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
There he was, bright and early on Easter morning - just in time to greet the children hunting for Easter eggs filled with sweet treats! Teta Lela invited him to join the fun. Sunday School children were surprised and happy to see him pass out special eggs.
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.
Easter Blessings to all Orthodox Christians.
Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!
May you and your Family be Blessed and have a joyous Feast. You may recognize the photos below of our St. Sava Church, 1300 Connecticut Street in Gary, with the beautifully decorated Plastanica.
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.
St. Sava's Serbian Historical Society honored Poet Jovan Ducic on the 70th Anniversary of his death. Guest speaker Rade Pejovic told of the lyric poet's early days and accomplishments, talents, and styles. Rev. Marko Matic introduced Mr. Pejovic along with Simeon Vasic, Jelena Milinovic, and Miodrag Djordjevic, who recited several of Ducic's famous poems. April 7, 2013 was exactly 70 years to the date when Jovan Ducic passed away in Gary, Indiana. His funeral was held at St. Sava Church on 13th & Connecticut Street. Please stop by to view the exhibit through the month of April in the south wing during fish fry Fridays and Sunday Luncheons.
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!
5 Year Parastos for Mile & Ella Kosanovic, Plaque Presentation, 40 Day Parastos for Milan Opacich, Luncheon
Please join us this Sunday for several events.
Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m., Sunday School at 11:15 a.m., Parastos, and new Serbian Sisters Circle Board will be sworn in immediately following Liturgy. Luncheon buffet will be served in the South Wing, hosted by Serbian Historical Society, for fundraising to purchase blinds for South Wing windows. A brief plaque presentation will follow.
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!
St. Sava's got talent! We all look forward to the St. Sava Day program each year. Please take a few minutes to watch highlights from this year's presentation of music and poetry. Thank you to all the parents and teachers who have encouraged the students to learn new songs arranged by Joanne Samardzija, who has spent many hours practicing with the children. Both Popadija Vesna Matic and Joanne worked on song selections and translations. Most of all, we're so proud of the students - they are the future leaders, teachers, and members of St. Sava Church. Looks like we're in good hands!
Please take the time to watch both videos. Send these videos to relatives who may have missed the program or live out of town.
We all look forward to the St. Sava Day program each year. Please take a few minutes to watch highlights from this year's presentation of music and poetry. Thank you to all the parents and teachers who have encouraged the students to learn new songs arranged by Joanne Samardzija, who has spent many hours practicing with the children. Both Popadija Vesna Matic and Joanne worked on song selections and translations. Most of all, we're so proud of the students - they are the future leaders, teachers, and members of St. Sava Church. Looks like we're in good hands!
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.
Aleksandar, Isabela, and Zivana Labovic, children of Susan and Dragan Labovic, were honored to serve as Kumovi for this year's St. Sava Day celebration. With all the distractions of school sports and weekend activities, the Labovic family has consistently chosen to attend Divine Liturgy and Church School instead. Young Kum Aleksandar spoke of the significance of St. Sava always watching over his family. Just this past Friday, his father, Dragan, was involved in a serious auto accident and miraculously suffered only a black eye. Sixteen years ago, his uncle and cousin were also involved in a serous auto accident on St. Sava Day and survived! Baba always reminded them that St. Sava has protected the Labovic family and his memory should be celebrated as we did Sunday.
Are You Ready for Some Football? We Are! Watch the Game in the South Wing - Bring Your Own Appetite!
Come spend the day with all your friends in the South Wing on SuperBowl Sunday. You'll have plenty of food and an open bar. Join us after Divine Liturgy for the Luncheon Buffet, and stay to watch the game on the Big Screen. Hunting Club is sponsoring this fun day, and all proceeds will benefit St. Sava Church. Menu includes spit-roasted Pig, Chicken, Pizza, and more! Lunch or Dinner Price is $10 per adult, KIDS EAT FREE! Bring the family. Details below:
St. Sava's Sunday School children presented their Christmas Pageant after Vespers on Badnje Vece. We look forward to this procession of angels and shepherds and a brilliant star marking the birth of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thanks also to Karageorge members for practicing selected songs for the occasion and to Joanne Samardzija for her direction.
SAVE THE DATE: SUNDAY, JANUARY 27
Badnje Vece was a long night for Santa Claus. He listened to detailed toy requests from good children who assured him of their best behavior. Santa's many elves offered their assistance to move the line along and gave out candy canes and gift bags, Thanks, Santa!
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2013 BLESSING OF HOMES SCHEDULE
CHESTERTON - VALPARAISO
Monday Jan. 21 to Friday Feb. 1
PORTAGE - OGDEN DUNES
Saturday Feb. 2 to Friday Feb. 8
Saturday Feb. 9 to Friday Feb. 15
HEBRON - KOUTS - LA CROSSE - DEMOTTE
Saturday Feb. 16 to Wednesday Feb. 20
Thursday Feb. 21 to Friday Mar. 1
GARY - MERRILLVILLE
Saturday Mar. 2 to Tuesday March 5
SCHERERVILLE - DYER - ST. JOHN - CEDAR LAKE - LOWELL
Wednesday March 6 to Sunday March 10
WHITING - HAMMOND - MUNSTER - HIGHLAND - GRIFFITH
Monday Mar. 11 to Sunday March 17
Monday March 18 to Sunday March 31
Please call Fr. Marko or the church office at 219-736-9191 if these times are not compatible with your schedules, to be added to the list, or confirm.
And the winner is.....Alek Djukic!
Congratulations to Alek Djukic for creating a colorful gumdrop Christmas ornament for the Sunday School contest. Parishioners were able to vote for their favorite entry, and the choices were tough. Alek won a $25 VISA Gift Card. Great job, Alek!
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.
Call today (219) 406-7910 or email email@example.com for your holiday lamb or pig order. Proceeds to Srbadija Folklore and Sunday School. Pick up Monday from Noon to 1 p.m. Details and prices below:
St. Sava Church member was featured in the NWI Times article below for her work with seniors. Dawn is the daughter of Kolo president Milena (Beba) Rudman. She's a lifelong, active member of our church and dedicated folklore Mom. Congratulations, Dawn!
NWI Times Article - Wednesday, December 19 :
After losing her human resources job in 2006, Valparaiso resident Dawn Rudman Sisk was left wondering what to do next.
“I struggled to find employment in HR and began working in sales,” she said.
“Then I came to realize that in order for me to be successful in sales, I needed to sell what I was passionate about and work for a company that shared similar values.”
Sisk finally found the right fit in 2011, when she was hired as the Sales and Marketing manager at Brookdale Senior Living, 2501 Valparaiso St., Valparaiso.
“I represent the community and increase awareness through participation in outside events,” she said.
“It is so refreshing to work for a company that does care about the resident. Working with the seniors – there are so many stories to be told and so much to learn from them. Each day is different and fun.”
Sisk was also instrumental in starting a monthly support group for families of those with Alzheimer’s disease.
“It is common to have feelings of loss and grief as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease progress. Family members making the decision to move a loved one into a community often share stories about how things have changed, the heartbreak, and feelings of helplessness.”
