St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 284 - May31/June 13, 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

May31/June 13, 2004
Second Sunday after Pentecost
No. 284


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

I Timothy 1:2-3

To Timothy, a true son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

Services This Past Week

May 24 - Thirty-five people came for Divine Liturgy. Eight people were present at the time of the Akathist to Jesus Christ at the Cross in the Cemetery in the afternoon
May 25 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Four people came for Divine Liturgy, Blessing of the Slavski Kolac' and Kolijo. Two people were present for the Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Vespers.
May 26 - Three people were present for Matins and First Hour. Three people were present for the Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Vespers.
May 27 - Two people were present for Matins and First Hour. Two people were present for the Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
May 28 - Two people were present for Matisn and First Hour. Four people were present for the Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Vespers.
May 29 - Two people were present for the Matins and First Hour. Two were present for the Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Vespers.
May 30 - Two people were present for Matins and First Hour. One person was present for the Akathist to St. Panteleimon. Two people were present for the Akathist for Communion and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.
Morning services - Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday at 6:30 AM.
Afternoon services - Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:30 PM.
No services on Wednesday or Thursday. No class Thursday.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 16-17 - Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood Meeting, Detroit.
June 26 - Parish Covered Dish Dinner, Vidovdan Remembrance.
June 28 - St. Lazarus Great Martyr and All Serbian Martyrs.
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist
July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul

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

Parish Life

It was nice to have Protonica Romana Prodanovich attending Divine Liturgy here recently with daughter Vesna and grandaughter Tess.
Thank you to all for working following the picnic to bring it to an orderly conclusion.
Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia.
Remember the homebound, those in hospitals and care homes and rehab centers.
Remember the mentally ill, those in prison and with emotional problems.
Pray for the cure of the addicted.
Remember those working in mines and other dangerous occupations.
Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.
Honor the fast until Sts. Peter and Paul, July 12.
Plan to visit Shadeland this summer.
Plan to attend Diocese Days-August 7-8.
It was good to see many visitors from other parishes at the picnic last Sunday.
Five people attended Adult Class this past Thursday. Mildred Bezjak gave a presentation on the Pennsylvania Prison Society.

A Thought From Dr. Veselin Kesich

Who was Jesus? The Church confessed him as Christ, the culmination of the history of salvation, the fulfiller of God's plan for his people. He was also the Lord, the risen Christ, who belonged not only to the past but who was permanently present in the community of believers as the center of their theological and liturgical life. Finally, Jesus was the Son of God, preexistent, incarnate, and exalted, according to the Church's creed.
(The Gospel Image of Christ. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1991, p. 166. )

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

To Consider

The individuals chosen by Christ directly.
The passage of time since Christ walked the earth.
Christ's life and words as communicated through the centuries in the Church.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 8 - Served at funeral of George Mistovich, St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa.
Jume 9 - Visited parishioner, Ruby Memorial University Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.
June 10 - Blessed home of parishioner.
June ll - Visited resident of SCI-Greene. Visited parishioners at home. Visited patient at Uniontown Hospital.
June 12 - Attended Shadeland Committee Meeting, Diocese Center, Mars, Pa.

From the Desert fathers

It was said of Abba Poemen that he never wished to speak after another old man, but that he preferred to praise him in everything he said.

The Second Sunday After Pentecost, 2004

Matthew 4:18-23

And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John answered the "Call" of Jesus Christ to "Follow Me". Jesus Christ called them to become "fishers of men." Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John would go on to live in ways that changed the world forever.

Today we remember Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John as being among the exclusive group chosen directly by Jesus Christ to follow Him. These apostles were part of Christ's initial gathering together of followers.

The apostles chosen by Christ would become identified with the formation of God's Holy Church. Today, centuries later, we think back to the beginning. We look to Christ and His first bringing together of followers to help to understand our history.

We cannot separate our lives as Christians from the lives of the earliest Christians and from the lives of the Christians through the centuries. We must take precautions to be faithful to Christ when we choose to follow Him.

Today it is time to listen carefully to the words of the Holy Gospel. Today it is time to listen carefully to the teachings of Jesus Christ. We learn directly from Jesus Christ when we listen to the Holy Gospel.

Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John were blessed to hear Jesus Christ speak directly to them. They were blessed to see Christ. They were blessed to be part of the history of the world when Jesus took on flesh.

We are blessed with the opportunities to follow Jesus Christ. We are blessed with the opportunities to hear the teachings of Jesus Christ. We are blessed to have centuries of history revealing Jesus Christ.

It is important that we pray to God for the vision to see the direction we are to go as Christians. It is important that we listen to God to hear the words He speaks to us.

The response of the chosen apostles was quick and immediate. They left their nets and followed Christ. They were convinced by Jesus Christ to follow Him. They were willing to leave behind them their jobs to follow Christ. It helps us to think about the initial impact Jesus made upon these apostles.

Jesus preached the gospel of the kingdom. Jesus healed sicknesses and disease. The record of Jesus' healings continues to this day. The Holy Scriptures serve as the primary record of these healings. The Holy Scriptures serve as the primary record of Christ's preaching of the kingdom.

We go forward thinking about the preaching of Jesus Christ. We go forward treasuring each word of Jesus Christ. Faithful Christians through the centuries have preserved the teachings of Christ and have spread them to all parts of the world.

The words of Christ have changed the world through the centuries. The words of Christ have been memorized and put into action by believing Christians.

Orthodox missionaries today and for centuries bring the Gospel of Christ to new believers. The need to spread the Gospel of Christ to each generation continues.

Different languages are used to spread the teachings of Christ. The message is the same in each language. Peoples of all languages need to hear the words of Jesus Christ.

The saving power of Jesus Christ is needed by people from every country. The love of Jesus Christ is needed by people everywhere. The healing power of Jesus Christ is needed by the sick in every hospital, in every rehabilitation center, in every nursing home.

Today's Gospel points us in the direction of Jesus Christ. We are "called" by Christ to follow Him. The decision to follow Christ is an individual decision. The effect of the decision goes beyond the individual.

When we follow Christ, we become known as followers of Christ. People treat us as followers of Christ. We have a set of rules and standards to adhere to as followers of Christ.

Followers of Christ are set apart in the world from those who do not follow Christ. Not everyone who chooses to follow Christ initially remains faithful to Christ.

Today we heard about Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John. It does us good to think about the Holy Apostles. We must pray to God that we remain faithful followers of Christ. We want very much that God will remember us in His kingdom.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Sunday of All Saints.
May31/June 13, 2004
St.Hermes the Apostle. St.Hermias, the Martyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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