St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 237 - July 7/July 20, 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

July 7/July 20, 2003
Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
No. 237

I Peter 1:8-9

Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith---the salvation of your souls.

Services This Past Week

July 13 - Twenty nine people came for Divine Liturgy. Parastos for Nick Rantovich.
July 14 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 16 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 17 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Seven people attended Vespers. including Father Tom Wesdock.
July 18 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

July 26 - Pilgrimage - Picnic at St. Sava Camp, Shadeland - Most Holy Mother of God Monastery
August 1-3 - One Hundredth Anniversary - St. Nicholas Church - Steelton.
August 2 - Holy Prophet Elijah - Slava of Parish in Aliquippa.
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
August 19 - Feast of Holy Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ.
August 28 - Dormition of Mother of God - Kolo Slava.
September - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist.
September 14 - Church New Year

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

1. When parishioners pray fervently and extensively daily, it helps the parish.
2. Jack Rose completed the icon stand at the entrance to the picnic grounds. Take time to visit this very special site dedicated to our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you to Jack for a job extremely well done.
3. Fred Glumsic has been at work repairing the floor in the church hall.
4. Tom Hunter has been at work relocating wiring in the church hall. Tom has prepared videos of the Divine Liturgy for use by our parishioners who cannot come to services each Sunday.
5. Help will be needed for the August 3 picnic. Baked goods will be needed.
6. Is it reasonable to believe the multiple burn marks in the parking lot come from the stacks of the nearby Hatfield Ferry Power Plant?
7. The Orthodox Church is concerned about the environment. Will there ever be a health care study done on the impact of the power plant on the people of this area?
8. It is good to have Father Djokan, Popadija Mirjana, Savo and Marta Majstorovich back in the area for a visit.

A Thought From His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN *

By His incarnation the Son of God also fulfilled our nature, which He put on in holiness and lifted up to the divine throne. Since He is in the Church with this nature, through it holiness is given to all of us who believe. That is why Holy Scriptures often speak of the holiness of the Lord Jesus Christ as man.
*(The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. 2001 )

To Consider

1. The demons we face each day of our lives.
2. The ever present help of Christ in facing demons.
3. The weakness of demons when confronted by Christ.
4. The peace established by Christ.
5. The hope for all coming from Jesus Christ.

Remember the St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

1. July 14 - Visited resident of Cherry Tree Nursing Home. Visited three residents of Mt.St.Macrina Manor.
2. July 13 and 15 - Went to St. Sava Camp-Shadeland.
3. July 16 - Visited patient at Mon General Hospital - Morgantown.
4. July 18 - Travelled to Monastery Marcha for Slava celebration on July 18-19.
5. July 16 - Attended Parish Executive Board Meeting
6. July 13 - Help Pomen for Pete Rantovich at Funeral Home in Masontown.
7. July 14 - Funeral Service for Pete Rantovich with burial in St. Mary Orthodox Cemetery in Masontown.

From the Desert fathers

Abba Elias, the minister said, 'What can sin do where there is repentance? And of what use is love where there is pride?

Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

Mt. 8:28-9:

When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way. And suddenly they cried out, saying, "What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God?" Have You come here to torment us before the time? Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding. So the demons begged Him, saying, "If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine." And He said to them, "Go." So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water. Then those who kept them fled; and they went away into the city and told everything, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region. So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.

We assemble today in the Holy Divine Liturgy and listen attentively to the words of the Holy Gospel. The words of the Holy Gospel come to our ears. The words of the Holy Gospel are intended to enter our hearts.
We are accountable for the words of the Holy Gospel when we hear them. We are expected to incorporate the words of the Holy Gospel into our lives. Our lives are expected to improve and be better because we have heard the words of the Holy Gospel.
Great effort and great sacrifices have gone into preserving the Holy Gospel through the ages and spreading the Gospel throughout the world.
We live in a land of abundance. We live in a land where Bibles are plentiful and the freedom to build churches exists. Abundance is not universal in the present day and age. The freedom to build and attend Orthodox Churches is not present everywhere.
There are places in the world where Orthodox Christians put their lives at risk to go to church. There are places where obtaining a copy of the Holy Scriptures comes at a great price and risk to personal safety.
Having the freedom to worship and the ready accessibility of Bibles and other religious books are reasons for giving continual thanks to God. We have every reason to make full use of our freedom to worship. We have every reason to make full use of the readily available Bibles and other religious books.
Let us pray fervently for those who suffer from religious oppression and those who live in lands where hostilites take place against Christians. Let us learn more about God, about God's Holy Church, about the men and women and children through the centuries who have become saints and martyrs in the Holy Orthodox Church.
The present Gospel speaks about two demoniacs. Daily we face demons in our own lives. The demons that confront us must be repelled by the Christian way of life. Love and peace in Christ, commitment to Christ and the Christian way of life are the way to deal with demons.
Demons lose strenghth when faced with Christ. Demons become nullified when faced with Christ. Through prayer, we become united with Christ. Through the Holy Sacraments we become united with Christ. Through exercising sound choices consistent with the way of Christ, we become united with Christ.
The Orthodox Christian way of life is not simply a life of negativisms, of "Thou shall not's". The Orthodox Christian way of life is a life of fulfillment in Christ. The Orthodox Christian way of life is a life of joy in Christ.
The Orthodox Christian way of life enables individuals to develop their gifts from God for the glory of God. The Orthodox Christian way of life involves growth in Christ.
The demons called Jesus the Son of God.We must ask ourselves the degree to which Jesus Christ fills our daily thoughts. We must ask ourselves the amount of time each day we fill with prayer to Jesus Christ. We must ask ourselves the degree to which Jesus Christ fills our hearts each day.
At Baptism and at each Divine Liturgy we recite the Nicean-Constantinopolitan Creed. The Creed expresses our belief in God. Our lives are to be lived consistent with this belief.
It is important that we continually reassess the way we live our lives. It is important we live according to the life and teachings of Christ, according to the Holy Gospel.
Life is a precious gift from God. Life on earth is time limited. The time we receive from God is to be invested with God. to be used for the glory of God.
Demons will appear before us along the roadways of life. If we follow Christ and we are faithful to Christ, the demons will be defeated by Christ. Christ restores and establishes peace. Christ opens blocked roadways.
When we reach out to Christ and follow Christ, we can do so with the greatest of confidence in Christ. Christ never disappoints those who turn to Him in faith.
The fullness of the life in Christ is experienced by living for Christ, by seeking complete unity with Christ.
At Baptism and Chrismation, our complete bodies are dedicated to Christ. We are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. We become different. We become new at Holy Baptism and Chrismation.
We experience growth and renewal in Christ when we continue in the sacramental life of the Church throughout life.
God is always in control of the world. Demons lose their strength and go to their death when faced with Christ. Jesus Christ is the Victor. Jesus Christ is always victorious over demons. He is victorious over death. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, the Life. (Jn.14:6)
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 7/July 20, 2003.
St. Thomas of Mt. Maleon and St. Nedlja, Martyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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