St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church
4436 E Mckinley St
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Phone: (602) 275-7360
Our parish, St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Phoenix, AZ, was incorporated in 1958 by a small number of Serbian Orthodox families that wanted to preserve their Orthodox faith and pass it on to future generations. The church hall was built in 1961 where Divine Liturgy was held as well as fund raising functions that helped facilitate the building of the actual church in 1974. The church hall was expanded in 1983 with an addition that was used for Sunday school classes.
With the growth of our parish came the need for more space. It was decided that a building just for religious educational purposes should be built. Construction of this building began in 1997 and was completed and consecrated in 2000. That building is our beautiful Cultural Center of St. Sava that holds our Sunday school classrooms, church offices, library and bookstore.
Over the years our parish has expanded from a few pioneering families to a few hundred parishioners on a weekly basis and over a few thousand Serbs and Orthodox faithful of other nationalities during the holidays of Easter & Christmas.
Father Janko serves as the priest at the church.
St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church
11640 N. 16th Place
Phoenix, Arizona 85020
Tel. (602) 943-0941
St Stephen Nemanja Serbian Orthodox Church
216 Park Avenue, Warren, Arizona 85603
Rev. Stevan Gagic
10744 N. 119th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85259, tel (480) 661-0815
Sam Sorich, President Tel. 520-432-7407
Folklore Group Srbija
Kolo of Serbian Sisters
Many of our parishioners enjoy our social and religious offerings such as our Sunday School Program, Bible Study, Choir, Circle of Serbian Sisters Group, Senior Citizens Group, and our newly added Youth Folklore Group and Arizona Serbs Soccer Club.
We are all witnesses to the fact that youth today, without faith in God, seek a purpose of life in what often kills life such as drugs, alcohol, and various worldly pleasures. Without faith in God it is hard to resist those temptations.
Parents and the Church are here to show their children the road to faith in God. And through their faith will keep them on the path to truth, justice and honesty.
Our Church choir sings the responses during Divine Liturgy every Sunday. Their beautiful voices are truly moving.
The Stevan Hristic Choir is comprised of over 30 adults who have chosen to share their gift of music with the Church. The Choir is a very active group which meets for weekly rehearsal.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” -Colossians 3:16
Music is an integral part of the worship services in the Orthodox Church. We are proud to have a music program which provides the opportunity for people to share their talents with God. We are blessed to have a vibrant music ministry program at St. Sava Church. The beautiful voices of our choir provide for a prayerful atmosphere during the Divine Liturgy.
“Nothing elevates the soul to such a degree as divine psalmody, which give the soul wings and liberates it from worldly concerns.” -St. John Chrysostom
The Circle of Serbian Sisters was organized to encourage the Orthodox Faith, to help the church congregation in its work and to maintain Serbian national customs and traditions.
Circle of Serbian Sisters (Kolo Srpskih Sestara)
As their name might suggest, the work of the Circle of Serbian Sisters flows much like the unending shape of a circle. Whether in the old country, the United States, or anywhere else in the world, the chapters of the women’s association work tirelessly in service to their parish communities.
Our local Circle of Serbian Sisters, organized in 1962, is one of the pillars of our church community. Their tireless fund-raising efforts have helped preserve our beautiful church and grounds. Their shining examples of volunteering and devotion to the church help preserve our traditions and encourages us all to do what we can to be better Serbian Orthodox Christians.
For more information or to join the St. Sava Kolo Sisters please contact:
Nedra Drobac, Kolo President
Regular Monthly Kolo Sister Meetings are the third Sunday of the month following Divine Liturgy. Please try to attend. If you are not a Kolo member please consider joining us. Thank you.
Presently our Circle of Serbian Sisters Officers:
President Nedra Drobac
1st V. President Mira Radakovich
2nd V. President Marija Merriman
Treasurer Nancy Srejic
Secretary Vera S. Whitted
Sunshine Emily Sertich
Our Senior group is a great way to connect with friends and enjoy the company of your peers.
Our folklore group is made up of 60 or so children ranges in age from 3 yrs old to 15 yrs old.
Our folklore group is our pride and joy. We have over 60 children who perform at our church festivities as well as travel across the U.S. sharing the joy of folklore dancing and making long lasting friendships with other Serbian Orthodox children.
You can see our group perform the first weekend in November at our annual SerbFest and at most of our church functions. They also tour the country and visit many of our other parishes.
Dance practice is every Friday night, 7:30 p.m. in the church hall.
Come and join us!
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