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Summer Camp at St. Sava registration extension deadline – Friday, Jun. 10

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Registration for Summer Camp 2016 at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, Indiana is still open with the registration deadline extended to Friday, June 10 so now is a great time to download the registration form and get it submitted before it is too late.

The summer day camp will take place Monday, Wednesday, and Friday beginning the week of June 13, 2016. Monday and Wednesday will feature fun activities at St. Sava Church in Merrillville and Friday will be a special day of activities at Lemon Lake Park  in Crown Point (6322 West 133rd Avenue, Crown Point, IN 46307).

Children may come for all three days of the camp or only for specific days as noted at time of registration.

The camp is open to ALL children throughout the greater Northwest Indiana and Chicago area communities regardless of religious background. Whether you go to church every Sunday or have never seen the inside of a church, all children are welcome at the St. Sava Summer Camp in Merrillville, Indiana.

Registration is required before June 1 and the form is be available for download from the church website along with news updates about the camp that will be available at www.saintsava.net/blog through the registration deadline.

There is no charge for this camp, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Each day of camp will be hosted by different organizations of the church with special activities planned for each day.

  • Monday, June 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – hosted by Karageorge Choir and Historical Society in the South Wing Social Center of the church.
  • Wednesday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – hosted by Sunday School and Kolo in the South Wing Social Center of the church.
  • Friday, June 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – hosted by Srbadija Folklore Group with drop-off/pick-up taking place directly at Lemon Lake Park.

The camp drop-off and pick-up Monday and Wednesday will take place at St. Sava Church in Merrillville, IN. Friday will be a field day with the day extended to 4 p.m. at Lemon Lake Park in Crown Point, IN (6322 West 133rd Avenue, Crown Point, IN 46307).

The camp is looking for high school and college students to work as chaperones. Please e-mail karen.knezic@saintsava.net to volunteer or request more information.

Visit the St. Sava Merrillville Summer Camp 2016 Facebook Event Page for more information.

Summer Camp at St. Sava registration still open; deadline Wednesday, June 1

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Registration for Summer Camp 2016 at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, Indiana is still open and the registration deadline is Wednesday, June 1 so now is a great time to download the registration form and get it submitted before it is too late.

The summer day camp will take place Monday, Wednesday, and Friday beginning the week of June 13, 2016. Monday and Wednesday will feature fun activities at St. Sava Church in Merrillville and Friday will be a special day of activities at Lemon Lake Park  in Crown Point (6322 West 133rd Avenue, Crown Point, IN 46307).

Children may come for all three days of the camp or only for specific days as noted at time of registration.

The camp is open to ALL children throughout the greater Northwest Indiana and Chicago area communities regardless of religious background. Whether you go to church every Sunday or have never seen the inside of a church, all children are welcome at the St. Sava Summer Camp in Merrillville, Indiana.

Registration is required before June 1 and the form is be available for download from the church website along with news updates about the camp that will be available at www.saintsava.net/blog through the registration deadline.

There is no charge for this camp, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Each day of camp will be hosted by different organizations of the church with special activities planned for each day.

  • Monday, June 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – hosted by Karageorge Choir and Historical Society in the South Wing Social Center of the church.
  • Wednesday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – hosted by Sunday School and Kolo in the South Wing Social Center of the church.
  • Friday, June 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – hosted by Srbadija Folklore Group with drop-off/pick-up taking place directly at Lemon Lake Park.

The camp drop-off and pick-up Monday and Wednesday will take place at St. Sava Church in Merrillville, IN. Friday will be a field day with the day extended to 4 p.m. at Lemon Lake Park in Crown Point, IN (6322 West 133rd Avenue, Crown Point, IN 46307).

The camp is looking for high school and college students to work as chaperones. Please e-mail karen.knezic@saintsava.net to volunteer or request more information.

Visit the St. Sava Merrillville Summer Camp 2016 Facebook Event Page for more information.

Summer Camp 2016 at St. Sava Merrillville – Registration Deadline June 1

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The registration deadline for Summer Camp 2016 at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, Indiana will be June 1 so now is a great time to download the registration form and get it submitted before it is too late.

The summer day camp will take place Monday, Wednesday, and Friday beginning the week of June 13, 2016. Monday and Wednesday will feature fun activities at St. Sava Church in Merrillville and Friday will be a special day of activities at Lemon Lake Park  in Crown Point (6322 West 133rd Avenue, Crown Point, IN 46307).

