St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 502 - August 18 / August 31, 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 18 / August 31, 2008
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
No. 502

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

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your doing, it is the gift of God-not because of your works, lest and man should boast.

Recent Services
August 22
Two people were present for reading of Matins and First Hour.
Five people were present for Vespers.
August 23
Seventeen people were present for Divine Lirurgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont. Seven communicants.
Third and Sixth Hour were read prior to Divine Liturgy.
August 24
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Twenty-five people for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
August 25
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
August 26
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Two people came for Akathist to Mother of God and Akathist to Dormition of Mother of God.
August 27
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 28
Matins, First Hour were read.
Seventeen people came for Divine Liturgy, blessing of Kolach and Koljivo. Father Dimitre Dimitrov concelebrated.
August 29
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Third and Sixth Hour. Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Midnight Office. 6:30 AM Matins.

Tuesday at 6:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Wednesday, Thursday
4:00 PM Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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.
September 21 - Nativity of Theotokos
September 27 - Elevation of Precious and Life-giving Cross.
October 14 - Protection of Mother of God
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Thank you to all attending the Divine Liturgy and dinner for the Kolo Slava.

Thank you to St. George Kolo for all the good you do.

The celebration of the Feast of the Dormition continues until Friday.

The St. George Kolo is deserving of great respect and appreciation for the continued contributions and work for the parish.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Veda Milanovich of St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa departed this life this past week.

Make an effort to attend the Diocese Slava next Saturday.

Two people came for Adult Class this past week. Class again this Tuesday.

If you have not been to Holy Confession or Communion recently, it is time to prepare.

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.

This Labor Day weekend, prayerfully remember all the men and women who worked under hard conditions in the mines and mills. Prayerfully remember those workers currently laboring in mines and factories and other jobs of hard labor.

Prayer of St. Macarius the Great

O God, cleanse me a sinner, for I have never done anything good in Thy sight; but deliver me from the evil one, and let Thy will be done in me, that I may open mine unworthy mouth without condemnation, and praise Thy holy name: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

(Midnight Office, The Unabbreviated Horologian Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, New York, 1997, p. 3 )

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

To Consider

The Dormition of the Mother of God.
The continuing effect of the Mother of God in the lives of Christians.
Prayerful intercession of the Mother of God with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 25 - Took friend of St. George Church to Uniontown.
August 27 - Went to Aliquippa for viewing and pomen of +Veda Milanovich.
August 28 - Attended St. George Kolo Slava dinner.
August 29 - Went to Morgantown to meet with new Orthodox Christian in the area.

From the Wisdom of Sirach

There is one who by keeping silent is found wise, while another is detested for being too talkative.

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost 2008
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 maser, 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."

Forgiveness entails mutual respect and Christian love for the other person. Family and friends engaging in forgiveness benefit from looking at the love of God as an example.

God's forgiveness is dependent upon the believer's forgiveness of others. The current Gospel speaks of God forgiving the person if the person is forgiving of others.

The believer has the freedom to choose whether or not to forgive and reaps the results of the decisions made. Christian relationships ideally are founded in the love of Christ for each person and are modeled after the love of Christ shown on the Cross.

In the home, in the work place, in the schools and in the community, believers engage in relationships that ideally meet Christian norms and standards.

Relationships can be difficult at times. They can be difficult between husbands and wives, between parents and sons and daughters, between brothers and sisters.

Relationships at times can be difficult in the workplace, in the school, in social settings and in parish churches. Believers are called upon to reach for the highest standards of Christianity in each relationship.

Stress at times can make people say and do things which can be hurtful to others. Forgiveness is important. Respect and love for each other is important.

Husbands and wives periodically need to look to the content of the Orthodox marriage service and determine if the marital relationship conforms to the Holy Mystery of Marriage celebrated in the Church.

Parents, sons and daughters do well to look to the Holy Scriptures and study Proverbs and other Wisdom literature for greater understanding. Scriptural texts give much for believers to think about.

Proverbs states: "A good wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain." (Prov. 331:10)

In Psalms we read: "Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity." (Ps. 132/133:1)

In Sirach we read: "Whoever glorifies his father will have long life, and whoever obeys the Lord will refresh his mother. (Sirach 3:6)

The wise person will devote considerable time to reading and studying the Holy Scriptures. The wise person realizes the importance of God in daily life and the need for God to attain salvation.

The way of God is accessible by the narrow gate. (Mt. 7:14) Careful decisions need to be made throughout life. The road to peril is easily entered. Death to the soul, tarnishing the soul, can happen quickly.

The present Gospel lesson challenges believers to think about relationships with God and with each other. The present Gospel lesson challenges the believer to think about the forgiveness of God.

Forgiveness of God provides the believer with freedom. Forgiveness of God provides the believer with reassurance of worth in the eyes of God. When believers forgive family members, friends, co-workers or others in the community, a sense of worthiness of the other is communicated.

Everyone is created in the image and likeness of God (Gen. l:26). Each person is deserving of the respect of having been created in the image and likeness of God.

Each person is to be respected for being a recipient of Christ's love. The joy of the forgiving Christ is realized when forgiveness is practiced. Reaching deep into the heart is necessary to forgive others.

Knowing that Christ experienced the Cross for the forgiveness of our sins, let us practice the love of Christ in our relationships each day. The world is too full of violence and aggression. Let each of us do our part to be at peace with each other.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 18 / August 31, 2008
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.
Martyrs Florus and Laurus.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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