St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 648 -June 6 / June 19, 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. 648
June 6 / June 19, 2011
Sunday of All Saints

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

Deuteronomy 32:20

And He said: “I will hide My face from them. I will see what their end will be. For they are a perverse generation, children in whom is no faith.

Recent Services
June 10
Vespers was read.
June 11
Vespers was read.
June 12
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy with Kneeling Prayers. Twenty-two people a ttended.
June 13
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Twenty-one people attended the Slava at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont. His Grace Bishop MITROPHAN came for the Slava celebration.
June 14
Midnight Office was read.
Three people were present for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity
June 15
Midnight Office was read.
June 16
Midnight Office was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

Tuesday evening
6:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 20 - Apostles Fast begins.
June 26 - Vidovdan Program, Covered Dish dinner. (Fasting)
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
August 2 - St. Elijah
August 7 - Diocesan Day, Shadeland

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

Plan to attend the Vidovdan program and covered dish dinner (fasting) next Sunday

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

Lane Gotch checked in this week from Michigan.Lane and his brother Nick visit the parish periodically during the year.

Prepare regularly for Holy Confession and Holy Communion.

Honor the Apostles Fast until July 12, the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.

Take time to pray every day with great seriousness.

Take time to read your Bible regularly.

Be gentle and at peace with the people you meet each day.

Be grateful to God for the St. George Church

A Thought from St. Nikolai Velimirovic

The Word of God is food for the soul. The Word of God is both power and light for the soul. He who reads the Word of God gives food, power and light to his soul. He who can, should read the Word of God in Holy Scripture and he who cannot should listen to him who reads Holy Scripture. All the saints emphasized the benefit of reading Holy Scripture.

( Prologue of Ohrid. Vol.1. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America. Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Alhambra, California, 2002. (May 30 excerpt) )

To Consider

The saints of the Church known and unknown.
The betterment of the world due to the saints of the Church.
Saints as models for our children and ourselves.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 13 and 16 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church-Fairmont, W.Va.
June 17 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pennsylvania.

Psalm 123/124:8

Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.

The Sunday of All Saints

Mt. 10: 32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30

Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?” So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first. (NKJV).

The Holy Gospel speaks with the power of God. Readers and listeners to the Holy Gospel experience God directly in their lives. The soul is nourished. The heart and the mind are affected. Individuals become different. Attentive believers find purpose, strength and direction in the Holy Gospel.

The current Gospel describes the importance of confessing Christ in daily life. Confessing Christ comes in words and in deeds. Christians have the highest honor of being Christ-bearers by their identity. Christians should do nothing to tarnish their identities. Christians have a responsibility to honor Christ in daily life.

The words, actions and thoughts of Christians deserve scrutiny. Faithfulness to Christ is expected from Christians. Christ is expected to hold first place in the heart of Christians.

Eternal life is the primary goal of Christians. Being faithful to Christ involves picking up the daily crosses that come into our lives. Personal crosses may seem heavy and are causes of weariness.

The Lord God offers help to the weary. In the Holy Gospel of St. Matthew we read: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Mt. 11:28) Resting in Christ is the most satisfying rest. Individuals find completeness in Christ. Individuals find purpose in Christ.

Christ provides direction for daily living. Individuals need nourishment to live in Christ and to confess Christ. Nourishment comes in the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. Nourishment comes in the Gospel of Christ.

Christians need to be strong to ward off attacks of the devil. Attentive Christians learn from the Lord Jesus Christ in preparing for attacks by the devil. The Lord Jesus Christ told the devil: “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Mt. 4:4)

Serious believers arm themselves against the attacks of the devil by listening to the words from the mouth of God.. The soul is in peril when the words of the Gospel are not heeded and when individuals fail to faithfully follow Christ.

Seekers of joy and peace benefit by turning to the Lord Jesus Christ. Seekers of purpose and understanding of life benefit from turning to the Lord Jesus Christ. Wise individuals cherish the words of Christ and store them in the heart and mind. A life fashioned by the words of Christ rests on the most solid of foundations.

After speaking extensively, the Lord Jesus Christ said: “Everyone who hears these sayings of Mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Mt. 7:24)

Individuals encounter difficulties in their lives. Sometimes the difficulties occur in family or other personal relationships. Other times the hardships occur in the workplace, the neighborhood or the community. War or accidents, severe illness or becoming a victim of violent crime can test a person’s faith.

Confessors of Christ strengthen their relationship with Christ and share a bond with others having commitments to Christ. Confessors of Christ make clear their identity and express the hope founded in Christ.

Non-believers experiencing difficulties and hardships may find the path of Christ inviting. Confessors of Christ can be a helpful presence to non-believers in need. Sharing the way of Christ with non-believers in need is a way to share the healing power and light of Christ.

Confessors of Christ need not be intimidated when challenged or attacked. The Lord Jesus Christ provides the necessary strength in difficult situations. In the Epistle of St. John we read: “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (I Jn. 4:4)

The Divine services of the Church provide believers with a strengthening experience. The services of the Church offer a healing environment sustained and created by God. Participants in the services of the Church reveal their commitment to Christ. With each passing day, the need for confessing Christ increases in importance. The Second Coming of Christ and the final judgment is drawing closer. The time for repentance is now and continuously. Faithfulness to Christ is required.

The extensive corruption and sinfulness in the world needs exposed and challenged by confessors of Christ. Greater emphasis on the Kingdom of God, morality and ethical behavior is definitely needed.

Christians have responsibility to be faithful to their baptism all the days of their lives. Seriously honoring Christ as King and as God in the home, in the workplace, in the neighborhood and in the community makes a difference.

Today is the day to confess Christ in the way we live. Everyday is the day to confess and follow Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 6 / June 19, 2011
Sunday of All Saints.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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