St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 301 - September 27/October 10, 2004

The Orthodox Faith

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 27/October 10, 2004
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 301

Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown at 6:20 this evening.

I Timothy 1:5

Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith.

Services This Past Week

October 3 - Thirty-three people attended the Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
October 4 - Two people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. Two people came for the Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Vespers.
October 5 - Two people came for Midnight Office. Three people were present for Matins and First Hour. One person came for the Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Vespers.
October 6 - One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. Two people came for the Akathist to St.Panteleimon and Vespers.
October 7 - Two people came for Midnight Office and Matins. Four people came for the Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Akathist to the Cross.
October 8 - One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. Two people came for the Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Vespers.
October 9 - Two people were present for Matins, First, Third and Sixth Hour. Three people were present for the Divine Liturgy. Two people came for Akathist for Communion and Vespers

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy
Mornings - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 AM, Midnight Office followed by Matins and First Hour. Divine Liturgy will be held on Thursday at approximately 7:00 AM.
Afternoons - Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 4:30 PM, Akathist and Vespers. Thursday at 6:30 PM. Two Akathists followed by Adult Class.
Important - Next Sunday, October 17, Father Rumen Stoychev will serve at 9:00 AM, the Pro-Liturgy. There will be no Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 14 - Protection of Mother of God
October 16 - An Evening for Shadeland. You might still be able to get a ticket.
October 19 - St. Thomas
October 24 - Fiftieth Anniversary of St. George Church
October 27 - St. Petka-Paraskeva
October 31 - St. Luke

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Remember to come at 9:00 AM next Sunday. There will be no 10:00 AM service.
Stan Brozik has been overseeing the planting of shrubbery around the church.
Andrea Janson has been hard at work on the booklet for the Fiftieth Anniversary.
Dorothy Bozick is eager to receive reservations for the Fiftieth Anniversary
Thank you to the Kolo and Kolo helpers for baking this past week. Bakers needed again this Wednesday.
Eight people attended the Adult Class on Thursday evening, the twelfth session on the Divine Liturgy. Class again this week. All parishioners able to come, should come.
Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.
Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo.
+Protonica Jelisaveta Purich from Johnstown fell asleep in the Lord. Her funeral will be on Tuesday at 1:00 PM at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church. May she rest with the righteous and her memory be eternal!
Saturday, October 9 was a Memorial Saturday. The names of all individual buried from the church were read during the Litany for the Departed in the Divine Liturgy.
Thank you to Milosh "Serb" Krewasky for continuing to do photographs.
Congratulations to Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in New Salem for the Ninetieth Annivesary celebration today.

A Thought from St. Basil the Great

If we are illumined by divine power, and fix our eyes on the beauty of the invisible God, and through the image are led up to the indescribable beauty of its source, it is because we have been inseparably joined to the Spirit of knowledge. He gives those who love the vision of truth the power which enables them to see the image, and this power is Himself.
(St. Basil the Great. On the Holy Spirit. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1980, p.74. )

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology

To Consider

The efforts at peace each Christian is expected to perform.
The peace of Christ.
Internal peace under all circumstances.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 3 - Extended congratulations to Protopresbyter John Gido of Ambridge for the Fiftieth Anniversary of his priesthood.
October 4 - Went to Diocesan Center for Shadeland Camp meeting.
October 8 - Went to Diocesan Center.

From the Desert fathers

It was said of Abba Poemen that if he was invited to eat against his will, he wept but he went, so as to not to refuse to obey his brother and cause him pain.

Ninteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2004

Luke 6:31-36

And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father who is merciful.

We are called to attend the Holy Liturgy today. We are called to focus on the Crucified and Resurrected Christ. We have the opportunity to partake of His Precious Body and Blood.

We are blessed with the opportunity to worship and glorify God this morning. We are blessed to be able to come to worship and glorify God in a relatively safe environment, in relative freedom.

Many Orthodox Christians do not have access to a church. There are Orthodox Christians who are homebound, living in hospitals, in nursing homes, rehab centers and in prisons. They cannot attend the Divine Liturgy.

There are Orthodox Christians living in lands where persecution and danger exists daily. Going to church for them means exposing themselves to danger. Reports coming from Kosovo detail with regularity the danger to Orthodox Christians.

Recently a news report indicated a grenade was thrown at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople

We need to treasure our opportunities to worship God. We need to treasure the freedom and make full use of the relatively safe environment we have.

Today men, women and children are dying in Iraq. The war in Iraq has touched our parish in many different ways. Men from and known to this parish have been in Iraq. A parishioner here to attend the Divine Liturgy in recent weeks left for Iraq this past Friday.

Greene County, Pennsylvania, the county in which this Church is located, experienced the first local soldier killed in Iraq. He was buried a few days ago with full military honors.

Our parish knows about the fighting of wars and the loss of life in wars. Many parishioners from the parish have served in the military. Our St. George Church should be filled each day with individuals coming to pray. We should use our time daily to pray for an end to the war in Iraq.

Differing views exist on how to handle the war in Iraq. Our churches can serve as prayerful havens to seek God's guidance in bringing an end to the war. The men and women who are fighting and the men, women and children who are dying are in need of prayers. Their families are in need of prayers.

Reports have been received about the more than one thousand Americans who have died and we need to mourn for them. Each one has a family. Each one has friends.

How many innocent men, women and children in Iraq have died? They, too, have families and friends. They, too, deserve consideration, attention, and prayers.

In the quietness of our churches, we can find direction. In the quietness of our churches, we can seek to listen to God. We can hear the Word of God in our churches. We can bring our concerns about this war to God in prayer.

Though many miles separate Greene County, Pennsylvania from Iraq, we cannot ignore what is taking place. This morning's Gospel speaks about mercy. This morning's Gospel speaks about considering the other person's point of view.

The war in Iraq is debated heavily in the media. Strong feelings exist. Let us take a lesson from the Holy Prophet Elijah. Let us seek to hear the still small voice of the Lord (I Kings 19:9-18)

Orthodox Christians, in prayer, can make a difference in the world. Orthodox Christians, in prayer, can make a difference in their lives and in the lives of others.

The power of prayer in bringing this war to an end should not be under estimated. The power of prayer in seeking peace for the world should not be underestimated.

In the Great Litany, which is said at each Vespers, Matins and Divine Liturgy, we pray for the peace of whole world and for the welfare of the Holy Churches of God.

We need to apply ourselves in prayer. Serbian Orthodox Christians have vivid memories of the devastation and tragedies created by war.

Psalm 34:14 states: "Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace and pursue it." Prayers must begin and continue. Within the context of the Church, courses of action will become clear. The way of God will become apparent.

Families of military personnel fighting in Iraq worry about their loved ones. Families of military personnel appreciate knowing that prayers are being offered for their loved ones. Parishioners coming to church to pray about the war are taking a constructive step.

Each believer has a stake in the outcome of this war. Each believer can make a contribution toward bringing it to an end. Each believer can pray to God and seek God's guidance.

Prayer does not undermine any military action. Prayer does not compromise any military intelligence or action. Prayer does not constitute an unpatriotic act. Prayer can initiate an action for good just as an incendiary device can set in motion an explosion that will do harm.

While there is time, let us pray. While there is hope, let us pray. Our Lord Jesus Christ said: "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (Jn. 14:27)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 27/October 10, 2004
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
St. Callistratus, Martyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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