St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 600 - July 5 / July 18, 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
July 5 / July 18, 2010
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 600

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 9
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
July 11
Third and Sixth Hours were read. Very Rev. Lt. Col Adam Yonitch served for the Divine Liturgy. Twenty-six people attended
July 17
Vespers was read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hours. Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM on Monday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Friday.

Sunday, July 25
Divine Liturgy-10:00 AM.

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.
August 9 - St. Panteleimon. Parish Nurse's Office Slava
August 10 - Parish Healthcare Seminar, "Examining Pain from Different Perspectives"
August 14 - Dormition Fast Begins
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 26 - Apodasis of the Transfiguration
August 28 - Dormition of Mother of God, KSS Federation Slava
August 29 - St. George Kolo Slava Celebrated.
September 5 - Apodasis of the Dormition
September 11 - The Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Church New Year
September 19 - Miracle of Archangel Michael
September 21 - Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos
September 27 - Feast of the Elevation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross.

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

Volunteer to bake and to help at the parish picnic next week.

Plan to attend the religious program and parish picnic.

Sympathy extended to Lana Balach and family. Lana's mother Ann departed this life this past week.

Inform Father Rodney if you plan to attend Diocesan Day at Shadeland.

Adult Class will not be held 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.

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 Father Sebastian Dabovich.

Those who partake of the sacrament of matrimony are given the common cup to drain from out of the hands of the priest. The meaning of this is plain. After this the happiness of one is to be the happiness of the other; the sorrow of one is to be the sorrow of the other; the interest of the one is to be the interest of the other. Moreover, a married couple is obliged to study the character of one another, and this-for the purpose of learning how and in what one may be of service to the other. When not the immediate result of your will and energy, or that of another person, good fortune and misfortune must be taken as coming from the hands of Almighty God.

(The Holy Orthodox Church. Reprinted 1993 by St. Nectarios Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, p. 61. )

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

To Consider

The experience of marriage intended by God.
A Christ-centered marriage.
Sharing the love of Christ in the marital relationship.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 9 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
July 10 - Went to Shadeland. Returned July 17.
July 10 - Attended Shadeland meeting and Diocesan Council meeting at Shadeland.

Psalm 69/70:2

Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul; let them be turned backward, and put to confusion, that desire my hurt.

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Matt 14:14-22

And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, 'This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.' But Jesus said to them, 'They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.' And they said to Him, 'We have here only five loaves and two fish.' He said, 'Bring them here to Me.' Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.

In the present Gospel, the Lord Jesus Christ healed the sick and fed the multitude. The healing and nourishing powers of the Lord Jesus Christ are inexhaustible. Jesus heals people in every century. Jesus feeds the hungry of body, mind and soul of every century. We know from the Epistle of St. James "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." (James 1:17) Recognition of the healing and nourishing powers of God is the responsibility of each Christian. Gratefulness to God is the responsibility of each Christian.

Christians do well to look beyond their own personal interests and needs to the glory, majesty and love emanating from and integral to God. Believers will never exhaust learning from and about God. Every effort to seriously learn about God is beneficial and is a stepping stone to further learning. Healing and the satisfaction of the hunger of the soul occur when believes seriously seek to learn from and about God. Learning about God and from God requires a conscious effort. Focus and fortitude are necessary. Living in ways pleasing to God enhances the learning process.

The disciples in the present Gospel did not reflect strong faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The disciples did not petition Jesus to feed the hungry. On His own motion, Jesus demonstrated His ability to heal the sick and to feed the hungry. Centuries have passed since Jesus went about in earthly form healing the sick and feeding the hungry. Prayer is a way to reach out in the present moment and to experience healing and nourishing by the Lord Jesus Christ. Each soul can only be authentically healed and satisfied the by Lord Jesus Christ. Many different societal diversions exist to confuse believers and masquerade as being able to provide personal peace and satisfaction. Christ provides healing and nourishment preparing the believer for all eventualities of life. Believers need not wallow in despair, depression or a condition of hunger of soul. Repentance leads to love of God and acknowledgment of the personal dependency on God.

Repentance is the first step in the healing process. Repentance opens the door for nourishment to enter. The multitude was blessed to be in the presence of Christ. The individuals healed and fed by Christ were chosen by Christ to be His lasting examples and witnesses. Evidence of the healing and nourishing powers of Christ continues to accumulate and be available for examination throughout the centuries. Individuals sufficiently interested will study the evidence and be convinced of the lasting value of the life in Christ.

Individuals serious about the Lord Jesus Christ are transformed and become new. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things become new." (II Cor. 5:17) Newness in Christ comes at Holy Baptism. Renewal in Christ comes with each act of repentance and forgiveness of sins. Holy Confession and Holy Communion unite the believer with Christ and restore health and wholeness in Christ.

The days of earthly life are limited for individuals. Seeking and maintaining a relationship with Christ that provides health and nourishment for the soul is the desired daily experience. The present Gospel lesson sends forth a resounding and enduring hope that penetrates the centuries. The Lord Jesus Christ multiplies His demonstrations of love and distributes food for the hungry. Believers need not be entrenched in situations which are frustrating and inhibiting to Christian growth. Christ provides the means for growth to occur. Believers have reason to hope in Christ regardless of their personal circumstances. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "With God all things are possible." (Mt. 19:26). The use of five loaves and two fish to feed five thousand men and additional women and children is clear evidence of the power of God to multiply His love.

Individuals have the freedom to choose the life in Christ. Making the decision to be a Christian and live in ways pleasing to Christ is the best decision a person will ever make. Sustaining the commitment to Christ throughout life requires vigilance. Joy in Christ is constantly attainable. Sound decision making is necessary for the joy in Christ to be sustained. The way of the narrow gate is reason for the serious believer to reject paths leading to destruction. (Mt. 7:13)

A believer's body may fragile and severely injured. Christ can heal the person and make the body inconsequential to the condition of the person's soul. Christ's Precious Body and Blood nourish the soul of every believer drawing near in faith. The Precious Body and Blood of Christ are sufficient to satisfy the appetite of every soul.

Use today wisely for the benefit of the soul. Seek healing and nourishment from Christ and be grateful for His constant and enduring love.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 5 / July 18, 2010
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Athanasius of Mt. Athos.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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