St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 449 - August 13 / August 26, 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
August 13 / August 26, 2007
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 449

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

Hebrews 12:2

Looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Recent Services
August 19
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour
Thirty-two people came for Divine Liturgy. Eight communicants.
August 20
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 21
One person came of Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 22
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 23
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Dormition.
Father Dimitre came to serve.
August 24
Three people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
August 25
Two people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Five people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
people came for Akathist for Communion.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.

Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.

5:30 AM, Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour Today through Saturday.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 4:00 PM., Ninth Hour and Vespers.

6:30 PM Two Akathists followed by Adult Class.

3:00 PM Ninth Hour and Vespers

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Leavetaking of Feast of Transfiguration
August 28 - Feast of Dormition of Mother of God, Kolo Slava
September 8 - Diocese Chapel Slava, Mars, Pa.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Church New Year
September 21 - Feast of the 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

Seminary graduate Mark Zivkovich was here this week to participate in the morning services on Friday and Saturday. Mark's son Gregory joined in on Friday morning.

Sympathy extended to Elsa Karamarkovich. Long time Head Tutor at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh, +Dushan Karamarkovich, fell asleep in the Lord.

Tell Sonia Janson today if you plan to attend the Kolo Slava luncheon on Tuesday.

Support the Kolo by attending on the Slava on Tuesday. Come to the Divine Liturgy and luncheon.

Five people came to Adult Class this past Thursday to discuss the Gospel of the Feast of the Transfiguration. Class again this Thursday evening.

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

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.

From Proverbs

Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days. There are many plans in a man's heart, nevertheless the Lord's counsel---that will stand. What is desired in a man is kindness, and a poor man is better than a liar. The fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not visited with evil.

(Prov. 19:20-23 )

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

To Consider

The Leave-taking of the Feast of the Transfiguation.
The approaching Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.
The importance of honoring fasts and feasts throughout the year.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 21 - Went to Diocesan Center.
August 24 - Blessed a learning facility.
August 25 - Went to Hermitage of the Cross Monastery in Wayne, West Virginia.

From the Desert Fathers

She (Syncletica) also said: "Just as the most bitter medicine drives out poisonous creatures so prayer joined to fasting drives evil thoughts away."

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 21:33-42

Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. Then last of all he sent his son to them saying, 'They will respect my son.' But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance. So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers? They said to Him, 'He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits of their seasons.' Jesus said to them, 'Have you never read in the Scriptures: 'The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.

The Lord God gives individuals talents and resources. The Lord God gives people of the world animals and plants and waters and hills and mountains.

Men and women of the world have a responsibility, a stewardship to care for God's creation. This responsibility, this stewardship of the earth, is for the health and use of current and future generations.

When generations neglect the care of the earth, when governments neglect responsibilities and engage in wars and politics of oppression and greed, consequences occur.

The Lord God will hold individuals and governments accountable for stewardship of the earth, stewardship of geographic and populated areas. The Gospel of St. Matthew states: "All nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats." (Mt. 25:32)

Individuals, organizations and governments may live and operate with abandon. No conscious thought may be given to the Great and Final Judgment. No thought may be given to the Second Glorious Coming.

Pollutants may be sent into the air by factories and power plants. Industries may dump trash into the rivers and streams. Writers and performers may pollute minds through programs shown in the home and in commercial locations.

The airwaves may be used to spread information and entertainment leading to the corruption of minds, souls and bodies.

Sooner or later, judgment day arrives. Sooner or later the owner of the vineyard returns. Sooner or later, the Lord Jesus Christ will return. Sooner or later each person will answer for the stewardship of his or her life.

Unless life is lived in ways pleasing to God, joy is diminished. Unless life is lived in ways honoring and giving glory to God, peace is elusive. Unless life is lived with recognition and gratefulness toward God, efforts are in vain.

Holy Confession and Holy Communion provide opportunities for believers to return to the path of the Kingdom. Repentance is an opportunity to begin anew. Forgiveness is an opportunity to begin anew.

Before the faculty of mind is lost, before the return of Christ, men and women can turn to God in faith. Men and women can begin anew. The Lord Jesus Christ said: I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." (Mt. 9:13)

The Holy Gospel provides the nourishment for the soul. The Holy Gospel provides the nourishment for the mind. The heart is enriched and strengthened by the Holy Gospel.

Individuals with questions about how to live benefit from turning to God in prayer. Men, women and children bewildered about life benefit from turning to God for help.

Assurance from God is found in I Samuel where it is written: "For the Lord will not forsake His people..." (I Sam. 12:22)

Prayers to God are answered. Prayers to God give hope. Prayers to God serve as foundation for the present and the future. Constructive people build their lives with a foundation of prayer.

Prayer enables the person to turn to God with confidence. Prayer enables the person reach out to God in faith. God is within reach of every person of faith. God is not far distant.

The good and loving God exists at all times and in all places. The good and loving God heals broken hearts and repairs broken minds. The good and loving God listens to pleas for mercy and forgiveness.

The Psalmist reminds listeners: "The sacrifices to God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart-these, O God, You will not despise." (Ps. 50/51:17)

God provides joy for individuals partaking of His Precious Body and Blood. God provides peace for those living in ways pleasing to God. God provides protection against the adverse powers.

At Holy Baptism the priest prays three times: "Let all hostile powers be crushed beneath the sign of the image of Thy Cross." 1

Let us be mindful that "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." (Gen. 1:1). Let us be good stewards of the earth and the lives given to us by God. May each day be an opportunity to serve and give glory to God.

1 The Great Book of Needs. Vol. I. St. Tikhon's Seminary Press, South Canaan, Pennsylvania, 1999, p. 35.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Leavetaking of the Feast of Transfiguration.
August 13 / August 26, 2007

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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