“It was with this thought in mind that I decided to see if there was some way to connect people who may have similar feelings. (Our) group provides a respectful, mutually supportive learning environment,” she said.
Sisk is pleased with the results she has seen so far.
“A family member approached me after attending her first meeting and said she didn’t realize how much this was needed, and that she was thankful she came,” Sisk said.
In addition to being active within the Alzheimer’s Association, Sisk is a member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, Merrillville, where she is a kolo member and board member of the folklore group.
Srbadija Folklore Group of St. Sava Church had the pleasure of hosting Talija International Folk Ensemble from Serbia this past October 20th. Folklore president Borka Grimsgard seized the opportunity to host the evening performance after Talija's afternoon show for Lifeline Chicago at The Murphy. Colorful costumes and precision dance routines were accompanied by a live orchestra on the stage of Valparaiso's Memorial Opera House. The evening ended with an invitation for audience members to join the dancers on stage for a kolo finale. If you ever have the opportunity to see Talija, you'll be sure to enjoy a memorable evening.
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!
St. Sava Church celebrated 98 glorious years as an Eastern Orthodox Christian Serbian parish on Sunday, November 18th. Traditional memorial wreaths were used to commemorate the sacrifices of all members who served in previous wars. His Grace Bishop Longin presided Divine Liturgy as Deacon Nikolaj Kostur, V. Rev. Tom Kazich, V. Rev. Marko Matic, and V. Rev. Bogdan Zjalic held a Parastos for all deceased members and benefactors of St. Sava Church. The new outdoor Pavilion was consecrated with donors Nicholas and Eleonore Chabraja in attendance. A permanent plaque will be displayed in loving memory of Nick and Angie Chabraja, parents of Nicholas Chabraja. Nick Chabraja was a past church president and dedicated member who served our church in many capacities. Angie was an elegant woman who was an active member of our Kolo for many years. Kolo Sisters prepared a fantastic meal for the banquet that followed in the south wing. Church Board President Vonnie Orlich welcomed the guests and Keynote speaker V. Rev. Tom Kazich spoke of his personal memories and inspirational figures of growing up in a "Serbian Gary" environment.
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
Wonderful, hard-working, devoted, loving, talented, inspiring......there aren't enough adjectives to describe our ladies of St. Sava's Serbian Sisters Circle. Once again they celebrated their Slava, St. Petka Paraskeva, with a solemn memorial service as Fr. Marko read the names of hundreds of deceased Kolo members that have passed throughout the years. Every year our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, and Kumovi are remembered in our prayers. The Kolo Sisters are the backbone of our church, and we all acknowledge the fact that we could not exist without them. The Djordjevic family and Sisters from New Carlisle also celebrated their Slava that day. After Divine Liturgy, the ladies treated us to a delicious meal served by young folklore dancers and future Kolo leaders. A new framed photo tribute to past Kolo presidents was unveiled and will now be permanently displayed in the north wing. President Milena Beba Rudman thanked all the guests as well as her sisters "Martha Stewart" (Mimi Orlich) and "Paula Dean" (Zorka Glumac). There were many more to thank, but she hasn't nicknamed them yet! Guests included Kolo Sisters representing NWI and Chicagoland Circles. Kum Dan Sever expressed his personal admiration for and memories of our sisters. A grand Serbian dessert table offered an unbelievable assortment of homemade desserts and pastries!
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.
Lou Stefanovic will be remembered as one of Merrillville High School's greatest basketball players. He graduated in 1981 and went on to attend Illinois State University in Normal. Lou took their basketball team to three NCAA tournaments in four seasons. He was recently inducted to the ISU Hall of Fame. Read more about it.
We're proud to have Lou Stefanovic as an active member of our St. Sava Church family. He has been very generous, sharing his skills and time whenever the SNF Basketball Tournament is in town. Sincere Congratulations and Zivio, Big Lou!
PRE SCHOOL CLASSES at St. Sava Start Wednesday, October 3rd - Open to Children from all Area Churches
Pre-School classes start Wednesday, October 3rd for children ages 2 1/2 to 5. Class starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at Noon, WEDNESDAYS and FRIDAYS in the lower level Learning Center. Call the church office for details soon at 219-736-9191. It's never too late to enroll a child or grandchild in this safe, quality learning environment.
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)
This Sunday, September 30th, please join us after Divine Liturgy and Sunday School for a delicious Luncheon Buffet in the south wing. Your hosts and chefs are Dynamic Duo in the Kitchen Dusko and Danica Pejnovic. Everyone's encouraged and welcome to attend these luncheons that benefit our church or it's organizations. Please choose a date to sponsor a luncheon - it can be a group of several families, and the menu should be kept simple. Contact the church office for available dates.
Divine Liturgy starts at 10:00 a.m. and Sunday School starts after Holy Communion. Please join us for a delicious luncheon buffet in the south wing after services. This week's hosts are Fr. Marko and Popadija Vesna. Please choose a Sunday to sponsor a luncheon - you can group with several families, and the menu can be simple.
After the luncheon, guest speaker Richard Soohey will speak to parents and grandparents about the 529 College Savings Plan. A lifetime resident of Northwest Indiana, Richard started in the life insurance and investments business with Prudential Life. After 10 years he changed his affiliation to Horace Mann Insurance Company, dealing primarily with insuring and helping educators with their retirement planning. In 1985 he graduated from the American College with a Chartered Life Underwriter designation, CLU. In 1987 he received his Chartered Financial Consultant, CFC, from the American College. After his association with Horace Mann he became an Independent Financial Adviser and now works with Creative Financial Designs, Inc., and CFD Investments, Inc., based in Kokomo, Indiana.
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)
Meet a fun group of seniors in the south wing this Thursday, August 30th for the first Senior Luncheon of the season. Chefs Millie Kokotovich and Ann Rudman always prepare a wonderful meal, so bring a spouse or friend, everyone is welcome. Luncheon starts at noon and ends at 3 p.m.
The following letter is a direct appeal for emergency aid from St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in North Port, Florida. The church is "in costly litigation and negotiations with the contractor to replace the entire roof and repair all the mold and water damaged interior walls". Please read the letter below and give as generously as you can.
July 22, 2012
SRPSKA PRAVOSLAVNA CRKVA SVETOG SAVE
8 0 6 5 W. P r i c e B l v d. N o r t h P o r t, F L 3 4 2 8 7
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As many of you know, it has been several years since we received the blessing to build our historic new church,a replica of a Church in Obilic, Kosovo and Metohija which was damaged in 1999, and in 2004 it was burned and severely damaged. As construction began and we saw our church taking shape, we were overjoyed with the progress. Unfortunately, the roof was improperly installed and began leaking into interior of the church. Both interior and exterior independent inspections confirmed that there are major flaws in the construction of the roof which has lead to significant water damage of the drywall resulting in numerous areas of very dangerous black mold.
This was the beginning of our ongoing legal battle with our general contractor for the past 2 years. Attorney fees and fees paid to independent inspectors has been a huge financial burden on our small church community. The funds which were accumulating through generous donations by our parishioners and friends were needed to pay for legal expenses. We are now approaching the final stages leading to the arbitration which is scheduled at the beginning of October.
