St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 310 - November 29/December 12, 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 29/December 12, 2004
Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 310

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

Titus 2:1-8

But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things---that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, in all things showing yourself to be a patter of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.

Services This Past Week

December 5 - Thirty-six people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
December 6 - Two people came for Midnight Office. Three people came for Matins and First Hour. One person came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Vespers.
December 8 - One person came for Midnight Office. Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Vespers.
December 9 - Two people came for Midnight Office and Matins. Four people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Cross.
December 10 - Two people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. Two came for Akathist and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Welcome Father Deacon Dragoslav Kosic serving the Pro Liturgy.
Mornings - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 5:30 AM; Midnight Office.; Matins at 6:30 AM.
Monday - Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM, Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont.
Afternoons - Monday, Tuesday, Friday at 4:30 PM.; Wednesday and Saturday at 6:00 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 13 - St. Andrew the First Called
December 19 - St. Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, Children's Day
December 26 - Mother's Day
December 27 - Sts. Thursus, Leucius, Philemon and Others, Martyrs.
December 30 - Venerable Abbot Paisije and Deacon Avaccum
December 31 - St. Sebastian, Martyr.
January 7 - Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ
January 8 - Synaxis of Most Holy Theotokos.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Thank you to all parishioners staying for the Annual Meeting.
Six people came for the Adult Class, the Nineteenth Class on the Divine Liturgy. After a short interim, classes will resume. Congratulations to the participants.
Thank you to all helping with the Kolo baking project.
Dorothy Bozick has served as Treasurer for most of the parish's existence. In addition, she has been a choir member, Kolo member including helping with the baking projects and picnics and contributes her time to Brownsville Hospital.
Word was received from Mike "Mac" Rogish that he doing well. He listens to the choir compact disk of the Divine Liturgy each Sunday morning. Mac sends his greetings.
It is nice to have new families coming to church.
Honor the Nativity Fast until the Divine Liturgy of the Feast on January 7.
Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.
Remember the suffering Serbian People throughout the world
Remember those in hospitals, those homebound, those in care homes, rehab centers, jails and prison.
Pray for those suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction and their families.
Pray for those suffering from serious illness and their families.
Pray for victims of violent crimes and their families.

A Thought from St. John Chrysostom

Do you want your wife to be obedient to you, as the Church is to Christ? Then be responsible for the same providential care of her, as Christ is for the Church. And even if it becomes necessary for you to give your life for her, yes, and even to endure and undergo suffering of any kind, do not refuse. Even though you undergo all this, you will never have done anything equal to what Christ has done. You are sacrificing yourself for someone to whom you are already joined, but He offered Himself up for one who turned her back on Him and hated Him
(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, p. 46. )

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

To Consider

Our relationship with Jesus Christ.
Our preparation for the Holy Confession and Communion.
Our participation in the Nativity Fast.

Activities of Parish Priest

December 5 - Attended Parish Annual meeting.
December 6 - Offered prayers at Robena Mine Memorial Program.
December 7 - Served at funeral of +Vidosava Zivanovic at St. Sava Cathedral, Cleveland; Visited Monastery Marcha.
December 10 - Visited parishioner in Greene County Memorial Hospital.

From the Desert Fathers

It was said of Abba Chomas that at the point of death he said to his sons, 'Do not dwell with heretics, and do not have anything to do with rulers, then you hands will not be opened to gather together, but open to give.

Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, 2004

Luke 18:18-27

Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" So Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is God. You Know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery,' Do not commit murder,' 'Do not steal,' 'Do not bear false witness,' 'Honor your father and your mother.'" And he said, "All these things I have kept from my youth." So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, 'You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." And those who heard it said, "Who then can be saved?" But He said, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."

Our Relationship with Jesus Christ

This is the time to consider Jesus Christ and our relationship with Him. Jesus Christ is ever present with us. At times we will clearly sense His presence. At other times, we will feel distant and have thoughts dwelling other than on Christ. It is important that we always repent and return to Jesus Christ.

Our relationship with Jesus Christ is more than intellectual. It is intensely and uniquely personal. Though all Christians are united with and identify with Christ, each person feels a special relationship with Christ, a one to One relationship.

A special bond exists among Christians which they share with each other and with Christ. This bond transcends language and territory to link together in spirit and love, people who have never met personally.

The physical birth of Jesus Christ took place centuries ago. As Orthodox Christians, we celebrate Christ's nativity each year as a present day reality. We proclaim with joy each year that "God is with us!"

