St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 865 - August 3 / 16, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 865
August 3 / 16, 2015
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.

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 fullness of Christ:

Recent Services
August 4
Vespers was read.
August 5
Matins was read.
Nine people came for Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
August 6
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God and class.
August 7
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
August 8
Midnight Office was read.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Matins, First, Third and Sixth Hours and Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM Ninth Hour and Vespers on Monday, Tuesday, Friday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 14 - Dormition Fast began and continues until the Feast on August 28.
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God. Eastern Diocese Kolo Federation Slava to be celebrated here. St. George Kolo Slava.
Note: August 30 Divine Liturgy at this St. George Church will be at 9:00 AM.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Beginning of Church Ecclesiastical Year.
September 21 - Nativity of the Mother of God.

If You Are Too Busy To Pray, You Are Too Busy

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia AND All Suffering People throughout the world.

Parish Life

Honor the Dormition Fast until the Feast on August 28.

Prepare for Confession and Communion during this Fast period.

Come to Confession on a weekday or Saturday unless you live a great distance away.

Sympathy extended John Williamsonís family. Johnís nephew +Robert departed this life this week.

Sonia Janson, Mildred Bezjak and Felecia Williamson attended class on August 6.

Very Reverend Djokan Majstorovic and his brother Miroslav Balaban visited the parish on August 7-8. Protinica Mirjana Majstorovic visited in late July.

Stan Brozik and Willie Spens went to Shadeland for Diocesan Day.

Sonia Janson and Mildred Bezjak went to Shadeland to help the Eastern Region Federation KSS Circles of Serbian Sisters on Diocesan Day.

Carlos, Edith and Cameron Godbey travelled to Shadeland for Diocesan Day.

Please inform Sonia Janson if you plan to attend the Kolo Slava on August 28.

Congratulations to Dr. Richard Romanos Pearce for continuing to publish new poems.

Place canned goods or non-perishable food items in the box in the church hall for the Greene County Food Bank. Help feed the hungry in our area.

If you want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, talk to the priest.

If you want your house blessed, contact the priest to schedule the visit.

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 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.

Divine Liturgy will begin at this St. George Church at 9:00 AM on August 30.

Remember the St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville with prayers and contributions.
St. Sava School of Theology has helped greatly to fill the continuing need for priests in established and new parishes.

To Consider

Honoring the entire Dormition Fast.
Preparing for Holy Confession and Communion during the Dormition Fast.
Attending the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Dormition.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 4 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
August 5 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.
August 8 - Went to Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh and St. Sava Camp, Shadeland.
August 9 - Attended Diocesan Day at Shadeland.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 29:23

Be content with little or much.

( The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha. Oxford University Press. New York, 1977. )

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. (KJV)

Forgiveness is a major lesson in the current Gospel. The Lord Jesus Christ stressed the importance of forgiveness in the Lordís Prayer. Forgiveness receives heightened attention at the beginning of Great Lent.

Forgiveness improves relationships in the home, the workplace and the community. Children learning to practice forgiveness at home will know the value of being forgiving at the playground.

Parents showing forgiveness towards each other become role models for their children. Family life improves when the mother and father are quick to forgive each other.

The work place is better when supervisors and administrators forgive and treat employees with understanding. Every person says or does things that he or she wishes were not said or done. Forgiveness makes things better.

Being forgiven strengthens relationships. Forgiveness from God enables believers to begin anew. Individuals seeking forgiveness from God need to be forgiving with others in life.

Forgiveness leads to joy in relationships. Being forgiven lifts weight from the mind and heart. Forgiveness relieves the strain in relationships. Forgiveness reduces personal stress.

An unforgiving boss in the workplace is a source of stress and discomfort. An unforgiving co-worker makes coming to work a dreadful experience. Healthy and forgiving relationships improve personal productivity.

The Lord Jesus Christ teaches love as the basis for Christian relationships. The Lord Jesus Christ connects the personal forgiveness of others with the forgiveness being given by God.

Interpersonal relationships are connected with salvation. Individuals are accountable for relationships in the home, the workplace and the community. Individuals are responsible for the way they relate to others in all circumstances.

Gospel teachings are meant to influence every aspect of life. Sunday Gospel teachings are relevant to life throughout the week. Harboring resentment and being unforgiving of family members, friends and co-workers put the soul in peril.

Christ is always relevant for all aspects of life. Christ is the defining teacher and standard for all relationships. Christís teachings hold the solutions for each difficult relationship.

Husbands and wives finding it difficult to get along with each other do well to heed Christís teachings on forgiveness. When workplace tensions arise, employers and employees do well to turn to Christ for solutions.

Parish churches are expected to be models of forgiveness. Parishioners returning after long periods of absences benefit by being warmly welcomed. Sinners having repented need the opportunity and support to begin anew.

Alcoholics and drug addicts attempting to put their addictions behind them are strengthened when greeted with love. Former lukewarm believers earnestly becoming active in the Church benefit from encouragement.

Christ is the best source for learning. Relationships in the home, in the workplace and in the community require careful attention if they are to be healthy. Christ offers the necessary instruction for healthy relationships.

Christ took on human flesh and united the human and divine. Individuals seeking improvement in daily relationships do well to look to Christ as the instructor and example.

Christ teaches about employer-employee relationships. Christ gives instructions for treating the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned and the stranger. Husbands and wives will find in Christ the essential lessons for their marriage.

Relationships are their best when founded and managed in Christ. Relationships need not be sources of consternation. Believers in parish churches united in communion with Christ demonstrate the joyful possibilities in life.
Adapted from the Archives.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 3 / 16, 2015
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.
Ven. Issacius, Dalmatus and Faustus.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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