St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 602 - July 19 / August 1, 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 19 / August 1, 2010
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 602

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

Matthew 17:20

So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you."

Recent Services
July 25
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN served assisted by Father Deacon Dragoslav Kosic. Thirty-eight people attended. Six communicants.
July 26
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
The Akathist for St. Panteleimon was read at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
July 27
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, She Who Healeth.
July 28
One person came for Matins and First Hour. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

5:30 AM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Saturday.

4:00 PM on Monday, Thursday, Friday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Akathist followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

Akathists and prayers for special needs will be done during the week on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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 1 - Dormition Fast Begins
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 26 - Apodasis of the Transfiguration
August 28 - Dormition of Mother of God-KSS Federation Slava
September 4 - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava at Diocesan Center
September 5 - Leave-taking of Feast of Dormition
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist

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

The parish was honored by the presence at the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy of His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN and Father Deacon Dragoslav Kosic last Sunday.

The parish was honored by the many visitors and parishioners at the picnic.

Many people came from long distances for the picnic...Michigan...New York City, Connecticut, and the Washington D.C/Maryland area.

Some people came to the picnic for the first time including a student here from Belgrade.

The workers for the picnic did a super job.

Plan to come to the Healthcare Seminar on August 10.

Inform Father Rodney if you are going to Shadeland for Diocesan Day.

Two people came to Adult Class last Tuesday. Class again this Tuesday. Bring a friend.

Adult Class will be held this week on Tuesday at 7:00PM. Plan to attend.

If you have a question about Church practices, come to Adult Class or ask the priest.

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 your Slava every year!

Read your Bible everyday. Come to the St. George Church during the week to pray.

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

If your house has not been blessed and you would like it done, please make a request.

If you have not been married in the Orthodox Church and would like to have your marriage blessed, please ask to arrange for this.

Share the love of Christ with everyone you meet.

Happy St. Elijah Slava to the parish in Aliquippa and to families celebrating St. Elijah Day.

A Thought from Proto Stavrofor Radovan Milkovich

In conclusion we can say that the religious and national education of the children will be successful only if the parents take full participation by coming to church regularly with their children and in the home see that they take full interest in their children's education. In short, they must practice their religion, customs, language with words, deeds and thoughts. They will consider the priest as their assistant in the education of their children and not as their replacement, as the Serbian saying: "Brigo moja predji na drugoga (Let my worry be somebody else's)

(Sermons and Speeches Prepared for publication by Zivota Stevovich. Raska Skola, Belgrade, 1999, p. 16. )

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

To Consider

The lasting impact of consecrating a church.
The memories created by attending a consecration.
The commitment of faith put forth to build a church.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 26 - Went to Fairmont General Hospital to visit a parishioner.
July 26 - Served Akathist to St. Panteleimon at chapel in Fairmont.

Psalm 71/72:13

He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy.

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 17:14-23

And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, "Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they did not cure him." Then Jesus answered and said, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me." And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?" So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting." Now while they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up. And they were exceedingly sorrowful.

Faith in God is nourished through continued learning. Believers investing time in learning about God renew their faith. New discoveries about God are always uncovered by believers serious in faith. Personal relationships with God are strengthened as believers seriously pursue and practice faith in God. Different relationships formed with God and the joy of being united with God is revealed in unending ways. Each day is a new opportunity to learn about God. Each moment of time is an opportunity to discover the majesty, glory and love of God.

God does not only heal the sick and the suffering. God does not only provide peace for the anxious and the stressed. God provides nourishment for the hungry soul and enlightenment of the mind. God provides joy for the heart. God expands the dimensions of daily living and opens doors for the use of talents and abilities. God provides fulfillment in daily life that exceeds common expectation. Usefulness of purpose is revealed to those seeking guidance and direction from God. The meaning of life and the value of each person are revealed to the believer studying the Cross and the Resurrection of Christ.

Earthly life is time limited from conception to the departure from this life. Individuals make choices from the time the brain has the capability until the time the capability ceases to exist. Responsible choices about faith lead to new discoveries about God. Responsible choices about faith lead to enriched lives. The shallow practice of faith is soon revealed when crises occur. The strong in faith endure and prevail in Christ when crises occur.

The primary personal goals of each individual are revealed as the person lives his or her life. The person choosing the life in Christ on a consistent basis becomes known by his or her fruits. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "You will know them by their fruits." (Mt. 7:16)

. The current Gospel extols the value of faith the size of a mustard seed. (Mt. 17:20). Attentively reading the Holy Scriptures is a certain way to nourish personal faith. Reading the lives of the saints is a certain way of strengthening and enriching personal faith. Attending the Divine services of the Church and simply coming to church to pray and think about God are ways to renew and deepen personal faith in God.

The evidence of God and the goodness of God are overwhelming. Individuals with investigative and open minds will readily see the evidence of God's goodness. Skeptics will question and challenge the evidence of the goodness of God. God's timing and purpose are not always immediately discernible to the believer. Patience and faith are necessary in seeking understanding. The Second Epistle of St. Peter states: "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." (II Peter 3:1-9)

The current Gospel emphasizes the benefits of prayer and fasting. (Mt.17:21). Consistent prayer and fasting require discipline and belief in God that benefits will accrue to the soul. Praying to God and fasting implies an accompanying hope and certainty that God knows of the efforts and will heed them. Prayer and fasting are expected to be in a spirit of love for God and not in ways that are condemning of the believer. Authenticity is expected in prayer and fasting. Personal pride that would lead to personal downfall has no place in prayer and fasting. Personal aggrandizement has no place in prayer and fasting. Humility as God intended is expected to characterize Christian prayer and fasting. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place." (Mt. 6:6) The Lord Jesus Christ also said: "When you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that you do not appear to men to be fasting but to your Father who is in the secret place." (Mt. 6:17-18)

Believers have the ability to grow in Christ as long as their minds and hearts have the capability of faith and discernment. Christ helps believers dispel the demons of life. Christ is the source of confidence for believers in the face of adversity and uncertainty. Development in Christ takes believers to new levels and new experiences. Talents and treasures received from God are multiplied as the believer invests with faith. (Mt. 25:14-30)

The current Gospel was an example of Jesus teaching His disciples the benefits of prayer and fasting. We are beneficiaries of this lesson. We are beneficiaries of disciples through the centuries being faithful to Christ. God's Holy Church is the repository of stories of personal faith yielding amazing results. Amazing results need not be on the marquee of a local theater or on the front page of the newspaper or the lead story on the television news. Amazing results can be a personal answer to prayer that is known only to the believer and God but which is a certain validation of the love of God. This validation of love will change the believer and the believer will manifest God's love in different ways.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 19 / August 1, 2010
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Stephen the Tall of Serbia. Ven. Eugenia-Euphrosynia.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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