St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 434 - April 23 / May 6, 2007


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
April 23 / May 6, 2007
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman / St. George the Great Martyr
No. 434

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

Services This Past Week
April 29
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Thirty-four people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
April 30
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came to read the Akathist to the Resurrection, Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Akathist to the Mother of God, Healer of Cancer.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
May 1
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
May 2
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
One person came to read the Akathist to St. Panteleimon.
May 3
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
The Akathist for the Tomb and Resurrection and the Akathist for the Resurrection were read in the evening. Five people came.
May 4
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
May 5
One person came for Midnight Office and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Mornings
5:30 AM, Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Today, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Afternoons
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM

Thursday
6:00 PM followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

May 6 - Parish Slava, St. George
May 10 - Burning of Relics of St. Sava
May 12 - St. Vasilje of Ostrog
May 19 - Transfer of Relics of St. Sava
May 22 - Transfer of Relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
May 25 - Leavetaking of Ascension.
May 27 - Pentecost

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

Parish Life

Congratulations to Slava Kum Dr. Ivko Dimitric.

Happy Slava to all celebrating today as the family Slava.

Thank you each person who helped with the Slava celebration.

John and Susan Ralich Quick are participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Pittsburgh on May 13, 2007.

Mike Rogish reached the age of 98 years last Sunday. He still finds time to come to the St. George Church and to help when he can.

Pray for the men and women in the military and their families.

Pray for the homebound, those in care and nursing homes, those in rehab centers, hospitals and jails and prisons. Pray for the caretakers and staffs.

Pray for miners, law enforcement officers, correctional officers, parole officers and others in dangerous occupations.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia.

Four people came to Adult Class this past Thursday to discuss the Resurrection.

Shadeland Camp applications are available.

Daily services are now broadcast live on the parish website.

Do you listen to the parish radio broadcast? Do you listen to the website broadcasts? Do you tell your friends and neighbors to listen?

A Thought from Proto Stavrofor Vojislav Dosenovich

Slava is an ethnic distinction for a Serb. For example, if two Serbs would meet as strangers, the first question of distinction and mutual bond would be, "Koju slavu slavis?" The Slava had played a vital importance in the history of the existence of the Serbian people. Being situated in the geographic region between East and West, between cultures alien to them, being subjugated for centuries to slavery, the Slava for Serbs became a holiday identified with their name and existence.

(Spiritual Reminder, p.147 )

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

To Consider

The Great Martyr George
The many churches named after the Great Martyr George.
The many individuals named after St. George.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 1 - Took friend of parish to Uniontown.
May 2 - Meeting regarding parish seminar in August.
May 4 - Visited with parish family.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Nilus) also said, 'Prayer is the seed of gentleness and the absence of anger.'


Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

John 4:5-42

So he came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give Me a drink." For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him. "How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.' The woman said to Him, 'Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?' Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman said to Him, "Sir give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw." Jesus said to her, "Go, call you husband, and come here." The woman answered and said, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, 'You have well said, 'I have no husband, for you have had five husbands and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly." The woman said to Him, "Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship. Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. The woman said to Him, "I know the Messiah is coming(who is called Christ). When He comes, He will tell us all things." Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He." And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, "What do You seek?" or "Why are You talking with her?" The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, "Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?" Then they went out of the city and came to Him. In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, "Rabbi, eat." But he said to them, "I have food to eat of which you do not know." Therefore the disciples said to one another , "Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?" Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then come the harvest? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest. And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true, 'One sows and another reaps. I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored: others have labored, and you have entered into their labors .And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified ,"He told me all that I ever did." So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay away with them; and He stayed there two days. And many more believed because of His own word. Then they said to the woman, "Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world."

St. George the Great-Martyr

John 15:17:16:2

These things I command you, that you love one another. If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, "A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. IF I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father .But this happened that the world might be fulfilled which is written in their law,' They hated Me without a cause.' But when the Helper comes whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning. These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.

The patronal feast of St. George, the parish Slava comes at the time the Holy Holy Orthodox Church is celebrating the Feast of the Resurrection. The Church is in the time of Mid-Pentecost. The joy of the Resurrection is present. Thoughts of the Descent of the Holy Spirit are evident. The Feast of Ascension will soon be here.

Great joy is evident in the Church. Great celebration takes form. The St. George Church is blessed by God each day of the year. The St. George Church is blessed by hard working and dedicated parishioners. The St. George Church is blessed with a beautiful church and grounds.

The St. George Church is blessed with a history reaching back more than half a century. The St. George Church is blessed with parishioners willing to contribute, to learn and to pray on a regular basis.

The St. George Church is blessed with a dedicated Executive Board, Audit Board, Kolo and Choir. Faithful members come to Holy Confession and Communion and seek renewal in Christ.

New believers come to the St. George Church and join with dedicated parishioners here from the earliest days of the parish's formation.

The Holy Gospel is proclaimed in the St. George Church on a daily basis. Prayers are offered for the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, the living and the departed on a daily basis.

Individuals wanting to learn about more about Christ and His Holy Church have many opportunities here. Outreach efforts steadily bring the message of the Gospel to believers unable to attend church daily.

The St. George Choir can be heard singing the responses of the Divine Liturgy at any time of the day or night at any location in the world with internet capability.

The St. George Church is blessed with friends near and far who contribute in several different ways to the parish.

The St. George Church is blessed to be part of the Eastern American Diocese with a Bishop with daily interest in the parish. The St. George Church is blessed to be a part of the Serbian Orthodox Church secured by Apostolic Succession and enriched by saints and martyrs through the centuries.

Today we pray for the living and the departed. Today we look back to measure progress made and give thanks to God for many blessings received. Today we remember beloved hierarchs, clergy and faithful departed this life and we pray for their memories to be eternal.

Today we ask God for strength in faith, for resolve to move ahead with certainly in the life in Christ and the way of Christ. We pray for the Holy Spirit to keep our faith alive and fervent. May St. George the Great Martyr pray for us.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 23 / May 6, 2007
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
St. George the Great Martyr

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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