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
Several local priests, representing area Orthodox Churches, celebrated Vespers to commemorate St. Varnava. In attendance were V. Rev. Peter Bodnar, Rev. Aleksandar Savic, Rev. Sasa Nedic, Rev. Sergii Alekseev and our own Very Rev. Marko Matic.
After the service, everyone gathered in the conference room for light refreshments, hosted by our Serbian Historical Society, which celebrates St. Varnava as their Patron Saint.
Please support the efforts of our young basketball players who will represent our church at the upcoming SNF Basketball Tournament in Canton, Ohio. After Divine Liturgy, bring the entire family to the South Wing Social center for a great meal. If you can't attend, donations will gladly be accepted. Proceeds will help pay for a bus and other travel expenses. So far, we have 3 teams practicing for the tournament. Hope to see you there!
Date: Sunday, May 1
On the menu:
CEVAP DINNER $10
HAMBURGER / HOT DOG $5
Includes sides, salad, and dessert.
Starts at 11:45 a.m.
A heartfelt Thank You! goes out to all the parishioners who attended the Bookcase Fundraiser Luncheon hosted by the Serbian Historical Society. In a Valentine themed setting, the highlight of the meal, of course, was the traditional "Serbian-Style" dessert table. Special Thanks go out to all the Kolo Sisters who baked elegant cakes and cookies and made delicious jello treats and salads. The ladies also helped in the kitchen. We couldn't have done this without all your help and support.
By the time Serb Fest arrives, the Cultural Room will have a new look, featuring 6 new oak bookcases and 5 elegant curios for displays. All donations received will help furnish this large room and pay for exhibit supplies. We'll soon be collecting books, old Srbobrans, Observers, photos, Serb Worlds, etc., so keep us in mind.
Remembering Robert (Bob) Nickovich:
Our dear church member +Robert Nickovich was remembered in our prayers on his one year Parastos, also held Sunday by his family Loretta, Lori, and Keith.
This Sunday, February 13, join us for a delicious Luncheon Buffet after Divine Liturgy. Relax and enjoy the day, as the weatherman predicts a milder weekend. Your donations will help purchase six new oak bookcases similar to the unfinished ones in the photo. Thank you for your continued support.
Thank you to all who helped celebrate St. Varnava, the Slava chosen by St. Sava's Serbian Historical Society. St. Varnava is the first American-born Serbian Saint, who grew up in Gary, moved to Serbia, and suffered under and was imprisoned by Communist rulers. Special Thanks to those who generously support the efforts of the Historical Society. Paul Jancarich sang the Tropariaon written for St. Varnava (Barnabas), Bishop of Hvosno.
THE SERBIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF ST. SAVA CHURCH
Warmly invites you and your family to our Krsna Slava Celebrating the first American-born Serbian Saint, also from St. Sava Church in Gary.*
St. Varnava The New Confessor
Sunday,October 31st South Wing Social Center
Bountiful Slava Luncheon Buffet and Cutting of Kolach will follow Divine Liturgy.
*When Ann Pamachena and Vojislav Nastich (St. Varnava) were growing up in Gary, she suspected he was something special because, even though the boy was impossibly smart, all the children loved him anyway.
Hristos Voskrese! Christ Is Risen! Indeed He Is Risen!
Divine Liturgy starts at 10:00 a.m.
INVITATION TO THE ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
In accordance with the by-laws of the Church-School Parish, Part III, Article 16
(a, b, and c), we call the assembly of the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Parish membership to be held on Sunday February 21, 2010 at 1:00 PM at the South Wing Social Center of St. Sava located at 9191 Mississippi Street in Merrillville, Indiana.
The Executive Board proposes the following agenda:
- Opening of Assembly with prayer
- Establishment of the Quorum
- Election of the Assembly President
- Confirmation of the proposed agenda
- Acceptance of the minutes of the 2009 Annual Assembly
- Discussion and acceptance of the Executive Board reports:
- Parish Priest
- Financial Secretary
- Church School Report
- Executive Board President
- Report of the Tribunal Board
- Report of the Audit Board
- Questions and proposals for the good of the Parish
- Election of delegates for the Diocesan Church Peoples Assembly
- Dismissal of the old Board and election of the new Board
- Closing of the Assembly with prayer
SERB FEST HOURS: FRIDAY, NOON TO MIDNIGHT, SATURDAY, NOON TO MIDNIGHT, SUNDAY, NOON TO 10 P.M. WATCH THE COMMERCIAL VIDEO BELOW FOR MUSIC SCHEDULE, RAFFLE INFO, AND DETAILS.
