St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 390 - June 12 / June 25, 2006


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
June 12 / June 25, 2006
Second Sunday after Pentecost
No. 390

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

Hebrews 11:1-2

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.

Services This Past Week
June 18
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Thirty-eight people came for Divine Liturgy. Five communicants.
June 19
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 20
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came and read the Akathist to Archangel Michael for personal benefit.
One person came for the Service of Thanksgiving and Akathist to St. John the Baptist.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 21
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 22
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Six people came for the Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
June 23
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came to personally read the Ninth Hour and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
June 24
One person came for personal benefit to read the Midnight Office and First Hour.
One person came for personal benefit to read the Ninth Hour and Akathist to Jesus Christ.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
Today
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Third and Sixth Hours, Divine Liturgy.

Mornings
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 5:30 AM.

Afternoons
Monday - Wednesday at 4:00 PM. Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 PM.

Wednesday
Divine Liturgy at 8:30 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 28 - Vidovdan - Great martyr Prince Lazar. All Serbian Martyrs.
July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul
July 26 - Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel
August 2 - St. Elijah.
August 5-6 - Diocese Days
August 8 - Clergy Brotherhood Annual Assembly
August 9-11 - Sabor
August 13 - Parish Healthcare Day
August 14 - Dormition Fast begins
August 19 - Feast of Holy Transfiguration

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

Parish Life

Include a trip to Shadeland in your plans this summer.

Include a trip to Monastery Marcha in your plans this summer.

Plan to attend Diocese Days August 5-6.

Pray for the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

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

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in care and nursing homes and the homebound and the individuals caring for them.

Honor the Apostles Fast until the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on July 12.

Four people came to Adult Class this past Thursday to discuss St. Mary of Egytp, St. Nikolai Velimirovic and Stewardship. Class this week will be a lecture on "Science and Faith" by Dr. Anatoli Peredera. 7:00 PM = Thursday.

Read your Bible for the benefit of your soul.

Do you listen to the parish radio program each week? Do you tell others about the program?

A Thought from Very Reverend Dr. Milan Popovich

The Bible is God's word. In the Bible God speaks to us. The Bible was written by men inspired by God. In the Bible, God revealed himself to us. Reading the Bible, we learn about God's Holiness and about our sinfulness. Then, we learn in which way we can be saved from sin and many other important matters.

(The Very Rev. Dr. Milan G. Popovich. Exposition of the Orthodox Faith Published by the Serbian Orthodox Diocese in the United States of America and Canada, 1957, p. 3 )

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

To Consider

The martyrs of Kosovo past and present.
The importance of Kosovo for the Serbian Orthodox Church.
The confession of faith by the martyrs of Kosovo

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 19 - Blessed one home.
June 19 - Visited a family in the parish.
June 21 - Visited a family in the parish.
June 22 - Went to Diocesan Center.
June 22 - Visited Orthodox Christian in a nursing home.
June 23-24 - Travelled to Elizabeth, New Jersery for Christian Education meeting.

From the Desert Fathers

There was at that time a meeting at Scetis about a brother who had sinned. The Fathers spoke, but Abba Peor kept silence. Later, he got up and went out: he took a sack, filled it with sand and carried it on his shoulder. He put a little sand also into a small bag which he carried in front of him. When the Fathers asked him what this meant, he said: "In this sack which contains much sand, are my sins which are many; I have put them behind me so as not to be troubled about them and so as not to weep; and see here are the little sins of my brother which hare in front of me and I spend my time judging them. This is not right, I ought rather to carry my sins in front of me and concern myself with them, begging God to forgive me for them.' The Fathers stood up and said, 'Truly, this is the way of salvation.'


The Second Sunday After Pentecost - 2006

Matthew 4:18-23

And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

The Gospel message for today is a "call" to follow Jesus Christ. Each person receives the "call" to follow Christ in every time segment throughout the day.

At every moment of our lives we chose to follow Christ, to deny Christ, or to remove ourselves from Christ. We are constantly making decisions regarding our life and Christ.

We have minds to consciously think about Christ. We have hearts to open to Christ. We have homes to open to Christ. Our lives can be transformed by Christ.

We limit our growth in Christ by our commitment to Christ. When we give all to Christ in love and faith, we can do so with confidence. Believers following Christ never have cause for remorse.

The present Gospel speaks about the call to the Holy Apostles. Every person has the opportunity to follow Christ. Every person has the opportunity to confess Christ by the way he or she lives.

Every person has the opportunity to study Christ. Every person has the opportunity to find the meaning of life in Christ. Every person has the opportunity to find the fulness of life in Christ.

Too often believers engage in activities that are not productive. Too often believers engage in activities that do not lead to growth in Christ.

The fast periods of the Church enable believers to return to Christ. The fast periods of the Church enable believers to renew their focus on Christ.

The life in Christ is a life of joy. The life in Christ is a life resting in the Cross of Christ. The life in Christ develops in the light of the Resurrection.

Serious believers look to Jesus Christ as the "author and finisher" of the faith (Heb. 12:2) Always we must return to Christ. Always we must read about Christ. We must read the words of Christ in the Holy Gospel.

When we are depressed, when we are at out lowest point in life, there is no substitution for reading the Holy Gospel. There is no adequate substitution for partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

The New Testament gives believers facts about the Lord Jesus Christ. No adequate substitutes in daily Christian life for the serious reading of the New Testament.

Believers need to set priorities in life. Reading the New Tesament is a priority for believers.

Believers benefit from thinking about the miracles performed by the Lord Jesus Christ. Believers benefit from the Gospel account of Christ's birth, death and resurrection. Believers benefit from the Gospel account of Christ's Transfiguration.

Time is best viewed when viewed through the words of Christ. Illness is best understood when understood through the words of Christ. Health is best understood when viewed in context of Christ's teachings.

Thinking about Jesus Christ seems obvious to believers. The stresses of modern life, the temptations of modern life, the demands of modern life can draw a person away from Christ. A believer can become distracted.

Forgiveness of sins and new life in Christ is possible for the believers. Trust in Christ is necessary. Understanding the Cross is part of Christian life is necessary.

Change through the life in Christ requires a lasting effort. The life in Christ lasts from Holy Baptism until departure from this life. Good use of the mind is made when considering Christ throughout the day. Good use of the heart is made when the heart is opened to Christ.

Giving thanks to Jesus Christ is an act of appreciation. Following Christ entails giving thanks to Christ. Following Christ entails being nourished by Christ.

Peter, Andrew, James and John invested their lives in Christ. We do well to invest our lives in Christ. An investment in Christ is an investment in the Kingdom of God.

The time of life is precious time. Turning our lives over to Christ is an act of faith not to be forgotten.

While time exists, let us give our lives to Christ

Let us keep Christ foremost in our hearts and minds. Let the Precious Name of the Lord Jesus Christ be repeated prayerfully throughout each day, beseeching His great mercy for the salvation of our souls.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 12 / June 25, 2006

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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