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SerbFest 2021 announces music acts July 23, 24, & 25 at St. Sava in Merrillville, Indiana

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Three days, 9 unique musical acts, and 45 hours of live performances – it’s part of the core of what Serb Fest 2021 is all about – music, singing, and dancing taking place at St. Sava in Merrillville, Indiana July 23, 24, & 25.

From the contemporary sounds of the modern Serbian DJ to the traditional tones of the plucked tamburica and the talented singers in our Serbian Kafana, you’ll experience a dynamic range of cultural music and dance at St. Sava Serb Fest 2021.

Opening night Friday, July 23 will also feature “Together Band” – an exciting and versatile 12-piece band from the Indiana & Chicagoland area performing American music from Big Band to Oldies and popular Top 40’s Hits under the big tent in the parking lot.

In addition to all the amazing food, drinks, and baked goods at St. Sava Serb Fest, our musical and entertainment offerings are a critical part of the cultural experience. Let’s face it, we love to sing, dance, and celebrate culture with family and friends!

Check out the complete daily schedule at www.serbfest.org to see who is playing and performance times for each day of the fest.

With musical acts playing simultaneously throughout nearly all of the fest, you’ll never know exactly where a Kolo dance may spontaneously begin. One thing is certain, you’ll know it when it happens and you’ll probably want to join in the fun!

Musical acts throughout SerbFest 2021 include:

  • ANDJELA SUBOTIC & NESA KASTELO
  • DIJANA ANTONIJEVIC & NESA KASTELO
  • DJ GOGI (GORAN) from Cleveland
  • DRINA
  • DUNAV OF CHICAGO
  • ORKESTRA SUMADIJA
  • PRAZNA FLASHA from Wisconsin
  • TOGETHER BAND
  • ZORAN RADOVANOVIC, MARIJA MARA & ZORAN MILETIC

Check out the complete daily schedule at www.serbfest.org to see who is playing and performance times for each day of the fest.

John “Johnny Boy” Micic – Memory Eternal ✝ Vjecnaja Pamjat

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John “Johnny Boy” Micic

The Clergy, Executive Board, and Members of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church express condolences to the family of John “Johnny Boy” Micic. Memory eternal.

John “Johnny Boy” Micic, Age 55, of Muncie and Portage, IN, passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2021. He was always excited to see people and he loved everyone that he met. He would enter a crowd of 5 to a couple hundred and say “everybody is here!” He would then try to approach every person to show his newest radio, purse, or sports attire.

John loved to shop as well for the newest radio and/or purse. Anytime it was time for lunch or dinner, he would let people know he wanted to eat cheeseburgers and some French fries from McDonalds. He also loved going to the movies and watching comedies and action thrillers. He didn’t care what he had to snack on, as long as he had his favorite drink, a large Pepsi. He liked to watch Chicago sports on TV, and he loved the Chicago Bears and would always spell it out “B-E-A-R-S, DA BEARS!”

He is preceded in death by his parents, Milan & Koviljka Micic, his brother, George Micic, his sister Millie Micic, and his nephew Michael Micic. John is survived by his sister Mary (David) Nelson, Anne (Roger) Crafton, Nickey (Minerva) Micic, and Dona Micic. He will sadly be missed by his nieces and nephews, Mandy, Katie, Zoe, Noah, and Jonah, Vanessa, Rachel,  Kumovi, and family and friends.

Visitation services will be held on Friday, June 4, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church at 9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville, IN 46410, followed by a Service at 10:00 a.m. with Father Marko Matic officiating. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Sava Serbian Church. For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel 219-736-5840.

For more information, visit: https://mycalumetpark.com/2021/05/27/john-micic/

 

First $1,000 Early Bird Raffle Winner Drawn May 30

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The first $1,000 Early Bird Raffle winner was selected this past Sunday, May 30.

The next Early Bird Raffle takes place June 27 with the next $1,000 winner selection, so get your ticket to win before the next drawing!

Early Bird winners are still eligible for the $15,000 grand prize and other cash prizes the last day of Serb Fest 2021 – www.serbfest.org – taking place July 23, 24, and 25

For raffle tickets call: Mike Jaksich 219-880-6307; David Gerbick 219-588-3604; or the Church Office 219-736-9191. Raffle tickets available for $100 donation per ticket.

 

Historical Society presents gift baskets to Sunday School Scholars

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“Sunday School Scholars” at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, Indiana were awarded surprise book bundles, a collection of “Little Falcons”, which illustrate our Orthodox religion as well as Serbian culture and language.

Each basket contained not only “Little Falcons” but arts and craft supplies, as well as a stuffed animal for each student. One gift basket for each family was assembled by members of St. Sava’s Historical Society of Merrillville Indiana.

Sunday School students toured the Milan Opacich Historical Museum on the last day of Sunday School (Mother’s Day) for the year. The scholars were accompanied by their devoted teachers (left to right): Protinica Vesna Matic, Betsy Kirby, Ursula Brboric, Doris Manojlovic, Gordana Andric.

