. Special Thanks also to friends from other church parishes who helped grill cevaps and roast lambs. Hvala and Ziveli!
Join us today for live music by Drina from 1 to 6 and DJ Spaz for dancing from 5 to 9 pm. Be sure to stop by the fantastic Serbian Bakery and view the art exhibit "Images of Faith" in the north wing. Folklore Dancers will perform at 2:00 pm in front of the new Pavilion. Buy a chance to wind the $25,000 Grand Prize - BIG CASH RAFFLE. Everyone is welcome!
The brand new 3 Season Pavilion will offer comfortable dining - rain or shine. Hope to see you there.
Pre-Serb Fest Clean-Up
We need HELP !!!!!
We need all able-bodied Young parents, school-age children to help clean up the grounds prior to Serb fest !!!!!
Friday, July 20th 4:00pm
Our older members cannot do all the work and we need the younger families and members to step up and also touch up the landscaping.
We will provide Pizza and Music after we finish cleaning up… we ask you to bring desserts. WE will provide and sign the necessary paperwork for the school kids to get the community service credits.
FRIDAY'S PRE SERB FEST CLEAN - UP HAS BEEN RE-SCHEDULED for Friday, July 20th at 4:00 p.m.. PLEASE make an effort to help for a couple hours, and be sure to bring the kids. We need everyone's help. Pizza will be provided later after the clean up. Hope to see you there!
On Sunday, June 3, Fr. Marko baptized Olivera Hristina, daughter of Alan and Doris Manojlovic. Proud grandparents Mihailo and Lela Dobrich, Kumovi, and many friends attended the afternoon service. Olivera's Kumovi, Sasa and Nina Furtula, traveled all the way from Melbourne, Australia to be a part of her special day. Alan and Sasa were best friends in Lexington, Kentucky and promised to keep in touch as life took them to different directions. Little Olivera wore the gown that Mommy wore at her own baptism in 1980, God grant her many, many years!
The sacrament of baptism and chrismation brings great happiness to the Orthodox Christian family. Baptism cleanses an individual's soul of original sin. The special service entails the infant being immersed in the baptismal font three times, symbolizing the three days Christ spent in the tomb. This event is a reenactment of Christ's baptism, death and Resurrection. After immersion, the priest places the child in the open arms of the godparent, who holds a new white sheet as a symbol of the soul's purity.
Immediately following the baptism, the priest administers a second sacrament, Chrismation, where the child receives the gift of the Holy Spirit with miron, a special oil blessed by the Ecumenical Patriarch. Three locks are tonsured (cut) from the child's hair in the form of a cross.
After dressing in new clothing, the baptismal candles are lit and the priest, godparent, baptised infant, and chosen children walk around the baptismal font. Following the reading of scriptures, the priest administers a third sacrament, communion, to the child.
Eat at Fresh 3 in nearby Crown Point, save your receipt, and you'll help support our Sunday School and Folklore Group Srbadija. Just save your receipt and turn it in to Lela Jensen or Borka Grimsgard, and the generous people at Fresh 3 will donate 10% of the total purchase excluding sales tax to our organizations. It's a Win, Win!
Fresh 3 offers Fresh, Lean, Juicy Certified Angus Beef Burgers, Burritos & Healthy Bowls with a simple twist of unique seasonings and sauces at a reasonable price.
Find them at 10761 Broadway in Crown Point. Click the link for full menu and photos.
After all the fund raising efforts of individuals and our Sunday School organization, a brand new state-of-the-art playground will be built on the north lawn near the school entrance. Equipment has been ordered and will be assembled by volunteer Dads later this summer. The many slides and tunnels will provide hours of fun for kids of all ages. You'll want to be a kid all over again!
CUBS fan or SOX fan, everyone will have fun at St. Sava's 1st Annual Crosstown Classic Celebration sponsored by Prijatelji. Event is open to the public, and we encourage you to bring your co-workers, friends and neighbors. With a different menu each night, come all 3 nights to watch the exciting rivalry between Chicago's 2 great teams. Details below:
Monday, June 18th, Tuesday, June 19th, Wednesday, June 20th
St. Sava's South Wing
Monday - Ribeye Steak
Tuesday - Cevap Dinner
Wednesday - Pulled Pork
Price includes all the fixins and two tickets for your choice of beer or wine!
$25 per Dinner or $60 for all Three Nights (Adults Only)
Dinners served from 6 pm to 9 pm; watch the entire game on big screens.
CASH BAR Available
Raffle Pull Tabs
For more info, contact Steve @ 219-712-1031 or Melanie @ 219-730-4042
Proceeds benefit St. Sava Church
Please come and enjoy a great luncheon buffet after Divine Liturgy on Sunday, May 20th. Mike & Myra Ajder and Nikola (Nine) Loncar are your hosts, and all proceeds will benefit our 4 basketball teams. We are especially proud to have 4 teams participating in this year's tournament hosted by St. Elijah in Merrillville on June 8 through 10. If you can't make the luncheon, please donate through the church office.
Nick and Karen Knezic have once again volunteered to spend their holidays helping St. Sava Church. Nick prepared and roasted lambs and pigs in the early morning hours while Karen took orders for several weeks, and packaged and distributed advance orders all morning. They'll be doing it all over again next Sunday. Son Lazo served as altar boy on Palm Sunday, attends Sunday School, and is a valuable member of Srbadija Folklore Group. He has a starring role in the YouTube Nole Challenge video for Lifeline. You still have time to order lamb and pig for Orthodox Easter - order by Tuesday, April 10th. Details and prices in "Events" section on the right side of this page. Proceeds will benefit the playground fund. Our sincere THANKS to the Knezic family and all others who continuously serve this church community.
Father Marko reminded us that every service during Holy Week offers a unique spiritual and informative experience. Please attend any of the morning or evening services listed below.
HOLY WEDNESDAY - APRIL 11
Presanctified Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.
The Sacrament of Holy Unction, St. George Schererville at 6:00 p.m.
HOLY THURSDAY - APRIL 12
Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.
The Great Vigil: Reading of 12 Passion Gospels at 6:00 p.m.
HOLY FRIDAY - APRIL 13
Morning Service at 10:00 a.m.
Vespers with laying of Holy Shroud & Funeral Service at 6:00 p.m.
HOLY SATURDAY - APRIL 14
Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.
Resurrection Matins at 11:30 p.m.
PASCHA - SUNDAY, APRIL 15
Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m.
EASTER MONDAY - APRIL 16
Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.
EASTER TUESDAY - APRIL 17
Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.
In many Orthodox churches, Palm Sunday is marked by the distribution of palm leaves (often tied into crosses) to the assembled worshipers. The difficulty of procuring palms for that day's ceremonies in unfavorable climates for palms led to the substitution of pussy willows or other native trees.
Call the church office (219) 736-9191 to place order soon for roasted lamb or pig for both Easter dates.
Price is $10/Lb. for Pig, $13/Lb. for Lamb, 2 Lb. Minimun
Order Deadline is Tuesday, April 3rd for 1st Easter.
Order Deadline is Tuesday, April 10th for Orthodox Easter.
All orders will be pre-packaged, ADVANCE ORDERS ONLY, NO SAME DAY SALES
Pick up for 1st Easter is from 10 am to noon on Sunday, April 8th.
Pick up for Orthodox Easter is from noon to 1 pm on Sunday, April 15th.
Come to the north building in the rear church lot at 9191 Mississippi Street.
ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT PLAYGROUND FUND
Special Thanks to Nick and Karen Knezic for their hard work once again to make these traditional offerings available for holidays, and benefiting our church.
Support our Srbadija Folklore Groups by attending their great and never ending Lenten pasta buffet on Friday, April 6th in the south wing from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Also available are Bakalar dinners sold individually, not all-you-can-eat. Details below:
Pre-order your delicious strudels and nut rolls for Easter soon by calling the church office (219) 736-9191 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or call Beba Rudman at (219) 462-4524 to arrange a pickup time. You can also Fax your order to (219) 736-7836. The KOLO strudel factory has been working non-stop to prepare homemade goodies for everyone to enjoy. Note that the frozen Take-and-Bake strudels are still only $10 for all flavors, and nut roll price is now $12.
Strudel Flavors: Apple, Cherry, Sweet Cheese, Salty Cheese, Spinach & Cheese
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.
His Grace Bishop Longin will preside and visiting clergy will officiate at Lenten Vespers starting at 6:00 p.m. this Saturday evening. Lenten dinner will be served by Kolo Sisters in the south wing after Vespers. Preacher is Rev. Dobrivoje Milunovic from St. George Church in Schererville. Please bring the entire family for this spiritual evening.
Musical highlights from this year's St. Sava Day program are presented in the videos below. Under the direction of Joanne Samardzija, the students worked hard to learn several new songs. Thank you to Fr. Marko, parents, and teachers for all their help, and to Deena Galich, whose handmade props have become a part of every St. Sava Day program. Along with the many poems recited in Serbian and English, Olga Micic gave a wonderful rendition of "Rastko". Teens Rebekah Gerbick, Sasa Labovic, and Chris and Alexis Orlich read "Life of St. Sava". Maya Radjenovich, Savka Popovic, and Rachel Gerbick sang "Vesela Je Srbadija" - what beautiful young voices! There were many proud parents, grandparents, Kumovi, and friends in the audience to cheer them on.
St. Sava's Sunday School students presented a fabulous program celebrating the Patron Saint of all Serbian children. The program included several musical numbers as well as individual poems recited in Serbian and English. Program video coming soon - check back in a couple days!
Fr. Marko blessed the Slava Kolach with the Sunday School children on Sunday, January 29 following Divine Liturgy. Each year we celebrate the Patron Saint of all Serbian children, St. Sava, and we are treated to a wonderful program of music and poetry.
May their memories be eternal. Listed are 20 members of St. Sava Church who passed away in 2011.
Helen Nestorovich Ness
Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?
St. Sava Hunting Club Lovacko Drustvo
Invites you to
46th SUPER FOOTBALL PARTY
Sunday February 5, 2012
Noon – 11:00 P.M.
St. Sava South Wing Social Center
9191 Mississippi Street
Lunch & Dinner, Cash Bar
$20 for 2 meals, lunch & dinner
$10 dinner only
Come celebrate the Big Game Serbian Style!
Svi ste dobro dosli!
Proceeds will benefit St. Sava Church and Lifeline Humanitarian Organization
Dr. Jolynn Derado, Mike Suvajac, and Paul Jancarich read the Epistles during Christmas Divine Liturgy at St. Sava. Very Rev. Marko Matic gave his blessing to the readers, who read the English and Slavonic verses. Responses by S.S.S. Karageorge Choir under the direction of Ms. Kathy Baroevich. We truly appreciate the devotion of the readers who read every Sunday and are most grateful for our choir members. Mike Suvajac and Paul Jancarich also read for every funeral service and weekday services.
Fr. Marko celebrated Great Vespers on Christmas Eve with a church full of parishioners. At the end of the service, we were all anointed with Holy Oil from Christ's Tomb in Jerusalem. The special oil was a gift from Sister Serafima, Fr. Marko's dear friend who lived in Jerusalem for 15 years before returning to California. This year's balmy 45 degree weather was truly appreciated by those who remained for the blessing of the Badnjak outdoors. Lenten sandwiches, relish trays, and assorted fruit trays were served in the south wing, as well as the traditional hot tea and sljivo. Children of all ages had a great time with "Serbian Santa".
