St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 441 - June 11 / 24, 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
June 11 / 24, 2007
Third Sunday after Pentecost
No. 441

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

Matthew 8:10

When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, "Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel."

Services This Past Week
June 17
Nineteen people came to church. Father Dimitre served.
June 18
Three people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Akathist to the Holy Trinity, Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Akathist to St. Herman of Alaska.
Five people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to Archangel Michael.
June 19 June 20
One person came for Midnight Office,Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 21
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. George.
June 22
One person came to St.George Church for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Eleven people came for the first Divine Liturgy in the renovated chapel in Fairmont, West Virginia. One communicant.
Three people came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 23
Two people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour, 5:30 AM.

Divine Liturgy.10:00 AM

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM

Akathist at 6:30 PM followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.
Divine Liturgy-8:0 0 AM, Call to verify time.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 28 - Vidovdan
July 1 - Parish Vidovdan, Fasting Covered Dish Dinner and Program
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist
July 12 - Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul
July 22 - Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

A warm welcome to Father Dimitre today. He is our good neighbor from the Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary Orthodox Church.

Dennis Hickman has been working all week to make the parish grounds look better.

Remember the miners, those working in law enforcement, corrections or parole and other dangerous occupations

Remember the men and women in the military and their families.

Six people came to Adult Class this past Thursday to discuss the Gospel for the Feast of Pentecost. Father Dimitre also participated. Class again this Thursday. A number of people stay current with the class via email.

Listen to the daily services broadcast over the internet thanks to the good work of Tom Hunter. Tell your friends.

Listen to the weekly radio program on Sundays and find it also available on the parish website. Tell your friends.

Bring a friend to church.

Congratulations to Protopresbyter Djokan Majstorovic, Dean of St. Sava Cathedral in New York, the new President of the Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of the United States and Canada.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, the homebound, those in care and rehab centers. Remember the caretakers and the staffs.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

The Proverbs of Solomon

A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the grief of his mother. Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness delivers from death. The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish, but he casts away the desire of the wicked. He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a wise son; He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.

(Prov. 10:1-5 )

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

To Consider

The Kingdom of God.
Seeking first the Kingdom of God.
The discipline needed to seek the Kingdom of God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 10 - Visited parishioner in Washington Hospital.
June 12 - Attended retirement dinner for Pennsylvania Parole Board Hearing Coordinator Linda Lesniak and Hearing Examiner David Flick. Held in Pittsburgh.
June 12 - Visited three residents of Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg.
June 13 - Visited patient in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.
June 14 - Went to Morgantown,W.Va. for printing purposes.
June 15 - Went to Diocesan Center for Shadeland Camp meeting.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Mius of Belos said, "Obedience responds to obedience. When someone obeys God, God obeys his request."

The Third Sunday After Pentecost

Matthew 6:22-33

The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore you eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness. No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing. Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil or spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Believers have the opportunity to listen to the words of the Lord Jesus Christ as presented by the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew. Believers are blessed to hear the words of the Lord Jesus Christ at each Divine Liturgy.

The Gospel is read at each Divine Liturgy to instruct believers about the teachings and the way of the Lord Jesus Christ. Believers are expected to take the Gospel readings to heart.

Believers are expected to incorporate the Gospel readings into their lives. Believers are expected to grow and mature in their understanding of God and in the way of Christian living.

In the present Gospel, the Lord Jesus Christ teaches that we are to "Seek first the kingdom of God. (Mt. 6:33)." The Kingdom of God is to be our first priority in life. The Kingdom of God is to be our primary goal in life.

Everything that we do in life should be directed toward the goal of attaining the Kingdom of God. Everything that we say, think and do should be consistent with experiencing the Kingdom of God.

Our present life experiences can be a foretaste of the Kingdom of God. If we are totally conscientious in living in ways pleasing to God, we will experience unity with Christ and the joy of His Kingdom.

When we do all that we can to live in ways pleasing to God, no more is expected. The Holy Apostle Paul provides these words: "Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace." (Eph. 6:13-15)

Even when being conscientious, believers are always to be mindful of the need for repentance. We sin. We need to turn to God and seek forgiveness. We need to be contrite of heart (Ps. 50/51: 17).

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." (Lk.5:32) Jesus Christ's "call" is for all of us. We answer the "call" from Christ one way or another each moment of time in our lives.

We may at many times say "yes" to Christ. We also will say many times "not now" or we may be deafened to the "call" of Christ and answer other "calls" which are harmful to the soul.

The important step to take is to always return to Christ in faithfulness and humility. The present Gospel speaks about the eye of the body. We need to think about the way we view the world. We need to think about whether we look at the world and everyone and everything in the world according to the life and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We evaluate world events, everything we see and everyone we meet according to our world view. If Christ is the basis for our vision and standard by which everything and everyone in the world is viewed, we will act accordingly.

Love, peace and forgiveness will characterize our lives if we look at the world and everyone and everything thing in it according to Christ. If the accumulation of wealth or power is our interest or if revenge or hostility govern our lives, then our world view will be influenced by these traits.

If we harbor grudges, if we harbor hate, if we do not forgive others then these traits will affect the way we live and relate with others. The Holy Apostle Paul expressed the fundamental value of love in his Epistle to the Corinthians when he said: "Love never fails." (I Cor. 13:8)

When we are blessed to meet individuals living by the standard of Christian love each day, we experience the peace emanating from them. We sense the love emanating from them.

The Lord Jesus Christ said:" By their fruits you will know them." (Mt. 7:17) We will know ourselves by our fruits as well. We should make every effort and use every opportunity to keep the Kingdom of God as our goal.

As the Lord said, we should do all that we can to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our mind and all of our soul. We should do all that we can to love our neighbors as we love ourselves." (Mt. 22:37-39)
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Third Sunday of Pentecost.
ST. METROPHANES., First Patriarch of Constantinople.
June 11 / 24, 2007

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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