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January 2016

Serbian Sisters Circle Annual Meeting at St. Sava Church – Sunday, Jan. 31

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The Serbian Sisters Circle at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, Indiana will host their Annual Meeting and elect the new leadership to serve throughout 2016. The meeting will take place Sunday, Jan. 31 after the luncheon following the Divine Liturgy. All Kolo Sisters are encouraged to attend.

The luncheon will take place in the South Wing Social Center. The meeting will take place in the North Wing Conference Room.

The Serbian Sisters Circle has had a successful year of fundraising through their tireless efforts throughout the year and have offered tremendous support to the many organizations dedicated to making the St. Sava Church-School community stronger.

Akathist at St. Sava Church: The Icon of the Mother of God – Thursday, Jan. 28

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Join us this Thursday, Jan. 28 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Sava Church in Merrillville, Indiana for our weekly Akathist prayers (Click here to learn more about the Akathist prayer services at St. Sava Church).

This week we offer praises for The Icon of the Mother of God.

The Icon of the Mother of God, “She who gives suck”

This week’s Akathist is dedicated to The Icon of the Mother of God, “She who gives suck.” This is the name given to the Icon of the Mother of God that St. Sava of Serbia brought from the monastery of St. Sava the Sanctified near Jerusalem and placed in his hermitage at Karyes on the Holy Mountain.

In that way the prophecy, made 800 years previously by St. Sava the Sanctified, was fulfilled – that one day a Serbian priest called Sava would come and would be given the Icon and his staff. When Sava of Serbia visited the community of St. Sava the Sanctified, the monks called to mind the prophecy of their founder and gave the icon and the staff to Sava.

vThe icon was placed at the right – hand of the Royal Doors in the hermitage, and the staff in a cell which receive the name “Pateritsa” (the name used for a bishop’s staff, the fathers rod”, also situated at Karyes.

It’s Mardi Gras: A Serbian Zabava with a Cajun Flare at St. Sava – Saturday, Feb. 6

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10398972_947066928704442_6244555041483963282_nYou’re invited to a classic Serbian Zabava with a twist – It’s Mardi Gras: A Serbian Zabava with a Cajun Flare taking place Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to Midnight at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in the Pavilion, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, Indiana.

This family-friendly event is suitable for all ages and sponsored by the St. Sava youth folklore group Srbadija. Music will be by DJ Vinko where you can dance the Chicken Kolo under a special light show along with your other Serbian Kolo favorites, with some Mardi Gras/Zydeco music in the mix.

There will be a $10 charge at the door, with all kids in 8th grade and under free. Cajun style food, a special menu for kids, famous krofne. palacinke, and beverages will be available for purchase.

Though there is no required dress code for the event, some will be wearing “ball” style attire while others may choose to wear fun Mardi Gras costumes. Some will wear fancy Mardi Gras style masks. Hint: Pier One has a beautiful assortment of traditional masks.

Come as you are or dress up in your favorite attire!

Check out all the events taking place at St. Sava Church in Merrillville, Indiana by visiting http://www.saintsava.net/calendar/.

Questions?  Contact Karen Knezic at 219-406-7910 or srbadijafolklore@yahoo.com.

Blessing of Homes – Schedule 2016 Now Available

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It is the time of the year where members of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, Indiana may have homes blessed by Father Marko. The 2016 Schedule for Blessing of Homes is now available for download in both Serbian and English languages.

Blessing of Homes – Schedule 2016

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.

  • Chesterton, Valparaiso
    • From Thursday, January 21st  to Thursday, January 28th
  • Portage, Ogden Dunes
    • From Friday, January 29th to Tuesday, February 2nd
  • Hobart
    • From Wednesday, February 3rd to Sunday, February 7th
  • Hebron, Kouts, La Crosse, Demotte,
    • From Monday, February 8th to Wednesday, February 10th
  • Crown Point
    • From Thursday, February 11th to Thursday, February 18th
  • Gary, Merrillville
    • From Friday, February 19th to Sunday, February 21st
  • Schererville, Dyer, St. John, Cedar Lake, Lowell
    • From Monday, February 22nd  to Friday, February 26th
  • Hammond, Munster, Highland, Griffith
    • From Saturday, February 27th to Wednesday, March 2nd
  • Chicago
    • From Thursday, March 3rd to Sunday, March 13th

With God`s blessing,

Father Marko Matic


Драги наши чланови и парохијани,

Време је благосиљања и освећења домова. Распоред који шаљем, помоћи ће вам да знате када намеравам да будем у вашем месту.

