St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 603 - July 26 / August 8, 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 26 / August 8, 2010
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
No. 603

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

Romans 3:31

Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.

Recent Services
July 29
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Twelve people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont for Vespers.
Ana Tennant was received into the Orthodox Church.
July 30
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
August 1
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by the Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Thirty people came. One communicant.
August 2
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
August 3
Two people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, She Who Healeth.
August 4
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
One person came for the Akathist to the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow.
August 5
One person came for Matins and First Hour.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy and Parastos.

7:00 AM Matins and First Hour.

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont, W.Va.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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
September 4 - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava at Diocesan Center
September 5 - Leave-taking of Feast of Dormition

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

Thank you to all attending Diocese Day in Shadeland.

Sympathy extended to the family of Joseph Katusa. Joe's sister Julie Bogucki departed this life.

Congratulations to Naudia Miciotto for winning the baking contest at Fayette Co. Fair.

Seven people came to Adult Class this past Tuesday. No class this week.

Plan to attend the Healthcare Seminar on Tuesday, August 10.

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.

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.

From the Archives

"Consecration of His Grace Bishop CHRISTOPHER, Bishop of Eastern American and Canadian Diocese." The Path of Orthodoxy, July-August 1978, p. 3.

At the end of the Divine Liturgy, Patriarch German gave Bishop Christopher the staff of authority and delivered a few words of congratulations and direction for his future ministry. Among his remarks, the Patriarch said: "You are going there where so many of our brothers have established a new life, under new conditions and circumstances. We are one being, for we are bound and united here in the old country by our common heritage and ancestry, our common holy shrines, our common national saints and martyrs. We are united by the graves of our forerunners, but especially and above all else, we are united by the same Orthodox faith, the faith of St.Sava." His Holiness elaborated that he hoped that nothing would lessen the spiritual and blood relations with the Serbian Orthodox faithful in the new world, and that the faithful should know that all the children of the Serbian Orthodox Church, no matter where they live, are equal members of the Serbian Orthodox flock.

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

To Consider

Ordination to the Holy Diaconate
Ordination to the Holy Priesthood
Consecration to the Episcopacy

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 29 - Blessed one house in Buckhannon, W.Va. area.
July 29 - Went to Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont for Vespers and Conversion.
July 30 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
July 30-31 - Went to Diocesan Center and then to Monastery Marcha and returned.
August 1 - Went to Salem, West Virginia for family celebration.
August 2 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Slava and Home Blessing.
August 3 - Went to Mon Valley Hospital in Monongahela to be with family during surgery.
August 4 - Went to Mon General Hospital to visit family member of patient having surgery.
August 5 - Went to hospital in Waynesburg to visit patient.

Psalm 72/73:26

My heart and my flesh fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

From the Archives - Our Relationship with Jesus Christ

This is the time to consider Jesus Christ and our relationship with Him. Jesus Christ is ever present with us. At times we will clearly sense His presence. At other times, we will feel distant and have thoughts dwelling other than on Christ. It is important that we always repent and return to Jesus Christ.

Our relationship with Jesus Christ is more than intellectual. It is intensely and uniquely personal. Though all Christians are united with and identify with Christ, each person feels a special relationship with Christ, a one to One relationship.

A special bond exists among Christians which they share with each other and with Christ. This bond transcends language and territory to link together in spirit and love, people who have never met personally.

The physical birth of Jesus Christ took place centuries ago. As Orthodox Christians, we celebrate Christ's nativity each year as a present day reality. We proclaim with joy each year that "God is with us!"

It is likely that we do not spend sufficient time being amazed at the passage of centuries and the enduring presence of Christ. Each year at the Divine Liturgy on Pascha we read from the Gospel of St. John that Jesus existed at what is referred to as "the beginning." (Jn. 1:2). St. John states that all things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made." (Jn. 1:3).

Jesus Christ is central to our Faith. We take our identity from Him. We place our hope in Him. He is our salvation, the source for the remission of sins.

