St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 906 - May 16 / 29, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 906
May 16 / 29, 2016
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

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

Recent Services
May 21
Vespers was read.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 22
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-five people attended. Six communicants.
May 23
The complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.
Vespers was read.
May 24
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
May 25
Matins was read.
One person came for the Akathist to the Resurrection, Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, Inexhaustible Cup and Akathist to St. John the Baptist.
Seven people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity. Eight people came for class.
May 26
Matins was read.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and class.
May 27
Matins was read.

Services this Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

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

4:00 PM on Tuesday, Friday.

6:30 PM Service and class at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

3:00 PM Akathist and Class

Remember St. Mark Monastery and Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman, Venerable Theodore, St. Teodor of Vrsac, St. Vukasin Martyr.
June 3 - St. Constantine and Helena, St. Jelena of Decani.
June 4 - St. Martyr Jovan Vladimir, Prince of Serbia.
June 5 - Sunday of the Blind Man. Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic.
June 7 - Third Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist.

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

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia, the Christians suffering in Syria and All People Suffering

Parish Life

Remember the veterans having served and given their lives in defense of this country.

Thank you to the persons responsible for putting flags on the veteransí graves in St. George Cemetery.

Baked goods are needed for the picnic next Sunday.

Please sign the list on the bulletin board if you will help with the picnic on June 5. Include if you are willing to help on Thursday, Saturday and/or Sunday.

You can hear His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHANís Paschal message in Serbian and English on the parish and Diocesan websites.

Pray for His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN, Father Djokan Majstorovic and the parishioners of St. Sava Cathedral in New York. The Cathedral was destroyed by fire. See the appeal letter on the bulletin board and distributed in church.

Paulette Radock and Felecia Williamson came for class on Thursday

Pray for the miners and steel workers losing their jobs at a high rate. Pray for their families. Pray for all workers having their jobs, pensions and benefits threatened.

Thank you for contributing food goods for the Greene County Food Bank.

If you want your house blessed, ask the priest.

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

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 questions 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

The nourishment available always from the Lord Jesus Christ.
The guidance always available from the Lord Jesus Christ
The strength and peace always available from Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 21 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
May 22 - Went to St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Monroeville for parish Slava.
May 25 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist and class.
May 26 - Gave talk on stress to chaplains at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, W.Va.

Proverbs 24:7

Wisdom and good thinking are in the gates of the wise; The wise do not turn away from the mouth of the Lord, but they deliberate with councils.

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

The Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

John 4:5-42

Then cometh He to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with His journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.(For His disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) Then saith the woman of Samaria unto Him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto Him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast Thou that living water? Art Thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman saith unto Him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. The woman saith unto Him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. The woman saith unto Him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when He is come, He will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am He. And upon this came His disciples, and marvelled that He talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? Then they went out of the city, and came unto Him. In the mean while His disciples prayed Him, saying, Master,ea t.But He said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought Him ought to eat? Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work. Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours. And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. So when the Samaritans were come unto Him, they besought Him that He would tarry with them: and He abode there two days. And many more believed because of his own word; And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard Him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. (KJV)

When believers are thirsty for knowledge and direction, turning to the Lord Jesus Christ is the wisest course of action. When believers are unsettled and need solid footing in life, turning to the Lord Jesus Christ is the best step.

Christ provides firmness when certainty in life is needed. Christ is the best nourishment for the heart, the mind and the soul. Drinking from Christ unifies the believer with Christ.

When following Christ with complete attention, individuals need not worry about getting lost. Christ lights the path to the Kingdom. Christ is the way to eternal life.

When a person fills uneasy, without purpose in life and empty inside, turning to Christ for brings satisfaction. Prayerfully turning to Christ enables individuals to learn the best way to use the blessings and time of life.

Christís meeting with the Samaritan woman at Jacobís well revealed much about Christ and much about the Samaritan woman. The womanís marital history became known. Christís powers, history and identity were revealed.

A personís relationship with Christ is revealed and becomes known in the way he or she lives. Christ becomes known in and through the lives of individuals united with Him and following Him fervently.

Individuals coming to Godís Holy Church will meet Christ as did the Samaritan woman at the well. Individuals coming to church are able to drink directly from Christ.

The Samaritan woman was attentive to Christ in the conversation with Him. Individuals coming to Church will hear Christ speaking in the Divine services. Christ changes the lives of attentive listeners.

Christ changed the life of the Samaritan woman. The Samaritan woman influenced others to come to see Christ. Attentive individuals experiencing Christ in church share their experiences and attract others to come for the experience.

Being attentive to Christ involves focusing intently on Christ. The Christian life is freely chosen and freely lived. Serious Christians willingly accept Christian standards and discipline.

The Christian life is characterized by commitment and discipline. The Christian life entails the willingness to say ďnoĒ to hedonism, materialism and immorality. The Christian life involves love, forgiveness and charity.

Serious Christians love Christ above all and seek Christ first and foremost. St. Sava set a standard and established a path for Serbian Orthodox Christians. St. Nikolai of Zicaí showed St. Savaís path is still very relevant in the present.

Just as the Samaritan woman met Christ at the well and her life dramatically changed, attentive persons to meet Christ in His Church and have their lives changed forever.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 16 / 29, 2016
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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