St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 244 - August 25/September 7, 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 25/September 7, 2003
Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost
No. 244

I Timothy 3:8-9

Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money, holding the mystery of faith with a pure conscience..

Services This Past Week

August 30 - Ten people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission-Fairmont.
August 30 - Four people came for Akathist to the Dormition and for Vespers.
August 31 - Thirty five people came for Divine Liturgy.
September 1 - Three people for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for the Akathist to the Dormiton and Vespers.
September 2 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Akathist to the Dormition and Akathist to Panteleimon.
September 3 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. One person came for Akathist to the Dormiton and Vespers.
September 4 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Father Vitaly Dudkin and five faithful came for the Akathist to the Dormition.
September 5 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

The Divine Liturgy is held each Sunday at 10:00 AM except Pascha went it is held earlier.
Morning Serices - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday - 6:30 AM.
Evening Services - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - 3:00 PM, Saturday - 4:30 PM.
Saturday Morning - Divine Liturgy - Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont - 10:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

1. Thank you to Sonia Janson for travelling to Diocesan Slava in Mars.
2. Three people came to adult class on Thursday. Father Vitaly Dudkin came with the Parish Executive Board President from Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, New Salem. Class again this Thursday following the evening service at 7:00 PM.
3. Thursday evening's service will be at The Cross in the cemetery - weather permitting.
4. On Thursay September 11, let remember all the tragic victims of two years ago who died in the terrorist attack. Let us also remember the survivors dealing with the loss of loved ones. Let us also remember the people who helped and are continuing to help in the healing and recovery efforts.
5. Let us keep in mind the students of our parish who have returned to classes - grade school, hight school and college and university classes.

A Thought From His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN *

All the gifts which are given to the Church have one and the same goal: to build a new Adam in each person just as he was when he came out of the hand of the Creator. Each man receives them and consciously builds them into that Theandric organism. His effort will not be for naught, for the Lord will reward him and reveal to him many more of the mysteries, which are in His Church. It is a priceless treasure from which to each is given and it is never impoverished, for it is enriched by Him who is most wealthy in all things.
*(The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church p.67 )

To Consider

The Holy Commandments of God.
Our ability and interest in following God's commandments.
The degree to which we fall short of adhering to the commandments.
The way of repentence when we fall short in our efforts.
God's willing to accept a repentant sinner.
The responsibility that comes with repentance.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

Served Divine Liturgy - Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont.
August 31 - Attended dinner at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, New Salem.
September 3 - Visited with parishioner.
September 5 - Visited resident, SCI-Greene. Visited patient, Brownsville Hospital. Visited patient Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh. Attended Vigil, St. Nikodim Chapel, Mars.
September 6 - Participated in St. Nikodim Chapel Slava celebration, Mars, Pa.

From the Desert fathers

He (Poemen) also said, 'This voice cries out to a man to his last breath, 'Be converted today.'

Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost

Matthew 19:16-26

Now behold, one came and said to Him, 'Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?' So He said to him, 'Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.' He said to Him 'Which ones?' Jesus said, 'You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and your mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' The young man said to Him, 'All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?' Jesus said to him, 'If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.' But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Then Jesus said to His disciples, 'Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.' When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, 'Who then can be saved?' But Jesus looked at them and said to them, 'With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'

The present Gospel describes the relationship between the man and his possessions. The young man cherished his possessions to the point they inhibited his relationship with God.

Possessions need not be material. They can take other forms. The can be certain ways of life or certain activities which are part of a person's identity. A certain way of life or obsessions with certain activities can stand as a barrier or wall between that person and the life in Christ.

In the present Gospel we find the young man was willing to be good to a certain degree, but no more. The young man said he kept the commandments from his youth to the present. He still felt a sense of needing to do more. He felt he lacked something.

The "something" the young man lacked was his willingness to totally commit to the life in Christ. The young man lacked the willingness to give up all of his possessions and follow Christ.

We must ask ourselves what stands between us and a total commitment to Jesus Christ? How do we measure up to adhering to the commandments mentioned in the present Gospel? What have we given up for Jesus Christ? How much more, if any, are we willing to give up for Christ?

If we read the Holy Scriptures and the lives of the saints and martyrs, we will encounter many references to individuals willing to sacrifice completely for Christ. We will find individuals who willing went to their death for Christ.

The present Gospel is not intended to bring gloom. The present Gospel is reason to carefully examine our relationship with Jesus Christ. The present Gospel is reason to think extensively about what is most important in our lives.

How and with whom we spend our time will indicate our values. How we spend our money will indicate our values. The books we read and the way we spend our free time will reveal of what is important to us.

We make choices in life. The choices we make take us in certain directions. If the direction is toward the Kingdom of God, we have reason to rejoice. If we are not travelling to the Kingdom of God, we need to change our choices. We need to make choices that will return us to the path to the Kingdom.

The present Gospel states clearly that all things are possible with God. If we read the first two chapers of Genesis we learn of the creation of the world. We read the details of God's creation. In Genesis we have much to consider regarding the power and existence of God.

On Holy Pascha, the Gospel of St. John once again reminds us about God and the power of God (Jn.1:1-17) At Pascha we know Christ triumphs over death. Christ defeats death. Life shines forth from the tomb.

Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead is the best example of all things being possible with God. The tomb could not contain Christ. Death was defeated.

Whatever the condition of our lives, Christ can help us improve. Whatever problems or circumstances we face, Jesus Christ can help us deal with them. Whatever illnesses or tragedies come our way, Jesus Christ can make our lives better.

We must be willing to trust Christ. We must be willing to follow Christ. We must be willing to sacrifice for Christ.

Following Christ does not mean a blind following. It means adhering to the trusted and tested teachings of Christ. If we fast, if we pray, if we live moral lives consistent with the teachings of Christ, we will know the steps to take, the directions to take, the decisions to make.

Christ calls each person. Each person chooses freely to follow Christ. Coercion is not involved. We know we are following Christ by experience. If we are at peace with Christ, if we are grounded in Christ, if we are faithful to Christ, storms or threats or illnesses will not deter us.

The young man in the present Gospel chose his possessions over Christ. He sacrificed the eternal for the temporary. In the end, he was sorrowful.

Jesus Christ said: "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Mt.11:29) By this, we will know if we are following Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 25/September 7, 2003
Transfer of the Relics of St. Bartholomew, Apostle. St. Titus, Apostle.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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