St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 806 - June 16 / June 29, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 806
June 16 / June 29, 2014
Third 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.

Ephesians 6:14-16
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Recent Services
June 21
Midnight Office was read.
Vespers was read.
June 22
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-three people attended Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
June 23
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
June 24
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
June 25
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist to St.John Maximovitch.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Times.

Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy

4:00 PM Great Vespers

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs scheduled on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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
July 25 - Three Handed Icon Mother of God
July 26 - Slava, Monastery Marcha, Richfield, Ohio
August 2-3 - St. Elijah, 100th Anniversary of Parish in Aliquippa, Pa.
August 4-7 - Serbian Orthodox Church Sabor, Alhambra, California
August 9 - St. Panteleimon. Healthcare Seminar. Slava. Parish Nurse’s Office
August 14 - Beginning of Dormation Fast

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 helping and staying for the Vidovdan Program and Dinner.

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

Mildred Bezjak, Felicia Williamson and Subdeacon Anthony Miralles came to class on Wednesday.

“Putting Stress in Perspective” is the theme of the Healthcare Day Seminar this year.

Contributions continue to be received to help the flood victims in Serbia.

Listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday on WMBS, station 590 or on the parish website.

Tom Hunter has posted the parish weekly radio programs on the parish website dating from 2004.

Weekly parish bulletins with sermons and parish information are available on the parish website .

Pray for Christians in peril for their faith in many different parts of the world.

Pray for peace and an end of suffering in all areas where violence is occurring.

Make prayer a daily practice in your home.

Do the best you can to live according to the teachings of Christ each day.

Help yourself and the parish by living a serious Orthodox Christian life each day.

Be attentive and live according to the daily calendar of the Holy Orthodox Church.

Remember the Christians suffering throughout the world.

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 lasting sacrifices for Christ made in Kosovo.
The enduring witness of the martyrs of Kosovo.
The daily suffering and dangers still existing for Christians in Kosovo.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 21, 25 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
June 23 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pennsylvania.
June 26-27 — Went to St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church in Lackawanna, New York for meeting of the Orthodox Christian Education Commission. Made pastoral visit enroute.

A Thought from Very Rev. Stavrofor Rade Merick

So all the heroes of Kosovo went to church and received Holy Communion to prepare themselves for whatever awaited them. They went hoping for victory but expecting death. In so doing they accepted God’s will, and chose, as the poems tell us, the Kingdom of Heaven over any earthly kingdom. Why? Again, as the poems tell us, because an earthly kingdom lasts only a short while, but the Heavenly Kingdom is forever. So they chose the better part, the “Kingdom not of this world,” with Jesus Christ as their King and Lord and God. (Matt.18:20) Who would not want to be there where the Lord is?

( Kosovo 1389-1989 The Path of Orthodoxy St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, Lackawanna, New York, June 1989, p. 2. )

The Third Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 6:22-33

But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

The reassuring presence of the Lord God is available for everyone. Individuals need only be observant to see and feel the presence of God. Believers benefit by pausing and reflecting on their lives to verify the presence of God.

God’s goodness and mercy exceeds human comprehension. Each person constantly benefits from God’s patience, love and forgiveness. Jesus said: “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Mk. 2:17)

The current Gospel speaks about the importance of the eye. The desire and vision of each person affects the way the person lives. Individuals pursue their important personal goals.

Time is used each day in ways considered important to the person. The use of time and resources reflects the interests of the person. If the Kingdom of God is the primary interest of the person, this becomes evident.

Individuals seeking the Kingdom of God will do they best they can to adhere to Christ’s teachings. Seekers of God’s Kingdom relate to others met in daily life with a love founded in Christ.

Individuals seeking the Kingdom of God will see Christ present in the people met in daily life. Individuals seeking the Kingdom of God will keep Christ firmly in the heart and the mind.

Forgiveness and patience will be evident in the lives of individuals seriously seeking the Kingdom of God. Persons seeking the Kingdom of God will be sensitive to personal sinfulness and repent consistently.

The eye of a person seeking the Kingdom of God will avert the path of sin and seek the path of virtue. The heart of the person seeking the Kingdom of God will ensure Christ warms and radiates within.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Ye shall know them by their fruits.” (Mt. 7:16) Seekers of the Kingdom of God will reject forthright temptations that put the soul in peril.

Personal sacrifice and discipline characterize persons desiring to permanently experience the Kingdom of God. The mind and body must put forth effort for the Kingdom of God to be experienced.

Love for the Holy Gospel and love for partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ are inseparable with seeking the Kingdom of God. Christ is experienced through reading and hearing the Gospel.

Christ is experienced in partaking of Holy Communion. Unity with Christ in the present reveals an interest in having permanent unity with Christ. The Final Judgment will come eventually.

Each passing moment is a moment closer to the Final Judgment. The time to prepare for the Final Judgment is this moment and each succeeding moment of our lives.

Christians are to take Christ seriously. Christians are to seriously invest in seeking the Kingdom of God. The present Gospel makes it clear that the Kingdom of God is the first priority for all believers.

Decisions made at each moment of life are to be measured against the goal of seeking the Kingdom of God. Christ’s teachings provide the necessary instructions for seeking the Kingdom of God.

The lives of the saints and martyrs are lessons of lasting value of real people choosing the Kingdom of God first in their lives. The lives of the saints and martyrs show that living the life in Christ is possible and beneficial.

Sin does not need to dominate our lives. Greed will not lead to lasting satisfaction. Personal achievements void of Christ will bring feelings of emptiness in the end.

Reaching out to Christ in prayer will open the paths to the Kingdom. Looking to the teachings and example of Christ make clear the path for daily decisions.

The lives of the saints and martyrs have cleared and paved the way to the Kingdom of God. Serious believers will heed the lessons of the lives of the saints and martyrs.

Heed the words in the book of the Holy Prophet Jerimiah: “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.” (Jer. 6:16)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 16 / June 29, 2014
Third Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Tychon of Amathus.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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