St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 304 - October 18/October 31, 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 18/October 31, 2004
St. Luke the Holy Apostle - St. Peter of Cetinje
No. 304

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

Philippians 1:27

Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.

Services This Past Week

October 23 - One person came for Midnight Office. Two people came for Matins and First Hour.
October 24 - Sixty-eight people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
October 25 - Midnight Office was read.
October 26 - One person came for Midnight Office. Two people came for Matins and First Hour. One person came for Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Vespers.
October 27 - One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Divine Liturgy.
October 28 - One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. Four people came for Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Akathist to the Cross.
October 29 - One person came for Midnight Office. Two people came for Matins and First Hour. One person came for Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Vespers.
October 30 - One person came to St. George Church for Midnight Office. Two people came to St. George Church for Matins and First Hour. Eight people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy. One person came to St. George Church for Akathist to Communion and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy.
Mornings - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 5:30 AM, Midnight Office. Matins and First Hour beginning at 6:30 AM.
Afternoons - Vespers at 4:30 PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.
Saturday Vespers at 6:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

October 31 - St. Luke
November 6 - Memorial Saturday
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

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Thank you to all parishioners contributing to the Fiftieth Anniversary celebration.
It was good to see attendees from various area parishes at the Anniversary dinner.
We need to record that Protonica Romana Prodanovich, Proto Vasilje and Protonica Zoreen Sokolovich, Proto George and Protonica Maria Yatsko returned for the celebration. Protonica Maria is the sister of Hieromonk Nikodim (Pribojan) who served St. George Church. He is now known as Father Nazarios.
The attendance at the Divine Liturgy last Sunday was the highest in the past six years.
The dinner at Dolfi's went every well. Thank you to Stan and Karen Brozik.
Thank you to speakers Stan Brozik, Dr. Ivko Dimitric and Sonia Janson.
Our good neighbor Fr. Rumen was on hand to join in the celebration.
The names of all departed from St. George Church were read during the Divine Liturgy last Sunday.
Thank you to Dorothy Bozick for handling the ticket sales for the banquet.
The Anniversary book prepared by Andrea Janson came out very well.
Thank you to the St. George Choir.
Six people came to Adult Class on Thursday evening, the fifteenth class on the Divine Liturgy. Next class on November ll.
Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.
Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.
Remember the homebound, those in hospitals, in care homes, rehab centers, jail and prisons, the ill and the recovering.
Thank you to all baking with the Kolo this week.
Sympathy extended to Joseph Hunchuck and family. Joe's sister departed this life this week.

A Thought from St. Basil the Great

Now it is true that some of them are willing to glorify the Spirit, but not with the Father and the Son. But the Lord has assigned the Spirit His proper place; why should we forsake it to invent another place? He is always described as united with the Godhead; why should He be deprived of His glory? We hear His name in the creed, at saving baptism, in the working of miracles. He take up His abode in the saints; He bestows grace on the obedient. No gift can be bestowed on creation unless the Holy Spirit gives it; not even a single word can be spoken in defense of Christ unless the Holy Spirit inspires it-as we have learned in the Gospels from our Lord and Savior (Mt.10:19-20)
(St. Basil the Great. On the Holy Spirit. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1980, p. 87 )

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

To Consider

Reading the Gospel of St. Luke and the Acts of the Apostles.
Reading the life of St. Luke.
Comparing the Gospel of St. Luke with the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Mark.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 25 - Went to UPMC hospital, Pittsburgh.
October 26 - Went to SCI, Greene.
October 27 - Attended Vespers, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, State College, Pa.
October 28 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
October 29 - Went to SCI, Fayette.
October 30 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

From the Desert fathers

He (Pambo) also said, "This voice cries out to a man to his last breath, 'Be converted today."

The Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost 2004

Luke 16:19-31

There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torment in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us. Then he said, 'I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment. Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them.' And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.'

Luke 10:16-21

"He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me." Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in You name." And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightening from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven." In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.

Today is the Feast of St. Luke. Two Gospel readings from the Gospel of St. Luke are prescribed. We are blessed to have the Gospel to read. We are blessed to have the Gospel to study. We are blessed to have the Gospel to think about in depth.

St. Luke's Gospel provides important details about the life and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. St. Luke's Gospel, combined with the Gospels of Sts. Matthew, Mark, and John, provides a historical record to study about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The Gospels of Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, are read in the Holy Orthodox Church systematically. They are read with great reverence. They are the basis for teaching, for exhorting, and for instructing.

We draw strength from the Gospels of Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. We draw nourishment from these Gospels. We can experience the peace of Christ by studying these Gospels.

The Holy Orthodox Church holds the Gospels to be so important they have a central place in the Divine Liturgy. Readings from the Gospels takes place almost daily throughout the year.

During the first three days of Holy Week, the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke are read in their entirety. The Gospel of St. John is read almost in entirety.

Attentive Orthodox Christians will derive learning from the reading the Holy Gospel in each Divine Liturgy. Attentive Orthodox Christians will listen carefully to the words of the Lord Jesus Christ as preserved in the Holy Gospel.

The Holy Gospels of Saints Matthew Mark, Luke and John are different from other writings. They are afforded a certain honor given to no other books of Holy Scripture.

The Epistles of Saint Paul, the Acts of the Holy Apostles and other New Testament Epistles are also read during the Divine Liturgy.

Serious Christians treasure the New Testament writings. Today's Gospel reading from the Sixteen Chapter of St. Luke describes the soundness of learning found in the Old Testament.

We cannot exhaust the learning available from Moses and the prophets. Serious Orthodox Christians never weary from learning more about God. Serious Orthodox Christians look forward to growth in Christ.

The writings of St. Luke are very descriptive. The writings of Saint Luke have been preserved through the centuries. They have shown the light of Christ for believers to follow.

The Scriptures inform us of the great anticipation which preceded the birth of Christ. The Scriptures inform us of the virgin birth of Christ. The Scriptures inform us of the baptism of Christ in the Jordan. The Scriptures teach us about Jesus being transfigured on the mountain.

The Feasts of the Lord are rooted in Holy Scripture. The feasts of the Lord are celebrated with attention to Holy Scripture.

This Church building is now fifty years old. Within these walls, the Holy Gospel has been read with regularity. The Gospels of Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke and Saint John have been read in their entirety.

Individuals wanting to learn about Christ have the opportunity to learn by attending the Divine Liturgy and other services of the Church.

We know about Saint Luke and celebrate his life today because of his relationship with Jesus Christ. Let us take the lesson from the life of Saint Luke and devote our lives to Jesus Christ.

Let us pray to the Lord God that we may love Jesus Christ and follow Christ with completeness of mind and body, with completeness of heart and soul. (Lk 10:27).

The Holy Orthodox Church has held the memory of Saint Luke in the highest regard for twenty centuries. We have a responsibility as Orthodox Christians to live up to the high standard set by Saint Luke. We have a responsibility to learn from the Gospel of Saint Luke, to follow Christ, to love Christ, to be united with Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 18/October 31, 2004
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Luke the Holy Apostle and Evangelist. St. Peter of Cetinje.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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