2012–2013
St. Lazarus “Ravanica” Church School
Cultural Program
Guide for Parents and Students
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.”
Parish Priest Proto Živan Urošev
Julie Djurich Ruž Batanjski Church School Superintendents
Zoran Djurich Milorad Škoric Cultural Program Directors
4575 East Outer Drive Detroit, MI 48234-3233 (313) 893-6025
Dear Church School Parents,
On SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2012, the new Church School year begins for our Children.
The world today is often a strange and confusing place. Sometimes it is bright and full of opportunity.
Sometimes it seems dark and misguided. As parents, it is our responsibility to equip our children with the
knowledge and skills necessary to navigate their way through an ever-changing environment and forces beyond
our control. For this reason, our children’s religious education is of paramount importance—in the wake of
these forces, we must help shape our children’s perception of God, humanity, and the world.
Because the world often feels indifferent or ignorant, we Orthodox Christians passionately believe that the
religious education offered in our Church Schools is absolutely essential in ensuring God has a place in our
children’s lives. Church School is meant to impart upon children the loving teachings of Jesus Christ and the
Orthodox Church so that our children may make “real life” decisions that are in line with those teachings.
We are blessed to have at our Church, a dedicated staff of devout and knowledgeable Orthodox Christians who
have assumed this awesome responsibility. Each one of our teachers has been touched by God and has been
called to this ministry. They sacrifice their time to prepare lessons which impart the soul-saving teachings of
our faith. They have witnessed how a young soul detached from God can be consumed by the destructive
forces of our world. They have also witnessed through their own trials and tribulations the peace
and victory one finds in a living relationship with God.
Once again, as we find ourselves at the threshold of a new Church School year, we here at our St. Lazarus
“Ravanica” parish are eager to receive your children that we may “proclaim the truth of the Gospel and the
love of Jesus Christ” to your children. With our teachers using the curriculum of our Diocese, in conjunction
with my input and our Church School Superintendents, Julie Djurich and Ruza Batanjski, we anticipate a rich
learning environment for our children.
Please make every effort possible to come to church before 10 a.m. when Divine Liturgy begins. Children, as
last year, will dismiss to classes at their regular scheduled time.
We are looking forward to an educational and inspirational Church School year for our children. Be assured
that we will do everything possible to bless our children with the teachings of our Faith. However, we need the
cooperation of ALL of the parents. This means coming to Church every Sunday and on time. It means patiently
waiting until your child’s lesson is completed before leaving church. It means becoming involved in and
supporting our Church School Program as parents, and, finally, it is essential that you discuss with your
children what was learned in Church School.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. Remember, religious education should be a daily experience
for people of all ages, children and adults. On behalf of our Church School staff, we look forward to working
with you in educating your child in the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church.
Yours in Christ,
Proto Zivan Urosev
Church School Instructors
Superintendents
Julie Djurich
Ruza Batanjski
Nursery School (1.5–3)
Nina Radisavljevic
Jelena Tasic
Lexie Vujovich
Mariana Stojanovic
PreSch/Kindergarten (4–5) Denyeal Nesovski
1st Grade
Debbie Balow
Ann Stojkovic
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2 Grade
Natasha Nestorovski
Olivera Golusin
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3 Grade
Natasha Nestorovski
Olivera Golusin
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4 Grade
Zlatko Erdeljan
5th Grade
Stephanie Capuzzi
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6 Grade
Marija Mijac
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7 /8 Grade
Marko Golusin
High School
Ron Payok
Mark Nezich
Job Sharing Teachers
Daniela Daher
Melissa Bogoevski
Substitute Teachers
Lisa Sarkassian
Natalie Haezebrouck
Lolita Dimovski
248.917.0027
586.531.1678
586.933.3255
248.435.1474
248.420.6606
734.395.3061
586.719.0121
734.748.3575
248.534.2294
248.672.5064
248.534.2294
248.672.5064
248.238.1805
248.396.9964
586.979.5696
248.417.6618
586.997.1711
586.549.1319
248.770.0794
586.453.4659
586.994.4132
248.885.0702
313.510.1706
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Cultural Program Instructors
Directors
Beginner Program
(ages 4-6)
Zoran Djurich
Milorad Skoric
Mirjana Dwyer
Slavica Erdeljan
248.249.9150
810.599.1187
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Junior Senior Language
Instructors
Nela Popadic
Jelena Musicki
[email protected]
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Folklore Instructors
Alex Bogoevich
Vera Bogoevich
Seka Ristic
Margita Petrovic
[email protected]
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Choir Instructors
Michalene Payok
Manuela Radulovic
[email protected]
[email protected]
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Mission Objectives of Our Church School Cultural Program
To educate our youth religiously and morally; to give them the tools to grow spiritually in accordance
with the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and according to the Faith Traditions of the
Serbian Orthodox Church
To develop and instill in our young people genuine desire to attend Church on regular basis,
participating conscientiously in the worship and sacramental life of the Serbian Orthodox Church
To cultivate young Serbian Orthodox conscience as well as devotion to our religious and cultural ideals
and principles
To prepare our children to become devout, faithful, and unwavering members/stewards of our Serbian
Orthodox Church—Ravanica—and the communities in which they reside
Misija Ciljevi Nase Crkvene Skole Kulturnog Programa
Da obrazuje nasu omladinu verski moralno da im da sredstva za duhovni rast skladu sa ucenjem
naseg Gospoda Spasitelja Isusa Hrista skladu sa verom tradicijom Srpske Pravoslavne Crkve
Da razvije nasoj mladezi potrebu iskrenu zelju da redovno dalaze Crkvu, ucestvuju savesno
bogosluzenju svetovnom zivotu Srpske Pravoslavne Crkve
Da razvije mladu Srpsku Pravoslavnu savest odanost nasim religioznim kulturnim idealnima
principima
Da ih pripremi da postanu odani, verni nepokolebljivi clanovi/staratelji nase Srpske Pravoslavne Crkve
Ravanica zajednice kojoj zive
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OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU
We will continue to work hard to provide your children the best Church School Curriculum Cultural Program
We will communicate our intentions and plans for the upcoming school year in timely and efficient manner
We will work hard to create an organized and clean environment for your children
We will nurture and educate your child as we would our own.
