St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 863 - July 20 / August 2, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 863
July 20 / August 2, 2015
Ninth 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 Corinthians 2:5

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Recent Services
July 24
Matins was read.
July 26
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-two people attended. Two communicants.
Three people attended the Akathist to the Lord Jesus Christ held in the cemetery.
July 27
Matins was read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 28
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
July 29
Matins was read.
Eight people came for Vespers at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
July 30
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
July 31
Matins was read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Friday

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

Today, August 2 - St. Elijah Day
August 4 - Holy Myhrr-bearer and Equal to the Apostles Mary Magdalene
August 9 - St. Panteleimon. Diocese Day at Shadeland. Parish church closed.
August 12 - Venerable Mother Angelina of Serbia
August 14 - Dormition Fast begins.
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God. Eastern Diocese Kolo Federation Slava to be celebrated here. St. George Kolo Slava.
Note: August 30 Divine Liturgy at this St. George Church will be at 9:00 AM.

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 Michael and Josephine Vuich and family. Josephineís mother recently departed this life.

Thank you to all helping with the picnic: Sonia Janson, Andrea Janson, John and Felecia Williamson, Paulette Radock, Dorothy and Janice Smargie, Mildred Bezjak, Dianna Brozich, Millicent Hunchuck, Tekla Spens, Aaron Carson, Rich Porter, Tony Myers, Eric, Anita and Joseph Labons, Stan Brozik. Baron Khartley, Josephine Gresko, Annie Thomas, Sandra Matuga

Milosh Serb Krewaskyís Lambroasters and additional picnic workers will be listed in the next bulletin.

Happy Slava to St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa and to parishioners celebrating today.

Congratulations to Very Reverend Stavrophor Svetozar Veselinovich recently honored by His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN with the Pectoral Cross.

Congratulations to Very Rev. Stavrophor Rade and Protinica Donna Merick for being honored Kumovi for the Monastery Marcha Slava.

Mildred Bezjak, Paulette Radock,Subdeacon Anthony Miralles and Felecia Williamson came to class on Thursday.

Attend Diocese Day at Shadeland on August 9. See details on bulletin board.

Note - This St. George Church will be closed. No Divine Liturgy next Sunday.

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

Learning about God from the Holy Prophet Elijah.
Rejoicing in the life of the Holy Prophet Elijah.
Learning about prayer demonstrated by the Holy Prophet Elijah.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 23 - Went to Morgantown for printing. One person came for Confession
July 24-25 - Went to Monastery Marcha in Richfield, Ohio for Slava celebration. Visited St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church in Akron, Ohio on return trip.
July 29 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia for Vespers and class.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 27:6

As fruit reveals how a tree is cultivated, so a manís reasoning process reveals his heart.

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

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 14:22-34

And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret. (KJV)

The Holy Prophet Elijah

Luke 4:22-30

And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son? And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country. But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian. And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. But he passing through the midst of them went his way, (KJV)

Todayís Gospel of St. Matthew describes Jesus going to a mountain to pray. Prayer is a consistent and necessary part of the Christian life. Each believer enriches his or her personal life through prayer.

Prayer is the means to sort through the difficulties and problems of life. Prayer is direct communication with God. The Gospel theme of prayer continues with todayís celebration of the Holy Prophet Elijah.

The Holy Prophet Elijah is a dominant figure through the centuries as a great man of prayer. The Holy Prophet Elijah is joyously celebrated and his life heartily proclaimed in Godís Holy Church.

The Holy Prophet Elijah is lasting lesson of unequivocal focus and faith in prayer. The Holy Prophet Elijah is a sterling example of depth of faith in God. The Holy Prophet Elijah demonstrates by example that God responds to prayer.

The Holy Prophet Elijah is a primary source of inspiration for believers. The Holy Prophet Elijah had a showdown with the prophets of Baal. The Prophet Elijah prayed fervently and God heard his prayer. (I Kings 18:1-46)

In todayís Gospel of St. Matthew, we learn the Lord Jesus Christ rescued the Holy Apostle Peter from drowning. Peterís faith weakened. The Lord Jesus Christ compassionately stretched forth His hand to rescue Peter.

The Gospel teaches of the Lordís willingness to rescue individuals when personal faith is weakened. Jesus does not abandon believers when the waters of life are rough and stress occurs in life.

Believers have a responsibility to keep focused on Christ. Believers benefit by viewing the example of the Holy Prophet Elijah. The Holy Prophet Elijah was not intimidated when he was vastly outnumbered by the prophets of Baal.

The Prophet Elijah was firm in his commitment to the Lord God. He did not sway in the midst of a great number of others believing much differently. In todayís world believers may face similar odds on certain social issues.

Orthodox Christians have a responsibility to remain well-grounded in Christís teachings. Christians today can learn from the Holy Prophet the value of staying faithful to God .The Holy Prophet did not sway in his belief in God.

Godís Holy Church has firm teachings about marriage and who appropriately can get married. Godís Holy Church speaks clearly about the sanctity of life.

Courts and legislative bodies do not have power to define the teachings of Godís Holy Church. Popular opinion does not hold sway over the content of the Holy Gospel. Christís teaching is not subject to negotiation or popular vote.

At the final judgment each person will answer individually before Christ. Godís Holy Church offers nourishment for each person to grow in Christ, prepare for the end of life and the final judgment

Individuals are free to choose whether they will follow Christ or false prophets. Individuals are free to reject Christ and travel freely down the path of sin. Every decision a person makeís will influence the Christís final judgment.

No one will escape standing before the Lord at the end of time. There are no second opportunities to relive the time of life. Repentance affords new beginnings while a person still has life and faculty of mind.

Today let us heed the example of the Holy Prophet Elijah and stand firm in commitment to the Lord God. Let us hold firm to the outstretched hand of Christ and never let go. Let us rejoice and give thanks for the Holy Gospel.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 20 / August 2, 2015
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Prophet Elijah.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

Back to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels - Home Page