St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 912 - June 27 / July 10, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 912
June 27 / July 10, 2016
Third 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

I Corinthians 2:5

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Recent Services
July 2
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 3
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-nine people attended. Two communicants.
July 4
Matins was read.
July 5
Matins was read.
July 6
Matins was read.
One person came for the Akathist to the Lord Jesus Christ, Akathist to the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow and Akathist to St. John the Baptist.
Four people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia for Great Vespers and class.
July 7
Matins was read.
Eight people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.

Services this Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.
No weekdays services this week.
A warm welcome to Very Reverend Father John Brancho serving today.

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

Important Dates

July 10 - Shadeland Camp Starts today.
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
July 30 - Monastery Marcha Slava celebrated.
August 2 - Holy Prophet Elijah
August 7 - Diocesan Day at Shadeland.
August 9 - St. Panteleimon. Healthcare Day Seminar. A Christian Ending to Our Life.

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

Congratulations to Joseph and Richelle Romanchak on the birth of their son Jonah.

Congratulations to Dr. David Jerrett upon his retirement after a successful career of medical school teaching,

Thank you to Richard Porter for his constant willingness to be of help..

Thank you to Andrea Janson for directing the choir in recent weeks.

Thank you to Paulette Radock for new choir music stands.

Plan to attend the Serb National Federation Three Days in Pittsburgh, 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 details

If you want your house blessed, ask the priest

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

If you have need for special prayers, 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 direction being taken in personal life.
The values held firmly in personal life.
Whether Christ and the Kingdom of God are foremost in personal life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 2 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
July 6 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Great Vespers and class.
July 7-8 - Went to Shadeland Camp for orientation. Returned home.

Proverbs 30: 1

My son, fear my words, and when you receive them, repent: The man says these things to those who believe in God, then I cease speaking.

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

The Third Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 6:22-33

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the Gentiles seek: for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (KJV)

The present Gospel has a prominent theme of trusting God. If life is lived in ways pleasing to God, God will take care of the outcome. Martyrs live placing great trust in God even in the face of great adversity.

Saints place great trust in God. Everyday Christian faithful to their baptismal commitment place trust in God. There is no need for life to give way to fear or anxiety when the way of God is followed sincerely and completely.

Problems arise for the soul when faith in God wavers and is less than complete. In a world filled with drama, violence and extremes of behavior, keeping the focus on God requires absolute discipline.

Keeping the Kingdom of God as the primary goal in life requires saying “no” to all that is not of Christ. Saying “yes” to all this is of Christ is necessary for faithfulness.

The serious believer will constantly monitor the self to ensure Christ is first and foremost in the heart, the mind and the soul. The serious believer will seek constant nourishment in Christ.

Nourishment in Christ comes in the Divine services, in the Holy Gospel and in serious prayer. Nourishment in Christ is derived from attentiveness to the presence of Christ in daily life.

Christ is visible in the lives of individuals at work in God’s Holy Church. Christ is visible in the lives of men, women and children working selflessly in the community for the benefit of others.

God can be seen at work in men, women and children giving of themselves for the benefit of their friends and neighbors when tragedies occur such as the recent flooding in West Virginia.

God can be seen at work among utility workers exerting themselves around the clock to restore power lost during great outages to alleviate suffering and hardship .

God’s love is manifested constantly. The current Gospel of St. Matthew speaks about the importance of the vision of the eye. Believers of God see God at work. Believers in God live according to that belief.

The light of Christ is visible even in moments of great darkness. Christians have the Resurrection of Christ as a basic reason for hope. Christ’s Resurrection is the fundamental basis for never giving in to despair when difficulties arise.

Christ always is always present to provide nourishment in times of difficulty. Christ always is available to listen in times of frustration. Christ always is present to light the way to the Kingdom of God.

The joy of Christ is experienced when the believer remains faithful. The joy of Christ comes when the believer consistently repels temptations and avoids the ever-present pitfalls enticing the soul.

The soul is always hungry. Christ is always present to feed and nourish the soul. Believers need to be discriminating in choosing Christ and refusing to indulge in anything other than Christ.

Jesus made it clear. His words in the Gospel of St. Matthew are these: “Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Mr. 7:14)

Christians need to make hard choices throughout life. Christians need to be bold in faith to fully experience Christ. Christ does not disappoint believers putting their trust in Him.

God’s Holy Church is the environment fostering and facilitating Christian growth. Individuals do well to remain close to and always within the Church where God is ever-present.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 27 / July 10, 2016
Third Sunday after Pentecost.
Venerable Sampson, Receiver of Strangers.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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