Our St. Sava Sunday school children presented a wonderful Christmas Nativity pageant after Great Vespers on Christmas Eve. A procession of angels lead the way to Bethlehem followed by shepherds. The bright star guided three Kings as they presented gifts to the Christ Child. Christmas hymns were sung by Karageorge choir. Thank you to Sunday school teachers, parents, and Joanne Samardzija for all your hard work.
There were many GOOD boys and girls who sat with Santa Friday evening in the south wing after the blessing and burning of the badnjak. Extraordinarily mild 40+ degree temperatures allowed for a huge crowd and a comfortable service outdoors. (Click the thumbnail photo to enlarge).
Friday, January 6 - Christmas Eve, Badnje Vece
Divine liturgy at 9:00 a.m., Great Vespers at 6:00 p.m.
Children's Christmas Play and blessing & burning of badnjak will follow with traditional light refreshments in the south wing. Santa will be there!
Saturday, January 7 - Christmas, Nativity of Our Lord
Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m.
Confession at 9:00 a.m.
Our devoted church choir, Serbian Singing Society Karageorge, hosted a festive lenten luncheon buffet to honor their Slava Saint, Andrew the First Called. On Sunday, December 18, the south wing was cozy and decorated for the holiday season. The beautifully prepared meal started with homemade soup and included bakalar and fried fish as well as an assortment of colorful salads, sides, and desserts. Even the kids couldn't wait to eat! Choir president Gerbick organized her team for a successful Slava celebration.
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.
S.S.S. Karageoge will celebrate their Slava St. Andrew The First Called on Sunday, December 18 following Divine Liturgy. Please join us for a buffet luncheon in the south wing. Everyone is welcome!
St. Sava Church celebrated it's 97th Anniversary on Sunday, November 13, 2011. After Divine Liturgy, the procession of the faithful proceeded to the south lawn, where Father Marko held a memorial service for all departed church members and members of the military. Executive Board President Dennis Svilar and guest speaker Ljubisa Milicich laid wreaths at both memorial monuments. Once again, we dealt with the cold wind and gray skies.
Soloist and choir director Kathy Baroevich sings "Kol Slaven".
On Saturday, November 5, 2011, His Grace Bishop Longin blessed the construction grounds for St. Sava's new pavilion at the northeast end of the parking lot. He prayed for the safety of the construction crew and for many memorable events to be hosted in the new building. Also celebrating Divine Liturgy and the blessing were Protodeacon Milovan Gogic, Deacon Nikolaj Kostur, and our Very Rev. Marko Matic. The procession was led by flag bearers and clergy, followed by parishioners on a very blustery windy morning. A delicious luncheon was hosted by our Kolo Sisters in the south wing.
St. Sava's Srbadija senior folklore group was honored to perform for a huge crowd during St. George Schererville's 100th Anniversary Celebration program Saturday, October 22nd. The dancers proudly represented our church as they have in the past, and have reached new levels of skill, mastering lively steps and difficult routines. Congratulations to the dancers, who have matured under the direction of Nenad Nikolic. Please support all our folklore groups whenever possible. Children of all ages are encouraged to join our pee-wee, junior, and senior groups. Contact Borka (Barb) Grimsgard for information.
St. Sava Church parishioners celebrated 97 glorious years on Sunday, November13 at St. Elijah's Hall, where we were treated to a fantastic meal. Srbadija Folklore dancers proudly performed lively traditional Serbian dances. Alex Djordjevic recited the long, difficult poem "Ratsko" enhanced by the vocals of singers Maja Radjenovich, Rachel Gerbick, and Savka Popovich, accompanied and instructed by Joanne Samardzija. Several children recited poetry and read short historical stories presented in both Serbian and English languages, reassuring us of a future generation of church leaders. This extended program was a surprise to many of us, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Many Thanks to the children and parents who encourage them!
Keynote speaker Ljubisa Milicich gave an entertaining reflection of growing up among us in the Gary church, also reminding us of the reason we need to re-connect with the homeland. Executive Board president Dennis Svilar presented Ljubisa with a commemorate plaque to mark the occasion.
Several local priests, representing area Orthodox Churches, celebrated Vespers to commemorate St. Varnava. In attendance were V. Rev. Peter Bodnar, Rev. Aleksandar Savic, Rev. Sasa Nedic, Rev. Sergii Alekseev and our own Very Rev. Marko Matic.
After the service, everyone gathered in the conference room for light refreshments, hosted by our Serbian Historical Society, which celebrates St. Varnava as their Patron Saint.
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
Call the church office (219) 736-9191 or email Vonnie today firstname.lastname@example.org.
STILL ONLY $10!
On a very cold and windy Saturday, His Grace Bishop Longin Blessed the construction grounds for our new Pavilion. Also serving were Protodeacon Milovan Gogic and our own Father Marko. Many parishioners also attended the luncheon in the south wing. Musical entertainment was provided and donated by singer Milana Anicic and musician Danny Danilovic.
On behalf of the St. Sava Executive Board and Father Marko Matic, you are cordially invited to attend our church congregation's 97th Anniversary Celebration.
10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy and Parastos
Laying of Memorial Wreath at the Monument
12:30 p.m. Anniversary Banquet & Program at St. Elijah Hall
(Featuring St. Sava Srbadija Folklore, SSS Karageorge, Guest Speaker Address)
We are pleased to have Louis-Ljubisa Milicich as our keynote speaker for the 97th Anniversary celebration of St. Sava Parish.
Ljubisa is the son of one of our parish's pioneers, the late Marko Milicich (1891-1979), and the long-time officer and past President of our Circle of Serbian Sisters, the late Jelena (Perisic) Milicich (1935-2005), who both hailed from the Niksic region of what is today the Republic of Montenegro.
Ljubisa was born in Gary in September 1959 and baptized/christmated at St. Sava Church by Protojerej-stavrofor Dusan Sukletovic in January 1960.
Ljubisa was a St. Sava Church School Student (both Saturday Serbian classes and Sunday Orthodox classes). He was Head Altar Boy as a teen and was tonsured a Reader/Ctec at St. Sava Church by +Metropolitan Irinej (Kovacevich) in November 1976.
Louis attended Franklin Elementary School and Bailey Junior High School and graduated from Lew Wallace High School in 1977 (Honor Society President; Verna Hoke Award; Tennis Letterman). Louis graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston/Chicago, Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Honors (1981), a Bachelor of Science in Communications Studies (1981) and his Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law (1984).
Louis is an international transactions lawyer and is the Head of the Central and Eastern Europe and the Southeastern Europe Desk of the global law firm SNR Denton. He is based in Chicago, but spends most of his time in the CEE/SEE region and in the SNR Denton offices in Washington, New York, London and Moscow. From 2006-2010, he was based in Vienna, Austria, Bratislava, Slovakia and Belgrade, Serbia. Earlier in his legal career, Louis was a Partner in the US law firm Jenner & Block.
Ljubisa was a member of our St. Sava Church Executive Board, a member of the Church Building Committee and was a delegate of our Parish to the Diocesan Church-National Assembly in 1985. He was a member of the Diocesan Council (US-Canada Diocese1985-1991; New Gracanica USC Diocese 1993-1999; Midwest Diocese 2003-2006) and has acted as an advisor both to +Metropolitan Irinej and to Bishop Longin. He was the chair of the Parish Trusteeship of St. Basil of Ostrog Mission Parish in Lake Forest-Mettawa, Illinois (1997-2008). He is a Consultant to the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Christian Bishops in North and Central America.
Ljubisa was a National Vice President of both the Serbian National Defense Council of America (1993-1998) and the Serb National Federation (1999-2003). He is a Past President and Officer of the Serbian Bar Association of America. He is a founding member of the Belgrade Committee of the Chicago Sister Cities program.
Louis is married to Marya (Savich), the daughter of the late Protojerej-stavrofor Milan and the late Protinica Constance (Vuckovich) Savich and they reside in Lake Forest, Illinois. Marya is a lawyer with Travelers Insurance and the choir director of Bishop Longin's Episcopal Choir at New Gracanica Monastery.
(Photos courtesy of Darlene Sever)
On Sunday, October 9, His Grace Bishop Longin presided Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. Sava Church, along with guest clergy Diocesan Dean Nikolaj Kostur, Very Rev. Lazar Kostur, Very Rev. Bogdan Zjalic from Chisholm, Minnesota, and our Rev. Marko Matic. This was a remarkable day for new altar boy Ilija Roknich. It was his first church service in the altar, and he had the honor of serving with His Grace Bishop Longin.
Where do they get the energy? Not a single pair of opanke was spotted in this young crowd, but you'll see some great dance moves. Young adults and teens from all over the Midwest came to St. Sava's annual Serbian Festival to meet up with old friends and make new ones. Music all three nights was provided by "DJ Spaz" and "Nocna Smena".
Serb Fest relies solely on the army of volunteers who spend months planning, organizing, selling tickets, baking, and preparing for the 3 day event. Some church members even take unpaid time off from work to help out. Many of these volunteers are not pictured below, but our sincere THANKS and appreciation goes out to anyone who helped in any capacity. Whether you're a palachinka princess, krofne queen, or lamb roaster, it seems that working for a common goal among your Serbian friends can be lots of fun.
Live background music is performed at Saturday's music tent by "Srpski Sinovi".
Thanks also to Borka Grimsgard for sharing some of the photos below.
Srbadija Folklore Groups - Pee Wee, Junior, and Senior - performed for the crowd at Serb Fest on Saturday, August 6th. Some of these children even worked the food line, kitchen, and Sunday School tent during the weekend. We applaud them for dressing and performing in full costume in 90 degree heat. Still don't know where they get their energy! Their instructor is Nenad Nikolic. Thanks to all the groups for sharing an important part of our Serbian Culture with the northwest Indiana community.
Chicagoland's DUNAV Orchestra has performed at St. Sava's Serb Fest for many years, as far back as we can remember, even at the old hall on 49th Avenue. The band members include Walter Pravica on violin, Frank Jovanovich on bugarija, John Miksich Sr. on brach, John Miksich Jr. on bass, and Mike Hairlich on brach.The original DUNAV Orchestra has had many different members over the last 50 plus years. The current band members have performed as a group for more than 10 years. Read more about Walter Pravica below.
To hire DUNAV Orchestra, call Walter at (773) 481-8375 or (847) 852-6167
As you may already know, most musicians have "real jobs". Walter Pravica, pictured below with his buddy Milan Opacich, is not only an accomplished violinist, but also is a Professor of Chemistry at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago, and Chair of their Physical Science Department. Walter also plays concert violin with the Northwest Symphony for over 20 years. Best of all, he's a really great Serb with a heart of gold!
Congratulations to the following lucky BIG CASH RAFFLE prize winners!
$25,000 - Terry White
$10,000 - Steve Shaban - Valparaiso
$5,000 - Peter Fleming - Crown Point
Vasil Kolar - Portage
Edward Swike - Merrillville
Sasa Dimitrijevic - Munster
Mary Uzelac - St. Joseph, MI (Early Bird Drawing)
Milos Radjenovich (Early Bird Drawing)
Sandy Shinovich, Schererville - Joe & Janice Orlich, Crown Point - Terry White - Jeff & Millie Griggs, Hobart - Aunt Sally's Rest., Calumet City, IL - D. Svilar/D. Pejnovic - Bill Schipani, San Francisco, CA - Joka Garcev, Crown Point - B. Berrier/J. Hornick, Merrillville - Lynn Svilar, Park Ridge, IL
What a treat! Bob Bratina, Mayor of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, honored us all with an impromptu frula (flute) performance of "Cacak" with Srpski Sinovi Orchestra. Bob and his wife Carol perform with "Balkan Strings" Orchestra in Hamilton. Tambura fans from all over the US and Canada attended Serb Fest - Florida, California, Utah, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and all throughout the Midwest region - so make plans to visit next year's event. Oh yes, and VOTE FOR BOB!
