St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 235 - June 23/July 6, 200303




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 23/July 6, 2003
Third Sunday After Pentecost
No. 235



Romans 5:1-10

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Services This Past Week

June 29 - Twenty three people came for Divine Liturgy.
June 30 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Akathist to St. Archangel Michael and Vespers.
July l - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Four people came for Akathist to St. John the Baptist and Vespers.
July 2 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Akathist to St. George and Vespers.
July 3 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Five people came for Vespers. Father Rumen Stoychev came to serve and attend the Adult Class. Tom Hunter videotaped the service.
July 4 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour.
July 5 - Thee people came for Matins and First Hour.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy
Monday - 6:30 AM-Matins followed immediately Divine Liturgy.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday - Matins and First Hour - 6:30 AM.
Saturday - Divine Liturgy - Holy Trinity Mission - 10:00 AM.
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday - 4:30 PM. - Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Tuesday, Thursday - Akathist and Vespers - 7:00 PM.

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 - 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
August 28 - Dormition of Mother of God - Kolo Slava

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!

Parish Life

1. Thank you to all preparing and staying for the dinner, the reading and video last Sunday in remembrance of those who have been martyred in defense of the Faith in Kosovo. The video was about monasteries and churches in Serbia.
2. Thank you to all contributing in the "jug" for Shadeland Camp.
3. Thank you to Joe Katusa, Mildred Belch and Mary Trbovich for coming to church services everyday.
4. Thank you to Mildred Belch and Mary Trbovich for helping with flowers at the cemetery and helping with cleaning the church periodically.
5. My God give comfort and strength to the family of + John C. Rogish who departed this life on Wednesday, July 2.
6. Three parishioners came for the adult class this past Thursday. A video was shown about Mount Athos with discussion following. Class will be held again this Thursday following the evening service.
7. The Apostles' Fast continues until the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. Honor the fast.
8. What has been the cumulative impact of the Hatfield Ferry ower Plant on the environment and health of area residents?

A Thought From His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN *

Before Christ's advent man was conscious that he is God's creation, but no one could show him the way, to teach him how he will work, to build up his divine image according to the Holy Gospel. The aim of the Savior's advent is to rebuild in man a building to God, that man may once again become that which he was when he was created. The Savior did this by His sacrifice on the Cross, saving us objectively, and it is up to us to work on our personal salvation. He did not merely make sacrifice and then leave us, He also gave us all the divine means by the Holy Spirit through which we will be perfected. For the true designation of man is to live in the Holy Spirit and by the Holy Gospel.
*(The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. pp.60-61 )

To Consider

1. The way to the Kingdom of God.
2. Who will enter the Kingdom of God.
3. The perils along the way to the Kingdom of God.
4. The joys of the journey to the Kingdom of God.
5. The Biblical teachings on the Kingdom of God.

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

1. June 28-Along with Nurse Practioner Mitzie Hunchuck met with researcher assessing impact of Hatfield Ferry Power Plant on the health of area residents.
2. Went to Diocesan Center - June 30, July 1 and 2.
3. Visited resident of SCI-Greene - July 3.

From the Desert fathers

Abba Carion said, 'I have laboured much harder than my son Zacharias and yet I have not attained to his measure in humility and silence.'

The Third Sunday After Pentecost

Matthew 6:22-33

The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore you eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness. No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing. Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil or spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

We assemble today in the Holy Orthodox Church of St. George, a parish founded and maintained by Serbian Orthodox Christians for half a century.
We are the beneficiaries of faithful Orthodox Christians through the centuries. Many individuals known and unknown to us personally have contributed to this parish. We draw strength and inspiration from faithful Orthodox Christians who have remained true to Christ.
We exist solely for the purpose of being a Serbian Orthodox Church. We are not a club. We are not a social institution. We are not a business. We are an integral part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church as so stated in the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed recited at Holy Baptism and at each Divine Liturgy.
We are here to celebrate and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are here to celebrate and participate in the Holy Sacraments, the Holy Mysteries of the Holy Orthodox Church.
We are here to celebrate and participate in the divine services of the Holy Orthodox Church. All that we do must be consistent with the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. All that we do must be consistent with the practices and Holy Tradition of the Holy Orthodox Church. All that we do must be faithful to the holy saints and martyrs who gave and continue to give their lives for Christ.
All that we do must be done with the goal of giving glory to God, of being faithful to God. Every decision we make should be directed toward the kingdom of God. Every decision we make should be measured and weighed against the life and teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We come to be a part of the Holy Orthodox Church through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. We are expected to honor the feasts and the fasts of the Church. We are expected to grow in Christ through life. We are expected to be familiar with the lives of the saints, the writings of Holy Scripture, and the iconography of the Church.
As Orthodox Christians, we are expected to pray regularly. We are expected to be familiar with St. Paul's admonition to the Thessalonians to pray without ceasing (I Thess.5:17)
Today's Gospel directs us to seek first the kingdom of God. When we seek first the kingdom of God, everything we do, every relationship we have is put in the proper perspective. When God is first in our lives, we can look to God for help in determining all else in our lives.
Each choice we make should be measured by whether or not the intended outcome draws us closer to the kingdom of God.
We are located in Southwestern Pennsylvania, very close to West Virginia. We are united in Faith and we are united in worship with Orthodox Christians around the world and through the centuries.
God has blessed us and continues to bless us. Today and each time the Divine Liturgy is served, we give thanks to God. We pray to God.
It essential that we always remember the Supreme Sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. We have Jesus Christ's Precious Body and Blood at each Divine Liturgy because He went to the Cross for us.
Being an Orthodox Christian is an identity drawn from Christ, an identity with Christ. This identity comes at Holy Baptism. Our lives should be lived consistent with the identity.
The love of God was manifested on the Cross. The love of God is manifested when God is faithful to those faithful to Him. God's love is shared with all. God's goodness is shared with all.
We come to know our own individual purpose in life when we come to God in prayer, when we come to God in worship, when we partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.
God helps us to come to understand the talents given to us. God helps us to understand the responsiblities given to us. God helps us to deal with the problems confronting us.
Today's Gospel provides the direction for peace. Today's Gospel provides the direction for a life of confidence in God. Today's Gospel provides assurances from God.
The faithful through the centuries bear witness to God. This St. George Church is here because Serbian Orthodox Christians came here knowing of the importance and centrality of the Church in life.
We meet our responsiblities to Christ by being faithful to Christ. We meet our responsibilties to Christ by seeking Christ. We meet our responsibilities to Christ by always returning to Christ from paths of departure.
Today's Gospel tells us to seek first the kingdom of God. Each day and throughout each day, let us remind ourselves to seek first the kingdom of God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 23/July 6, 2003.
St. Aggrippina, Martyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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