St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 599 - June 28 / July 11, 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 28 / July 11, 2010
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
No. 599

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

I Thessalonians 5:8

But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

Recent Services
July 2
One person was present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Pomen held at funeral home in Fredericktown for +Bertha Decovich.
July 3
Two people came for the reading of Matins and First Hour.
Funeral service held and burial in St. George Cemetery for +Bertha Decovich.
Eight people were present for Vespers.
July 4
Matins and First Hour were read. Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-five people attended Divine Liturgy. Eight communicants.
Pomen held for +Dennis Hickman at funeral home in Carmichaels.
July 5
One person came for reading of Matins and First Hour.
Funeral service held for +Dennis Hickman. Burial was at cemetery in Marianna.
July 6
Matins and First Hour were read. Two people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Four people came to St. George Church for an Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Vespers were read.
Three people came for an Akathist to St. John the Baptist.
July 7
One person came for reading of Matins and First Hour. Six people came for Divine Liturgy.
Two people were present for Vespers.
July 8
Midnight Office was read.
July 9
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Please welcome Very Rev. Lt. Col. Adam Yonitch.

No weekday services this week.

Sunday July 18
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Contact Father Rodney to schedule Akathist services or prayer services for special needs during the week

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

July 25 - St. George Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic
July 26 - Synaxis of St. Archangel Gabriel
July 31 - Monastery Marcha Slava celebrated.
August 2 - St. Elijah
August 8 - Diocese Day, Shadeland, Consecration of Monastery Church. Parish churches closed.

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 the family and friends of recently departed +Dennis Hickman.

Thank you to St. George Choir for singing at memorial services and funeral services.

All parishioners are encouraged to go to Shadeland on August 8. Please inform Father Rodney if you plan to attend.

Three people attended Adult Class this past Tuesday. No class this week.

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.

Ask Father Rodney if you have a question about Church teachings or practices.

Honor your Slava every year!

Read your Bible everyday.

Honor the feasts and fasts throughout the year.

Read the Church calendar daily to learn of the feasts, fasts, saints and martyrs.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Stavrofor Dragan Filipovic

Since school is over, many of you will be making plans to take your well deserved vacation, as a family. This is as it should be, for someone said a family that plays together stays together. I like to say a family that plays and prays together stays together. So, as you get ready for your vacation, call me to give you the name and address of an Orthodox church at your destination. We have Orthodox churches all over the U.S.A. and Canada. Do not forget to take Christ with you on vacation.

(The Shield. St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, North Canton, Ohio )

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

To Consider

The Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.
The believers celebrating the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul as their Slava.
Christ shining forth in the lives of Apostles Peter and Paul.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 2 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
July 2 - Met with Hatfield Ferry Power plant official.
July 6 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va.
July 7 - Went to Pittsburgh airport and to Morgantown, W.Va.
July 8 - Went to Diocesan Center and subsequently to Shadeland.

Psalm 68/69:18

Draw nigh unto my soul and redeem it; deliver me because of my enemies.

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.

Jesus opened the eyes of the blind men and enabled the mute man to speak. Honest believers will confess to others the good changes Jesus has brought to their lives. Once healing and positive changes in a person's life have taken place due to prayers to the Lord God, shortsightedness can cause a person to credit the self and forget about giving the credit due to God. Temptations and misplaced love of self can cause a person to become prideful to the point of personal detriment.

Jesus heals people everyday throughout the day. Wise individuals will give Jesus the credit and will be appreciative of the healings throughout the remaining days of their lives. The Epistle of Saint James states: "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights..." (James 17). Serious believers keep the focus on God and the constant good coming from God. Serious believers recognize constant dependency on God for daily life and the healings in life.

Consistent prayer, attending the Divine Liturgy and reading the Holy Scriptures help believers to be well-grounded in faith and to develop a perspective of life pleasing to God. Short-sighted individuals place insufficient trust in God and devote too little time to thinking carefully about God. Taking time each day to pray to God and to learn about God is sound use of the time of life. The time of earthly life is limited for each person. Eternal life is a constant goal of the believer. Wise use of daily life is a necessary preparation for the Second Coming of Christ and the Final Judgment.

Jesus gives sight to the blind and voice to the mute. Individuals healed by God determine the way they will live their lives following the moment of healing. Responsible individuals show gratefulness to God. Responsible believers are sensitive to personal sinfulness and limitations. Responsible believers acknowledge the goodness, love and majesty of God.

The present Gospel heightens awareness to individuals in our midst who are suffering from limiting physical conditions. Believers do well to pray for individuals with limiting or life-threatening physical conditions. The Lord God hears prayers. The individuals prayed for as well as those doing the praying benefit from prayer. Intercessory prayer is an essential practice in the Church. Serious believers will engage in prayer for the wellness of others everyday. Believers benefit from the prayers offered in churches and monasteries on a daily basis.

Praying to the Mary the Bogorodica, saints and martyrs to intercede before the Lord God is beneficial. The current Gospel documents the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ and is cause for personal self-examination. The current Gospel is a standard of measurement to weigh personal practices of prayer and faith. Believers do well to review whether their personal daily lives are consistent with the teachings of Christ and the current Gospel. Do our personal lives reflect an interest in the healing of soul and body of our selves and others? Do we take steps each day to turn to the Lord in faith seeking healing of the soul and the mind? Do we seek to grow in Christ and to rid ourselves of sinful and slothful ways?

Growth in Christ is an expectation for believers. Extended stagnancy has no place in the Christian life. Believers deny themselves the fullness of the life in Christ if they do not constantly repent of sins and seek the Kingdom of God. Carefully reviewing the Ten Commandments and the life and teachings of Christ as proclaimed in the New Testament, believers will find very readily the extent of personal sin in each personal life. Denial of personal sin or procrastinating going to Holy Confession can be dangerous to the soul. A believer never knows when the last day of life will be. The believer never knows when Christ will return. It is best to use every moment of every day as a time to repent and to prepare for the Final Judgment.

Joy comes with repentance and communion with Christ. Joy comes when sins are forgiven and healing takes place. The life in Christ is a life of completeness as intended by God. Individuals living in Christ will mature in Christ and be at peace in heart, mind and soul. Believers will learn from young children in coming to Christ in purity of faith. Jesus said: "Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it." (Mk. 10:15)

The blind men and the man who was mute were blessed beyond comprehension when Jesus healed them. The healing power of Christ is available today for individuals turning to Him in faith.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 28 / July 11, 2010
Holy Wonderworkers, Cyrus and John, Unmercenary Physicians.
Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos of Three Hands.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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