St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 963 - June 19 / July 2, 2017

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 963
June 19 / July 2, 2017
Fourth 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

2 Corinthians 13:5

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

Recent Services
June 24
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont,W.Va. Seven people attended. One communicants.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
June 25
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Twenty-one people attended. Two communicants.
June 26
Two people came for the Akathist to St. Peter and St. Paul.
June 27
Matins was read.
Two people were present for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
June 28
Five people came to St. George Church for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
Ten people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.
June 29
Matins was read.
Very Reverend Thomas Galloway officiated at the funeral of +Stephen Rapchak. Protinica Jeanette Galloway provided the responses.
In the afternoon, two people came for the the Akathist to St. Peter and St. Paul and adult class.
June 30
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours
Divine Liturgy.

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

6:30 PM Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy Nativity of St. John the Baptist.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs Scheduled on Request.

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

Important Dates

Today, 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. Monastery Marcha 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

Participants in the Vidovdan dinner and program included: Stan Brozik, Sonia Janson, John and Felecia Williamson, Rich and Linda Porter, Lucille Carnahan, Dr.Ezekiel Olagoke, Dorothy Smargie, Anna Mae Knezovich, Djelosh Milosevich, Wilma Milosevich, Lt. Col. Willie and Thekla Spens, Milosh Serb Krivosky, Mary Jo Krivitzky.

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 your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, 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.



The importance of strong faith in God.
Looking to the Church to increase personal faith.
Learning from the strong faith in the saints and holy martyrs.

Recent Activities of Parish Administrator

June 23 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
June 24 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
June 24 - Went to the Relay for Life in Uniontown.
June 28 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.

Wisdom of Sirach 32:14

The man who fears the Lord will receive instruction, and those who rise early will find His approval.

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

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 8:5-13

And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto Him a centurion, beseeching Him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, He marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour. (KJV)

The present Gospel documents the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospel is a lesson in the value of strong faith and love for the Lord Jesus Christ.

The value of humility is a lesson in the current Gospel. The centurion had strong faith in Christ. He held Christ in the highest degree of honor. The centurion did not consider himself worthy for Christ to enter his house.

Christ speaking words to heal were sufficient for the centurion. The centurionís genuine concern for his servant merits central attention. Individuals in power and authority can learn well from this centurion.

Jesus marveled at the centurionís strong faith. Healing the servant was within Jesusí power. The Gospel documents the servant was healed the very same day.

Turning to Christ for healing is an important lesson to learn. Turning to Christ in strong faith is a valued teaching for all attentive to St. Matthewís Gospel. Hope emanates from this Gospel lesson.

Godís Holy Church proclaims the message of hope at each Divine Liturgy. Hope in Christ triumphs over despair. Christís resurrection is the enduring message of hope in all circumstances.

The centurion was in a position of command. He had soldiers under him. He showed deliberate attention for the servant tormented with palsy. The centurion looked to Christ as being greater than he viewed himself.

The centurion was confident in placing trust in Christ. Christ did not disappoint the centurion. Contemporary individuals benefit by assessing where they place their trust for living.

What is the degree of trust placed in Christ for daily living? Is Christ the dominant occupant of the heart, mind and soul? Is Christ the goal and foundation for daily life?

Does the eye and mind look to Christ at every waking moment of life? Are the pages of the Holy Gospel written in the heart and in the mind? Is greater interest shown in Christ than in things of the world?

Do the words that come to our minds reflect love of Christ? Do the words emanating from our mouth reveal depth of trust in Christ? Do we hold the same degree of trust in Christ as did the centurion?

If we do not trust Christ as did the centurion, how can we expect to be healed of our sinfulness? What are we doing to increase our depth of faith in Christ?

If we want to be healed of afflictions, this Gospel tells us the necessity of great faith. This Gospel reveals the importance of placing complete trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Church proclaims the Gospel with strength and power at each Divine Liturgy. Attentive listeners change their lives when carefully taking the Gospel to heart.

The world is better following each proclamation of the Holy Gospel. Attentive believers take the Gospel to heart and leave the church as better people in Christ.

Healings by Christ take place every day. Healings are not necessarily proclaimed from housetops. Lives changed by Christ reflect the change. Love of Christ and appreciation for Christ are manifested in the affected believers.

The centurion benefitted immeasurably from his love and faith in Christ. The centurionís servant had his life changed remarkably. Jesus continues to change the lives of attentive and trusting believers.

The Gospel is filled with healing power. The Gospel is contemporary in lessons of faith. Investments in learning from the Gospel continue to bring rewards beyond imagination.

The centurionís example of faith has endured in the Church for centuries. The lives changed based on the centurionís faith in Christ are beyond measure. We will never know how many believers learned from centurion.

We do know the Church continues to consider this Gospel lesson worthy to be proclaimed throughout the world. We do know that placing faith in Christ brings healings in life.

Christ is due immeasurable honor, love and appreciation. Christ deserves complete attention and the primary place in the heart, mind and soul. Christ changes the lives that place their complete trust in Him.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 19 / July 2, 2017
The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
Venerable Apostle Jude, Venerable Paisus the Great, St. John of Shanghai.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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