St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 447 - July 30 / August 12, 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
July 30 / August 12, 2007
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
No. 447

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

James 5:15

And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

Recent Services
July 29
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Twenty-two people came for Divine Liturgy.
July 30
Three people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 31
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 1
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
August 2
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour at St. George Church.
Eight people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy.
Four people came to St.G eorge Church for Akathist to Holy Trinity and Akathist to St. George.
August 3
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 4
Two people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Father Aleksa Micich from St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church of Washington D.C. served.
Father Zoran Radovic of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Elizabeth, New Jersey provided the responses for Matins and First Hour.

No formal services were held between the afternoon of August 4 until the afternoon of August 10. One person came one or more times during that interim period to reads Psalms and do personal reading.

August 10
One person was present for the reading of Vespers.
August 11
One person was present for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour, Divine Liturgy.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 5:30 AM, Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour.

Midnight Office, 5:30 AM.
Matins at 7:00 AM Monday and at 6:00 AM, Tuesday through Saturday.
Ninth Hour and Vespers at 4:00 PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday,

6:30 PM Akathists followed by Adult Class.

Vespers, time to be announced later in week.

Divine Liturgy, Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va. at 10:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Healthcare Day, Luncheon and Program
Monday - Healthcare Seminar, Focus on Aging.
August 14 - Dormition Fast begins and continues until Feast on August 28.
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration of the Lord.
August 28 - Feast of Dormition of Mother of God, Kolo Slava.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Thank you to all staying for the Healthcare program today.

In addition to Proto Djokan and Protonica Mirjana Majstorovic, Savo and Marta, recent clergy families visiting St.George Church included Father Zora and Popadija Vesna Radovic with children David and Sara and Father Aleksa Micich. They were a wonderful addition to the services. Protonica Mirjana sang the responses at Holy Trinity Mission on St.Elijah Day.

Niko and Rose Ilich hosted the Holy Trinity Mission faithful on St. Elijah Day, their family Slava.

Congratulations to Jennifer Kornick on receiving her Master's Degree from Duquesne University this past Friday.

Brane Ljubic and Luann Yancich plan to be married in the St. George Church on September 1, 2007.

Plan to attend the Healtchare Seminar tomorrow. Valuable information will be provided.

Remember the miners and others employed in dangerous occupations including law enforcement, correctional officers and parole officers.

Recent news events have been vivid reminders of the dangers miners face each day.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in care homes, hospitals, the homebound and the caretakers and staffs.

Remember the men and women in the military and their families.

Read your Bible for the benefit of your soul.

Are you listening to the parish radio program? Are you telling friends and relatives to listen to online services of the St. George Church?

Honor the Dormition Fast until the Feast. Prepare to come to Holy Confession and Communion during the Fast.

The Proverbs of Solomon

He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit. Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.

(Prov. 17:27-28 )

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

To Consider

The joy generated by forgiveness.
The peace resulting from forgiveness.
The hope renewed by forgiveness.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 2 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy and family Slava.
August 4-5 - When to St. Sava Camp, Shadeland for Diocese Days.
August 11 - Went to St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa for wedding of Brian and Luann Vula.

From the Desert Fathers

He (John the Dwarf) also said: "Humility and the fear of God are above all virtues."

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

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 denari; and he laid his 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 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 you 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 to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses."

How many individuals consider what is owed to God? How many individuals take time to thank God for forgiveness? How many thank God for the gift of life? How many are thankful for Christ's sacrifice upon the Cross?

How many of the current generation are thankful to the saints and martyrs through the centuries? The Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ was spread at a great cost of lives.

The churches in earlier centuries and in the present were built at great expense. Expense and cost are calculated not only in financial costs but in human costs as well.

The present Gospel speaks of the tolerance and forgiveness of the master with his servant. The forgiven servant was not as forgiving as his master. How many of us show the patience and forgiveness of God in our relationships at home, at work and in the community?

God is very forgiving of men and women coming to Holy Confession and Communion. Is this forgiveness made part of the lives of the communicants and reflected in home life, in community life and at work?

Forgiving others requires a willingness to begin the relationship anew. Being forgiving of others entails giving the other person the benefit of the doubt and an opportunity for him or her to prove a new start has taken place.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Colossians: "Put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him." (Col. 3:10)

The present Gospel provides knowledge of how God works. The present Gospel reflects the far reaching goodness of God. Christians are expected to act in ways pleasing to God. Christians are expected to learn from God and put the learning into practice.

When we get the opportunity to begin anew after having received forgiveness, we have the responsibility to use the opportunity wisely. We do not want to fall victim as the proverb states: "As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool repeats his folly." (Prov. 26:11)

The Lord Jesus Christ gives us a new opportunity at each Holy Confession and Communion. We do well to build on this new opportunity and draw closer to the life pleasing to God. We do well to do our best to live in ways pleasing to God.

Let us take the steps to strengthen ourselves against the temptations and diversions that lead us from God. Let us nourish our hearts and minds with the food of the soul. Let us battle against inclinations leading to our downfall.

The forgiven servant in the present Gospel could have moved forward free from financial debt and forgiven by his master. He certainly would owe a debt of gratitude. We can never repay God for all the blessings received. We can never be thankful enough for Christ's suffering on the Cross. We can never thank the saints and martyrs who spread the Gospel, confessed belief in Christ and built churches through the centuries.

Too many unknown individuals have contributed to the Church and to whom we have reason to be grateful. Let us be thankful. Let us work and live with great appreciation to all given by and to the glory of God.

Every moment of life, every breath of life is a gift from God. We cannot create our own breath. We cannot create our own vision. We cannot create our own hearts. Such creations are of God. We need to have the sense to realize all God has given us and all that God has forgiven us.

Beginning anew includes having a desire to walk the path to the Kingdom of God. Beginning anew includes being disciplined, saying no to incurring debts that will rob us of eternal life.

Each person chooses the path for the remaining days of his or her life. A forgiving God enables the person to divert from paths leading to dead ends and destruction. A forgiving God enables believers to seek the authentic Kingdom of God.

We never know when each opportunity will be the last opportunity. Opportunities for forgiveness are not endless. Sooner or later life will end. Sooner or later Christ will come again.

Life is finite in the present form. We need to treat each day and each opportunity with care. We need to be thankful to God and rejoice in God's forgiveness.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.
Venerable Mother Angelina of Serbia.
July 30 / August 12, 2007

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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