St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 396 - July 31 / August 13, 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 31 / August 13, 2006
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 396

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

Mt. 14:31

And immediately, Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"

Services This Past Week
July 30
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Twenty-two people came for Divine Liturgy.
July 31
Two people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Nine people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 1
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
August 2
Nine people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
Five people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 3
Five people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Seven people came for Akathists to Jesus Christ and St.George.
August 4
Four people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came to read the Ninth Hour and Akathist to Jesus Christ for personal benefit
No service as scheduled in the afternoon.
August 5
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
August 6
One person came twice during the morning to read Hours.
No services were scheduled.
August 7
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 8
One person came for Midnight Office and First Hour.
One person came to personally read the Ninth Hour and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
No service scheduled in the afternoon.
August 9-11
One person came twice daily to personally read Hours,
Psalms and/or Akathists.
No services scheduled. On one occasion two people were present.
August 12
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.

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

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

Afternoons
4:00 PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday.

Thursday
6:30 PM

Tuesday
Divine Liturgy YWCA, Fairmont at 10:00 AM..

Saturday
Divine Liturgy at 8:30 AM, Blessing of Grapes/Fruit

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Parish Healthcare Day Dinner and Program
August 14 - Beginning of Dormition Fast
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..

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

Parish Life

Executive Board President and Delegate Sonia Janson represented the parish at the Sabor of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States and Canada in Detroit this past week.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Dolores Zivkovich, parish Finanical Secretary and long time active member of St. George Church.

Today we remember and honor individuals working in Healthcare services, living and departed.

Thank you to all helping, contributing and participating in today's services and program.

Honor the Dormition Fast until the Feast on August 28.

Andrea Janson had another successful year at the Fayette County Fair.

Dorothy McCloy always remembers the St. George Church.

Melanie Vunjak always remembers the St. George Church.

Rose Miscovich always remembers the St. George Church.

Do you listen to the parish radio broadcast. Do you ask your friends to listen?

When is the last time you invited someone to Divine Liturgy?

Dr. Anatoli Peredera moved from the area due to his job.. He will be missed.

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.?

Remember the suffering Serbian People of Kosovo and Metohija.

Four people attended Adult Class on August 3 when Mildred Bezjak review +Metropolitan Anthony Bloom's book, Beginning to Pray. Class this Thursday at 7:00 PM.

A Thought from St. John Chrysostom

But if any man wanders away from the right faith, the shepherd needs a lot of concentration, perseverance, and patience. He cannot drag by force or constrain by fear, but must by persuasion lead him back to to the true beginning from which he has fallen away. He needs, therefore, a herioic spirit, not to grow despondent or neglect the salvation of the wanderers, but to keep on thinking and saying; 'Peradventure God may give them the knowledge of the truth and they may be freed from the snare of the devil.' (2Tim.2:25-26).

( On the Priesthood. Translated by Graham Neville. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1977 )

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

To Consider

The healing power of Jesus Christ.
The hope we have in Jesus Christ.
The love we have in Jesus Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 5-6 - Attended Diocese Days, Shadeland.
August 8-11 - Went to Detroit for Clergy Brotherhood Meeting and Sabor.
August 13 - Visited homes of two parish families.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Abba Poemen) also said, 'A man who stays in his place in his life will not be troubled.'


The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost 2006

Matthew 14:22-34

Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them saying, "be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid." And Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." So He said, 'Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he was that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out saying, "Lord, save me!" And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshipped Him, saying, "Truly, You are the Son of God."

Jesus Christ saved Peter. Jesus will save each of us when we turn to Him in faith. Ideally, we will turn to Jesus Christ throughout each day and night in faith. Ideally, we will turn to Jesus Christ for the salvation of our souls.

Jesus Christ is to be the constant focus of our lives. Jesus Christ is the best nourishment of our lives. Nourishment is in the words and life of the Lord Jesus Christ as recorded in the Holy Gospel. Nourishment is in the Precious Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ when we draw near in faith in the Divine Liturgy.

We find peace when we focus on the Lord Jesus Christ (Jn. 16:33). We are transformed when we focus on the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 12:2)

We cannot turn to the Lord Jesus Christ too often. We cannot wear ourselves out by turning to the Lord Jesus Christ.

In Christ, we find the direction for our lives. In Christ, we find the meaning for our lives. In the Cross, we know of suffering and put our own suffering into perspective.

In the Resurrecion, we find light and hope. In the Resurrection, we experience joy.

No one can separate us from Christ but ourselves (Rom. 8:35-39). No one can sever our relationship with Christ but ourselves. No one can stifle our prayers to Christ but ourselves.

According to the Gospel, Peter was fearful because he did not have the necessary faith. We know from the First Epistle of St. John that perfect love casts our fear (I Jn. 4:18).

When we love God to the fullest, there is no need to be afraid. Life is manageable and meaningful with God. Life is fulfilling with God. Life takes direction from God.

The Dormition Fast is an opportunity to restore our relationship with God. The Dormition Fast is an opportunity to live in ways pleasing to God.

The Dormition Fast is a time for prayer and return to God.

We know from the life of the Mother of God she was obedient to the will of God (Lk. 1:38). We in our sinfulness are disobedient to God. We need only study the Holy Scriptures carefully to see the degree of our sinfulness.

Who among us has not violated the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20:ff)? Who among us has had full love for God and neighbor (Mt. 22:37-39)? Who among us has not judged others (Mt. 7:1)?

Let us use the Dormition Fast for the intended purpose of return to God. Let us use the Dormition Fast to contemplate the life of the Most Holy Theotokos.

Let us use the Dormition Fast to prepare carefully for Holy Confession and Communion.

Each day takes on greater meaning when our lives are lived in faith. Each day takes on greater joy when Christ is the center of our lives. Each life is enriched when prayer is practiced in the Orthodox way.

The Dormition Fast is a time to prepare for the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Dormtion Fast is a time to contemplate the departure from this life of the Mother of God.

The Dormition Fast is a time to avail ourselves of the many prayers to the Mother of God. The Dormition Fast is a time to learn more about the Mother of God.

The passage of time bears witness to the continuing effect of the Mother of God on believers. The passage of time bears witness to the unequaled contributions of the Mother of God.

Love for the Mother of God by the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of the Mother of God for the Lord Jesus Christ deserve the continuous attention of Orthodox believers.

Ideally, we are in a constant state of learning. Ideally, we desire continued growth in Christ. When we take time to think of Mary, chosen from among all women of all centuries to give birth to the Christ Child, we take time to think about the total change in the course of history.

When we take time to think about Mary's departure from this life, we have the opportunity to think of our own departure. By thinking of the Dormition of the Mother of God, we can look for the meaning it has for our lives and ways we can live more pleasing to God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 31 / August 13, 2006
Forefeast of the Procession of the Precious Cross of the Lord.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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