St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 966 - July 10 / 23, 2017

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 966
July 10 / 23, 2017
Seventh 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

Acts 16:5

And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.

Recent Services
July 9
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Father Sava from Monastery Marcha served. Twenty-six people attended. Three communicants.
July 16
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Thirty people attended. Three communicants.
July 17
Matins was read.
July 18
Four people came for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity.
July 19
Matins was read. Nine people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont W.Va. for Akathist to the Holy Trinity and class.
July 20
Matins was read.
Two people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God and class.
July 21
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, Saturday.

6:00 PM on Monday,

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult class.

4:00 PM

10:00 AM 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

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, Parish Nurse’s Slava.
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 the family and friends of +Sophie Krivosky newly departed.

Subdeacon Anthony Miralles and Paulette Radock came to class on Thuesday.

Greg Volitich from the Serb National Federation gave a presentation to church officers on July 20.

Plan to attend Monastery Marcha’s Slava on July 26.

Plan to attend Diocese Day on August 5 at Shadeland.

Pray fervently each day throughout the day and night.

The parish picnic is scheduled for September 10, 2017.

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.


Recent Activities of Parish Administrator

July 8 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
July 19 - Went to Transfiguration Monastery in Ellwood,City, Pa..
July 19 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist and class.
July 20 - Blessed one house in Carmichaels.
July 21 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.

Wisdom of Sirach 35:9

Give to the Most High as He has given to you, and give to Him with generosity according to your windfall.

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

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 9:27-35

And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed Him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us. And when He was come into the house, the blind men came to Him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto Him, Yea, Lord. Then touched He their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it. But they, when they were departed, spread abroad His fame in all that country. As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a dumb man possessed with a devil. And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel. But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils. And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. (KJV)

The two blind men were attracted to the Lord Jesus Christ. They followed Jesus and were seeking His mercy. The Lord Jesus Christ is the source of immeasurable love and mercy.

Wise individuals of every century turn to Christ and follow Him seeking salvation. The blind men articulated their need for mercy. They made a connection between the Lord Jesus Christ and David.

The blind men initiated contact with Jesus. They actively sought improvement through the Lord Jesus Christ. Being passive has no place in Christianity.

The Lord Jesus Christ and all of His ardent followers were active. Serious Christians living the contemplative life are active in silent prayer and meditating upon the Lord God.

A certain amount of action and initiative is required to live the full life in Christ. Even when Christ makes the initial contact with a person, initiative and faithfulness are necessary to follow Christ.

Attacks from the evil one and temptations that plague Christians require conscious decisions to follow the narrow path. (Mt. 7:13-14) The blind men would need to be very close to Christ to follow Him.

The blind men would have to be within the sound of Christ or have someone to assist them. The Lord Jesus Christ plumbed the depth of the blind men’s faith when He asked it they believed He could make a difference in their lives.

The blind men answered affirmatively. The interaction between Jesus and the two blind men connected them. By the blind men’s answer to His question, Jesus assessed the depth of their faith.

We read in I John 4:15 “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he is in God.” The two blind men saw in Jesus a difference that made Jesus stand apart from others.

By coming to Jesus, the blind men by-passed others and were selective in their pursuit of mercy. The Creed recited at Holy Baptism and at each Divine Liturgy summarizes the basic Christian profession of faith.

This confession of faith sets Christians apart from others believing differently. The Church has gone to great lengths to put forth the basic profession of faith and to maintain fidelity to this profession of faith through the centuries.

Each believer is expected to adhere to The Creed. From Baptism until departure from this life, faithfulness to The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed is expected from Christians.

The blind men perceived in the Lord Jesus Christ a reason to hope for the betterment of their lives. Jesus offers improvement to each person drawing near to Him and choosing to live in Him.

Jesus equated the depth of the blind men’s faith with what they could expect from Him. This is similar to the section in The Lord’s Prayer where forgiveness of others affects forgiveness of the self. Individuals living in Christ unite with Christ.

The Holy Apostle Paul described this unity when he said: “…Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20)

Jesus touched and spoke to the blind men. Individuals living today believing in Christ will experience His touch and hear His word. We know from the Holy Scriptures: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Heb. 13:8).

Time passes. Centuries pass. Jesus affects the sight of men, women and children today turning to Him in faith. Individuals looking for Christ in daily life will find Him.

Individuals choosing to follow Christ in daily life will have their paths brightened and the kingdom of God set before them. The Psalmist said: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Ps. 118/119:105).

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (Jn. 8:12). Individuals make choices by the moment whether to follow Christ and seek His kingdom.

Decisions made have cumulative results. When sin dominates, a quagmire is created. Darkness sets in. Following Christ takes the person from darkness to light. Repentance lifts clouds of gloom and cures despondency.

The road to wellness begins with Christ. Wellness is maintained by following Christ. Spiritual wellness affects the bodily condition and the attitude toward the condition of the body.

Jesus opened the eyes of the blind men. The lives of the men who were blind had been radically changed by the Lord Jesus Christ. May the Lord Jesus Christ open our hearts and minds and heal us.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 10 / 23, 2017
The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy 45 Martyrs of Nicopelis in Armenia.
Veneral Anthony of the Kiev Caves.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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