St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 919 - August 15 / 25, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 919
August 15 / 25, 2016
Tenth 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

Matthew 15:28

Then Jesus answered and said to her, ďO woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.Ē And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Recent Services
August 20
Vespers was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Eight people came for Divine Liturgy and Parastos. One person came for the Thrid and Sixth Hours. Another came during the luncheon. Two communicants.
August 21
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-three people attended. Six communicants.
August 22
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
August 23
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
August 24
Eight people came for the Akathist of Thanksgiving at Waynesburg University.
Five people came for Vespers at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont. Four people stayed for class in Fairmont.
August 25
Matins was read.
The Akathist for Communion was read at the Federal Corrections Complex-Hazelton, Bruceton Mills,W.Va.
August 26
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.

Services this Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

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

4:00 PM on Tuesday.

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

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs held on Request. Ask the Priest.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God. KSS Federation Slava. St. George Kolo Slava. Covered Dish dinner and program. Support the Kolo
August 29 - St. J evstatije, Ven. Roman; Ven. Rafailo of Banat, Not-Made-By-Hands Icon of Christ.
September 5 - Apodosis of Dormition

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

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

Parish Life

Thank you to all supporting the Kolo in todayís Slava celebration.

Happy Slava greetings to St. George Kolo and to the Diocesan Kolo Federation.

Thank you to Arthur John Chambers and Stan Brozik for being at the St. George Church information table at the Coal Show at Carmichaels Fire Hall this week. Thank you to Brice and Linda Rush for their cooperation.

The St. George Church was represented at Waynesburg University on Thursday evening when students had an opportunity to learn of local churches.

Thank you to Rich Porter for hanging new icons this week.

Plan to attend the installation of His Grace Bishop Irinej at Holy Trinity Cathedral on October 1 and the banquet afterwards. See bulletin board for details.

Congratulations to Dr. Scott Newton beginning a medical patient oriented position.

Thank you to all making a sincere effort to honor the Dormition Fast.

Subdeacon Anthony Miralles, Paulette Radock and Mildred Bezjak came to class this week to discuss the Dormition Fast. Plan to come next week and learn about the Church

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

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.

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 opportunities to learn from the life of the Mother of God.
The joy of praying to the Mother of God.
The unduplicated birth-giving honor chosen for the Mother of God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 22 and 24 - Went to Carmichaels Fire Hall for St. George Church display at Coal Show.
August 23 - Went to Washington Hospital to visit parishioner.
August 24 - Went to Uniontown Hospital to visit parishioner. Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist and Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.
August 25 - Went to Federal Correctional Complex-Hazelton, in Bruceton Mills, W.Va for Akathist, Confession and Communion of resident.

Wisdom of Solomon 7:15

May God grant me to speak according to His purpose and to think worthily of what I was given. For He is also the guide of wisdom and the corrector of the wise.

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

The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 17:14-23

And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men: And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.

The Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God

Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. (KJV)

The Feast of the Dormition of the Mother is a reminder of earthly death and the unique and honored life of the Mother of God. The singularly chosen Maryís life and death deserve thorough consideration.

The Feast of the Dormition follows the Churchís two week period of fasting with certain prescribed liturgical prayers. Jesusís words in the current Gospel of St. Matthew emphasize the value of prayer and fasting.

Each person faces earthly death. Each person benefits from learning of the model life of Mary the Mother of God. The Gospel for the Feast of the Dormition concludes with the value of hearing the word of God and keeping it.

Each person decides whether to listen to the word of God and to keep it. Each person determines whether he or she will live a life of purity and obedience as did Mary the Mother of God.

The Feast of the Dormition inspires careful self-examination and honesty. Each believer is challenged to search his or her heart. Each person benefits by assessing if a life of purity and obedience to God are honored.

Mary the Mother of God inspires a life of sanity and purity. She is a standard of love for God and obedience to God. Mary is an example of the greatest possibility of unity with God.

Each person answers the question whether Christ is held singularly and primarily within the heart, mind and soul. Each personís life will reveal if full obedience to the word of God is the singular guide for daily living.

The Church celebrates the Feast of Dormition each year. The Church values the Feast of the Dormition and prescribes the annual period of fasting. Each person decides whether to be an informed and obedient Christian.

Each person makes decisions daily whether to learn about Christ, His Mother and the Christian way of life. Being an Orthodox Christian is a completely voluntary decision.

Mary the Mother of Godís relationship with Christ is like no other personís. She experienced unity with Christ more than any other person. She revealed the possibility of life in Christ for the obedient and attentive.

Living the Christian life fully entails being immersed in the Churchís experience each day. Adherence to the daily Church calendar of liturgical life, fasts and feasts brings a person closer to God.

The Church serves as the premier guide and instructor for the individual person. The individual Christian benefits from the learning opportunities possible in the Church. The Church offers the greatest Christian education.

Within Godís Holy Church one hears and learns of the ways to live, how best to face daily challenges and the greatest possibilities for life. Within Godís Holy Church one learns of eternal life and the path to take.

The Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God is a reminder that each personís earthly life will ultimately come to an end. Godís love was manifested throughout Maryís life and continues to be evident after her earthly death.

Godís love and joy are present for each person choosing to love the ways of God and to be obedient to His teachings. Godís love and joy are unending for those persons choosing the good part as did the Mary sitting at Jesusí feet and listening.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 15 / 25, 2016
The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost.
The Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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