St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 760 - July 29 / August 11, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 760
July 29 / August 11, 2013
Seventh 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 11:24-25

By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;, Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.

Recent Services
August 2
Matins and First Hour were read.
Five people came for Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to Mother of God was read
August 3
Midnight Office was read.
Blessed Slava Kolac and home of family celebrating Slava.
August 4
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-nine people attended Divine Liturgy.
August 5
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
August 6
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read
August 7
Matins and First Hour were read.
August 8
Matins and First Hour were read. Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Two people came for Great Vespers and Parastos.
August 9
Canon for St. Panteleimon was read.
Eight people came for Divine Liturgy. Father Robert Popichak came to serve.
His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN blessed one ambulance.
Akathist for St. Panteleimon was served Father Milan Medakovich served.
Father Medakovich also officiated at the funeral and burial of +Theresa Dragich at St. George Cemetery.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Diocesan Day. Parish churches are closed.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday.

6:30 PM Akathist 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

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.

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

Thank you to all parishioners working very hard for the Healthcare Seminar.

His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN came for the Healthcare Seminar accompanied by Father Deacon Mladen Godovic. Other clergy attending included Very Rev. Lt. Col. Adam Yonitch, Very Rev. Robert Popichak, Rev. Fr. Lawrence Daniels, Rev. Father Milan Medakovich. Mother Ana and Sister Anastasia were present from Monastery Marcha. Kuma for the Parish Nurse’s Office Slava was Dr. Natalie Pavlovich.

Speakers at the Seminar included: Father Rodney Torbic, Parish Nurse Practitioner Mitzie Hunchuck, Theological School Graduate Mark Zivkovich, Dr. and Ph.D Charles Paroda, and Attorney Linda Chambers.

Hospital Chaplains Ed Horvat, James Morley and James Riggs attended the seminar as did Drug and Alcohol Counselor Brother Tom Sommerfield and Attorney Bernard John.

Board Members Stan Brozik, Rich Porter and Sonia Janson participated in Healthcare Day. Paulette Radock (R.N), Pharmacist Mildred Bezjak and Subdeacon Anthony Miralles (MSW) were among the healthcare workers from the parish in attendance. Fatithful Kolo members Melva Hunchuck and Anna Mae Knezovich came for the seminar.

Fayette EMS Ambulance staff coming for the seminar included: Nicole Friend, Joseph Podligar and Nicholas Podligar. Mr. Rick Adobato is EMS Director.

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.

Sympathy extended to family and friends of +Theresa Dragich..

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. 1313)

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

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

To Consider

Compassionate care of the sick.
Emergency services for the sick and injured.
Pastoral care for the sick and suffering

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 7 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa.
August 8 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Man should strive to keep that seal unadulterated until the day of the terrible judgment: “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption”(Eph.4:30). By the Holy Spirit we are sealed after the Mystery of Holy Baptism in the Mystery of Holy Chrismation when the priest speaks the formula: “The seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit. Amen!”

( The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church Translated by Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. Sremski Karlovac 2001, p. 31.) )

Reflections on Faith

Matthew 21:21 - So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.”

Take Jesus’ words to heart. Mull them over and make them a part of your life. With full faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, doubt has no place. When doubt occurs, the believer has an experience like the Apostle Peter did when he stepped out onto the water to come to Jesus.

As long as the Holy Apostle Peter maintained his faith and trust in the Lord Jesus, Peter was able to walk upon the water. When doubt set in and Peter became fearful, Peter began to sink. (Mt. 14:24-33)

With faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, believers can progress well beyond the human imagination. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mk. 9:23)

When the believer draws near to the Holy Chalice, when the believer draws near to receive the Precious Body and Blood of Christ, the believer is united with Christ. The believer is strengthened and renewed in Christ. The person becomes new in Christ.

Individuals fallen away from the Church, individuals never a part of the Holy Church can come to the Church for instruction. Individuals not a part of the Church desiring unity with Christ and the fullness of Christ present in Christ’s Holy Church can cross the chasm of separation and draw near to Christ in the Church.

With proper order and instruction and confession of faith, non-believers can become believers in good standing. Separated believers can return to full unity with Christ with repentance and renewal in Christ.

The Holy Mysteries of the Church, Holy Baptism, Holy Chrismation, Holy Confession and Holy Communion enable souls distant from Christ to be united and/or reunited with Christ.

Faith in Christ empowers the person. Faith in Christ gives the person reason to hope and exert the self for the purpose of the glory of God and salvation of the soul.

The Eleventh Chapter of Hebrews is the classic summary of faith through the centuries. The Eleventh Chapter of Hebrews documents the common theme of “faith” uniting believers in God in successive periods of history.

Present day believers have a responsibility to be true in faith. Present day believers reviewing the Eleventh Chapter of Hebrews can take note of the examples of faith surviving centuries of criticism.

Faith in the face of adversity is for the serious in Christ, the true believers. Noah and Abraham and Moses and Stephen stayed the course with faith in God.

And the apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’ (Lk. 17:5)

The Holy Apostles asked the Lord to increase their faith. Men and women on death row can ask the Lord for an increase in faith. Men, women and children in hospital beds and rehab centers can ask the Lord for an increase in faith.

Elderly citizens in nursing and personal care homes and the homebound can ask the Lord for an increase in faith. Individuals of all ages, all ethnic backgrounds and in all nations can ask the Lord for an increase in faith.

The ability to ask for an increase in faith is not limited to the Holy Apostles of centuries ago. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Heb. 13:8) Individuals desiring a better life in Christ must take the initiative to reach out in faith to Christ.

Christ is ever-present. Individuals must be willing to acknowledge and turn to Christ for help. Individuals informed about Christ and advanced in knowledge and religious faith will still commit sins and are required to repent.

Repentance is necessary throughout life. Faith in God is required throughout life. As one grows in Christ, one has a history of Christ’s faithfulness to draw on in times when repentance is necessary.

Until one departs this life, sin will occur. Repentance, Confession and Holy Communion are necessary. When a person turns to Christ for an increase in faith, the person takes on the responsibility to live in faithfulness to Christ.

One cannot turn to Jesus as if Jesus were a fireman only to be used in times of emergency. Jesus Christ is to be the goal of each believer each day. Jesus Christ is to be the source of nourishment and joy each day.

Knowing that our faith is limited is important. Knowing that an increase in faith is necessary is important. Being aware of our own lack of knowledge regarding Christ and the Church is a good starting point.

When we know we do not know much, then we can open our hearts and minds for more learning. While our minds function, we can continue to learn. We should continue to learn about Christ. We deny ourselves the fullness of life if we do not seek to learn.

Young children will remember their teachings about Christ when they are much older. Older people will recall lessons of youth even after they think they are long forgotten.

Investing in a child is an investment in God’s Kingdom. God loves children and wants them to come to Him. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt. 19:14)

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St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 29 / August 11, 2013
The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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