St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 245 - September 1/September 14, 2003

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 1/September 14, 2003
Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost
No. 245

I Timothy 4:12

Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Services This Past Week

September 7 - Twenty three people came for Divine Liturgy.
September 8 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 9 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 10- Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September ll - Four people came for Divine Liturgy. Three people came for Akathist to St. John the Baptist and Akathist to Jesus Christ held at The Cross in the Cemetery.
September 12 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for the Akathist to St. John the Baptist and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
September 13 - Three people came to Matins and First Hour.
September 13 - Five people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission - Fairmont. One communicant.
September 13 - Three people came for Akathists to Jesus Christ and to the Resurrection.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

The Divine Liturgy is held each Sunday at 10:00 AM except Pascha went it is held earlier.
Morning services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - 6:30 AM.
Afternoon - Monday, Tuesday, Friday - 3:00 PM, Wednesday 7:00 PM, Thursday - 7:00 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 14 - Church New Year.
September 16 - St. Joanikije, First Serbian Patriarch
September 17 - St. Petar of Dabro, Bosnia
September 19 - Miracle of St. Archangel Michael.
September 21 - Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos - Slava of St. Mary Church, Clairton.
September 27 - Exaltation of the Life-Giving Cross
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 15-18 - Sabor, California.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Three people came to adult class this past Thursday. Class again this Thursday following the evening service.
Remember our homebound parishioners and friends, those in care homes, hospitals and prisons.
Pray for our parish regarding the new bridge and new Rt. 21.
Remember those who living in monasteries and studying in seminaries.
Remember those serving in the military on dangerous assignments.
Remember the suffering people in Kosovo.
Remember those working in dangerous occupations including the miners and correctional personnel of our area.
Remember Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont.
Our parish is invited to the Blessing of the Shrine at St. Mary Orthodox Church in Masontown today following Divine Liturgy. A dinner will follow.

A Thought From His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN *

This world is the abode of various spirits, but they can be classified in two groups: those from God and those from the devil. The Holy Spirit confesses that the Lord Jesus Christ was and always will be the only Savior of this world in His Church. But the satanic spirit tries to contest this and to prove that there is no God, no incarnation, no Church, no salvation.
*(The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church p.26 )

To Consider

The Parable of the Vineyard. (Matthew 21:33-42)
The degree we care for the talents and resources entrusted to us by the Lord.
Our personal readiness for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
The degree of consideration we give to the Gospel message each day.

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

Went to Diocesan Center for meeting - September 9.
Visited with parishioner - September ll.
Visited with parishioner - September 12.
Served Divine Liturgy - Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont - September 13.

From the Desert fathers

He (Abba Pambo) was greater than many others in that if he was asked to interpret part of the Scriptures or a spiritual saying, he would nto reply immediately, but he would say he did not know that saying. If he was asked again, he would say no more.

The Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Matthew 21:33-42

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 drew 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.'

Today is the beginning of the Church New Year. It is a time many parishes turn attention to Christian education. It is a time when interest in learning is at a peak.

Orthodox Christian education is a priority in our Diocese and we must make a serious effort in this parish. We are primarily a parish of adults. We offer adult classes on weekdays and have three or four adults attending relatively regularly. At times, more people come.

It is healthy for individuals of any age to engage in Christian education. It is healthy for adults to attend Christian education classes. Individuals of any age with sound minds are capable of learning.

No single person knows all there is to know about the Holy Orthodox Church. No single person knows all there is to know about God. No single person has a comprehensive knowledge of the saints and martyrs of the Church.

If we are to grow as a Serbian Orthodox Christian community, we must be open to and continue to learn. For us to grow and develop as a Serbian Orthodox Christian community, we must work conscientiously at growing in the faith.

Organized Christian education classes are not the only way to learn, but they are an efficient way to learn. Classroom learning is integral to active participation in the Divine services of the Church. Attentiveness to the content of the services of the Church is a primary source of instruction.

We learn when we participate in the Holy Mysteries of the Church. We learn when we read the Holy Scriptures. We learn when we read Orthodox prayer books. We learn when we visit Orthodox churches and monasteries.

We learn when we read books on Orthodox Church history and on the lives of the saints and martyrs. If we are observant of the environment, we will learn about God. A reader of the Holy Scriptures will quickly see there is much that is said about God and the environment.

Today the Holy Orthodox Church puts before us the lesson from the Holy Gospel of St. Matthew about the landowner and the vineyard. We are called each year to struggle with the meaning of this Gospel message.

We can look up the deeper meaning of today's Gospel if we turn to commentaries by Orthodox saints such as Blessed Theophylact that explain in detail the meaning.

At one point in his writings, Blessed Theophylact says the lord of the vineyard is God the Father Who sent His Son Who was slain. Blessed Theophylact says much more about this Gospel message. Notes from the commentaries of Blessed Theophylact have been distributed in our adult education classes.

If we want a more indepth understanding of today's Gospel, we will turn to the lengthy desciption of this Gospel message by St. John Chrysostom. We have the commentaries of St. John Chrysostom in our parish library and use them from time to time as part of the adult classes.
If we have a hunger to grow in Christ, we will seek to satisfy that hunger by searching for more understanding. Reading the Scriptures are essential for learning more about Jesus Christ. Our adult classes help us to view the Scriptures in an Orthodox Christian context.

This is a time of new beginning in the Church. Beginnings are time of joyful anticipation. Each person in this parish is important. Each person in this parish can contribute to the strength and growth of the parish.

Our parish library is growing in size. Books and bulletins in the library cover a wide range of topics. We hope to add more books on topics of contemporary interest.

The classes we have had covered a number of different topics including the Bible, videos on monasteries, discussion of medical ethical issues, and services of the Church. Individuals attending classes have found them beneficial. Topics for some classes come from questions or comments by individuals attending class.

Believers attending weekday services learn of the specific saints being commemorated and of the various festal events being prepared for or celebrated. The verses read at Vespers, the troparia and kontakia read during the Hours and at Vespers and Matins are instructive.

The adult education classes are part of a continuum of learning growing from and consistent with the liturgical services of the Church.

Each day and each service is a time for learning in the Church. Orthodox Christian learning entails joy. Orthodox Christian learning entails an improvement in life. Orthodox Christian learning entails a sense of fulfillment. Let us renew our commitment to Orthodox Christian learning.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September l/14 2003
St. Simeon the Stylite

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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