DJ Spaz will entertain the dancers this Sunday on the patio, starting at 6:00 p.m., ending at 10:00 p.m. There's always lots of food available. This is a great way to spend an otherwise boring Sunday evening. Bring a friend.
Do you really think you can keep Serbs from celebrating? The food kept coming, the bar kept serving, and we got just a little wet early Sunday evening. Grilling volunteers used their strengths to hold down tents. Mother Nature can't ruin our fun! We won't be inviting her next year. Seriously, "Ako Bog Da", we'll have a new Four Seasons Building built in time for next year's Serb Fest, so rain will never again be a problem. Borka Grimsgard, always a good sport, looked lovely in her fashionable rain bonnet.
Today's hours are from Noon to 9:00 p.m., so this is your last chance to enjoy the food, music, and fun. Be sure to visit the Tamburitza Spectacular historical exhibit in the north wing. Tonight's highlight will be the BIG CASH RAFFLE Drawing for several prizes, including the $25,000 Grand Prize, plus the Smithsonian Prima made by Milan Opacich.
Pictured above are veteran tamburasi George Tatalovich, Wally Pravica, and Milan Opacich in the Serbian Historical Society's exhibit "Tambura Spectacular!"
Lucky Gordon Gerbick would like to sell you that winning raffle ticket, so what's his secret?.....Must be that hat!
We'd like to welcome Srpski Sinovi Orchestra from Pittsburgh to perform at St. Sava for the first time. Although everyone knows Marco Trbovich, Vonnie Orlich's brother, the band is new to our entertainment schedule. Here's a little info:
The five member Srpski Sinovi Orchestra is comprised of all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation American Serbians. Accordianist, Aleksandar "Sasha" Slavkovic, born in Cacak, Serbia, and Brock Belich, bassist and the only Pennsylvania native in the group, both studied and performed with the Duquesne Tamburitzans. Mark Doncic, originally from Toronto, Ontario, plays cello with the group and is also the director of the Tsar Lazar Male Chorus. Dan Jovanovich, originally from Joliet, IL is on the bugarija and Marco Trbovich, originally of Hammond, IN plays brac.
The orchestra features Slavkovic's accordion virtuosity and unique three-part harmonies among the group's three elite singers. Srpski Sinovi has been performing for five years throughout the Northeastern US and has occasionally appeared in the Midwest.
Set aside some time each day to visit Serb Fest. Come hungry, come often. Nine different orchestras and singers are scheduled for 3 days of non-stop Serbian music for your listening and dancing pleasure. Traditional offerings of homemade Serbian dinners and baked goods will be abundant. Your children can enjoy amusements both Saturday and Sunday. Don't forget to purchase your chance to win $25,000 in the BIG CASH RAFFLE. There's still plenty of time left to buy that winning ticket!
Visit "Tamburitza Spectacular", an exhibit of vintage string instruments, photos, and artifacts researched and presented at this free cultural exhibit.
Everyone is welcome to experience our culture.
Dobro nam Dosli!
Welcome to Serb Fest 2011!
FRIDAY 4 - Midnight
SATURDAY - Noon to Midnight
SUNDAY - Noon to 9 pm
This is your invitation to a memorable 3 day weekend of non-stop Serbian music, great food, dancing, and a whole lot of culture! Bring the family, co-workers, and friends to enjoy the sights and sounds of old country traditions. Take a few minutes to visit "Tambura Spectacular", a free exhibit of Milan Opacich's personal collection of 60 vintage tamburitza string instruments, photos, sheet music, and artifacts. Children will enjoy amusements on Saturday and Sunday. You can golf with your Serbian friends Friday. BIG CASH RAFFLE TICKETS will be sold for the $25,000 cash prize! Everyone's welcome!
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NOCNA SMENA is the featured entertainment for this Sunday night. Cevap Pita Pockets, Krofne, and cool drinks will be available for purchase. Plan a relaxing night among friends before next weekend's Serb Fest.
There's still time to purchase a sponsor package for this year's 46th Annual Serb Fest Golf Classic. Your signage will be viewed by thousands all weekend at Serb Fest and at Summer Tree Golf Course. Contact the church office at (219) 736-9191 for details and sign-up. Details on printable form below. Packages priced at $100, $200, and $500.
NOTE: Deadline for Sponsors has been extended to July 31st. Please print the form below and email it to Vonnie Orlich at: email@example.com or Fax to the church office at: (219) 736-7836.
Join us for music and dancing outdoors and under the stars!
Sunday Evening July 17, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m
St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church
9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville
Featuring music by:
FOOD AND DRINKS AVAILABLE for purchase.
Sunday Nights don't have to be boring any more!
Photos from last Sunday night with Nocna Smena:
There's still time to sign up for this year's Serb Fest Kick-Off Golf Classic, always a great time on the course and at the luncheon. You'll be treated all day with great food and refreshments, and end with a luncheon buffet of traditional Serbian food and prizes at the church grounds. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m., Shotgun Start at 7:30 a.m. at Summer Tree Golf Course. Please print the form below and email it to Vonnie Orlich at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Fax to the church office at: (219) 736-7836.
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At the end of the night, there were lots of clean kids. What's a thunderstorm among Serbs? Not enough to ruin their fun, obviously. Srbadija Folklore Group hosted their first ever "Luda Zurka" Foam Dance Party to mark the end of the Sunday School and Folklore event year. DJ Spaz entertained the teens outdoors while Danny Danilovich played for the adults indoors. Grillers served up hundreds of cevaps, and everyone had a great night of fun. Just ask Lazo!
Get your own cool Luda Zurka t-shirt. Contact Borka Grimsgard. Proceeds benefit Srbadija Folklore Dance group. Adult and children's sizes are $8 each, 2 for $15.
Well, the weather was certainly "luda" that night on May 28th. Thunderstorms were threatening to ruin this party, but you can't stop Serbs from having a great time in spite of the weather. Sunday School and Folklore kids, teens, college students, Moms and Dads, all turned out for cevaps, music, and dancing. Srbadija Folklore sponsored this fun event to celebrate the end of the school year and dance season. The foam pit was the highlight for children of all ages, where they played in a deep pool of continuous bubbles. DJ Spaz entertained the dancers as bubble clouds blew by.
Contact Borka Grimsgard to purchase a cool Luda Zurka T-shirt. Little Vaso wore his!
Two years ago, Milan Opacich was excited to see his good friend Steve Popovich come from Nashville to see the "Immigrants - Serbs of Steel" Exhibit at Serb Fest. Upon Milan's invitation, Steve came with his children, thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit, and stayed to eat and visit with Milan. Steve and Milan met in the 1970's when they were both board members of the TAA (Tamburitza Association of America). Milan later traveled to Nashville to interview Steve for a story for Serb World. Steve's father, a coal miner, was a member of the Popovich Brothers Tamburitza Orchestra of Nemacolin, PA, and Steve himself played in a tamburitza band in his earlier years. Several years ago, Milan received an order from Steve to craft a prima, brach, and kuntro. These instruments were a special gift from Steve to Steven Van Zandt, guitar and mandolin player for Bruce Springsteen's band. Milan and Steve kept in touch through the years, and spoke by phone last Tuesday about Steve confirming his upcoming visit to this year's Serb Fest exhibit "Tamburitza Spectacular". Steve Popovich passed away the next day on Wednesday, June 8, 2011.
Executive Producer Steve Popovich (best known for making Meat Loaf famous) died June 8 in his apartment in Murfreesboro,TN. According to Billboard, his cause of death has yet to be determined. He was 68.
By the age of 26, he was the Vice President for CBS Records in New York City, working with a roster that included artists like Johnny Cash, Simon and Garfunkel, and Blood, Sweat & Tears. He also signed the Jackson 5 to Epic Records after they left Motown, but in 1976 he left CBS to form Cleveland International Records.
Congratulations to our Sunday School students for another fun year of learning about their church and religion. Betsy Kirby's 2nd and 3rd grade classes were joined by several other students who wanted to participate by keeping their own personal journals. Students shared their personal thoughts about sacraments, family, heaven, and marriage. You may be surprised at the depth and maturity of their thoughts. This short program was presented Sunday, May 22nd after Divine Liturgy. Thanks to Fr. Marko, Marie Baroevich, all teachers, and parents for another great year!
This Father's Day weekend will be full of activities supporting the New Gracanica Diocese Annual Golf Outing, hosted by St. Elijah Cathedral in Merrillville. After golfing, enjoy great food, music, and dancing at the church hall. Hope to see you there!
FATHER MARKO HOSTS 5TH TEEN SESSION
WHY ARE WE ORTHODOX?
GUEST PRESENTATION BY:
Nuns of the Nativity of the Mother
of God Patriarchal Monastery of New
7:00 p.m. Vespers - South Wing - Readings from Camp Manuels
7:30 to 8:30 Introduction of Guest Speaker
8:30 to 9:00 Q and A - open participation
Light refreshments will be served - dress is casual.
All teens are encouraged to bring a friend!
Photo is from last month's session with Fr. Dennis.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20th
Pre-sanctified Liturgy 9:00 a.m.
HOLY THURSDAY, APRIL 21st
Divine Liturgy 9:00 a.m.
Great Vigil: Reading of 12 Passion Gospels 6:00 p.m.
HOLY FRIDAY, APRIL 22nd
Vespers with Laying of Holy Shroud and Funeral Service 6:00 p.m.
HOLY SATURDAY, APRIL 23rd
Confession 8:00 a.m., Divine Liturgy 9:00 a.m., Resurrection Matins 11:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, APRIL 24th
RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST - PASCHA
Confession 9:00 a.m., Sunday School Egg Hunt 9:45 a.m., Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.
Calling all teens to participate and enjoy this casual evening of spiritual discussion.
Fr. Dennis Pavichevich
Father Marko hosts 4th Teen Seminar:
WHY ARE WE ORTHODOX
"Our Journey to Pasha"
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church Southwing
6:30 Vespers South Wing
7:00 to 8:30 - Guest Speaker Presentation
8:00 to 9:00 - Q and A Session
Bring a friend - dress is casual
At the end of Divine Liturgy, Father Marko presided as officers of all church organizations and the Executive Board took their oaths and pledged to serve their church with honesty and integrity. We truly appreciate their commitment and hard work in the upcoming year.
Thanks to Lifeline Humanitarian Organization's efforts to inform us of the urgent and immediate needs of countless Serbian orphan children, there has been an aggressive campaign to gather necessary items to send to Serbia. St. Sava's choir, folklore group, Kolo, and Sunday school participated in crafting homemade twin-sized fleece blankets for the children to cozy up. What a wonderful way to show that someone far away cares about them. Beanie Babies, games, and new clothing will also be tucked into the blanket packs for an extra surprise! If you would like to help with Lifeline's continuing efforts, contact Melanie Sever or visit Lifeline's website for information or to DONATE.
