St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 200 - October 21/November 3, 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 21 / November 3, 2002
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 200



I Peter 1:7

That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Services This Past Week

October 27 - Fifty four people came to the Divine Liturgy. October 28-Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
October 29 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour.Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 30 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Akathist to St.Sava and Molieben to St.Sava.
October 31 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November l - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 2 - Thirteen people were at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia when the Divine Liturgy was served. Five people were at St.George Church for the afternoon Akathist for the Departed. Three people were in attendance for Ninth Hour and Vespers at St.George Church.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call To Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today-Divine Liturgy
Matins and First Hour-Monday at 7:30 AM. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, at 8:30 AM.
Ninth Hour and Vespers-4:30 PM-Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Divine Liturgy-Friday-9:00 AM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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 celebrated.
November 21 - St. Archangel Michael
November 22 - St. Nectarios of Egina.
November 24 - St. Stevan of Decani

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!

Parish Life

1. Let us pray for Grulja and Wilma Milosevich and Family. Wilma's mother Rose fell asleep in the Lord on Friday evening.
2. Thank you to Pete Smargie for always coming out to help when called.
3. The Choir which always sounds good, sounded extra good last Sunday.
4. Dr.Ivko Dimitric did a fine job as Master of Ceremonies at the banquet.
5. Thank you to each of the speakers, to all who helped with the banquet. Special thanks to Dorothy Bozick for a lot of needed work that was not readily visible but important.
6. Three people came out for Adult Class Thursday. Class again this Thursday following the morning service. Newcomers always welcome.
7. We will take a special collection today for St.Sava School of Theology in Libertyville.

A Thought From Father Justin Popovich*

Not conforming the God-man Christ to the spirit of the age but rather conforming and adjusting the spirit of the age to the spirit of the eternity of Christ, to the divine humanity of Christ-this is the unique and true mission of the Church of Christ in the world, of the Apostolic and Orthodox Church. Only in this way will the Church be able to preserve the life-giving and irreplaceable Personality of the God-man Christ, which is in itself the most valuable being in all the universe, in the visible and invisible worlds as well as the world t o come. He is that which is of the highest value and the infallible measure of all.* (Orthodox Faith and Life in Christ. Belmont, Massachusetts: Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 1994, p.95)

Remember St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville, Illinois

To Consider

1. St. Sava School of Theology provides a theological education to students of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
2. St. Sava School of Theology is located in Libertyville, Illinois.
3. Graduates of St. Sava School of Theology have been ordained as priests and are serving well in each of the Dioceses of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North America as well as elsewhere throughout the world.
4. Contributions for the operation of St. Sava School of Theology are always needed.
5. Schools of theology such as St. Sava School in Libertyville benefit the Church and the community.
6. St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville is the only school of theology of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North America.

Activities of the Parish Priest

1. October 27 - Attended Anniversary banquet.
2. October 28 - Visited with three residents of Rolling Meadows Nursing Home in Waynesburg.
3. October 30 - Travelled to Johnstown with friend of parish. Visited with Prota Stavrofor, Dr.Nedeljko and Protonica Dubrovka Grgurevich at St.Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church while in Johnstown.
4. November 2 - Served at Divine Liturgy-Holy Trinity Mission-Fairmont, West Virginia. Visited with parishioner in Fairmont.

From the Desert fathers

He(Abba Poemen) also said, 'There are three things which I am not able to do without: food, clothing and sleep; but I can restrict them to some extent.'


Ninteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Luke 6:31-36

And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father who is merciful.

Our Lord Jesus Christ asks us to love those who are difficult with us. Our Lord Jesus Christ asks us to be kind to those who are unkind. Our Lord Jesus Christ asks us to be charitable with those who want loans from us.

It is hard to be a Christian. The gate is narrow for those seeking life according to Christ. (MT.7:14) To come to know the expectations of Jesus Christ, we need to be familiar with His life and teachings. We need to be steeped in the lessons of the Holy Gospel.

The Holy Orthodox Church provides Scriptural instructions for each day of the year. The Holy Orthodox Church provides for religious services every day of the year and throughout the course of the day.

Serious Orthodox believers will familiarize themselves with the structure of services of the Holy Orthodox Church. Serious Orthodox believers will structure their lives to conform to the liturgical cycle of the Church.

The fasts of the Church and the daily saints being commemorated should become an integral part of each Orthodox home, each Orthodox life. Living the life of the Church is not simply for the priest, for the monastics or for the bishops. Living the Orthodox way of life is for all who have been baptized into Christ, for all who have "put on Christ."

The Church goes to great lengths to provide religious instruction and religious services for believers. Believers deny themselves the fullness of the Church, the fullness of the life in Christ when the life of the Church is limited to Sunday worship or less.

Being an Orthodox Christian is a totally voluntary act. Being a serious Orthodox Christian requires conscious commitment and effort. Being a serious Orthodox Christian introduces one to the fullness of the Church, to the essence of joy in the Church, the joy of Jesus Christ, the joy of the Resurrection, the joy of renewal and forgiveness.

Today and at each Divine Liturgy the words, teachings and life of Jesus Christ are proclaimed. Orthodox believers know of the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ. Orthodox believers know of Jesus' baptism in the Jordan, of His Transfiguration, His miracles, His teachings, His times of prayer and of His arrest, trial, crucifixion and Resurrection.

Centuries predated Jesus Christ taking on human flesh. Centuries predated Jesus Christ being crucified, buried and Resurrected. Centuries predated the commissioning of the Holy Apostles to go forth to all nations to baptize and to teach in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.(Mt.28:19-20).

To understand the teachings of Jesus Christ, we must invest time and effort. We must think serious about Jesus Christ. We must study His words and His life. We must


become familiar with and think about historical events prior to Jesus taking on human flesh. We must think about His Second Coming.

Becoming an Orthodox Christian is a very serious step. A person's identity is changed forever when he or she becomes an Orthodox Christian. This step, at the time it is taken, is a time of great joy.

The joy of becoming an Orthodox Christian is renewed and reaffirmed each time the believer partakes of the Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. We draw near to the Holy Chalice in the fear of God and with faith. We draw near to the Holy Chalice mindful of the present Gospel message and of each Gospel message.

Coming to the Holy Chalice in the fullness of faith is coming to Jesus Christ, is uniting with Jesus Christ. Coming to the Holy Chalice is an opening of the self to Jesus Christ, is an entry into Christ and Christ entering into the person.

At each Divine Liturgy believers witness the Holy Spirit at work. At each Divine Liturgy believers have the opportunity for the unity with Christ made available only through the partaking of the Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

The Divine Liturgy is special. Serious believers know of the special place of the Divine Liturgy in the Holy Orthodox Church. God is at work in the Divine Liturgy. God is present in the Divine Liturgy.

Each time we hear the present Gospel message, each time we hear each Gospel message, as Orthodox Christians we are expected to take the message to heart, to incorporate it into our lives and to be better as a result.

Pray today and each day to be more attentive to the Lord Jesus Christ, to His teachings, His life, His suffering and His love. Pray today and each day to be faithful to the baptismal commitment, to the decision to be a Serbian Orthodox Christian.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania. October 21 / November 3, 2002.
Venerable Hilarion. St. Hilarion and Bissarion.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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