St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 352 - September 19, October 1, 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
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost / Sunday after the Cross
No. 352

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

2 Timothy 2:17-19

And their talk will eat its way like gangarene. Among them is Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have swerved from the truth by holding that the resurrection is past already. They are upsetting the faith of some. But God's firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity."

Services This Past Week
September 25
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour. Forty-three people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
September 26
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to Mother of God, Matins and First Hour. Two people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Cross.
September 27
One person came for First, Third and Sixth Hours. Four people came for Divine Liturgy. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 28
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, and Canon to Mother of God. Two people came for Matins and First Hour. In the evening, the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Cross were read. Five people came.
September 29
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to the Mother of God, Matins and First Hour.
September 30
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to the Mother of God, Matins and First Hour. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 1
One person came to St. George for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour. Seven people came for Divine Liturgy held in Fairmont, West Virginia at a local park pavilion due to renovations being made to the Holy Trinity Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers to St. George Church.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
Today
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins, First Hour. Divine Liturgy, Parastos.
Mornings
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 AM and 6:30 AM.
Afternoons
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 AM and 6:30 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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 at St. Nicholas Church, Steelton
October 27 - Venerable Mother Paraskeva of Serbia - St.Petka

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

Parish Life

· Five people came to Adult Class this past Wednesday. Class again this Thursday at 7:00 PM following the evening service.

· The parish benefits when more parishioners make an effort to attend weekday services.

· It was a pleasant surprise this past Tuesday on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross when two Orthodox Christians visiting from another parish came to Divine Liturgy at 6:30 AM.

· 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.

· The Fifty-First Parish Anniversary Banquet will be on October 30 at Dolfi's. Plan to attend.

· Congratulations to Mitch Brozik, recently recognized for the growth of security business.

A Thought from St. Irenaeus of Lyons

For it is necessary that things that have come into being have received the origin of their being…from some great cause; and the origin of all is God, for He Himself was not made by anyone, but everything was made by Him. And therefore, it is proper, first of all, to believe that there is One God, the Father, who has created and fashioned all things, who made that which was not to be, who contains all and is alone uncontainable. Moreover, in this "all" is our world, and in the same world, man; thus this world was also created by 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 benefits to the individual, family and parish of attending church during the week.
· The increased understanding of Orthodoxy resulting from coming to more church services.
· The strengthening of prayerfulness due to more frequent church attendance.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 26 - Visitied parishioner at Cherry Tree Nursing Center.
September 29 - Visitied parishioner at Mt. St. Macrina Manor.
September 30 - Attended Shadeland Meeting, Diocesan Center, Mars.
October 2 - Served Divine Liturgy, Fairmont, West Virginia.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Hyperechius) also said, "Fasting is a check against sin for the monk. He who discards it is like a rampaging lion. (cf. Jer. 5:8)

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2005

Matthew 22:35-46

Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord Your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it; you shall 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He? They said to Him, "The Son of David." He said to them, "How does David in the Spirit call Him 'Lord,' saying: 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool." "If David then calls Him 'Lord' how is He his Son?" And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.

Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross

Mk.8:34-9:1

When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels. And He said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power

Today Orthodox believers must come to terms with the Gospel of the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost and the Gospel for the Sunday after the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross.

Serious believers pay attention to the daily Gospel and Epistle readings throughout the year. Being attentive to the daily readings is a way to be united with and an active participant in the Holy Orthodox Church.

Today's Gospel for the Fifteenth Sunday makes the believer think about the love of God and the love of neighbor. Complete love of God is required. Complete love of neighbor is required.

Being an Orthodox Christian is not easy. Being an Orthodox Christian requires adhering to the teachings of Christ we find in the Holy Gospel. Being an Orthodox Christian means finding ways to love and forgive others including those difficult to love and forgive.

Orthodox Christianity requires use of the mind. Orthodox Christianity requires careful study of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.

The Gospel for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost asks believers to think about David and Jesus. Serious believers invest time in reading the numerous pages of the Old Testament. Serious believers want to know about the centuries leading to Jesus Christ's birth. Serious believers want to know about the Holy Prophets.

Today's Gospel reading on the Sunday following the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross gives an indication of the value of the soul. The soul is more valuable than the whole world. Believers are to avoid ways displeasing to God to gain power or the material world and in the process tarnish the soul.

Each day our souls deserve careful attention. Each day we should devote to the salvation of our souls.

Believes are asked to deny themselves and follow Christ. This is a clear and straightforward. It is difficult to deny the self and follow Christ.

Believers face choices daily. Many choices appear worthwhile. Upon more careful examination, the believer may find an appealing choice leads to peril for the soul.

Patience and self-control are counseled in Holy Scripture. Read the parable of the sower. The Gospel of St.Luke states: "And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience." (Lk. 8:15)

Pressures abound in modern living. Believers experience winds blowing in their lives. Believers experience earthquakes in their lives. Believers are faced with the heat of fire in their lives.

Believers do well to think about the Holy Prophet Elijah when he was exposed to wind, earthquake and fire. After experiencing the wind, earthquake and fire ,while he was in a cave, the Holy Prophet Elijah heard God in a still small voice. (Kings 19:9-13).

Look past the obvious and the threatening for the message of God. Look for God in daily life. Look for God at work in every aspect of life. God is everywhere.

St. Paul told the Athenians to seek God in hope to feel after Him and find Him. God is not far. "In Him we live and move and have our being" (Acts.18:22-28).

Believers determine the fundamentals of life when turning to God. Believers determine the scale of values in life when turning to God. Believers find ways to deal with sin and experience forgiveness by turning to God.

The Christian life is the life of the Cross. The Christian life is the life of the Resurrection. The Cross and Resurrection are inseparable. Believers find in the Cross the Revelation of Christ as Son of God. The centurion and those witnessing Jesus Christ's Crucifixion said "Truly, this was the Son of God." (Mt. 27:54)

Believers today have the knowledge that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, Crucified and Resurrected. With this knowledge comes the responsibility to live in ways pleasing to God. With this knowledge comes the responsibility to live in ways pleasing Jesus Christ as King and God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 19, October 1, 2005
Fifteen Sunday after Pentecost.
Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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