St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 400 - August 28 / September 10, 2006

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
August 28 / September 10, 2006
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 400

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

James 2:17

Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Services This Past Week
September 3
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. The Sixth Hour was read.
Thirty-one people came for Divine Liturgy.
September 4
Three people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 5
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
September 9
One person came for the readings in Preparation for Communion.
The Ninth Hour and Vespers were served. Three people came.
No services were scheduled from Monday afternoon through Saturday.
One person came to personally reading the Midnight Office and First and Third Hour in the morning and Ninth Hour and Akathist in the afternoon.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
5:30 AM - Today, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday.
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour.
Thursday morning the services will start at 4:00 AM.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday at 4:00 PM.
Monday and Thursday at 6:30 PM.

Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.

Divine Liturgy at 8:30 AM.

Support Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist.
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year
September 16 - St. Joanikije, First Serbian Patriarch
September 21 - Nativity our Most Holy Lady Theotokos.
September 25 - Leavetaking of the Nativity of the Theotokos
September 27 - The Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross.
October 4 - Leavetaking of the Exaltation of the Cross
October 9 - Repose of the Apostle and Evangelist John
October 14 - Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo

Parish Life

Remember the men, women and children who suffered due to terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Remember their friends and families.

Remember the men and women rising to the occasion to help in recovery efforts due to the terrorist attacks.

Remember how life was before September 11.

Remember to pray to God today and everyday.

Remember to read the Church calendar and observe it.

Remember to read the Bible daily for the benefit of the soul.

Come to Adult Class on Thursday at 7:00 PM.

Pray to God daily.

A Thought From St. John Chrysostom

Don't look for great wealth in your wife, and you will find that everything else will go well. Who, tell me, would overlook the most important things to pay attention to secondary matters? And yet, to our sorrow, that is how we behave in practically every case. Yes, if we have a son, we worry about finding him a rich wife, and not about how to develop him in a virtuous nature; we worry how he might acquire money, but not manners. If we engage in business, we don't think how it might be free from sin, but how it might bring in the most profit. Money is everything now, and so everything has become corrupted and ruined, because we are possessed by this passion for money.

( On Marriage and Family Life. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1986, p. 50. )

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

To Consider

The beheading of St. John the Baptist.
The gruesome nature of the beheading.
The message of the beheading to generations afterwards.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 8 - Attended Vigil at St. Nikodim Chapel, Mars, Pa.
September 9 - Attended Diocese Chapel Slava, Mars, Pa.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Pambo) also said, 'Not understanding what has happened prevents us from going on to something better.'

The Thirteen Sunday after Pentecost 2006

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.

The present Gospel is an account of the unfaithful vinedressers. They did not want to give the landowner his due. Today's Gospel is a lesson in preparedness for Jesus Christ's Second Coming.

Each day individuals receive twenty four hours of life from God. The time of life is to be used wisely. When the Lord Jesus Christ returns, will He find we have used the time of life wisely?

The Lord God gives talents to each individual. When the Lord Jesus Christ returns will He find that each individual has used personal talents for the glory of God and for God's Holy Church?

When Jesus Christ returns, what percentage of believers will He find to have used personal talents and resources wisely and for the benefit of God's Holy Church?

Giving back to God what has been received from God is an act of appreciation. God gave His only Begotten Son to be crucified (Jn.3:16) Any contribution from believers is minute in comparison to the Sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the Cross.

Fulfillment comes in giving to God what has been received from God. Talents received from God and used for the glory of God are blessed and multiplied.

Believers familiar with the parable of the talents learn when even the smallest talents are invested, it is pleasing to God. (Mt.25:14-30)

God has blessed believers with parish churches, monasteries and seminaries. Believers are accountable for good stewardship in the parish churches. Believers are expected to support monasteries and seminaries.

God has blessed each person with a heart, mind and soul. Each person is accountable to God for the use of the mind and for the proper care of the heart and soul.

When a person is born, he or she lives a period of time. Some live up to a century. Some individuals die immediately or shortly after birth. Most live a number of years.

Baptized individuals take on a responsibility to God. Baptized believers are expected to live in ways pleasing to God. Baptized believers are expected to worship and pray to God.

Baptized believers are expected to partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. Repentance and confession sins enables the believer to be reunited with Christ. A faithful vinedresser for God cares for the soul and cares for the Holy Church of God. A faithful vinedresser of God uses his or her talents for the glory of God.

A faithful vinedresser does not withhold time or talents or resources from the Church for selfish reasons. The lesson of Ananias and Sapphira holding back what belonged to God is a lesson to remember (Acts.5:1-11)

Holding back from God can come in the form of not giving to God what are God's...time, talents, resources. Many individuals use time, talents and resources for personal pleasure and selfish reasons, never considering to give to God.

Holding back from God can be rationalizing why there is not time to pray or to thank God. The same individuals will use large portions of time to indulge in personal pleasures or simply in slothfulness.

Holding back from God can be giving credit to the self for many blessings and not giving God the credit due.

Giving to God is an act of appreciation. Giving to God is an act of joy. Giving to God is recognition of God. Giving to God is an expression of love for God.

Iconographers give their talents to God. Singers singing for the glory of God give their talents to God. Cooks and bakers working for the glory of God give their talents to God.

Individuals can labor for God in prayer and in hospitality. Individuals can labor for God in doing translations or woodworking or craftsmanship. Individuals can give their talents to God by writing or teaching or traveling to preach the Gospel.

Parents use their talents for God when they bring their children to Church and raise them in the Church.

The Lord Jesus Christ is going to return. Each person needs to use each day wisely in preparing for the glorious Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 28 / September 10, 2006
St. Moses the Ethiopian.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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