St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 541 - May 18 / May 31, 2009

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
May 18 / May 31, 2009
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of First Ecumenical Council
No. 541

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

2 Corinthians 13:5

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? ---unless indeed you are disqualified. (NKJV)

Recent Services
May 23
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
May 24
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by the Divine Liturgy. Thirty-four people attended the Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
May 26
One person came for the Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 27
Matins was read. Vespers was read.
May 28
Matins was read.
Seven people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Ninth Hour and Vespers was read.
May 29
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
May 30
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

5:30 AM on Monday, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Friday, Saturday.

9:00 AM Akathist for Departed, Pomen, Grave blessings.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 6 - Memorial Saturday, Grave Blessings.
June 7 - Feast of Pentecost, Parish Outdoor Religious Program, Akathist to the Holy Spirit at the Cross and Parish Picnic.
June 8 - Pentecost Monday
June 9 - Pentecost Tuesday
June 10 - Slava, Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont, W.Va.
June 13 - Leavetaking of Pentecost.
June 15 - Beginning of Apostles Fast
June 17 - St. Metrophanes, First Patriarch of Constantinople
June 28 - St. Great-martyr Prince Lazar; All Serbian Martyrs. Vidovdan.
July 5 - Parish Vidovdan Program
July 7 - Nativity of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John
July 12 - Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Parish Life

Baked goods are needed for the parish picnic next week. Please let Sonia Janson know if you will be bringing baked goods.

More help is needed for the parish picnic for next week. Please volunteer and let Stan Brozik or Sonia Janson know that you are willing to help.

Congratulations to Nina Sabak for graduating from high school this year.

It is appropriate to acknowledge that +Joseph Stanicak from Aliquippa departed this life. Attorney Stanicak visited the St. George Church and was a contributor.

May God grant memory eternal to retired Diocesan priest, +Protopresbyter Stavrofor Aleksandar Radenkovich departed this life this past week in Florida.

Photos taken by Milosh "Serb" Krewasky provide a visual history of parish life.

One person came for Adult Class this past Tuesday. A video was shown about Monastery Milesevo.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs.

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

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

If you have a question about the Divine services or other questions ask Father Rodney and come to the Adult Classes.

Every parishioner is a missionary for St. George Church.

Shadeland Camp applications are available for campers. Volunteer helpers are needed.

A Thought from Mrs. A. Tumbas

Kolo members have served literally thousands upon thousands of meals. Strudels, breads, soups, sarmas, noodles, pastries have made their way from Serbian kitchens to Serbian functions down through the years as our people learned to become doctors, lawyers, architects, psychologists, teachers, and builders. The women supplied the food to both body and mind while the men built the cities brick by brick, carried the coal from the earth, fashioned the steel from whence the wealth of this country is founded.

(1971 Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States and Canada. )

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

To Consider

The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The witnesses blessed to be present at the Ascension.
The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 19 - Went to hospital in Waynesburg to visit patient.
May 23 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy, Eleven people attended.
May 25 - Went to St. Tikhon's Monastery in South Canaan, Pennsylvania.
May 29 - Went to Diocesan Center and then to Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh for Shadeland Meeting.

From Psalm 9:10

And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You. (NKJV)

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
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, 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. 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.

From the time of Holy Baptism and continuing throughout our lives, we recite the Nicean-Constantinopolitan Creed at each Divine Liturgy. The Creed is an expression of fundamental beliefs. The Creed is a framework for our lives.

We are expected to measure everything we do according to this Creed. We are expected to live in ways that honors every word of this Creed. We owe great appreciation and thanksgiving to the formulators and defenders of the Creed.

We owe a great debt of gratitude to the known and unknown believers through the centuries who have held to the Creed not only in the Divine services but in their daily lives.

We are blessed to be in this church to worship and give glory to God. We are in this parish church to proclaim and advance the Gospel. We are in this Holy Church because faithful believers through the centuries made it possible.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." (Mt. 7:14) The Lord Jesus Christ describes the essence of eternal life in the present Gospel.

Each person chooses the degree to which he or she is faithful to the Creed. From the moment of baptism until departure from this life, believers are expected to make decisions which are true to the Creed.

Repentance and Holy Confession offer believers the opportunity to begin anew when falling into sin and failing to live up to the baptismal commitment. Not everyone chooses to repent and come to Holy Confession.

Not everyone chooses to consistently repent, seek God's mercy and begin anew. Not everyone chooses to regularly live in ways pleasing to God.

Not everyone chooses to seriously prepare regularly and partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day." (Jn. 6:54)

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Ephesians "We should be holy and without blame before Him in love." (Eph. 1:4) How many individuals in the present generation give great thought to the Holy Fathers and Mothers of the Church?

Holiness involves attentiveness to prayer. Holiness involves living the life in Christ to the greatest degree possible. Holiness involves Christian love emanating from the heart and mind.

Holiness involves a soul consumed by interest in Christ and unity with Christ. Holiness involves avoiding with every fiber of the being activities and thoughts and actions which dilute the love for Christ and ways of Christ.

Parish churches provide believers with the nourishment of Christ. The Holy Mysteries of the Church enable a believer to be united with Christ from Baptism to departure from this life.

Believers take on the responsibility to be faithful to Christ at Holy Baptism. A person is set aside and becomes different when he or she becomes Christian. Faithfulness to the Christian identity is very demanding and not to be taken lightly.

Believers are tested and tempted throughout life. Believers are not without help. Prayer and fasting provide believers with the ways to remain faithful to God.

Listening to and reading of the Holy Scriptures and attending the Divine services provide believers with strength and direction to be faithful to Christ. Repentance is always necessary.

The joy of the Christian life is present in all circumstances for believers completely focused on Christ. Even in the times of greatest hardship and challenge, the love of Christ is manifested and experienced by true believers.

The Precious Body and Blood of Christ bring the greatest joy to believers. Attentive believers cannot partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ without thinking of Christ on the Cross and His love for each person.

Holy Confession is most effective when the heart is open to God and sins are revealed. Holy Confession brings the greatest relief when the penitent is sensitive to the endless mercy and all encompassing love of Christ manifested on the Cross.

In every community, in every society, in every century there are those who doubt and depart from the way of the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed. In every century there are skeptics and believers whose faith falters and fails.

Jesus described different degrees of faith when He spoke about the sowing of seed. The Lord Jesus Christ said only individuals hearing the word of God with a good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience. (Lk. 8:11-15)

Each person determines the degree of personal faithfulness to God. May each of us to remain faithful and true throughout life.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 18 / May 31, 2009
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.
Holy Martyr Theodotus of Ancyra.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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