St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 295 - August 16/August 29, 2004, 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 16/August 29, 2004
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 295

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

Hebrews 11:13

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on earth.

Services This Past Week

August 22 - Thirty-four people came to Divine Liturgy.
August 23 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Akathist to the Dormition and Vespers.
August 25 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Akathist to the Dormition and Vespers.
August 26 - Three people came to St.George Church for Matins and First Hour. Six people came to Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont for Divine Liturgy. Four people came to St. George Church for Vespers.
August 27 - Four people came for Matins and First Hour. Five people came for Vespers.
August 28 - Approximately seventy people were in attendance for the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN officiating. Proto Stavrofor Dragoljub Malich, Protopresbyter Lt. Col. Adam Yonitch, Reverend Father Rajko Kosic and Father Deacon Dragoslav Kosic served with His Grace. Fr. Rajko gave the sermon. Father Deacon Milan Medakovich was also in attendance. Twenty communicants.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy.
Morning services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 6:30 AM.
Afternoon services - Monday, Tuesday, Friday at 4:30 PM Wednesday at 3:00PM. Thursday at 6:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Church New Year
September 18 - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava
September 21 - Nativity of Most Holy Theotokos
September 27- - Exaltation of Precious Cross
October 14 - Protection of Mother of God
October 16 - An Evening for Shadeland
October 24 - St. George Church Fiftieth Anniversary

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Thank you to Sonia Janson and all Kolo members for the extraordinary effort put forth for the Slava celebration
Congratulations to Kuma Melva Hunchuck and First Kolo President Ann Krewasky.
It was wonderful to have the KSS Federation President Millie Radovick, KSS Board members and representatives from many different parishes at the Slava.
Five people came for Adult Class on Thursday, The seventh session discussing the Divine Liturgy. A video was shown on the Proskomedie in addition to discussion. Class again this Thursday following the evening service.
The parish picnic and outdoor program scheduled for September 19 will not be held.
Congratulations to Paige Shlosky and her family. Paige's achievements are associated with the work of miners in this area.
An exhibit demonstrating the interest of the St. George Church in the life of miners was part of the Coal Show in Carmichaels this year.
Welcome back Dr.Ivko Dimitric.

A Thought from St. Basil the Great

If all God's angels praise Him, and all His host, they do so by cooperating with the Spirit. Do a thousand thousands of angels serve Him? Do ten thousand times ten thousand stand before Him? They accomplish their proper work by the Spirit's power. All the indescribable harmony of the heavenly realm, whether it be the praise of God or the mutual concord of the bodiless powers, would be impossible without the authority of the Spirit.
(St. Basil the Great. On the Holy Spirit. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1980, 1980. p. 64. )

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 22 - Attended St. George Church Executive Board Meeting.
August 22 - Went to Washington Hospital to visit a friend of St. George Church who was hospitalized.
August 26 - Went to personal care home in Uniontown to visit a parishioner for Confession and Communion.
August 27 - Went to Uniontown Hospital to visit a patient in behalf of friends of St. George Church.

From the Desert fathers

One of the Fathers used to say, "Every labour of the monk, without humility, is vain. For humility is the forerunner of love, as John was the forerunner of Jesus, drawing all men to him: even so humility draws to love, that is God Himself, for God is love.

The Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Matthew 21:33-42

Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. Then last of all he sent his son to them saying, 'They will respect my son.' But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance. So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers? They said to Him, 'He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits of their seasons.' Jesus said to them, 'Have you never read in the Scriptures: 'The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.''

Every year on Great and Holy Friday we are carefully reminded of the death of out Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. On Wednesdays and Fridays during the year, reference is made the Cross in the liturgical services of the Church.

The Cross of Christ is prominent in the Holy Orthodox Church. The Cross preceeded the Holy Resurrection of Jesus Christ. At Baptism and at every Divine Liturgy, the Nicene-Constaninopolitan Creed is recited. We express our belief that Jesus Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Our time on earth is a time of preparation for Jesus Christ's return. The way we use the time alloted for our lives will determine what that judgement will be. The choices we make in life will influence and determine the judgement we will experience with Christ.

In effect, the decisions we make daily are forming the judgement of Christ. The present Gospel is a lesson from Christ requiring our attention and consideration.

The Holy Orthodox Church puts before believers each day lessons from the Holy Scriptures. The degree to which we are attentive to the daily life of the Church will affect the way our lives are shaped and developed.

If we take no time to think about the saints and martyrs of the Church during each day, if we take no time to think about Jesus Christ during each day, our lives will not form and grow as Orthodox Christians.

We cannot neglect the fasts of the Church, we cannot neglect the liturgical life of the Church without having a negative effect upon our growth as Orthodox Christians.

We take on a great responsibility at Holy Baptism to develop our lives in Christ. We take on a great responsibility to be faithful to the teachings of Christ.

When we are married in the Church, we take on the responsibility of living our family life according to the teachings of the Church. Each home, each family is to be a small Church.

Our homes should reflect we are members of the Holy Orthodox Church. Our homes should reflect we are members of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Icons of the Lord Jesus Christ, of the Serbian saints, of the saints and martyrs and feasts of the Church should be in our homes. Books on the Holy Orthodox Church, on the Serbian Orthodox Church should have a prominent place in our homes.

Prayer needs to be an important part of the daily life of each Serbian Orthodox Christian. The meals we prepare, the way we plan our budgets should be in conformity to the teachings of the Church.

Our bodies were bought with a price. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. Our bodies belong to God. We will answer for the use of our bodies, for the care of our bodies. (I Cor.6:19-20)

The present Gospel is a lesson in responsible citizenship in the Church. We are expected to provide for the Church from our talents, with our time and out of love.

We are blessed with a life in the Church through Holy Baptism. We are not expected to be only recipients of God's grace and love. We are expected to share the love of God in our daily lives. We are expected to confess the life of Christ in our daily lives.

We face choices each day that can draw us closer to the life in Christ. If we error in these choices, we slowly destroy our identity as Orthodox Christians.

Christ's death on the Cross is a constant reminder of the sacrifice He made that we might live. Martyrs through the centuries to the present century, to these very days, witness to Jesus Christ.

The way we live will either witness to Christ or witness against Christ. We make the choice and we live with the consequences. In the end, our lives will reflect the degree to which we fully believe in Christ. In the end, our lives will reflect the degree we give glory and honor to God.

The joy of Christ's Resurrection is celebrated each Pascha. The joy of Christ's Resurrection is celebrated each Sunday. It is with joyful anticipation believers look forward to the Second Coming of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the Lord's Prayer, we pray each day, "Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done!" Let us choose Christ and the way of Christ today and everyday.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 16/August 29, 2004
St. Eustatius. Venerable Roman and Venerable Raphael of Banat.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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