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.
Help support our Srbadija Folklore groups by attending their Luncheon Buffet this Sunday immediately after Divine Liturgy in the South Wing. Our dancers spend hours weekly practicing for upcoming performances and we're proud of them for representing our St. Sava Church family.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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!
St. Sava's Srbadija Folklore Group performed Sunday afternoon for Serb Fest guests. The senior group gave their skilled routines, but the younger 2 groups had technical difficulty with their music CD and were unable to perform their rehearsed dances. Drina Tamburitza Orchestra stepped up and played live music for the kids to dance a casual kolo. Moms, Babas, and friends joined in to lend their support to the disappointed children and it all turned out well! Srbadija welcomes new members, so please contact Borka Grimsgard or the church office for details (219) 736-9191.
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!
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St. Sava's Wonderful Srbadija Folklore Group Performs for Senior Citizens at Sterling House in Valparaiso
VALPOLIFE.com features a great article and photos from our Srbadija Folklore Group's visit and performance at Sterling House in Valparaiso.
Members of the Serbian Orthodox Church, St. Sava presented their traditional Srbadija Folklore Dance to the seniors at Sterling House on March 22, 2012.
Enjoying the delightful dance were seniors Dorothy Modjski, Susan Gerhardt, and Florence Anderson. Dorothy said, “We all thought this was great. We enjoy those little kids.” Susan expressed, “I am from Michigan and lived close to Greek Town. It was really nice to hear music like this again and to see the dancing.” And Florence shared, “I enjoyed this very much. I love to watch the expression on the children’s faces.”
No one at Sterling House enjoyed the festivities more than Anna Spahic. She was in attendance with her daughter, Danica Thomas (also a staff member at Sterling House). While watching the program, she was moved to tears and soon her daughter followed. Anna explained, “Everything was beautiful. It brought back wonderful old memories. My daughter used to dance like that.”
Anna met her husband in 1948 in a Serbian camp. The church (St. Sava) sponsored her and her husband, Rodivoje, to come to this country. They were married when she was just 17 and the couple had 42 years together. She misses not being able to go to church every Sunday like she used to. That is why this evening was so special to her—St. Sava, with the Srbadija Folklore Dance, came to her.
Danicia said, “I was moved to tears watching my mom and also moved to see the younger generation still dancing and carrying on the tradition.”
Father Marko Matic, from St. Sava, came for the dance but also took time with Anna. Anna said, “We have a wonderful new priest. He takes time with the kids and teaches them about the old ways.” Two of Father Matic’s children, Dusan, a 6th grader at Ben Franklin, and Milena, a 4th grader at Hays Leonard, also performed for the seniors.
Camille Sisk, a freshman at Valparaiso High School, also danced for the seniors at Sterling House. Camille said, “I like that everyone gets to learn the Serbian culture and it makes me happy seeing people enjoying the dance.” Dancing with Camille were Caitlyn Baroevich, Marija Novakovich, Aleks Novakovich, Sarah Jackovich and Anja Avramovic.
Dawn Sisk, Marketing Manager for Sterling House, is the mother of dancer Camille. She said, “To be able to share my history with my family, because the people here are my family, I care about them all, but to also share this with my church family and my own family, it’s the circle of my life. To bring all three together is not something people ordinarily do.”
“The folk dance was one of many dances that will be performed for the seniors this year. This was International month in The Year of Music,” said Deenna Leffert of Sterling House. “We’ve had Blues and Jazz and we look forward to The 50’s, Rock & Roll and Country, just to name a few.”
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:
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.
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.
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!
Support our talented folklore dancers by attending this All-You-Can-Eat Pasta Buffet Dinner with all the trimmings and dessert! Traditional and Lenten selections will be available. While they last, Bakalar dinners will be available, for separate purchase, as well as Palachinke. Bring the entire family to this fund raiser to help pay an instructor and travel expenses. Monetary Donations are always welcome. See you there, and bring a friend for a delicious meal.
We are seeking donations for the following items. Your donation is greatly appreciated!
Case of Heineken (Donated)
Case of MGD (Donated)
Case of Miller Light (Donated)
3 Cases of Pepsi or Coke
3 Cases of Diet Pepsi or Diet Coke
3 Cases of 7up or Sprite
4 Cases of water (Donated)
Red table wine (Donated)
White wine (Donated)
Donation for the Cod for the Bakalar ($50) Donated
Monetary donations are ALWAYS welcome also. Checks made out St. Sava Folklore.
Please email or call Borka with your donation item at 219-617-1645.