Children may come for all three days of the camp or only for specific days as noted at time of registration.

The camp is open to ALL children throughout the greater Northwest Indiana and Chicago area communities regardless of religious background. Whether you go to church every Sunday or have never seen the inside of a church, all children are welcome at the St. Sava Summer Camp in Merrillville, Indiana.

Registration is required before June 1 and the form is be available for download from the church website along with news updates about the camp that will be available at www.saintsava.net/blog through the registration deadline.

There is no charge for this camp, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Each day of camp will be hosted by different organizations of the church with special activities planned for each day.

  • Monday, June 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – hosted by Karageorge Choir and Historical Society in the South Wing Social Center of the church.
  • Wednesday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – hosted by Sunday School and Kolo in the South Wing Social Center of the church.
  • Friday, June 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – hosted by Srbadija Folklore Group with drop-off/pick-up taking place directly at Lemon Lake Park.

The camp drop-off and pick-up Monday and Wednesday will take place at St. Sava Church in Merrillville, IN. Friday will be a field day with the day extended to 4 p.m. at Lemon Lake Park in Crown Point, IN (6322 West 133rd Avenue, Crown Point, IN 46307).

The camp is looking for high school and college students to work as chaperones. Please e-mail karen.knezic@saintsava.net to volunteer or request more information.

Visit the St. Sava Merrillville Summer Camp 2016 Facebook Event Page for more information.

Children’s Choir hosts luncheon, brief concert at St. Sava – Palm Sunday, Apr. 24

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The Children’s Choir will host a lenten luncheon with a brief concert taking place immediately after the Divine Liturgy (approximately Noon) celebrating Palm Sunday, April 24 in the South Wing Social Center at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, Indiana.

The luncheon is open to everyone – members of St. Sava Church, community members, and guests. This is a great opportunity for an enjoyable meal, fellowship, and to learn more about Children’s Choir at St. Sava or other ways you can engage and be a part of the St. Sava Church-School Congregation.

The Children’s Choir at St. Sava has had a busy year so far, recently hosting the inaugural Children’s Choir Festival earlier this year in March.

The festival featured more than 100 children singing a variety of songs and playing instruments that celebrated the rich Serbian cultural heritage. A zabava followed the festival for guests to enjoy dancing for the remainder of the evening after the performances were finished. Dinners and beverages were available for purchase throughout the evening.

Visit the website www.saintsava.net/childrenschoir to learn more about the Children’s Choir at St. Sava in Merrillville.

St. Sava announces dates for Summer Camp 2016 in Merrillville

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Summer Camp 2016 at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, Indiana will take place Monday, Wednesday, and Friday beginning the week of June 13, 2016.

Children may come for all three days of the camp or only for specific days as noted at time of registration.

The camp is open to ALL children throughout the greater Northwest Indiana and Chicago area communities regardless of religious background. Whether you go to church every Sunday or have never seen the inside of a church, all children are welcome at the St. Sava Summer Camp in Merrillville, Indiana.

Registration is required before June 1 and the form will be available for download from the church website along with news updates about the camp that will be available at www.saintsava.net/blog through the registration deadline.

There is no charge for this camp, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Each Day of camp will be hosted by different organizations of the church with special activities planned for each day.

  • Monday, June 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – hosted by Karageorge Choir and Historical Society
  • Wednesday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – hosted by Sunday School and Kolo
  • Friday, June 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – hosted by Srbadija Folklore Group

The camp drop-off and pick-up Monday and Wednesday will take place at St. Sava Church in Merrillville, IN. Friday will be a field trip with the day extended to 4 p.m. and the location to-be-determined.

The camp is looking for high school and college students to work as chaperones. Please e-mail karen.knezic@saintsava.net to volunteer or request more information.

Visit the St. Sava Merrillville Summer Camp 2016 Facebook Event Page for more information.

Summer Camp at New Gracanica Monastery offers unique experience for youth

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With the blessing of his Grace Vladika Longin the Federation of Serbian Sisters Circles, in charge of operating the camps at the monastery in the name of the Diocese of New Gracanica and Midwestern America, announces camp registration for summer 2016.

There are four, separate, week-long summer camps suitable for specific grades and ages that will begin June 26, 2016. Applications will be due before May 23, 2016 and pre-registration will be due before May 6, 2016.

