St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 860 - June 29 / July 12, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 860
June 29 / July 12, 2015
Sixth 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 Peter 1:9

Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

Recent Services
July 2
Eight people came for the Molieben to St. John Maximovitch at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. John Ice was received into the Holy Orthodox Church.
July 3
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
July 4
Midnight Office was read.
Vespers was read.
July 5
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-three people attended. Three communicants.
July 6
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
July 7
Matins was read.
Five people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant..
July 8
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
Pomen was held for +Timothy Lewis.
July 9
Matins was read.
Funeral service was held and burial of +Timothy Lewis in St. George Cemetery.
Vespers was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

No weekday services this week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul
July 13 - Synaxis of the Holy Apostles
July 25 - Monastery Marcha Slava
July 26 - Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel. St. George Outdoor Religious Program and Parish Picnic
August 2 - St. Elijah Day
August 4 - Holy Myhrr-bearer and Equal to the Apostles Mary Magdalene
August 9 - St. Panteleimon. Diocese Day. Parish church closed.
August 12 - Venerable Mother Angelina of Serbia
August 14 - Dormition Fast begins.
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration

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

A warm welcome to Very Reverend Rumen Stoychev serving today.

Congratulations to John Ice for having entered into the Holy Orthodox Church.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Timothy Lewis newly departed this life.

Thank you to St. George Choir and all helping from St. George Church with the services and funeral of +Timothy Lewis.

Thank you to parishioners and friends of Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia present here for the pomen and funeral of +Timothy Lewis.

Please sign up in the church hall to help with the parish picnic on July 26

Thank you to Sonia Janson and Mildred Bezjak for recently visiting Holy Trinity Mission and attending class in Fairmont, West Virginia

Thank you to all parishioners honoring the Apostles Fast.

Honor Wednesdays and Fridays as fast days according to the Church calendar.

Be attentive to the Church calendar each day and become familiar with the daily saints being remembered and commemorated.

Be vigilant in today’s world not to succumb to corruption.

Today’s world needs fervent believers in Christ.

Live each day as a fervent believer in Christ.

Plan to attend Monastery Marcha’s Slava on July 25. See details on bulletin board.

Plan to attend Diocese Day at Shadeland on August 9. See details on bulletin board.

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 love for Christ manifested in the lives of the Holy Apostles.
The resoluteness of faith in the lives of the Holy Apostles.
The willingness to confess Christ evident in the lives of the Holy Apostles.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 2 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Eight people attended class.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 24:1

Wisdom will praise herself, and in the midst of her people she will boast.

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

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 9:1-8

And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city. And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. And he arose, and departed to his house. But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men. (KJV)

Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

Mt. 16:13-19

When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

The forgiveness of sins affords new life. When a person repents and turns to Christ for forgiveness, newness in life occurs. The current Gospel of St. Matthew reveals the power of Christ to forgive sins.

Each day the powers of Christ are revealed. Observant believers see Christ at work constantly. Joy in Christ is readily verifiable. The man healed by Christ in the Gospel of St. Matthew experienced verifiable new life.

Forces at work in contemporary society at times are disconcerting. Keeping the focus on the Kingdom of God keeps life in perspective. Jesus told the Holy Apostle Peter the gates of hell would not prevail against His Holy Church.

Each person answers the question Jesus posed to His disciples. By the way a person lives the question asked by Christ is answered. A person’s daily life answers the question “Whom say ye that I am?”

Serious believers in Christ ponder and cherish Christ’s words. Serious believers in Christ do their best to live according to Christ’s teachings. Serious believers in Christ manifest love and forgiveness in daily life.

Fervent believers in Christ constantly repent of sins and seek the Kingdom of God. The way person applies personal time and resources reveals if the person loves Christ.

The way a person acts in the home, at the work place and in the community determines if Christ is revered in the heart and mind. The way a person relates with others in the parish church verifies if Christ is first and foremost in the heart.

Believers must deal with demons in their lives. Demons can attack the Christian mind and heart ferociously. The resolute Christian finds power in Christ to overcome the attacks.

When a Christian fails to adhere to the way of Christ and wants to improve, repentance is the beginning point. Serious Holy Confession is the starting point for the new life in Christ.

Readers of the lives of the saints learn of men and women repenting of their sins. Saints experience Christ to the fullest possible degree. Individual choose whether to learn from the lives of the saints and benefit from them.

Individuals choose their models in life. Individuals chose who they will follow and use as a basis for building their lives. Christians benefit most when having Christ first and foremost in their hearts and minds.

Christians benefit from learning of the purity of the Mother of God and the singular relationship she has with the Lord Jesus Christ. Christians are enriched when incorporating the qualities of the saints into their personal lives.

Contemporary society puts forth many persons as so-called idols and models to follow. The Mother of God and the saints of God’s Holy Church stand through the centuries as models for the life in Christ.

The Mother of God and the saints of the Church stand through the passage of time without blemish or failure in their relationship with Christ. The way a person lives has immediate and long term impact.

Christians are expected to seek eternal life. A person cannot cherish sin more than Christ and expect to experience eternity in the Kingdom of God. Every moment of life has important consequences.

Life can end suddenly and unexpectedly. Living faithfully in Christ assures a better final judgment. Sinful thoughts and behavior result in an unfavorable final judgment.

Individuals are expected to heed today’s Gospel readings. Individuals are to change their lives for the better as a result of the current Gospel lessons. Christ’s power to forgive sins and to heal is available now for those heeding His words.

Embrace the answer of the Holy Apostle Peter. Live daily in ways that say: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Live in ways that leave no doubt that Christ is first and foremost in the heart and mind.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 29 / July 12, 2015
The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.
Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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