St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 351 - September 12 / September 25, 2005

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
September 12 / September 25, 2005
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 351

Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at 12:15 on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown.

Galatians 3:24-25

But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian; for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.

Services This Past Week
September 18
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour. Thirty-six people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
September 24
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to the Mother of God, Matins and First Hour. Shawn and Melissa Miciotto were married in the St. George Church with Stan and Karen Brozik serving as and Audie Saunders as Stari Svat.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, at 5:30 and 6:30 AM
Tuesday Morning at 6:30 service will Divine Liturgy.
Monday at 3:00 PM, Tuesday and Saturday at 4:30 PM. Wednesday and Friday at 6:30 PM.
Saturday at 10:00 AM
Divine Liturgy, Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont outdoors. See Fr. Rodney for directions.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 25, Today - Leave-taking of Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos
September 26 - Dedication of the Church of the Resurrection at the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem
September 27 - Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross
October 8 - Memorial Saturday
October 9 - St. John the Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 24-25 - Diocesan Clergy Seminar, St. Nicholas Church, Steelton
October 27 - Venerable Mother Paraskeva of Serbia, St. Petka
October 30 - Parish Anniversary Banquet
October 31 - St. Luke-St. Peter of Cetinje
November 5 - Memorial Saturday, St. James the Apostle
November 8 - St. Demetrius the Myrrflowing, Great Martyr of Thessalonica
November 13 - Celebration of Choir Slava
November 16 - Renovation of Church of St. George
November 21 - St. Archangel Michael

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Congratulations to Shawn and Melissa Miciotto, Kumovi, family and friends.

Thank you to Sonia and Andrea Janson for singing at the wedding. Thank you to Mildred Belch and Mary Trbovich for readying the church for the wedding.

Thank you to Milosh Serb Krewasky for continuing to photo-document the history of St. George Church.

Parishioners of St. George Church regularly come appropriately dressed to Divine services. It is important that when visitors or guests are known to be coming that they be informed in advance of the proper dress for entering an Orthodox Church.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in care homes, hospitals, rehab centers and homebound. Remember their families and the staffs of the facilities.

Read your Bible daily for the benefit of your soul.

Remember those grieving for loved ones departed this life.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

Listen to the weekly parish radio broadcast on the radio and on the parish website.

When the Pittsburgh Steelers home games are 1:00 PM, the parish radio broadcast will be at 6:20 PM

Adult Class will be on Wednesday this week at 7:00 PM

A Thought from St. Irenaeus of Lyons

So faith procures this for us, as the elders, the disciples of the apostles, have handed down to us; firstly, its exhorts us to remember that we have received baptism for the remission of sins, in the name of God the Father, and in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was incarnate, and died, and was raised, and in the Holy Spirit of God; and that this baptism is the seal of eternal life and rebirth unto God, that we may no longer be sons of mortal men, but of the eternal and everlasting God...

(St. Irenaeus of Lyons. On the Apostolic Preaching.. Translation and Introduction by John Behr. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1997, p. 42. )

Remember the Students of St. Sava School of Theology - Libertyville

To Consider

The Feast of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross.
The observation of the Feast of the Cross in our daily lives.
Daily consideration of Christ's suffering on the Cross.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 20 - Served Vespers at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, State College, Pa.
September 21 - Served Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, State College, Pa.
September 23 - Wedding rehearsal for Shawn and Melissa Miciotto.
September 24 - Went to Uniontown for viewing of departed state probation and parole agent Donald R. Shipley.
September 24 - Visited parishioner at Cherry Tree Nursing Center.

From the Desert Fathers

A brother came to Scetis to visit Abba Moses and asked him for a word. The old man said to him, 'Go sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything.'

Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross 2005

John 3:13-17

No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, "that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth come to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.

Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost 2005

Matthew 22:1-14

And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: "The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. Again he sent out other servants, saying, "Tell those who are invited, 'See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen, and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.'" But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, "The wedding is ready, but those who were invited are not worthy. Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding." So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, "Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?" And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, " Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping gnashing of teeth." For many are called, but few are chosen.

Apodasis of Nativity of Theotokos

Lk.10:38-42, 11:27-28

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus feet, and heard his word. And Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, an said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. And it came to pass as He spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But He said, Yea, rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

Today the Holy Orthodox Church brings before us three different Gospels to consider. The Holy Orthodox brings before us the Gospel of the Elevation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross. The Holy Orthodox Church brings before us the Gospel for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost and the Gospel for the Leave-taking of the Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God.

Orthodox Christians are expected to use their minds to think about the different Gospel messages and their meaning for daily life. Orthodox believers are expected to incorporate the Gospel messages into their lives. Orthodox believers are expected to grow and become stronger in faith as a result of listening to and thinking about the Holy Gospel.

Just as individuals grow physically, individuals are expected to grow in faith. Individuals are expected to grow in knowledge. Orthodox believers are expected to exert reasonable effort to learn more about the Faith embraced at Holy Baptism. Orthodox believers are expected to have a certain fundamental knowledge about the Faith.

Orthodox believers who immerse themselves in the life and teachings of Christ are prepared for daily life and the problems arising. Orthodox believers devoting their daily lives to God and the glory of God are prepared for difficulties arising in life.

Orthodox believers looking to unity with Christ find joy and peace. Orthodox believers committed to Christ are resolute in daily life and go forth with hope.

The Holy Scriptures nourish believers. The Divine services provide nourishment for believers. The Precious Body and Blood of Jesus Christ nourishes believers.

Listening carefully to and reading the Holy Scriptures helps to form and shape the believer. Devoting time to prayer and participation in the liturgical services of the Church helps to shape the life of the believer.

The believer's life is defined by the way he or she lives and the fundamental beliefs carried in the heart and mind. Believers searching for nourishment find nourishment on each page of the Holy Scriptures.

A single sentence in the Holy Gospel points to truths that can bring great joy to the heart and mind. Attendance at a liturgical service of the Church can fill the mind with good thoughts and challenge the believer to think differently about the glory and majesty of God.

Today we think about the Cross of Christ. Today we think about eternal life. Today we think about the Mother of God. Today we think about the Resurrection of Christ.

We need to know the joy in Orthodoxy. We need to know the sacrifice of Christ. We need to know of the purity of the Mother of God and the value of hearing the word of God and keeping it.

Each day offers opportunity for fullness of life. Each day offers the love of God. Each day offers the forgiveness of God. Each day reveals the glory of God. When we focus our minds and hearts on God, we come to see God at work in daily life.

Every day is a day to give thanks to God. Every day is a day to pray to God. Every day is a day to give glory to God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 12 / September 25, 2005
Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross.
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Apodasis of the Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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