St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 802 - May 19 / June 1, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 802
May 19 / June 1, 2014
Holy Fathers of the First Council

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.

Matthew 21:21
So Jesus answered and said to them, ďAssuredly, 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, ĎBe removed and be cast into the sea,í it will be done.Ē

Recent Services
May 23
One person came for Ninth Hour and Great Vespers.
May 24
Midnight Office was read at St. George Church.
Third and Sixth Hours were read at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Twelve people attended. Three communicants.
Two people came for Great Vespers with Litya.
May 25
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-one people attended. Two communicants.
May 26
Matins was read.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
May 27
Matins was read.
One person came for Vespers.
May 28
Matins was read.
One person came to St. George Church for the Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection, Akathist of the Resurrection and Akathist of the Ascension.
Great Vespers with Litya was held in Fairmont, W.Va. with class afterwards. Seven people came to the Mission in Fairmont.
May 29
Matins was read.
Eight people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs scheduled on request.

Important Dates

Today, June 1 - Parish Picnic and Outdoor Religious Program. Religious Progam at 1:00 PM. Akathist of the Ascension at the Cross in the Cemetery at 2:30 PM.
June 2 - Ven. Stefan of Piper
June 3 - Sts. Constantine and Helen St. Jelena of Decani

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People

Parish Life

A warm welcome to all visitors. Thank you for coming to St. George Church.

Thank you to all parishioners and friends of the parish helping with the picnic and Outdoor Religious Program.

Donate generously to help Serbian flood victims. Make checks payable to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church and indicate in memo section it is for ďFlood VictimsĒ

Proceeds of next Sundayís Coffee Hour will go to help the Flood Victims.

Peonies planted on the church grounds in memory of those having been martyred an died in Kosovo are in full bloom.

Thank you to the Rices Landing American Legion for concern for the graves of veterans in St. George Cemetery.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Andrew Basista recently departed this life.

Joann Bozick Sidgreaves remains in contact with St. George Church while in California.

Luann Yancich Ljubic has a professional perspective in heart transplant surgery.

Dr. Andrei Popa is visiting from California this week.

Jeff Standish is a welcome presence at St.George Church.

Michael and Josephine Vuich from Cleveland always attend church when in the area.

Appreciate the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Appreciate the men and women serving in the military and the families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs.

If you want you want your home blessed, contact the priest.

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

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

To Consider

The major feasts of the Church Year.
Incorporating the celebration of the feasts into daily life.
Living daily according to the calendar of the Church.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 24 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
May 28 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Great Vespers and Class.

A Thought from Father Aleksa Pavichevich

Our kids, our church school children, even their parentsógiving them a strong foundation in their faith is critical. We need to remember, from time to time, that God has given all of us a high calling as educators and leaders.

( Cleveland Deanery Meeting on Christian Education March 24, 2012. )

The Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

John 17:1-13

These words spake Jesus, and lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee: As Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given Him. And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine Own Self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was. I have manifested Thy name unto the men which Thou gavest Me out of the world: Thine they were, and Thou gavest them Me; and they have kept Thy word., Now they have known that all things whatsoever Thou hast given Me are of Thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from Thee, and they have believed that Thou didst send Me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which Thou hast given Me; for they are Thine. And all Mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep through Thine Own name those whom thou hast given Me, that they may be one, as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Thy name: those that Thou gavest Me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. (KJV)

The present Gospel raises our thoughts to the heights of God. The present Gospel inspires serious thinking about eternal life. Understanding Jesus Christ and God the Father has a place in considering this Gospel.

The Lord Jesus Christís relationship with His followers receives attention in the current Gospel. Followers of Christ are expected to be faithful and grow. Followers of Christ benefit from Christís love and nourishment.

Godís Holy Church is the focal point for learning about Christ and experiencing Christ. The Divine Liturgy includes teaching and nourishment for the soul. The Divine services of the Church welcome believers to draw near.

The Church is a haven for the weary, the hungry of soul and for seekers of personal peace. The Church is where believers can turn to seek eternal life. The Church is where followers of Christ will find respite.

Christ said: ďCome 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.Ē (Mt. 11:28-29)

Personal prospects for the future are not always clear and welcoming. The condition of the heart, mind and soul make a difference. Readiness to embrace and grow in Christ makes a difference. Willingness to repent makes a difference.

Earnest prayer always makes a difference. The Jesus Prayer is highly effective in drawing near to God. The Jesus Prayer articulates the need for mercy from God.

Seeking Godís mercy is an acknowledgment of God being the grantor of mercy. Seeking Godís mercy is a personal acknowledgment of dependency on God for goodness in life.

The tendency for personal sin can be great. Valuing the goodness that comes from God must be highly prized for sin to be overcome. Living in ways pleasing to God is necessary to battle against sin.

Praying ďLord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinnerĒ has great value when expressed with fullness of heart, mind and soul. Turning to Christ in sincere prayer is the way to work out salvation.

Drawing near to Christ in prayer is the means to remain united with Christ. Coming to Christ in prayer is necessary to combat and eradicate personal sin Combating sin is a constant necessity.

Judas was in the presence of Christ. He fell from a position of honor. Too often the personal battle against sin is lost. Jesus offers the way out of sin. Jesus offers a new way of life.

Strength comes from Christ. Strength comes from developing personal models for life among the saints and martyrs of Godís Holy Church. Learning from the lives of the saints and martyrs gives armament in the battle with sin.

Christís glorious ascension is currently being celebrated in Godís Holy Church. Christ will return to judge the living and the departed. The remaining time of life is best used in readiness for Christís return.

The time to repent is now and every day. The time to be united with Christ is now and at every remaining moment of life. When we fall, we need to repent, confess and draw close to Christ.

Godís Holy Church is the best place to find Christ and to draw near to Christ. Godís Holy Church is where to seek nourishment from Christ. There is no equal to the Holy Gospel.

Godís Holy Church is where to be nourished by Christ. There is no equal to partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. Christís Church is where to repent and seek unity with Christ.

The love of Christ heals the heart, mind and soul. The love of Christ serves as a basis for hope for the future. The love of Christ strengthens personal resolve. Each person is within reach of the love of Christ.

Whether in war, in prison or in a hospital, Christ is within reach. Prayer is the way to reach out to Christ. Prayer is the way to be comforted in Christ. Prayer brings healing in Christ.

The present Gospel is rich in content. The Gospel always is rich in content. The Gospel is the treasure capable of enriching everyone choosing to believe in Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 19 / June 1, 2014
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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