St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 308 - November 15/November 28, 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
November 15/November 28, 2004
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 308

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

Hebrews 11:39-40

And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.

Services This Past Week

November 20 - One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 21 - One person came for Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour and Akathist for Communion. Twenty-one people came for Divine Liturgy. One Kolac' blessed in Church.
November 22 - Two people came for Midnight Office. Two people came for Matins and First Hour. A total of three different people came in the morning.
November 23 - Two people came for Midnight Office. Three people came for Matins and First Hour.
November 24 - Two people came for Midnight Office. Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Service of Thanksgiving.
November 25 - One person came for Midnight Office. Two people came for Matins and First Hour.
November 26 - Four people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant. Six people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 27 - Four people came for Matins and First Hour. Two came for Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call to verify the schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy.
Monday Morning - Divine Liturgy at 6:30 AM.
Mornings - 5:30 AM Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. - Midnight Office. Matins and First Hour at 6:30 AM.
Afternoons - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday at 4:30 PM. Thursday at 6:30 PM.
Saturday - Divine Liturgy at 9:00 AM. Akathists at 11:30 AM, 1:30 AM and Vespers at 3:00 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Beginning of Nativity Fast.
November 29 - St. Matthew, the Apostle and Evangelist
December 4 - Entry of Theotokos into the Temple, Parish Retreat
December 5 - Parish Annual Assembly
December 13 - St. Andrew the First Called
December 19 - St. Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, Children's Day
December 26 - Mother's Day

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!

For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth.

Parish Life

Adult Class will be Thursday evening. The eighteenth class on the Divine Liturgy. Plan to attend following the evening service.
The parish Nativity Retreat is next Saturday. It will be a full day of services. Plan to attend.
The parish Annual Assembly will be next Sunday following Divine Liturgy.
The Nativity Fast begins today and continues until the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Nativity. Observe the fast.
Remember the sick, suffering, the imprisoned, the stranger and the needy.
Remember those serving in the military and their families.
Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

A Thought from St. John Chrysostom

Why does St. Paul speak of the husband being joined to the wife, but not of the wife to the husband? Since he is describing the duties of love, he addresses the man. He speaks to the woman concerning respect, saying that the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the Church; but to the husband he speaks of love, and obliges him to love, and tells him how he should love, thus binding and cementing him to his wife. If a man leaves his father and mother for his wife's sake, and then abandons her for whose sake he left his father, what pardon can he deserve? Do you not see, husband, the great honor that God desires you to give your wife? He has taken you from your father and bound (nailed) you to her.
(St. John Chrysostom. On Marriage and Family Life. Translated by Catherine P. Roth and David Anderson. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1986, pp. 55-56. )

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

To Consider

The time given to caring for your soul during your life.
The immeasurable value of repentence.
The examples set by those who repent.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 21 - Went to wedding of John and Susan Quick, St.Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church, Aliquippa. Went to home of parishioner and blessed Kolac' Kolijivo for St. Archangel Michael.
November 22 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont. Seven people attended Divine Liturgy.
Went to Diocesan Center in evening for Shadeland meeting.
November 23 - Went to St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa.
November 24 - Visited resident of SCI-Greene.

From the Desert fathers

He (Nilus) also said "If you want to pray properly, do not let yourself be upset or you will run in vain."

Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, 2004

Luke 12:16-21

Then He spoke a parable unto them, saying: "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?" So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there will I store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.' But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?' So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."

Today's Gospel stresses attention to the soul. What percentage of each day do we devote to the care of our soul? What percentage of each day do we devote to God? What percentage of each day do we devote to prayer?

The days we live in this earthly life are limited in number. The days we live on earth are gifts from God. God gives us breath. God gives us life. God makes the blood to flow through our heart. God enables us to breathe, to think, to talk, and to move.

We cannot utter a single word without God. We cannot hear a single word without God. We cannot live a single second without God.

We do not know the final day of our lives. We do not know when we will face Christ in His Glorious Second Coming. We do not know the day Jesus Christ will return.

We do well to heed the lesson of the five wise virgins. Our Lord said: "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming." (Mt. 25:1-13) The current Gospel lesson concludes with the emphasis on being rich toward God.

We structure our lives around matters most important to us. We direct our lives toward matters most important to us. We invest the time of our lives on interests most important to us.

Businesses and government agencies do studies to determine efficiency and effectiveness. The Nativity Fast is an opportunity for Orthodox believers to return to God and repent of sin. The Nativity Fast is an opportunity to assess fidelity to the Holy Baptism and Chrismation.

The Nativity Fast is a time for serious reflection on life lived and devoted to God. The Nativity Fast is a time devoted to God. Families do well to review the values cherished most.

Serious Orthodox Christian families make time for God throughout the week. Serious Orthodox Christian families reflect the love of God in family relationships.

Forgiveness and love are manifest in the Orthodox Christian home. Images and language and activities denigrating Orthodox Christian life have no place in the Orthodox home.

Christ puts life into perspective. Christ gives us new life when we confess, when we repent, when we return to Christ.

Today's Gospel reveals the futility of placing too much value on material possessions. The talents we receive from God, do we give them back to God? The use of our mind, the use of our hands, the use of our lips, do we put them to use for the glory of God?

The time given us by God, do we use for the glory of God? The abundance of God's love we have received, do we share with others?

The Nativity Fast is an opportunity to listen carefully to God. The Nativity Fast is a time to be silent and be attentive to the word of God. The Nativity Fast is an opportunity to experience the richness of the Holy Church of God.

The joy of Christ is experienced in Christ. The joy of Christ is in knowing Christ. The love of Christ is living in Christ.

Words are not adequate to portray the fulfillment found in the life in Christ. Words are not adequate to describe the completeness of life experienced in Christ.

The Holy Orthodox Church brings us the Nativity Fast. Each believer is voluntarily expected to live the time of the Fast in fullness in Christ. Fasting is at once a voluntary step yet an expectation of Orthodox believers.

When we choose to become Orthodox Christians, we accept the responsibility to live as Orthodox Christians. The responsibility of living as Orthodox Christians includes embracing joyfully the fasts of the Church.

Each athlete knows he or she must train to be successful. Each soldier knows he or she must be prepared for battle. The fasts of the Church are a time of preparation. They are a time of training.

Fasting is concentration on God. Fasting is dedication of time and effort to God. Fasting is expressing love for God. Fasting is a drawing closer to God.

The more we devote our lives to God, the more we learn of God. The more we give of our lives to God, the more we come to realize the abundance God has given us.

Nothing we give to God equals Christ upon on the Cross. Nothing we give to God equals the gift of new life Christ gives to us.

Christ loves us (Jn.15:9). Christ forgives us (I Jn.2:12). Christ gives us new life (2 Cor.5:17). Christ gave Himself for us (Jn.3:16). Let us give ourselves to Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 15/November 28, 2004
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
St. Gurias, Martyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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