  • Chesterton, Valparaiso
    • Од четвртка, 21. јануара до четвртка, 28. јануара
  • Portage, Ogden Dunes
    • Од петка, 29. јануара до уторка, 2. фебруара
  • Hobart
    • Од среде, 3. фебруара до недеље, 7. фебруара
  • Hebron, Kouts, La Crosse, Demotte
    • Од понедељка, 8.фебруара до среде, 10. фебруара
  • Crown Point
    • Од четвртка, 11. фебруара до четвртка, 18. фебруара
  • Gary, Merrillville
    • Од петка, 19. фебруара до недеље, 21. фебруара
  • Schererville, Dyer, St. John, Cedar Lake, Lowell
    • Од понедељка, 22. фебруара до петка, 26. фебруара
  • Hammond, Munster, Highland, Griffith
    • Од суботе, 27. фебруара до среде, 2. марта
  • Chicago
    • Од четвртка, 3. марта до недеље, 13. марта

С Божијим благословом,

Отац Марко Матић

About Blessing of Homes and Preparation

It is an Orthodox Tradition for the priest to visit his parishioners at their homes and performs the lesser blessing of water.

The purposes of this Holy Tradition are:

  • That God will mercifully hear the prayers which are offered by the family.
  • That the Almighty and Eternal Lord will send His holy angels to protect, save, watch, visit and safeguard the family members from evil powers.
  • That the faithful who are sprinkled with Holy Water may be free from every unclean and satanic action.
  • That the air in the home may be clean and healthy.
  • That all strange powers which may create insecurity to the family will be removed by the grace of God.

When the priest comes to a home to perform such a service, it is appropriate for the host family to be prepared in the following manner:

  • The house should be clean and in order.
  • The vigil, if there is one, before the icon should be lit.
  • There should be a candle with matches beside it.
  • A plate or bowl with a little water should be placed on the table, turn toward the east and the icon.
  • A list of names of the living members.
  • Doors of the rooms where you wish the priest to enter and sprinkle the Holy Water should be kept open.

After the blessing, if the family does not wish to keep the holy water, it is appropriate to pour it over a plant, flower, under a tree, or any place where it will not be stepped on.

Saint Sava Day Celebration at St. Sava Church – Sunday, Jan. 24

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St. Sava Sunday School President Olivera Lela Jensen expressed appreciation to all those attending the St. Sava Day Celebration at St. Sava Church in Merrillville, Indiana and noted continuing support of the Sunday school is greatly appreciated.  As we all know the children are the future of St. Sava.

Kumovi of today’s Slava Celebration were Savka, Mila and Mihailo Popovic, all youth from St. Sava Church who are active in may programs at the church.

The program began with a poem titled “Rastko” by Savka Popovic. Srbadija Folklore performed traditional dances and children of Sunday School and the St. Sava Children’s Choir performed songs including Svetom Savi, God Bless America,  Ajde Kato, U Milice Dige Trepavice, Sveti Sava, and Srpkinjica Jeda Mala.

Between songs groups of school children recited poems from memory they have been practicing for weeks.

An adaptation of the play “Rastko Becomes Sava” was also performed. The St. Sava Day Program was made possible through the efforts of many people throughout St. Sava Church.

Danica Pejnovic, newly elected Executive Board President of St. Sava Church, also addressed the audience.

Look for images and video from the event in the coming days at www.saintsava.net and the St. Sava Facebook Page.

Sunday School Board

  • Olivera Lela Jensen, President
  • Vesna Radjenovich, 1st Vice President
  • Snezana Latinovic, 2nd Vice President
  • Sandy Shinovich, Secretary
  • Gina Orlich, Treasurer
  • Protinica Vesna Matic, Superintendent

Sunday School Teachers

  • Preschool – Ursula Brboric & Nevena Djurdjevic
  • K & 1st – Gina Orlich, Alexis Orlich & Jelena Djurdjevic
  • 2nd & 3rd – Sandy Shinovich & Biljana Vrbica
  • 4th & 5th – Ljubica Popovic & Betsy Kirby
  • 6, 7 & 8th – Susan Labovic, P. Vesna Matic & Sandra Serdar

Special Support and Appreciation

  • Fr. Marko & Fr. Bogdan for your spiritual guidance
  • Ivana Stankovic our Musical Director
  • Karageorge Choir for your responses
  • Karen Knezic & Srbadija Folklore
  • Melanie & Nick Sever for the Children’s treat bags
  • Sincere thanks to our wonderful cooks, photographers & bartenders
  • Parents, grandparents, Kumovi and friends for all of your hard work and dedication in bringing the children to Church & Sunday school.

