St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 554 - August 17 / August 30, 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
August 17 / August 30, 2009
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 554

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

I Corinthians 12:8-10

To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

Recent Services
August 22
Five people came for Matins and First Hour.
August 23
Thirty one people came for Divine Liturgy. Twelve communicants.
August 24
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Third and Sixth Hours were read before Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
Ten people came for Divine Liturgy in Fairmont. One communicant.
Ninth Hour and Vespers read at St.George Church.
August 25
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour read at. St.George Church.
Two inmates were present for the reading of the Akathist to Jesus Christ and
Akathist to the Mother of God at Federal Correctional Institute at Morgantown, W.Va.
Two people were present at St. George Church for Vespers.
August 26
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read. Vespers was read.
August 27
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read. Vespers was read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy, blessing of Kolach and Koljivo.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday.

6:30 PM followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 30 - St. George Kolo Slava celebrated. Coved dish dinner.
September 4/5 - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist-Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year
September 19 - Miracle of Archangel Michael

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Serbian People Who Are Suffering and All Suffering People.

Parish Life

Thank you to all Kolo members for helping the church throughout the year.

Thank you to all parishioners supporting the Kolo today and throughout the year.

If you are not a member of the Kolo, ask to join.

Plan to attend the Diocese Slava on September 4th and 5th.

Eric Rose is serving full time in the Air National Guard.

The St. George Church has a significantly high number of veterans and individuals serving in the military.

It is good to have Protinica Mirjana, Savo and Marta Majstorovic at the church services.

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.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Holy Communion on a regular basis.

Invite a friend or relative to attend church with you.

If you have a question about the services or the Church, ask Father Rodney.

Have faith in God everyday of your life.

Pray to God everyday of your life with great seriousness.

Two people came for Adult Class on Tuesday to see the video on The Akathist to the Mother of God and to discuss a lesson on humility. Class again this Tuesday.

The Troparion for the Dormition of the Mother of God

In thy nativity thou didst preserve thy virginity, and in thy dormition thou didst not abandon the world, O Theotokos. Thou passest over unto life, in that thou art the Mother of Life; and by they supplications thou dost deliver our souls from death.

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

To Consider

The Dormition of the Mother of God.
The Mother of God at the Cross of Christ.
The visit to the Mother of God by the Angel Gabriel.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 23 - Served at Nativity of Mother of God Orthodox Church, Masontown for Father Dimitre.
August 24 - Went to look at possible church for purchase in Fairmont, W.Va.
August 25 - Held class and services at FCI-Morgantown.
August 27 - Attended Social Work Management Institute in Morgantown, West Virginia attending classes on mental health, work place safety and fundraising.

From Psalm 22:22

I will tell of Thy name to my brethren; in the midst of the congregation I will praise Thee.

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Matthew 19:16-26

Now behold, one came and said to Him, "Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life? So He said to him, "Why do you call Me good?" No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments." He said to Him, "Which ones?" Jesus said, "You shall not murder" "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not steal," "You shall not bear false witness," "Honor your father and your mother," and "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." The young man said to Him, "All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?" Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Then Jesus said to His disciples, "Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying "Who then can be saved?" But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

Sacrifice is involved in following the Lord Jesus Christ. Believers are always asked to give up that which prevents them from being fully united with Christ. Being a Christian is the most serious commitment an individual makes.

Being a Christian affects all aspects of life when taken seriously. When Christ is first and foremost in life, all relationships, all work and social activities, all pursuits of life are affected.

When Christ is first and foremost in the heart and mind, the believer will measure and weigh all decisions, desiring that the decisions be in conformity with the way of Christ.

Material possessions and personal interests can get in the way of the Christian life if they are not used or undertaken in ways compatible with the way of Christ. The Christian is to give his or her full life to Christ.

When Christ is the Guide and Goal of life, all of life's interests and undertaking are in the proper perspective. Growth in Christ is a life-long expectation. As the person matures in Christ, decisions should improve and mature.

The present Gospel is read each year in God's Holy Church. The Church wants believers to regularly carefully examine personal relations with family members, with friends, with neighbors, with individuals met in daily life.

The Church wants believers to evaluate their commitment to material possessions and determine if Christ is most important in their lives. The Church wants believers to regularly determine if they are serious about eternal life.

Contemporary society makes it easy for believers to become lukewarm and comfortable in faith. Contemporary society has many different diversions, attractions and temptations that can erode a believer's faith.

Vigilance is necessary throughout life. The heart and mind of the believer must always be guarded to protect against insidious thoughts and ideas. The believer must always combat temptations and attractions that will destroy the soul.

Love of God is cultivated as a believer matures in faith and witnesses the goodness of God. The goodness of God is manifested in many different ways. The believer needs only to look carefully with eyes of faith.

Material wealth or other forms of earthly wealth can be barriers to the full life in Christ. If Christ is not the first and complete love of the believer, a person's life will reflect this lesser standing of Christ in personal decision making.

Believers putting material goods or personal interests above their commitment to Christ will make decisions to protect their earthly goods and personal interests and give less time and commitment to Christ.

When a person is baptized and Christmated. The whole person is dedicated to God. The commitment to Christ is expected to be a complete and lasting commitment throughout life.

Though a person may weaken in commitment from time to time, Holy Confession and Holy Communion provide opportunities for reunification with Christ and strengthening by Christ.

The joy of the life in Christ is a life-long joy for believers remaining faithful to Christ. The joy of the life in Christ is renewed with forgiveness by Christ and with the partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

Believers never know when Christ will return for judgment. Believers never know the moment they will take their last breath. Being fully prepared each day is the wisest course of action. Prayer and repentance are courses of preparation.

Forgiving others and loving the people we meet in daily life are ways to prepare for the Second Coming of Christ. Keeping our goals consistent with the teachings of Christ is the way to prepare for Christ's Second Coming.

The decisions to be made each day can be difficult. Christ helps believers to make the best decisions when they turn to Him in faith. Prayer and fasting enable a believer to be more attentive to Christ.

Taking time to listen carefully is a wise course of action. God's directions can be perceived if we open our hearts and minds. Jesus told the man what to do who came to him in the present Gospel.

The man in the present Gospel and every person in each generation have a choice as to whether to listen to Jesus. Wise individuals heed the words of Christ. Wise individuals always turn to the words of Christ for direction and nourishment.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 17 / August 30, 2009
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.
Hieromartyr Myron.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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