Prior to the discovery of this negligence on the part of our general contractor, we stopped payment towards the $176,000 still owed per our contract with them. Although we have a very solid case and strong evidence to potentially win this case, the general contractor has placed a lien on ALL of St. Sava Church property and buildings to be able to collect the $176,000 owed to him.
Most recently our attorney has been negotiating with the general contractor to settle the law suit before going to arbitration and ultimately to court. It would be more costly for the Church to proceed to arbitration due to additional legal expenses and even if we win this case, there is no guarantee that we will be able to collect the judgment against the contractor. The general contractor has proposed a settlement in which he has agreed to remove the lien from our property, remove the de- fective roof and replace it with a new roof and repair all the drywall damage resulting from the roof leak. The construction would begin 60 days after St. Sava has confirmed $176,000 in an escrow account to be paid to the General Contractor upon completion of the project and only after passing inspection by our independent inspector. The church is currently operating on a dangerously low budget.
In light of this crisis, an emergency meeting was held at St. Sava Church on July 8th 2012, with his Grace, Vladika Mitrofan in attendance. The purpose of this meeting was to inform our parishioners of the situation and to appeal for their financial help to raise $176,000. We were blessed with the generous donations totaling $55,400 so far. Once we have this amount in escrow, and the reconstruction begins, the general contractor has projected completion of the project within 6 months!
As you can see, we are in a desperate situation and we appeal to you in this great time of need to ask you for your prayers and financial support. Please consider being generous according to your means and help us to complete this very special and holy project. We invoke the Lord’s blessing upon all those who have extended their efforts and help in this holy work and upon all the pa- trons who have contributed in the past to the completion of our new church, and we pray that the Lord may reward you all with His heavenly and eternal riches.
Please make your checks payable to: St. Sava Serbian Church Building Fund and mail to: Sava Serbian Orthodox Church
P.O. Box 7912, North Port, FL 34290
With great respect,
Rev. Dragan Zaric and Executive Church Board
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.
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!
2012 BIG CASH RAFFLE Winners List Below:
$25,000 The Watts Family - Chicago
$10,000 Charles Donovan - Hammond
$5,000 Jerry Raderstorf - LaPorte
$1,000 Robert Thompson - Hobart
$1,000 Katie Vranjes - Crown Point
$1,000 Tom Mitchell - Fair Oaks
$500 Garry Mikolics
$500 Mike Janich
$500 William Paige - Merrillville
$500 Ray Radjenovich - Munster
$500 Sandi Lalich - Munster
$500 Donna Nicolich - Crown Point
$500 Mark Snyder - Hammond
$500 Michael Hayes - Sauk Village
$500 Marta Petrovic - Munster
$500 Steve Winarski - St. John
$1,000 Early Bird #2 Don Wheeler - Merrillville
$1,000 Early Bird #1 Cathy Delvalle - Merrillville
To honor their grandfather's memory, Sarah and Rachel Gerbick were asked to draw names for this year's raffle. Gordon Gerbick passed away since last year's festival. We will always remember him as a lifelong dedicated member of St. Sava who is truly missed. Gordon was always spotted at Serb Fest selling raffle tickets in his funny hat.
Zivio, Gordon, rest in peace.
So many volunteers, young and old, helped make this year's Serb Fest a great success. Months of planning, building, cleaning, and baking resulted in a grand celebration of sharing our Serbian culture. Many workers took time off work to help, while Dave and Beverly Suban once again faithfully came up all the way from Florida to help out. Relatives from Canada and Chicago pitched in all weekend. The new Pavilion proved invaluable to provide spacious seating and protection from the terrible storm. Temperatures in the mid 90's made working so much more difficult, especially for cevap grillers and lamb roasters, but great volunteers were up to the challenge. Sincere THANKS to all who helped in any way - hope to see you next year!
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!
On behalf of the executive board and membership of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, we'd like to thank everyone who attended and supported our festival in any way. We hope you enjoyed yourselves and look forward to seeing you next year. You're always welcome to attend Divine Liturgy worship services Sundays at 10:00 a.m. Check back soon for photos and videos from this year's Serb Fest.
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.
In spite of the extreme hot weather, many parishioners attended the annual Serbian Day Memorial Service for General Draza Mihajlovich and other deceased members who served their country. After Divine Liturgy, a procession led the faithful to the new Legacy Tree for a short service. Special guests included Fr. Dragomir and Kristina Tuba from Akron, Ohio with their family, as they make their way to Phoenix to serve that parish. Young Lazo Knezic was in charge of the lamb and pig crew - great job, gentlemen! Thanks also to the Ajder family and Snezana for serving a delicious luncheon.
Violet Milanovich was remembered with a 40 Day Parastos when members returned into the church before the luncheon.
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.
THIS SUNDAY, JULY 15TH, at the Serbian Day Celebration, the SECOND DRAWING for the EARLY-BIRD RAFFLE will be held in the south wing after the luncheon. It's a chance to win an extra $1000 Prize, plus your ticket will be re-entered into the drawing for the $25,000 Grand Prize and all other Prizes in the SERB FEST RAFFLE! Get your tickets soon from any church member, or contact Vinko Mancich, Mike Jaksich, or David Gerbick. Ticket price is $100. Good Luck! Winner need not be present.
Set aside this date to spend with your church family; a long-standing tradition at St. Sava Church. Divine Liturgy starts at 10 a.m. followed by a short solemn Memorial Service outdoors at the memorial monuments and Legacy Tree. On this day, we remember all deceased church members who served their country both in the US and Europe, General Draza Mihajlovich is remembered for his sacrifice and the sacrifice of his men, who helped the Allies in WWII.
A delicious luncheon ill be prepared in the south wing, hosted by the Ajder family and friends.
REMINDER: GET YOUR SERB FEST RAFFLE TICKET for the Early Bird Drawing held at the Serbian Day Celebration Luncheon in the south wing.
A very important planning meeting for this year's Serb Fest will be held on Thursday evening, July 12th, at 6:30 p.m. in the south wing. Meeting is open to entire membership. Please know that volunteers are needed as always in all areas. We hope that we can count on all members to help with our biggest annual fundraiser.
All areas need volunteers:
Bake Sale, Bar, Kitchen, Ticket Sales, Set-Up / Clean-Up, Parking, Maintenance, Raffle, Fund Raising & Donations, Lambs, Signs, Events.
PLEASE CALL THE CHURCH OFFICE TO VOLUNTEER (219) 736-9191
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!
NORMAL, Illinois – After helping lead the Redbirds to three NCAA Tournament appearances in the early 1980s, Lou Stefanovic is heading to the 2012 Illinois State Athletics Percy Family Hall of Fame.
Coached by Bob Donewald, the 1982-83 Redbirds stepped into the Big Dance for the first time in program history. Illinois State would make it back to the tournament the next two seasons, with forward Lou Stefanovic leading the team in scoring during the 1984-85 season.
Stefanovic will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in a ceremony Oct. 6.
“It was just a great, great experience, and I want to thank the entire Bloomington-Normal area for their support,” he said.
