St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 589 - April 19 / May 2, 2010

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
April 19 / May 2, 2010
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
No. 589

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
April 18
Twenty-seven people attended the Divine Liturgy.
April 19
One person to read the Akathist to Jesus Christ, Akathist to the Mother of God, and Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, Three Hands.
One person came to read the Akathist to the Resurrection.
April 20
Matins and First Hour were read.
April 25
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by the Divine Liturgy. Very Reverend Lt. Col. Adam Yonitch was the visiting priest. Twenty people attended. Two communicants.
April 30
Matins and First Hour were read. Vespers was read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

6:30 PM Akathist to the Resurrection followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy, St.George Day.

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy with Procession and Blessing of Kolach and Koljivo

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

May 3 - Transfer of Relics of St. Nikolaj of Serbia. Venerable Joasaph of Serbia.
May 5 - St. Platon of Banjaluka. Apodasis of Mid-Pentecost.
May 6 - St. George Day, Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
May 7 - St. Sava of Erdelj; St. Branko, Hieromartyr.
May 8 - Saturday Parish Slava Celebration, Slava Dinner. Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM., St. Mark the Evangelist.
May 9 - Sixth Sunday of Pascha, Sunday of the Blind Man.
May 10 - Burning of Relics of St. Sava
May 12 - St. Basil of Ostrog
May 13 - Feast of Ascension
May 19 - Transfer of Relics of St. Sava.
May 21 - Apodasis of Feast of Ascension
May 22 - Transfer of Relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
May 23 - Feast of Pentecost

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People Everywhere

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to Melva Hunchuck and members of her family. Melva's sister +Millie departed this life recently.

Sympathy extended to Paulette Radock and Sophie Cutter, their brother +Stephen departed this life recently.

Sympathy extended to the family of Dennis Hickman. Dennis' brother +Robert departed this life recently.

Sympathy extended to Niko and Rose Ilich. Rose's aunt Katie departed this life recently.

Thank you V.Rev. Col. Adam Yonitch for serving the Divine Liturgy last Sunday.

Thank you to all parishioners making a serious effort to attend church services regularly.

Thank you to Andrea Janson for directing the choir when needed.

Thank you to all St. George Choir members for being faithful in singing responses.

Two miners deaths recently in Kentucky further underscore present dangers of the work

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.

Make your reservations for the Parish Slava today. Bring your friends and relatives.

A public meeting will be held May 6 at 5:00 PM at the American Legion in Masontown regarding the construction of the new bridge which will affect church property.

A Thought from Very Reverend Bozidar Dragicevic

...Nicholai appeared as the greatest Orthodox scholar the Serbian church ever had in its history; the true expression of pure Orthodoxy Faith; a fervent champion of Orthodox spirituality. God-man Jesus is the only road leading to All-man. The pure image of Jesus is preserved in the Orthodox Church. For Nicholai, she is a spotless Bride to the Groom Jesus."

"Bishop Nicholai Velimirovich A Giant of Serbian Spirituality". (1974 Calendar of the Clergy Brotherhood of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States of America and Canada. )

To Consider

The wisdom to be gained by turning attention to Jesus.
The peace to be gained by turning to Jesus.
The love experienced when turning to Jesus.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 22 - Attend Vespers at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, State College, Pa.
April 23 - Attended Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, State College, Pa.
April 24 - Attended Vespers at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, State College, Pa.
April 25 - Attended Matins and Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, State College, Pa.
April 28 - Attended Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, State College, Pa.

From Psalm 55/56:13

For You have delivered my soul from death. Have You not kept my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

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 Lord Jesus Christ provides continuous and lasting nourishment for the heart, mind and soul. Believers need not look anywhere else to fine wholeness, health and salvation.

Jesus made it clear to the Samaritan woman saying: "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." (Jn. 4:14)

Under different circumstances at a different time, the Holy Apostle Peter underscored the importance of remaining faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ under all circumstances.

The Holy Apostle Peter said to Jesus: "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." (Jn. 6:68) Individuals need to determine where they will seek wisdom and nourishment for the heart, mind and soul.

Individuals need to determine to whom they will turn for discerning the meaning of life and the best way to live each moment of life. Individuals need to determine where they can find peace of mind, a joyful heart and salvation of the soul.

Believers faithful to Christ know that the cross has a place in daily life (Mt. 16:14) At the same time believers have well-established reasons to maintain full confidence in Christ. (Heb. 11:1-12:2)

Individuals determine the quality of their life in Christ by the decisions they make. Individuals faithful to Christ will draw nourishment from Christ on a daily basis. They will never hunger and thirst because Jesus will provide for their souls.

Skeptics will not make the necessary investment in the life in Christ. Individuals with wavering thoughts and lacking in firm commitment will not enjoy the fruits of fullness of faith.

The Samaritans encountering Jesus were convinced about His authenticity. The Samaritans meeting Jesus came to confess that He was " the Christ the Savior of the world." (Jn. 4:42)

The Church is in the Paschal period and Jesus' Resurrection is very much celebrated throughout the world on a daily basis. The lives of serious believers reflect the Resurrection of Christ as they go about each day.

The joy of the Resurrection resounds in the hearts of serious believers and is the triumphant message dispelling any thoughts of depression or despair. The message: "Christ is Risen!" is the all-conquering message for believers.

Jesus took time to talk to the Samaritan woman. He took time to teach in a way that was beneficial to the woman and to other Samaritans as well. People everywhere are still learning about Jesus and the woman at the well.

Contemporary believers need to structure their daily lives in ways that provide for continuous focus on the Lord Jesus Christ. Temptations need to be dispelled and distractions need to be repelled. Christ needs to be first always.

Let us always take time each day to turn to the Lord Jesus Christ for nourishment of the mind, heart and soul...drinking the water leading to everlasting life. (Jn. 4:14)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 19 / May 2, 2010
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman.
St. John of Ancient Caves.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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