St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 967 - July 17 / 30, 2017

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 967
July 17 / 30, 2017
Eighth 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

Matthew 17:20

And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Recent Services
July 22
Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy were held in Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, West. Virginia. Eight people came. One communicant.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
July 23
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-six people attended. Eight communicants.
July 24
Matins was read.
Two people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
July 25
Matins was read.
July 27
Matins was read.
Six people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Great Vespers and class.
July 28
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours
Divine Liturgy.

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

6:00 PM on Monday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
6:30 at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.

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

August 2 - Holy Prophet Elijah
August 5 - Diocese Day at Shadeland. Plan to Attend.
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 13 - Celebration of Parish Nurse’s Office Slava. Covered Dish dinner and program.

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

Very Reverend Stavrophor Rade Merick, Dean of the Pittsburgh Deanery came to the St. George Church on July 24 for the annual parish review.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Sophie Krivosky newly departed this life. Thank you to Sonia Janson, Anna Mae Knezovich and Milosh Krewasky for singing responses.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Daniel Resanovic newly departed this life.

Very Reverend Father Djokan Majstorovic visited the parish this week.

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.

Subdeacon Anthony Mirales attended class on Thursday.

Let us remember the 9 miners that lost their lives in Blacksville No. 1 on July 22, 1972.

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.

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 21 - Went twice to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
July 22 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
July 23 - Pomen for +Sophie Krivosky.
July 24 - Funeral and burial services for +Sophie Krivosky.
July 25-26 - Went to Monastery Marcha for Slava celebration in Richfield, Ohio.

Wisdom of Sirach 35:11

Do not bribe Him, for He will not accept it; and do not offer an unrighteous sacrifice.

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

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Mt. 14:14-22

And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and He healed their sick. And when it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto Him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to Me. And He commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, He blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to His disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children. 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. (KJV)

Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils

John 17:1-13

These words spake Jesus, and lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given Him. And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou Me with thine own self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was.I have manifested Thy name unto the men which thou gavest Me out of the world: Thine they were, and Thou gavest them Me; and they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever Thou hast given Me are of Thee. For I have given unto them the words which Thou gavest Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from Thee, and they have believed that Thou didst send Me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which Thou hast given Me; for they are Thine. And all Mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep through Thine own name those whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Thy name: those that Thou gavest Me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves. (KJV)

The Lord Jesus Christ related with individuals and large groups during His time in the flesh on earth. The present Gospel of St. Matthew speaks about the compassion of Jesus and His power to heal the sick.

In times of bereavement, in times of tragedy and when family difficulties arise, believers will turn to Christ seeking His compassion and His power of healing. Believers commonly turn to Christ in prayer.

The current Gospel message of St. Matthew reinforces the compassion and healing powers of Jesus. The Lord Jesus Christ told the Holy Apostle Peter: “I will build My church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” (Mt. 16:18)

The current Gospel message reveals the resourcefulness and power of Jesus. The capability of Jesus far exceeded the expectations of the disciples. Jesus provided a solution where none seemed evident.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “With God all things are possible.” (Mt. 19:26) When believers are frustrated and face situations having no apparent solution, turning to God in faith will provide a solution.

Turning to Christ in all undertakings is the best direction to take. The disciples came to Jesus knowing that action was needed. The relationship between the disciples and Jesus was sufficient for their appeal to take place.

Sincerity and seriousness are fundamental in coming to Christ. Jesus was willing to hear the disciples. Jesus continues to listen to believers to the present day.

We learn about Jesus by carefully examining His responses to appeals, requests and prayers. We learn about Jesus by praying to Him, listening to Him through the Holy Gospel and studying about Jesus in the Holy Scriptures.

Jesus did not delay feeding the multitude. He perceived their hunger and wanted it satisfied. Jesus directed the disciples to act immediately. Jesus strengthened and nourished the multitude.

All individuals present benefitted from the physical and spiritual nourishment. Individuals never need to depart from the presence of Christ when they are hungry. Individuals never need turn from Christ to seek any form of nourishment.

Food for the body and food for the soul comes from God. God is everywhere and knows the needs of each person. Individuals turning to other than God to seek nourishment for the soul will always be disappointed.

The disciples were required to revise their thinking. The disciples had to consider feeding the multitude. The ways of God seem challenging and difficult at times.

The disciples felt that challenge from Jesus. Individuals following Christ may at times feel uncertain and even anxious. The uncertainty and even anxiety are put to rest by listening carefully and being obedient to Christ.

The disciples would quickly learn of the far reaching power of Christ. The disciples would learn the unlimited possibilities existing in Christ. Believers benefit from thinking carefully about their views and attitudes towards God.

Many years ago Proto Radovan Milkovich wrote an article entitled “A God Too Small.” 1 The present Gospel gives a lesson in the expansive powers of God. Believers need to assess if personal views held about God are too minimal.

The disciples found out that the Lord Jesus Christ had greater capabilities than imagined. The disciples felt the existing amount of food was inadequate. God can make minimal resources become inexhaustible.

Centuries before the current Gospel was written the Holy Prophet Elijah met a widow in Zarephath. The woman would learn from Elijah how the power of God would multiply her small amount of oil and flour into an abundant supply. (I Kings 17:8-16)

Let us regularly review our thoughts about the greatness and majesty of God. Let us behold His greatness as known through the centuries. May our lives ever be grateful and amazed by God’s goodness and majesty.

1 Proto Radovan Milkovich. Editorial - “A God Too Small.” The Path of Orthodoxy. July-August 1978.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 17 / 30, 2017

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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