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!
Last month, at the end of the Sunday School year, St. Sava students competed in a short Bible Jeopardy quiz game, testing their knowledge from previous lessons. Game show host Sandy Shinovich challenged the teams with questions about Old Testament stories. All participants took away prizes. Everyone wished little Vaso Matic a very Happy Birthday.
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.
Kolo Sisters have begun rolling out the dough and making fillings for those delicious homemade strudels and nut rolls for SERB FEST. Please call Beba Rudman or the church office to check their schedules. This is a great way to learn how to make and stretch the dough, a special skill. Any help is appreciated and sit-down jobs for those with health issues are available. Men are also welcome. The "factory" is in the north kitchen pavilion building.
Thanks to Betsy Kirby for the following photos and contributing article.
Milan Marinkovich, Zeljko Novakovich, Zoran Andrich, and their families will host the Sunday luncheon to benefit the soccer field and events. Please attend to show your support and enjoy a delicious meal with friends after Divine Liturgy.
Children, Moms, and Dads were in attendance for Divine Liturgy followed by Blessing of Eggs Service. Executive Board President Vonnie Orlich, KOLO President Beba Rudman, and folklore dancers Marija Novakovich, Camille Sisk, and Sofia Grimsgard passed out beautifully colored Easter eggs. Enjoy the family photos below, and be remember to click on the picture to enlarge. If you'd like a copy, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fr. Marko organized a Holy Week excursion to The Shrine of Christ's Passion in St. John. A large group of parishioners enjoyed the narrated tour featuring 40 hand-carved bronze statues depicting the final days of Christ's life leading up to the Crucifixion. The half mile winding path has interactive listening stations describing each scene.
Please bring all children to the lower level classrooms this Sunday by 10:00 a.m. for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. If it rains, the event will be held indoors. All children are welcome to participate, even non-members, so please join the fun!
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.
His Grace Bishop Longin presided at Lenten Vespers on Saturday, March 17. Also serving were visiting clergy from various Orthodox parishes throughout Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Rev. Dobrivoje Milunovic from St. George Serbian Church in Schererville was preaching. After Vespers, a delicious Lenten supper was served by our Kolo Sisters in the south wing. Thank you to Xenia Jancarich for taking photos.
Please make every effort to attend a guided tour of The Shrine of Christ's Passion on Holy Monday (April 9) with Fr. Marko. He has arranged for a guided tour during Holy Week. The group will meet at the St. Sava Church at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 9th in order to arrive in St. John for the pre-arranged 10 a.m. tour. If you are interested in attending, please call Snezana in the church office at (219) 736-9191. Everyone is welcome to attend, so bring a neighbor, family member, or friend.
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
Mike Suvajac and his family will be your hosts this Sunday, April 1st after Divine Liturgy in the South Wing Social Center. Please join us for this great meal among friends, all to support St. Sava Church. There are still open dates available for families or groups to host a Sunday Luncheon. Contact Snezana at 219-736-9191 for information.
Confession at 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.
Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m.
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.
Don't miss the opportunity to support our youth teams, already practicing hard in preparation for the SNF Basketball Tournament.
The Sever Family is hosting a Lenten Luncheon Buffet after Divine Liturgy on Sunday, March 4 in the south wing. These players will represent our St. Sava Church at the tournament hosted by St. Elijah Cathedral in Merrillville in June.
SNF membership deadline is Wednesday, April 11; entry deadline is Monday, May 7. Contact Mr. Eli Roknich to join the SNF soon or call the church office for details.
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!
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
BLESSING OF HOMES
Dear Members and Parishioners,
It is time for the blessing of homes. The following schedule will inform you as to when I will be in your area.
From Monday January 23rd to Sunday January 29th
HEBRON, KOUTS, LA CROSSE, DEMOTTE,
Monday January 30th
From Tuesday January 31st to Thursday February 2nd
PORTAGE, OGDEN DUNES
From Friday February 3rd to Sunday February 5th
From Monday February 6h to Tuesday February 7th
From Wednesday February 8th to Sunday February 12th
From Monday February 13th to Wednesday February 15th
DYER, ST. JOHN
Thursday February 16th
CEDAR LAKE, LOWELL
Friday February 17th
From Saturday February 18th to Sunday February 19th
From Monday February 20th to Wednesday February 22nd
From Thursday February 23rd to Sunday February 26th
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.
Club "Krajina" will host a New Yer's Eve celebration in the south wing starting at 7 p.m., until 1 a.m. Spit - roasted pig dinner with all the trimmings will be offered as well as a bottle of champagne for only $50 per person.
Live entertainment will be provided by:
Miodrag Stanojevic Zumbul
Reservations are limited, so please call the church office at 219-736-9191, or after 3 p.m. call Steve Kljajic at 219-741-0244.
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.
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!
Please support this fundraiser that will help fund a trip to the upcoming SNF Basketball Tournament in 2012. Details below:
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 email@example.com.
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)
Leave it to the hard-working women of St. Sava's Serbian Sisters Circle to host a delicious homemade meal with an elegant dessert table for the celebration of their Slava, St. Paraskeva. Father Marko blessed the Kolach after Divine Liturgy Sunday, October 30th and the names of all deceased Kolo Sisters were read - a touching tradition that honors the memory of our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and aunts. Kum Dan Sever expressed his love and appreciation for the women who work tirelessly for this church. The story of St. Petka's life was read by Alex Djordjevich, Alexis Orlich, and Savka Popovich. Kolo President Milena (Beba) Rudman thanked the guests and acknowledged Zoran and Milena Andrich and family for their generosity; they paid all the expenses for the dinner. Congratulations and Ziveli! to the lovely ladies of our KOLO.
St. Sava Serbian Sisters Circle
Cordially Invites You and Your Family
to Celebrate Our Krsna Slava
Sveta Petka Paraskeva
Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
Divine Liturgy - 10:00 a.m.
