St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 358 - October 31 / November 13, 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 31 / November 13, 2005
Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
No. 358

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

Ephesians 4:11-13

And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ untill we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the meaure of the stature of the fulness of Christ...

Services This Past Week
November 6
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Thirty-seven people came for Divine Liturgy.
One person came for Communion.
November 7
One person came for Vespers.
November 8
One person came for Midnight Office and Akathist for Communion.
Five people came for Divine Liturgy. Two Slava Kolach's were blessed.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 9
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to Mother of God.
Two people were present for Matins and First Hour.
The Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Cross were read in the evening.
November 10
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to Mother of God, Matins and First Hour.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - 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
November 27 - St. Nectarios of Aegina
November 24 - St. Stevan of Decani, King of Serbia

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Happy Slava to the St. George Choir. Congratulations to Kum Dr. Anatoli Peredera.

It has been good to have Mary Medin in our midst. We pray for her safe return to Slidell.

Stewardship is putting faith in practice in the Orthodox Church.

Thank you to all supporting the St. George Choir today and throughout the year.

Three people came for Adult Class last Wednesday to discuss Holy Confession.
Class again this Wednesday at 7:00 PM.

Father Svetozar Veselinovich sent greetings from Miami, Florida.

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.

Come to Church one additional weekday per month.

A Thought from Darren Torbic

Marriage as Mystery
St. Paul tells us, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church" (Eph 5:31-32). In Homily 20 on Ephesians, Chrysostom comments on several ways that marriage is a great mystery. First, marriage is a mystery in that a man should leave his parents who gave him life, who suffered in labor and childbirth, and who raised him. Second, for a man to leave his immediate family who favored him with so many great blessings and with whom he has been so close his entire life to unite with one whom he has not always known and to honor her more than all others, this is a great mystery. Finally, for the parents to happily give up their children to join with another, this is also a mystery.

(Chrysostom's third Sermon on Marriage). (Paper: Teachings on Christian Marriage based upon the Pauline Epistles to the Corinthians and Ephesians )

To Consider

The cumulative contributions of the St. George Choir.
The joy of God spread by the St. George Choir.
The reassurance in God provided by the singing of the St. George Choir.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 10-Travelled to Chicago for Sabor Committee meetings and for meeting of Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood Executive Board. Returned November 12.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Euprepius said, 'Knowing that God is faithful and mighty, have faith in him and you will share what is his. If you are depressed, you do not believe. We all believe that he is mighty and we believe all is possible to him. As for your own affairs, behave with faith in him about them, too, for he is able to work miracles in you also.'

Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost 2005

Luke 8:5-15

"A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, and sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold." When He had said these things He cried, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" Then His disciples asked Him, saying "What does this parable mean?" And He said, "To you it is has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that 'Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.' "Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for awhile and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasure of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience."

Somehow we must grow to love the word of God. Somehow we must savor reading the words of Holy Scripture. Somehow we must draw near to God.

The salvation of our souls is of utmost importance. Our Lord Jesus Christ said: "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" (Mt.16:26)

In the Gospel of Sts. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John we find the words of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the Acts of the Holy Apostles and the Epistles of the New Testament we find treasured words about the Lord Jesus Christ. In reading Revelation, we are compelled to think about the glorious Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We must take time in our lives to think carefully about the meaning of life and about God. We must take time in our lives to pray with great seriousness for the salvation of our souls. We must take time in our lives seek the forgiveness of God and to repent of our sins.

The very air we breathe is a gift from God. The very water we drink is a gift from God. The very earth from which our food comes is a gift from God.

We cannot escape the presence of God. There is no benefit in our denying the existence of God. We can only experience the fulness of life when our lives are directed toward pleasing God.

The present Gospel message reveals the different effects of the word of God in listeners. Not everyone hearing the word of God welcomes the word of God and is serious about living according to the word of God.

The present Gospel message speaks about a noble and good heart. Would God call our hearts good and noble? What is required of each of us to have a good and noble heart?

The love of God is manifested everyday. It is our each of us to find the presence of God in daily life. If we look for God, we will find God. We will not be disappointed.

We now are in the Twenty First Century. Centuries and centuries have preceded the present. It is important to exercise our minds, to think about the believers who came before the present.

It is important to remember the sacrifices made to protect the Holy Gospel and to share the Holy Gospel with succeeding generations.

The love of the Lord Jesus Christ was manifested in His Virgin Birth. The love of the Lord Jesus Christ was manifested in His miracles. The love of the Lord Jesus Christ was manfested in His death on the Cross and in His glorious Resurrection.

We need to seek God's forgiveness for being unfaithful in our efforts toward living according to the way of God. We need to exercise our minds, searching through the centuries of evidence verifying the Death and Resurrection of Christ.

We need to think of the sacrifices for Christ through the centuries including those documented by present day Orthodox believers.

Saints such as St.John Chrysostom and St. Cyril of Alexandria enable us to more greatly appreciate and understand the word of God. Blessed Theophyact offers believers the opportunity to learn much more about the Holy Gospel.

Each moment of each day, believers face choices about the Lord Jesus Christ. Each moment of each day, believer must choose between growing toward Christ or drawing further from Christ.

The love of Christ heals all hurt. The love of Christ is enduring. The love of Christ is inexhaustible.

The path to the Kingdom of God is a narrow path (Mt.7:13). It is a path to be travelled with the greatest of care.

The time is now to take the word of God to heart. The time is now to demonstrate complete love of Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 31 / November 13, 2005
Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost.
Sts. Stachus, Amplias and Companions.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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