St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 659 - August 22 / September 4, 2011

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

Phone 724-966-7428
Phone/Fax 724-966-7780
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944

No. 659
August 22 / September 4, 2011
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

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

I Corinthians 16:13-14

Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

Recent Services
August 28
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy with Blessing of Slava Kolach and Koljivo. Five communicants.
August 29
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Theotokos, She Who Healeth was read.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
Ten people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
August 30
Matins and First Hour were read.
Four people came for the Akathist of the Dormition of the Mother of God.
August 31
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Theotokos, She Who Healeth was read.

Services This Coming Week. 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.

6:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs scheduled on request during the week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 13 - Holy New Martyrs of Jasenovac
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year
September 18 - Synaxis of Serbian Saints
September 21 - Nativity of the Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary
September 19 - Miracle of Holy Archangel Michael
September 27 - The Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross
September 30 - Holy Martyrs Faith, Hope and Love with their Mother Sophia.
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God

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

Thank you to everyone participating in the Kolo Slava dinner and program.

Five people came for Adult Class on Tuesday. Class again this Tuesday.

Joe Katusa sang for the glory of God for many years with the St. George Choir.

This Labor Day let us appreciate the men and women working hard to build this country and keep it productive.

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 regularly for Holy Confession and Communion.

Honor the fast days of the Church.

Read your Bible regularly.

Pray consistently each day.

Honor your Slava each year.

If you have questions about the Church, attend Adult Class.

Listen to the parish radio broadcast on the Uniontown station or the internet.

View videos of the parish on You Tube.

A Thought from Archimandrite Thomas Kazich

In the home, respect of the highest degree for religious education must be shown by the parents. The school is not a baby-sitting service. The home has its response to make to the school. The seeds that are planted in the classroom are for parents to nurture in the home.

( 2010 Calendar of the Clergy Brotherhood of the Serbian Orthodox Church of North and South America )

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

To Consider

The daily Scripture readings of the Church.
The nourishment provided by reading the Scriptures.
Meeting the hunger of the soul each day.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 29 - Went to Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for Ninth Hour and Vespers. Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
August 30 - Visited parishioner in Uniontown, Pa.

Psalm 137/138:3

On the day I called Thou didst answer me, my strength of soul Thou didst increase.

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.”

The reading of the Holy Gospel at each Divine Liturgy turns thoughts to personal expectations. Individuals come to church with different expectations, various interests and personal concerns. The Gospel speaks to each person in an individual way while at the same time having a universal message for all believers.

The current Gospel reading focuses on personal wealth and the goal of eternal life. Adhering to the commandments of God is a fundamental expectation. The young man in the current Gospel was probing Jesus. Jesus had the man examine himself and his primary motivation. The man was attached to his wealth to the degree he could not move forward and follow Christ.

Honestly earned personal wealth can be a blessing to many. How the personal wealth is used reveals the person’s relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. The man in the current Gospel was asked to sell what he had and give the proceeds to the poor. Following Christ was the next step the man was to take. The man felt Jesus was asking too much of him.

Jesus suffered and voluntarily went to the Cross until death. Martyrs through the centuries have been faithful to Christ. Reading the lives of the saints reveals that saints have suffered extensively often to their death.

Each person needs to determine if Christ is held first in the heart, the mind and the soul. When Christ is primary in life, material possessions and material wealth are put in perspective. When Christ is primary in life, all talents and resources are utilized to advance the person’s growth in Christ.

Followers of Christ will manage their wealth and possessions in ways that are pleasing to God. The Gospel of St. Luke has a wonderful parable about the handling of wealth and the making of investments. Wise use is to be made of gifts and resources from God (Lk. 19:11-26). The degree of purity of heart and mind affects the way a person looks at wealth as a blessing from God. Talents and wealth from God require conscientious use.

Parishes must take care when establishing goals. The goals of every parish should be consistent with the prayers of consecration. Faithfulness to the advancement of the Gospel of Christ and to the prayers of consecration is expected until the Second Coming of Christ. Parishes are not to become businesses. Fundraising efforts are not to replace, compromise or overshadow efforts to advance the Gospel and the communal life in Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ taught: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…” (Mt. 6:33) The Lord Jesus Christ needs to be primary in each life. Individuals united with Christ will face each day strengthened in Christ. Problems become more manageable when the individuals turn to Christ in prayer. Rays of hope shine through times of darkness when Christ is in the heart and mind.

Believers need to focus on their own standing with Christ and not look with judgment on others. Each person will stand before Christ as an individual. Each person does well to reflect on the current Gospel and assess personal goals and interests.

Each person benefits from being nourished by the Holy Gospel. The Lord Jesus Christ has something beneficial to say to each attentive listener. Open hearts and minds improve with the reception of the Holy Gospel.

Each person needs to determine if daily goals, interests and efforts are directed toward pursuing material wealth or pursing the kingdom of God. The Lord Jesus Christ made it clear if the kingdom of God and His righteousness are the primary goals, material needs will be met. (Mt. 6:33)

Lasting joy is found in the Lord Jesus Christ. Lasting joy is found in authentic prayer. Lasting joy is found in partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Mt. 6:20)

A person will not take material possessions with him when departing this life. The person’s relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ will determine where the person will experience eternity. The decisions made each day in the way a person relates to material wealth, to God and to neighbor becomes the evidence to be considered at the Final Judgment by the returning Christ.

Hearing the Gospel and heeding the Gospel leads to eternal life. Ultimately, every serious believer wants to hear the words: “Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…” (Mt. 25:34)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 22 / September 4, 2011
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Agathonicus

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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