St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 439 - May 28 / June 10, 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 28 / June 10, 2007
Second Sunday after Pentecost
No. 439

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

Ephesians 6:16

Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked on.

Services This Past Week
June 3
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Twenty-five people attended Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
June 4
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
June 5
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour.
One person came for Akathist to Holy Trinity, Akathist to the Mother of God, Akathist to St. George.
Three people came for Ninth Hour, Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. John the Baptist.
June 6
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Vespers, Blessing of Slava Kolac and Koljivo.
One person came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. John the Baptist.
June 7
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. George. Father Dimitre came to serve.
June 8
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Divine Liturgy.

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

Monday, Wednesday, Saturday at 4:00 PM. Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 PM. Friday at 3:00 PM

Akathist at 6:00 PM followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

Important Change: Next Sunday Service will begin at 8:50 AM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 28 - Vidovdan
July 1 - Parish Vidovdan, Fasting Covered Dish Dinner and Program

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Pray for the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in hospitals, rehab centers, the homebound and the staffs and caretakers.

Pray for the men and women in the military and their families.

Pray for miners, those in law enforcement and corrections and other working in dangerous occupations.

Three people came to Adult Class on Thursday in addition to Father Dimitre. The Gospel for the Feast of Ascension was discussed. Class this week at 7:00 PM.

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

Shadeland applications should be submitted by now.

Listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday.

Read you Bible for the benefit of your soul

The Proverbs of Solomon

Does not wisdom cry out, and understanding lift up her voice? She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, beside the way, where the paths meet. She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city. At the entrance of the doors: "To you, O men, I call, and my voice is to the sons of men. O you simple ones, understand prudence. And you fools, be of an understanding heart. Listen, for I will speak of excellent things.

(Prov.8:1-6 )

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

To Consider

The Apostles Fast.
Reasons to Fast
Benefits of fasting.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 5 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars.
June 6 - Visited parishioner recovering from surgery at home
June 7 - Visited homebound parishioner.
June 8-9 - Went to Paterson, New Jersey for Christian Education meeting

From the Desert Fathers

He (Abba Poemen) also said, "There are three things which I am not able to do without: food, clothing and sleep; but I can restrict them to some extent.'

The Second Sunday After Pentecost - 2007

Matthew 4:18-23

And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

The Holy Gospel appeals to and attracts men, women and children from all walks of life. The Holy Gospel speaks to the hearts, souls and minds of men, women and children of different centuries.

The hunger in the heart, the soul and the mind for Christ brings people to the Holy Gospel. The work of the Church is to bring the Gospel to the hungry. In the Gospel of St. Luke, Jesus refers to the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah: "To preach the Gospel to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty the oppressed." (Lk. 4:18)

Individuals seek to satisfy the hunger of the mind, the heart and the soul in many different ways. There is no substitute for the experience with Christ. There is no substitute for the Holy Gospel. There is no substitute for the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

We experience Christ in prayer. We experience Christ in our relations with other believers. We experience Christ in acts of charity. We experience Christ in fasting. We experience Christ in the Divine services of the Church.

If we open our eyes in search of Christ, we find Christ in our everyday lives. If we open our hearts, we experience Christ in simple daily encounters with others. If we open our minds, we learn of Christ in places we never thought to look.

The Church is a university of learning where the serious student will always find something new. The Church is a university of learning where the serious student will practice life-long learning. The primary tuition cost is to pick up the cross and follow Christ.

Jesus calls followers from all walks of life in each century to come to Him. Jesus said: "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Mt. 11:28-29)

Care for the soul is a life-long responsibility. Care for the soul ideally begins at Holy Baptism and continues throughout life. Individuals living in Christ throughout life have extended periods of joy.

Individuals coming to Christ late in life should not be discouraged. Better to come to Christ at the eleventh hour than not at all. The thief on the cross heard the words from Jesus: "Today you will be with Me in paradise." (Lk. 23:43)

Individuals never know when Christ will return. It is always sound to remember the lesson of the wise and foolish virgins and to be ready for the Bridegroom to come (Mt. 25:1-13)

Furthermore, it is always sound to be attentive to the callings of Christ and to answer "yes" to each call. The Mother of God set the lasting example when she said: "Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word." (Lk. 1:38).

The present Gospel tells of Jesus calling His disciples. They responded immediately. Urgency exists in the Christian life. The urgency includes an urgency to repent.

John the Baptist and Jesus both spoke of the urgency when they said: "Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Mt. 3:2, 4:17)

The Cross of Christ is always in the picture for believers. The Christian life cannot be separated from the Cross of Christ. The Christian life cannot be separated from the resurrection of Christ.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God." (I Cor. 2:5) Draw upon the Holy Spirit for strength. Draw upon the Holy Spirit for direction.

Be active in prayer. Be active in fasting. Be active in the life in Christ. Let faith in Christ dominate and guide daily life. Treasure the soul and nourish the soul As we look to put good food upon the table, let us look to feed the soul with only the most nourishing and best content available.

When church worship experiences are offered, let us say "yes" to Christ and draw near. When church learning experiences are offered, let us say "yes" and participate.

When periods of fasting are prescribed, let us honor the wisdom of the Church and actively participate in the fasts. When opportunities for charitable acts and acts of stewardship are called for, let us step forward to do our best.

The Christian identity involves the whole person. We cannot compartmentalize Christianity, locating it in the church building for a couple of hours on Sunday mornings, and living differently throughout out the week. At Baptism and Chrismation, the total person is dedicated to God.

Let us give our complete selves to God throughout our lives.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Second Sunday after Pentecost.
May 28 / June 10, 2007

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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