St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 546 - June 22 / July 5, 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 22 / July 5, 2009
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 546

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

Matthew 8:10

Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel.

Recent Services
June 25
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
June 26
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
June 27
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 28
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
June 29
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Pomen held in Bridgeville funeral home for +Emil Korica.
Akathist to Jesus Christ was read at St. Clair Hospital for a patient. Two family members were present.
One person came to St. George Church for the Akathist to Icon of Mother of God, Assuage My Griefs and Akathist to Icon of the Mother of God the Healer.
June 30
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Funeral Service for +Emil Korica at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Pittsburgh with burial in Military Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
July 1
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people were present for Vespers.
July 2
Two people were present for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Two people were present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 3
Four people were present for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy-Nativity of St. John the Baptist.
6:30 PM Akathists followed by Adult Class.

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont,W.Va.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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. St. George Church closed.
August 8 - Parish Healthcare Seminar
August 9 - Parish Healthcare Day Dinner and Program
August 13 - Dormition Fast Begins

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Parish Life

Thank you to all parishioners participating in and supporting the Vidovdan Program.

Milosh "Serb" Krewasky's Lamb-Roasters deserve recognition. They are: Mike Evosevich, Rick Hribal, Phil Titus, Lloyd Richards, Jim Ziemba, Bob Getty, William Teagarden, Ken Sigosky. They give generously of their time and talent.

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.

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

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

One person came to Adult Class last week. Class again this Tuesday.

Read your Bible daily.

Structure your life according to the calendar of the Church.

Learns the feasts and saints remembered by the Church each day.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

While they were in paradise, our fore-parents, Adam and Eve, enjoyed the unmediated revelation of God. Being without sin, they were able to immediately comprehend His holy will. Sin ruined this relationship, and not only did God no longer reveal Himself in totality to men as before, but man himself fled from God. Even though he wished to hide himself from His Creator, the Creator still seeks him, inquiring: "Adam, where are you?" (Gen.3:9).

(Introduction to the New Testament )

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

To Consider

The healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ.
All the people healed by the Lord Jesus Christ.
The relationship of faith and healing.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 26 - Met with Regional Director of Allegheny Energy.
June 27 - Went to Diocesan Center, then to St. Alexandar Nevsky Cathedral in Allison Park.
June 28 - Participated in Parish Vidovdan Program.
June 29 - Served pomen in Bridgeville and visited a patient in St. Clair Hospital.
June 30 - Served funeral in Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh.
June 30 - Attended Shadeland Camp meeting at Diocesan Center.

From Psalm 13:6

The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God. (NKJV)

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Matthew 8:5-13

Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented." And Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him." The centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I am also a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, 'Go,' and He goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel. And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done to you." And his servant was healed in that same hour.

Healing is an important aspect of life. Every believer needs healing of the soul wounded by sin. Every believer will have a friend or family member, coworker or acquaintance that is in need of physical healing.

The Church provides for specific and general prayers associated with healing. The Church provides specific locations and practices to follow in seeking healing of soul and body.

The Church identifies and gives certain responsibilities to bishops, priests and deacons in the healing process. Healing is necessary not only for individuals.

Nations need to heal in times of war. Parishes need healing after times of conflict. Families need healing after periods of discord. Employers and employees need healing after periods of labor strife.

God is the source of healing. The Psalmist said: "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction." (Ps. 103:2-3)

Believers benefit from following the example of the centurion. Turning to God in faith is the best first step a person can take when healing is needed. Too often God is viewed as the last resort rather than the first.

Serious believers turn to God first in all undertakings. Turning to God when healing is needed is only logical for believers. God does not disappoint believers. God does not disappoint those turning to Him in faith.

Jesus healed the centurion's servant. Jesus acknowledged the centurion's great faith. Serious believers see the healing hand of God at work whenever healing is required.

The healing God provides may not be what the believer anticipated. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Ephesians to give thanks: "always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Eph. 5:20)

Prayer and fasting will help a believer discern the will of God when healing is needed. Attending the Divine services and reading the Holy Scriptures help believers to be more understanding of God's expectations.

Believers have certain responsibilities regarding healing in circumstances affecting them. In the current Gospel, the centurion took his responsibility seriously. He was a man of great faith.

Believers seeking healing for themselves or for others need to act responsibly as Christians. A person cannot live a life of wantonness and at the same time expect God to provide healing.

Discipline and prayer are necessary when healing is desired. Love of God is necessary when healing is desired. Strong faith and belief in God is necessary when healing is desired.

The soul is precious and deserves the greatest care. Healing of the soul comes through repentance and leading a life pleasing to God. Healing of the body requires care of the body and care of the soul.

At times the body can be beyond physical healing but the healing of the soul brings wholeness and peace to the believer. God is a good and loving God. Jesus' death on the Cross is proof of God's goodness and love.

Being appreciative of God's healing power is always important. Jesus described the healing of ten lepers. Jesus taught that only one of the ten took time to return and give thanks for the healing. (Lk. 17:11-19)

Love of Christ is paramount for the serious believer. Recognizing the love of Christ for each person is paramount for the serious believer. God is not to be treated as the emergency room, to be used only when rarely and greatly needed.

Christians have a daily responsibility to God. This daily responsibility was established at Holy Baptism and continues until departure from this life. Healing of the soul is an important aspect of the Christian life.

Serious believers realize their lives are rooted in Christ and develop as a result of this rooting in Christ. Serious believers draw nourishment from Christ each day. Christ is viewed as the source of life and the goal of life.

Healing improves a serious believer's relationship with Christ. Healing enables a serious believer to be more responsible in following Christ. Appreciation for healing can inspire a believer to live more fervently for Christ.

In this world when negativism and gloom can too often come to the fore, the healing power of God in many different aspects of life is deserving of great joy and wonder.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 22 / July 5, 2009
The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
Venerable Anastasia of Serbia,

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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