St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 650 - June 20 / July 3, 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. 650
June 20 / July 3, 2011
Third Sunday after Pentecost

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

Matthew 21:21

So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.”

Recent Services
June 22
Vespers was read
June 23
Matins and First Hour were read.Pomen for +Stanley Vukotich-Bridgeville,Pa.
June 24
Funeral Service and Burial of +Stanley Vukotich-Bridgeville, Pa.
June 25
Matins and First Hour were read in St. George Church.
Sixth Hour and Divine Liturgy were held at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. Six people came.One communicant.
Funeral and Burial Service for +Eli Matovich in the afternoon.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
June 26
Matins and First Hour.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-nine people came to the church. Four communicants
June 27
Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read.
June 28
Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read.
June 29
Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read.
June 30
One person came for Matins, First Hour and pomen.
Vespers was read
July 1
Matins and First Hour were read.
Funeral and burial service for +Sara Vitelli-Clairton,Pa.
Vespers was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

4:00 PM on Thursday.

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

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Akathists and Prayers for special needs scheduled during week on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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

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 everyone attending and participating in the Vidovdan dinner and program.

A parish Executive Board meeting is scheduled today following the Divine Liturgy.

The Slava for Monastery Marcha is scheduled for July 23 with the Vigil the night before.

Plan to attend the Monastery Marcha Slava in Richfield, Ohio.

Shadeland Camp begins on July 10 and continues until August 6, 2011.

Diocesan Day is August 7, 2011. Parishes churches will be closed.

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.

The parish Healthcare Seminar is being planned for August 9, 2011.

Pray regularly each day. Read your Bible.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Stephen Zaremba

What does a father do? He provides, he protects, his love is a love of self sacrifice. He is a teacher and a counselor. He is an icon, an icon of God. By loving and honoring our fathers, we learn to love and honor God, our Provider, Protector, Teacher, Counselor, who sacrificed Himself, destroying death by dying so that we may rise with Him into new, eternal life. How does a father learn to be a father? First of all by learning from the example of good fathers, hopefully his own, but also from fathers in his extended family, community and, hopefully, Church. A man is perfected in fatherhood by being a true man of God, by reading the Gospel and, most of all, by imitating Christ. There is very little of this in today's world.

( Excerpt from recent sermon at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, St. Petersburg, Florida. )

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

To Consider

Honoring the fast days throughout the year.
Concentrating on prayer each day.
Learning the saints commemorated each day.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 23/24 - Pomen, funeral and burial for +Stanley Vukotich.
June 24 - Attended Diocesan Administrative Board meeting and Shadeland Camp meeting at Episcopal Headquarters in Mars, Pa.
June 25 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
June 25 - Funeral and burial for +Eli Matovich.
June 25 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
July 1 - Funeral for +Sara Vitelli in Clairton.

Psalm 125/126:3

The Lord has done great things for us and we are glad.

The Third Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 6:22-33

The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore you eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness. No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing. Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil or spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

The current Gospel gives focus to the Christian life. The Kingdom of God is of primary importance for Christians. Everything that is wholesome for Christian development is of singular importance for Christians.

Unhealthy images do not belong in the Christian eye and heart. Interest in Christ is to dominate the mind, the heart and the soul of the believer. Vigilance and care are needed to protect the soul from peril.

Christ on the Cross and the Resurrected Christ have a constant place in the minds, hearts and souls of the believers. Remembrance of Christ’s glorious Second Coming and the wise use of each day have a place in the minds, hearts and souls of believers.

The current Gospel cautions against filling the eye with darkness and life with worry. Christians have reason to place full confidence in Christ. Confidence in Christ is warranted as long as Christians are serious about living the life in Christ. When Christians freely choose to sin and are casual about the life in Christ, then concern and worry about the state of the soul have a basis to exist.

Repentance and confession enable a believer to be united with Christ. Constant prayer and partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ unite a believer with Christ.

Material needs of believers need met. The current Gospel provides assurance that if a believer seeks the Kingdom of God first and foremost, the needs will get met. Centuries of evidence exist testifying to the faithfulness of God.

Every day of life is a gift and blessing from God. Every day believers have the opportunity to grow in Christ and increase unity with Christ. Keeping the name of Christ in the heart, on the mind and on the lips draws the believer closer to Christ.

The world reveals the wonders of God. The believer looking with eyes to see God will find God in every direction. The Psalmist said: “Know that the Lord is God. It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” (Ps. 99:100:3)

Believers make decisions daily regarding the use or abuse of the time of life and the talents and treasurers of life. Some individuals commit their lives to God and God’s Holy Church. Some individuals give of themselves freely and willing for the glory of God.

Some individuals have an abundance of talents and gifts but seek not the Kingdom of God but a different kingdom. Hedonistic individuals seek a kingdom dominated by selfish pursuits and material accumulation. Little thought is given to the long term effects on the soul.

Decisions made daily have a cumulative effect. A life dominated by conscious sinfulness leads to destruction. Decisions made daily for the glory of God and in seeking the Kingdom of God protect and benefit the soul.

The soul is of greater value than the whole world. (Mt. 16:26). The soul should be protected and nourished at all costs. The protection and nourishment of the soul deserves conscious thought every day throughout the day.

Believers need to take great care not to get caught up in the momentum of society that leads to destruction of the soul. Believers need to remain firm on the narrow path that leads to life. (Mt. 7:`13-14)

The life in Christ is a life of joy. This joy is found and experienced in prayer. This joy is experienced in the feasts of the Church. This joy is known in the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. This joy is realized in relationships founded on Christ and guided by Christ.

Peace comes to the heart, the mind and the soul when the person is fully rooted in the life in Christ. Faith in Christ that is unshakeable enables a person to face any type of adversity. The Psalmist states: “The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.” (Ps. 120/121:7)

Each day is a day to consider the meaning of life. Each day is a day to consider how God would want us to live our lives. Each day we make decisions that reveal the depth or shallowness of our faith.

Hunger of the soul needs addressed. If the soul is not fed with Christ, the person will be lacking in the strongest of foundation and in experiencing the greatest of joy. Each day the wisest of believers choose to faithfully follow and honor Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 20 / July 3, 2011
Third Sunday after Pentecost.
Venerable Nahum of Ochrid.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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