St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 551 - July 27 / August 9, 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 27 / August 9, 2009
St. Panteleimon
No. 551

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

2 Corinthians 5:7

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Recent Services
August 1
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
August 3
Matins, First Hour were read. One person came for the reading of the Akathist to the All HolY Theotokos in Honor of Her Wonder-working Icon, "Unexpected Joy" and Akathist Hymn to the Holy Martyrs Faith, Hope and Love, and their mother, Sophia.
August 4
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
August 5
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for the reading of the Akathist to the Holy Spirit, Akathist to the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow and Akathist to St. Luke
August 6
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Seven people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers. An additional person came for the dinner afterwards.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy, blessing of Kolach and Koljivo. Blessing of Ambulance(s).

Mornings
Monday, Saturday at 5:30 AM., Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour.

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Friday, Saturday, Ninth Hour and Vespers.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 9 - Parish Healthcare Day Luncheon 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.
August 30 - St. George Kolo Slava celebrated.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year
September 19 - Miracle of Archangel Michael
September 21 - Feast of Nativity of the Mother of God.
September 27 - Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross.

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

Remember the Serbian People Who Are Suffering and All Suffering People.

Parish Life

Thank you to all helping with the Healthcare Seminar and the dinner and program today.

Thank you to all healthcare workers for providing life supporting services all year.

May God give rest to the soul of +Beloved Pearl Zivkovich and comfort to her family.

Individuals connected with St. George Church currently or previous working or doing volunteer work in healthcare services or facilities include: Paulette Radock, Mitzie Hunchuck, Mildred Bezjak, Norma Hickman, Christina Sivak, Dianna Brozich, Linda Porter, Mildred Zorman, Kathryn Sage, Sonia Janson, Ann Miscovich, Dr. Lou Yancich, Melva Hunchuck, Dianne Trbovich.

We also remember Luanne Yancich Ljubic, Jennifer Kornick and Diane Snider working in other states. The daughters of +Paul and Irene Yanchich are healthcare professionals as is the daughter of Eli and Sarah Matovich.

The work of Mr. Milan Puskar at Mylan Laboratories contributes to the field of healthcare. John Quick and Roger Rogish work at Mylan Laboratories.

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.

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

Congratulations to Melissia Miciotto...second year baking entry winner Fayette Co. Fair.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

The Old Testament encompasses the Divinely revealed truth given to the chosen people of Israel, with the purpose of preparing for the coming of the Messiah, the Savior of the world. The immensity of the essential link between them is seen from the very frequent quotation of the Old Testament in the writings of the New Testament in general.

(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.
The hope that embodied in knowing that Jesus heals.
The joy of being healed by Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 31 - Attended Diocesan Council meeting in Mars, Pa.
August 1 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
August 1 - Went to Meadville, Pa. due to Diocesan Day in Shadeland.
August 2 - Participated in Diocesan Day at Shadeland.
August 5 - Went to Passavant Hospital to see parishioner.
August 6 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

From Psalm 19:1

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.


Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Matthew 14:22-34

Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the middle of the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. Abut immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying: "Be of good cheer! It is I, do not be afraid." And Peter answer Him and said, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." So, He said, "Come," and when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!" And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshipped Him, saying, "Truly You are the Son of God." When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret.

Prayer and faith are themes in the present Gospel. Developing a substantive practice of daily prayer is necessary for the serious believer. Serious prayer is fundamental to the Christian life.

The present Gospel documents that Jesus took time to pray alone on the mountain. Believers benefit from taking time to pray with regularity and with attentiveness.

The rule of prayer needs to be manageable that it continues and becomes integral to daily life. The rule of prayer should not be too much that the believer gives up in frustration.

The personal rule of prayer should be sufficient to meet the level of need and development of the person. Daily prayer should be sufficient for the person to be at peace with God and others.

Having resolute faith is emphasized in the present Gospel. Peter began to sink when his faith in Christ wavered. Peter's fear was greater than his faith in Christ.

Resolute faith in Christ enables believers to conquer fear. The martyrs are perfect examples of believers with maximum faith in the fear of death. The martyrs reveal a depth of commitment unyielding to external threats.

Resolute faith in Christ is developed as a person matures in Christ. The more a person invests in the Christian life, the more a person lives in Christ, the stronger a person's faith becomes.

Believers will have their faith tested. Believers will have their faith challenged. Temptations and attacks will appear unexpectedly. Choosing Christ enables fear to be defeated and faith to triumph.

The love of Christ for each person was personalized when the Lord Jesus Christ ascended the Cross. The love of Christ is personalized with Christ listening to each individual's prayer.

The love of Christ is personalized when His Precious Body and Blood is received by each believer. The love of Christ is personalized when each believer hears the precious words of the Holy Gospel.

The present Gospel identifies Jesus as the Son of God. Each person makes personal decisions about the Lord Jesus Christ. Each person determines whether to believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God.

Each life is lived and shaped by the personal values and goals of the person. Individuals valuing the life in Christ will live accordingly. Individuals valuing a material and worldly life will reflect these values.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Where your treasure is, there you heart will be also." (Mt. 6:21) Individuals need to sort through many alternatives each day as they determine personal goals in life.

The Church provides a structure and a refuge for believers. The Church is a shield for believers against worldly attacks. The Church provides nourishment for the souls of believers.

The Church provides an atmosphere of peace in times of storms and the rough waters in life. The Church is a haven of love for individuals feeling unwanted and unloved.

A person can always begin anew in Christ. A person can always be confident of the love of Christ. A person can always trust Christ. A person will never be betrayed by Christ.

A person may bare his or her soul to Christ in repentance and consider his or her grasp on life as being very fragile. Christ will help the person rebuild his or her life with certainty.

Individuals attentive to the words of Christ will heed those words and follow Him. Christ leads individuals to experiences that far exceed personal goals and expectations.

Christ leads individuals from the depths of despair and depression to the heights of the heavens. Christ leads individuals from venues of death to venues of life.

Christ's hand is extended for every believer to grasp in faith and in confidence. Christ's hand is present always to be grasped and to be held for dear life in the midst of peril.

Christ's ever-present hand saves a person from drowning in the sea of despair and lifts a person from defeat to victory in Christ.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 27 / August 9, 2009
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Panteleimon.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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