St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 342 - July 11 / July 24, 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
July 11 / July 24, 2005
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 342

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

Luke 22:32

But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not; and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

Services This Past Week

July 17
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Akathist for Comunion, Matins and First Hour.
Thirty-five people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant. Reverend Father Djokan Majstorovic, Dean of St. Sava Cathedral in New York City served. Popadija Mirjana, Savo and Marta Majstorovic were present.
July 18 - Two people were present for Midnight Office.
One person was present for the Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Theotokos.
Two people were present for Matins and First Hour.
One person was present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 19
One person was present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 20
One person came for Midnight Office.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 21
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to Mother of God, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Akathist to St.Panteleimon and Akathist to St. George.
July 22
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to Mother of God, Matins and First Hour.

Services this Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins, First Hour. Divine Liturgy.
Mornings
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 AM and 6:30 AM.
Afternoons
Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 4:30 PM. Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

July 26 - Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel
August 2 - St. Elijah
August 6-7 - Diocese Days at Shadeland, Plan to attend. St. George Church closed on August 7.
August 9 - St. Panteleimon, St. Clement of Ochrid
August 14 - Parish Healthcare Day, Covered Dish dinner, Dormition Fast begins and continues until August 28.
August 19 - Feast of Holy Transfiguration
August 26 - Apodasis of Transfiguration
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God, Kolo Slava, Covered dish dinner.

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

Parish Life

Plan to attend Diocese Days on August 6-7. You will benefit from the experience.

Take note the St. George Church will not have Divine Liturgy on August 7.

Four people came to Adult Class on Thursday. "Pastoral Care" was the theme. Class again this Thursday 7:00 PM.

Listen to the parish radio program on Sundays on station WMBS.

During the week listen to the parish radio program on the parish website including six months of archived radio programs.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in care homes, hospitals, rehab centers and homebound. Remember their families and the staffs of the facilities.

Thank you to the Kolo for resuming the baking project. Help is always needed.

Read your Bible daily for the benefit of your soul.

Come to church one additional weekday a month.

A Thought from St. Gregory of Nazianzus

If we cannot resolve our disputes outright, let us at least make this mutual concession, to utter spiritual truths with the restraint due them, to discuss holy things in a holy manner, and not to broadcast to profane hearing what is not to be divulged. Do not let us prove that we are less reverent than those who worship demons and venerate obscene tales and objects; they would sooner give their blood than disclose certain words to non-initiates. We must recognize that as in dress, diet, laughter, and deportment there are certain standards of decency, the same is true of utterance and silence, particularly as we pay especial honor to "The Word" among the titles and properties of God. Let even our contentiousness be governed by rules.

(St.Gregory of Nazianzus. On God and Christ.. Translated by Frederick Williams and Lionel Wickham. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 2002, p. 29 )

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

To Consider

What is required for each individual to come to church services more often.
What is required for parishioners to increase the amount of time in daily prayer.
What is required for parishioners to increase the amount of time devoted to reading the Bible.
What is required for more parishioners to follow the fasts of the Church.
What is required for more parishioners to come to Divine Liturgies held during the week.
What is required for more parishioners to attend Divine Liturgy on the day of their Slava.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 19 - Went to Diocesan Center and Shadeland Camp. Went to Mannington, West Virginia to pay respects at funeral home to the family of Troy Tennant, members of Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont.
July 20 - Went to the Greek Orthodox St. Elias Retreat Center in Saxonburg, Pa.
July 22-23 - Went to Diocesan Center and Monastery Marcha for the Monastery Slava.

From the Desert Fathers

He, Isidore the Priest, also said: "If you desire salvation, do everything that leads to it."

The Fifth Sunday After Pentecost - 2005

Mt. 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.

Each Sunday we are blessed to hear the Holy Gospel. Each Sunday we are blessed to be able to experience the Holy Divine Liturgy. Each Sunday we hear the invitation: In the fear of God and in faith, draw near."

We may not realize how blessed we are to have a Holy Orthodox Church that we can come to in relative peace and safety. We may not realize what life is like facing danger when desiring to come to worship. We may not realize the dangers and hardships men and women in other parts of the world face when they identify themselves as Orthodox Christians.

We hear of the hardships and dangers in Kosovo. If we look and listen carefully, we will come to know about suffering Orthodox believers in other parts of the world.

This morning's Gospel speaks about the two demon-possessed men who threatened individuals coming past.

Jesus Christ opened the roadway blocked by the two demon possessed men. Jesus Christ revealed His superiority to the demons. We have the opportunity today and everyday to review our relationship with Jesus Christ. We have the opportunity today and everyday to become more serious and more devoted as Serbian Orthodox Christians.

We may not look to Christ in ways consistent with our Holy Baptism. We may not worship and fall down before Christ as King and as God. We may not have even realize we have strayed from the Baptismal path.

Departure from the Truth, departure from Christ can begin in small, subtle ways. We live in a non-Orthodox land. We live in a land where Orthodox Christianity is deterred, discouraged, and minimized.

The best way we can advance Orthodox Christianity in America is to live according to Christ's teachings each day. The best way we can advance Serbian Orthodox Christianity in America is to live according to Christ's teaching each day.

If each person resolved to live better as an Orthodox Christian, the world would be a better place. If each person came to church more frequently, read the Bible more frequently and honored the fasts more frequently, the world would be a better place.

The lives of the saints offer Orthodox believers examples of Christian witness and examples of Christian inspiration.

Each day the Church offers nourishment to believers. As the Lord's Prayer says, give us this day our daily bread, the Lord does not disappoint the faithful.

The sick, the suffering and the imprisoned can benefit from immediate and lasting sincere attention devoted to God.

Silence and attentiveness are important practices for the Orthodox believers. Taking time to listen to the Holy Gospel, taking time to read the Psalms are important Orthodox practices.

Children begin leaning about God at the earliest of ages. Children begin to be in awe of and sense the glory and greatness of God at the earliest of ages. Seeing children in God's Holy Temple is a joy to behold.

There is much information and many different practices to sort through and become familiar with for serious Orthodox believers.

Growth in Christ requires a steady effort. Growth in Christ requires practices of love.

The church is not only for individuals coming in times of emergency. The Church is for those who seriously repent of their sins. The Church if for those seriously interested in growing in Christ.

The St. George Church reaches out to a large geographic area. The St. George Church welcomes new believers coming to Divine services. The St. George Church welcomes children of all ages to the Divine services.

The Holy Gospel reveals to us the words of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Gospel reveals to us the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ.

When we enter God's Holy Church, we enter Holy Space set aside for God. Our thoughts, our actions, and our demeanor can contribute to the maintenance and growth of Holy Space.

Our homes should reflect our Orthodox commitment. Our homes reveal to all entering whether we are serious Orthodox Christians.

Each parishioner has a contribution to make to the parish church. Each parishioner can affect the parish church positively by living carefully the Orthodox Christian life.

The wise virgins set an example for us to be vigilant. (Mt. 25:10). This morning's Gospel provides reassurance of the presence of Jesus Christ even in threatening circumstances.

Let us remain strong in faith. Let us practice the faith we committed ourselves to at Holy Baptism. Let us seek first the kingdom of God and His righteous. (Mt. 6:33)
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 11 / July 24, 2005
New Hieromartyrs Momcilo Grgurevic and Budimir Sokolovic and commemorated with them.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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