Blessing of Slavski Kolach and Parastos for our
deceased members following Divine Liturgy
Slava Banquet immediately following church services in our South Wing
Gordon (Gojko) Gerbick, age 88, of Crown Point, formerly of Gary and Merrillville, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, October 18, 2011. His wife, Pauline and their son, David and his wife, Gordana and their daughters: Rebekah, Rachel and Sarah, were with Gordon during his last hours. Gordon, the youngest of eight children, was born on August 23, 1923 in Gary, IN to Milica (Potrebic) and Isak Gerbick (Grbic). His parents came to this country from Medak, Lika (later Yugoslavia) in the early 1900's. Long before Gordon was born they had lost four young children. Danica died at age 12 when Gordon was one year old. After he became an adult, he lost his brother Mitchell (Milan) and his sister, Sophia (Rudy) Selner. Tragically, his son, Kenneth was drowned in 1979. Also surviving are his brother, Mitchell's family: his widow, Mimi (Samardzia) and their children: Gary (Debbie) Gerbick of Chesterton, and Kristen and Scott, Phillip (Shannon) Gerbick of Dyer, Justin, Lauren, Matthew, Pamela Gerbick of Chicago, Nick of Portage, and his daughter, Stephanie; a cousin, Nick Potrebic of Windsor, Ontario, Canada; and other nieces and nephews, many dear Kumovi, and friends. Gordon was an Emerson High School graduate, (mid-term 1943) and saw many friends at their frequent high school reunions. He served in the United States Army after graduating from Indiana University in 1948. Gordon married Pauline (Jarboe) from Evansville, IN on June 24, 1950 at St. Sava Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church in Gary, IN. They had met at Indiana University in Bloomington. They were avid I.U. football and basketball fans and held season tickets for 30 years. Gordon started at Sears in Gary as a trainee and was manager of several departments before becoming Manager at the Hobart Sears. When the Hobart store was closed, he returned to the Southlake Sears in Merrillville until his retirement in 1984. Since retiring, Gordon very much enjoyed meeting with other retirees at their monthly breakfasts, which he had to discontinue as his health became worse. Gordon was a lifelong member at St. Sava Church and was very active there. He also cherished his participation with the Free Serbian Orthodox Diocese of USA and Canada and having the honor of being the second vice-president of the Diocesan council during the erection and completion of the Gracanica Monastery at Third Lake, IL. After serving as a church board member and vice-president at St. Sava in Gary, he became president in 1984, 1985 and 1986. He was very pleased that the construction of the new church in Merrillville started during his term. He later became chairman of the two-day consecration celebration, May 18 and 19, 1991. He continued being active, selling raffle tickets for the annual Serb-Fests for as long as he was able. St. Sava and its members were very dear to him. While living in Merrillville, Gordon served on the Board of Zoning Appeals. We cannot forget the pleasure he found from substituting as a teacher at Harrison Jr. High after his retirement and the many friends he made when he was active in Gary Jaycees after graduating from I. U. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 21, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. DIRECTLY at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville, IN. His Grace, Bishop Longin, will preside with V. Rev. Marko Matic officiating, and other local clergy members. Interment at Calumet Park Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Burns Funeral Home, 10101 Broadway, Crown Point, IN. under Savich & Semplinski Directors. An evening Pomen service will be offered at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday. Memorials may be donated to St. Sava Church or Karageorge Choir. (from NWI TIMES Newspaper)
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.
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Gary Emerson High School Alumni Class of 1959 celebrated their 52nd Reunion in St. Sava's South Wing Social Center at the suggestion of classmate and church member Pete Skorich. They were extremely satisfied with the homemade meal prepared by Donna Pejnovic and Nada Konjevic. About 50 attended the casual Friday afternoon event, and we hope to see them again when they're ready to celebrate other happy occasions
Members from St. Nicholas Church in Indianapolis Visits Tamburitza Spectacular Exhibit and St. Sava Church
Deacon Marko Bojovic from St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Indianapolis, organized a day trip to Northwest Indiana this past Tuesday for Fr. Dragan Petrovic and several parishioners. Their first stop was to see The Shrine of Christ's Passion in St. John and, of course, lunch at Bronko's, where host Nick Tarailo served up his signature pizza and chicken.
Milan Opacich was there to greet everyone and gave a brief presentation about his many vintage string instruments on display in the exhibit "Tamburitza Spectacular!". Nut rolls and cookies were served by Xenia and Roz as everyone relaxed before the church tour. Paul Jancarich played background music on the piano for a sing-along. The visitors left with a bundle of commemorative books for each family.
For many of our guests, it was their first visit to St. Sava Church, where Fr. Marko gave a detailed tour inside the church. Among the group was our dear Nena Popovich, who is truly missed. It was great to see her again! We enjoyed making new friends and look forward to visiting them in Indy one day soon. Special Thanks to Fr. Dragan and Deacon Marko for treating us to a wonderful afternoon with our new friends.
To complete their busy day, they stopped at Fair Oaks Dairy Farm on the way home.
Thank You to everyone who purchased a chance to win a "Smithsonian Prima" built by Milan Opacich. He spent many hours in his workshop crafting the prima, with the entire proceeds donated to the Serbian Historical Society. Sarah Gerbick pulled the winning ticket belonging to Mike Stoyshin from Canada. Congratulations, Mike!
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!
What Is a Liturgy?
We as Orthodox Christians, having been brought up in our
faith do not see anything foreign or out of the ordinary when
approaching our most celebrated service, Divine Liturgy. Have
you ever wondered what it is that goes on? Why is it mostly the
same week after week and even weekdays? Why does the choir
sing a long Amen instead of a short one? What are those changes?
The Liturgy is complex in its simplicity and dynamic in the way
it is always the same. Nearly all Orthodox Christians everywhere
in the world will celebrate Liturgy in the same way since the last
part of the 4th century! Why is this?
The Liturgy is an invitation. We have been called to not only sit
at the table with Our Lord and Savior and all the Saints, but to
partake of the life giving mystery which is Holy Communion.
This invitation has remained unchanged and so too the Divine
Liturgy remains unchanged.
At the start of the service, the doors are open and the Kingdom of
Heaven is open to us as well. The service begins with the main
celebrant taking The Word of God, (the Gospel) and making
the sign of the cross over the antimens. Soon enough, we find
ourselves separated, as the Royal doors are closed. Each time
the doors are re-opened typifies an event where God interacts
with man, culminating with communion when the doors remain
open until the end of the service. We should look at the service
in the same way. It is not a series of pieces thrown together but
instead, one long prayer where the goal is communion with
our Lord and Savior. It has triumphant moments, moments of
sadness, moments of instruction, and ends in joy. The prayers
and responses are specifically designed to bring us to this goal.
The long amen and To Thee O Lord, are just as important as the
incense and candles. All these details are important and should
not be overlooked and should come together in such a way as to
magnify the invitation. Nothing in the Church has been put there
by chance, but is there to serve a particular service. To unite us as
one Church in communion with Him who created us, to the Glory
Longtime friends Jovan Djokic, Tom Andrejich, Mike Ticich, Danny Orlich, and Bob Cemovich took control of the microphones as Srpski Sinovi played for them at St. Sava's Serb Fest. The band will never be the same. Thanks to the band for being "good sports". Tom came all the way from California and Jovan and Danica from Florida, a home-coming weekend to spend with family, Kumovi, and friends.
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.
Our sincere THANKS to everyone who visited our Serb Fest celebration this past weekend. We hope you enjoyed all the traditional food offerings and all the talented orchestras that performed non-stop music. Our culture is worth celebrating and very contagious!
Our folklore dance groups are fun to watch and remind us of how important it is to keep these traditions alive. The youth dance tent was filled with hundreds of teens and young adults dancing and singing the night away. It warms your heart to know that they still feel a connection and passion for our music and traditions.
"Tamburitza Spectacular", an exhibit of vintage string instruments was viewed by many, and may have inspired some future tamburasi, the brotherhood of musicians who seem to have a special bond and love for the music of the southern Slavs.
Once again, our sincere thanks to everyone who came to dine, enjoy the music, purchased baked goods, bought raffle tickets, sponsored our golf outing, and supported our main fund raiser. Please check back daily for many videos and photos from Serb Fest 2011, and always check the "Events" listing to see what's happening at St. Sava and other churches.
