St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 362 - November 28 / December 11, 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 28 / December 11, 2005
St. Stephen, Martyr
No. 362

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

I Peter 5:8-9

Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experience of suffering is required of your brotherhood throughout the world.

Services This Past Week
December 4
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist for Communion, Matins and First Hour were read.
Thirty-three people came for Divine Liturgy. On communicant.
December 5
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to the Mother of God,
Matins and First Hour were served. One person came.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read
December 6
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to Mother God, Matins and First Hour were served. Two people came.
December 7
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to Mother of God, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
December 8
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to Mother of God were read.
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
In the evening the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. George were served. Three people came.
December 9
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to Mother of God, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read

Services This Week - No weekday services.
Today
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour. Divine Liturgy.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 11 - Annual Parish Assembly
December 13 - St. Andrew
December 15 - St. Urosh and Venerable Joannicius of Devic
December 18 - Serbian Children’s Day
December 19 - St. Nicholas
December 25 - Serbian Mother’s Day
December 26 - Sts. Gabriel and Nicodimus of Serbia
December 30 - Venerable Abbot Paisije and Deacon Avaccum
December 31 - St. Sebastian, Martyr.
January 1 - Serbian Father’s Day
January 6 - Christmas Eve
January 7 - Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

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

Parish Life

Today is a day to thank the Executive Board, the Kolo, the Choir, Audit Board, Tutors and parishioners for work done during the past year.

Today is a day to look to next year with anticipation and soberness.

Today is a day to pray to God.

Thank God Captain Mike DePhilips returned from his tour of duty in Iraq.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the Divine Liturgy on January 7.

Three people came for Adult Class on Thursday to discuss Holy Communion. No class this week.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Mike Gustovich departed this life this past 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.

Pray for the staff of Tara Hospital that this medical facility remain open as a stable environment to serve the needs of the community.

The best way to help the parish is to live an Orthodox Christian life each day.

A Thought from St. Bishop NIKOLAI

What is monasticism except a voluntary martyrdom of the self for the sake of the highest aim of life as the Savior proclaimed it? The Serbian nobles used to make their decision in favor of their martyrdom of self easily, since they had the example of Nemanja and Sava before them. The elderly followed the example of the old Nemanja, and the youth the example of Sava.It is certain that no other Orthodox people has had so many rulers voluntarily descend the throne and withdraw to monasteries to serve Christ as simple monks through monastic struggle. Truly, in this the Serbs hold first place before the whole of Christendom.

A Treasury of Serbian Orthodox Spirituality. (Translated by Father Theodore Micka and Father Stevan Scott. The Free Serbian Orthodox Diocese of the United States and Canada, Grayslake, Illinois, 1988, p. 43)

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

To Consider

The actions of the Good Samaritan.
Attentiveness to the Holy Gospel.
Making the Holy Gospel part of our daily lives.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

Attended Greene County Planning Commission Meeting on December 5 to hear information regarding Hatfield Ferry Power Plant developments.

Attended Funeral of +Violet Dragelovich at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Midland on December 6.

December 6 - Visited parishioner in Uniontown Hospital on December 6.

Attended Christian Education Meeting and Parish Retreat at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church of Canton, Ohio on December 10.

From the Desert Fathers

The abbot Nilus said, "Invulnerable from the arrows of the enemy is he who loves quiet: but he who mixeth with the crowd hath often wounds."


Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Pentecost-2005

Luke 10:25-37

The Good Samaritan

And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?" So he answered and said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." And He said to him, "You have answered rightly; do this and you will live." But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, "Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you. So which of these three do you think was the neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?" And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

Today we come to the Sunday of the Good Samaritan. We come to the lesson in the Holy Gospel that tells us to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself."

Much is asked of Christians. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Galatians "Let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.”" (Gal. 6:9)

We received our life from God. We live due to the goodness and mercy of God. At Baptism and Chrismation, our total selve’s were committed to God.

When we offer less than completeness to God, we open ourselves to sin. We open ourselves to dangerous diversions. When we are not completely dedicated to God, we are not willing to go to the lengths necessary to reach the fullness of the Christian life.

Today’s Gospel links our salvation with the people we meet in life. Today’s Gospel links our salvation with the men, women and children we meet along the roads of life.

It is important that we take time to think about the people we meet in life. It is important to think about experiences with others in unexpected circumstances.

It is important to assess whether we are charitable to the people we meet. Do we make the extra effort to help individuals in need? Today’s Gospel speaks about three individuals who came upon the needy person.

Of the three, the Samaritan took time to stop and help. The Samaritan took time to provide for the care of the man in need..

Charitable giving is considered a standard part of the Christian life. Our Lord Jesus Christ said: "Love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; (Lk.6:35)

The Serbian Orthodox Church reminds us of the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo who are in need. The Serbian Orthodox Church has made known to us the Serbian People who suffered from recent wars and lost everything. They have had to reconstruct their lives having lost their homes, possessions, jobs and loved ones.

In this land, many people suffer extensively. By praying to God, we can discern how best we can be of help to the needy coming to our personal attention and coming to the attention of the parish church.

Family budgets, parish budgets, the way we use the time and talents of our lives reflects what is valued most. Do we take time to help those in need? Do we apply our time, talents and resources for needy and worthy purposes?

Do we share the love and life of Christ with the people we meet? Is the life and love of Christ evident in the way we treat others?

Today’s Gospel brings before us the high standard of complete love for God and complete love for neighbor. St. John said: "If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen." (Jn.4:20).

Relationships require our constant attention. Our relationship with God and our relationship with the people we meet in life interconnected. In the Gospel of St. Matthew, we learn that Jesus Christ is identified with the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned and the stranger. (Mt.25:31-46).

Each day we make decisions affecting our salvation. Each day we either draw closer to Christ or move more distant. Each day we face discerning the will of God for our lives and determining whether we will follow.

At Holy Baptism and at the time of marriage, we are reminded of the Kingdom of God. Each time we recite the Lord’s Prayer, we pray for the Kingdom to come.

Jesus said entry into His Kingdom is determined by the way we treat the least of our brethren (Mt.25:31-46). Attentiveness is necessary for Christians. Just as we must be attentive to the prayers we say, just as we must be attentive when the Gospel is being read, we must be attentive to the people we meet in life.

Prayer is important in reviewing our relationships. Prayer is important in seeking to know when to stop and render assistance.

God knows what is in our hearts. God knows if we want to be of help to others. God will help in our efforts. It is for us to be faithful and responsible to God,. Faithfulness and fulfillment of Christian responsibility comes with love of God and love of neighbor.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 28 / December 11, 2005
St. Stephen, Martyr. St. Christo, Martyr.
Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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