St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 809 - July 7 / July 20, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 809
July 7 / July 20, 2014
Sixth 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.

Mt. 9:2
And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

Recent Services
July 13
The Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by the Divine Liturgy. Twenty-eight people attended. Father Theo Shomsky served.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Times.

Third and Sixth Hour and Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class

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 Nurseís 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.
September 5 - Apodasis of the Dormition.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year
September 16 - St. Joanikije, First Serbian Patriarch
September 21 - Nativity of the Theotokos
September 25 - Apodasis of the Nativity the Theotokos
September 27 - Exaltation of the Honourable Cross

If you are too busy to are too busy!

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

Parish Life

Make a practice of praying seriously each day.

Make a firm commitment of honoring the fast days of the Church.

Make a commitment to pray to Christ for patience and love of others.

Seek the joy of the life in Christ with all your heart and mind.

Be firm in rejecting sin and thoughts that put the soul in peril.

Attend the Divine Liturgy each Sunday.

Plan to attend the Slava at Monastery Marcha

Plan to attend Diocese Day at Shadeland.

Give thanks to God each day for all the blessings received.

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 isĒ Putting Stress in Perspective.Ē

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, ask 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 importance of having sins forgiven..
The importance of repentance.
The joy of beginning anew in Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 11 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pennsylvania, then to Shadeland Camp for orientation. Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
July 12 - Went to Diocesan Center. Went to Shadeland Camp and remained until July 19.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

The Church tolerates sinners just as God does, and it rejoices greater at the repentance of one sinner than for ninety-nine righteous who have no need of repentance (Lk. 15:7). It tolerates them under its wing until such a time as they to infect other members with their sin and then each is thrown out of it (I Cor. 5:13).

( The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. Sremski Karlovac 2001. P. 49. )

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 9:1-8 (KJV)

And He entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into His own city. And, behold, they brought to Him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. And he arose, and departed to his house. But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men. (KJV)

Thank God every day for the opportunity to turn to God in prayer. Thank God when prayers are heard and answered. Thank God when sins are forgiven. Thank God because beginning anew in Christ is always possible.

Christ forgave the manís sins in the present Gospel. Christ healed the man physically in the current Gospel. The forgiveness of sins has a direct impact on bodily functioning.

When a person does not repent, increased stress can result. Anxiety can occur due to the burden of sins affecting the conscience. The body reacts negatively to sins harbored deep in the soul.

Jesus brought joy to the man with the palsy in the current Gospel. Jesus responded to the faith of the individuals bringing the man to Him. Strong faith and actions of faith made a difference.

The present Gospel creates hope for persons suffering from physical afflictions. Individuals suffering from sinfulness find hope in this Gospel. Christ always is a source of hope.

In the darkest moments of life, Christ is a beacon of hope. Christ is the source of strength when energy is needed. Christ is the force for breaking through barriers to personal progress.

Individuals seeking to learn will find no better place than to turn to Christ. A person can learn from Christ throughout life. A person can learn to love others by turning to Christ.

Christ is the best example of love. Christ on the Cross is the supreme demonstration of love. Christ loved the man in the current Gospel and healed him. The scribes did not look favorably on Christ.

Christ was not deterred by the on-looking scribes. Christ moved forward to heal the man with palsy. Every personís soul is in need of healing. Christ is available to heal the souls of individuals turning to Him in faith.

This is a very modern world. The world is filled with electronics. Computers and other modern inventions are created to make life easier. Many inventions quickly become obsolete.

The Gospel is not obsolete. The Gospel is completely relevant. The Gospel is never outdated. Prayer remains the most effective form of communication. Prayer brings great joy to innumerable amounts of people.

Prayer is an act of faith. The individuals bringing the man with palsy to Jesus acted on their faith. Their actions were a form of prayer. The present Gospel is inspiration to turn to Christ in faith.

Christ was attentive to the man with palsy. Christ was also attentive to those who brought the man. Christ used the time to focus on the relationship between sin and a personís physical condition.

Individuals do well to repent of sins when seeking to improve physical health. Individuals do well to turn to Christ in prayer when seeking better health. Praying to Christ for strengthened faith is a positive step towards better health.

The present Gospel nourishes minds seeking to know more about Christ. Learning about Christ is the soundest of investments. Turning to Christ in faith is the best of actions.

Love emanates from our relationship with Christ. Christ is love and we learn to love through Christ. The Gospel tells of Godís love for us. The Gospel describes Christís acts of love in detail.

The passing of centuries reveal the strength and endurance of Christís love. The passing of time serves as notice that Christís love will not be abated. The Holy Gospel draws individuals to Christ.

The Holy Gospel teaches individuals about Christ. The Holy Gospel inspires individuals to learn and follow Christ. The time of life can be used in countless ways.

Let us heed the lessons of the present Gospel. Let us love Christ and pray to Christ in faith. Let us give thanks to God for the man being healed in the present Gospel.

Without fail, let us turn to Christ in faith. When we doubt or are weakened in faith, let us recall the present Gospel. Let the man in the Gospel and those who brought him to Christ be inspirations for the remaining days of our lives.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 7 / July 20, 2014
The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.
Ven Thomas of Malea; St. Kyriaki, Greatmartyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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