St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 816 - August 25 / September 7, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 816
August 25 / September 7, 2014
Thirteenth 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.

Ephesians 4:13
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Recent Services
August 29
Vespers was read.
August 30
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Sixteen people came. Four communicants.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Great Vespers at St. George Church.
August 31
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Slava Kolac and Kojivo. New Altar server robes were blessed. Thirty-four people came. Two communicants.
September 1
Vespers was read.
September 2
Vespers was read.
September 3
Matins was read.
Six people came to the chapel at Waynesburg University for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Nine people came to the Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va for Vespers and class.
September 4
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for the Akathist to the Dormition and class.
September 5
Matins was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Times.

Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy

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

4:00 PM Monday, Friday,

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class


Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 7 - First Day of Church School Classes here for children/youth.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year
September 15 - All Serbian Saints

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

Thank you to all who attended, participate and helped with the Kolo Slava celebration.

Speakers and readers at the Kolo Slava program included: Sonia Janon, Stan Brozik, John Williamson,MillicentHunchuck Andrea Janson, Felicia Williamson, Very Rev. Lt. Colonel Adam Yonitch, Stojan Raulic, Djelosh Milosevich, Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke, Dr. Richard Romanos Pierce, Maria Djonovich, Rich and Linda Porter, Paulette Radock, Mildred Bezjak, Ryan Torbic, Kyle Torbic

Sympathy extended to Sandy Rantovich and family. Sandyís brother +Edward Monaghan departed this life.

Carol Barnhart is mindful of the St. George Church.

Mim Bizic consistently helps the St. George Church.

Patricia Cekoric is always supportive of St. George Church.

Dr. Natalie Pavlovich regularly adds to celebrations at St. George Church.

Dr. Andrei Popa continues to remember St. George Church.

Paulett Radock, Mildred Bezjak, Felicia Williams and Dr. Andrei Popa attended class this week.

Church school classes begin today. Bring your children and grandchildren.

Congratulations to the Nativity Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in Masontown on the Hundredth Anniversary today..

The Orthodox humanitarian organization, FOCUS North America was involved in reducing tensions in Ferguson, Missouri.

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 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

Being grateful to God each day for blessings received.
Thanking God regularly for listening to prayers and answering them.
Being humble before God in seeking His mercy.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 30 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
September 2 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist.
Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va for Vespers and Adult Class.
September 5 - Met with person interested in Orthodoxy.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN.

Spiritual growth is directed to the Lord Jesus Christ, for through Him the whole body is well ordered and joined together (cf. Eph. 4:16). The more the Gospel is preached, the more the Church of Christ grows and is perfected.

( The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 7. )

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Mt. 21:33-42

Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

The Lord God is our source of life and blessings. The Lord God is merciful, kind and forgiving. Each moment of each day we are blessed with life from the Lord God.

Are we grateful for the life God has given us? How often each day do we thank God for the blessings we receive? How often do we pray to God? Do we fail to give thanks to God for listening and answering our prayers?

How often do we waste the precious time of life given by God? How often to do we use the time of life in a frivolous and less than God-pleasing manner? At some point, Christ will return and we will need to answer for our lives?

At some point the Final Judgment will take place. The present Gospel speaks about the householder sending his servants to the vineyard. The householderís servants were rebuffed and killed.

How often do we rebuff and pay no heed to the daily messages from God? How often do we neglect the words of the Psalmist, the Holy Prophets and the writings of the Holy Fathers and Mothers?

How often do we pay less than careful attention of the teachings of Christ in the Holy Gospel? As Christians we are expected to be attentive to the Holy Gospel and heed the teachings of Christ.

As Christians we are to heed the teachings and practices of the Church. When the Church asks us to fast, the fast is intended for all in the Church. When Christ speaks about love, love is to be practiced by all believers.

When Christ speaks about forgiveness, the message is intended for all believers. When Christ speaks about believers denying themselves and following Him, Christ intends all baptized believers to heed His words.

New opportunities to grow in Christ exist at each moment of life. Are we grateful for these opportunities? Do we show our appreciation to Christ when we have gone to Confession?

Are we appreciative of Christís forgiveness? Do we cherish the opportunities to begin anew? The owner of the vineyard was patient with the husbandmen.

God is patient with us. We should not abuse the patience of God. The time of life is to be used wisely. We do not give ourselves life. God gives us life. The life we live needs to be pleasing God.

The possessions we have, the resources available to us and the blessings we receive need to be utilized in ways pleasing to God. The Holy Gospel sets forth the firm foundation and direction for life.

Being attentive to be the blessings from God on a daily basis is a continuing Christian responsibility. Giving thanks to God regularly is proper for Christians.

Christians can never give sufficient thanks to God for all the blessings and opportunities God provides. Giving thanks for each day of life and giving thanks for each meal have a place in daily life.

Giving thanks for the senses of the body and giving thanks for the opportunity to worship God in freedom have a place in the Christian life. Giving thanks for family members and friends have a place in Christian life.

Having the opportunity to work, to have access to medical care and to have access to Godís Holy Church deserve constant expressions of appreciation. God gives us multiple blessings. We are responsible for how we use them.

Being a Christian is a voluntary choice to be renewed and reaffirmed throughout life. At the end of life, at the Final Judgment we will need to give account of how we used the blessings of life.

We will not escape final judgment. The time to prepare for final judgment is now. The time to express appreciation to God is now and always. We do not know when Christ will return. We do not know when our final moment will be.

The husbandmen were ungrateful to the householder in the current Gospel. The husbandmen were selfish and greedy. Let us be attentive to the teachings of Christ. Let is show appreciation to God.

Let us learn from and follow the examples of Christ. Let us live as responsible Christians and be grateful to God. May the blessings and resources in our lives be used exclusively and gratefully in ways pleasing to God.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 25 / September 7, 2014
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Apostles Bartholemew and Titus.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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