St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 397 - August 7 / August 20, 2006


The Orthodox Faith


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 7 / August 20, 2006
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 397

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

Mt. 17:20

So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you."

Services This Past Week
August 14
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Twenty-six individuals came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
One ambulance was blessed following the Divine Liturgy.
Father Dimitre Dimitrov from Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in Masontown came for the ambulance blessing.
The Kolach and Koljivo were blessed during the Divine Liturgy.
Pomen held in funeral home in Brownsville for +Dolores Zivkovich.
August 15
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
The funeral services for + Dolores Zivkovich was held with burial in St. George Cemetery.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 16
One person came to St. George Church for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Five people came to the YWCA in Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy.
Four people came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 17
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 18
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Five people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. George.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 19
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Eight people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
Today
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Divine Liturgy.

Mornings
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 AM.

Afternoons
Monday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM. Thursday at 6:30 PM.

Saturday
Fairmont, W. Va. Divine Liturgyt at 10:00 AM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Apostle Matthias
August 26 - Leave-taking of the Transfiguration
August 28 - Feast of Dormition of Mother of God, Kolo Slava.
September 9 - Diocesan St. Nikodim Chapel Slava
September 10 - Synaxis of the Serbian Enlighteners and Teachers
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist.
September 21 - Nativity of the Theotokos.

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

Parish Life

The parish Healthcare Day was a joyous celebration. Thank you to all participating and supporting this effort.

The visit of Dr. Dan Pyevich, President of the Serb National Federation, to the parish last Sunday was a pleasant surprise and timely with Healthcare Day being celebrated.

W. Keith Best of Saul's Seismic Incorporated stopped at the parish house this week.
Blasting will be taking place at the Allegheny Power Plant as the new construction proceeds.
Mr. Best wants to photo record the church buildings before the blasting.

Honor the Dormition Fast until the Feast on August 28. Plan to attend the Divine Liturgy on the Feast and celebrate the Kolo Slava. Contact Sonia Janson to see what you can do to help with preparations for the Slava celebration.

Kolo members preparing for Communion for the Slava are encouraged to come for Confession on Saturday at Vespers if possible.

Five people came to Adult Class this past week. A review of topics covered in past classes and discussion of interest for future classes took place. Class this Thursday at 7:00 PM.

Do you listen to the parish radio broadcast. Do you ask your friends to listen?

When is the last time you invited someone to Divine Liturgy?

Remember the men and women serving in the military.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, the homeless, those in care homes and rehab centers. Remember the staffs.

Read your Bible for the benefit of your soul.

Remember the suffering Serbian People of Kosovo and Metohija.

A Thought from St. Gregory of Nyssa

The Scripture teaches in history, I think, that when one arrogantly exalts himself he ends by falling even below the earth. And perhaps, if viewed through these events, arrogance might not unreasonably be defined as a downward ascent.

( The Life of Moses. Paulist Press, New York, 1978, p. 126 )

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

To Consider

The Lord Jesus Christ transfigured.
The meaning of Christs' transfiguration for each believer.
Each believer's response to the Transfiguration.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 14 - Visited parish family. Read Akathist for homebound parishioner.
August 16 - Visited parish family. Read Akathist at the home.
August 19 - Visited parishioner in rehab center in Uniontown.
August 19 - Visited parishioner in hospital in Waynesburg.
August 19 - Visited parishioner (Fairmont) at Grafton City Hospital, West Virginia.

From the Desert Fathers

He said of Abba Pambo that Abba Anthony used to say of him'Through fearing God, he caused the spirit of God to dwell in him.'


Tenth Sunday After Pentecost 2006

Matthew 17:14-23

And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, "Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they did not cure him." Then Jesus answered and said, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me." And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?" So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting." Now while they were staying in Galiliee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up. And they were exceedingly sorrowful.

The Holy Orthodox Church is celebrating the Afterfeast of the Transfiguration. The celebration will continue for six more days.1 The celebration of the Feast of the Transfiguration calls attention to the presence of Moses and Elijah with the Transfigured Lord Jesus Christ (Mt. 17:1-9)

Orthodox believers need to be familiar with the Old Testament figures of Moses and Elijah. Orthodox believers need to immerse themselves in the reading of Holy Scripture.

Abraham told the rich man being tormented that if his brothers did not "hear Moses and the prophets, neither would they be persuaded though one rise from the dead." (Lk. 16:25-31).

Orthodox believers need to take the long view. Orthodox believers need to look back and ponder God's creation (Gen.1:1ff) Orthodox believers need to stretch their minds to ponder the Transfigured Christ.

Orthodox believers need to think about the glorious Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Orthodox believers need to determine the best way to prepare for Christ's Second Coming.

Each person must determine his or her calling from God. Each person must determine his or her place in Gods' creation. The Desert Father Abba Poemen said: "A man who stays in his place in life will not be troubled." 2

The best search for our place in life and internal peace begins with God. The best search for our place in life and peace ends with God.

Individuals searching for peace and their place in life can try many different things, travel to many different locations, consult many different individuals. If God is not the foundation, if God is not the destination, if God is not the primary reason for the effort, the effort is in vain.

The Psalmist said: "Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it." (Ps.127:1) The Church's celebration of the Feast of the Transfiguration is the time for each person to contemplate the direction of his or her life.

The celebration of the Feast of the Transfiguration is the time for each person to consider if he or she beholds Christ with the same reverence and clarity as the worthy and chosen Apostles Peter, James and John. (Mt.17:1-9).

The present Gospel reading speaks about faith that can move mountains. Faith is to be used. Faith is to be exercised Exercising faith in Christ brings complete joy.

At Holy Baptism, Orthodox believers "put on Christ". The believer is expected to lead an "active" Orthodox Christian life during his or her remaining days.

An "active" Orthodox Christian life presumes the believer will follow the fasts of the Church. An "active" Orthodox Christian life presumes the believer will continually seek to learn more about Christ and Christ's Holy Church.

Becoming an Orthodox Christian is the highest of callings. Within that calling, each person is to realize his or her fullest potential according to the gifts given by God.

The Lord Jesus Christ's account of the distribution of talents is an important and time honored lesson challenging believers to use God given talents for the glory of God. (Mt.25:14-30)

We do best when we learn from the widow who put two mites into the treasury. She did not give out of her abundance. She gave all that she had. The widow's sacrifice was recognized and has been preserved and proclaimed in the Holy Gospel for centuries. (Mk.12:41-44)

Prayer and fasting are mentioned by the Lord Jesus Christ in the present Gospel. Prayer and fasting are not optional for Orthodox Christians. Prayer and fasting are integral to the Orthodox Christian life.

The more prayer and fasting are a part of the believer's life, the more the believer will grow in Christ. Prayer and fasting are to be practiced out of the purest of intentions. Pride and an air of superiority have no place in prayer and fasting.

Prayer and fasting are intended for growth in Christ, of living a life consistent with the teachings of Christ.

The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord challenges believers to turn to Christ for a new life in Christ. The Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ challenges believers to to aspire to complete unity with the Transfigured Lord.
1See 2006 Calendar of Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of the United States and Canada.

2The Sayings of the Desert Fathers. Translated by Benedicta Ward. Cistercian Publications, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1984, p. 190.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 7 / August 20, 2006
Afterfeast of the Transfiguration.
Holy Monk-martyr Dometius.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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