St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 591 - May 3 / May 16, 2010

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
May 3 / May 16, 2010
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of First Ecumenical Council
No. 591

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

Matthew 10:52

Then Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.

Recent Services
May 6
Matins and First Hour were read.
Six people came for Divine Liturgy.
May 7
Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read.
May 8
Matins and First Hour were read.
Twenty-five people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants. Kolach and Koljivo were blessed. Very Reverend Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov and Very Reverend Lt. Col. Adam Yontich served at the Divine Liturgy.
Vespers was read.
May 9
Matins and First Hour were read. Thirty people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
May 10
Matins and First Hour were read.
The Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God the Healer was read.
Vespers was read.
May 11
Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people were present for the reading of the Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 12
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins and First Hour. Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos.

5:30 AM Matins and First Hour on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday,

4:00 PM Vespers on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

6:30 PM followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

8:00 AM Memorial Service for departed with blessing of graves.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

May 19 - Transfer of Relics of St. Sava.
May 21 - Apodasis of Feast of Ascension, Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian
May 22 - Transfer of Relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
May 23 - Feast of Pentecost
May 24 - Slava for Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont.
May 25 - Pentecost Tuesday.
May 29 - Leavetaking of Pentecost
May 31 - Apostles Fast Begins
June 3 - Holy Equal to the Apostles Emperor Constantine and Helen
June 4 - St. John Vladimir
June 7 - Third Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist
June 17 - St. Metrophanes

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People Everywhere

Parish Life

Thank you to all coming to celebrate the parish Slava.

Sympathy extended to Petar and Gordan Kodic, a dear aunt having departed this life.

Three people came for Adult Class this past week.

Bring a friend or relative the next time you come to Church and Adult Class.

New flags have been placed on the veterans' graves in the cemetery.

St. George Church has a very high number of veterans, living and departed.

National Police Week just concluded. +George Rodavich and Pete Smargie are remembered for their service. Officer Jeff Standish deserves recognition.

The peonies planted on the grounds of the St. George Church in memory of the believers who lost their lives in Kosovo are beginning to bloom.

If you plan to attend the Slava Vespers in Fairmont, please inform Father Rodney.

On May 19 remember the miners who lost their lives in Mather, Pennsylvania (194 miners in 1928); Matewan, West Virginia (10 miners in 1920) and Coal Creek, Tennessee( 216 miners in 1902)

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.

Come to church for one or more of the weekday services. Bring a friend or relative.

Thank you to Linda Chambers for making her attorney services available to the parish.

A Thought from Father Kristijan Petrovich

My brothers and sisters, the love of money culminates, as seen in the reading for today, with the clouding of our love for mankind, blinding us from seeing the humanity in people and ultimately wishing them, as icons of God, to be saved. Let us, therefore, love God with all our heart, mind and soul and love our neighbor as ourselves. If we do that, the love of earthly money (which constricts and kills the soul) will be replaced within us with the saving treasures and gifts of God, which no moth or rust can destroy or thieves break and steal, but these riches await for us eternally, safe in sound, in the heavens. Amen.

(From a recent sermon at the St. Petka Serbian Orthodox Church, Troy, Michigan )

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

To Consider

The calling of Ecumenical Councils.
The process of decision-making in Ecumenical Councils.
The responsibility of participants in an Ecumenical Council.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 5 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
May 5 - Met with newspaper reporters.
May 6 - Went to two family Slava celebrations.
May 6 - Went to Pa. Dept. of Transportation meeting regarding new bridge.
May 7 - Attending WVU seminars relating to non-profit financial issues, Clarksburg, W.Va.
May 9 - Attended a family Slava celebration.

Psalm 57/58:1

Do your indeed speak righteousness you silent ones? Do you judge uprightly, you sons of men?

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

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.

We all have talents and gifts from God to be used wisely here on earth. We have to determine the best way to use these talents and gifts to please God. Prayer is the best initial and continued starting point for directing our lives.

The Lord Jesus Christ reached a certain concluding point in His earthly life. His virgin birth was an identifiable starting point. His death on the Cross was a certain ending point.

Between His earthly birth and His earthly death on the Cross, Jesus lived in ways that continue to inspire and enrich every generation. He taught multitudes. He performed miracles. He conducted Himself in ways that mystified others.

Believers determine what to do with their lives from the time of conscious decision making until departure from this life. Believers will be judged based upon personal decisions made and personal actions taken.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Romans: "Each of us shall give account of himself to God." Rom.14:12) The Lord Jesus Christ said: "For every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment." (Mt. 12:36)

Discipline and vigilance are essential in the daily Christian life. Care must be taken in words said and unsaid. Great care must be taken in personal actions and the perception that personal actions communicate.

The development and maintenance of trust is necessary in personal relationships. Violations of trust are difficult to repair. Believers faithful to God know that trust in God is well-placed.

Believers may violate their relationship with God but God will never do anything that violates the confidence a believer places in Him. God provides signs on a daily basis that demonstrates convincingly He can be trusted.

The sun comes up each morning with regularity. Days and nights follow each other with regularity. Air is present to breathe. Water nourishes the plants and animals in need. Believers have confidence God will provide for them. (Mt. 6:33)

The Lord Jesus Christ's Precious Body and Blood feed the hunger of the soul. The Holy Gospel gives messages of peace for establishment in the hearts, minds and souls of the attentive.

Believers find direction in Christ if they take time to look with anticipation and care. Life's problems become manageable when the believer comes to God in prayer.

The best defense against being overwhelmed in life is daily faithfulness to Christ. The heart, mind and soul nourished daily with Christ are the best preparation to face unanticipated difficulties.

Parents strengthen there children when they raise their children as Christians and the parents live in ways pleasing to God. Children please their parents by leading ethical and moral lives in Christ.

The heart, the soul and the mind need careful examination each day. The heart, the mind and the soul need nourishment from God each day and care each day. The Kingdom of God and the salvation of the soul require constant attention.

Joy in Christ occurs when the life in Christ is consciously chosen and maintained with consistency. Choosing to sin puts a person in great peril. Avoiding sin and being vigilant not to give in to perilous pursuits are safeguards of the soul.

The nourishment of Christ satisfies the soul in ways unequalled by any other earthly source. Christ is authentic. Christ is the source of authenticity for the believer's life and interest in the salvation of the soul.

Daily life has unanticipated occurrences. Daily life has stresses, diversions and challenges. Daily life has temptations and perilous attractions.

The narrow gate is the safe passage way to God's Kingdom and to eternal life. (Mt. 7:13-14). At this time of the year when the Jesus' Ascension is very much in the forefront of our thoughts, let us think carefully about the paths we choose.

The paths we choose each day should have the Kingdom of God and the salvation of our souls as the primary destination. When we make mistakes and take dangerous roads, we do well to turn to God for assistance in reversing direction.

While our minds function well enough, while we have the will and the ability to consciously decide, let us seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Mt. 6:33)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 3 / May 16, 2010
Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.
Holy Martyrs Timothy and Maura.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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