St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 444 - July 2 / July 15, 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
July 2 / July 15, 2007
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
No. 444

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

Matthew 9:29

Then He touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith let it be to you."

Services This Past Week
July 8
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Thirty-one people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
July 9
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 10
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers..
July 11
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 12
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
July 13
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
The reading was done primarily by Protopresbyter Djokan Majstorovic.
July 14
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.

No Weekday services will be held. No Adult Class this week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

July 22 - Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic
July 27/28 - Monastery Marcha Slava celebration.
August 2- - St. Elijah
August 4-5 - Diocese Days at Shadeland. Parish Churches are closed.
August 12 - Parish Healthcare Day
August 13 - Parish Healthcare Seminar on Aging
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 28 - Feast of Dormition of Mother of God
September 7-8 - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava, Diocesan Center-Mars.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Warmest welcome to Protopresbyter Djokan Majstorovic, Protonica Mirjana, Savo and Marta. Proto Djokan is Dean of St.Sava Cathedral in New York City. The Cathedral has undergone extensive improvements under his leadership. Recently, Proto Djokan was elected as President of the Clergy Brotherhood of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States and Canada.

Volunteer to help with the picnic next Sunday.

Two people came for Adult Class on July 5. A video on the Return of the Tikhvin Icon was shown.

Thank you to all helping to bake this past week.

Thank you to all helping with picnic preparations.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in care homes, hospitals, the homebound and the caretakers and staffs.

Remember the miners, law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole officers and others in dangerous occupations.

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

Faithful Orthodox Christians Dushan and Elsa Karamarkovich are among those attentive to the activities of the St. George Church.

Read your Bible for the benefit of your soul.

The renovated Holy Trinity Mission Chapel in Fairmont, West Virginia is now in use.

Are you listening to the parish radio program? Are you telling friends and relatives to listen to online services of the St. George Church?

Shadeland Camp begins today. Take a trip to see the new first class facilities.

The Wisdom of Solomon

The simple believes every word, but the prudent considers well his steps. A wise man fears and departs from evil, but a fool rages and is self-confident. A quick tempered man acts foolishly, and a man of wicked intentions is hated. The simple inherit folly but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. The evil will bow before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

(Prov. 14:15-19 )

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

To Consider

The depth of the faith in each life.
The collective impact of faithful believers.
Ways to increase personal faith.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 10 - Served Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Chapel-Fairmont, W.Va. Nine people attended. One communicant.
July 12 - Went to Youngwood for Slava celebration.
July 13 - Went to Shadeland Camp for orientation.

From the Desert Fathers

A brother asked Abba Joseph saying, 'What should I do, for I do not have the strength to bear evil, nor to work for charity's sake?' The old man said to him, 'If you cannot do any of these things, at least guard your conscience from all evil with regard to your neighbor and you will be saved.'

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 9:27-35

When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, "Son of David, have mercy on us!" And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to Him, "Yes, Lord." Then He touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith let it be to you." And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, "See that no one knows it." But when they had departed, they spread the news about Him in all that country. As they went out, behold they brought to Him a man, mute and demon-possessed. And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke. And the multitudes marveled, saying, "It was never seen like this in Israel!" But the Pharisees said, "He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons." Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

Jesus Christ is the healer. He heals the broken hearted. He heals the blind and the mute. He heals the demon-possessed. He heals all who come to Him in faith.

All healings are not physical. All physical healings prayed for are not granted. Those coming to the Lord Jesus Christ in faith and with an understanding of the Cross and the Resurrection will experience a healing of the soul.

The heart can be healed even when the body cannot be. The mind can be healed even when the body cannot be restored. The soul can be cleansed even when the physical wounds are beyond repair.

The body has a finite life in the present form. The heart, the soul and the mind affect and are affected by the person's faith. The personal relationship with Jesus Christ deserves continued personal scrutiny.

Jesus asked His disciples: "Who do you say that I am? (Mt. 16:13-14). Each person answers the question in his or her personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Individuals taking Holy Baptism and Chrismation seriously will live according to the profession of Faith, the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed. Individuals taking the profession of Faith serious will show daily love for Christ.

When believers sin and want to restore their life in Christ they will repent. Serious believers do all that is necessary to have wholeness restored.

Individuals blind to Christ and immersed in sin will not take the necessary steps of faith. Individuals possessed by demons and weak in faith will not take the steps necessary to have the demons expelled.

The present Gospel states Jesus healed every sickness and disease. If we read the lives of the saints, if we read the lives of confessors of Christ, we will find they learned to experience joy in hardship. They learned to experience joy even when they suffered.

Ravaging disease, illness or personal tragedy can cause a person to develop a new perspective. The important things in life become clear. Care of the soul, care of cherished relationships, being at peace and being forgiven take on increased value.

When suffering occurs, a person can turn to Christ and find the strength and hope and joy necessary to want to continue living. Suffering can strengthen a person's resolve to be faithful to Christ.

Suffering can help a person to reveal the depth of faith in Christ. Suffering can reveal confessors of Christ. When suffering touches the inner most being, only Christ can make the suffering bearable. The Crucified Christ can nourish the mind, heart and soul of the believer.

The Resurrected Christ provides hope for the suffering. The Resurrected Christ provides promise for the suffering. The Resurrected Christ transforms suffering.

The Cross, an instrument of death, was changed by Christ into a sign of victory. Individuals faced with hardship and pain can address the hardship and pain with the attitude of being better Christians a result of the experience.

The Holy Apostle said: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phil. 4:13).

The healing of the blind men and the healing of the person unable to speak encourage individuals afflicted with different ailments and bodily conditions to press on in faith.

The Psalmist David speaks of the certainty of God's help in Psalm 34. The Psalm states: "The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit." (Ps.34:17-18)

Love God and show love for others. In the midst of adversity, remain faithful to God. In the midst of a noisy world, be a peaceful presence.

Never doubt the Lord God. The Crucified and Resurrected Christ is proof positive of God's love. The Crucified and Resurrected Lord is standing evidence of the power and glory of God.

The healing of blind men and of individuals unable to speak are enduring lessons. Enduring believers are needed in each century until the return of Christ. May each of us be counted among the enduring faithful for Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Seventh Sunday of Pentecost.
Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos, "The Root of Jesse."
July 2 / July 15, 2007

Fr. Rodney Torbic

Back to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels - Home Page