St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 543 - June 1 / June 14, 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
June 1 / June 14, 2009
Sunday of All Saints
No. 543

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

James 1:2-4

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

Recent Services
June 6
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ten people came for Akathist to Departed and Pomen for All Buried under the Auspices of St. George Church. All graves in the St. George Cemetery were blessed. The names of all departed listed in church records were read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 7
Matins and First Hour were read. Thirty one people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
Thirteen people came for the Akathist to the Holy Spirit served at the Cross in the Cemetery
June 8
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
June 9
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Akathist to the Holy Trinity, Akathist to the Lord Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Cross were read at the Federal Correctional Insitution at Morgantown, W.Va. with two inmates participating.
Three individuals came for Akathist to the Holy Spirit in the evening at St. George Church.
June 10
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people were at the St. George Church for the Akathist to St. John the Baptist and Blessing of Kolach and Koljivo for parishioner's Slava.
Vespers were served at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, West Virginia.
June 11
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read. Ninth Hour and Vespers were served.
June 12
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
June 13
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Thursday and Friday
5:30 AM
4:00 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 15 - Beginning of Apostles Fast
June 17 - St. Metrophanes, First Patriarch of Constantinople
June 28 - St. Great-martyr Prince Lazar; All Serbian Martyrs
June 28 - Parish Vidovdan Covered Dish Dinner (Fasting) and Program
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 19 - Feast of Transfiguration.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Parish Life

May God give rest to the soul of David Donald and comfort to his family. Mr. Donald, a lung transplant recipient, participated in last year's Healthcare Seminar.

Thank you parishioners and friends of the parish working very hard for the picnic.

Many individuals came a long distance to attend the picnic.

Father James Gardikes, Father Fred Pfiel and Father Rumen Stoychev were Orthodox clergy visiting the parish last Sunday.

Brother Tom Sommerfield accompanied by Father Radoslav returned for a visit.

Thank you to Stan Brozik, Sonia Janson and Milosh Krewasky for going to the Slava at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont on Wednesday.

Two people attended Adult Class this past Tuesday. No class this week.

Honor the Apostles Fast until the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on July 12.

Congratulations to Robert and Anne Marie Belich, Kumovi for Holy Trinity Cathedral Slava in Pittsburgh on the Feast of Pentecost.

Melva Hunchuck ensures the bulletins are in the mail each week.

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.

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

Congratulations to St. Sava Cathedral of Cleveland-Hundredth Anniversary.\

Mildred Zorman is faithful to St. George Church.

A Thought from Father Aleksa Micich

Through prayer, fasting, offering to charity, and doing good and fruitful deeds, we lessen the influence of our ego(the devil's tool) over us. We become strong, and full of love, spiritually disciplined, allowing us to see within our own souls with great clarity, enabling us to make the necessary adjustments

(St. Luke Newsletter, March/April 2006 )

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

To Consider

The love of God.
The goodness of God revealed each day.
The forgiveness of God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 7 - Attended function honoring a parishioner.
June 7 - Participated in Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic.
June 8 - Served at funeral of +Rodney Torbich, Aliquippa, Pa.
June 8 - Attended function hosted by parishioner.
June 9 - Went to federal prison in Morgantown for service, then to Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont.
June 10 - Went to Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and Slava.

From Psalm 11:7

For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright. (NKJV)

Sunday of All Saints
Mt. 10: 32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30

Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. Then Peter answered and said to Him, "See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?" So Jesus said to them, "Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first. (NKJV)

Today the Holy Orthodox Church celebrates the Sunday of All Saints. This is a time to contemplate the saints through the ages. This is a time to contemplate the saints in contemporary times.

God knows the saints by name. God knows the saints by their deeds and the way they lived their lives. Each saint is an individual. All the saints have the commonality of living in ways pleasing to God.

The present Gospel speaks about taking up the cross and following Christ. Sacrifice and discipline are necessary for the Christian. Sacrifice and discipline are necessary for sainthood. Dying to sin and living in Christ is the absolute necessity.

Contemporary society offers the allure of abundance. Desire for bigger homes, bigger cars, and more money can fuel the greed that has become all too common in today's world.

Centuries ago, Jesus said "Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness." (Mt. 6:33) Too often the Kingdom of God is not the goal of individuals. Too often material gain is the goal of individuals.

Love of neighbor is a Christian expectation. Too often love of material goods gets in the way of concern for family members, friends or neighbors. Too often love of Christ is minimal and excessive love of self and selfishness abounds.

The Lord Jesus Christ talks about sacrifice and leaving all to follow Him. Too often individuals are not trusting in Christ. Too often individuals worship their material possessions and have no time for Christ.

Years ago it was uncommon, almost unheard of for individuals to do routine work on Sundays. Today cutting grass, doing daily shopping, and athletic activities regularly take place at times when church services are normally held.

Sunday has become just another common day for many people in the present society. For many individuals, Sunday is no longer a day special for worship, for family, and for rest. For many people, there is no time for God on any day.

Sainthood comes from individuals who commit themselves to Christ and do not yield to the ways of Satan. Sainthood comes to those who repent of sins, even serious sins and remain firm for Christ for the balance of their lives.

The Holy Apostle Paul is an example of a persecutor of Christians who was changed by Christ. The Holy Apostle Paul became a foremost apostle due to his zeal for Christ.

Every person has continuous opportunities to grow in Christ. The Holy Apostle exhorted the Ephesians to "put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness." (Eph. 4:24)

A person has to be willing to separate his or herself from sin. A person desiring to grow in Christ has to relinquish ways of living that increase the likelihood of sin. Giving up sinful ways is necessary to follow Christ.

Courage is developed as a person follows Christ and trusts in Christ. The boldness of Peter and John are recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. Peter and John's boldness was attributed to their having been with Jesus. (Acts. 4:13)

Each person has but one life to live. Each person has only the time given by God. Time given each day does not return to be used again. Time is a valued gift from God to be used wisely for the glory of God and salvation of the soul.

Earthly life is finite. Some individuals live longer than others but sooner or later all depart this life. The present Gospel establishes the value of confessing the Lord Jesus Christ in this present life. Wise individuals confess Christ in their lives.

When a person confesses Christ in word, thought and deed, the person joins with Christ. The person is united with Christ in witnessing to Christ. Saints manifest the presence of the Christ in their lives.

Every person has the opportunity to show Christ at work in their lives. Every person has the opportunity to be united with Christ through repentance, confession and partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

Faith and trust in Christ are necessary. Individuals placing faith and trust in Christ are never disappointed. A person is changed when faith and trust are placed in Christ. Christ and the person become united.

Individuals living saintly lives battle sin with the help of Christ. Christ prevails in the lives of saints due to the strength of their interest. Christ prevails in each life open to Him in the heart, mind and soul.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "You will know them by their fruits." (Mt. 7:16) Individuals completely confessing Christ are known by their fruits. They become saints.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 1 / June 14, 2009
Sunday of All Saints.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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