This video by Mike Paunovich is just a small sampling of the weekend events.
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 last chance to buy a chance to own a replica of the tamburitza PRIMA that was displayed at the Smithsonian Exhibit "Old Ways In The New World" in Washington, D.C. Milan Opacich built the prima to raise funds for the Serbian Historical Society of St. Sava Church. Buy Raffle Tickets at the Tamburitza Spectacular Exhibit during Serb Fest, or at the food ticket tables, the Bar, or from any member of the Historical Society. Drawing will be held Sunday evening, August 7th during the BIG CASH RAFFLE Drawing. Good Luck!
Price: $5 each or 5 for $20. All proceeds benefit the Serbian Historical Society.
In case you missed it, a brief story highlighting "Tamburitza Spectacular", this year's Serbian Historical Society's exhibit of vintage string instruments, was shown on the evening news on Lakeshore Public Television CHANNEL 17 Wednesday at 9:00 p.m.. News anchor Jodi Juhl interviewed Milan Opacich about this display of historical string instruments. Be sure to enjoy the exhibit while you visit Serb Fest.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or Fax to the church office at: (219) 736-7836.
As is our tradition, Serbian Day celebrates the memory of General Draza Mihajlovich and all others who lost their lives in wars of many generations. We gather at the new Legacy Tree and present a remnant of the tree used at the 49th Avenue picnic grounds. The excessive heat was a bit unbearable for most, but those who were able to attend enjoyed a special meal of traditional Serbian food. Special Thanks to the Ajder family for sharing these photos.
Remembering the Good Old Days.......Thank you to Darlene Sever for these priceless photos from Serbian Days past.
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: email@example.com or Fax to the church office at: (219) 736-7836.
Click on the link below to print the registration form.
SERBIAN DAY CELEBRATION SRPSKI DAN
THIS SUNDAY, JULY 17th
10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy
Following church services, proceed outdoors for the traditional procession and Parastos for Gen. Draza Mihajlovich at the Legacy tree and monument area. A special menu of traditional Serbian food will be served in the South Wing Social Center. Fr. Marko will return from Gracanica camp for the service and celebration. Come spend the day with us as we gather together as a parish family.
Lamb and pig will be available and sold by the pound at the north kitchen roasting area.
Serb Fest 2011 is being held August 5, 6, and 7. To Volunteer for any committee or for general help, call the church office at 219-736-9191. Please do your part for any or all of three days.
Serb Fest 2011 Chairman - Dennis Svilar
Co - Chairpersons Melanie Sever and Vinko Mancich
Bake Sale - Beba Rudman Kitchen - Donna Pejnovic
Ticket Sales - Dan Bozich, Kay Bozich
Raffle - Vinko Mancich, Mike Jaksich
Set-Up - Mike Suvajac, Miodrag Vasiljevich
Lambs - Dusan Pejnovic, Nick Knezic
Parking - Zoran Andric Signs - Mike Ajder
Maintenance - Tom Vasiljevich Events - Borka Grimsgard
Clean-Up - Mike Suvajac, Miodrag Vasiljevich
Bar - Simo Glumac, Bill Brancic
Fund Raising - Pete Skorich Golf - Vonnie Orlich
Donations are needed to purchase the following items:
Lamb or Pig $100 Box of Cevaps or Raznjice $60
Keg of Beer $50 Liquor $25
Please send your donations to Serb Fest 2011, St. Sava Church, 9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville, IN 46410.
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!
The weather was absolutely delightful for all Moms on their special day. Srbadija Folklore Group hosted the event, and some of the Dads helped with preparations and serving. Thanks to all the Kolo ladies for their dessert and salad donations.
Special Thanks to Borka Grimsgard for the lovely photos.
Fr. Marko Matic officiated this year's Easter Divine Liturgy Service, celebrating The Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. You can watch small clips from this service and children receiving eggs and Fr. Marko's blessing below.
Hristos Voskrese! Voistinu Voskrese!
Christ Is Risen! Indeed He Is Risen!
Thank you to all the families who colored and donated eggs for sharing on Easter. Special thanks also to our folklore dancers for passing out the eggs after Divine Liturgy.
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.
Thanks to Ray Radjenovich for these great photos from Easter Sunday. The traditional Easter Egg Hunt took place on the east lawn. As Ray put it, these are the future leaders of St. Sava Church. They certainly had a wonderful time collecting surprise - filled plastic eggs.
St. Sava Folklore Group is hosting this year's Mother's Day Luncheon in the South Wing after Divine Liturgy. What a great way to spend the day with Mom! Everyone is welcome.
"Springtime In The Park" was the perfect theme for an afternoon of fashion, food, and fun at the recent event co-hosted by St. Sava and St. Elijah Kolo Sisters. What a pleasure it was to see so many young, beautiful Serbian children and teens model current fashion trends available for purchase at Piper Children's Boutique in Valparaiso and THE BUCKLE in Westfield Southlake Mall. Kolo Sisters attended from St. Louis, South Bend, Milwaukee, and many other midwest parishes. Enjoy the videos and be sure to post them on your facebook pages. Click on the video outside the arrow, and it will take you directly to YouTube, where you can get the video link, or click on the blog title, go to the top of the page and copy the new URL and post the entire story with the videos.
Many Thanks to all the volunteers who worked for weeks planning and organizing this successful event. The combined Kolo Sisters from St. Sava and St. Elijah donated and solicited Silent Auction Items and Door Prizes, sold tickets, served tables, made horsd'oeuvres and baked cookies. Simo Glumac, Arfin Grimsgard, Steve Baroevich, and Nick Knezich served cocktails. Kathy Friedlander made aprons in spring colors for all the servers. Sladjan prepared a fabulous Lenten dinner. Melanie Sever coordinated the style show, and Borka Grimsgard was the commentator. Thanks also to the numerous vendors who tempted us all with their merchandise and services.
Special Thanks to Nancy Van Santen, owner of Piper Children's Boutique in Valparaiso and Vido Ivanovic, assistant manager of THE BUCKLE in the Mall for their patience and assistance throughout the planning and day of the show.
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
St. Sava Church hosted this year's Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers Service, Restoration of the Icons, sponsored by the NWI Orthodox Clergy Association. Presiding the service was Chancellor of the Chicago Greek Orthodox Diocese, Archbishop Demetrios., assisted by Dean Kartsimas. Guest speaker was Rev. Ted Poteres of Sts. Constantine and Helen Cathedral. Also serving were Rev. James Greanias, Rev. Aleksandar Novakovich, Rev. Dobrivoje Milunovich, Rev. Peter Bodnar, Rev. David Hudson, Rev. Sergei Alexeyez, Rev. Luka Lukich, Rev Ioan Ionita, Rev. Aleksandar Savich, and our own Rev. Marko Matic. Also in attendance were Rev. Evagoras Constantinides and Rev. William Bass. Special Thanks to the combined choir from local Orthodox Churches under the direction of Gene Adamczyk from St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church in Chesterton for the beautiful responses.
