St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 858 - June 15 / 28, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 858
June 15 / 28, 2015
Fourth 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.

Matthew 8:10

When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

Recent Services
June 20
Midnight Office was read at St. George Church.
Sixth Hour was read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. Thirteen people attended. Two communicants.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
June 21
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-five people attended. One communicant.
June 22
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
June 24
Matins was read.
Six people came for Vespers in Fairmont, W.Va
June 25
Matins was read.
Five people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ in Fairmont, W.Va. followed by Chrismation of Timothy Lewis.
Three people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God at St. George Church.
June 27
Midnight Office 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.

4:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, 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. St. George Outdoor Religious Program and Parish Picnic

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

Thank you to all helping with and participating in the Vidovdan dinner and program today.

Sign up today in the church hall to help with the parish picnic on July 26th.

Congratulations to Timothy Lewis received into the Holy Orthodox Church at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.

Sonia Janson, Mildred Bezjak and Felecia Williamson attended class on Thursday.

Congratulations to Kathleen Waters now in the last phase of the St. Stephen’s Program at the Antiochian House of Studies.

Congratulations to Carlos Godbey completing his studies at Liberty University this week.

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

The Church’s position on marriage as being between a man and a woman.
Honoring, respecting and adhering to the Church’s position on marriage.
The importance of the being married in the Church.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 20 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. Stopped in Morgantown, W.Va. on return for printing.
June 23 - Went to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.
June 24 - Went to United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, W.Va. to meet with Pastoral Director. Served Vespers and had class at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont. Six people came for class.
June 25 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist and Chrismation of Timothy Lewis.
June 26 - Went to Hummelstown, Pennsylvania for funeral of +Hermann Tartler, retired Secretary of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 22:1

A lazy man may be compared to a filthy stone, and everyone hisses at his dishonor.

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

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 8:5-13

And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

Today is Vidovdan in the Serbian Orthodox Church. We think deeply today about the battle between good and evil. We think deeply about standing firm in our basic Christian identity against the anti-Christian forces in the world.

Vigilance is necessary to discern the subtle evil in the world and to fight against it. Choices often exist that offer moments of peace but in the end are fatal to the soul.

Small compromises in integrity can lead to eternal death. Christians need to be fortified in faith. Christians improve by becoming learned in Christ. Christians benefit by nourishing and protecting the soul.

We think deeply today about the Christian Kosovo martyrs standing firm in their identify and beliefs. We learn from their example in the face of adversity. We are nourished by their witness and steadfast faith.

Christians living in today’s world face daily battles to preserve the purity of the soul. Societal norms are changing. Forms of conduct are being embraced at the societal level differing greatly from Christian teachings.

The centurion in the current Gospel was a man with authority. The centurion placed his complete trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ recognized the centurion’s faith and rewarded him accordingly.

Strong Christian leaders are needed in today’s world. The drift away from standards consistent with Christ’s teachings needs halted. Stalwart Christians are needed to say “no” to what is evil and to say “yes” to what is good.

Read from the book of the Holy Prophet Isaiah: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Is. 5:20)

The martyrs of Kosovo faced great odds and enjoined the battle. The depth of our Christian identity and faith is tested daily. Adversity quickly reveals the personal degree of Christian knowledge and faith.

The Kosovo martyrs are remembered for their commitment to Christ. The centurion in the current Gospel is remembered for his faith in Christ. Will we be remembered for our strong Christian faith and identity?

Today is a day to assess whether we live in ways that are healthy for the soul. Do we live in ways that improve our families and communities? Do we live in ways that contribute to the betterment of our parish church?

Today is the day to measure our dominant thoughts and actions with the life, teachings and standards of the Lord Jesus Christ. Today is the day for repentance and communing with the Lord God.

Today is the day to satisfy the hunger of the soul by turning to Christ. Today is the day to seek Christ with the whole heart, whole mind and all personal strength.

Tomorrow is not promised or guaranteed for us. Today is God’s gift requiring our immediate attention. Our soul is affected by the way we live today and follow Christ.

Christ offers hope in times of adversity. Christ provides strength in times of difficulty. Christ personifies triumph in the face of evil. Christ hung on the Cross and was the victor over death.

The Kosovo martyrs are remembered today as victors in Christ. The centurion in the current Gospel is remembered as a victor in Christ. Placing great faith in Christ leads to lasting victories.

Our lives are determined by the choices we make throughout the day. Laxity is perilous in battle. Christians need to protect the soul throughout the day and night.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mk. 8:36) Our daily choices determine whether we will lose our own souls.

The way we live in the home, the work place and the community is a testing ground for the soul. Our salvation is determined by the way we live at home, at home and in the community.

God’s Holy Church provides nourishment and guidance for Christians. Christ is experienced in the Holy Mysteries of the Church. Christ heals believers and is with them in the home, the workplace and community.

Let us heed the Holy Apostle Paul who wrote to the Philippians: “That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.” (Phil. 1:10)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 15 / 28, 2015
The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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