St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 442 - June 16 / July 1, 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 16 / July 1, 2007
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 442

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

Hebrews 4:2

For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.

Services This Past Week
June 24
The Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Thirty-one people came for Divine Liturgy. Five communicants.
June 26
The Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Akathist to the Holy Trinity, Akathist to the Theotokos and Akathist to St. Nicholas.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 27
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
June 28
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour
Two people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Four people came for Akathist to the Holy Trinity and Akathist to St. George.
Father Dimitre came to serve.
June 29
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 30
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Tuesday at a time to be determined.

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

Akathist at 6:30 PM followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

July 1 - Parish Vidovdan Observance, 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
July 27/28 - Monastery Marcha Slava celebration.
August 4-5 - Diocese Days at Shadeland. Parish Churches are closed.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Parishioners should use this time of the Apostles Fast to prepare for Holy Confession and Communion. Honor the fast until the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.

Pray for homebound parishioners, for those in hospitals, rehab centers, nursing homes, jails and prisons. Pray for the caretakers and staffs.

Pray for miners, law enforcement personnel, corrections and parole officers and others in dangerous occupations.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia.

Thank you to all supporting the Vidovdan program today.

Help will be needed for the picnic on July 22. Plan to volunteer.

Read your Bible for the benefit of your soul.

Four people came to the Adult Class this past Thursday. The 600th Anniversary Celebration of Vidovdan was the subject of the video shown.

Consider going to Monastery Marcha for the Slava.

Plan to go to Shadeland for Diocese Days.

Dean of the Pittsburgh Deanery, Protopresbyter Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov came on Tuesday for the annual review of parish operations.

The Proverbs of Solomon

The thoughts of the righteous are right, but the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. The words of the wicked are: "Lie in wait for blood," but the mouth of the upright will deliver them. The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous will stand. A man will be commended according to his wisdom, but he who is of a perverse heart will be despised.

(Prov. 12:5-8 )

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

To Consider

Jesus Christ in the heart.
Jesus Christ in the mind.
Jesus Christ in daily life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 26 - Went to public meeting in Masontown regarding the Hatfield Ferry Power plant expansion. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection representatives participated.

From the Desert Fathers

A brother came to Scetis to visit Abba Moses and asked him for a word. The old man said to him,'Go sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything.'

The Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

Matthew 8:28-34, 0:1

When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way. And suddenly they cried out, saying, "What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?" Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding. So the demons begged Him, saying, "If you cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine." And He said to them, "Go." So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water. Then those who kept them fled; and they went away into the city and told everything, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region. So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.

Jesus cast the demons from the fierce and possessed men. The demons entered the swine and perished in the sea. Demons are no match for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Each of us must face demons in our lives. Demons can keep us from following Christ if we do not appeal to Christ for help in dealing with them. Demons can take many forms

Demons can be little voices in our heads that tell us it is okay to compromise our principles. Demons can be the power of suggestion in our minds to yield to temptation. Demons can say it is "okay" to indulge, be greedy or deceptive.

Demons serve as barriers in our relationship with Christ. Demons serve as bullies attempting to coerce us to live in ways not Christian. Demons stand in the middle of the road to God's Kingdom and try to keep us from advancing.

The First Epistle of St. John provides assurance for believers in the face of adversity. The Epistle states: "He who is in you is greater then he who is in the world" (I Jn. 4:4)

St. Lazar and the martyrs who died with him in Kosovo in 1389 were faced with a choice. They could yield to the demons confronting them or they could choose Christ. The martyrs of Kosovo chose the Heavenly Kingdom and not the earthly. The martyrs of Kosovo embraced Christ and the maintained their integrity.

Today in Kosovo and in other areas of the world believers face demons in daily life. Believers are confronted with adversaries advocating life styles and community tolerances that corrupt and weaken society.

Today in Kosovo Serbian Orthodox faithful face peril and great loss. Demons threaten to rearrange history. Demons threaten churches and monasteries. Demons threaten Orthodox life.

Direct appeals to the Lord Jesus Christ are necessary. The Lord Jesus Christ conquered death. The Lord Jesus Christ destroyed the demons in the present Gospel account.

Peace comes through the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (Jn. 14:27)

The only security in this world is the life in Christ. We can lose everything but if we have Christ, we can rebuild our lives. The lives of the saints are an education in the transformation of sinners.

Never underestimate the words of the Lord Jesus Christ: "With God all things are possible." (Mt. 19:26). Think about the Serbian immigrants and refugees coming to this country with little more than the clothes they wore and faith in God in their hearts.

The Serbian immigrants and refugees coming to this land have built new lives due to faith in God. Serbian Orthodox Churches have arisen in this land due to the hard work and sacrifice of men and women who did not yield to demons. They pressed on with faith in Christ.

The Psalmist David said: "The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed. A refuge in times of trouble." (Ps. 9:9). Seeking refuge in the Lord God each day provides the necessary shelter against the storms and demons we face in life.

Psalm 90/91`states: Under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror of night, nor of the arrow that flies by day. (Ps. 90?91: 4-5).

Periodically we must pause when confronted with demons and turn to Christ. Christ provides the peace and joy which abide under all circumstances. When Christ is the foundation of our lives, when Christ is the Guide of our lives, the world unfolds in ways beyond expectation.

We experience new life in Christ when we love Christ, follow Christ, and are obedient to Christ. We experience new life in Christ when we confess our sins and partake of His Precious Body and Blood.

We experience new life in Christ when we pray with the greatest sincerity. We experience new life in Christ when we confess Christ with our mouth, our heart, our mind, and our actions.

We experience new life in Christ when we use our time and talents for the life in Christ and the love of Christ. We experience new life in Christ when we rely totally upon Christ in combating the demons in our lives.

These words of the Lord Jesus Christ are an inspiration for confronting the demons in our lives: "No one having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, Is fit for the kingdom of God." (Lk. 9:62).
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Fifth Sunday of Pentecost.
Holy Martyr Leontius, Theodulus and Hypatius.
June 16 / July 1, 2007

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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