St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 956 - May 1 / 7, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 956
May 1 / 7, 2017
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman


Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop IRINEJ

Parish Priest - Father Rodney Torbic

Phone 724-966-7428
Phone/Fax 724-966-7780
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944
Email stgeorge2@windstream.net


Recent Services
May 5
One person came for the Akathist to the Resurrection and the Akathist to St. George.
May 6
Two people came for Divine Liturgy.
May 7
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy with Blessing of Slava Kolací and Koljivo and Lityra. The names of all departed from the church were read.
Fifty-four people came for Divine Liturgy. Seven communicants.
May 8
The complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.
May 9
Matins was read.
Three people came for an Akathist.
May 10
Three people came for Divine Liturgy.
Five people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity and class.
May 11
One person came for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity.
May 12
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Matins
Divine Liturgy.

Mornings
5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Saturday.

Afternoons
6:00 PM on Monday.
4:00 PM on Saturday.

Wednesday
6:30 PM Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Akathist and class.

Thursday
3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Friday
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs Scheduled on Request.

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

Important Dates

Today, May 14 - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman.
May 17 - Apodasis of Mid-Pentecost.
May 19 - Transfer of Relics of St. Sava. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
May 21 - Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian.
May 22 - Transfer of Relics of St. Nichlas. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
May 24 - Apodasis of Pascha.
May 25 - Feast of the Holy Ascension. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM..

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

Speakers and readers at the Slava dinner included: Stan Brozik, Sonia Janson, John Williamson, Attorney Linda Chambers, Andrea Janson, Felecia Williamson, Aaron Carson, Very Rev.Stavrophor Dragoljub Malich, Father Rumen Stoychev, Michael Danko, Stojan Raulic, Djelosh Milosevich, Paulette Radock, Richard and Linda Porter, Willie Spens, Subdeacon Anthony Miralles and Dr.Richard Romanos Pierce.

Congratulations to Popadija Dr. Katya Stoychev graduating from Carlow University.

Honor Wednesdays and Fridays as fast days.

Felecia Williamson came to class on Thursday.

George Topich and Marty West from Holy Trinity Cathedral visited this week.

Remember the 195 miners that died in the Mather Mine on May 19, 1928.

Remember the 10 people killed in Matewan, W.Va. on May 19, 1920 in support of better work conditions.

If you want your house blessed, notify the parish priest.

If you or a relative are hospitalized and want visited, notify the priest.

Pray for miners, steel workers and workers threatened with loss of jobs and benefits.

Remember and appreciate the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Pray for peace in the world where violence and terror are a daily fact of life.

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 teaching or services of the church, ask the priest.

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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.
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Consider

Being alert to Godís presence throughout the day.
Being grateful to God for the blessings of each day.
Being hopeful each day in seeking Godís Kingdom.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 5 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
May 6 - Went to family Slava celebration.
May 8 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
May 10 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathistto the Holy Trinity and class.
May 11 - Went to Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngwood, Pennsylvania for parish dinner.

Wisdom of Sirach 25:11

The fear of the Lord is more important than anything. To what will it be compared?

( Orthodox Stucdy 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)

The Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

The present Gospel is sufficient to examine our personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. The Samaritan womanís experience with Christ caused her to think deeply about Christ.

Readers and listeners to the present Gospel benefit when thinking deeply and seriously about their personal relationship with Christ. Christ speaks about the living water with lasting benefit.

Serious believers turn to Christ consistently to draw beneficial and lasting nourishment. Christ offers sufficiency for seekers of wisdom and knowledge. Christ satisfies the soulís hunger.

Serious pursuers of knowledge and wisdom never exhaust the learning possible in Christ. The heart, mind and soulís yearning for peace and completeness are realized in Christ.

Drinking from Christ changes a person. The person nourished from Christ unites with Christ. Communicants have Christ within themselves. Communicants changed by Christ become more ChristĖlike.

Communion causes a person to live in ways more pleasing to Christ. Communion results in behavior more consistent with Christís teachings and standards.

Each person determines the personal standards he or she adopts. Each person decides personal goals for life. The regular communicant seeking to be fully united with Christ greatly values the relationship with Christ.

Fasting and prayer are means to bring daily life more into conformity with Christ. The Churchís experience and teachings through the centuries are rooted in proven practices.

Prayer and fasting have long established roots. Making prayer and fasting inseparable parts of daily practice is not to be taken lightly. Believers praying and fasting seriously make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others.

Christianity is a freely chosen way of life. The choice is to be honored throughout the remaining days of life. Lukewarm Christians deny themselves immeasurable benefits.

Parish churches thrive when parishioners put aside lukewarm ways. Parish churches attract new parishioners when Christ is seriously alive in the hearts and minds of existing parishioners.

The world is full of individuals seeking the nourishment available in Christ. Godís Holy Church offers that nourishment. Serious believers constantly draw from Christ and live fully in Christ


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 1 / 7, 2017
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman.
Holy Prophet Jeremiah.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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