St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 495 - June 30 / July 13, 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 30 / July 13, 2008
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 495

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 him, he marveled and said, to those who followed him, "Truly, I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such faith."

Recent Services
July 6
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read.
Eighteen people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
July 7
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Six people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
Funeral held at St. Sava Church-Mckeesport, for +Milan "Tex" Kostich.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read at St. George Church.
July 8
Midnight Office was read.
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Ninth Hour and Vespers read.
July 9
Midnight Office was read.
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Ninth Hour and Vespers read.
July 11
Midnight Office was read.
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
July 12
Midnight Office was read.
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Eight people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
Seven people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

Next scheduled services are next Sunday
5:30 AM - Midnight Office, Matins at 6:30 AM. Third and Sixth Hour at 9:30 AM. Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.

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

Important Dates

July 25 - Vigil for Monastery Marcha Slava.
July 26 - Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel, Monastery Marcha Slava.
August 2 - Holy Prophet Elijah
August 3 - Diocese Day at Shadeland, Diocesan parish churches closed.
August 9 - St. Panteleimon
August 10 - Parish Nurses' Office Slava, Blessing of Kolach and Kolijvo, Parish Healthcare Day Program, Blessing of Ambulances.
August 11 - Parish Healthcare Day Seminar on Organ Transplants.
August 14 - Dormition Fast begins
August 18 - Forefeast of Transfiguration
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Pray for the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Parish Life

Through his creation and weekly maintaining of the parish website as well as recording and posting the parish radio broadcasts, Tom Hunter has put the parish in the reach of all parts of the world.

It is important for parishioners to come to church as often as possible on Sundays and whenever possible for the Divine Liturgies of major feasts during the week.

All Diocesan parish churches will be closed on August 3 for Diocese Day.

Plan to attend Diocese Day at Shadeland on August 3.

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.

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.

It is good to have Protinica Mira Majstorovic, Savo and Marta in the area again.

Stephen Miscovich is a welcome presence at the St. George Church.

Berta Decovich, Rich and Linda Porter provided new red vigil lights for the church.

A Thought from Father Thomas Kazich

There are many stories in the Bible of how God prepared His people to return to Him. There is the column of fire at night that accompanied the Israelites out of Egypt. There is the fire from heaven that consumed Elijah's sacrifice and sent down rain. There is the fire that protected the three youths in that furnace. There is the fiery chariot that took Elijah up to heaven."

(The Divine Fire of God." Little Falcons. Vol. 14, No. 3, 2007, p. 4 )

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

To Consider

The long-lasting and far-reaching work of the Holy Apostles.
The Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.
The similarities and differences among the Holy Apostles.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 6 - Went to St. Nicholas Church, Steelton.
July 7 - Funeral of +Milan "Ted" Kostich, St. Sava Church, Mckeesport.
July 10 - Went to Diocesan Center and Shadeland Camp.

From the Wisdom of Sirach

A man's heart changes his countenance, either for good or for evil. The mark of a happy heart is a cheerful face, but to devise proverbs requires painful thinking.

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 8:5-13

Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented." And Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him." The centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I am also a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, 'Go,' and He goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." 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. And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done to you." And his servant was healed in that same hour.

The Lord Jesus Christ speaks about the great faith of the centurion. The faith of the centurion set him apart from others in history. The written record of the centurion in the Holy Gospel is a basis for teaching each generation.

In the Epistle to the Hebrews, faith is described as: 'the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." (Heb. 11:1). The centurion had full confidence in the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The centurion had full confidence in the "word" of the Lord Jesus Christ. The centurion fully believed his "paralyzed and dreadfully tormented" servant would be healed. The centurion's faith was well justified.

Present day believers do well to develop and maintain faith equal in strength to that of the centurion. Strong faith does not come immediately. Strong faith comes through continued belief in God and a strong relationship with God.

Believers loving God and turning to God in continued and serious prayer soon realize the love of God and the need for continued thanksgiving to God. Always giving thanks to God is entirely and always appropriate.

The Gospel becomes real in daily life when God is part of the daily life of believers. God is not an abstract and distant God if believers pray and "converse" with God throughout the day.

God is an abstract and distant God for those who neglect God, avoid God and rarely turn to God in worship and prayer. For God to be viewed in a personal way, believers must turn to God consistently with strong personal faith.

Joy comes with the expectation and the belief that God is kind and loving, near to every individual seeking God in faith. The Holy Apostle Paul speaking about God said: "He is not far from each one of us, for 'in him we live and move and have our being.'" (Acts: 17:27-28)

God is greater than we will ever be able to full comprehend. God is well beyond the full comprehension of our finite minds. Sufficient joy exists in learning about God and loving God to the best of our abilities and capacities.

Joy exists in experiencing the love of God. Joy exists in realizing the daily blessings from God. Joy exists in recognizing the daily miracles of God. Clutter, darkness and evil, when cast aside, are overshadowed and dwarfed by the love and light of God.

Daily miracles come in the daily rising of the sun and in the periodic fall of rain. Daily miracles come in the pleasant smile from a child and in the unanticipated healing of a sickness or disease.

Daily miracles come in the form a beautiful flower or in being able to view animals at peace in their environment. Daily miracles come in recognizing the value of the Holy Prophets and the saints of the Church.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "The kingdom of God is in the midst of you." Lk. 17:21). We find the kingdom of God when "We seek first the kingdom..." (Mt. 6:33)

No one is more worthy of faith and trust than the Lord God. The current Gospel lesson is proof positive that placing trust in God bears miraculous results.

The Psalmist says:" Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his presence continually. Remember the wonderful works that he has done, his miracles and the judgements he uttered." (Ps. 104/105:4-5)

At times individuals will be depressed. At times individuals will be tormented as was the centurion's servant. The Lord God leads individuals out of depression and out of torment. God brings peace to the heart, mind and soul.

To experience God's joy and peace, the individual must immerse him or herself in the love of God, in the relationship with God. The Divine services and prayers of the Church provide the individual with the opportunity to be with God at all times.

The Holy Mysteries of the Church enable the believer to seek forgiveness and live in ways pleasing to God. Holy Confession and Holy Communion enable the believer to be at peace with God and directed toward the Kingdom.

The Prophets of old send out warnings about behaviors that would lead to devastation. Contemporary believers do well to be familiar with the words and warnings of the Holy Prophets.

Contemporary society has many trappings capable of being devastating to the soul. Believers need to protect, guard and nourish the soul. The faith of the centurion is an example of a strong defense against attacks against the soul.

Believers with a daily relationship with God have on the armor of God (Rom. 13:12). Pride and laxity can bring downfall. Vigilance must be constant Nourishment for the soul must always be sufficient.

The centurion had cause to rejoice. Jesus healed the centurion's servant. Jesus heals each person coming to Him in faith.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 30 / July 13, 2008
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
Synaxis of the Holy Apostles.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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