Milica Jankovic was a St. Sava Sunday School student and is currently in her final year with Srbadija Folklore Group. This past school year she has been busy setting a course for her career path. Nursing is an area she’s been interested in for several years, so she decided to take part of a Health Occupations program through her high school (Kankakee Valley High School) and Jasper County Hospital, to see if she’s making the right choice. The answer is yes! This past December, she obtained her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) state license and currently works at Autumn Hills Retirement Home in Roselawn. Milica will be attending Indiana University Northwest following high school graduation this spring and will continue her studies toward obtaining a nursing degree, with a focus on pediatrics. Milica is the daughter of Lela and Keith Jensen, sister to little brother Alex, and granddaughter of Sreten and Slobodanka Vasiljevic.
* Submitted by Borka Grimsgard. If you have wonderful news about one of our students, please submit and we'll be happy to share!
This has been an exciting year for our Srbadija Folklore Groups. All 3 groups performed for the church's 96th Anniversary. The Senior group recently visited Phoenix, Arizona for a dance festival and made new friendships as well as lifelong memories. President Borka Grimsgard keeps the dancers busy hosting luncheons and fundraisers, and concerts. They performed at Serb Fest and several Chicago area Serbian Churches. Under the direction of Nenad Nikolic, the dancers have excelled to a new level. We are always happy to watch them perform and are very proud of them. Somehow they maintain a balance between school, sports, and church activities. Congratulations to all the dancers!
This beautiful porcelain Christmas ornament features St. Sava Church on the front side with the inscription "Hristos Se Rodi, Christ Is Born" on the reverse side. Measures 2 inches wide and is trimmed with a red ribbon. It is designed by St. Sava's Srbadija Folklore Group and is their holiday fund raiser. Buy one for yourself and one for a gift. Free gift wrap. Price is $15 each plus $3 Shipping & Handling within the continental US. Order with your credit card in the Goods & Services section to your right. If you would like to ship outside the US, or for multiple items to one address, or if you don't have a PayPal account, call Dorothy at (219) 613-6133 for details. Thank you for supporting our folklore dancers.
SRBADIJA FOLKLORE TRAVELS TO PHOENIX
Our senior folklore group dancers traveled to Phoenix, Arizona to the Pholkfest sponsored by St. Sava Phoenix. The event was one that was a result of some fundraising and determined and committed parents. The festival began with a welcome dance on Friday, October 8th and the festival was Saturday, October 9th. Phoenix hosted groups from California, Milwaukee, Indiana, and Arizona. Our kids performed outstanding and more importantly, made some new friends and have already asked to go back next year. “The bonding and camaraderie that resulted during the trip was priceless,” said Borka Grimsgard, President of the folklore group.
Many of our dancers arrived a few days earlier and were able to experience some of the
sites in Arizona—including Sedona (photos attached), where they jumped into a river that had natural rock slides at Slide Rock State Park and Tempe, where they experienced what campus life is like at Arizona State University.
Thank you to those who have contributed and supported our folklore group!
Thanks to the dancers for sharing these wonderful photos.
Have opanke, will travel! St. Sava Merrillville visits St. Sava Phoenix. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our hard working young dancers to visit a distant parish, where they will perform at the first festival hosted by the Phoenix parish. Our dancers will return will new friends and lifelong memories. Visit the facebook event page for details.
Enjoy the sights and sounds from this year's Serb Fest. Join us next year as we host another fun weekend. Thanks to "Prazna Flasa" for providing background music.
No wonder the food was so good.
Leave it to this group to make work so much fun that you'll want to work the food tent next year. They serve.......they sing.......they dance........who knew?
In spite of the intense heat, all 3 folklore groups entertained the crowd in full costume on Serb Fest Saturday. Several dancers were missing because of family vacations planned, and they had no formal practice all summer. Thanks to all the dancers for a great show and special treat!
Our sincere Thanks and appreciation are extended to everyone who visited this year's Serb Fest. It was our pleasure to serve you. We hope you had a great time and enjoyed the Serbian food, entertainment, and live music. Your support will help fund future improvements and building on our church property.
Check back daily for photos, videos, and a listing of our golf sponsors, all local businesses that need our support.
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR! ZIVELI!