OUR EXPECTATIONS FROM YOU
1. You will support our program by arriving at church school promptly at 10am. Our teachers have worked
very hard this year to create fabulous curriculum and only have one hour to present it to the children.
Arriving late hinders your child’s ability to finish the projects or assignments set forth by the church school
administration and distracts the others.
2. You will support your child by helping them with extracurricular activities/projects your teacher may ask of you
to facilitate the Serbian faith culture be taught at home also.
3. You will drop your kids off at the church school and attend church with your spouse or family.
Congregating in the church school halls creates distraction for the teachers and children. It will not be permitted.
Our church has wonderful basketball program for our children ages 6–18+.
The Basketball Program begins mid-December (practices only) and our games begin after our Bozic. This
Program is for both boys and girls ages 6–12 and takes place on Saturdays. We play other Orthodox churches in
the area on Saturday mornings (locations to be announced for games and practices). They don’t have to play or
even be great at basketball; it is fun social experience to keep our children connected and to have fun!
Practice/games for all kids under 12 are held at the same time and place.
We will be playing in the Orthodox Youth Athletic Associations Tournament in March.
Save the Date Ravanica is hosting the SNF Basketball Tournament June 13–16. This is truly an honor and
privilege for our community. We want to have as many children participating and representing our Parish as
possible. We will also need volunteers. Please contact our Program Directors for more information.
To become an SNF member please see Alex Bogojevic or Daniela Daher for more information.
Or go to http://www.serbnatlfed.org for more information.
For more information contact Milorad Batanjski 586.531.1672 [email protected]
or our Basketball Club President, David Willman 586.770.9295 [email protected]
PRAYERS/MOLITVE
YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE LEARNING THIS YEAR
The Nicene Creed – Simbol Vere
The Symbol of Faith of Orthodox Christians
I believe in one God, the Father almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth, and all things visible and
invisible. AND in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only-begotten, begotten of the Father
before all ages. Light of light, true God of true God, begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father,
by whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from Heaven and was
incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man. And, He was crucified for us under
Pontius Pilate and suffered and was buried. And the third day, He rose again, according to the
Scriptures, and ascended into Heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father; And he shall come again
with glory to judge the living and the dead, whose kingdom shall have no end. AND in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father, who with the Father and the Son together is
worshipped and gloried. Who spoke by the prophets. And in ONE Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life
of the world to come. Amen.
Verujem u jednoga Boga, Oca, Svedrzitelja, Tvorca neba i zemlje i svega vidljivog i nevidljivog.
I u jednoga Gospoda Isusa Hrista, Sina Bozijeg, Jedinorodnog, rodjenog od Oca pre svih vekova,
Svetlost od Svetlosti, Boga istinitog od Boga istinitog, rodjenog ne stvorenog, jednosusnog Ocu, kroz
koga je sve postalo; Koji je radi nas ljudi i radi nasega spasenja sisao s nebesa, i ovaplotio se od Duha
Svetoga i Marije Djeve i postao covek; I Koji je raspet za nas u vreme Pontija Pilata i stradao i
pogreben; I Koji je vaskrsao u treci dan kao sto je pisano; I Koji se uzneo na nebesa i sedi s desne
strane Oca;I Koji ce opet doci sa slavom da sudi zivima i mrtvima, i Njegovom Carstvu nece biti kraja.
I u Duha SVetoga, Gospoda, Zivotvornoga, Koji od Oca ishodi, Koji se zajedno sa Ocem i Sinom
obozava i slavi, Koji je govorio kroz propoke. U jednu, svetu, sabornu i apostolsku Crkvu, Ispovedam
jedno krstenje za otpustenje grehova. Cekam vaskrsenje mrtvih, I zivot buducega veka. Amin.
The Lord's Prayer – OCE NAS
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name; Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth
as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those
who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from Evil. Amen.
