St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 867 - August 17 / 30, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 867
August 17 / 30, 2015
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.

2 Peter 1:5

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

Recent Services
August 22
One person came for Midnight Office.
August 23
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-four people attended. One communicant. Father Mojmir Zalcik served.
August 24
One person was here for Matins and First Hour.
One person was here for Vespers.
August 25
One person was here for Matins and First Hour.
One person was here for Vespers.
August 26
Five people came to the Akathist to Jesus Christ at Waynesburg University.
August 27
One person was here for Matins and First Hour.
Eight people came for Great Vespers at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
Five people came for class.
August 28
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Third and Sixth Hours were read.
Fifty people attended Divine Liturgy. Father Dragoljub Malich, Father Rade Merick, Father Rajko Kosic, Father Rumen Stoychev, Father Branislav Golic and Prodeacon Vladislav Golic served

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours and Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM Vespers on Tuesday, Friday.

3:30 PM Akathist at Waynesburg University.
6:30 PM Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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.
September 27 - Elevation of the PreciousĖLifegiving Cross.
October 14 - Protection 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

Thank you to all helping with the Kolo Slava celebration.

Congratulations to Sonia Janson, Kuma for the Kolo Federation Slava.

Having the KSS Federation Slava here was an honor for the parish.

The KSS Federation works very hard throughout the year benefitting many.

If you are not a Kolo member, become a member.

Persons from the following parish communities were in attendance at the KSS Slava: Cleveland and Steubenville, Ohio; Aliquippa, Midland, Monroeville, Pittsburgh and Youngwood, Pennsylvania; Fairmont, W.Va; San Antonio, Texas.

The Diocesan Chapel Slava is in New York City this year. See the bulletin board.

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.

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

We are accountable to God for blessings and talents received.
We need to be appreciative to God for the blessings and talents we have.
We need to be wise and careful in the use of talents and blessings from God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 18 - Blessed two homes in Denbo.
August 22-29 - Traveled to St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church in Lackawanna, New York.
August 25 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
August 26 - Went to Washington Hospital while parishioner had surgery.
August 25 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist to Jesus Christ
August 26 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont,W.Va. for Vespers and class.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 31:5

He who loves gold will not be called righteous, and he who pursues profit will be led astray by it.

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

The 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? (KJV)

God blesses each of us with a period of earthly life. We are accountable to God for the way we use the time of our lives. We all receive blessings and talents from God.

We have a responsibility to use blessings and talents wisely. God deserves our appreciation and thankfulness. Earthly life comes to an end at some point for each person.

The Lord Jesus Christ will return to judge the living and the dead. The day and time of His return is not known. The length of each personís life is not known. The present Gospel is a lesson in accountability and appreciation.

The present Gospel is a lesson in being attentive to the Lord God. Each person will need to answer for the way he or she used talents and blessings from God. Each person will need to answer for the personal use of the time of life.

When pleasing God is in the forefront of personal thoughts, use of time, talents and blessings will reflect the interest. Hunger of the soul and desire for the Kingdom of God influence the use of personal time, talents and blessings.

Individuals seeking nourishment from God turn to God. Individuals desiring to please God avoid straying from ways pleasing to God. When greed overcomes a person, commitment to God is marginalized.

When a person seeks to feed the hunger of the soul from other than God, uneasiness occurs. Each personís life is transparent to God. God knows all. God sees all.

The Church is now celebrating the Dormition of the Mother of God. The purity and obedience of the Mother of God are examples for each person. Individuals benefit from drawing strength from the life of the Mother of God.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: ďStrait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.Ē (Mt. 7:14) The present Gospel is applicable to employee-employer relationships and in business operations.

Heeders of the Holy Gospel are better employers, employees and business operators. Greed and corruption affect relationships. Relationships founded in the Holy Gospel improve results.

The householder in the current Gospel would have found a different situation had those caring for his investment been more conscientious. Householders also have a responsibility to be conscientious.

The Lord God is the supreme standard for measuring relationships. The Holy Gospel sets forth the criteria for relationships in the home, workplace and community.

The parish church is the best place to hear the Holy Gospel regularly. The parish church is where to seek understanding for daily dilemmas. The current Gospel is instructive for living the Christian life.

Conscientious Christians honor their Holy Baptism in preparation for Christís return. Conscientious Christians are careful and appreciative in the use of talents and blessings received from God.

If Christ were to return today, would He find we honor our Holy Baptism? Would Christ find we use our lives wisely? Would He find we are repentant of sins? Would Christ find we love the Holy Gospel?

Believers benefit from measuring each thought, word and act by the standards of the Holy Gospel. The present Gospel fosters readiness for Christís return and final judgment.

The present Gospel is a lesson for assessing personal relationships with the Lord Jesus Christ and with others in our lives. Followers of Christ are expected to heed His teachings and follow them.

Believers need to make sure they are not crucifying Christ in themselves by the way they live, think and act. When Christ is driven from the heart, mind and soul, a new crucifixion takes place.

Let us love Christ and rejoice in serving Him. Let us learn from the Holy Gospel and follow Him. Each day brings us closer to Christís return and final judgment.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 17 / 30, 2015
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Martyr Patroclus, Holy Martyr Myron.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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