St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 813 - August 4 / August 17, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 813
August 4 / August 17, 2014
Tenth 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.

I Corinthians 2:4-5
And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Recent Services
August 12
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
One person came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
August 13
Two people came for Ninth Hour, Vespers and Parastos.
August 14
Four people came for the Akathist to the Cross.
One person came for Confession.
August 15
One person came for Matins and First Hour.

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, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Feast of Transfiguration.

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs scheduled on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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 5/6 - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year
September 19 - Miracle of Archangel Michael
September 21 - Nativity of the Mother of God
September 27 - Exaltation of the Holy Cross

If you are too busy to pray, you are too busy!

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

Parish Life

In addition to our Diocesan Bishop, Kuma and speakers previously mentioned, the following attended the Healthcare Seminar: Very Rev. Stavrophor Lt. Col. Adam Yonitch, Father Lawrence Daniels, Father Matthew Stagnon, Sonia Janson, Stan Brozik, Norma Hickman, Jennie Pataskie, Rich and Linda Porter, Patricia Cekoric, Deborah Migyanko, Popadija Izvorinka Zaric, Popadija Dragana Golic, Mildred Bezjak, Anna Mae Knezovich, Dr. Natalie Pavolovich, Dorothy and Janice Smargie, Maria Djonovich, Milosh Serb Krewasky, Felicia Williamson, Carlos, Edith and Cameron Godbey.

Director Rick Adobato sent Fayette EMS ambulance staff members Angela Hall and Chris Briden. Southwest EMS sent ambulance staff Nessa Thompson and Rich Blaker.

His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN blessed the Fayette EMS and Southwest EMS ambulances. Both ambulance services were recognized for their important work all year.

Honor the Dormition Fast until August 28.

Sonia Janson, Paulette Radock, Mildred Bezjak and Dr. Romanos Pierce attended class on Thursday. Class again this Thursday.

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 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

Making prayer and fasting a regular part of life.
Seeking to improve the quality of prayer and fasting.
Desiring to nourish the soul throughout the year.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 9-10 - Drove to Meadville, stayed overnight and attended Diocese Day at Shadeland.
August 11 - Drove to Diocesan Center, then to Cleveland for funeral of V. Rev. Stavrophor Milan Zobenica. Pastoral visit in Richfield, Ohio and Masontown, Pa.
August 11 - Went to Morgantown, W. Va. for printing purposes.
August 11 - Met with person wanting to join the church.
August 14 - Went to funeral home for viewing of +Michael Madich.

Serbian Orthodox Bishop of Eastern America Dr. MITROPHAN.

If the Holy Spirit is the “soul of the Church”, then He should be the soul of each Christian in the Church. Not only this, He also brings about that our members work in accordance with all of the members of the Church, with the Body of Christ. When man feels in himself the Holy Spirit, then he will be conscious of how valuable he was before and that he is rich only in Him. He will be conscious that he was purchased for a great price, and that he is no longer his own, but God’s (I Cor. 6:20; cf. 7:23; I Pet. 1:19-20; Gal. 3:13; Rev. 4:14). He will be humble before all the members and will give glory to the entire Body, and especially to the head of the Church, Christ.

( The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, pp. 63-64. )

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 17:14-23

And when they were come to the multitude, there came to Him a certain man, kneeling down to Him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to Thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to Me And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men: And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.

Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is always well-placed. The Lord Jesus Christ does not dissappoint believers drawing near to Him in faith. Hope placed in Christ bring fruits of great joy.

The man with the son suffering from possession by the devil came to the Lord Jesus Christ in great hope. The Lord Jesus Christ healed the afflicted son and changed their lives forever.

The father of the afflicted son had his prayers answered. The disciples learned a lesson from Christ on the value of firm belief. Jesus taught that faith can move mountains.

Jesus taught the value of prayer and fasting. Too often believers choose not to honor the fast days of the Church. Too often believers neglect praying regularly and with great seriousness.

Prayer and fasting have a part in the Orthodox Christian life throughout the year. Prayer is a daily expectation for Christian believers. Believers are expected to strive to pray without ceasing.

Believers are expected to be enriched by prayer and to find joy in prayer. Reaching out to Christ from within ourselves makes a great difference. Obstacles to Christian growth are overcome through Christ.

Prayer and fasting strengthen the journey of believers toward the Kingdom of God. Afflictions by the devil are defeated when believers turn to Christ in faith and hope.

Whenever difficult problems arise in life, keeping in mind the love of Christ as shown by His death on the Cross makes a decided difference. Christ’s love for each person strengthens personal resolve and increases hope.

Problems are put in perspective and become manageable when individuals heed the teachings of Christ. Christ overcame death. Christ defeated the devil in the current Gospel.

Christ is the source of hope in all circumstances. Parents with sons and daughters possessed by the devil have a difficult but not an insurmountable task.

Christ teaches in the present Gospel that with God all things are possible. Turning to Christ is the solution to putting the problem in perspective.

Turning to Christ is the step to take to reduce problems to manageable size. Sons and daughters experiencing difficulties are sources of distress to loving parents.

Christ brings internal peace to believers turning to Him in faith. Christ reveals to parents the necessary steps to be taken that are pleasing to God. Christ answers prayers of parents turning to Him in faith.

Change for the better is possible through Christ. The present Gospel underscores the importance of being relentless in seeking help from Christ. The father in the present Gospel did not quit until improvement occurred.

The father in the present Gospel did not relent after the disciples were not successful in healing his afflicted son. Too often individuals are not resolute in seeking solutions through Christ.

Too often individuals turn to other than Christ to seek solutions for problems in the family. Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (Jn. 14:6)

Believers benefit from taking time and quietly turning to Christ in prayer. Believers benefit from entering God’s Holy Church in search of solutions to problems being experienced by their sons and daughters.

The Church offers a haven and a place of peace to turn to God in prayer. The Church offers structure and nourishment for parents stressed over the conditions of their sons and daughters.

Sons and daughters exhibiting behavioral problems do not necessarily change for the better overnight. Patience and love are necessary. Wisdom to deal with the problems is found in and through the Lord.

The value of prayer and fasting is not to be underestimated. The value of prayer and fasting in bringing about behavioral change is stressed in the current Gospel.

Christ’s teachings have endured through the centuries. Christ has prevailed through the centuries. Wise individuals still turn to Christ in prayer and in hope.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 4 / August 17, 2014
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Seven Martyrs of Ephesus.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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