St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 909 - June 6 / 19, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 909
June 6 / 19, 2016

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

Acts 16:5

And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.

Recent Services
June 10
Vespers was read.
June 11
Midnight Office was read.
June 13
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
June 14
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
June 15
Matins was read.
One person came for the Akathist of Ascension, Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, Inexhaustible Cup and Akathist to St. John Chrysostom.
Eight people came for Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont,W.Va.
June 16
Matins was read.
One person came for the Akathiest to St. Ignatius the God-Bearer.
June 17
Matins was read.

Services this Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Friday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

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

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class

Saturday 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia. Mission Slava celebration.

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

Important Dates

Today, June 19 - Pentecost
June 20 - Pentecost Monday. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
June 21 - Pentecost Tuesday
June 25 - Holy Trinity Mission Slava, Fairmont, W.Va.
June 26 - Vidovdan Covered Dish Dinner and Program at St. George Church
June 27 - Beginning of the Apostles Fast
June 28 - Vidovdan. Divine Liturgy 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 Aaron Carson, Stan Brozik, Rich Porter, John Williamson, Arthur John Chambers, and Anthony Myers for their work to benefit the picnic.

Thank you to Milosh Serb Krewasky and his helpers for their work to benefit the picnic: Milan Evosevich Jr, Milan Evosevich III, Mike Evosevich, Brian Brodish, Ron Lapinta, Genrel Burnette, Paul Teagarden, Tiggie Teagarden, and Gary Wilson.

Plan to attend the Vidovdan dinner and program next Sunday.

Plan to attend the celebration honoring His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN at St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa on August 13. See bulletin board for details.

Thank you to Joseph Romanchak and Aaron Carson for moving items to the church.

Paulette Radock came to class on Thursday

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 Holy Spirit at work in the Church.
The Holy Spirit at work in our lives.
The Holy Spirit at work throughout the world.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 10 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
June 11 - Attended Vespers at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, State College, Pa.
June 12 - Attended Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, State College, Pa.
June 13 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont and to Westin, West Virgina for pastoral reasons.
June 15 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.

Proverbs 27:26

Since strength and might are not in man forever, neither are they transmitted from generation to generation.

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

The Feast of Pentecost

John 7:37-52, 8:12

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified. Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet. Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee? Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? So there was a division among the people because of him. And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him. Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him? The officers answered, Never man spake like this man. Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived? Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him? But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed. Nicodemus saith unto them, he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them, Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth? They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet. Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (KJV)

How often do believers turn to Christ for nourishment? Does Christ only come to mind during times of crisis or need? Is Christ viewed the constant source of nourishment throughout the day and night?

Do we look to Christ for guidance, strength and direction at every moment of life? Is appreciation expressed to Christ for the constant nourishment available? Christ provides the nourishment necessary for eternal life.

Jesus said: “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (Jn. 6:54) Turning to Christ for lasting nourishment, strength and direction is the path of certainty.

In periods of corruption, darkness and turbulence, Christ is the way to salvation. Christ is the path of light. Christ is the way out of darkness. Christ is the source of joy and peace.

Today is the Great Feast of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit is the focus of attention. The descent of the Holy Spirit is referenced. The Holy Spirit in our lives is transforming.

At Holy Chrismation, believers are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. Holy Baptism and Holy Chrismation are life-changing experiences. A person is never the same after Baptism and Chrismation.

The Christian life is marked and measured from Baptism and Chrismation. Believers experience joy at Baptism and Chrismation. Believers take on responsibilities at Baptism and Chrismation.

The Christian life is intended as constant unification with the Lord Jesus Christ. Prayer unites a believer with Christ. Prayer enables a believer to continually be united and reunited with Christ.

Holy Confession and Holy Communion unite and reunite the believer with Christ. Repentance is the path of return to Christ after erroneous departures. Christ lights the way out of darkness for believers having yielded to demons.

The Great Feast of Pentecost summons believers to rejoice in the descent of the Holy Spirit. The Great Feast of Pentecost hearkens believers to turn their minds to the Holy Apostles’ experience with the Holy Spirit. (Acts. Chap. 2)

Believers do well to assess their personal faithfulness to Christ from the time of Holy Baptism unto the present. Believers do well to turn to the Holy Spirit in prayer.

The Great Feast of Pentecost is a time of joy and celebration. Many churches celebrate this day as their Slava. Believers seriously dwelling on thought of the Holy Spirit in their lives will give thought to their purpose and direction in life.

Life changes as time progresses. The Holy Apostle Paul said: “When I became a man, I put away childish things.” (I Cor. 13:11) Christian growth is expected throughout life. Believers are not to remain stagnant.

The more a person learns about Christ, the more a person is responsible for the learning. When the Gospel is preached in church, attentive listeners make the Gospel a part of their lives.

Serious Christians draw from Christ at each Divine Liturgy. Serious Christians are mindful of the Holy Spirit. Belief in the Holy Trinity is professed in the recitation of the Creed.

Belief in the Holy Trinity is confessed when a believer makes the sign of the cross. The Christian life unfolds at each moment of life. Faithfulness to Christ is expected at each moment of life.

God’s Holy Church is where to live the Christian life. God’s Holy Church is where to anchor personal life. Lasting and authentic nourishment for life are found in God’s Holy Church.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 6 / 19, 2016
The Great Feast of Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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