St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 605 - August 9 / August 22, 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 9 / August 22, 2010
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 605

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

I Corinthians 12:8

For to one is given is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

Recent Services
August 14
One person came for Matins and First Hour to St. George Church.
Eight people came for Divine Liturgy to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. One communicant.
Two people came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Great Vespers with Litya.
August 15
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy.
Thirty-one people came. Three communicants.
August 16
Matins and First Hour were read. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
August 17
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Akathist to Dormition of the Mother of God
August 18
Matins and First Hour were read. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
August 19
Matins and First Hour were read.
Thirteen people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
August 20
Matins and First Hour were read.
August 21
Matins and First Hour 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 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday,

4:00 PM Ninth Hour and Vespers Thursday and Friday.

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

Akathists and prayers for special needs will be done during the week on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 26 - Apodasis of the Transfiguration
August 28 - Dormition of Mother of God, KSS Federation Slava, Shadeland
August 29 - St. George Kolo Slava, Covered Dish Dinner and Program.
September 4 - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava at Diocesan Center
September 5 - Leave-taking of Feast of Dormition
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 19 - Miracle of Archangel Michael
September 21 - Nativity of the Theotokos
September 27 - Feast of the Elevation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross

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

+His Eminence Metropolitan CHRISTOPHER fell asleep in the Lord this past week. He will be greatly missed. Memory Eternal!

Plan to attend the Kolo Slava next Sunday. Covered dish dinner and program following the Divine Liturgy with Blessing of Kolac and Koljivo.

Mike Vincic is due appreciation along with fellow Lambroasters.

Three people came to Adult Class this past week. Class this week is on Wednesday.

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.

If you have a question about the practices of the Church and want to learn more, ask the priest and come to Adult Class.

If your home has not been blessed and you want it blessed, contact the priest.

If you have not been married in the Church and want your marriage blessed, contact the priest.

Honor your Slava each year.

Bring a friend to church. Come to church during the week as often as possible.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Stavrofor Nedeljko Lunich

As a member of the Clergy Brotherhood His Grace Bishop Christopher, then Proto Velimir Kovacevich, served well in many positions and thus helped to keep this fine clergy organization as an avantgarde of our Holy Orthodox Faith. We pledge our support to His Grace. We hope that he will in his new archpastoral position, continue the work of his worthy predecessors and ever more so enhance the religious cause in the high Episcopal position entrusted to his care. Our thoughts are with you, Your Grace on this very special day in your life

("Clergy Brotherhood Welcomes Bishop Christopher." The Path of Orthodoxy September 1978, p. 8. )

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

To Consider

The Dormition Fast.
The value of honoring the Dormition Fast each day.
The propriety of honoring the Feast of the Dormition.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 9 - Visited patient at hospital in Waynesburg.
August 14 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
August 14 - Visit parishioner in Uniontown.
August 19 - Went to Mon General Hospital in Morgantown while parishioner had surgery.

Psalm 74/75:12

For God is my King from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 21:33-42

Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. Then last of all he sent his son to them saying, 'They will respect my son.' But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance. So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers? They said to Him, 'He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits of their seasons.' Jesus said to them, 'Have you never read in the Scriptures: 'The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.

The Lord Jesus Christ expects believers to faithful throughout their lives. The Lord Jesus Christ expects believers to prepare for His glorious Second Coming. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming." (Mt. 24:42) The current Gospel speaks about the landowner going to a far county. The landowner returned expecting to receive the fruits of his vineyard in due season. Believers are expected to be good stewards of the blessings from God and to develop and use them in ways pleasing to God throughout life. When the Lord Jesus Christ returns, each person will be required to give account of his or her life. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Romans: "Each of us shall give account of himself to God." (Rom. 14:12)

While there is time, while we have faculty of mind and are capable of making decisions, let us earnestly assess our sinfulness and use this time of the Dormition Fast to repent and confess our sins. Holy Confession and Holy Communion unite us with Christ. The unity and joy experienced at Holy Baptism are experienced through Holy Confession and Holy Communion. The road from the baptismal fount to the end of earthly life can be long and fraught with perils. Staying close to Christ through Holy Confession and Holy Communion is essential. The Dormition Fast and each fast period of the Church provide structured opportunities for union with Christ and living in ways pleasing to Him.

The Holy Gospel provides nourishment for believers. The nourishment of the Holy Gospel strengthens the believer for daily life and equips the believer with armor against evil attacks. A life grounded in the Holy Gospel can withstand evil attacks. When a person is grounded in the Holy Gospel, the heart, mind and soul rest with God. There is never any reason to fear. The Holy Scriptures and lives of the saints and martyrs provide example after example of the faithful standing resolute in the face of external threats. The three youths in the fiery furnace were resolute when facing peril (Dan. 3:1-30). The Holy Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen faced stoning but stood resolute in the face of immediate peril (Acts 7:51-60) St. Demetrios put his life in jeopardy when he refused to persecute Christians and confessed he was a Christian. 1

Contemporary Christians make choices each day which either conform to or run contrary to the ways of Christ. Decisions that run contrary to the ways of Christ put the soul in great jeopardy. Contemporary life needs strong leaders willing to live moral and ethical lives. Contemporary society needs leaders willing to establish strong ethics and morals in the workplace and in the community. Children need parents leading moral and ethical lives established in Christ. Wives and husbands need a spouse faithful to them and to Christ. Families are strengthened and fully develop when Christ is the foundation, the center and the goal of family life.

Individuals caught up in the whirlwind of contemporary society can go far a field from the life embraced at Holy Baptism. Before Christ returns and the Second Coming is at hand, it is best to take corrective actions. Repentance is the soundest step for returning to the narrow path of Christ.(Mt. 7:13-14). Repentance is a heeding of the words of Christ when He said: "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."(Mt.4:17) The Holy Apostle Paul made it clear where to look for life's direction. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "Your faith should not be in the wisdom of men by in the power of God." (I Cor. 2:5).

God changes lives. God can change sinners into saints. God can make all things new (2 Cor. 5:17). When we respect, love, honor and glorify God, we prepare ourselves for the Second Coming. When we put aside sinful ways and seek to mature in Christ we take corrective and positive action. In Hebrews we receive encouragement from these words: "Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." (Heb. 12:1)

The current Gospel describes vinedressers who did not honor the landowner and were selfish in their interests. They were willing to commit murder to further their own selfish interests. We commit a form of murder when we destroy our soul through living in ways contrary to God. We commit a form of suicide when we are not faithful to Christ. While there is time, while there is hope, let us cast aside ways of life the put the soul at peril and let us love God and our neighbor with all our heart, mind and strength.

1Bishop Nikolai Velimirovc. The Prologue from Ochrid Vol. IV. Translated by Mother Maria. Lazarica Press, Birmingham, England. 1986, p. 113

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 9 / August 22, 2010
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Apostle Matthias.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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