St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 811 - July 21 / August 3, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 811
July 21 / August 3, 2014
Eighth 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.

Acts 20: 18-21
And when they had come to him (Paul), he said to them: You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you, serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears and trials which happened to me by the plotting of the Jews; how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

Recent Services
July 25
Ten people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia. Third and Sixth Hours were followed by Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
July 27
Twenty-nine people came. Third and Sixth Hours were followed by Divine Liturgy.
July 28
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
July 30
One person came to St. George Church for Akathist to Jesus Christ, Akathist to the Mother of God and Akathist to St.Seraphim of Sarov.
Four people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers.
August 1
One person came for Matins and First Hour.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Times.

Third and Sixth Hour and Divine Liturgy.
A warm welcome to Father Rumen Stoychev coming to serve today.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 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
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

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.

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 is” Putting Stress in Perspective.”

Speakers at the seminar will begin at 10:00 AM.

Sonia Janson and Stan Brozik will represent the parish at the Sabor in California.

Rich Porter and Frank Snyder were among the UMWA marchers in Pittsburgh on July 31 to protect workers’ jobs.

Members of the Rogish Family are in Serbia visiting sites including monasteries.

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

Strong faith in Christ makes a difference in a person’s life.
Maintaining hope in Christ makes a difference in a person’s life.
Prayer rooted in and directed to Christ makes a difference in life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 25 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
July 25-26 - Went to Monastery Marcha for the Slava celebration. Stopped at St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church in Akron, Ohio on the return trip.
July 29 - Went to Diocesan Center. Traveled to Shadeland Camp and St. Mark’s Camp in Lorain, Ohio.
July 30 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Five people attended class.
July 31 - Participated in rally in Pittsburgh of the United Mine Workers of America to save jobs.
August 1 - Pastoral visit in W.Va.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

But we are not united by blood alone, but also by flesh. The Holy Body, which is given in the Holy Eucharist, unites us with His Most-Holy Body Incarnate. The Holy Eucharist unites us with Him and with all members of the Church.

( The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translated by Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. Sremski Karlovac 2001, p. 48. )

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Mt. 14:14-22

And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and He healed their sick. And when it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto Him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to Me. And He commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, He blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to His disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children. And straightway Jesus constrained His disciples to get into a ship, and to go before Him unto the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. (KJV)

God does not disappoint people of faith. The multitude gathered around Jesus. Jesus healed their sick. He had compassion on the multitude. Jesus fed the multitude.

Jesus is a constant source of nourishment. The nourishment coming from Jesus is inexhaustible. In the present Gospel, an insufficient amount of food seemed to exist to feed everyone. Jesus made sure there was food in abundance.

The Holy Gospel is spiritual food for individuals around the world and throughout the centuries. A person studying the Gospel throughout a lifetime will always find nourishment.

At each Divine Liturgy, the Precious Body and Blood nourish the faithful that draw near. The Precious Body and Blood of Christ are present with the celebration of each Divine Liturgy.

The physical food provided by Jesus to the multitude was a strong lesson of faith. The disciples and the multitude fed by Christ would learn that Jesus was a source of food even when it seemed impossible.

The multitude and the disciples learned of Jesus’ compassion. The lesson of the multiplication of the loaves and fish continues to be a lesson for contemporary believers.

Individuals turning to Christ in faith will find a resolution to their problems. Christ provides comfort, peace and reassurance. Jesus creates solutions in moments when there seem no possible solutions.

Individuals benefit from taking time to seek Christ and listen to Christ. In moments of silence, a person can turn to Christ in faith seeking answers to life. Prayer will reveal the path to follow in Christ.

The hunger for completeness in each person is satisfied in the life of Christ. Individuals looking for ways to understand illness, disease and tragedy benefit by turning to Christ for answers.

Answers to questions may not always be obvious. Christ is the safest and surest source to turn to for seeking answers. Christ’s resurrection established a foundation of hope that will not be shaken.

The joy of the Resurrection cannot be suppressed. The joy of the Resurrection summons believers to draw near. The joy of the Resurrection is strong defense against moments of difficulty in life.

Christ gave new life to the multitude in the present Gospel. The crowd did not need to depart in hunger. They had their physical need for food satisfied. Jesus also satisfied a spiritual need by multiplying the loaves and fishes.

Jesus demonstrated His ability to transform little into much. He showed He could transform anticipated problems into moments of joy. The disciples and the multitude fed by Christ would have this experience etched firmly in their minds.

Individuals are shaped by their experiences. Attentive individuals will see the miracles of God in each day of life. Lives are shaped by the miracles observed and experienced in daily life.

Abraham had his life affected when the ram appeared at the moment Isaac was to be sacrificed. (Gen. 22:1-14). Elijah had his life changed when he engaged in the contest with the followers of Baal. (I Kings. 18:1-39)

Each time a person experiences the presence of Christ and miracles of Christ, personal faith is strengthened. Strong faith is needed to deal with daily life. Problems will arise in life requiring strong faith to resolve them.

Turning to Christ, believers will find strength. Believers find refuge in Christ in times of hardship and turmoil. Christ heals the souls of persons turning to Him in faith.

Jesus satisfied not only the physical hunger of the multitude present. Jesus addressed the spiritual hunger. The men, women and children composing the multitude would forever remember their time with Christ.

The more individuals see God at work in their lives, the more their faith is strengthened. Peril to the soul is always lurking. Faithfulness to Christ is required at every moment of life.

Repentance is always needed to move away from sin and towards Christ. The present Gospel is a message of miracles and joy. The life in Christ is an experience of miracles and joy.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 21 / August 3, 2014
The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Prophet Ezekiel.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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