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Serbian Sisters Circle Annual Meeting at St. Sava Church – Sunday, Mar. 13

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Serbian Sisters Circle members are encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 13, 2022 following church service and lunch.

All Kolo members are invited to attend this important meeting, as Kolo serves to preserve our Serbian Orthodox faith and our culture.

Postovane Clanice Kola Sestara Svetosavskog Hrama. Godisnja sednica Kola Sestara bice odrzana 13 Marta 2022 godine posle sluzbe i rucka. Skupljace se godisnja clanarina i bice izbor nove uprave.

Srbadija Folklore hosts Lenten Luncheon – Sunday, March 20

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Please join Srbadija Folkore for a Lenten Luncheon taking place Sunday, March 20 immediately following the Divine Liturgy at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, IN.

The luncheon will feature Goran’s Famous Fish Stew, Lenten Salads, and Desserts.

Proceeds from the luncheon will support Srbadija Folklore, the youth folklore dance group from St. Sava Church.


Sladjan Alempijevic – 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 Sladjan Alempijevic. Memory eternal.

Sladjan Alempijevic

Sladjan Alempijevic, age 59 passed away peacefully with his family by his side, on March 2, 2022.

Sladjan was born and raised in Trstenik, Serbia. He came to the United States in 2014, shortly thereafter his children followed to be with him.

Sladjan is survived by his beloved son Igor Alempijevic, loving daughter Anja Alempijevic, and his wife Esada Pecanac; his mother Milanka Alempijevic; and his brother Ivica Alempijevic.

Sladjan was a wonderful man who loved life and enjoyed laughter and will be greatly missed. He will be fondly remember and his deeds in life will grow and continue to live on in the hearts of his loved ones.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St. Merrillville, IN with funeral services beginning at 10:00 a.m. V. Rev. Marko Matic officiating. Internment Holy Cross Cemetery at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church. Vecnaja Pamjat.

For further information please call Mileva or Dave at 219-736-5840.

David “Autsi” Cimesa – 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 David “Autsi” Cimesa. Memory eternal.

David “Autsi” Cimesa

David “Autsi” Cimesa, of Hammond, Indiana passed away on February 23, 2022.  David was born in Gary, Indiana May 5, 1941 to Nicholas and Olga Cimesa.  Along with his 4 siblings (Diane, Danny, George and Joe) he spent his childhood helping his mother in her corner grocery store, Olga’s Food Mart.  He graduated from Froebel High School, and in 1961 he enlisted in the US Air Force.

He was a talented and passionate musician, and a notable drummer who even had a stint in the Doc Severinsen band on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.  He and his band, The Al White Duo, toured the US and Europe in the 1970’s entertaining clubs with smooth jazz and funk music.

He was a welder of the Pipe Fitters Association Local Union 597.  He started his company, Industrial Trades In-House Training, and was a welding instructor for a Federal Government training program.  His company provided maintenance craftsmen industrial training for HUD, Army Corps of Engineers, and Fermi Labs.

David is preceded in death by his mother and father, and brother, Daniel.  He is survived by his children: Dominic Cimesa and April (Gary) Lickovitch; and grandchildren: Jake, Caden and Colton; brothers George Cimesa and Joseph (Cynthia) Cimesa; and sister, Diane (Doug) Tweeten.

He will be missed dearly by all who loved him.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 10:00 AM at St. Sava Orthodox Church (9191 Mississippi St, Merrillville, IN 46410).  V. Rev. Marko Matic officiating.  Interment Calumet Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 1, from 3:00 – 7:00 at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (7535 Taft Street, Merrillville, IN, 46410).  For information, call 219-736-5840.

Mildred “Mitzie” Zakula – 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 Mildred “Mitzie” Zakula. Memory eternal.

Mildred “Mitzie” Zakula

Mildred “Mitzie” Zakula, age 70 of Hobart, passed away with her family by her side, February 21, 2022. Mitzie was a lifelong member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church. She graduated from Lew Wallace High School in 1969, was retired from Methodist Hospital with many years of service as the Food Service Manager.

Mitzie was preceded in death by her parents Bozidar and Marija Ivankovich, brother Peter Ivankovich and niece Nichole Ivankovich.

She is survived by her beloved son Zivan (Kris) Zakula, her partner Zarko Zakula, two cherished granddaughters Zora and Sunny; brother Danny Ivankovich, nephews; Danny Jr, David (Milka), Bozidar “Robert” (Brooke), Timothy, Jeffrey and Joyce Ivankovich, great niece and nephews; Lauren, Ryan, Danika, AJ, and Viktor Ivankovich.

Mitzie will always be remembered for her love of family, especially her two granddaughters, whom she loved to spoil. She adored her family and always made sure they had everything they needed. She was very close with her great niece and nephew, Lauren and Ryan, whom Mitzie had a lot of love and pride for.

Visitation will be Monday, Feb. 28, 2022 at 10:00 a.m., St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St, Merrillville, IN with funeral service beginning at 11:00 a.m., V Rev Marko Matic officiating. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. She will be missed and fondly remembered. May her memory be eternal.

For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel 219-736-5840.

Mildred (Millie) Griggs – 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 Mildred (Millie) Griggs. Memory eternal.

Millie Griggs

Mildred Griggs (Nee Tatalovich), age 93, a long time Hobart resident, passed away February 17, 2022, with her family by her side. Millie graduated from Hobart High School in 1946. She was a bookkeeper for both Calumet Securities and Karras Tire in Gary, IN for many years.  She was a member of St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, as well as the St Sava Serbian Sisters Circle, King Peter II Lodge, and a supporting member of the Karageorge Choir.

