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
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:
SAVE THE DATE: SUNDAY, JANUARY 27
Karageorge members would like to invite you to their annual Slava celebration of St. Andrew the First Called. Join them after Divine Liturgy for Blessing and Cutting of the Slava Kolach, and proceed to the South Wing for their Luncheon Buffet.
The first American-born Serbian Saint was born in Gary, Indiana, where St. Varnava attended St. Sava Church. The Serbian Historical Society chose him for their Patron Saint, at the suggestion of Roz Opacich. After the blessing and cutting of the Slava Kolach, parishioners gathered in the south wing for a fall themed luncheon buffet. Also celebrating Veteran's Day, Paul Jancarich set up a display paying tribute to St. Sava's veterans from previous wars. Thanks to all who attended and for your continued support.
Please join us after Divine Liturgy for the blessing and cutting of the Slavski Kolach in celebration of St. Varnava.
Help support our Srbadija Folklore groups by attending their Luncheon Buffet this Sunday immediately after Divine Liturgy in the South Wing. Our dancers spend hours weekly practicing for upcoming performances and we're proud of them for representing our St. Sava Church family.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three Illinois Circles of Serbian Sisters hosted an outstanding afternoon of food and entertainment to benefit Lifeline Humanitarian Organization's Chicago Office. As guests arrived, they were treated to a musical performance by "Veselo Selo" Youth Tamburitza Orchestra. Dozens of lavish themed gift baskets were displayed for a lively, competitive auction. Baskets were donated by various businesses, individuals, church organizations, and Kolos. Volunteers served up a great meal that included homemade sarmas and baked chicken. A "Sweet Treat Walk" offered guests a chance to select and pack their own dessert items to enjoy now and later.
The serious and urgent needs of children in Serbian orphanages were discussed as Kathy Fanslow and Melanie Sever presented videos that also highlighted accomplishments achieved to date. There is much to be done for these innocent children with special needs. Lifeline is working through area churches and Kolo organizations and is eternally grateful for the support received through the years. Special Thanks to the three Illinois Serbian Sisters Circles - St. George, Joliet, St. Archangel Michael, Lansing, and Knjeginja Zorka, Lansing for their hard work and all the guests for their generosity.
Please watch the short videos below and understand the urgency for helping these children of Serbia. Share the videos with friends and family so that they might also help. Donations may be made directly to Lifeline on their website (link at top of page).
Please click on the photos below to enlarge:
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.
Joliet Kolo Hosts Luncheon Fundraiser to Benefit Lifeline Humanitarian Organization Sunday, May 20th
What do you get when you mix great people, great food and great cookies with a great cause? A Great Bring-a-Friend Fundraiser benefitting
LIFELINE HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATION
Spring 2012 Luncheon
Sunday, May 20, 2012
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
St. George Social Center
310 Stryker Avenue ~ Joliet, Illinois
Lunch prepared by Joliet’s Kolo Women
“Sweet Treat” Walk of homemade baked goods
Auction of Lovely Themed Gift Baskets
Music by Veselo Selo Tambura Orchestra of Joliet
Ticket Price: $10 per person, payable to: Lifeline
RSVP by May 10 to Roseanne Angelovich
or email: email@example.com
Co-sponsored by a proud partnership of Kolo Sestara:
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church ~ Joliet Circle of Serbian Sisters
St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church ~ Lansing’s
Circle of Serbian Sisters and Knjeginja Zorka Kolo
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.
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!
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.
60 Minutes featured an interview with Novak Djokovic by Bob Simon Sunday, March 25 at 6:00 p.m. You can watch the entire segment bekow:
The war in Yugoslavia and the bombing of Belgrade were a frightening distraction for a young boy trying to become a tennis champion. But it also meant no school and more tennis, says Novak Djokovic. And he credits the war and the hardships it caused with instilling a hunger in him that ultimately drove him to fulfill his dream of becoming the world's top ranked player.
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.
Reminder: Set Your Clocks Ahead - Sunday Luncheon Buffet and Monthly General Membership Meeting This Sunday
Families and friends of the Serbian Historical Society will host this Sunday's Lenten Buffet to raise funds for St. Sava Church. Please join us after Divine Liturgy for a wonderful meal. followed by the MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING, also in the South Wing Social Center. Your attendance is important, as well as your input and participation. Share your talents; there are many projects around the church and for the upcoming Serb Fest.