Save the dates: Friday July 31st, Saturday August 1st, and Sunday August 2nd. This year's Serb Fest will be a great time for old friends to get together and celebrate all the wonderful food, music, and culture that we enjoy. Call (219) 713-1031 to sign up for golf Friday, July 31 at Summer Tree. Your sponsorship signs will also be displayed at Serb Fest for 3 days, giving maximum exposure to thousands of visitors. Go ahead, take the day off, relax, and golf with your Serbian friends!
As is our tradition, General Draza Mihajlovich and his Chetniks are honored every Serbian Day. Also part of the tradition is the service at the Legacy Tree, including the cross carved in the original oak tree from the 49th Avenue picnic grounds. Several visiting clergy served the Parastos and Blessing at the Monument dedicated to all Serbian soldiers and civilians who suffered many wars throughout our vast history. A buffet luncheon was served by our Kolo Sisters, and lamb was available for purchase. The Brkich triplets sang during Divine Liturgy and at the luncheon.
St. Sava Church parish is this year's work force for Gracanica's July 4th celebration. Bus transportation will make the trip more enjoyable, so please try to lend a helping hand. The bus will leave at 8:00 a.m. from the church parking lot, and return around 7 p.m. or earlier. Volunteers are needed and will be greatly appreciated. Even if you cannot help, come along for a great afternoon picnic with friends.
Perhaps a few raindrops were welcome, because they hid the tears during a solemn, respectful tribute honoring St. Sava's WWII Veterans. After 31 years of separation, the monument built in 1947 was standing next to St. Sava Church once again. It's even more beautiful than many remember, sitting alongside the monument donated by the late Mile and Ella Kosanovich, also dedicated to Serbs of all wars.
Several Veterans proudly attended the service and luncheon, and were "celebrities" for the day. Reporters and photographers were competing for their stories and photos. Remarks were made by Dennis Svilar, Desko Nikitovic, Portage Mayor Olga Velasquez, Lake County Police Chief Marco Kuyachich, and Korean War Veteran and Author Ted Erceg. Milan Opacich was recognized for writing many articles challenging someone to move the monument. His dream was realized on June 7, 2009. Enjoy the video below, and be sure to visit the Memorial Monument at it's new home.
For many of us, this is a dream come true. It took a special man to figure how it could be done. Nicky Joe Sever had a plan. He carefully took apart all the pillars, arches, and forms; labeled them, transported, stored, and pressure washed all the pieces. With the help of his skilled friends, a new foundation was poured, and the monument was rebuilt within a few weeks. This majestic tribute to the men and women of St. Sava who served in WWII now sits proudly at the south side of the church property. Everyone who passes by the church can appreciate its beauty and purpose: to remember the sacrifices of the 278 young Serbian American men and women from Gary whose lives were interrupted by the events of World War II.
A handful of men listed on the monument are still living in the area and will try to attend.
Please join us this Sunday, June 7th immediately following Divine Liturgy, for the historic re-dedication of the monument originally built in 1947. A special military tribute program will be presented, and a buffet luncheon will be served. Visit the "Serbian Weddings" Exhibit display in the north wing. Attend this Open House and enjoy dessert, punch, and coffee as you remember friends and family on their wedding days. Our rich wedding customs are unique to the Serbs, and you'll find how each generation has celebrated, and how little has changed.
In 1947, a large Memorial Monument was erected and dedicated to honor those young Serbian men from St. Sava Church, who bravely fought in the Second World War. Several perished and are listed among approximately 200 church members who proudly served in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. On our Church's Anniversary, we still pay tribute to them each year at the new Church property in Merrillville. The original Monument has remained at the old Church property at 1300 Connecticut Street since it survived the fire in the late 70's.
Recently, Nicky Joe Sever has taken on the task to dis-assemble, secure and move the Monument. It is a difficult project, but he is skilled, determined, and passionate about fulfilling the dream of many Church members. His father's name is among those listed on the original plaques that have been in storage. The process of storing, transporting, and re-building the structure will take weeks, but we all look forward to an emotional day when we can re-dedicate this beautiful tribute to a previous generation of heroes. The Monument will be placed in the area around the flag poles, and it will be visible for passing traffic to appreciate. The Serbian Historical Society would like for anyone who has a relative listed on the Monument to please provide a copy of a photograph in uniform (5 X 7) for historical preservation. Please provide details such as dates, branch, rank, etc. if possible. A complete list of servicemen will be on display on the south and north wing bulletin boards.
