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
"A Serbian Story" Oplenac Folklore Group & Orchestra from Serbia Performance May 11th - Don't Miss This!
Call early or visit their website for more details or to buy tickets online. Be prepared to witness an event worthy of standing ovations earned in all the major cities in the US. Oplenac will perform on Saturday May 11th at 7 p.m. at Malcolm X College in Chicago. Enjoy an evening of pride in Serbian culture, and perhaps take this opportunity to inspire young children and teens to carry on these traditions.
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
Please order early for best selections. Frozen, pre - baked golden brown nut rolls and frozen ready to bake strudels to complement your holiday meal were homemade by our ladies of St. Sava's Serbian Sisters Circle. This is the only bake sale event for this holiday season. Call your order in to 219-736-9191 or Fax it to 219-736-7836 with your name, phone number, and request. Prices and details below:
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.
The Circle of Serbian Sisters of St. Sava Church - Merrillville
cordially invite you and your family to the celebration of
our Krsna Slava Sveta Petka Paraskeva
SATURDAY, October 27, 2012
Divine Liturgy - 10:00 a.m.
Blessing of Slavski Kolach and Parastos
Luncheon in South Wing Following Service
Hurry, Hurry, Hurry! Order tickets today and support our own folklore group Srbadija as they host the fantastic live performance of TALIJA International Folk Ensemble from Serbia on Saturday, October 20th. The concert will start at 6 p.m. at the Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Avenue, Valparaiso. Enjoy an affordable evening out with family, neighbors, or friends at this convenient location. Details below, or contact Borka Grimsgard at email@example.com for more info or group sales.
Call the Box Office soon at (219) 548-9137 for Tickets or Directions.
$21 Adults, $16 Seniors and Students
HAYRIDE & BONFIRE - EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
Sponsored by St. Sava Sunday School
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, at 5:00 p.m. at St. Sava Church Grounds
Please bring a Potluck Dish Accordingly:
Last names A to M - Appetizer / Side Dish
Last names N to Z - Dessert
RSVP to Lela Jensen at 219-314-8848 or Lela68@comcast.net
FOOD, GAMES, MUSIC by DJ VINKO, INFLATABLES, S'MORES
(Monetary Donations also appreciated)
Dear Saint Sava Members and Parishioners,
His Grace Bishop Longin recently moved into the Bishop’s residence in Libertyville. The house requires a lot of updating and remodeling. A fundraiser picnic will be held Saturday, September 29th. We invite you all to come to this event or send a donation for this worthy cause. Divine Liturgy will begin at 10:00AM The picnic will be held immediately after the Church service at the Monastery in Libertyville.
If anyone would like to make a donation but can’t attend the picnic please make your check to: Saint Sava Monastery (In memo for Bishop's Residence).
For more information please call our office or father Marko at 219-671-1871.
Don't miss this lively Russian Festival in Goshen, Indiana. Your special invitation below is from Ludmila Chapman, who has been a Serb Fest vendor for many years (Ludmila's Russian Treasures). This is an opportunity to visit another Orthodox church parish and support their fundraising efforts. Call the church office 736-9191 if you need a ride.
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!
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.
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.
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.
SPECIAL PRAYER & BLESSING
Please join His Grace Bishop Longin, Father Marko, and guest clergy
for Divine Liturgy followed by Prayer and Blessing
of St. Sava's new pavilion construction on
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Divine Liturgy will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.
followed by procession to the construction
grounds for blessing.
"Springtime In The Park" was the perfect theme for an afternoon of fashion, food, and fun at the recent event co-hosted by St. Sava and St. Elijah Kolo Sisters. What a pleasure it was to see so many young, beautiful Serbian children and teens model current fashion trends available for purchase at Piper Children's Boutique in Valparaiso and THE BUCKLE in Westfield Southlake Mall. Kolo Sisters attended from St. Louis, South Bend, Milwaukee, and many other midwest parishes. Enjoy the videos and be sure to post them on your facebook pages. Click on the video outside the arrow, and it will take you directly to YouTube, where you can get the video link, or click on the blog title, go to the top of the page and copy the new URL and post the entire story with the videos.
Many Thanks to all the volunteers who worked for weeks planning and organizing this successful event. The combined Kolo Sisters from St. Sava and St. Elijah donated and solicited Silent Auction Items and Door Prizes, sold tickets, served tables, made horsd'oeuvres and baked cookies. Simo Glumac, Arfin Grimsgard, Steve Baroevich, and Nick Knezich served cocktails. Kathy Friedlander made aprons in spring colors for all the servers. Sladjan prepared a fabulous Lenten dinner. Melanie Sever coordinated the style show, and Borka Grimsgard was the commentator. Thanks also to the numerous vendors who tempted us all with their merchandise and services.
Special Thanks to Nancy Van Santen, owner of Piper Children's Boutique in Valparaiso and Vido Ivanovic, assistant manager of THE BUCKLE in the Mall for their patience and assistance throughout the planning and day of the show.
