St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 708 - July 30 / August 12, 2012

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 708
July 30 / August 12, 2012
Tenth 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 17:20

For assuredly, I say unto you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,‘ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

Recent Services
August 3
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
August 4
Matins and First Hour were read.
Wedding of Mitchell and Alaina Brozik was held. His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN officiated with Very Rev. Rajko Kosic and Very Rev. Djokan Majstorovic also serving.
August 5
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Father Djokan Majstorovic served and gave the sermon.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
August 6
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
August 7
Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read.
One person came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
August 8
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers ws read.
August 9
Matins and First Hour were read.
His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN officiated at the Divine Liturgy.
Father Robert Popichak served along with Protodeacon Milan Medakovich and newly ordained Deacon Sinisia. Three communicants. Slava Kolac and Koljvo were blessed.
Akathist to St. Panteliemon was served.
His Grace blessed one Fayette EMS Ambulance.
August 10
Matins was read.
One person was present for the Akathist to the Mother of God.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Church is closed
Diocesan Day at St. Sava Camp, Shadeland
Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at the Most Holy Mother of God Monastery Church.

5:30 AM Matins on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

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

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

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs held on Request During the Week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 12 - Diocesan Day at Shadeland. Parish churches closed.
August 14 - Dormition Fast Begins
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 25 - Eastern Region KSS. Kolo Slava. Shadeland.

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 St. George Choir sang beautifully at Mitchell and Alaina Brozik’s wedding.

Thank you to all parishioners and friends of the parish attending the Healthcare seminar.

Speakers at the Healthcare seminar were: Attorney Linda Chambers; Protinica Victoria Trbuhovich, parent and educator; Jennifer Kornic, speech therapist, Mitzie Hunchuck, parish nurse practitioner and Subdeacon Anthony Miralles, social worker.

The St. George Kolo worked hard for the Healthcare seminar.

Thank you to Mr. Rick Adabato and Fayette EMS for always providing an ambulance.

Congratulations to Sonia Janson and Sandi Rantovich, multi-award winners at the recent Uniontown Flower Club Flower Show.

Sympathy extended to the family of Martha Janson recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the family of Katherine Toothman recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the family of Deborah Ann Gencel recently departed this life.

Honor the Dormition Fast beginning on August 10, 2012 until the Feast of the Dormition on August 28th.

Father Dragoljub Malich is planning a group to the Holy Land in October. See bulletin board for details if you want to go on the trip.

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 Protinica Victoria Trbuhovich

Remember: Everybody has something! Everyone has some kind of problem! You are not alone. You haven’t been singled out for pain and suffering! With God’s help, you will live a happy and full life with your family. And so will your family member with a disability.

( Healthcare Seminar. St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, August 9, 2012) )

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

To Consider

Honoring the Dormition Fast.
Using the Dormition Fast to consider the Mother of God
Seeking to live daily for the glory of God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 3 - Wedding rehearsal.
August 4 - Wedding of Mitchell and Alaina Brozik at St. George Church and reception in Morgantown, W.Va.
August 8 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va.
August 9 - Parish Nurse’s Office Slava and Healthcare Seminar.

Wisdom of Solomon 10:9

Wisdom rescued from troubles those who served her.

Our Relationship with Jesus Christ

This is the time to consider Jesus Christ and our relationship with Him. Jesus Christ is ever present with us. At times we will clearly sense His presence. At other times, we will feel distant and have thoughts dwelling other than on Christ. It is important that we always repent and return to Jesus Christ.

Our relationship with Jesus Christ is more than intellectual. It is intensely and uniquely personal. Though all Christians are united with and identify with Christ, each person feels a special relationship with Christ, a one to One relationship.

A special bond exists among Christians which they share with each other and with Christ. This bond transcends language and territory to link together in spirit and love, people who have never met personally.

The physical birth of Jesus Christ took place centuries ago. As Orthodox Christians, we celebrate Christ’s nativity each year as a present day reality. We proclaim with joy each year that “God is with us!”

It is likely that we do not spend sufficient time being amazed at the passage of centuries and the enduring presence of Christ. Each year at the Divine Liturgy on Pascha we read from the Gospel of St. John that Jesus existed at what is referred to as “the beginning.” (Jn. 1:2). St. John states that all things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” (Jn. 1:3).