The Sunday of Orthodoxy is the first Sunday of Great Lent. The dominant theme of this Sunday since 843 has been that of the victory of the icons. In that year the iconoclastic controversy, which had raged on and off since 726, was finally laid to rest, and icons and their veneration were restored on the first Sunday in Lent. Ever since, this Sunday has been commemorated as the "Triumph of Orthodoxy." Read more about this day.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
Dear members and parishioners of St. Sava Church,
It is time for blessing of homes. The following schedule will inform you as to when I will be in your area.
---Fr. Marko Matic
The sanctification of the home takes place with prayer and the sprinkling of Holy Water. The priest, at this annual visit, asks God to have mercy on the house, to rid it of every evil and to fill if with every blessing. Everyone of the house, prays together for the living and the dead of the family, and all who live and have lived in the house. They all sing the hymn of salivation and progress from room to room while the priest blesses the house.
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!
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.]
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org
More info below:
Roasted lamb will be sold for both Christmas dates: December 25 and January 7th.
ST. SAVA CHURCH
WILL BE TAKING
LAMB ORDERS FOR
AMERICAN & SERBIAN CHRISTMAS
PRICE IS $12.00 PER POUND – 2 POUND MINIMUM
PLEASE CONTACT KAREN KNEZIC AT 219.406.7910 OR
email@example.com TO PLACE YOUR ORDER
ORDER DEADLINE FOR AMERICAN CHRISTMAS IS
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21ST
ORDER DEADLINE FOR SERBIAN CHRISTMAS IS
MONDAY, JANUARY 3RD
ALL ORDERS WILL BE PRE-PACKAGED. ADVANCE ORDERS ONLY.
NO SAME DAY SALES.
ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE SPLIT BETWEEN
SUNDAY SCHOOL, FOLKLORE AND PRE-SCHOOL
PICK UP FOR AMERICAN CHRISTMAS WILL BE BETWEEN
10AM AND 12PM ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 25TH
PICK UP FOR SERBIAN CHRISTMAS WILL BE BETWEEN
12PM AND 1PM ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 7TH
PICK UP LOCATION IS @ THE NORTH OUTBUILDING BEHIND THE
CHURCH @ 9191 MISSISSIPPI IN MERRILLVILLE
St. Sava's parishioners celebrated 96 joyous years of church history on Sunday, November 14th on a very cold, windy day. Sts. Peter & Paul parish members, Fr. Sasa Nedic, and their Aleksa Shantich Choir came by bus from South Bend to help us celebrate this special day. We were honored by their participation and support. Also in attendance were Mother Antonina and Sister Marina from Nativity of the Mother of God Monastery in New Carlisle. After Divine Liturgy, the faithful joined the procession to the war memorial monument for a solemn Parastos and laying of a red, blue, and white wreath by guest speaker Desko Nikitovic. St. Elijah's Hall catering served a delicious meal, and we were all treated to a fabulous Kolo - style endless dessert table. Program highlights included a performance by the combined choirs of St. Sava and St. Elijah from Merrillville, and Sts. Peter & Paul from South Bend, and a lively dance performance by our own Srbadija Folklore Groups. Church President Dennis Svilar touched on his own personal memories of growing up at St. Sava, and guest speaker Desko Nikitovic inspired us to strive to stay in touch with our strong Serbian roots. Mismo Orchestra treated everyone to a sing - along before and during the meal, and they also accompanied the combined choirs. A slide show of old and new photos was played on 2 large screens. The photos honored the memory of deceased family members, the church on 13th & Connecticut, and recent events, perhaps to inspire us to recognize the responsibility we have to keep this church strong.
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.
For many years we've enjoyed a sing - along with the guys from MISMO at our anniversary banquets. This year they also accompanied the combined choirs from St. Sava and St. Elijah in Merrillville and St. Peter & Paul from South Bend. Band members are Steve Baroevich, Mike Jaksich, Dan Orlich, and Mike Ticich, along with special guest musician Nick Sever. Enjoy the samplings in the video below.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
Three choirs from Merrillville and South Bend decided to join together and perform for this year's "One Love Serbian Song" Festival in Chicago during Memorial Day weekend. They had so much fun practicing and performing together, so they decided to stay together and continue performing as a group. The dining crowd at St. Sava's Serb Fest was treated to a casual performance. Milan Medich directs, and Nick Sever, Steve Baroevich, Dan Orlich, and Mike Jaksich have all volunteered their time for this choir. Many new friendships have resulted from this effort. Membership is open. Contact your church choir director for details.
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".
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!
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.
After a great round of golf, everyone was treated to an all-you-can-eat Serbian Luncheon Buffet.The selections included endless rounds of roasted lamb, sarma, cevaps, chicken, and all the trimmings, followed by homemade apple strudel. PRAZNA FLASA Tamburitza Orchestra entertained the golfers as they relaxed among friends. Many golfers stayed on all afternoon and enjoyed Serb Fest music and activities. Everyone had a great time, so be sure to join us next year.
Golf prizes were awarded for:
LOWEST SCORE - Steve Buha's Foursome
CLOSEST TO PIN - Stevan Ivetich
LONGEST DRIVE - Bob Drobac
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!
Get ready for the main event: SERB FEST 2010. Find your dancing shoes and cameras, and start dreaming about cevaps, raznici, lamb, and palachinke. Bring all your non-Serb friends to this great celebration of culture. Golf foursomes and sponsorships still available. Check back daily for event info. Everyone is welcome!
SERB FEST HOURS
FRIDAY, NOON TO MIDNIGHT
SATURDAY, NOON TO MIDNIGHT
SUNDAY, NOON TO 10 PM
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!
Friday, July 30
PRAZNA FLASA Tambura Band
Golf Luncheon 1:30pm - 3:30pm, and 7pm - Midnight, Patio Area
Milana Anicic & Deki Petrovic 6 pm - Midnight, Bar Tent
ORCHESTRA SUMADIJA 7pm - Midnight, South Tent
Saturday, July 31
DUNAV Tambura Band 2pm - 6 pm, Patio Area
Milana Anicic & Zoran Miletic 6pm - Midnight, Bar Tent
UNITED SERBS 7pm - Midnight, South Tent
DUNAV Tambura Band 7pm - Midnight, Patio Area
Sunday, August 1
KRILICH BROTHERS Tambura Band 3:30pm - 10pm, Patio Area
Neda Gorancic & Milan Spase Spasojevic 4pm - 10pm, Bar Tent
ORCHESTRA SUMADIJA 6pm - 10pm, South Tent
Enjoy the sounds of great Serbian Music daily at Serb Fest!
Reserve a foursome and become a Sponsor for the popular 2010 Serb Fest Golf Classic on Friday, July 30. Download and print the Registration and Sponsorship forms here. Golf with your Serbian friends at Summer Tree Golf Course in Merrillville. Your fee includes 18 holes of golf with cart, continental breakfast, refreshments on course, and a fabulous Serbian Luncheon Buffet at the church grounds. Non - golfers can attend the luncheon for $25. Live tamburitza music is always part of the celebration. This year's entertainment will be provided by PRAZNA FLASA Tamburitza Orchestra from Milwaukee! Join us, everyone is welcome!
