St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 701 - June 11 / June 24, 2012

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 701
June 11 / June 24, 2012
Third Sunday after Pentecost

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.

Matthew 6:30

Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Recent Services
June 17
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-seven people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
June 18
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
June 19
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Two people came for the Akathist to St. George
June 20
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
June 21
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God read.
Vespers was read.
June 22
Matins and First Hour 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 Jesus Christ Followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Tday, 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

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 has an active membership drive now. See bulletin board for more information if you are not a member.

Christian Sivak has successfully completed all of the requirements for becoming a Nurse Anesthetist.

Two people came to Adult Class on Tuesday. Class again this Tuesday. Plan to come.

Thank you to all parishioners helping with today’s Vidovdan program and dinner.

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.

Father Dragoljub Malich is leading a trip to the Holy Land in October. See parish bulletin board for information if you are interested in going.

A Thought from St. Nikolai Velimirovic

The Serbian Kosovo is a totally different matter. As the dead are dressed in new and expensive clothes, so was the Serbian army dressed in its best robes. The shiny and glowing procession hurried from all the borders of the empire into the focus of honour and fame, to the field of Kosovo. Shaded with cross-shaped banners and icons of their family saints (slava), singing and cheering, singing and playing musical instruments, with song and joy, the army rushed towards its---place of execution. Does not that remind us of the first groups of Christians who in such a mood went under the sword or to the fire of before beasts? Not a single Christian martyr is known to have prayed to God to save him from his approaching death, while thousands and thousands are known to have prayed not to be spared from a martyrs death.

( Kosovo Revisited. Hadzi Dragan Antic, Beograd 1989, pp. 55-56 )

To Consider

The lasting lessons of the Martyrs of Kosovo.
The current issues lingering from the Battle of Kosovo.
Continuing to honor and learn from the Martyrs of Kosovo.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 12,13,14 - Observed Daily Vacation Bible School-Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, State College, Pa.
June 15 - Attended Shadeland meeting-Diocesan Center, Mars, Pennsylvania.
June 15-16 - Went to Lackawanna, New York for Orthodox Christian Education Commission Meeting.
June 18 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pennsylvania.
June 18 - Visited patient at Washington Hospital.

Wisdom of Solomon

For wisdom will not enter the soul that plots evil, nor will it dwell in a body involved in sin. (SAAS)

The Third Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 6:22-33

The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore you eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness. No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing. Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil or spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

The current Gospel reading establishes the main priority and goal of life. The Lord Jesus Christ said to seek first the kingdom of God. Too often individuals choose primary goals that have nothing to do with the kingdom of God.

The condition of present day society makes it clear that the kingdom of God is far from the minds of far too many people. Sodom and Gomorrah often come to mind often when the daily news is now being broadcast. (Gen. 18:20-19:25)

The present Gospel message offers peace of mind for individuals choosing to seek first the kingdom of God. The present Gospel offers a recipe for individuals worried about the current state of the economy and financial hardship.

The Lord Jesus Christ said if a person seeks first the kingdom of God, material needs will be met. The Lord Jesus Christ points to vivid examples in nature to illustrate the immeasurable love and care of God.

God gave individuals minds to use. Wise individuals use their minds to learn more about God and to follow the way of God. Wisdom is found in the Holy Scriptures. The ways of God become clearer by studying the Holy Scriptures.

Each Gospel reading during the Divine Liturgy sets forth lessons to guide and govern the lives of believers. Believers taking the Gospel to heart will bring their lives more into conformity with the teachings of Christ.

The Church is in the midst of the Apostles Fast. This is a time for increased daily emphasis on the place of God in our lives. This is a time to think more about the Holy Apostles’ commitment to Christ.

The believer is completely dedicated to Christ at Holy Baptism. The Baptismal commitment to Christ requires renewal throughout life. Repentance, Confession and Communion are essential to the renewal process.

The soul deserves primary attention of the believer. The kingdom of God deserves primary attention of the believer. When a person departs this life, material goods are of no avail.

When Christ returns to judge the living and the dead, a person’s motivation and chosen goals will come under scrutiny. A person’s relationships and contents of heart and mind will come under scrutiny.

The experiences of the five wise and five foolish virgins need to be in the forefront of the minds of believers of every age. A person does not know when Christ will come for the final judgment. (Mt. 25:1-13)

A person does not know when he or she will take the last breath. Choosing goals wisely is the best course a person can take. Seeking Christ and following Christ is the best choice a person can make.

The Lord Jesus Christ made it clear that only a small percentage of people chose the way of life. More often individuals choose the broad path to destruction. (Mt. 7:13-14)

Introspection and self-examination are important in the Christian life. Believers need to focus on their sins and the need for repentance. Believers need to honor the fasts and be faithful in prayer to be vigilant in the Christian life.

The way to the kingdom of God involves effort on the part of the believer. Fervent faith and action are necessary to avoid the temptations and pitfalls that lead to destruction of the soul.

The Lord Jesus Christ referenced the use of force when He said: “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence; and the violent take it by force.” (Mt. 11:12)

The Apostles Fast is a time for believers to assess their goals in life and their commitment to Christ established at Holy Baptism. This is a time to repent for sins committed and for departures from the path to the Kingdom of God.

Today and each day is the time to draw away for the paths to destruction and return to the narrow path to the kingdom of God. The Lord Jesus Christ is ever present to hear prayers for mercy and forgiveness.

The Lord Jesus Christ is every ready to welcome sinners choosing to repent. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.” (Lk. 15:7)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 11 / June 24, 2012
The Third Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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