St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 336 - May 30 / June 12, 2005


The Orthodox Faith


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
May 30 / June 12, 2005
Sunday of Holy Fathers of First Ecumenical Council
No. 336

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

2 Timothy 2:22

Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Services This Past Week

June 4 - One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 5 - One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist to the Resurrection, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour. Thirty-two people came for Divine Liturgy. Two people came for the Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
June 6 - One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection, Akathist to the Resurrection, Matins and First Hour. Four people came for the Akathist to St. John the Baptist and Vespers, cutting of the Kolach and blessing of the Kolijvo.
June 7 - One person came for Midnight Office and Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection. Two people were present for the Akathist to the Resurrection, Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 8 - One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist to Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to Resurrection. Two people came for Matins. Two people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Vespers.
June 9 - One person came to St. George Church for Midnight Office, Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to Communion. Two people came to St. George Church for Matins and First Hour. Ten people came to Holy Trinity Mission for Divine Liturgy. Six people came to St. George Church for Akathist to St. George and Akathist to the Mother of God.
June 10 - One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Cross. Two people came for Matins and First Hour. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services this Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Midnight Office, Akathist to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins, First Hour, Divine Liturgy.
Monday, 5:30 AM - Midnight Office, Akathist to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Archangel Michael, 6:30 AM - Matins and First Hour. 4:30 PM - Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Friday, 4:30 PM - Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Saturday, 5:30 AM - Midnight Office, Akathist to Jesus Christ, Matins and First Hour.
Saturday, 1:00 PM - Akathist for Departed-Blessing of Graves to follow.
Saturday, 4:30 PM - Vespers

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 17 - St. Mitrophanes, First Patriarch of Constantinople. Apodosis of Ascension
June 18 - Memorial Saturday, Grave blessings in afternoon.
June 19 - Pentecost
June 20 - Pentecost Monday, Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont Slava at 5:30 PM.

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

Parish Life

Thank you to all attending and supporting the parish outdoor program and picnic.
Dr. Rade Dimritic is a welcome presence at the St.George Church.
Mr. And Mrs. Michael Sweda make it a point to come to the St. George Church when they are in the area.
Very Reverend Stavrofor Dean Stevan Stepanov, Dean of the Pittsburgh Deanery, visited the parish for his annual inspection on June 10, 2005. He spoke with Executive Board President Stan Brozik and reviewed the records kept ofTreasurer Dorothy Bozik and Financial Secretary Dolores Zivkovich. Andrea Janson prepared the records of Minutes of the Parish Annual Assembly and Executive Board meetings for review. In addition, Dean Proto Stepanov reviewed the ecclesiastical and administrative records of the parish and viewed the church.
Seven people attended the Adult Class on Thursday evening at which time St. Bishop NIKOLAI's sermon on the Feast of Ascension was heard and discussed. The next Adult Class will be on June 23 (To be confirmed in next bulletin)
Consider attending the Slava at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont on June 20. Please inform Father Rodney. This will is the Fifth anniversary of the Fairmont Mission!
Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.
Remember the homebound, those in care homes, nursing homes, hospitals, jails and prisons and rehab centers.
Listen to the parish radio program on Sundays or on the parish website any day of the week.
Read your Bible daily for the benefit of your soul.
Come to church one additional weekday per month.
Plan to visit Shadeland and Monastery Marcha this summer.
Remember and honor your family Slava.

A Thought from St. Athanasius

For in truth the disciples of Christ, instead of fighting each other, stand arrayed against the daemons by their habits and virtuous actions, and chase them away and mock their captain the devil. Even in youth they are chaste, they endure in times of testing and persevere in toils. When they are insulted, they are patient, when robbed they make light of it, and, marvellous to relate, they make light even of death itself, and become martyrs of Christ.
(St. Athanasius. On the Incarnation.. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1996, p. 91. )

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

To Consider

The Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.
The council practices of the Holy Orthodox Church today.
The effect of the Ecumenical Councils through the centuries.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 5 - Attended parish outdoor program and picnic.
June 8 - Blessed one home.
June 9 - Served Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.
June 10 - Was present for Dean's inspection.
June 11 - Went to Shadeland for a camp meeting.

From the Desert Fathers

The priest of Niria asked him how the brethren ought to live. He replied, 'With much labour, guarding their consciences towards their neighbor.'

Holy Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council 2005

John 17:1-13

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

These words in the present Gospel message were spoken as Jesus completed His earthly work in bodily form.

Centuries preceded the birth of Christ. His birth was long awaited. Centuries before the birth of Christ the Holy Prophet Isaiah spoke about the Wonderful Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Is. 9:6)

Centuries have followed the birth of Christ. Orthodox Churches are located throughout the world. New parishes are opening daily. The message of Christ continues to be proclaimed.

Eternal life is a central part of the present message. Eternal life is the desired goal for each believer.

Individuals are nourished by Christ in the Church. Individuals receive the Precious Body and Blood of Christ in the Church. Individuals hear the Gospel of Christ in the Church.

Individuals are united in Christ in the Church. Individuals learn best about Christ in the Church. We hear the words of Christ in the Church. Simon Peter said to Jesus: "To whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life." (Jn. 6:68)

Assurance and reassurance come from Christ in the Church. Direction and hope and strength are found in Christ in the Church. The ability to solve problems and development of a life perspective is found in Christ in the Church.

The formation of understanding of the Divine best takes place in the Church. The Church is the environment for the Christian. The Church is protection for the Christian.

Leaving the Church puts one at risk. Leaving the Church makes one vulnerable. Leaving the Church puts one in opposition to the teachings of the Church.

Christ is inexhaustible. Believers in each century, on each continent partake of His Precious Body and Blood. Believers in each century, hear the Gospel.

Today's Gospel reveals the love and care of Christ. Today's Gospel enables believers of every century to think about the relationship between Jesus and God the Father. Today's Gospel message enables believers to consider the unity of Jesus and God the Father.

The present Gospel message speaks to each believer willing to hear and incorporate the message in his or her life. Individuals are at different levels of Christian growth and understanding. The message will have a different effect on each person.

The Gospel message casts light upon the day. The Gospel message gives light to each day. Believers turning to the Gospel message can do so with confidence. The Gospel is enduring.

Today's Gospel is rich in the words of Christ. Today's Gospel message reveals much about Christ.

St. John Chrysostom writing about the present Gospel message said "Christ came not merely to manifest Himself, but also about to teach virtue ineffable." Chrysostom continued, saying: "It behooveth the teacher to teach, not by words only, but also by actions." 1

One learns about Christ by studying the life of Christ. One learns about Christ by studying the Holy Scriptures describing the centuries before Christ took on human flesh. One learns about Christ by actively participating in the Divine services of the Church.

Blemishes are not found in Christ. Sins and faults are not found in Christ. Imperfections are not found in Christ.

Christ taught in many ways. Christ continues to teach in many ways. Christ welcomes those coming to learn about Him. The Lord said: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls." (Mt.11:28-29)

Listening to and reading the Holy Gospel is important for the soul. Deliberate care of the soul deserves attention as does care of the body.

Now is the time to care for the soul. Now is the time to listen to and learn about Christ.
1A Select Library of the Christian Church. Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers Vol.14. Chrysostom: Homilies on the Gospel of Saint John and the Epistle to the Hebrews. Edited by Philip Schaff. Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, Massachusetta, 1994, p. 296.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 30 / June 12, 2005
Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council. May 30/June 12, 2005.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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