St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 864 - July 27 / August 9, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 864
July 27 / August 9, 2015
Tenth 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.

2 Timothy 2:22

Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart

Recent Services
August 1
Midnight Service was read at St .George Church.
Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy were held at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. Fourteen people attended. Three communicants.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
August 2
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Diving Liturgy. Twenty-seven people attended.
August 3
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
August 4
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.
No weekday services this week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, 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.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Beginning of Church Ecclesiastical Year.
September 21 - Nativity of the Mother of God.
September 27 - Elevation of the Cross.

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 the family and friends of +David Martin newly departed this life.

Milosh “Serb” Krewasky’s Lambroasters at the picnic included: Tiggie Teegarden, Paul Teagarden; Ryan Evosevich, Mike Evosevich, Phil Titus, Gary Wilson, Ron Lapenta, and John Burnette.

Linda Porter was among the helpers listed last week preparing for the picnic.

Subdeacon Anthony Miralles, Mildred Bezjak, Paulette Radock and Felecia Williamson attended class last Thursday.

Let Sonia Janson know if you plan to attend the Kolo Slava on August 28.

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 healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord Jesus Christ as the primary source of help for those who are sick.
The Lord Jesus Christ as the best helper of families with an ill member.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 1 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy.
August 2 - Went to a family Slava in Fairmont, West Virginia.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 28:2

Forgive a wrong done you by your neighbor; then your sins will be pardoned when you pray.

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

The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 17:14-23

And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men: And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.

Belief in the healing power of God requires a personal belief. The Holy Scriptures provide ample evidence of healings. Each person makes the personal decision to believe based upon faith and the evidence available.

To fully experience life in Christ, belief in the healing power of Christ is necessary. Care of the soul requires healing of the soul. Care of the soul requires putting sin behind and bringing God to the forefront.

The Psalmist David said: “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! (Ps. 102/3:1) Everything within us is to give glory and praise God.

When we sin, when we depart from ways pleasing to God, when illness afflicts us or we experience accidents or injury, God provides the necessary hope. God provides the necessary direction.

Healing of soul and body is by the divine act of God. When Jesus healed the afflicted child, He told the disciples: This kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” (Mt. 17:15-21)

We are healed by the grace of God through Holy Confession. We are healed by the grace of God through Holy Communion. We are healed by the grace of God by the Holy Anointing with Oil.

God enters our lives and we are healed. We turn to God in faith and we are healed. Jesus performs physical healing but all healing is not of a physical nature. Our bodies can be ravaged by cancer. Our bodies can be ravaged by injury or disease.

Our bodies may be in an earthly state that departure from this life becomes a certainty. God can change the way we view the condition of the body. God can change the way we deal with the condition of our bodies. God can heal our hearts. God can heal our minds. God can purify our souls.

Sooner or later we give up this earthly body. While we have our bodies, we have the responsibility to live to the glory of God. We have the responsibility to live in ways pleasing to God.

The love of Christ can shine through the ravaged body of a person afflicted with cancer. The love of Christ can shine through the body of a person suffering from a serious accident or debilitating disease.

Bodily ailments are cured by God. History attests to the divine healing of bodily ailment and disease. Whatever we face with our bodies, let us bear in mind the words of the Lord in Gethsemane.

Jesus fell on His face, and prayed saying: “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” (Mt. 26:36-39).

When we are feeling sorry for ourselves, when we feel the crosses in our lives are too great, when we feel the pressures in life are too great, let us look to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus faced the experience of the Cross. Jesus turned the Cross into the sign of victory. The divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ was revealed by the Cross. Jesus died and rose. There would be no celebration of the Resurrection without the experience of the death on the Cross.

When pain and suffering enter our lives, when stress and pressure enter our lives, let us turn to the Crucified and Resurrected Jesus Christ and say: “Not my will be done…but Thy will be done in my life.”

We are healed when we can say as did the Holy Apostle Paul: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20)

We cannot experience healing without loving the Lord Jesus Christ. We cannot experience healing without being thoroughly appreciative of the love of Christ for each of us.

St. John’s First Epistle states: “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is.” (I Jn. 3:2)

Every day of life is important. Every day of life is a day to get ready for the glorious Second Coming of the Lord.

In our homes, in our jobs, in our communities, in our parishes, we have the opportunities to witness to the Lord Jesus Christ. We have the opportunities to face up to the crosses in our lives and deal with them through the example set by our Lord Jesus Christ. We have the opportunity to be like the thief on the cross who turned to Jesus and said: “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” (Lk. 23:42)
Adapted from the Archives.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 27 / August 9, 2015
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Panteleimon.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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