Welcome to St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral

Founded in 1912, St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral is the spiritual home to a large congregation in the Milwaukee area and dedicated to the patron saint of the Serbian people, Saint Sava.

Our parochial school, St. Sava Orthodox School, was established in 1996 and provides children with an Orthodox Christian-based education for students ages preschool through eighth grade. To learn more, we invite you to visit our school’s website.

Our Mission

The mission of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral is to preserve, practice and proclaim the Holy Orthodox Faith with adherence to the teachings of Jesus Christ our Lord, the Apostles and the Holy Scripture; to serve our parishioners and our community; to grow our parish and welcome all who seek to partake in the spiritual and cultural offerings of the Orthodox faith. We will manage our parish in a manner that will ensure its financial strength and stability for all future generations.

Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the Church of God, which he bought with his own blood. – Acts 20:28

Announcements

Sunday School registration will be held on Sunday, September 11 from 10-11am in the Cultural Center.

REPORT FROM YOUR ST. SAVA CATHEDRAL BOARD – September 11, 2016

Serbian Days Financials Being Developed
This year’s Serbian Day’s festival was again successful thanks to the great weather and our wonderful army of volunteers. Bills for expenses related to the event will continue coming in over the next few weeks. The tickets are in the process of being weighed—this is how they are counted for events like ours—and we are in the process of getting a breakdown on how much was spent in various venues, such as food, beer and the cevap tent, among others. While we have a pretty good understanding of our income, the expense side is still unclear. Also, we are working on clarifying some of the bills we already received. This vetting will allow us to provide you with a final, definitive accounting of financial results for Serbian Days. Stay tuned. Thanks once again to the chairpersons and all workers who served, and represented our church so well.

Financial Update

After a six-month of study of the income and expenses of our St. Sava parish and campus, we have determined that the cost of operating the church is approximately $50,000 per month. Here is a breakdown of our fixed expenses:

Administrative Expenses
Payroll (Wage/Pension/Insurance/Fees)$16,491
Allowances$2,196
Insurance$3,201
Mortgage (Principal & Interest)$7,737
Radio Hour$650
Credit Card Fees$30
$30,305
Church Expenses
Diocese $2,645
Candles $1,600
Bread & Wine$150
$4,395
Rental Property
Pest Control$89
Taxes$3,090
Water & Sewer $830
$4,009
Operations
Trash Removal$438
Maintenance Supplies$600
Utilities (Elec/Gas/Water)$6,780
Telephone$1,780
Internet $370
Postage $400
Copy/Printing$100
Alarm $110
Copier Contract$524
$11,192
Total$49,901

Given this financial scenario, for the first six months ending May 31, the church experienced an operating deficit of ($36,595). Watch for a letter arriving at your home soon that explains our plan for increasing revenues and improving this financial problem.

Status Of Church Water Leaks & Roof Repairs

Since we first reported on these major structural repair needs, several organizations and individuals have stepped up to help. Most recently, the Kolo Srpski Sestara, in an extreme act of generosity donated $18,000 towards the $25,000 needed for these repairs. Thank you Sisters! The commitment of the Sisters to the short-term and long-term care and preservation of our beautiful cathedral is a true example for others to follow, as many have in fact been doing. We are blessed to have such thoughtful and giving people in our community.

Would You Like Information Via Email?

Over the next few months the board will begin to use email more often to get news to our parishioners. If you’d like to receive information this way please give us your email address so you may be included. Provide it by email to Boris Veleusic, Membership Secretary, at borisveleusic@yahoo.com or on paper to any board member. Thank you!