St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 234 - June 16/June 29, 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 16/June 29, 2003
Second Sunday After Pentecost
No. 234

Romans 1:5-6

Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, among whom you are also the called of Christ.

Services This Past Week

June 21 - Two people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Vespers.
June 22 - Thirty one people attended Divine Liturgy.
June 23 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour.
June 25 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Akathist to St.J ohn the Baptist and Vespers.
June 26 - Five people came for Matins and First Hour. Seven people came for the Akathist to St.Nicholas and Vespers.
June 27 - Four people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Akathist to the Cross and Vespers.
June 28 - Four people came for Matins and First Hour at St. George Church. Ten people came to Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont with one communicant. Fr. Rumen Stoychev came to serve also. Two people came to St. George Church for Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Mornings - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday - 6:30 AM - Matins and First Hour. Evenings - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday - 7:00 PM - Akathist and Vespers.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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
August 2 - Holy Prophet Elijah
August 3 - Outdoor Religious Program and Parish Picnic.
August 10 - Parish Healthcare Day
August 11-12 - Parish Overnight Camp
August 13 - Dormition Fast begins
August 19 - Feast of Holy Transfiguration

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

1. Thank you to all supporting today's rememberance of those who have died in Kosovo in defense of Holy Orthodoxy.
2. Thank you to all supporting the program and picnic last week.
3. The parish grounds look well-trimmed and scenic. Stan Brozik has had a watchful eye on the grounds.
4. It was good to see visitors from other parishes last Sunday.
5. Twelve or more people came for the Akathist at the Cross last Sunday afternoon.
6. Parish Nurse Practioner Mitzie Hunchuck provides an effective witness and presence for healthcare issues affecting the parish.
7. The Apostles Fast continues until July 12. Each person honoring the fast will be working for the benefit of the parish.
9. Have you considered going to St. Nicholas - Steelton's One Hundredth Anniversary?
10. Six people came to adult class last Thursday when a video was shown about a Russian monastery. Come this week and join the class.

A Thought From His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN *

The foundation of unity should be sought in its founder the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ became incarnate, was crucified and resurrected in order to unite all in Himself. This unity of all is the essence of salvation. This means union with the most-blessed and eternal God. Outside of the Lord Jesus Christ neither salvation nor unity are possible, for 'there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.' (Acts 4:12) The Church is a community which the Lord Jesus Christ founded and only as such can be salvific for us.
*(The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. pp.38-39 )

To Consider

1. Kosovo being chosen as a perpetual site for Orthodox Christian martyrdom.
2. The change in Orthodox Christian lives due to the martyrs of Kosovo.
3. The powerful Christian lessons from Kosovo.
4. The willingness of believers to consider martyrdom in Kosovo.
5. The centuries shaped by Kosovo.

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

1. June 17-Visited two parishioners in Uniontown Hospital.
2. June 18-19-Attended Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood Meeting in Cleveland.
3. June 19-Attended day camp at Holy Trinity Cathedral-Pittsburgh.
4. June 16-Attended parish Executive Board meeting.
5. June 25-Attended Shadeland Camp meeting.
6. Went to Diocesan Center, Mars-June 16,17,18, 24, 25, 26.
7. Went to Shadeland-June 27.
8. Went to retirement dinner of Pa.Parole Board Supervisor Benita Witherspoon-Pittsburgh.
9. Visited parishioner in Uniontown Hospital-June 28.

From the Desert fathers

He (Isadore the Priest) also said that for forty years he had been tempted to sin in thought but that he had never consented either to covetousness or to anger.

The Second Sunday After Pentecost

Matthew 4:18-23

And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

When we think about the Holy Gospel message for today, we think about it in the context of the Holy Orthodox Church. We listen to the message of Jesus Christ as preserved and presented in the Holy Orthodox Church.
The Holy Gospel message we hear has been preserved through the centuries. Faithful men, women and children through the centuries have heard the teachings of Christ and have been affected by these teachings.
Bishops and priests and deacons have preached sermons through the centuries and around the world based upon the Gospel message we hear today. The Gospel message we hear today is a carefully chosen message meant to be read in all Orthodox Churches.
Consistency and order are expected in the Holy Orthodox Church. God created an orderly world. We can see the orderliness of God when we study the world.
We find our proper place in the world as individual Orthodox Christians, as Orthodox Christian families and as a parish community when when we come to God seeking the proper place for us.
We come to know the proper actions in life, the proper efforts in life, the proper thoughts in life when we turn to God for direction. God speaks to us in prayer. God speaks to us in worship. God speaks to us through the Holy Scriptures.
If we look carefully, we will learn the lessons of God as they are revealed in our daily lives. If we think carefully, we will come to understand the teachings of God.
If we examine our hearts, we will come to know the degree to which we are faithful to God. Spiritual nourishment and renewal are necessary for each Orthodox Christian. Spiritual renewal and nourishment are necessary for parish communities.
We take our purpose in life from God. Our lives emanate from and exist only through and with God. We cannot breathe without God. We cannot walk without God. We cannot talk or hear or see without God.
The lasting joy in life is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ makes all things new (Rev.21:5). Jesus Christ is the Source of inexhaustible nourishment. Jesus Christ is the Source of inexhaustible instruction. Jesus Christ is the Source of inexhaustible love.
We partake of Christ's Precious Body and Blood. We hear Christ's lasting and memorable words. We know we can always return to Christ in repentence.
The love of Christ is defining. Christ on the Cross defines the love of Christ. Christ on the Cross defines Christ's love for each person. The forgiveness of Christ experienced in Holy Confession and Communion restores wholeness to the repentant believer.
The love of Christ shown to each repentant sinner establishes a wholeness known throughout and within the depths of the being.
Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John were called directly by Christ. Each of us are called directly by Christ. Each of us answers directly to Christ.
We do well to consider these instructive words from the Holy Prophet Isaiah of centuries ago: "Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that makes all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself." (Is.44:24)
Time passes. God remains the same. (Heb.13:8) We are in the midst of the Apostles Fast. This is the time to redirect our lives to Christ. This is the time to benefit from the structure of the Church, to utilize the fast as intended.
The structure of the Church is to be welcomed for the support and direction it provides. When we live our lives according to the structure of the Church, we find strength in this structure. We find protection in this structure.
The structure of the Church is to be welcomed. The fasts of the Church have beneficial results for those who chose to honor them. We know the joy of Christ when we live for and in Christ. We know the love of Christ when we love Christ and show Christian love to others. We know the forgiveness of Christ, when we are forgiving.
The life in Christ exceeds the ability of an individual to fully describe. The love of Christ exceeds the ability of an individual to fully explain. The fullness of the life in Christ continues to expand as one lives in Christ and grows in Christ.
When one partakes of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ, the person is united with the Divine. Words are not adequate to express this unity. Nonetheless this unity takes place.
We think of Jesus Christ's Body being broken (I Cor.11:24). We think of Christ's Blood (I Cor.ll:25). Centuries of believers have been privileged to taste of His Body, to drink of His Blood. We can only be humbled. We can only be grateful. We can only be prayerful. We can only be thankful. We can only be mindful.
Each time we hear Christ calling us, let us leave the nets that entangle us and follow Him.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 16/June 29, 2003.
St. Tychon of Amathus in Cyprus.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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