St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 761 - August 5 / August 18, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 761
August 5 / August 18, 2013
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost / Forefeast of Transfiguration

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
August 10
Midnght Office read at St. George Church.
Eleven people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Vespers were read at St. George Church.
August 11
Church closed for Diocesan Day at Monastery of Most Holy Mother of God, Shadeland.
August 12
Matins and First Hour read.
Akathist to Mother of God and Vespers read.
August 13
Matins and First Hour read.
Two people came for Akathist of the Dormition of the Mother of God.
August 14
Matins and First Hour read.
Akathist of the Dormition of the Mother of God and Vespers were read.
August 15
Matins and First Hour read at St. George Church.
Nine people came for the Akathist of the Dormition of the Mother of God and a pomen at Holy Trinity Mission.
August 16
Matins and First Hour read.
Akathist of the Dormition of the Mother of God was read.
August 17
Midnight Office was read.

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.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Feast of Transfiguration.

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 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
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year
September 21 - Feast of Nativity of the Mother of God
September 27 - Exaltation of the Honorable Cross

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

More people having a part in Healthcare Day / St. Panteleimon Thomas Kornick, Sandy Rantovich, Sharren Paroda, Norma and Dennis Hickman, Marsha Pataski, Linda Porter, Marilyn Newton, Milosh Serb Krewasky, Josephine Gresko and James Willard.

Healthcare Day supporter Scott Newton is working on his doctorate at John Hopkins University and couldn’t be here this year. He promises to be here in person next year.

Kathleen Waters is progressing toward completion of studies in the St. Stephen’s Program.

Father Dragoslav and Popadija Rosandra Kosic and family along with parishioners of St. Basil of Ostrog Serbian Orthodox Church in Greensboro, North Carolina visited St.George Church on August 10. Stan Brozik was on hand to greet them.

Congratulations for Father Mladen Gardovic recently ordained to the Priesthood.

It was good to see Goyko and Anko Arbutina at Shadeland for Diocese Day.

Sympathy extended to Swetko Davidovich, his brother +Steve departed this life.

Two people came for Adult Class this past Tuesday. Class again this week.

Be concerned about and pray for Christians being persecuted in various countries.

Be concerned about the approval and promotion of practices and lifestyles in this country that are contrary to the teachings of God’s Holy Church. Always witness for Christ and the Church.

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

From the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians (I Cor. 14:33)

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

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

To Consider

The power of faith in God in changing a human life.
The joy resulting from strong faith in God.
The peace resulting from fervent faith in God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 5 - Funeral of +Joseph Rubrect at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh with burial at St. Sava Cemetery.
August 10 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
August 10-11 - Went to Albion / Springboro, Pa. for Diocese Day.
August 12 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
August 15 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist. Seven people came for class.
August 16 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa. for Diocesan Council meeting

A Thought from Very Reverend Rastko Trbuhovich.

For the Orthodox, since the time of the apostles, going to church has never been just “going to church”. It is not “prayers I could do at home.” The gathering of the church is the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, the coming together of the entire Body of Christ, the Lord’s family, to celebrate His presence in the Gospel and in the Holy Communion. “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” (Matt. 18:20) Who would not want to be there where the Lord is?

( The Voice of St. Stephen. St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, Lackawanna, New York, Vol. 21, No. 6. November / December 1997, p. 2. )

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Matt 14:14-22

And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to me. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children. And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.

The love and compassion of the Lord Jesus Christ are evident in the Holy Gospel. The Gospel of St. Matthew said Jesus healed the sick out of compassion. (Mt. 14:14) Jesus’ compassion was not limited to healing the sick. He insisted on feeding the multitude of the people that were present. Feeding the multitude was an expression of Christ’s love for them.

Christ’s presence has a healing effect on the sick. Christ’s feeding of the hungry had a healing effect upon them. The Holy Gospel is nourishment for the spiritually hungry. The Holy Gospel communicates Christ’s healing power.

Visitation of the sick is important. Christian do well to tend to the sick and to visit the sick. In the Gospel of the Last Judgment read each year as Great Lent approaches, the value of visiting the sick is heralded.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Mt. 25:40) Believers have to be cautious not to become hard in the heart.

The Holy Apostle Paul said: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Gal. 6:9) If a person has love for Christ in his or her heart, it will be evident in daily personal relationships with all people.

The First Epistle of St. John states: “Let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” (jn. 3:16) This is a daily challenge for Christians and real test of a person’s commitment to Christ.

Frustrations and uncertainties in life can detract a person from being attentive and caring to the needy in their midst. Focusing too much on personal needs and desires can prevent a believer from helping the truly needy.

The prevalence of greed in the present world seems to reach greater extremes each day. In the present Gospel Jesus took time to feed the hungry multitudes in His midst. Jesus fed the people He saw in front of Him.

The Gospel account of Lazarus and the Rich Man serves as a constant reminder to be attentive to the people in need immediately around us. (Lk. 16:19-31) Christians need to be in a constant state of repentance and showing love to others.

Christ exuded love in the present Gospel. Christ exuded love upon the Cross. Christ shows love for each person by being attentive to every prayer. Christ shows love for each person by welcoming each person turning to Him in faith.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Mt. 11:28-29)

Being a Christian is a daily undertaking. From the time of Holy Baptism, the person is expected to remain united with Christ and seek growth in Christ. From the time of Holy Baptism, the person is expected to follow Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ provides a clear example for His followers. The present Gospel shows His compassion and love for the sick and for the people in His presence.

The Lord Jesus Christ made His love for children clear when He said:” But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt. 19:14)

Jesus set an example and permanent teaching when He said: “ I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” (Mt. 5:44).

Countless teachings for life exist in the Holy Scriptures. Believers do well to learn from the present Gospel and every Gospel reading. Believers do well to invest in regular reading of the Holy Scriptures to learn about God.

God’s Holy Church provides a haven for believers to come and to learn about God. God’s Holy Church provides nourishment and healing for those coming in faith and in love.

Jesus is love as is manifested in the present Gospel. The First Epistle of St. John states: “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” (I Jn. 4:7)

Let us find the love and joy of Christ in the present Gospel and in each Gospel. Let us come to God’s Holy Church with regularity and great anticipation. As Christ provided for the multitude in this Gospel, He will provide for us.

The passing of centuries have not diminished the power and miracles of God. The passing of centuries only attest to the presence, power and miracles of God.

While naysayers and skeptics abound, believers see God at work in their lives and believer firmly in Him. St. Nikolai of Zicha said: “My belief has become knowledge through experience. Now I know there is a God.” 1

1 Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic. 1976 Calendar of The Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States of America and Canada p. 68.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 5 / August 18, 2013
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.
Forefeast of Feast of Transfiguration.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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