St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 290 - July 12/July 25, 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

July 12/July 25, 2004
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 290

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

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Classes and Services This Past Week

July 18 - Thirty people came to the Divine Liturgy.
July 19 - One person came for Matins and First Hour.
July 20 - Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 21 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. One person came for Akathist to St. Alexis, Man of God and Akathist to Jesus Christ. Three people came to Adult Class to discuss the Divine Liturgy.
July 22 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 23 - One person came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for the Akathist to the Cross, Akathist to Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow and Ninth Hour.
July 24 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour.

Classes and 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., Adult Class at 7:00 - continued discussion of Divine Liturgy
Monday - Divine Liturgy, Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont at 10:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Nativity of Blessed Virgin Orthodox Church in Masontown will have a service at noon at the Shrine to St. Panteleimon with a dinner to follow.
July 26 - Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel
July 28 - St. Vladimir
July 31 - Monastery Marcha Slava celebration.
August 2 - St. Elijah
August 7-8 - Diocesan Days at Shadeland. Sign up this week if you are going.
August 9 - St. Panteleimon
August 15 - Parish Healthcare Day, Covered dish dinner.
August 19 - Feast of Holy Transfiguration
August 28 - Dormition of Mother of God, St. George Kolo hosting KSS Federation

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

What is the parish most well known for?
What purposes were set forth for the St. George Church in the service on the day of consecration?
To what degree does each of us honor our baptismal commitment to Christ as King and God?
What percent of each day is spent consciously thinking about God?
What percent of each day is given to God in prayer and good works for the glory of God?
What percent of each day do we devote to learning more about God and the Holy Orthodox Church?

A Thought from St. Basil the Great

What makes us Christians? "Our faith," everyone would answer. How are we saved? Obviously through the regenerating grace of baptism. How else could we be? We are confirmed in our understanding that salvation comes through the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Shall we cast away the standard of teaching we received? This would surely be grounds for great sorrow; if we now reject what we accepted at baptism, we will be found to be further away from our salvation than we first believed. We would be no different from someone who died without baptism, or who had been baptized with an unacceptable form. We made this profession when we first entered the Church; we were delivered from idols and came before the living God. Whoever does not hold fast to this confession as his sure foundation at all times, to the end of his life, makes himself a stranger to God's promises.
(St. Basil the Great. On the Holy Spirit. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1980, 1980. pp. 46-47. )

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

To Consider

Our Baptismal Commitment to Christ as King and God.
Our profession of Faith as expressed in the Nicean-Constantinopolitan Creed.
The degree to which we fully live up to the profession of Faith.
The degree to which we love God and our neighbor.
The measure of our sinfulness.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 21 - Visited patient, Uniontown Hospital.
July 22 - Visited resident of SCI-Greene. Visited two residents of Rolling Meadows Home, Waynesburg.
July 23 - Scheduled to visit home of new parishioner in Greene County.

From the Desert fathers

He (Poemen) also said, 'Wickedness does not go away with wickedness; but if someone does you wrong, do good to him, so that by your action you destroy his wickedness.'

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost 2004

Matt 14:14-22

And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, 'This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.' But Jesus said to them, 'They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.' And they said to Him, 'We have here only five loaves and two fish.' He said, 'Bring them here to Me.' Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.

Today the Holy Gospel tells us of the generosity of Jesus Christ. Jesus fed more than five thousand men, women and children. He continues to feed the faithful. He continues to feed all willing to be nourished by His teachings. He continues to feed all partaking of His Precious Body and Blood.

The Precious Chalice is never empty. Believers come to the Chalice on all continents and during each century. Each time a person receives the Body and Blood of Christ, the person is strengthened, renewed and united with Christ.

The feeding of the multitudes described in the present Gospel reveals that believers always have reason to hope in Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is always the reason to hope. Jesus Christ gives believers resources to utilize in daily life. Jesus Christ helps believers to face their responsibilities.

Seemingly insurmountable circumstances become manageable with Jesus Christ. Large tasks are reduced to manageable portions with Jesus Christ. Hope replaces feelings of hopelessness when believers turn to Jesus Christ.

When we read and listen to the Holy Gospel, we read and hear what has actually taken place as recorded historically. The Holy Gospel is a historical record with meaning for every day, every year, every century. The Holy Gospel is more than a historical record. The Holy Gospel brings us directly the words, life and teachings of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ was born into this world physically at a specific time, in a specific location, in a particular culture. Jesus Christ lived in bodily form on this earth during a certain period of time.

We measure our time from the birth of Jesus Christ. The Holy Gospel helps us to identify locations associated with the earthly life of Jesus Christ. The Holy Gospel helps us identify specific individuals living at the time Jesus Christ took on human flesh.

One who reads and listens to the Holy Gospel never exhausts the learning possibilities. We never "master" the Holy Gospel. If we study, we continue to learn. If we are faithful, we continue to draw near to Jesus Christ.

The Holy Orthodox Church wants believers to hear the Holy Gospel through the year on a regular basis. The Holy Orthodox Church wants believers to hear the Psalms and other Old Testament writings throughout the year.

The Orthodox Christian life is completely interconnected with Holy Scripture. Serious believers devote time to reading and being attentive to the Holy Scriptures.

Believers coming to Jesus Christ in faith seek to have their lives improved. They seek a better life known only in Christ. Individuals and groups of people around the world have countless directions to take with their lives.

Orthodox Christians have chosen the path of Jesus Christ. Orthodox Christians dedicate their lives to Jesus Christ. Orthodox Christians profess Jesus Christ as King and as God.

Orthodox Christians find in the Holy Orthodox Church the completeness necessary for daily living throughout life. There is no need to seek fulfillment beyond the Church.

When Christ is the center of life, the family life, work, community activities and social activities are governed by and formed by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.

Prayer gives form to the journey with Christ. Prayer gives direction for the journey with Christ. Prayer help believers to hear and to draw near to Christ.

Caution is necessary not to have too narrow a vision of God. Caution is necessary not to turn to God only in times of crises or want.

Daily we are to come to God in prayer. Daily we are to come to God in appreciation. Daily we are to come to God and confess our sins.

The Holy Spirit is at work in the world. The Holy Spirit is at work in the lives of believers. We need to be attuned to the Holy Spirit in our lives. We need to be attentive to the work of the Holy Spirit in the world.

God gave us minds enabling us to think. Let us apply our thinking to God in our lives. Let us apply our thinking to ways we can be better united with Jesus Christ.

We will never exhaust the teachings of Jesus Christ. We will never tire of the nourishment coming from Jesus Christ.

The love of Christ, the joy of Christ is evident for those who turn to Christ in faith.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 12/July 25, 2004
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Sts. Proclus and Hilarion, Martyrs. St. George, Hieromartyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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