St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 539 - May 4 / May 17, 2009

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 4 / May 17, 2009
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
No. 539

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

Hristos Voskrese! Vaistinu Voskrese!
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

Recent Services
May 9
Midnight Office, Matins, and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Eight people came to the Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read at St. George Church.
May 10
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by the Divine Liturgy.
Thirty-one people attended the Divine Liturgy. Three communicants. Parastos held.
May 11
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
May 12
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for the Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 13
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
May 15
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM - Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday.

6:30 PM followed by Adult Class.

10:00 AM at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont, W.Va.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

May 19 - Transfer of Relics of St. Sava.
May 22 - Transfer of the Relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
May 24 - Sts. Cyril and Methodius. St. Nicodemus, Archbishop of Serbia.
May 27 - Leavetaking of Pascha
May 28 - Feast of the Ascension of our Lord.
June 6 - Memorial Saturday, Grave Blessings.
June 7 - Feast of Pentecost, Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic.
June 8 - Pentecost Monday
June 9 - Pentecost Tuesday
June 17 - St. Metrophanes, First Patriarch of Constantinople
June 13 - Leavetaking of Pentecost.
June 15 - Beginning of Apostles Fast
June 28 - St. Great-martyr Prince Lazar; All Serbian Martyrs. Vidovdan.
July 7 - Nativity of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Parish Life

Help will be needed for the picnic on June 7. Please let Stan Brozik or Sonia Janson know of your willingness to help.

Sympathy extended to Paul and Carol Adams, friends of St. George Church. Carol's mother recently departed this life.

This is National Emergency Medical Services week. Remember all those working in the field especially Director Rick Adobato and the Fayette EMS staff of Masontown who faithfully participate in St. George Healthcare Day.

Four people came to Adult Class this past Tuesday to watch a video on The Church of the Mother of God Ljeviska. Class again this Tuesday.

Anya and Ksenije Sivak, Jade Pirt, Nadiah Miciotto and William Rose are the young children most commonly seen in the St. George Church. Thank God for their presence.

May God bring many more children to the St. George Church.

Share the joy of the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ with everyone your meet.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs.

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

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Learn the calendar of the Church and use it to structure your daily life.

If you have a question about the Divine services or other questions ask Father Rodney and come to the Adult Classes.

Every parishioner is a missionary for St. George Church.

Shadeland Camp applications are available for campers. Volunteer helpers are needed.

A Thought from Father Rastko Trbuhovich

Each Divine Liturgy is a celebration of the Kingdom of Heaven, and who of us is more deserving to be there than our innocent children. And it doesn't matter if they're a little noisy. Healthy children have to be noisy. So when should we begin bringing children to church? From the very beginning. From the time they are baptized. I know this is not easy for mothers, but it's the best thing for the children to learn to feel completely at home in their church from their earliest years.

(The Voice of St. Stephen, Dec. 2005, Jan-Feb. 2006 )

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

To Consider

The continuing celebration of Pascha.
The approach of the Feast of the Ascension.
The coming Feast of Pentecost

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 10 - Attended Slava celebration at home of friends of St. George Church.
May 13 - Visited with patient and patient's family at hospital in Waynesburg.
May 14 - Participated in Heritage Day at Corl Street Elementary School, State College, Pa.

From Psalm 6:9

The Lord has heard my supplication; The Lord will receive my prayer. (NKJV)

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

The Samaritan woman at the well had the personal opportunity to be with the Lord Jesus Christ. She saw the Lord Jesus Christ in the flesh. She heard profound words from His mouth.

The Samaritan woman's personal experience with the Lord Jesus Christ affected her greatly. The woman told others about her experience with Jesus. The Samaritans hearing the woman came to see Jesus for themselves.

The Samaritans seeing Jesus testified: "This is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world." Jesus changed their lives. The Risen Jesus still changes lives.

Believers have the benefit of listening to the Holy Gospel at each Divine Liturgy. Believers have the opportunity to hear about the life of Christ and the teachings of Christ from the Holy Gospel.

Each believer determines the degree to which he or she will heed the teachings of Christ and incorporate them into their daily lives. Each believer determines the degree to which he or she will think carefully about Christ.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified." (I Cor. 2:2) If the Holy Apostle Paul focused so clearly on Christ, we do well to follow his example.

The Lord Jesus Christ changed the Holy Apostle Paul's life tremendously. Jesus changed the lives of the Samaritans having the opportunity to hear and speak with Him.

During this Paschal period of celebration, the Lord Jesus Christ continues to change the lives of serious Christian men, women and children.

Believers nourished by Christ find their souls at peace. Believers nourished by Christ find their hearts and minds at peace. Believers nourished by Christ experience joy and tranquility.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Philippians: "The peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:7)

Today is the day to consider seriously the impact the Crucified and Resurrected Christ has upon our lives. Today is the day to consider the degree of seriousness we apply to our Christian lives.

The Lord Jesus Christ is going to return to judge the living and the dead. We profess the belief in Christ's Second Coming at each Divine Liturgy when we recite the Creed.

Everyday is a day to prepare for the Second Coming of Christ. Everyday is a day to rejoice in the Resurrection of Christ and a day to give careful thought to His Crucifixion.

Jesus told the Samaritan woman: "...whoever drinks of the water I will give him will never thirst." (Jn. 4:14). Wise individuals satisfy the thirst of their souls by drinking from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Everlasting life is the goal of serious Christians. Jesus spoke to the Samaritan about everlasting life in the present Gospel lesson. Jesus speaks about everlasting life to each Christian heeding the message of the Gospel.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 4 / May 17, 2009
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman.
Holy Virgin - Martyr Pelagia of Tarsus.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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