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Serb Fest Cash Raffle “Early Bird Drawing” during Serbian Day Celebration – Sunday, July 23

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The last “Early Bird Drawing” for the Serb Fest Annual Cash Raffle before the big festival will take place at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, July 23, 2017 during the Annual “Serbian Day Celebration” with the winner taking home $1,000.

This last “Early Bird Drawing” will take place at at St. Sava Church during the annual Serbian Day celebration where roast lamb, pig, bake sale items, and beverages will be available for purchase and open to the public.

The annual Serbian Day – Srpski Dan celebration begins at 10:00 a.m. with Divine Liturgy, Litija to Legacy Tree, and Parastos for General Draza Mihailovic.

Tickets for the Serb Fest Annual Cash Raffle are available through multiple volunteer ticket sellers associated with the church. You can call ahead to the Church Office at 219-736-9191 if you would like to pick-up a ticket during regular office hours Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

You can also call Raffle Committee Leaders Mike Jaksich at 219-880-6307 or David Gerbick at 219-588-3604 to arrange to pick-up your tickets. Again, tickets are also available from other ticket sellers associated with the church.

This “Early Bird Drawing” is one of 18 total prizes in the annual raffle where a grand prize winner, chosen the last day of the Serb Fest, takes home $25,000.

Early Bird Winners are still eligible for the final drawing which will take place the last day of the Serb Fest, Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

There are only 1,000 tickets sold for the entire raffle. Tickets are a $100 donation and the winner need not be present.

The St. Sava Serb Fest will take place Friday, August 4 through Sunday, August 6 at the St. Sava Church and Pavilion, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, IN 46410.

Learn more about Serb Fest 2017 by visiting www.serbfest.org and join us to celebrate at St. Sava in Merrillville, Indiana!

Annual Serb Fest Cash Raffle Prize Listing

  • Grand Prize – $25,000
  • 2nd Prize – $10,000
  • 3rd Prize – $5,000
  • 4th – 6th Prize – $1,000
  • 7th-16th Prize – $500
  • 17th Prize – $1,000 – Early Bird Drawing July 23rd
  • 18th Prize – $1,000 – Early Bird Drawing June 4th

The Serb Fest Cash Raffle is organized by St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, Indiana Gaming Commission license number 144550. The license is on file with the Church Office.

Register now for Serb Fest 2017 Golf Outing – Friday, Aug. 4

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Register your foursome or individually for the St. Sava Serb Fest Golf Outing taking place Friday, August 4 at River Pointe Country Club in Hobart, Indiana.

Player check-in at the course begins at 10:00 a.m. and shotgun start at 11:30 a.m.

Includes 18-holes of golf with cart, refreshments, lunch buffet at St. Sava with spit roasted lamb, spit roasted pig, cevaps, sarma (stuffed cabbage), salad, homemade baked goods, and two drink tickets.

  • 2 Longest Drive Holes
  • 2 Closest to the Pin Holes

Cost: Per Person $115 / Foursome $440

Registration deadline is Tuesday, August 1 – call the St. Sava Office at 219-736-9191 for more information.

Long known, and still referred to by some as the Gary Works Supervisor’s Club, River Pointe Country Club maintains 27 holes, spanning three “mix and match” 9s, offering country-club conditions, and beautiful natural surroundings Golfers will enjoy with the course’s fun yet challenging layout.

Manda (Andrejich) Ellesin – 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 Manda (Andrejich) Ellesin. Memory eternal.

Manda (Andrejich) Ellesin (nee Sertic), age 91 of Hammond, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Manda was born on January 11, 1926 in East Chicago, IN to parents Joseph and Maria Sertic. She was a devoted member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, and member and treasurer of the St Sava Serbian Sisters (Kolo).

She will be remembered for her dedication and working long hours making nut rolls and strudels for many church functions, she was also known for her famous “tortes”. Manda was employed by Inland Steel Company and worked in the Executive Dining Room.

She was very dedicated to her family and her church. Manda always put everyone else first and never wanted anything in return. She will be remembered as one class act loved by everyone young and old. Manda was dearly loved by her family and many friends for her warm heart, giving spirit, unique talents, and drive to live each day to the max.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Srbo Andrejich; parents Maria and Joseph Sertic; brother, John (Grace) Sertic. Manda is survived by her beloved children, son, Tom (Cintia) Andrejich; daughter, Sonja (Vinko) Mancich; her six loving grandchildren: Tony Mancich, Daniella (Dustin) Shurlow, Nick, Mitchell, Jacqueline and Christina Andrejich. She was a devoted and loving grandmother (Baba).

