St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 700 - June 4 / June 17, 2012

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 700
June 4 / June 17, 2012
St. Metrophanes

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.

Deuteronomy 32:20

And He said: “I will hide My face from them. I will see what their end will be. For they are a perverse generation, children in whom is no faith.

Recent Services
June 8
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
June 9
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Five people came for Confession.
June 10
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-two people came for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
Akathist to 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 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

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

6:30 PM - Akathist to St. George followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 17 - St. Metrophanes
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 Sts. 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.
August 14 - Dormition Fast Begins
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 28 - Feast of Dormition of Mother of God
September 9 - All Serbian Saints

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

Mildred “Mickey” Zorman was honored by the Kolo with a dinner this past Sunday. She is moving to Arizona. Thank you to all parishioners helping and coming to the dinner. Mildred Zorman was faithful to the St. George Church from the early beginnings of the parish.

Plan to come to the Vidovdan dinner (fasting) and program next Sunday.

Come to Adult Class on Tuesday.

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

Honor the Apostles Fast each day until the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on July 12.

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.

A Thought from St. Nikolai Velimirovic

My brethren, matrimony is a great and miraculous mystery, one of the greatest mysteries of God's plan. A pure and honorable marriage is overly replete with sublimeless. A pure and honorable marriage, in the fear of God, is a vessel of the Grace of the Holy Spirit. Whoever disdains marriage disdains the Spirit of God. Whoever defiles marriage with impurity, blasphemes against the Spirit of God. Whoever abstains from marriage for the sake of the kingdom of God must, in a different manner, prepare himself as a vessel of the Holy Spirit and, in the spiritual realm, make himself fruitful in order not to be cut down as the barren fig tree.

( The Prologue of Ohrid Vol. 1. Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, 2002. )

To Consider

The benefits of the Apostles Fast.
The approach of the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.
Living the way of the Church each day.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 4 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Holy Trinity Serbian Mission Slava.
June 8 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
June 8 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.

Proverbs 31:10

A good wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.

The Second Sunday After Pentecost

Matthew 4:18-23

And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

Peter, Andrew, James and John were blessed to be “called” directly by the Lord Jesus Christ. Each person having heard the Gospel is ”called” directly and personally by the Lord Jesus Christ each moment of each day.

Each person chooses each moment of each day whether to say “yes” to Christ and the way of Christ or will say” no” and depart from Christ and the way pleasing to Christ.

When a person says “yes” to Christ and follows Christ, unity with Christ takes place. At each moment when a person says “no” to Christ’s invitation to follow Him, the person distances his or herself from Christ.

Unity with Christ comes through drawing near to Him. At the Divine Liturgy, unity with Christ is best experienced when partaking of Holy Communion. Holy Communion brings Christ and the believer completely together.

Serious believers make a daily effort to follow Christ. Serious believers recognize and value the joy of following Christ. The Holy Apostle Peter said to Jesus: ”To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (Jn. 6:68).

Individuals have many different choices during their earthly lives. Many different ways of life are open to individuals. Jesus said: “The gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction and those who enter by it are many.” (Mt. 7:13)

The Holy Apostles setting out to follow Christ established a foundation of serious and irreversible commitment to Christ. The Holy Apostles’ faith, examples and teachings led to new followers of Christ.

The Church took form, grew and endured through the centuries. New followers of Christ are needed in each generation. New followers of Christ are expected to follow Christ with the faith and commitment of the Holy Apostles.

The teachings and knowledge about Christ are to be shared with others. The love of Christ is to be shared with others. Families are to establish their homes in unity with God’s Holy Church. Each Christian home is an extension of the Church.

The love, teachings and example Christ shared with the Holy Apostles established a foundation. The love, teachings and example Christ shared with the Holy Apostles serve as foundational reasons to follow Christ.

Certain Samaritans were drawn to Jesus because of the Samaritan woman’s experience with Jesus. Later other Samaritans came to their own conclusions from personal experience that Jesus was the Savior of the world. (Jn. 4:39-42)

Individuals may learn from other Christians about the joy and nourishment of the life in Christ. Personal experience of drawing near to Christ validates the joy and nourishment found in Christ.

Each person having personal knowledge about Christ answers the question Jesus directed to His disciples: “Who do you say that I am?” Peter answered the question by saying Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God. (Mt. 16:13-16)

At Holy Baptism believers first recite The Creed, The Creed is the basic summary of faith guiding believers through life. The Creed is recited at each Divine Liturgy.

The beliefs expressed in The Creed are expected to shape a believer’s life and serve as a measurement for all that is being done during a believer’s life. The Creed speaks about Christ coming for our salvation. 1

The personal lives of Christians need to reflect direct interest in salvation. The personal lives of Christians need to focus on looking to Christ for the strength to stay true to the narrow path. (Mt. 7:13-14).

The personal lives of Christians are strengthened when rooted in prayer. Prayer keeps believers firmly united with Christ. Some individuals hearing the word of God become embroiled in earthly cares and fall away from Christ. (Mt. 13:18-22)

Self-examination and personal honesty enables a person to determine if he or she is faithful to Christ. Self-assessment can lead a believer to repent and draw closer to Christ.

Remaining on the path to the Kingdom means saying “no” to activities and temptations weakening the life in Christ. Remaining on the path to the Kingdom requires being sufficiently and regularly being nourished by Christ.

Believers do well to heed the words of St. Nikolai Velimirovich to keep the soul nourished. St. Nikolai said: “ He who reads the Word of God gives food, power and light to his soul.” 2

Caring for the soul is the primary responsibility of believers. Becoming a Christian is a great and lasting responsibility. Remaining a faithful Christian throughout life requires careful attention to the soul throughout life

1 The Horologian. Translated by St. Tikhon’s Monastery. St. Tikhon’s Seminary Press, 2000, South Canaan, Pa, p. 180.

2 St. Nikolai Velimiovic. The Prologue of Ohrid. Vol. 1. Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America, 2002. (May 30 citation)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 4 / June 17, 2012
St. Metrophanes.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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