Special Thanks to Greg Traicoff for providing a crane, truck, and other equipment at no charge. Others pictured are Chris Traicoff, Eric Seville, Nick Sever, and Christopher Stevens, and Fred. And to Nick Sever, heartfelt Thanks and appreciation for your hard work and the respect you've shown for St. Sava's servicemen.
All the children were dressed in their Easter finery as they received brightly colored eggs from "Beba" Milena Rudman, Dennis, and Lynn Svilar. Thank you to everyone who brought dozens of colored eggs to pass out. Enjoy the photos and be sure to click on the small thumbnail photos to renlarge, and once again on Photobucket for an even larger image.
Enjoy the small video segments from Easter Sunday Divine Liturgy, celebrated April 19.
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Hristos Voskrese! Christ Is Risen! Indeed He Is Risen!
The SERBIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY and ST. SAVA FOLKLORE GROUP will proudly participate in PURDUE UNIVERSITY's Cultural program at the Calumet Campus, Hammond, IN (2200 169th Street). The event is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday in the Alumni Hall, Student Union and Library. Many items of interest from the different regions will be on display, and ethnic foods will be served. ADMISSION IS FREE. Please attend and help the Serbs show support and pride for our own culture and heritage! See you there!
The Serbian Historical Society would like to include wedding photos from several generations in our upcoming exhibit: "Serbian Wedding Traditions". Everyone is invited to send us 8X10 sized copies of your own wedding, your parents, grandparents, and friends. Photos can be from any country, taken in an Orthodox Church, any parish, a studio, refugee camp, or a village. Send us several if you like. You may have a favorite scene that tells a special story. Please send the complete description for each photo on a separate sheet of paper. Also include the date, the name of the couple, church, priest, kumovi, attendants, and your own name and phone number. We will announce the date when the exhibit is complete, and will show the exhibit on this website. The photos will be identified for display.
Please send the photos to: St. Sava Church, Serbian Historical Society, 9191 Mississippi St., Merillville, IN 46410. For more information, please call Dorothy at (219) 613-6133.
Delicious Pre-Baked Nut Rolls and Take -and-Bake Apple or Cheese Strudels will be sold on Saturday, April 4th in the South Wing of St. Sava Church, 9191 Mississippi, Merrillville. Still ONLY $10 each, a great addition to your holiday meal. Everything is homemade by our Sisters Circle members. Call ahead to pre-order (219) 736-9191, or you can email your order to email@example.com. Be sure to include your name and phone number. Pick your orders up from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please order as soon as possible.
Our Church will host Lenten Vespers on Saturday evening, March 21st at 6:00 p.m. Bishop Longin and several other members of the clergy will also participate, and Fr. Serafim will be keynote speaker. Our Kolo Sisters will prepare and serve the meal. Please bring your family and friends to this Spiritual Evening.
Father Marko gave his Blessing to the new Church Board members as they repeated the Oath of Office in Church Sunday after Divine Liturgy. The following is a list of officers and board members. We are very fortunate to have such hard-working, dedicated volunteers to take on the responsibilities of this parish.
President: Dennis Svilar
Vice President: Mike Ajder
2nd V.P.: Steve Baroevich
3rd V.P.: Zoran Andrich
Financial Secretary: Alex Mileusnic
Treasurer: Donna Pejnovich
Secretary: Milena Rudman
Serbian Secretary: Radmila Milivojevic
Head Tutor: Dusan Kovac
Sunday School Superintendent: Sandy Shinovich
Sunday School President: Marie Baroevich
Joe Orlich, Zeljko Novakovich, Eli Rodich, Nick Knezich, Ray Radjenovich, John Devaney, Mike Jaksich, Borka Grimsgard, David Gerbick, Sonja Hojnacki, Milan Marinkovich, Vlad Stevanovic, Bob Nickovich, Vinko Mancich, and George Skrivan.
This Sunday's Lenten Luncheon will be hosted by the Marinkovich, Andrich, and Novakovich families. It will be the first of several luncheons that directly benefit the building of a new soccer field for our children and for hosting future sporting events. Also this Sunday, the family of Mike Galich will hold one year Parastos in his memory. Please attend Divine Liturgy, Parastos, and the Luncheon, all on March 15th.
