St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 702 - June 18 / July 1, 2012

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 702
June 18 / July 1, 2012
Fourth 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.

Philippians 1:25

And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith.

Recent Services
June 22
One person came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
Vespers was read.
June 23
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Ten people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont for Divine Liturgy.
Sixth Hour was also read.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
June 24
Matins and First Hour was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-seven people came for Divine Liturgy. Five communicants.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
June 25
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
June 25
Matins and First Hour were read.
Five people were present for the Akathist to St.Mary of Egypt.
June 27
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
June 28
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy. Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
One people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 29
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was 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 Matins on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

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

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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 the Mother of God

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.

Thank you to the parishioners coming to Divine Liturgy on Vidovdan.

Five people came for Adult Class last Tuesday. Class again this 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.

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.

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

Read your Bible regularly.

Pray to God regularly.

A Thought from Father Kristijan Petrovich

Each time we mess up God reworks a new route for us to always reach the same destination or end goal if we still stay in the Church. We may veer millions of times, but God keeps recalculating the route, using more wisdom and precision than what He pours into keeping the planets on their perfect circuits in the heavens, in order that we, humans, reach our final destination, in a round-about way, of joining Him in the Kingdom of Heaven.

( From a recent sermon at the Serbian Orthodox Church in Duluth, Minnesota. )

To Consider

The forthcoming Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.
Each Tuesday through the year dedicated to St. John the Baptist.
The unique experiences of St. John the Baptist in the life of Christ.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 22 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
June 23 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
June 23 - Attended a family celebration for a parishioner.
June 27 - Wemt to Fairmont, West Virginia to meet with a family interest in the Church.
June 28 - Met with two men interested in the Church.

From the Wisdom of Solomon 2:23

For God created man for immortality and made him an image of His own eternity. (SAAS)

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 8:5-13

Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented." And Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him." The centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I am also a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, 'Go,' and He goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel. And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done to you." And his servant was healed in that same hour.

The goodness and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ cannot be fully comprehended. The healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ is beyond complete comprehension. The love of the Lord Jesus Christ is immeasurable.

The current Gospel reading describes the healing of the centurionís servant. The servant was paralyzed and tormented. Believers will be paralyzed and tormented by sin from time to time.

Sin has a devastating effect upon an individual. Sin plays havoc with the mind and the heart. Sin causes bodily reactions. The Lord Jesus Christ has the ability to change the personal circumstances of the afflicted.

The Lord Jesus Christ has the ability to bring peace to the tormented person. Christ can heal broken and despairing hearts. Christ can set minds at ease. Christís love can repair relationships. Christís forgiveness can bring healing.

The centurion in the present Gospel was a man of great faith. The centurionís great faith made an important difference in the life of his servant. The Lord Jesus Christ recognized and acknowledged the faith of the centurion.

Jesus equated the faith of the centurion with the healing taking place. Jesus said to the centurion: ĒAs you have believed, so let it be done to you.Ē (Mt. 8:13) The faith a person has affects the life he or she leads.

The faith a person has affects the lives of other family members and friends. When the disciples questioned Jesus why they could not cure a child suffering from a demon, Jesus told them it was because of their unbelief. (Mt. 17:14-21)

The Lord Jesus Christ emphasized the importance of prayer and fasting in curing the child with the demon. (Mt. 17:21)

Believers will want to pray for beloved family members and friends. The degree of the believerís personal faith helps in prayers being undertaken and helps in coming to understand afflictions suffered by family members and friends.

Faith is nourished and strengthened through focusing on the Holy Gospel and reading the Holy Gospel. Reading the Akathist to the Lord Jesus Christ and reciting the Jesus Prayer as often as possible nourishes a personí s faith.

Too often individual neglect steps to strengthen their personal faith. Believers are expected to be responsible Christians. Believers are expected to take consistent steps to nourish the soul.

Being a Christian entails being attentive to the condition of the soul. In the current Gospel, the centurion was attentive about his servant. The centurion was strong in faith. The centurion drew near to Christ in seeking help.

The Lord Jesus Christ is not to be treated as the local fire department to be called upon only in emergencies. The Lord Jesus Christ deserves primary attention every day, throughout the day.

Believers remain strong spiritually to the extent Christ is the focus of their lives. When Christ is the center of the believerís life, all else in life is put in proper perspective.

When Christ is the center of a personís life, relationships exist and material goods are viewed as Christ would have them viewed. Carefully considering the Cross and Resurrection of Christ clarifies believers perspectives.

When husbands relate to their wives, when wives relate to their husbands, when husbands and wives relate with their sons and daughters, Christ needs to govern what is taking place.

Many demands are made on a believerís time. Christ needs to be given a good portion of a believerís time and attention. Only but focusing on Christ with regularity is faith developed and applied in daily living.

The centurionís servant became a new person when healed of his condition. He experienced the mercy and love of Christ. He would have reason to be abundantly grateful to Christ.

When Christ frees believers from the paralysis of sin through holy Confession, believers need to give thanks and live in ways showing appreciation to Christ.

Jesus said of the woman who anointed His feet with fragrant oil, ďher sins which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much.Ē(Lk.7:36-49) Forgiveness of sins has great healing power.

Great faith has a part in seriously approaching Holy Confession and drawing near to Christ seeking forgiveness of sins. Freedom and healing result from Christís forgiveness.

Believers do well to give serious consideration to the great faith of the centurion. The centurionís great faith is an example for believers to emulate.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 18 / July 1, 2012
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Martyrs Leontius, Hypatius and Theodoulos.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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