St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 597 - June 14 / June 27, 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
June 14 / June 27, 2010
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 597

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

II Corinthians 5:7

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Recent Services
June 16
One person came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ, Akathist to the Dormition of the Mother of God and Akathist to St. Herman.
June 17
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
June 20
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Thirty-eight people attended. Four communicants.
June 21
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person was here for an Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
June 22
One person was present while Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people were present for the Akathist for Communion
June 23
One person was present while Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

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

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy

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

Sunday, July 4
Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.

Akathists and special prayers can be scheduled conveniently during the week on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - 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
August 10 - Parish Healthcare Seminar.

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

Congratulations to Dennis Hickman choosing to enter into the Holy Orthodox Church.

Thank you to everyone staying for the Vidovdan dinner and program.

Welcome to Ana Maria Ann Andrade now attending St. George Church.

It was good to see Joann Bozick Sidgreaves here visiting.

Thank God Michael Dephillips returned safely from military duty.

Reporter Doug Oster was here last Sunday to video the Divine Liturgy and speak with parishioners.

Three people attended Adult Class on Tuesday. Class again this coming Tuesday. The discussion will conclude on Holy Communion and begin on Holy Unction.

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.

Read your Bible each day.

Honor your Slava every year.

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

A Thought from Proto Stavrofor Radovan Milkovich.

The Holy Divine Liturgy is not a concert, or a dialogue between the officiating clergyman and the choir, but a meeting of friends, of family, of blood-relatives; not of the physical blood but of the sacramental blood, the redeeming Blood of Our Saviour. It is a meeting of the Creator, Angels, Saints and of the faithful.

(Sermons and Speeches. Prepared for publication by Zivota Stevovich. Raska Skola, Belgrade, 1999, p. 109. )

To Consider

The enduring lessons of Kosovo.
The martyrs of Kosovo.
Prayers for the faithful in Kosovo.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 17 - Visited patient in Washington Hospital.
June 17 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
June 19 - Went to Diocesan Center then to Steelton for Christian Education meeting.
June 20 - Went to Washington Hospital for brief service with patient.
June 21 - Met with parishioner.
June 22 - Met with individual interested in becoming Orthodox.
June 22 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa.

Psalm 65/66: 20

Blessed by God Who has not turned away my prayer, nor His mercy from me.

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.

The Lord Jesus Christ cleared the road of the demon-possessed men. The barrier the demon-possessed men created was eliminated by the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ eliminates barriers for believers with great faith. The Lord Jesus Christ makes possible what many would consider impossible. (Mt. 19:26). Individuals with little faith limit their accomplishments. Individuals with minimal faith limit the fullness of life possible with God.

Believers are to grow in Christ and mature to heights that exceeds mediocrity of faith. The Holy Apostle Paul spoke of all of coming "to the unity of faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." (Eph. 4:13) The Holy Apostles were fervent in faith. The lives of Holy Martyrs witness to resoluteness of faith. Saints of the Church live in ways that reveal a lasting and complete love of Christ.

Contemporary Christians are challenged to move past the barriers that prevent Christian growth. Contemporary Christians are expected to love Christ and commit to Christ with firmness of faith. Barriers to growth are to be overcome. Parish churches stagnate when parishioners do not act with strong faith in Christ on a daily basis. Family homes are weakened when parents do not act on the hope provided by the Resurrected Christ. Individuals become despondent and give up on life when they fail to open their hearts, minds and souls to the love of Christ.

The mind can create demons that are barriers to Christian growth. Poor personal habits can lead to weakness of mind and faith, to feelings of fear and despondency. Prayer and fasting enable believers to be strengthened in Christ and to face threatening circumstances with confidence and hope. Believers with lukewarm faith traveling the road of life may look down the road and see demons as described in the present Gospel. Serious believers will look down the same road and be strengthened by the knowledge that Jesus can make a deciding difference. Jesus eradicates the barriers in the road to the Kingdom of God.

Would the St. Sava Church on Vracar have moved to completion with believers of moderate or weak faith? Would the monasteries on Meteora be erected on the elevated rock formations by monks with weak faith? Would the Serbian Orthodox Churches built on this continent in the past century be erected if the immigrants who came here had weak faith? The St. Sava Church in Boston and the St. Basil of Ostrog Church in Greensboro, North Carolina are contemporary examples of parishes moving forward with firmness of faith.

Many obstacles appear on the road of life. Obstacles can create fear. Christ creates opportunities for growth. Christ provides direction for growth. Christ provides nourishment for growth. Believers need only to act with strong faith to experience the encompassing love of God and the magnificent possibilities with God. The parable of the talents is a constant lessons of individuals reaping benefits by applying their gifts from God for good purposes. The person that was fearful and hid his talent lost what little he received because he did not put it to good use. (Mt. 25:15-30).

Lessons of courage are associated with Kosovo that go back centuries. At this time of the year Vidovdan is on the minds of Serbian Orthodox Christians. In the face of death, Lazar's army was prepared to put their lives on the line for their faith. St. Nikolai Velimirovic wrote "It was Kosovo that made us a great nation. It is our national Golghotha but it is at the same time our national resurrection, spiritual and moral." 1

Moments of adversity reveal the extent of a person's faith. Moments of adversity will inspire a serious believer to new achievements and deepen the believer's faith in God. When incidents of peril arise, let us look to Christ for the solution leading to the Kingdom of God. Christ provides peace in the midst of adversity. Christ assures soundness of mind. The road to the Kingdom of God is best traveled with Christ as the constant presence and constant goal. No threat is equal to the power and authority of the Crucified and Risen Christ.

The life in Christ entails a complete commitment at Holy Baptism and at every moment of time thereafter. Being a Christian is not for the weak of faith. Being a Christian involves every fiber of the person's being...every thought...every action...every decision...every portion of food. Every decision is a decision pleasing to God or an alienation from God. The time of life is to be used with courageous faith directed toward the Kingdom of God.

1St. Nikolai Velimirovic."Kosovo". Kosovo Revisited. Edited by Hadzi Dragan Antic. Published by the Episcopal Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A. and Canada. Beograd, 1989, pp. 55-56.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 14 / June 27, 2010
The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Prophet Elisha. St. Methodius, Patriarch of Constantinople.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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