St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 815 - August 18 / August 31, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 815
August 18 / August 31, 2014
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.

Galatians 2:20
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me (KJV)

Recent Services
August 24
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-nine people attended. Four communicants.
August 26
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
August 27
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
August 28
Matins was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Times.

Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy with blessing of Slava Kolac’ and Koljivo

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

4:00 PM on Tuesday.

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class


Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - August 31 - St. George Kolo Slava Celebration. Covered Dish Dinner and Program.
September 5 - Apodasis of the Dormition.
September 5 - Vespers for St. Nikodim Chapel Slava, Diocesan Center, Mars,Pa.
September 6 - 10:00 AM St. Nikodim Chapel Chapel Slava in Mars, Pa.
September 7 - First Day of Church School Classes here for children/youth.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year
September 15 - All Serbian Saints
September 16 - St. Joanike, First Serbian Patriarch
September 19 - Miracle of St. Archangel Michael

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

Attend, participate and help with the Kolo Slava celebration today.

Sonia Janson and Mildred Bezjak attended the Kolo Federation Slava at St. George Serbian Orthodox in Midland, Pennsylvania and later visited with a parishioner Mildred Belch.

John Thompson of Orthodox Christian Fellowship arranged for an Orthodox table at the Church Fair at Waynesburg University on August 28. Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke and Dr. Richard Romanos Pierce also participated.

St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Canonsburg, St. Mary Carpatho Russian Orthodox Church in Morgantown and our St. George Serbian Orthodox Church were represented at Waynesburg University Church Fair.

Nativity of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church in Masontown will be celebrating the Hundredth Anniversary on September 7, 2014.

Church school classes will begin next Sunday, September 7. Bring your children and grandchildren. Invite your friends to bring their children.

Plan to attend the Diocesan Chapel Slava next Saturday.

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.

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 degree of daily personal commitment to the life in Christ.
The degree of personal focus on the Kingdom of God.
The degree of personal interest in the salvation of the soul.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 23 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
August 25 - Went to Diocesan Center and to Cleveland.
August 26 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
August 27 - Went to Fairmont, W. Virginia to attend burial of +John Lasobek.
August 27 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
August 28 - Went to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Midland for KSS Federation Slava and to Friendship Ridge in Beaver.

Kontakion for the Dormition of the Theotokos

Neither the tomb, nor death, could hold the Theotokos, who is constant in prayer and our firm hope in her intercessions. For being the Mother of Life, she was translated to life by the One who dwelt in her virginal womb!

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 19:16-26

And, behold, one came and said unto Him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And He said unto him, Why callest thou Me good? there is none good but One, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto Him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man saith unto Him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow Me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

The Holy Gospel provides daily lessons for personal life. Each reading of the Holy Gospel is a source of nourishment. Believers consistently heeding the Holy Gospel benefit immeasurably.

The current Gospel focuses attention on primary personal interests. Believers do well by regularly assessing the direction and goals of their personal lives. Believers help themselves by regularly examining their personal values.

The young man in the current Gospel placed greater value in his material possessions than he placed in his relationship with God. The man’s attachment to his materials goods was the barrier to the young man achieving perfection.

How many individuals fail to experience the Kingdom of God due to misplaced priorities in life? How many individuals devote themselves to professions and activities that take them far from the Kingdom of God?

How often do greed and lack of faith derail a person from the path to the Kingdom of God? How often do we hear of individuals focusing on accumulating personal goods to the neglect of their loved ones?

The young man in the present Gospel lived well to a certain point. He was unwilling and unable to bring himself to progress to the point of perfection. The Lord Jesus Christ informed the young man of the steps necessary for perfection.

The Lord Jesus Christ perceived in the young man the possibility of perfection. The Lord Jesus Christ put the choice before the young man as to the steps necessary.

Christ informs each person of the steps necessary for perfection. Each person voluntarily decides whether to heed the words of Christ. Each person decides individually whether to act consistently on the words of Christ.

Following Christ involves an endless series of voluntary decisions. Following Christ involves choosing first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness throughout the remaining time of life.

Following Christ means saying “no” to sin and sinful thoughts. Following Christ means cherishing and loving Christ and the way of Christ more than anything else.

The whole person is baptized into Christ. Being baptized is a voluntary decision. All of life after baptism is to be lived in accord with the teachings and way of Christ.

The present Gospel serves as a basis for careful self-examination. The present Gospel is a basis for determining whether our relationship with God is of primary value in life.

The Lord Jesus Christ said “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.” (Mt. 6:33) Each person benefits by asking during the course of each day: “Is the Kingdom of God the primary goal in life?”

Each person improves his or her life by rejecting and withdrawing from activities that lead to other the Kingdom of God. Personal life is improved by practicing discipline prescribed by the Lord God.

Being a follower of Christ, a disciple of Christ, is the expected undertaking of each person baptized into Christ. Holy Baptism is the major commitment to Christ. Baptism places the believer on the road to the Kingdom of God.

The Lord Jesus Christ provides assurances for material needs. Believers heeding the words of Christ readily experience His assurances in daily life. Attentive believers regularly observe Christ’s presence. (Mt. 6:33)

Personal growth is an expectation for Christians. Actively making decisions to follow Christ leads to growth in Christ. Increased faith leads to healthy decisions.

Stagnation and regression have no place in the Christian life. Faithfulness to Christ enriches life. Faithfulness to Christ enables growth in Christ to occur. Individuals determine their growth in Christ by their personal decisions.

The young man had lived admirably when he spoke with Jesus. The young man loved his neighbor. He was honest. He honored his parents. He did not engage in adultery. He did not steal or commit murder. More was needed for perfection.

Daily use of time and resources reflect personal interests and values. Blessed Theophylact said: “To him who seeks after spiritual things God in His generosity adds that which is needed for physical life.” 1

1 The Explanation by Blessed Theophylact of the Holy Gospel of Saint Matthew. Translated from the original Greek by Fr. Christopher Slade. Chrysostom Press, House Springs, Missouri, 2006, p. 62.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 18 / August 31, 2014
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Florus, Martyr. Ven. Jovan of Rila.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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