St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 293 - August 2/August 15, 2004

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 2/August 15, 2004
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
No. 293

Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at 12:15 on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown.

Hebrews 11:6

Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Services This Past Week

August 9 - Three people came for Divine Liturgy. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 10 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August ll - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 12 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Akathist to St.George and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
August 13 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 14 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Eleven people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Kolach and Kolivo.
Mornings - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 6:30 AM
Thursday - Feast of Transfiguration-Divine Liturgy at 9:00 AM.
Afternoons - Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:30 PM.
Tuesday and Thursday evenings - 6:30 PM, Class to be held on Thursday evening after service.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Parish Healthcare Day, Dinner and Program following Divine Liturgy.
August 19 - Feast of Holy Transfiguration.
August 22 - Executive Board Meeting following Divine Liturgy.
August 28 - Dormition of Mother of God, Kolo Slava, Federation KSS Slava.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Church New Year
September 19 - Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic (To be confirmed)

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

The Dormition Fast began August 14 and continues to the Divine Liturgy on August 28. Help the parish by honoring the fast during the entire period.
Plan to stay for the dinner and brief program today following the Divine Liturgy. Thank you to all helping with Healthcare Day.
Thank you to all active and retired healthcare workers. Today is a day to honor you for actualizing Christ in your daily work.
Let us remember in prayer our faithful healthcare workers departed this life.
Four people came to adult class this past Thursday. Discussion on the Divine Liturgy continues each Thursday evening. All parishioners able to attend should come.
Congratulations to Sonia Janson, Blue Ribbon winner in Fayette County Fair.
Congratulations to Andrea Janson, multiple award winner in Greene & Fayette County Fairs.
An Executive Board Meeting is scheduled for Sunday August 22, following Divine Liturgy.

A Thought from St. Basil the Great

Through the Holy Spirit comes our restoration to Paradise, our ascension to the Kingdom of heaven, our adoption as God's sons, our freedom to call God our Father, our becoming partakers of the grace of Christ, being called children of light, sharing eternal glory, and in a word, our inheritance of the fullness of blessing, both in this world and the world to come. Even while we wait for the full enjoyment of the good things in store for us, by the Holy Spirit, we are able to rejoice through faith in the promise of graces to come. If the promise is itself is so glorious, what must its fulfillment be like? We are also able to distinguish between the grace that comes from the Spirit and mere baptism in water. John baptized in water for repentance, but our Lord Jesus Christ baptized in the Holy Spirit.

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

To Consider

The Christian witness of those working in hospitals and healthcare facilities.
The Christian witness of those working to save lives in times of emergency.
The Christian witness of individuals caring for ill loved ones, neighbors and relatives in homes and in the community.
The Christian witness of those volunteering their time and talents to assist in healthcare facilities, hospitals, personal care homes, nursing homes and rehab centers.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 11 - Visited with parishioner.
August 12 - Visited parishioner in Morgantown. Visited patient at Mon Valley Hospital, Monongahela.

From the Desert fathers

A man ought always to have a contrite and humble heart. And this he can accomplish, who looks ever on his own sins and not on his neighbor's, by the succouring grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, who with God the Father and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth world without end. Amen.

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, 2004

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.

The Lord Jesus Christ is merciful and forgiving. The forgiveness of God is beyond measure. Repentant sinners have every reason to be completely grateful to God for the forgiveness of sins.

The weight of sin lifted at Holy Confession removes a tremendous burden from a believer. Holy Confession enables a new beginning in Christ to take place. Every new beginning in Jesus Christ is important.

Men and women stray from the path taken to the Kingdom of Heaven. When they stray, believers find themselves where they do not want to be. They want to return to the life in Jesus Christ. They want their lives directed to the Kingdom of God.

Jesus empowered the Holy Apostles to forgive sins (Jn.20:21-23) Orthodox Bishops are successors to the Holy Apostles through the canonical laying on of hands. With ordination to the priesthood by these successors to the Holy Apostles, parish priests receive authority to hear confessions.

Believers who have repented of their sins and have come to Holy Confession know of the burden lifted from their lives.

With forgiveness of sins comes the responsibility to live according to the way of God. With forgiveness comes the responsibility to make a serious effort to come to Christ and seek ways to begin anew in Christ.

The present Gospel tells of the master forgiving his servant but of the servant being unforgiving toward others. Believers are counseled to be forgiving of others.

When we have newness of life in Christ, we must determine how we will live that life. We must determine the good purposes to which we will dedicate our lives that will be pleasing to God.

God gives us life. God gives us strength. God gives us talents. We make decisions daily on the direction of our lives. We make decisions daily on the way we will use the strength and talents given us by God.

When we apply our talents and strength in ways pleasing to God, we lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven. Charitable works are common themes for the Christian life.

Charitable works are to be carried out without developing pride and with dignity afforded the beneficiaries. Love is to permeate all charitable works.

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. (Jn.3:16) Christ's death on the Cross is evidence of God's love for us. Our love and gratefulness to God should be unending.

We show our love for God in the way we worship God. We show our love for God in the way we live our lives and in the way we treat others.

Today's Gospel deals with financial transactions according to the way of God. Today's Gospel speaks of the relationship between God and humans and among humans according to the way of God.

Each act is to be measured and guided by the way of God. Each moment of life is a gift from God, not to be wasted.

We have the ability to think and can use the ability to think to live our lives with the greatest of care. A life squandered in frivolous activity shows no appreciation to God and no recognition of the gift of life from God.

Abuse of the body and inattentiveness to the soul is an affront to God the Creator and Giver of Life.

Attentiveness to God enables believers to discern the soundness of decisions ant the choices to make, particularly at turning points in life.

The master was patient with his servant in the present Gospel. With prayer, we can learn patience and learn to practice patience. We benefit by taking time to listen carefully to God speaking to us.

We hear God in the divine services of the Church. We hear God in the words of the Holy Gospel. We discern the way of God when our prayer is authentic and we are attentive.

Alertness to the tricks of the devil is important. More important is faithfulness to God. When we are faithful, God protects and guides us.

Today and each day let us pray to be faithful to God throughout our lives.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 2/August 15, 2004
Translation of the Relics of St. Stephen, Archdeacon and Protomartyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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