St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 229 - May 12/May 25, 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

May 12/May 25, 2003
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
No. 229

Hebrews 11:6

But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Services This Past Week

May 18 - Thirty two people attended the Divine Liturgy.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Third and Sixth Hours, Pro-Liturgy.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Matins - 6:30 AM,
Tuesday, Wednesday - Akathist and Vespers - 7:00 PM.
Friday - Ninth Hour and Vespers 4:30 PM.
Saturday - Divine Liturgy - Holy Trinity - Fairmont-10:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 1 - Sunday of the Blind Man
June 3 - Holy Equals to the Apostles Emperor Constantine and Helen, his mother.
June 4 - Apodasis of Pascha
June 5 - Feast of the Holy Ascension
June 7 - The Third Finding of the Precious Head of St. John the Baptist.
June 8 - Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
June 13 - Apodasis of Ascension
June 14 - Commemoration of the Dead - Blessing of Graves
June 15 - Pentecost
June 16 - Day of the Holy Spirit
June 17 - Third Day of the Holy Trinity - St. Mitrophanes, First Patriarch of Constantinople.
June 21 - Apodasis of Pentecost
June 22 - Sunday of All Saints - Outdoor Religious Program - Parish Picnic.
June 23 - Beging of Apostles' Fast.
June 28 - Great Martyr-Tsar Lazarus of Serbia, St. Spiradon, Patriarch of Serbia.
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist
July 12 - Apostles Peter and Paul
July 13 - Synaxis of the Holy, Glorious and All-Praised Twelve Apostles
July 14 - Holy and Wonderworking Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

1. Welcome to Father Deacon Milan Medakovich serving today. Thank you.
2. Thank you to Andrea Janson for directing the choir during her mother Sonia's absence.
3. Adult classes will resume in June.
4. The celebration of the Resurrection - the Paschal celebration continues to June 4.

A Thought From Hieromonk Dr.Atanasije Jevitick *

The Serbian love of freedom, and noble heroism is best and most completely manifest in our Serbian Kosovo tradition, where the tragedy of defeat and suffering is experienced as conscious sacrifice for the faith. But in this instance, natural human heroism is surpassed by Christian through the Cross-bearing and Resurrectional Martyrdom for the sake of the heavenly kind.
*(2002 Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of the United States and Canada. )

To Consider

1. Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well.
2. The dialogue between Jesus and the Samaritan woman.
3. The effect of the account of Jesus with the Samaritan woman.
4. Our understanding of the Gospel message day.
5. The strength of the Gospel through the centuries.
6. Taking time to consider each word of the Holy Gospel.
7. Taking time to read the Holy Gospel on a regular basis.
8. Knowing that we learn from Christ and about Christ through the Holy Gospel.
9. Committing ourselves to a full life in Christ.
10. Taking substantial time each day to think about Jesus Christ.
11. Taking time each day to give thanks to Christ.
12. Recognizing the presence of Christ each day of our lives.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

Travelled to Diocesan Center - May 20

From the Desert fathers

He (Isadore the Priest) also said, 'If you desire salvation, do everything that leads to it.'

Fifth Sunday of Pascha
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

John 4:5-42

Today is the Fifth Sunday of Pascha. The Holy Orthodox Church continues in the joy of the Resurrection. The Church is moving with certainty toward the Feast of the Holy Ascension of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Just beyond the horizon is the Feast of Pentecost. This is a major period in the festal and liturgical life of the Church.
Christ rising from the tomb is a message of hope. Believers are lifted by the Resurrected Lord to a life pointing to the Kingdom of God. The world is transformed by the Resurrection. The believer faces a whole new world. The light of Christ shines into the darkness and makes a path for eternity.
Today's Gospel speaks of the living water which springs up into everlasting life (Jn.4:14). Each Divine Liturgy Orthodox Christians are invited to receive the Body of Christ and taste of the Fountain of Immortality.
To see through the gloom and doom of the contemporary world, the scales of our eyes must fall away. Jesus Christ must be firmly in our view. His presence must be nourished in our hearts.
As Orthodox Christians, our whole lives need to be an act of prayer. At work, let thoughts of Christ guide our efforts and the work ethic. Let the teachings of Christ come alive in relations with co-workers.
When we are at home, the relations between husband and wife, parents and children, brothers and sisters, are opportunities to work toward the Kingdom of God. A priest friend once said we work out our salvation in our family life.
Each home is a small church. Each baptized person in the home has put on Christ. Each Orthodox Christian has been sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. The home church is the garden for the Holy Gospel to grow and reach fruition.
Acts of charity are the lasting duty of each Christian. We all have certain wealth to share with individuals in need. In today's Gospel, Jesus asked for a drink (Jn.4:7) In the Gospel of St. Matthew, Jesus praised the simple Christian act of giving a cup of cold water (Mt.10:42). The poor widow put in two mites and gave all that she had. Her charitable act teaches a permanent lesson (Lk.21:2-4).
In today's Gospel, Jesus Christ identified Himself as the Messiah (Jn.4:26). Have we considered the enormity of the statement? Do our lives reflect the this revelation? Are we humbled?
Upon entrance into the church,do we sense and ascribe a specialness to where we are? Do we view each lit candle as a prayer, a remembrance, or a petition for divine help? Are we open to the instructions of the icons and drawn closer to God as we reverence them?
The Holy Gospel sits on the Altar Table, a limitless treasure to nourish and enrich our lives. Do our hearts welcome the words of the Gospel and provide a place for them to dwell?
The priest comes forth with the Holy Chalice at the Divine Liturgy and offers the Precious Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Is there anything to equate with this opportunity? Do we consistently draw near in the fear of God and in faith?
The Son of God voluntarily went forth to the Cross for us. Today's Gospel identified Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world(Jn.4:42).
Do our daily actions witness to the Savior? Do we fully live up and measure up to our identities and responsibilities as Serbian Orthodox Christians?
Pascha opened the road to the Kingdom of God. Are we continuing the journey begun at the Baptismal fount? Do we commonly let detours and side roads and faulty decisions keep us from reaching the most desirable destination?
Christ is Risen! He is alive! Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever! (Heb.13:8) These are life-changing realities.
Now is the time to continue the journey. Now is the time to begin anew. Now is the time to rise with the Lord.
An opening of the heart will let Christ in. A charitable deed as simple as a cup of cold water brings immeasurable returns. An act of forgiveness restores a relationship of love.
May the Risen Lord abide in our hearts during the balance of the Paschal celebration. Let us approach our life with Christ in great anticipation.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 12/May 25, 2003.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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