St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 192 - August 26/September 8, 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 26, 2002/September 8, 2002
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
No. 192

Hebrew 10:23
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering., He who promised is faithful.

Services This Past Week
August 30-Nine people came for the Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission-Fairmont.
August 30-The Ninth Hour and Vesper service were read.
September l-Thirty seven people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
September 2-Three people came for Matins. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 4-Three people came for Matins. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 5-Three people came for Matins. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call To Verify Weekday Schedule
Today-Divine Liturgy.
No additional weekday services.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates
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 26 - Vigil of Feast in Mckeesport, St. Sava Church.
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
November 2 - Memorial Saturday
November 5 - St. James the Apostle
November 8 - St. Demetrius.
November 14 - Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Unmercenary Healers

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life
1. Congratulations to the St.Nikodim Chapel Kumas-Mildred Mickey and Sonia Janson. Thank you St.George Kolo and all parishioners supporting the Chapel Slava.
2. Fr.Rajko Kosic will be covering for emergencies between September 9 and 19. He can be reached at 412-882-3900 or 412-429-2064
3. Divine Liturgy will be at 10:00 AM on September ll at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in New Salem for parishioners wanting to go to an area Orthodox Church on this day of the Beheading of St.John the Baptist. If you live closer to another Orthodox Church where services are being held, try to attend on this important day.
4. Congratulations to Milosh "Serb" Krewasky on the anniversary of his championship football team.
5. It was good to have Proto Stavrofor Vasilije and Protonica Zoreen Sokolovich here on August 31.

A Thought From +Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic*
True Christians flee the praise of men. They not only flee it; they have a real fear of it. St.Sava of Pskov left his abbacy, the monastery and the good brethren in it, and went to a barren region, only to escape the praise of men. For the praise of men steals our hearts.(Prologue from Ochrid. Vol.3. St.Lazarica Press).

To Consider
1.God continues to be good and kind and merciful.
2.God continues to be in control of the world.
3.God continues to demonstrate love for the people of the world.
4.God continues to enable believers to be forgiven.
5.God remains even though empires, nations and generations change.
6.When there is no one to turn to, there is always God.
7.God listens to each generation, to each person.
8.God is accessible to each person seeking to be heard.
9.God is bigger and greater than we can ever imagine.
10.God gives us opportunities to be better.

Remember the St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville

Activities of Parish Priest
1.Served at Holy Trinity Mission-Fairmont-August 31.
2.Attended Anniversary Party of William and Sophie Kovach-August 31.
3.Went to Holy Trinity Orthodox Church-New Salem for festival.
4.Went to Diocesan Center-September 3.
5.Went to Pittsburgh to pick up printer and attend Jail Advisory Board Meeting-Sept.4.
6.Visited resident of SCI-Greene.

From the Desert fathers

One day someone asked Abba Silvanus, 'How have you lived, father, in order to become so wise?' He replied, 'I have never let a thought that would bring the anger of God upon me enter my heart.'

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 18:23-35

Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, "Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.' Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, 'Pay me what you owe!" So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.' And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?' And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. So My heavenly Father also will do if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.

When each person is Baptized and Chrismated, he or she becomes very special. The person is set apart from non-believers. The baptized person becomes an Orthodox Christian, a fully professed believer in the Holy Trinity the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

The baptized person "puts on Christ." The baptized person renounces Satan and all his works and all his pride. The baptized person professes Jesus Christ as King and God.

The Baptized person proclaims belief in the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ, of His Death on the Cross, His Resurrection, Ascension and anticipated Second Coming. The Baptized person anticipates the resurrection of the dead. These beliefs are reaffirmed each time the Creed is said.

At the Chrismation, the person is annointed with the holy myrrh. The person is sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. The holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you."(I Cor.3:16)

Baptism and Chrismation change us forever. A new identity is realized. Sometimes it is years later when a person begins to build on the foundation established at Baptism and Chrismation. Many people begin Christian growth at Baptism and Chrismation and continue throughout life.

Growth in Christ varies with each person. Growth may be gradual or sudden. Subtle changes over a long period of time may take place that are not externally observable.

The Holy Apostle Paul's experience on the road to Damascus is an example of a dramatic Christian conversion(Acts 22:4ff)

An external event or personal crisis may be cause for a turn to Christ. A person may return to his or her baptismal foundation when a need for God is keenly felt.

The present Gospel is helpful in understanding Christian growth. The present Gospel is a major lesson in forgiveness. Forgiveness enables growth to occur. Indeed, the Apostle Paul was in essence forgiven by God for his persecutions of Christians. St.Paul moved from being a persecutor to a foremost Apostle.

If St.Paul could be forgiven as a persecutor of Christians, there is hope for contemporary people choosing to follow Christ who sin daily but seek to renew the choices and commitments made at Baptism and Chrismation.

The Holy Sacraments enable contemporary believers to renew the joy experienced in the Baptismal fount, to experience once again the fullness, the wholeness, the newness of Christmation.

Sacramental participation is not a duty. It is not laborious to fast in preparation for Sacramental participation. Coming to Holy Confession and receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ are opportunities to experience the glory of God in renewing each life. The old person becomes new in Christ.

The love of Christ is obvious in the present Gospel. Jesus said: "there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."(Lk.15:10) Christ is willing to forgive sinners seventy times seven. He expects us to forgive each other for the trespasses we commit against each other.

It takes a Christian heart to forgive another person. Orthodox Christianity is the identity we receive at Baptism. Forgiveness is expected of believers. Forgiveness of others is an act of faith. Forgiveness of others is an expression of belief in Christ. Forgiveness of others is an action in conformity with the teachings of Christ.

We experience forgiveness in Holy Confession when we truly repent. We are renewed and strengthened in and by Christ in the Holy Sacrament of Communion.

Christ showed His ultimate love for each person when He was crucified. His love for each person is fully expressed in the present Gospel message.

We can know the joy and love of Christ through being forgiven by Him. We can know and actualize the joy and love of Christ by forgiving others.

The present Gospel in essence asks each believer to act upon the profession of faith made at Baptism.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, PA, August 26/September 8, 2002.
Sts. Adrian and Natalie, Martyrs.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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