St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 353 - September 26 / October 9, 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 26 / October 9, 2005
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 353

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

Matthew 25:21

His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.

Services This Past Week
October 2
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist for Communion, Matins and First Hour. Fifty-five people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant. Parastos for Sophia Kovach.
October 3
Two people came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Canon to the Mother of God, Matins and First Hour. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 4
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, and Canon to Mother of God.
October 5
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to Mother of God. Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 6
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to Mother of God. Two people came for Matins and First Hour. One person came for Akathist to St. John the Baptist and Akathist to St. George.
October 7
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to Mother of God. Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 8
Two people came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, and Akathist for Departed. Three people were present for Matins and First Hour and Pomen for All Departed from the St. George Church. The names of all buried from the Church were read. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
Today
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins, First Hour, Third, and Sixth Hour and Divine Liturgy.
Mornings
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 and 6:30 AM.
Afternoons
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 PM
Thursday at 6:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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
October 30 - Parish Anniversary Banquet
October 31 - St. Luke

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

Parish Life

Thank you to the Kolo and Kolo helpers for baking on a regular basis.

Please send in your reservations for the Anniversary banquet.

The names of all individuals buried from the St. George Church were read during the Pomen on October 8.

Thank you to Milosh "Serb" Krewasky and his helpers for preparing the picnic grounds for winter.

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.

Three people came to Adult Class this past Thursday to discuss Baptism. Class again this Thursday at 7:00 PM following the evening service.

A Thought from St. Irenaeus of Lyons

But this world is encompassed by seven heavens, in which dwell innumerable powers and angels and archangels rendering service to God, the Almighty Creator of all, not as One in need, but so that they might not be idle nor useless. Thus the Spirit of God is active in manifold ways and seven forms of service were counted by Isaias the prophet resting upon the Son of God, that is on the Word in His human advent; for he says, "the Spirit of God shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of knowledge and piety, and the Spirit of the fear of God shall fill Him.

(St. Irenaeus of Lyons. On the Apostolic Preaching.. Translation and Introduction by John Behr. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1997, pp. 45-46. )

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

To Consider
The fundamental belief that human beings can change by turning to Christ.
The importance of repentance.
The nourishment derived from reading the Holy Scriptures regularly.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 26 - Attended Vigil for Elevation of Precious Cross at St.Sava Church, Mckeesport.
October 2 - Attended dinner honoring Father Nikolas Palis at the Holy Dormition Greek Orthodox Church, Aliquippa.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Xanthias said, 'The thief was on the cross and he was justified by a single word; and Judas who was counted in the number of the apostles lost all his labour in one single night and descended from heaven to hell. Therefore, let no-one boast of his good works, for all those who trust in themselves fall.

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2005

Matthew 25: 14-30

For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents; to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents saying, 'Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.' His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you a ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' He also who had received two talents came and said, 'Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.' His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' Then he who had received the one talent came and said, 'Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours. But his lord answered and said to him, 'You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast into the unprofitable darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

We receive our lives from God. We receive all of our talents and abilities from God. We live each moment because of the grace, goodness and mercy of God.

We determine the way we use the talents and abilities received from God. We determine the way we use the time of life given by God. We have limited time in earthly life. The time we receive is not replaceable.

We can invest our lives in the Kingdom of God. We can dedicate our lives to the glory of God. We can demonstrate appreciation to God by putting our talents and abilities and resources to work of the glory of God.

At Holy Baptism we recite the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed. We profess our belief in Jesus Christ as King and as God. We commit our total selves to the Christian life.

At Holy Baptism we profess our belief in the Second Coming of Christ. We profess our belief in the coming judgement of the living and the dead.

We must weigh the values we adopt as Christians. We must weigh the thoughts and actions that characterize our Christian lives. We must be careful in our use of time and talents.

If we have not made good use of our lives, we can repent. If we have squandered the talents and time and resources given by God, we can redirect our lives through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

Holy Confession and Holy Communion offer opportunities for redirection in life. The Holy Scriptures, the writings of the lives of the saints and the prayers of the Church aid believers seeking to bring their lives into conformity with the way of Christ.

Peril exists if we choose to delay living the Christian life in ways pleasing to God. Joy exists in living the Christian life in ways pleasing to God. The present Gospel speaks of the returning lord rewarding his faithful servants. Imagine how the faithful servants felt.

Christ should always guide our actions. Christ should always guide our thoughts. Christ should be the guide and measurement of our lives.

Let us heed the words of the Holy Prophet Isaiah: "Come let us reason together says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;" (Is. 1:18-19)

Obedience is an essential part of the Christian life. Being obedient to the ways of God means using the time, talents and treasures we receive from God in ways pleasing to God.

Each person is blessed with his or her own talents, time and treasures of life. Each person determines and is responsible for the choices made in the use of time, talents and treasures.

Each person will answer for him or herself at the final judgement. The decisions made by each person in effect determines the peace and joy he or she experiences in this life based upon unity with Christ.

Faithful Christians know that whatever they face in life, be it times of plenty or times of hardship, nothing can separate them from the love of God. The Holy Apostle Paul reassures believers with the words: "neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom. 8:38-39)

Serious believers see the goodness of God at work in daily life. Serious believers sense the presence of God in daily life. Serious believers experience the love of God in daily life.

The present Gospel message causes believers to assess life as it is lived. The present Gospel message illustrates the goodness of God. The present Gospel lesson is an enduring lesson surviving centuries of study and examination.

Believers having faculty of mind need to apply the mind to the ways of God. Believers having faculty of mind need to exercise sound decision-making. Life from God is the most precious gift.

As we say during the Divine services of the Holy Orthodox Church, let us commend ourselves and each other and all our lives to Christ our God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 26 / October 9, 2005
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Repose of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian. Righteous Gideon.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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