She was preceded in death most recently by her husband of 67 years Clyde Griggs, her parents Sava and Sara Tatalovich, sisters Violet Shematz and Mary Magurean, and brother George Tatalovich.

Millie is survived by her sons Jeff (Chris) Griggs and David (Deb) Griggs; four grandsons, Garrett, Jeffery, Joseph, and Alexander; numerous nieces and nephews and many longtime friends.

Millie had a loyalty and dedication about her that brought her respect from all that knew her. She loved her family unconditionally; her friends were like family to her. She enjoyed simple things in life, peach picking with her sisters, family gatherings, watching her grandson’s sporting events, trips to Shipshewana, Serbian Music, Serb Fest and of course the Chicago Cubs.

Funeral Services will take place Wednesday, Feb 23, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, IN with V Rev Marko Matic officiating. A visitation will begin at the church at 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VNA Hospice Valpo, 501 Marquette St. Valparaiso, IN 46383 or St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church – Click now to make a donation at on our secure online form.  She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 219-736-5840

Sasha Stefanovic named finalist for NCAA Senior CLASS Award; Vote through March 21

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Our very own Sasha Stefanovic, a Purdue University senior, has been named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and an online vote from you may help him win.

The award is given to a student-athlete classified as a NCAA Division I senior or graduate-student with notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

As a finalist, Stefanovic was among those chosen by a selection committee from a list of 30 men’s candidates announced earlier in the season.

Fan votes will be combined with those of the media and Division I head coaches to determine the winners.

Nationwide voting continues through March 21 – Click this link to place your vote:…/mens_basketball_2021_22

St. Sava annual membership meeting agenda now available; meeting scheduled – Sunday, Feb. 27

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The Executive Board of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church has shared the agenda for the Annual Membership Meeting taking place Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 12:30 p.m. at the South Wing Social Center of St. Sava Church, located at 9191 Misssissippi Street in Merrillville, Indiana.

It is important to note that membership dues must be up-to-date before the day of the meeting. Members are encouraged to make arrangements to make sure dues are paid and up-to-date prior to February 27. Call the office at 219-736-9191 for more information or to make appropriate arrangements.

This annual meeting will take place in accordance with the by-laws of the Church-School Parish, Part III, Article 16 (a, b, and c), the Annual Membership Assembly of the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Parish membership.

All current members are encouraged to attend to gain important insights about church operations and to vote for the new Executive Board that will provide leadership throughout 2022 until the next annual meeting in early 2023.

Annual Membership Assembly 2022 Agenda

The Executive Board proposes the following agenda:

  1. Opening of Assembly with prayer
  2. Establishment of the Quorum
  3. Election of the Assembly President
  4. Confirmation of the proposed agenda
  5. Acceptance of the minutes of the 2020 Annual Assembly
  6. Discussion and acceptance of the Executive Board reports:
    • Parish Priest
    • Financial Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Church School Report
    • Executive Board President
  7. Report of the Audit Board
  8. Questions and proposals for the good of the Parish
  9. Election of delegates for the Diocesan Assembly
  10. Dismissal of the old Board and election of the new Board
  11. Closing of the Assembly with prayer


Minutes of the 2020 Annual meeting will be attached to each member’s 2022 Report. In order to save time and spare our members of the need to have the 2020 minutes read, members will have ample time before the meeting to read the minutes. This rule was unanimously passed at the 1989 General Assembly.

Join us for Zadusnice Memorial Service – Saturday, Feb. 26 – St. Sava, Merrillville, Indiana

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Please join us for a special Zadusnice Memorial Service taking place Saturday, February 26, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Sava Church, Merrillville, IN.

We encourage anyone to attend. There is no need to bring anything special to this service other than your memories and prayers for your loved ones. However, we do encourage you to write down a list of departed family members and friends, if you wish, to bring with you to the service so that we may read the names and remember all of them.

The purpose of the memorial service is to bring comfort to both the living and the dead. As is sung in the concluding song – Memory Eternal – it also helps us keep the memory of loved ones alive.

Zadusnice, also known as Saturday of Souls or All Souls’ Day, is a day commemorating the faithful departed, particularly but not exclusively one’s relatives. This special observance takes place on a Saturday, a traditional day for prayer for the dead, because Christ lay dead in the Tomb on Saturday.

For the Zadusnice observance, there is normally a Panikhida (memorial service) served on the Saturday morning for which Koliva (a dish made of boiled wheatberries and honey) is prepared and placed in front of the cross or icon with a lit candle, before which the Panikhida is served.

After the service, the priest blesses the koliva and it is then eaten as a memorial by all present.

Zadusnice Memorial Service takes place several times per year. If you are not available for the February 26 service, we encourage you to join us for the next Zadusnice Memorial Service which will appear in March 2022 on the St. Sava Church online calendar.

Luncheon, Sunday School Program celebrate St. Sava Day – Sunday, Jan. 30

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While St. Sava Day officially takes place on January 27 each year, the children of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, Indiana will celebrate with a special luncheon and program taking place immediately following the Divine Liturgy Sunday, January 30, 2022. All are invited to the luncheon to celebrate this special day.

Saint Sava is the protector of the Serb people: he is venerated as a protector of churches, families, schools and artisans. His feast day is also venerated by Greeks, Bulgarians, Romanians and Russians.

Learn more about the life and legacy of St. Sava: