St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 252 - October 20/November 2, 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

October 20/November 2, 2003
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 252

Habakkuk 2:4

Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

Services This Past Week

October 26 - Fifty six people came for Divine Liturgy.
October 27 - Two people came for the Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Vespers.
October 28 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Akathist to Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 29 - Three people came for Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Vespers.
October 30 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Five people came for Vespers.
October 31 - Two people came for Divine Liturgy.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today-Warmly welcome Father Deacon Milan Medakovich who will be serving.
No weekday services this week.
November 7 - Vespers - 7:00 PM.
November 8 - Divine Liturgy - 9:00 AM.
November 8 - Vespers - 4:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

November 5 - St. James the Apostle, First Bishop of Jerusalem
November 8 - St. Demetrius the Myrrhflowing, Great Martyr of Thessaloniki
November 14 - Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Unmercenary Healers.
November 16 - Renovation of St. George the Great Martyr Church-Choir Slava
November 21 - Synaxis of St. Archangel Michael and All Bodiless Powers
November 24 - St. Stephen of Decani, King of Serbia
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 27 - St. Philip the Apostle
November 28 - Nativity Fast Begins
November 29 - St. Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist.
December 4 - Entrance of Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple - Parish Retreat

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Thank you to Stan and Karen Brozik for your hospitality at the anniversary banquet.
Thank you to Dorothy Bozick and Dolores Zivkovich for the extra work you put into the banquet.
Thank you to all supporting and coming to the banquet.
Thank you to the Kolo for continuing to bake.
Thank you to Andrea Janson for directing the choir.
Seven people came to Adult Class on October 30 when we discussed St. Luke the Apostle and Evangelist. Next class is November 13.
Today we are taking a special collection to benefit St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville.
May God comfort the family of Joan Simcheck.
Very Reverend Lieutenant Colonel Adam Yonitch is available this week if a priest is needed in an emergency. Phone 724-527-2118.
Our parish is invited to the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin dinner on November 9, following Divine Liturgy.

A Thought From His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN *

With the concept of the Church, two other concepts are connected: unity and exclusivity. It is one for it cannot be divided, and exclusive, for there is no other. According to its Theandric being, the Church is the one and only, just as the God-Man Christ is one and only. Therefore the partition, the division of the Church, is something ontologically and essentially impossible.
*(The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church p 46 )

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

To Consider

Christ healing the son of the widow of Nain.
Christ healing hearts in every century.
Christ mending broken lives in every century.
Christ offering hope when hope can be found nowhere else.
Christ offering light in the darkest moments of life.
Christ offering peace in the midst of turmoil.
Christ offering comfort when hurting seems it will not end.
Christ providing strength in times of weakness.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 26 - Attended Parish Anniversary Banquet.
October 27 - Served at Hierarchical Divine Liturgy - St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa - Kolo Slava / Ordination of Deacon Sasha Turkic to Priesthood.
October 29 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars.

From the Desert fathers

He (Abba Theodore of Pherme) also said, 'There is no other virtue than that of not being scornful.'

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."

Today the Holy Orthodox Church focuses on the miracle of healing of the son of the widow of Nain. The son was the only son of the widow. His death must have been a source of great impact upon her.

When thinking of the death of this woman's only son, one cannot help but think of the death of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Christ ascended to the Cross voluntarily. The same Christ rose from the dead to bring hope, light and promise for all believers.

Jesus restored life to the son of the widow of Nain. Jesus restores hope for believers when they are in despair. Jesus restores life when believers sin and depart from the way of Christ, but repent and return to Him.

There is always reason to hope in Jesus Christ. While we have life, while we have breath, we have the opportunity to turn to Christ. Today's Gospel reveals the compassion of Christ.

The Psalmist says: "Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses, for they are from of old." (Ps.25:6)

Blessed Theophylact said the touching of the coffin by Jesus teaches us that Jesus' very Body is life. His flesh is life-creating and takes away death and corruption.

Communicants find new life in the the Body of Christ. Jesus Christ said: "Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life and I will raise him up at the last day." (Jn.6:54)

We do well to be attentive to this and every Gospel lesson. The teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ are lasting lessons. The Church brings us these lessons each year because we are in need of constant renewal of our lives. We are in need of reminders to be faithful to Christ. We are in need of reminders of the goodness of the life in Christ.

Centuries of evidence witness to Christ. Men and women in their sinfulness know of the evidence, but continue to depart from the way of Christ.

The more we know Christ, the more we know about Christ, the more we will sense our own sinfulness and find reasons to repent.

Thankfully, God is good and is willing to receive the repentant sinner. We have a responsibility to do our best to live according to the teachings of Christ. We have a responsibility to be serious regarding our identity as Orthodox Christians.

We must answer for our identity as Orthodox Christians. We must answer for the degree of faithfulness we maintain or fail to maintain regarding our Baptismal commitment to Christ.

The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed is recited at Holy Baptism and at each Divine Liturgy. The Creed is a constant reminder that Jesus Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead. The Creed is a standard and base of measurement for the actions of our lives as Orthodox Christians.

Little deviations from the way of Christ can take a believer far afield from where he or she wants to go.We cannot be reminded too often that "Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." (Mt.7:14)

Today's Gospel is cause for great joy. Jesus Christ revealed His power over death. Jesus Christ restored life to the only son of the widow of Nain. Just as we experienced new life when we emerged from the Baptismal fount, the son of the widow experienced new life when he emerged from the coffin.

Let us devote the remainder of our lives giving thanks, prayer, honor and glory to God. We know from the Great Prokeimenon at Pentecost the words: "What God is as great as our God? Thou art the God, Who alone workest wonders."

The believer need only turn to the contest of Elijah with the prophets of Baal to get an appreciation of God. When God answered the prayers of Elijah, those in attendance proclaimed regarding the God of Elijah, "The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God." (I Kings 18:39)

Today is the day to appreciate God in our midst. Today is the day to fall down and worship and give glory to God. Let us give glory, thanksgiving and praise to God now and forever.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 20/November 2, 2003.
St. Artemius, the Great Martyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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