St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 194 - September 9/September 24, 2002

Chronicle of St.George Serbian Orthodox Church
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Parish Priest - Fr. Rodney Torbic
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320

September 9/24, 2002
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 194

Revelation 2:10
Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

Most Recent Services
September 8-Twenty seven people attended Divine Liturgy.
September 15-Divine Liturgy
September 20-One person came for Matins and First and Third Hours, Two people were present when the Akathist to the Mother of God was served. Three people came for Vespers.
September 21-Divine Liturgy-Three people came for Divine Liturgy.

Services This Coming Week - Call To Verify Weekday Schedule
Today-Divine Liturgy
Matins-Monday, Tuesday, Thursday- 8:30 AM.---Wednesday-7:00 AM
Divine Liturgy-Friday-10:00 AM-Feast of Elevation of the Precious Cross.
Ninth Hour and Vespers-Monday-2:45 PM------ Tuesday and Saturday-4:30 PM.
Ninth Hour and Akathist to the Cross-Thursday-4:00 PM.
Divine Liturgy-Saturday-10:00 AM-Holy Trinity Mission-Fairmont.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates
Today - Slava celebration, St. Mary Serbian Orthodox Church, Clairton.
September 26 - Vigil at St. Sava Church, Mckeesport at 7:00 PM.
September 27 - Elevation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross
October 5 - Memorial Saturday
October 9 - St. John the Apostle and Evangelist
October 14 - Protection of Mother of God.
October 19 - St. Thomas, the Apostle
October 27 - St. Petkam Paraskeva, Parish Anniversary Dinner
October 31 - St. Luke
November 2 - Memorial Saturday
November 5 - St. James the Apostle
November 8 - St. Demetrius.
November 14 - Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Unmercenary Healers
November 16 - Renovation of St. George the Great Martyr Church, Choir Slava.
November 21 - Synaxis of St. Anchangel Michael and All Bodiless Powers.
November 24 - St. Stephen of Decani

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life
1.Thank you to the faithful coming to church to pray regularly on weekdays these past two weeks.
2.Thank you to Fr.Stephen Mazaris for serving this past Sunday.
3.Thank you to parishioners aknowledging today as Kumovi Sunday by bringing someone.
4.Adult classes will resume this Thursday following the Matins.
5.If you want to go to Mckeesport on Thursday evening, see Fr.Rodney.

A Thought From Father Rastko Trbuhovich*
The goal of Orthodox worship is to serve God, to give ourselves to God, and to be united to God in Christ in two ways: through His Gospel and by partaking of His Body and Blood, Holy Communion. The result, so to speak, of true worship is the joy of unity with Christ and the unity that we have with our entire community through Christ. When God is the focus of worship for the entire community, the community is united in Him.*(The Voice of St.Stephen, September-October 2002).

Remember St.Sava School of Theology With Prayers and Contributions

To Consider
1.The Orthodox practice of having Godparents.
2.The place of Godparents in the spiritual life of the newly baptized Christian.
3.The decision-making process used in choosing prospective Godparents.
4.The honor given to Godparents…to Kum and Kuma.
5.The spiritual relationship established between Godparents and the newly baptised.
6.The great change taking place in the person's life at Baptism.
7.The need to periodically reflect on the baptismal experience.
8.The definition Baptism gives to a person's identity for the remainder of life.
9.Baptism as a marking point in life, giving direction and establishing standards.
10.Becoming and remaining an Orthodox Christian.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest
Travelled between September 9 and 19th with a group of Serbian Orthodox Christians to visit churches and monasteries in Serbia. Churches visited in Belgrade included Saborna Crkva, St.Petka, St.Ruzica, St.Mark's, St.Sava-Vracar(new and old), Russian Orthodox Church behind St.Mark's. Churches and monasteries visited outside of Belgrade: Parish church and Church of St.George in Topola; Monastery Krusedol in Fruska Gora; Monasteries Manasija, Ravanica, Lazarica, Sopocani, Djurdjevi Stupovi, Gradac, Studenica and Zicha. Visits were made to the Patriarchal Mansion in Sremski Karlovci, the Theological Faculty in Belgrade and the Patriarchate in Belgrade. His Holiness Patriarch PAVLE received the group on September 17. Divine Liturgies were attended in Sopacani Monastery and in Saborna Crkva in Belgrade. Daily Vespers, Matins and a Molieban were attended at the Saborna Crkva. A bus tour of Belgrade was included. Visits was made to the Nikola Tesla Electronics School and to other interesting historical and cultural sites. The trip was organized by Popadija Svetlana Zaremba of St.George Serbian Orthodox Church in Midland.

