St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 697 - May 14 / May 27, 2012

The Orthodox Faith
Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320

No. 697
May 14 / May 27, 2012
Sunday of Holy Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council

Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Parish Priest - Father Rodney Torbic

Phone 724-966-7428
Phone/Fax 724-966-7780
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944

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

I Corinthians 2:4-5

And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Recent Services
May 18
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
May 19
Matins and First Hour were read at St .George Church.
Six people came to Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Church.
Three people came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Great Vespers
May 20
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were followed by Divine Liturgy. Sixteen people attended Divine Liturgy.
May 21
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
May 22
The full Gospel of St.Mark was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Four people came for the Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 23
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Theotokos was read.
Vespers was served. Protodeacon Milan Medakovic sang the responses.
May 24
Matins and First Hour were read.
Seven people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants. Protodeacon MilanMedakovic came to serve.
Akathist to the Mother of God 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 Matins and First Hour on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM Vespers on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

6:30 PM Akathist to Jesus Christ followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

9:00 AM Memorial Service for Departed Parishioners. Blessing of Graves.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

May 27 - Sunday of the Holy Fathers. Welcome Very Rev. Lt. Col. Adam Yonitch serving today.
June 2 - Memorial Saturday
June 3 - Feast of Pentecost
June 4 - Pentecost Monday
June 5 - Pentecost Tuesday
June 7 - Third Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist
June 11 - Apostles Fast begins
June 28 - Holy Great-martyr Lazarus and All Serbian Martyrs. Vidovdan.
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People and All Suffering People Everywhere

Parish Life

1. Four people came to Adult Class last Tuesday. Class again this Tuesday at 7:00 PM

2. Rich and Linda Porter went to the Hundredth Anniversary of Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngwood.

3. Sonia Janson went to the Slava of St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Monroeville.

4. Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

5. Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

6. Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs.

7. If you have a question about the teachings or practices of the Church, ask the priest.

8. Let us remember our veterans, living and departed this Memorial Day weekend.

9. Lt. Col. Rich Menhart and Major Dustin Menhart have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Major Mike Dephillips has served in Iraq. Matthew Paroda, Dennis Eliot and Carlos Gorbey have been to the St. George Church on occasion and all three served in Iraq. Keith Knezovich served in Iraq. Many other veterans have come to the St. George Church. May flags wave on the graves of veterans in the St. George Cemetery. Stan Brozik and Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck are veterans serving on the St. George Church Executive Board.

10. Honor the fast days of the Church throughout the year.

11. Prepare regularly for Confession and Communion.

12. Give the care of your soul the greatest attention.

A Thought from St. Nikolai Velimirovich

Do not permit your soldier, my Lord, to fight for a lifetime and then conclude his soldiering with defeat. Let the victor be born in me, who will not doubt even for a second that he is born for victory.

( Prayers by the Lake. Diocese of New Gracanica and Midwest America, 2010., p. 134 )

To Consider

The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The continuing presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The glorious Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 18 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
May 19 - Served Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
May 20 - Attended Hundredth Anniversary of Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngwood.
May 21 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
May 24 - Went to Uniontown Hospital to visit patient.

Proverbs 28:18

He who walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is perverse in his ways will fall into a pit.

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

John 17:1-13

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: ďFather, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. All Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

The Lord Jesus Christ came into the world in the flesh as an infant child. He grew to adulthood. When His earthly work in the flesh was completed, He ascended into heaven.

During the time of His earthly life in the flesh, the Lord Jesus Christ changed the world forever. By His words, by His miracles, and by His kindness He captured the lasting attention of generations and generations.

The Lord Jesus Christ has been the on-going interest of scholars. Men women, and children have been martyred as His followers. Adults baptize their children because of their love of Him.

Adults have dedicated their lives to preaching the Gospel and serving in furtherance of the commission He gave to His disciples. (Mt. 28:16-20) Christís Church came into existence and has spread throughout the world.

Believers turn to Christ for nourishment of their souls. Believers find in Christ the only true satisfaction. Depressed and despairing individuals find hope in Christ. Weak individuals find strength in Christ.

The Death and Resurrection of Christ provide a framework for finding meaning in life. The time between the Ascension of Christ and Christís anticipated Second Coming is a period of urgency for believers to be faithful

The glorious Second Coming of Christ draws closer with the passing of each moment of time. The joy of Christís Resurrection continues in the hearts and minds of believers united with Him in prayer and Communion.

The joy of being in the Divine services where Christ is celebrated is a continuation of the disciplesí joy at the time of His Ascension. (Lk. 24:52-53)

Prior to His arrest and crucifixion, Jesus spoke of completing His work. (Jn. 17:4) Believers do well to consider the work Jesus did in His earthly life. Believers do well to consider their own personal earthly work and determine if it corresponds with the way of Christ.

Believers in the work place need to adhere to ethics consistent with their Christian identity. Believers in the political realm need to adhere to ethics consistent with their Christian identity.

Fathers and mothers need to seriously consider their work as parents and fulfill that work consistent with their Christian identities. Becoming a Christian brings the responsibility to live as a Christian all day, every day.

The Lord Jesus Christ speaks about eternal life in the current Gospel. The goals and actions a person adopts and pursues will determine if a person experiences eternal life.

The Lord Jesus Christ said the primary goal for each person to seek is the Kingdom of God. (Mt. 6:33) Too often in contemporary society, monetary goals are exclusively at the forefront of many peoplesí lives.

Too often in contemporary society, the ethical behavior associated with Christian life is pushed aside. Too often in contemporary society, hedonistic behavior remains primary and is celebrated.

Each day the news reports bizarre behavior and bizarre relationships among people in highly prominent public positions. The Lord Jesus Christ teaches the way people are to behave and to do their work.

The Lord Jesus Christ teaches the basis for relationships with each other. The Lord Jesus Christ set the supreme example and standard for behavior. The Lord Christ will return to judge the living and the dead.

Just as Christís earthly life came to an end, each personís earthly life comes to an end. The way a person lives sets a lasting record for use by Christ to make His final judgment.

Each year prior to the beginning of Great Lent, believers hear the reading of the Gospel of St. Matthew of the Last Judgment. (Mt. 25:31-46). Some believers will be invited by Christ to inherit the kingdom prepared. (Mt. 25:340).

Individuals eschewing the standards, teachings and ethical behavior set forth by Christ can expect everlasting punishment. The righteous will have eternal life. (Mt. 25:46)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 14 / May 27, 2012
Sunday of Holy Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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