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Serbian Orthodox Church
in North and South America
THE EPISCOPAL COUNCIL
March 19, 2009
SUMMONS TO A REGULAR SESSION OF THE TRIENNIAL CHURCH ASSEMBLY [SABOR]
In accordance with Article 18 of the Constitution of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America, We hereby summon into Triennial Session, the Church Assembly [Sabor] of the Serbian Orthodox Church North and South America, to be held at the facilities of Saint George Serbian Orthodox Church 4669 Applegrove Street, NW, North Canton, OH 44720 on Tuesday through Thursday, August 11—13, 2009.
Enclosed you will find a Credentials Form which each Congregation Board is required to fill out for its 3 participants and return with a registration fee of $200 per person in U.S. funds made payable to “2009 Sabor” and mailed to the 2009 Sabor Committee c/o St. George Church in Canton. The registration fee includes all meals and the Grand Banquet. All completed credential forms with registration fees must be submitted by July 1, 2009 so that each participant receive the necessary documents for the Sabor.
In accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, the following are participants to this Assembly:
- Diocesan Bishops
- Active and retired clerics of both orders
- Members of the Central Church Council
- Members of the Diocesan Councils
- Two (2) delegates from every Church-School Congregation in good standing. One of these is ex-officio the President of the Executive Board of the Congregation (or his alternate Vice President), and the other is the elected delegate of the Church-School Congregation.
- Two (2) representatives of each Diocesan Federation of Circles of Serbian Sisters.
- One (1) representative of the School of Theology
The theme of the 20 th Triennial Sabor is “Christ the True Light: The Light of Christ in the Church and the Light of Christ in the World” —and will center on a greater understanding of the Church community in the New Testament towards outreach and growth in this 21 st Century. With this as our focus, in conjunction with our regular Church Assembly we hereby also summon into session the 4th Annual Youth Conference [High School Student Sabor] and the 2 nd Conference of Young Adults [18-40] to be organized by our Standing Committees prior to and in conjuction with our 20 th Triennial Sabor. We ask every Church-School Congregation to encourage its active representation and participation in all aspects of these important gatherings of our Church. The 20th Sabor is an important and joyful gathering of the Church in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist which will be celebrated each day, and in the wonderful opportunity to look to the past, give thanks for the present and plan for the future, in the Light of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
WITH ARCHPASTORAL BLESSINGS,
The Episcopal Council
METROPOLITAN OF MIDWEST AMERICA