St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 970 - August 7 / 20, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 970
August 7 / 20, 2017
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost


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



2 Corinthians 1:4

Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

Recent Services
August 12
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. Eleven people attended. Two communicants.
Baptism of Conor Daniel and Emilia Virginia Porter at St. George Church. Congratulations to the family and Kumovi.
August 13
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-eight people attended. Eleven communicants.
August 14
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist to St. Nectarios
August 15
Mains was read.
August 16
Eleven people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va for Vespers and class.
August 17
One person came to St. George Church for Akathist for the Dormition and class.
August 18
Mains was read.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Third and Sixth Hours
Divine Liturgy.

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

Afternoons
6:00 PM Akathist on Monday.

Wednesday
6:30 Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.

Thursday
3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult class.

Friday
4:00 PM Vespers.

Saturday
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs held on Request.

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

Important Dates

August 22 - Holy Apostle Matthias, Holy Martyr Anthony.
August 26 - Apodasis of the Transfiguration.
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM. KSS Federtion Federation Slava at St. Nicholas Church, Monroeville at 10:00 AM. St. George Kolo Slava

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

Sympathy extended to Stojan Raulic. Stojanís mother departed this life recently.

Stan Brozik attended the planning meeting on August 7 for the new gas plant in this area

Thank you to all participating in the Healthcare Day / Parish Nurseís Office Slava. Speakers and readers included Dr. Scott Michael Newton, Stan Brozik, Sonia Janson, John and Felecia Williamson, Andrea Janson, Rich Porter, Paulette Radock, Djelosh Milosevich, Mary Jo Krivitsky, Eric Labons, Mildred Bezjak, and Lt. Col. Willie Spens.

Plan to go to Monroeville for the KSS Federation Slava. Please notify Sonia Janson.

Congratulations to Linda Porter graduating from California University with honors.

Thank you to Dave and Tyler Rodavich for clearing tree and bush overgrowth on the parish grounds.

Thank you to Tom Hunter for donating the utility vehicle for use on church grounds.

The parish picnic is scheduled for September 10, 2017. DIVINE LITURY WILL BEGIN AT 9:00 AM THE DAY OF THE PICNIC. Baked goods and helpers are needed.

Subdeacon Anthony Miralles came to class on Thursday.

Pray for miners, steel workers and workers threatened with job and benefit loss.

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

Pray for crime victims.

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.

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Appreciate and honor the St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville with prayers and contributions.
St. Sava School of Theology has helped greatly to fill the continuing need for parish and mission priests.

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Consider

Being generously and lovingly forgiving in daily relationships.
Being fully attentive to Christís teachings on forgiveness.
Being seriously mindful of personal practices of forgiveness.

Recent Activities of Parish Administrator

August 11 and 14 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
August 12 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va for Divine Liturgy.
August 14 - Went to western Greene County for grave blessing.
August 16 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class. Visited parishioner in Marquis House in Uniontown.

Wisdom of Sirach 38:1

Honor the physician with the honor due him, and also according to your need of him, for the Lord created him.

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


The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Mt. 18:23-35

Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. (KJV)

The wicked servant in the present Gospel received a new beginning in life when he was initially forgiven by the king. Christians receive a new beginning in life when they receive forgiveness by God in Holy Confession.

Christians appreciating the forgiveness of sins act responsibly by showing appreciation to God and kindness towards others. The servant in the Gospel did not demonstrate forgiveness as he received.

Apostle Peter said: ďFor if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for themÖ ď (2 Peter 20)

When God has forgiven our sins and we consciously return to sinful ways, we face a more difficult judgment. We default on Godís forgiveness when we fail to handle the forgiveness responsibly and with gratitude.

The Lord Jesus Christís mercy and forgiveness facilitate healing relationships. By prayerfully seeking from Christ the strength and the determination we need, we are able to attempt to follow Christís ways.

The Lord forgives believers as the king forgave his servant. While there is time, let us heed Christí swords: ďRepent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.Ē (Mt. 4:17) Let us practice genuine forgiveness in our relationships.

The king probed his forgiven servant with a question. We will benefit if we examine ourselves. Do we live in ways that are truly Christ pleasing?

Do our thoughts, actions and words meet the standards set by Christ? Do we use our God-given talents and abilities for Godís glory? Do we have good intentions but poor actions in following through on promises to God?

When God has forgiven us at Holy Confession, are we serious in honoring God in our daily lives? When we pray to God and make promises to God, are we faithful in following through on those promises?

When God has answered our prayers and spared us from our fears, do we show appreciation to God? When we pray for a safe trip to a destination, on arrival do we take time to thank God?

The forgiven servant had the initial choice to be compassionate to his own servant. Had he chosen wisely, he would have been appreciated by the king as well as the servant he forgave.

When we fail to adhere to the teachings of Christ, we subject ourselves to the consequences. When the forgiven servant was unforgiving of his own servant he was acting in a way contrary to the example set by his master.

The unforgiving servant was subject to punishment he could have avoided. Believers make daily choices. Personal decisions determine whether believers are going toward the kingdom of God or eternal punishment.

Vigilance, Christ-pleasing action and love of God are necessary. Sincere repentance is always necessary. Sincere repentance and prayer keep God at the forefront of our minds and as the Guide for every action.

The unforgiving servant was completely absolved of his debt until he became punitive of his own servant. The Crucified and Risen Lord Jesus Christ forgives believers that repent of their sins and desire unity with Him.

Repentance provides for a new beginning. Wise believers make use of new beginnings in Christ. A changed heart and mind are necessary for new beginnings in Christ.

Sins and unpleasing actions before God are to be repelled. The servant had the opportunity for a new beginning. He simply was required to practice forgiveness as he received it.

Forgiven believers have the opportunity to be forgiving in their daily personal relationships. Life improves daily when Christís forgiveness is generously practiced with love in personal relationships.

Each day is a day closer to the end of daily life and the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Wise individuals are lovingly generous in forgiving when having received Godís forgiveness.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 7 / 20, 2017
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Monk-martyr Dometius; Venerable Father Or.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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