St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 972 - August 21 / September 3, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 972
August 21 / September 3, 2017
Thirteenth 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



Hebrews 11: 24-25

By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.

Recent Services
August 26
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. followed by Divine Liturgy. Eight people attended. One communicant.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
August 27
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Forty-three people attended. Eleven communicants.
August 28
Three people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
August 29
Eight people came for the Akathist of Thanks at Waynesburg University.
One grave was blessed at the Orthodox cemetery in Masontown.
August 30
Matins was read.
Twelve people came for Vespers and class in Fairmont, W.Va.
August 31
Matins was read.
September 1
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Third and Sixth Hours
Divine Liturgy.

Tuesday
4:00 Akathist at Waynesburg University.

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.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs held on Request.

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

Important Dates

September 5 - Apodasis of the Dormition.
September 7 - Holy Hieromartyr, Irenaeus of Lyons. Divine Liturgy at Monastery Marcha, Richfield, Ohio.
September 10 - Synaxis of Serbian Saints. Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic. DIVINE LITURGY WILL BEGIN AT 9:00 AM NEXT SUNDAY ONLY
September 11 - 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Beheading of St. John the Baptist.

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 +Chester Hayden and +Mildred Pesut newly departed this life.

Congratulations to Kathleen Waters for receiving a Master’s degree from Balamand University in Applied Theology through the Antiohian House of Studies. Very Reverend Stavrophor Dragoljub Malich, Sonia Janson and Subdeacon Anthony Miralles attended.

Sonia Janson and Paulette Radock attended the KSS Federation Slava in Monroeville.

Congratulations to Linda Chambers JD teaching criminal law at Waynesburg University. John Thompson, Dr. Ezekiel Olagoake and Dr. Richand Romanas Pierce are additional Orthodox faculty members at Waynesburg University

Thank members of the parish Executive Board for bringing the roof project to completion. Thanks to all donating to the building-renovation fund. Thank God.

The parish picnic is next Sunday. Baked goods and helpers are needed.

Arthur John Chambers delivered another load of donated food goods to Greene County Food Bank this week. Donations continue to be needed.

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

The words of the Lord Jesus Christ are of life-changing benefit.
We learn about Christ by listening to and reading the Holy Gospel.
Lives changes for the better when the Holy Gospel is taken seriously.

Recent Activities of Parish Administrator

August 25 - Went to Morgantown for printing.
August 27 - Went to Waynesburg University for Orthodox Christian Fellowship exhibit.
August 28 - Went to St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Monroeville for KSS Federation Slava.
August 29 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist of Thanks.
August 26 and 30 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine services.
August 31 - Went to St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa for funerals of +Chester Hayden and +Mildred Pesut.
August 31 - Went to Antiochian Village for graduation of Kathleen Waters.

Wisdom of Sirach 40:27

The fear of the Lord is like a paradise of blessing and covers man better than any glory.

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


The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Mt. 21:33-42

Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? (KJV)

The Gospel has relevance in considering contemporary life. Each person does well to be honest in admitting short-comings, repenting of sins and seeking to do better with the help of Christ. God is good, merciful and benevolent.

God is due greater expressions of appreciation by the contemporary society. The Psalmist said: “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” (Ps. 105/106:1)

The landowner believed his son would be respected more than were his servants. The Lord Jesus Christ took on human flesh. He was subjected to suffering upon the Cross to the point of death.

The Lord Jesus Christ committed no crimes of violence. He committed no crimes that harmed others physically. The Lord Jesus Christ did not rob or steal or deceive others. The Lord Jesus Christ was not deserving of death.

The representatives of the landowner coming to receive the expected fruits committed no crimes against the vinedressers yet were treated with hostility and violence.

Instead of being well-received the landowner’s servants became victims. Instead of being respected, they were disrespected. The landowner expected better treatment for his son. He would soon be disappointed.

The son of the landowner would share the same end as would the Son of God. The son of the landowner would experience violent death. The landowner entrusted his vineyard to the vinedressers in a peaceful arrangement.

The landowner would suffer the pain of his own son being killed. We can only imagine the thoughts that went through his mind. We can only imagine the sense of betrayal he felt.

How do homeowners feel today who have been victimized by deceptive mortgage practices? How do employees feel having worked for deceptive employers only to find out that pensions that they expected really do not exist?

How do individuals trusting financial institutions or legal representatives feel when their trust has been betrayed and their assets have vanished? Parents entrust their children to schools or to recreational activities with adult supervision.

Daily the headlines speak of children and youths being violated by adults in positions of authority. How far has society removed itself from the ways of God? How far have large numbers of adults moved from the ethical and moral standards?

Greater faithfulness to Christ is necessary. The teachings of Christ and standards set by Christ cannot continue to be ignored without severe consequences. Judgment will come sooner or later.

The vinedressers were determined to kill the landowner’s son. The vinedressers were filled with greed. They were not content with what they would earn honestly through the arrangement they had with the landowner.

The vinedressers wanted everything and wanted to deprive the landowner and his son of their due share. The daily news reports speak of companies that go into bankrupt today while their corporate leaders depart with millions and dollars.

Lower level employees in such companies lose their jobs and livelihoods while top level executives can live in comfort without ever having to work another day in lives.

Greed did not only exist in the time when Jesus told this parable. Greed exists today and many people suffer as a result. The landowner’s son was killed by the vinedressers.

The vinedressers had a greater interest in increasing their material wealth than they had respect for the life of another human. How often do we learn of companies that have policies that put profits ahead of the health of workers?

How often has safety been compromised in coal mines to the detriment of the health and safety of miners? How often have healthcare professionals been pressed to work overtime when they should be given proper time to rest?

How often in the everyday world in all aspects of society does greed take precedence in the decision making process over the value of human lives? How many of the current and recent wars came into being due decisions by individuals motivated by greed?

When will the majority of the inhabitants of this world awaken to become good stewards of God’s earth? When will peace move to the fore among nations and violence permanently decline?

When will neighbors become good neighbors and neighborhoods become safe for adults and children? When will there be a greater interest in building churches as the first line of strength, security and defense?


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 21 / September 3, 2017
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Apostle Thaddeus.
Holy Martyr Bassa.
Hieromartyr Raphael of Sistovac.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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