St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 753 - June 10 / June 23, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 753
June 10 / June 23, 2013
Feast of 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.

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Recent Services
June 15
Akathist to the Mother of God was read
June 16
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-one people attended Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
June 17
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
June 18
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
June 19
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
June 20
Matins and First Hour were read.
Nine people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont for the Akathist for the Ascension.
June 21
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins, First, Third and Sixth Hours.
Divine Liturgy. \
Vespers with Kneeling Prayers

5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday.

No daily services Tuesday through Saturday.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, June 23 - Feast of Pentecost
June 24 - 5 PM Pentecost Monday. Slava at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.
June 28 - St. Prince Lazar, Greatmartyr and All Serbian Martyrs. Vidovdan.
June 30 - Vidovdan Celebration with Covered Dish Dinner and Program.
July 1 - Beginning of Apostles Fast
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist.
July 11 - New Martyrs of Dabar. Bosnia and Mileseva.
July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul
July 13 - Synaxis of the Holy Apostles
July 25 - Icon of Theotokos. Three Handed.
July 26 - Synaxis of St. Archangel Gabriel
July 27 - Celebration of Monastery Marcha Slava
August 2 - Holy Prophet Elijah

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

Congratulations to Gregory Zivkovich, son of Mark and Eileen Zivkovich. Gregory recently graduated from Westminster College and plans to enter Duquesne Law School.

Congratulations to Very Rev.Stavrofor Srboljub Jockovich, Dean of the Washington Deanery and long-time priest at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Steelton, deservedly honored in his parish this weekend.

Happy Slava to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Pittsburgh celebrating today. and to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont,W.Va. celebrating tomorrow.

Welcome back to the area for a visit Dr. and Mrs. R. J. Porter and son Liam from Utah.

May God continue to help Father Deacon Gavrilo Milkovich in his efforts of serving the poor and homeless in North Carolina.

Two people came for Adult Class this past Wednesday. Classes have been focusing on the Holy Apostles. Next class July 2. Plan to attend.

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.

Ask the priest if you have questions about the teachings or practices of the Church.

This Friday keep the Martyrs of Kosovo in mind and the faithful still suffering.

From the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians (I Cor. 6:19-20)

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

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

To Consider

The Great Feast of Pentecost.
The Holy Spirit in our lives.
The seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit at Chrismation.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 9 - Attended 100th Anniversary dinner of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church of New Salem.
June 16 - Attended Slava dinner of Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church, Youngwood.
June 18 - Attended Diocesan Administrative Board and Shadeland Committee meetings at Diocesan Center.
June 20 - Visited parish family from Holy Trinity Mission. Blessed graves in Monongah, W.Va. Visited Miners Memorial in Monongah. Nine people came for Akathist of the Ascension at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont. Eleven people helped in preparation for the Mission Slava.

A Thought from Proto Stavrofor Radovan Milkovich

Once the Spirit begins to work freely in your own life your life will be changed. As your life is changed so, too, shall the lives related to your own be changed as well. If each one of us can radiate this Grace to those about us we shall surely bring a new breath of spiritual fragrance into the world.

(Sermons and Speeches. Prepared for publication by Zivota Stevovich. Raska Skola, Belgrade, 1999, p. 224. )

The Feast of Pentecost 2013

John 7:37-52, 8:12

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet. Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee? Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? So there was a division among the people because of him. And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him. Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him? The officers answered, Never man spake like this man. Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived? Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him? But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed. Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,) Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth? They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet. Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

The Feast of Pentecost has arrived. The descent of the Holy Spirit is at the forefront of attention. The Holy Spirit in the lives of believers and in the Church is due careful consideration.

At Chrismation, believers are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. Prayers are offered to the Holy Spirit with great fervor on the Feast of Pentecost. The Feast of Pentecost is a defining point in the liturgical year and a point of measurement.

Today is a day for great introspection. This is a time to think carefully about the gift of life from God. This is time to think about the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 6:19)

Today is the day to look to the Holy Spirit for cleansing of every impurity and the saving of our souls. We pray today to the Heavenly King, the Comforter and Spirit of Truth with great fervor and clear purpose.

This is a life-changing feast for individuals seeking to have their lives changed by God. When the Holy Spirit descended on the Holy Apostles their lives changed greatly. At Chrismation, believers’ lives change. Today lives will change.

Stagnancy is not intended as a feature of the Christian life. Growth in Christ is expected of the Christian. Faithfulness to Christ is expected of the Christian. Deliberate effort and repentance are expected of Christians.

The invitation to be united with Christ occurs at each Divine Liturgy. Individuals prepared to come forth have the opportunity to approach the Holy Chalice and partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

The Divine Liturgy cannot be served without the work of the Holy Spirit. Believers do not change and do not grow without the work of the Holy Spirit. Believers’ lives are completed as divinely intended due to the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians about the fruit of the Spirit as: “Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (Gal. 5:22-23)

Each Feast of Pentecost is new. Individuals are different with the arrival of the feast each year. The lives of believers change from year to year. The need for the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers remains constant throughout the years.

Life and the Holy Spirit are inseparable. The Holy Spirit is referred to as the Giver of Life. Credit due to the Holy Spirit will never be fully or adequately expressed. The Holy Spirit will never be fully comprehended.

Love and gratitude are due to the Holy Spirit more than believers will be able to express. Individuals benefit by devoting their minds and hearts to the Holy Spirit not only on the feast today but at all times of the year.

God puts forth possibilities in life for individuals. Individuals do well to seriously consider the possibilities. Jesus said: “He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” (Jn. 7:38)

Each day is newly created by God. Every moment of time is newly created by God. Time continues with the grace of God. Believers do well to make the best use of the time for the salvation of the soul and for the glory of God.

Sooner or later the Lord Jesus Christ will return in His glorious Second Coming. When Christ returns, time will not be as it is currently known. Time will end as currently experienced. Final judgment will take place.

Today is time to be abundantly thankful to God for the time of life. Today is time to draw near to God seeking nourishment for the soul. Today is time to experience the joy known in and through the Holy Spirit.

God’s love is shown in His creation. God’s love is shown in His Son. God’s love is shown in the descent of the Holy Spirit.

Today it is wise to recognize the limits of personal knowledge. Today it is wise to look to the wisdom found in and through God. Today is the time to seek to grow in ways intended by God and as defined in Godly teachings.

Hunger for learning is satisfied through the nourishment of the Holy Scriptures. Hunger for learning is satisfied through the reading and listening to the Holy Gospel. Hunger for learning is satisfied through fervent prayer.

Investing the personal time of life in ways pleasing to God is an investment in the Kingdom of God. Praying to the Holy Spirit makes the investment possible.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 10 / June 23, 2013
The Feast of Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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