St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 652 - July 4 / July 17, 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. 652
July 4 / July 17, 2011
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

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

Acts 20: 18-21

And when they had come to him, he said to them: You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you, serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears and trials which happened to me by the plotting of the Jews; how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

Recent Services
July 10
Third and Sixth Hours were read.
Twenty-four people attended Divine Liturgy. Two communicants. Very Rev. Lt. Col. Adam Yonitch was the celebrating priest.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hours. Divine Liturgy. Please welcome Father Mojmir Zalcik.

No weekday services are scheduled.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

July 17 - Hieromartyr Sava of Upper Karlovac
July 23 - Monastery Marcha Slava celebrated.
July 26 - Synaxis of Holy Archangel Gabriel
July 30 - Venerable Mother Angelina of Serbia
August 2 - St. Elijah
August 7 - Diocesan Day, Shadeland, St. George Church will be closed.
August 9 - St. Panteleimon, Healthcare Day Seminar
August 14 - Beginning of Dormition Fast
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God, St. George Kolo Slava

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

Lambroasters and Picnic Grounds workers helping Milosh “Serb” Krewasky include Jim Ziemba, Lloyd Richards, Rick Hribal, Mike Evosevich, Phil Titus, Mike Maddich, Bill Teegarden, Bob Getty, Barrett Lewis, Mike Vinsick, Bob Tennant, Devan Tennant, Joe Baney, Steve Khartley, Bill Wesche, and Vic Shuckhart.

Sign up for the van going to Shadeland on August 7 for Diocese Day.

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.

Celebrate your Slava every year.

A Thought from His Grace Dr. MITROPHAN.

Every member of the Church works on the growth of the Body of Christ, and this can be done only if one first builds the Church of God and a place of love for his neighbor in himself. Not only that, one must also work on one’s own growth. From the beginning and until the end of his life, man is a collaborator with God. The Divine synergism will not cease even in the next life. An example of such Theandric cooperation is given in the Lord Jesus Christ. Synergism is given in the Church and through the Church.

(The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 59. )

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

To Consider

Securing peace in the heart, mind and soul.
Experiencing unity with God.
Consciously experiencing God throughout each day

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 9 - Traveled to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
July 9-16, 2011 - Participanted in St. Sava Camp-Shadeland, Springboro, Pennyslvania.
July 14 - Attended Diocesan Council meeting in Mars, Pennsylvania.

Psalm 127/128:1

Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways.

From the Archives - Peace

Matthew 10:12-13

As you enter the house, salute it. And if the house is worthy, let you peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.

The Lord Jesus Christ sent His disciples out to preach “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Mt. 10:8). The message of the kingdom was to be accompanied by the bearing of peace to those households worthy of peace.

Peace comes from within. Peace comes for the person’s relationship with Christ. The peace of Christ exists in the person only if the person loves Christ, welcomes Christ and identifies with Christ.

Eleven of the disciples remained true to Christ. Judas brought discord. Judas was complicit with the death of Christ. (Mt. 26:47-50) Certain households welcome the peace of Christ. Other households want no part of Christ.

Christians are expected to bear the peace of Christ in their homes and wherever they go. Individuals unfriendly toward Christ will not bear peace as their hallmark. When peace does not exist, discord and turmoil will find a home.

Christians need not remain in locations, in households where turmoil and discord prevail. Christ is not welcomed in such locations. Every parish needs to reflect the peace of Christ. Every parish needs to communicate Christ’s peace.

Individuals coming to a parish church have a reasonable expectation to find peace. Parishioners are expected to do all in their power to pray to God for peace to prevail in a parish. Parishioners are expected to do all possible to maintain peace.

Parish priests have the responsibility of being at peace with God and with parishioners. Being at peace with parishioners does not mean diluting or yielding to aberrations of the teachings of the Church.

Being at peace means that priests have the bearing of Christ in relationships. Being at peace means priests are required to be true to their ordination and uphold the Gospel in all circumstances.

Priests have a responsibility to preach the Gospel. Priests have a responsibility to share the teachings of Christ with each household in the parish. Individuals in each parish choose whether to embrace Christ.

Priests are held accountable for ministering to everyone in the parish. Priests will answer for care shown the souls of each person in the parish. Each person in the parish as will the priest will stand before Christ at the Second Coming.

The Second Coming of Christ and the Final Judgment does not receive much attention. Failure to make good use of each day carries with it a certain peril. Wise individuals will keep the Second Coming of Christ in the forefront of their minds.

The time of each day is not replaced. The time of each day comes only once.

Mark 4:39

Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.

We know that God has the capability of bringing storms to an end. We have to wonder about the storms we experience and the meaning they have for our lives. There are storms which are identified with the weather. There are storms which afflict us in our daily lives. At times daily life will be treated by external forces. Daily life as it is commonly experienced periodically will become threatened unexpectedly.

Keeping our thoughts on God is important at all times. The Holy Prophet Isaiah said: “Thou dost keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusts in Thee.” (Is. 26:3) Whether the storms we experience in life are from the weather or from social forces, God provides the necessary peace. The lives of saints and martyrs provide ample evidence of the ability to remain calm in the midst of adversity.

When we give ourselves over to anxiety, when we give ourselves over to fear, we relinquish our faith in God. If we have faith, we will be at peace with God under all circumstances. We will accept what God gives us and go forward in faith.

Joseph was sold into captivity by his brothers. (Gen. 37:28) In the end, Joseph was a benefactor for his brothers. He told his brothers: “As for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good…” (Gen. 50:20) Lazarus was a poor man who lay with sores at the gate of a rich man. Lazarus received many evil things while the rich man lived a sumptuous life. When both died, their conditions were reversed. (Lk. 16:20-31)

The lesson of Lazarus and the rich man is to heed the words of Moses and the prophets. (Lk. 16:31) The lesson of Lazarus and the rich man is to heed the word of God and keep it. (Lk. 11:28) Peace can seem elusive in this life. The elusiveness may be our failure to remain focused on God at all times. As we sin, we may find ourselves in the midst of storms created by our sinfulness.

Not all storms are our fault. The way we handle and respond to storms are our personal responsibility. The way we handle and respond to storms will reflect our faith in God. Crises reveal the depth of faith of an individual. Crises test the faith of individuals. Jesus spoke about the person who hears the word of God but it has no root…” when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.” (Mt. 13:20-21)

Peace is one of the fruits of the Spirit. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Galatians: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; (Gal. 5:22-23) Let each life be measured by the fruits of the Spirit. The degree to which the fruits of the Spirit exist in each life reflects the person’s commitment to God.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 4 / July 17, 2011
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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