St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 916 - July 25 / August 7, 2016


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 916
July 25 / August 7, 2016
Seventh 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 Thessalonians 1:3

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;

Recent Services
July 29
Matins was read.
July 30
Baptism of Jonah Romanchak. Mitred Archpriest Stephen Romanchak officiated.
July 31
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Seven communicants. Mitred Archpriest Stephen Romanchak came to serve. Thirty-eight people attended.
August 1
Matins was read.
August 3
Matins was read.
Nine people came of Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.
August 4
Matins was read.
Parastos was held.
Four people came for the Akathist to St. Nectarios.
August 5
Matins was read.

Services this Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

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

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Monday, Friday.

Tuesday
7:00 AM Divine Liturgy

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

Thursday
3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, August 7 - Diocese Day at Shadeland. St. George Church closed.
August 8 - Venerable Parasceva of Trnovo, Martyr. St. Sava III of Serbia.
August 9 - St. Panteleimon. Healthcare Day Seminar. Parish Nurse’s Office Slava.
August 12 - St. Angelina of Serbia
August 13 - Celebration Honoring His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
August 14 - Procession of Holy Cross. Beginning of Dormition Fast.
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God. KSS Federation Slava. St. George Kolo Slava.

If You Are Too Busy To Pray, You Are Too Busy


Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and All Suffering People throughout the world.

Parish Life

Attorney Linda Chambers, Social Worker Deborah Migyanko, Maryland State Trooper Joseph Romanchak and Nurse Practitioner Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck are speakers for the Ninth Annual Healthcare Seminar.

Thank you to the all planning to participate and support the Healthcare Seminar.

Sonia Janson, Paulette Radock, Mildred Bezjak and Felecia Williamson came for class. On Thursday. The results of the recent Great and Holy Council continue to be reviewed in class here and in Fairmont.

St. Sava Camp, Shadeland is a special blessing of the Eastern Diocese.

Pray for the miners and steel workers losing their jobs at a high rate. Pray for their families. Prayer for and support workers having their 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.

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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.
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To Consider

The ever-presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The opportunity for each person to pray to Christ at every moment.
The constant love of the Lord Jesus Christ for each person.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 29 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
July 29-30 - Went to Monastery Marcha in Richfield, Ohio for the monastery Slava.
July 30 - Went to St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania for Great Vespers as part of the parish’s Slava celebration.
August 1-2 - Went to St.Sava Camp, Shadeland and the Most Holy Mother of God Monastery Church for the feast of St.Elijah.
August 2 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for a family Slava celebration.
August 3 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W..Va. for Vespers and class. Nine people participated.

Wisdom of Solomon 4:2

When virtue is present people imitate it, and when it goes away, they long for it.

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


Repentance

Luke 15:7 - I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repenting.

Joy results when a believer repents. Families are stronger when a wayward member returns and takes his or her proper place of responsibility. Organizations are better when irresponsible individuals become responsible.

Parishes are better when parishioners view repentance with the greatest of seriousness. Parishes are stronger when individuals fast and pray in earnest when preparing for Holy Confession and Communion.

The fast periods of the Church provide structured opportunities for believers. The fast periods of the Church are reminders of each person’s sinfulness. The fast periods of the Church emphasize the value of repentance.

Not everyone adheres to the fast periods of the Church. Not everyone adheres to the fast periods with the same degree of seriousness. Ideally, as a person matures, he or she makes better use of the periods of fasting.

Periods of fasting have a place in the consciousness of believers. Periods of fasting increase in value as believers welcome them and take deliberate steps to honor them. Each day increases in value as a day for salvation of the soul.

The joy a person experiences following repentance will be equal to or greater than the degree of repentance. God has a way of increasing joy beyond human expectation. Joy may not be anticipated. Repentance may be such an inner need, an inner urging to rid the self of sin that joy may not enter the mind. Joy may be the result. Being closer to God and ways pleasing to God may be the simple motivation.

Believers seeking to return to ways pleasing to God and to put behind them the way of sin should not be deterred by complex thoughts. The words of the Lord Jesus Christ should always be in mind when faced with temptation.

Jesus said: “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” (Mt. 4:10) The love of God makes repentance worth the effort. The joy of God makes repentance worth the effort.

Fear of God at the time of repentance is alleviated by the love of God. God’s love alleviates the fear the repentant believer experiences. The believer’s responsibility is great at Holy Confession and Holy Communion.

The believer’s responsibility, as great as it is, can always be fulfilled in Christ. Repentance empowers a person. The Holy Spirit is at work. The individual is free to make new decisions. The Cross of Christ brought pain and death. The Cross of Christ was necessary. Without the Cross, there would be no Resurrection. Repentance brings death to the sin that has occurred and new life to the believer.

Being new in Jesus is always cause for celebration. Being new in Jesus is always reason for unending joy.

Luke 24:46-47 - Then He said to them, ‘Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that the repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

More than twenty centuries have passed since the Lord Jesus Christ went to the Cross. More than twenty centuries have passed since Jesus suffered, died and rose from the grave. Repentance and remission of sins still have value today.

Christ’s message of repentance and remission of sins has endured for more than twenty centuries. The passage of time has served to increase the value of the message. The passage of time is testimony to the durability of the message.

The best way to test the messages of Christ is to confess Christ as King and as God and to follow Christ. Individuals who live in Christ and are faithful to Christ experience the joy of Christ and are not disappointed.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” (2 Cor. 9:6) Individuals investing in the life in Christ are at peace and spiritually well.

Peace and wellness come from the forgiveness of sins. Peace and wellness come from the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Healing of the soul comes from the Lord Jesus Christ. Healing of the mind and heart come from Christ.

Attacks of anxiety over sin, depression over sin, feelings of uncertainty because of sin can be put to rest by repentance, Holy Confession and Holy Communion. Fasting and prayer, the reading of the Holy Scriptures, discussions with the parish priest and attendance at the Divine services of the Church help a person to put problems into perspective and provide for the necessary direction.

Peace need not be elusive. Christ brings peace when individuals rest firmly in Christ. The forgiveness of Christ in Holy Confession is complete. Individuals can accept the forgiveness and go forth in Christ.

Believers are encouraged to always be mindful of the treasured message to the Hebrews: “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” (Heb. 12:1-2)

When sin is peeled away from a single human life, the purity of life in Christ has room to thrive. Christians can grow when sinful ways are put aside and efforts are concentrated in ways pleasing to Christ.

Pride is always a concern and possible trap. Vigilance is always a necessity. Laxity carries with it the inherent perils. Woe to those who think they are immune from sinful ways. Danger to the soul lurks everywhere.

Love God and neighbor. Serve God and neighbor. Pray to God and for the neighbor. Avoid giving in to sin and be tenacious in drawing near to God.

(From the Archives)


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 25 / August 7, 2016
The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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