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St. George East Chicago Children’s Choir to perform at St. Sava Choir Fest – Saturday, Mar. 12

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Youth from the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in East Chicago, Indiana will be among many children’s choirs from around the midwest performing at the inaugural 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.

Gracanica Orkestra Among Performers at St. Sava Merrillville Choir Festival – Saturday, March 12

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

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 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 mission of Gracanica Orkestra is to continue sharing knowledge and love of our traditional Serbian music. The Gracanica Orkestra performed at numerous Sveti Sava programs, and was showcased on Chicago’s Channel 7 along with Gracanica Folklore.

The mission of Gracanica Folklore continues as the younger generations show interest and join the Orkestra. Gracanica Folklore is grateful to all the efforts of the founding parents, as well as the children and their parents, Clergy and Parishes working diligently to incorporate music into the Orthodox growth of our children.

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.

St. Sava Milwaukee Children Among Performers at St. Sava Merrillville Choir Festival – Saturday, Mar. 12

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The Children’s Choir of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Milwaukee, Wisconsin will be among many children’s choirs from around the midwest performing at the inaugural 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 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; and St. Sava Serbian Cathedral, Milwaukee, WI.

Youth orchestras from New Gračanica, Third Lake, IL and St. George Serbian Church, Joliet, IL will also be performing. Additional youth choirs are working on confirming participation so check back for updates.

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.

St. Sava Hosts Inaugural Children’s Choir Festival – Saturday, Mar. 12

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

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 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; and St. Sava Serbian Cathedral, Milwaukee, WI.

Youth orchestras from New Gračanica, Third Lake, IL and St. George Serbian Church, Joliet, IL will also be performing. Additional youth choirs are working on confirming participation so check back for updates.

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.

St. George Children’s Choir Among Performers at St. Sava Choir Festival – Saturday, Mar. 12

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The Children’s Choir of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church of Schererville, Indiana will be among the many children’s choirs from around the midwest performing at the inaugural 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 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, Joliet, IL; and St. Sava Serbian Church, Milwaukee, WI. A youth orchestra from New Gračanica, Third Lake, IL will also be performing. Additional youth choirs are working on confirming participation so check back for updates.

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.

St. Sava Children’s Choir Performs in Joliet, IL; Srbadija Performs in Lansing, IL – Saturday, Feb. 20

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The Children’s Choir and Srbadija Folklore Group of St. Sava Church in Merrillville, Indiana will both be traveling this weekend to perform at Serbian Churches in Illinois as they share their talents at special dances and festivals. Please share and join our youth to offer your support as they celebrate Serbian culture and heritage.

Srbadija Folklore Group (www.saintsava.net/folklore) will perform at the St. Archangel Michael Folklore Group 50th Anniversary Festival in Lansing, Illinois Saturday, Feb. 20. at 6:00 p.m.

The event will celebrate 50 years of song and dance at the Serbian Social Center located at 18550 Stony Island Avenue, Lansing, IL 60438. This is a special opportunity to celebrate old friendships, make new friendships, and make memories.

For more information about this special event at St. Archangel Michael, please contact Natasa Bastaic at kolo.lansing@gmail.com.

The Children’s Choir (www.saintsava.net/childrens-choir) will perform at a special dance hosted by St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Joliet, Illinois taking place Saturday, February 20 at 6:00 p.m.

The dance will take place at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, 300 Stryker Avenue, Joliet, IL 60436.

The Children’s Choir of St. Sava have been invited to perform numerous times over the past year at events including the 2015 World Cultural Festival in Valparaiso, Indiana and a special performance at St. Sava Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Children’s Choir of St. Sava will host a Children’s Choir Festival titled “The Crown of Tones” taking place Saturday, March 12, 2016 in the new Pavilion at St. Sava Church in Merrillville, Indiana.

For more information about the March 12 Children’s Choir Festival, visit our Facebook Event at www.facebook.com/events/1535545033426865/ or learn more about the Children’s Choir at St. Sava at www.saintsava.net/childrens-choir at our website.

Children’s Choir of St. Sava to Perform at Dance at St. George, Joliet, IL – Saturday, Feb. 20

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The Children’s Choir of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church of Merrillville, Indiana will be traveling to perform at a special dance hosted by St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Joliet, Illinois taking place Saturday, February 20 at 6:00 p.m.

The dance will take place at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, 300 Stryker Avenue, Joliet, IL 60436.

The Children’s Choir of St. Sava have been invited to perform numerous times over the past year at events including the 2015 World Cultural Festival in Valparaiso, Indiana and a special performance at St. Sava Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Children’s Choir of St. Sava will host a Children’s Choir Festival titled “The Crown of Tones” taking place Saturday, March 12, 2016 in the new Pavilion at St. Sava Church in Merrillville, Indiana.

For more information about the March 12 Children’s Choir Festival, visit our Facebook Event at www.facebook.com/events/1535545033426865/ or learn more about the Children’s Choir at St. Sava at www.saintsava.net/childrens-choir at our website.

Children’s Choir Festival at St. Sava – Save-the-Date – Saturday, March 12

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Save-the-date to celebrate the talents of youth choirs from around the midwest at a first-ever 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 at 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 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, Joliet, IL; and St. Sava Serbian Church, Milwaukee, WI. A youth orchestra from New Gračanica, Third Lake, IL will also be performing. Additional youth choirs are working on confirming participation so check back for updates.

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.

 

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.