It is likely that we do not spend sufficient time being amazed at the passage of centuries and the enduring presence of Christ. Each year at the Divine Liturgy on Pascha we read from the Gospel of St. John that Jesus existed at what is referred to as "the beginning." (Jn.1:2). St. John states that all things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made." (Jn. 1:3).

Jesus Christ is central to our Faith. We take our identity from Him. We place our hope in Him. He is our salvation, the source for the remission of sins.

As Christians, we live in a busy and diverse world. There are many distractions. Many individuals in the world blaspheme and do not proclaim Jesus Christ with great glory. At times, the conclusion can be drawn a war is being waged to denounce and subdue any references to Jesus Christ in public places.

We must be certain of our faith. Our perspective must be clear. Through prayer, continual prayer without ceasing, we can come to know Christ as we have never known Him. The barriers to our relationship with Jesus Christ exist within ourselves.

Each of us exerts control over our personal prayer life. Each of us exerts control over our use of time. Our thoughts are subject to personal control. We must be sensitive to the world "discipline" and how it emanates from the word "disciple". To be disciples of Christ, He must ever be present in our prayers, thoughts and mind. Jesus Christ must be our consuming interest.

The Orthodox Church is a Trinitarian Church. In the Creed, we proclaim our belief in One God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. We proclaim our belief in the Son of God, of one essence with the Father. In the Creed, we assert our belief in the Holy Spirit, the giver of life, who with the Father and Son is worshipped and glorified. Our beliefs give rise to our actions and they define us as human beings.

We are members of the Holy Orthodox Church. Our religious teachings and services proclaim Christ as God and enable us to learn more about Him. Through the Holy Mysteries, we experience Christ in diverse ways in which He is wonderfully impacts our lives.

The Holy Mysteries are turning points in human lives. We meet Christ in the Holy Mysteries, in Baptism, Chrismation, Confession and Communion, Marriage and Ordination, in Holy Unction.... these are times when changes noticeably occur in human beings. Participation in the Holy Mysteries is a turning point of life.

There is a subtlety to Jesus Christ. He acts in ways which defy total comprehension and challenge the best of minds. Jesus Christ became man without giving up His divinity. He entered the world through humble surroundings. We have no record of His being educated in institutions of higher learning but His teachings interest the world's best scholars.

Records exist of healing by Jesus Christ. These miracles are sources of hope and inspiration for the sick and suffering of the world. They are objects of scholarly research and close scrutiny. More importantly, the miracles of Christ serve to manifest the faith of Christians everywhere. Christ offers hope!

People of all ages have relationships with Jesus Christ. We know from the Gospel of St. Matthew that Jesus wanted the little children to come to Him. (MT.19:14). From personal observation, we can attest that men and women of all ages find a bond with Jesus Christ.

For many, the relationship with Jesus Christ begins at infant Baptism and grows throughout life. Other individuals may experience unity with Christ at later stages in life. The relationships may mature at different rates and in different ways. With certainty, we know the relationships with Christ are not limited by age, sex, race or national origin.

Jesus Christ is identified with the Kingdom of God. In the Creed, we refer to His Second Coming. In the Lord's Prayer, we pray, "Thy Kingdom come..." The Creed, The Lord's Prayer and our thoughts regarding Jesus Christ, all deserve careful attention.

In the Creed, we refer to the judgment that will take place when Christ returns. The Gospel of St. Matthew in the Twenty Fifth Chapter is an additional point of reference to the Last Judgment.

Our relationship to Jesus Christ is not to be stagnant. We should look to St. Apostle Paul who said Jesus Christ would be magnified in his body whether by life of by death. For St. Paul, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Phil. 1:26-27).

Everyday is a new opportunity to renew our relationship with Jesus Christ.Every moment is an opportunity to say: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner."

Throughout our lives, Jesus Christ is ever-present. He is wherever we may go. If we travel to another country, He is there. If we work in a factory or hospital or office, Jesus Christ is present. Airplanes and rockets do not reach heights which exceed the grasp and presence of Christ.

We do not have to search to find Christ. We do not have to travel far. Our challenge is to open our hearts to Him and to keep them open. Our challenge is to keep our minds on Christ. We must open our eyes and be sensitive to Christ's presence wherever we are.

Now is the time to consider our relationship with Jesus Christ. It is always time to consider our relationship with Him. Time is measured according to Christ's birth. It behooves us to measure each moment of time as a golden opportunity to be with Jesus Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Reissued from the archives
November 29/December 12, 2004
Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Martyr Paramon and 370 Martyrs in Bithynia.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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