At Sunday's Luncheon on March 1st, we were treated to a surprise impromptu musical performance! Visiting from Novi Sad, Milana Anicic sang a few songs for our enjoyment! You can watch several short clips on YouTube just by searching her name. Here's one we found, plus a sampling of Sunday's casual performance. Special Thanks to Milana for making our afternoon very special!
Please attend this Sunday's Annual Meeting that will start after the luncheon. In order to be able to vote, make sure that your Church Dues are up to date.
We are in great need of large pieces of window or door glass, table tops, etc. to protect our many photographs in upcoming displays. If you're cleaning out the garage or basement, please let us know if you have any scraps to donate. We will be happy to pick the glass up, and remove the framing ourselves, or you can drop the glass off in the north wing of the church. Contact Paul Jancarich at 465-1795 or Dorothy at 462-0286. Thank You! from the Serbian Historical Society Members.
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 Wednesday January 21st to Sunday February 1st
Portage, Ogden Dunes
From Monday February 2nd to Sunday February 8th
From Monday February 9th to Sunday February 15th
Hebron, Kouts, La Crosse, Demotte, Wheatfield
From Monday February 16th to Sunday February 22nd
From Monday February 23rd to Sunday March 1st
From Monday March 2nd to Sunday March 8th
Schererville, Dyer, St. John, Cedar Lake, Lowell
From Monday March 9th to Sunday March 15th
Whiting, Hammond, Munster, Highland, Griffith
From Monday March 16th to Sunday March 22nd
From Monday March 23rd to Sunday March 29th
With every good wish,
Father Marko Matic
Enjoy all 3 parts of the YouTube Videos taken at Badnje Vece. St. Sava Church in Merrillville was filled to capacity as Fr. Marko Matic served, assisted by John Derado, responses by S.S.S. Karageorge under the direction of Kathy Baroevich. The children of our Sunday School performed a Christmas Pageant following the service, and these videos will be shown in a few days. You can see all St. Sava's Videos on YouTube by searching St. Sava Church at www.youtube.com as you find our collection.
Through the technology available to us you can now read this blog in the Serbian language! Tell all your family and friends abroad and all the newcomers! They can keep up with all the news and events at St. Sava Church and nearby Serbian Churches.
Another way to find the translated website is to click on the word "WEBSITE" in the light blue section at the top of the front page! Spread the word!
To navigate this translated site, use blog history (left column) to view previous blogs/pages.
Winter weather has arrived and provided a picturesque backdrop highlighting the beauty of St. Sava Church.
On Sunday, November 23rd, St. Sava Church celebrated it's historic 94th Anniversary. Father Marko Matic and Father Dennis Pavicevich served Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m., followed by an outdoor Memorial Service at the Monument, honoring deceased members. The long-held tradition of placing a red, blue, and white wreath of fresh flowers is still followed. The Anniversary Banquet and Program were held at St. Elijah's beautiful banquet hall, also in Merrillville. St. Elijah's Catering crew served up a fabulous meal, and our own St. Sava Kolo Sisters treated us to a colorful dessert table spread. St. Sava's Folklore Groups performed lively Serbian dances.
Mistress of Ceremonies for this year's event, Portage Mayor Olga (Galich) Velasquez, reminded us of those members before us, who sacrificed and worked so hard to build and support this wonderful congregation. Church President Dennis Svilar announced the recipients of the "Extra Mile Club" Award, given to five men who have done tremendous tasks this past year for the benefit of our Church. Sincere Thanks were given to Simo Glumac, Richard Vrtikapa, Mike Suvajac, Stanley Galic, and Miodrag Vasiljevich. Representatives of each church organization presented gifts to the church, and Father Dennis Pavicevich, keynote speaker, reminded us of how the Gary Parish has evolved to become one of the most respected ones in the country. Once again, we would like to Thank Father Dennis for accepting our invitation to speak at our Anniversary Celebration, and we all pray for good health for Father Dusan Bunjevic, who was unable to attend.
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Sunday, November 23rd marks 94 years of history for our congregation. The executive board and Father Marko extend their invitation to this wonderful celebration. Divine Liturgy starts at 10:00 a.m., followed by the Laying of the Wreath and Pomen at the Monument. Anniversary Banquet and Program start at 12:30 p.m. at St. Elijah Social Center (8700 Taft).
