St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 803 - May 26 / June 8, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 803
May 26 / June 8, 2014
Feast of 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.

Troparion - Feast of Pentecost
Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God, who hast revealed the fishermen as most wise by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit; through them Thou didst draw the world into Thy net. O Lover of Man, glory to Thee!

Recent Services
May 30
Vespers was read.
May 31
Midnight Office was read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
June 1
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Approximately thirty-four people came to the church. Four communicants.
Eleven people came for the Akathist for the Ascension held at the Cross in the Cemetery.
June 2
Matins was read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 3
Matins was read.
One person came the Akathist for the Ascension, Akathist in Honor of the Icon of the Inexhaustible Cup and the Akathist to St. John the Baptist.
June 4
Matins was read.
One person came to St. George Church for the Akathist for the Ascension, Akathist in Honor of the Icon of the Inexhaustible Cup and the Akathist to St. Mary of Egypt.
Six people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and class.
June 5
Matins was read.
Five people came for the Akathist for the Ascension.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy with Kneeling Prayers of Vespers.
Blessing of Slava Kolac and Koljivo.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs scheduled on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, Feast of Pentecost
Saturday, June 14 - Slava 10:00 AM at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont,W.Va.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

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

Parish Life

Donate generously to help Serbian flood victims. Make checks payable to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church and indicate in memo section it is for “Flood Victims”

Proceeds of today’s Coffee Hour will go to help the Flood Victims.

Thank God for the beautiful picnic last week.

Thank God for all the parishioners and friends of the parish that worked for the picnic.

Thank God for all the people coming for the Outdoor Religious Program, Akathist and Picnic.

Attendees at the picnic came from Pennsylvania parishes in Aliquippa, Belle Vernon, California, McKeesport, Midland, Monroeville; Fairmont, W.Va. and Steubenville, Ohio.

Congratulations to Matthew Romanchak son of Mitred Archpriest Stephen Romanchak for recently graduating from Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, New York.

The Slava for Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont,W.Va. is scheduled for Saturday, June 14, at 10:00 AM beginning with the Divine Liturgy.

Luann Yancich Ljubic visited from Texas last week.

Dr. Andrei Popa visited from California last week.

Sonia Janson, Mildred Mickey Bezjak, Paulette Radock, Felicia Williamson, Dr. Romanos Pearce and Rosemarie Dresko came for class on Thursday. Class again this week. Come and learn about the Divine Liturgy.

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

Remember and appreciate 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 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 Feast of Pentecost.
The Holy Spirit at work in our lives.
Experiencing the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit at Chrismation.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 31 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va.for Divine Liturgy and Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
June 3 - Went to Weston, W. Va.
June 4 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist and Adult Class.

A Thought from Very Rev. Stavrophor Stevo Rocknage

Some serious soul-searching is needed for all of us who do teach, and guide and pastor-as to what we can do to bring the parents and the Legal Guardians into a forum where they can learn what it means to be a Serbian Orthodox Christian in today’s world!

( Cleveland Deanery Meeting on Christian Education, December 15, 2007 )

The Feast of Pentecost

John 7:37-52, 8:12

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet. Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee? Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? So there was a division among the people because of Him. And some of them would have taken Him; but no man laid hands on Him. Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought Him? The officers answered, Never man spake like this Man. Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived? Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on Him? But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed. Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,) Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth? They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet. Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (KJV)

The Lord Jesus Christ welcomes individuals to draw near and to drink from Him. Individuals have the constant opportunity to drink from Christ for the betterment of the heart, the mind and the soul.

Individuals will never exhaust the nourishment coming from Christ. Individuals will never utilize all the knowledge to be found when turning to Christ. Individuals always benefit from turning to Christ in prayer.

The Holy Spirit receives great attention at this Feast of Pentecost. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit deserve constant attention. Believers confess belief in the Holy Trinity at the time of Baptism and at each Divine Liturgy.

Life is enriched and blossoms when individuals live in ways pleasing to God. Even in times of great hardship, living in ways pleasing to God is beneficial. God makes a decided difference in the lives of faithful individuals.

Jesus is the source of light in the dark moments of life. Jesus is the best Guide for individuals seeking to move into unknown experiences of life. Jesus provides direction for all circumstances arising in life.

The Holy Scriptures provide an unequalled written source for learning ways pleasing to God. Prayerfully reading the Holy Scriptures is a way to draw closer to God.

The words of Holy Scripture expand a person’s understanding of God and challenge the person to seek to know God better. God is greater than any individual’s personal understanding.

God is greater than an individual mind can fully comprehend. Individuals limit themselves in what they choose to learn about God. Individuals limit themselves in ways they seek to learn from God.

God’s Holy Church sets forth the Gospel and Epistle at each Divine Liturgy as sources of instruction. The content of the Divine Liturgy enhances the knowledge of attentive believers.

The Feast of Pentecost is a defining feast in the Church. The Resurrection of Christ remains vivid in the minds of serious believers. The Ascension of Christ is strong in the memories of believers.

The Feast of Pentecost focuses the minds of believers on the Holy Trinity. The celebration of the Feast of Pentecost inspires believers to cherish the Holy Spirit in their lives.

Life is to be lived in ways pleasing to God. Life is to be lived in thanksgiving to God and with due glory to God. Selfishness and harmful pride have no place in the lives of believers.

The goodness coming from God deserves constant appreciation and gratefulness. Jesus speaks about being the light of the world. Believers do well when being continuously grateful and conscious of the light of Christ.

The Body and Blood of Christ nourish and transform believers. The Body and Blood of Christ unite believers with Christ. Drinking from Christ is not to be undertaken casually, but with fear, love and reverence.

Christ underwent great sacrifice for each of us. Christ’s death on the Cross involved unimaginable pain and an unequalled expression of humility. No personal expressions of thankfulness will equate with Christ’s sacrifice for us.

Believers do well to be conscious of the immeasurable love and nourishment of Christ. Believers do well to continuously give thanks. The arrival of the Feast of Pentecost is a perfect reminder of the power and love of God.

Renewal of life emanates from God and does not occur without God. Our personal dependency on God deserves constant remembrance. God’s mercy and forgiveness are necessary if our lives are to get better.

The battle against sin is never ending. The mercy and love of God enable believers to experience life abundantly. Jesus Christ said: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (Jn. 10:10)

With the arrival of this Feast of Pentecost, let us embrace the prayers to the Holy Spirit. Let us welcome the arrival each day as a gift from God. Let us embrace the goodness from God experienced each day of life.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 26 / June 8, 2014
Feast of Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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