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 22, 2017 at the Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft St, Merrillville from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Pomen Service at 7:00 p.m. V. Rev. Marko Matic officiating.

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

We have been blessed to have had her all these years and she will be truly missed by all who knew her and loved her.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St, Merrillville, IN 46410, or Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, 200 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601. For further information please call Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (219) 736-5840.

Folklore groups “Studenica” and “Hilandar” from Niagara Falls, Ontario to perform at St. Sava Intercultural Dance Festival in Merrillville – Saturday, May 20

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Folklore groups “Studenica” and “Hilandar” from St. George Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church of Niagara Falls, Ontario in Canada will be among many groups performing at the Intercultural Dance Festival 2017 Saturday, May 20 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at St. Sava Church, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, IN.

The folklore tradition at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada traces its roots back to December of 1970. Throughout the years there have been several choreographers.

In 1994 Nikola Jovic was offered the position of Choreographer / Director of St. George Folklore group “Studenica ” and it was with great pride that he accepted this position with dancers ranging in age from 5-15.

With membership of the folklore growing, in keeping with the Monastery theme, the groups ” Decani” and “Hilandar” were established in 2000. The groups have traveled and performed throughout the USA & Southern Ontario.

The members have learned and performed a large variety of dances representing various regions from our homeland of Serbia. They have performed with great pride and dignity knowing that they were not only sharing their love and knowledge of Serbian culture but also meeting and preserving friendship that would last a lifetime.

The folklore groups ” Decani”, ” Hilandar” and “Studenica” consist of proud & enthusiastic Serbian dancers ranging from the ages of 5 – 20. Nikola Jovic has been our Choreographer / Director from 1994 – 2001 and from 2007 – present.

Current Leadership of Folklore groups “Studenica” and “Hilandar”
– St. George Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church of Niagara Falls, Ontario in Canada

  • PRESIDENT: Mr. Dalibor Kokir
  • VICE PRESIDENT: Mr. Milorad Halavanja
  • SECRETARY: Mrs. Anka Basara
  • TREASURER: Mr. Darko Filipovic
  • DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER: Mr. Nikola Jovic
  • ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER: Mr. Petar Vucenovic
  • Facebook page is FOLKLORE STUDENICA

Folklore groups “Studenica” and “Hilandar” will join Srbadija Folklore, the youth folklore dance group at St. Sava, and many other dance groups as they perform in this special showcase of dance from different cultures and delight all with Serbian cuisine and the famous bake sale available during the event. Approximately 12 different dance groups have confirmed they will be performing and will be sharing their talents.

This will be the third consecutive year of the Intercultural Festival hosted in the new Pavilion at St. Sava that draws hundreds of people and unites through culture and dance.

This year there will be some familiar dance groups from previous festivals and some new additions to the lineup. More details of the names of the groups performing and some background about what you can expect to experience will be posted in the weeks and days leading up to the event.

This year groups representing Serbian, Polish, and other Eastern European nationalities will be performing, with more groups still joining the lineup. Performers this year will be traveling from as far away as Alberta, Niagara Falls, and Ontario in Canada.

Previous dance festivals have featured groups representing different regions of Serbia, Mexico, Greece, Ireland, and India in the performance.

Please save the Saturday, May 20 date to join us for the Third Annual Intercultural Festival, hosted by Srbadija Folklore, at St. Sava Church, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, IN 46410.

Intercultural Dance Festival 2017 Performers

  • Balkanske Igre – Chicago
  • Opanak – Edmonton, Alberta – Canada
  • St. Elijah – Merrillville – Frula
  • St. George – Niagara Falls, Canada
  • St. George – Schererville – Tromedja
  • St. Raphael Kalinowski Polish School Polish Group – Munster
  • St. Sava – Merrillville – Srbadija
  • St. Stevan Dečanski – Detroit – Rasko
  • Sts. Cyril and Methodius Srpska Mladost – Guelph,  Ontario
  • Sts. Peter & Paul MOC – Crown Point – Kitka
  • Sts. Peter & Paul Parish – Oakville, Ontario

“Intercultural Dance Festival 2017” at St. Sava in Merrillville begins at 6:00 p.m. – Saturday, May 20

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A special showcase of dance from different cultures along with Serbian cuisine and the famous bake sale will all be on display at the third annual “Intercultural Dance Festival” taking place Saturday, May 20 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, Indiana.

