St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 757 - July 8 / July 21, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 757
July 8 / July 21, 2013
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.

Hebrews 11:11

Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.

Recent Services
July 14
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty people attended.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins and First Hour
Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday.

6:30 PM followed by Adult Class.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs held on request during the week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

July 25 - Hilandar Monastery 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 4 - St. Mary Magdalene
August 7 - Dormition of St. Anne
August 8 - Venerable Parasceva of Trnovo, Martyr. St. Sava III
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. Procession of Holy Cross.
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 24 - KSS Federation Slava, Shadeland
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 13 - Martyrs of Jasenovac
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year
September 21 - Birth of the Most Holy Theotokos

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

Plan to attend Monastery Marcha Slava next Saturday.

Plan to attend Diocese Day at Shadeland.

Plan to attend the parish Healthcare Seminar

Thank you for being faithful to St. George Church.

Make sure your home has an Orthodox Study Bible.

Make sure your home has an icon of your Slava.

Take time to honor your Slava each year. Ask for more information on this.

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.

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

Plan to attend Adult Class this week.

Make a commitment to attend a weekday service at least once per week.

From the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians (I Cor. 10:13)

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

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

To Consider

The daily nourishment available in the Holy Scriptures.
The value of prayerfully reading the Psalms.
The continued relevance of the Holy Prophets.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 13 - attended orientation for Shadeland Camp and remained in camp throughout the following week.

A Thought from St. NIKOLAI

Why do you rejoice in children, unless you intend to keep watch over them as though they were angels from heaven? Why do you grieve for them, when they leave you early and flee to the angels in heaven? You were rejoicing in what belongs to another, and you are grieving for what belongs to another. Do not care only about keeping the bodies of your children safe, for even foxes do the same for their foxlings. But care about God in your children. Once God is cared for He will take care of all the rest. And what you have been accumulating for your children so strenuously, He will effortlessly gather for them quickly and easily.

( Prayers by the Lake. Translated by Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Todor Mika, S.T.M. and Very Rev. Dr. Stevan Scott. The Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of New Gracanica, Grayslake, Illinois, 1999, p. 189. )

Matthew 8:5-13

And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

The present Gospel speaks about the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ. The healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ is ever present. Believers turning to Christ in faith begin the healing process immediately.

Healings are not always overtly physical. Healings can be subtle and known only to the person. Healing involve a change of attitude and change of understanding. Healings bring peace to the heart, the mind and the soul.

Christ is the all-powerful healer. The Lord Jesus Christ is ever-present to hear the pleas of the hearts of the afflicted. The Lord Jesus Christ brings peace to the hearts and souls.

The centurion in the current Gospel was a man of great faith. The Lord Jesus Christ recognized the faith of the centurion. The Lord healed the servant. Christ healed the afflicted centuries ago.

Christ heals the afflicted today. Healings by Christ are not with fanfare and for public exhibition and exploitation. Fervent believers know healings occur and appreciate them in their hearts.

Believers affiliated with Godís Holy Church flock to holy places in anticipation of healings. The Church has records of healings through the centuries. Graves of saints and holy icons are associated with healings.

Certain saints are known as intercessors and patrons for individuals with particular illnesses and afflictions. The Lord God reveals the paths for believers to travel in search of healing.

The hungry of soul will search for Christ for healing of soul and body. Believers will travel far distances and at great personal hardship to find healing of soul and body.

The healing power of Christ offers hope in the most advanced cases of illness and in instances of severe affliction. Christ can reverse deterioration. Christ brings peace to individuals knowing this earthly life is ending.

The healing power of Jesus Christ is mysterious to those not of faith. The healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ is certainty to serious believers. The healing power of Christ is experienced with regularity.

The centurion came to Christ in faith. Believers go to such places as the graves of saints, to the churches of God and to holy monasteries with deep conviction in their hearts.

Testimonies are abundant in the lives of the saints of healings taking place. The Church provides Holy Unction as a means of healing for the afflicted of heart, mind and soul.

Life need not be lived in torment. Life need not be lived in negativity. The Lord Jesus shines light in the darkest moments of life. The Lord Jesus Christ is brightness in the darkest hours of life.

No illness, no affliction is so severe that Christ cannot make a difference. If earthly death is imminent and certain, Christ makes life better. Christ offers hope beyond the grave. Christ offers hope beyond departure from this life.

Christ puts life and death in perspective. Christ showed through the Resurrection that He is stronger than death. Christ showed the healing power of the Cross. The Cross revealed Christís divinity.

The Cross revealed life in Christ does not end with earthly death. The present Gospel draws believers to the healing power of Christ. The present Gospel emphasizes the value and power of faith.

Hearers of the Gospel are enriched and strengthened by Christ. Each Gospel message strengthened believers heeding the message with faith. The centurion is an inspiration for individuals facing illnesses in their own homes and families.

Life is intended to be lived in Christ. The healing of the centurionís servant validates turning to Christ and remaining united with Christ. The centurion and his servant had abundant reason to love and give thanks to Christ.

Centuries have passed since the healing of the centurionís servant. The lessons of the Gospel are ever-relevant and timely. Healings are needed today to bring order and peace to the lives of individuals and families.

Healings are needed today to increase the fullness of life possible in Christ. The message of the healing power of Christ is proclaimed throughout the world. Listeners of the Gospel do well to heed the message.

Becoming strong in faith like the centurion is a healthy first step for all believers.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 8 / July 21, 2013
The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Prokopius, Greatmartyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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