St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 391 - June 19 / July 2, 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 19 / July 2, 2006
Third Sunday after Pentecost
No. 391

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

Hebrews 11:3

By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible

Services This Past Week
June 25
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. Sixth Hour was read.
Twenty-four people came for Divine Liturgy.
June 26
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
June 27
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Five people came for Midnight Office and Vespers.
June 28
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Fourteen people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Ten people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 29
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Eight people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. George.
June 30
One person came each morning to personally read the First and Third Hours and each afternoon to read the Ninth Hour and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
July 1
One person came each morning to personally read the First and Third Hours and each afternoon 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, Third, Sixth Hours and Divine Liturgy.

Daily
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 AM, Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour.

Afternoons
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM, Vespers.
Thursday at 6:30 PM, Akathists.

Thursday morning
10:00 AM - Divine Liturgy, YWCA, Fairmont, West Virginia.

Friday morning
8:30 AM - Divine Liturgy, St. George Church

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

July 9 (Next Sunday) - Farewell Covered Dish (Fasting) dinner for Bill Kovach.
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

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

Parish Life

Seven people came this past Thursday to hear Dr.Anatoli Peredera' s presentation on "Science and Religion." Class again this Thursday at 7:00 PM when George Ben Gapen will discuss iconography.

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

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.

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 His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

But when working on his salvation, a Christian should have before himself holy examples: apostles, martyrs, ascetics and all the saints and he should be careful how he builds his spiritual building (I Cor.3:10-11; cf. Mt.7:24-27). If he builds on a secure rock he will never be in fear that that house will fall. Having in himself the pledge of the Holy Spirit(Eph.1:13-14), the Christian experiences indescribable joy for he is one with Christ. Such a man relates with the angels, with all of God's creation: with the birds, and with the plants, and with all things in general.

(The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 59. )

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

To Consider

The Kingdom of God.
The way to the Kingdom of God.
The prerequisites for entering the Kingdom of God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 25 - Served Akathist to Jesus Christ in home of parish family.
June 25 - Went to viewing for +Michael Churovia at funeral home in Aliquippa.
June 26 - Attended Shadeland Meeting at Diocese in Mars.
June 26 - Visited parishioner in rehab center in Uniontown.
June 27 - Visited Serbian man in Waynesburg Hospital.
June 29 - Went to French Creek, West Virginia.
June 30-July 1 - Went to Jacksonville, Floriday for Christian Education meeting.

From the Desert Fathers

Abbot Matoes used to say of Abbba Tithoes, "No one can ever speak against him, for like pure gold in the balance, so is Abba Tithoes."

The Third Sunday After Pentecost 2006

Matthew 6:22-33

The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore you eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness. No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing. Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil or spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Christians have a responsibility to learn about the Lord Jesus Christ. Christians have a responsibility to learn about Christ as His coming was foretold in the Old Testament.

Christians have a responsibility to learn about the Holy Annunciation, the "announcement of Christ's birth" and each of the subsequent major marking points in Jesus' life as recorded in Holy Scripture.

Christians are asked to study in detail the miracles performed by Jesus Christ. Christians are asked to study in detail the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Just as parents invest in their childrens' future by setting aside money for their education, adults and children need to invest in the Kingdom of God.

Investments are made in the Kingdom of God by the way we live each day. Investments are made in the Kingdom of God by studying the life of Jesus Christ.

Investments are made in the Kingdom of God by reading the Holy Scriptures with great serious. We cannot grow in Christ unless we are willing to invest in Christ by studying His life.

Reverently saying the Jesus Prayer is a major breakthrough for Orthodox Chirstians. The Jesus Prayer is portable and can accompany the person wherever he or she goes. Saying the Jesus Prayer is an investment in the Kingdom of God.

Learning to pray and actively praying for any period of time is an investment in the Kingdom of God. When serious prayer occurs in the home, the fruits of that prayer becomes visible. When life in the home follows the teachings of Christ, the family's life is directly influenced.

When love for Christ is apparent in the home and in the heart, it is apparent in the life of each resident. Nourishing love for Christ requires reading of the Holy Scriptures. Nourishing life for Christ requires repentance.

Parishes are enriched by parishioners seeking the Kingdom of God. Parishes are enriched by individuals coming prayerfully to Church whenever divine services are held.

Love for Christ comes through experience with Christ. Love for Christ is immeasurable. Love for Christ entails love of neighbor.

Introspection is part of the Christian life. Introspection involves seeking the meaning of life in Christ. Introspection involves seeking the Kingdom of God.

Parents are faced with difficult choices when raising a child. The Kingdom of God is the most promising future for any child. Holy Baptism is the beginning of the journey to the Kingdom.

Adults experience the joy of a child or grandchild being baptized.

When a baptism occcurs the newly baptized person begins in earnest the life in Christ.

Each person needs to ask periodically, the following questions:
"How often do I come to Holy Confession and Communion? How often do I read the Holy Bible? Am I at peace with each person coming to Church? Is my life directed toward the Kingdom of God?"

Self assessment is necessary to determine if one's life is directed toward the Kingdom of God.

Believers may go through periods when prayers may seem futile. Believers may go through periods when investments in the Kingdom of God may seem difficult.

Investments can be made in the Kingdom of God by being charitable, by being forgiving, and by fasting.

When Jesus Christ rose from the dead, Lord Jesus Christ changed the life of the world forever. Hope in the life in Christ can never be extinguished.

The love of Christ can never be exhausted. Believers may struggle internally. With Christ there is always hope for a new day and a new beginning. Let us use each day for the glory of God and direct each day toward the Kingdom of God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 19 / July 2, 2006
Holy Apostle Jude, Venerable Pasius the Great, St. John of Shanghai.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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