St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 236 - June 30/July 13, 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 30/July 13, 2003
Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
No. 236



Matthew 8:10

When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, "Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel."

Services This Past Week

July 6 - Twenty-nine people attended Divine Liturgy.
July 7 - Two people came for Matins and Divine Liturgy.
July 8 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Six people came for the Akathist ot St. John the Baptist and Vespers.
July 9 - Four people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers. Anna Mjorling was received into the Holy Orthodox Church. God grant her many years!
July 10 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Seven people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God. Father Rumen Stoychev came to serve.
July 11 - Four people came for Matins and First Hour. Two came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 12 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Six came to Holy Trinity Mission for Divine Liturgy. One communicant. Two came to St. George Church for Akathist for Holy Communion and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

July 13 - Today - Divine Liturgy
Monday - 6:30 AM - Matins and First Hour. Ninth Hour and Vespers - 4:30 PM.
Wednesday - 6:30 AM - Matins and First Hour. Ninth Hour and Vespers - 4:30 PM.
Thursday - 6:30 AM - Matins and First Hour. Vespers-7:00 PM
Friday - 6:30 AM - Matins and First Hour.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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 9 - St. Panteleimon, the Great Martyr. St. Clement of Ochrid
August 10 - Parish Healthcare Day
August 11-12 - Parish Overnight Camp (Needs to be confirmed)
August 13 - Dormition Fast begins

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

Parish Life

1. Thursday night classes are growing in size. This past week six adults were in attendance. A video about St. Catherine's Monastery was shown. Plan to come next Thursday.
2. St. Mary's Church in Masontown is having a chicken roast on Sunday July 20. We are invited.
3. Plan to visit Shadeland camp this summer. Consider volunteering a couple of days.
4. Make the trip to Monastery Marcha next Saturday.
5. It is not too late to attend the 100th Anniversary of St. Nicholas Church in Steelton - Aug. 1-3.
6. Consider coming to one or more of the weekday services at St. George Church.
7. Executive Board Meeting - Wednesday - 6:30 PM.
8. Sympathy to the family of Pete Rantovich departed this life on the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.
9. It was good too see Major Richard Menhart, wife Kesa, and daughter Brittany in Church.

A Thought From His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN *

Every member of the Church works on the growth of the Body of Christ, and this can be done only if one first builds the Church of God and a place of love for his neigbor in himself. Not only that, one must also work on one's own growth. From the beginning and until the end of his life, man is a collaborator of God. The Divine synergism will not cease even in the next life. An example of such Theandric cooperation is given in the Lord Jesus Christ. Synergism is given in the Church and through the Church.
*(The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. p. 59 )

To Consider

1. The work of the Holy Apostles.
2. The effect of Jesus Christ on the lives of the Apostles.
3. The way the Apostles were chosen.
4. Bishops as successors to the Holy Apostles.
5. Apostolic Succession in the Holy Orthodox Church.

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

1. Went to Pittsburgh for pomens for Milton Dudukovich and Sam Mandich - July 7.
2. Served at funerals of Milton Dudukovich and Sam Mandich - Pittsburgh - July 8.
3. Went to Diocesan Center - July 10
4. Visited patient at Ruby Memorial Hospital Morgantown - July 10.
5. Visited home of parishioners July 10.
6. Blessed two homes - July 7.
7. Went to Mckeesport for pomen for Alex Medich - July 11.
8. Served at funeral of Alex Medich in Mckeesport. July 12.

From the Desert fathers

She (Syncletica) also said, 'Just as it is impossible to be at the same moment a plant and a seed, so it is impossible for us to be surrounded by worldly honour and at the same time bear heavenly fruit.'

The Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

Matthew 8:5-13

Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented." And Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him." The centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then Jesus said to the centurion, 'Go you way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you." And his servant was healed that same hour.

Today this Holy Gospel message is before us. The Holy Orthodox Church wants us to hear this message today and every year. The message is so important it has been recorded and preserved through the centuries.
This Gospel message is preached throughout the world. It is worthy of our complete and careful attention. The centurion had great faith. He had faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that Jesus could heal his servant.
Let us weigh our faith in comparison to the faith of the centurion. Let us consider the degree to which we come to Christ in prayer and in faith. Each person, each family, each home, each parish, each community, each nation is affected by the degree of faith and prayerfulness that takes place.
This is the fourth Sunday after Pentecost. The Holy Spirit is at work in the world. Each Orthodox believer is sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit at Chrismation.
The life we have is from God and is dependent on God. We can only find our true purpose in life when we come to the Source of Life, to God, and seek through prayer and worship the meaning of our lives.
By constantly thinking about God and God's creation, by reading the Holy Scriptures, by coming to the divine services of the Church, we come to know God's plan for each of us.
The centurion knew his place in life. He was comfortable in a position of authority. He maintained an abiding care for his servant. He was willing to go to a Higher Authority, to Jesus Christ, to obtain healing for his servant. The centurion knew his personal limits. The centurion knew when it was time for Christ to take over dealing with the servant's health.
We can learn from the seriousness of faith in the centurion. We can learn from centurion of his comfortableness with authority. We can learn from the centurion of his concern for his servant.
Our Lord Jesus Christ said: "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (Jn.10:10) The centurion found new life for his servant in Christ. The centurion's own life was changed and improved abundantly by his coming to Christ for help for his servant.
Our lives are better when we come to Christ in faith. We can help others by coming to Christ and asking His help for those we care for and love.
Intercessory prayer is known to work. We come to know of the value of intercessory prayer by practicing intercessory prayer.
We come to know the value of prayer by praying. We come to know Christ by praying to Christ, by living according to the life and teachings of Christ, by partaking of His Precious Body and Blood, by Holy Confession, by Holy Baptism, by Holy Unction.
The Christian life is intended to be a serious life. The Christian life is about the Kingdom of God. The Christian life is about the salvation of the soul. The Christian life is about partaking of divine nature (II Peter 1:4).
We need to concern ourselves with the holiness of God. We need to concern ourselves with the greatness of God. We need to concern ourselves with the life that comes from and rests in God.
Jesus told the centurion, as he believed, let it be done to him. Our faith in God needs to be complete, total, unwavering. We need to see God at work in our lives. We need to exercise our choices in life that are pleasing to God.
To know God, we must spend time learning about God. We must draw near to God in our daily lives. We must draw near to God daily.
We enter into this world by the grace of God. We remain in this world by the grace of God. How can we not be appreciative to God? How can we not want to spend everyday in praise and giving glory to God?
Who among us can take a breath without the action of God? Who among us can utter one word without the action of God? Who among us can take one step without the action of God?
If God gives us years of life, can we not give God a significant portion of each day? Imagine how grateful the centurion was when his servant was healed. Imagine how grateful the servant was when he was healed.
Every November in America, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated. As Orthodox Christians, we give thanks to God at each Divine Liturgy. In our personal lives as Orthodox Christians, we have multiple reasons to give thanks to God everyday.
The way we live our lives will reflect our appreciation to God. The way we live our lives will reflect our faith in God. God is love and our lives will reflect this love if we know God. (I John 4:7-8)
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 30/July 13, 2003.
Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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