Play about life of St. Sava among features of St. Sava Day Celebration – Sunday, Jan. 24

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Sunday School children and youth from St. Sava Church in Merrillville, Indiana prepare final rehearsals for the play “Rastko Becomes Sava” which is based upon the life of Saint Sava, the patron saint of St. Sava Church. The play is among the many features of the St. Sava Day celebration program and luncheon taking place immediately following the Divine Liturgy Sunday, January 24, 2016. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The play is set in Serbia about 800 years ago. At that time, although Serbian people were baptized Orthodox Christians, they did not understand the meaning of their faith. The bishops at that time in Serbia were Greeks, who considered Serbian people uncultured and the Serbian Orthodox Church did not yet exist.

Also at that time the Serbs themselves were divided into many small groups, ruled by “zupani.” That is until they were finally united in the 12th century under one extraordinary man, named Stefan Nemanja – the Veliki Zupan of all Serbia and the father of St. Sava. The play tells the story of Rastko, son of Nemanja, who decided to leave the monarchy to become a monk – Rastko becomes St. Sava.

This St. Sava Day Play was originally written by Jerodjakon Stevan of St. George SOC, Oakland, California where the first stage presentation took place January 27, 1980. It has been adapted from the original by Protinica Vesna Matic for performance at St. Sava Day January 24, 2016 at St. Sava Church, Merrillville, Indiana.

The St. Sava Day Celebration program features the play, traditional poems, songs, and dances that honor St. Sava and church schools. Srbadija Folklore will perform traditional dances.

The youth of the St. Sava Sunday School put many hours of work into their songs, poems, and dances guided by their caring teaching and instructors.

Parents, and anyone able, are asked to bring baked goods for desserts. These baked goods and other donations area greatly appreciated by the Sunday School. Please join us at the Pavilion to show support for the spirit the youth of St. Sava bring to their special performances.

Look for more information about special events taking place at St. Sava by visiting www.saintsava.net/calendar and look for event information on the St. Sava Facebook Page and Events.

Sunday School Students Prepare for St. Sava Day Celebration – Sunday, Jan. 24

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Sunday School students at St. Sava Church in Merrillville, Indiana have spent weeks preparing for the St. Sava Day celebrations taking place Sunday, Jan. 24 following the Divine Liturgy and Luncheon in the Pavilion at St. Sava.

Please join us at the Pavilion to show support for the spirit the youth of St. Sava bring to their special performances.

The program features a play, traditional poems, songs, and dances that honor St. Sava and church schools. Srbadija Folklore will perform traditional dances.

The play is about when Rastko decided to leave the monarchy to become a monk – Rastko becomes St. Sava.

Saint Sava, born Ratsko Nemanjic in 1174, was a Serbian prince, first Archbishop of Serbia, and one of the most influential figures in Serbian law and literature. He left a life of royalty to become a monk in his youth; he influenced his father, Saint Simeon, to do the same, and subsequently founded Monastery Hilander on Mount Athos, which is still to this day one of the most revered cultural and religious centers for Serbian people.

The youth of the St. Sava Sunday School put many hours of work into their songs, poems, and dances guided by their caring teaching and instructors.

Parents, and anyone able, are asked to bring baked goods for desserts. These baked goods and other donations area greatly appreciated by the Sunday School.

Look for more information about special events taking place at St. Sava by visiting www.saintsava.net/calendar and look for event information on the St. Sava Facebook Page and Events.

 

Akathist at St. Sava Church: St. John the Baptist – Thursday, Jan. 21

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Join us this Thursday, Jan. 21 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Sava Church in Merrillville, Indiana for our weekly Akathist prayers (Click here to learn more about the Akathist prayer services at St. Sava Church).

This week we offer praises for St. John the Baptist.

St. John the Baptist

This week’s Akathist is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. St. John’s greatest role during his life was enacted on the day of the Theophany, and because of this the Church has, from the earliest times, dedicated the day following that feast to his memory.

St. John is commemorated several times during the year, but his greatest feast is on January 20/7 (January 20 according to Gregorian Calendar and January 7 according to Julian Calendar). Among the Gospel-figures surrounding the Saviour, the person of John the Baptist holds a very special place, by the manner of his birth in this world and of his earthly life, by his role of baptizer of men to repentance and his baptism of the Messiah, and lastly, by the tragic manner of his departure from this world.

He was of such moral purity that he indeed deserved the name “angel” as he was named in the scriptures, rather than  being thought of as just a mortal man. St. John differs from all the other prophets in that he had the joy of showing forth to the world the One Whom he had foretold, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Where is St. John the Baptist in St. Sava Church

The icon of St. John the Baptist is an icon that you can more closely examine for yourself inside the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, Indiana. The icon of St. John can be found immediately to the right of the South Doors, also called the Deacon Doors, of the iconostasis that separates the nave from the sanctuary inside the Church.

