St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 198 - October 7/October 20, 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

October 7 / October 20, 2002
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 198

Hebrews 10:37-38
Services This Past Week
October 12- Twelve people came to the Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission-Fairmont. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
October 13-Forty-two people came to Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
October 14-Five people came for Divine Liturgy. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 15-Three people came for Matins and First Hour. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 16-Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
October 17-Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Seven people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 18-Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call To Confirm Weekday Schedule
Matins and First Hour-Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday-8:30 AM.
Ninth Hour and Vespers-Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday-4:30 PM.
Ninth Hour and Vespers-6:00 PM-Holy Trinity Mission-Fairmont-Tuesday.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates
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
November 16-Renovation of St.George the Great Martyr Church
November 17-Choir Slava Celebration
November 21-Synaxis of St.Archangel Michael and All Bodiless Powers

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

1. Two people attended Adult Class on Thursday. Next class this Thursday after Matins.
2. The parish now as a full set of service books- Monthly Menaions and Octoechos-for use in daily services. They were blessed on Thursday following Vespers with members of the Joseph Bosnic Family in attendance.
3. Thank you to Andrea Janson for a good job of directing the choir this past month.
4. Thank you to the choir for always singing well. Welcome back Sonia.
5. Thank you to Kolo members for continuing to bake each week. Helpers needed this week.
6. Thank you to all parishioners for always warmly welcoming visitors to St. George Church.
7. Thank you to Tom Hunter for continuously working to create and update the parish website. Tom has invested a great deal of time and skill to portray the St. George Church to the internet community. Tom's wife Debby has also contributed her computer skills to the direct benefit of the St. George Church.

A Thought From Father Svetozar Veselinovich*

Holy Orthodoxy is God's Living Water. Like natural water, it will stagnate unless it is free to flow through us to a world parched and dying without it. Let us see the world for which Christ died more nearly as He sees it: still largely desert. May Almighty God help us to turn our little portion of it into an oasis. Let us value the precious opportunity to minister to the Lord of All by ministering to others. *(Fortieth Anniversary of Church Consecration Book. October 30, 1994)

To Consider

1.The opportunity of each person to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
2. The opportunity of each person to spread the love of Jesus Christ.
3. The opportunity of each person to repent and return to a life in Christ.
4. The unequalled fulfillment found in living a life in Christ.
5. The constant assurance that God will always provide.
6. The daily joys of seeing God at work in our lives.
7. The beauty of the St.George Church everyday of the week.
8. The faithful believers coming to the St.George Church everyday.
9. The St.George Church is open each day for all parishioners.
10. Prayers are offered in the St.George Church each day for the peace of the whole world, for the sick, the suffering and the imprisoned, for all Orthodox believers, living and departed.

Remember St. Sava School of Theology With Prayers and Contributions

Activities of the Parish Priest

1.October 12-Served Divine Liturgy-Holy Trinity Mission-Fairmont.
2.October 12-Visited parishioner in Fairmont, West Virginia.
3.October 14-Attended informational meeting regarding the negative impact of power plants on public health-Jefferson Hills, Pa.
4.October 15-Attended Clergy Brotherhood Meeting-Antiochian Village-Ligonier.
5.October 17-Visited parishioner in Brownsville Hospital.
6.October 18-Visited family member of parishioners at Mt. St. Macrina Manor.

From the Desert fathers

He (Isadore the Priest) also said, "If you desire salvation, do everything that leads you to it."

Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost

Matthew 15:21-28

Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed. But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, "Send her away, for she cries out after us." But He answered and said, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." Then she came and worshipped Him, saying, "Lord, help me!" But He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs." And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table." Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

The present Gospel message is being heard in the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church and in Orthodox Churches around the world. The Serbian Orthodox Church is part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church identified in the Nicean-Constantinopolitan Creed at Holy Baptism and each Divine Liturgy.

The Holy Scriptures have been preserved by the Holy Orthodox Church through the centuries. The Holy Scriptures serve as a basis for teaching and proclaiming Christ throughout the world.

Serious Orthodox Christians become familiar with the Holy Scriptures and draw nourishment from them. The Holy Scriptures are readily accessible to individual Christians and provide for continuous learning.

Faith needs practiced. Faith is not to remain stagnant. Faith needs developed. The woman in the present Gospel would not have seen her daughter healed if she did not draw closer to Jesus Christ. The woman was persistent even when Jesus made statements that did not appear encouraging for her.

Blessed Theophylact said Jesus delayed healing the woman so that the faith and understanding of the woman might be made manifest. The way we face the trials of life will reveal our understanding and depth of faith.

Difficult circumstances in life have a way of revealing the depth of faith in a person. Difficult circumstances in life help believers assess their standing in life and reassess priorities. The place of God in a particular life becomes known great difficult arises.

We come today to the Divine Liturgy and hear the proclamation of the Holy Gospel. We come today and hear the invitation "In the fear of God and in faith draw near." The Precious Holy Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ are in the Holy Chalice at each Divine Liturgy.

The holiness of the Divine Liturgy, the holiness of the action of the Church in the liturgical services cannot be emphasized enough. God is at work in the divine services of the Church.

Our demeanor, our thoughts, and our actions prior to, during and following participation in the divine services of the Church should be consistent with the holiness of the services.

It is important to keep in mind the Holy Orthodox Church expects preparation before the Divine Liturgy. The Church provides structural preparation with services preceding the Divine Liturgy. Believers who come to the Vespers and Matins leading to the Divine Liturgy increase their preparation for experiencing the fullness of the Divine Liturgy.

The contents of the Vespers and Matins inspire, instruct and prepare for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. Parishioners make very real contributions to the development of a parish each time they come in fullness of faith to a religious service. Coming from the home to the church to attend a religious service is a deliberate expression of faith.

The woman in the present Gospel had within her a firm belief in Jesus Christ. She had within her a resolute belief that Jesus could heal her daughter. She reflected a love and concern for her daughter through the tenacity of faith exhibited.

Our faith is developed within the Orthodox Church. Believers seeking to grow in Christ, fulfill their journey when they draw near to Christ, when they take their faith seriously.

The holy Apostle Paul was explicit in saying God is faithful (IICor.1:18) Paul referred to his preaching of Jesus Christ in this way: "For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us." (II Cor.1:20)

We do well when we heed the Holy Gospel message each time we hear it. We do well to spend time thinking about the Holy Gospel message and the meaning it has for our lives.

We come to know the joy of Jesus Christ through being attentive to the Holy Gospel. Through the Holy Gospel we learn the teachings of Christ, we learn of His miracles, His life, His death and His glorious resurrection and ascension.

A single woman of faith centuries of ago has made a lasting impact on the world. Her faith in Christ healed her demon possessed daughter. Those who learn from this woman and from the Gospel message will find healing in Jesus Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania. October 7 / October 20, 2002. Sts. Sergius and Bacchus.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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