St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 804 - June 2 / June 15, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 804
June 2 / June 15, 2014
Sunday of All Saints

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 12:1
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Recent Services
June 5
Matins was read.
June 6
Midnight Office was read.
Three people came for the Akathist for the Departed and the Parastos for all individual buried under the auspices of St. George Church.
Graves in St. George Cemetery were blessed.
Vespers was read.
June 7
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy, Kneeling Prayers of Vespers and Blessing of Slava Kolach and Koljivo. Thirty-two people attended. One communicant.
June 8
Matins was read.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy.
June 9
The complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.
June 10
Matins was read
June 11
Matins was read.
Five people came for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity.

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, Friday, Saturday

4:00 PM on Monday, Saturday.

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

June 16 - Beginning of Apostles Fast.
June 17 - St. Metrophanes. St. Joanikije of Montenegro and Georgije
June 18 - Venerable Peter of Korish
June 28 - Vidovdan
June 29 - Vidovdan covered dish dinner and program.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

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

Parish Life

Thank you to all parishioners donating generously for the flood victims in Serbia. Contributions are still being accepted.

Milosh “Serb” Krewasky’s “Lamb Roasters” this year included: Mike Evosevich, Mike Madich, Jim Ziemba, Ted Presock, Bob Uphold, and Tiggie Teegarden. All gave generously of their time and effort.

Even when very busy with personal responsibilities, Andrea Janson and Tony Myers faithfully provide the grass each year for Pentecost and the straw at Christmas.

Sonia Janson, Paulette Radock, Mildred Bezjak, Subdeacon Anthony Miralles and Felicia Williamson attended class on Thursday. Class again next Thursday.

Aaron Carson is consistently faithful in celebrating his Slava each year.

Dorothy Smargie has worked for many years to benefit St. George Church.

Kathryn Sage has been committed to the benefit of St. George Church for many years.

Norma Hickman and her sister Jennie Pataskie returned from Denver, Colorado recently. Norma happily returned with a booklet on area Orthodox churches which featured an article on Gruja (Grover) and Wilma Milosevich here at St. George Church.

“Many years” to Melva Hunchuck celebrating a milestone this weekend. Melva makes sure the parish bulletin is prepared for mailing each week.

Merrie Ann Hesselroth stays informed about St. George Church.

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 complete dedication to Christ exhibited in the lives of the saints.
The benefits we experience from the intercessions of the saints.
The learning we can realize from studying the lives of the saints.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 6 - Went to Monastery Marcha in Richfield, Ohio. Went to Canton, Ohio where the Serb National Federation Basketball Tournament was hosted by St. George Serbian Orthodox Church of Canton..
June 7 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
June 9 - Blessed one house in Denbo.
June 11 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes, to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. and then to Mt. Clare, W.Va. to bless a house.

A Thought from Very Reverend Milovan Katanic

Realizing that our children are reading means that we, as parents as well as Church School educators, need to know exactly what they are reading.

( Cleveland Deanery Meeting on Christian Education, December 2, 2006. )

The Sunday of All Saints

Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30

Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father which is in heaven. He that loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after Me, is not worthy of Me. Then answered Peter and said unto Him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed Thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

The saints of God’s Holy Church live with a commitment to Christ which is certain and recognizable. Every person choosing to following Christ determines the degree of personal commitment to Christ.

Every moment of time is decision-making time regarding Christ. At every moment of time a person decides to draw closer to Christ or to say “no” to the way of Christ.

Decisions made at each moment of time reflect the depth of love and commitment to Christ. Decisions have a cumulative effect. Danger exists until the last moment of life that a person will fall away from Christ.

Danger exists until the last moment of life that a person will yield to sin. Perilous pride and hardness of heart are always dangers for believers. Temptation to sin can be very strong until the last breath of life is in the body.

Evil thoughts can attack the best of minds. Harmful pride can erode a person’s commitment to Christ. The current Gospel emphasizes the importance of keeping Christ first in the heart, the mind and the soul.

When Christ is primary in life, all else is in proper perspective. The personal relationship with Christ determines the way a person relates with others and the way a person perceives the self and the materialistic world.

The Lord Jesus Christ said to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Mt. 6:33). Too often other interests crowd a person’s mind and Christ receives a lesser priority.

Too often individuals develop goals and relationships that are far from the path to the Kingdom of God. Too often greed and personal goals replace interest in Christ.

Too often Christ and the way of Christ are considered irrelevant. Too often interests creep into life that take a person far afield from the primary commitment to Christ made at Holy Baptism.

Parents need to be very guarded in the way they raise their children. Children learn from the parents. Children often adopt the lifestyles and values of their parents.

Today’s society is permeated with values and practices that are far from being acceptable in God’s Holy Church. Lifestyles and values often have dominant places in the media which are contrary to the teachings of God’s Holy Church.

Individuals confessing Christ can expect to be challenged. Individuals following Christ can expect to face the Cross as Christ faced the Cross. Faithfulness to Christ is necessary at every moment of life.

We learn from the lives of the saints that faithfulness to Christ was dominant in their lives particularly at critical moments of life. Every moment of life is a critical moment.

Giving in to sin at a time of weakness is perilous to the soul. Yielding to seemingly little sins can take a person down the path to destruction. Faithfulness to Christ committed at Holy Baptism is necessary throughout life.

Repentance and Holy Confession enable a person to return to the way of Christ. Repentance is necessary throughout life to firmly remain on the path of Christ.

Love of Christ is necessary to reject perilous temptations that arise. Love of Christ provides the strength to say “no” to sin on a consistent basis. Christ deserves continuous expressions of thankfulness for countless daily blessings.

A person can never fully enumerate the blessings received daily from Christ. A person can never fully realize the depth of love Christ demonstrated on the Cross.

Each person is a recipient of the love of Christ. Each person benefits from the presence of God’s Holy Church. The saints of God’s Holy Church are examples and intercessors providing benefits to faithful believers.

The Church consistently focuses attention on the lives of the saints. Believers benefit from studying the lives of the saints. Believers benefit from the examples and intercessions of the saints.

The road to the Kingdom of God is difficult and full of perils. The saints point the way to follow Christ. The saints serve as certain examples showing that following Christ completely is entirely possible.

The saints serve as beacons of hope. The saints radiate the light of Christ. The saints demonstrate their love of Christ. The saints reflect Christ’s love and mercy in their lives.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 2 / June 15, 2014
Sunday of All Saints.
St. Nicephorus; St. Erasmus of Ohrid.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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