St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 393 - July 3 / July 16, 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
July 3 / July 16, 2006
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 393

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

Romans 3:21-22

But now the righteous of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe.

Services This Past Week
July 9
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Thirty-four people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
July 10
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Five people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 11
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Five people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 12
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and Frist Hour.
Six people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
July 13
One person came to personally read Akathists.
July 14
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 15
Three people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.

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

No daily services this week

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

July 23 - Reception of parishioners and dinner for Joe Hunchuck at his home.
July 26 - Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel
July 28/29 - Monastery Marcha Slava
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 19 - Feast of Holy Transfiguration
August 28 - Feast of Dormition of Mother of God-Kolo Slava.

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

Parish Life

Thank you to all helping with the dinner for Bill Kovach last Sunday.

Protopresbyter Djokan Majstorovic was here this week and always sends his greetings. Father Djokan and Protonica Mirjana have reason to feel good about the way Savo read the Epistle in Serbian language last Sunday.

Remember the miners, living and departed.

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

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprison and homebound.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

Read your Bible for the benefit of your soul.

Thank you to all baking this past week.

It is good to have Mike Rogish back in the area.

A Thought from Proto Stavrofor Dr. Nedeljko Grgurevich

Man is the center of all that is created in this world and as such brings together all creation, making of it one single physical world. The chief meaning of man's life in this world and his final goal is, among other things, to have a share in the divine life. Because man does not possess a completely independent in relation to God, he must gravitate toward a union with God. Union with man is not necessary to God, but union with God is necessary to man. By uniting himself with God in a communion, man begins to realize his goal already in this earthly life.

(Protopresbyter Stavrofor Dr. Nedeljko Grgurevich. The Eucharist as Sacrifice. Johnstown, Pa. 1993, p. 23 )

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 9 - Attended the dinner for Bill Kovach.
July ll - Blessed a home in Uniontown.
July 13 - Went to Shadeland Camp for orientation. Went to Diocesan Center. Served pomen for +Sara Krnich in Pittsburgh.
July 14 - Served Funeral Service for +Sara Krnich in Holy Trinity Cathedral.
July 14 - Visited parish family at home. Served Akathist during the visit.
July 15 - Served in wedding of Stevan and Dragana Arbutina held at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Youngstown, Ohio.

From the Desert Fathers

When Abba Romanus was at the point of death, his disciples gathered round him and said, 'How ought we to conduct ourselves?' The old man said to them, 'I do not think I have ever told one of you to do something, without first having made the decision not to get angry, if what I said were not done; and so we have lived in peace all our days.'

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost 2006

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.

To find internal peace under all circumstances, it is absolutely necessary to be focused on the Lord Jesus Christ. It is absolutely necessary to keep one's personal life dedicated to Christ, to the life in Christ.

To find internal peace under all circumstances, it is absolutely necessary to steel the mind on Christ. It is absolutely necessary to pray to Jesus Christ with great constancy.

Events will arise threatening distraction from Christ. Family members and friends may make attractive appeals that really are distractive from the life in Christ.

Steady internal peace requires the vision of the life in Christ. Firm commitment is necessary to living with the vision of Christ under all circumstances.

Love for Christ can keep the person focused on the Christ. Unyielding commitment to Christ can keep the person focused on Christ.

In the current Gospel, fierce demon possessed men effectively blocked passage of a roadway until Jesus Christ changed the situation. Jesus Christ brought peace to a fearful circumstance.

Peace in Christ is achievable. Peace in Christ is desirable. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Romans the Kingdom of God is "righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." (Rom.14:17).

Who would not want to experience the peace of God? Who would not want to put forth the necessary effort and commitment to experience the peace of God?

Many people choose not live serious lives in Christ. Many people choose not to attend church services. Many people choose lifestyles completely contrary to the life in Christ.

Being an Orthodox Christian is an absolutely voluntary decision. Drawing near to Christ is an absolutely voluntary decision.

Coming to Holy Confession is an absolutely voluntary decision. Getting married in the Church is an absolutely voluntary decision. Partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ is an absolutely voluntary decision.

Each decision to be united with Christ is a voluntary decision. Coercion has no place in Orthodox Christianity. Love is the permeating factor of the life in Christ.

St. Apostle Paul said: "Love never fails. But whether there are prophesies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away." (I Cor.13:8)

It is time to evaluate our personal lives and determine honestly if the love of Christ is in our hearts and is the dominating thought in our minds. It is time to evaluate if we place foremost value on the life in Christ and live our lives accordingly.

If we love Christ, we will read His words. We will try to follow His teachings. We will have Christ's Name on our minds, in our hearts and on our lips throughout the day.

If we love Christ, we will fast and pray with the goal of being united with Christ in ways we have never been before. If we love Christ, we will draw near for Holy Confession and to partake of His Precious Body and Blood.

If we do not love Christ with great seriousness, it is time to ask why? It is time to examine the heart and the mind and the daily routine to determine why love for Christ does not prevail in our daily lives.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ." (I Cor.3:11)

If we want to rebuild our lives on the best foundation, Jesus Christ must be the foundation of our lives. Christ must be the habitation for our lives. Christ must be the nourishment for our lives.

Simon Peter told Jesus: "To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." (Jn.6:68) When we follow ways other than the way of Christ, we deviate from the path to eternal life.

When we value others more than Christ, we deviate from the path to eternal life. When we love others in and through Christ, in ways pleasing to Christ, we are living in ways consistent with Christ's teachings.

The present Gospel message reveals the power of the Lord Jesus Christ to bring peace to dangerous circumstances. The present Gospel message reveals that demons are subject to the power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Demons can be dispensed by the Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us fight the demons that may arise in our personal lives with the power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us set our minds on the Lord Jesus Christ and work with due dilligence never to deviate from the life in Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 3 / July 16, 2006
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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