St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 282 - May17/May 30, 2004

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

May17/May 30, 2004
No. 282

Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at 12:15 on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown.

Galatians 1:23

But they were hearing only, "He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy."

Services This Past Week

May 23 - Twenty three people came for Divine Liturgy.
May 24 - Three people came for Matins, First Hour, and reading of the Lives of the Saints. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
May 25 - Three people came for Matins,First Hour and reading of the Lives of the Saints.. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
May 26 - Three people came for Matins, First Hour and reading of the Lives of the Saints. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
May 27 - Three people came for Matins, First Hour and reading of the Lives of the Saints. Three people came for Vespers.
May 28 - Three people came for Matins, First Hour and reading of the Lives of the Saints. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
May 29 - Two people came for Matins, First Hour and reading of the Lives of the Saints. Seven people came for the Akathist to the Departed and Pomen for All Individuals Buried from the Church. All graves were blessed in the St.George Cemetery. Two graves were blessed in Masontown Cemetery.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
Today and each Sunday, Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM. On Pascha it is earlier.
Morning Services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 6:30 AM
Afternoon Services - Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:30 PM. Tuesday at 2:30 PM. Thursday at 6:30PM.
Saturday - Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM, Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont Slava celebration. If you plan to go to Fairmont, please tell Fr. Rodney

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Great Feast of Pentecost
Monday - Day of the Holy Spirit
June 3 - Sts. Constantine and Helen
June 6 - Sunday of All Saints - Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic.
June 7 - Third Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Thank you to Andrea Janson for bringing the grass for Pentecost.
Thank you to the parishioners attending the Akathist for the Departed and Pomen on Souls Saturday. The names of all individuals buried from the St. George Church were read. Every grave in the St. George Cemetery was blessed.
Congratulations to Eric Rose, Carmichaels High School graduate.
Congratulations to Paige Shosky scheduled to attend Carnegie Mellon University this summer.
Workers will be needed for the picnic next week.
Thank you to the parishioners already preparing for the picnic.
Pete Smargie deserves recognition for veterans' graves having flags.
Milosh Serb Krewasky's photos have a wide circulation including on the internet and in various newspapers from time to time.
Tom Hunter has produced a number of videos that serve as records of parish life.
Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.
Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia.
Shadeland Camp applications are available. Counsellors and volunteers are needed.
Pray for individuals in nursing homes, care homes, hositals, jails and prisons, and rehab centers.
The best way to help the parish is to live as a faithful Orthodox Christian each day.
Pray for the men and women working in the prisons in Greene, Fayette and Monongalia Counties.
Six people came to Adult Class on Thursday. The new video about the settlement of the Serbian People in Johnstown, Pennsylvania was shown. Class again this week following the evening service.

A Thought From Dr. Predrag Matejic *

Hilandar was, remains, and will always be a representation of all that which is the very best in us. Hilandar needs to be whole, and continue to be a symbol of not only our past greatness, but of that which unifies us, of that which helps define us, no matter where we live. It has helped sustain us throughout the centuries: it will need our help now to continue to do so.
*(Cyrillic Manuscrpt Heritage. May 2004. P. 2 )

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville

To Consider

The Holy Spirit in our lives.
The Holy Spirit as known to Orthodox believers.
The seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit at Chrismation.
The Holy Spirit and the liturgical services of the Church.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 23 - Attended Slava dinner at Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church, Youngwood.
May 20 - Served at funeral for Ann Torbich at St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa.

From the Desert fathers

Abba Poemen said, "Many of our Fathers have become very courageous in asceticism, but in fineness of perception there are very few."

Feast of Pentecost 2004

John 7:37-52, 8:1-2

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, "Truly this is the Prophet." Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, "Will the Christ come out of Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?" So there was a division among the people because of Him. Now some of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid hands on Him. Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, "Why have you not brought Him?" The officers said, "No man ever spoke like this Man!" Then the Pharisees answered them, "Are you also deceived? Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him? But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed." Nicodemus (he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them) said to them, "Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?" They answered and said to him, "Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophet has arisen out of Galilee." But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them.

Pentecost has arrived. This Great Feast is the center of attention in churches wherever Orthodox believers assemble today. Thoughts turn to the disciples being filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts.2:4).

Thoughts turn to the churches dedicated to the Holy Trinity. A sense of completeness is experienced. Pascha has been celebrated. The Feast of Ascension has been celebrated. Now the Feast of Pentecost is in the forefront.

This celebration reaches back in time. This celebration joins with Orthodox Christians through the centuries and around the globe. Today in many different languages, on every continent, the Feast of Pentecost is being celebrated.

Orthodox brothers and sisters in Christ are united in this celebration. Attention is focused on the Holy Gospel according to St. John. The Lord Jesus Christ is called a Prophet. The Holy Gospel records memorable descriptive words about Jesus: "No man ever spoke like this Man!"

The Feast of Pentecost lifts believers from this world. The Feast of Pentecost lifts the thoughts of believers to a higher level. Believers are inspired to think about the Holy Trinity. Believers are inspired to think about the Holy Spirit. Believers are inspired to think about the Lord Jesus Christ.

Coming to Church on the Feast of Pentecost can be unsettling. Thinking about God can be unsettling. God is at work. Christian lives are not intended to be stagnant. Christians are expected to grow and mature in Christ.

Jesus invited those who believe in Him to come and drink. Believers come to Christ and drink from His words in the Holy Gospel. Believers come to Christ when drinking from the Holy Chalice.

Christ is lasting nourishment. Christ is ever-present nourishment. Christ is divine nourishment.

Orthodox believers choose to be present in churches today. Orthodox believers choose to worship Christ today. Orthodox believers choose to gather together to give glory to God today.

Believers' lives take their meaning from Jesus Christ. Each Orthodox Christian is sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. Believers become different at Baptism. Believers become different at Chrismation.

The Feast of Pentecost enables believers to focus on the way lives are different when they are devoted to Christ, when they are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Believers are challenged to view life as cooperation with God. Believers are challenged to live as God would have believers to live.

Each day believers struggle to make choices between good and evil. Believers struggle each day to make decisions leading to and maintaining unity with Christ.

The Gospel for today describes Jesus as Teacher. Jesus taught in the temple. Jesus continues to teach to this day. Jesus teaches all willing to listen. Jesus teaches all willing to follow.

The Gospel message deserves serious attention. The Feast of Pentecost deserves serious consideration.

The Feast of Pentecost shapes the world. The Feast of Pentecost sets in motion an order of worship throughout the world. Orthodox Christians are directly affected. Orthodox Christians affect others when celebrating the Feast.

Churches celebrating Pentecost as the parish Slava strongly identify with the Feast. This identification is expressed in many different ways.

Reason exists to celebrate today. Reason exists for Christians to celebrate everyday. Having life from God is reason to celebrate. Today and each day reason exists to pray to, give thanks to, and glorify the God. God is the Source of Life. Think about the Christ's sacrifice on the Cross for believers to have life.

Today believers kneel. Today believers call upon the Holy Spirit to come and abide in them and cleanse every impurity. The prayer bears repeating regularly.

The presence of God today is sensed in the festal celebration. It is time to pray to God, to give thanks to God, to worship God with great regularity. Today and everyday, believers benefit when turning to the Holy Trinity with completeness of attention.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Feast of Pentecost.
May17/May 30, 2004

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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