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November 2015

St. Sava Sunday School Christmas Party/Ugly Sweater Contest – Friday, Dec. 11

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Sunday School will host their annual Christmas Party and “Ugly Sweater Contest” Friday, December 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the South Wing at St. Sava Church in Merrillville, Indiana.

Lenten snacks and games will be available. Don’t forget to wear the ugliest Christmas themed sweater you can find – the uglier the sweater the better because it’s a contest – there will be a special surprise.

RSVP is a must because of the surprise, by December 6 to Lela by calling 219-314-8848.

Luncheon, Presentation, and brief Concert at St. Sava – Sunday, Nov. 29

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Father Bogdan Zjalic will share a presentation entitled, “Preparing for His coming again” during the luncheon following the Divine Liturgy at St. Sava Church in Merrillville, IN taking place Sunday, Nov. 29.

Following the presentation there will be a brief concert featuring special guests the Brkic Children who will share their love of God and talents singing Gospel music. The triplets Vera, Nada, and Slobodan Brkic are triplets born in Belgrade, Serbia in 1989. The English translation for their names mean Faith, Hope, and Freedom.

An overdose of oxygen in their incubators left Nada and Slobodan blind. Luckily Vera did not suffer the same fate.

Over the years, the two have been preparing for a surgery that should restore their vision. A new intervention, an implant of an artificial retina, is the leading available option, though it is a costly procedure. Nada and Slobodan are considered excellent candidates for the implants according to a team of doctors at the UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco. Donations are appreciated to help these two young people see the world for the first time.

Friday Night Zabava Thanksgiving Weekend at St. Sava – Nov. 27

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St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church will host a Friday Night Zabava Thanksgiving weekend, November 27 in the Pavilion at St. Sava, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, IN 46410.

The festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. featuring music by Orchestra Sumadija. There will be Chicken Kolo Dance Contest Prizes and more.

This is a special opportunity for Serbs throughout Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area to come together for a classic Zabava experience to celebrate a shared culture and friendships.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m., dinners and a cash bar will be available. Admission is $10.

Back-to-Back Zabava

There will probably be more kolo dancing this coming Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend in Merrillville than anywhere else in Northwest Indiana or Chicagoland.

Make the most of your entire Thanksgiving holiday by celebrating with friends and family at a Zabava both Thursday and Friday nights in Merrillville, IN for back-to-back nights of fun and friendship.

Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26 the St. Elijah Folklore Group is hosting a Zabava at St. Elijah Serbian American Hall, 8700 Taft Street, Merrillville, IN beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Don’t miss either of these opportunities at St. Elijah Thursday night and St. Sava Friday night to see friends and get your fill of kolo dancing with some of the best live music in the region.


Celebrate the St. Sava Church 101st Anniversary – Sunday, Nov. 22

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You are cordially invited to join with family and friends the 101st Anniversary Celebration for our St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church Congregation Sunday, November 22, 2015.

Divine Hierarchial LIturgy Officiated by His Grace Bishop Longin and Very Rev. Father Marko Matic will begin at a special time at 9:30 a.m.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will begin at 12:30 p.m. with dinner following at 1:00 p.m. in the Pavilion.

Pastries would be appreciated by those who are able to bring them.

Sheila Zorich – Memory Eternal ✝ Vjecnaja Pamjat

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The Clergy, Executive Board, and Members of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church express condolences to the family of Sheila Zorich. Memory eternal.

Sheila Zorich, age 79 (December 10, 1935 – November 16, 2015) of Hobart, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 16, 2015 with her loving family by her side.

Sheila was a lifelong member of St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church and it’s Serbian Sister’s Circle Kolo Sestara. She was preceded in death by her parents, Millie and Gerald Reese and her husband of 59 years, Dan Zorich.

Sheila is survived by her four beloved children: Diane Bair (Don Cervantes), David (Elaine) Zorich, Dane (Lisa) Zorich, Dawn (David) Maksimovich; Seven loving grandchildren, Stefanie (Warren) Fournier, Danielle (Nick) Szymanski, Adam, Stephen, & Ana Maksimovich, Nicholas & Alec Zorich; five great grandchildren and her brother Gerald Reese and Family.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Burns Funeral Home, 10101 Broadway, Crown Point from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a Pomen Service at 7:00 p.m., with V. Rev. Marko Matic officiating.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday directly at 10:00 a.m., St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville, IN. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery.

Sheila will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by all who knew her.

For further information please call Savich & Semplinski Funeral Directors at Burns Funeral Home (219) 769-0044

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St. Sava Serbian Sisters Circle Bake Sale – Saturday, Nov. 21

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UPDATE – Road Construction: Please use caution and note that lane configuration changes are taking place to transition the traffic onto new pavement on Mississippi Street. Construction at the corner of 93rd and Mississippi Street may cause that intersection to remain closed until Noon, Saturday, Nov. 21. All traffic north and south on Mississippi Street remains open and accessible in front of St. Sava from between 101st Avenue and US 30. 

Holiday strudels, nutrolls, and cookies are stacking up as the ovens continue to bake the handmade specialities by the women of the St. Sava Serbian Sisters Circle for the upcoming Bake Sale taking place Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church at 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, IN.

The Bake Sale will be located at the north side of the Pavilion near the kitchen. It begins at 9:00 a.m. and will go until 3:00 p.m. or until supplies last. Pre-orders will be available for pick-up, but all other items are available on a first come, first served basis.

