St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 350 - September 5 / September 18, 2005

The Orthodox Faith

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 5 / September 18, 2005
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 350

Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at 12:15 on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown.

I Timothy 6:11

But as for you, man of God, shun all this; aim at righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.

Services This Past Week
September 11
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Forty-nine people came for Third and Sixth Hours,
Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
September 12
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to Mother of God.
Three people were present for Matins and First Hour.
Three people were present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 13
Two people came for Midnight Office and Canon to Jesus Christ.
Three people were present for Matins and First Hour.
Two people were present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 14
One person was present for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God.
Two people were present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 15
One person was present for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God.
The Akathist to St. George and Akathist to Jesus Christ were served in the evening. Two people were present throughout. Five people present at the conclusion.
September 16
One person was present for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God.
Two people were present for Ninth Hour and Vespers
September 17
One person was present for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Week - No Daily Services Monday to Friday This Week
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ. Akathist to Communion. Matins, First Hour, Third, Sixth Hour and Divine Liturgy.
September 24
5:30 AM, Midnight Office and Canons. 6:30 AM, Matins and First Hour.
September 24
2:00 PM, Wedding of Shawn Miciotto and Melissa McClain. Tell Shawn or Melissa today if you plan to attend.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 21 - Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos
September 27 - Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross
October 8 - Memorial Saturday
October 9 - St. John the Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 27 - Venerable Mother Paraskeva of Serbia - St. Petka
October 30 - Parish Anniversary Banquet
October 31 - St. Luke - St. Peter of Cetinje
November 5 - Memorial Saturday - St. James the Apostle
November 8 - St. Demetrius the Myrrflowing, Great Martyr of Thessalonica

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

It's nice to have Dr. Andrei Popa back visiting in the parish again. He and wife Carrie are living in Bakersfield, They were married in St. George Church in September, 2001.

Dobrodosli Maria, Nadezda Rogish's sister is visiting here from Belgrade.

Five people came to Adult Class this past week. The discussion was on the Holy Mysteries. No class this week. Next class on September 29.

Thank you to Tom Hunter for continuing to prepare the radio broadcasts and maintain the parish website.

Greetings to Pete and Dorothy Smargie, always willing to work for the St. George Church.

Diane Trbovich was here at the Church recently with visiting Kumovi.

We look forward to Dolores Zivkovich's return to Church.

Sympathy to Zorka Zets, her daughter having recently departed this life.

It was good to have Mark, Eileen and Greg Zivkovich in Church last Sunday. Mark is one of only two seminary graduates from St. George Church in the fifty-one year's of the parish's existence!

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in care hospitals, rehab centers and homebound. Remember their families and the staffs of the facilities.

Read your Bible daily for the benefit of your soul.

Remember those grieving for loved ones departed this life.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

Listen to the weekly parish radio broadcast on the radio and on the parish website.

When the Pittsburgh Steelers have home games, the parish radio broadcast will be at 6:20 PM.

Thank you to all donating for the Hurricane Katrina relief last Sunday.

A Thought from St. Gregory of Nazianzus

So, in the end, I resolved that it was best to say "goodbye" to images and shadows, deceptive and utterly inadequate as they are to express the reality. I resolved to keep close to the more truly religious view and rest content with some few words, taking the Spirit as my guide and, in his company and in partnership with safeguarding to the end the genuine illumination I had received from him, as I strike out a path through this world. To the best of my powers I will persuade all men to worship Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as the single Godhead and power, because to him belong all glory, honor, and might for ever and ever. Amen.

(St. Gregory of Nazianzus. On God and Christ.. Translated by Frederick Williams and Lionel Wickham. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 2002, p. 143 )

Remember the Students of St. Sava School of Theology - Libertyville

To Consider

The Holy Trinity.
Our limited comprehension of the Holy Trinity.
Our need to continue to learn about God throughout life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

Attended Anniversary Banquet of St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, September 4.
Visited parishioner at Cherry Tree Nursing Center, September ll.
Visited with parishioners September 12 and 14.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Or said, "If you see that I am thinking adversely about someone, know that he is thinking the same way about me.'

The Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost 2005

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 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 builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes

We come today to the reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. We listen to the words of the Lord Jesus Christ as preserved in the Holy Gospel.

Our ears are filled with the words of the Lord Jesus Christ as they have been proclaimed in the Holy Orthodox Church through the centuries. Our ears are filled with words intended to guide our lives and to give us new life in Christ.

Attentiveness to the Holy Gospel is necessary to seek the meaning the Lord Jesus Christ intended. We benefit by savoring His words, mulling them over in our minds and keeping them our hearts.

The words from the Lord Jesus Christ are words valued above every word. The Holy Gospel is treated with great care in the Church. The Holy Gospel is proclaimed as part of the Divine services.

Today we hear the parable of the vinedressers. Blessed Theophylact interpreted the present parable. Blessed Theophylact understood the vineyard to mean the Divine The hedge is the letter and the wine-press is the depth of the Spirit. The tower is lofty and exalted theology.

Blessed Theophylact describes the Scriptures as having first been possessed by bad husbandmen, Pharisees. He said God let the Scriptures out where they were cultivated well. 1

Further explaining the parable, Blessed Theophylact identified Jesus Christ as the Chief Cornerstone, the Head of the Church, the unifier in one faith. 2

The investment we make in studying the life of Jesus Christ is the soundest of investments. Studying the life of Jesus Christ is an investment in the Kingdom of God.

The words of Christ teach us to live in ways that lead to eternal life. The words of Christ teach us to be at peace with each other and with those we meet. The words of Jesus Christ teach us to be forgiving and to seek forgiveness.

Today is one Gospel lesson of the year. The Holy Orthodox Church has lessons for us for everyday of the year. The lessons of the Church are inextricably linked with Holy Scripture. The lessons of the Church draws us near to God and emanate from God.

The Holy Gospel lessons we hear each Sunday are actions of the Church and approved by the Church. Each Gospel lesson is to be proclaimed throughout the world.

When we come to Church on a given day, we come in confidence knowing the order of Divine services. We come to Church with confidence knowing the consistency and uniformity of worship and practices through the centuries and throughout the world.

While languages may differ, content does not. While languages may differ, meaning does not. The words of Christ are proclaimed in many different languages. Regardless of the the words remain those of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Joy in hearing the words of Jesus Christ is felt by individuals around the world. Joy is universal among believers of Christ.

Persecutors of Christ exist. They existed when He was put upon the Cross. They exist in the present. Today's parable makes it clear that those who stumble against the Rock of Christ will not only be crushed at the second coming but here in this life scattered like powder. 3

Heeding the words of Christ is a matter of choice. Christ is not forced on anyone. Following Christ is not a forced decision. It is a voluntary decision. Constantly in life, individuals must choose between following Christ or not following Christ.

At Holy Baptism, individuals commit to Christ as King and God. This commitment is to be honored and renewed until the end of this earthly life. The believer, while he or she has faculty of mind, makes the decision at every moment subsequent to baptism whether to remain true to the baptismal profession of faith.

Today we are reminded of the death of Christ. Today we are reminded of the Resurrection of Christ. Today and everyday we decide whether we are crucifiers Christ or faithful witnesses in the joy of His Resurrection.
1Blessed Theophylact. The Explanation by Blessed Theophylact of The Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew. Chrysostom Press, House Springs, Missouri, 2000, p. 184.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 5 / September 18, 2005
Sts. Zachariah and the Righteous Elizabeth.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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