St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 446 - July 16 / July 29, 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 16 / July 29, 2007
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 446

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

Matthew 14:31

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"

Services This Past Week
July 22
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour.
Forty-four people came for Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. Six communicants.
His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN officiated. Father Deacon Dragoslav Kosic served with His Grace.
His Grace officiated at the Akathist to Jesus Christ at the Cross with Father Dimitre Dimitrov, Father Deacon Dragoslav Kosic and Sonia Janson participating.
July 23
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 24
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 25
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
July 26
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. George.
Father Dimitre served also.
July 27
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came to read for personal benefit.
July 28
One person came to read in the morning and afternoon for personal benefit

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins, Firsts Hour, Divine Liturgy.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 5:30 AM, Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday at 4:00 PM, Ninth Hour and Vespers;

Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM Holy Trinity Chapel, Fairmont, W.Va.

6:30 PM followed by Adult Class.

No church services next Sunday. Diocese churches are closed for Diocese Days.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 2 - St. Elijah
August 4-5 - Diocese Days at Shadeland. Parish Churches are closed.
August 12 - Parish Healthcare Day, Luncheon and program.
August 13 - Parish Healthcare Seminar on Aging
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 28 - Feast of Dormition of Mother of God, Choir Slava
September 7-8 - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava, Diocesan Center, Mars.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

A lot of people pitched in to help with the picnic last week. Thank you to all parishioners and friends of the parish making the outdoor religious program and picnic a success.

Three people came to Adult Class this past week to view the video about Holy Mt. Athos. Father Dimitre was present to add his thoughts. Class again this Thursday.

No church next Sunday. Make an effort to attend Diocese Days at Shadeland.

Congratulations to Richard Menhart on being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. Colonel Menhart and brother military officer Dustin are always mindful of the St. George Church.

Remember no church next here next Sunday.

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.

Read your Bible for the benefit of your soul.

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

It was good to see parishioners at the picnic who have been unable to come to the church for various reasons recently.

Keep Healthcare Day in mind and the Healthcare serminar.

Monastery Marcha is a blessing for all parishes in the Diocese.

The Proverbs of Solomon

In mercy and truth atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil. When a man's ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be a peace with him. Better is a little with righteousness, than vast revenues without justice. A man's heart plans his way but the Lord directs his steps.

(Prov. 16:6-9 )

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

To Consider

The importance of praying at all times and in every place.
The ability to pray with God's help.
The importance of praying for others we know.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 24 - Went to Mon General Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia to visit a patient in the critical care unit.
July 25 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pennsylvania.
July 27-28 - Travelled to Richfield, Ohio for the Slava of Monastery Marcha.

From the Desert Fathers

Abb Copres said, 'Blessed is he who bears affliction with thankfulness.'

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost 2007

Matthew 14:22-34

Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the middle of the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. Abut immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying: "Be of good cheer! It is I, do not be afraid." And Peter answer Him and said, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." So, He said, "Come," and when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!" And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshipped Him, saying, "Truly You are the Son of God." When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret

Sundays of the Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils

John 17:1-13

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

Sunday has arrived in the Holy Orthodox Church. The Divine Liturgy is being experienced by Orthodox believers throughout the world. Serbian Orthodox Christians gather together in communion with Orthodox everywhere.

The Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is paramount each Sunday of the year. The Resurrection is understood in direct relation to the Crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ. The joy of the Resurrection is viewed with consideration of the humility and suffering of Jesus upon the Cross.

Jesus' death and resurrection influenced His disciples. Jesus' death and resurrection changed the course of history. The world has never been the same.

Faith has a major part in consideration of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. The importance of faith is illustrated in the Gospel of the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost.

In the Gospel of St. Matthew for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, when the Apostle Peter stepped out on the water in faith, he was able to walk. When he experienced the roughness of the sea and his faith wavered, he began to sink.

Fortunately, Peter's appeal to Christ to save him fell on receptive ears. Jesus used Peter's experience to teach him a lesson and to teach each generation of believers a lesson.

Reaching out and saving Peter, Jesus said: "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" When we step out in faith to come to Christ, doubt has no place the heart and mind. Resoluteness and complete faith in Christ is necessary. Faith as exhibited by Abraham when he was asked to sacrifice Isaac is necessary. God always provides. (Gen. 22:1-14).

Jesus wants eternal life for those given to Him. Jesus wants unity among those given to Him. Jesus does not want believers lost in faith. Jesus does not want believers falling into sin from which there is no return.

The Gospel of St. John for this Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils focuses upon Jesus' completion of His work prior to the crucifixion and resurrection.

Believers benefit from thinking seriously about different points in Jesus' life as described in the Holy Gospels. Believers benefit from sorting through the lessons from Christ, incorporating them into daily life.

Each Sunday at the Divine Liturgy, believers have the opportunity to experience the Kingdom of God. Each Sunday at the Divine Liturgy believers have the opportunity to draw near and partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

Believers are reminded at each Divine Liturgy during The Creed that Jesus will come to judge the living and the dead. Each Sunday is a new opportunity to Strengthen personal faith in the Triune God.

May today be a new beginning for each of us. May the Crucified and Resurrected Christ firmly be first and foremost in our hearts, our minds, our souls, our homes and our lives.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Ninth Sunday of Pentecost.
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils.
July 16 / July 29, 2007

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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