St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 908 - May 30 / June 12, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 908
May 30 / June 12, 2016
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of 1st Council

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

Romans 5:1

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Recent Services
June 3
Vespers was read.
June 4
Midnight Office was read.
June 5
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-eight people came to the church. Five communicants.
June 6
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
June 7
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
June 8
The complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.
One person came for the Akathist to the Resurrection, Akathist to the Mother of God, Icon of Unexpected Joy, and Akathist to St. John the Theologian.
Six people came for the Great Vespers with Litya at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
June 9
Matins was read.
Nine people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
June 10
Matins was read.

Services this Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

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

4:00 PM on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday.

6:30 PM Service and class at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class

8:00 AM Memorial Divine Liturgy with Parastos for Persons Buried from St. George Church. Blessing of Graves.

Remember St. Mark Monastery and Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.
June 17 - Sts. Martha and Mary, St. Joanikije, St. Mitrophan
June 18 - St. Peter of Korish. Memorial Saturday. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 A M.
June 19 - Pentecost
June 20 - Pentecost Monday. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.

If You Are Too Busy To Pray, You Are Too Busy

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia, the Christians suffering in Syria and All People Suffering

Parish Life

Thank you to Father Deacon Robert Motichak serving today.

Thank you to all helping with the parish picnic.

The following persons helped with the food for the picnic on one or more days: Sonia Janson, Dorothy Smargie, Josephine Gresko, Patulette Radock, Felecia Williamson and granddaughter Lexie, Mildred Bezjak, Linda Porter, Janice Smargie, AnnaMae Knezovich, Linda Chambers, Mitzie Hunchuck, Lucille Carnahan, Glenda Gethman, Mary Jo Krivitsky, Annette Thomas, Thekla Spens.

Congratulations to University of Utah engineering professor Dr. R.J. Porter for being chosen to give a lecture in Belgrade Serbia this past week.

Congratulations to William Rose for graduating from Carmichaels High School.

Congratulations to Brittany Joy Torbic for graduating from State College High School.

Honor the feasts and fasts of the Church. Read your Bible daily.

Pray for the miners and steel workers losing their jobs at a high rate. Pray for their families. Pray for all workers having their jobs, pensions and benefits threatened.

Thank you for contributing food goods for the Greene County Food Bank.

If you want your house blessed, ask the priest.

If you want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, ask the priest.

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 questions 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 lasting impact of the Ecumenical Councils.
The continuous history of Godís Holy Church.
The Church being irreplaceable in daily life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 3 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
June 4 - Went to Pitcairn, Pennsylvania for high school graduation celebration.
June 8 and 9 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing. J
une 9 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for class.

Proverbs 26:13

I saw a man who seemed to himself to be wise, but a man with discernment has more hope than he.

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

The Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

John 17:1-13

These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word., Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. (KJV)

The Holy Gospel provides the necessary direction for life. The Holy Gospel contains nourishment for every moment of life. The hungry soul finds the Holy Gospel fulfilling.

The Lord Jesus Christ speaks about eternal life in the current Gospel. The Lord Jesus Christ speaks about finishing the work given to Him. Believers do well to assess if eternal life and Christís work are of personal importance.

Diverse paths and possible goals arise in daily life. Individuals face multiple choices throughout the day. Adhering to the teachings and standards of Christ in every decision requires love and faithfulness to Christ.

Keeping the Kingdom of God as the primary goal of life requires consistent discipline. Unity with Christ through constant prayer provides the strength necessary to repel devastating temptations and choices.

Satan is capable of deceiving individuals not constantly vigilant. The inattentive Christian can find him or herself traveling the wrong path. Changing direction and continuing on the path to the Kingdom requires determination.

Christís teachings are constantly available in the Divine services of the Church. Willingness to embrace Christís teachings and standards is a completely voluntary decision.

Christ does not force Himself on any person. Christís ways are to be embraced out of love. Joy exists in turning to Christ. Joy is experienced in Christís love and forgiveness.

The Church is celebrating Christís glorious ascension at this time. The memories of Pascha remain vivid. Anticipation of the celebration of the great feast of Pentecost is in mind.

The Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council were devoted to Christ. Their commitment to Christ has created a lasting memory. Each person today does well to consider if his or her commitment to Christ is long-lasting..

The trials of daily life test the depth and nature of a personís faith in Christ. Severe illness, sudden job loss or a serious accident require deep faith to be addressed in ways pleasing to Christ.

Staying true to Christ is always the soundest path to travel. Loving Christ and being grateful for Christís endless love have a primary place in each serious Christianís life.

Christ puts the uncertainties of life in perspective. When turning to Christ in prayer believers experience certainties that bring personal peace. The Holy Spirit comforts the attentive and receptive.

Closed hearts and minds block acknowledging Christís endless love and joy. Closed hearts and minds stifle growth in Christ. The full possibilities of life are not realized by narrow thinkers and minimal believers.

The Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council were resolute. Each generation needs resolute believers. Parish churches and inhabited communities benefit from resolute Christian believers.

Christís followers are known by the way they live. Christís followers are known by their acts of love, forgiveness and charity. Christís followers adhere to Christís standards and teachings.

Each day the world moves closer to Christís return. Each day news accounts describe the sinfulness and violence prevalent in the world. Each person decides whether he or she supports the sin and violence or commits to Christ.

The world improves when believers follow Christ completely. Communities and neighborhoods improve when Christians live according to Christís teachings. Healing takes place when believers love and comfort those who are hurting.

The current Gospel is nourishing. Christís words are of lasting importance. Christís words reveal His divinity and His relationship with His earthly followers. Serious believers heed Christís words and guide their lives by them.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 30 / June 12, 2016
Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.
Venerable Isak Dalmatus.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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