Members of the Kolo will have a variety of cookies, strudels, nutrolls and other pasteries for sale. Strudels will include apple, cherry, spinach/cheese, and sweet or regular cheese.

Everyone is invited to this Bake Sale. This will be the best opportunity to take home some of the finest handcrafted, traditional desserts in the greater Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland area. Funds generated through this Bake Sale help support the church and the various humanitarian efforts of the St. Sava Serbian Sisters Circle.

Please refer to the St. Sava Church online calendar at for more information about the Bake Sale and other events open to members of St. Sava Church, fellow Orthodox Christians, and the general public from around our community.

Membership Meeting at St. Sava following Historical Society Slava Luncheon – Sunday, Nov. 15

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The monthly membership meeting of the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, IN will take place following the Historical Society’s Slava celebration Sunday, November 15. Both the luncheon and membership meeting will take place in the South Wing.

The luncheon celebrates our Historical Society and their Patron Saint, St. Varnava, the first American Born Serbian Saint who originated from Gary, Indiana.

The Divine Liturgy will begin Sunday, November 15 at 10:00 a.m. with Blessing of the Slava Kolach immediately following the Liturgy. After the blessing of the Slava Kolach, a dinner will be served in the South Wing.

Information about St. Confessor Varnava

  • Born Vojislav Nastich on Jan. 31, 1914, St. Confessor Varnava spent his early years in Gary as a student at Froebel Elementary before his father moved the family back to Yugoslavia in 1923, settling in Sarajevo.
  • After finishing high school and the Theological Faculty in Belgrade, he took his vows at Mileshevo Monastery in 1940. Shortly afterward, World War II came to Yugoslavia, and Varnava was highly critical of the Yugoslav National Liberation Army, which wanted to establish power in the country and abolish the church.
  • Once he was ordained a priest in 1944 and Bishop of Hvosno in 1947, the Communists, who’d now taken control, said Varnava could head the church, but he would have to support the party. Varnava refused and was subsequently tried as a traitor. He was imprisoned for many years and eventually died under mysterious circumstances on Nov. 12, 1964, though some sources say he was poisoned.
  • St. Confessor Varnava was the first child baptized in St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church on 13th Avenue and Connecticut Street in 1914, and served as its first altar boy.

Former College Coach, St. Sava’s Uzelac Leads High School Team to 1st Playoff Appearance

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Elliot Uzelac is a member of St. Sava Church and a former College Football Coach currently residing in St. Joseph, MI and is now the Head Coach leading the Benton Harbor High School Tigers in Benton Harbor, MI to their first playoff appearance in the school’s history.

The team will play their next playoff game in Zeeland, MI, Friday, November 6, 2015 and the story of Uzelac’s team is gaining national media attention in media outlets that include ESPN and Sports Illustrated.

This playoff appearance is significant for a number of reasons including the fact the Benton Harbor Tigers football team had not won a game since 2012 and had a record of 4-68 in the previous eight years. In Uzelac’s first season, he led the Tigers to their first winning record since 1989 and their first ever playoff appearance.

Uzelac is the cousin of St. Sava’s Paul Jancarich. Both Uzelac and Jancarich grew up together in Gary, IN in the 1950s. Uzelac served as an altar boy during the service of Very Reverend Svetozar Radovanovich when St. Sava was located in Gary. Also during this time Uzelac attended Sunday School and one of his former teachers Daisy Wuletich, who currently resides in Valaparaiso, IN, remembers him fondly.

Here are some links to read more about Uzelac and the Benton Harbor High School story as they make history with the team’s first playoff appearance:

The featured photo in this article at the top of the page is by Greg Swiercz / South Bend Tribune

Srbadija of St. Sava Performs Saturday, Nov. 7; Hosts Luncheon Sunday, Nov. 8

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Srbadija Folklore Group of St. Sava Church in Merrillville, IN will be among several groups performing at the “Tromedja” Folklore Festival taking place Saturday, Nov. 7 at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Schererville, Indiana and then will host a luncheon at St. Sava Church immediately following the Divine Liturgy Sunday, Nov. 8.

About the St. George Folklore Festival – Saturday, Nov. 7

The festival begins at 5:30 p.m. and it is hosted by Folklore Group “Tromedja” from St. George Serbian Orthodox Church.

The festival will take place in the Halls of St. George. 905 East Joliet Street, Schererville, Indiana 46375.

This fantastic program will feature folklore groups from all over the Chicago and Northwest Indiana area.

Great Serbian food and desserts for sale. DJ SPAZ will be providing music for the after dance.

Admission is free for Folklore Performers, Adults $10.00, 13-17 $5.00, 12 and under free.

About the Luncheon at St. Sava – Sunday, Nov. 8

The famous Goulash is back. Join us for delicious food and great company Sunday immediately following the Divine Liturgy at St. Sava Church in the South Wing. Mirko Kljajic will be making the special Goulash once again.

Please help support our growing folklore groups by attending the luncheon.

About Srbadija Folklore

This performance at the St. George  Folklore Festival by Srbadija of St. Sava will represent another showcase of St. Sava youth talent. Recently Srbadija performed at the Valparaiso Wold Culture Fest in mid September, a special performance in San Francisco, California in early October and most recently at the Gracanica Folklore Fall Festival which took place Oct. 24.

Srbadija is currently adding new performance dates, hosting luncheons, and planning new special events to celebrate the Serbian culture. Look for more performance and event announcements by visiting the Srbadija Folklore website at

View all events relating to St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church open to church members and the public in the surrounding community by visiting our online calendar –