St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 291 - July 19/August l, 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 19/August l, 2004
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 291

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

Matthew 14:31-32

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him: "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

Services and Classes This Past Week

July 24 - One person came for Akathist to Communion and Vespers.
July 25 - Thirty eight people came for Divine Liturgy.
July 26 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 27 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 28 - Four people came for Divine Liturgy. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 29 - One person came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Akathist to the Kurst Root Icon of the Sign and Akathist to St. Nicholas. Three people came for Adult Class for continued discussion of Divine Liturgy.
July 30 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour.

Services and Classes This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy.
Morning Services - Monday (Divine Liturgy), Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 6:30 AM.
Afternoon Services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 4:30 PM. Thursday at 6:30 PM, Adult Class to follow with discussion of Divine Liturgy.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Ninetieth Anniversary Celebration of St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa.
August 2 - St. Elijah
August 7-8 - Diocesan Days at Shadeland. Sign up this week if you are going.
August 9 - St. Panteleimon
August 14 - Dormition Fast begins.
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

It is important that our parish be well-represented at Diocese Days at Shadeland next Saturday and Sunday.
A nice article appeared in the Greene County Messenger about Paige Shlosky this past Friday.
Aaron Carson is doing important work on the Robena Mine Disaster. If you have first-hand knowledge, please help Aaron with his oral history project.
The Kolo will need help this month.
The Choir always sounds good. Last week's sizeable turnout of singers was an added blessing. Thank you to Tom Hunter for doing the recording.
The Choir can be heard on the weekly radio broadcast each Sunday. The radio coverage at times reaches 70-100 miles north and south. Tell your friends in outlying areas to listen.
There will be no church services on August 7th or 8th due to Diocese Days.
The best way to help the parish is to live as a faithful Orthodox Christian each day of the year.
Remember the suffering people in Kosovo.

A Thought from St. Basil the Great

Through the Holy Spirit comes our restoration to Paradise, our ascension to the Kingdom of heaven, our adoption as God's sons, our freedom to call God our Father, our becoming partakers of the grace of Christ, being called children of light, sharing eternal glory, and in a word, our inheritance of the fullness of blessing, both in this world and the world to come. Even while we wait for the full enjoyment of the good things in store for us, by the Holy Spirit, we are able to rejoice through faith in the promise of graces to come. If the promise is itself is so glorious, what must its fulfillment be like? We are also able to distinguish between the grace that comes from the Spirit and mere baptism in water. John baptized in water for repentance, but our Lord Jesus Christ baptized in the Holy Spirit.

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

To Consider

The peace of God.
The peace coming from being focused on God.
The peace which passes all understanding.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 25 - Visited patient at Uniontown Hospital.
July 26 - Served Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont. Nine people came. Visited patient at Monongalia General Hospital.

From the Desert fathers

The holy Syncletica said, "A treasure that is known is quickly spent: and even so any virtue that is commented on an made a public show of is destroyed. Even as wax melted before the face of fire, so is the soul enfeebled by praise, and loses the toughness of its virtues."

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost 2004

Matthew 14:22-34

Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them saying, "be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid." And Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." So He said, 'Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he was that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out saying, "Lord, save me!" And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshipped Him, saying, "Truly, You are the Son of God."

The present Gospel message is a message of faith. Jesus provides calm in the midst of stormy waters. Jesus provides peace in the midst of turmoil.

Christians find peace by looking to Christ. Christians find the peace passing all understanding (Phil.4:7) by remaining faithful to Christ.

World events can cause consternation for those with little faith. Believers trust in God. Believers turn to God for hope and direction.

The Church provides a safe harbor from the storms of life. The Church provides a refuge from trouble. The Church is a welcome port for sailors on the sea of life.

Storms in life test our faith. Storms in life reveal the depth of our faith. Storms in life help believers strengthen their faith. Believers turn to God with confidence in times of turmoil and stress.

Jesus Christ brought calm to the sea. Jesus Christ caused the wind to cease. Believers know that if they turn to God in faith, God will see them through the most difficult of times.

God has control over the elements. In today's Gospel, the power of God is seen at work in bringing calm to the wind. Centuries ago, the power of prayer and faith in God was revealed when Elijah prayed to God with great fervor and rain eventually came (I Kings 17:1-18:45)

Looking to Jesus Christ is beneficial when storms appear on the horizon. Jesus Christ saved Peter. Jesus Christ saves those turning to Him in faith. The lips and hearts and minds of serious believers regularly repeat the prayerful cry of Peter: "Lord, save me."

Jesus assured Peter and told Peter not to be afraid. Fear can erode a person's ability to think clearly. Fear can cause a person to act in ways harmful to the self.

Being united with Jesus Christ daily throughout the day reduces and alleviates fear. Being united with Christ brings unknown and threatening circumstances into a manageable perspective.

From the present Gospel it is learned that Jesus Christ took time to pray alone. Jesus Christ taught that believers should pray in secret (Mt.6:6) The measure of prayer in a person's life affects the stability of that life.

Prayer provides a solid foundation. Prayer helps the believer clarify his or her thinking. Prayer results in the proper direction for life being established.

Jesus is proclaimed the "Son of God" in the present Gospel. It is well to look beyond ourselves to the divine. It is well to consider God in our lives. It is well to consider God at work in the world.

Daily living and daily concerns can cause individuals to lose sight of God. Daily living and daily concerns can result in insufficient time being given to prayer and to contemplation of God.

Jesus walked on the sea. He demonstrated that all things are possible (Mt.19:26) The Resurrection of Jesus Christ broke the barrier of death and established hope for all believers.

Today's Gospel message is a small part in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Taking time to learn more about the life of Jesus Christ benefits the self and others. Taking time to seriously learn about Christ results in change in the believer. Certainly Peter's life was different after seeing Jesus walk on the water and after being saved by Jesus.

Sunday mornings represent a small part of the week. Sunday morning Divine Liturgies are one part of the liturgical life of the Holy Orthodox Church. The Church provides for religious services for everyday and for religious services to be held periodically throughout the day.

Being involved in the religious services of the Church throughout the year provides an important foundation for believers.

Within the religious services of the Church, we not only worship and give glory to God, we also learn more about God. When we are attentive to the words of the divine services, we learn about God.

The divine services teach us about the actions of God. The divine services provide prayerful words giving form to our worship. The divine services enable us to reach out in prayer for ourselves and others throughout the world.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 19/August l, 2004
Blessed Stephen Lazaravich, king of Serbia and his mother St. Militsa (Eugenia in schema).

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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