St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 866 - August 10 / 23, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 866
August 10 / 23, 2015
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.

Ephesians 6:23

Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Recent Services
August 15
Third Hour was read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Ten people attended Five communicants. Parastos was held.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
August 16
Matins was read. Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
August 18
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
August 19
Matins was read.
Seven people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Seven people for Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
August 20
One person was present for Matins and First Hour.
Six people came for the Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, She Who Healeth.
August 21
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours and Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM Matins on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday.

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

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 14 - Dormition Fast began and continues until the Feast on August 28.
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God. Eastern Diocese Kolo Federation Slava to be celebrated here. St. George Kolo Slava. Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.
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 12 - Diocesan Chapel Slava. St. Sava Cathedral, New York City
September 14 - Beginning of Church Ecclesiastical Year.
September 19 - Miracle of Archangel Michael.
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.

Anna Mae Knezovich, Norma Hickman and Christina Sivak were among those contributing their efforts benefitting the recent picnic.

Seminarian Bojan Banovic is visiting St. George parish. He is completing his fourth year of studies at St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville, Illinois

Prepare for Confession and Communion during this Fast period.

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

Bojan Banovic, Paulette Radock, Felecia Williamson, Dr. Richard Romanos Pearce, Simo and Sava Dragovic attended class on Thursday.

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

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

Being attentive to the teachings of Christ.
Being fervent in following Christ.
Sharing the joy of the life in Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 15 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy and Parastos.
August 17 - Went to Charleston, W.Va. for the UMWA rally to protect minersí pensions and healthcare.
August 19 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 30:16

There are no riches greater than health of body, and there is no gladness above joy of heart.

( Orthodox Study Bible St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology, 2008. )

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. (KJV)

The current Gospel is a lesson in eternal life. Being attached too greatly to material possessions is an impediment to eternal life. The young man in the current Gospel was not willing to give his earthy possessions to benefit the poor.

The young man followed initial commandments enumerated by Christ. The man was not willing to take the last step required for perfection. Christ wants each person to give his all to the Christian life.

When a person is Baptized and Chrismated the full person is dedicated to Christ. The full person is placed in the Baptismal waters. The full person is anointed with the Holy Chrism.

When a person repents and confesses sins, the whole person is affected by forgiveness. When a person partakes of Holy Communion, the Precious Body and Blood enter the person and change the whole person.

Being a lukewarm Christian reflects an insufficient commitment to Christ. The Holy Martyrs of Godís Church verify their personal willingness to give themselves completely to Christ.

The saints of Godís Holy Church are inspiring examples of full commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. The unblemished purity of the Mother of God signifies her full and enduring love for Christ.

Believers hear the Epistle and Holy Gospel at each Divine Liturgy. The contents of the Divine Liturgy and other Divine services of the Church educate believers from the time of Holy Baptism.

Personal reading, Church publications and Christian education classes are additional ways for Christians to become more knowledgeable about the life in Christ. Continued growth is an expectation for believers.

Holy Baptism is the entry into the life in Christ. Unity with Christ is to occur throughout life. The young man in the current Gospel was willing to do so much but not more.

The young placed more value on his earthly possessions than he placed in following Christ. The life in Christ involves renewed commitment throughout life. Too often individuals stagnate. Too many give a little to Christ and no more.

Too often individuals quit putting forth the effort to live in Christ. Christ does not give up on individuals. Too many individuals give up on Christ. Following Christ completely is possible.

The Church teaches about the saints and martyrs as examples. Believers attending church with any degree of regularity come to know about the lives of the saints and martyrs.

The decision to follow Christ is a personal decision. The decision to honor Christ throughout the day and night is a personal decision. Parents may take an infant child for Baptism.

As the Christian child matures in age, he or she makes the decision whether to continue to honor the Holy Baptism. Each person determines the degree of personal seriousness that will be applied to the life in Christ.

Individuals do well to assess their personal priorities and values in life. Individuals do well to examine their personal goals. Personally answer the questions whether eternal life and the Kingdom of God are priorities in life.

Consider personal willingness to follow Christ in the most serious and complete manner. Study personal use of time and resources. Do personal thoughts and actions reflect complete commitment to Christ?

Do personal actions verify love of God and neighbor? Do the regular contents of the heart and mind reveal Christ is first and foremost in life? Does love of God emanate from the heart, the mind and the soul?

Is love of neighbor quickly discernible in daily conversation and actions? Does the personal use of time and talents provide convincing evidence that God is important in life?

The current Gospel puts the decisions made in life in perspective. Personal values, desires and objectives have lasting results. Put Christ first in life. Love Christ, honor Him and follow Christ completely.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 10 / 23, 2015
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Lawrence, Archdeacon and Martyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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