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Serb Fest 2017 Golf Outing at St. Sava Merrillville Friday, Aug. 4; Registration Deadline Tuesday, Aug. 1

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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.

Become a Golf Outing Sponsor

We are asking you, your business, or your organization to sponsor one or more holes at this year’s St. Sava Serb Fest Golf Outing.

The Outing kicks-off the first day of the three day St. Sava Serb Fest which runs Friday thru Sunday – August 4, 5, & 6.

Sponsorship is $100 per hole.

Your sponsorship name will be placed on a banner and prominently displayed at the Serb Fest which is attended by thousands over the three days of the event.

St. Sava’s annual Serb Fest is recognized as one of the most popular summer events in Northwest Indiana, featuring spit roasted lamb, roasted pig, sarma (stuffed cabbage), cevaps, salads, home baked desserts, music, drinks, dance, and three days of fun!

Thank you for your sponsorship and we look forward to seeing you at this year’s St. Sava Serb Fest celebration!

$50,000 in prizes to be awarded to 18 winners at Serb Fest 2017; Tickets still available

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Now is the time to obtain your tickets for the Serb Fest Annual Cash Raffle before the big festival takes place August 4, 5, and 6 at St Sava Church in Merrillville, IN.

There are 18 cash prizes worth a total of $50,000 cash. $25,000 will be going to the Grand Prize winner.

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.

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 awarded July 23rd
  • 18th Prize – $1,000 – Early Bird Drawing awarded 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.

Serb Fest 2017 volunteers are needed; Sign-up now online, choose your times

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St. Sava in Merrillville, Indiana will be hosting thousands of guests during Serb Fest 2017 taking place August 4, 5, & 6 which means volunteer help will be critical for making this annual tradition a success.

Members, families, and friends of St. Sava Church will find it easier to lend support and choose specific times to offer volunteer service at Serb Fest 2017 with access to the new online volunteer sign-up process now available at https://www.saintsava.net/volunteer on the St. Sava website.

To sign-up for volunteering, the process is simple:

  1. Click https://www.saintsava.net/volunteer
  2. Select a volunteer opportunity from the listing by clicking the title
  3. Identify a specific date and time from the options available and click the “Sign-up” link
  4. Fill in your name, phone number, and e-mail address
  5. Click the “Sign-me up!” button

You are able to sign-up for as many volunteer time slots as you wish. Ideally most volunteers will repeat the above process and sign-up for multiple volunteer options, for as much as time permits.

Volunteers will receive reminder e-mails the week before and a couple of days before they have to volunteer. Phone numbers and e-mails will only be available to the team leaders of the various volunteer opportunities so they may notify volunteers of any updates or changes to schedules.

For questions about the online sign-up process, please e-mail christopher.kosovich@saintsava.net. For general questions about Serb Fest 2017 please send e-mail to ray.radjenovich@saintsava.net or vlade.stevanovic@saintsava.net.

$25,000 Grand Prize for winner in Serb Fest Annual Cash Raffle at St. Sava Merrillville – Sunday, Aug. 6

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Now is the time to obtain your tickets for the Serb Fest Annual Cash Raffle before the big festival takes place August 4, 5, and 6 at St Sava Church in Merrillville, IN.

There are 18 cash prizes worth a total of $50,000 cash. $25,000 will be going to the Grand Prize winner.

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.

 

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 awarded July 23rd
  • 18th Prize – $1,000 – Early Bird Drawing awarded 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.

Download St. Sava Serb Fest 2017 Golf Outing Registration; Sponsorship Forms

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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.

Become a Golf Outing Sponsor

We are asking you, your business, or your organization to sponsor one or more holes at this year’s St. Sava Serb Fest Golf Outing.

The Outing kicks-off the first day of the three day St. Sava Serb Fest which runs Friday thru Sunday – August 4, 5, & 6.

Sponsorship is $100 per hole.

Your sponsorship name will be placed on a banner and prominently displayed at the Serb Fest which is attended by thousands over the three days of the event.

St. Sava’s annual Serb Fest is recognized as one of the most popular summer events in Northwest Indiana, featuring spit roasted lamb, roasted pig, sarma (stuffed cabbage), cevaps, salads, home baked desserts, music, drinks, dance, and three days of fun!

Thank you for your sponsorship and we look forward to seeing you at this year’s St. Sava Serb Fest celebration!

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