St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 695 - April 30 / May 13, 2012

The Orthodox Faith
Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320

No. 695
April 30 / May 13, 2012
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Parish Priest - Father Rodney Torbic

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

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
May 4
Matins and First Hour were read
May 5
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Eight people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read at St. George Church.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
May 6
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Slava Kolach and Koljivo and Procession. Fifty-four people came for the Divine Liturgy. Protopresbyter Lt. Col. Adam Yonitch came to serve. Two communicants.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
May 7
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
May 8
The full Gospel of St. Mark was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
May 9
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third Hour was read.
Ten people came for Divine Liturgy.
Three communicants. Father Fred Pfeil and Father Joseph Distefano came to serve.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

4:00 PM Vespers on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

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

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, May 13 - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
May 19 - Transfer of the Relics of St. Sava
May 20 - Hundredth Anniversary of Holy Ascension of Serbian Orthodox Church, Youngwood.
May 22 - Transfer of the Relics of St. Nicholas
May 27 - Sunday of the Holy Fathers
June 2 - Memorial Saturday
June 3 - Feast of Pentecost
June 4 - Pentecost Monday. St. John Vladimir of Serbia

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People and All Suffering People Everywhere

Parish Life

Thank you to all celebrating the parish Slava. Thank you to all helping.

Attendees at the Slava Divine Liturgy came from parishes in Aliquippa, Monroeville, Youngwood and Fairmont, West Virginia.

Thank you to all coming for the Divine Liturgy on Wednesday. Thank you to all helping.

Attendees at the Wednesday Divine Liturgy came from the Antiochian Orthodox parishes in Monessen and Brownsville, the Greek Orthodox parish in Monessen and the OCA parish in Monessen.

Among those mindful of the St. George Church while living far distant are: Dr. Dan Pyevich, Paul and Diane Markovina, Merrie Ann Hesselroth, Jim and Martha Dice, Lana Balach, Dr. Andre Popa, Ray and Suzana Sanchez, Dr. Rade Dmitiric and Dorothy Blazovich.

Congratulations to Dr. R. J. Porter for being honored at the University of Utah for his teaching.

Congratulations to Joseph Hunchuck for graduating from Law School in Florida.

The Parish Picnic and Outdoor Religious Program originally scheduled for June 3 is being rescheduled to a later date to be announced.

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs.

Continue to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection each day.

Dr. Natalie Pavolovich continues to introduce new people to the St. George Church.

Come to Adult Class on Tuesday evening and bring a friend.

Robert Marshall is an example of the harmony of scientific work and the Christian life.

Andy Muha continues to share his choral gifts from God with others.

Local cub scouts put flags on the graves of veterans in the parish cemetery this week.

Many men came to Divine Liturgy for the parish Slava…the most men in many years.

A Thought from the Apostle Paul

Acts 17:2-3 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and for three weeks he argued with them from the scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.”

To Consider

The change in believers due to Pascha
The approach of the Feast of Pentecost
Continuous renewal in Christ

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 4 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa. Went to Monastery Marcha in Richfield, Ohio.
May 5 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy and Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
May 7 - Went Uniontown Hospital and Mt.St. Macrina Manor in Uniontown. Went to Rolling Meadows Care Home in Waynesburg.

Proverbs 26:20

Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.

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 told the Samaritan woman that whoever drinks the water given by Christ will never thirst. (Jn .4:14) Each person needs nourishment for the soul. Christ provides the authentic and lasting nourishment.

Discernment in life is necessary not to waste or lose the valuable time of life given by God. Discernment is necessary to get the greatest value out of each day of life given by God.

In the Divine Liturgy, the priest says this prayer: “Grant also to those who pray with us, O God, growth in life and faith and spiritual understanding.” 1 Believers are not to become stagnant after the joy of Holy Baptism.

Believers are expected to grow in Christ throughout life. Consistent effort is necessary if growth is to occur. The Samaritan woman at the well listened carefully to Christ and she convinced others about Christ.

The Samaritan woman telling others about her experience with Jesus resulted in an increase of believers. Personal experience of hearing Jesus verified He was the Savior of the world. (Jn. 4:42)

Jesus is heard today by individuals willing to listen carefully. The Holy Gospel proclaims the words of Jesus. Jesus is heard when believers contemplate in silence. Jesus is heard when believers pray with sincerity.

Jesus’ presence is verified in daily life. The attentive observer notices occurrences attributable to Christ. Answers to prayer verify the presence and work of Christ in daily life.

The Samaritan woman’s experience with Jesus was a lasting experience. Her experience continues to be valuable lesson throughout the world and throughout the centuries.

Serious believers today experience Christ in their daily lives and praise Him. Serious believers today cling to Christ in faith and never want to be without Him. Saints and martyrs are examples demonstrating complete faith in Christ.

Change for the better in personal life comes through fervent faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Gospel read at each Divine Liturgy intends nourishment for the soul and growth in Christ.

Change for the better in personal life comes through growth in Christ. The prayers at the Divine Liturgy hasten personal growth for believers willing to change. Resistance to faith and the life in Christ impedes change.

The account of Jesus with the Samaritan woman at the well proves unexpected daily occurrences bring about lasting changes in life when Christ is the center of the experience.

1 The Divine Liturgy According to St. John Chrysostom Edited by Rev. Fr. Protonamesnik Svetozar Veselinovich, Masontown, Pennsylvania, 1994. P. 74.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 30 / May 13, 2012
St. George Day.
The Sunday of the Paralytic.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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