St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 710 - August 13 / August 26, 2012

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 710
August 13 / August 26, 2012
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

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.

I Timothy 3:8-9

Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money, holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience.

Recent Services
August 18
Matins was read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Great Vespers.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
August 19
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Fourteen people attended Divine Liturgy. One communicant. Grapes and fruit were blessed.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
August 20
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God,” She Who Healeth “was read.
Vespers was read.
August 21
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, “She Who Healeth” was read.
Three people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
August 22
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Icon of the Mother, “She Who Healeth” was read.
August 23
Matins was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins, Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Friday, Saturday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy
6:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

Akathist and Prayers for Special Needs Held on Request During the Week

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 26 - Important Parish Executive Board Meeting
August 28 - Feast of Dormition of the Mother of God. Attend the Divine Liturgy.
September 2 - St. George Kolo Slava Celebrated, Covered Dish Dinner and Program.
September 5 - Apodasis of Dormition
September 7 - Vigil at St. Nikodim Chapel Slava, Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
September 8 - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava, Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
September 9 - Synaxis of Serbian Saints
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year
September 21 - Nativity of the Theotokos

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

Congratulations to Andrea Janson, winner in the Fayette County Fair with a prized heifer.

Help and support the Kolo at the forthcoming Slava celebration.

Three people came for Adult Class last week. Class again this week.

“Thank you” to the Kolo for the new doors in the parish house.

Mr. and Mrs George Kresovich from South Carolina visited the parish this past week.

Dr. Brane and Luann Ljubic visited the parish this past week from Texas accompanied by area cousin Lynn. They had their young sons with them.

Honor the Dormition Fast until the Feast of the Dormition on August 28th.

Father Dragoljub Malich is planning a group to the Holy Land in October. See bulletin board for details if you want to go on the trip.

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.

The Serb National Federation is conducting a membership drive. Consider joining.

If you have a question about the Church teachings or practices, ask the priest.

A Thought from Very Reverend Stavrofor Dr. Nedeljko Grgurevich

Since in the holy mystery of Communion the communicant receives the very all-holy Body and most glorious Blood of the Lord Christ, it is absolutely necessary that the communicant prepare for this holy mystery. Preparation is accomplished by fasting and prayer, for fasting and prayer purify the soul from every sin and impurity. Along with this a person must examine himself and cleanse his conscience of sin by repentance.

( The Eucharist as Sacrifice. Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 1993, p 141. )

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

To Consider

The Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.
The enduring value of the Dormition Fast.
The importance of honoring the Dormition Fast.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 18 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
August 20 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.

From the Wisdom of Solomon 15:1

But thou, our God, art kind and true, patient, and ruling all things in mercy.

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 Lord Jesus Christ said with God all things are possible. The things possible with God are those which are pleasing to God. In the current Gospel, Jesus made clear that while it is difficult for the rich to enter the kingdom of heaven, it is still is possible.

Individuals can cling to material or even the immaterial goals as being primary over the ways of God. In current times, we see that entertainers or sports figures can become the gods of certain people.

The accumulation of material goods, personal power or financial wealth has taken on disproportionate significance for some people. Any pleasure, goal or item which takes first place over God in a person’s life needs to be examined carefully and put in proper perspective.

Life comes from God. Eternal life is with God. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (Jn. 14:6)

The contents of the heart, the mind and the soul need on-going examination and careful attention. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” (Mt. 16:26)

When Christ is first and foremost in the heart, the mind and the soul, all else is in proper perspective. When something or someone other than Christ becomes of foremost value in the heart and mind, then life’s orientation is skewed.

Believers do well to keep in mind the words of Christ, : ”Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Mt. 6:21) Keeping Christ first and foremost is a constant struggle throughout life.

During the course of earthly life, believers are faced with a constant succession of choices. Each exercised choice draws a person closer to Christ or creates a distance between the person and Christ.

Some individuals are blinded by the accumulation of material wealth. Some are blinded by certain personal goals having to do with pride, standing in the community or a particular profession.

Daily news accounts often tell of individuals in high places having compromised their moral integrity. Daily news accounts often tell about athletes taking certain illegal drugs to enhance their performance.

Faithfulness to Christ requires the maintaining of integrity in the workplace, the home and the community. Faithfulness to Christ means maintaining integrity in the Christian life, throughout the Christian life.

God gives each person a certain amount of resources. Individuals grateful to God will use the resources wisely and will be grateful to God for having received them. Grateful individuals will give thanks to God.

Greed often rears its head in the present world. Greed runs counter to the Christian principle of charity. Greed runs counter to caring for the needy. Being good stewards of God-given resources is always in order.

The young man in the current Gospel had abided by certain commandments. More was expected of him to experience eternal life. The young man was faced with a life-changing decision. He was asked to give up his material possessions.

The young man was asked to give to the poor and follow Christ. The man was more attached to his material possessions than he was to Christ. The man had come to Christ with the initial question. He received Christ’s answer.

The man had made many good prior decisions. He couldn’t make the final decision necessary to be with Christ. The man was close, but in the end, he was not where he wanted to be.

Being with Christ requires the exercising of trust, the placing of trust in Christ. Faith in Christ is fundamental in decision-making. For the person to make the necessary decisions, belief in Christ must be sufficiently strong.

A person’s personal circumstances can affect the decision-making. Individuals may turn to Christ when feeling there is nowhere else to turn. Individuals may turn to Christ when feeling there is no one else to turn to.

Others may have lived in Christ faithfully and have a history to draw from in making further decisions to follow Christ. The icon of the Ladder of Divine Ascent provides a visible image of some individuals falling aside as they ascend the steps. 1

May the hope established by Christ in the current Gospel be sufficient for current believers to make the necessary decisions to faithfully follow Christ.

1 8th Edition Catalogue and Reference Book. St. Isaac of Syria Skete. Boscobel, Wisconsin, p. 52.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 13 / August 26, 2012
The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Hyppolitus, Martyr. Apodasis of the Transfiguration.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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