St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 810 - July 14 / July 27, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 810
July 14 / July 27, 2014
Seventh 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. 9:29
Then touched He their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

Recent Services
July 20
One person came for Matins.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-five people attended.
July 21
Matins was read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 22
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Vespers was read.
July 23
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 24
Three people came for Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, Abbess of Mt. Athos.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Times.

Third and Sixth Hour and Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM on Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs scheduled on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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
Parish churches are closed. St. George Church will not have Divine Liturgy. Come to Shadeland.
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

If you are too busy to are too busy!

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

Parish Life

Notify Mitzie Hunchuck if you plan to attend the Healthcare Seminar.

Offer to help with the Healthcare seminar. Help is needed.

Congratulations to Marta Majstorovic for graduating high school this year.

The St.George Church will be closed on August 10 for Diocese Day. Come to Shadeland.

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

Sonia Janson, Paulette Radock and Dr. Romanos Pierce came to Adult Class on Thursday.

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 healing power of Christ.
The documented healings by Christ.
Present day hope for healing by Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 21 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
July 23 - Served funeral service for +Samuel Karlovich in Pittsburgh.

A Poem by Dr. Richard Romanos Pierce


Like convicts circling a razored yard,
let my fingers, mind, soul, and lips,
walk the chotkiís knotted path.
That exercised and shackled thus,
my mindís sight may sink into my heart,
and from that chambered dark, blind
at last to the shimmering, world-sweet lies,
I might hear the whispering One,
who drawing near offers me his sleeve.
That thus made blind, I might see.
That thus confined, I might be freed.

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 9:27-35

And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed Him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us. And when He was come into the house, the blind men came to Him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto Him, Yea, Lord. Then touched He their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it. But they, when they were departed, spread abroad His fame in all that country. As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a dumb man possessed with a devil. And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel. But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils. And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. (KJV)

Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils

John 17:1-13

These words spake Jesus, and lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given Him. And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou Me with thine own self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was.I have manifested Thy name unto the men which thou gavest Me out of the world: Thine they were, and Thou gavest them Me; and they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever Thou hast given Me are of Thee. For I have given unto them the words which Thou gavest Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from Thee, and they have believed that Thou didst send Me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which Thou hast given Me; for they are Thine. And all Mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep through Thine own name those whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Thy name: those that Thou gavest Me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves. (KJV)

The Gospel of St. Matthew records the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus gave the blind men the ability to see. The person possessed by the devil and unable to speak was given the ability to speak.

The Gospel states Jesus healed every sickness and disease as He travelled. Jesus overcame barriers of illness. He created hope for the sick and the suffering. Jesus transformed lives that were limited. He removed the limitations.

Today there are men, women and children living limited lives. Christ can make a difference in the lives of each person. Christ can give individuals a new outlook on life.

Christ can remove emotional and mental barriers preventing healing of the heart, mind and soul. Christ can help individuals look at themselves in new ways. Christ can give strength to individuals feeling helpless. Christ is the source of strength in times of emotional and mental weakness.

Emotions have an effect on physical functioning. Attitude makes a difference in the way individuals perceive themselves and others. Christ provides directions for a healthy perception of the self and others.

Christ establishes love as the basis for relationship with others. Christ fosters the value of forgiveness and repentance of sins. Christ encourages individuals to pray. Christ sets an example of prayer and fasting.

Individuals choose their personal goals. Individuals choose whether eternal life and the Kingdom of God are important. Individuals determine whether they will consistently live according to Christís teaching.

Daily life forces individuals to make choices throughout each day. Decisions must be made daily on how to use time and personal resources. Decisions are made daily as to how to use personal talents and skills.

Each day a person determines the amount of effort to be invested in seeking the Kingdom of God. Each day a person determines the effort that will be put forth following Christ.

Christ sets standards for personal relationships. Christís Holy Church summons individuals to involve themselves in worship and prayer. The invitation to hear the Holy Gospel and to partake of Holy Communion is constant.

Men and women make decisions daily whether to live in ways consistent with Christís teachings. Parents determine by their behavior whether they will raise their sons and daughters in ways pleasing to Christ.

Godly standards set forth in the Holy Scriptures have applicability to workplace ethics. Persons employed make professional and personal decisions that are ultimately measured by Christ.

Every day the world moves closer to Christís return. The arrival of each moment of time brings each person closer to the final judgment. Christians profess belief in Christís return and final judgment.

The way individuals live each day reveals the degree of serious preparation for Christís return and final judgment. Time and opportunities to live in Christ are limited.

Decisions made throughout each day affect where individuals will experience eternity. Jesus speaks about eternal life in the Gospel of St. John. Taking Christ seriously throughout the day is necessary for eternal life.

Constant repentance draws the person into unity with Christ. Communion with Christ affords the person the joy found only in Christ. Completeness in life is found in the Lord Jesus Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 14 / July 27, 2014
The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils.
Sts. Aquila and Priscilla.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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