Thanks to the following individuals who spent many Saturdays making blankets. Fabric was donated by Kolo - Serbian Sisters Circle, Srbadija Folklore Groups, S.S.S. Karageorge Choir, and St. Sava Sunday School. Special Thanks to Violette Kristoff, who also made many personal sized blankets and donated fabric.
Smilja Andric, The Baroevich's - Helen, Kathy, Marie, Lauren, & Caitlyn, Goran Bilbija, Ruth Ann Bjelopetrovich, The Gerbicks - David, Gordana, Sarah, Rachel, & Beki, Zorka Glumac, Borka & Sofia Grimsgard, Desa Halstead, Sarah Jackovich, Lela Jensen, Millie Kokotovich, Sonja Mancich, Dusan Matic, Radmila Milivojevic, Millie Moncilovich, Snezana, Marija, & Sasha Novakovich, The Orlich's - Vonnie, Millicent (Mimi), Nada, & Danilo, Dara Perry, Beba (Milena) Rudman, Violet Sekulich, Stana Sesto, Dawn Sisk, Florence Stefanovich, Dragica Trikich, Richard & Polly Vrtikapa, and many more.
The Executive Board invites you to participate in the Annual Membership meeting at 1:00 p.m. following the Luncheon in the South Wing.You can pay your Dues at this meeting. Annual Dues are $150. There are very important decisions to be made, so please make every effort to attend.
A heartfelt Thank You! goes out to all the parishioners who attended the Bookcase Fundraiser Luncheon hosted by the Serbian Historical Society. In a Valentine themed setting, the highlight of the meal, of course, was the traditional "Serbian-Style" dessert table. Special Thanks go out to all the Kolo Sisters who baked elegant cakes and cookies and made delicious jello treats and salads. The ladies also helped in the kitchen. We couldn't have done this without all your help and support.
By the time Serb Fest arrives, the Cultural Room will have a new look, featuring 6 new oak bookcases and 5 elegant curios for displays. All donations received will help furnish this large room and pay for exhibit supplies. We'll soon be collecting books, old Srbobrans, Observers, photos, Serb Worlds, etc., so keep us in mind.
Remembering Robert (Bob) Nickovich:
Our dear church member +Robert Nickovich was remembered in our prayers on his one year Parastos, also held Sunday by his family Loretta, Lori, and Keith.
This Sunday, February 13, join us for a delicious Luncheon Buffet after Divine Liturgy. Relax and enjoy the day, as the weatherman predicts a milder weekend. Your donations will help purchase six new oak bookcases similar to the unfinished ones in the photo. Thank you for your continued support.
Our talented Sunday School students once again worked hard to memorize their poems. In case you were unable to attend or couldn't see from the back of the room, you can watch it here. Send it to family and friends, or facebook it. Click on the movie itself to get the YouTube link, or send this entire blog (click the blog title, go to the top of the page, copy the URL, and send it in an email. Enjoy the show, and watch the other 2-part videos in the blog below to see the musical performances.
Thanks also to the older teens for reading stories about the Life of St. Sava and Life of St. Varnava. GREAT JOB!
Once again, the tradition of performing for parents, family, and friends is alive and well at St. Sava Church, as well as all other Serbian parishes. Joann Samardzija has spent the last 4 Sundays teaching, rehearsing, and accompanying the Sunday School students with their songs. Her original song about krofne is quite a catchy tune! Congratulations to soloists Savka Popovich, Rachel Gerbick, and Maya Radjenovich for their musical rendition of "Oj Moravo". Great job, girls! Even the little ones that can't even read yet were outstanding! Special Thanks go out to Deena Galich for making the "Autos" and "sugar - coated krofne" props.
Yes, St. Sava's got talent!
Great Vespers and Burning of the Badnjak (Yule Log) were celebrated on the evening of January 6, 2011 by Fr. Marko. S.S.S. Karageorge Choir sang the responses to a church full of parishioners. Sunday School children performed Christmas songs and were anointed with Holy Oil. All the traditional treats: Lenten sandwiches, fruit, figs, and vrucha rakija were served in the South Wing Social Center after burning of the Badnjak.
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).
Great Vespers will start at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Burning of the Yule Log and refreshments in the South Wing. Bring the entire family for this wonderful traditional celebration. Santa will greet the children.
All teens, ages 13 to 18, are encouraged to attend this fun and educational casual evening and asked to bring a friend. A few changes have been made: all events will be held in the South Wing, including Vespers. Dress is casual. [Time: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.]
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Thank you to all who helped celebrate St. Varnava, the Slava chosen by St. Sava's Serbian Historical Society. St. Varnava is the first American-born Serbian Saint, who grew up in Gary, moved to Serbia, and suffered under and was imprisoned by Communist rulers. Special Thanks to those who generously support the efforts of the Historical Society. Paul Jancarich sang the Tropariaon written for St. Varnava (Barnabas), Bishop of Hvosno.
On a very special sunny November afternoon, our church parish family celebrated 96 years of history that started with early immigrants in Gary. This day gives us the opportunity to reflect on how far we've come and how many memories we can grasp from our childhoods growing up at St. Sava Church. We were honored this year by St. Peter & Paul Church from South Bend, whose Choir, Parish Priest Fr. Sasa Nedic, and many parishioners came by bus to attend and participate in our celebration. Thank You to all who attended and made generous donations. Soon it will be time to plan and celebrate our 100th Anniversary - only 4 more years, imagine that!
Sunday, November 14th was a very special day for our church congregation. 96 years have passed as many generations have enjoyed memories of growing up in a wonderful church community. On a cold, windy day, many gathered for the solemn procession and Parastos in memory of all deceased church family members. Fr. Marko and Fr. Sasa Nedic from South Bend officiated. As is our tradition, fresh wreaths made of red, blue, and white flowers were placed at both Memorial Monuments by guest speaker Desko Nikitovic, Counsel General of the Republic of Serbia in Chicago.
Only a few days left, so hurry in your order for take-and-bake homemade strudels and pre-baked nut rolls for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Our Kolo Sisters have that "magic touch", and have been busy for several weeks preparing delicious baked goods. Pick up your order from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 20th in the south wing. Call in your order (219) 736-9191, or FAX it to (219) 7836.
Apple, Cheese, or Cherry Strudels $10 each
Nut Rolls $10 each
96th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2010
On behalf of the St. Sava Executive Board and Fr. Marko Matic, you are cordially invited to attend our church congregation's 96th Anniversary Celebration.
DIVINE LITURGY and PARASTOS
(Laying of the Memorial Wreath at the Monument)
ANNIVERSARY BANQUET & PROGRAM
St. Elijah Social Center 8700 Taft St., Merrillville
Featuring performances by St. Sava Folklore Groups and the Combined Choirs from
St. Sava, St. Elijah, and St. Peter & Paul
Guest Speaker Address: Desko Nikitovic, Consul General of Serbia in Chicago
THE SERBIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF ST. SAVA CHURCH
Warmly invites you and your family to our Krsna Slava Celebrating the first American-born Serbian Saint, also from St. Sava Church in Gary.*
St. Varnava The New Confessor
Sunday,October 31st South Wing Social Center
Bountiful Slava Luncheon Buffet and Cutting of Kolach will follow Divine Liturgy.
*When Ann Pamachena and Vojislav Nastich (St. Varnava) were growing up in Gary, she suspected he was something special because, even though the boy was impossibly smart, all the children loved him anyway.
Due to today's funeral service for George Makivich, the October Senior Social Luncheon is postponed until Thursday, November 4. Please join us then.
You are cordially invited to attend the Slava Celebration of our Serbian Sisters Circle, St. Paraskeva, this Sunday October 24th after Divine Liturgy. The Sisters will prepare a special Luncheon Buffet in the South Wing Social Center, served after Fr. Marko blesses the Kolach and Koljivo. Everyone is welcome, and please bring the entire family.
Once again the combined efforts of 4 KOLO's Humanitarian Fund Mothers Against Hunger Banquet was hugely successful and well attended. Representatives of all four KOLO's (St. Sava - Merrillville, St. George - East Chicago, St. Elijah - Merrillville, and St. George - Schererville) planned and coordinated the annual fundraiser for Serbian orphans in the homeland. This year's host was St. Sava, Merrillville, and the banquet was held at St. Elijah's Hall. Milena Rudman was mistress of ceremonies for the event. Thanks to all the ladies who served, baked, set up, and cleaned up for this worthy cause. If you missed the banquet, donations can be sent to St. Sava Church, 9191 Mississippi St. Merrillville, IN 46410, checks payable to: Humanitarian Fund.
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.
The Northwest Indiana Four Kolos will again sponsor the 18th Annual Humanitarian Relief Fund Banquet. This year's event will be hosted by the Circle of Serbian Sisters of St. Sava in Merrillville with the blessing of His Grace Bishop longin. The banquet will be held on Sunday, October 3, 2010, at 1:00 pm at St. Elijah Serbian Hall at 8700 Taft Street in Merrillville.
As in the past, the purpose of this banquet is to collect funds for distribution to the needy children of the Diaspora in all Serbian lands, and all proceeds from this event are distributed directly to those in need. Our program will include a performance by the combined choirs of NWI as well as presentations by Fr. Marko Matic and Nada Mlinarevich, last year's visitors to Serbia who distributed the funds.
We hope that you will join us for this humanitarian event. Our Serbian children still need your help, and your generosity will be greatly appreciated. If you cannot attend, please send your donation check payable to: Humanitarian Relief Fund, c/o St. Sava Church, 9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville, Indiana 46410.
We thank you in advance for your help and consideration.
Yours in Christ,
Very Rev. Dobrivoje Milunovic, St. George, Schererville
Rev. Marko Matic, St. Sava, Merrillville
Rev. Aleksandar Novakovic, St. Elijah, Merrillville
Rev. Sasa Savic, St. George, East Chicago
Milena Rudman, St. Sava, Merrillville
Milica Bodrozic, St. Elijah
Ljuba Rakonja, St. George, East Chicago
Mara Dobrijevic, St. George, Schererville
Join Fr. Marko Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the North Wing Class Room for adult Bible Study. Classes will cover Bible & Church History, Worship, Doctrine, and Spirituality.
Protodeacon Milovan Gogic has a special voice. He serves at Gracanica Monastery with His Grace Bishop Longin. After the combined choirs performance, he treated us to his rendition of "Kosovo" and "Tamo Daleko".
There are a few boxes of cevaps (frozen) left from Serb Fest. Price is $60 per box (140 per box). Contact Snezana at the church office daily to arrange a pick-up time (219) 736-9191.
Serb Fest is almost entirely staffed by volunteers of all ages. Our sincere Thank You goes out to anyone who helped in any way. Pictured below is only a part of the hundreds of great volunteers. This year presented difficult challenges for chairpersons Melanie and Vinko because of our church president Dennis Svilar's absence due to illness. Everyone stepped up to the challenge and pulled together to make it a successful event. Thankfully, Dennis is slowly recovering and surely very proud of his team.
