St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 232 - June 2/June 15, 2003

Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Parish Priest - Fr. Rodney Torbic
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320

June 2/June 15, 2003
Feast of Pentecost
No. 232

Hebrews ll:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Services This Past Week

June 8 - Thirty-two people came for Divine Liturgy.
June 9 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Five people came for the Akathist to St. Sava and Vespers.
June 10 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Twelve people came to Holy Trinity Mission - Fairmont for Vespers and Blessing of Kolach and Kolijovo - Mission Slava celebration.
June 11 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Fr. Rumen Stoychev was present to serve at the Ninth Hour and Vespers. Three people came.
June 12 - Four people came for Matins and First Hour. The Vesper service as read in the afternoon.
June 13 - Two people came for First, Third, Sixth and Ninth Hours. Three people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow and Vespers.
June 14 - Two people came for Matins and Ninth Hour. Six people came for the Akathist and the Departed, Pomen for All Those Buried from the Church and Blessing of Graves.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy with Kneeling Prayers
Monday, Tuesday and Saturday - Akathist and Vespers - 7:00 PM.
Friday - Ninth Hour and Vesper - 4:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 16 - Pentecost Monday - Parish Executive Board Meeting - 7:00 PM.
June 17 - Pentecost Tuesday - St. Mitrophanes Sts. Joanikije and Sava, Hieromartyrs.
June 18 - St. Peter of Korish
June 22 - Outdoor Religious Program and Parish Picnic
June 28 - St. Lazarus Great Martyr and All Serbian Martyrs - Vidovdan-
June 29 - Annual parish covered dish dinner in remembrance of Vidovdan. Video to be shown.
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist
July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul
July 19 - Celebration of Slava at Monastery Marcha.
July 26 - Pilgrimage and Picnic at St. Sava Camp - Shadeland - Most Holy Mother of God Monastery

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

1. Fred Glumsic can be seen periodically riding the tractor cutting grass on the church grounds.
2. Help will be needed for the picnic next Sunday.
3. Jack Rose crafted a beautiful icon stand at the entrance to the picnic grounds which is expected to hold an icon of Jesus Christ.
4. Thank you to Andrea Janson for the grass for this Pentecost Sunday.
5. May God give comfort and strength to Melva Hunchuck and George Rodavich and their families, grieving for a sister departed this life this past week.
6. It was good to have Sonia Janson return to the choir this past week.
7. Thanks to Mitzie, Melva and Joe Hunchuck for getting the bulletin in the mail each week to our friends and parishioners unable to attend church regularly.
8. Mim Belch, Joe Katusa and Mary Trbovich come each weekday and help with the services.

A Thought From His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN *

The more the Gospel is preached, the more the Church of Christ grows and is perfected. Co-responsibility is one of the essential conditions for the perfection of the Body of Christ. The Holy Apostle Paul knew this, and thus advises the Corinthian Christians with the words: 'That there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it, or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it'(I Cor.12:25-26). There should be no scorning of the brothers in the Church, for Christ did not teach or do so, neither did the Holy Apostle Paul."
*(The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church )

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology - Libertyville

To Consider

1. The work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
2. Our personal Pentecost experienced at Chrismation.
3. The manifestation of the Holy Trinty at the Baptism of Christ.
4. The many references to the Holy Trinity in the Divine Liturgy.
5. The Orthodox Churches dedicated to the Holy Trinity.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

1. Attended Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of His Eminence Archbishop KYRILL as Orthodox Church in America Bishop of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania - June 8, 2003.
2. Went to Diocesan Center - Mars - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.
3. Pastoral visit to parishioner - Thursday.

From the Desert fathers

He (Isadore the Priest) also said, 'When I was younger and remained in my cell I set no limit to prayer; the night was for me as much the time of prayer as the day."

Feast of Pentecost

John 7:37-52, 8:1-2

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, "Truly this is the Prophet." Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, "Will the Christ come out of Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?" So there was a division among the people because of Him. Now some of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid hands on Him. Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, "Why have you not brought Him?" The officers said, "No man ever spoke like this Man!" Then the Pharisees answered them, "Are you also deceived? Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him? But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed." Nicodemus(he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them) said to them, "Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?" They answered and said to him, "Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophet has arisen out of Galilee." But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them.

Today is Pentecost. It is the time of the year when people think about the Holy Orthodox Church. It is the time of the year when believers think about the action of the Holy Spirit.
We do well to think about the parish church. We do well to think about our contributions to the parish church. We do well to think about the time and talents given to the parish church. We do well to think about the amount of time we invest in prayer and in worship.
We do well to think about the reason the parish church came into being and the purpose for the parish church's existence. We do well to think about the prayers at the consecration of the parish church. We do well to think about the content of the services held in the parish church.
We do well to think about what the parish church is best known for. When we think carefully about the parish church, we can review our own participation in the parish church and pray to God for guidance regarding this participation.
Today we think about the Holy Spirit. Each Orthodox Christian was sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. Each Orthodox Christian with a functioning mind has the ability to pray to the Holy Spirit.
God is attentive to prayer. God will not ignore prayer. Today we learn about Christ. Today we learn about Christ's invitation to come and drink. Today we learn that no one has spoken as Christ has spoken.
Today and everyday is decision day. Today and everyday we decide for or against Christ. We decide to follow Christ or to be separated from Christ.
The present Gospel message from the Gospel of St. John is centuries old. We are in the twenty-first century. Time has not eroded the substance of the Gospel. Time has not diminished the message of the Gospel.
We face the future. We know that with Christ the future is manageable. We know that with Christ no problem is too large.
Being an Orthodox Christian is a serious undertaking. Being an Orthodox Christian is a life-changing and life-long commitment.
People should not choose to become Orthodox Christians unless they are serious about living Orthodoxy to the fullest. We cannot ignore the fasts, the feasts and the expectation to grow in Christ and call ourselves Orthodox.
Orthodoxy is a way of life. Orthodoxy is not a simple one-time experience of being immersed in the Baptismal fount. Baptism is the beginning of what is expected to be a full life in Christ.
When we take time to familiarize ourselves with the services of the Holy Orthodox Church we begin to learn of the richness of the Church.We begin to understand more about the countless individuals who have followed Christ with the greatest devotion.
We must guard against having a narrow vision of the Church. We must invest a significant portion of our lives in seeking Christ with great sincerity.
In the Holy Gospel, we are blessed to hear and read the words of Jesus Christ. In the Holy Gospel, we are blessed to learn of the way of Jesus Christ.
The Holy Gospel enables us to learn about Christ in ways not otherwise available. The words on the page of the Holy Bible are precious words kept intact through the centuries.
Many distractions will compete for our attention. Many temptations will appear before our eyes.
The Holy Apostle Paul said: "I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." (Phil.3:14)
Each of us knows the content of his or her heart. Each of us has the ability to examine our minds and hearts to determine the degree of commitment we have to Jesus Christ.
Each of us knows how faithful we have been to our baptismal commitment. Each of us knows whether we have been true to the Holy Spirit.
When we are honest with ourselves, we know the work we must do. When we are honest with ourselves, we know God is present to help us.
God wants a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart (Ps.50/51:17). When we have no where to turn, we have God. When we have no one to turn to, we have God.
Let us give thanks to God. Let us give thanks for the blessings we have. May our Lord God continue to bless us and guide us. May we be faithful to God in ways we have not been faithful before. May we be faithful to God with the greatest of seriousness and concentration.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 2/June 15, 2003.
The Feast of Pentecost, 2003.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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