St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 542 - May 25 / June 7, 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 25 / June 7, 2009
Feast of Pentecost
No. 542

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

Acts 6:5-6

And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, whom they set before the apostles and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them. (NKJV)

Recent Services
May 30
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
May 31
Midnight Office. Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by the Divine Liturgy.
June 1
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read. Vespers was read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy and Kneeling Prayers. Akathist to the Holy Spirit (In cemetery at 2:00 PM)

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

4:00 PM on Thursday, Friday

6:30 PM followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - 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 - 4:30 PM 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 7 - Nativity of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John
July 12 - Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul
July 25 - Monastery Marcha Slava Celebrated
August 2 - St. Elijah-Diocesan Day at Shadeland.
August 8 - Parish Healthcare Seminar
August 9 - Parish Healthcare Day Program with Blessing of Ambulances
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Parish Life

A warm welcome to visitors to the parish.

Thank you to parishioners and friends of the parish helping with the Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic.

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.

Structure your life according to the calendar of the Church.

Learn the saints, feasts and fasts that are part of the daily life of the Church.

The activities and goals of our lives are expected to conform to the standards and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Benefit exists in repenting and confessing all sins.

Dean of the Pittsburgh Deanery, Very Reverend Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov came to the parish on June 1, 2009 for the annual review of parish life and records. Executive Board President Stan Brozik and Treasurer Sonia Janson were present for the review. Financial records prepared by Financial Secretary Andrea Janson were part of the review. Minutes of the Annual Meeting prepared by Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck are also included in the review process.

May God give rest to the soul of +Rodney Torbich of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania departed this life on June 4, 2009.

In recent months, the parish has been blessed to have children attend classes on Sundays.

A Thought from St. Nikolai Velimirovic

Nor can the injustice of the world crush me, if injustice has been expelled from my thoughts. Nor will the deceitful spirits of worldly pleasure, honor and power entice me, if my soul is like an immaculate bride, who receives only the Holy Spirit and yearns for Him alone. People cannot shove anyone into hell, unless that person shoves himself. Nor can people hoist anyone up on their shoulders to the throne of God, unless that person elevates himself.

(Prayers by the Lake, New Gracanica Metropolitanate, 1999 )

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

To Consider

The Feast of Pentecost
The Holy Spirit in our lives.
The seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 30 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
May 31 - Went to Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church, Youngwood for parish Slava.

From Psalm 10:17

Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart. You will cause Your ear to hear. (NKJV)

Feast of Pentecost
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."

Today is a day of great celebration and joy in the Holy Orthodox Church. Today Orthodox believers think extensively about the Holy Spirit. Today believers think about the Church through the centuries.

Believers are renewed in the Holy Spirit. Believers are united in the Holy Spirit. The Creed recited at each Divine Liturgy refers to the Holy Spirit speaking by the prophets.

Parish churches and monasteries of God's Holy Church are united with each other and with parish churches and monasteries through the centuries. This unity influences believers and the communities in which they live and worship.

At the beginning of each Divine Liturgy, the celebrant turns to the Holy Spirit in prayer. When praying over the Holy Gifts, the celebrant says: "Making the change by Thy Holy Spirit."

Each time a believer makes the "Sign of the Cross", the believer confesses belief in the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Orthodox Christian believers are inseparable from the Holy Spirit in their identity.

When Chrismated, believers are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. Believers have a responsibility to be sensitive and attentive to the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit. (I Cor. 6:19)

Prayers to the Holy Spirit benefit the believer. Believers are expected to live in ways honoring the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit. Believers are expected to live in ways pleasing to God.

With the help of God, believers can more effectively sort through the choices confronting them during every moment of life. Help from God comes through prayer, fasting and a commitment to please and glorify God.

Help from God comes when the believer maintains a strong interest in life as God would have the believer live it. Believers cannot follow Satan and make choices pleasing to Satan while at the same time expecting to please God.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other." (Mt. 6:24)

When praying to the Holy Spirit, believers ask the Holy Spirit to "Come and abide in us, and cleanse us from every impurity and save our souls." Believers have a great responsibility to battle sin with every fiber of their being.

Believers have a responsibility to choose the way of God with every decision made. The joy of following Christ entails discipline in choosing the narrow way. (Mt. 7:13)

The fullness of the life in Christ brings peace to the heart and soul. Believers find completeness in the Christian life. Completeness comes through giving one's life to God to be used as God would have the life to be used.

Every person is blessed with talents and resources from God. Each person determines whether the talents and resources will be used in ways pleasing to God. A person need not look far in daily life to see gifts from God are often wasted.

Abusing and wasting gifts from God demonstrates a lack of reverence for God. At times an individual may not be blessed with much, but he or she may use what little they have for the glory of God.

The widow giving all that she had, the two mites, is held up as an example by Jesus. (Mk. 12:41-44). The Holy Spirit helps believers apply talents and resources for the glory of God and in ways intended by God.

Each day is a day to experience the fullness of life. We find true fullness in God Who gives life and provides for eternal life. Wise individuals choose God and the ways of God and make every effort to remain true to God throughout life.

Being attentive to the Holy Spirit throughout life challenges and inspires the believer to follow the ways pleasing to God. Choosing to experience the joy that comes from God is a lasting experience.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 25 / June 7, 2009
Feast of Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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