St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 297 - August 30/September 12, 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 30/September 12, 2004
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 297

Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown at 6:20 this evening.

2 Thessalonians 3:2

And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men, for not all have faith.

Services This Past Week

September 4 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour.
September 5 - Twenty two people came for the Pro-Liturgy served by Father Rumen Stoychev.
September 7 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. One person came for Ninth Hour Vespers.
September 8 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 9 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Five people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Cross.
September 10 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 11 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour to St. George Church. Eleven people came to Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers at St. George Church.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM. Morning Services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 6:30 AM. Afternoon Services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 4:30 PM. Thursday at 6:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Synaxis of Serbian Saints
September 14 - Church New Year
September 18 - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava
September 21 - Nativity of Most Holy Theotokos
September 27 - Exaltation of Precious Life-giving Cross
October 14 - Protection of Mother of God
October 16 - An Evening for Shadeland
October 19 - St. Thomas
October 24 - St. George Church Fiftieth Anniversary
October 27 - St. Petka-Paraskeva
October 31 - St. Luke

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Father Bratislav Krsic of Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Butte, Montana visited the St. George Church on Friday evening, September 10, 2004 accompanied by Father Vitaly and Matushka Irene Dudkin of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church of New Salem.
Father Rumen Stoychev extended an invitation to our parishioners to come to the anniversary dinner following the Divine Liturgy today.
New Radio Time - The parish radio broadcast will be held at 6:20 PM beginning today.
Seven people came to the ninth class discussing the Divine Liturgy this past Thursday evening. Newcomers are welcome each week. Class again this Thursday at 7:00 AM. All parishioners can contribute to as well as benefit from attending these classes.
The "Evening for Shadeland " is a benefit for Shadeland Camp and is being planned as an entertaining evening. Try to come if you can.
The Diocesan Chapel Slava will be next weekend. Friday night the service is at 6:00 PM. Saturday the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy is at 10:00 AM. We should attend each year.
Pray for the men and women serving in the military and for their families.
Aaron Carson continues to do important research as part of his program at Geneva College.
Let us remember the continued contributions of the World War II veterans that are a part of our parish. We have several of them.

A Thought from St. Basil the Great

At present, before the day of judgment comes, even though the Spirit cannot dwell within those who are unworthy, He nevertheless is present in a limited way with those who have been baptized, hoping that their conversion will result in salvation. On the day of judgment, however, He will be completely cut off from the soul that has defiled His grace.
(St. Basil the Great. On the Holy Spirit. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1980. p. 67. )

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

To Consider

Our love of God and neighbor
The condition of our hearts.
The content of our minds.
The priorities of our lives.
The degree to which we seek the Kingdom of God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 8 - Attended the Divine Liturgy celebrated for the newly departed Pani Pauline Guido at St. John the Baptist Carpatho Russian Orthodox Church of Ambridge.
September 9 - With Stan Brozik attended the Funeral of Marguerite Matthews, mother of Rose Illich, in Monongah, West Virginia.
September 9 - Served pomen in cemetery in Monongah, West Virginia for Orthodox Christians buried there. Later visited Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont.
September ll - Visited parishioner in Morgantown, West Virginia.

From the Desert fathers

Abba Poemen often said, "We do not need anything except a vigilant spirit."

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2004

Matthew 22:35-46

Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord Your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it; you shall 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He? They said to Him, "The Son of David." He said to them, "How does David in the Spirit call Him 'Lord,' saying: 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool." "If David then calls Him 'Lord' how is He his Son?" And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.

Love of God and love of neighbor are fundamental to the Orthodox Christian faith. Love of God and love of neighbor are fundamental for internal peace and peace with our neighbors.

We live in a world full of conflict. There is ample news about those who diminish the value of love for others. There are those who would diminish efforts at peace.

With the casualties of war in the headlines, it is incumbent upon believers to be deeply engaged in prayer. It is incumbent upon believers to set an example for others. It is incumbent upon believers to live in ways that are pleasing to God.

Our churches should be filled daily praying for peace. Our churches should be filled daily praying for the victims of atrocities. Our churches should be filled daily praying for an end to the continued suffering in Kosovo and Metohija.

We can never pray too much. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Thessalonians to pray without ceasing. (I Thess.5:17) Until we pray without ceasing, we fall short of the standard set by the Holy Apostle Paul.

While we are praying, let us remember in our prayers the eight thousand casualties of World War I buried in the Serbian Cemetery in Thessalonica.

Serious prayer will reveal to believers the course of action to take each day. Serious prayer will reveal to believers the way to handle the problems that arise in daily life.

Serious prayer puts problems into perspective. Serious prayer draws the believer closer to God and to the ways of God. With God all things are possible (Mt.19:26)

The terror of war can create consternation and blurred vision. Sound faith in God is necessary. Constancy in prayer is necessary. Immersion in the Holy Scriptures is necessary. Drawing strength from the Precious Body and Blood of Christ is necessary.

There are no short cuts to the Kingdom of God. Prayer, fasting, almsgiving, repentance, being nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ, being nourished by the Word of God... these are the steps necessary. Loving God with all the heart, loving one's neighbor as loving the self, these are the steps necessary.

We need to constantly relearn the lesson of today's Gospel. We need to relearn how to love our neighbors. We need to relearn how to love God with all our heart, with our complete mind.

At Holy Baptism, the believer is immersed in the baptismal fount. The complete person is buried with Christ and rises with Christ. The complete person is sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Being a nominal Christian is not sufficient. We are called to be complete Christians. With every fiber of our being, we are called to love God and to demonstrate our love for God in our relationships with others.

When we study the Holy Scriptures, we find the presence of the loving God through history. When we study the Holy Scriptures, we experience the love of God.

These words of Christ are preserved in the Holy Gospel according to St. John: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (Jn.3:16)

Eternal life is the understood goal of each believer. Everlasting life comes through Christ. We are required to shed our sinful ways. We are required to shed our sinful thoughts. We are required to repent of our sinful hearts.

The light of Christ is the light to follow. The life of Christ is the life to follow. The path of Christ is the path to travel.

We come to know the mercy of God when we are serious about God. We come to know the love of God when we open our eyes and hearts looking for God and being open to God.

We come to see the image of God in our neighbors when we notice the plank in our own eyes and not the speck in our brother's eye. (Mt.7:3).

In these times when war is a common theme, let us ponder the words in Proverbs: "When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him." (Pr.16:7).

Each person makes choices on how to live each day. Each person determines the kind of Christian he or she will be. Each person decides the amount of time to give to God each day. Each person decides the way he or she will treat the self and others. In the end, each person will stand before God when the decisions of life will taken into account.

Let us cherish the life given us by God. Let us respect the life God has given others. Each day is a blessing from God. May we live each day in joy and appreciation, giving thanks and glory to God.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 30/September 12, 2004
Synaxis of Serbian Saints.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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