St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 911 - June 20 / July 3, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 911
June 20 / July 3, 2016
Second 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

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
June 25
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia with Blessing of Slava Kolac and Kolijvo. Eighteen people attended.
June 26
Matins was read
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-four people attended. Four communicants.
June 29
Four people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont for Vespers and class.
June 30
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist to St. Herman of Alaska and class.
July 1
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.

Services this Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

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

4:00 PM on Tuesday.

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

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Nativity of St. John the Baptist
3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class

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

Important Dates

Thursday 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy Nativity of St. John the Baptist
July 10 - Shadeland Camp Starts.
July 11 - New Martyrs of Dabar, Bosnia and Mileseva
July 12 - Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul
July 13 - Synaxis of Holy Twelve Apostles
July 25 - Icon of Theotokos, Three-Handed
July 26 - Synaxis of St. Archangel Gabriel
August 2 - Holy Prophet Elijah
August 7 - Diocesan Day at Shadeland.
August 9 - St. Panteleimon. Healthcare Day Seminar

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 the following for supporting the Vidovdan dinner and program: Stan Bozik, John and Felecia Williamson, Andrea Janson, Aaron Carson, Milosh Serb Krewasky, Josephine Gresko, Erik Labons, Dr. Richard and Belinda Pierce, Djelosh Milosevich, Mary Jo Krivitsky, Frank and Gail Mehnart, Lt.Col. Willie and Thekla Spens, Anna Mae Knezovich, Lucille Carnahan, Joseph, Richelle, Elijah, Nina and Luka Romanchak, Dorothy Smargie, Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck, and Linda Porter.

Honor the Apostles Fast until the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.

Attend the Serb National Federation Three Days in Pittsburgh on July 15-17

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

Congratulations to Colonel Richard Menhart recently honored on at Fort Bragg for his exemplary military career.

Paulette Radock, Subdeacon Anthony Miralles and Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke 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 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

Honoring the Apostles Fast until the Feast of Sts Peter and Paul
Being mindful and appreciative of Sts. Peter and Paul.
Learning more about Holy Apostles Peter and Paul

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 24 - Went to Morgantown for printing.
June 25 - Attend Mission Slava in Fairmont, West Virginia.
June 28 - atttended Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Johnstown, Pa.
June 29 - Pastoral visit to Generations Care Home in Uniontown area.
June 29 - Went to Fairmont for Vespers and class.

Proverbs 29:17

Instruct your son, and he shall give you rest, and he will delight your soul.

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

The Second Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 4:18-23

And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. (KJV)

The present Gospel records the calling of the Holy Apostles Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John. Currently the Church is in the midst of the Apostles Fast. Believers honoring the Apostles Fast keep the Holy Apostles in their minds.

The Lord Jesus Christ had a profound effect upon Peter, Andrew, James and John. These men left their work and homes to Jesus. The Holy Apostles are honored and remembered to this day in the Church.

The impact of the Holy Apostles continues to expand. Believers turn to the Holy Apostles seeking inspiration and intercession. The Holy Apostles are viewed as examples of fervency for Christ.

Persons living today in this unsettled world need certainty. The Holy Apostles firmness of faith in Christ is an example to follow. Firmness of faith in Christ improves and transforms lives.

Firmness of faith in Christ strengthens and empowers individuals to meet the challenges of life. The Holy Apostles willingly embraced the change in their lives. They immediately followed Christ.

The Holy Apostles saw in Christ reason to trust and place their confidence. They saw in Christ reason for beginning life anew in a totally different way. To go from being a fisherman to a fisher of men is a radical change.

Christ led the Holy Apostles through the change in their lives. Christ nourished and instructed the Apostles. In today’s rapidly changing world, individuals are often confronted with unexpected changes in circumstances.

The Apostles trusted in following Christ. Persons facing changes in their lives today do well to place confidence in Christ as did the Holy Apostles. Looking to Christ and listening to Christ is the path to certainty in life.

Believers draw strength from the impact of the Holy Apostles during the past twenty centuries. Believers learn from the lives of the Holy Apostles. The Apostles’ courage remains exemplary.

Believers regularly and with fervency pray to the Holy Apostles as intercessors. Parents name their sons and daughters after the Holy Apostles. Believers celebrate Name Days and Slavas associated with the Apostles.

Churches are named after the Holy Apostles. Divine services regularly refer to the Holy Apostles. This contemporary world often discards the memories of many people. The Apostles’ memory is firmly established in the Church.

Individuals seeking to build permanency into their lives will look to the Holy Apostles. The Apostles’ built their lives in Christ. The Holy Apostles were a select group chosen directly by Christ.

The Holy Apostles were blessed to see and hear Christ. They were blessed to observe Christ’s demeanor and His interaction with others. The Holy Apostles freely and voluntarily followed Christ.

Every person is faced with the choice as to whether to trust in Christ and to follow Christ. Every person has the ability to say “no” to Christ and “yes” to sin. The Holy Apostles took the path of saying “yes” to Christ.

The Holy Apostles determined there was a better future for them in being fishers of men than being fishermen. The future is always brighter and better with Christ.

Following Christ always involves the cross. The Holy Apostles did not avoid hardship simply because they followed Christ. Christ helps His followers to deal with hardship.

Christ strengthens His followers in the face of hardship and adversity. Christ shines light in times of darkness. Christ provides vocational direction for the attentive.

Individuals turning to Christ first and foremost in their lives will follow the path set forth by Christ. Followers of Christ develop confidence because Christ verifies the wisdom of following Him.

The Holy Apostles called by Christ in the current Gospel did not turn back. We know of the Apostles today just as earlier generations of believers came to learn about them.

The Holy Orthodox Church is not newly formed. The Holy Orthodox Church has continued from the time of the Holy Apostles. The Gospel reading for today has been proclaimed in the Holy Orthodox Church for centuries.

The Holy Gospel and the Holy Apostles are fundamental to the Holy Orthodox Church. Winds of changes blow through each century. The Church is the steady presence of Christ guiding followers to the Kingdom of God.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 20 / July 3, 2016
Second Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Methodius, Hieromartyr.
St. Naum of Ohrid.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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