Jesus Christ is central to our Faith. We take our identity from Him. We place our hope in Him. He is our salvation, the source for the remission of sins.

As Christians, we live in a busy and diverse world. There are many distractions. Many individuals in the world blaspheme and do not proclaim Jesus Christ with great glory. At times, the conclusion can be drawn a war is being waged to denounce and subdue any references to Jesus Christ in public places.

We must be certain of our faith. Our perspective must be clear. Through prayer, continual prayer without ceasing, we can come to know Christ as we have never known Him. The barriers to our relationship with Jesus Christ exist within ourselves.

Each of us exerts control over our personal prayer life. Each of us exerts control over our use of time. Our thoughts are subject to personal control. We must be sensitive to the word “discipline” and how it emanates from the word “disciple”. To be disciples of Christ, He must ever be present in our prayers, thoughts and mind. Jesus Christ must be our consuming interest.

The Orthodox Church is a Trinitarian Church. In the Creed, we proclaim our belief in One God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. We proclaim our belief in the Son of God, of one essence with the Father. In the Creed, we assert our belief in the Holy Spirit, the giver of life, who with the Father and Son is worshipped and glorified. Our beliefs give rise to our actions and they define us as human beings.

We are members of the Holy Orthodox Church. Our religious teachings and services proclaim Christ as God and enable us to learn more about Him. Through the Holy Mysteries, we experience Christ in diverse ways in which He is wonderfully impacts our lives.

The Holy Mysteries are turning points in human lives. We meet Christ in the Holy Mysteries, in Baptism, Chrismation, Confession and Communion, Marriage and Ordination, in Holy Unction…. These are times when changes noticeably occur in human beings. Participation in the Holy Mysteries is a turning point of life.

There is a subtlety to Jesus Christ. He acts in ways which defy total comprehension and challenge the best of minds. Jesus Christ became man without giving up His divinity. He entered the world through humble surroundings. We have no record of His being educated in institutions of higher learning but His teachings interest the world’s best scholars.

Records exist of healing by Jesus Christ. These miracles are sources of hope and inspiration for the sick and suffering of the world. They are objects of scholarly research and close scrutiny. More importantly, the miracles of Christ serve to manifest the faith of Christians everywhere. Christ offers hope!

People of all ages have relationships with Jesus Christ. We know from the Gospel of St. Matthew that Jesus wanted the little children to come to Him. (MT. 19:14). From personal observation, we can attest that men and women of all ages find a bond with Jesus Christ.

For many, the relationship with Jesus Christ begins at infant Baptism and grows throughout life. Other individuals may experience unity with Christ at later stages in life. The relationships may mature at different rates and in different ways. With certainty, we know the relationships with Christ are not limited by age, sex, race or national origin.

Jesus Christ is identified with the Kingdom of God. In the Creed, we refer to His Second Coming. In the Lord’s Prayer, we pray, “Thy Kingdom come…” The Creed, The Lord’s Prayer and our thoughts regarding Jesus Christ, all deserve careful attention.

In the Creed, we refer to the judgment that will take place when Christ returns. The Gospel of St. Matthew in the Twenty Fifth Chapter is an additional point of reference to the Last Judgment. Our relationship to Jesus Christ is not to be stagnant. We should look to St. Apostle Paul who said Jesus Christ would be magnified in his body whether by life of by death. For St. Paul, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Phil. 1:26-27).

Every day is a new opportunity to renew our relationship with Jesus Christ. Every moment is an opportunity to say: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.” Throughout our lives, Jesus Christ is ever-present. He is wherever we may go. If we travel to another country, He is there.

If we work in a factory or hospital or office, Jesus Christ is present. Airplanes and rockets do not reach heights which exceed the grasp and presence of Christ. We do not have to search to find Christ.

We do not have to travel far. Our challenge is to open our hearts to Him and to keep them open. Our challenge is to keep our minds on Christ. We must open our eyes and be sensitive to Christ’s presence wherever we are.

Now is the time to consider our relationship with Jesus Christ. It is always time to consider our relationship with Him. Time is measured according to Christ’s birth. It behooves us to measure each moment of time as a golden opportunity to be with Jesus Christ.
From the Archives.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 30 / August 12, 2012
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Venerable Mother Angelina of Serbia.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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