As Christians, we live in a busy and diverse world. There are many distractions. Many individuals in the world blaspheme and do not proclaim Jesus Christ with great glory. At times, the conclusion can be drawn a war is being waged to denounce and subdue any references to Jesus Christ in public places.

We must be certain of our faith. Our perspective must be clear. Through prayer, continual prayer without ceasing, we can come to know Christ as we have never known Him. The barriers to our relationship with Jesus Christ exist within ourselves.

Each of us exerts control over our personal prayer life. Each of us exerts control over our use of time. Our thoughts are subject to personal control. We must be sensitive to the word "discipline" and how it emanates from the word "disciple". To be disciples of Christ, He must ever be present in our prayers, thoughts and mind. Jesus Christ must be our consuming interest.

The Orthodox Church is a Trinitarian Church. In the Creed, we proclaim our belief in One God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. We proclaim our belief in the Son of God, of one essence with the Father. In the Creed, we assert our belief in the Holy Spirit, the giver of life, who with the Father and Son is worshipped and glorified. Our beliefs give rise to our actions and they define us as human beings.

We are members of the Holy Orthodox Church. Our religious teachings and services proclaim Christ as God and enable us to learn more about Him. Through the Holy Mysteries, we experience Christ in diverse ways in which He is wonderfully impacts our lives.

The Holy Mysteries are turning points in human lives. We meet Christ in the Holy Mysteries, in Baptism, Chrismation, Confession and Communion, Marriage and Ordination, in Holy Unction....these are times when changes noticeably occur in human beings. Participation in the Holy Mysteries is a turning point of life.

There is a subtlety to Jesus Christ. He acts in ways which defy total comprehension and challenge the best of minds. Jesus Christ became man without giving up His divinity. He entered the world through humble surroundings. We have no record of His being educated in institutions of higher learning but His teachings interest the world's best scholars.

Records exist of healing by Jesus Christ. These miracles are sources of hope and inspiration for the sick and suffering of the world. They are objects of scholarly research and close scrutiny. More importantly, the miracles of Christ serve to manifest the faith of Christians everywhere. Christ offers hope!

People of all ages have relationships with Jesus Christ. We know from the Gospel of St. Matthew that Jesus wanted the little children to come to Him. (MT. 19:14). From personal observation, we can attest that men and women of all ages find a bond with Jesus Christ.

For many, the relationship with Jesus Christ begins at infant Baptism and grows throughout life. Other individuals may experience unity with Christ at later stages in life. The relationships may mature at different rates and in different ways. With certainty, we know the relationships with Christ are not limited by age, sex, race or national origin.

Jesus Christ is identified with the Kingdom of God. In the Creed, we refer to His Second Coming. In the Lord's Prayer, we pray, "Thy Kingdom come..." The Creed, The Lord's Prayer and our thoughts regarding Jesus Christ, all deserve careful attention.

In the Creed, we refer to the judgment that will take place when Christ returns. The Gospel of St. Matthew in the Twenty Fifth Chapter is an additional point of reference to the Last Judgment.

Our relationship to Jesus Christ is not to be stagnant. We should look to St. Apostle Paul who said Jesus Christ would be magnified in his body whether by life of by death. For St. Paul, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Phil. 1:26-27).

Everyday is a new opportunity to renew our relationship with Jesus Christ. Every moment is an opportunity to say: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner."

Throughout our lives, Jesus Christ is ever-present. He is wherever we may go. If we travel to another country, He is there. If we work in a factory or hospital or office, Jesus Christ is present. Airplanes and rockets do not reach heights which exceed the grasp and presence of Christ.

We do not have to search to find Christ. We do not have to travel far. Our challenge is to open our hearts to Him and to keep them open. Our challenge is to keep our minds on Christ. We must open our eyes and be sensitive to Christ's presence wherever we are.

Now is the time to consider our relationship with Jesus Christ. It is always time to consider our relationship with Him. Time is measured according to Christ's birth. It behooves us to measure each moment of time as a golden opportunity to be with Jesus Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 26 / August 8, 2010
Reissued at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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