  • Week 1 – June 26 through July 2
  • Week 2 – July 3 through July July 9
  • Week 3 – July 10 through July 16
  • Week 4 – July 17 through July 23

Refer to the website www.campgracanica.com for the specific grades/ages, most up-to-date information, download application forms, and learn contact information for camp representatives.

About Summer Camp at Gracanica Monastery

Campers enjoy good meals, religious lessons, arts and crafts activities, Serbian language sessions, church services, and music as they live in the dormitories at the monastery during the camp. In addition there are special treats like the picnic, Great America excursion, Candlelight dinner, talent show and guest speakers.

The Federation of Serbian Sisters Circles operates the camps in the name of the Diocese. The Midwest Region Kolo maintains the Camp at New Gracanica. Through a Camp Committee, the Sisters upgrade the facilities, coordinate the staff and plan the camp season. They also care for the children as if they were their own.

Modern Camp facilities are located in the Administration Building ,where dormitory rooms, dining facilities and classrooms are available. Besides the Camp Director appointed by the Bishop, there is a Camp Priest each week who attends to the spiritual needs of the children. Counselors and workers provide daily supervision. The atmosphere of the monastery grounds provides an ideal atmosphere for the variety of religious, sports, social and cultural activities that occur at camp.

Summer Camp Activities at New Gracanica Monastery include:

  • Religion and heritage classes
  • Serbian language classes
  • Arts and crafts
  • Community service event
  • Bonfire with ćevap picnic
  • A day at the pool
  • Great America
  • Candle Light dinner with speakers
  • Talent show, and lots more!

Guiding Principles of Summer Camp at New Gracanica Monastery

  • Integrate the child into the life of the Church through the life of the camp;
  • Instill into the hearts and minds of our Serbian children, the religion, heritage and traditions of our Serbian Orthodox Church;
  • Learn how to apply this faith to their lives and to practice it within the fellowship of community living;
  • See God’s world as a beautiful gift, to be appreciated and used in a good way;
  • Enable campers to meet children from other church school communities and learn how to get along;
  • Promote good health habits such as cleanliness, enough rest, proper diet, safety, wholesome exercise and respect for the body as God’s;
  • Instruct that one is responsible for one’s own decisions; to teach effective leadership skills.

View images from Children’s Choir Festival 2016 at St. Sava Merrillville

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An album of images is now available at the St. Sava Facebook Page for the Children’s Choir “The Crown of Tones” Children’s Choir Festival that took place Saturday, March 12, 2016 at St. Sava Church in Merrillville, Indiana.

The festival featured more than 100 children singing a variety of songs and playing instruments that celebrated the rich Serbian cultural heritage. A zabava followed the festival for guests to enjoy dancing for the remainder of the evening after the performances were finished. Dinners and beverages were available for purchase throughout the evening.

The special event took place in the new Pavilion at St. Sava, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, IN 46410. The Pavilion facility and the South Wing Social Center are available to the general public for rental for a variety of events including weddings, parties, business meetings, tradeshows, conferences, and more requiring small, medium, and large event venue space.

Youth choirs from churches around the midwest shared their talents including St. Sava Serbian Church, Merrillville, IN; St. George Serbian Church, Schererville, IN; KORNELIJE STANKOVIĆ of St. George Serbian Church, East Chicago, IN; BRANKIĆI of Holy Resurrection Cathedral, Chicago, IL; and St. Sava Serbian Cathedral, Milwaukee, WI. The youth orchestra GRAČANICA from New Gračanica, Third Lake, IL also performed.

Visit the website www.saintsava.net/childrenschoir to learn more about the Children’s Choir at St. Sava in Merrillville.

If you are a Facebook user, please take a few moments to view the images below or login to your Facebook account and tag your friends in the photos so we can share these images with everyone who attended.

Image Gallery

Below are the first 25 images from the Children’s Choir Festival event. To view more than 130 images from the event, visit our Facebook Album at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.987668891310912.1073741840.192651084146034&type=3

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To view more than 130 images from the event, visit our Facebook Album at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.987668891310912.1073741840.192651084146034&type=3

Children’s Choir at St. Sava Church announces program and song list for Festival – Saturday, Mar. 12

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The Children’s Choir Festival has released the program and song list for the special performances taking place Saturday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Sava Church in Merrillville, Indiana.

The Children’s Choir of St. Sava Church will be playing festival host under the direction of Ivana Stankovich. The festival titled “The Crown of Tones” will feature children singing a variety of songs that celebrate the rich Serbian cultural heritage. This special event will take place in the new Pavilion at St. Sava, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, IN 46410.

