St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 808 - June 30 / July 13, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 808
June 30 / July 13, 2014
Fifth 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.

Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith.

Recent Services
July 5
One person came for Ninth Hour and Great Vespers with Litya.
July 6
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-Three people attended. One communicant.
July 7
Three people came for Divine Liturgy.
July 8
Matins was read.
July 9
One person came for the Akathist to the Holy Spirit, Akathist of the Mother of God, Inexhaustible Cup and Akathist of St. Theophan the Recluse.
Nine people came for Vespers at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
July 10
Four people came for the Akathist to the Holy Spirit and a Pomen.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Times.

Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy
Thank you to Very Rev. Theo Shomsky for serving the Divine Liturgy

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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
August 28 - Eastern Diocese Kolo Federation Slava, St. George Church, Midland
August 31 - St. George Kolo Slava Celebration. 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

Congratulations to Col. Richard Menhart on receiving a new Command position with the United States Army. Col. Menhart has an outstanding military record. Throughout his career he has remained connected with St. George Church.

Michael Maddish is faithful in his willingness to help St. George Church, family and friends.

Sonia Janson, Paulette Radock, Mildred Bezjak and Dr. Romanos Pierce attended class on Thursday. Next class is August 24.

Thank you to Andrea Janson for helping direct St. George Choir when needed.

Thank you to Choir Director Sonia Janson and Choir members Andrea Janson, Djelosh Jerry Milosevich, Paulette Radock, Mildred Mickey Bezjak, Anna Mae Knezovich, Ludwig Miscovich and Frank Menhart for faithfully singing each week.

Stan Brozik and Sonia Janson plan to attend the Sabor in California in August.

Kathleen Waters is progressing toward completion of the St.Stephen’s Program.

Speakers for the forthcoming Healthcare Seminar on August 9 include: Attorney Linda Chambers; Nurse Practitioner Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck, Dr. Scott Michael Newton; and Nurse Anesthetist Christina Sivak.

The theme for the Healthcare seminar this year is” Putting Stress in Perspective.”

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

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 willingness of the faithful Holy Apostles to follow Christ.
The continuing impact of the faithful Holy Apostles of Christ.
The lessons we can learn from the lives of the faithful Apostles.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 5 and 9 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.purposes.
July 6 - Visited patient at St. Clair Hospital.
July 9 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class. Nine people attended.
July 10 - Local pastoral visit.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Through the Holy Apostles we have learned what the Lord Jesus Christ taught and how the Church taught from the earliest times. This is recorded in the Holy Gospel and Epistles. They understood His teaching only after His resurrection, when their minds were opened to understand Scripture” (Lk.24:44-46).

( The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 57. )

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 8:28-34, 9:1

And when He was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art Thou come hither to torment us before the time? And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. So the devils besought Him, saying, If Thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. And He said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters. And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told everything, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils. And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw Him, they besought Him that He would depart out of their coasts. And He entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into His own city.

The current Gospel speaks about the fierce demons blocking the passage of travelers coming that way. Fierce demons appear on the roadway of life. Fierce demons would rejoice in blocking passage to the Kingdom of God.

The current Gospel is clear in saying that Jesus Christ is stronger than demons. Christ opened the pathway in the current Gospel. Christ keeps the paths open to the Kingdom of God.

Without strong faith and confidence in Christ, individuals will yield to fears arising in life. Faith in Christ enables believers to address any fears. The light of the Resurrection of Christ is stronger than any dark moments in life.

Demons may seem ferocious. Death may seem ferocious. We learn from the martyrs for Christ that love of Christ is stronger than the fear of death. We learn from the faithful Holy Apostles that love for Christ prevailed over any fears.

Believers’ faith is tested during the trials and journeys in life. Believers strengthen their faith in Christ by constantly being nourished by Christ. The Gospel is nourishment. The Gospel provides strength.

Holy Communion provides strength and nourishment. The faithful prior to the Battle of Kosovo partook of Holy Communion. Faithful today facing adversity receive the necessary strength from Christ by partaking of Holy Communion.

Believers looking to God will find hope and light. Christ enables believers to overcome moments of gloom arising unexpectedly in life. The fierce demons in the current Gospel were no match for Christ.

Christ cleared the passage way. The demons met their demise. Death seemed to be a formidable foe until Jesus called Lazarus forth from the tomb. Death seemed formidable until Jesus rose from the dead.

The joy of Pascha is permanent. The joy of Pascha exists today. Christ is Risen! Christ tramples down death. The value of love for Christ and the love of Christ is expressed in I John 4:18.

The Epistle of I John states: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” Individuals loving Christ fully need not fear demons.

Individuals loving Christ completely are confident Christ makes the needed difference to overcome any demons. Individuals loving Christ appreciate and recognize the complete love Christ demonstrated on the Cross.

Christ humbled Himself to the point of death. He suffered willingly. Christ showed the shallowness of death. Christ showed His immeasurable capability by overcoming death.

The Christian life is a life of joy in Christ. The Christian life requires complete of love Christ. The complete love of Christ for each person is capable of transforming and renewing each believer.

Men and women on death row have reason to find hope in Christ. The good thief next to Christ on the Cross had his life changed at the last moment of his earthly existence.

Yielding to fears that arise in life can bring death. Loving Christ and embracing the love of Christ brings hope and joy. The Gospel brings hope and joy. Today’s Gospel brings hope and joy. Each Gospel message brings hope and joy.

Individuals lacking in faith and facing personal demons may recoil and cower in fear. Christ is the source of strength to overcome demons. Christ opens the way to the Kingdom of God. Christ keeps the way open.

Thank God for the present Gospel. Thank God for the love of Christ demonstrated on the Cross. Thank God for the forever joy of Pascha. Thank God for the Holy Spirit renewing each believer.

Christ demonstrated His ability to remove limits when He rose from the dead. Christ showed He could remove barriers to passage. He caused the demons to be removed in the present Gospel.

Cherish the love of Christ each day. Cherish the path of Christ each day. Search for the nourishment in the Holy Gospel. Draw from the nourishment of Christ.

When tired, turn to Christ. When happy turn to Christ. Always turn to Christ. Do not let demons become permanent barriers in life. Learn from the present Gospel. Continue to learn from the Holy Gospel.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 30 / July 13, 2014
The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.
Synaxis of the Holy Twelve Apostles.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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