St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 488 - May 12 / May 25, 2008

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
May 12 / May 25, 2008
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
No. 488

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

Services This Past Week
May 18
Midnight Office, Matins, First, Third and Sixth Hour were read.
Thirty-one people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants. Parastos.
May 19
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
May 20
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection.
Five people were present for the Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 21
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
May 22
Midnight Office Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people were present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
May 23
Two people were present for First and Third Hours.
One person was present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
May 24
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read at St.George Church.
Third and Sixth Hour and Divine Liturgy were held at Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, West Virginia. Seven people came.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. Divine Liturgy.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 5:30 AM

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 5:30 PM
Thursday at 6:30 PM.

6:30 PM followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Fifth Sunday of Pascha-Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
June 1 - Sixth Sunday of Pascha, Sunday of the Blind Man
June 1 - Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic
June 4 - Leave-taking of Pacha
June 5 - Feast of Ascension
June 8 - Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
June 14 - Memorial Saturday
June 15 - Pentecost
June 23 - Apostles Fast begins.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Pray for the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Parish Life

Congratulations to St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa for hosting the SSF Choir Festival.

Volunteer to help with the picnic next week.

Remember Dominec and Patty Ponterero in your prayers.

Congratulations to Peter Shlosky for graduating high school.

May God grant many years of good health in retirement to Lynn Neal Shlosky.

Three people came to Adult Class this past Tuesday. Class again this Tuesday.

Share the joy of the Resurrection with everyone you meet.

Monetary donations are being accepted immediately and will continue to be accepted to help the needy in Kosovo. When donating, please designate the contribution for Diocesan Relief Fund. The situation is urgent and of great importance.

Remember the men and women working in dangerous occupations including those in the mines and criminal justice agencies, the police, correctional officers and parole agents.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, nursing homes, jails and prisons. Remember the staff members and caretakers.

This weekend especially remember the men and women serving in the military and their families. Remember the living and departed veterans from previous years of service.

Do you listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday or on the internet during the week? Do you tell your friends and relatives?

A Thought From Proto Stavrofor Dr. Nedeljko Grgurevich

The Serbian Church and the Serbian people experienced much trouble and suffering in their long history but they persevered in those times. They survived owing to St. Sava (Svetosavlje) and the memory of Kosovo. They survived the troubles of the older and more recent history believing in and expecting freedom when they were not free, because they always believed that freedom is sacred, a gift of God. The Serbian people the choice made at Kosovo as their own history and their life. They measured the centuries-long consequences and lived in that eternal life. That is why they survived all the suffering until this day. Such faith, spirit and life will continue further into the future, into eternity.

(Introduction to Serbian Orthodox Church History, Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Reprinted 2003, p. 75 )

To Consider

Care required of the soul.
Nourishment for the soul.
Cleansing of the soul.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 19 - Went to Uniontown Hospital while patient received medical care.
May 23 - Went to Shadyside-Heritage in Pittsburgh to visit patient.
May 24 - Stopped at Mon General Hospital in Morgantown to visit patient.
May 24 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, West Virginia.
May 24 - Went to Choir Festival in Aliquippa.

Wisdom of Sirach 7:1-3

Do no evil, and evil will never befall you. Stay away from wrong, and it will turn away from you. My son, do not sow the furrows of injustice, and you will not reap a sevenfold crop.

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 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 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. 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 ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world."

The celebration of Pascha continues in the Holy Orthodox Church. The celebration continues until the Leave-taking of Pascha and the arrival of the Feast of the Ascension.

The Lord Jesus Christ's Crucifixion and Resurrection changed the world Hope reigns for believers putting their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Nothing can deter the power of the Resurrected Christ.

When the Lord spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus told her that whoever drinks of the water He provides will never thirst. (Jn. 4:14) Individuals turning to Jesus satisfy the thirst of the soul.

The soul deserves constant attention. The Resurrection of Christ holds forth joy for believers immersing their lives in Christ and seeking the salvation of the soul. All human endeavors pale in comparison to the life in Christ.

The Holy Apostle Paul placed full confidence the Lord Jesus Christ and told the Romans: "neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else will able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Rom. 8:38-39)

Contemporary believers decide daily whether to love Christ completely and put full confidence in Christ. Contemporary believers make decisions daily that directly affects their relationship with Jesus Christ.

The Samaritan woman at the well was blessed to have a direct personal experience with the Lord Jesus Christ. Each believer has the opportunity for a direct personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Each time a believer chooses to pray with complete and total heart, mind and soul, the believer enters into a direct personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Each time a person prepares for Holy Confession and Holy Communion with complete and total seriousness, the believer enters into a direct personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

God's Holy Church provides believers with the opportunity to have a direct personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Individuals determine whether to drink from Christ and to partake of His Precious Body and Blood.

The Living Resurrected Christ is not contained or limited by the passing of centuries. The Living Resurrected Christ is ever powerful, ever present with those having ears to hear and eyes to see.

Experiencing the Living Resurrected Christ comes through faith and love, through discipline and interest. The ways of the world will call and detract from the path to eternal life.

Temptations and worldly interests will sap energy better suited for being nourished by the Holy Gospel. Christ is timeless. The life in Christ provides for eternal life.

Drink from Him offering the water that satisfies the thirst of the soul. Partake of His Precious Body and Blood, taste the fountain of immortality.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 12 / May 25, 2008
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman.
St. Germanus, Patriarch of Constantinople.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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