Don't forget to set your clocks ahead one hour - it's that time of year.
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.
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
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!
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!
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
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
Please make every effort to attend Divine Liturgy this Sunday, October 9. Let us all welcome His Grace Bishop Longin, who will preside Divine Liturgy and attend the 4 Kolo Humanitarian Banquet hosted by St. George Church in Schererville. Also attend 40 Day Parastos for +George Dragic after Divine Liturgy.
Please attend the annual Humanitarian Banquet hosted by the 4 KOLO Sisters Organization of St. George - Schererville, St. Sava - Merrillville, St. Elijah - Merrillville, and St. George - East Chicago. The ladies have worked tirelessly over the years to collect more than $500,000 to benefit the needy children and families in the homeland. This year's banquet will be held on Sunday, October 9th at 1:00 p.m. at the Halls of St. George at 905 E. Joliet Street in Schererville. Please give generously, and if you cannot attend, send a donation addressed to Four Kolo Organization or Humanitarian Relief Fund to St. Sava Church, 9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville, IN 46410, or to St. George Church, 905 E. Joliet St., Schererville, IN 46375, Attn.: Kolo.
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
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.
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.
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:
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 Executive Board will host this Sunday's Luncheon, where you can eat in or take-out a delicious Lamb or Pig Dinner for only $12. Other items will be offered, so please join us on this Sunday as well as every Sunday during the summer for picnic-style food offerings. All proceeds will help the general fund.
Luncheons are always in the South Wing Social Center.
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.
Last year's joint festival "One Love Serbian Song" inspired choirs to sing together for the first time since the mid 1960's. St. Sava and St. Elijah from Merrillville and Sts. Peter & Paul from South Bend combined their 3 choirs and recruited director Milan Medich to lead them on their musical journey. Mismo Tamburitza Orchestra members volunteered their talents along with Nicky Sever. The festival preparation turned out to be such a wonderful experience, so they agreed to keep the group together. Since then, they have performed spiritual music and folk songs at Lifeline's Fundraiser, several festivals, Slavas, and Anniversaries. They practice hard, and celebrate when they're done. Last year was filled with fun and outstanding performances, and there's always great food available - many bring a side dish. New friendships for a lifetime were made. The choirs finished the season with a Christmas Party.
Join this choir!
The first practice of the season is scheduled for Sunday, June 26th at 4 PM at Nick & Melanie Sever's home in Ogden Dunes. New members are encouraged to join. Teens and young adults, boomers and seniors are all welcome! Milan Medich is the director of this lively group. Call Melanie at (219) 762-9652 for details and directions.
Congratulations to Mileva Savich and Nancy Samardzija for successfully organizing a blanket swap to benefit children in orphanages in Serbia. On Sunday, March 13th, blanket donors received one of 280 Gold Canyon Candles or one of 50 pieces of Lia Sophia Jewelry, donated by Mileva and Nancy. St. Elijah Church provided a spacious facility for the Sunday afternoon event. Donna Stojsavljevich Kennedy and Branka Manojlovich set up a bake sale with pastries baked by ladies from local parishes. Diane Gligich and friends are busy crocheting colorful slippers with a goal of 1400. To date, they have finished more than 400 pairs., made from donated yarn. Lifeline Humanitarian Organization will soon distribute the twin sized blankets to children in poorly furnished Serbian orphanages. Please support this valuable organization. Monetary donations are always welcome.
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.
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.
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Apr 20, 2011 NEW YORK - The Holy Mountain Athos, the over a thousand year sanctuary of Orthodox Christian monasticism, and which is directly under the spiritual jurisdiction of His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, will be featured on the CBS News program “60 Minutes”, scheduled to air on Pascha Sunday. The segment, “The Monks of Mount Athos”, will recount 60 Minutes Correspondent Bob Simon’s journey to a remote peninsula in North Greece that millions of Orthodox Christians consider the most sacred place on earth, Mount Athos.
On the recommendation and with the blessing of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who opened the doors for the “60 Minutes” team, and after two trips to the mountain and two years of dialogue with the Anthonite community, last Fall Simon and the “60 Minutes” team were given unprecedented access to document monastic life on the Holy Mountain. The result is a portrait of a place rarely seen where prayer has been offered by holy men everyday, with no interruption, for more than a thousand years.