Father Dusan Bunjevic from San Francisco was scheduled to be the main speaker, but is unable to make the trip for health reasons. Keynote address will be made by Father Dennis Pavicevich from Chicago. St. Sava's Folklore Group and S.S.S. Karageorge will perform a short program. Please join us for this special celebration.
Father Marko ended Divine Liturgy Sunday with blessing of the Kolach and Koljivo at the base of the Icon of Holy Confessor Varnava Bishop of Hvosno. Serbian Historical Society's talented member Paul Jancarich sang the Troparian for Bishop Varnava in his own musical arrangement. Many church members helped with preparations and baking. and their efforts are greatly appreciated. Thanks to all who stayed for the wonderful Luncheon and offer their support for St. Sava's newest organization. A Supporting Membership Drive will be presented in 2009, so be sure to become a Charter Member!
What a surprise it was to pull into the parking lot and see the brand new wrought iron railing framing the concrete pad on the east side of the church! Zoran and Milena Andrich donated this wonderful addition to the newly poured patio. Thanks also to Zeljko Novakovich, Zoran and Danko Andrich, and Dana for their labor and talents installing the railing. Solar light caps will be installed soon as well as a fresh coat of paint. What a wonderful gift to add to the beauty of St. Sava Church. Thank you Zoran, Milena, and Danko!
You'll notice the 4-C's symbol accenting each section.
Only Unity Saves the Serbs or Serb Unity the Only Survival (Serbian: Ð¡Ð°Ð¼Ð¾ ÑÐ»Ð¾Ð³Ð° Ð¡Ñ€Ð±Ð¸Ð½Ð° ÑÐ¿Ð°ÑÐ°Ð²Ð°/Samo sloga Srbina spasava) isSerbia's motto and a popular slogan of the Serbian people, also used as a cry against foreign domination and national disunity. The phrase is displayed on the Serbian cross on the Serbian national coat of arms, in the form of four C-shaped firesteels (Serbian: "ocila", "Ð¾Ñ†Ð¸Ð»Ð°"), which form an acronym of four Cyrillic letters for "S" (written like Latin "C"). Another popular story has it that this phrase originated in the 12th century with St. Sava, the Serbian prince and monk, and later the patron saint of the Serbian Orthodox Church. It was at this time that Serbs, who lacked a nationally established church, were under pressure from Rome to convert from Orthodoxy to Catholicism. According to the story St. Sava called for the creation of an independent church in Serbia that would remain Orthodox, and uttered the "ocila" phrase to urge the Serbian people to declare national autonomy and resist domination by the Roman Catholic Church.
Only Unity Saves the Serbs
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Only Unity Saves the Serbs or Serb Unity the Only Survival (Serbian: Ð¡Ð°Ð¼Ð¾ ÑÐ»Ð¾Ð³Ð° Ð¡Ñ€Ð±Ð¸Ð½Ð° ÑÐ¿Ð°ÑÐ°Ð²Ð°/Samo sloga Srbina spasava) isSerbia's motto and a popular slogan of the Serbian people, also used as a cry against foreign domination and national disunity.
The phrase is displayed on the Serbian cross on the Serbian national coat of arms, in the form of four C-shaped firesteels (Serbian: "ocila", "Ð¾Ñ†Ð¸Ð»Ð°"), which form an acronym of four Cyrillic letters for "S" (written like Latin "C").
Another popular story has it that this phrase originated in the 12th century with St. Sava, the Serbian prince and monk, and later the patron saint of the Serbian Orthodox Church. It was at this time that Serbs, who lacked a nationally established church, were under pressure from Rome to convert from Orthodoxy to Catholicism. According to the story St. Sava called for the creation of an independent church in Serbia that would remain Orthodox, and uttered the "ocila" phrase to urge the Serbian people to declare national autonomy and resist domination by the Roman Catholic Church.
Hurry and join the fun in St. Sava's Parking Lot. Be prepared to unload your treasures at our COMMUNITY YARD SALE this Saturday, June 21st. This great location will optimize your exposure in the heart of Merrillville. Everyone welcome to participate, see details in Featured Blog Posts for sign ups and contacts.
Shop from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for unique items we know you can't live without! Bring your neighbors and friends for a fun event. Rain date: Sat., June 28th.