From the Desert fathers

It was said of Abba Or and Abba Theodore, that they laid good foundations, and at all times gave thanks to God.

The Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Sunday Before The Elevation of the Cross

Matthew 21:33-42 John 3:13-17

Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Now when vintage-time dew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. Then last of all he sent his son to them saying, 'They will respect my son.' But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance. So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers? They said to Him, 'He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits of their seasons.' Jesus said to them, 'Have you never read in the Scriptures: 'The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.'

No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, "that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth come to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.

The Holy Orthodox Church is currently celebrating the Nativity of the Mother of God. The Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God is on September 8/21 and the joy of the feast continues in the Church until September 12/25.

Mary's birth is cause for great joy because she was chosen by God from all women of all centuries to give birth to Christ. Centuries later Christians continue to marvel at the special place of Mary in history.

She holds a singular honor. She holds a singular and unduplicated relationship with God. Mary's relationship with God lifts the hopes of Christians. Christians appeal to Mary to pray to God for them. Christians look to Mary for the purity she symbolizes and the unity with Christ she epitomizes.

We cannot think of the Nativity of Christ without thinking of Mary. She grew from infancy to reach the highest of honors. She grew from infancy to share in the greatest of joys. She grew from infancy to witness and participate in the "Birth of Births".

It was the young Mary to whom the Angel Gabriel brought message from God: "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy Who is to be born will be called the Son of God." (Lk.1:35)

Mary knew the joy of Christ's birth. She also knew of His love for her. When Jesus ascended the Cross, Mary was there looking on. Jesus turned to His Mother and entrusted her to the care of His beloved disciple John.

Today the Holy Orthodox Church directs attention to the forthcoming Feast of the Elevation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross. Mary the Theotokos was there at the Cross. Mary was there when Jesus Christ humbled Himself, took upon Himself the sins of the world for our salvation, suffered and died.

Today while the joy of Mary's birth is at the forefront of our thoughts, the Church reminds us also of the pain and suffering she experienced in seeing Jesus on the Cross.

We can never forget the sacrifice of Christ. We can never fully comprehend the love Christ has for us. Fully appreciating the extent of Jesus' sacrifice, the Son of God taking on human flesh, willing to die for sinners, is beyond our limited minds.

To the degree we can comprehend Jesus' love for us, let us be thankful. To the degree we can comprehend Jesus' sacrifice for us, let us be grateful. To the degree we can remember Jesus' suffering on the Cross, let us constantly keep it in the forefront of our minds.

We have new opportunities in life because of Christ. We have continued hope in life because of Christ. We have life because of Christ. We have eternal life only through Jesus Christ.

In the stillness and quietness of our hearts, let us contemplate Christ. In the stillness and quietness of the Church, let us contemplate Christ. In our minds, let us contemplate Christ.

Christians define their world through Christ. Christians view the world through Christ. Christians see the work and presence of Christ in the world.

Christians think about Mary's birth and rejoice. Christians think about Christ's Nativity and rejoice. Christians think about Jesus upon the Cross and know that out of His pain and death came the great joy of the Resurrection.

Today let us light candles of appreciation in our hearts and minds for the saints and martyrs who remained steadfast in the faith through the centuries. We learn of Christ and His Mother through them. We learn more about the Holy Orthodox Church through them.

The joy of Christ exceeds the capability of each individual. The joy of Christ is uncontainable. The joy of Christ cannot be hidden.

The Holy Orthodox Church is alive with Christ. The work of the Holy Spirit is evident in the Holy Orthodox Church. Mary knew Christ like no other person has ever known Him.

Let us pray the love of Christ will always be in our hearts and minds. May His care for His Mother be a lesson for each of us. Even in times of great personal suffering, let us care for those near and dear to each of us.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, PA, September 9/24,2002.
Sts. Righteous Joachim and Anna.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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