St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 544 - June 9 / June 21, 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 9 / June 21, 2009
Second Sunday after Pentecost
No. 544

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

I Corinthians 16:13-14

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.

Recent Services
June 13
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 14
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read immediately followed by Divine Liturgy.
Thirty-eight people came for the Divine Liturgy. Four communicants. Pomen held.
June 15
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
June 17
Matins and First Hour were read.
June 18
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

Thursday and Friday
4:00 PM Ninth Hour and Vespers.

5:30 AM Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.

No Adult Class this week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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 - St. Elijah Diocesan Day at Shadeland.
August 8 - Parish Healthcare Seminar
August 9 - Parish Healthcare Day Dinner and Program
August 13 - Dormition Fast Begins
August 18 - Forefeast of Transfiguration
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration.
August 26 - Apodasis of Transfiguration
August 27 - Forefeast of Dormition of Mother of God
August 28 - Dormition of Mother of God
September 5 - Apodasis of Dormition of Mother of God
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Parish Life

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

Honor the Apostles Fast in the entirety.

Plan to come to stay for the Vidovdan (fasting) dinner and program.

Think what communities would be like if there were no parish churches.

How many communities has the St. George Church impacted?

How many families and individuals have passed through the St. George Church in the past fifty five years?

How many individuals have prayed in and have been prayed for in the St. George Church in the past 55 years?

How many men and women from the St. George Church have gone off to the military or other areas of public service in the past fifty five years?

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.

How many people and communities benefited from coal mined by men and women from the St. George Church in the past fifty five years?

A Thought from Protopresbtyer Radisha Purich

Religious life in America seems to be passing through a serious crisis. Recent polls, taken on religious life in America indicate that religion is no longer what it used to be - the strong spiritual force, with great influence in national, political, and social life of men. According to the polls, religion is losing its influence. Why? The answer is simple; we have made our religion too easy, and anything made easy is no longer respected by men. Man's apathy toward easy made things is clearly expressed in all areas of our life. Man respects challenges, not easy made things, and such an attitude is quite natural.

(1972 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 selection process Jesus used in choosing His apostles.
The change made in the lives of serious followers of Christ.
The impact followers of Christ have in their communities

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 14 - Attending function honoring parishioner after church.
June 14/15 - Went to viewing and funeral for +David Donald, speaker at Healthcare Seminar at St.G eorge Church in August 2008.
June 16 - Went to Carlisle Regional Hospital to be with a friend having surgery. Went to assisted living residence in Mechanicsburg to visit a friend.
June 17 - Went to Diocesan Center.

From Psalm 12:5

"For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now I will arise", says the Lord. (NKJV)

The Second Sunday After Pentecost-2009
Matthew 4:18-23

And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

Parish churches are located in communities. The parish churches manifest the beliefs of the members. Parish churches proclaim the Gospel and are witnesses for the Lord Jesus Christ in their communities.

Parish churches influence the communities in which they are located and they are affected by those communities. An interaction occurs between the parish churches and the communities in which they are located.

Some parish churches take a stronger and more deliberate approach to reaching out to the communities in which they are located. Other parish churches tend to focus exclusively on the present parishioners.

The Lord Jesus Christ commissioned His disciples with the words: "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you." (Mt. 28:19-20)

In the present Gospel, Jesus told Peter and Andrew: "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men."(Mt. 4:19) The Gospel of Christ is shared by believers in the way they live.

The Gospel of Christ has an impact on the lives of individuals taking the Gospel seriously. Individuals taking the Gospel seriously become "new" in Christ. They become "new creations."(II Cor. 5:17)

Christians do well to consider the impact of the parish on the communities in which they are located. Christians do well to consider the impact of their personal behavior on others.

Individuals identified as Christians are expected to act as Christ would have them to act. Their behavior, language and thoughts should conform to the teachings and standards set by Christ.

Individuals identified as Christians should adhere to Christian standards and ethics in the community and in the work place. Christian behavior is intended to extend into all aspects of life.

Christian behavior is not to be limited to the period of time a believer is in the church building.

Christian employers are expected to treat their employees with due respect. Christian employers and business owners are expected to adhere to ethical business practices.

Christian employees are expected to respect the employer and honor the employer by working with due honesty and acting according to the moral standards set by Christ.

The Gospel is substantive in content and in the ability to bring change to human lives. Communities can be transformed and improved when parish churches have parishioners strong in faith and willing to live daily according to the Holy Gospel.

The love of Christ is multiplied when believers share this love with others in daily life. The love of Christ experienced in the Holy Eucharist strengthens the communities of believers sharing this love with others.

The Lord Jesus Christ taught if you want to attain eternal life: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."(Mt. 19:16-19). Love of neighbor is essential.

Believers must be willing to examine themselves carefully. Believers benefit by using the fast periods of the Church to evaluate their personal lives to ensure personal life corresponds with the teachings of Christ.

Without love paramount in the daily life of a Christian, a believer's profession of faith is shallow. The First Epistle of St. John states: "My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue but in deed and in truth." (I Jn. 3:18)

Jesus gathered together disciples and apostles. We are beneficiaries of the love of Christ manifested in the lives of Jesus' disciples and apostles. We are beneficiaries of the faithful Christians through the centuries.

Parish churches have a responsibility to be faithful to Christ in the proclamation of the Holy Gospel in deed and in truth. Parishioners do well to be serious about the Holy Gospel in their daily lives.

The present Gospel speaks about Jesus preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom and healing sickness and disease. (Mt. 4:23) Believers benefit from hearing the Gospel of Christ and by being healed by Christ.

Parish churches are strengthened when believers heed the Gospel and live their daily lives accordingly. The Gospel has far reaching effects when believers are serious about Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 9 / June 21, 2009
The Second Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Greatmartyr Theodore Stratelates.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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