St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 501 - August 11 / August 24, 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
August 11 / August 24, 2008
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 501

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

Colossians 1:23

Provided that you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting trom the hope of the gospel which you heard, which has been preached to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Recent Services
August 15
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
August 16
Midnight Office, Matinsand First Hour were read. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
August 17
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read immediately before Divine Liturgy.
Twenty-five people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
Pomen served at funeral home in Pittsburgh for +Catherine Kosanovich.
August 18
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Funeral service for +Catherine Kosanovich at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh with burial in St. George Cemetery.
Vespers read at St. George Church.
August 19
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour read.
Ten people came for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
Participated in Vespers at Monastery Marcha.
August 20
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
August 21
Midnight Office was read.
One person came for Midnight Office and Matins,
Five people came for Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins, First, Third, Sixth Hours. Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM Midnight Office. 6:30 AM Matins and First Hour.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM. Ninth Hour and Vespers

6:30 PM followed by class.

Divine Liturgy at10:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 28 - Feast of Dormition of Mother of God, St. George and Eastern Diocese Federation Kolo Slava
September 5/6 - Diocesan Chapel Slava celebration
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Church will begin at 8:50 AM, Father Dimitrov will serve Matins. No Divine Liturgy. Church New Year.
September 19 - Miracle of Archangel Michael.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Pray for the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Parish Life

Attend the Divine Liturgy and Kolo Slava Dinner on Thursday. Join the Kolo in coming to Holy Confession and Communion on the Feast.

Congratulations to Nathan Klingensmith now entering medical school at WVU.

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in New Salem will hold the annual parish festival next Sunday.

The ambulance blessed on Healthcare Day and the crew that came that day was recently called into service for a parishioner. It was reassuring to have the same vehicle and crew.

It is important for parishioners to come to church as often as possible on Sundays and whenever possible on weekdays.

If you do not celebrate your Slava, please begin this year..

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.

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

Remind your friends and neighbors to listen to the parish radio program.

Take a bulletin to give to someone that might be interested in the St. George Church.

Each parishioner is a missionary for the St. George Church.

Honor the Dormition Fast until the Divine Liturgy on August 28.

A Thought from St. Athanasius

It is possible for us, therefore, to find in the Psalter not only the reflection of our own soul's state, together with precept and example of all possible conditions, but also a fit form of words wherewith to please the Lord on each of life's occasions, words both of repentance and of thankfulness, so that we fall not into sin; for it is not for our actions only that we must give account before the Judge, but also for our every idle word.

( "Letter of St. Athanasius to Marcellinus on the Interpretation of the Psalms." St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, )

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

To Consider

God's love for little children.
Welcoming children into the Church.
Children taking Holy Communion

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 15 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
August 15 - Attending viewing for +Catherine Grooms.
August 16 - Attended funeral for +Cathering Grooms.
August 17 - Pomen for +Catherine Kosanovich
August 18 - Funeral for +Katherine Kosanovich,
August 19 - Went to Diocesan Center and Monastery Marcha.

From the Wisdom of Sirach

All wisdom is the fear of the Lord, and in all wisdom there is the fulfillment of the law.

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost 2008
Matthew Matthew 17:14-23

And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, "Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they did not cure him." Then Jesus answered and said, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me." And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?" So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting." Now while they were staying in Galiliee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up. And they were exceedingly sorrowful.

The Gospel is forever new. The Gospel is forever true. The Gospel endures through the ages. The Gospel is consistent with the teachings of the Church. The Gospel is consistent with the Divine services of the Church.

The present Gospel lesson emphasizes the value of prayer and fasting. Prayer and fasting require commitment and effort. Prayer and fasting require discipline. Not everyone is ready to make the consistent effort required.

Individuals benefit from the Christian life to the extent they invest in the Christian life. Investing in the Christian life is investing in the Kingdom of God.

The Holy Apostle Paul holds up the standard of praying without ceasing (I Thess. 5:17) Praying constantly is a standard for all Christians to strive to achieve.

Fasting is prescribed the by Church for most Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the year, during the four major fast periods and on certain additional days during the year.

Believers benefit by welcoming days of fasting and greeting them as opportunities to cleanse the mind, body and soul. Hearts open to God welcome days of fasting as training periods for the benefit of the soul.

The Christian life is for everyday of life from the time of Baptism to the time of departure from this life. Effort is required daily and throughout each day to battle the forces of evil affecting each life.

Joy in Christ is a governing experience giving impetus to the Christian effort. The love of Christ is a governing fact providing strength for the Christian effort.

While fasting entails abstaining from certain experiences, thoughts and activities, as well as certain foods, Christ does not leave the believer without support and assistance in the effort.

Christ nourishes the believer with the Precious Body and Blood. Christ nourishes the believer with the Holy Gospel. Christ nourishes the believer with the example of His life and the lives of the saints and martyrs through the centuries.

Centuries come and go. The way of Christ endures. The way of Christ continues to accrue in history and change each day in ways beyond human comprehension.

Choices by believers faithful to Christ give shape to family life, workplaces, communities and parish churches. Choices by believers faithful to Christ create improvements in the world.

One person serious about the Christian life makes a difference. Each day the Holy Orthodox Church commemorates individual saints and martyrs whose exemplary lives continue to influence subsequent generations.

The life in Christ is not to be adopted simply because of the testimonies through the ages. The life in Christ creates new testimonies each day.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Heb. 13:8) Individuals do well to immerse themselves in the Holy Gospel.

Reading the Holy Gospel unites the person with Christ. Reading the Holy Gospel in faith transforms the person. Reading the Holy Gospel brings peace to the soul.

A believer is united with Christ in reading the Holy Gospel. A believer is enriched and fortified when reading the Holy Gospel. Reading the Holy Gospel in faith is a path to peace.

The Holy Orthodox Church prescribes the current Gospel message to be read each year. The current Gospel message has a contemporary value for each generation. Each year believers benefit anew from this message.

The life in Christ is a life of renewal. The life in Christ is a life of peace. The life in Christ is an experience of Christ's love and a sharing of that love.

Love is dominant in the Christian life. The First Epistle of St. John states: "This is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, and not be like Cain who was of the evil one and murdered his brother." (I Jn. 3:11).
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 11 / August 24, 2008
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost.
VM. Suzanna and those with her.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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