St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 285 - June 7/20, 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

June 7/20, 2004
Third Sunday after Pentecost
No. 285


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

Matthew 6:30

Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Services This Past Week

June 13 - Twenty-six people came for Divine Liturgy.
June 14 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
June 15 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 18 - Five people came for Matins and First Hour. Father Rumen Stoychev came to serve accompanied by Manol and son Toma Karamandelev from New York City. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 19 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy.
Morning Services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 6:30 AM.
Afternoon Services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 4:30 PM. Thursday at 6:30 PM.
Tuesday 10:00 AM - Divine Liturgy, Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 27 - Parish Vidovdan Observance, Program and Covered Dish Dinner
June 28 - Great Martyr Tsar Lazarus of Serbian and Serbian New Martyrs. St. Spyridon, Patriarch of Serbia. St. Ephraim, Patriarch of Serbia.
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist
July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul.
July 28 - Holy Equal to the Apostles Great Prince Vladimir
July 31 - Monastery Marcha Slava
August 2 - St. Elijah
August 7-8 - Diocese Days at Shadeland.
August 9 - St. Panteleimon
August 19 - Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
August 22 - Apostle Matthias
August 28 - Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary.

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

Parish Life

Plan to attend Diocese Days at Shadeland on August 7-8. This is a new step for the Diocese and will be very educational and inspirational. See the bulletin board to sign up.
Adult Class this week on Thursday following evening service.
Honor the Apostles Fast each day until July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul.
If each parishioner came to one weekday service per month, the parish would benefit greatly.
Orthodox Christianity is intended to be lived each day throughout the year.
Remember the homebound, the shut-ins, those in care and nursing homes, hospitals, those with serious illnesses, those without family members nearby.
Consider visiting Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont.
Consider a trip to Shadeland this summer.
Father Djokan Majstorovich, Popadija Mirjana, Savo and Marta visited this week.
Take time to read your Bibles.
If you have comments or have heard comments about the radio broadcast, please make them known to Father Rodney.
Increase your knowledge: Read a book about the Serbian Orthodox Church.

A Thought from St. Basil the Great

Consider the analogy of the sunbeam: each person upon whom its kindly light falls rejoices as if the sun existed for him alone, yet it illumines land and sea, and is master of the atmosphere. In the same way, the Spirit is given to each one who receives Him as if He were the possession of that person alone, yet He sends forth sufficient grace to fill all the universe. Everything that partakes of His grace is filled with joy according to its capacity-the capacity of its nature, not of His power.
(St. Basil the Great. On the Holy Spirit. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1980. pp. 43-44 )

Remember St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville

To Consider

The Holy Spirit in our lives.
The Kingdom of God in our lives.
The redirection needed in each life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 16-17 - Attended meeting of Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of United States and Canada held in Detroit, Michigan.
June 18 - Visited resident of Cloverdale Care Home, Carmichaels.

From the Desert fathers

Once it happened that Abba Pambo made the journey to Egypt with some brothers. Meeting some lay people who were sitting down, he said to them, 'Stand up, greet the monks, so that you may be blessed, for they speak with God without interruption and their lips are holy.'

The Third Sunday After Pentecost

Matthew 6:22-33

The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore you eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness. No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing. Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil or spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

The focus for each Orthodox Christian is firmly expressed and clearly established in the present Gospel reading. The Lord Jesus Christ spoke clearly for every generation of believers to hear: "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness."

The words of Christ are preserved in the Holy Orthodox Church. The words of Christ are proclaimed for believers to hear throughout the world and during each century.

Each believer is to keep his or her eye on the kingdom of God. Each believer is to live with the goal of the kingdom of God as the ultimate destination. Every decision, every action, every plan, every idea, every relationship is to be weighed and measured according to the ultimate destination of the kingdom of God.

Believers cannot wait until the end of earthly life to give serious thought to the kingdom of God. Believers cannot waste time daily and then rush to God with a frantic emergency appeal when death seems imminent.

Believers never know when earthly life will come to an end. From the time of Holy Baptism until the final earthly breath, believers are expected to lead responsible lives devoted to Christ. Believers are expected to conform their daily lives to the way of Christ, to the life in Christ.

The present Gospel is a Gospel of assurance. Material goods and material needs are provided by the good and loving God. God knows the needs of believers. God knows the hearts of the believers. God provides in abundant ways and with beauty beyond human comprehension.

Believers learn to live with human suffering when lives are firmly rooted in God. Believers learn to deal with tragedies when lives are firmly rooted in God.

Believers learn to have resolute hope when Christ is the constant focus. Believers are nourished to the depths of the soul and receive a foretaste of the kingdom when partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

The Holy Gospel provides believers with the resources for all aspects of life. The Holy Gospel arms believers for the daily trials of life. The Holy Gospel lifts believers to heights beyond anticipation.

We come to the present time knowing full well centuries of believers have preceeded the present. We come to the present time with an obligation and responsibility to honor the sacrifices made through the centuries. We come to the present time knowing full well Orthodox Christians have have suffered greatly as witnesses for Christ.

Today in many parts of the world, freedom does not exist for Orthodox believers. Today in many parts of the world, it is perilous to profess faith in Christ. Today, everywhere, believers must take seriously the life in Christ.

The life in Christ provides the peace passing all understanding. (Phil.4:4) The Holy Apostle Paul made clear the importance of Christ in his life when he told the Corinthians: I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified." (I Cor.2:2)

Entry into the baptismal fount is the entry of the total person into the life in Christ. Entry into the baptismal fount is an expression of complete faith in Christ. Entry into the baptismal fount is a profound move toward the kingdom of God.

For believers, the world is perceived according to the teachings of Christ. For believers, the world is understood only through turning to God in faith.

The present Gospel addresses the material needs of believers. The present Gospel directs the attention of believers from the material needs to the kingdom of God. The present Gospel encourages believers to be disciplined in vision and purpose.

Confidence in God comes through prayer. Confidence in God comes through faith. Confidence in God comes through trust.

Abraham's willingness to sacrifice Isaac out of obedience to God is a perfect example of trust in God and of God not disappointing believers. (Gen.22:9ff)

The present Gospel comes to us in the Divine Liturgy of the Holy Orthodox Church. The present Gospel message and each Gospel message is to be understood according to the teachings and practices of the Holy Orthodox Church.

The Divine Liturgy enriches and shapes the lives of serious believers. The Divine Liturgy provides believers with the nourishment of Christ. The Divine Liturgy unites believers with Christ.

Believers seeking to come to the Divine Liturgy frequently enrich their lives proportionately. Believers seeking to be immersed in the Gospel of Christ enrich their lives proportionately.

The present Gospel message proclaims irreplaceable standard and goal for believers. The present Gospel message is the compass directing believers to the kingdom of God.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Sunday of All Saints.
June 7/20, 2004
Martyr Theodotys of Ancyra.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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