St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 437 - May 14 / May 27, 2007

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
May 14 / May 27, 2007
Feast of Pentecost
No. 437

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

Hebrews 11:6

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and the He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Services This Past Week
May 20
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Thirty four-people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants. Parastos held.
May 21
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
May 22
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour read.
Two people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. Nicholas.
Pomen at grave site.
May 23
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour.
May 24
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour.
Three people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. George.
Father Dimitre came to concelebrate.
May 25
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
May 26
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Nine people came for Akathist for the Departed,
Pomen for All Departed of St. George Church and Blessing of Graves.
Fourteen people came to the YWCA in Fairmont for the Mission Slava.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Divine Liturgy with Kneeling Prayers of Vespers.

No weekday services this week. No Adult Class this week.

Ninth Hour and Vespers at 4:00 PM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Feast of Pentecost
June 2 - Leavetaking of Pentecost
June 4 - Apostles Fast Begins
June 28 - Vidovdan
July 1 - Parish Vidovdan Covered Dish Dinner and Program
July 12 - Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul
July 22 - Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Parish Picnic
July 25 - "Three Hand" Icon of Hilandar Monastery
July 26 - Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel
August 2 - St .Elijah

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Jennifer Kornick is moving closer to graduation at Duquesne.

Aaron Carson is doing well in graduate classes at Duquesne.

This past week was Emergency Medical Services week. Fayette EMS has been very good to St. George Church in bringing ambulances each year.

Congratulations to Gojko and Anka Arbutina, Kum and Kuma for the Slava at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont.

Congratulations to Steve Dudukovich, Kum for Slava at Holy Trinity Cathedral,

Three people came to Thursday's Adult Class in addition to Father Dimitre.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Louis Persi of Aliquippa.

Memorial Day is here and the St. George Veterans come to mind. Pete Smargie has been a leader with local veterans' groups.

St. George Church has had a significant number of parishioners serve in the military. We pray for those currently serving and for those having served.

The names of all individuals buried under the auspices of the St. George Church were read at the Akathist for Departed and Pomen on May 26.

All graves in the St. George Cemetery were blessed on May 26 and several at St. Mary's Cemetery in Masontown.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo.

Remember the homebound, those in care homes, hospitals, rehab centers, jails and prisons. Remember the caretakers and staffs.

Thank you to Andrea Janson for bringing the grass for Pentecost each year.

Proverbs of Solomon

When I was my father's son, tender and the only one in the sight of my mother, he also taught me, and said to me: "Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands, and live. Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore, get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her. She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you.

(Prov. 4:3-9 )

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville

To Consider

Our conscious thoughts about the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit at work in our lives.
The Holy Spirit and the Church

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 21 - Met with individual interested in becoming Orthodox.
May 26 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia for Mission Slava.

From the Desert Fathers

She (Syncletica) also said, 'Just as the most bitter medicine drives out poisonous creatures so prayer joined to fasting drives evil thoughts away.'

Feast of Pentecost 2007

John 7:37-52, 8:12

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, "Truly this is the Prophet." Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, "Will the Christ come out of Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?" So there was a division among the people because of Him. Now some of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid hands on Him. Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, "Why have you not brought Him?" The officers said, "No man ever spoke like this Man!" Then the Pharisees answered them, "Are you also deceived? Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him? But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed." Nicodemus(he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them) said to them, "Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?" They answered and said to him, "Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophet has arisen out of Galilee."Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."

The Feast of Pentecost is here. The Holy Spirit is in the forefront of the minds of Orthodox Christians. When the Feast of Pentecost arrives, the joy of the feast is everywhere.

At Chrismation, believers are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. At the Feast of Pentecost, the Divine services of the Church are laden with references to the Holy Spirit.

The world changes with the celebration of the Feast of Pentecost. Believers experience the joy of the feast and carry this joy with them. Believers take the joy of the feast to their homes, their workplaces and their communities.

Each celebration of Pentecost reaffirms the previous celebrations and is a new celebration. Believers cannot separate their lives from the Holy Spirit. By definition, the identity of believers is inseparably linked with the Holy Spirit.

The Orthodox Church is Trinitarian. Believers recite the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed at Holy Baptism. Belief is professed in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Prayers are addressed to the Holy Spirit. Lives are changed by the Holy Spirit. Words are spoken under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

Believers benefit from consciously thinking more about the Holy Spirit. Believers benefit from taking a personal inventory of references to the Holy Spirit in daily prayer.

Improved prayerfulness is an expectation for all believers. Believers seeking to improve daily prayer life absolutely must be attentive to the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit yields desirable fruits. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Galatians: "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control." (Gal. 5:22)

Believers benefit by being attentive to the Holy Spirit. Believers benefit by opening the heart and mind, the home and the family to life immersed in the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit changed the lives of the apostles. The Holy Spirit changes the lives of all believers open to change. The Holy Apostle Peter proclaimed: "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."(Acts 2:38)

Each believer must deal with resistance to change. Each believer must examine what is preventing Christian growth. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Romans: "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find." (Rom. 7:18)

Each level of Christian growth brings new perils. Each level of Christian growth requires faithfulness and vigilance. Vigilance is required to the very last breath. Potential for harming the soul is ever existent.

We may have confidence in the life in Christ. We may have confidence in turning to the Holy Spirit. We may have confidence in opening our lives to God and following God.

Having confidence can guide and give strength to our faith. Prayer is always necessary for us to remain strong in faith. Prayer is always necessary for us to remain true to our Baptismal commitment.

The officers mentioned in the present Gospel said no man ever spoke like Jesus. The words of Jesus stand by themselves in a category by themselves.

Christians should cherish and be thoroughly familiar with the words of Jesus. When we look to the words of Jesus, when we look to the work of the Holy Spirit, we seek nourishment for the soul,

We should settle only for what is authentic in nourishing the soul. The soul is of God. The soul requires nourishment by God. There is not and cannot be an adequate substitute for God in our lives.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Feast of Pentecost.
May 14 / May 27, 2007

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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