St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 287 - June 21/July 4, 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 21/July 4, 2004
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 287


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

Philipians 1:27

Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the Gospel.

Services This Past Week

June 27 - Twenty-nine people came for Divine Liturgy.
June 28 - Four people came for Divine Liturgy. The Funeral Service was held for Mary Saunders. Burial was in Lafayette Memorial Cemetery. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 29 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 30 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 1 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. Alexis,Man of God.
July 2 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Akathist to the Cross and Akathist to Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow.
July 3 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour to St.George Church. Eight people came to Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont. Two people came to St. George Church form Akathist to Communion and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy.
Mornings - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 6:30 AM.
Wednesday - 6:30 AM, Divine Liturgy.
Afternoons - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 4:30 PM. Thursday at 6:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist
July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul.
July 31 - Monastery Marcha Slava celebration.
August 2 - St. Elijah
August 7-8 - Diocese Days at Shadeland - No services at St. George Church.
August 9 - St. Panteleimon
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 28 - Federation/St. George Kolo Slava. - Dormition of Mother of God
September ll - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 21 - Nativity of Mother of God
September 27 - Exaltation of the Cross

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

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Parish Life

Thank you to all supporting the Vidovdan Program.
Sign up for Diocese Days at Shadeland
Three people came to Adult Class on Thursday. The various prayers of the Church were discussed. Class again this week at 7:00 PM.
Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.
Honor the Apostles Fast until the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on July 12.
Take time to learn a new prayer this week.
If each parishioner came to one weekday service during the month, the parish would benefit.
If each parishioner increased in prayer and fasting, the parish would benefit.
Thank you to each person helping with Mary Saunders' pomen and funeral.

A Thought from St. Basil the Great

How can we be safe if we tear the Spirit away from the Father and the Son? Faith and baptism are two inseparably united means of salvation. Faith is perfected through baptism; the foundation of baptism is faith, and both are fulfilled through the same names. First we believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; then we are baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The profession of faith leads us to salvation, and then baptism follows, sealing our affirmation.
(St. Basil the Great. On the Holy Spirit. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1980. pp. 49-50 )

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

To Consider

The daily prayers known and used by Orthodox Christians.
The frequency of prayer in each home.
The frequency of prayer in each person's daily life.
The prayers remembered by each person.
The prayers read regularly from the personal prayer book.
The use of the Psalms in our prayer life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 22 - Visited parishioner in Morgantown.
June 27 - Pomen, Mary Saunders held in New Salem.
June 30 - Visited parishioner in Uniontown.
July 1 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars.
July 2 - Went to radio station, Uniontown.

From the Desert fathers

A certain brother asked the abbot Poemen, saying, "What am I to do, Father, for I am troubled by sadness?" The old man said to him, "Look to no man for aught, condemn no man, disparage no man: and God shall give thee rest.

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost 2004

Matthew 8:28-9:1

When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way. And suddenly they cried out, saying, "What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time? Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding. So the demons begged Him, saying, "If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine." And He said to them, "Go." So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water. Then those who kept them fled; and they went away into the city and told everything, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region. So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.

This Holy Gospel lesson comes to us in the Serbian Orthodox Church. The Holy Gospel comes to us having been translated into current language. The Holy Gospel comes to us preserved, proclaimed and defended through the centuries.

Until the Second Coming of Christ, each generation has a responsibility to live Christian lives. Each generation has a responsibility to be faithful to Christ, to learn about Christ.

The present Gospel illustrates the presence of demons. Each person struggles with his or her demons. Christ is the conqueror of demons. Christ is the source of lasting peace.

No problem in life is too large for Christ to bring to manageable proportions. No problem in life is so foreboding that Christ cannot bring improvement. No problem in life need lead to failure when we can call upon Christ.

Each day the Holy Orthodox Church sets before us certain feasts, certain saints. Each day the Holy Orthodox Church nourishes the lives of faithful believers. We learn from the saints. We learn Christ best in the Church.

This morning's Gospel describes Jesus Christ conquering demons in the two possessed men. The work of Christ was witnessed by others. Christ continues to destroy demons today.

The peace of Christ comes when demons are destroyed. The peace of Christ is the result of Christ triumphing in the face of adversaries. The peace of Christ is evidence of Christ's divinity.

We use our minds when we read the Holy Gospel. We affect our total beings when we consider the Holy Gospel.

The Holy Orthodox Church expects believers to listen to the Holy Gospel. The Holy Orthodox Church expects believers to be familiar with the life of Christ.

We become different when we are united with Christ. We become different when Christ is the Master of our lives.

Our Lord said "No servant 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." (Lk.16:13)

We come to know Christ through prayer. We come to know Christ through fasting. We come to know Christ through repentance.

We experience the joy of Christ when we receive Him into our lives. We receive the joy of Christ when we immerse our lives in His. We receive the joy of Christ when love permeates our hearts and that love is Christ.

Being Christian involves more than pure academic knowledge. Being Christian involves more than a minimal profession of faith. Being Christian includes a shedding of the old self and the putting on of the new self.

Growth is expected throughout the life in Christ. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "We all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord." (2 Cor.3:18)

When we consciously experience Christ, we know of the life in Him. Nothing equals the life in Christ. Nothing equals the joy of Christ.

The present Gospel is a perennial lesson. The present Gospel lesson teaches each time it is studied. The present Gospel lesson gives shape to the world and changes the world.

The power of the Gospel is the power of Christ. The power of the Gospel is not stopped in times of adversity.

We do well when we realize the limited knowledge we have of Christ. We do well when we realize our complete lives have their primary place in Christ.

When we yield our lives to Christ, we turn away from the devil. We move in the direction of the Kingdom of God.

Martyrs have died that we may live in Christ. Christ died that we may live in Him. The Resurrection of Christ established lasting hope. The Resurrection of Christ provides the necessary light when our lives are threatened by darkness.

When fierce adversaries threaten us, let us learn from today's Gospel. St. Apostle Paul to the Philippians: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phil.4:13)

We never know all there is to know about Christ. We never reach the point when we cannot know more about Christ and grow more in Christ. Demons will always threaten us. In Christ, we learn the way to face demons.

Demons will always meet us along the road to the Kingdom. When we rely on Christ, when we put our complete trust in Christ, we will never be disappointed.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 21/July 4, 2004
Martyr Julian of Tarsus.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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