Youth choirs from churches around the midwest will share their talents including St. Sava Serbian Church, Merrillville, IN; St. George Serbian Church, Schererville, IN; KORNELIJE STANKOVIĆ of St. George Serbian Church, East Chicago, IN; BRANKIĆI of Holy Resurrection Cathedral, and St. Sava Serbian Cathedral, Milwaukee, WI.

Youth orchestra GRAČANICA from New Gračanica, Third Lake, IL will also be performing.

Program and Song List for “Crown of Tones” Children’s Choir Festival 2016

1.”GRAČANICA” ORCHESTRA ­– Gračanica Monastery, Third Lake, Illinois

  • SERBIAN SPLET­ – INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
  • PRED IKONOM SVETOG SAVE  – Solo with guitar –­ Niki Medanović

Head of orchestra ­– Miroslav Medanović

2. Children’s Choir ”SAINT SAVA” – ­ St. Sava Church, Merrillville, Indiana

  • SERBIAN TRADITIONAL SONGS ­ – SPLET
  • SIMONIDA
  • FILI, FILI, FILIA
  • BUDIMO LJUDI ­– SONG ABOUT PATRIARCH PAVLE

Choir Director­ – Ivana Stanković
Guitar ­ – Vasilije Vasko Stanković
Flute ­ – Ivana Filipović

3. Children’s Choir “SAINT SAVA” – St. Sava Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • BOGORODICE DJEVO
  • TJELO HRISTOVO
  • SVETI SAVO
  • MARŠIRALA KRALJA PETRA GARDA
  • OJ, SRBIJO

Choir Director – Jennifer Sweetland
Substitute ­– Mirjana Ubiparipović Brankov

4. Children’s Choir ” BRANKIĆI”­ – Holy Resurrection Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois

  • HRISTOS DODJE MEDJU NAS
  • NEBESKA SRBIJA
  • KAD TE VIDIM NA SOKAKU
  • MOLIMO ZA FINU TIŠINU

Choir Director – Jelena Vranić
Substitute – Jelena Stojaković

5. Children’s Choir ”KORNELIJE STANKOVIĆ”­ – St. George Church, East Chicago, Illinois

  • RASTKO
  • TRISVETO ­ SVJATI BOŽE
  • TROPAR SVETOM DJORDJU
  • KOSOVSKI BOŽUROVI

Choir Director – ­Tatjana Nenadović

6. Children’s Choir ”SAINT GEORGE”­ – St. George Church, Schererville, Indiana

  • MARIJO SLAVNA
  • SPLET OJ, SRBIJO

Choir Director­ – Tijana Samardžija

Youth from Brankici at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago to perform at St. Sava Choir Fest – Saturday, Mar. 12

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Youth from Brankici at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Redwood Drive in Chicago will be among many children’s choirs from around the midwest performing at the inaugural “Crown of Tones” Children’s Choir Festival event taking place March 12 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Sava Church in Merrillville, Indiana.

The Children’s Choir of St. Sava will be playing festival host under the direction of Ivana Stankovich. The festival titled “The Crown of Tones” will feature children singing a variety of songs and playing instruments that celebrate the rich Serbian cultural heritage. This special event will take place in the new Pavilion at St. Sava, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, IN 46410.

Youth choirs from churches around the midwest will share their talents including St. Sava Serbian Church, Merrillville, IN; St. George Serbian Church, Schererville, IN; St. George Serbian Church, East Chicago, IN; Holy Resurrection Serbian Cathedral of Redwood Drive, Chicago, IL; and St. Sava Serbian Cathedral, Milwaukee, WI.

The Youth orchestra from New Gračanica, Third Lake, IL will also be performing.

The Gracanica Orkestra was formed three years ago after a successful Sveti Sava performance which was created by parents and choreographer Miroslav Medanovic with Suzana Andjelkovic and Milorad Todorovic. When the children showed interest in learning to play Serbian songs, it lead to creating the Gracanica Orkestra.

The mission of Gracanica Folklore continues as the younger generations show interest and join the Orkestra, sharing knowledge and love of our traditional Serbian music.

More details will appear in the coming weeks. Please follow the St. Sava Merrillville, Indiana Facebook Page, “The Crown of Tones” Facebook Event, and the www.saintsava.net website for more.

