St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 547 - June 29 / July 12, 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 29 / July 12, 2009
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost - Sts. Peter and Paul
No. 547

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

Acts 3:16

And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

Recent Services
July 3
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 4
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 5
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read immediately before the Divine Liturgy.
Twenty-four people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
July 6
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
July 7
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. John the Baptist were read.
July 8
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
July 9
Midnight Office was read. Vespers was read.
July 10
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, 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 10-13 - Sabor, North Canton, Ohio
August 13 - Dormition Fast Begins
August 19 - Feast of Holy Transfiguration.
August 26 - Leave-taking of the Feast of Holy Transfiguration
August 28 - Feast of Dormition of the Mother of God.
September 5 - Leavetaking of Feast of Dormition of the Mother of God
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Church New Year
September 21 - Feast of Nativity of the Mother of God
September 25 - Leavetaking of Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God.
September 27 - Feast of Elevation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Parish Life

Milosh Serb Krewasky is responsible for recruiting the following men to refurbish the tables at the picnic grounds. Dave Koratich, Barrett Lewis, Tim Lewis and Bob Getty. These men along with Milosh Serb Krewasky gave of their time freely and generously.

May God give rest to the soul of +Marion Luteran recently departed this life. Several years ago, Marion was very active here at St. George Church.

St. George Church is in Greene County, population 40,672 people at last census.

St. George Church is in Monongahela Township-population 1714 people at last census.

St. George Church has a Carmichaels address, Carmichaels had 525 people at last count.

Nearby Masontown in Fayette County had 3,410 people at last count.

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.

No Adult Class this week. Adult Class materials are emailed each week to approximately 300 individuals.

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

Read your Bible daily.

Structure your daily life according to the calendar of the Church.

Learn the feasts and saints celebrated each day.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

It must not be concluded that the preparatory character of the Old Testament means that it has no further meaning today, nor that it should be neglected. From the earliest times the Church regarded the Old Testament as an integral component of Holy Scripture.

(Introduction to the New Testament )

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

To Consider

The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul.
The Apostles Fast leading to the feast.
The benefit of fasting in preparation for the feast.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 3 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
July 7 - Visited parishioner at Mt. St. Macrina Manor.
July 7 - Visited parishioner at Cherry Tree Nursing Facility.
July 9 - Went to Diocesan Center and to Shadeland Camp.

From Psalm 15:1

Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? (NKJV)


The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Matthew 8:28-9:1

When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way. And suddenly they cried out, saying, "What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?" Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding. So the demons begged Him, saying, "If you cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine." And He said to them, "Go." So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water. Then those who kept them fled; and they went away into the city and told everything, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region. So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.

Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul
Matthew 16:13-19

When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?" So they said, "Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." (NKJV)

Everyone answers the question the Lord Jesus Christ raised: "Who do you say that I am?" The question is answered by the way each person lives. Individuals hearing about Jesus Christ choose whether to follow Him.

Each person's life reflects the degree of belief in Jesus Christ. Some individuals share the same belief as the Holy Apostle Peter when he said: "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

Many people profess belief in Christ at Holy Baptism but their profession of faith is only mildly or minimally demonstrated as they go about their daily lives.

Today the world needs fervent believers in Christ. Today the world needs individuals leading prayerful and moral lives. Today the world needs individuals to practice Christian ethics in all areas of life.

The impact of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul continues to be felt in the present. The Holy Apostles Peter and Paul have influenced and shaped Christian beliefs and practices for centuries.

The Holy Apostles Peter and Paul have inspired believers for centuries. Current believers do well to consider the complete commitments of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul to the Lord Jesus Christ.

The powerful lasting legacy of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul is a determination of their love and witness for Christ. The Church continues to celebrate the exemplary lives of St. Peter and St. Paul.

Individual believers do well to search their personal hearts and minds and to evaluate their daily lives in view of the question by Jesus: "Who do you say that I am?" Faith in Christ is determined by each individual.

If our daily thoughts and actions were examined carefully, would they reveal that we fervently believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God?

Do our daily lives show a firm commitment to Christ revealed in prayer and in action each day? Do your daily lives show a love for Christ as King and as God as we profess at Holy Baptism?

Is the way we live our daily lives noticeably different from non-Christians, noticeably different from non-believers? The Lord Jesus Christ said: "You will know them by their fruits" (Mt. 7:16)

The fruits of St. Peter and St. Paul are evident in New Testament. Read the Acts of the Apostles and St. Paul's Epistles. The lives and work of St. Peter and St. Paul continue to influence and change lives to the present day.

Each person does well to ask himself or herself whether the soul is fully nourished and at peace? Each person does well to examine his or her personal life and determine how to better follow Christ and live in Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ shines forth in the lives of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. Each generation of believers benefits from the love of Christ shown through the lives of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.

Contemporary Christian life is not limited to simply looking back to centuries past. Firm believers in centuries past have much to teach believers in the present and future.

Each generation needs the nourishment of Christ. Each generation has a contribution to make to the life in Christ. Each generation benefits by Christ's daily nourishment of the soul.

Lovers of Christ rejoice at opportunities to learn more about Christ through the lives of the Holy Apostles. St. Peter and St. Paul provide sustenance for the soul.

Believers caring for the soul and seeking to nourish the soul benefit from turning to the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 29 / July 12, 2009
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul

Fr. Rodney Torbic

Back to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels - Home Page