St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 202 - November 4/November 17, 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

November 4/November 17, 2002
Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
No. 202

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Services This Past Week

November 10 - Twenty seven people came for Vespers.
November 11 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people Akathist to St.Sava and Molieben to St.Sava
November 12 - One person came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 13 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Ten people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont.
November 14 - Four people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 15 - Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 16 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call To Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Kolac and Kolivo.
Thursday - Divine Liturgy-9:00 AM.
Saturday - Divine Liturgy-Holy Trinity-Fairmont-10 AM.
Saturday - Vespers-4:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today-Choir Slava celebration-Congratulations Kuma Andrea Janson
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
November 29 - St.Matthew the Apostle
December 4 - Entrance of Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple
December 13 - St.Andrew the First-called Apostle
December 22 - Children's Day
December 27 - Parish Retreat

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

1. May the Choir have a joyous Slava celebration today.
2. Thank you to all supporting the Choir Slava celebration.
3. Three people came to Adult Class this past week. No class this week.
4. Thank you to all baking this past week.
5. Let us pray for the safety and wellness of the many correctional institution officers and staff members living in the vicinity of St.George Church.
6. Parish Executive Board Meeting-December l. Annual Parish Meeting-December 8.

A Thought From Tosho Erdel*

I joined the choir because it gave me the wonderful opportunity to praise God in the beautiful tradition of our Orthodox Church. I joined the choir because it gave me the unified strength of identifying with my extended Serb family. I joined the choir because it helped me to keep alive the quiet pride my father brought over with him. I joined the choir because I wanted to sing. .*(SSF Hi-Notes-January-February, 1996)

Remember St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville, Illinois

To Consider

1. The dedication of St.George Choir members.
2. The consistency of the St.George Choir.
3. The amount of hours per year given in service to the Church by choir members.
4. The Church teachings conveyed through the singing of the Choir.
5. The effect of the Choir on worship.
6. The skills of the Choir Director.
7. The different services sung by the Choir.
8. The singing of the Choir at important times in the lives of parishioners.
9. The concentration required of choir members.
10. The stamina required of choir members.
11. The collective contributions of the Choir members to the Church.
12. The memories of worship created by the participation of the Choir.
13. The opportunity to join the Choir at any age.
14. The strengthened Christian identity due to singing in the Choir.
15. The development of talent given by God through being a choir member.

Activities of the Parish Priest

November 9 - Visited parishioner in Uniontown Hospital.
November 11 - Visited patient in Greene County Memorial Hospital-Waynesburg.
November 11 - Traveled to Diocesan Headquarters in Mars, Pennsylvania.
November 13 - Served Vespers at Holy Trinity Mission-Fairmont.
November 15 - Attended Seminar at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh on "The Traumatized Child: Dissociation, Neurobiology and Culture."

From the Desert fathers

Abba Mius of Belos said, "Obedience responds to obedience. When someone obeys God, God obeys his request.

Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost

Luke 8:5-15

"A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, and sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold." When He had said these things He cried, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" Then His disciples asked Him, saying "What does this parable mean?" And He said, "To you it is has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that 'Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.' "Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for awhile and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasure of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.

Today the Holy Orthodox Church puts before us the parable of the sower. The word of God is preached throughout the world and has been preached for centuries.

Only a percentage of people hearing the word of God take it to heart, keep it and with patience bear fruit. From the parable, one might draw the conclusion that one out of four persons hears the word of God and keeps it for the duration.

The individuals who fall into the category of hearing the word of God and keeping it make a big difference in the world. They live their lives according to the Holy Gospel. They raise their families according to the Holy Gospel. They treat others according to the Holy Gospel, They are contributing members of God's Holy Church and the community in which they live.

People who hear the word of God and keep it stay the course for the duration of their Christian lives. Some people are blessed to be nourished in the Faith from infancy and grow in Christ throughout their lives. They live in Orthodox Christian homes, perhaps homes that have been Orthodox Christian for generations, and they continue the centuries old practice of being serious Orthodox Christians.

Others may have been "lukewarm" Christians but for some reason began to take Jesus Christ seriously and resolved to live the life of Christ in the Orthodox Church for the duration of their lives.

Daily there are people coming to the Orthodox Church, as there have been for centuries, who come out of a search for the Truth. They find the Truth, they find Jesus Christ in the Orthodox Church and they remain Orthodox believers for the balance of their lives.

As Orthodox Christians, we must concern ourselves with making the Gospel available to everyone we meet. We make the Gospel available through the way we live as Orthodox Christians. We make the Gospel available through inviting people to attend the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church. We make the Gospel available through charitable works.

We never know out of the people we meet which one will hear the word of God and keep it and bring it to bear fruit with patience.

We should always bear in mind St. Paul. St.Paul was a persecutor of Christians but he was transformed by Jesus Christ and became a leading Apostle. We should bear in mind St.Moses the Ethiopian. He was a robber who became serious about God and he went on to lead a saintly life and is venerated on the Orthodox calendar every year on August 28/September 10.1

St.Mary of Egypt is remembered each year on the Fifth Sunday of Great Lent and on April 1/14 as a person who repented of sinful ways, became an ascetic and lived a saintly life.2

When Jesus was questioned by the Pharisees why he ate with tax collectors and sinners, Jesus replied: "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick." (Mt.9:12) Jesus came to call sinners to repentance. (Mt.9:13)

Each Orthodox Christian has the opportunity to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Each Orthodox Christian can demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ in the way he or she treats each person met in life. Orthodox Christians teach the Gospel of Christ by living the Gospel of Christ.

Sin finds its way into every life. Jesus Christ helps us to repel sin. Jesus Christ helps us to find peace and joy in Him. The Holy Gospel preserved and proclaimed and alive in the Holy Orthodox Church serves to guide, to inspire, and to nourish believers.

With God's help and mercy, serious believers hear the word of God and keep it. Let us pray that we will hear the word of God and keep it.

1+Bishop NIKOLAI(Velimirovic). The Prologue from Ochrid. Vol.3. Birmingham, England: Lazarica Press, 1986, p.249.

2Ibid. Vol.2, p.5.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania. November 4/November 17, 2002.
Venerable Joannicius the Great; St. Nikandras the Martyr. 2002.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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