St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 189 - August 5/August 18, 2002

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 5, 2002 / August 18, 2002
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 189

James 2:26
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Services This Past Week

August ll - At least 37 people attended the Divine Liturgy. Eight people attended the Akathist to the Mother of God served at the Cross in the St. George Cemetery in the afternoon.
August 12 - Three people attended Matins on August 12.
August 13 - Two people attended Matins. One person attended Vespers.
August 14 - Two people attended Matins. One person attended Ninth Hour and Akathist to the Dormition of the Mother of God.
August 15 - Two people attended Matins.
August 16 - Four people attended Matins. Two people attended Vespers and Akathist to the Dormition of the Mother of God.
August 17 - Two people attended Matins.

Services This Coming Week - Always call to confirm Monday-Saturday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy.
Monday - Divine Liturgy-Feast of Transfiguration-10:00AM.
Monday evening - Vespers 7:00 PM.
Matins services - Tuesday-7:00AM. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday-8:30 AM.
Akathist to Dormition and Vespers - Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 4:30 PM.

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Important Dates

August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 28 - Feast of Dormition -Kolo Slava Celebration
September 7 - First Slava Celebration at New Diocesan Center in Mars-Our Kolo will serve.
September ll - Beheading of St.John the Baptist.
September 14 - Church New Year
September 15 - Kumovi Sunday
September 21 - Nativity of Most Holy Theotokos
September 27 - Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross
October 6 - Bring Someone Sunday
October 14 - Protection of The Most Holy Theotokos
October 19 - St. Thomas, the Apostle
October 27 - St. Petka-Paraskeva-Church Anniversary Banquet
October 31 - St. Luke

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Parish Life

1. Rosa Danko of Holy Trinity Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia fell asleep in the Lord on August 15. May God give comfort and strength to her family. Rosa and husband Mike attended St. George Church on special occasions. Funeral is Monday at 2:00 PM in Fairmont.
2. St. George parishioners worked hard for the last picnic. Thank you.
3. It was good to have Peter and Paige Shlosky doing responses with Sonia Janson at the Akathist to the Mother of God on Sunday.
4. Congratulations to Andrea Janson, prize winner for showing her young horse recently.
5. Mitzie Hunchuck's talk on the healthiness of fasting is a first for a Parish Nurse Practioner here at St. George Church. Mitzi has been asked to write up her talk for distribution.
6. Parishioners attending weekday services make a solid investment in this parish. The Holy Orthodox Church has prescribed services for everyday of the week and throughout each day.
7. "Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it;" (Ps.127:1)
8. Honor the Dormition Fast until the Divine Liturgy of August 28.

A Thought From Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic*

Why was He transfigured on the mountain and not in the valley? That He might teach us two virtues: love of toil and pondering on God. To climb the heights involves toil, and the heights represent the heights of our thoughts: pondering on God. Why was He transfigured at night? Because the night is more fitted to prayer and meditation than the day, and because the night covers all earthly beauty with darkness and reveals the beauty of the starry heavens. Why did Moses and Elijah appear? To shatter the Jewish fallacy that Christ was one of the prophets-Elias, Jeremiah, or one of the others. This was why He revealed Himself as King over the prophets, and why Moses and Elias appeared as His servants. Up to this moment, the Lord had many times shown His divine power to His disciples, but on Tabor He showed them His divine nature.

*(Prologue From Ochrid. Vol. 111 Lazarica Press, Birmingham, England pp. 161-162.)

To Consider

1. The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ.
2.T he presence of Moses and Elijah, Matthew, Peter, James and John on the mountain.
3. The difference the Transfiguration of Christ makes in our lives.

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Activities of the Parish Priest

August 10 - Travelled to St. Sava Camp, Shadeland for Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Most Holy Mother of God Monstery Church and following Diocesan camp celebration.
August ll - Participated in religious program and St. George Parish picnic.
August ll - Had meeting with friend of parish.
August 12 & 13 - Participated in Holy Trinity Cathedral Day Camp, Pittsburgh.
August 12 - Visited parishioner at Jefferson Hospital, Elizabeth.
August 13 - Visited parishioner in Brownsville General Hospital.
August 14 - Visited parishioner in Brownsville General Hospital with member of family.
August 14 - Participated in Vespers & Praises to Mother of God, Holy Dormition Greek Orthodox Church, Aliquippa.
August 15 - Travelled to Fairmont, West Virginia Hospital twice. First to visit Rosa Danko and second to visit her family, later going to visit the family at home.
August 16 - Travelled to Diocesan Center, Mars.