The “Monks of Mount Athos” will be broadcast Sunday, April 24, 2011 on the CBS Television Network at 7:00 PM EST. Harry Radliffe and Michael Karzis are the producers of the segment.
“60 Minutes” is the pre-eminent investigative television news show in the United States and has run on CBS since 1968. It has been among the top-rated TV programs for much of its life and has garnered numerous awards over the years. The show will also be broadcast over the Internet on the “60 Minutes” website: www.60minutes.com
Apr 20, 2011
NEW YORK - The Holy Mountain Athos, the over a thousand year sanctuary of Orthodox Christian monasticism, and which is directly under the spiritual jurisdiction of His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, will be featured on the CBS News program “60 Minutes”, scheduled to air on Pascha Sunday. The segment, “The Monks of Mount Athos”, will recount 60 Minutes Correspondent Bob Simon’s journey to a remote peninsula in North Greece that millions of Orthodox Christians consider the most sacred place on earth, Mount Athos.
Friday, April 8th
Srbadija Folklore Group hosts All-You-Can-Eat Pasta Dinner from 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the South Wing Social Center. Lenten choices are also available, as well as Bakalar Dinners and Palachinke sold separately. Adults $10, Children under 12 $5.
Saturday, April 9th
Camp Kick-Off Luncheon and Children's Style Show fund raiser hosted jointly by St. Sava and St. Elijah's Kolo Sisters. Vendors, martini bar, silent auction, door prizes, and fun. Yes, bring the family or a guest for a wonderful afternoon. Adults $20, Teens 13 - 18 $10, Children 12 & Under $5.
Sunday, April 10th
9:00 a.m. - Confession
9:45 a.m. - Sunday School
10:00 a.m. - Divine Liturgy
12:00 Noon - Lenten Luncheon in South Wing Social Center hosted by Mike Suvajac and his son Dan Suvajac.
1:00 p.m. - General Membership Meeting
11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. - Portage Youth Commission hosts Cultural Festival 2011
By invitation from Mayor Olga (Galich) Velasquez, the Serbian Historical Society will have a display highlighting Serbian customs and traditions. Everyone is welcome.
Sycamore Hall; Woodland Park
2100 Willowcreek Road, Portage, IN
No Admission Charge, $1 donations accepted
6:00 p.m. - Eastern Time - Vespers and Lenten Dinner at Sts. Peter & Paul Church in South Bend
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Once again the combined efforts of 4 KOLO's Humanitarian Fund Mothers Against Hunger Banquet was hugely successful and well attended. Representatives of all four KOLO's (St. Sava - Merrillville, St. George - East Chicago, St. Elijah - Merrillville, and St. George - Schererville) planned and coordinated the annual fundraiser for Serbian orphans in the homeland. This year's host was St. Sava, Merrillville, and the banquet was held at St. Elijah's Hall. Milena Rudman was mistress of ceremonies for the event. Thanks to all the ladies who served, baked, set up, and cleaned up for this worthy cause. If you missed the banquet, donations can be sent to St. Sava Church, 9191 Mississippi St. Merrillville, IN 46410, checks payable to: Humanitarian Fund.
The Northwest Indiana Four Kolos will again sponsor the 18th Annual Humanitarian Relief Fund Banquet. This year's event will be hosted by the Circle of Serbian Sisters of St. Sava in Merrillville with the blessing of His Grace Bishop longin. The banquet will be held on Sunday, October 3, 2010, at 1:00 pm at St. Elijah Serbian Hall at 8700 Taft Street in Merrillville.
As in the past, the purpose of this banquet is to collect funds for distribution to the needy children of the Diaspora in all Serbian lands, and all proceeds from this event are distributed directly to those in need. Our program will include a performance by the combined choirs of NWI as well as presentations by Fr. Marko Matic and Nada Mlinarevich, last year's visitors to Serbia who distributed the funds.
We hope that you will join us for this humanitarian event. Our Serbian children still need your help, and your generosity will be greatly appreciated. If you cannot attend, please send your donation check payable to: Humanitarian Relief Fund, c/o St. Sava Church, 9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville, Indiana 46410.
We thank you in advance for your help and consideration.
