St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 857 - June 8 / 21, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 857
June 8 / 21, 2015
Third 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.

Romans 5:1

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Recent Services
June 12
Vespers was read.
June 13
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
June 14
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Forty-one people attended. Five communicants.
June 15
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
June 16
Matins was read.
June 17
Matins was read.
Five people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers.
June 18
Vespers was read.
One person came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
June 19
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

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

4:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 27 - Prophet Elisha
June 28 - Vidovdan (Fasting) Dinner and Program.
July 2 - St. John of Shanghai
July 3 - Venrable Naum of Ohrid
July 4 - Venerable Anastasia of Serbia
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist
July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul
July 26 - Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel

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

Sign up today in the church hall if you are willing to help with a church picnic on Sunday, July 26.

Plan to attend the Vidovdan dinner and program next Sunday.

Thank God today for good fathers , living and departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the family, Kumovi and friends of Dolores Dolly Hredzak newly departed this life.

Honor Apostles Fast until the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on July 12.

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

Consider personal commitment to seeking the Kingdom of God.
Consider faithfulness to the commitment made at Holy Baptism.
Consider the need to daily renew the personal commitment to Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 13 - Attended required meeting at Holy Trinity Cathedral on new Pennsylvania law for working with youths.
June 13 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
June 16 - Went to Monastery Marcha in Richfield, Ohio.
June 17 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing, then to Fairmont, W. Va for Vespers and class. Four people attended class.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 21:26

The heart of fools is in their mouth. But the mouth of the wise is in their heart.

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

The Third Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 6:22-33

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the Gentiles seek: for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (KJV)

The Lord Jesus Christ is very clear in the present Gospel. Believers are to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Mt. 6:33) The Lord God assures those who trust in Him.

The present Gospel expresses hope for individuals seeking the kingdom of God. Lifeís outlook is bright for believers placing their trust in God. God provides for the needs of individuals of faith.

The basis for approaching the future rests in the heart, mind and soul of each person. If Christ is the basis for all thoughts and actions the outcome becomes radically different than if the way of Christ is rejected.

Anxiety, darkness and despair often rule the hearts and minds of individuals focusing their lives far from the way of Christ. Unnecessary worry and anxiety can triumph when daily faith is placed on other than Christ.

Too often individuals set primary goals that stray far from the kingdom of God. Too often news reports tell of individuals who compromise their integrity for personal financial gain.

The present Gospel assures Christís followers. If a believer seeks first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, God will provide the necessities of life. Personal goals need to be in accord with Christís teachings.

Daily vigilance is necessary to stay on the road to the kingdom of God. Pitfalls and temptations will lead a person astray. Seemingly attractive departures from the way of Christ can be deadly to the soul.

The current Gospel addresses a personís outlook on life and depth of faith. Christís Resurrection has been proclaimed and celebrated for twenty centuries. Christís resurrection overshadows any darkness.

Christís resurrection is the basis for hope and depth of faith. Christís love and willingness to forgive sins offers each person a new beginning. Trust is necessary to experience Christís love and forgiveness.

Openness to Christís teachings, love and forgiveness make a decided difference in the outlook for life. The more a person trusts Christ and learns of Christ, the brighter the outlook for life.

The world was extremely dark at the time of Christís death on the Cross. No darkness has existed since then that can stifle the message of Christís Resurrection. The Resurrected Christ brightens each personís life turning to Him in faith.

Individuals regardless of their state and condition in life can begin anew in Christ. Young men and women that have done foolish delinquent acts have a basis for hope and forgiveness in the Risen Christ.

Men and women suffering from broken relationships, job loss or radical illness will find reason to hope in the Resurrected Christ. Lives of the saints abound with stories of joy about Christ transforming lives.

Despair can always be replaced with hope in Christ. Repentance enables a person to experience the healing love and forgiveness of Christ. Christís love heals the deepest hurt.

Joy in Christ can be found even in times of severe illness. Embracing Christ in the heart, the mind and the soul enables a person to view illness and life with firmness of faith.

The way a person uses the time of life will affect the results of the final judgment when Christ returns. Earthly life is time limited. Every moment of life is a blessing and opportunity to glorify God.

Every moment of life is an opportunity to be united with Christ and too seek Christ. Time and effort invested in other than Christ does not bring the same results.

When Christ is the basis and goal of each moment of life, life is directed toward the kingdom of God. First and foremost individuals need Christ in their lives for all else to be in perspective.

When Christ is not first in life, the outlook for life and lifeís goals depart from the path to the kingdom of God. Todayís Gospel says to seek first the kingdom of God. Those who heed Christís words will experience Christís joy.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 8 / 21, 2015
Third Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Greatmartyr Theodore Stratelates.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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