St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 201 - October 28/November 10, 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 28 / November 10, 2002
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 201

Revelation 2:19

I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first.

Services This Past Week

November 3 - Thirty seven people attended the Divine Liturgy. Parastos held for Andy Mickey.
November 4 - Two people came for Matins and the First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 5 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 6 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God-Joy of All Who Sorrow, Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 7 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 8 - Six people came for Divine Liturgy. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
November 9 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came to Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call To Confirm Weekday Schedule

Divine Liturgy - Today
Matins and First Hour - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday - 8:30 AM.
Ninth Hour and Vespers - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, - 4:30PM.
Wednesday-Vespers - Holy Trinity - Fairmont-6:00PM.
Vespers - Friday - 7:00 PM (Requires confirmation)
Saturday - Akathist to St. George at 4:00 PM. Ninth Hour and Vespers to follow.
Pomen for Departed Veterans - Monday morning at conclusion of service.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

November 14 - Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Unmercenary Healers
November 16 - Renovation of St. George the Great Martyr Church
November 17 - Choir Slava celebrated. Covered dish dinner.
November 21 - St. Archangel Michael
November 22 - St. Nectarios of Egina.
November 24 - St. Stevan of Decani
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 27 - Nativity Fast Begins

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

1. Let us continue to continue to remember in our prayers the suffering Serbian People.
2. Plan to attend the covered dish dinner for the Choir Slava next Sunday.
3. Thank you to all contributing to the St. Sava School of Theology collection.
4. Pray for our parishioners and friends homebound, in the hospital, care homes, or prison.
5. Three people came to Adult Class Thursday. Class again this Thursday 9:15AM.
6. If each person in the parish now not attending weekday services would come once per month, we would increase attendance substantially.
7. If each person not attending adult classes on Thursday mornings came once per month, we would increase participation greatly and the parish and attendees would benefit.
8. Thank you to all the people baking this past week. Bakers needed this week.
9. Let us be thankful for the veterans of St. George Church, living and departed.
10. Let us pray for Rudy Vaughn, Richard and Dustin Menhart and Jason Rogish - now on active military duty. Let us remember Proto Lieutenant Colonel Adam Yonitch.

A Thought From Father Stevan Stepanov*

If parents do not care to give their children sound basic religious knowledge of their Orthodox Faith in what other way can they prove the sincerity of their own faith? What you usually consider most valuable and essential to a meaningful life, you also give to your children, at whatever cost and sacrifice. That is the nature of being a good parent. The question is: Where is your Orthodox Faith, on the top of your list of priorities or on the bottom? *(St. Elijah Bulletin - Aliquippa, Pa. September 1991).

To Consider

1. The gift of life from God.
2. The miracle of each new day.
3. The miracle of each new life.
4. The opportunity to "start over" in Christ.
5. Finding purpose and completeness in Christ.
6. Experiencing forgiveness in Christ.
7. Being sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.
8. Finding meaning in the Holy Scriptures.
9. Discovering and utilizing talents given by God for God's glory.
10. Being grateful for being an Orthodox Christian.

Remember St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville, Illinois

Activities of the Parish Priest

1. November 3 - Visited with parishioners-Attended viewing of +Rose Zoretic at Haky Funeral Home - Uniontown.
2. November 4 - Attended funeral at St.Mary Church - Uniontown for +Rose Zoretic and dacha in Masontown. In the evening, went to Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh to see Mark Kotch.
3. November 6 - Visited resident - SCI - Greene.
4. November 7 - Visited parishioner.
5. November 8 - Visited parishioners.
7. November 9 - Visited with parishioners.

From the Desert fathers

He (Ephrem) also said, 'Reading the Scriptures is a great safeguard against sin.'

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 7:11-16

Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. And when He came near the gate of the city. Behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep." Then He came and touched the open coffin and those who carried him stood still. And He said, "Young man, I say to you, Arise." So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother. Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has risen up among us.; and "God has visited His people."

Every word of the Holy Gospel is important. Every word has meaning and contributes to our understanding of Jesus Christ. Every word of the Gospel enables us to draw certain conclusions.

The Holy Gospel, the writings of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John form a cohesive whole. These writings have been preserved and proclaimed by the Holy Orthodox Church.

We hear portions of the Holy Gospel proclaimed throughout the year in the Orthodox Church. We hear portions of the Epistles throughout the year in the Orthodox Church. Old Testament readings characterize the weekday readings of the Church during Great Lent.

Holy Week brings the complete work of the Evangelists to the attention of believers. The Holy Gospel, essentially in its entirety, is read during Holy Week.

Orthodox believers need to know the Holy Scriptures are an essential part of the worship experience. Orthodox believers need to know the Psalms have a regular part in the daily worship of the Church.

The Orthodox experience is a dynamic experience. The Orthodox experience requires constant interaction between the human and divine, the believer and God.

We do not grow in Christ unless we are active as Christians. We are required to be active participants in worship. We are required to be active participants in prayer.

Even when we are still, we are required to quiet ourselves and bring our mind into focus on God. Discipline is necessary in the Christian life. At Baptism we say "no" to Satan and to the way of life governed by Satan. At Baptism we say "yes" to Christ and to the way of Christ.

Everyday decisions are made either reaffirming the baptismal commitment or departing from it. Everyday the opportunity exists to return to the path of Christ, to repent and seek forgiveness of sins.

Believers will never fully comprehend all there is to know about Jesus Christ. Believers deny themselves the richness of life in Christ when significant time is not invested in studying the life of Christ and of praying with great regularity.

Not long ago an experienced Orthodox nurse who works in a hospital delivery room said: "When you see a baby born, you have to believe in God." God gives us life. God gives us each breath, each heartbeat.

In the present Gospel, the God intervened and gave life to the only son of the widow of Nain. Each serious believer finds newness of life in Jesus Christ.

Each time a believer comes to Holy Confession, each time a believer comes to the Holy Chalice, he or she is renewed, is "new". At Holy Communion, Christ enters into our members, our hearts, our veins.

When we recite the Trisagion Prayers, we pray for the cleansing of our sins, the pardoning of our transgressions, the healing of our infirmities. We seek to become whole, to become well.

If we are to grow as Orthodox Christians, if we are to grow as an Orthodox Christian community, it is essential we spend time learning more about the Lord Jesus Christ, about the Holy Gospel, about the Holy Epistles, about the lives of the saints and the martyrs.

When we are informed, when we have more information and knowledge, we can make better decisions about our lives. Joy comes from learning more about Christ. Joy comes from growing in Christ. Joy comes from the new life in Christ.

The Cross is a very central part of the Christian message. The Cross is a very central part of the Christian life. The Cross is a very central part of knowing Jesus Christ.

The widow of Nain knew the pain of the Cross. She not only lost her husband. She was in a position where she would lose her only son. The Son of God intervened and changed the widow's life and the life of her son forever.

Today's Gospel message is very instructional. If we are attentive to the words, the teachings and the life of Jesus Christ, with God's help, we will begin to conform our lives to the way of Christ. Jesus Christ changes lives forever for those who are true to Him. Let us open our hearts and minds to Jesus Christ and follow Him to His heavenly Kingdom.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania. October 28/November 10, 2002.
St. Terence. St. Arsenius of Srem.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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