St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 311 - December 6/December 19, 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
December 6/December 19, 2004
St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
No. 311

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

Jude 20-21

But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Services This Past Week

December 12 - Twenty-eight people came to church. Father Deacon Dragoslav Kosic served.
December 13 - One person came for Midnight Office. Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Eight people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont. One communicant.
December 14 - One person came for Midnight Office. Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. Panteleimon.
December 15 - One person came for Midnight Office. Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and the Akathist to the Cross.
December 16 - One person came for Midnight Office. Two people came for Matins and First Hour. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
December 17 - One person came for Midnight Hour, Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
December 18 - Five people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Fifteen people came for Akathist to St. Nicholas and Vespers. The Baptism of Anya Nicole Sivak followed. Congratulations to parents, grandparents and kumovi.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Mornings - 5:30 AM. Midnight Office. 6:30 AM Matins Daily Monday through Saturday.
Afternoons - Monday at 6:30 PM. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 4:30 PM.
Wednesday - Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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 pray...you are too busy!

And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, 
for power went out from Him and healed them all.

Parish Life

Mary Trbovich is accepting contributions for flowers for Christmas.
Thank you to Mildred Belch and Marion Luteran for polishing the baptismal fount.
Thank you to Mr. Blasinsky for remembering the St. George Church.
Sympathy extended to Paulette Radock, her brothers Joe and Michael having departed this life this past week. May God help the family.
Mary, the sister of Pete Smargie and Rose Miscovich, departed this life this past week. May God give them comfort.
Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo.
Remember the men and women in the military and their families.
Happy Slava to all celebrating the Feast of St. Nicholas today.
Remember homebound parishioners, those in care homes, in hospitals, rehab centers and correctional institutions.
Come to church services one additional day per month.

A Thought from St. John Chrysostom

Pray together at home and go to Church; when you come back home, let each ask the other the meaning of the readings and prayers. If you are overtaken by poverty, remember Peter and Paul, who were more honored than kings or rich men, though they spent their lives in hunger and thirst. Remind one another that there is nothing in life to be feared, except offending God. If your marriage is like this, your perfection will rival the holiest of monks.

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology

To Consider

The Serbian practice of celebrating a Krsna Slava
The importance of honoring the family patronal feast.
Prayerfully reflecting on having become an Orthodox Christian

Activities of Parish Priest

December 11 - Travelled to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Youngstown for Christian Education meeting. Later, attended Vespers at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Steelton.
December 12 - Served at Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church, Lebanon. Later, visited parishioner at Jefferson Hospital.
December 13 - Visited parishioner at Jefferson Hospital. Visited parishioner at home. Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
December 14 - Attended Clergy Brotherhood Meeting at St.Sava Church, Mckeesport. Visited parishioner at Jefferson Hospital.
December 16 - Visited parishioner at home. Visited parishioner in care home.
December 18 - Attended Christian Education Deanery meeting-Weirton, W.Va.

From the Fathers of the Church

He (Poemen) also said, "Do not give your heart to that which does not satisfy your heart."

Twenty-Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, 2004

Luke 17:12-19

Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!' So when He saw them, He said to them, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?" And He said to him, "Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well."

Feast of St. Nicholas

Luke 6:17-23

And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jersusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases, as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch Him , for power went out from Him and healed them all. Then He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said: "Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for your shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man's sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, for in like manner their fathers did to the prophets."

Today is the feast of St. Nicholas. For many Serbian Orthodox Christians, it is their Krsna Slava. Today is the patronal feast for many Serbian Orthodox Christians.

The Holy Gospel for today reminds believers to give thanks to God. The Holy Gospel for today is a reminder for believers to think about the healing power of God.

In the rush of daily life, God can be forgotten. In the rush of daily life, too little time can be set aside for God. In the rush of daily life, God can be pushed out of our lives.

It is important to set aside specific times each day to pray to God. It is important to set aside specific times each day to nourish the soul. St. Paul set the standard of unceasing prayer in his first Epistle to the Thessalonians (I Thess.5:17).

Unceasing prayer is the ideal goal for each believer. To reach the goal of unceasing prayer, the believer must begin and continue to pray. When falling short, it is important to begin anew.

When beginning to pray, the regularity of time is important. The regularity of place is important. The amount of time set aside for daily prayer is important.

The personal rule of prayer must be manageable. If one establishes a rule of prayer that is to too difficult, the believer may give up in frustration. At the same time, it is important to push one's self to be diligent in prayer.

God will help the believer to be consistent in prayer. God will help the believer seriously trying to pray.

The Christian identity of St. Nicholas has prevailed through the centuries. One can only imagine the degree of love for Christ held by St. Nicholas.

St. Nicholas' love for Christ has been a lesson for believers for centuries. The Holy Orthodox Church has preserved and perpetuated the remembrance of St. Nicholas.

St. Nicholas is recognized and is commemorated throughout the Holy Orthodox Church. Men and women pray to St. Nicholas. Men and women name their children in honor of St. Nicholas.

Orthodox Churches are named after St. Nicholas. Orthodox celebrations are held in remembrance of St. Nicholas. Icons bear the image of St. Nicholas. Books have been written about St. Nicholas.

Believers enrich their knowledge of St. Nicholas when they pray the Akathist to St. Nicholas. Believers enrich their knowledge of St. Nicholas when they attend the divine services on the Feast of St. Nicholas.

Prayer is a reaching out to God. Prayer is an expression of the inner desire to be united with God. Prayer is an expression of love for God.

At Holy Baptism, children are dedicated to God. At Holy Baptism, children begin the journey to the Kingdom of God. At Holy Baptism, the way of Satan is cast aside and the way of Christ is chosen.

Psalm 105 reminds believers to give thanks to God and to make known the deeds of God. Psalm 105 begins with the words: "Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His Name; Make known His deed among the peoples!"

It would be interesting to record the words of each believer for a day to determine the degree to which God is a part of daily conversation.

How often do we speak about God in our daily lives? How often is God the subject of our thoughts? How often do we take time to seriously thank God.

Nine of the ten lepers healed in the Gospel did not return to thank God. Each of us has been helped by God. God has been good to each parishioner of this Church.

Let us resolve to give thanks to God regularly. Let us reflect on the time we became believers. Let us give thanks unto God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 6/December 19, 2004
Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Feast of St. Nicholas.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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