Sincere THANKS to anyone who worked for months planning and organizing, scheduled volunteers, chaired the golf outing, solicited sponsors, placed signs all over town, worked the cash room, baked at home, sold baked goods, parked cars, pulled 54 cars out of the mud Saturday night, made repairs, painted safety stripes, worked the food line, tended bar, sold tickets, drove carts, supervised inflatables for kids, made 400 nut rolls - 1000+ strudels - 2000 palachinke - 1000 krofne - countless sarmas, ordered supplies, washed dishes, set up tables and chairs, cleaned up Monday, worked the Sunday School tent, set up the historical exhibit, roasted lambs and pigs, performed folklore dances, performed in the combined choir, sold raffle tickets, cleaned tables, and for months helped transform the kitchen and storage facilities to a beautiful workplace with a walk - up service window.
Many volunteers took time off from their jobs or used vacation time to help. Hundreds of sore feet and backs later, we'll all be back again next year to do it all over again. There's a special love and commitment we have to our Church and to each other in preserving what our parents and grandparents built for us. Thank you all and Ziveli! See you next year, "Ako Bog Da".
6 year old Brock Tatalovich is among St. Sava's youngest Serb Fest volunteers, while Karavilka Petrovich is a graceful 106 years old.
Four generations of the Tatalovich family attended Serb Fest. Great-grandfather George Tatalovich is a WWII Veteran whose name is listed on our Memorial Monument. Mike Sr., Mike Jr., and Brock have kept alive the family tradition of roasting lambs and pigs. Brock knows when roasting is done, and helped dad carry the lambs still on the spit into the kitchen for cutting at Serb Fest. His parents, Mike and Kelly, own 513 Ale House (513 N. Main, Crown Point) where they offer Serbian specialties on the weekend menu. Brock attends Union Center Elementary in Valparaiso and is starting football practice. Thanks for your help, Brock!
Karavilka Petrovich is 106 years old and has been making palachinke since our very first Serb Fest. Karavilka, a homemaker, is Donna Erceg's mother. She was born in Yugoslavia and came to the US in 1937 and presently lives in Valparaiso with her son-in-law and daughter, Ted and Donna Erceg. She's in good health, and a lovely lady to get to know. Thanks for all your help, Karavilka!
He's only 3 years old and he's already comfortable playing his guitar with the seasoned band PRAZNA FLASA from Milwaukee. Lukie is the son of Adam and Beth Hayden, and grandson of Bato and Ljubi Hayden. He has also performed with DRINA Tamburitza Orchestra with his buddy George Ivancevich. "Aman" is one of Lukie's favorite songs.
Go Lukie! Go Lukie! Go Lukie!
It takes special skills to prepare, roast, and cut lamb and pig "just the way Serbs like it". Every year, we are fortunate to be able to offer roasted lamb at our Serb Fest, thanks to the hard working men who brave the heat for 3 full days, both outdoors and in the kitchen. Fathers and sons work together: this year the Knezic's, Tomich's, and Tatalovich's were represented by 2 generations. It's nice to see them take a break to sing for a while. Srecko Suvajac plays accordion for them every year. So why aren't these men in the choir?
Congratulations to this year's winners of the Serb Fest 2010 Big Cash Raffle. We Thank everyone for buying a ticket and for your continued support. Your donations will help fund future building projects to improve our church grounds and facilities.
Gloria Georger, Lowell (Lou Stefanovich)
Moe Mantz, Hobart (Ned Pujo)
Jose Diaz, Chicago (M. Janich)
Larry Fegeras, Michigan City (Ned Pujo)
Bob Fadell, Valparaiso (Mijo Dukic)
Don Wheeler, Crown Point (Vlad Stefanovic)
John Conley, Schererville (Mijo Dukic)
Karen Kallok, Griffith [Early Bird] (Vinko Mancich)
George Paras N/A (Dan Bozich)
Nick Pejnovich, S. Milwaukee, WI (Mijo Dukic)
Dorothy Hoffman, Crown Point (Nick Tarailo)
D. Bozich & T. Lopez N/A (Dan Bozich)
Bruce Berkman, Merrillville (Gordon Gerbick)
Steve Ruzich, Munster (J. Ivetic)
Rick Duncan, Lake Village (Mike Jaksich)
David Bentley, Valparaiso (Dan Bozich)
Stevan Andric, Chicago (Zoran Andric)
Mary Uzelac, St. Joseph, MI (Gordon Gerbick)
Special Thanks to raffle committee members and ticket sellers for all their efforts!
Thank You to Lake County Police Chief Marko Kuyacich for donating a large flat screen TV for our Sunday School Raffle.
Get ready for the MAIN EVENT: SERB FEST 2010. Let's use our social networking tools to help get the word out. Simply copy this link
to an email or post to your Facebook videos to help get the word out. Invite all your friends and family for a weekend of great food, music, dancing, and Serbian culture. Welcome to Serb Fest 2010!
The Early Bird Drawing for our Big Serb Fest Raffle was held Sunday afternoon. Congratulations to Karen Kallok of Griffith, Indiana for the $1000 Prize, Ticket #294!
You'll have a chance to win the Big Money by purchasing a $100 ticket from any church member. Call the church office for tickets at (219) 736-9191.
In case you missed the final game of this year's basketball tournament, you can watch it now. Fr. Marko Matic opened the game with a prayer, followed by National Anthems. Thanks to all players from both teams for an exciting game. You can share these videos all at once by clicking on the blog title, copy the URL at the address bar, and send it to your friends and family. You'll have to watch the game to see the final score!
The next issue of the SRBOBRAN will have photos and results from all game divisions plus trophy winners.
ST. SAVA CHURCH
9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville
1st Prize: …………… $25,000
2nd Prize: …………… $10,000
3rd Prize : …………… $5,000
4th-7th Prize: ……… $1,000
8th-17th Prize: ………… $500
EARLY BIRD RAFFLE OPPORTUNITY!
Early Bird Drawing is May 30, 2010
1:00 p.m. in the South Wing of Church
Payout for Early Bird Drawing = $1,000
Total Payout on Sunday, August 1 = $49,000
Early bird winner is eligible for ?nal drawing on
Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. during the Serb Fest.
To purchase tickets call
Ticket cost: Donation of $100/ticket
Only 1000 tickets will be sold
Winner Need Not Be Present
Once again St. Elijah of Merrillville hosted a great tournament. Their facility is spacious, the food was delicious, and The Fieldhouse was the perfect choice for games. Even the weather cooperated for a perfect weekend of fun. Final game scores and winning trophy details will be published in the next issue of the SRBOBRAN. (more videos and photos still coming)
"Dancing with the Serbs" last Saturday night - everyone earns a score of 10! Hundreds of young people made dancing look effortless, but where were the opanke? St. Elijah Cathedral parish was the perfect host for SNF's 71st Annual Basketball Tournament and dances. Check back for more videos and photos.
This year's exciting SNF Basketball Tournament will be hosted by St. Elijah Church in Merrillville on Friday April 30, Saturday May 1, and Sunday May 2. Games will be played at The Fieldhouse, 899 E. 99th Lane, Merrillville.
The PEE-WEE A Team will play all their games at the new Fieldhouse located just south of St Sava church west of I-65 and just north of 101st ave. Their 1st game will be on Friday at 11am.
For further info, contact: Lou Stefanovic , Mobile: 708-825-4598 firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch 2 VIDEOS from last year's Men's Championship Game on YouTube. Search for:
70th Annual SNF Basketball Tournament 2009 Part 1
70th Annual SNF Basketball Tournament 2009 Part 2
The doors of the Iconostasis and Church are left open during the entire Liturgy on Easter Sunday, proclaiming the "Light and Joy of the Resurrection". At the conclusion of Divine Liturgy the priest proclaims "Christ is Risen!" and the people respond "Indeed, He is Risen!". Also sung throughout the service is The Paschal Troparion, the Great Hymn of the Resurrection of Christ. This Great Hymn of Pascha will be sung repeatedly in the weeks to come. (Info from www.babamim.com and www.lasvegasorthodox.com)
The Nicene Creed
The Nicene Creed is the Orthodox article of faith. It is spoken by all believers at each Divine Liturgy and outlines the core beliefs of the faithful.
The Nicene Creed was formally drawn up at the First Ecumenical Council (325 AD) and at the Second Ecumenical Council (381 AD) in order to address theological issues/questions that arose during the early years of Christianity.
The first council was called together by Constantine to discuss the nature of the Son of God, a direct response to the Arian controversy of that time. Arius claimed that the Son of God was a creature created by God the Father to serve a specific function (the salvation of mankind), and that Jesus Christ was not eternal.
The Nicene Creed developed at the first council was not immediately accepted in all Christian churches. In addition, the false teachings of Arius gained Roman support and the defenders of the Nicene faith were persecuted. In order to address these problems another council was called together, this time in Constantinople, at which time the original creed was reaffirmed and the Divinity of the Holy Spirit was proclaimed. (from www.ststevanofdechani.org)
About the soloist:
Paul Jancarich is an active member of SSS Karageorge for many years, and has created the choir's History Room adjacent to the choir loft. He is a founding Board Member of St. Sava's Serbian Historical Society. Paul is always there to help at any church function, looks in on the elderly, and is an all-around "really nice guy".
Dressed in their Sunday best, three and four generations of families attended Divine Liturgy on Easter. Beba Rudman and Zoran Andrich passed out colorful Easter eggs that were donated by Kolo Sisters.
Look who was busy in an Easter egg challenge in Florida? Our very own Father John and Protinica Mirijana were happy to compete. You may also recognize the Nogulich's, Mihajlovich's, and Peter Puhar! Florida photos provided by Jelena Mulin.
Congratulations and Welcome to our 2010 Executive Board.
Our Serbian Sisters Circle members have been busy preparing for this upcoming Easter Holiday. Purchase Apple Strudels, Cheese Strudels, or Nut Rolls for $10, and Palachinke for $2. Pick up your pre-orders or just stop by this Saturday, March 20th, from 9 am to 2:30 pm in the south wing, Strudels are frozen, ready-to-bake, and nut rolls and palachinke are baked ready to eat.
We have a limited number of cook books for $15, gift wrapped. Pick one up Saturday. Only 25 left.
Please make every effort to attend Saturday Evening Vespers at 6 pm, followed by Lenten Dinner in the South Wing. We are blessed to have His Grace Bishop Longin attend this service. Guest speaker is Fr. Sasha Nedic.
Also, be sure to attend evening Vespers and Lenten dinner at St. Elijah Sunday at 6 pm, followed also by a Lenten Dinner at their Church Hall.
Our Kolo Sisters are busy preparing delicious homemade baked goods for the Easter Holiday. Order early and be sure to pick up a couple extras for unexpected company.
Call in, fax, or email your order. Information below:
ST. SAVA CHURCH IS TAKING
LAMB ORDERS FOR EASTER
$12.00 PER POUND – 2 POUND MINIMUM
ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO
SUNDAY SCHOOL, FOLKLORE AND PRE-SCHOOL
PLEASE CONTACT KAREN KNEZIC AT 219-406-7910 OR email@example.com TO PLACE YOUR ORDER
ORDER DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, MARCH 26TH
ALL ORDERS WILL BE PRE-PACKAGED. ADVANCE ORDERS ONLY.
NO SAME DAY SALES.
***NOTE: PICK UP TIME IS FROM NOON TO 1 PM ON SUNDAY, APRIL 4 IN THE NEWLY REMODELED NORTH BUILDING KITCHEN.
INVITATION TO THE ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
In accordance with the by-laws of the Church-School Parish, Part III, Article 16
(a, b, and c), we call the assembly of the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Parish membership to be held on Sunday February 21, 2010 at 1:00 PM at the South Wing Social Center of St. Sava located at 9191 Mississippi Street in Merrillville, Indiana.
