St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 302 - October 4/October 17, 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

October 4/October 17, 2004
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 302

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

I Timothy 3:9

Holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience

Services This Past Week

October 10 - Thirty-five people attended Divine Liturgy.
October 11 - Two people came for Midnight Office. Three people were present for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Vespers.
October 12 - Two people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Vespers.
October 13 - Three people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Akathist to St. Panteleimon and First Hour.
October 14 - Two people came for Midnight Office. Four people were present for First, Third and Sixth Hours and Divine Liturgy. One communicant. Three people came in the evening for Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Akathist to the Cross.
October 15 - One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Vespers.
October 16 - Two people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - A warm welcome to Father Rumen Stoychev serving the Pro-Liturgy.
Morning services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 AM, Midnight Office. 6:30 AM - Matins and First Hour.
Afternoons - Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 4:30 PM. Akathist and Vespers. Tuesday evening at 7:00 PM. Vespers.
Thursday at 6:30 PM. - Two Akathists followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 19 - St. Thomas
October 24 - Fiftieth Anniversary of St. George Church
October 27 - St. Petka-Paraskeva
October 31 - St. Luke
November 8 - St. Demetrius
November 16 - Renovation of Church of St. George
November 21 - St. Archangel Michael
November 22 - St. Nectarios
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Andrea Janson has been hard at work finalizing the Anniversary booklet. Thank you to all contributing to the production of the book.
Dorothy Bozick is working hard to finalize reservations for the banquet. Make your reservations today.
Thank you to all supporting the "Evening for Shadeland"
The Parish Annual Assembly is scheduled for December 5.
Executive Board meeting Monday at 11:00 AM, October 18th.
Joe Katusa, Mildred Belch and Mary Trbovich are present each day for services.
Thank you to all helping the Kolo with baking this past week.
The Kolo needs help tomorrow, Monday to bake rolls.
Remember the parishioners and friends of the parish at home, in care homes, hospitals and prisoners.
Remember the staff members working in care homes, rehab centers, hospitals and jails and prisons.
Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.
Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.
The Choir is taking orders for candy.
Six people came to Adult Class this past week, the thirteenth class discussing the Divine Liturgy. All parishioners able to come should come to class on Thursday evenings. Class again this Thursday at 7:00 PM following the 6:30 service.
May God give to comfort Edna Kotch and her family. Edna's sister departed this life recently.
It was good to see Mildred Pritz in church last Sunday.

A Thought from St. Basil the Great

What does the Spirit do? His works are ineffable in majesty, and innumerable in quantity. How can we even ponder what extends beyond the ages? What did he do before creation began? How great are the graces He showered on creation? What power will He wield in the age to come? He existed; He pre-existed; He co-existed with the Father and the Son before the ages. Even if you can imagine anything beyond the ages, you will discover that the Spirit is even further beyond.
(St. Basil the Great. On the Holy Spirit. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1980, pp.76-77 )

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

To Consider

The restoration of life to the son of the widow of Nain.
The raising of Lazarus from the dead.
Jesus Christ rising from the dead

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 10 - Attended Ninetieth Anniversary dinner of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church of New Salem.
October 12 - Attended funeral of Protonica Jelisaveta Purich at St. Nicholas Church, Johnstown
October 13 - Attended Christian Associates Jail Chaplaincy Meeting in Pittsburgh. Spent time with Orthodox Christian visiting the Church.
October 1 - Went to Fairmont General Hospital, Fairmont, W. Va while an Orthodox Christian had surgery.
October 16 - Scheduled to visit parishioner at home. Scheduled to attend "Evening for Shadeland"

From the Desert fathers

He (Abba Sisoes) also said: "When there is someone who takes care of you, you are not to give him orders."

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost 2004

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 is the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost in the Year 2004. People have known about the Lord Jesus Christ for twenty centuries. Many have tried to explain away and diminish the truths of Jesus Christ. Many have persecuted Christians.

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." (Heb.13:8) In this morning's Gospel, Jesus restored life to the son of the widow of Nain. On Lazarus Saturday each year, we celebrate the raising of Lazarus from the dead. (Jn.11:43-44)

Today and every Sunday we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. What joy we find in Christ. What hope we find in Christ. What love we find in Christ.

We only need to come to Christ in faith. We only need to come to Christ in sincerity. We only need to come to Christ with open hearts.

We become new in Christ when we come to Christ seeking the newness emanating only from Christ. St. Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (II Cor. 5:17)

Orthodox Christians believe the truths of Christ which have stood the test of centuries. These Christian truths have given form to the centuries. Orthodox Christians look not only to the centuries having come before. Orthodox Christians look to the present and future.

The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed expresses the Orthodox belief that Jesus Christ will come again. Each day is a time to prepare for Christ's Second Coming.

The account of the five wise and the five foolish virgins is a lesson in readiness. In the Gospel of St. Matthew we read the words, "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. (Mt.25:1ff)
The Creed expresses the Orthodox belief in the resurrection of the dead. In the Epistle to the Thessalonians read at each funeral service we hear the words: "For the Lord Himself will descend from with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first." (I Thess.4:16)

Today's Gospel draws our attention to Christ's power over death. Today's Gospel causes us to think about the transformation of the world due to the Resurrection of Christ. Today's Gospel is reason to think about God throughout the ages.

God is beyond our ability to fully comprehend. We can only prostrate ourselves before God and seek the mercy of God. We can only come to God in awe. We can draw near to God in hope.

When we open ourselves to God, we open ourselves to seeing the world differently. The widow of Nain certainly saw the world differently after her son was restored to life. Certainly the son of the widow had reason to praise and glorify Christ for giving him life.

Christ gives each of us new life when we are baptized. Christ gives each of us new life when our sins are forgiven in Holy Confession. Christ gives us new life when we partake of His Precious Body and Blood.

The appreciative Christian will be forever giving thanks to God. The appreciative Christian will learn from the Gospel lesson of thanksgiving. Ten lepers were healed. One of the ten took time to give thanks. Jesus said to the one: "Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well." (Lk.17:11-19)

We do not know what each day hold for us. We have centuries and centuries of lessons from God. If we pay heed to these lessons, if we study the Holy Scriptures, if we pray, if we read the lives of the saints, if we turn our lives over to God, we can face each day with confidence in God.

We experience God when we put our trust in God. We experience God when we are attentive to the presence of God in our lives and at work in the lives of others. We experience God in the Divine services of the Church.

Today's Gospel reveals the power of healing by Jesus Christ. The healing of the son of the widow of Nain has been proclaimed through the centuries. Twenty centuries of all types of living have not been able to hide the testimony of this healing.

Let us reflect on the power of Jesus Christ at work in our lives. Let us reflect on the healing we have received from Jesus Christ. Let us give thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ for His goodness, His mercy, and for the newness of life He has given us.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 4/October 17, 2004
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Stephen and Yelena Stiljanovic, Martyrs

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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