St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 756 - July 1 / July 14, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 756
July 1 / July 14, 2013
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.

Hebrews 11:10

For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Recent Services
July 4
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
July 5
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
July 6
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Seventeen people attended. Six communicants.
Vespers were read here
July 7
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-five people attended. Three communicants.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
July 8
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
July 9
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for the Akathist to the Mother of God
July 10
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
July 11
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Six people came for Akathist to St. Peter and St. Paul in Fairmont, W.Va.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy. Please welcome Very Rev. John Kluchko serving today.

No weekday services this week

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

July 14 - Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs.
July 25 - Icon of Theotokos. Three Handed.
July 26 - Synaxis of St. Archangel Gabriel
July 27 - Celebration of Monastery Marcha Slava. All invited to attend.
August 2 - Holy Prophet Elijah
August 9 - St. Panteleimon. Healthcare Day Seminar - Putting Cancer in Perspective.
August 11 - Diocese Day, Parish Churches closed.
August 12 - Venerable Mother Angelina of Serbia
August 14 - Beginning of Dormition Fast
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

Participants in the Fifteenth Annual Parish Vidovdan Program included: Stan Brozik, Sonia Janson, Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck, Andrea Janson, Katerina Winkie Ilic, Mildred Mickey Bezjak, Paulette Radock, Djelosh Jerry Milosevich, Maria Djonovich, Aaron Carson and Carlos and Edith Godbey.

Pray for the employees and families affected by the Hatfield Ferry and Mitchell Power plant closings recently announced.

Major Dustin Menhart made time to come to church last Sunday. He and Colonel Richard Menhart always remember St. George Church even when serving in foreign lands.

Do you have an Orthodox Study Bible in your home? Read it regularly.

Do you have an icon of your Slava/Patronal Feast/Patronal Saint in your home?

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 staff.

One person came to Adult Class last week. No class this week.

If you want your home blessed, call the priest.

If you have a question about the services or teachings of the Church, ask the priest

From the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians (I Cor. 9:16)

For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel.

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

To Consider

The power of the Gospel to save lives.
The power of the Gospel to nourish lives.
The power of the Gospel to change lives.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 6 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
July 9 - Attended UMWA rally in Fairmont, W.Va. to protect healthcare and pension benefits being threatened for miners.
July 11 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist and Adult Class.
July 12 - Went to Diocesan Center for Divine Liturgy, Mars,Pa.

A Thought from Very Rev. Stephen Zaremba

The Church only celebrates 3 births: the Birth of Christ, the Theotokos and John the Baptist and Forerunner, feasts known as Bozic,Mala GHospojina i invanjdan. celebrate Bozic because God is born as a man. We celebrate Mala Gospojina because it is the birth of the Queen of Heaven, the Mother of God. We celebrate Ivanjdan for, according to the testimony of the Lord, John is the greatest born of a woman.

(St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, St. Petersburg, Florida )

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 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 healings 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 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 1 / July 14, 2013
Third Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenaries, Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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