St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 357 - October 24 / November 6, 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 24 / November 6, 2005
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 357

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

Luke 8:25

He said to them, 'Where is your faith?' And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, 'Who then is this, that he commands even wind and water and they obey Him?'

Services This Past Week
October 30
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Fifty-four people came for Divine Liturgy.
One person came to Communion.
Third and Sixth Hours were read.
Thirty-one people came for the Divine Liturgy.
October 31
One person came for Akathist to Communion and the reading of the First, Third and Sixth Hours.
Two people were present for the Divine Liturgy.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 1
Two people came for Midnight Office and Canon to Jesus Christ.
Two people were present for Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 2
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God.
Two people were present for Matins and First Hour.
Two people were present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 3
One person was present for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God.
Two people were present for Matins and First Hour.
One person came in the evening for Akathist to Alexis, Man of God and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
November 4
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God.
Two people were present for Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 5
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God.
Two people were present for Matins and First Hour.
Nadiah Lynn Miciotto was Baptized and Chrismated.
Two people 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 and First Hour.
Mornings
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 5:30 AM and 6:30 AM.
Tuesday - Divine Liturgy at 9:00 AM.
Afternoons
Monday, Tuesday at 4:00 PM.
Wednesday at 6:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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

Congratulations to Shawn and Melissa Miciotto on the Baptism and Chrismation of daughter Nadiah. Congratulations to Kuma Sonia Janson

Thank you to all attending and supporting the Parish Anniversary celebration.

Members of the Deep Family were here from Erie visiting on November 5, 2005.

Father Djokan Majstorovich's good work and the work of the Restoration Committee at St.Sava Cathedral was recently featured in a New York City publication.

Gojko and Anka Arbutina are making good progress on their new West Virginia home.

Plan to attend the Choir Slava celebration next Sunday. Covered dish dinner.

St. George Church has many military veterans, living and departed. Remember them.

Diane Rolls is now working for a police department in community crime prevention. She is one of several present or former St. George parishioners in the field of criminal justice.The list includes but is not limited to Pete Smargie. Linda Chambers, Lou Zorman, Marty Knezovich , +George Radovich, Nick Yackovich , Butch Brozik, and Matt Matovich.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

Two people came to Adult Class this past Thursday. Class this week on Wednesday at 7:00 PM.

The names of all departed buried from the church were read during services on October 30 and November 5.

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.

A Thought from Darren Torbic

Although it appears that the moral standards of society are on the decline, there is no reason why this trend must continue. Parents must take it upon themselves to teach their children high moral values. It starts by living as a close Christian family and allowing God to participate in this union. Parents must also realize the importance of raising their children. As St. John Chrysostom said, "Let everything take second place to our care of our children, our bringing them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. If from the beginning we teach them to love true wisdom, they will have greater wealth and glory than riches can provide" (Chrysostom, 2003). As parents teach their children to know God, then their children, as every human being is created in the image of God, will know right from wrong, good from evil, through their developed and educated conscience as though it was the "voice of God"

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

To Consider

The Church's emphasis on the Resurrection of Christ throughout the year.
The restoration of life to the son of the widow of Nain.
The raising of Lazarus.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest


October 30 - Attended Parish Anniversary Banquet.
October 31 - Visited parishioner in rehab in Uniontown.
November 2 - Went to Passavant Hospital, Pittsburgh.

From the Desert Fathers

He also said, 'If you desire salvation, do everything that leads to it."


Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost 2005

Luke 7:11-16

Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. And when He came near the gate of the city. Behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep." Then He came and touched the open coffin and those who carried him stood still. And He said, "Young man, I say to you, Arise." So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother. Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has risen up among us.; and "God has visited His people."

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ brings insuppressible joy. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ rises to the fore, day after day, century after century. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ establishes inextinguishable hope for believers.

The troparion for the Resurrection proclaims Jesus Christ tramples death by death and upon those in the tombs bestows life. Despondency has no place in the lives of believers.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Ephesians: "Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father." (Eph. 5:18-20).

The present Gospel begins in a very sad way announcing the death of the only son of a widow. Imagine the devastation of this mother losing her only son. Jesus turned the mother's sadness into an occasion for great joy.

Jesus raised the widow's son from the dead. Before Jesus rose from the dead, Jesus raised the widow's son. We know, also, that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (Jn. 11:43-44).

Belief in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is fundamental for Orthodox Christians. Belief in the resurrection of the dead is fundamental for Orthodox Christians. Both beliefs are professed at Holy Baptism and reaffirmed at each recitation of the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain." (I Cor. 15:13-14)

Belief in Jesus Christ is serious business. Belief in Jesus Christ is joyful. Certainly the Cross is integral to the Christian experience. Fortunately, we have the benefit of centuries of evidence of the Resurrection of Christ. We have the benefit of centuries of Christian witness and experiences in the Church.

Today's Gospel message goes to the very essence of Christian belief. Today's Gospel lesson is reason for each believer to search his or her heart and determine if life is being lived in witness to the Resurrection of Christ and with anticipation of the resurrection of the dead.

How many believers look forward to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ in a conscious way? How many look at the Lord's Prayer as a prayer pointing toward the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?

Father Thomas Hopko wrote" 'Thy Kindom Come' in the Lord's Prayer is first of all the prayer for the end of the ages. Christians want the world to end so that God's Kingdom would fill all creation with divine glory and life." 1

The parish church offers the fullness of Orthodoxy in the Holy Mysteries. The parish church offers believers the opportunity to hear the Holy Gospel and experience the Divine Liturgy.

The parish church enables believers to hear about the healing power of Jesus Christ. The parish church enables believers to experience the forgiveness and healing that comes through faith in Jesus Christ.

The joy of the life in Christ is made known through the parish church. Believers are linked to the parish church in their identity. Believers seeking to experience Christ in the Church will do so through the parish church.

Christ is in the Precious Body and Blood. Christ is in the Holy Gospel. Christ is in the Divine Liturgy. Christ is in all of the Divine services. The Holy Apostle Paul speaking in Athens centuries ago said God is not far from each one of us. "In him we live and move and have our being." (Acts. 17:27-28).

It is for each of us to determine the degree to which we think about, give honor to and work for the glory of God. It is for each of us to examine our hearts and minds and determine the degree to which we are faithful Orthodox believers.

It is for each of us to conclude if we seek to learn more about Christ and are willing to put forth the necessary effort. God give us a mind. We decide what portion of our mind we devote to learning about God.

There is no Christian growth without prayer. There is no prayer without commitment and effort. There is no concerted growth without fasting. There is no concerted growth without serious thinking about God. There is no substantial growth without repentance and acknowledgement of sinfulness.

Each believer answers the question Jesus asked of His disciples: "Who do you say that I am?" (Mt. 16:15) By the way we live, by the way we think, by the way we speak, do we answer the question.

Let us pray that we live, think and speak as Simon Peter did when he said to Jesus: "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."? (Mt.16:16). Let us pray that all aspects of our lives witness to Jesus Christ the Son of God.
1Father Thomas Hopko. The Great Book of Needs The Orthodox Church, New York, 1976, p. 119.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 24 / November 6, 2005
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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