Approximately 12 different dance groups have confirmed they will be performing and will be sharing their talents. This will be the third consecutive year of the Intercultural Festival hosted in the new Pavilion at St. Sava that draws hundreds of people and unites through culture and dance.

This year there will be some familiar dance groups from previous festivals and some new additions to the lineup. Some of the performers have been featured throughout the week and their information is available at the St. Sava website (www.saintsava.net/blog).

This year groups representing Serbian, Polish, and other Eastern European nationalities will be performing, with more groups still joining the lineup. Performers this year will be traveling from as far away as Alberta, Niagara Falls, and Ontario in Canada.

Previous dance festivals have featured groups representing different regions of Serbia, Mexico, Greece, Ireland, and India in the performance.

Please save the Saturday, May 20 date to join us for the Third Annual Intercultural Festival, hosted by Srbadija Folklore, at St. Sava Church, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, IN 46410.

Intercultural Dance Festival 2017 Performers

  • Balkanske Igre – Chicago
  • Opanak – Edmonton, Alberta – Canada
  • St. Elijah – Merrillville – Frula
  • St. George – Niagara Falls, Canada
  • St. George – Schererville – Tromedja
  • St. Raphael Kalinowski Polish School Polish Group – Munster
  • St. Sava – Merrillville – Srbadija
  • St. Stevan Dečanski – Detroit – Rasko
  • Sts. Cyril and Methodius Srpska Mladost – Guelph,  Ontario
  • Sts. Peter & Paul MOC – Crown Point – Kitka
  • Sts. Peter & Paul Parish – Oakville, Ontario

“Opanak” from Edmonton, Alberta to perform at St. Sava Intercultural Dance Festival in Merrillville – Saturday, May 20

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Opanak, a Serbian folklore group from Edmonton, Alberta in Western Canada will be among many groups performing at the Intercultural Dance Festival 2017 Saturday, May 20 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at St. Sava Church, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, IN.

Today the Serbian Dance Association Opanak consists of six different age groups. The Serbian Dance Association Opanak was founded in 1959 beginning with only 15 members with rehearsals taking place in the basement of the family household.

Since 1986 the number of members has been constantly increasing and the folk group Opanak now practices at the premises of their local church-school community.

The majority of active members are children and young people. Opanak strives to unite people through music, song and dance in order to keep the Serbian culture alive.

Many young people have been a part of Opanak with numerous appearances at Serbian folklore festivals through the United States and Canada. Opanak was part of the Heritage Festival from the very start as well as the opening ceremonies at the University Games in Edmonton (see more about Opanak at http://www.facebook.com/Edmonton.Opanak/).

Performers from Serbian Dance Association Opanak will join Srbadija Folklore, the youth folklore dance group at St. Sava, and many other dance groups as they perform in this special showcase of dance from different cultures and delight all with Serbian cuisine and the famous bake sale available during the event. Approximately 12 different dance groups have confirmed they will be performing and will be sharing their talents.

This will be the third consecutive year of the Intercultural Festival hosted in the new Pavilion at St. Sava that draws hundreds of people and unites through culture and dance.

This year there will be some familiar dance groups from previous festivals and some new additions to the lineup. More details of the names of the groups performing and some background about what you can expect to experience will be posted in the weeks and days leading up to the event.

This year groups representing Serbian, Polish, and other Eastern European nationalities will be performing, with more groups still joining the lineup. Performers this year will be traveling from as far away as Alberta, Niagara Falls, and Ontario in Canada.

Previous dance festivals have featured groups representing different regions of Serbia, Mexico, Greece, Ireland, and India in the performance.

Please save the Saturday, May 20 date to join us for the Third Annual Intercultural Festival, hosted by Srbadija Folklore, at St. Sava Church, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, IN 46410.

