St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 910 - June 13 / 26, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 910
June 13 / 26, 2016
Sunday of All Saints

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

I Peter I:9

Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

Recent Services
June 12
Third and Sixth Hours were read. Deacon Robert Motichak served alone. Twenty-nine people attended.
June 17
One person came for the Akathist to the Departed at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W. Virginia.
June 18
Matins was read.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy and Parastos for all persons buried under auspices of St. George Church.
All graves in the St. George Cemetery were blessed.
Vespers was read.
June 19
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read.
Thirty people attended Divine Liturgy with Kneeling Prayers. Three communicants.
June 20
Matins was read.
Three people came for Divine Liturgy.
June 21
The complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.
June 22
Matins was read.
One person came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ, Akathist to the Mother of God and Akathist to St. Nectarios.
Six people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity and class.
June 23
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist to the Holy Prophet David.
June 24
The complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.

Services this Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

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

4:00 PM on Friday, Saturday.

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

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class

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

Important Dates

Today, June 26 - Vidovdan Covered Dish Dinner and Program at St. George Church
June 27 - Beginning of the Apostles Fast
June 28 - Vidovdan. St. Prince Lazar and All Serbian Martyrs.
July 9 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist
July 10 - Shadeland Camp begins.

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 all attending and participating in the Vidovdan dinner and program.

Very Reverend Stavrophor Rade Merick, Dean of the Pittsburgh Deanery, came to the St. George Church this week for the Deanís annual review of the parish.

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 Stan Brozik for coordinating and overseeing the painting at the picnic grounds and the garage near the cemetery.

Stephen Baron Khartley helps at the parish picnic each year.

Congratulations to Uniontown High School Valedictorian Elizabeth Klingensmith

Andrea Janson and Anthony Myers bring the grass each year for Pentecost.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Mildred Meronoff recently departed.

Paulette Radock, Felecia Williamson and Lucille Carnahan 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.

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 inspiration found in reading the lives of the saints.
The benefits of seeking the saints to pray for us.
The miracles attributed to the lives of the saints.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 17 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathsit. Stopped in Morgantown on the return for printing.
June 29 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont for Akathist and class.

Proverbs 28:22

A trustworthy man shall be blessed in many things, but an evil man shall not go unpunished

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

The Sunday of All Saints

Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30

Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. (KJV)

Following the Lord Jesus Christ requires the deepest commitment. Love of the Lord Jesus Christ and faithfulness to the Lord Jesus Christ is necessary to live in ways pleasing to Him.

A constant willingness to repent of sin and seek first the Kingdom of God is necessary in the Christian life. Godís mercy, love and forgiveness are necessary for believers to begin anew throughout life.

Today is the Sunday of All Saints. The saints offer lasting examples of inspiring commitment to Christ. The saints are irrefutable proof that living fervently for Christ is possible and desirable.

The saints demonstrate the value of repentance and fervor for Christ. The saints teach of complete confidence in God even in the face of overwhelming danger or adversity.

The lives of the saints are an inexhaustible reservoir of valuable lessons. Individuals seeking to learn about Christ do well to examine the lives of the saints. Much is to be learned of the difference Christ has made in their lives.

In the current Gospel, Christ speaks about taking up the cross and following Him. Christ expects His followers to confess Him in their daily lives. Christ expects His followers to exercise discipline and self-control.

Life is to be lived in ways pleasing to Christ. Christís commandments and teachings are to be followed. The saints of the Church were willing to forgo sinful ways.

Saints of the Church rejected paths leading far from the way of Christ. The saintly men, women and children of the Church share a common depth of commitment.

The lives of the saints reveal great diversity in daily living. Saints come from varied national backgrounds and races. The saints said ďyesĒ to God and ďnoĒ to sin.

The Church celebrates the Sunday of All Saints each year on the Sunday following the Feast of Pentecost. Countless saints are known only to God. Believers do well to invest in learning about the saints.

Parents do well to look to the married saints as examples for their personal lives. Parents benefit their children when teaching their children about saints. Saints are lasting role models for adults and children.

Saints have more beneficial lessons to teach than fleeting stars that are commonly portrayed in the media. Saints portrayed in the icons of the Church will long be remembered after current athletic and entertainment idols are forgotten.

St. Nikolaiís Prologue from Ohrid and the content of the Divine daily services of the Church offer rich instruction about the saints. The iconography of the Church teaches about remembered and cherished saints.

Akathists to the various saints have nourishing and effective prayers. Writings of the saints, many from centuries ago, speak very clearly about present day problems and needs.

Godís Holy Church is firm through the centuries. The saints live and confess the message of Christ. Christís joy and light radiate in the lives of the saints. Christís words bear truth in the lives of the saints.

Hungry souls seeking peace and direction in a troubled world do well when immersing themselves in studying the saints. The Church exercises wisdom in celebrating the Sunday of All Saints each year.

Seekers of wisdom value learning in the Church. The saints make a lasting difference during the time they live earthly lives. The saintsí contributions live on long after they depart this life.

Miracles attributed to the saints offer hope to individuals with certain needs. People seeking healing make pilgrimages to monasteries, churches and places where saints repose.

Accounts of miracles attributed to saints are included in Church records and writings. The saints enrich the world in immeasurable ways. The saints stand in stark contrast to a world consumed with values less than nourishing to the soul.

Greed, violence and immorality often rampant in todayís world give rise to a search for solutions. Searchers for a better world will find enrichment and solutions in the lives of the saints.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 13 / 26, 2016
Sunday of All Saints.
St. Acylina, Martyr. St. Triphyllius of Cyprus.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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