St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 248 - September 22/October 5, 2003

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/October 5, 2003
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 248

Jude 20-21

But you, beloved building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Services This Past Week

September 27 - Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 28 - Forty-four people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant. Parastos for Theodore Dragich.
September 29 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 30 - Three people came for Akathist to the Cross and Vespers.
October l - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers. Two people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Cross.
October 2 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Five people came for the Akathist to St. John the Evangelist, Apostle and Theologian.
October 3 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Verify Weekday Schedule

Divine Liturgy today and every Sunday at 10:00 AM except on Pascha when it is earlier.
Morning Services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - 6:30 AM.
Afternoon - Services-Monday, Wednesday, Friday-3:00 PM. Tuesday and Thursday - 7:00 PM.
Thursday - Divine Liturgy - Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont - 10:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 7 - Public Advisory Meeting regarding Rt. 21 construction & Masontown Bridge Project. 1:00 PM See Notice on Bulletin Board.
October 9 - Repose of St. John the Evangelist, Apostle and Theologian.
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 15-18 - Sabor-California.
Ocotber 19 - St. Thomas the Apostle
October 26 - Parish Annual Banquet
October 27 - Venerable Mother Paraskeva of Serbia - St. Petka
October 31 - St. Luke, the Apostle and Evangelist, St. Petar of Cetinje
November 1 - Memorial Saturday
November 5 - St. James the Apostle, First Bishop of Jerusalem
November 8 - St. Demetrius the Myrrhflowing, Great Martyr of Thessalonica
November 14 - Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Unmercenary Healers.
November 16 - Renovation of St. George the Great Martyr Church - Choir Slava.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

The grounds of St. George Church are scenic and were intended to remain a peaceful oasis consecrated for the glory of God.
The parishioners of the St. George Church have invested significant portions of their lives in building and maintaining the parish church.
The parishioners of the St. George Church have quietly for more than half a century contributed to the upbuilding of their communities as representatives of the parish.
The families of the St. George Church have been well represented in the military forces of the United States of America from World War II to the present.
At present time at least five men with connections to the St. George Church are serving on active duty in United States military, one of whom is in Baghdad.
Two former priests have served in the United States armed forces, one of whom currently is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserves.
Adult Class will be held on Thursday evening following the service. Six people came this past week.
Maria Djonovich and Pearl Zivkovich have traveled many miles to and from the St. George Church.

A Thought From His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN *

All the gifts which are given to the Church have one and the same goal: to build a new Adam in each person just as he was when he came out of the hand of the Creator. Each man receives them and consciously builds them into that Theandric organism. His effort will not be for naught, for the Lord will reward him and reveal to him many more of the mysteries which are in His Church. It is a priceless treasure from which to each is given and it is never impoverished, for it is enriched by Him who is most wealthy in all things.
*(The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church p.67 )

To Consider

The talents given to each person.
The degree of careful attention given to his or her talents by each person.
Daily preparation for the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Daily consciousness of the presence of Christ in our lives.
Daily repentance.
Daily prayer.
Daily worship.
Daily charitable works

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology - Libertyville

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 29 - Had meeting with highway engineers.
September 29 - Shadeland Camp meeting-Diocesan Center-Mars.
September 30 - Went to Diocesan Center-Mars.

From the Desert fathers

The abbot Antony said, "Who sits in solitude and is quiet has escaped from three wars: hearing, speaking, seeing: yet against one thing shall he continually battle: that is, his own heart.

Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Matthew 25: 14-30

For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents; to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents saying, 'Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.' His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you a ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' He also who had received two talents came and said, 'Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.' His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' Then he who had received the one talent came and said, 'Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours. But his lord answered and said to him, 'You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast into the unprofitable darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Orthodox Christians have an Epistle and Gospel message at each Divine Liturgy. The Holy Orthodox Church has a particular order for these messages. The order is repeated year after year.

Orthodox Christians experience consistency. The same Epistle and Gospel message is read throughout the world. A person unable to attend Church can read the Epistle and Gospel message because they are published and made available.

The present Gospel message is concerned with talents given by God. The expectation is that individuals will make judicious use of the talents received. Every person does not receive the same amount of talents. Every person is expected to make good use of the talents received.

Each person hearing the Epistle, each person hearing the Holy Gospel lesson is expected to make good use of them. In effect the Epistle and Gospel are talents given to listeners, given to believers.

When we hear the Epistle and Gospel messages, we become accountable for what we have heard. The expectation is they will be incorporated into our lives and we will be better Orthodox Christians as a result.

The challenge is to be attentive at each Epistle and Gospel reading. The challenge is to understand the messages as they apply to our respective lives. The challenge is to take the messages seriously as they are intended.

In America, every Orthodox Christian has access to a Holy Bible. Every Orthodox Christian should be sufficiently familiar with the Bible to be able to find the daily Scripture readings of the Holy Orthodox Church.

Every Orthodox believer in America should have access to a Church calendar and be familiar with the saint or feast commemorated by the Church each day. The Orthodox Christian life is always connected with the liturgical life of the Church.

Orthodox Christians not taking the Epistle and Gospel lessons seriously do not derive benefit from them. Orthodox Christians listening to the lessons casually or being inattentive will not benefit to the fullest extent.

Believers taking time before and after Church services to carefully consider and review the Epistle and Gospel lessons will find their lives eriched. They will find their talents increased! They will come to see increased benefit in being attentive to the Holy Scriptures.

Each person chooses the degree of seriousness he or she will practice as a Serbian Orthodox Christian. In America the threats to Orthodox Christianity are more subtle that in certain other areas of the world.

Reports from Kosovo and the Middle East and even the Far East indicate Orthodox believers can place their lives in peril for practicing Orthodox Christianity.

The book Crucified Kosovo is graphic in showing the destruction of Serbian Orthodox churches and monasteries. The book shows what can and has happened to a large population of Serbian Orthodox Christians.

God has been very good to Serbian Orthodox Christians in America. God has blessed this and orther Serbian Orthodox parishes in many different ways. We can show our gratefulness to God for these blessings by being steadfastly true to the purposes for which the parish has been consecrated. We can show gratefulness to God for blessing this parish by being serious Serbian Orthodox Christians.

Let us be grateful to God for the opportunity to be Orthodox Christians in relative freedom. Let us make maximum use of the availability of church services and educational classes. Let us commit ourselves to learning and growing as Orthodox Christians throughout our lives.

We come to know the joy of the Lord by being attentive to the Holy Gospel, by being partakers of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 22/October 5, 2003
Hieromartyr Phocas, Bishop of Sinope. Prophet Jonah.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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