Hristos Voskrese! Voistinu Voskrese! -Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

Dear St. George Parishioners:

The Celebration of our Church Slava and Mortgage Burning was a very special weekend for our St. George Kansas City/Lenexa parish.

His Grace Bishop Longin, Father Aleksandar Bugarin (our former priest, currently serving the parish in Joliet, IL), Father Sasa Petrovich (Omaha, NE), Father Vladimir (Des Moines, IA), Father Deacon Milovan, and numerous other local clergy, joined our parish priest, Father Radomir Plavsic, on Saturday evening for Vespers and a Memorial Service for all reposed church members & clergy and for Sunday’s Hierarchal Divine Liturgy.

Following Saturday evening services, we enjoyed dinner (graciously donated and organized by the Milosevich and Lugonja families and their team of cooks) and entertainment (provided by Anica Milenkovic and Peja on the keyboards). Everyone in attendance participated enthusiastically in the festivities.

On Sunday, Hierarchal Divine Liturgy started with the Greeting of the His Grace Bishop Longin. During the beginning of the service, our own Brad Hijaz was ordained a Reader. Congratulations to Brad! At the conclusion of the Liturgy, a procession around the church was led by our altar boys, followed by the banners and flag carriers, clergy, Kumovi, choir and parishioners. After the procession, the blessing of the Kolach and Koljivo took place in the front of the church.

The Sunday banquet prepared and provided by our Kolo Sestara was plentiful and delicious. Puna Hvala to our Kolo! Our weekend would not have been as successful and amazing without the assistance and hard work of these individuals! A special thanks to Shauna Bajich, Kolo President, and the Kolo Slava Committee for organizing and planning this event.

At the conclusion of the banquet three members of the Slava Kumovi Feden Family, Dani Braun (granddaughter), Jordan Beeves (granddaughter) and Lisa Gribble (daughter), offered their individual remarks. They all spoke in honor of their late Bubi/Mother, +Helen Feden, long-time church member who served as church president, Kolo president, church school superintendent, and member of various other boards and committees of our Church. These were truly the highlights of all speeches given. Additionally, Peter Bajich gave a brief history of the relocation of our parish from Kansas City, KS, to our current location in Lenexa, KS.

After all speeches were completed, the Burning of the Mortgage took place. His Grace Bishop Longin shared a special prayer for and congratulatory remarks to our parish. We then proceeded outside for the actual burning of the mortgage. With the blessings of our Lord, we were able to pay-off our loan of over $5 million in less than sixteen years. What an amazing accomplishment! Very special thanks go to our entire parish as we exerted the extra effort required to make this a reality.

The Bajich Brothers Orchestra provided musical entertainment during the banquet and again after the Mortgage Burning to continue the festivities with more singing and kolo dancing.

There are plenty of individuals who deserve thanks which I attempted to address during my speech on Sunday. However, I would like to take the opportunity again to thank everyone who made this weekend special and memorable!

Numerous photos of the weekend have been uploaded on the Church Website. Please take a moment to view these photos graciously provided by Bob Cubric. Here are the links:

https://stgsoclks.orthodoxws.com/public/ss/gallery.php?ssid=91&s=1#(mb-grid_91|popup)=/images/photos/2021---Slava-Weekend/Slava-01.jpg;

https://stgsoclks.orthodoxws.com/public/ss/gallery.php?ssid=139&s=1#(mb-grid_139|popup)=/images/photos/2021---Slava-Weekend2/IMG_7370-Small.jpg;

Hristos Voskrese – Sretna Crkva Slava
Paul Bajich
Church President

SERBFEST
Yes, we are planning on having our annual SERBFEST the weekend of June 4th & 5th!!! We are anticipating a primarily curb-side service, with pre-orders and possibly a walk-thru to-go orders. Please contact our Chairman, Mark Milosovich, or Paul Bajich if you are interested in assisting with this event. More information will be available soon.

Livestream Link for Hierarchal Divine Liturgy - St. George Slava Weekend - May 9th, 2021          
          https://youtu.be/HXfQBKpcHyw

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Ancient Christianity in the KC area, via Serbia
The current church building was constructed in 2006 and is located near College Boulevard and Pflumm Road in Lenexa.
The current church building was constructed in 2006 and is located near College Boulevard and Pflumm Road in Lenexa.
The current church building was constructed in 2006 and is located near College Boulevard and Pflumm Road in Lenexa.

Apostolic Christianity in Serbia (located in Southeast Europe) dates back to the seventh century. Christianity eventually became the state religion, and the Serbian Orthodox Church received ecclesiastical independence in 1219 with the consecration of St. Sava as the nation's archbishop. Orthodox Christianity became the country's primary religion and remains so to this day.

During a wave of immigration to the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries , a Serbian community was established in Kansas City, Kansas. The community constructed a meeting hall, which held occasional services until St. George Church was chartered on April 18, 1906 in a home that was remodeled into a small church building. A more permanent church building and meeting hall was constructed in Kansas City, Kansas at the corner of Bethany and Lowell in 1925. This remained the location of the parish until 2006, when the new St. George church building (pictured above) was consecrated in Lenexa, Kansas. St. George Church continues the tradition of Orthodox Christianity that can be traced from that original Serbian community in Kansas City, to Europe, to the Apostles.

Visitors are welcome at our church services and special events. Contact Father Radomir if you have questions.

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St. George Church Iconostasis

One of the first things that strikes a non-Orthodox visitor to an Orthodox church is the prominent place assigned to the Holy Icons. The Iconostasis (Icon-screen) dividing the Altar from the rest of the church is covered with them, while others are placed in prominent places throughout the church building. Sometimes even the walls and ceiling are covered with them in fresco or mosaic form. The Orthodox faithful prostrate themselves before them, kiss them, and burn candles before them. They are censed by the Priest and carried in processions. 

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