St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 764 - August 26 / September 8, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 764
August 26 / September 8, 2013
Eleventh 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.

Hebrews 11:39-40

And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Recent Services
August 30
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Dormition was read.
Vespers was read.
August 31
Midnight Office was read at St. George Church.
Fourteen people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Two communicants.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
One grave was blessed.
September 1
Matins and First Hour were read. Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy, blessing of Slava Kolac and Koljivo. Thirty-five people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
September 2
Vespers was read.
September 3
Matins was read.
Five people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
September 4
Matins was read.
Six people came for Vespers and class in Fairmont W.Va.
September 5
Matins was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Beheading of St. John the Baptist.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year
September 21 - Feast of Nativity of the Mother of God
September 27 - Exaltation of the Honorable Cross
September 29 - Miracle of Archangel Michael
September 30 - Sts. Faith, Hope and Charity and their Mother Sophia, Martyrs.
October 5 - Memorial Saturday
October 14 - Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thoma
October 27 - Venerable Mother Paraskeva of Serbia, St. Petka

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 all support and participating in the Kolo Slava celebration.

Kolo Slava speakers and readers included: Sonia Janson, Stan Brozik, Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck, Norma Hickman, Christina Sivak, Aaron Carson, Mildred Mickey Bezjak, Maria Djonovich and Milosh Serb Krewasky.

Nick and Lane Gotch from Michigan were here last Sunday for the Kolo Slava.

Dr.Natalie Pavlovich makes the effort to come for parish celebrations.

Pray for the protection of Christians in Egypt and Syria and elsewhere being persecuted.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Cheryl Calvert Fochalis recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Helen Knesovich recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Eva Zorich recently departed this life.

Sonia Janson, Mildred Bezjak, Paulette Radock, John and Felicia Williamson attended Adult Class on Tuesday. Class again this Tuesday. Plan to attend.

Plan to enroll your son or daughter in church school classes beginning September 22.

Remember the workers in the mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, 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 institution staffs.

Make sure you have an icon of your Slava(patronal saint/feast) in your home.

Bring a friend or relative to church when you come.

If you need prayers for particular needs or want your home blessed, ask the priest.

From the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians (II Cor.2:3-4)

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

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

To Consider

The joy of living in Christ.
The forgiveness found in Christ.
The mercy and love of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 30 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
August 31 - Went to Fairmont,W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
August 31 - Attended funeral of +Cheryl Calvert Fochalis in Morgantown, W.Va.
September 4 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and Adult Class.

A Thought from Very Rev. Stavrofor Radovan Milkovich

Is there such a thing as “graduating” from the efforts to meet Jesus, our Savior, who has not just brought a revelation but IS the Divine revelation for all to see? I propose the establishment within each and every parish of some system of adult religious education.

( Sermons and Speeches. Edited by Zivota Stevovich, Raska Skola, Belgrade 1999. )

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 18:23-35

Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay,his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not everyone his brother their trespasses.

Forgiveness is a major theme at the beginning of Great Lent. Forgiveness is a theme needing attention on a daily basis. Believers are reminded of the importance of forgiveness each time the Lord’s Prayer is recited.

The First Epistle of St. John states: “Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.” (I Jn. 3:10). Forgiveness is an expression of love.

Forgiveness is necessary in all aspects of life. Forgiveness is needed in relationships on the job, in the neighborhood and in the community. Forgiveness is needed in parish church relationships.

Husbands and wives need to be forgiving of each other during the course of their marriage. Parents need to be forgiving of their sons and daughters. Daughters and sons need to forgive their parents.

Employers need to forgive their employees. Employees need to be forgiving of employers. Relationships are strengthened when forgiveness is practiced with love and respect among the individuals involved.

St. Stephen was being stoned to death when he uttered these words: about his assailants “Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. (Acts 7:60). St. Stephen found it within himself to seek forgiveness. He demonstrated love for his assailants.

When Jesus was being crucified upon the Cross, He said: “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do”. (Lk. 23:34) The Lord Christ set an authentic and lasting example when He forgave His opponents.

Holy Apostle Paul, then known as Saul, was present at the stoning of St. Stephen. (Acts. 7:58). Saul was a known persecutor of Christians. (Acts 9:1-2) How many at the stoning of Stephen would have predicted the change to come in Saul?

Today the Holy Apostle Paul is known as being among the greatest of Apostles. The Holy Apostle Paul had to be the recipient of forgiveness to reach the level of acceptance in God’s Holy Church as an Apostle.

Christ made the difference in the Holy Apostle Paul’s life. How many lives have been changed for the better through the centuries because sinners were forgiven by God and by family members and friends?

Forgiveness has a healing power. Forgiveness provides for a new beginning in a relationship. When a person receives forgiveness through Holy Confession, a great weight is lifted. The person is empowered by God to begin anew.

When a person forgives another person, both are free to begin the relationship in a new way. The person being forgiven has the opportunity to see the forgiving person in a new light.

Relationships are fractured and possibly destroyed when individuals are unforgiving. Individuals have been known to be unforgiving of God. They live their lives alienated from God.

Sometimes family members are unforgiving of other members of the family and the strain becomes lasting. Prayer to God is a way to put the relationship in perspective.

Prayer to God is the way to ensure everything in difficult relationships is in accord with the ways of God. Coming to Holy Confession is a way to seek forgiveness from God. Confession is a way to begin anew in difficult relationships.

Admitting being wrong, apologizing or other expressions of love and kindness can sometimes help to improve difficult relationships. The Lord Jesus Christ spoke of being forgiving to a great degree.

Jesus told Peter to forgive seventy times seven. (Mt. 18:21-22) Forgiveness needs to come from within the heart and mind. The person doing the forgiving and the person being forgiven need to be free of resentment.

Relationships forged from forgiveness can follow a different path. The Holy Apostle Paul changed his attitude towards Christians. The Holy Apostle Paul came to be fully accepted within the realm of Christianity. Forgiveness was at work.

Family life in homes is strengthened through forgiveness. Parish churches are strengthened when forgiveness is practiced. Believers using Holy Confession appropriately and regularly benefit greatly from God’s forgiveness.

The present Gospel is a reminder that God is a forgiving God and a loving God. God expects believers to practice forgiveness. God expects believers to act in love in their daily relationships. (I Jn. 4:11)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 26 / September 8, 2013
The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.
Sts. Adrian and Natalia, Martyrs.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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