We thank our Sponsors for supporting St. Sava Church and encourage our parishioners to patronize these local businesses. Sponsors will have names listed on course and banner on display at Serb Fest for thousands to view over three days. Hurry, golf reservation deadline is soon. Details on printable forms below:
All week long, volunteers will be needed for general cleaning, set - up, and preparation. Call the church office, or just show up, we'll be glad to see you. Snezana has a list of committee chairmen, and you can reach her at (219) 736-9191. We need everyone's help. If you can't do physical work, perhaps you can sell raffle tickets to friends and family, sell golf sponsorships, sell food tickets, or bake for the fantastic Serbian Bakery. We appreciate everyone's effort in making this year's festival a huge success. Thank you all in advance.
Go ahead, take the day off. We won't tell your boss, and you can explain the sunburn later. Better yet, bring the boss to the golf outing Friday, July 30th at Summertree Golf Course. Foursomes are still available, and a fabulous Serbian Luncheon Buffet awaits you.
Entry Fee is $100 per person, $400 Foursome, and includes 18 holes golf with cart, refreshments, prizes, and luncheon buffet at the church grounds with live tamburitza music by PRAZNA FLASA Orchestra. 7 am registration, 8 am shotgun start, luncheon 1:30-3:30.
SPONSOR PACKAGES available from $100 to $500, so take advantage of some prime exposure for your local business.
Call Sam or Vonnie Orlich at (219) 779-9174 or V_Orlich@comcast.net for info.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
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.
Our sincere Congratulations and best wishes go out to all the high school graduates from St. Sava, St. Elija, St. George, and other nearby churches. We wish them continued success in their college years and encourage them to remain active in their church communities. The graduates are listed alphabetically. If we missed a name, please let us know and we will add it. Use the contact button above or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looks like someone had a great time at Fair Oaks Dairy Farm. It was both interesting and fun to observe the milking process and how they care for the cows. The preschoolers toured the family owned dairy farm's Adventure Center, cheese factory, and birthing farm. Enroll your child in this fantastic pre - school program. Grandparents can help transport children if both parents work. Enrollment is open to other churches and to the general public. Thanks to Biljana Damjanovic for these wonderful photos.
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EXCITING NEWS FROM PRE - SCHOOL!
New Website for The Learning Center at St. Sava
Tlcenterpreschool.com - Check it out!
Message Below is from Ljubica Popovich:
We have an excellent new curriculum in place for the new school year and our wonderful teacher, Biljana Damnjanovic, is looking forward to getting things rolling. As always, thank you for your support in this new and exciting endeavor. It is an investment not only into the next generation but the overall community at St. Sava.
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Sunday School classes ended with a memorable picnic on a warm, windy afternoon. Dads grilled and Moms danced to Vinko's selections as his groupies looked on. Vinko is everyone's favorite DJ, and this was definitely a dancing crowd. It's fun to watch him interact with the children; good thing he never grew up! Teta Borka set the pace on the dance floor - she's just like one of the kids, and they tried to keep up with her "Opa!" turns. The kids enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine by playing tag, relays, and climbing trees. Happy 9th Birthday to Maya Radjenovich as she celebrated her special day with friends! The background music is from an old Serbian children's song "Fijaker Stari", which translates to "old coach".
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.
Mom - Mama - Mommy - Ma - Mother; no matter what you call her, she is very loved. Our church board hosted this year's Mother's Day Luncheon. It's always a treat to get Mom out of the kitchen for the day, so Thanks to all the men who served. Perhaps you'll notice that up to three generations attended this wonderful celebration. Borka Grimsgard took these lovely photos........Thanks, Borka!
Pictured below are Karen and Lazo Knezich. Too cute!
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
“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.
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.
Laurenn Baroevich took some fantastic photos for us to enjoy. You can see her unique, youthful perspective and the response of the children. Sunday School sponsored an egg hunt on the east lawn. In spite of the fierce windy weather, all the eggs were recovered. Thanks, Easter Bunny!
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Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday.
Immediately after the end of the forty days of penitence and before the days of darkness and mourning of Passion Week, the Holy Church celebrates the bright festivals of Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday. Lazarus Saturday commemorates the raising of Lazarus from the dead and serves as a reminder that Jesus is the Master of life and death, and foreshadows the Lord's glorious Resurrection eight days later. Palm Sunday, of course, commemorates Our Lord's glorious entrance into Jerusalem. On this day Palm branches are blessed and held by the faithful (pussy-willow branches in the Russian Church) in remembrance of that joyous day. (from www.babamim.com)
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.
The favorite recipes of your Babas and Mamas have been preserved in this 300 page collection of Serbian and International recipes. They're almost all sold out, so be sure to order soon. Stop by the church office to pick one up, or order with your credit card in the "Goods & Services" section on your right. You can also call Dorothy at (219) 613-6133 to order one if you don't use PayPal. Price is $15 plus $5 Priority shipping & handling, and includes free gift wrap.
For Canadian and International orders, shipping & handling is $14, so contact Dorothy at (219) 613-6133 to order.
* Includes Lenten and Slava recipes
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.
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.
Vinko Claus heard many requests for new toys and dolls, and assurances of good behavior. After a short visit with Santa, all children received treat bags filled with goodies. This is just a sampling of photos taken. Contact Simo Glumac for a professional copy from the complete selection of Christmas Eve pictures with Santa.
Hundreds of Serbs, young and old, braved the cold weather and threat of a snow storm to participate in evening Vespers and burning of the Badnjak. A large heated tent was set up to accomodate the huge crowd and made a cozy place to visit with friends and relatives. Our Kolo Sisters served up lenten sandwiches and fruit trays for refreshments. The traditional "vruca rakija" helped keep everyone warm as holiday greetings and gifts were exchanged. (Click small photos to enlarge)
Old Country customs and traditions are still celebrated each Christmas Eve and Christmas Day by Serbian Orthodox Christians. Once again, our Sunday School children treated us to a wonderful performance of a Serbian family's observance of Christmas. Thanks to all the teachers and Joanne Samardzija for their hard work preparing the play and rehearsing songs. Most of all, we Thank the children for this special gift.
At last night's Badnje Vece Service, we were all treated to a wonderful play presented by the children of our Sunday School. Customs of the holidays in a centuries old tradition were celebrated, followed by a selection of Christmas songs. Read the reviews and see the related photos at NWI TIMES.
Check back daily for photos and video from this year's holiday services and celebration.
Mir Bozi, Hristos Se Rodi! May the birth of Our Lord bring blessings, peace, and happiness to you and your families today and always. Christ Is Born! Indeed He Is Born!
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
What a treat to have delicious lamb for your holiday meal! Order early, only enough lambs will be cooked to cover orders.
Special THANKS to the Knezic Family for their time and talents, and for sharing their valuable hours during the Holidays!
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!
"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.
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.
St. Elijah Hall Catering served up a delicious meal, and our own Kolo Sisters provided elegant table decorations and an endless selection of delicious homemade desserts. Incredibly, the weather was unseasonably warm and sunny at 70 degrees - imagine that in November! This was truly a special day for St. Sava Church members.