St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 595 - May 31 / June 13, 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 31 / June 13, 2010
Third Sunday after Pentecost
No. 595

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

Romans 1:8

First, I thank God through Jesus Christ for you all, that you faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

Recent Services
June 4
Matins and First Hour were read.
June 6
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by the Divine Liturgy. Twenty-five people were in attendance. Three communicants.
June 7
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
June 8
Matins and First Hour were read.
Eight people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
June 9
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Ten people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, West Virginia for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 10
Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
One person came for Akathist to Jesus Christ, Akathist to the Mother of God, Icon of Three Hands and the Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, She Who Healeth.
June 11
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

4:00 PM Ninth Hour and Vespers on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday.

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

Sunday, June 20
Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 17 - St. Metrophanes, Hieromartyr Joannicius of Montenegro
June 18 - Venerable Petar of Korish
June 27 - Parish Vidovan Covered Dish Dinner and Program
June 28 - Vidovdan
July 7 - Birth of St. John the Baptist
July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul
July 25 - St. George Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic
July 26 - Synaxis of St. Archangel Gabriel
August 2 - St. Elijah Day
August 8 - Diocese Day, Parish churches closed. Consecration of church at Shadeland.
August 9 - St. Panteleimon

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

Sympathy extended to Tom and Debby Hunter, Tom's aunt Betty having departed this life.

Eleven people came for Adult Class this past Tuesday. Class again this Tuesday

Attend the Adult Class on Tuesday at 7:00 PM, The topic will be Holy Communion

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.

Honor the Apostles Fast until July 12, Sts. Peter and Paul.

Bring a friend or relative to church.

Decide to attend a service during the week.

If you have questions about the Church, ask Father Rodney

Akathist services and special prayer services for specific needs can be held during the week when requested.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Since Christ is the Head of that community, spiritually united by faith in Him, from Him, as the holy Head, holiness comes in that spiritual community-the Church. Holiness flows through the entire body of the Church, just as blood flows through our body. The Lord Jesus Christ has sanctified the Church by His Blood, and the Holy Spirit has fulfilled it by His descent, and so 'the entire building grows" (Eph. 2:21-22).

(The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translated by Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. Sremski Karlovac 2001, p. 48 )

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

To Consider

The influence of the saints in our daily lives.
The lessons we can learn daily from the lives of the saints.
The benefit of praying daily to saints of the Church.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 4 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
June 4 - Attended Shadeland Meeting at Diocesan Center, Mars.
June 5 - Went to Diocesan Center, then to Akron for Christian Education meeting.
June 9 - Went to Allison Park for funeral of +Betty Barnes.
June 9 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont, West Virginia.

Psalm 63/64:10

The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and trust in Him. And all the upright in heart shall glory.

The Third Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 6:22-33

The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore you eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness. No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing. Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil or spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Every person determines the priorities in his or her life. The Lord Jesus Christ in the present Gospel sets the main priority for every Christian. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Seek first the kingdom of God..." (Mt. 6:33)

If we seek first the Kingdom of God, everything else that we properly need will be provided. If we seek first the Kingdom of God, we will have a basis for establishing the proper place for everything else in life.

Seeking first the Kingdom of God will focus us on the ways of God. Seeking first the Kingdom of God will be a source of motivation to live in ways pleasing to God. The goal of the Kingdom of God will provide boundaries for activities of life.

The hunger of the soul for the unity with God is nourished and satisfied by seeking the Kingdom of God. The nourishment provided by God has no adequate substitute and is the only source of genuine satisfaction.

Individuals will experience anxiety, unsettledness, restlessness, a sense of not being complete or other less than satisfactory conditions when other than the Kingdom of God is the primary goal.

Depression can set in when goals other than the Kingdom of God are primary. A sense of incompleteness and emptiness can occur when priorities in life do not include the Kingdom of God as primary.

When God is given less than the primary position in life, life does not realize the full capability. God is the grantor and source of life. God is the proper primary goal of life.

God provides the abilities, talents and gifts of life. Abilities, talents and gifts from God have their optimum use and development when directed toward the Kingdom of God.

Individuals choose who they will follow and for whom they will work in life. Individuals choose what they will seek in life. Serious Christians choose to follow Christ and devote all of their efforts toward pleasing Christ.

Pleasing Christ is possible only when prayer is central to daily life. Prayer enables a believer to be united with Christ and to discern the best way to follow Christ.

Passions must be satisfactorily directed and controlled. Temper and thoughts must be subjected to the will and ways of God. Sin must be confessed and vigorously battled. New life in Christ always has a proper place.

Holy Confession and Holy Communion provide the unity and the renewal in Christ. Holy joy is the experience of individuals united with Christ and seeking first the Kingdom of God.

Relationships are formed and develop in accordance with the goals of life. Individuals pursuing evil or ways of the world having nothing to do with God seek out and associate with like-minded individuals.

Parents seeking first the Kingdom of God will establish an atmosphere in the home that makes clear the goal of the family. Children will look to and learn from the adults in their lives the values that are held most dear to the heart.

Every moment of every day is a precious gift from God. The gift of the time of life is cause for great joy and great appreciation. We can never thank God enough for the gift of life.

We show our appreciation for the gift of life by the way we are stewards of the time of life. We show our appreciation for the talents, gifts and abilities given by God by the way we use them.

We discern the way to use our talents, gifts and abilities by being in God's Holy Church, by praying to God and by listening to God. The Holy Scriptures are a primary source of learning ways pleasing to God.

The Divine Liturgy is primary in learning to please God. We are nourished by the Holy Gospel. In the Divine Liturgy we pray and are nourished by the prayers of the Church. We receive the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

The Kingdom of God is experienced in the Divine Liturgy. The Divine Liturgy is an experience of and a definitive movement toward the Kingdom of God.

The requirements of life are best understood when a believer is constantly present in the Divine Liturgy. The view of the world and the Kingdom of God are in proper perspective when the Divine Liturgy is the vantage point.

Today is the day to ensure the Kingdom of God is the primary goal of life. Today and everyday is the day to ensure the Kingdom of God is the primary goal of life.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 31 / June 13, 2010
Third Sunday after Pentecost.
Apostle Hermes of the Seventy. Holy Martyr Hermias.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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