Friday, April 8th
Srbadija Folklore Group hosts All-You-Can-Eat Pasta Dinner from 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the South Wing Social Center. Lenten choices are also available, as well as Bakalar Dinners and Palachinke sold separately. Adults $10, Children under 12 $5.
Saturday, April 9th
Camp Kick-Off Luncheon and Children's Style Show fund raiser hosted jointly by St. Sava and St. Elijah's Kolo Sisters. Vendors, martini bar, silent auction, door prizes, and fun. Yes, bring the family or a guest for a wonderful afternoon. Adults $20, Teens 13 - 18 $10, Children 12 & Under $5.
Sunday, April 10th
9:00 a.m. - Confession
9:45 a.m. - Sunday School
10:00 a.m. - Divine Liturgy
12:00 Noon - Lenten Luncheon in South Wing Social Center hosted by Mike Suvajac and his son Dan Suvajac.
1:00 p.m. - General Membership Meeting
11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. - Portage Youth Commission hosts Cultural Festival 2011
By invitation from Mayor Olga (Galich) Velasquez, the Serbian Historical Society will have a display highlighting Serbian customs and traditions. Everyone is welcome.
Sycamore Hall; Woodland Park
2100 Willowcreek Road, Portage, IN
No Admission Charge, $1 donations accepted
6:00 p.m. - Eastern Time - Vespers and Lenten Dinner at Sts. Peter & Paul Church in South Bend
St. Sava and St. Elijah's Kolo Sisters will together host a Luncheon to raise funds for this year's summer camp season. This relaxing afternoon event will feature a delicious meal, children's style show, cocktails, silent auction, door prizes, and even a Martini Bar! Bring a friend or the entire family. Doors open at 11:30. Details below:
PRICES: Adults $20 - Children 12 & Under $5 - Teens 13 to 18 $10
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
St. Sava Sunday School Hayride and Campfire
At the County Line Orchard
Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 5-8:30 pm
We will be providing food, hayride and campfire. Please bring your own chairs, bug
spray, flashlights, blankets and etc…
The Hayride accommodates 35 people. Sign up early to get a spot and help us
determine the need for additional Hayride (if available). No stops will be made during
the hayride. Pick up is at the campsite.
You will need to sign up by October 10th.
Want to pick apples, go through the maze, pick a pumpkin, etc… Make sure you get to the orchard early enough to do these things on your own time.
Please sign up today! See Lela or e-mail her at Lela68@comcast.net
****** The campfire is now located by the Kid’s Farm at the front of the orchard. Park
in the front unless directed elsewhere. ******
County Line Orchard
200 County Line Road
Hobart, IN 46342
Kathy Baroevich's commitment to our church comes from her heart. She has been a life - long member, a Sunday School teacher, and our choir director for many years. She has manned the cevap grill at every Serb Fest and helped at countless fish fry's. Regardless of the weather, she never misses church, stays for every Parastos, sings for every wedding and funeral Pomen Service. Her soprano voice is both beautiful and comforting. She has a rewarding career as an educator. Perhaps it's in her genes: every member of the Baroevich family has selflessly served our church. For all Kathy has done for us, it was time for us to show just how much we truly appreciate her. Saturday afternoon, many friends stopped by the south wing to show their support for her after she recently suffered a devastating fire that nearly destroyed her home and claimed the life of her dog. We wish her well as she rebuilds her home. Thank you to all the lovely ladies from Kolo for hosting and decorating, and to other organizations for their support of this event, and to everyone who baked "goodies" for the dessert table. Paul Jancarich composed and sang a song in her honor. Mismo Tamburitza Orchestra played for everyone's enjoyment. Thanks, guys!
(Kathy with her niece Caitlyn)
Please join us in this tribute to Kathy Baroevich, lifelong member of St. Sava Church and choir director of Karageorge Choir. Kathy suffered the tragic loss of her home and pet in a recent fire. Light refreshments and desserts will be served.
Saturday, July 10, 2010 - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
St. Sava Church South Wing
9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville
(219)736-9191 for more info.
"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.
Mark your calendar! You won't want to miss this exciting event. Join us Saturday, April 24 for Srbadija's Spring Spectacular Folklore Festival at St. Elijah's Hall at 8700 Taft Street in Merrillville. The Concert starts at 6 pm, ending at midnight. Live music will be provided by "Sumadija" for dancing after the program. Food and drinks are available, so bring the entire family. Nenad Nikolic is the new Instructor for Srbadija dancers, and you'll be quite impressed with the results! Several guest dance groups will perform. Enjoy the slide show from their recent performance at St. Archangel Michael Church in Lansing. Congratulations to Daniella Hojnacki on her final performance before she leaves to attend Indiana University. We'll truly miss her!
Photos provided by Finn and Borka Grimsgard.
