St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 699 - May 28 / June 10, 2012

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

No. 699
May 28 / June 10, 2012
Sunday of All Saints

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.

Romans 4:16

Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.

Recent Services
June 2
Matins and First Hour were read.
Seven people came for the Akathist to the Departed and Pomen for All Parishioners Buried Under Auspices of St. George Church. All graves in the cemetery were blessed. All Names of Departed from the St. George Church were read.
Vespers was read.
June 3
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by the Divine Liturgy and Kneeling Prayers. Thirty-five people came for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
June 4
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read. At least 25 people came for the Slava in Fairmont, W.Va. His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN came for the Slava in Fairmont.
June 5
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity.
June 6
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
June 7
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Seven people came for Akathist to St. John the Baptist and Blessing of Slava Kolach and Koljivo.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

No weekday services this week. No Adult Class this week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 3. Today - Sunday of All Saints
June 11 - Apostles Fast begins
June 24 - Parish Vidovdan Remembrance. Fasting Covered Dish Dinner and Program.
June 28 - Holy Great-martyr Lazarus and All Serbian Martyrs. Vidovdan.
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist.
July 12 - Feast of St. Peter and Paul
July 15 - Shadeland Camp begins.
July 26 - Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel
August 2 - St. Elijah
August 9 - St. Panteliemon. Parish Healthcare Day.
August 12 - Diocesan Day at Shadeland. Parish churches closed.

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

The Serb National Federation is conducting a membership drive. If you are not a member, seriously considering joining. See bulletin board for more information.

Congratulations to Aaron Carson celebrating ten years as a member of the Holy Orthodox Church. Aaron serves in the Altar faithfully and has completed an Orthodox four-year Late Vocations/Holy Diaconate Program. Aaron faithfully celebrates his Slava each year.

Seminary graduate Mark Zivkovich came to St. George Church this past week.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Mildred Rodavich recently departed this life.

Thank you to Stan Brozik, Sonia Janson, Rich and Linda Porter, Frank and Gail Menhart for travelling to Fairmont, West Virginia for the Mission Slava.

Thank you to Maria Djonovich, Niko and Rose Illich, Gojko and Anka Arbutina and Louis Zorman for participating in the Slava celebration in Fairmont.

Congratulations to Protinica Romana Prodanovich and Vesna Meinert as the honored Slava Kumovi for the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va.

Congratulations to Wayne Kirby for having received an Episcopal Grammata from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN at the Slava in Fairmont.

Congratulations to Tess Meinert recent graduate with high honors at West Virginia University.

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

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

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

Four people came to Adult Class this past week.

A Thought from Very Reverend Stavrofor Rastko Trbuhovich

“And, yes, the service is long. We have to tolerate some restlessness from the children. (Sometime adults use the children as an excuse because the service is too long for the adults!) Don't confuse church with theater. In theaters you must be in your seat before the performance begins and keep absolutely quiet until the end. These are not the rules for church. The sounds the children make are their way of praising God and have as much a place in church as the most beautiful singing”

(A 1989 article in The Voice of St. Stephen Lackawanna, New York. )

To Consider

The saints of the Church.
The Church’s process of recognizing saints.
The beneficial prayers of saints.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 1 - Made two trips to the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
June 2 - Attended Slava dinner of Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Pittsburgh.
June 3 - Went to St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church in Akron, Ohio.
June 4 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va for the Mission parish Slava celebration.
June 6 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.

Proverbs 30:5

Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.

The Sunday of All Saints

Mt. 10: 32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30

Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?” So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first. (NKJV).

The Lord Jesus Christ wants complete love from His followers. He also wants love shared with others. Jesus once said: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Mt. 22:37)

Jesus made it clear that love is to be shared with others when He said: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mt. 22:39) Individuals choosing to follow Christ assume the responsibility to love Christ and to love their neighbors.

Prayer helps believers to discern the way to love God completely and to love their neighbors. God’s commandments are set forth with the expectation that they are to be met. The Lord Jesus Christ expects each Christian to take up his cross and follow Him. (Mt. 10:38)

Christ expects His followers to confess Him in all circumstances. Following Christ is not for the weak of heart. Following Christ can put a person in peril. The Serbian Deacon Habakukk lost his life remaining steadfast in Christ. 1

Firm believers in Christ make non-believers uncomfortable when non-believers have an interest in carrying out unethical activities. Individuals desiring to pursue unethical transactions expect resistance and disapproval from believers.

Believers in Christ are expected to be ethical in all situations and at all times. The expectation of Christian behavior is not limited to the confines of the church building. Christian behavior is expected in the home and the community.

The way a person works and interacts with others will reveal and be proof of a person’s commitment to following Christ. Christian love has a place in all relationships. (I John 4:20-21)

Christian behavior is not to be minimized or compromised. Believers should not yield to non-Christians seeking to dilute ethical norms and behaviors in the workplace or community.

The Holy Apostle Paul set forth this statement as a basis for personal judgments: “Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.” (Romans 14:22)

The current climate in the contemporary society reflects a challenge to Christian teachings and the Christian way of life. Violence, substance abuse, and acceptance of behavior contrary to the teachings of the Church seem to abound.

Christians are expected to be a stable presence in the community. The Church provides a light in the darkness for communities. The Church provides a place of refuge and source of instruction for parents raising children in this world.

Parents have a large task in protecting and educating their sons and daughters for the present and the future. Christian education is fundamental preparation. Coming to church regularly is fundamental preparation.

Parents finding value, strength and direction in the Gospel of Christ will demonstrate this value to their sons and daughters. Parents nourished by the Gospel become better equipped to deal with the challenges of child-rearing.

Christian children get exposed to non-Christian and anti-Christian values in school and in the neighborhood. Christian parents have the responsibility of setting good examples for their sons and daughters and teaching the value of the Gospel.

Parents have their work cut out for them in helping their sons and daughters deal with others having different beliefs and morals. Parental love and instruction go a long way in keeping children firm in their Christian beliefs.

Children need adults as good role models exhibiting the love of Christ as set forth in the Holy Gospel. Grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles and kumovi have opportunities to contribute to the Christian growth of children in their lives.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt. 19:14) Too often the news reports describe abuse and neglect of children. Too often children are harmed.

Christians applying the love of Christ in their lives will learn of the healing nature of Christ’s love. The Holy Apostle Paul said: “Love never fails.” (I Cor.13:8)

Christ’s love can heal the hurt children may personally experience. Christ’s love can heal damaged relationships in the home. Christ’s love shared can become a basis for other people becoming interested in Christ.

The current Gospel expresses the value of confessing Christ to others. The best way to confess Christ is through daily living of the Christian life. The actions of professed Christians need to correspond with the Gospel.

Studying the Gospel and attending church regularly can bring change. The heart and the mind make the deciding difference as to whether the Gospel becomes a permanent part of the person’s daily life.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: ”By their fruits you will know them.” (Mt. 7:20).

1 St.Nikolai Velimirovic. The Prologue of Ohrid. Vol .Two Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, Alhambra, California, 2002, p. 672

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 28 / June 10, 2012
The Sunday of All Saints.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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