Intercultural Dance Festival 2017 Performers

  • Balkanske Igre – Chicago
  • Opanak – Edmonton, Alberta – Canada
  • St. Elijah – Merrillville – Frula
  • St. George – Niagara Falls, Canada
  • St. George – Schererville – Tromedja
  • St. Raphael Kalinowski Polish School Polish Group – Munster
  • St. Sava – Merrillville – Srbadija
  • St. Stevan Dečanski – Detroit – Rasko
  • Sts. Cyril and Methodius Srpska Mladost – Guelph,  Ontario
  • Sts. Peter & Paul MOC – Crown Point – Kitka
  • Sts. Peter & Paul Parish – Oakville, Ontario

“Folklorna Grupa Kosovski Bozuri” from Oakville, Ontario to perform at St. Sava Intercultural Dance Festival in Merrillville – Saturday, May 20

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Folklorna Grupa Kosovski Bozuri from Oakville, Ontario will be among many groups performing at the Intercultural Dance Festival 2017 Saturday, May 20 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at St. Sava Church, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, IN.

Folklorna Grupa Kosovski Bozuri are from a small Serbian community at the Church of St. Peter and Paul in Oakville, Ontario.  The group consists of two smaller groups, Dukati 4-8 years old and Biseri 9-14. The group gathers together to teach the children the true art and pride of the Serbian heritage through dance and culture.

Performers from Folklorna Grupa Kosovski Bozuri will join Srbadija Folklore, the youth folklore dance group at St. Sava, and many other dance groups as they perform in this special showcase of dance from different cultures and delight all with Serbian cuisine and the famous bake sale available during the event. Approximately 12 different dance groups have confirmed they will be performing and will be sharing their talents.

This will be the third consecutive year of the Intercultural Festival hosted in the new Pavilion at St. Sava that draws hundreds of people and unites through culture and dance.

This year there will be some familiar dance groups from previous festivals and some new additions to the lineup. More details of the names of the groups performing and some background about what you can expect to experience will be posted in the weeks and days leading up to the event.

This year groups representing Serbian, Polish, and other Eastern European nationalities will be performing, with more groups still joining the lineup. Performers this year will be traveling from as far away as Alberta, Niagara Falls, and Ontario in Canada.

Previous dance festivals have featured groups representing different regions of Serbia, Mexico, Greece, Ireland, and India in the performance.

Please save the Saturday, May 20 date to join us for the Third Annual Intercultural Festival, hosted by Srbadija Folklore, at St. Sava Church, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, IN 46410.

Intercultural Dance Festival 2017 Performers

  • Balkanske Igre – Chicago
  • Opanak – Edmunton, Alberta – Canada
  • St. Elijah – Merrillville – Frula
  • St. George – Niagara Falls, Canada
  • St. George – Schererville – Tromedja
  • St. Raphael Kalinowski Polish School Polish Group – Munster
  • St. Sava – Merrillville – Srbadija
  • St. Stevan Dečanski – Detroit – Rasko
  • Sts. Cyril and Methodius Srpska Mladost – Guelph,  Ontario
  • Sts. Peter & Paul MOC – Crown Point – Kitka
  • Sts. Peter & Paul Parish – Oakville, Ontario

St. Raphael Kalinowski Polish School from Munster to perform at St. Sava Intercultural Dance Festival in Merrillville – Saturday, May 20

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St. Raphael Kalinowski Polish School from Munster, IN will be among many groups performing at the Intercultural Dance Festival 2017 Saturday, May 20 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at St. Sava Church, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, IN.

St. Raphael Kalinowski Polish School, located at 1628 N. Ridge road in Munster, Indiana at the Carmelite Fathers Monastery, was founded in 1968 and is the only Polish Language and Dance school in Indiana (http://www. polskaszkolakalinowskiego.org).

This year St. Raphael Kalinowski Polish School has 112 students from preschool to high school learning Polish Language, History, Geography, Religion and national and folk dances. The school is under patronage of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America and run by a School Board. Mrs. Malgorzata Czachor is School Principle.

At the Intercultural Dance Festival 2017 the after school dance group from St. Raphael Kalinowski Polish School will perform “Mala Polska” (Little Poland). The dance group consists of 12 students ages from 6-12 years old. Mrs. Agata Wilgocki is our dance instructor.

