St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 195 - September 22/September 29, 2002

Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Parish Priest - Fr. Rodney Torbic
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320

September 22/29, 2002
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 195

I Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except as such is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Services This Past Week
September 21-Three people came for the Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 22-Twenty six people came for Divine Liturgy.
September 23-Three people came for Matins.-Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 24-One person came for Matins-One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 25-One person came for Matins. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 26-Three people came for Matins. One person came for Ninth Hour and Akathist to the Cross.
September 27-Four people came for Divine Liturgy. Deacon Milan Medakovich served.
September 27-One person came for Ninth Hour and Akathist to the Cross.
September 28-Seventeen people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont for Divine Liturgy. The Ninth Hour and Vesper service were read at St. George Church.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call To Confirm Weekday Times
Today-Divine Liturgy.
Matins-Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-8:30 AM.
Ninth Hour and Vespers-Monday and Wednesday at 2:45 PM. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 4:30 PM. Saturday at 7:00 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates
October 5 - Memorial Saturday
October 9 - St. John the Apostle and Evangelist
October 14 - Protection of Mother of God.
October 19 - St. Thomas, the Apostle
October 27 - St. Petka-Paraskeva-Parish Anniversary Dinner
October 31 - St. Luke
November 2 - Memorial Saturday
November 5 - St. James the Apostle
November 8 - St. Demetrius.
November 14 - Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Unmercenary Healers

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life
1. Two people came to adult class this past Thursday. Class will be held this Thursday -9:15 AM.
2. Consider the St. George Church as a holy place of God. Keep noise to a minimum.
3. See Dorothy Bozick about tickets to the October Anniversary banquet.
4. Thank you for Kolo members coming to bake this past Tuesday.
5. Have you told your family and friends about the parish website?

A Thought From Fr. Alex Micich*
To find truth, one must look to the Truth. And in that Truth, we find the Serbian nation today, a revitalization of the religious life that it once lived. After half a century of an atheistic communist regime, in which the people were either convinced that their faith was folly, or were forced to suppress it, signs of life again begin to emerge. Like a new spring after a long, cold winter, one can see the greenery of a thawed land. The songbirds have begun to sing in the churches and the "great river" referred to by Bishop Nikolai has once again begun to flow. Once again, monasteries are being visited and the numbers of those taking monastic vows is increasing. People are again beginning to cultivate their souls, to rebuild their nation on a solid foundation.*(Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic and The Bogomoljacki Pokret. Master's Thesis. April 2000)

Remember St. Sava School of Theology With Prayers and Contributions

To Consider
1. Lighting candles in prayer for loved ones-living and departed.
2. Lighting candles in prayer.
3. The Paschal Candle heralding the Resurrection of Christ.
4. The important work of those caring for candles in the church.
5. The contributions of candles to the worship experience.
6. Candles lit for the parish and family Slava.
7. Candles light for the parastos of a loved one.
8. Candles burned in the cemetery.
9. Candles burning before the holy icons.
10. Candles burning on the holy Altar.
11. Candles used when the Holy Gospel is read.
12. Candles used in liturgical processions.
13. The candle on the home table for the Feast of the Nativity.
14. The candles held at the Holy Sacraments of Baptism and Marriage.
15. The candles held by the Kum and/or Kuma for parish Slava.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest
-Attended Slava dinner-St. Mary Serbian Orthodox Church-Clairton-September 21.
-Attended Serbian language class-Pitt-Monday and Wednesday…9/23 & 25.
-Attended Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood Meeting-Holy Cross Church-Mt.Lebanon-9/24.
-Served at Vigil-St. Sava Church-Mckeesport-9/26.
-Visited Holy Trinity Cathedral-Pittsburg-9/27.
-Served Divine Liturgy-Holy Trinity Mission-9/28-Fairmont.
-Visited parishioners in Fairmont and Crucible-9/28.

From the Desert fathers

Abba Sisos said, "Seek God, and do not seek where he dwells"

Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Sunday After Exaltation of the Cross

Mk.8:34-9:1 Matthew 22:1-14

When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels. And He said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.

And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: "The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. Again he sent out other servants, saying, "Tell those who are invited, 'See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen, and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.'" But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, "The wedding is ready, but those who were invited are not worthy. Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding." So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, "Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?" And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, " Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping gnashing of teeth." For many are called, but few are chosen.

There is no way to avoid the Cross of Jesus Christ as a Christian. The Cross is everywhere in the Christian life and world view. Christ on the Cross is the foundation of hope for Christians.

Centuries preceded Jesus Christ on the Cross. Centuries have passed since Jesus Christ went to the Cross. Christians have their minds riveted to Christ on the Cross. Christians know in their hearts that from the death of Christ, life comes forth for sinners.

Confession and Communion reveal the Cross in the present. Repentant sinners know that they must die to sin and live to Christ if they hope to have eternal life. Repentant sinners experience the reality of forgiveness. Repentant sinners experience Christ.

The Precious Body and Blood of Christ going throughout the body of the believer is unity with Christ. Communing believers know and experience Christ in

the Holy Sacrament. When the weight of sin is lifted by the forgiving Christ, the repentant sinner knows the love of Christ.

Each Divine Liturgy the Holy Chalice is brought forth and believers are called to draw near "In the fear of God and with faith." Coming to the Holy Chalice is a serious step forward, a step toward unity with Christ. Coming to the Holy Chalice is a declaration of faith.

The Precious Body and Blood in the Holy Chalice cannot be separated from the Cross of Christ. His Body was nailed to the Cross and pierced with a spear. (Jn.19:17-37) We need to look beyond ourselves to the Crucified Christ.

We need to look beyond our personal worlds to Christ. Christ is the measurement and the standard for all that Christians think and do. Christ is the goal and the life and the work of Christians.

"Being Christian" is a total identity, a total life experience. Christians are totally immersed in the Baptismal fount. The whole body of the Christians is sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit at Chrismation. When sins are forgiven at Holy Confession, the person emerges once again "new"…"renewed" in Christ. When one receives the Precious Body and Blood of Christ the total body…the total person is affected.

To be told to focus on Christ with completeness may seem overly simplistic. The world becomes new when one focuses on Christ. The world is seen differently when one focuses on Christ.

The joy coming from Christ is a lasting joy. The joy coming from Christ is not penetrated by exterior assaults unless the believer yields to sin. Christ is the protective barrier against sin. Christ is the protective barrier against assaults of the devil.

Physical harm does not destroy the presence of Christ. Physical harm does not destroy the soul of the believer. Martyrs live on in the kingdom of God, their faithfulness to Christ being lasting crowns of victory.

Today when the Cross of Christ is before us in the Holy Church, let us give thanks from the bottom of our hearts, with every fiber of our being, to the Holy Lord Jesus for His Supreme Sacrifice for our salvation. Let us say "Thank You to the Lord Jesus Christ. May we live our lives ever mindful of the Sacrifice and of the joy brought to life by Jesus Christ and His Glorious Resurrection.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania. September 22/29, 2002. Sunday after the Elevation of the Cross.
St. Euphemia, Great Martyr. Venerable Dorotheus and Cyprian of Kiev.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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