Several baskets still need to be picked up. Please see any Sunday School teacher.

Blessing of Graves Memorial Day Weekend, May 29 – 31

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With the weekend of Memorial Day approaching, let us remember all of the departed from this life, their names and their deeds, and let us rededicate ourselves to work for peace and good will and love among all people.

Beginning Saturday, May 29 Father Marko Matic will be blessing graves at Graceland and Angelcrest cemeteries in Valparaiso. Sunday, May 30 Father Marko will be blessing graves at our Holy Cross Cemetery at St. Sava Church. Monday, May 31 Father Marko will be blessing graves at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville and Oak Hill Cemetery in Gary. The complete list of times is available below.

In these days when so much is said about the high cost of living, it is fitting to pause on Memorial Day and acknowledge the great price that thousands of others have paid that we might live in this land of freedom, the United States of America.

Memorial Day came as a result of Civil War. This was America’s greatest war – in the lives that were lost, in the issues and principles at stake, in the fact that it was fought on American soil, and in the results that have come from it. American Land flowed red with blood in this terrible conflict. It was fitting that a solemn day of memory be set aside for such a conflict as that.

Just as the Jewish people have their feast of Passover to remind them of their freedom from Egyptian bondage, so America has its Memorial Day to remind us of the Salvation and rebirth of the United States as a free nation.

Since that time, Memorial Day has become a national holiday to honor the dead of all wars. Even more, it has become a day in which fitting remembrance is made of all of our relatives, kumovi and friends who rest in peace.

On this Memorial Day Weekend, let us remember all of the departed from this life, their names and their deeds, and let us rededicate ourselves to work for peace and good will and love among all people.

Memorial Day Weekend May 29-31, 2021

Services offered by Saint Sava Church

Saturday:

  • 10:00 a.m. – Parastos and blessing of graves at the Graceland Cemetery in Valparaiso
  • 12:00 p.m. – Parastos and blessing of graves at the Angelcrest Cemetery in Valparaiso

Sunday:

  • Parastos and blessing of graves at the Holy Cross Cemetery (at Saint Sava Church) immediately after Holy Liturgy

Monday:

  • 10:00 a.m. – Parastos and blessing of graves at the Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville
  • 1:00 p.m. –  Parastos and blessing of graves at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Gary

Donna Winarski – 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 Donna Winarski. Memory eternal.

Donna Winarski (nee Drca), age 56 of St. John, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, May 17, 2021. She was born in Gary, IN on November 5, 1964.

She is survived by her loving husband, Steve; sons: Mike, Nickolas and Steven; sister Millie (Thomas Kus) Djuric; niece Donna (Adam) Bruner and grand niece Cassandra Bruner; nephew and nieces: Adam, Monica, Jessica and Lauryn; great nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents Dusan and Sophia Drca and nephew Steve Djuric.

Funeral service will be held on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Sava Serbvian Orthodox Church, Merrillville with Rev. Marko Matic officiating. At rest St. Johnt. Joseph Cemetery, Hammond, IN.

Friends are invited to visit with Donna’s family on Thursday, May 20, 2021 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the LINCOLN RIDGE FUNERAL HOME, 7607 W. Lincoln Hwy., Schererville (Rt. 30 east of Cline Ave.). Pomen prayer servce Thursday evening at 5:00 p.m.

Donna dearly loved her children and family. She was a member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church and she retired from nursing to be a stay at home mom to her children. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend to everyone.

May she rest in peace.

For more information, please visit: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/nwitimes/name/donna-winarski-obituary?pid=198705948

 

View the Holy Week Schedule of Services at St. Sava in Merrillville

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Everyone is welcome to join with us at St. Sava in Merrillville, Indiana as we commemorate one of the most important times of the year in the Orthodox Church. A complete listing of the Holy Week Schedule of Services is listed below.

Holy Week Schedule of Services

LAZARUS SATURDAY – APRIL 24th 2021

  • Confession at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – VRBICA
  • Holy Communion for children

PALM SUNDAY – APRIL 25th 2021

  • Confession at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00AM

HOLY WEDNESDAY – APRIL 28th 2021

  • Presanctified Divine Liturgy at 9:00AM
  • Holy Unction Service: St. George Church Schererville – 6:00PM

HOLY THURSDAY – APRIL 29th 2021

  • Divine Liturgy at 9:00AM
  • The Great Vigil: Reading of 12 Passion Gospels at 6:00PM

HOLY FRIDAY – APRIL 30th 2021

  • Morning Service / Royal Hours at 10:00AM
  • Vespers with laying of Holy Shroud and Funeral Service at 6:00PM

HOLY SATURDAY – MAY 1st 2021

  • Divine Liturgy at 9:00AM
  • Resurrection Matins at 11:30PM

PASCHA – MAY 2nd 2021

  • Divine Liturgy at 10:00AM

EASTER MONDAY – MAY 3rd 2021

  • Divine Liturgy at 9:00AM

EASTER TUESDAY – MAY 4th 2021

  • Divine Liturgy at 9:00AM

SAINT GEORGE – MAY 6th 2021

  • Divine Liturgy at 9:00AM
  • Followed by cutting of Slava Kolac

Holy Week begins with Lazarus Saturday, Apr. 24 and Palm Sunday, Apr. 25

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Join us for a special day for children as we commemorate Lazarus Saturday (Vrbica Day) with Divine Liturgy and Holy Communion for children beginning at 10:00 a.m. and Confession beginning as early as 9:00 a.m. Saturday, April 24 at St. Sava Church in Merrillville.

