St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 549 - July 13 / July 26, 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
July 13 / July 26, 2009
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
No. 549

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

Matthew 9:29

Then He touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith let it be to you." (NKJV)

Recent Services
July 19
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Twenty-five people in attendance.
July 20
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read. Vespers was read.
July 21
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Two Akathists were served at the Federal Prison in Morgantown, W.Va. with two inmates attending.
Akathists were served at the St. George Church in the evening with two individuals attending.
July 22
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
July 23
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were held at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont, W.Va. Ten people attended.
July 24
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.

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 Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Wednesday at 6:30 PM followed by class at 7:00 PM.

4:00 PM, 3:00 PM.

The St. George Church will be closed next Sunday, August 2, 2009. No services will be held.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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.
August -28/29 - Kolo Federation Slava celebrated at Shadeland.
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

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 beloved +Proto Stavrofor Dr. Nedeljko Grgurevich, Episcopal Deputy of the Eastern American Diocese who fell asleep in the Lord this past Thursday. May God give strength and to his family.

Congratulations to Eric Rose for having completed his Air Force training in Texas. Eric was in church recently upon his return to the area.

Career Special Forces Army Office Rich Menhart and his family always make it a point to attend the services at the St. George Church when they are in the area. It was good to see the whole family this past Sunday.

Captain Michael Dephillips keeps contact with the St. George Church even while he is on active duty in the military. Capt. Dephillips is a professional in state and federal service.

Two people came to Adult Class this past Tuesday. Class again this Wednesday.

Two inmates attended an education class at FCI-Morgantown this past Tuesday.

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.

Sympathy extended to the family of +George Milkovich recently departed this life.

Dr. Andrei Popa keeps contact with the St. George Church from California.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Holy Communion on a regular basis.

Invite a friend or relative to attend church with you.

If you have a question about the services or the Church, ask Father Rodney

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

In conclusion, let us say the following: Christ reveals Himself in the Church. That is the final Revelation which will never vanish. For the Lord does not reveal Himself to us individually, but in the community with all the saints.

(Eph. 3:18) (Introduction to the New Testament )

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

To Consider

The diverse healings by Christ.
Faith involved in the healings.
Peace achieved through being healed.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 20 - Visited a parishioner of Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh at home due to Father Kosic being on vacation. Went to viewing for +George Milkovich in Pittsburgh area.
July 21 - Went to FCI-Morgantown for service and class.
July 23 - Visited parish family in Waynesburg.
July 23 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers.

Psalm 17:5

Uphold my steps in Your paths, that my footsteps may not slip. (NKJV)

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Matthew 9:27-35

When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, "Son of David, have mercy on us!" And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to Him, "Yes, Lord." Then He touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith let it be to you." And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, "See that no one knows it." But when they had departed, they spread the news about Him in all that country. As they went out, behold they brought to Him a man, mute and demon-possessed. And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke. And the multitudes marveled, saying, "It was never seen like this in Israel!" But the Pharisees said, "He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons." Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel
John 17:1-13

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. All Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

The Lord Jesus Christ is present at all times for individuals to turn to Him in faith. Ideally, believers turn to the Lord each day of their lives. The more a person turns to Christ in faith, the better the person becomes.

The present reading from the Gospel of St. Matthew reveals the power of the Lord Jesus Christ to heal the blind and the demon-possessed. Jesus can cause the mute to speak and bring peace to the lives that are distressed.

Jesus protects His followers and extends His love to all willing to receive it. Open hearts serve to welcome the loving Christ. Open minds see the majesty and glory of Christ.

Jesus' earthly life is described in the Holy Gospel from the time of the Annunciation until the time of the Holy Ascension. This time limited description does not contain all there is to say about the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Gospel of St. John concludes with the words: "There are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen." (Jn. 21:25)

Our relationship with Jesus Christ is strengthened and nourished in prayer. Our relationship with Jesus Christ is revealed in times of crises. Our relationship with Christ must be a relationship of love.

Believers receive their sight from Christ to see the world as Christ would have the world to be seen. Believers receive their voice from Christ to speak as Christ would have them to speak.

Deviations from the views of Christ and words pleasing to Christ have their origin in the sins of the person and in the faulty relationship with Christ.

Individuals firmly united with Christ will speak in ways revealing the unity. Individuals firmly united with Christ will see Christ at work in daily life.

Hunger of the soul is authentically satisfied only by Christ. Christ is ever present for believers to nourish and direct them. The Holy Gospel provides direction. The Precious Body and Blood of Christ are nourishing.

Believers face each day not knowing what the next moment will bring or what the next day will bring. These are uncertain times. These are fast changing times.

Believer find confidence in knowing "The Lord Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever." (Heb. 13:8) The Christ who healed the blind and the demon-possessed is capable of helping believers facing contemporary problems.

The Christ who voluntarily ascended the Cross and rose from the Tomb is the enduring hope for believers blinded and made mute by the uncertainty of the future.

Believers do not need to be overcome by demons and need not yield their lives to the power of demons. Learn from the Holy Apostle Paul who said: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phil. 4:13)

Peace in Christ is an enduring and defining peace. Peace in Christ enables a believer to withstand the ravages of chaos and external threats. Peace in Christ enables a believer to be shielded against internal turmoil.

Demons are no match for the power of Christ. Individuals loving Christ find ways to deal with blindness and the inability to speak. Individuals loving Christ find ways to view the world and to communicate with others.

The Lord Jesus Christ enables believers to overcome barriers that prevent the fullness of the life in Christ. The joy of the life in Christ is experienced when believers the presence of Christ in their lives and are grateful.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 13 / July 26, 2009
St. Archangel Gabriel.
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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