The Executive Board proposes the following agenda:
- Opening of Assembly with prayer
- Establishment of the Quorum
- Election of the Assembly President
- Confirmation of the proposed agenda
- Acceptance of the minutes of the 2009 Annual Assembly
- Discussion and acceptance of the Executive Board reports:
- Parish Priest
- Financial Secretary
- Church School Report
- Executive Board President
- Report of the Tribunal Board
- Report of the Audit Board
- Questions and proposals for the good of the Parish
- Election of delegates for the Diocesan Church Peoples Assembly
- Dismissal of the old Board and election of the new Board
- Closing of the Assembly with prayer
On Saturday, January 23, several children came to the south wing kitchen to get hands-on experience making the Kolach and Zito for their St. Sava Day Celebration. Under the supervision of Sonja Mancich and Ann Rudman, they created a beautifully decorated Kolach and Zito. Thanks to Beba Rudman, Zorka Glumac, and Danica Beslich for their help in the kitchen Sunday, and to Marie Baroevich for all the hard work and planning. Along with a bouquet of flowers, sincere Thanks were expressed to Teta Joanne Samardzija for sharing her personal talents and time teaching and rehearsing songs for this year's St. Sava Day program.
After the program, the children were treated to cash prizes and 3-foot long licorice.
The BIG GAME will be much more fun to watch with your family and friends in the South Wing Social Center. Attend Divine Liturgy and a full Luncheon, all the pre-game festivities, and finally the BIG GAME on the big screen TV. Supervised activities are planned for the children. Sponsored by the Hunting Club. Cash Bar available. Starts at noon, ends at 11:00 pm. Everyone is welcome!
Once again, the children learned to recite lengthy poems for everyone's enjoyment, only two weeks after their Christmas program. The south wing was packed full of proud parents and grandparents, who also helped the children practice their poems. Great Job, Kids!
Dear Members and Parishioners of Saint Sava Church,
It is time for the blessing of homes. The following schedule will inform you as to when I will be in your area.
From Thursday January 21st to Sunday Janunary 31st
Portage, Ogden Dunes
From Monday February 1st to Sunday February 7th
From Monday February 8th to Sunday February 14th
Hebron, Kouts, La Crosse, Demotte, Wheatfield
From Monday February 15th to Sunday February 21st
From Monday February 22nd to Sunday February 28th
From Monday March 1st to Sunday March 7th
Schererville, Dyer, St. John, Cedar Lake, Lowell
From Monday March 8th to Sunday March 14th
Whiting, Hammond, Munster, Highland, Griffith
From Monday March 15th to Sunday March 21st
From Monday March 22nd to Saturday March 27th
THE REMAINING AREA
From Sunday March 28th to Wednesday March 31st
With every good wish,
Father Marko Matic
Yes, Simon, Serbian children can sing. In two languages, in fact! As is our tradition, Sunday School children recited poetry and sang several songs for their proud parents, babas, and dedas. St. Sava Day celebrates the patron saint of all Serbian children. The Palachinka Song and S-E-R-B-I-A-N Song are the creative works of Joanne Samardzija, who also taught the musical performances and accompanied on piano. Enjoy the video below and check back soon for more photos and videos from this wonderful program.
Saint Sava Day will be celebrated with Divine Liturgy starting at 10 am, followed by Blessing of the Kolach, Luncheon, and program presented by our Sunday School children. Every year we're treated to a delightful afternoon of songs, poems, and musical performances.
St. Sava from Wikipedia ( Read More)
Saint Archbishop Sava (Serbian:, Sveti Sava; (c. 1175, Ras - January 14, 1235, Trnovo, Bulgaria), baptised name Rastko Nemanji? (Serbian: ) was the youngest son of Serbian ruler Stefan Nemanja, Eastern Orthodox monk, first archbishop of Serbian Orthodox Church, diplomat, writer, law giver and founder of several important medieval monasteries. He heavily influenced Serbian medieval literature and art.
He is widely considered as one of the most important figures of Serbian history and he is canonized and venerated by the Serbian Orthodox Church. Also his life and personal devotion has been interpreted in many artistic works from the middle ages to modern times. The Temple of Saint Sava in Belgrade is his major shrine and the largest Eastern Orthodox church.
Videos below are from the January 7 Divine Liturgy Christmas Service. Singing with our own Karageorge choir was Diana Henery (Danica Chirich), who grew up in Gary and enjoyed a long professional career as a leading soprano with the Volksoper in Vienna, Austria.
SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
WEDNESDAY January 6th
CHRISTMAS EVE: Divine Liturgy at 9:00AM. Great Vespers at 6:00PM. Children’s Christmas Play, blessing and burning of Badnjak.
THURSDAY January 7th
CHRISTMAS: Divine Liturgy at 10:00AM
FRIDAY January 8th
ALL HOLY MOTHER OF GOD FEAST: Divine Liturgy at 9:00AM
SATURDAY January 9th
ST. STEPHEN THE ARCHDEACON: Divine Liturgy 9:00AM
SUNDAY: January 10th
SUNDAY 31TH AFTER PENTECOST: Divine Liturgy at 10:00AM
THURSDAY: January 14th
ST. BASIL (SERBIAN NEW YEAR’S DAY): Divine Liturgy at 9:00AM
SUNDAY: January 17th
SUNDAY 32ND AFTER PENTECOST: Div. Liturgy at 10:00AM
TUESDAY: January 19th
HOLY THEOPHANY: Div. Liturgy and Great Blessing of Water at 9:00AM.
WEDNESDAY: January 20th
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST: Divine Liturgy at 9:00AM
SUNDAY: January 24th
SUNDAY 33RD AFTER PENTECOST: Divine Liturgy at 10:00AM.
Saint Sava Celebration. Cutting of Slava Kolach; Dinner and Program.
WEDNESDAY: January 27th
ST. SAVA DAY: Divine Liturgy at 9:00AM
"Sretna Slava!" to all families who celebrate St. Nikola as their Patron Saint. This Saturday blessing of kolach will follow Divine Liturgy, which starts at 9:00 am.
Our Serbian Sisters Circle will offer pre-baked nut rolls and take-and-bake strudels, all flavors. All items are homemade by our Kolo Sisters, and are priced at only $10 each. Stop by from 9 am to 2 pm to pick up your order. Call 736-9191 to order, or fax your request to (219) 736-7836. You can also email an order to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Pre - order your nut rolls and strudels for this Thanksgiving Holiday. Delicious Apple, Cherry, Sweet Cheese, or Salty Cheese Strudels are Take-and-Bake, Frozen for your convenience. Nut rolls are pre-baked. All items are only $10 and are made by our Kolo Sisters. Call your order in to (219) 736-9191 or Fax our request to (219) 736-7836. You can even email your order to email@example.com.
Cook Books, pre-wrapped for the Holidays, will also be available for purchase for only $15. Pick one up for yourself and for a great Holiday gift.
Nicholas D. Chabraja and his lovely wife Eleanor honored us with their presence at St. Sava Church's historic 95th Anniversary. At the conclusion of his heartwarming speech, Mr. Chabraja was presented a plaque of appreciation from church president Dennis Svilar. Mr. Chabraja acknowledged his Sunday School teacher from many years ago, Miss Daisy Wuletich, also in attendance. "Thank You, Ziveli, and Mnogaja Ljeta!" to the Chabraja's for their support through the years and for making this Anniversary a very special memory.
Rev. Marko Matic served Divine Liturgy for this historic celebration, assisted by John Derado. S.S.S. Karageorge sang responses as they do every Sunday. Check back for more photos and videos from this wonderful event.
The following new article appears in the NWI TIMES Newspaper Monday, November 9, 2009 as reported by Lu Ann Franklin:
MERRILLVILLE | A church built and supported by families for the past 95 years received a gift from two late longtime members Sunday as Mile and Ella Kosanovic bequeathed a trust fund of more than $1 million to St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church.
The Gary couple's bequest of $1,057,576.77 asks the congregation to match $500,000 in donations, said Dennis Svilar, president of St. Sava's congregation. The check was presented to the Rev. Marko Matic, St. Sava's spiritual leader, during a lunch celebrating the church's heritage at St. Elijah Serbian-American Hall.
"We are entrusted with the responsibility of making sure St. Sava goes forward," said Svilar, of Park Ridge, Ill.
Keynote speaker Nicholas Chabraja Jr., a third-generation son of the church, echoed those sentiments as he addressed hundreds in attendance.
Chabraja, the recently retired chairman and CEO of General Dynamics Corp., a Virginia-based defense industry conglomerate, noted, "The Serbian Orthodox Church always provides a source of pride and keeps the culture (of its people)."
He pointed out that those who immigrated to Northwest Indiana in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to work in the steel industry faced discrimination, dangerous working conditions and the "rough and tumble town" that was Gary.
But, this wave of Serbian immigrants "endured, as Serbs have always done" in large part because of "their belief in their church and their way of life," said Chabraja, 65.
Chabraja's grandparents were among the first members of St. Sava, at its original location at 20th and Connecticut streets in Gary. His parents raised him and his two brothers in the church. His father, Nicholas Chabraja Sr., was on the committee that bought the 140 acres on Mississippi Street in Merrillville after a fire in February 1978 destroyed the original church. The current church was built in 1991, and relics that survived the fire were blessed and installed there.
"I learned the richness of the Serbian Orthodox liturgy as an altar attendant," Chabraja said. "My family history is inexorably intertwined with this church, but this story is not unusual for Serbians."
The descendants of those early Serbian immigrants to Northwest Indiana have achieved successes that would have been unimaginable to their ancestors, Chabraja said. The successes and St. Sava are affirmations of the Serbian immigrants' dreams, he said.
Raised in Gary, Chabraja received his law degree from Northwestern University in 1967. He worked for the Chicago law firm of Jenner & Block from 1968 to 1993, and served as special counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1986. In 1993, Chabraja was named senior vice president and general counsel for General Dynamics. In 1997, he became CEO and chairman of the board. He retired in July.
U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., also spoke briefly at the celebration, congratulating the congregation on the longevity of the church.
About Nicholas D. Chabraja:
We are proud to have Mr. Chabraja join us as the keynote speaker for our 95th Anniversary. The eldest son of one of our most highly recognized and respected St. Sava family's, his father Nick and mother Angie served in leadership roles that helped form and build what we are today as St. Sava.
Nick Jr., received his law degree from Northwestern University. He worked for Chicago-
based law firm Jenner & Block from 1968-1993, becoming a senior partner and working
on General Dynamics legal affairs for more than 20 years. He also served as special counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1986. In 1993, he was named Senior Vice-President and general counsel for General Dynamics and charted his course up the ranks from vice chairman to chairman and CEO in June 1997.
Chabraja currently serves on the boards of trustees for Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC, and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He is chairman of the council of
trustees for the Association of the United States Army, and a director of Northern Trust
Corporation. He also served on the board of trustees of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.
Join us in welcoming him back to St. Sava for this day of celebration!
Our Serbian Sisters celebrated their Slava among many guests from our own parish, as well as representatives from nearby Kolos. Sisters from St. George Indiana Harbor, St. Elijah Merrillville, and St. George Schererville were also in attendance. Two young ladies also joined the ranks of Kolo members. Marija Novakovich and Milica Jankovic read about St. Petka both in Serbian and in English. Kum Dan Sever proudly represented his deceased parents, whom we all remember fondly for their commitment, hard work, and dedication to St. Sava Church. Kolo President Beba Rudman, Fr. Marko, and Dennis Svilar all spoke of the contributions of our Kolo Sisters, as they are the "back bone" of our Church.
