St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 359 - November 7 / November 20, 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
November 7 / November 20, 2005
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
No. 359

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

Galatians 5:22

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness; goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law.

Services This Past Week
November 13
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 communicant.
November 14
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to Mother of God.
Two people came for Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 15
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.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 16
One person came for Akathist to Communion, First, Third and Sixth Hours.
Three people were present for Divine Liturgy.
One person came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. George.
November 17
One person came for Midnight Office.
Two people were present for Matins and First, Third and Sixth Hours.
November 18
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to Mother of God were read.
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 19
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
Today
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins, First, Third and Sixth Hours, Divine Liturgy.
Mornings
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 and 6:30 AM.
Monday at 9:00 AM, Divine Liturgy
Afternoons
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

November 21 - Synaxis of St. Archangel Michael and All Bodiless Powers
November 22 - St. Nectarios of Aegina
November 24 - St. Stevan of Decani
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 27 - St. Philip
November 28 - Nativity Fast Begins
November 29 - St. Matthew
December 4 - Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
December 13 - St. Andrew
December 15 - St. Urosh and Venerable Joannicius of Devic
December 18 - Serbian Childrens Day
December 19 - St. Nicholas

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

Parish Life

Thank you to all supporting the Choir Slava.

The Parish Annual Meeting will be in December.

We remember the miners that lost their lives in Farmington, West Virginia on November 20, 1968 and we pray for their families.

The chapel at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont is undergoing renovation.

Three people came for Adult Class on Wednesday to discuss Holy Confession. No class this week.

Happy Slava to parishioners celebrating St.Archangel Michael this week.

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.

Take time to pray as much as you can each day.

Tom Hunter invests considerable time producing the parish radio program and maintaining the website.

Thank you to the Kolo for the new garage doors in the parish house. Thank you to Stan Brozik for coordinating the bid process.

The Kolo always needs helpers to bake.

A Thought from Darren Torbic

St. Paul also discusses the relationship between husband, wife, and child in Eph 6:1-4. Children are expected to respect and be obedient to their parents. Chrysostom indicates that if parents expect their children to be obedient and respectful, they must train their children in virtue and everything should take second place to bringing up children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Homily 21 on Ephesians). If from the beginning parents teach children to love true wisdom, the children will have greater wealth and glory than riches can provide. In conclusion, a marriage between husband and wife should begin with God's blessing and lead the whole family to the kingdom of heaven.

(Paper: Teachings on Christian Marriage based upon the Pauline Epistles to the Corinthians and Ephesians)

To Consider

How many Old Testament Prophets can we name?
Are we familiar with the life of Moses?
Where is the best place to read about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ?

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 13 - Attended Choir Slava dinner.
November 15 - Went to Diocesan Center.
November 17 - Attended Shadeland Meeting at Diocesan Center
November 19 - Attended Baptism of Kosta Micich at St. Mark Orthodox Church, Bethesda, Maryland.

From the Desert Fathers

An old man said, 'There is no stronger viture than to scorn no man.'


The Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost 2005

Luke 16:19-31

There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torment in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us. Then he said, 'I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment. Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them.' And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.'

We have the Holy Scriptures to learn about God. The Holy Scriptures are a most efficient and inexhaustible way to learn about God. The present Gospel message expresses the value of the Old Testament, the value of Scriptural accounts of Moses and the Prophets.

We can delve into the Old Testament with abandon and learn much about God. We can invest our time wisely in reading the Old Testament and learn about God.

We benefit when we are familiar with the lives of Noah and Joseph, Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. We benefit when we are familiar with Sarah and Ruth and Judith. We benefit when we are familiar with Elijah and Elisha, with Isaiah and Jeremiah.

The Old Testament is full of names. Each name represents an important person in the history of salvation. The names preserved in the Old Testament were preserved for reasons. It is for us to come to know the reasons and the value to our souls.

The present Gospel speaks about Lazarus' suffering in earthly life. The present Gospel speaks about the care Lazarus received when he departed this life.

After the rich man died and suffered he wanted to warn his brothers of the torment they might face.

How many of us pay attention to the warning signs existing in Holy Scripture? How many of us take time each day to prepare for Christ's Second Coming? How many of us heed the lesson of the five wise virgins and the five foolish virgins? (Mt. 25:1-14)

Circumstances changed radically for the better for Lazarus. ircumstances changed radically for the worse for the rich man.

We have more than twenty centuries of evidence of Jesus Christ rising from the dead. Jesus Christ's Resurrection is celebrated every Sunday throughout the year. How many in each century lead their lives in ways truly reflecting belief in Jesus Christ's Resurrection? How many in each century truly lead their lives in ways seriously preparing for the Second Coming of Christ?

Many people hear the Gospel read each Sunday. Many people have Holy Bibles at home. What actual percentage of people having Bibles or hearing the Gospel change their lives significantly?

Today's Gospel message is a message about being attentive. Today's Gospel message is about seeing God present in daily life. Today's Gospel message is about taking God seriously while we have time to take God seriously.

Let us think carefully about the words of our Lord in the Gospel of St. Luke. Jesus said: "The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, 'Lo, here it is!' or 'There!' for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you." (Lk. 17:20-21.

Let us look at the people coming to our doorsteps. Let us look to the people we meet at work, in school, in the supermarket, in church and in the community.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said, "As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me." (Mt. 25:40).

Learning about God requires work. Learning about God requires thought. Learning about God requires effort. Learning about God requires disipline. Complexities continue to be revealed as one draws closer to God.

God is forgiving. God is merciful. God is loving. While we have faculty of mind, while we have strength, let us seek God. Let us draw near to God. Let us repent.

Jesus Christ said: "Seek first the kingdom of God..." (Mt.6:33). Do we measure our lives by what we seek first? Do we seek God first and foremost in our lives? Do we seek God's kingdom first and foremost in our lives?

Does God take second place or even a lesser place in our lives? Do we place greater value on material goods or pleasurable pursuits than we place on God?

When we examine the values we hold and uphold can we honestly say they are God-pleasing values? Are our efforts at living the Christian life pleasing to God?

God knows the contents of our hearts. God knows the contents of our minds. God knows the degree of effort we put forth each day toward seeking God's kingdom.

God knows if the repentance we express is truly repentance of the heart. God knows if we truly want to put sinfulness behind us. God knows if we truly want complete unity with Christ.

God knows all that we do. We know what we do. Let us pray fervently that we are serious about living in ways pleasing to God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 7 / November 20, 2005
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Thirty-Three Martyrs of Melitene. Venerable Lazarus.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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