St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 356 - October 17, October 30, 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
October 17, October 30, 2005
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 356

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

I Timothy 4: 6

If you put these instructions before the brethren, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of the faith and of the good doctrine which you have followed.

Services This Past Week
October 24
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Third and Sixth Hours were read.
Thirty-one people came for the Divine Liturgy.
October 26
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 27
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Akathist for Communion.
October 28
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God.
Two people came for Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 29
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Akathist for Communion.
Two people came for Matins and First Hour.
Six people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont. The Divine Liturgy was held at the YWCA because the Mission is being renovated.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers at St. George Church.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
Today
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour. Divine Liturgy.
Mornings
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 & 6:30 AM.
Monday 6:30 AM will be Divine Liturgy.
Afternoons
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM.
Thursday at 6:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Parish Anniversary Banquet
October 31 - St.Luke
November 5 - Memorial Saturday
November 8 - St. Demetrius the Myrrflowing, Great Martyr of Thessalonica.
November 13 - Choir Slava Celebration-Covered Dish Dinner
November 14 - Sts. Cosmas and Damian
November 16 - Renovation of St. George the Great Martyr Church
November 21 - Synaxis of St. Archangel Michael and All Bodiless Powers
November 24 - St. Stephen of Decani
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom

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

Parish Life

Thank you parishioners and friends of the parish contributing to the anniversary celebration.

Adult Class this week on Thursday evening at 7:00 PM. Come to discuss the Holy Mysteries.

Thank you to Stan Brozik for arranging for the new shrubbery on the side of the church.

Thank you to Dorothy Bozik and Dolores Zivkovich for preparing the tickets for the banquet.

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.

A Thought from Darren Torbic

Parents should treat each other with love and respect, and when they do not, they should be quick to forgive. Families should pray together, and parents should encourage their children to pray. Families should participate regularly in the liturgy and the sacraments, and families should read the Holy Bible together. Through their actions, parents should teach their children to be good, to be gentle, to be forgiving, to be generous, and to love thy neighbor, and parents do not even have to leave their home to find that neighbor (i.e., for husbands thy wife is that neighbor; for wives thy husband is that neighbor; and for parents thy child is that neighbor). Wherever there is harmony and peace and a loving relationship between husband and wife, all good things come together. This will instill virtue into the souls of children and reveal the image of God within them. In general, children acquire the character of their parents so when parents have a strong moral character, they instill the same within their children.

(Darren Torbic. Paper - Moral Disintegration - Is There Hope for Our Children? 2005. )

To Consider

The consecration of the St. George Church fifty-one years ago.
The Divine services in the St. George Church since the consecration.
The prayers offered in the St. George since the consecration.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 24-25 - Attended Diocesan Clergy Seminar at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Steelton.
October 27 - Attended St. Petka Kolo Slava celebration at St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa.
October 29 - Served Divine Liturgy for Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.

From the Desert Fathers

A soldier asked Abba Mius if God accepted repentance. After the old man had taught him many things he said, 'Tell me, my dear, if you cloak is torn, do you throw it away?' He replied, 'No, I mend it and use it again. The old man said to him, 'If you are so careful about your cloak, will not God be equally careful about his creature?"

Ninteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2005

Luke 6:31-36

And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father who is merciful.

Today we are blessed to celebrate this Divine Liturgy in this Holy Serbian Orthodox Church. We are blessed to hear the Holy Gospel as do Orthodox believers around the world.

We are blessed to have the opportunity to partake of the Precious Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are blessed to have the opportunity to repent and confess our sins.

When an Orthodox Church is consecrated, a specific order of service is followed. 1 Reviewing the Service of Consecration enables succeeding generations of believers to look back to the very way and reasons the parish church was established.

The Service of Consecration is a foundational framework for succeeding generations of believers to work within establishing and renewing parish life. Believers need secure guidelines and directions for charting the course of the parish church.

The Service of Consecration is certainly helpful for believers in understanding the founding of a parish church. Thinking carefully about the words of the Service of Consecration is beneficial.

For the same reasons it is beneficial from time to time to review the Services of Baptism and Chrismation and Marriage. We need to make sure as individuals and as families we are headed in the direction we began at Baptism and at the time of marriage.

The present Gospel message is read consistent with the purposes set forth in the Service of Consecration. The practices and divine services here are to be consistent with practices of the Serbian Orthodox Church, practices of the Holy Orthodox Church.

The Service of Consecration sets forth the framework beckoning believers to seek the love and life in Christ. Today's Gospel calls attention to that love. Love of enemies is the message of today's Gospel. Doing good without expecting anything in return is the message of today's Gospel.

God is kind to the unthankful and the evil. We are to look to God to learn how to live. We are called upon to grow throughout life as Christians. We are called upon to be renewed in Christ.

Temptations and diversions appear in life. Choices are made constantly. Each choice draws a person closer to Christ or makes the person more distant depending upon the soundness of the decision.

The present Gospel message is about the relationships we have with others. It is a message about the way we are to treat others. We find the answers to establishing and maintaining relationships in the words of Jesus Christ. We find the answers to relationships in studying Holy Scripture.

Prayer enables us to draw closer to God. Prayer enables us to bring our problems to God. Prayer enables us to listen to God and to find the directions we are to take in life.

We draw each breath by the mercy and goodness of God. Blood flows through out bodies due to the mercy and goodness of God. We are able to think because God makes our minds to function.

We do well when we think of the efforts expended through the centuries to preserve the Holy Gospel for succeeding generations. We do well to think of the building of Orthodox churches in centuries past when technology and equipment were not what they are today.

We do well to think about the hardships of believers in centuries past under oppressive governments and adverse conditions. Faithfulness to Christ has prevailed through the centuries.

Faithfulness to Christ is required of each generation. Faithfulness to Christ is the responsibility of each generation.

We cannot remind ourselves too often of Christ's words: "The gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few." (Mt. 7:14)

Today as we worship in this Holy Orthodox Church, let us pause to give thanks to believers in the centuries before us, to believers in far off lands who in times of frustration and difficulty remained true to Christ.

Let us pause to remembers those in far gone centuries who worked hard with their hands and bodies to build churches, to keep records and to defend the Church against attack in times of hostilities.

Let us measure our efforts against the Christian witnesses of preceeding centuries and recommit to being faithful to Christ.

Let us be thankful for the founders and benefactors of this parish church and the sacrifices made for the glory of God.
1 The Great Book of Needs Volume II. St. Tikhon's Seminary Press, South Canaan, Pennsylvania, 1998, pp. 3-138.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 17, October 30, 2005
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Prophet Hosea.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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