Yours in Christ,
Very Rev. Dobrivoje Milunovic, St. George, Schererville
Rev. Marko Matic, St. Sava, Merrillville
Rev. Aleksandar Novakovic, St. Elijah, Merrillville
Rev. Sasa Savic, St. George, East Chicago
Milena Rudman, St. Sava, Merrillville
Milica Bodrozic, St. Elijah
Ljuba Rakonja, St. George, East Chicago
Mara Dobrijevic, St. George, Schererville
Registration and first day of classes for Sunday School students at 9:45 am in the north wing. Parents, grandparents, or Kumovi, please remember that you are responsible for the religious education and foundation for your children. If you cannot afford the fee or need transportation, contact the church office or Fr. Marko for assistance.
SUNDAY LUNCHEON buffet will be served immediately after Divine Liturgy.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING in south wing after luncheon.
COMBINED CHOIR PRACTICE at Nick and Melanie Sever's home in Ogden Dunes will start at 2:00 pm. New member always welcome.
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".
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.
On Sunday, April 11, 2010 a "Special Meeting" will be held at 1:30 pm in the South Wing Social Center to bring up an innovative idea for discussion.
Looking to the future we would like to research the idea of constructing an "Assisted Living" complex on our Church property.
This project would need the majority of support of our Church Membership before we can even begin to investigate all that would be involved. There is much research required to determine how to build, where to build, how to finance it, and how to fill it.
This meetng is not to decide if we do or do not build Assisted Living: this is to decide if you, the membership, want us to research the possibilities of doing so.
In order to go forward with the required research it will take time and some money and before the process is started we would need the approval of the majority of the membership.
It is very important that we have as many members as possible in attendance at this meeting. Please make every attempt possible to attend on Sunday April 11.
This is NOT an Extraordinary Meeting, this is a Special Meeting for the discussion of exploring the opportunities of bringing Assisted Living to our Church and your opinion whether we should or should not do so is important.
Thank you and please enjoy a Blessed Holy Week.
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.
Come and Hear a Lecture on
Presented by Kathryn Saclarides
(after church service and luncheon)
Seminar posle sv. Liturgije
Kathryn Saclarides, M.A. QMHP
Chicago Based Orthodox Mission Activist
Topic: FAITH UNASHAMED
Kathryn was born in Chicago, IL and has three sisters and one brother. She majored in
Anthropology and Spanish at Vanderbilt University and recently she completed a
Masters in Social Work from the University of Chicago. Kathryn worked with the Red
Cross in Spain for 2 years, after which she moved to San Francisco and served at the
Raphael House (an Orthodox homeless shelter). Over the past two years Kathryn has
worked with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) in Albania, and
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) in Ethiopia. Currently Kathryn is the
supervisor of a mental health clinic for immigrant families in Cicero, IL. She specializes
in violence prevention and gang intervention with at-risk youth.
Our sincere Congratulations to St. George Church in Clearwater, Florida on the burning of their mortgage Sunday, December 27th. The historic celebration was held to mark the occasion of paying off a quarter million dollar debt in less than 5 years! Both Bishop Longin and Bishop Mitrophan served Divine Liturgy along with Father John and several other members of the clergy. The Church was consecrated in March 2005 and paid for before the end of this year. Congratulations also to church president Zoran Milich. Thanks to Jelena Mulin for providing photos of this happy occasion.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Appear on 60 Minutes Segment on Orthodox Christianity
NEW YORK â€“ His All Holiness Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians who constitute the second largest Christian denomination in the world, will be featured on the CBS News program 60 Minutes reported by Bob Simon, scheduled to air on Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 7 p.m. EST. The segment will focus on the Orthodox Church, the most ancient Christian church, and its development from its earliest years to modern times in what is now the Republic of Turkey.
His All Holiness was named 11th among the world's 100 most influential people by Time magazine and was awarded the US Congressional Gold Medal for his efforts to promote human rights and religious tolerance. He has also been recognized by the United Nations as a Laureate Champion of the Earth for his pioneering work to protect the environment. Affectionately known as â€œthe Green Patriarch,â€ Patriarch Bartholomew has called upon leaders of all denominations to join him in this effort, noting simply that â€œIf life is sacred, so is the entire web that sustains it.â€
His All Holiness recently concluded an extended visit to the U.S., where he participated in an environmental symposium in Mississippi, ministered to the five million Orthodox faithful in America, and met with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and President Barack Obama, among many others. He is the author of Encountering the Mystery (Doubleday) and In the World, Yet Not of the World (Fordham).
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.
