St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 918 - August 8 / 21, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 918
August 8 / 21, 2016
Ninth 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

Matthew 14:31-31

And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

Recent Services
August 12
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ, Akathist to the Mother of God, Icon of She Who Healeth, and Akathist to St. Nectarius.
August 13
Vespers was read.
August 14
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty people attended. Five communicants.
August 15
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
August 16
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
August 17
Matins was read.
One person came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ, Akathist to the Mother of God, the Inexhaustible Cup and Akathist to St. Paisius the Athonite.
Ten people came Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
August 18
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist to the Dormition of the Mother of God and class.
Vespers was read.
August 19
Canon for Matins was read.
Twelve people came for Divine Liturgy. Five communicants.

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

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, 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. Support the Kolo

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

Stan and Karen Brozik, Sonia and Andrea Janson, Aaron Carson, Willie Spens, Milosh Serb Krewasky and Josephine Gresko attended the celebration in honor of His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN at St. Elijah Church on August 13, 2016.

Mildred Bezjak, Subdeacon Anthony Miralles, Paulette Radock and Felecia Williamson attended class on Thursday. Come to class and learn more about Godís Holy Church.

Glenda Sethman was among the participants of the Healthcare seminar last week.

Honor the Dormition Fast each day until the feast on August 28.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Edward Radovich recently departed.

Read your Bible each day. Pray to God with fervor throughout the day.

Be attentive to the saints, feasts and fasts throughout the year.

If you want your house blessed, ask the priest.

Pray for the miners and steel workers losing their jobs at a high rate. Pray fn thor their families. Pray 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.

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

Always placing the greatest confidence in God.
Always being serious about living the Christian life.
Always being faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 12 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
August 13 - Went to St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa for Divine Liturgy and banquet honoring His Grace Bishop Dr MITROPHAN.
August 17 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class. Ten people attended.
August 18 - Went to Masontown for pastoral visit.

Wisdom of Solomon 6:16

A faithful friend is a a medicine of life, and those who fear the Lord will find him.

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

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 14:22-34

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. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret. (KJV)

The Lord Jesus Christ welcomes individuals coming to Him. Christ welcomes individuals of all backgrounds. He welcomes sinners desiring to change their lives for the better.

Christ welcomes individuals feeling their lives incomplete. Christ welcomes the depressed, the sick and suffering. He welcomes the stranger and the imprisoned. Christ listens to those on the battlefield and those that are lost.

Godís Holy Church is ever-present for persons seeking mercy, truth and Godís love. Godís Holy Church is present for persons seeking healing of the soul and body.

The prayers of Godís Holy Church offer nourishment for the heart, the mind and the soul. The teachings in Godís Holy Church offer direction to the Kingdom of God and for use in daily life.

In the current Gospel, Jesus told Peter to come to Him. Peter started towards Jesus and then began to doubt. When doubt took hold, Peter began to sink. How many Christians begin to doubt and lose faith in Christ during the storms of life?

When storms arise in life, it is time to increase personal faith. When severe illnesses or tragedies occur, it is time to draw near to Christ. When difficulties arise in life, it is time to immerse oneself in Christ.

Godís Holy Church offers the safe haven to sort through the difficulties of life. Godís Holy Church provides the protective environment to seek personal peace and healing.

Godís Holy Church offers the supportive collective love of Christians necessary during the toughest moments of life. Godís Holy Church offers light for the future when darkness seems to be in our lives.

The Holy Apostle Peter was reassured of the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ in the stormy times of life. The current Gospel is a lasting lesson teaching the value of firm faith.

Firm faith is developed by drawing near to Christ. Strong faith is nourished by attending the Divine services of the Church. Lasting faith occurs when life is Christ is primary in life.

Christ is valued in life when the mind thinks carefully about Christ. Christ is valued in life when Christ is studied honestly with an open heart and attentive mind. Godís Holy Church is where Christ can be found easily and immediately.

The Holy Gospel offers Christís known recorded words. The Holy Gospel provides known facts about Christ. The Holy Gospel is rich in nourishment for individuals seeking healthy hearts, minds and souls.

The current Gospel is proclaimed each year in the Holy Orthodox Church. This Gospel is proclaimed in Serbian Orthodox churches and monasteries throughout the world.

The current Gospel has immediate and lasting value. The Church in her wisdom desires believers to find newness in this Gospel message each time it is heard and proclaimed.

Christ is ever-new for the attentive. Christ is unchanging and beyond known time. Christ does not disappoint. Christ is always present for love, healing and learning.

Effort is necessary to draw closer to Christ. The mind must be utilized to draw closer to Christ. The heart and mind need to be open to welcoming Christ. Peter exercised his voice to cry out to Christ to save him.

Individuals need not languish in despair or depression. Persons need not remain in conditions of hopelessness. The Crucified and Risen Christ demonstrated once and for all there is always reason to hope.

The Crucified and Risen Christ proved once and for all that all barriers including death are not beyond the power changing ability of Christ. Todayís Gospel lessons summons each person to strengthened personal faith in Christ.

Todayís Gospel lesson reveals the amazing ability of Christ. Individuals limit their lives when they fail to commit fully to the life in Christ. Individuals deny themselves fullness of life when not loving and seeking Christ completely.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 8 / 21, 2016
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Emilianus the Confessor.
Venerable Zosim of Tuman.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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