Serb Fest Sunday will be full of non - stop music, dancing, and great food: cevaps, lamb, pig, raznicici, palachinke, and strudel. All this with a background of wonderful live Serbian music. You can even dance off those calories and start all over again. At 5:00 pm, the combined choirs of St. Sava and St. Elijah in Merrillville along with St. Peter & Paul from South Bend will perform a medley of Serbian Folk Songs, accompanied by tamburitza musicians. You won't want to miss this performance. Visit the historical exhibit in the north wing, featuring the Serbian Sisters Circle and Serbs in Sports. Bring the kids, there are plenty of activities for all age groups. Sunday Hours: Noon to 10 pm.
BIG CASH RAFFLE TICKETS can be purchased for the $25,000 Grand Prize, Total $50,000 Pay Out Raffle. Purchase tickets from any church member or at the food ticket tents for $100. We're very happy to see that Lucky Gordon Gerbick broke out of the hospital just in time to sell you a winning ticket wearing his lucky hat. Pictured below are National Treasures Gordon Gerbick and his buddy Milan Opacich. Visit Milan today in the north wing exhibit room (museum).
Saturday hours are from noon to midnight, so come spend a few hours relaxing with us. Enjoy live Serbian music and come hungry, we're well prepared to offer up some great Serbian specialties. There's something new this year: St. Sava Folklore Group 'Srbadija' will perform traditional dances in full costume at 5:00 pm. Church Tours schedule will be announced. The Serbian Bakery has palachinke, strudels, and assorted pastries to satisfy your sweet tooth. Exhibits honoring our hard - working Serbian Sisters Circle (Kolo), Serbian athletes, Mile Kosanovich, Karl Malden, and our music can be seen in the North Wing from noon to 10 pm. Please join us, everyone's welcome!
Little Lukie Hayden accompanied "Prazna Flasa" Friday and received his first $1 tip. The boys in the band want him to join them, but he'll just start his own band Prazna Drink Box. Just wait til you see the video!
“Join us for
St. Sava Srbadija Folklore Group
Invites you to join them for their
1st Annual All-You-Can-Eat
Friday, May 21, 2010
St. Sava South Wing
9191 Mississippi Street-Merrillville
Featuring an Assortment of Pastas and Sauces
Salad ? Bread ? Dessert
Palacinke Sale too!
Cost: 10 and under $5.00 and Adults $8.00
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.
One authentic Serbian National costume from the village of your ancestors... $300
One pair coarse, uncomfortable new opanke... $40
One lb. each of assorted nuts, mixed fruits, and figs for your Badnjak..........$15
Our young Folklore Dancers entertaining the elderly for the Holidays...........Priceless!
For everything else, there's MasterKarta!
Seniors were treated to dances and Christmas carols by our Srbadija Folklore Dancers. The children visited two Senior Care facilities Sunday after church. Perhaps you recognize Violet Milanovich, Mrs. Devyak, and Ruth Tarailo. Smiles, laughter, and tears were abundant, and the dancers were glad to take time out of their busy schedules to spread some Serbian Holiday Cheer. We're so proud of our children for remembering the seniors with a very special visit!
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.
Srbadija Folklore Group
$100 for the first child
$ 50 for second child
After the second child all other children in your family are free.
PeeWee Group 6:15-6:45 p.m.
(must be at least 4 years of age)
Juniors 6:45-7:45 p.m.
Seniors 7:45-9:00 p.m.
Dancers will be placed in a group based on the instructor's assessment at the first prac-
tice on Thursday, September 17th in the south wing of the church. If your child is
attending for the first time, please contact Borka Grimsgard at 219-462-8574 to find
out what time your assessment will be. Season is from September through mid-May.
Instructor: Neso Nikolic Assistant: Dana Nikolic
Questions? Call Borka at 219-462-8574 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
â–ª Is your child is interested in Serbian dancing?
â–ª Is your child able to attend practices every
â–ª Would you like your child to participate in an
activity that reflects their heritage?
Sunday, September 13th during Sunday School
registration in the North Wing at 9:45 a.m.
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!
No, not the TV show "Friends", we mean these friends. Aren't our folklore kids a good-looking group? Nothing more to say, except to remind them that their Serbian friendships will last an entire lifetime.
Folklore group had a great turn-out for watching the BIG GAME. Great food and endless desserts were served up and we all spent a cozy evening in the south wing. It's hard to remember how the room used to look just 11 weeks ago, since the start of the remodeling. Wouldn't you know it, heavy snow fell during the game and we all had to drive home in blizzard-like conditions. Everyone had fun, especially the young teen members of folklore; many of their friends from other folklore groups attended. This may turn out to be an annual event, so be sure to attend next year. The Giants shocked us all to win over the Patriots 17 to 14 in the final seconds of the game. (Click photo to enlarge)