Location, Location, Location! What a great location to get maximum exposure for a community yard sale! St. Sava Church will provide a space for you to park your vehicle and the adjacent parking space to set up your merchandise for ONLY $25. Bring your merchandise that morning, park your vehicle, set up your sale, keep your profits, pack up any unsold items, and go! Set up from 6:30 am to 7:30 am, and please leave by 2:00 pm. For questions, call Kathy at (219) 476-9193. Sponsored by St. Sava Serbian Sisters Circle, please RSVP by Monday, June 16th. (Rain Date is June 28th)
SATURDAY, JUNE 21ST
ST. SAVA CHURCH PARKING LOT
9191 MISSISSIPPI ST., MERRILLVILLE
8:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M.
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Mother Nature provided a perfect natural frame for us to enjoy the beauty of St. Sava Church on this spring afternoon. Perhaps it was her Mother's Day gift to us?
Watch the 50 minute clip from the 2-hour Serb Fest 2006 DVD on Google Video. The mini-museum was put together by volunteers Milan & Roz Opacich, Ted Erceg, and Paul & Xenia Jancarich. This presentation was too lengthy to post on Youtube, so we chose to host it on Google Video.
You can purchase the complete 2 hour DVD in Goods & Services, including the Church overview, sounds of Karageorge, Milan's retirement performance, and musical highlights from MLADA SRBADIJA and DRINA. The proceeds from the DVD sale will benefit our future cultural display room and library in the north wing. Now grab some popcorn and follow the link:
Museum Tour with Milan Opacich from Serb Fest 2006.
The St. Sava Karageorge choir was a perfect host. A welcoming party was held on Friday evening, along with a reception and dance following Saturday's concert. On Sunday the Branko Choir from Nis sang the responses for the Divine Liturgy and a banquet was held in their honor following the church services at St. Sava Hall in Hobart, IN. Paul Jancarich, the historian for the Karageorge Choir, displayed an impressive pictorial exhibit of the history of Karageorge from its' beginning. Father Marko Matic is the new parish priest at St. Sava Church. Father Jovan Todorovich retired after serving 36 years.
Photos sent in by Danny Petkovic. All photos can be viewed on our Photobucket Page.
Greetings to everyone attending this weekend's 2007 SOCA Festival hosted by SSS Karageorge and St. Sava in Merrillville Indiana. The event begins with a welcome gathering on Friday evening at St. Sava Hall. Saturday continues with practices, and the main concert performances. Then we close Sunday at St. Sava with divine liturgy sung by Branko Choir from Serbia, followed by an afternoon banquet at the hall. More event details can be found here.
We will post pictures from the festival on this site, so check back soon. And please send in your pictures to our email address, which can be found above in our profile above.
6pm - Welcome Gathering
Light food and music at St. Sava Hall
11am - Practice Sessions at Merrillville High School
Mass Choirs, Individual Choirs
1:30pm - Twelve International Choirs Concert
Performing Serbian Folk and Sacred Orthodox Music
FREE Admission - Everyone Welcome
6:30pm - Dance and Evening Festivities at St. Sava Hall
$10 Admission, 2 Live bands and wonderful Serbian food
9:30am - Divine Liturgy at St. Sava Church
Responses by Branko Choir from Nis, Serbia
Appetizers and banquet following at St. Sava Hall
Merrillville High School: Map of 276 E 68th Pl Merrillville, IN 46410-3566, US
St. Sava Hall: 4101 W 49th Ave Hobart, IN 46342-3719, US
St. Sava Church: Map of 9191 Mississippi St Merrillville, IN 46410-7124, US
SSS Karageorge will be hosting SOCA Festival 2007. The festival will be held on June 1 -3, 2007. The Branko choir from Nis, Serbia will be our special guests. The concert will be Saturday afternoon, June 2, at the Merrillville High School Auditorium. A dinner banquet at our hall will be held following the Sunday June 3 Divine Liturgy. The Branko Choir will sing the Liturgy responses.
Choirs from the US and Canada will join us for the SOCA festival weekend, as we welcome them "Home to Indiana, the Crossroads of America". We encourage all singers to join our Karageorge Church Choir for this event and begin attending Tuesday evening practices.
Contact any choir member for more information. SOCA festival 2007 chairpersons are: Jolyn Rudman 219-464-3569 and John Derado 219-465-0171.You can also visit the Lake County Convention & Visitors Bureau for information on the schedule of events.