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
Confession starts at 9:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy starts at 10 a.m. with Fr. Tom Kazich
Sunday School starts at 11:15 a.m.
Parastos (One Year) for Bosko Micic
Parastos (40 Days) for Ruza Indjic
Luncheon hosted by Mara Puri in memory of her beloved father.
Annual Membership Meeting after Luncheon in South Wing.
They've done it again! Another successful holiday bake sale, making it possible for all of us to enjoy delicious homemade strudels and nut rolls this holiday season. NO ONE makes homemade strudel dough anymore - except St. Sava's fabulous KOLO Sisters! The proof is in the taste - light and flaky - and so good! Thanks, ladies!
Many sisters worked tirelessly for several weeks preparing for the November 23rd Bake Sale and are not pictured below. We'll try to catch them next time!
St. Sava's Serbian Historical Society celebrated it's 5th Anniversary as an official organization of our church. Many hours of cleaning out the basement and closets have paid off in gathering valuable historic records and photos. Thousands of items and books are now organized and available to all church members and their children for reference. Milan Opacich inspired the first small group and Fr. Marko has always encouraged and supported the efforts - for this we are truly grateful. What used to be a rarely used room is now remodeled and furnished for use as a library and exhibit room. We will always be thankful to Barbara Sever for asking Dennis for the larger of the 2 room choices. Since then, countless exhibits have made for interesting and entertaining events.
In 5 years, some of the popular exhibits have included:
Chetniks with special viewing of a rare 1940's movie, Remembering Bishop Peter, Serbs in the Military, Serbian Weddings, Serbian Sisters Circle, Serbs in Sports, Immigrants: Serbs of Steel, Icons - Images of Faith, Tamburitza Spectacular, Poet Jovan Ducich, and the most popular exhibit to date was The Great Inventor Nikola Tesla. Serbian TV in Belgrade featured the exhibit on their morning show in early August. The Tesla Exhibit will remain on display through spring, so contact any member or Fr. Marko if you would like a private viewing for any individual, school, senior, or community groups. Everyone is invited and encouraged to visit. The Serbian Historical Society has represented St. Sava Church at Purdue University Calumet, Chicago Cultural Center for Lifeline, and at Woodland Park for the City of Portage Youth Cultural Exchange.
We are always looking for new members - no dues to pay. Meetings are usually work sessions building exhibits - very informal, and fun! Please join us. Special THANKS to all who have supported us these past 5 years!
Serbian Historical Society of st. Sava Church
Call in (219) 736-9191, drop off, or FAX (219) 736-7836 your order for delicious homemade strudels, nut rolls, and cookies for the Thanksgiving holiday season. All baked and frozen goods are made by our dedicated Kolo Serbian Sisters. Order deadline is Saturday, November 16th. Walk-ins are also welcome! Pick up your orders in the north kitchen from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The following is a request from Lela Jensen, president of St. Sava Sunday School:
Many of you may or may not have heard that we started a Youth Group Club within our Church. This group consists of high school and college students wanting to preserve their faith and remain active in the Church and community. They have extended the invitation to other local Church youth to join them. This group is brand new but has taken on a big project. The Orthodox Christian Clergy Association of Greater Chicago has contacted our Church regarding a Christmas Gift Drive. This is the first time a Serbian Church has taken part in this drive. We received 25 DCFS foster children from Chicago who have a Christmas wish list. Their wishes are simple anything from gloves to gift cards. They also have dream wishes like IPods. Wish gifts are between $20-$50 while dream gifts exceed $50. A group of people can get together to buy a gift or you may choose to do so individually. Please contact me if you could possibly make someone happy this Christmas. After yesterday's presentation at the Membership meeting project leads Nevena, Jelena and Milica already had 15 people choose children to buy gifts for. This means we only have 10 children left. The group is doing a wonderful job and will continue to do so. All gifts need to be turned in by December 1st. If, you have any questions let me know. More information about the Youth Group will be coming soon. On behalf of our Youth Group leaders and myself I thank you.
Sunday School President