Jelena Mulin (visiting from Florida) is a talented photographer and treated us to these wonderful photos. Thank You, Jelena!
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)
We are fortunate to have a fine group of dedicated teachers who volunteer their time every Sunday. Through lessons, music, and crafts, students gain knowledge and understanding of our Orthodox Faith and Serbian customs. It's never too late to enroll your children or grandchildren for Sunday morning classes.
Your help is still needed for the orphanages and homes for the elderly and sick. Once again, the 4 KOLOS will host their annual fund raising Humanitarian Banquet to benefit those in need in the homeland. This year's event will be hosted by St. Elijah's Kolo Sisters on Sunday, October 11th after Divine Liturgy. The hall is located at 8700 Taft Street in Merrillville. Participating Kolos are St. Elijah and St. Sava of Merrillville, and both St. George of Schererville and St. George of East Chicago. Your generous donations are personally delivered to their recipients by Kolo Sisters or Clergy.
Please support this important cause even if you cannot attend. There will NOT be a luncheon at St. Sava on this Sunday so that you can attend the Humanitarian Banquet. You can send a check along with any Kolo Sister or mail it to St. Elijah Serbian Sisters, 8700 Taft Street, Merrillville, IN 46410. Please make checks to: 4 KOLO HUMANITARIAN FUND.
SRBADIJA - ST. SAVA FOLKLORE GROUP
YANKEE CANDLE FUNDRAISER
SEPTEMBER 17 â€“ OCTOBER 1, 2009
PLEASE HELP OUR DANCERS WITH THIS
VERY IMPORTANT FUNDRAISER
BUY A CANDLE
WITH YOUR HELP OUR GROUP CAN PURCHASE NEW COSTUMES
AND TRAVEL TO OTHER FOLKLORE COLONIES
THE ORDERS WILL BE BACK BY THANKSGIVING
SEE A SRBADIJA DANCER
LELA JENSEN 219-202-4240
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!
Each dancer has a catalog, and will sell candles every Sunday after church services.
Yes, you too can be the Palachinka Princess of your household. The complete recipe is included among all the traditional favorite Serbian recipes. Classic recipes for complete meals and desserts are listed in the 324 page spiral - bound book, including Lenten dishes. It's only $15 (plus $5 shipping & handling). Free gift wrap makes it an easy gift choice. Pick one up at the church office daily from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or send a check to the church office with shipping info. ORDER IT ONLINE with PayPal in the Goods & Services section to your right.
Enjoy the slide show video from last week's Serb Fest 2009. In a few days, check back to see the slide show video from this year's exhibit presented by the Serbian Historical Society. Thanks to Milan Opacich for sharing background music from the "ZORA Tamburitza from Old Gary" CD.
At the re-dedication of the WWII Memorial Monument in early June, several Veterans were in attendance. One Veteran, George Tatalovich, thoroughly enjoyed the day. Play the video about the monument re - dedication in the videos section on the right, and you'll see an "animated" George pointing to his name listed on the monument. The music fits his personality. He was spotted at this year's Serb Fest with his family.
Enjoy the pictures from this year's wonderful Serb Fest. Beautiful weather and non-stop music provided the perfect background for a great weekend.
Kids of all ages found good, old fashioned fun at Serb Fest. They took a break from all the electronics,TV, and video games. They actually played games outdoors and spent time making new friends.
This is your last chance to enjoy the non - stop live music, dancing, and delicious food. Serb Fest opens at noon, closes at 10 p.m. Visit the historical exhibit in the north wing, This year's theme is "Immigrants, Serbs of Steel", plus a special display honoring Gary's very own Karl Malden. The Serbian Bakery and Kafana are open as well. "Serbs of Steel" program in the tent starts at 4:30 p.m. with guest speakers Stephen McShane, Gary Wilk, and Nick Tarailo. The BIG CASH RAFFLE is always exciting, so buy your ticket for a chance to win a Grand Prize of $25,000! Church Tours start at 3 p.m.
Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Elijah Cathedral, Bishop Longin and Fr. Marko officiating. There will be no service at St. Sava. St. Elijah Cathedral celebrates their Slava today.
WATCH THE VIDEO COMMERCIAL BELOW FOR INFORMATION AND DETAILS.
SERB FEST HOURS: FRIDAY, NOON TO MIDNIGHT, SATURDAY, NOON TO MIDNIGHT, SUNDAY, NOON TO 10 P.M. WATCH THE COMMERCIAL VIDEO BELOW FOR MUSIC SCHEDULE, RAFFLE INFO, AND DETAILS.
Save the dates: Friday July 31st, Saturday August 1st, and Sunday August 2nd. This year's Serb Fest will be a great time for old friends to get together and celebrate all the wonderful food, music, and culture that we enjoy. Call (219) 713-1031 to sign up for golf Friday, July 31 at Summer Tree. Your sponsorship signs will also be displayed at Serb Fest for 3 days, giving maximum exposure to thousands of visitors. Go ahead, take the day off, relax, and golf with your Serbian friends!
Yes, Serb Fest now has a commercial!
Send this to all your Serbian friends and relatives, to friends who know Serbs, and to those who wish they were Serbs...........That's just about everyone, isn't it?
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Friends of Jovan and Mileva Savich are hosting a Gold Canyon Candle Sale and Fund Raiser to help with Jovan's on-going medical and care expenses. Please attend the event on Saturday, June 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Elijah Hall, 8700 Taft St., Merrillville. Free refreshments will be served and several items will be raffled. A Bake Sale has been added to the event as well. Donations are appreciated. Bring a friend or neighbor, everyone is welcome! If you cannot attend, place your order at Mileva's Gold Canyon website.
A brief description of Jovan's condition: "Jovan's medical history cannot be accurately summarized in a few sentences. However, we want to provide you with some information. Jovan suffers from radiation necrosis from the Gamma Knife Treatment (for a cerebral hemorrhage he suffered on Nov 17, 1996). In March of 2009, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and went in for a biopsy. During surgery a huge cerebral bleed developed causing Jovan to stroke and have many serious complications. Jovan needs extensive rehab and 24-hour medical care that may last years. Your help will assist the family with the medical expenses and future care."
Perhaps a few raindrops were welcome, because they hid the tears during a solemn, respectful tribute honoring St. Sava's WWII Veterans. After 31 years of separation, the monument built in 1947 was standing next to St. Sava Church once again. It's even more beautiful than many remember, sitting alongside the monument donated by the late Mile and Ella Kosanovich, also dedicated to Serbs of all wars.
Several Veterans proudly attended the service and luncheon, and were "celebrities" for the day. Reporters and photographers were competing for their stories and photos. Remarks were made by Dennis Svilar, Desko Nikitovic, Portage Mayor Olga Velasquez, Lake County Police Chief Marco Kuyachich, and Korean War Veteran and Author Ted Erceg. Milan Opacich was recognized for writing many articles challenging someone to move the monument. His dream was realized on June 7, 2009. Enjoy the video below, and be sure to visit the Memorial Monument at it's new home.
For many of us, this is a dream come true. It took a special man to figure how it could be done. Nicky Joe Sever had a plan. He carefully took apart all the pillars, arches, and forms; labeled them, transported, stored, and pressure washed all the pieces. With the help of his skilled friends, a new foundation was poured, and the monument was rebuilt within a few weeks. This majestic tribute to the men and women of St. Sava who served in WWII now sits proudly at the south side of the church property. Everyone who passes by the church can appreciate its beauty and purpose: to remember the sacrifices of the 278 young Serbian American men and women from Gary whose lives were interrupted by the events of World War II.
A handful of men listed on the monument are still living in the area and will try to attend.
Please join us this Sunday, June 7th immediately following Divine Liturgy, for the historic re-dedication of the monument originally built in 1947. A special military tribute program will be presented, and a buffet luncheon will be served. Visit the "Serbian Weddings" Exhibit display in the north wing. Attend this Open House and enjoy dessert, punch, and coffee as you remember friends and family on their wedding days. Our rich wedding customs are unique to the Serbs, and you'll find how each generation has celebrated, and how little has changed.
Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church Philoptochos Ladies Society hosted a spaghetti dinner on Thursday, May 14. Representatives of St. Sava Church attended the event and presented a large monetary donation to benefit the local food pantry. During the past year, our church has collected large amounts of canned and dry goods that help supply the Ross Township Food Pantry. Notice the "Hristos Voskrese!" greeting welcoming their Serbian friends.
SNF Lodge 170 is sponsoring this fun event. Enjoy the participation of a diverse group of players from different Orthodox Churches.
Enjoy the small video segments from Easter Sunday Divine Liturgy, celebrated April 19.
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Krishti u ngjall!
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Christ has risen! Happy Pascha, everybody!
Hristos Voskrese! Christ Is Risen! Indeed He Is Risen!
Videos: St. Sava's "Srbadija" Folklore Group and St. Simeon Mirotocivi's "Bozur Dancers" Showed Their Talents at PURDUE
Serbian music filled the entire room as both folklore groups proudly performed the difficult dance steps at Saturday's wonderful celebration of culture sponsored by PURDUE Calumet. The event was part of the university's Building Community through the Arts program. Included were ethnic displays, music, dancing, foods, poetry, history, and focus on continuing these valuable traditions. Thanks to all these young Serbs, whose participation made us all very proud! Niko Nema Sto Srbin Imade!
St. Elijah Church will be hosting Lenten Vespers Sunday evening. All parishioners are invited to attend this beautiful service where clergy and people from other parishes will visit. The sermon will be delivered by Fr. Darko Spasojevic. Lenten dinner, prepared by the Serbian Sisters Circle, will be served at the hall after the service. St. Elijah Cathedral is located at 87th and Taft Street in Merrillville.
Father Marko gave his Blessing to the new Church Board members as they repeated the Oath of Office in Church Sunday after Divine Liturgy. The following is a list of officers and board members. We are very fortunate to have such hard-working, dedicated volunteers to take on the responsibilities of this parish.
President: Dennis Svilar
Vice President: Mike Ajder
2nd V.P.: Steve Baroevich
3rd V.P.: Zoran Andrich
Financial Secretary: Alex Mileusnic
Treasurer: Donna Pejnovich
Secretary: Milena Rudman
Serbian Secretary: Radmila Milivojevic
Head Tutor: Dusan Kovac
Sunday School Superintendent: Sandy Shinovich
Sunday School President: Marie Baroevich
Joe Orlich, Zeljko Novakovich, Eli Rodich, Nick Knezich, Ray Radjenovich, John Devaney, Mike Jaksich, Borka Grimsgard, David Gerbick, Sonja Hojnacki, Milan Marinkovich, Vlad Stevanovic, Bob Nickovich, Vinko Mancich, and George Skrivan.
You are Soooooooo Invited!
Join the St. Sava Srbadija Folklore Group
Winter Wonder Folklore Festival
Saturday, February 28, 2009
at St. Elijah Serbian Hall
8700 Taft Street
Festival program will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.
Followed by zabava (dance) featuring
Food (including cevaps, krofne, palacinke)
and Cash Bar will be available
Please come support your folklore kids!
