St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 363 - December 5 / December 18, 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
December 5 / December 18, 2005
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 363

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

I Timothy 4:12

Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

Services This Past Week
December 11
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour were read.
Twenty people came for the Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
December 17
Midnight Office was read. The Vesper service was read

Services This Week - No weekday services.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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
January 8 - Second Day of Feast of Nativity, Synaxis of Most Holy Theotokos
January 9 - Third Day of Feast of Nativity-St.Stephen, Archdeacon and Protomartyr.
January 13 - Apodasis of Nativity
January 14 - Circumcision of our Lord. St. Basil the Great. Julian New Year
January 18 - Eve of Theophany
January 19 - Theophany
January 20 - Synaxis of St. John the Baptist
January 26 - Apodasis of Theophany
January 27 - St. Sava

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Thank you to all parishioners staying to participate in the Annual Assembly.

All officers were voted to be retained in the same positions. The following names will be sent to His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN for the Archpastoral Blessing to serve during 2006:
Executive Board-Stan Brozik
President; Dr.Ivko Dimitric
Vice-President; Andrea Janson
Secretary; Dorothy Bozik
Treasurer; Dolores Zivkovich
Financial Secretary; Audit Board President-Kathryn Sage
Audit Board Members- Sonia Janson and Anna Mae Knezovich
Diocesan Assembly Delegate-Sonia Janson

Congratulations to Aaron Carson for publishing the book Pick and Ladle, Perspectives on Coal and Steel in Western Pennsylvania. Aaron is off to a solid start doing serious research on the important work of miners and steelworkers.

Adult Class is tentatively scheduled for Thursday evening at 7:00 PM this week. Before coming, call to confirm the start time.

The shooting of State Police Corporal Cpl. Joseph Pokorny in the Pittsburgh area this past week reveals the risk law enforcement officers face. Peter Smargie is a former state trooper. Marty Knezovich currently is serving with the Pennsylvania State Police.

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 and that employees having worked there retain their jobs.

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

A Thought From ST. NIKOLAI of Zicha and Ochrid

The history of the Serbian people testifies loudly and clearly that whoever is a servant of Christ is the best household master, the bravest soldier, the kindest neighbor, the most faithful friend, the most obedient son, the most honest citizen-in a word, the person with the kindest soul and noblest heart. Serving Christ ennobled the Serbian people and made them the most soulful and humane people in the world.

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. 66)

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

To Consider

Investing in the Kingdom of God.
Laying up treasurers where moth and rust do not consume. (Mt. 6:20)
Seeking first the Kingdom of God (Mt. 6:33)

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 11 - Attended the Parish Annual Assembly.

December 11 - Pomen for Michael Gustovich.

December 17 - Attended Pittsburgh Deanery Christian Education Meeting at St. lijah Church, Aliquippa.

From the Desert Fathers

An old man said, "The man that every hour hath death before his eyes, will conquer meanness of soul."

Twenty-Sixth Sunday After Pentecost-2005

Luke 12:16-21

Then He spoke a parable to them saying, "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?' So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, "Soul, You have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry"' But God said to him, "Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?" So is he who lays up treasures for himself, and is not rich towards God."

Today we come to a Holy Gospel message that emphasizes richness toward God and care for the soul. Our lives are precious, given as gifts from God. Each moment of life is a gift from God.

The way we live and care for our lives reflects our attitude and appreciation towards God. When we spend time in prayer and living in ways pleasing to God, we reflect our love for God.

When we are devote time from our lives and resources and talents to the glory of God, we reflect a love for God. When we take time to give thanks to God and to think about God when we make major decisions, we reflect a love for God.

Being sensitive to the presence of God in our lives, we show love for God by making decisions in accord with the ways pleasing to God. We have the Holy Gospel, the lives of the saints and the teachings of the Church to guide and direct us as we live our lives.

We have the Divine services of the Church to nourish and strengthen our lives and to anchor our lives in God. Today's Gospel message reveals to us that life can change rapidly and unexpectedly.

We are best prepared for the unexpected when everyday is devoted to God and the ways pleasing to God. When we live our lives in ways pleasing to God, we draw strength from God. We are nourished by the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. We are strengthened by the words of Christ and life of Christ found in the Holy Gospel.

Unexpected events in life can test our faith. Unexpected events in life can cause us to question why things are happening as they are. When we turn to God in faith, when we are steeped in living our faith, the unexpected can become manageable. With God, the unexpected can be put into perspective.

The Risen Christ provides an enduring hope that exceeds anything that comes to us as unexpected. The Risen Christ provides a light that exceeds any darkness that can appear in our lives.

The Risen Christ provides a reassurance that Jesus Christ can bring stillness and conquer any uncertainty. The Risen Christ defeated death. The Risen Christ offers the promise of life, of life-everlasting.

We learn of eternal life when we read the Holy Gospel. We learn of eternal life when we study the life of Christ. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Romans: "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life." (Rom. 6:23)

We choose how we live our lives. We choose the way we spend our time and the way we use our talents. God knows the contents of our hearts. God knows the portion of each day we devote to Him.

Each day we must be ready for the Second Coming of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Each day is a day to seriously prepare ourselves for Jesus' Second Coming.

We do not know when our last earthly day will be. We do not know when the Lord's glorious Second Coming will be. We do pray in the Lord's Prayer "Thy Kingdom come."

Today's Gospel tells of the man with great material wealth but was not rich towards God. He accumulated great amounts of material goods but invested not in the Kingdom of God.

The man rich in material goods had not laid up treasurers in heaven where neither moth nor rust consume and thieves cannot break in and steal. Our Lord Jesus Christ tells us "where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Mt. 6:20-21)

Investing in the Kingdom of God requires careful consideration. Just as individuals plan for their financial security and well-being, comparable and more serious consideration should be given to care of the soul and consideration for the Kingdom of Heaven.

Our Lord teaches the requirements for the Kingdom. His words deserve thorough attention. The Kingdom is to be our first priority (Mt. 6:33). Not everyone will enter the Kingdom. Narrow is the way and there are few who find it. (MT. 7:14)

Each time we partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ, we experience Christ. Each time we partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ, we unite and are united with Christ.

We experience Christ in the Holy Mysteries and we have a foretaste of the Kingdom. Our Lord invites us with the words "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Mt.11:28)

Today is the day to accept the invitation to follow Christ. Today is the day to accept the invitation to draw near in fear and faith and love. Today is the day to deny ourselves, take up our crosses and follow Christ. (Mk. 8:34)
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 5 / December 18, 2005
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
St. Sabbas the Sanctified.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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