St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 647 - May 30 / June 12, 2011

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

Phone 724-966-7428
Phone/Fax 724-966-7780
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944

No. 647
May 30 / June 12, 2011
Feast of Pentecost

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

Galatians 3:26

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

Recent Services
June 3
Vespers was read.
June 4
Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read
June 5
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by the Divine Liturgy. Thirty people were in the church during the Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
Two people participated in the Akathist for Ascension at the Cross in the Cemetery in the afternoon.
June 6
Matins and First Hour were read.
June 7
Two people were present for the Akathist for St. John the Baptist, blessing of the Slava Kolach and Koljivo.
June 8
Vespers was read.
June 9
The Akathist to Jesus Christ was read. One person was present.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins and First Hour. Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy and Kneeling Prayers.

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

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

Tuesday evening
6:30 Akathist to the Holy Trinity followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

Akathists and prayers for special needs scheduled during the week on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 12 - Pentecost
June 17 - St. Mitrophan.
June 20 - Apostles Fast begins.
June 26 - Vidovdan Program, Covered Dish dinner.
June 28 - Holy Prince Lazarus and Serbian Martyrs. Vidovdan.
July 3 - Venerable Nahum of Ohrid
July 5 - Venerable Anastasia of Serbia
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist
July 11 - New Martrys of Dabar and Milesheva
July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul
July 17 - Hieromartyr Sava of Upper Karlovac
July 26- - Synaxis of Holy Archangel Gabriel

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 helping with and participating in the Outdoor Religious Program, Akathist at the Cross and Picnic last Sunday.

Three people came to Adult Class this past Tuesday to study the Gospel for the Feast of Pentecost. Class again this Tuesday. Come and learn from Blessed Theophylact.

Aaron Carson has been coming to St. George Church for ten years. He faithfully serves in the Altar and observes his Slava. Aaron is helpful to the parish in several different ways.

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.

Come to the daily services of the church. Bring a friend or relative.

Tell your friends and relatives about the parish radio and internet broadcasts.

Tell your friends about the twenty You Tube videos of parish services and activities

Honor the feasts and fasts of the Church.

Celebrate your Slava each year.

Ask the parish priest if you have questions about the services or teachings of the Church.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Holy Communion regularly.

Take time to pray each day.

A Thought from St. Nikolai Velimirovic

A Christian has an obligation to serve his Creator not only with the soul but also with the body. This refutes the false position of certain Christians, who live physically as pagans, while praising themselves that they believe in God and love God with their souls. They divide themselves in two, placing themselves in the service of two masters, even though the holiest lips proclaimed that to be an impossibility.

( Prologue of Ohrid. Vol. 1. Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, Alhambra, California, 2002, p. 382. )

To Consider

The Holy Spirit and the Holy Apostles.
The Holy Spirit in our lives.
The prayers to the Holy Spirit.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 3 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
June 8 - Visited patient in St. Clair Hospital.

Psalm 122/123:2

Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of the maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until He has mercy on us. (NKJV)

Feast of Pentecost

John 7:37-52, 8:12

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, “Truly this is the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Will the Christ come out of Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?” So there was a division among the people because of Him. Now some of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid hands on Him. Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why have you not brought Him?” The officers said, “No man ever spoke like this Man!” Then the Pharisees answered them, “Are you also deceived? Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him? But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed.” Nicodemus(he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them) said to them, “Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?” They answered and said to him, “Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophet has arisen out of Galilee.” Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.

When a person is thirsty for enduring and everlasting life, turning to Christ is the soundest decision. In present Gospel, the Lord Jesus Christ welcomes thirsty souls. The passing of centuries has verified the value of turning to Christ.

Individuals turning to Christ today are nourished and transformed. Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well, ”Whosoever drinks of the water I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be to him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (Jn. 4:14)

The Holy Spirit is spoken of in the present Gospel. The coming of the Holy Spirit is celebrated at this great feast of Pentecost.. The Holy Spirit bears fruit desired by believers. The fruit of the Spirit includes: Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.” (Gal. 5:22-23)

When setting personal goals, the fruit of the Spirit are worthy of being our highest priorities. To experience the fruit of the Spirit, our lives must be pleasing to God. Purity of thought and purity of actions have a place in individuals desiring the fruit of the Spirit.

The Mother of God sets an example of purity. The Mother of God experienced the work of the Holy Spirit. The angel told Mary that the Holy Spirit would come upon her and the power of the Highest would overshadow her. (Lk. 1:354)

Trust in God has a place in the life of every believer. Trust in God enables believers to go forth in faith. Confidence in God reduces anxiety and fosters peace. Mary was obedient to God and said: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; Be it unto me according to thy word.” (Lk. 1:38)

Life unfolds each day and draws individuals closer to the Second Coming of Christ. The descent of the Holy Spirit inaugurated a new era. The world changed with the coming the Holy Spirit. Each day from Pentecost is measured as a step toward the Second Coming of the Lord.

The way individuals live determines the way they will spend eternity. Following the light of Christ leads a person away from everlasting punishment. Following the light of Christ leads a person toward eternal life.

The Lord Jesus Christ was the subject of intense interest in the present Gospel. Varying opinions existed about what should be done with Jesus. Some wanted Jesus taken into custody. Others marveled at the way He spoke. Nicodemus made a plea for fairness and giving Jesus an opportunity to speak in His own behalf.

The Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are deserving of intense interest throughout life. Believers experience immeasurable benefit from having intense interest in the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

Life is measured in days. Life is measured in years. The Psalmist said: “Teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Ps. 89/90:10-12)

Within our hearts, we find the values most endearing to us. Within our hearts, we fight the wars determining our faithfulness to Christ. Within our hearts, we established the degree of welcome for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Serious prayers to the Holy Spirit change our lives. Serious prayers to the Holy Spirit change our demeanor and approach to life. Serious prayers to the Holy Spirit commit us to a course of action.

Believers have a responsibility of moving forward in life with an increased commitment to God. Mountains that stand between the believer and God can be moved with faith. Nothing is impossible for believers seeking the way of God. (Mt. 17:20)

Willingness to change is an expectation for believers. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Romans: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Rom. 12:2)

The Feast of Pentecost ushered in newness to the world. Each Orthodox Christian is sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit and becomes new and different. Throughout life the prayers to the Holy Spirit individually and corporately as part of the Church bring changes to individuals and to the Body of Christ.

Today is the day to rejoice in the Lord and pray for the Spirit of Truth to come and abide in us and cleanse us from every impurity. Today is the day to pray for the salvation of our souls.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 30 / June 12, 2011
The Feast of Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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