From the Desert fathers

The same abba (Xoius) said, 'A dog is better than I am, for he has love and he does not judge.'

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Matt 14:14-22,

And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, 'This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.' But Jesus said to them, 'They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.' And they said to Him, 'We have here only five loaves and two fish.' He said, 'Bring them here to Me.' Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.

Jesus Christ feeds the hungry. He feeds the men, women and children seeking lasting nourishment. He feeds the souls of men, women and children serious about eternal life. He feeds the men, women and children desiring to receive the Body of Christ, to taste the Fountain of Immortality.

Centuries pass. Changes take place in styles of living. Generations of people come and go. The Holy Apostle Paul's Epistle to the Hebrews tells us"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever." (Heb.13:8). We know from the Psalms the Lord endures forever. (Ps.9:7).

Every man, woman and child coming to Jesus Christ seeking food for the soul will be fed. Jesus does not disappoint people coming to Him in faith.

The present Gospel describes the large amount of people fed by Jesus Christ from five loaves of bread and two fish. The Holy Chalice of Christ has and continues to feed generation after generation of Orthodox believers in all parts of the world.

Jesus Christ rose from the dead. He ascended into heaven. He is expected to return to judge the living and the dead. There is no miracle so great that Jesus cannot do it if He chose. There is no work so great that Jesus cannot do it if He chose. All things are possible with God. (Mt. 19:26)

Jesus was born of a virgin. He was baptized in the Jordan. Jesus was transfigured on Mt. Tabor. He called Lazarus forth from the tomb. Jesus' coming was foretold by prophets centuries before the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary to announce she was chosen from all women to bear the Christ Child.

At Pascha and Pentecost Vespers, Orthodox Christians intone the Prokeimenon: "Who is so great a God as our God! Thou art the God who does wonders." God is great and the need to appreciate His greatness is constant.

When Elijah stood on Mt.Carmel in the contest with the prophets of Baal, the people present saw the work of the Lord and exclaimed: "The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God." (I Kings. 18:39) The eyewitnesses of the contest between Elijah and the prophets of Baal were convinced by the God of Elijah. It is this same Elijah who appeared with Moses at the Transfiguration of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Mt. 17:3) Lord, he is the God." (I Kings. 18:39) The eyewitnesses of the contest between Elijah and the prophets of Baal were convinced by the God of Elijah. It is this same Elijah who appeared with Moses at the Transfiguration of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Mt.17:3)

Proto Stavrofor Radovan Milkovich did an editorial years ago published in the Path of Orthodoxy based upon the book by J.B.Philips entitled "A God Too Small."

As we grow and mature as Christians, we must constantly examine and re-examine our understanding of God. While God remains the same, our understanding of God requires improvement with time.

Our minds are too limited to fully comprehend all to be known of God and about God. We experience God in prayer, in contemplation, in each other, in daily living, in worship, through reading the Scriptures and in the Holy Sacraments.

The love coming from God is found on the Cross and through the Cross. The love coming from God is understood in the Divine taking on human flesh and dwelling among inhabitants of the earth. The love coming from God is illustrated in the healing recorded in the Holy Scriptures.

Jesus Christ taught His disciples and commissioned them to go forth, "…to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Jesus wanted His disciples to teach believers to observe all that Jesus commanded His disciples. (Mt. 28:19-20)

Each Orthodox believer is commissioned at Baptism to witness to Jesus Christ through the way he or she lives. If believers take their Baptism serious, they will live the Orthodox Christian life. Jesus Christ will be King and God in their lives. The way of Satan will be renounced and cast away.

The Holy Gospel preserved through the centuries to the present day instructs, inspires and serves as evidence for believers in Jesus Christ. Serious listeners of the Holy Gospel take the message to heart. Lives are changed by listening to the Holy Gospel.

May today's Gospel inspire, instruct and bring constructive changes, that we may grow more resolute in faith and increase in understanding and knowledge of God.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania. August 5/18, 2002
St. Eusignius, Martyr. Antefeast of Transfiguration.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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