St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 914 - July 11 / 24, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 914
July 11 / 24, 2016
Fifth 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

Ephesians 6:23

Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Recent Services
July 10
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-five people attended.
July 17
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Forty-two people attended. Five communicants.
July 18
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
July 19
Matins was read.
July 20
Matins was read.
Five people came for Vespers and class in Fairmont, W.Va.
July 21
Matins was read.
Two people came for Akathist to the Mother of God and class.
July 22
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.

Services this Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday.

6:30 PM Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

July 26 - Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel
July 30 - Monastery Marcha Slava. Plan to attend.
August 2 - St. Elijah Day
August 7 - Diocese Day at Shadeland. Parish church closed. Plan to attend.
August 9 - St. Panteleimon. Healthcare Day Seminar. Parish Nurseís Office Slava.
August 12 - Venerable Mother Angelina of Serbia
August 13 - Divine Liturgy and Banquet Honoring His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN.
August 14 - Dormition Fast begins.
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration

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

Plan to attend the celebration honoring His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN at St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa on August 13. Make your reservations.

Plan to attend the Slava at Monastery Marcha on July 29-30.

Plan to attend Diocesan Day at Shadeland on August 7,

Plan to attend the Healthcare Day seminar on August 9 at St. George Church. The theme of the seminar is ďA Christian Ending to Our LivesĒ Bring a friend.

Col. Richard and Diane Rogish Tanner helped at Shadeland Camp the week of July 10.

Subdeacon Anthony Miralles and Paulette Radock attended class on Thursday.

Remember the nine miners that lost their lives in the fire on July 22, 1972 in Blacksville No.1 in nearby West Virginia.

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

If you have need for special prayers, 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

Turning to Christ in prayer when personal problems arise.
Appreciating the readiness of Christ to always listen.
Recognizing the daily presence of Christ at all times.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 16 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
July 17 - Attended Serb National Federation picnic in Castle Shannon.
July 19 - Went to Shadeland Camp for a meeting and returned.
July 20 - Visited a patient at Fairmont General Hospital. Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont for Vespers and class. Five people attended.

Wisdom of Solomon 1:1

Love righteousness, you who judge on the earth. Think about the Lord in goodness and seek Him with sincerity of heart; Because He is found by those who do not tempt Him.

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

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 8:28-9:1

And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters. And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils. And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts. And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city. (KJV)

The Lord Jesus Christ is addressed as the Son of God in the current Gospel. Each person determines the way he or she addresses the Lord Jesus Christ. Each person determines if he or she turns to Christ at all times.

Each person makes life directing decisions throughout the day. Each person makes decisions affecting the relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. The relationship with Christ affects all relationships.

Individuals interested in growing in Christ seek fervently to be united with Christ in prayer and in the Holy Mysteries of the Church. Serious Christians cherish listening to and reading the Holy Gospel.

The two possessed with devils in the Gospel encountered Christ. Christ is necessary for each person in the daily battle against torment by the devil. Christ is necessary to successfully getting through life without putting the soul in peril.

The current Gospel gives pause to think carefully about torments occurring in personal life. The power of Christ over the devil is evident in the current Gospel. Christ has the ability to transform threatening situations.

Christ opens passages enabling believers to go forth in peace. Christ clears the path to the Kingdom of God. Careful focus is necessary to see Christ and to follow Him.

Serious believers work through resistance arising in daily life creating barriers to unity with Christ. Personal force and discipline are necessary to be fervent and steady in prayer.

Believers must exert themselves to remain united with Christ. Believers must willingly deny themselves to enjoy the life in Christ. Nourishment from Christ is more valuable than from any other source.

Believers drawing nourishment from Christ in the Holy Gospel and in Holy Communion experience joy and are strengthened. The Gospel inspires continued thought about Christ.

The Gospel causes believers to assess their personal relationship with and commitment to Christ. Godís Holy Church is the healthy environment for listening to and learning about the Gospel.

Godís Holy Church provides consistency in proclaiming the Gospel. The Church protects the message of the Gospel and reveals the value. The sacrifice through the centuries of proclaiming the Gospel needs to be appreciated.

Martyrs have given their lives for the Gospel. Saints have suffered to proclaim the Gospel. Believers in oppressive countries have had to live daring lives to have access to the Gospel.

In this country, the freedom to hear and proclaim the Gospel cannot be taken for granted. Attacks on the Christianity appear to have increased. This society allows certain adverse remarks and actions against Christianity.

Christians need to be vigilant. Christians need to be faithful to Christ. The best way to stand against attacks on Christianity is to be faithful to Christ. Faithfulness to Christ prepares a person for any adversity.

Strength from Christ is found through attending the Divine services of the Church. Strength from Christ comes from regularly reading the Holy Scriptures and praying.

The lives of the saints and martyrs offer timeless lessons for dealing with all aspects of adversity. The most Holy Mother of God is an example to constantly learn from.

The Mother of God was familiar with peril for her Son at the time of His infancy. She witnessed His crucifixion. Believers in each generation turn to the Mother of God in prayer seeking assistance for daily living in adverse times.

In these changing worldly times when violence and unrest are often prominent in the news, peace from God is desired and most welcome. Prayer leads a person to peace.

Godís Holy Church welcomes seekers of peace. The Church is rich in prayer for every aspect of life. The Church is strong in times of adversity and turmoil.

The Church offers peace. The Church offers direction to the Kingdom of God. The devil has not sufficient strength to withstand the power of Christ. Christ always keeps the road open for seekers of salvation.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 11 / 24, 2016
The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Euphemia, Greatmartyr.
Blessed Olga.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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