Questions? Call St. Sava Church office at 219-736-9191 or Borka Dragic-Grimsgard at 219-462-8574
Angels, shepherds, and Kings told the story of Christ's Birth on Badnje Vece at St. Sava Church. Our Sunday School children spoke and sang of the Christmas Story in a church full of parishioners. Special Thanks to Karageorge Choir, Dr. Kim (Bolan) Simic, Kathy Baroevich, and Betsy Kirby for all their talent and support. After the short program, the children Thanked Father Marko for all his Love and Support.
Schedule: Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy
5:00 p.m. Serbian Christmas Traditions Exhibit in Cultural Center, open all evening.
6:00 p.m. Badnji Dan Service, Children's Christmas Play, followed by Burning of Yule Log and refreshments in south wing.
Photos with Santa, location to be announced.
Several important events will take place this busy weekend both at St. Sava and St. George in East Chicago. Most importantly, the annual "Mothers Against Hunger" Humanitarian Banquet and find-raiser is your chance to support the efforts of the 4 Kolos. This year's banquet will be hosted at St. George Church in East Chicago at 1:00 p.m. Entire funds raised will directly benefit orphans, sick, and elderly in Serbia and Kosovo. Our 4 Kolos join together and are committed to making a difference in the lives of helpless children and families still suffering the effects of war. Father Marko will make every effort to end services and Parastos for Bishop Peter by noon or shortly after, allowing everyone ample travel time to attend the banquet. If you cannot attend, please send a donation to any of the 4 participating churches or through a Kolo Member.
S. S. S. Karageorge is hosting the Serbian Orthodox Choral Association (SOCA) Convention daily Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. A small group of representatives will attend meetings in the south wing both days and conclude Sunday. Karageorge will sponsor the Sunday Luncheon after Divine Liturgy and Parastos. If you cannot attend the Humanitarian Banquet, please stay and enjoy the luncheon and support our choir.
Father Tom Kazich and Father Marko will hold 20 Year Parastos for our dear Bishop Peter during Services in place of the sermon, allowing everyone to travel to East Chicago in time for the Banquet. Father Tom will also be guest teacher for our Sunday School.
The Serbian Historical Society will Exhibit a collection of Bishop Peter's personal photographs and items donated by Father Tom Kazich. This memorial tribute will honor our very special "Father" Peter's memory of his ordained life, friendships, and travels. The exhibit will be on display in the south wing every Sunday through October 19th, so that everyone will have an opportunity to view it.
Re-live the fun at this year's Serb Fest, Northwest Indiana's best ethnic festival. If you missed this year's event, visit us next year, always the first weekend in August. This annual fund raiser will help build facilities for future festivals and events on the Church grounds in Merrillville. Serb Fest is staffed by dedicated volunteers of all ages. The first day is always kicked off with the Golf Classic, followed by a Serbian Buffet, and the evening is filled with music, dancing, and of course, more great Serbian food. This 3-day event includes a Big Cash Raffle with a $25,000 Grand Prize, many live bands, and a Cultural Exhibit. Serb Fest Menu includes BBQ Lamb, Cevaps, Raznici, Sarma, Chicken, Palachinke, Krofne, Nut Rolls, Strudels of many flavors, and the fabulous Serbian Bakery! See you next year! Watch all 3 Slide shows below.
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It's time to register your child for Sunday School Classes. Don't miss the opportunity to have your child participate in religious classes and many fun social events. Children will enjoy life-long friendships and memories from their experiences at our St. Sava Church. Parents, grandparents, and Kumovi should remember their responsibilities to providing a religious foundation for their children. The new St. Sava Learning Center is fully remodeled and stocked, and ready to receive the students. We are still looking for volunteer Substitute Teachers (Lesson Plans will be provided) and help for special events.
TEEN CLASSES: Teens (9th grade thru Seniors) will meet EVERY SUNDAY, and we are looking for more teachers at this level to take turns, one Sunday per month. This is an enjoyable class that touches on topics related to lifestyles and concerns of teens.
Registration is SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th at 9:45 a.m. in front of the Church Office in the north wing. The children should go directly to their classes, which start at 9:45 a.m. every Sunday. Please note that the new start time for class is 9:45 a.m. Fee is $25 for the first child, $10 for each additional student. For additional information or to volunteer, please call Gina Orlich at 462-2584.
Thanks to all our Sponsors for their generous support at this year's 14th Annual Serb Fest Kick-Off Golf Classic. Everyone had a wonderful time and enjoyed great Serbian food and music at the luncheon. Be sure to patronize our Sponsors whenever possible.
The Sponsor signs were also displayed during the entire 3-day Serb Fest event and viewed by thousands, so keep us in mind for next year's Sponsorship Drive.
Everyone had a great time. The food was outstanding, the palachinka lines were long, the pivo taps were working non-stop, and Thanks to all the hard-working Volunteers, Serb Fest 2008 was a successful new beginning for St. Sava Church. Non-stop music kept everyone dancing. Saturday night's highlight was hearing all the young voices singing "Djurdjevdan" with "Sumadija" Orchestra in the moonlight with the lighted domes of the church behind them. Positive remarks from the public were focused on being impressed with the number of workers of all ages, and the friendliness and hospitality they were shown. Check back daily for more info and photos from Serb Fest.
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St. Sava Church towers over the many tents, providing a picturesque backdrop for the festival. This was the first year for hosting our Serb Fest in Merrillville, and proved to be the right choice. As soon as the final attendance and food numbers come in, we'll let you know. Check back daily for more photos.
Today is the last chance you'll have to enjoy the best ethnic festival in the region, so come early and stay late, you'll be glad you did. Live music will be performed all day long, so relax and enjoy the beautiful weather. Visit the Cultural Center or take a tour of our beautiful St. Sava Church. Services are from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by a tour and explanation of our church, hosted by Father Marko, ending at 8 p.m. There's still plenty of delicious lamb, cevaps, sarma, and chicken to enjoy, but come early, we may run out. The fantastic Serbian Bakery will be making palachinke, strudels, and incredible baked goods, too. Pick up one of our Serbian Sisters Circle Cook Books so you can discover the recipes for yourself! They're for sale in the Bake Sale area. There's still time to purchase a Raffle Ticket for the $25,000 Grand Prize. Big CASH RAFFLE and the TAMBURA PRIMA RAFFLE WILL BE DRAWN at 7 PM, and SERB FEST ENDS at 8 PM. See you later!
Bring your dancing shoes and your appetite, because you won't be able to resist the best ethnic foods or the effects of the music on your feet. Live bands will perform all day and night. The Lamb, Pig, Cevaps, Raznici, and wonderful baked goods will leave you craving even more. (There's still Sunday). Visit our new Cultural Center in the north wing for a special themed exhibit featuring Serbs in Sports and the Military. Be sure to attend, you'll be glad you did. See you at Serb Fest!
Come hungry, come often, just come! This is the Summer Festival that offers non-stop live music as well as fresh, delicious Bar-B-Q Lamb, Cevaps, and more great food. The fantastic Serbian Bakery is the treat you won't want to pass up-you won't believe your eyes. Serb Fest starts Friday at 4 p.m. and at Noon on Saturday and Sunday. Be sure to visit the Cultural Exhibit in the North Wing. The Serbian Historical Society is presenting a Tribute to the Military and Serbs in Sports, as well as many other areas of interest. We look forward to seeing you, everyone is welcome!
Jeff Samardzija's Aunt and Uncle, Cheryl and Mike Samardzija, have been walking for the Breast Cancer Cause for 5 years now. This is the second year that Jeff has shown his support for The Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk. Cheryl and Mike are hosting a RAFFLE: Jeff has signed T-Shirts, Banners, and Baseballs from Notre Dame, Daytona Cubs, and Chicago Cubs. This is your chance to win a piece of history! Show your support by purchasing a RAFFLE TICKET at this year's SERB FEST in the Cultural Display Area at St. Sava Church, 9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville, where the items will be ON DISPLAY. RAFFLE TICKETS are only $10, Winner need not be present. The Raffle Drawing will be held at Serb Fest on Saturday, August 2nd at 11 p.m. in the Main Tent. Remember, ALL ITEMS SIGNED BY JEFF SAMARDZIJA, the CHICAGO CUBS Newest Pitcher!
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Northwest Indiana's most popular ethnic festival will be moved to St. Sava's Church Grounds at 9191 Mississippi Street this year, and for all future festivals. The 49th Avenue Hobart location is permanently closed. You'll be treated to continuous live Music for dancing, excellent Serbian Food and Pastries, and a Cultural Display unique to any other festival. You just can't beat the variety of great Serbian Food; Cevaps (Serbian Sausages), Bar-B-Q Lamb, Raznici (Shish-kebob), Palachinke (Serbian Crepes), Nut Rolls, Krofne, Strudels, and pastries made by the Sisters. This is the festival you won't want to miss! Great Food, Great Music, Biggest Cash Raffle, Great Friends - Don't miss it!
Enjoy some photos from last year's festival. (Click photo to enlarge)
The excitement built up to the Championship games played Sunday afternoon at Purdue Calumet. Sunday evening concluded 4 exciting days of games, music, dancing, and socializing. St. Elijah Cathedral's hard working volunteers handled the huge crowds efficiently, serving up countless meals and drinks throughout the long weekend. Everyone had a great time, and all the players made new friends. Early Sunday evening, trophies were awarded in various categories, including Sportsmanship, All-Stars, and the winning and runner-up teams. This year's Senior Men's Winning Team is Cevap Amigos. Congratulations to all players, St. Elijah, Nick Beader, Mico Stojic, and the SNF for continuing the tradition of the historic Serb National Federation Basketball Tournament. See you next year in Lansing, Illinois.
A complete list of winners will be posted as soon as we receive the info. from the SNF. Send us your photos and videos of games or events to: firstname.lastname@example.org We'd be happy to share them. (Click photos to enlarge)
The large dance floor just wasn't big enough for the crowd at Friday night's dance. Great music by Srbija Orchestra from Phoenix, Arizona provided endless hours of entertainment for the SerbAerobic dancers. How do they dance in those flip-flops?
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Where were you Friday night? St. Elijah Church sure put on a great event for all who attended. So many celebrated being Serbs by showing off those kolo dance moves this weekend. Srbija Band from Arizona, and local bands Ti Roma and Dunav entertained the huge crowds. The kitchen offered tasty plates of sarma, lamb, and cevaps and a bake sale with endless choices. You still have two days left to enjoy the games and evening festivities, so don't miss out!
Send us your game and dance photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Mark the dates: May 29, 30, 31, and June 1 promise to be one exciting, fun-filled weekend. Our friends at St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral will host this year's event at 8700 Taft Street, Merrillville. More details will follow. What a great way for young Serbs to meet and enjoy this fun sport.
Watch the 50 minute clip from the 2-hour Serb Fest 2006 DVD on Google Video. The mini-museum was put together by volunteers Milan & Roz Opacich, Ted Erceg, and Paul & Xenia Jancarich. This presentation was too lengthy to post on Youtube, so we chose to host it on Google Video.
You can purchase the complete 2 hour DVD in Goods & Services, including the Church overview, sounds of Karageorge, Milan's retirement performance, and musical highlights from MLADA SRBADIJA and DRINA. The proceeds from the DVD sale will benefit our future cultural display room and library in the north wing. Now grab some popcorn and follow the link:
Museum Tour with Milan Opacich from Serb Fest 2006.