St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 649 - June 13 / June 26, 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. 649
June 13 / June 26, 2011
Second Sunday after Pentecost

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


Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith.

Recent Services
June 18
Vespers was read.
June 19
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-seven people attended. Three communicants.
June 20
Vespers was read.
June 21
Akathist to Jesus Christ was read.
June 22
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

9:00 AM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

3:30 PM Vespers on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

5:30 AM Matins and First Hour
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy
6:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - 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
August 9 - St.Panteleimon-Healthcare Day
August 14 - Beginning of Dormition Fast
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration

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

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Steve Popovich recently departed this life. +Steve was very good to St. George Church.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Eli Matorivch departed this life on Wednesday. +Eli’s beloved wife Sara recently departed this life.

Thank you to all staying for the dinner and program today and for all individuals helping.

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 /activities.

Honor the Apostles Fast until July 12.

Read your Bible regularly.

Pray regularly each day.

One person came to Adult Class last week. Come to class this week.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

But we are not united by blood alone, but also by flesh. The Holy Body, which is given in the Holy Eucharist, unites us with His Most-Holy Body Incarnate. The Holy Eucharist unites us with Him and with all members of the Church.

( The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church Translated by Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. Sremski Karlovac 2001, p. 48. )

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

To Consider

The Apostles Fast
Preparing for the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul.
Honoring the fasts throughout the year

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 18 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
June 19 - Pastoral visit in Clarksville.
June 20 - Visited patient in hospital in Waynesburg.
June 21 - Pastoral visit in Clarksville.

Psalm 124/125: 4

Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts.

The Second Sunday After Pentecost

Matthew 4:18-23

And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

The Lord Jesus Christ called Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John to join Him as fishers of men. The men followed Jesus immediately. Jesus was of sufficient attraction for them to give up their livelihood and begin anew.Following Christ is always a process of beginning anew. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away.” (2 Cor. 5:17)

Jesus initiated a process of change in the world with the enlistment of Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John. When individuals commit to following Christ not only are they affected by the decision. Individuals committed to Christ affect the people they meet in daily life. Committed Christians living according to the way of Christ live in ways reflecting a morality, ethics and human interaction consistent with the Gospel.

Committed Christians do not tolerate immorality in the home or in the work place. Committed Christians have relationships that reveal Christ is at the center of the relationship and is the bond and basis for the relationship. Committed Christians are nourished by Christ’s teachings. Committed Christians believe in Christ’s power to heal sickness and disease. Committed Christians pray for Christ to heal the sick and suffering.

The current Gospel is a basis for measuring and considering personal relationships with the Lord Jesus Christ. The current Gospel is a basis for measuring personal responses to the expectations of the Lord Jesus Christ. Obedience to Christ is expected beginning at Holy Baptism and continuing until departure from this life. Failure to be obedient to Christ is rectified through repentance and confession.

Individuals with sickness and disease benefit from turning to the Lord Jesus Christ for healing. The current Gospel is a constant reminder of Jesus’ power to heal. Christ provides believers with a basis for hope in all situations. Despair and despondency have no place in the lives of Christians. Joy followed the Cross. (Heb. 12:2)

Believers need to press on in following Christ in times of adversity. Adversity tests the faith of individuals and reveals the depth of commitment to Christ.Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John set out on a journey with Christ. They were especially chosen by Christ. They have a special place in history.

The time of Christ and His Holy Apostles is a source of intense interest among believers and scholars. Believers seeking to be enriched turn to Christ seeking to learn from Him and His influence on His followers. Learning from Christ is possible and necessary throughout life. The ability to learn ceases only when the brain ceases to function properly. Individuals committed to Christ find ways to learn from Him.

Prayer is the basis for beginning every effort in learning. Prayer is the basis for sustained learning. Prayer unites the believer with Christ. Strength comes from Christ for believers to continue in the efforts for greater unity with Him. World events and personal occurrences may result in dramatic changes in life. Believers find reassurance in knowing “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Heb. 13:8)

Each day the inhabitants of the world move closer to the glorious return of Christ and the final judgment. Wise individuals make the best use of time and resources to live in ways pleasing to Christ. The Church beckons individuals to draw near to Christ and to follow Christ just as Christ did in the current Gospel with Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John. Individuals need never feel lost. Christ always lights the path to the Kingdom.

Christ can pleasantly surprise individuals with His goodness and mercy. Christ can pleasantly surprise individuals with His enduring and compassionate love. Individuals with long standing afflictions or diseases always have a basis for hope. Christ’s death on the Cross seemed a finality that would render Christ as a non-factor in the days to follow. Christ triumphed over death. He rose from the tomb. Ever since He rose from the tomb believers have an irrevocable hope that in Christ their situations always can be better.

Christ brings peace in times of turmoil. Christ brings light in times of darkness. Christ brings love in times of hate. Christ brings knowledge that eradicates ignorance. Christ calls each of us to Him. He calls us from where we are and in the conditions we find ourselves. He didn’t go to major universities to find His apostles. He took them from where He found them. He takes us where He finds us.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 13 / June 26, 2011
Second Sunday after Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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