Palm Sunday Services begin Sunday, April 25 at 10:00 a.m. with Confession beginning as early as 9:00 a.m.

This weekend marks the beginning of Holy Week with special services taking place daily. A complete list of services is available in the schedule below.

About Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday

Lazarus Saturday is the first day of the Great and Holy Week. On this day we commemorate Jesus raising his friend, Lazarus, from the dead. Lazarus Saturday is a paschal celebration, and is a preview of the Resurrection that we will celebrate one week later. At the Liturgy for this day, Christ is glorified as the Resurrection and the Life, and the baptismal verse “All you who have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ” replaces the Thrice Holy Hymn.  By raising Lazarus, Christ has confirmed that we all will one day be resurrected.

To gather pussywillows we walk in a festive procession on Lazarus Saturday. Coming back is particularly solemn. The clergy in their festive Garb are followed by festively dressed school children. They sing while they walk to the accompaniment of church bells. From the voices of innocent children who carry their willow twigs as a symbol of Christ’s victory reverberates, “HOSANNA…!” it is customary that each child is given a small bell which is rung during the procession thus proclaiming the Solemn Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem.

The picture remains indelible in the minds of children and continues into their later years. This is where the beauty of Orthodoxy is presented to them; this is where true dogmatic beliefs penetrate their souls to grasp resurrection from death. The beautiful holiday Troparion convinces them as well as nature which rested all winter and emerges to show itself stronger and more luxuriant.

Palm Sunday is the holiday which commemorates the solemn entry of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ into Jerusalem six days before the Passover (Matt. 12:1-12).

As Jesus neared the Mount of Olives, He sat on an ass and entered into the Holy City. Throngs of inspired people greeted Him as their King, singing and strewing their garments and green branches in His path as He rode. The crowds followed Him, carrying Palms in their hands and crying, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”

In remembrance of that event the first Christians established the holiday, Palm Sunday. With the celebration of Palm Sunday the custom to bless palm branches was established to celebrate Christ’s victory.

Even prior to the Christian era Palms were awarded as a sign of victory.  Palms, always green, are said by old beliefs, grown out of their ashes. It signifies the glory of a victor who deserves an immortal name.

Heroes were greeted and decorated with palms. Therefore, the people greeted the Savior with palms because nothing could have dissuaded His voluntary sufferings: no Gethsemane horrors, no injustice of Judean courts, no insidious leaders, not even His mother’s love nor Golgotha’s horrible sufferings.

In pictures, palms in the hands of angels or saints represent their victory over the earth and remind us of a beautiful place in Revelations, “Then I saw many people of all languages, generations and races standing before the throne and lamb, dressed in white garb, and palms in their hands.”

The word “palma” according to the Greek fine interpretation was a phoenix with which Christ was met, or in a wider interpretation may mean a bud or a shoot.

In regions where there are no palms, a willow is blessed because it is the first one to become green after winter. It reminds us of a general resurrection. Our presence at the church service with green willows in our hand witnesses our belief in Christ victory over death.

Holy Week Schedule of Services

LAZARUS SATURDAY – APRIL 24th 2021

  • Confession at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – VRBICA
  • Holy Communion for children

PALM SUNDAY – APRIL 25th 2021

  • Confession at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00AM

HOLY WEDNESDAY – APRIL 28th 2021

  • Presanctified Divine Liturgy at 9:00AM
  • Holy Unction Service: St. George Church Schererville – 6:00PM

HOLY THURSDAY – APRIL 29th 2021

  • Divine Liturgy at 9:00AM
  • The Great Vigil: Reading of 12 Passion Gospels at 6:00PM

HOLY FRIDAY – APRIL 30th 2021

  • Morning Service / Royal Hours at 10:00AM
  • Vespers with laying of Holy Shroud and Funeral Service at 6:00PM

HOLY SATURDAY – MAY 1st 2021

  • Divine Liturgy at 9:00AM
  • Resurrection Matins at 11:30PM

PASCHA – MAY 2nd 2021

  • Divine Liturgy at 10:00AM

EASTER MONDAY – MAY 3rd 2021

  • Divine Liturgy at 9:00AM

EASTER TUESDAY – MAY 4th 2021

  • Divine Liturgy at 9:00AM

SAINT GEORGE – MAY 6th 2021

  • Divine Liturgy at 9:00AM
  • Followed by cutting of Slava Kolac