St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 499 - July 28 / August 10, 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
July 28 / August 10, 2008
Eigth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 499

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

I Corinthians 16:13-14

Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

Recent Services
August 2
Ten people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, West Virginia.
August 4
Midnight Office was read.
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
August 5
Midnight Office was read.
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Two people were present for Akathist to St. George.
August 6
Midnight Office was read. One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
August 7
Midnight Office was read. One person came for Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Akathist to Jesus Christ, Akathist to the Mother of God and Akathist to St. Nicholas.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
August 8
Midnight Office was read.
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read
August 9
Midnight Office was read.
One person came for Matins and First Hour.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

5:30 AM. Midnight Office on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Matins and First Hour
7:00 on Monday. 6:30 AM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, August 10 - Parish Nurse's Office Slava Celebration, Parish Healthcare Day Program, Blessing of Ambulances.
August 11 - Parish Healthcare Day Seminar on Organ Transplants.
August 14 - Dormition Fast begins
August 17 - Parish Executive Board Meeting following Divine Liturgy.
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 28 - Feast of Dormition, Choir Slava
September 5/6 - Diocesan Chapel Slava celebration

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Pray for the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Parish Life

Plan to attend the luncheon, program today and seminar tomorrow.

Thank you to all helping with today's luncheon and program and the seminar.

Thank you to all in the parish working in healthcare in the past and present. The work you do is very important and is appreciated. We will offer prayers today in the Divine Liturgy for all healthcare workers in the parish, living and departed.

Give thanks today for all the emergency medical and healthcare workers in our communities. The work they do very important for the quality of life.

It is important for parishioners to come to church as often as possible on Sundays and whenever.

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..

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.

Tell your neighbors to listen to the parish radio program.

Take a bulletin to give to someone that might be interested in the St. George Church.

Each parishioner is a missionary for the St. George Church.

Two people attended Adult Class this past Tuesday. No class this week due to the seminar.

Happy Patronal Feast Celebration of Hermitage of the Cross-Wayne, West Virginia

A Thought from Father Zivojin Jakovljevic

Those that do not believe in anything spiritual, who do not believe in God, and existence of soul and life everlasting, they must be terribly upset and troubled by the fact that this world will not last forever. Most of you can see from you own lives that time flies and that everything passes away. If you believe in God, existence of the soul, and the life eternal then you have a solid foundation for hope, and you understand that glory and riches of this world do not count hereafter. Then you do not have reason to despair and grieve over anything, neither be obsessed by the temporary, material things but always, strive for eternal values which last forever.

(St. George Serbian Orthodox Church Bulletin Lorain, Ohio. September, 1998 )

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

To Consider

The continued impact of St. Panteleimon.
The difference a saintly life makes in ensuing centuries.
Healings attributed to St. Panteleimon.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 3 - Went to Shadeland for Diocese Day.
August 4 - Went to Diocesan Center.

From the Wisdom of Sirach

A man's almsgiving is like a signet with the Lord, and He will keep a person's kindness like the apple of his eye.

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost 2008
Matt 14:14-22

And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, 'This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.' But Jesus said to them, 'They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.' And they said to Him, 'We have here only five loaves and two fish.' He said, 'Bring them here to Me.' Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.

The Lord Jesus Christ healed the sick. He was moved with compassion. Compassion is a Christian expectation. Believers continue to come to the Lord Jesus Christ in faith. Christ does not disappoint believers coming in faith.

All healings are not physical. Jesus heals the soul. Jesus heals the mind. Jesus heals the heart. At times physical healings occur. At other times, individuals find new ways through Christ to deal with deteriorating physical conditions.

Christ helps a person deal with a declining physical condition. Christ gives a person strength in facing the approach of the end of earthly life. Christ gives strength and comfort to family members faced with grave medical conditions.

It is always better to face adversity with Christ than attempt to deal with adversity without Christ. The living God is merciful and compassionate.

The Holy Apostle Paul found strength in Christ. The Holy Apostle Paul expressed that strength in Christ when he said: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.." (Phil. 4:13)

In the present Gospel, the compassion of Christ extended to the feeding of the multitude. Jesus showed that in Christ, we always have at hand what we need. Many years ago, I worked at an institution for court committed juveniles.

At the time, the institution had a limited budget in comparison to what was felt to be needed by the treatment staff. One day the director told the treatment staff to design program operations to implement that would improve the institution and do not worry about the cost.

The staff came up with a number of recommended improvements. None of them would cost additional money. The lack of money was originally considered a barrier but creative thinking showed that the lack of money was not the problem

Jesus showed in the present Gospel that He could heal the sick. Jesus showed in the present Gospel that He could feed the multitudes with the fewloaves and fish available. Jesus provides the sufficiency for our needs.

Divine Liturgies are celebrated throughout the world and throughout the centuries. The Precious Body and Blood of Christ are not exhausted during these celebrations. Believers are renewed in Christ. Believers are healed by Christ.

A Biblical account exists about Elijah asking a woman for a piece of bread. She felt she could not provide it because she had only a little meal. The woman listened to Elijah to prepare for him, the woman and her son some cake from the meal, The meal the woman had and the oil she had was not exhausted. The woman and her household ate for many days from this small amount. (I Kings. 17:1-16)

A Biblical account exists about Elisha telling a woman to gather vessels in which she was put in oil to sell to keep her children from becoming slaves. The small amount of oil the woman had was multiplied after she appealed to the Holy Elisha for help. (II Kings 4:1-7).

Due to her appeal to Elisha, God provided for the woman's sons to be spared just as God provided for Isaac to be spared when Abraham was about to sacrifice Isaac. (Gen. 22:14) God does not disappoint believers turning to Him in faith. (Heb. 11:1-39)

Each person determines the faith and trust placed in the Lord Jesus Christ. Each person determines whether to live according the ways and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Gospel is preached. The Divine services are held. The Holy Mysteries are available for those choosing Christ. Healing exists in Christ. Renewal exists in Christ. Strength and love exist in Christ.

Forgiveness comes from Christ. Nourishment comes from Christ. Joy exists in Christ. Only when the believer draws near to Christ does he or she experience the joy.

Remaining distant from Christ is not the way to experience Christ. Remaining distant keeps the person from actively participating in the life of Christ. Remaining distant reflects limited faith in Christ.

The Church has witnessed for Christ and proclaimed Christ for more than twenty centuries. The evidence of Christ's healing and continuing to heal accrues through the centuries.

When the Chalice is brought forth in the Divine Liturgy, the invitation goes out: "In the fear of God and in faith, draw near." Each Divine Liturgy is a Divine Banquet. Each Divine Liturgy is a feeding of the multitudes.

The wise person heeds the words of Christ. The wise person heeds the evidence about Christ. The wise person chooses to be fed and be healed by Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 28 / August 10, 2008
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Apostles and Deacons: Prochorus, Nicanor, TImon and Parmenas.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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