St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 656 - August 1 / August 14, 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. 656
August 1 / August 14, 2011
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

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

Romans 4:20-21

He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.

Recent Services
August 6
Matins and First Hour were read.
August 8
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy and Parastos.
August 9
Father Robert Popichak came to join in celebrating the Divine Liturgy.
Father Popichak also served at Vespers.
August 10
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for Vespers.
August 11
Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Tuesday Evening
6:30 PM followed by Adult Class.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Feast of Transfiguration.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs held on request during the week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 14 - Beginning of Dormition Fast
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 27 - KSS Federation Slava, Shadeland
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God, St. George Kolo Slava
September 3 - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava, Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist, Synaxis of Serbian Saints
September 13 - Holy New Martyrs of Jasenovac
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year
September 21 - Nativity of the Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary
September 27 - The Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross
September 30 - Holy Martyrs Faith, Hope and Love with their Mother Sophia.

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

His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN came for the Healthcare Seminar.

Forty five different individuals were involved in the Fifth Annual Healthcare Seminar. Thanks to all helping and attending.

Mother Ana, Sister Anastasiia and Sister Margaret came for the seminar from Monastery Marcha.

Archimandrite Demetrios Carrellas, Very Rev. Lt.Col. Adam Yonitch, Rev. Father Robert Popichak and Protodeacon Lawrence Daniels were among the clergy present.

Protinica Romana Prodanovich and Vesna Meinert bring a historical perspective when they come to St. George Church.

Brother Thomas Sommerfield and Chaplain Ed Horvat provide pastoral care in different settings.

Among the 45 people at the seminar were eight with nursing backgrounds, three had attorney backgrounds. At least five individuals had worked with troubled youths. Two were engineers. Three were professional social workers. At least six worked with adults with criminal records.

Patricia Cekoric added an educator’s presence to the seminar.

Melva Hunchuck was hard at work while her two daughters presented at the seminar.

Mitzie Hunchuck, Paulette Radock,, Anna Miscovich, Diane Tanner, Norma Hickman and Linda Porter were among those from the parish with nursing backgrounds attending the seminar.

Congratulations to Andrea Janson for being a multi-prize winner at the Fayette County Fair.

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

We have finished our short presentation about the Ten Commandments which God gave to the Prophet Moses on Mt. Sinai. These commandments and the history of the Exodus of Israel from Egypt which precedes it can be found in the book of Exodus, the second of five books of the Old Testament known as the Pentateuch. The first is Genesis, the second is Exodus, the third is Leviticus, the fourth is Numbers, the fifth is Deuteronomy. They are also known as the first, second, third, fourth and fifth books of Moses. There are many laws, precepts and statutes in the Pentateuch concerning the religious and social life of the people of Israel.

( From a recent sermon at St.Sava Church in St. Petersburg, Florida )

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

To Consider

The Holy Prophet Moses.
The Ten Commandments.
Moses at the Transfiguration of Christ

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 7 - Attended Diocese Day at Shadeland.
August 8 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
August 11 - Visited patient in hospital in Waynesburg

Psalm 132/133:1

Behold how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 14:22-34

Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the middle of the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. Abut immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying: “Be of good cheer! It is I, do not be afraid.” And Peter answer Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So, He said, “Come,” and when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshipped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.” When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret.

The present Gospel speaks about prayer and faith. Prayer and faith are related in the Christian experience. A person’s prayers will express the degree of faith in God. A person’s prayers will define the person and shape the person. A person serious in prayer finds direction in life. Personal goals are refined in prayer.

Impediments to the Christian life are set aside in prayer. Temptations and distractions are overcome through serious prayer. The believer’s soul is nourished in prayer. The heart is purified through prayer. God is directly experienced in prayer.

Seriously reading the Holy Scriptures is a form of prayer. Serious prayer transforms a person. A person is constantly renewed through serious prayer. Unity with Christ is experienced in prayer.

The Lord Jesus Christ took time to pray. The value of prayer is well established in the Holy Scriptures. Individuals taking time to pray with attentiveness and great seriousness know the value of prayer. In the Epistle of St. James we read: “The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects.” (James 5:16)

Individuals in crises will seek out and appreciate prayers. Individuals seeking to draw closer to God and nourish their souls will pray with fervor and regularity. Prayer involves placing hope and faith in God. Prayer involves believing firmly that God has the capability and interest in answering prayers. Prayer requires patience in understanding the ways and actions of God. Prayer enables individuals to learn more about God.

The Lord Jesus Christ’s set an example when taking time to pray. Serious followers of Christ place great importance in His example and benefit from practicing prayer and learning more about prayer. St. Mark the Ascetic said: “Nothing is stronger than prayer in its action, nothing more effective in winning God’s favor.” 1

Sincerity of heart and mind are proper to prayer. Good intentions and God-pleasing ends have places in prayer. God knows the condition and desires of the heart. Prayer is a way to combat evil in the heart and give greater place to the Lord Jesus Christ. For Christians to prevail in seeking the Kingdom of God, the desire and place for Christ must be greater in the heart and mind than any thoughts to the contrary.

Concentration on God and eschewing thoughts to the contrary give benefit to prayer. Individuals will grow in prayer if truly seeking to draw closer to God. Much is written about the science and art of prayer. While simple prayers are of benefit, experiences with God increase the more a person prays and devotes the self to prayer.

The Jesus Prayer is a very short and practical prayer that can be used at all times and in all places. “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner” can readily be on the minds and in the hearts of believers. Volumes have been written about the Jesus Prayer. Writings about the Jesus Prayer reveal that even with the use of the short and simple Jesus Prayer, advanced states of life with God are possible and desirable.

The Lord Jesus Christ taught the use of The Lord’s Prayer (Mt. 6:9-13). The Lord’s Prayer has a place in every believer’s life. The Lord’s Prayer can be said at all times and in all places and for every need. We hear the voice of God when reciting The Lord’s Prayer. We heed the voice of God when saying The Lord’s Prayer. We submit ourselves to God when seriously heeding the content of The Lord’s Prayer.

The content of our prayers will enable us to understand more about our desired ends. The way we pray and the seriousness with which we pray are evidence of our commitment to God. Being lukewarm in prayer reduces the benefits. Being attentive and fervent is prayer is always desirable.

Individuals control their prayer life and have personal responsibility for their prayers. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Thessalonians to pray without ceasing. (I Thess. 5:17) Every serious prayer is an investment in the Kingdom of God. Prayers enable a believer to experience joy in God and have a foretaste of the Kingdom of God. A person is never alone when praying to God. Believers benefit greatly from the prayers of individuals not known to them. In all instances when praying, be grateful to God.

1 The Philokalia Vol. I Translated by G.E.H. Palmer, Philiip Sherrard, Kallistos Ware and others. Faber and Faber, London and Boston., 1979. p. 133.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 1 / August 14, 2011
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost.
Procession of the Cross.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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