St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 191 - August 19/September 1, 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 19 ,2002/September 1, 2002
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 191

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.

Services This Past Week
August 24-Seven people came for Vespers
August 25-Thirty seven people came for Divine Liturgy-Twelve communicants.
August 26-Three people came for Matins.
August 27-Three people came for Matins. Two people came for Vespers and Akathist to the Dormition.
August 28-Thirty one people came for Divine Liturgy and Blessing of the Kolach and Koljivo. Three communicants.
August 29-Two people came for Matins. One person came for Vespers and Akathist to the Dormition.
August 30-Two people came for Matins. One person came for Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call To Verify Weekday Schedule
Today - Divine Liturgy
Monday-Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - Matins-8:30AM.
Monday-Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - Matins-8:30AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates
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 19 - Miracle of Archangel Michael
September 21 - Nativity of Mother of God.
September 22 - Kumovi Sunday
September 27 - Elevation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross
October 5 - Memorial Saturday
October 9 - St. John the Apostle and Evangelist
October 14 - Protection of Mother of God.
October 19 - St. Thomas, the Apostle
October 27 - St. Petka, Paraskeva, Parish Anniversary Dinner
October 31 - St. Luke

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life
1. We now have a parish website which can be accessed by computers throughout the world. The webpage is viewable at Thank you to Tom Hunter for the creation of this site.
2. Adult classes will resume in mid-September.
3. Congratulations to the Kuma Anna Mae and the Kolo for a great Slava celebration.
4. Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in New Salem is having a festival today.
5. Plan to go to the Diocese for the Slava on Saturday, September 7.
6. Stella Shlosky said she was at the meeting when the decision was made to name the St. George Church. The basis of the decision: St.George was the Slava of most people in attendance.
7. Lutheran Minister-Rev.James and Mrs.Matties visited the St.George Church-August 25, 2002.

A Thought From Proto Radovan Milkovich*

Looking at ourselves from the vantage point of God's maximum, his maximal love, his rich mercies and gifts,--how do we respond: Is that our maximum or minimum? Practically speaking: Do we fear God more than men? Do we care more for His judgement than that of men? Do we think of Him more than we think of our bank accounts? Do we spend more time in service of God or in service of our own selves? So we spend more of our worth in pleasing God than in pleasing ourselves, or our families, employers, friends and associates? Are we, at least, as serious in our search for God and His will as we are in the search of how to establish ourselves in this world, its riches, its power, its pleasures? Are we sure we could not do any more for the sake of those whom Christ called His "little brothers"? Do we seriously think that attending worship once a week, or once a month, or even once a year, and paying our church dues, is our utmost effort to help Christ's redeeming work in this world? Is that our MAXIMUM or our MINIMUM response to the divine love that brought us from non-existence into being, and our response to the redeeming torture and death of Our Saviour, Who loved us "So Much?" (1978 Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of the United States and Canada)

To Consider
1.The structure of each Diocese.
2. The many responsibilities and duties of the Diocesan Bishop.
3.The territorial size of the Eastern American Diocese.
4.The number of parishes and organizations within the Diocese.
5.The number of people in the Diocese.
6.The administrative and charitable work of the Diocese.
7.The outreach and education work of the Diocese.
8.The financial and judicial work of the Diocese.

Activities of Parish Priest
. 1.Attended funeral of Leo Lubawy, recently retired Pittsburgh Director of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole-August 24.
2.Visited parishioner-Jefferson Hospital. August 24.
3.Attended Serbian language class-Pitt-August 26 and 28.
4.Attended Kolo Slava dinner-August 28.
5.Went to Diocesan Center-Mars-August 29.

From the Desert fathers

He (Poemen) also said, 'David wrote to Joab, "Continue the battle and you will take the city and sack it." Now the city is the enemy.'

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 17:14-23

And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, "Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they did not cure him." Then Jesus answered and said, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me." And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?" So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting." Now while they were staying in Galiliee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up. And they were exceedingly sorrowful.

Every Sunday we hear the reading of the Holy Gospel, we hear the message of Jesus Christ. Indeed, Gospel readings are prescribed in the Church every time the Divine Liturgy is to be served throughout the year.

During the first three days of Holy Week all of the Gospels of St. Matthew, Mark and Luke and almost all the Gospel of St. John are to be read.

The Gospel readings open our hearts and minds to Jesus Christ. The Gospel readings cause us to consider and think about God. God's actions in the world and in our particular lives exceed our ability to fully comprehend. God is much bigger, much greater than we will ever be able to fully realize.

Though the greatness and majesty and actions of God are much more than we will ever fully appreciate, God is accessible to each of us. It is still important for us to think about God, about the greatness of God, and about the actions of God. Our understanding of God will help us to determine our value and purpose in life. We take our identities as Christians from God. We bear the treasured and honored name "Christian" because we were baptized into Christ. As we sing in the Church each year on Pascha, "As many have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ."

The words of the Holy Gospel take on more honor, more reverence, more meaning, more value than words contained in any written book. The words of the Holy Gospel contain power and understanding and value that nourish and build up the People of God.

If we listen carefully to the Holy Gospel, we will be transformed. We will change. We encounter Jesus Christ in the Holy Gospel. The Church has the Holy Gospel sitting on the Altar Table because of the importance and centrality the Gospel has for the lives of Christians and for the benefit of all willing to hear.

Today's Gospel reinforces faith, prayer and fasting as essential for believers. Our faith is tested daily. Our faith is to be renewed daily. (Ps.50/51:10, II Cor.4:16) We are to pray without ceasing according to St.Paul.(I Thess.5:17)

In life we are constantly faced with choices, which when made, either continue us on the road to God's eternal Kingdom or put us in peril. (Mt.25:32,46)

Because of the constant necessity of prayer prescribed by St. Paul in his Epistle to the Thessalonians, we all have our work cut out for us. None of us can take final rest in the amount of prayer we do. Until we have reached the state of continuous prayer, we fall short of the standard established by St. Paul.

Fasting is not a condition we undertake or enter for a few days per year. The Church calls us to fast approximately half the year. There are times and reasons, special periods that call us to fast more. Fasting is to be undertaken with seriousness for the effect it will have upon our souls. Fasting brings focus to our lives in relationship with God. Fasting helps us to realize God in our lives.

Each believer does well when he or she takes time to read the Holy Scriptures. The Bibles in our homes afford us the opportunity to learn directly about Jesus Christ. Reading our Bibles helps us to draw near to Christ and to be helped by Him.

Life at home is not separated from life at Church. Our Christian identity goes with us wherever we are. Each home is a small church. When we partake of the Holy Body and Blood of Christ, the precious Body and Blood enters our heart, our veins. Christ is in us.

The body is to be treated as the temple of the Holy Spirit it is. (I Cor.6:19) The body is to be cared for, not abused. The body is to be used for good and honorable purposes consistent with the teachings of the Church.

The love of Christ experienced in the Holy Sacraments, the love of Christ proclaimed in the Holy Gospel, is an everlasting love for believers. When we are faithful to Christ, nothing separates us from the love of Christ. (Romans 8:35-39)

Let us do everything we can to remain faithful to Christ that we may always experience the love and the joy He brings to our hearts and souls.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, PA, August 19/September 1, 2002.
St.Andrew the Warrior.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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