St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 759 - July 22 / August 4, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 759
July 22 / August 4, 2013
Sixth 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: 23

By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.

Recent Services
July 26
Matins and First Hour were read.
July 28
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-seven people attended Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
July 29
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
July 30
Matins and First Hour were read.
Five people came for Akathist.
July 31
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
August 1
Matins and First Hour were read.
Eight people came to Great Vespers in Fairmont.

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. Saturday.

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

St. Panteleimon. 7:00 AM Divine Liturgy

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, 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 1 - St. George Kolo will celebrate Slava. Covered dish dinner and program.
September 7 - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava, Diocesan Residence Mars, Pa.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist

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 St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa celebrating 99th Slava. Congratulations to Kum Matthew Arbutina. Happy Slava to all celebrating St. Elijah as their Slava.

Congratulations to Ryan Porter on receiving his M.B.A. from Pitt University.

Congratulations to Father Deacon Branislav and Dragana Golic for their recent wedding and Deacon Branislavís subsequent ordination.

Congratulations to Very Rev. Stavrofor Vasilje and Protinica Zorine Sokolovich and family for being Kumovi for the Monastery Marcha Slava.

Thank you to Melva Hunchuck Mitzie Hunchuck, Sonia Janson and Mildred Bezjak for attending the Slava at Monastery Marcha.

Plan to attend the parish Healthcare Seminar on August 9. Register today.

Plan to attend Diocese Day at Shadeland on August 11.

Thank you to Jim Ziemba for always be willing to help the St. George Church.

Observant photographer Milosh ďSerbĒ Krewasky is always alert for a good picture.

Sympathy extended to Mark Opacicís family, Markís father departed this life this week.

Five people came for Adult Class this past Tuesday. Next class August 13, 2013.

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 have a question about the services or practices of the Church, ask the priest.

If you need prayers for particular needs or want your home blessed, ask the priest.

From the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians (I Cor. 12:12)

For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

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

To Consider

The Church as the Body of Christ.
The Precious Body and Blood of Christ.
Renewal of life in Christ

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 26 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
July 26-27 - Went to Monastery Marcha in Richfield, Ohio for monastery Slava.
July 29 - Went to Mon Valley Hospital while patient had surgery.
July 31 - Blessed one home.
August 1 - Eight people came to Holy Trinity Mission for Great Vespers and class in Fairmont, W.Va.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Stavrofor Radovan Milkovich.

Slava is a wonderful way for the family, first to feel the sacredness of home and feeling of being united in a holy oneness not only with themselves but with the ancestors departed this life---all in the Lord!

(ďYour Family Patron Saint-Slava.Ē The Path of Orthodoxy. October 1968, p. 1. )

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 9:1-8

And He entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into His own city. And, behold, they brought to Him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith He to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. And he arose, and departed to his house. But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.

Physical healings and the forgiveness of sins are both within the power of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the present Gospel, Jesus healed the person physically and Jesus forgave the manís sins. The man was healed spiritually and physically.

The healings in the present Gospel had a double effect. The man could begin to move physically in ways he could not move previously. Additionally, he was relieved from the weight of sin and could begin life anew.

Having sins forgiven empowers a person to be strengthened by the known love of God. Having sins weigh on the conscience of a person can result in paralysis of the mind. When sins are forgiven, newness of life abounds.

A person may become so desperate by the weight of sin as to give up on life. A person can become so hopeless as to commit acts leading to physical, emotional and mental harm to the self and others. Suicide or violence to others is possible.

The forgiveness of sins reassures the sinner of Godís presence and uncompromising love. The forgiveness of sins has a healing power reaching to the depths of a personís being.

Godís forgiveness of sins restores wholeness and assurance to the person. Godís forgiveness of sins verifies the value of the person. The person forgiven knows without doubt of the presence and love of God.

Knowing the love of God in the most convincing of ways totally changes a person. Even if the person does not outwardly have the ability to physically move, peace rests within every aspect of the body, the mind and the soul.

The person forgiven by God is ďnewĒ in Christ. St. Bishop Nikolai once said he no longer believed in God. Rather, and more importantly, he said he knew there was a God based on his experience.1 This knowledge made all the difference.

When a person experiences forgiveness in every fiber and aspect of his or her being, the person knows without equivocation or doubt the absolute love of God.

The Lord Jesus Christ acknowledged the faith present when the man in need of healing was brought to Him. The power of faith in God has immeasurable value. The power of faith can move mountains.

Jesus said: ďIf ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.Ē (Mt. 17:20)

The person of strong faith in God does not allow adversity to become overwhelming. The person of strong faith of God always has sufficient hope that God will make a difference. Absolute confidence rests in God.

The person of strong faith in God always is personally reassured of the presence of God. The person of strong faith in God is convinced beyond doubt that if the right thoughts and actions are present, everything will be all right with God.

Martyrs face adversity to the death with complete peace due to their experiencing the presence and peace of God. Readers of the lives of the saints learn of martyrs willingly accepting death rather than denying faith in Christ.

The forgiveness of sins is more than the freeing power that takes place in the sinner. The forgiveness of sins is absolute verification of the presence of God and the love of God for the sinner.

Godís love makes all the difference in the world for the sinner. Godís love means that even when no one else in the world loves the person, Godís love is known to the person. Godís love for every person was verified on the Cross.

Godís love for every single person was verified with the Resurrection. Godís love brings joy where joy was long absent and expected never to occur. Godís love radiates in the eyes, the heart, the mind and the soul of the person forgiven.

St. Nikolai wrote about knowing God. St. Nikolai wrote about believing in the impossible. 2 The man in the present Gospel knew God. The man with his sins forgiven and his physical healing by Christ knew God absolutely.

Every person of faith can know God. Knowing God takes reaching out in faith. Knowing God involves acknowledging personal sin and wanting God to forgive the sin. Knowing God involves wanting to feel the love of God abundantly.

1 St. Bishop Nikolai (Velimirovic). ďBelief in the Unbelievable.Ē Bicentennial Year Book With Calendar. The Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States of America and Canada. 1976 Pp 65-68.

2 Ibid.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 22 / August 4, 2013
Holy Myrrh-bearer and Equal to the Apostles Mary Magdalene.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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