St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 861 - July 6 / 19, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 861
July 6 / 19, 2015
Seventh 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 9:29-30

Then touched He their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.

Recent Services
July 11
Midnight Office was read.
July 12
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed Divine Liturgy. Protopresbyter Rumen Stoychev served. Twenty-nine people attended. Two communicants.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

5:30 AM on Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday.

6:30 PM at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.

4:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

July 25 - Monastery Marcha Slava
July 26 - Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel. St. George Outdoor Religious Program and Parish Picnic. 1:00 PM Program; 3:00 PM Akathist at Cross in Cemetery.
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
August 28 - Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God. KSS Federation Slava. St. George Kolo Slava.
September 5 - Apodasis of Dormition
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year

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

Sympathy extended to Heather Delude Newtonís family. Heatherís father departed this life recently.

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

Congratulations to Ray Radoja, honored Serb National Federation Person of the Year.

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 todayís world not to succumb to corruption.

Todayís world needs fervent believers in Christ.

Live each day as a fervent believer in Christ.

Listen to the parish radio program regularly on Uniontown station 590AM each Sunday or on the parish website.

Plan to attend Monastery Marchaís 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 proven merits of having strong faith in God.
The joy of experiencing the results of strong faith in God.
The value of placing faith in God to heal personal hurts in life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 10 - Travelled to St. Sava Camp,Shadeland for orientation meeting. Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
July 11-July 18 - Travelled to Shadeland Camp and remained all week.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 25:1

There are three things beautiful to see, and they are beautiful before the Lord and men: The harmony of brothers, friendship between neighbors, and a wife and husband well-adjusted together.

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

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 9:27-35

And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed Him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us. And when He was come into the house, the blind men came to Him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto Him, Yea, Lord. Then touched He their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it. But they, when they were departed, spread abroad His fame in all that country. As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a dumb man possessed with a devil. And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel. But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils. And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. (KJV)

How many people afflicted with various concerns and illnesses turn to the Lord Jesus Christ first and foremost for healing? How many experiencing emotional pain in their lives go far from Godís Church in search of healing?

Jesus restores sight to the blind and speech to the person unable to speak in the current Gospel. The current Gospel states Jesus healed every sickness and disease among the people.

Readers of the lives of the saints learn of innumerable healings through the centuries. Jesus told the blind men the current Gospel: ďAccording to your faith be it unto you.Ē (Mt. 9:29)

Readers of Revelation learn that being lukewarm is perilous. (Rev. 3:16) Athletes making a lukewarm attempt in their efforts do not become victorious. Christians lukewarm in their love of Christ deny themselves full joy in Christ.

Being a Christian requires constant investment in the Kingdom of God. Being a Christ involves unrelenting vigilance in protecting the heart, the soul and the mind.

The Church teaches believers ways to invest in the Kingdom of God. The Lord Jesus Christís teachings are very clear about prayer, fasting and charitable works.

Practicing forgiveness is a way to invest in the Kingdom of God. The Lordís Prayer teaches that Godís forgiveness of individuals is connected with the individualís forgiveness of others.

Loving family members, co-workers and friends as Christ would have them to be loved is an investment in the Kingdom of God. The current Gospel reading verifies that Christ preached in various locations about the Kingdom.

The degree of a personís faith in God is reflected in the way the person lives daily life. Faith increases the more it is practiced. Faith increases as a person learns more about Christ.

The soul of each person hungers for the authentic experience with Christ. The authentic experience with Christ is best found in Godís Holy Church. The soul is most satisfied when experiencing Christ in Holy Communion.

The soul is satisfied in fervent prayer. The soul is nourished in hearing and reading the Holy Gospel. The soul is joyful when the believers loves the people in his or her personal life.

The miraculous healing power of Christ described in the Holy Gospel is for real. Godís Church has countless records of healings. Visible evidence of healings exists when wheelchairs and walkers are discarded at holy places.

Believers make pilgrimages to holy monasteries in search of healing. Believers act on their faith in God and travel great distances to find healing for personal problems. God does not disappoint individuals traveling in great faith.

Believers do well to think carefully and extensively about personal faith in God. Believers do well to personally examine the depths and basis for personal faith.

The love of God is within reach of each person. The healing power of God is within reach of each person. The heart and mind need to welcome the healing power of Christ. The heart and mind need to reject any personal bitterness.

The Psalmist said: ďAnd the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O Lord: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.Ē (Ps. 88/89:5) The healing power of Christ is experienced in the Divine services of the Church.

Distractions in life can take person far from the Kingdom of God. Unintended occurrences can interrupt efforts to seek the Kingdom of God. Christians need to be resolute in faith and commitment.

From the time of Holy Baptism until the time of departure from this life, being faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ is expected. When a person sins, repentance restores the unity with Christ.

Repentance is a return and redirection of life toward the Kingdom of God. Individuals benefit when recognizing the value of turning to God for help and direction in life.

The blind men reached out to Christ in the current Gospel. The Lord Jesus Christ heard the blind menís pleas for mercy. Church services contain many pleas for mercy from the Lord God.

Today is the day to seek the mercy of God. Every day is the day to reach out to the Lord God for healing and mercy. Each person is need of constant cleansing of sins. Each person is in need of the healing coming from God.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 6 / 19, 2015
The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.
Venerable Sisoes the Great.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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