Sunday, January 27, 2013
St. John the Baptist Serbian Orthodox Church Sunday School and “Oplenac” Folklore group children and their families came together to prepare and celebrate a very special program and luncheon to honor St. Sava for his deep belief in God and his invaluable contribution and sacrifice to our Orthodox faith.
Twenty children recited from memory the words they painstakingly learned to share with a hall full of guests which included members, parents, grandparents, family, and kumovi. Twenty-seven long tables were set up to accommodate everyone who came to listen to our children speak to them about the life of our first Serbian teacher, St. Sava.
After the recitations were completed, the “Oplenac” Folklore Groups one and two performed their dances in native costume, choreographed by their teacher, Svetlana Aleksic. Our Folklore families worked tirelessly in the kitchen preparing a delicious meal in abundance and served with love.
Menus and programs were carefully placed on each of the beautifully decorated tables. The day before, many dedicated volunteers spent many hours in the Church hall cooking, putting up tables and place settings, centerpieces, decorating, stage sets, curtains and props. The table centerpieces had lights and flowers in the traditional colors of the flag of Serbia floating in glass bowls.
Father Sava Bosanac started the gathering with a blessing and the children recited the Lord’s Prayer, Oce Nas, in Serbian in unison. All of the children alternated turning the Slavski Kolac during its blessing, with outstretched hands and fingers, hoping to be able to participate in the blessing in some small way.
Upon completion of the program, colorful gift treat bags were distributed to each child present. In addition, each family received a bag which had the name of our Church Sunday School and Crosses imprinted on it. Each bag contained a Serbian Orthodox Cyrillic Reader. We also thank and appreciate the KSS and our Church Board for their generosity, support and availability wherever needed.
Thank you to all the families and members who support our Sunday School and Folklore Group by making the effort to bring their children to participate every week. Our children are with us for a very short time, and it is our obligation and privilege to provide enrichment and knowledge for them in our Church and in their homes.