St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Parish Picnic August 3, 2003

The St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania held the Second Outdoor Religious Program of the summer on August 3 at the parish picnic grounds. Former State Parole Agent of Year and committed Orthodox Christian Mark Opacic read with a voice of authority from the St. Bishop Nicholai's "Prayers by the Lake". Readings from St. Bishop Nicholais' writings are a standard part of the Outdoor Programs. Mr. Opacic is a career law enforcement official who takes Orthodox Christianity seriously

Parish Nurse Practioner Mitzie Hunchuck spoke on the theme "Health and Hope." Mitzie used dictionary definitions of hope to establish her theme. A United States Army veteran, Mitzie made the memorable point that just as there are no atheists in the fox holes when war is taking place, neither are there atheists in hospital emergency rooms or surgery when faced with serious illness or injury. People reach out to God for help when faced with a threat to their health and wellness.

Father Rodney Torbic spoke on the topic "Orthodox Christian Hope" drawing upon the words of St. Peter to "always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you." (I Peter 3:15) The Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the Old Testament experiences of Abraham and Elijah were central to the presentation.

The Outdoor Religious Program concluded with an Akathist to Jesus Christ served at The Cross in St. George Cemetery. St. George Choir Director Sonia Janson and Church School Coordinator Mildred Bezjak provided the responses.

Healthcare Day August 10, 2003

On Sunday August 10, 2003 in connection with the Feast of St. Panteleimon, the St. George Church held the Annual Healthcare Day. Begun in 1999 as an occasion to give thanks to emergency medical care providers and for the blessing of area ambulances, Healthcare Day in the parish has expanded to express appreciation to all involved in healthcare services.

Immediately following the Divine Liturgy, parishioners went to the parking lot of the St.George Church for the blessing of the ambulance provided by Rick Adabato of Fayette Emergency Medical Services and operated by ParamedicTom Kornick.

The renovated area in the Church hall to be used for the Parish Nurse's Office was blessed. His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN gave the Archpastoral Blessing for the Parish Nurse Program on November 27, 2000.

The office area gives the parish nurse a permanent location with privacy for the provisions of services and storage of essential equipment. An Orthodox healthcare library is planned to be located in the office.

Parish Executive Board President Stan Brozik welcomed the attendees to the Healthcare Day dinner provided by the St. George Circle of Serbian Sisters. Mr. Brozik complimented the parishioners for the hardwork performed for the recent parish picnic and informed them of upcoming events affecting the parish.

Parish Nurse Practionioner Mitzi Hunchuck offerred remarks on the parish nurse program, spiritual and bodily health. She expressed appreciation to Tom Hunter for his contributions to the completion of the parish nurse office. Mitzie recognized the material contributions of George Rodavich, the person responsible for renovating the area now used for parish nurse's office.

Dr. Louis Yancich, recently returned from a week of volunteering at Shadeland Camp was present for Healthcare Day. Dr.Predrag Gligorovic, Paulette Radock, Jennifer Michelli and Linda Porter are among St. George Parishioners currently involved in the delivery of healthcare services. Eric Rose is in training to provide ambulance services.

Healthcare Day Greetings were received and read from Scott Newton, Maryland Operations Director for Transcare Ambulance Service.

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