The story behind the Children’s Choir and Festival at St. Sava – Saturday, Mar. 12

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Something special can be heard in the hallways outside the practice rooms at St. Sava Church in recent weeks. Children can be heard singing, but that alone isn’t what is so special – it’s how they are singing that makes the sounds truly unique.

The children aren’t just singing along, reading words from pieces of paper. They are using their hearts and minds, filling the songs with spirit and doing their best to hit just the right notes every step along the way. It’s thoughtful work that requires precise thinking, but also requires the young performers to feel the music to make it come alive. They are learning the true art and science of choral singing in the Serbian and Orthodox tradition.

It’s how the young children have been practicing for weeks as they prepare for their performance this weekend at the Children’s Choir Festival, “The Crown of Tones.” It’s a festival featuring children from churches in Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin coming together to sing a variety of songs and playing instruments that celebrate the rich Serbian cultural heritage.

It’s an opportunity for you to see and hear Serbian tradition come alive through the voices and talents of the next generation at this special event that will take place beginning Saturday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the new Pavilion at St. Sava, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, IN 46410. The children would greatly appreciate your support, being in the audience, and cheering for their good work.

Building young talent, building tradition

The Children’s Choir Festival “The Crown of Tones” wouldn’t have been possible if it were not for the creation of a Children’s Choir at St. Sava.

For more than 100 years St. Sava Church has long been a center for culture and spirituality, providing opportunity for people of all ages to refine their talents and celebrate their traditions through music and dance.

The opportunity to expand the choral offerings for youth and a chance to build new traditions began December 7, 2014 with the blessings of Father Marko and Father Bogdan as the St. Sava Children’s Choir was officially established.

The organization began with a goal of gathering children who have a love for music and an interest to learn the language and culture our their ancestors.

The choir currently has 14 members from the ages of 5 to 12. Their repertoire consists of several children’s spiritual and old Serbian songs with a few solos for children with an advanced talent.

During rehearsals, much emphasis is put on development of the children’s voices. The choir spends time on musical literacy, leaning notes and musical terminology, as well as development of the feeling for the melody, the rhythm, and the dynamics of the music.

Over the past year, our choir has added 15 pieces to the repertoire and has made several appearances at Church functions, as well as throughout the region.

The choir is directed by Ivana Stankovic accompanied by Vasilije Vasko Stankovic on guitar. The St. Sava Children’s Choir wins our audiences and is aimed at increasing the number of children in the choir, as well as developing older singing groups.

The Children’s Choir meets once or twice a week, generally Tuesdays and Thursdays at St. Sava. Every child is welcome, but will have a small audition for the sake of the director determining the level of the child’s musical ability.

Bringing talents together for “The Crown of Tones” – Saturday, March 12

With increasing numbers of youth joining the Children’s Choir at St. Sava, along with their many performances throughout the region, the parents and leadership of the Children’s Choir sought to bring talents from around the area for a special showcase performance in the new Pavilion at St. Sava in Merrillville, Indiana.

The special Children’s Choir Festival “The Crown of Tones” was created.

Children’s choirs from around the midwest will be performing at the inaugural Children’s Choir Festival taking place March 12 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Sava Church in Merrillville, Indiana.

The Children’s Choir of St. Sava is playing festival host under the direction of Ivana Stankovich. The festival titled “The Crown of Tones” will feature children singing a variety of songs and playing instruments that celebrate the rich Serbian cultural heritage.

Youth choirs from churches around the midwest will share their talents including St. Sava Serbian Church, Merrillville, IN; St. George Serbian Church, Schererville, IN; St. George Serbian Church, East Chicago, IN; Holy Resurrection Serbian Cathedral of Redwood Drive, Chicago, IL; and St. Sava Serbian Cathedral, Milwaukee, WI.

The Youth orchestra from New Gračanica, Third Lake, IL will also be performing.

The Gracanica Orkestra was formed three years ago after a successful Sveti Sava performance which was created by parents and choreographer Miroslav Medanovic with Suzana Andjelkovic and Milorad Todorovic. When the children showed interest in learning to play Serbian songs, it lead to creating the Gracanica Orkestra.

The mission of Gracanica Orkestra continues as the younger generations show interest and join the Orkestra, sharing knowledge and love of traditional Serbian music.

For more details, please follow the St. Sava Merrillville, Indiana Facebook Page, “The Crown of Tones” Facebook Event, and the www.saintsava.net website.