St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 917 - August 1 / 14, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 917
August 1 / 14, 2016
Eighth 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

Hebrews 11:1-2

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.

Recent Services
August 6
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Nine people attended. Two communicants.
August 8
Vespers was read.
August 9
Divine Liturgy was held with blessing of Slava Kolací and Koljivo. Ten people attended. Hieromonk Platon came to serve.
Akathist to St. Panteleimon was served in the afternoon. An ambulance from Fayette EMS was blessed.
August 10
Matins was read.
Five people came for Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
August 11
Matins 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.

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

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Feast of Transfiguration

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs held on Request. Ask the Priest.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 14 - Procession of Holy Cross. Beginning of Dormition Fast. Honor it.
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
August 21 - Special Parish Meeting to consider bid for new roof for the church, parish house and garage. Plan to attend after church.
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God. KSS Federation Slava. St. George Kolo Slava. Covered Dish dinner and program.

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 spoke for the Ninth Annual Healthcare Seminar.

The following supported Healthcare Day: Sonia Janson, Dorothy Smargie, Felecia Williamson, Paulette Radock, Patricia Cekoric, Chaplain Edward Horvat, Melissa Damaske, Glenda Carnahan, Mary Jo Krivitsky, Richard Porter, Arthur John Chambers, Hieromonk Platon Jovic, Sister Anastasia, Dr. Natalie Pavlovich, Sandy Rantovich, Sheree Henry, Father Mathew Stagnon, Dr. Richard Pierce, Stanley Brozik, Wayne and Joyce Kirby, Mildred Bezjak, Fayette EMS ambulance staffers Bill and Nicole.

Living and departed healthcare workers were remembered during the Divine Liturgy on St. Panteliemon Healthcare Day.

Stan Brozik and Lt. Col. Willie Spens went to Shadeland for Diocese Day.

Magdalena Waters participated in the youth program held on Diocese Day.

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 time to pray is now and always.
The time to think about God is now and always
The time to love God and neighbor is now and always.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 5 - Went to Morgantown for printing.
August 6 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy. Stopped in Morgantown for printing.
August 6-7 - Went to St. Sava Camp Shadeland and Most Holy Mother of God Monastery in Springboro, Pennsylvania for Diocese Day.
August 8 - Went to Fairmont and Westin, West Virginia for pastoral reasons.
August 10 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.

Wisdom of Solomon 5:15

But the righteous live forever, and their reward is in the Lord; and their care is by the Most High.

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

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Mt. 14:14-22

And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and He healed their sick. And when it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto Him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to Me. And He commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, He blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to His disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children. And straightway Jesus constrained His disciples to get into a ship, and to go before Him unto the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. (KJV)

John 19:6-11, 13-20, 25-28, 30-35

When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him. The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid; And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer. Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar. Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away. And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst. And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
The Feast of the Procession of the Holy Cross

The Gospel of St. John for today describes the death of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the Cross. Christís voluntary death upon the Cross deserves daily attention among believers.

In contemporary life it is too easy to focus the mind on other than Christ and the Cross. Thinking seriously about Christ benefits Christians. Thinking about the humility and love shown by Christ through His suffering has meaning today.

Christís death on the Cross has not lost significance with the passing of time. Christís suffering for each person has healing power. People hurting today to the depths of their being can find healing for the hurt by turning to Christ.

Christ suffered unto death. He rose from the grave and showed He was greater than death. Crucifixion did not limit Christ. Crucifixion revealed Christís divinity.

Too easily individuals are immersed in daily life and fail to hold onto Christ. Too often life seems hard and perhaps too stressful and difficult. Turn to Christ in prayer. Hold onto Christ in the heart, the mind and the soul.

Love Christ with the fullness of the heart, the mind and the soul. Life gets better with Christ. Life improves with Christ. Christís Resurrection followed the Crucifixion and made all the difference in the world.

Suffering is not to be minimized. Christ helps individuals who are suffering to maximize their lives. Intense prayer makes a difference in time of suffering. The putting aside of frivolous pursuits has a place in times of suffering.

Insurmountable joy came with Christís Resurrection. Resurrection joy exists today. Resurrection joy exists at every moment of time. Savor Resurrection joy not only in the time of Pascha but throughout all the days of life.

The Crucified and Resurrected Christ fills the soul with love. The Crucified and Resurrected Christ heals the hearts and minds turning to Him in faith. Effort is necessary to reach out to Christ in faith, love and hope.

Christ does not reject sincere efforts of individuals drawing near to Him. Christ does not rebuff the hopeful turning to Him. Christ welcomes sinners seeking to repent and begin anew.

Earthly life is time limited. Earthly life is not to be wasted on frivolous pursuits. Christ offers life in the fullest. Christ offers life that is lasting. Now is the time to fully immerse the self in the life in Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 1 / 14, 2016
The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.
The Feast of the Procession of the Holy Cross.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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