St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 491 - June 2 / June 15, 2008

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 2 / June 15, 2008
Feast of Pentecost
No. 491

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

Acts 3:16

And his name, by faith in his name, has made this man strong whom you see and know; and the faith which is through Jesus has given this man this perfect health in the presence of you all.

Recent Services
June 8
Midnight Office was read. One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Twenty people came for Divine Liturgy and the Parastos.
June 10
One person came to read Matins and First Hour.
June 11
One person came to read Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Akathist to the Holy Trinity, Akathist to Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow and Akathist to St. Panteleimon.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
June 12
Midnight Office was read. One person came to read Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. George was read.
June 13
One person came for Midnight Office. One person came for Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 14
One person came for Midnight Office.
Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for Akathist of the Departed and Pomen for All Departed from St. George Church. All grave in St. George Cemetery were blessed individually.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins, First, Third and Sixth Hours. Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM-Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

6:30 PM followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 15 - Pentecost
June 16 - Pentecost Monday
June 16 - Holy Trinity Mission Slava, Fairmont, W. Va. 5:30 PM.
June 17 - Pentecost Tuesday, St. Mitrophanes First Patriarch of Constantinople
June 21 - Apodosis of Pentecost
June 22 - Sunday of All Saints
June 23 - Apostles Fast begins.
June 28 - Vidovdan
June 29 - Parish Vidovdan Program.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Pray for the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Parish Life

The parish house is open today immediately after the Divine Liturgy for viewing to see the newly painted rooms initiated by the Kolo.

Andrea Janson and Tony Myers deliver the long green grass used each year for Pentecost.

Father Djokan Majstorovic, immediate past priest at St. George Church and currently at St. Sava Cathedral in New York City was unanimously re-elected as President of the Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of North and South America.

Rich Porter has begun making some improvements in the parish cemetery.

Shadeland Camp applications are available.

Take time to read your Bible and pray each day.

If you do not have an Orthodox prayer book to use at home, please obtain one.

If you have not been to Holy Confession or Communion recently, it is time to prepare.

If you do not celebrate your Slava, please begin this year.

Make an effort to observe the fast days of the Church.

You help the parish when you are a faithful Orthodox Christian each day.

Monetary donations are being accepted immediately and will continue to be accepted to help the needy in Kosovo. When donating, please designate the contribution for Diocesan Relief Fund. The situation is urgent and of great importance.

Remember the men and women working in dangerous occupations including those in the mines and criminal justice agencies, the police, correctional officers and parole agents.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, nursing homes, jails and prisons. Remember the staff members and caretakers.

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

A Thought from Father Rastko Trbuhovich

In our commercial culture the need for money is obvious, and very few people would say that more money is not better than less money. If Jesus' teaching to depend more on God than on money is to be taken seriously, don't we need some kind of proof, some kind of evidence that it works? Who has tried to practice His teaching to the letter and can say afterward, "Yes, it really works that way." Who can testify to the truth of all Christ's teaching? The best witnesses to Christ are His saints, and God has generously given saints to His Church in every generation so that we can all see shining examples of Christian life and be encouraged to risk putting our faith in Him.

(The Voice of Saint Stephen, June 1967. )

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

To Consider

The Feast of Pentecost.
The Holy Spirit in our personal lives.
The Holy Spirit in the Church.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 2 - Funeral of Bronko Komazec, Holy Resurrection Chapel of St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa,Pa.
June 8 - Holy Ascension Church Slava, Youngwood,Pa.
June 9-10 - Annual Assembly. Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood, New York City.
June 13 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont, W.Va.

Wisdom of Sirach 9:10

Forsake not an old friend, for a new one does not compare with him. A new friend is like new wine; when it has aged you will drink it with pleasure.

Feast of Pentecost 2008

John 7:37-52, 8:12

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, "Truly this is the Prophet." Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, "Will the Christ come out of Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?" So there was a division among the people because of Him. Now some of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid hands on Him. Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, "Why have you not brought Him?" The officers said, "No man ever spoke like this Man!" Then the Pharisees answered them, "Are you also deceived? Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him? But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed." Nicodemus(he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them) said to them, "Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?" They answered and said to him, "Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophet has arisen out of Galilee. "Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."

The Feast of Pentecost has arrived. This is a joyous time in the Church. Thoughts turn to the Holy Trinity. Thoughts turn to the Holy Spirit. Thoughts turn to the Triune God.

The joy of Pascha continues to fill the air. The joy of the Feast of the Holy Ascension continues to be in mind. The joy of Pentecost is immediately present.

Believers rejoice. The liturgical rejoicing continues throughout the week. The festal celebration occurs in Orthodox Churches throughout the world. The celebration of the feast lifts the hearts and souls of believers.

Every person having been Chrismated has experienced a personal Pentecost. Each believer Chrismated has been exposed to the "seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit."

On the larger scale, Pentecost is a renewal of the Church. The Feast of Pentecost celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit. The prayers of the feast command attention.

The power of the Holy Spirit in each life and throughout time is beyond measure or full comprehension. Wise individuals realize their limited personal knowledge of the Holy Spirit and the awe due the Holy Spirit.

God is more than the finite mind can comprehend. The Lord Jesus Christ exceeds the ability of believers to fully appreciate. The love of Christ exceeds the limits of the passing of time.

The love of Christ is not confined to particular space. The operation of the Holy Spirit is not confined to particular centuries. The love of God is from generation to generation.

Jesus invites individuals who thirst to drink from Him. (Jn 7:37). Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well whoever drank from the water He gave would never thirst." (Jn. 4:13)

People choose what they will consume. People choose whether to nourish the soul. People choose whether to feed the thirst of the soul. For some people, care of the soul is furthest from their minds.

Care of the soul is essential for the believer. It is good to heed the words given to the rich man who was interested in eating, drinking and being merry. The rich man was told: by God: "Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?" (Lk 12:13-20)

Average life expectancy is seventy to eighty years according to the Psalmist (89/90:10). What is important is how a person lives each day of life. What is important particularly is how one's life concludes.

Ideally, a person lives in ways pleasing to God throughout life. If a person departs from ways pleasing to God, repentance is absolutely important. Better to return to God after a fall into sin than to give up and die in sin.

The pain of recovering from sin can be excruciating. Christ will help the repentant person handle the pain and experience the recovery. It took great courage for the prodigal son to return home after a life of wasteful living. The truly repentant sinner is welcomed by God. (Lk. 15:11-32)

Today the Holy Spirit is in the forefront of thought among Orthodox Christians. Sin and repentance may not be immediately in the front of each believer's mind. This is a time of joy.

Joy is experienced by those living in ways pleasing to God. Sin deters a person from experiencing that joy. The fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;" (Gal. 5:22-23)

Jesus said "You will know them by their fruits." (Mt. 7:16) If the Spirit is very much a part of our lives, then our lives should reflect the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control identified with the Holy Spirit.

If our lives do not reflect the fruit of the Spirit, then we need to do everything in our power to live in ways pleasing to God. We need to repent, beseech the mercy of God, and pray for the Holy Spirit "to come and abide in us and cleanse us from every impurity and save our souls." 1

1From the Prayer to the Holy Spirit.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 2 / June 15, 2008
Feast of Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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