St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 239 - July 21/August 3, 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 21/August 3, 2003
Seventh Sunday After Pentecost
No. 239



Matthew 9:28-29

And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, "Do you belive that I am able to do this?" They said to Him, "Yes Lord." The He touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith let it be to you."

Services This Past Week

July 27 - Thirty seven people attended the Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
July 28 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Six people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 29 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour.
July 31 - Eight people came for Vespers. Pomen for Bessie Mogush at Funeral Home in Masontown.
August l - Four people came for Matins and First Hour.
August 2 - Three people came for Divine Liturgy. Funeral service held for Bessie Mogush.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

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. Divine Liturgy - Holy Trinity Mission - Fairmont - 10:00 AM. Vespers - 7:00 PM
Friday - Matins and First Hour - 6:30 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 9 - St.Panteleimon, the Great Martyr. St.Clement of Ochrid
August 10 - Parish Healthcare Day - Covered Dish Dinner and Program
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 pray...you are too busy!

Parish Life

1. Thank you to all working for and supporting the picnic and program today. Thank you to all working during the week in preparation for today. Many people did work in behalf of the Church this week.
2. A warm welcome to our visitors.
3. Thank you to the Kolo for preparing refreshments for the roadway meeting Thursday.
4. Thank you to the Choir for singing at the pomen and funeral of Bessie Mogish. May God give comfort and peace to Bessie's family and friends.
5. At one point, nine people were watching the video on St. Basil of Ostrog on Thursday evening. Conclusion to be shown this Thursday following Vespers.
6. Let us give thanks for the One Hundred Years at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church of Steelton, Pennsylvania being celebrated this weekend.

A Thought From His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN *

A true follower of Christ does not complain about his suffering, since he is neither the first nor the last to suffer. Each Christian should accept suffering just like the holy Apostle Paul. For the sufferings of a believer of Christ is a a continuation of His sufferings (Acts 9:4) and they benefit, not only individuals, but also the entire Church, the house of God (I Tim.3:15).
*(The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church p. 68. )

To Consider

The healing power of Jesus Christ.

The place of faith in being healed by Jesus Christ.

The use of our eyes as God would have us to do.

The use of our ears as God would have us to do.

The use of our ability to speak as God would have us to do.

The use of our hands as God would have us to do.

Remember the St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 27 - Visited a patient at Cherry Tree Nursing Home - Uniontown. Visited two patients at Mt.St.Macrina Manor. Stopped to leave literature for a third resident and attempted a visit.
August l - Went to St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Steelton for Anniversary celebration.
August 2 - Visited patient at Cherry Tree Nursing Home - Uniontown.

From the Desert fathers

Abba Poemen also said about Abba Isidore that whenever he addressed the brothers in church he said only one thing, 'Forgive your brother, so that you also may be forgiven.'

The Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

Matthew 9:27-35

When Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed Him, crying, and saying, "Thou Son of David, have mercy on us". And when He was come into the house, the blind men came to Him: and Jesus said unto them, "Believe you that I am able to do this?" They said unto Him, "Yes Lord." Then He touched their eyes saying, "According to your faith, be it unto you." And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straightly charged them, saying: "See that no man know it." But they, when they were departed, spread abroad His fame in all that country. As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a dumb man possessed with a devil. And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marveled, saying, "It was never so seen in Israel." But the Pharisees said, "He casteth out devils through the prince of devils. And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

The Holy Orthodox Church has divine services everyday of the year. The Holy Orthodox Church has a schedule of services to fill out each day. Believers have every reason to draw strength from these services which are held throughout the world.
Literally, there is an Orthodox service taking place somewhere every minute of the day. Because of the geography of the earth and the difference in time zones, the order of services for the day is literally continuous.
Orthodox services include prayers for the peace of the whole world and for the holy churches of God. Orthodox services include prayers for every city and country and for the faithful who dwell therein.
There are times we will feel alone but we are not alone. There are times we will feel lonely but can draw comfort from knowing that someone in a church or monastery somewhere is praying for us. We belong to parish church but are united with Orthodox Christians around the world and through the centuries.
The Holy Gospel message we hear today is being heard in Orthodox Churches everywhere. The Holy Gospel message we hear today has been preserved and proclaimed through the centuries.
This parish is relatively new in comparison to Orthodox Churches on other continents which are centuries old. It is inspiring to enter a church where divine services have been held for centuries.
Let us pray and live in Orthodox Christian ways pleasing to God that this parish will continue to be blessed to serve generations to come. We know that our Lord Jesus Christ will return. We must prepare well for His glorius Second Coming.
Today's Gospel speaks of the faith of the blind men. St. Paul's Epistle to the Hebrews (Chapter 11) provides an instructing lesson on faith covering centuries.
Our faith is to be treated with the greatest of seriousness. Our Orthodox Christian identity is to be treated with great seriousness. We find in Christ the healing power for the salvation of our souls. We find in Christ the healing power for a peaceful life.
Today's Gospel said that Jesus Christ went about preaching the Gospel of the kingdom. Let us measure each day of our lives in accordance with the Gospel of the kingdom.
Let each day of our lives be a thorough preparation for the Lord's kingdom. We find in the Gospel of St. Matthew several references to the Kingdom of God.
Our Lord said the Gospel of the kingdom would be preached in all the world before the end would come (Mt.24.14). He said "For as the lightening comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be." (Mt.24:28)
It is important that we be mindful of the Lord's Kingdom. It is important that we be mindful of the Second Coming of the Lord. It is important that as we go about our daily lives we think about God, about unity with God.
The day of the Lord's Second Coming will be with suddenness. The hour and the day are not known. The Orthodox Study Bible says people will be caught unaware.
Today's Gospel message directs our attention to the Gospel of the Kingdom. Let us heed the message and carefully prepare.
In the Gospel of St. Matthew, we learn of the importance of being attentive to the sick, the suffering, the stranger, the hungry and the imprisoned. The way we treat each of these will affect our entry to the Kingdom. (Mt.25:31-46).
In the parable of the virgins, the importance of preparation is greatly stressed. We are to watch with great care for the coming of the Son of Man. (Mt.25:1-13)
Jesus healed the man who could not speak. The present Gospel describes the healing of the man. The devil was cast out. The man's ability to speak is living testimony to the divinity of Christ.
May our words be testimony to Christ. May the words that come from our mouth give honor to Christ. May the devil find no strength or solace in our words.
We must see the connection between our daily lives and the Kingdom of God. Each day of our lives is an opportunity to invest in the Kingdom of God. The way we live our daily lives determines the degree to which we invest in God's Kingdom.
Time is precious. Each day of life is precious. Each day of life is a gift from God. The care with which we treat our lives will reflect our appreciation to God for His gift of life to us.
When we use our gifts from God for the glory of God, we demonstrate our appreciation to God. God gave us eyes to see and mouths to speak. May we use our eyes to see the work of God in our life and in creation. May we use our mouths to confess Christ and witness to Him.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 21/August 3, 2003.
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Prophet Ezekiel.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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