St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 225 - April 14/April 27, 2003

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

April 14/April 27, 2003
No. 225

I Corinthians 14:20

And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up---if in fact the dead do not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Services This Past Week

April 20 - Twenty eight people came to Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
April 21 - Five people came for Grand Compline.
April 22 - Three people came for Grand Compline.
April 24 - Eight people came for Divine Liturgy. Eight people came for the Matins of Holy Friday - Twelve Gospels.
April 25 - Ten people came to Holy Trinity Mission for the Royal Hours.
April 25 - Nineteen people came for the Vespers and Matins for Holy Saturday.
April 26 - Thirteen people came for Divine Liturgy on Holy Saturday. Ten people came for the reading of the Acts of the Apostles.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Resurrection Matins - Paschal Divine Liturgy
Saturday - Vespers - 4:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Pascha
May 4 - Thomas Sunday - Parish Slava Celebration - Make your reservations now.
May 6 - St. George
May l0 - Burning of Relics of St. Sava
May ll - Sunday of the Myrrhbearers
May 18 - Sunday of Paralytic

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

1. It was good to see Milosh "Serb" Krewasky in Steubenville for Vespers on Palm Sunday.
2. It was good to see Aaron Carson, Jerry Milosevich, Joe, Melva and Mitzie Hunchuck, Paulette Radock and Nadezda and Dr. Ivko Dimitric in Pittsburgh for Holy Unction on Wednesday.
3. Thank you to Mickey Bezjak for decorating the Tomb of Christ.
4. May God give comfort and strength to Stanley and Karen Brozik and family at this time. Karen's mother Helen fell asleep in the Lord this week.

A Thought From Bishop NIKOLAI (Velimirovic) *

I shall worship the God, who holds His cupped ear even at cemeteries and listens, to hear whether anyone is cying out for resurrection or for the One who resurrects.
The gravediggers dig graves and are silent. The Lord opens graves and shouts.
A mother places her daughter in a grave, the Lord takes her out of the grave; the the Lord is abetter mother than the mother.
A father covers his son with soil, the Lord uncovers him. The Lord is a better father than the father.
A brother buries his brother, the Lord resurrects him. The Lord is a better brother than the brother.
The Lord has neither tears nor smiles for the dead. His whole heart belongs to the living.
The world mourns for their kindred in cemeteries, the Lord seeks His own with a song and awakens them.
*(Prayers by the Lake-Prayer XCII Free Serbian Orthodox Diocese of USA and Canada, Grayslake, Ill. )

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology - Libertyville

To Consider

1. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
2. The resurrection of the dead.
3. Readiness for the Second Coming of Christ.
4. Hope in the Risen Christ.
5. Love manifested by the death and resurrection of Christ.
6. References to Christ's Resurrection in Scripture.
7. The extensive preparation by the Church for the celebration of the Resurrection.
8. The time devoted to the celebration of the Resurrection in the Church.
9. The power of the Paschal Greeting: Christ is Risen!
10. The cumulative joy of the Resurrection.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

1. April 20 - Attended Vespers- Holy Resurrection Church - Steubenville.
2. April 21, 22, 23 - Went to Diocesan Center - Mars.
3. April 22 - Visited patient in Uniontown Hospital.
4. April 23 - Went to Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh for Holy Unction.
5. April 24 - Visited two residents of Rolling Meadows Nursing Home - Waynesburg.
6. April 25 - Visited resident of SCI - Greene - Waynesburg. Went to Holy Trinity Mission - Fairmont for Royal Hours. Payed respects to parishioner.
7. April 26 - Visited resident in personal care home in Carmichaels.

From the Desert fathers

It was said of Abba Or and Abba Theodore, that they laid good foundations, and at all times gave thanks to God.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 14/April 27, 2003.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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