St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 807 - June 23 / July 6, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 807
June 23 / July 6, 2014
Fourth 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.

Matthew 8:10
When Jesus heard it, He marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

Recent Services
June 28
Vidovdan, Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Eleven people came. Two communicants. Father Alcuin Kellerhouse came to serve.
June 29
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parostos for those believers departed in defense of the Faith in Kosovo. Thirty-six people came. Three communicants.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Times.

Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy

5:30 AM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Nativity of St. John the Baptist

4:00 PM

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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. Plan to attend.
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 10 - Diocesan Day, Shadeland Camp. Most Holy Mother of God Monastery
August 14 - Beginning of Dormation Fast
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration

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 participating in the Sixteenth Annual Vidovdan Dinner and Program.

Speakers and readers at the Vidovdan program included: Stan Brozik, Sonia Janson, Felicia Williamson, Andrea Janson, Norma Hickman, Jennie Pataski, Milosh “Serb” Krewasky, Aaron Carson, Djelosh Jerry Milosevich, Paulette Radock, Maria Djonovich, Rich Porter, Linda Porter, Josephine Vuich, and Willie Spens.

Mildred Bezjak has a consistent interest in Christian education.

Helen Maier keeps a strong interest in St. George Church.

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

Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck is thinking seriously about the Healthcare Seminar in August.

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

Every home benefits by having an icon of the family patronal saint/feast.

Every family benefits when family members use the Orthodox Study Bible regularly.

Language and activities within each home are to be consistent with Christ’s teachings.

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 benefits of honoring fasting days throughout the year.
The benefits of being attentive daily to the calendar of God’s Holy Church.
The benefits of praying consistently each day.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 24 - Went to Marianna for grave blessings.
June 28 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
June 28 - Went to Weston, W.Va. for pastoral reasons.
June 28 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Stavrophor Stevo Rocknage

As the Church enters yet another decade, there are signs that our world is in the throes of serious spiritual, moral, emotional, and psychological disease: every day we can read about the latest murder; the most recent abortion case going to court; the number of drug offenders and alcoholics that were “busted”; the latest ‘tragedy’ of a child being molested and abused by his parents, etc. To this extent we, as Orthodox Priests, as those who have been “called to serve”, have a responsibility to meet these problems “head-on” and channel our efforts to helping those who suffer from such maladies.

( The Dynamics of Pastoral Care in the Orthodox Church. St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, Mckeesport-Duquesne. p. 1 )

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 8:5-13

And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto Him a centurion, beseeching Him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, He marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour. (KJV)

The centurion placed full confidence in the word of the Lord Jesus Christ. The centurion believed that Jesus’ word was sufficient to heal his servant. Jesus’ words are in the Holy Gospel. They are capable of healing believers today.

Readers of the Epistle to the Hebrews know that “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” (Heb. 13:8). Believers turning to Christ in faith find healing in His words.

Daily life requires constant decision-making. Individuals choose from alternatives available. Individuals face temptations and thoughts that are far from the Kingdom of God.

Ailments occur in daily life to family members, friends and to the self. Many avenues for healing are marketed in the public arena. Wise individuals follow the example of the centurion. Wise individuals turn to Christ in faith for healing.

The centurion was a man of power and authority. His power and authority did not cause him to be arrogant. He was dutifully concerned about the welfare of his servant. The centurion respected the Lord to be greater than himself.

The centurion knew his place in life. He realized that healing came from Christ. He understood the power of Christ’s word. Christ’s word made a difference in the servant’s life. The servant was healed.

Jesus recognized the great faith of the centurion. Great faith in Christ is important in the healing of illnesses and afflictions of the soul. Every soul is ill and will benefit from the healing power of Christ.

Every believer benefits by turning to Christ in great faith to heal afflictions of the soul. Every person suffering from physical ailments will find benefit from turning to Christ in faith for strength and understanding..

The words of Christ are found in the Holy Gospel. The words of Christ provide nourishment for the soul and instruction for daily life. The words of Christ are more valuable than earthly gold or earthly possessions.

A person is enriched by the words of Christ. A person’s peace and joy are increased by the words of Christ. The words of Christ are proclaimed freely and clearly in God’s Holy Church. Coming to Christ is a voluntary decision.

God did not fail Abraham in his great act of faith of taking Isaac to be sacrificed (Gen. 22:1-17). God did not fail the centurion in his great act of faith. The Epistle to the Hebrews summarizes other great acts of faith (Heb. 11:1-40)

The Psalmist wrote centuries ago:” Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.” (Ps. 19/20:7-8)

Individuals turning to God in faith find improved health of soul and protection. Afflictions arise in life. The Psalmist and the centurion are separated by centuries. The Psalmist and the centurion validate the value of strong faith.

Centuries before the centurion turned to Christ in faith, the Psalmist said: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Ps. 45/46:1). The centurion’s actions are a valuable example of turning to God for help and strength.

The present Gospel reading and each Gospel reading are directly relevant to daily life. We decide at every moment the way to live. Each Gospel reading is instruction for daily life.

Christ tells us to seek first the kingdom of God. (Mt. 6:33) When the Kingdom of God is the priority in life, all else is in proper perspective. When we seek first the Kingdom of God, peace and joy are realized in the heart and mind.

When we yield to sin, when our faith is weak, turning to Christ is necessary. Repentance, confession and prayer are necessary to keep our lives directed to the Kingdom of God.

The journey to the Kingdom of God can be long. We don’t know when Christ will return to judge the living and the departed. We don’t know when our last breath will be taken. The Lord Jesus Christ cautioned about readiness.

Jesus said :” Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. (Mt. 25:13) The centurion took action to improve his servant’s life. His own life improved as well.

Turning to Christ in faith brings immeasurable joy. Turning to Christ in faith brings health and healing to the soul. Turning to Christ in faith makes lasting differences in life.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 23 / July 6, 2014
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Agrippina.
Icon of the Theotokos, Vladimir

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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