St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 805 - June 9 / June 22, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 805
June 9 / June 22, 2014
Second 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 12:1
Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned (KJV)

Recent Services
June 13
Midnight Office was read.
June 14
Midnight Office was read at St. George Church.
Fifteen people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy with blessing of Slava Kolac and Koljivo.
June 15
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty people attended. One communicant.
June 16
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
June 17
Matins was read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 18
Matins was read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers to St. George Church.
Five people came for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
June 19
Matins was read.
Five people came for the Akathist to St.John Maxim
June 20
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.

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, 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 2 - Sts. Bartholomew and Barnabas, Apostles.
June 27 - St. Elisha, Prophet
June 28 - St. Prince Lazar, Greatmartyr and All Serbian Martyrs. Vidovdan.
June 29 - Vidovdan covered dish dinner (fasting) and program.
July 3 - Ven. Naum of Ohrid
July 4 - Ven. Anastasia of Serbia
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist
July 11 - New Martyrs of Dabar, Bosnia and Mileseva
July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul

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 Stan Brozik, Sonia Janson and Mildred Bezjak for attending the Slava in Fairmont.

Congratulations to Sava Dragovich, new high school graduate.

Very Rev. Stavrophor Vasilje and Protinica Zoreen Sokolovich, with Protinicaís brother visited the parish last week.

Paulette Radock, Subdeacon Anthony Miralles, Dr. Romanos Pearce, and Rosemary Wesdock came to class on Thursday. Class is on Wednesday this week.

We have electric in the church because people like Lou Rodavich, Ralph Hunchuck, Arthur Chambers, and Rudy Menhart are willing to go work in the coal mines each day.

Dr. Natalie Pavlovich keeps the St. George Church in mind.

Dorothy Blazovich lives in New York City and keeps St. George Church in her thoughts.

Frances Dragich and Myra Berhart know the way from Washington to St. George Church.

Plan to attend the Vidovdan covered dish dinner and program next Sunday.

Honor the Apostles Fast until Sts. Peter and Paul are commemorated on July 12.

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 benefit of daily honoring the Apostles Fast.
Keeping the mind attentive to God throughout the Apostles Fast.
Focusing on the Apostlesí commitment to Christ throughout the Fast.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 13 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont for pastoral reasons.
June 13 - Went to Pitcairn for graduation celebration.
June 14 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy/Slava celebration.
June 14 - Attented celebration for parishioner in Masontown.
June 15 - Went to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Midland for 65th Anniversary dinner.
June 18 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist and class.
June 20 - Went to Johnstown, Pennsylvania for friends of St. George Church. Visited St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Johnstown.

A Thought from Very Rev. Stavrophor Rastko Trbuhovich

For the Orthodox, since the time of the apostles, going to church has never been just ďgoing to churchĒ. It is not ďprayers I could do at home.Ē The gathering of the church is the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, the coming together of the entire Body of Christ, the Lordís family, to celebrate His presence in the Gospel and in the Holy Communion. ďWhere two or three are gather in my name, I am there among them.Ē (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 Second Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 4:18-23

And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And He saith unto them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed Him. And going on from thence, He saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed Him. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

The Holy Apostles following Christ were resolute in their commitment to Him. They learned from Christ. They became primary witnesses of Christís teaching and miracles.

The faithful Holy Apostles were blessed to see the expression on Christís face. They witnessed the way Jesus spoke to people. The faithful Apostles observed Jesusí daily demeanor.

Holy Apostles following Christ were impacted deeply by their daily experiences with Him. They became changed human beings. Their focus and purpose in life became different.

The Holy Apostles gave up their old ways and became new in Christ. Christ changed their lives. The Holy Apostles willingly chose to follow Christ. They were not coerced.

When a person is baptized, the person voluntarily commits to following Christ. The person freely dedicates his or her life. Baptism is the serious undertaking of a new identity in Christ.

The life in Christ involves growth in Christ. The Holy Apostles accepting Christís invitation to follow Him changed as they spent more time being with and learning from Christ.

Newly baptized individuals need to learn about Christ with the passing of time. Newly baptized individuals need nourishment from Christ. Learning from the Holy Gospel and participating in Holy Communion are part of the growth process.

Repentance and confession have a part in the Christian life. Repentance and confession take on greater importance as the believerís understanding of Christ increases.

The Holy Apostles firmness of faith in Christ is a source of inspiration. Their commitment to Christ resulted in the spreading of the Gospel. Their commitment to Christ increased the growth of Godís Holy Church.

We have a responsibility to remain firm in our commitment to Christ. We have a responsibility to live in Godís Holy Church in ways pleasing to Christ. Temptations in the world can easily lead us astray.

Constant nourishment from the Holy Gospel will keep us strong and united with Christ. Partaking of Christís Precious Body and Blood will unite us with Christ. The best defense against worldly perils is being united with Christ.

Lasting joy comes through Christ. Personal peace comes through Christ. Following Christ in all circumstances is the most fulfilling journey through life. Constant prayer is the way to discern the way of Christ and follow Him.

Daily efforts have a cumulative effect on the personís life. Living and growing in Christ requires exertion of the mind and the body. Living and growing in Christ entails fasting and prayer.

Temptations putting the soul in peril need firmly rejected. Behavior and thought endangering the soul are to be avoided. Love for Christ increases as a person appreciates the love, mercy and care of Christ for each person.

The eye focused on Christ will see Christ present in daily life. The heart welcoming Christ will make more room for Christ and will expel all that is not Christ. The mind filled with Christ will be reflected in the personís daily life.

Patience is necessary to grow in Christ. Listening carefully for Christ to speak in the heart and mind is necessary. The world is full of noise. The attentive ear will listen for Christ

Godís Holy Church provides the atmosphere and the nourishment for growth in Christ. We will learn from the Holy Apostles and their eyewitness experiences if we consistently come to Godís Holy Church.

Our lives will change and improve for the better to the degree we invest our lives in Christ. Prayers are a direct investment in the life in Christ. Prayers shape the journey toward the Kingdom of God.

When we have questions as to what to do in life, the answers are found by turning to Christ in prayer. When we are anxious about life, we will find the certainties of life in Godís Holy Church.

We still benefit greatly today from the Holy Apostles who chose to follow Christ. We can place great confidence in their personal experiences with Christ. We enrich our lives when we appreciate the Holy Apostlesí faithfulness to Christ.

We benefit greatly when remaining faithful to our dedication to Christ at Holy Baptism. Choices we make throughout the day reflect our degree of faithfulness to Christ.

Our baptismal commitment always deserves being greatly honored. We will be judged on Christís return on whether we faithfully honored our baptismal commitment. We honor the commitment to Christ by following His teachings.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 9 / June 22, 2014
The Second Sunday after Pentecost
St. Cyril of Alexandria

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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