St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 964 - June 26 / July 9, 2017

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 964
June 26 / July 9, 2017
Fifth 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 Thessalonians 1:3

Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

Recent Services
July 1
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Thirteen people attended. Two comuncants.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
July 2
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Six communicants. Thirty-two people attended.
July 3
Matins was read.
July 4
Matins was read.
July 5
Ten people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.
July 6
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours and Divine Liturgy. A warm welcome to Father Sava serving the Divine Liturgy today.

No daily services this week.

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

Important Dates

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.
August 2 - Holy Prophet Elijah
August 5 - Diocese Day
August 8 - Holy Nun, martyr Parasceva of Rome, St. Sava III, Archbishop of Serbia
August 9 - St. Panteleimon
August 12 - Venerable Angelina of Serbia
August 14 - Dormition Fast begins.
August 19 - Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ

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

Sympathy extended to Merrie Ann Hesselroth and family. Merrie Ann’s sister +Marcia departed this life.

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 continuing relevancy of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.
The continuing value of honoring the Apostles Fast.
The immeasurable benefit of learning from the Holy Apostles.

Recent Activities of Parish Administrator

June 30 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
July 1 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va for Divine Liturgy.
July 5 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.
July 6 - Went to Shadeland Camp in Springboro, Pennsylvania for orientation.

Wisdom of Sirach 33:23

Be outstanding in all your works; Do not put a blemish on your reputation.

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

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 8:28-9:1

And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters. And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils. And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts. And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city. (KJV)

Navigating through the perils of daily life entails concentration on the goal of the Kingdom of God. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Mt. 7:14).

Jesus met two demon possessed men blocking the path for passersby. Believers will find themselves in similar threatening situations from time to time. Threatening situations for believers can come in different forms.

Believers may be threatened by personal demons inhibiting spiritual growth. Addictive behaviors create fears for individuals feeling powerless. The Lord Jesus Christ came into the direct presence of the threatening demon-possessed men.

Jesus was not intimidated. Jesus was not overcome with fear or apprehension. Individuals facing demons can draw strength from the Lord Jesus Christ. The current Gospel is a lesson in the power of Christ over demonic forces.

Just as Christ overcame death with His Resurrection, Jesus has the power to overcome demons in daily life. He has the power to restore peace to demon-possessed lives.

Jesus has the power to open the roads leading to the Kingdom of God for those following Him. Daily nourishment of the soul is necessary. Food for the soul is necessary to overcome obstacles in daily life.

Individuals benefit from constantly reviewing the effort put forth each day to nourish the soul. Peace and tranquility are achieved when a person is united with Christ and the person consciously experiences fruit of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Galatians: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Gal. 5:5:22-23)

Individuals determine personal ways to deal with demons and threats posed in daily life. The current Gospel establishes the power of Jesus as capable of defeating demons that possess and threaten humans.

Individuals need to be armed with faith in Christ to be victorious in personal fights with demons. Demons are no match for the power of God. Individuals remaining true to Christ develop complete confidence in Christ to face the demons.

Holy Apostle Paul gave evidence of this confidence when he told the Philippians: ”I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil. 4:13). Further evidence is found in the First Epistle of St. John.

The First Epistle of St. John states: “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (I Jn. 4:4) Obstacles to growth give believers reason to pause and assess personal commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blocked roadways, temptations and unhealthy interests and desires are occasions for believers to perform self-evaluations. Believers always need to be cautious that sinful behavior and interests do not take root in the heart.

When sin is lodged in the heart, confidence in Christ weakens and fear escalates. Demons seem larger and more threatening when a person is not fully rooted in Christ.

Even when demons appear large and threatening, individuals fully united with Christ will remain fearless. Psalm 3 proclaims: “But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head.” (Ps. 3:3)

God provides protection for individuals loving Him and firmly and resolutely following Him. The love of God is superior to fear. The love of God supplants fear.

The love of God was epitomized when Jesus voluntarily ascended the Cross and showed that Jesus was not fearful of death. The defeat of death evidenced by Jesus’ Resurrection puts the power of God in perspective.

Life comes through Jesus Christ. The Psalmist knew the victory that comes with God. The Psalmist said: “Save me, O my God! For you have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone; You have broken the teeth of the ungodly.” (Ps. 3:7)

Christians need to be prepared for the battles that arise in daily life. Christians need to be armed against the attacks that arise and put the soul in peril. If demons succeed in overpowering an individual, the person will plunge into sin.

Great care is necessary to protect the heart, mind and soul. All that enters the heart and mind and affects the soul needs to be consistent with the teachings of the Lord Christ.

Jesus clears the path to the Kingdom of God for believers. Jesus lights the path to follow in times of darkness. Jesus provides semblance of mind and alleviates stress when believers turn to Him in faith.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 26 / July 9, 2017
The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.
Venerable Father David of Thessalonica.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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