St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 253 - October 27/November 9, 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 27/November 9, 2003
Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
No. 253

I Timothy 4:12

Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Services This Past Week

November 2 - Thirty two people came for the service. Father Deacon Milan Medakovich served.
November 7 - One person came for the Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Vespers.
November 8 - Five people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant. Two Kolach's blessed. Parastos for Andy Mickey. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Divine Liturgy today and each Sunday at 10:00 AM except on Pascha when it is earlier.
Morning services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday - 6:30 AM.
Evening services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 3:00 PM. Thursday - 7:00 PM.
Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity, Fairmont - Friday November 14. 10:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

November 10 - St. Arsenius of Srem
November 12 - Sts. King Milutin, Theoctist and their Mother Helen
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 22 - St. Nectarious of Egina
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
December (Date to be established) - Parish Annual Meeting.
December 13 - St. Andrew the First-Called Among the Apostles
Decemeber 15 - St. Urosh, Czar of Serbia and Venerable Joannicius of Devic

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Plan to attend the Choir Slava next week - Covered dish dinner.
Today is the dinner at Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Masontown.
Thank you to the Kolo and Kolo helpers baking this past week.
Remember Rich and Dustin Menhart and Jason Rogish on active military duty.
Living and departed veterans from the parish will be remembered during services on Tuesday.
Thursday Night Adult Class following evening service - Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Unmercenary Healers will be the subject.
Congratulations to RJ Porter, nominated by Penn State as the Mid Atlantic University student of the year.

A Thought From Very Reverend Stavrofor Dr. Nedeljko Grgurevich *

Divine things cannot be measured by time since they are outside of time and space. In the sacred there are neither new nor old things - everything is timeless and always meaningful and relevant. Humans measure the divine in terms of time since God is manifest to men at certain times, and people wish to perceive Him in such a manner. To God Himself time is irrelevant. God can only be measured by the eternal.
*(The Eucharist As Sacrifice Published by Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America, 1993, p. 9 )

To Consider

The people hearing the word of God through the centuries.
The people hearing the word of God and keeping it.
The daily faithfulness required to keep the word of God.
The fulfillment found in and through the word of God.
The changed lives due to the word of God.
The healed lives due to the word of God.
The joyful suffering endured seeking the word of God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

Attended Vespers at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Kansas City, Missouri - Nov.l.
Served Divine Liturgy at St. Mary of Egypt Serbian Orthodox Church, Kansas City, Missouri - Nov.2.

From the Desert fathers

An old man said, "The prophets wrote books: then after them came our fathers, and wrought much upon them, and again their successors committed them to memory. But then came the generation that now is, and wrote them on papyrus and parchments, and laid them idle in the windows."

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."

The present Gospel states those who have heard the word of God with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience. Patience is required in hearing the word of God. Patience is requred in studying the word of God. Patience is necessary in adhering and savoring the word of God.

The road of life is anticipated to be a long road. According to Psalm 90, the average life expectancy is seventy to eighty years (Ps.90:10) Certainly some people depart this life earlier than seventy years. It is known there are people living to be one hundred years old.

The Gospel makes it clear the word of God is received in different ways by those who hear it. While the Gospel may be well received by a large group initially, only a small percentage actually remain faithful to the word.

The words of the Lord Jesus Christ recorded in the Gospel of St. Matthew hold true: "Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." (Mt.7:17)

Each day is an opportunity to hear the word of God and live by it. Each day is an opportunity to be renewed in the word of God. Little by little, a life is transformed when it is steeped in the teachings and way of Jesus Christ.

Exercising patience each day to remain faithful to God is beneficial. Temptations pull at the believer, summoning him or her to a path other than the path taken at Holy Baptism.

From birth to death, individuals exercise their decision-making faculties. Individuals make choices throughout each day of their lives.

The Gospel establishes firm standards and directions for the believer. The believer commits his or her life to the way of Jesus Christ at Holy Baptism.

The newly baptised infant is expected to live the full Christian life for the duration. Parents and God-parents, family and friends are expected to help in the formation process.

The commitment to Christ at Baptism is a full commitment. Each day of the seventy to eighty years of life is expected to be a day of full commitment to Christ.

Christian love is the hallmark of the Christ-filled life. We know if a believer is remaining true to Christ if love is evident in the way he or she lives each day. The First Epistle of John is absolutely clear: "He who does not love does not know God, for God is love." (I Jn.4:8)

More than saying the right words is necessary to live in ways pleasing to God. Our Lord Jesus Christ emphasized the accuracy of the Prophet Isaiah's words: "This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me." (Mk.7:6)

Many people are initially attentive to the words of Jesus Christ. Many people are initially interested in living the life of Christ. When the daily rigors of life arise, when the temptations of life arise, when abundance in life appears,a significant percentage of people fall away from Christ.

Fortunately, persons who remain faithful produce abundantly. Blessed by God, serious believers produce the fruits with patience as described in the present Gospel message.

God has the ability to multiply small portions into great quantities. A person need only read about the feeding of the five thousand to know God can work wonders with small quantities. (Mt.14:19-21)

There is a serious side to Orthodox Christianity just as there is a joyful side. The serious side is the need for continued determination to follow Christ. The joyful moments come often unexpectedly.

God is a faithful God. (Deut.7:9) God will not forsake or leave the believer. A person only needs to read the Epistle to the Hebrews to be reassurred about the faithfulness of God. (Heb.13:5-6)

We hear the word of God in each of the divine services of the Church. Having heard the word of God, we are expected to grow, to become better. Having heard the word of God, we are expected to live in ways pleasing to God.

Patience is necessary to transform each of our lives. Patience is necessary to grow in Christ. St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans offers a strong lesson in patience. The Holy Apostle Paul said :"Tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope." (Rom.5:1-8)

Today and everyday are day's to be patient. Today and everyday are days to be immersed in and obedient to the word of God.

Every Baptized Orthodox Christian has professed belief in Jesus Christ as King and as God. The way we live each day reflects the degree we honor our commitment to Jesus Christ as King and as God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 27/November 9, 2003
St. Nestor of Thessalonica, Martyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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