St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 243 - August 18/August 31, 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

August 18/August 31, 2003
Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost
No. 243



Revelations 14:12

Here is the patience of the saints, here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.

Services This Past Week

August 24 - Thirty-nine people came for Divine Liturgy. Twelve communicants.
August 25 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for the Akathist to the Dormition and Vespers.
August 26 - Thee people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for the Akathist to the Dormition of the Mother of God and Vespers.
August 27 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for the Akathist to the Dormition of the Mother of God and Sixth Hour.
August 28 - Eighteen people came for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants. Father Rumen Stoychev was present to serve also. Four people came for the Akathist to the Dormition of the Mother of God.
August 29 - Two people came for the Matins and First Hour. Two came for Akathist to the Dormition and Vespers.
August 30 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Divine Liturgy today and each Sunday at 10:00 AM except on Pascha when it is earlier.
Morning services - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 6:30 AM.
Afternoon services - Monday, Tuesday, Friday - 3:00 PM. Wednesday and Thursday - 7:00 PM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 5 & 6 - Diocesan Chapel Slava Vigil and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. - Mars, Pa.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist.
September 14 - Church New Year.
September 16 - St. Joanikije, First Serbian Patriarch
September 17 - St. Petar of Dabro-Bosnia
September 19 - Miracle of St. Archangel Michael.
September 21 - Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos
September 27 - Exaltation of the Life-Giving Cross
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 19 - St. Thomas the Apostle

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!

Parish Life

Thank you to all participating in the Kolo Slava celebration.
Three people came to Adult class on Thursday to see the video on Kosovo which included considerable footage showing monasteries and churches destroyed. Class again this Thursday following the evening service.
Plan to attend the St. Nikodim Chapel Slava next Friday and Saturday at the Diocesan Headquarters in Mars.
Stan Brozik and Pete Smargie cleaned the garage this past week. Stan was riding the tractor this week also

A Thought From His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN *

How is the life of a believer different from from that of an unbeliever? Definitly in that his body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. At the Holy Mystery of Baptism he receives the obligation of a Christian to cooperate with Him in soul and body. By Him he should think, and work and feel.
*(The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church p.63 )

To Consider

The men and women who have work hard physically in the building up of the community.
The men and women who have worked in physically dangerous occupations laboring for the benefit of their families.
The men and women who have worked under adverse work conditions with unsympathetic employers to provide the basis necessities for daily living.
The men and women who have worked in hard labor and given from their salaries for the building up of God's Holy Church.
The men and women who have worked physically hard for the upbuilding of God's Holy Church.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 24 - Visited with parishioner.
August 26 - Visited with parishioner.
August 28 - Attended Kolo Slava dinner.
August 28 - Visited with parishioner.
August 28 - Visited with parish family.
August 29 - Visited parish family - blessed home.

From the Desert fathers

He (Isidore the Priest) also said, "If you fast regularly, do not be inflated with pride, but if you think highly of yourself because of it, then you had better eat meat. It is better for a man to eat meat than to be inflated with pride and to glorify himself.

Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

Matthew 18:23-35

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.

We are expected to grow in Christ throughout our lives. While we have breath, while we have life, while we have the faculty of thinking, we are expected to be responsible Orthodox Christians.
We are expected to ever draw near to the Lord Jesus Christ. We are expected to repent of our sins and work in earnest as best we can at being faithful Orthodox Christians.
To be faithful Orthodox Christians we must take steps not to be narrow in our vision and understanding of God. We must take steps to ensure our understanding and worship of God is well within the practices of Orthodox Christianity.
As Serbian Orthodox Christians, we are expected to honor, support and adhere to the practices of the canonical Serbian Orthodox Church.
The present Gospel message speaks of the abundant mercy of God. The present Gospel gives us a clear indication of the willingness of God to be forgiving.
God's forgiveness of us is connected with our forgiveness of others. We are reminded of the importance of forgiving as we would like to be forgiven each time we say the Lord's Prayer.
It is spiritually healthy to examine ourselves and our willingness to forgive. It is spiritually healthy to examine ourselves and weigh whether the forgiveness we seek from God equates with the forgiveness we practice in our relationships with each other.
It would be interesting to deternine if we see our sins in the same way that God sees them. How well would we stand up when examined carefully according to the teachings of Jesus Christ as described in the Holy Gospel?
When we know our sins and repent of them sincerely, we take important steps toward a better life in Christ.
Trusting in God is an act of faith. Abraham acted in faith when he was prepared to sacrifice Isaac. (Gen.22:1-14) Peter trusted in Christ when he set out from the boat to walk upon the water. Unfortunately, Peter became fearful and weakened (Mt.14:22-33)
There are times we will become weak in faith. There are times we will become frightened. There are times our loved ones will be weak in faith or frightened.
To find peace with God, we must live according to the ways of God. To have confidence in God, we must live according to the ways of God.
Vigilance is required not to depart from the pathways of God. Vigilance is required to remain faithful to God.
Temptations appear throughout life. Our lives must be grounded in God. We must pray and fast and nourish ourselves with reading religious books and live a sacramental life.
Ever guarded against pride, we must strive to be strengthened in faith not to yield to sin that will engulf us and destroy our lives.
The joy of Christ manifested at the Resurrection of Christ is everpresent to be experienced by believers. The radiance of Christ manifested at His Transfiguration is a constant guide for believers.
The care of Christ for the thief on the cross is evidence of Christ's love for those who turn to Him in faith and in repentance.
Today is within the time the Holy Orthodox Church is celebrating the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God. We can always benefit from considering the purity and obedience of the Mother of God.
Our lives may be polluted with sin but Christ can make them white as snow. The Holy Mystery of Confession and the Holy Mystery of Communion give us the experience with Christ that makes all things new.
Today is the day to repent of our sins. Today is the day to think with clarity of mind of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Today is the day to remember our complete bodies were sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit at Crismation.
The Holy Apostle Paul reminded the Corinthians they were bought with a price. He told them to glorify God with their body and spirit, which belonged to God. The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. (I Cor.6:19-20)
It is important to remind ourselves that our life comes from God. Each day of our lives is from God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 18/August 31, 2003
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Sts. Florus and Laurus, Martyrs.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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