St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 651 - June 27 / July 10, 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. 651
June 27 / July 10, 2011
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost


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

Lk.17:5

And the apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’

Recent Services
July 2
Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read.
July 3
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Thirty-three people attended. Five communicants.
Two people came for the Akathist of Thanksgiving
July 4
Matins and First Hour were read.
July 5
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for the Akathist to the Mother of God, the Healer.
July 6
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Twelve people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for Great Vespers.
July 7
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Divine Liturgy.
July 8
Canon for Matins was read.
July 9
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Third and Sixth Hours. Divine Liturgy. Please welcome the return of Protopresbyter Lt. Col. Adam Yonitch.

No daily services are scheduled this week.

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
July 17 - Hieromartyr Sava of Upper Karlovac
July 26 - Synaxis of Holy Archangel Gabriel
August 2 - St. Elijah
August 7 - Diocesan Day, Shadeland, St. George Church will be closed.
August 9 - St. Panteleimon, Healthcare Day Seminar

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People Everywhere

Parish Life

Father Mojmir Zalcik came for the Divine Liturgy last Sunday.

Congratulations to Maria Peredera for completing her first year at the U.S.Air Force Academy. Maria and her father Dr. Anatoli Peredera came for Divine Liturgy last week.

Mike and Josephine Vuich always attend the Divine Liturgy when visiting the area.

Anna Mae Knezovich was happy to have daughter Susan and twin grandchildren here at the Divine Liturgy last Sunday.

The Slava for Monastery Marcha is scheduled for July 23 in Richfield, Ohio.

Diocesan Day at Shadeland is scheduled for August 7. We will schedule a van for Diocese Day if there is sufficient interest. Sign up in the church hall if you want to go.

The Fifth Annual Healthcare Seminar will focus on “Drug and Alcohol Abuse-Impact on Families and Individuals.” The seminar is scheduled for August 9, 2011. Plan to attend.

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.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Stephen Zaremba

What does a mother do to warrant honor and respect? First, she gives birth. Anyone who has lived with a pregnant woman and been present for childbirth knows that this is no small thing. How many women have chosen to die while with child or while in child birth if this is what is required to preserve the life of her child? What greater example of love can there be? A mother not only gives birth, she also nourishes her child, clothes and otherwise cares for her child in every way she can. She is also an icon, an icon of the Church. Just as God is our Father, so is the Church our mother.

( 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

The Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.
The lives affected and influenced by the Apostles.
Celebrating the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 1 - Visited two residents of Manor Care in Bethel Park.
July 2 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
July 5 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
July 6 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia for Vespers.
July 7 - Went to Magee Hospital in Pittsburgh to be with patient and family.
July 8 - Went to Diocesan Center and Shareland Camp.

Psalm 126/127:1

Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it.


The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 8:5-13

Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented." And Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him." The centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I am also a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, 'Go,' and He goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel. And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done to you." And his servant was healed in that same hour.

Faith in God is always well placed. God does not disappoint individuals placing their trust in Him. The centurion came to the Lord Jesus Christ in faith and his servant was healed. The Lord Jesus Christ recognized the faith of the centurion. St. Matthew ensured that Jesus’ recognition of the centurion’s faith was preserved for future generations to consider.

The centurion’s servant was the direct beneficiary of the faith placed in the Lord Jesus Christ. Contemporary Christians benefit others through approaching the Lord Jesus Christ in prayer. Prayer for the well-being of family members and friends is a constructive effort.

Rather than idle time away or waste time in frivolous activities, make constructive use of time by praying for others. Prayer is a way to communicate directly with God. Prayer directed to the Mother of God, saints and martyrs results in their intercession for the wellness of family members or friends.

Actively praying for others is a way to keep from personally engaging in activities that are less than healthy for the self. Prayer is a way to keep evil away. A person at prayer will come under attack or face temptations. Resoluteness in prayer keeps the focus on God. Prayer wards away ill thoughts from the mind.

The centurion was a man of authority. He understood the authority of Jesus. He placed confidence in the power of Jesus to make a difference in the life of his servant. When praying, it is important to believe in the results that will come from God. Trust in God is part of the equation of prayer.

God is good and deserving of constant expressions of appreciation. The Psalmist said centuries ago: “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” (Ps. 117/118:1). We will never fully be able to comprehend the immeasurable goodness of God.

We do not have to look far to experience the goodness of God. God’s goodness is known in each of our lives. Each person honest with his or herself recognizes the goodness of God granted in giving us our lives. No one can make his brain to think. No one can make his heart to beat. No one can cause the lungs to work on their own. For the body to function and life to be in our bodies, God is necessary.

The centurion’s servant was healed of his torment and paralysis. The Lord Jesus Christ will heal us of the paralysis of sin. The Lord Jesus Christ will heal us of the torment that comes from lack of faith and absence of peace of heart and mind.

Faith in God brings peace of mind, a peaceful heart and a peaceful soul. Faith in God brings peace in the midst of adversity. Faith in God brings mobility of the mind when others are paralyzed by fear and anxiety. The healed servant would benefit from increased freedom. Believers placing faith in God confront personal fears and overcome them. Believers placing their faith in God overcome the limitations imposed by anxiety. Depression is overcome through faith in God.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Mt. 17:2) Christian growth and fully experiencing God are limited only by the degree of personal faith. Saints and martyrs are separated from others by their extensive personal faith in God. Saints and martyrs hold firm to their faith and act on their faith. Peter was able to walk on water until his faith wavered. Jesus said to Peter: “O you of little faith, why did you doubt.” (Mt. 14:29-31)

When we choose to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, we benefit from holding firm to the path of Christ. We benefit from holding firm to our belief in Christ. Ample evidence exists through the centuries of the faithfulness of God. Believers need only look readily for that evidence to bolster and strengthen their personal faith.

Centuries ago the Psalmist said: “I sought the Lord, and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears.” (Ps. 34:4) Believers need not suffer from anxiety and fear. Believers need not go through life with turmoil in their hearts and minds. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.” (Jn. 16:33)

We find way and place in life in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ said: ”I am the way, the truth and the life.” (Jn. 14:6) Believers need not wander aimlessly through life. Following Christ provides certainty. Following Christ provides peace. Following Christ provides joy.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 27 / July 10, 2011
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
Venerable Sampson the Receiver of Strangers.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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