Don't miss the fun as both St. Sava and St. Elijah Sunday Schools enjoy an Autumn evening together at St. Elijah's picnic grounds. Bring the kids, your cameras, and your appetites! Sign up this Sunday the Learning Center and please bring a side dish.
Mike Bjelopetrovich meets with students every Sunday for Serbian School Classes. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn our language. Adult classes meet from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Children's classes (ages 4-14) meet from Noon to 12:45 p.m. after church.
Your help is still needed for the orphanages and homes for the elderly and sick. Once again, the 4 KOLOS will host their annual fund raising Humanitarian Banquet to benefit those in need in the homeland. This year's event will be hosted by St. Elijah's Kolo Sisters on Sunday, October 11th after Divine Liturgy. The hall is located at 8700 Taft Street in Merrillville. Participating Kolos are St. Elijah and St. Sava of Merrillville, and both St. George of Schererville and St. George of East Chicago. Your generous donations are personally delivered to their recipients by Kolo Sisters or Clergy.
Please support this important cause even if you cannot attend. There will NOT be a luncheon at St. Sava on this Sunday so that you can attend the Humanitarian Banquet. You can send a check along with any Kolo Sister or mail it to St. Elijah Serbian Sisters, 8700 Taft Street, Merrillville, IN 46410. Please make checks to: 4 KOLO HUMANITARIAN FUND.
Srbadija Folklore Group
$100 for the first child
$ 50 for second child
After the second child all other children in your family are free.
PeeWee Group 6:15-6:45 p.m.
(must be at least 4 years of age)
Juniors 6:45-7:45 p.m.
Seniors 7:45-9:00 p.m.
Dancers will be placed in a group based on the instructor's assessment at the first prac-
tice on Thursday, September 17th in the south wing of the church. If your child is
attending for the first time, please contact Borka Grimsgard at 219-462-8574 to find
out what time your assessment will be. Season is from September through mid-May.
Instructor: Neso Nikolic Assistant: Dana Nikolic
Questions? Call Borka at 219-462-8574 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
â–ª Is your child is interested in Serbian dancing?
â–ª Is your child able to attend practices every
â–ª Would you like your child to participate in an
activity that reflects their heritage?
Sunday, September 13th during Sunday School
registration in the North Wing at 9:45 a.m.
Please attend Divine Liturgy and 40 Day Parastos for Mladen Sekulovich, actor Karl Malden. You can also visit the exhibit presented by the Serbian Historical Society in the north wing after services. For all the volunteers who didn't get a chance to view the exhibit during Serb Fest, this is your last chance to see the complete collection of Milan Opacich's vintage tamburas. The rest of the exhibit will remain for several weeks. This year's theme is "Immigrants, Serbs of Steel", plus a tribute to Karl Malden.
This is your last chance to enjoy the non - stop live music, dancing, and delicious food. Serb Fest opens at noon, closes at 10 p.m. Visit the historical exhibit in the north wing, This year's theme is "Immigrants, Serbs of Steel", plus a special display honoring Gary's very own Karl Malden. The Serbian Bakery and Kafana are open as well. "Serbs of Steel" program in the tent starts at 4:30 p.m. with guest speakers Stephen McShane, Gary Wilk, and Nick Tarailo. The BIG CASH RAFFLE is always exciting, so buy your ticket for a chance to win a Grand Prize of $25,000! Church Tours start at 3 p.m.
Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Elijah Cathedral, Bishop Longin and Fr. Marko officiating. There will be no service at St. Sava. St. Elijah Cathedral celebrates their Slava today.
WATCH THE VIDEO COMMERCIAL BELOW FOR INFORMATION AND DETAILS.
Sunday, August 2nd at Serb Fest, The Serbian Historical Society will present a program titled "Immigrants: Serbs Of Steel" at 4:30 p.m. in the music tent. Be sure to attend this short, but very interesting program. Main speaker will be Mr. Steve McShane of the Calumet Regional Archives, who has researched and preserved items through the years for Indiana University. Be sure to attend this informal program on the last day of Serb Fest.
SERBIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
INVITES YOUR PARTICIPATION
GARY SERBS IN THE STEEL MILLS and IMMIGRANTS is this year's theme for the historical display at Serb Fest. We need everyone's help and participation for this event. You can provide items for display and attend our first program
We are looking for photographs, documents, correspondence, safety gear, badges, publications, name tags, awards, strike and union-related items, equipment, manuals, uniforms, pay stubs, signs, printed materials, stock certificates, etc., and any items of interest. (US Steel or Inland, any mill, any church welcome to participate). We'll be happy to make copies and return originals to you. These items can be loaned or donated. Please bring the items to church this Sunday, July 19th, Sunday July 26, or to the church office during the week. Be sure to include your name and phone number. Items will be accepted by any member of the Serbian Historical Society.
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.
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.
Last year's gathering was so much fun for football fans, young and old. Join us once again for a relaxing evening watching the big game with a great group of friends. Send this blog to all your friends. Simply copy the url and past it into your email message.
The 4 Kolos, Serbian Sisters Circles of Northwest Indiana, invite you to attend the 16th Annual Mothers Against Hunger Humanitarian Banquet. This year's banquet will be hosted by St. George of East Chicago on Sunday, October 5th at 1:00 p.m. The Hall is located at 4021 Elm Street in East Chicago. The entire proceeds from this fund-raiser will benefit the refugees, orphans, sick, and elderly in Serbia and Kosovo. You will hear reports from members of the 4 Kolos who personally deliver the monies. Your generosity will impact the lives of many who are suffering the effects of war and poverty. If for any reason you cannot attend, donations can be given to a Kolo Officer or sent to any church office with the check made to: "Mothers Against Hunger".
St. Sava Church, 9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville, IN 46410
St. George Church, 905 E. Joliet St., Schererville, IN 46375
St. Elijah Church, 8700 Taft St., Merrillville, IN 46410
St. George Church, 4021 Elm St., East Chicago, IN 46312
This organized annual event comes from the hearts of Serbian Mothers who understand that innocent victims of war and poverty are usually children, the sick, and elderly. Please contribute to this very important cause.
Join us this Sunday after Divine Liturgy for a delicious Pot-Luck Luncheon in the Sourh Wing. Ljiljana Micic, Lillie Dobrich, and Milosava Vrbica are your host families. If you would like to help support our church by hosting a luncheon, call Verica Crnkovich at (219) 662-7367 for dates and menu suggestions. We need at least 2 more families to host on Sunday, September 28th along with Gordana Gerbick. If you haven't attended a Luncheon, please join us for a delicious meal and a relaxing atmosphere among your dear friends. Free will donations are accepted, and all proceeds directly benefit our church. Everyone is welcome................See you there!
The Sunday School teachers have been busy for weeks preparing classrooms, lessons, and supplies for this year's students. They're very well prepared, now that the St. Sava Learning Center is built and furnished. Many fun activities, outings, and parties are planned, as well as an Attendance Challenge. REGISTRATION starts at 9:30 a.m. this Sunday, just outside the Church Office in the North Wing. The fee is $25 for the first child, and an additional $10 per student, per family. Last year was so much fun, just ask the children! This school year will be even better. Serbian School starts at 12:30 for all age groups. Please be sure to stay for the Sunday Luncheon-the children will be able to eat before Serbian School classes start. Parents and Kumovi, remember the importance of bringing your children to Church and Sunday School. It is your responsibility and choice, and our committed teachers donate their valuable time as they welcome your children.
Pre-School Right Start Enrichment Program starts Friday, September 19th. Still plenty of time to sign up, and you can even Register Sunday at Church. Someone will be available to answer any questions about this program at REGISTRATION this Sunday.
Today is the last chance you'll have to enjoy the best ethnic festival in the region, so come early and stay late, you'll be glad you did. Live music will be performed all day long, so relax and enjoy the beautiful weather. Visit the Cultural Center or take a tour of our beautiful St. Sava Church. Services are from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by a tour and explanation of our church, hosted by Father Marko, ending at 8 p.m. There's still plenty of delicious lamb, cevaps, sarma, and chicken to enjoy, but come early, we may run out. The fantastic Serbian Bakery will be making palachinke, strudels, and incredible baked goods, too. Pick up one of our Serbian Sisters Circle Cook Books so you can discover the recipes for yourself! They're for sale in the Bake Sale area. There's still time to purchase a Raffle Ticket for the $25,000 Grand Prize. Big CASH RAFFLE and the TAMBURA PRIMA RAFFLE WILL BE DRAWN at 7 PM, and SERB FEST ENDS at 8 PM. See you later!