Youth from St. Raphael Kalinowski Polish School will join Srbadija Folklore, the youth folklore dance group at St. Sava, and many other dance groups as they perform in this special showcase of dance from different cultures and delight all with Serbian cuisine and the famous bake sale available during the event. Approximately 12 different dance groups have confirmed they will be performing and will be sharing their talents.

This will be the third consecutive year of the Intercultural Festival hosted in the new Pavilion at St. Sava that draws hundreds of people and unites through culture and dance.

This year there will be some familiar dance groups from previous festivals and some new additions to the lineup. More details of the names of the groups performing and some background about what you can expect to experience will be posted in the weeks and days leading up to the event.

This year groups representing Serbian, Polish, and other Eastern European nationalities will be performing, with more groups still joining the lineup. Performers this year will be traveling from as far away as Alberta, Niagara Falls, and Ontario in Canada.

Previous dance festivals have featured groups representing different regions of Serbia, Mexico, Greece, Ireland, and India in the performance.

Please save the Saturday, May 20 date to join us for the Third Annual Intercultural Festival, hosted by Srbadija Folklore, at St. Sava Church, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, IN 46410.

“Srpska Mladost” from Ontario to perform at St. Sava Intercultural Dance Fest in Merrillville – Saturday, May 20

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Serbian Assembly Dance Group “Srpska Mladost” from Guelph, Ontario will be among many groups performing at the Intercultural Dance Festival 2017 Saturday, May 20 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at St. Sava Church, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, IN.

Performers from “Srpska Mladost” are part of  Sts. Cyril and Methodius parish. The group was founded in September 2014 in effort to preserve heritage, language, and collaborate with other Serbian dance groups in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in southwestern Ontario, Canada.

“Srpska Mladost” will join Srbadija Folklore, the youth folklore dance group at St. Sava, and many other dance groups as they perform in this special showcase of dance from different cultures and delight all with Serbian cuisine and the famous bake sale available during the event. Approximately 12 different dance groups have confirmed they will be performing and will be sharing their talents.

This will be the third consecutive year of the Intercultural Festival hosted in the new Pavilion at St. Sava that draws hundreds of people and unites through culture and dance.

This year there will be some familiar dance groups from previous festivals and some new additions to the lineup. More details of the names of the groups performing and some background about what you can expect to experience will be posted in the weeks and days leading up to the event.

This year groups representing Serbian, Polish, and other Eastern European nationalities will be performing, with more groups still joining the lineup. Performers this year will be traveling from as far away as Alberta, Niagara Falls, and Ontario in Canada.

Previous dance festivals have featured groups representing different regions of Serbia, Mexico, Greece, Ireland, and India in the performance.

Please save the Saturday, May 20 date to join us for the Third Annual Intercultural Festival, hosted by Srbadija Folklore, at St. Sava Church, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, IN 46410.

Nada Samardzija – 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 Nada Samardzija. Memory eternal.

Nada Samardzija age 92 (March 9, 1925 – May 12, 2017)  passed away Friday, May 12, 2017.

She was an active member of St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church and its Circle of Serbian Sisters. Nada was retired from St Mary Medical Center with many years of service. She is preceded in death by her husband Nikola, daughter Mira and her parents Stojan & Milica (Mandic) Janjatovic also her brothers Dane & Milan.

Nada is survived by her 2 beloved children Milan(Sharon) Samardzija & Milica (William) Maddocks; she was a devoted and loving grandmother (Baba) to her 3 cherished grandchildren Nadia (Frank) Jaeger, Mara Katherine Maddocks and Petra Samardzija, & three sisters in Serbia – Staka, Radmila and Smilija.

Visitation will take place Monday, May 15, 2016 at the Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft St, Merrillville, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with Pomen Service at 7:00 p.m. V. Rev Marko Matic officiating.

Funeral Services will take place Tuesday, directly at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St, Merrillville. Interment will take place privately at the New Gracanica Monastery in Lake Villa, Illinois.

We have been blessed to have had her all these years and she will be truly missed by all who knew her and loved her.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St, Merrillville, IN 46410, Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, 200 N. Michigan Ave #502, Chicago, IL 60601 or Hospice of the Calumet Area, 600 Superior Ave, Munster, IN 46321.

For further information please call Calumet Park Funeral Chapel at (219) 736-5840.