St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 969 - July 31 / August 13, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 969
July 31 / August 13, 2017
Tenth 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
Email stgeorge2@windstream.net



I John 5:4

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith

Recent Services
August 2
Divine Liturgy was served. Six people came.
Ten people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist to St. Elijah and class.
August 3
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
August 4
Matins was read.
August 6
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-two people attended. Sixth communicants. One car was blessed.
August 7
Matins was read. Three people came for the Akathist to St. Panteleimon.
August 8
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
August 9
Seven people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
Twelve people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist to St. Panteliemon and class.
August 10
Matins was read.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Cross.
Two people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
August 11
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Third and Sixth Hours
Divine Liturgy.

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

Afternoons
6:00 PM on Monday Akathist to St. Nectarius.

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

Thursday
3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult class.

Tuesday and Friday
4:00 PM Vespers.

Saturday
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy Feast of Transfiguration.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs held on Request.

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

Important Dates

Today, August 13 - Parish Nurse’s Office Slava Celebration. Covered Dish dinner and program.
August 14 - Dormition Fast begins.
August 19 - Feast of the Transfiguration. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM. Blessings of Grapes.

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

Congratulations to Djuri and Marlene Volitich, Kumovi for St. Elijah Church Slava.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Bronko Lapsevich newly departed.

Stan Brozik, Sonia Janson and Lt. Col. Willie Spens attended Diocese Day at Shadeland.

Stan Brozik and Sonia Janson attended the Diocesan Council meeting held at Shadeland.

Congratulations to Sonia Janson on becoming a regular member of Diocesan Council.

Arthur John Chambers delivered food collected for the Greene County Food Bank.

The parish picnic is scheduled for September 10, 2017. DIVINE LITURY WILL BEGIN AT 9:00 AM THE DAY OF THE PICNIC.


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.

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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.

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Consider

Being conscious of the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Turning first to Christ when seeking healing of soul and body.
Being appreciative when healing takes place in answer to prayer.

Recent Activities of Parish Administrator

July 29 - Went to Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh to visit patient.
July 30 and August 7 - Went to Waynesburg to visit with a family.
August 2 - Went to Morgantown for printing. Later, went to Fairmont for Akathist and class, a separate trip.
August 4 - Went to Wintersville, Ohio for Deanery meeting on Christian Education. Drove to Meadville to stay overnight for Diocesan Day.
August 5 - Attended Diocese Day at Shadeland.
August 6 - Attended St. Elijah Church Slava in Aliquippa.
August 7 - Went to Canonsburg Hospital while patient had surgery. Visited parishioner in Washington, Pa.
August 9 - Went to St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa for funeral of +Bronko Lapcevich.
August 9 - Went to Faimont, W.Va. for Akathist and class.

Wisdom of Sirach 37:6

Do not forget a friend in your soul, and do not be unmindful of him with your wealth.

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


The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 17:14-23

And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? 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. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men: And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry. (KJV)

The father brought his son to the disciples for curing. The father was persistent in seeking a solution to his son’s problems. He was not content when learning the problem was beyond the capabilities of the disciples.

Jesus put the disciples into perspective for the father. Jesus educated the disciples and succeeding generations of believers. Jesus’ words are recorded in the Holy Gospel and are proclaimed in churches throughout the world.

Jesus wanted to make clear why the disciples could not cure the son. Jesus’ words are a lasting source of instruction or solving serious problems like the son had.

Individuals in the current century do well to heed the words of Christ and think carefully about the father’s effort to turn to Christ. Individuals in the helping professions do well to be attentive Christ’s words in the current Gospel.

Professionals trained in helping professions often face serious problems with clients and patients. The current Gospel attests to the value of turning to Christ for help.

Jesus called the generation at the time “faithless and perverse.” What words would Jesus apply to the generation of today? If the generation cited in the Gospel was faithless and perverse, today’s generation would not seem much different.

Jesus was direct and took the problem into His own hands. The healing power of Christ was needed. Individuals are created in the image and likeness of God. (Gen.1:26) Is it not best to turn to God for help first for healing.?

Jesus’ patience appeared to be wearing thin. He had higher expectations of the people. Jesus challenged the people with His questions. Jesus addressed their inadequacies.

Disciples of Christ need to heed the words of Christ. Followers of Christ are expected to be attentive to Christ’s teachings and make them part of the lives. Followers of Christ have a responsibility not to test Jesus’ patience.

Jesus has no countenance for the lukewarm. (Rev. 3:15-16) Words in Revelation are clear: “”Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world.” (Rev. 3:10)

Heeding the present Gospel is a way of preparing for the Second Coming of Christ. Learning from the present Gospel is a way to benefit greatly in Christ. Jesus took action quickly and directly.

Jesus rebuked the demon and demonstrated His power over the demon. The demon was expelled and the child was cured. Individuals will waste their life following paths that lead to other than the Kingdom of God.

Following Christ leads to the Kingdom of God. Following Christ provides an outcome that is most desirable. The Holy Gospel provides an education for individuals seeking to enrich their minds, hearts and souls.

The Church is the best university for individuals seeking the highest form of education. The problems of life are put in perspective when individuals are faithful to Christ.

Following Christ is the path cleared by the Cross of Christ and illuminated by the Resurrection. Christ transfigured on Mt. Tabor summons individuals to look up from the mire in which they are steeped in sin and seek purity of the life in Christ.

The Mother of God is a model of purity for believers to consider and think carefully about. Self-evaluation is healthy when it leads to redirecting life towards Christ and away from paths of sin.

The disciples knew their efforts were insufficient. They sought an answer from Christ. The disciples wanted to know the reason for their shortcomings. The disciples tried to help the father with his son without turning to Christ.

Individuals are powerless without Christ. Individuals are strengthened in Christ. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Philippians: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil. 4:13)

When Christ is dominant in the hearts, minds and lives of individuals, the empowerment of Christ is obvious. The peace of Christ is obvious. The assurance of Christ is evident.

The disciples were seeking improvement when they turned to Christ with their question: “Why could we not cast it out?” Turning to Christ with sincere questions in prayer leads to the necessary answers for a better life.

Sincere questions uncover desirable solutions. The disciples turned to Christ in a time of privacy. Their sincerity was evident. Their hunger for an answer was revealed. Jesus was attentive.

Studying the words of Jesus, questions asked of Him and His answers increase knowledge and understanding. The soul benefits when the words of Christ are placed carefully into the heart and mind.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 31 / August 13, 2017
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy and Righteous Euocimus, Holy Martyr Julitta.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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