St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 398 - August 14 / August 27, 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 14 / August 27, 2006
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
No. 398

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

Matttew 8:26

But He said to them. " Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.

Services This Past Week
August 20
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. The Third and Sixth Hours were read.
Twenty-six people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
August 21
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 22
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came to personally read the Ninth Hour and Akathist.
No formal services were scheduled in the afternoon.
August 23
One person came for Midnight Office and stayed to personally read the First, Third and Sixth Hours.
No formal service was scheduled in the afternoon.
One person came to personally read the Ninth Hour and an Akathist.
August 24
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Seven people came for the Akathists to the Mother of God and Dormition of the Mother of God.
Father Dimitre Dumitrov concelebrated.
August 25
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
One Akathist to the Cross was read in the home of a parishioner.
August 26
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour to St. George Church.
Eleven people came to the YWCA in Fairmont, West Virginia for the Divine Liturgy.
Eleven people came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
Today, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 AM,
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour, Reading from Prologue.

Monday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM. Thursday at 6:30 PM.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM, Ninth Hour, Vespers.
Thursday at 6:30 PM, Akathists

Divine Liturgy
Today and Monday at 10:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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.
September 27 - Elevation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Blasting is expected to begin this week at Hatfield Ferry Power plant. Pray that no damage is done to the church.

Be careful driving on Rt. 21. Accidents involving death and injury seem to occur weekly.

The number of parishioners falling and being injured is quite significant.

Five individuals came for Adult Class on Thursday in addition to Father Dimtre from Nativity of Blessed Virgin Orthodox Church. The discussion focused on The Mother of God. Class again this Thursday at 7:00 PM. Everyone welcome.

Plan to attend the Divine Liturgy on Monday and the Kolo Slava dinner. Ask Sonia Janson what you can do to help.

Congratulations to Mildred Bezjak, Kuma for the Kolo Slava.

Sub Deacon Tony Miralles' father from Belle Vernon listens to the parish radio program.

Do you listen to the parish radio program? Do you tell others about it?

Plan to attend the Diocesan Chapel Slava on September 9.

The Dormition Fast concludes with the Divine Liturgy tomorrow. Honor the fast today.

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.

Congratulations to Aaron Carson, graduate of the Late Vocations / Holy Diaconate Program.

Two new Serbian Orthodox students have begun studies at West Virginia Univeristy. May God grant Marija Krosnjar and Tanya Lazarevich do very well in their studies.

A Thought from St.Symeon the Theologian

How do You look at the conduct New of each one,
You, who are so far from us?
Give patience to Your servants,
so that trials may not overwhelm them.

( Hymns of Divine Love by St.Symeon the New Theologian. Dimension Books, Denville, New Jersey, p. 27. )

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

To Consider

The limitless forgiveness of Christ.
The love of Christ manifested on the Cross.
The love and forgiveness required of Christians.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 20 - Attended graduation of Aaron Carson from Late Vocations / Holy Diaconate Program Mars, Pa.
August 22 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
August 23 - Went to Monastery of the Holy Cross, Wayne, West Virginia.
August 25 - Visited parishioner at home. Served Akathist to the Cross at the home.
August 26 - Went to parishioner's home for Confession and Communion.
August 27 - Served Divine Liturgy, Fairmont, West Virginia.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Matoes said, 'I prefer a light and steady aactivity, to one that is painful at the beginning but is soon broken off.'

Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost 2006

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 Holy Apostle Paul told the Ephesians: "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. (Eph. 1:7)

Believers need forgiveness. Believers need to repent and seek forgiveness. Believers need to be continuously appreciative for Jesus Christ's death on the Cross and for the forgiveness of sins.

Believers may try hard to follow the ways of God and yet still sin. It is important to keep trying to live in ways pleasing to God. When we sin, it is important to repent and begin anew in Christ.

Believers yielding to sin and giving in to despair condemn themselves. Believers yielding to sin and giving in to despair and continued sinfulness write their own sentence.

It is better to learn from the words of Christ: "Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men." (Mt. 16:23)

God calls believers to a life of purity, a life of truthfulness, a life of honor anddignity. God calls believers to lives of faith, trust, charity, and hope.

God calls believers to lives of love and care and concern for others. God calls believers to lives of prayer and good works, lives of worship and measured speech.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind...You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Mt. 22:37-38)

Believers cannot love God fully without loving neighbors. St.John said: "If someone says, 'I love God,' and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen." (I Jn. 4:20).

The present Gospel is about forgiving others. We know from the Lord's Prayer that our forgiveness by God is connected with our forgiveness of others.

It is hard to be forgiving of others when we have been harmed. It is hard to forget what someone may have done that has been harmful.

Jesus Christ died for each of us. Jesus Christ teaches about forgiveness to believers willing to listen.

Believers turn to Jesus Christ for forgiveness. Believers do not always recognize and honor Jesus' suffering and death on the Cross. Forgiveness is the Christian way. For a Christian community to grow, for a Christian family to grow in love, forgiveness is necessary.

For the world to be a better place, for each community to be a better place, forgiveness is necessary.

The Gospel teaches about the relationship of forgiveness and love. Jesus said of the sinful woman: "her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little."(Lk. 7:41-50)

Pray to God for guidance in dealing with troubled relationships. Pray to God for guidance in establishing peace with others.

Each person should measure personal growth by the words of the Proverb: "When a man's ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him." (Prov.16:7).

Heed the words of the Proverb and work to live in ways pleasing to the Lord. Pray that world leaders will act in ways pleasing to God and bring an end to the suffering and violence dominating the headlines.

Pray for families to find peace between husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, parents and children. Pray for neighborhoods to be at peace and peace in areas where violence is prevalent.

Peace and forgiveness are desirable. Each person must do his or her part. The love of God was made clear when the Lord Jesus Christ ascended the Cross.

The love of God is made clear in the present Gospel. God is a forgiving and merciful God.

Jesus Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead. Belief in Jesus Christ's Second Coming is expressed in the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed.

Use each day to seek peace with God and with others. Be forgiving each day and experience God's forgiveness. May the forgiving love of God be bountiful in each heart, each home and each community.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 14 / August 27, 2006
Holy Prophet Micah.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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