St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 971 - August 14 / 27, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 971
August 14 / 27, 2017
Twelfth 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



I Corinthians 2:5

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God

Recent Services
August 18
Vespers was read
August 19
Twelve people came for Divine Liturgy. Six communicants.
Vespers was read.
August 20
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy.
August 21
Matins was read.
August 22
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
August 23
Matins was read.
Twelve people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.
August 24
Matins was read.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Dormition of the Mother of God.
August 25
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Third and Sixth Hours
Divine Liturgy.

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

Monday
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Feast of the Dormition.

Wednesday
3:30 Akathist at Waynesburg University
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 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
September 5 - Apodasis of the Dormition
September 10 - Synaxis of Serbian Saints. Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic.

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 the family and friends of +George Shepel newly departed this life.

Thank you to Arthur John Chambers and Rich Porter for helping with the St. George Church exhibit at the King Coal Show in the Carmichaels Fire Hall.

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

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, Sonia Janson, Paulette Radock and Mildred Bezjak came to class on Thursday.

Be attentive to the Church calendar each day.

If you want your house blessed, ask the priest

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

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

Beginning anew in Christ each day.
Drawing closer to Christ with each moment of time.
Reuniting with Christ through Confession and Communion.

Recent Activities of Parish Administrator

August 13 - Visited patient in Magee Hospital.
August 18 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
August 21 - Went to Waynesburg to visit a parish family.
August 22 and 24 - Was present for St. George Church exhibit at Carmichaels Fire Hall as part of the King Coal Association celebration.
August 23 - Went to Jeanette for priestly reasons.
August 23 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.
August 24 - Went to Aliquippa for viewing of +George Shepel in funeral home.

Wisdom of Sirach 39:1

How different is the man who devotes himself to the study of the law of the Most High. He will seek out the wisdom of all the ancients and be preoccupied with their prophecies.

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


The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 19:16-26

And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. (KJV)

When a person treasures other than Christ and the Kingdom of God first and foremost, the person limits the self. The current Gospel describes the rich manís strong attachment to his personal wealth.

Individuals in contemporary society often choose other than Christ as first and foremost in their lives. Even some professed believers will live lukewarm Christian lives. Some professed believers are nominal in their belief in Christ.

At Holy Baptism the total person is dedicated to Christ. Every remaining moment after the person exits the Baptismal font is to be lived in totality to Christ. Love and dedication to Christ are expected.

Baptisms are a time of great joy. Family and friends rejoice, Expressed belief in Christ, immersion and the anointing with the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit change the personís identity forever.

Baptism intends the life-long responsibility to follow Christ. The present Gospel reaffirms the expectation that believers are to follow Christ completely. Complete dedication to Christ is possible throughout life.

Serious personal examination will reveal if love of Christ dominates the heart and mind. Study of the use of personal time and resources will provide the evidence if Christ first and foremost in life.

Godís Holy Church offers personal peace. Godís Holy Church teaches the path to salvation. The Gospel proclaimed in the Church is of lasting benefit to attentive listeners.

Believers learn about love of God and love for each other in church. Forgiveness is prominent in the Churchís teaching throughout the year. Life improves when believers heed the message to repent.

The Church has a long and proven history dating to the time of the Holy Apostles. Saints and martyrs have paved the roads of faith through the centuries. Individuals locked into material possessions lead shallow lives.

Fully experiencing Christ requires more than accumulating material wealth. Living in Christ is changes the content of the heart, the mind and the soul. Joy radiates in the lives of serious believers.

The rich man in the current Gospel had the opportunity to grow in Christ. He was not ready to move forward with Christ. His attachment to his material possessions held him back.

How many men and women devote time to acquiring material wealth and give no time to their families? How many children are deprived of personal love and attention because of parents having goals far from the Kingdom of God?

The present Gospel is a basis for assessing personal interests and attachments. Honesty with the self will reveal if Christ is first and foremost in life. Baptism is a marking point for assessing the remaining days of life.

A personís life will be assessed from the point of Baptism until departure from this life. The use of time between Baptism and death will serve as a basis for Christís final judgment.

Wise believers are careful in the use of the time and resources of life. Wise believers seek to constantly repent and be united and reunited with Christ. Clinging to Christ keeps the person on the path to the Kingdom of God.

Clinging to Christ keeps the person away from perils to the soul. Having Christ first and foremost in life puts relationships, interests and possessions in the proper perspective.

Christ defines the path a person is to follow. Christ describes the nature of relationships a believer is to desire. Christ establishes the goals a person is to maintain.

Heeding the present Gospel in personal life is an opportunity to begin anew in Christ. Every Divine Liturgy is expected to make a difference in personal life. Believers are to exit the church as better Christians than when entering.

Christians are to be active in Christ throughout life. Active prayer is always possible if the mind is capable of thought. Christís love and healing power are within reach of each believer.

The Divine Liturgy is an expression of Christís love and presence. The Divine Liturgy makes the Precious Body and Blood available to each believer. Each believer is invited to draw near and be united with Christ.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 14 / 27, 2017
The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Prophet Micah.
Forefeast of the Dormition of the Theotokos.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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