St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 303 - October 11/October 24, 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 11/October 24, 2004
Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
No. 303

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

I Peter 1:9

Receiving the end of your faith---the salvation of your souls.

Services This Past Week

October 17 - Thirteen people attended the Pro Liturgy.
October 18 - One person came for Midnight Office. Two people were present for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Vespers.
October 19 - Three people came for First, Third and Sixth Hours. Five people were present for the Divine Liturgy. Four people came for Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Vespers.
October 20 - Three people came for Midnight Office, Matins, and First Hour. Three people came for Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Vespers.
October 21 - Two people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. Four people came for Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Akathist to the Cross.
October 22 - One person came for Midnight Office. Two people were present for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for the Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Akathist to the Cross.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy.
Mornings - Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 PM. Midnight Office, followed by Matins and First Hour.
Afternoons - Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:30 PM.
Wednesday - Hours at 8:00 AM followed by Divine Liturgy at 9:00 AM.
Thursday - Akathists at 6:30 PM followed by Adult Class.
Saturday - Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM, Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Fiftieth Anniversary of St. George Church
October 27 - St. Petka-Paraskeva
October 31 - St. Luke
November 8 - St. Demetrius
November 14 - Celebration of St. George Choir Slava.
November 16 - Renovation of Church of St. George
November 21 - St. Archangel Michael
November 22 - St. Nectarios
November 24 - St. Stephen of Decani
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
December 4 - Feast of Entry of Mother of God into the Temple
December 5 - Annual Parish Assembly

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Thank you to all contributing the Fiftieth Anniversary celebration.
Six people came to Adult Class on Thursday, the Fourteen class on the Divine Liturgy. Class again this Thursday at 7:00 PM. All available parishioners should attend.
Remember the homebound, the hospitalized, those in care homes, nursing homes, rehab centers, jails and prisons.
Remember the staffs of medical facilities, rehab centers, ambulances and jails and prisons.
Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.
Remember the students away at college and their families.
Remember the founders and the benefactors of this St George Church.
Thank you to the Kolo and helpers for baking this past week.

A Thought from St. Basil the Great

We can learn about the loftiness of the Spirit's nature not only because He shares the same titles and works as the Father and the Son, but also because He, like them, cannot be grasped by our thoughts. The Lord says that the Father is beyond human conception, and that the same is true of Himself, the Son,. Concerning the Father He says: "O righteous Father, the world has not known thee" (Jn.17:25) By the world He does not mean the whole complex of heaven and earth, but this life of ours, subject to death and endless troubles.
(St. Basil the Great. On the Holy Spirit. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1980, pp. 83-84 )

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

To Consider

The Divine Liturgies celebrated at the St. George Church in fifty years.
The feast day celebrations during the past fifty years.
The joys of weddings and baptisms at St. George Church.
The importance of the St. George Church for funerals and memorial services.
The Priests, Choir members, Altar servers and Tutors, the Executive Board members, Kolo members, Church School teachers and parishioners during the past fifty years at the St. George Church.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 16 - Attended "Evening for Shadeland" at Serbian Cultural Center, Weirton, W.Va.
October 17 - Attended Seventy Fifth Anniversary Kolo Celebration at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Steelton.
October 18 - Attended Parish Executive Board Meeting.
October 19 - Visited parishioners in West Virginia.
October 23 - Scheduled for trip to West Virginia to visit parishioner.

From the Desert fathers

Abbo Pambo said, 'If you have a heart, you can be saved.'

Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost 2004

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."

Sunday of the Fathers of Seventh Ecumenical Council

John 17:1-13

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You have given Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come toYou, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves

With the Archpastoral Blessing of His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN, we celebrate the Holy Divine Liturgy here in the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church.

Today is the Fiftieth Anniversary celebration of the consecration of this holy temple of God. Within these walls, much has gone on under the watchful eyes of God. The sacrifices to build and maintain this holy space dedicated to the glory of God deserve to be in the forefront of our minds.

The lives of the saints and martyrs through the centuries who celebrated the Holy Orthodox Faith and kept the Holy Orthodox Faith in their hearts, lives and homes have a prominent place in the existence of this St. George Church.

Dear relatives and friends departed this life who were so much a part of this St. George Serbian Orthodox Church are ever with us as we celebrate the Divine services.

St. George and Orthodox believers in this and previous centuries who gave their lives as witnesses to the Lord Jesus Christ are inspirations and intercessors for us.

The Holy Gospel rests upon the Holy Altar in a central place of honor. The Holy Gospel sets the direction to take. The Holy Gospel describes the life of and sets forth the words of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Precious Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ provide the necessary strength to face the future. Repentance and Holy Confession enable a return to and a life within the Holy Orthodox Church.

A responsibility exists for all believers to continue to grow in Christ. All believers have a responsibility to learn more about Christ and to seek to always be united with Christ. Believers have a responsibility to serve Christ in daily life.

This is a parish of Serbian Orthodox Christians. The way we live our lives and the way we conduct the work of this parish, are founded in and must always remain true to the way of St. Sava and St. Sava's holy successors.

In the Holy Liturgy, peace and love are common themes. Each of us benefits from serious examination of our hearts and minds and lives. Each of us benefits from measuring our lives according to the life and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Today is a day to give thanks and glory to God. Today is a day to rejoice in the Resurrected Christ. We reflect on the years gone by. Time seems to have gone quickly. The beginnings of this parish seem long ago.

Each day, each prayer, each activity has been a contribution to the formation of the parish. From the making of prosphora, to the maintenance of the cemetery, to the stocking of candles, to the singing in the choir, the life of this parish has taken shape.

Many different services for many different reasons have been held within this Church building. The origins of this parish are connected with other Orthodox parishes in the area. The origins and life of this parish are connected with Serbian Orthodox parishes here and abroad.

Today is a day of hope in the Lord. Today is a day of love for the Lord. Today is a day of appreciation in the Lord. Thanks be to God for the St. George Church. "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." (I Thess.5:18)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 11/October 24, 2004
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Philip the Apostles

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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