St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 853 - May 11 / 24, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 853
May 11 / 24, 2015
Sts. Cyril and Methodius

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.

2 Corinthians 1:24

Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

Recent Services
May 15
Vespers was read.
May 16
Baptism, Christmation of Cassidy Jane Porter.
May 17
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Forty-three people attended Divine Liturgy. Twelve communicants.
May 18
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
May 19
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
May 20
Matins was read.
Three people attended Great Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
May 21
Matins was read.
Third Hour was read.
Six people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
May 22
Five people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
Three people were present for the Akathist to St. Nikolas followed by Service to receive Eric Labons into the Holy Orthodox Church.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy. Parastos.

5:30 AM Matins on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

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

4:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Saturday Morning
8:00 AM Parastos for Departed Parishioners. Blessing of Graves.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council. Sts. Cyril and Methodius. St. Nikodemus of Pec, Archbishop of Serbia.
May 30 - Memorial Saturday.
May 31 - Desecent of Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. Feast of Pentecost.
June 1 - Pentecost Monday
June 2 - Pentecost Tuesday

If You Are Too Busy To Pray, You Are Too Busy

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia AND All Suffering People throughout the world.

Parish Life

Congratulations to Richard J. and Megan Porter on the Baptism/Chrismation of daughter Cassidy Jane. Congratulations to family members and Kumovi.

Congratulations to Eric Labons received into the Holy Orthodox Church.

Thomas and Stephanie Kornick visited from Florida this week.

Thank you to all attending the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of Ascension and Translation of the Relics of St. Nicholas.

Congratulations to Vasilije M. Katanic and Milica Kosic graduating from high school.

Pray for the Christians being persecuted in various parts of the world.

Remember the veterans from St. George Church living and those departed this life.

Thank you to Rices Landing American Legion for putting new flags and service-specific flag holders on the graves of veterans in St. George Cemetery.

Remember the 194 miners that lost their lives in nearby Mather on May 19, 1928.

Seek comfort and wisdom from God through prayer each day.

If you want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, talk to the priest.

If you want your house blessed, contact the priest to schedule the visit.

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 in the military and their families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, and the mentally ill. Appreciate their caretakers and the institution staffs.

If you have a question about the services or teachings of the Church ask the priest.

Remember the St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville with prayers and contributions.
St. Sava School of Theology has helped greatly to fill the continuing need for priests in established and new parishes.

To Consider

The Ecumenical Councils of the Holy Orthodox Church.
The Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church
The Episcopal Council and Central Church Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 15 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
May 20 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Great Vespers and class.
May 21 - Went to St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Monroeville, Pennsylvania for Great Vespers and Slava dinner.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 17:20-21

Turn to the Lord and forsake your sins, and pray in His presence and reduce your offense. Return to the Most High and turn away from wrongdoing, and hate an abomination exceedingly.

( The Orthodox Study Bible St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology, 2008. )

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

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

Sts. Cyril and Methodius

Matthew 5:14-19

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

With the arrival of this Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council, thoughts arise as the use of councils in the Holy Orthodox Church through the centuries.

Ecumenical Councils have a defining place in the Holy Orthodox Church. Ecumenical Councils serve to resolve differences and express the fundamentals of Godís Holy Church.

The Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church gathers in regularly each year. The Holy Assembly of Bishops brings together current successors of the Holy Apostles to do the work of the Church.

The Episcopal Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America and the Central Church Council meet to do the work of Godís Holy Church.

Diocesan Councils and Diocesan Administrative Boards serve in the councilor fashion to do Godís work in their respective geographic areas. Parish Executive Boards do Godís work locally.

Annual Parish Assemblies, Diocesan Assemblies and Sabors of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America are additional examples of the process of using councils to bring Christ into our lives in a group process.

The Holy Orthodox Church recognized centuries ago the importance of coming together in Ecumenical Councils to examine and express the fundamental beliefs of the Church.

The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed is the primary example of the work of the Ecumenical Councils. The Churchís expressed belief in icons in another example of the outcome of an Ecumenical Council.

The Church appeals to, trusts and follows God in the process of coming together in councils. Families benefit similarly when gathering together in appeal to God to define the direction of family life in conformity with the ways of Christ.

Godís Holy Orthodox Church works through the process of councils. Individual believers benefit from knowing of the different councils. Councils allow for the exchange of views and inspire looking to God for direction and practice.

Jesus came together with His disciples and taught them. Jesus appeared before multitudes and taught. Communication of the teachings and understanding of God are important in strengthening personal faith and Christian practice.

Parish churches exist as part of the Diocese. The Dioceses exist as a part of the larger Serbian Orthodox Church. The Serbian Orthodox Church exists in unity with other canonical Orthodox jurisdictions.

Living the Orthodox Christian life involves continuous learning and growth in Christ. Understanding the organization, structure and process of the Church facilitates growth and learning.

Orthodox Christians are connected with each other in Christ. This unity is best exemplified in Holy Communion. Holy Communion is Christ alive in each believer and the believer alive in Christ.

Being alive in Christ and in full communion with others in Godís Holy Church requires constant vigilance, desire for unity with Christ and repentance. Christís words in the Holy Gospel nourish the believer.

Councils point the way for believers through the centuries. Councils are an integral part and action of Godís Holy Church. Councils facilitate learning about Christ and living in Christ throughout life.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 11 / 24, 2015
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.
Sts. Cyril and Methodius.
St. Nikodemus of Pec, Archbishop of Serbia.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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