St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 395 - July 17 / July 30, 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 17 / July 30, 2006
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
No. 395

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

Mt. 9:29

Then He touched their eyes, saying: "According to your faith let it be to you."

Services This Past Week
July 23
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Thirty-one people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant. The Third and Sixth Hour were read before the Divine Liturgy.
An Akathist to Jesus Christ was served at a parishioner's residence.
July 24
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour
July 25
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour
July 26
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 27
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Six people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St.George.
July 28
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
While no formal services were held, one person came in the afternoon on July 23 and 24 to read the Ninth Hour and/or Akathists.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
Daily at 5:30 AM, Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Today, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
Wednesday, Divine Liturgy at 8:30 AM.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 4:00 PM, Ninth Hour, Vespers.
Thursday at 6:30 PM, Akathists.
Friday at 3:00 PM. Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 2 - St. Elijah.
August 5-6 - Diocese Days, All parish churches will be closed on August 6.
August 8 - Clergy Brotherhood Annual Assembly, Detroit, Michigan.
August 9-11 - Sabor, Detroit, Michigan
August 13 - Parish Healthcare Day, Covered Dish Dinner.
August 19 - Feast of Holy Transfiguration
August 28 - Feast of Dormition of Mother of God, Kolo Slava.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist.
September 21 - Nativity of the Theotokos.
September 27 - Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Creating Cross.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Aaron Carson spoke at the Adult Class on Thursday evening on the topic of "Oral Histories." In addition to Aaron, five people attended the class including Father Demetrios of St. Mary Orthodox Church, Masontown. Mildred Bezjak will give a review of +Metropolitan Anthony Bloom's book, Beginning to Pray at the Adult Class on August 3, Thursday, 7:00 PM.

Remember all churches in the Diocese will be closed next Sunday, August 6 due to Diocese Days. Plan to attend Diocese Days at Shadeland.

Healthcare Day will be held once again this year on August 13, Covered Dish dinner, A time to express appreciation for the dedicated healthcare workers who serve us and to remember the healthcare workers in the parish, living and departed.

Milos Prica, mentioned in last Sunday's bulletin is the UN Ambassador to the UN Mission of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Sam Rossini of Masontown. Mr. Rossini was a regular listener of the weekly St. George radio broadcast.

Remember the men and women serving in the military.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, the homeless, those in care homes and rehab centers. Remember the staffs.

Read your Bible for the benefit of your soul.

When is the last time you invited someone to church?

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

Remember the suffering Serbian People of Kosovo and Metohija.

Sympathy extended to friend of St. George Church, Mr. Robert Minnich, his sister +Dorothy, a faithful Serbian Orthodox Christian having departed this life.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

It (the Church) means the house where the Christians held prayers, the Holy Mysteries and Holy Rites; in a word, the Divine Services. Thus for example, the house in Rome of the work-loving and God-loving spouses Aquila and Priscilla (Rom.16:5; I Cor.16:19), Nymphans's house in Closse (Col.4:15), as well as Philemon's (Philem 1:2) were all put at the disposal of the Christian community for worship.

(His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church Translated by Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. Sremski Karlovac 2001, p. 2 )

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

To Consider

The benefits of attending Shadeland Camp.
The potential of the Shadeland Campgrounds.
The love for Shadeland among campers.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 23 - Attended Open House at the Hunchuck Home.
July 24 - Went to French Creek, West Virginia.
July 25 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars and French Creek, West Virginia.
July 27 - Served Divine Liturgy at YWCA, Fairmont, West Virginia. Four people attended.
July 28-29 - Scheduled to attend Monastery Marcha, Slava.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Poemen often said, 'We do not need anything except a vigilant spirit.'.

The Seventh Sunday After Pentecost 2006

Matthew 9:27-35

When Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed Him, crying, and saying, "Thou Son of David, have mercy on us". And when He was come into the house, the blind men came to Him: and Jesus said unto them, "Believe you that I am able to do this?" They said unto Him, "Yes Lord." Then He touched their eyes saying, "According to your faith, be it unto you." And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straightly charged them, saying: "See that no man know it." But they, when they were departed, spread abroad His fame in all that country. As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a dumb man possessed with a devil. And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marveled, saying, "It was never so seen in Israel." But the Pharisees said, "He casteth out devils through the prince of devils. And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

The Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils

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.

Today the Holy Orthodox Church commemorates the Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils. Today is a time to reflect on the conciliar nature of the Church. Today is a time to reflect on the gathering of the Church to consider matters of great magnitude.

The collective mind of the Church, the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church, the Church as the Body of Christ must be considered when thinking of the Ecumenical Councils.

Parish churches have annual assemblies and when needed special assemblies. Dioceses have annual assemblies and meetings of the Diocesan Administrative Board and Diocesan Council.

In America, Sabors are held periodically, bringing together the hierarchs, clergy, monastics and parish representatives of the Dioceses encompassing North and South America.

The Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church meets at least annually in Belgrade. In America, the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops (SCOBA) meets periodically.

Matters great and small require attention in the Church. Conciliation and seeking wisdom from God are necessary. Seeking the will of God in deliberations is of primary importance.

In the present Gospel for the Sunday of the Ecumenical Councils, Jesus speaks as His earthly life is drawing to a close. Believers need to think about Christ from the great antipation of His coming centuries before, to His Virgin Birth, to His youthful and adult teachings, to His miracles, eventual Crucifixion and Resurrection.

Believers benefit by contemplating Christ, seeking to know and appreciate as much as possible. Drawing near to Christ is an act of faith. Drawing near to Christ is an investment in the Kingdom of God.

The Gospel reading for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, today's Gospel, describes Jesus healing two blind men and a man who was unable to speak. Believers benefit when praying to God for open eyes to see the glory and wisdom of God. Believers benefit when praying to God to hear the word of God and confessing Jesus as Son of God with their lips (I John 4:15)

The distance between man and God is established by man. God is ever-near. (Acts.17:28) Man will distance himself from God by certain actions. Man can never escapes the presence of God but man can create a spiritual distance by living in ways not pleasing to God.

Ecumenical Councils were formats to make decisions and put into words beliefs of the Church. The Orthodox Church today uses the work and decisions of the Ecumenical Councils in daily life.

The work of the Ecumenical Councils provides a certain structure and gives a certain foundation for the Church in subsequent centuries. The Ecumenical Councils serve as reference points for succeeding generations of believers.

Let us think of the coming together of the Church in collective deliberation. Let us think of the great minds of the Church coming together to express beliefs of the Church. Let us think of the presence of great believers gathering to speak as the Holy Spirit would have them speak.

The love of God is unending. The love of God cannot be exhausted. The love of God reaches to the least of the brethren (Matthew 25:31-46).

In the contemporary world, it is good periodically to return in thought to much earlier periods of history. It is good to think carefully about the words of the Lord Jesus Christ and their meaning for today.

It is good to think carefully about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and their meaning to each believer today. The mercy of God edureth forever. (Ps.106:1)

Our lives need to reflect an appreciation for the suffering of the Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross and the enduring mercy and love of God.

Our lives need to reflect conscious thoughts of miracles and teachings, His Crucifixion and Resurrection. Our lives need to reflect anticipation of the return of Christ, His glorious Second Coming.

While there is time, while there is hope, while we have faculty of mind, let us use the remaining days of our lives for repentance and investment in the Kingdom of God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 17 / July 30, 2006
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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