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.
Meet the Candidate for Lake County Sheriff this Saturday in the South Wing Social Center. Friends from St. Sava will be serving cevaps and more. Marco has served the Lake County Police for 32 years and is presently Chief of Police. Cash Bar available.
Noon to 6 pm, join us and show your support for an honorable public servant.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Don't miss the fun as both St. Sava and St. Elijah Sunday Schools enjoy an Autumn evening together at St. Elijah's picnic grounds. Bring the kids, your cameras, and your appetites! Sign up this Sunday the Learning Center and please bring a side dish.
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."
Mirko Roknich Orchestra provided non-stop music for dancing and plenty of sing-alongs. Several rounds of "Mirjanaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa" were heard across town, as is the case when Joey Puhar and friends are in the house. As seen in the photos, everyone had a wonderful time visiting with old friends and making new ones. Check back for more pictures soon.
Click the small thumbnail photo once to enlarge; then once you're on Photobucket, click it again for a full screen view. Photos can be purchased on Photobucket and picked up at Target. (Saturday photos by Jelena Mulin. Thanks, Jelena!)
Don't miss the trophy presentation for the 70th Annual SNF Basketball Tournament tonight at 7:30 p.m. The St. Archangel Michael Social Center will be filled to capacity for everyone to congratulate the winning teams. Everyone's a winner for just participating in this long-held tradition that has been celebrated by three generations of Serbian Athletes!
SNF Lodge 170 is sponsoring this fun event. Enjoy the participation of a diverse group of players from different Orthodox Churches.
How about a quick and easy way to serve your guests a delicious treat this Thanksgiving Holiday? St. Sava's Serbian Sisters have been busy peeling apples and stretching the dough. Nothing else compares to a strudel fresh out of the oven. Strudels are sold frozen and ready to bake. Nut Rolls are pre-baked, frozen, and ready to go. You'll be glad you have one handy when company arrives. Call in your order (219) 736-9191 or download this ORDER FORM BELOW and FAX it to (219) 736-7836. Order early, as quantities are limited. ORDER DEADLINE is November 12th. (Take an Order Form to work and share it with friends).
- Apple, Cherry, or Cheese Strudel (Frozen, Ready to Bake) $10 each
- Nut Rolls (Baked, Frozen-Ready to Eat) $10 each
PICK-UP DATE is Saturday, November 22nd from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at St. Sava Church, 9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville, in the South Wing Social Center. Contact person is Borka.........you can email your order to email@example.com
Written by Gorana Bilbija, Sunday School Student:
St. Sava Students let's have some fun!!! As
you all know we will be going to the County Line Orchard on October 18th from
5:00 to 8:30. It is located on 200 County Line Road in Hobart, IN. You should arrive early so that you and
your family can enjoy the various activities that they have to offer. Isn't that
awesome! If you arrive early you will be able to go apple & pumpkin picking.
They also have a country store there where you can get souvenirs. Wow!!! You
should coordinate your time so that you will be able to catch the hayride back
to the campsite. Unless, you would rather walk. So don't forget at 5:00 all
of us will join together at the fire pit for some dinner, games,
hayrides, and the corn maze. The dinner is scheduled to be at 6:00 so don't be
late. Families will have to supply drinks, side dishes, desserts, & the supplies
for s'mores. We will provide the chicken, so don't worry about that. If you
would like to go through the corn maze it will be $5 per person. But we will pay
the $5 for the children. If you would like to you can bring chairs, flashlights,
& bug spray. When
you arrive make sure you park by the corn maze off of Cleveland. And we ask you
to do 1 more thing for us. Please let Kim Mileusnic know if you are coming or
not, so that we know how many tickets and how much food we should
hope I see you all there on October 18th.
Hey St. Sava Students let's have some fun!!!
As you all know we will be going to the County Line Orchard on October 18th from 5:00 to 8:30. It is located on 200 County Line Road in Hobart, IN. You should arrive early so that you and your family can enjoy the various activities that they have to offer. Isn't that awesome! If you arrive early you will be able to go apple & pumpkin picking. They also have a country store there where you can get souvenirs. Wow!!! You should coordinate your time so that you will be able to catch the hayride back to the campsite. Unless, you would rather walk. So don't forget at 5:00 all of us will join together at the fire pit for some dinner, games, hayrides, and the corn maze. The dinner is scheduled to be at 6:00 so don't be late.
Families will have to supply drinks, side dishes, desserts, & the supplies for s'mores. We will provide the chicken, so don't worry about that. If you would like to go through the corn maze it will be $5 per person. But we will pay the $5 for the children. If you would like to you can bring chairs, flashlights, & bug spray.
When you arrive make sure you park by the corn maze off of Cleveland. And we ask you to do 1 more thing for us. Please let Kim Mileusnic know if you are coming or not, so that we know how many tickets and how much food we should get.
I hope I see you all there on October 18th.
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!