Serbian Orthodox Church
Outdoor Religious Program - August 11, 2002
by Fr. Rodney Torbic
as appeared in the Masontown Sentinel - August 29, 2002
and the American Srbrobran - September 4, 2002
Outdoor Religious Program - Carmichaels
The second outdoor religious program of the summer was held at the
St.George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania on August ll,
2002. The focus was on the Mother of God due to the Dormition Fast beginning
on August 14.
Parish Executive Board President Nick Yackovich was the first speaker of
the afternoon. Mr. Yackovich, a doctoral candidate in Psychology at West
Virginia University, has extensive experience in working with adult and
juvenile offenders in correctional institutions and the community and is a
Licensed Social Worker. His topic was "The Mother of God and Integrity."
The purity of the Mother of God was held up by Mr. Yackovich as an example
for listeners to consider. He spoke of integrity as is written about in the
Psalms. The words from Psalm 25:21 addressed to the Lord God are
instructive: "Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for
The second speaker was Millient "Mitzie" Hunchuck, Parish Nurse Practioner.
Mitzi is a military veteran with an established record of providing nursing
services in a variety of settings. Currently, she is works full time with
the elderly suffering mental and emotional problems. Mitzi is the first
official Parish Nurse Practioner of the St. George Church and is working to
develop the parish nursing program
Nurse Practioner Hunchuck spoke on "The Healthiness of Fasting" With the
Dormition Fast as the framework for her talk, Mitzie spoke of the medical
soundness of the Church’s teachings regarding the fast. She said there was
no healthier food to eat than the food normally eaten during periods of
Father Rodney Torbic was the third speaker. His topic was "The Dormition
Fast", a talk centering on the Mother of God as being honored and chosen by
God from all women of all centuries. When we think of the Mother of God, we
learn more about the Lord Jesus Christ.
An Akathist to the Mother of God concluded the afternoon religious program.
The Akathist was served at the Cross in the St. George Cemetery. Sonia
Janson, St. George Choir Director and Kolo President, coordinated the
responses which included participation by Peter and Paige Shlosky.
This is the third year outdoor religious programs have been held at the
St.George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels, They have become an
integral part of the parish picnics.
A new sound system was installed by friend of the parish Tom Hunter
especially for this program to improve listening capability. Mr.Hunter has
extraordinary skills and interest in electronics, does considerable work for
the St.George Church, and knows well the pioneer work of Nikola Tesla.
It is important to use the knowledge and skills of Orthodox Christians
working in the fields of health care and human services for the benefit of
parish communities. This program was an effort toward that end.
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