St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 814 - August 11 / August 24, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 814
August 11 / August 24, 2014
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.

I Thessalonians 1:3
Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

Recent Services
August 16
Fifteen people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia.
Third and Sixth Hours were followed by Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
August 17
Thirty-two people came to St. George Church.
Third and Sixth Hours were followed by Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
August 18
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Vespers was read.
August 19
Nine people came for Divine Liturgy with Blessing of Grapes/New Fruit. Four communicants.
August 20
Six people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont for Vespers
August 21
Five people came for the Akathist to the Lord Jesus Christ.
August 22
One person came for Matins and First Hour.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Times.

Third and Sixth Hour and Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs scheduled on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 28 - Eastern Diocese Kolo Federation Slava, St. George Church, Midland
August 31 - St. George Kolo Slava Celebration. Covered Dish Dinner and Program.
September 5 - Apodasis of the Dormition.
September 5/6 - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year

If you are too busy to pray, you are too busy!

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

Parish Life

Plan to attend, participate and help with the Kolo Slava celebration next Sunday.

Paulette Radock, Subdeacon Anthony Miralles, Mildred Bezjak, Felicia Williamson and Anita Labon came to class on Thursday.

Honor the Dormition Fast until August 28.

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

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

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

If you want your home blessed, ask the priest.

If your marriage was not blessed in the Orthodox Church, talk to the priest.

Become familiar with the daily calendar of the Church.

Honor the feasts and fasts of the Church.

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 healing power of forgiveness.
Saving and improving personal relationships through forgiveness.
Strengthening of families through forgiveness.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 15 - Went to Weston, W.Va.for pastoral reasons and Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
August 16 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
August 19 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. to meet with parishioner.
August 20 - Went to Fairmont for Vespers and class. Six people came..
August 21 - Went to Ruby Memorial Hospital to visit patient in Morgantown, W.Va.

A Thought from Very Rev. Stavrophor Dr. Mateja Matejic

All church services in the Orthodox Church include in their structure hymns and prayers containing theological messages and instructions. By attending church services, the Orthodox faithful are exposed not only to the beauty of the worship, but also to the truths of their faith.

( Orthodoxy: Courage to Be Different - Strength to Remain the Same. Columbus, Ohio, 1994, p. 90 )

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Mt. 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 fellowservants, 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 fellowservant 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 fellowservants 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 fellowservant, 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 every one his brother their trespasses.

Godís mercy and forgiveness exceed human expectations. God welcomes sinners seeking to repent. God welcomes sinners seeking to grow in Christ. God welcomes sinners desiring to put sin behind and replace sin with Christ.

The way to verify the love of God and Godís willingness to accept sinners is to repent and draw close to Christ. Christís love is readily experienced when a person sincerely repents.

Christís love is known through the forgiveness of sins. Beginning anew in Christ is always possible. The desire for Christ must be greater than the desire for sin. The desire for Christ must prevail over the desire for sin.

Prayer draws strength from Christ to combat sin. Prayer is the best defense against sin. Prayer opens the road to the Kingdom of God. Prayer keeps a person on the road to the Kingdom of God.

Prayer establishes the framework for relationships that are Christ-loving. Prayer helps individuals relate to others in ways pleasing to God. Prayer gives believers the wisdom to seek relationships healthy for the soul.

Prayer guides the heart and mind in the forming of relationships. Prayer helps believers live, work and associate with others in ways consistent with Christís teachings.

The Holy Gospel sets forth the words, life and teaching of Christ. Attentive individuals heed Christ as proclaimed in the Holy Gospel. Attentive believers cherish the teachings of Christ and incorporate them in personal life.

Each proclamation of the Holy Gospel is a lesson for life. Life changes for the better when individuals heed the proclamation of the Holy Gospel. Sinful ways are set aside when the words of Christ are utilized in living daily life.

Prayer attracts the interests of others seeking the genuine benefits of prayer. Individuals serious about prayer will reach out to others with similar interests. Great value exists when individuals support each other in serious prayer.

Sickness and personal problems become more manageable when followers of Christ join together in prayer to deal with the problems at hand. Hope increases when prayers of believers are joined together.

Serious believers place great value in prayer. Godís willingness to answer prayer is highly valued among serious believers. Experienced believers recount the established value of prayer in their lives.

Serious believers are confident that prayer makes a difference in human lives. Grateful believers express appreciation for answered prayers. Grateful believers acknowledge the beneficial results of prayer.

The present Gospel shows the value of forgiveness. The present Gospel reveals the connection between Godís forgiveness and the forgiveness humans demonstrate daily in relations with others.

Individuals praying for forgiveness need to demonstrate forgiveness in personal relations. The degree to which a person forgives affects the degree of forgiveness to be received from God.

Jesus said: ďFor if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:Ē (Mt. 6:14) Individuals coming to God seeking forgiveness need to personally assess the degree of forgiveness practiced on a personal basis.

Believers need to be attentive to personal relationships and determine if personal forgiveness is comparable to the forgiveness shown by God. Individuals always benefit from looking to God for lessons to learn throughout life.

The lessons of the Holy Gospel including the present Gospel have meaning for daily life. The Holy Gospel is always directly relevant for personal life.

The life and teachings of Christ are never outdated. The Epistle to the Hebrews states: ď ďJesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.Ē (Heb. 13:8)

The joy found in Christ is continually renewable in prayer. The hope found in Christ is realized through prayer. Dark moments in life fade away as the Resurrection of Christ is held firmly in the heart, the mind and the soul.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 11 / August 24, 2014
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Euplus, Archdeacon and Martyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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