St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 962 - June 12 / 25, 2017

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 962
June 12 / 25, 2017
Third Sunday after Pentecost

Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop IRINEJ

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
June 18
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-eight people attended. Nine communicants.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours
Divine Liturgy.

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

Monday 6:00 PM Akathist

Tuesday and Friday
4:00 PM Vespers

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Vidovdan.
6:30 PM Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

3:00 PM Akathist and Class.

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs Scheduled on Request.

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

Important Dates

Today, June 25 - Vidovdan. Covered dish dinner and program.
June 28 - Holy Saint Lazarus and All Serbian Martyrs. Vidovdan. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
July 1 - Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont at 10:00 AM.
July 2 - St. John of Shanghai.
July 4 - Venereable Anastasia of Serbia.
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
July 9 - Shadeland Camp begins.
July 11 - New Martyrs of Dabar and Mileseva. St. Budimir (Sokolovic).
July 12 - Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. Honor the fast every day until this feast.
July 14 - Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenaries. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs.
July 26 - Synaxix of Archangel Gabriel.
August 2 - Holy Prophet Elijah.
August 5 - Diocese Day. Monastery of the Mother of God, Shadeland Camp.

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

Thank you to all participating in the Vidovdan dinner and program today.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of Matushka Barbara Oleynik, newly departed.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Albin Abramovich, newly departed.

The parish picnic is scheduled for September 10, 2017.

Benefit yourself and the parish by honoring the Apostles Fast each day until July 12.

Treasure the joy in reading and listening to the Holy Gospel.

Listen to the parish weekly radio broadcast on Uniontown station WMBS each Sunday or on the parish website during the week at any time.

Read the Church calendar each day to know the daily Scripture readings and saint or feast for the day.

Come to adult class on Thursday and a church service during the week.

Non-perishable donations continue to be needed for the Greene County Food Bank.

If you want your house blessed, ask the priest

If you want visited when in the hospital, ask the priest.

Pray for miners, steel workers and workers threatened with job and benefit loss.

Remember and appreciate the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Pray for crime victims.

Pray for peace in the world where violence and terror are a daily fact of life.

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 a question about the teaching or services of the church, ask the priest.

Appreciate and honor the St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville with prayers and contributions.
St. Sava School of Theology has helped greatly to fill the continuing need for parish and mission priests.



Seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Mt.6:33)
Adhering to the narrow way for life. (Mt.7:13-14)
Following the old paths to find rest for the soul. (Jeremiah 6:16)

Recent Activities of Parish Administrator

June 17 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.

Wisdom of Sirach 31:15

Judge your neighborís feelings by your own, and in every matter be thoughtful.

( The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha. Oxford University Press. 1977 )

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 kingdom of God and His righteousness are established goals in the present Gospel. Everything a Christian thinks or does are to be weighed against these goals.

Every moment of every day, individuals make decisions about the goals and direction of personal life. Following Christ is completely voluntary. Heeding Christís teachings is completely voluntary.

When a person is baptized, the commitment is made to follow Christ for the remainder of personal life. Christís teachings are to be held in the highest regard. Every thought and effort is to honor Christ and His teachings.

Too often individuals yield to interests and desires that have nothing to do with the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Too often decisions are made that take the person far afield from the kingdom of God.

Great care is necessary to follow the narrow path to the kingdom of God. (Mt. 7:13-14.) Careful and conscious determinations are necessary to keep the soul from being placed in great peril.

The love of God is known in the present Gospel. The care for each person is revealed in the Gospel. Giving God the primary focus in the life and having Godís kingdom as the primary goal keeps all other aspects of life in proper perspective.

Living in the contemporary world can be quite confusing. There are many diverse choices available. Many individuals despair in life over the range of choices that exist.

Readers of the Holy Prophet Jeremiah find these wise words: ďThus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.Ē (Jer. 6:16)

Individuals are barraged by information in todayís world. The Holy Gospel stands alone in lasting value. The Holy Gospel shines the light of Christ and proclaims Christís teachings.

Men and women choose the foundations for building their lives. Christ is the soundest foundation for life and the premier goal for life. Adherents to the life in Christ are never disappointed.

The present Gospel indicates if the kingdom of God and His righteousness are lifeís priorities, lifeís daily needs will be met. Focusing on Christ alleviates anxiety and stress.

Reading the Holy Gospel and practicing the Jesus Prayer are ways to keep the focus on Christ. Faithful believers regularly attend and savor the content of the Divine services of the Church.

Growth in Christ occurs as a person seeks the kingdom of God and His righteous. Constant effort is necessary to ward off temptations and reject alternative paths.

The path to the kingdom of God is revealed when the person is attentive to Christ. Christís words and known way of life direct the serious believer. The believer does well to use his or her eyes to see Christ light the way to the kingdom.

Serious believers find sufficient nourishment for the soul when the kingdom of God and His righteous are the priorities of life. Serious believers experience peace, love and joy in following Christ.

The winds of war and gloomy news do not overshadow the message of hope emanating from the Risen Christ. The light of Christ illumines life in the present and for the future.

Individuals loving Christ do their best to follow Christís teachings. Lovers of Christ do not want to be alienated from Christ. When personal sin is recognized, faithful believers repent and confess their sins.

Repentance and confession return the believer to the path to the kingdom of God. Partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ unites the person with Christ and strengthens the relationship with Christ.

Greed and the excessive accumulation of material wealth abound in the present world. Seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness are the priorities known in Godís Holy Church.

We are blessed to hear the Holy Gospel in the church today. We are indebted to the Church for having preserved the Gospel through the centuries. Let us thankfully glorify God in our lives and seek first His kingdom and righteousness.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 12 / 25, 2017
The Third Sunday after Pentecost.
Venerable Onuphrius the Great.
Venerable Peter of Mt. Athos.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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