St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 283 - May24/June 6, 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

May24/June 6, 2004
Sunday of All Saints
No. 283

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

I Thessalonians 1:2-3

We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father.

Services This Past Week

Pentecost Sunday - Forty people attended Divine Liturgy with Kneeling Prayers of Vespers. One communicant.
May 31 - Five people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Akathist to the Holy Trinity and Vespers.
June 1 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Akathist to the Holy Trinity and Vespers.
June 2 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour.
June 3 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Four people came for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity.
June 4 - Two people came for the Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Akathist to the Holy Trinity and Vespers.
June 5 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour to St. George Church. Ten people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va. One person came for Akathist for Communion and Vespers at St. George Church.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy and each Sunday at 10:00 AM except Pascha when it is earlier.
Morning Services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 6:30 AM
Afternoon Services - Monday and Friday at 4:30 PM. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday at 7:00 PM. Thursday at 6:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Outdoor Religious Program and Parish Picnic
June 7 - Third Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist. Apostles Fast Begins. Honor the Fast.
June 16-17 - Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood Annual Meeting, Detroit
June 26 - Parish Vidovdan Observance - Covered dish dinner.
June 28 - St. Lazarus the Great Martyr and All Serbian Martyrs - Vidovdan

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Thank you to all parishioners and friends of the parish helping with and supporting the religious program and picnic today.
A warm welcome to visitors to the parish today.
Congratulations to Frances Dragich's daughter Myra Bernhart, recognized for her work in job training and development.
Ten people came to the Adult Class on Thursday when two papers were discussed on the topics "In the Image and Likeness of God" and "On the Existence of Males and Females." Class again this Thursday following the evening service.
Aaron Carson is doing research on the Robena Mine Disaster. His work can be a valuable contribution. If you have accurate first hand knowledge of the Disaster, tell Aaron.
Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija
Campers, counsellors and volunteers are needed at Shadeland.

A Thought fom Deacon Radovan Jakoljevic

It is important to remember that God is able to do everything through His saints. Only strong faith and patience is requested from us, since without them we cannot expect any help. How can we expect from God something if we do not give something of ourselves to Him? He does not request a lot from us. He does not ask for silver or gold, nor any hard physical labor, but only unshakeable faith and unceasing prayer. He wants us to restore that lost image within us, which was stained with transgressions and disobedience toward Him. Therefore, our goal here on earth is to live according to God's commandments so that we can restore the former godlikeness. Saints have spent all their lives regaining that image, and that's why they received the reward of incorruptibility.
(St. Luke Newsletter June 2004. St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church of Washington D.C. )

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

To Consider

The different saints commemorated by the Church throughout the year.
The importance of knowing the saints remembered each day in the Church.
Learning from the lives of the saints on a regular basis throughout the year.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 1 - Visited patient in Uniontown Hospital.
June 2 - Went to Ruby Memorial University Hospital, Morgantown. Visited with patient's family.
June 4 & 5 - Went to Uniontown Hospital to visit two patients.
June 6 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont for Mission Slava.

From the Desert fathers

She (Syncleta) also said, 'Imitate the publican, and you will not be condemned with the Pharisee. Choose the meekness of Moses and you will find your heart which is a rock changed into a spring of water.'

Sunday of All Saints, 2004

Mt. 10: 32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30

Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. Then Peter answered and said to Him, "See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?" So Jesus said to them, "Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

We are called to confess Jesus Christ before men. We are called to confess Jesus Christ in the way we live our lives. We are called to confess Jesus Christ in the way we distribute our time, our talent and our financial resources.

We are called to confess Jesus Christ in our homes, on our jobs and in our community activities. We confess Christ by living according to the teachings of Christ. We confess Christ by demonstrating Christian love in our relationships with others.

We confess Christ by being kind and forgiving as Christ was kind and forgiving. We confess Christ by serving others. We confess Christ by being humble. We confess Christ by being familiar with the Holy Gospel, with the teachings and life of Christ.

We confess Christ by coming to Holy Confession and by partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. We confess Christ by being active in the Holy Orthodox Church, the Mystical Body of Christ.

Christ is to be first and foremost in our hearts and minds. If Christ is first and foremost, we will show love to our parents. We will show love to our husbands or wives, to our children, to our friends, to our co-workers.

If Christ is first in our hearts and minds, we will be compassionate toward the needy, friendly toward the necomer. We will devote attention to the sick. We will visit the imprisoned. We will feed the hungry.

If we love Christ, prayer will be on our lips as often as we can consciously pray. If we love Christ, we will devote our lives to Christ. We will dedicate our work to Christ.

Christ will know our love for Him. Christ will know the thoughts in our minds, Christ will know the amount of time we devote to prayer, to growth in Christ.

We come to Christ at Holy Baptism. We come to Christ when we approach the Holy Chalice. We come to Christ seeking forgiveness when we come to Holy Confession. We come to Christ when we seek to be anointed at the Service of Holy Unction.

The proclamation of the Gospel summons us to Christ. The proclamation of the Holy Gospel directs our attention to Christ.

If we deny Christ, we are not faithful to our baptismal commitment. If we are weak in our faithfulness to Christ, we do not honor Christ as we professed we would at Holy Baptism.

Care must be taken not to be lukewarm in faith. Care must be taken to follow Christ. Care must be taken to be faithful to Christ.

Temptations and attractions will offer detours and avenues away from Christ. Vigilance is needed to remain with Christ, to follow Christ.

If we pray, Christ will hear us and help us. If we are faithful to Christ, Christ will know it and help us.

We pray for Christ's Kingdom to come. We pray for God's will to be done. Are we conscious of these prayers? Do we live as if we are preparing for Christ's Second Coming?

Much goes on and has gone on through the centuries. Are we able to discern and focus on the elements of life that lead to eternal life? Are we able to discern and discard those aspects of life hindering our growth in Christ?

Life in Christ provides completeness. Life in Christ provides peace. Life in Christ is characterized by hope.

The choices we make for Christ are voluntary choices. The love we have for Christ is from the heart and is not forced.

Our love for Christ will never match the love Christ has for us. Christ gave His life for us. He suffered for us. He died for us.

Christ's love for each succeeding generation shows the depth of His love. Christ continues to have love for each person. Christ's love is never exhausted.

We see Christ's love in our daily lives if we look for it. We see Christ's love in the lives of others, if we look for it.

Time is defined by the love of Christ. Time is defined by Christ taking on human flesh. Time is measured according to Christ's Second Coming.

We have a limited period of time on earth. The time we have will either be used for the glory of God or to our detriment. We must choose how we will use the time alloted to us by God.

The present Gospel directs that we confess Christ. Every day is the opportunity to confess Christ. Let our prayer be to confess Christ each day with our whole heart and whole mind.

God knows the measure of our love. God knows the measure of our Christian commitment. God knows if we confess Him throughout the day, every day.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Sunday of All Saints.
May24/June 6, 2004

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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