St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 604 - August 2 / August 15, 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
August 2 / August 15, 2010
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 604

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

Romans 12:3

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

Recent Services
August 5
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
August 6
One person came to St. George Church for Matins and First Hour.
Funeral service for Mildred "Mickey" Kosanovich was held at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh with burial at St. Sava Cemetery, Castle Shannon, Pa.
Four people came to St. George Church for Akathist to Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow.
August 7
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
August 9
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Ten people came for Divine Liturgy and Parastos.
August 10
Two people came for Matins and First Hour.
Slava Kolac' for Parish Nurse's Office was blessed during seminar lunch.
Five people came for Akathist of Thanks.
August 11
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Fifteen people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Parastos.
August 12
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Akathist to Mother of God, Nurturer of Children.
August 13
Matins and First Hour read. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

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

6:30 PM Akathist to Dormition of Mother of God followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Feast of Transfiguration. Blessing of Fruit.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration-Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
August 26 - Apodasis of the Transfiguration
August 28 - Dormition of Mother of God-KSS Federation Slava
August 29 - St. George Kolo Slav, Covered Dish Dinner and Program.
September 4 - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava at Diocesan Center
September 5 - Leave-taking of Feast of Dormition

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

Thanks to Stan Brozik and Milosh "Serb" Krewasky for going to Shadeland for Diocesan Day. Thanks to Sonia Janson and Melva Hunchuck for supporting Diocesan Day.

Thank you to Healthcare Seminar speakers-Linda Chambers, Matushka Katya Stoychev and Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck (also organizer) and to all supporters of the seminar. Thank you to the Kolo for preparing the food for the seminar. At least sixteen people attended the intensive seminar: "Examining Pain from Various Perspectives.".

Seminar Greetings came from Nurse Manager Scott Newton of John Hopkins Hospital.

U.S. Air Force Officer Amber Savage came for the Divine Liturgy on August 9, 2010.

Tribute is due Milosh "Serb" Krewasky and his Lambroasters for their faithful service: Mike Evosevich, Rick Hribal, Barrett Lewis, Mike Madish, John Ozohoniok, Lloyd Richards, Paul Teagarden, Tiggie Teagarden, Phil Titus, and Jim Ziemba.

George Rantovich is due recognition for his cumulative athletic achievements.

Andrea Janson continues to be a prize winner at the Fayette County Fair.

Christina Sivak is progressing toward becoming a Nurse Anesthetist.

Rich and Linda Porter are conscientious in serving as tutors.

Come to Adult Class this Tuesday at 7:00 PM.

Honor the Dormition Fast until the Feast on August 28, 2010.

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.

Congratulations to the newly ordained Presbyter, Father Dragoslav Kosic.

A Thought from Proto Stavrofor Dr. Mateja Matejic

Those fortunate individuals who receive and answer the call of the Lord and become His priests find themselves in the illustrious company of not only apostles, but of their successors, bishops, priests and deacons, many of whom become saints by serving the Lord and His Church. Those who answer the call to the priesthood maintain the apostolic succession of Christian priesthood which is unbroken for almost two thousand years.

(On the Illustriousness of the Priesthood, The Path of Orthodoxy September-October 1988, p. 4. )

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

To Consider

The consecration of a church.
The efforts necessary to build a church.
The efforts necessary to maintain a church.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 6 -Went to Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh for funeral.
August 6 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
August 7-8 - Went to Diocesan Center, then Shadeland for Diocesan Day.
August 11 - Went to Pittsburgh airport.

Psalm 73/74:10

O God, how long will the adversary reproach? Will the enemy blaspheme Your name forever?

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."

Eternal life is the goal of every baptized Christian. From the time of Holy Baptism until departure from this life, every believer is expected to seek first the Kingdom of God (Mt. 6:33) Every thought, every action, every intention should be measured by and fashioned in accord with the goal of the Kingdom and eternal life. Believers exit the baptismal fount with good intentions and with the goal of eternal life being of primary interest. Between the period of exiting the baptismal fount and departure from this life, if there is a significant period of time involved, believers will sin intentionally or unintentionally. Repentance, Holy Confession and Holy Communion are desirable and necessary to redirect efforts to the Kingdom of God and eternal life.

The Holy Gospel serves as a standard to measure progress and assess direction for each believer's life. The Holy Gospel is a source of instruction and nourishment to enable believers to continue on the journey toward the Kingdom of God. Believers are expected to grow in Christ as they mature in chronological age. Believers are expected to increase their understanding of the Christian life and the expectations and responsibilities that come with being a Christian. Certainly a child-like faith is important. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it." (Mk. 10:15) At the same time, the Holy Apostle writing to the Corinthians indicated Christian growth was expected. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things." (I Cor. 13:11)

When we are young the accumulation of material wealth and possessions may be of primary interest. The present Gospel speaks about the great attachment the rich man had to his possessions. His attachment to material possessions was of greater interest than eternal life. (Mt. 19:16-22) We have to wonder about the application of this Gospel message to some of the employers in the present society. Daily we hear of executives in bankrupting corporations making salaries in the multiple millions. Their actions have harmed others making much less. The current Gospel speaks about loving the neighbor as thyself. (Mt. 19:19). An observant traveler will notice great disparities in living conditions in a given community. Multi-roomed mansions will be in one location and poverty-ridden dwellings in another area. The salary and benefits ratio between the top executive and the lowest employee in a corporation may exceed the imagination in disparity.

Poor Lazarus lay at the rich man's gate, but the rich man paid no heed to Lazarus while he was alive. It was only after Lazarus and the rich man departed this life that the rich man realized the error of his ways. (Lk.16:20-31) This is not to say that having wealth is bad. The Gospel makes judgments regarding the use of wealth. Good stewards make good use of their talents. Good Christians will treat their employees with fairness and will create and maintain an atmosphere of mutual interest, concern and respect. At the time of the Second Coming, each person will stand for judgment. The Lord Jesus Christ set the criteria for judgment when He said: ""In as much as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to Me." (Mt. 25:40).

Wealth does not only consist of material possessions. Some people have much time on their hands but they use it only for their personal interests. They have no time to give to their church or to their neighbors who may be suffering. They have time for frivolous personal pursuits but no time for prayer and attendance at Divine services that benefit the parish, the sick and the suffering.

Time given to television or idle talk or even computers can amount to hours and hours. Time given to the worship of God may be minimal. Why are churches empty during the week? Why is worship limited to a little over an hour on Sundays? The Church has rich services that lead to the Kingdom of God and are available every day? Why is the time for personal prayer so brief and time for non-essentials so great? Why is the Bible rarely read or infrequently read?

Why are only a very small number of people in church for major feasts that occur on weekdays? Each person must answer for him or herself regarding the use of personal time and resources. This is the time of the Dormition Fast. It is a good time for personal assessment and a good time to determine if the Kingdom of God and eternal life are primary goals.

If we are content with our lives and our lives are lived in full accord with the Gospel we are blessed. More likely the situation is that each of us can benefit from repentance and the redirection of our lives with greater resoluteness toward the Kingdom of God. We are all sinners. It is time to repent, seek forgiveness and the Kingdom of God with all of our hearts, minds and strength.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 2 / August 15, 2010
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.
Translation of the Relics of St. Stephen, Archdeacon and Protomartyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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