Otce nas, ize jesi na nebesjeh. Da svjatitsja imja Tvoje, da pridet carstvije Tvoje, da budet volja Tvoja,
jako na nebesi i na zemlji. Hljeb nas nasushnij, dazd nam dnes i ostavi nam dolgi nasja, jakoze i mi
ostavljajem dolznikom nasim. I ne vovedi nas vo iskushenije, no izbavi nas ot lukavago. AMIN
Prayer before lessons: O Most merciful Lord, send us the grace of your Holy Spirit, who enlightens and
strengthens our spiritual powers. Help us be attentive to the teachings presented, so that we may grow
up for the glory of Thee, our Creator, for the joy of our parents, and for the benefit of our Church and
our Country. Amen.
Molitva pre ucenja: Premilostivi Gospode, posalji nam blagodat tvoga Svetog Duha, koja nas
prosvecuje i ojacava nase duhovne snage. Pomozi nam da pazimo na ucenje koje nam se predaje kako bi
porasli tebi, nasem Tvorcu, na slavu, roditeljima nasim na radost, a Crkvi i otadzbini nasoj na korist.
Amin.
Welcome Back to the Ravanica Cultural Program!
To all Ravanica Cultural Program (RCP) teachers, parents and especially students – we welcome you back to what we expect will be
an excellent year for our program. With respect to the day that we hold our program, we carefully considered several different
options based on a review of the facts, discussions with our priest and parishioners, and analysis of recent survey results. Taking
everything into account and after considerable deliberation - it was decided to move the RCP back to Friday night. Of course any
decision and change is going to be better received by some rather than others – but we are confident this is the optimal decision
after taking all relevant factors into account.
In addition to the move back to Friday, we will especially be focused on improving the quality of the program when it comes not
only to content – but also with respect to discipline, professionalism and attendance. Importantly – we view each of these as
applying not only to students, but also to teachers and even parents. We feel that this approach will bring greater quality and thus
better results and rewards for everyone, but especially for our students. Along with these goals, we will also continue to work on
creating and maintaining an open and collaborative environment where we will encourage a maximum level of dialogue and
feedback. With that, let's all work together to make this year of transition as good as it can possibly be!
Directors:
Zoran Djurich
Milorad Skoric
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Ravanica Cultural Program
Friday Night 2012/2013
CLASS STRUCTURE
I.
Early Grade Class (EGC)
Grades: Preschool 1st
Subject Areas: Introductory Serbian language
II.
heritage, choir and folklore.
Serbian Language Heritage (SLH)
Folklore (FLK)
Junior Choir (JCH)
Grades
(Class A) and Grades
up (Class B)
Subject Areas: Basic and Advanced Serbian language
heritage, choir and folklore
CLASS SCHEDULE
7:00
7:40
SLH Class
(Basic and Advanced Groups)
7:00
7:40
JCH Class
Michelline Payok
7:40
8:00
Dinner Break
ALL
8:00
9:30
Early Grade Class
Mirjana Dwyer
8:00
8:40
SLH Class
Jelena Musicki
8:00
8:40
JCH Class
Michelline Payok
8:40
9:30
FLK Class
Seka Ristic
8:40
9:30
FLK Class
Verica Bogoevich
(Basic and Advanced Groups)
Jelena Musicki
Nela Popadic
Manuela Radulovic
Slavica Erdeljan
Nela Popadic
Manuela Radulovic
Alex Bogoevich
Margita Petrovic
SERBIAN SISTERS RAVANICA’S CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Below is a list of events that the Serbian Sisters will be hosting for 2012-2013.
We invite you to come and attend our events; with your support we are able to continue
funding the needs of our Church, our Children and our Parish Community.
This year the Sisters raised money to have our Church professionally cleaned and paid for
our children to go to Michigan Adventure at the end of the school year. Only with your
support are we able to grow and continue working for our Church community.
Back to School BBQ- September 9, 2012
Krofna Sales- September 30, 2012
“Ask the Expert” -Health Awareness - September 30, 2012
Krofna Sales- October 7, 2012
Grape Harvest Ball- October 13, 2012
Sisters Slava- October 14, 2012
“TALIJA” Folk Dance- October 19, 2012
Krofna Sales- November 11, 2012
Sveti Nikola Program- December 16, 2012
Bozic- January 7, 2013
Sveti Sava Program- January 27, 2013
“Ask the Expert”- School/Education- February 11, 2013
Kumovi Day Celebration - March 3, 2013
Martini Night- March 9, 2013
“Ask the Expert”- Spiritual Speaker- March 17, 2013
Communion Breakfast- March 23, 2013 @ 9am
Vrbica- April 27, 2012 @ 5pm
Great Friday Dinner- May 3, 2013 @ 7pm
Easter- May 5, 2013
Mother’s Day
May 12, 2013
Ladies Tea Or “Ask the Expert” Motivational Speaker
Last Day of Sunday School-Picnic- May 19, 2013
Church School Retreat- June 1 or 2, 2013
Father’s Day- June 16, 2013
“VIDOVDAN”- June 30, 2013
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