St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 800 - May 5 / May 18, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 800
May 5 / May 18, 2014
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.

Recent Services
May 9
One person came for Vespers.
May 10
Matins was read at St. George Church.
Nine people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont,W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
Two people came to St. George Church for Vespers with Litya.
May 11
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-three people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
May 12
Matins was read.
Vespers was read
May 13
Matins was read.
Vespers was read
May 14
Matins was read.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy. Father Fred Phiel was present to concelebrate.
Four people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont for the Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 15
Matins was read.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Resurrection
May 16
Matins was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy

5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Friday

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs scheduled on request.

Important Dates

Today, May 18 - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
May 19 - Translation of the Relics of St. Sava
May 21 - St. John the Apostle, Evangelist and Theologian
May 22 - Translation of the Relics of St. Nicholas
June 1 - Parish Picnic and Outdoor Religious Program

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People

Parish Life

Listen to His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHANís Paschal message on the parish website.

Sandy Rantovich helps the St. George Church when needed.

Paulette Radock and Felicia Williamson came for Adult Class this week. Class again this week.

Rich Porter installed the two new large icons in the choir loft.

Amelia Damiano keeps informed about St. George Church.

Martha Dice stays informed about St. George Church.

Honor Wednesdays and Fridays as fast days.

Come to church for weekday services.

Bring a friend to church.

Attend Adult classes.

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 the families.

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

If you want you want your home blessed, contact the priest.

If you have a question about the services or teachings of the Church ask the priest.

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

To Consider

The feast between Pascha and Pentecost known as Mid-Pentecost
The approach of the Feast of the Ascension
Being mindful daily of the Churchís celebration of feasts.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 10 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
May 14 - Went to hospital in Waynesburg to visit patient, to Morgantown for printing and to Fairmont for Akathist and class. Four people came for the Akathist and class.

A Thought from Very Rev. Dr. Zivojin Jakovljevic

The Turks saw how much Saint Savaís relics meant to the Serbs and out of jealously, decided to burn them in the place called Vracar in Belgrade in 1594. The Turks thought that, by this act, they would break the spirit and faith of the Serbian people. But they did not succeed. Saint Sava continues to be a source of inspiration and strength for the Serbian faithful.

( The Heritage of Saint Sava, Rascian School, Francuska, Belgrade. 2012, p. 10. )

The Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

John 4:5-42

Then cometh He to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with His journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.(For His disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)Then saith the woman of Samaria unto Him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto Him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast Thou that living water? Art Thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman saith unto Him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. The woman saith unto Him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. The woman saith unto Him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when He is come, He will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am He. And upon this came His disciples, and marvelled that He talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? Then they went out of the city, and came unto Him. In the mean while His disciples prayed Him, saying, Master, eat.But He said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought Him ought to eat? Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work. Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours. And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. So when the Samaritans were come unto Him, they besought Him that He would tarry with them: and He abode there two days. And many more believed because of his own word; And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard Him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the source of living water. The living water flows from Christ through the centuries. The living water makes a decided difference in the lives of individuals drawing near in faith.

The current Gospel has lasting importance. The Church reads this Gospel each year in the Sunday sequence following Pascha. Believers are expected to benefit from each reading of this and every Sunday Gospel.

Coming to Church is intended to be an active experience. Individuals coming to church are expected to use their eyes and ears, their hearts and minds to participate in the Divine Liturgy.

The Church teaches through the content of the Divine Liturgy. The Church teaches through the iconography and the censing. The Church teaches through the participation of the clergy and the faithful.

Coming to the Divine Liturgy is a learning experience and a worship experience. Individuals benefit from continued learning about God. Individuals are strengthened during the Divine Liturgy for the on-going struggle against sin.

Individuals seek nourishment from the Holy Gospel and the Precious Body and Blood of Christ during the Divine Liturgy. The Divine Liturgy involves the heartfelt giving thanks to God.

The Divine Liturgy enables unity with Christ physically and spiritually. Believers grow in Christ when turning their hearts and minds to Christ while in the Divine Liturgy.

The Holy Orthodox Church continues through the centuries from the time of the Holy Apostles. The Divine Liturgy is celebrated in the Church through the centuries.

Sacrifices are necessary from each generation. The sacrifices of previous generations of faithful believers deserve being remembered and honored. Love for God and Godís Holy Church is expressed through sacrifice.

Believers benefit from being attentive to the work of God through the centuries. Godís Holy Church serves as the haven and the hospital for sinners seeking salvation of the soul.

Every person is a sinner and has the potential to benefit from Godís Holy Church. The present Gospel sets forth the promise of eternal life. Christ speaks clearly about eternal life in the present Gospel.

The life and words of Christ deserve constant consideration in the hearts and minds of believers. Many changes have occurred in society. It is helpful to keep in mind : ď Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.Ē (Heb. 13:8)

Christ is the source for eternal life. Christ is the source for new life.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 5 / May 18, 2014
The Sunday of the Samaritan Woman.
St. Irene the Greatmartyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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