St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 555 - August 23 / September 6, 2009


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 23 / September 6, 2009
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 555

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

James 1:6

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

Recent Services
August 28
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Eight people came for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
August 29
Vespers was read.
August 30
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third Hour was read before the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN officiated including the blessing of the Kolach and Koljivo. Father Deacon Dragoslav Kosic also served. Thirty four people attended the Divine Liturgy.
August 31
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
September 1
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
September 2
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Third and Sixth Hour followed by the Divine Liturgy.

Mornings
5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Tuesday
6:30 PM followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

Friday
10:00 AM-Divine Liturgy-Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont, W.Va.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year
September 19 - Miracle of Archangel Michael
September 20 - Synaxis of Serbian Saints
September 21 - Feast of Nativity of the Mother of God.
September 27 - Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross.
October 10 - Memorial Saturday
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva of Serbia, St.Petka
October 31 - St. Luke
November 8 - St. Demetrius

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!

Remember the Serbian People Who Are Suffering and All Suffering People.

Parish Life

The parish was honored by His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN coming to celebrate the Kolo Slava. Thank You to His Grace and Father Deacon Dragoslav Kosic.

Thank you to the St. George Kolo for faithful service through the year.

Sonia Janson, Kolo President, represented the parish at the Eastern Diocese Kolo Federation Slava at Shadeland on August 28-29, 2009.

Thank you to parishioners supporting the Kolo.

If you are not a Kolo member, please join.

The St. Mary Serbian Orthodox Church of Clairton, Pennsylvania will celebrate the Eighty Fifth Anniversary and Slava on September 19, 2009. The parish is scheduled to close on September 27, 2009. Our parishioners are invited to attend the Anniversary/Slava. If you plan to go, please inform Father Rodney.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs.

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

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Holy Communion on a regular basis.

Invite a friend or relative to attend church with you.

If you have a question about the services or the Church, ask Father Rodney.

Three people came for Adult Class on Tuesday. Class again this Tuesday. The Adult Class will focus on the Divine Liturgy for the next several weeks.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

The Old Testament Law gives birth to servitude, while the New Testament to liberation or the heavenly Jerusalem (Gal.4:24-26). The first was given through the mediation of angels, while the second was brought by the Son of God Himself (Acts 7:30,35).

(Introduction to the New Testament )

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois

To Consider

The joy of the life in Christ.
The necessity of continued repentance.
The importance of daily prayer.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 28 - Attend Social Work Management Institute in Morgantown, W.Va. The focus was on serving needs of families of veterans and serving the needs of returning veterans. (St. George Church has four men from three families on active duty at the present time. Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. has a particular interest in two men on active duty).
August 28-29 - Attended the Eastern Diocese KSS Federation Slava at Shadeland.
August 30 - Participated in the St.George Kolo Slava celebration.
August 31 - Visited with a parish family and blessed several graves of family members.
September 2 - Visited parishioner in personal care home in Fairchance, Pa.

From Psalm 23:1

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.


The Thirteen 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.

The Lord God expects believers to be faithful. The Lord God has blessed the inhabitants of this world with abundance. The abundance is to be shared and used for the glory of God.

The abundance of this world is to be used in ways pleasing to God. Many people behave in a manner that there is no God. Many people abuse the earth and the blessings of God with reckless abandon.

Many people give no heed to God and even mock and denounce God. Many people attempt to neutralize the worship of God and the practice of Christianity.

The Lord Jesus Christ will return to judge the inhabitants of the earth. The Lord Jesus Christ was Crucified and rose from the Tomb. He will return in glory and make lasting judgments. (Mt. 25:31-46)

Believers have a responsibility to be good stewards of the earth. Believers have a responsibility to be good to the men, women and children they meet in daily life.

Believers have a responsibility to be good stewards of the resources and gifts given by God. The greatest gift we receive from God is our life. We need to be good stewards of our lives.

We need to care for our souls. We need to use the talents we have received from God in ways that are pleasing to God and reflect appreciation for God. We need to be prudent in using the time God gives to us.

Time is a precious gift from God that is limited. Time does not return. Time is only used once. We must make the best use of time as God would have us to make use of it.

The present Gospel is about the landowner who returned and expected the tenders of the vineyards would provide him with the fruit. The vinedressers were violent towards the landowner's servants and son.

How many individuals in contemporary society are violent towards God? Violence towards God can take many different forms. Violence towards God can include vitriolic language.

Violence towards God can be carried out aggression against the believers of God. Consider the violence suffered by Orthodox Christians in Kosovo. Consider the churches and monasteries destroyed in Kosovo.

Consider the violence Christians have experienced in the Middle East. Consider the actions in the United States that make it much more difficult to even mention the name of God in certain locations.

Believers do well to assess their lives to determine the degree of compliance with the ways of God and ways pleasing to God. Believers do well to consider the use of time in daily life.

At the Second Coming, each person will need to account for his or her life. Each person will need to account for his or her talent. Each person will have to account for his or her relationships.

Repentance now and for the remaining days of earthly life promises benefits. Being recalcitrant and hardness of heart promises a resulting harsh judgment.

Reading the Holy Gospel provides criteria for assessing the soundness of our personal lives. Reading the Holy Gospel provides direction to rectify our personal lives.

Each person makes choices as to how to use each day. Each person is responsible for the choices made. Each person determines whether to be good stewards of talents and resources given by God.

Joy comes when believers make best use of blessings from God. Fulfillment and joy come when believers live in ways pleasing to God. Believers taking care of God's creation will experience abundant blessings.

In another Gospel account of a nobleman returning, he said to a faithful servant: "Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities." (Lk. 19:12-17)

Believers need to take care to discern the ways of God. Believers need to practice love of God and appreciation for God. Daily choices have far reaching results.

Believers do well to treat the choices of daily life with great care and seriousness. The joy of the Lord makes responsible living very rewarding.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 23 / September 6, 2009
Holy Hieromartyr Eutychius.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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