Great Blessing of Water – Holy Theophany at St. Sava – Tuesday, Jan. 19

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Join us for Divine Liturgy beginning at 9:00 a.m. and Great Blessing of Water celebrating Holy Theophany at St. Sava Church, Merrillville, Indiana.

This observance commemorates Christ’s baptism by John the Forerunner in the River Jordan, and the beginning of Christ’s earthly ministry. The Feast of Theophany is the culmination of the Christmas Season. In mystic commemoration of this event, the Great Blessing of Water is performed on this day, and the holy water so blessed is used by the local priest to bless the homes of the faithful.

This image depicts the baptismal font used in St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, Merrillville, Indiana. Etched on one side is the scene commemorating Christ’s baptism by John the Forerunner in the River Jordan, and the beginning of Christ’s earthly ministry.

This image depicts the baptismal font used in St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, Merrillville, Indiana. Etched on one side is the scene commemorating Christ’s baptism by John the Forerunner in the River Jordan, and the beginning of Christ’s earthly ministry.

The feast is called Theophany because at the baptism of Christ the Holy Trinity appeared clearly to mankind for the first time—the Father’s voice is heard from Heaven, the Son of God is incarnate and standing physically in the Jordan, and the Holy Spirit descends on Him in the form of a dove.

The services of Theophany are arranged similarly to those of the Nativity (Historically the Christmas services were established later).

On the morning of the feast, the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great is served. The Liturgy of the feast begins with psalms of glorification and praise instead of the three normal Antiphons. And the baptismal line from Galatians 3:27 replaces the Thrice-Holy.

For as many as been baptized into Christ have put on Christ: Alleluia.

The Gospel readings of the services tell of the Lord’s baptism by John in the Jordan River. The epistle reading of the Divine Liturgy tells of the consequences of the Lord’s appearing which is the divine epiphany.

Since the main feature of the feast is the blessing of water. It is prescribed to follow both the Divine Liturgy of the eve of the feast and the Divine Liturgy of the day itself. But most local parishes do it only once when most of the parishioners can be present. The blessing verifies that mankind, and all of creation, were created to be filled with the sanctifying presence of God.

In connection with the feast, it is traditional for the priest to visit all the homes of the faithful for their annual house blessing using the water that has been blessed at the Theophany services.

Children’s Choir Prepares Luncheon; St. Sava Annual Membership Meeting – Sunday, Jan. 17

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Parents and leadership of the Children’s Choir at St. Sava are preparing a special luncheon in the South Wing Social Center that takes place immediately before the Annual Membership Meeting at St. Sava Church in Merrillville, Indiana Sunday, January 17.

The luncheon, beginning at approximately Noon, will consist of goulash, sauerkraut and sausage, homemade cakes and other specialties.

The Executive Board of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church has shared the agenda for the Annual Membership Meeting taking place immediately following the luncheon at 1:00 p.m.

This annual meeting will take place in accordance with the by-laws of the Church-School Parish, Part III, Article 16 (A, b, and c), the Annual Membership Assembly of the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Parish membership.

All current members are encouraged to attend to gain important insights about church operations and to vote for the new Executive Board that will provide leadership throughout 2016.

A luncheon will be prepared by the parents and leaders of the Children’s Choir at St. Sava that will include goulash, sauerkraut and sausage, homemade cakes, and other special items.

Annual Membership Assembly 2016 Agenda

The Executive Board proposes the following agenda:

  1. Opening of Assembly with prayer
  2. Establishment of the Quorum
  3. Election of the Assembly President
  4. Confirmation of the proposed agenda
  5. Acceptance of the minutes of the 2015 Annual Assembly
  6. Discussion and acceptance of the Executive Board reports:
    • Parish Priest
    • Financial Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Church School Report
    • Executive Board President
  7. Report of the Auditing Committee
  8. Report of the Audit Board
  9. Questions and proposals for the good of the Parish
  10. Election of delegates for the Diocesan Church Peoples Assembly
  11. Dismissal of the old Board and election of the new Board
  12. Closing of the Assembly with prayer

Dues will be collected at this Annual Meeting.

Minutes of the 2015 Annual Meeting, in two languages, will be attached to each member’s 2015 Report. In order to save time and spare our members of the need to have the 2015 minutes read in two languages, members will have ample time before the meeting to read the minutes in the language of his or her choice. This rule was unanimously passed at the 1989 General Assembly.

A copy of the above agenda information is included in a downloadable document in both English and Serbian.