St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 402 - September 11 / September 24, 2006

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
September 11 / September 24, 2006
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 402

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

Deuteronomy 32:20

And He said: "I will hide My face from them. I will see what their end will be. For they are a perverse generation, children in whom is no faith.

Services This Past Week
September 17
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Thirty-two people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants..
September 22
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 23
One person came to St. George Church for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Five people came to the YWCA in Fairmont, W. Va. for Divine Liturgy.
Five people came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour, Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM Daily - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Monday at 3:30 PM, Thursday at 6:30 PM.

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
4:00 PM.

Divine Liturgy at 8:30 AM

Divine Liturgy, YWCA, Fairmont, W. Va. at 10:00 AM


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Important Dates

September 25 - Leavetaking of the Nativity of the Theotokos
September 27 - The Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross.
September 30 - Holy Martyrs Faith, Hope and Love with their mother Sophia.
September 29-October 1 - Hundredth Anniversary Celebration, Steubenville
October 4 - Leavetaking of the Exaltation of the Cross
October 9 - Repose of the Apostle and Evangelist John
October 14 - Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva of Serbia, St.Petka
October 31 - Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke
November 8 - Holy and Glorious Greatmartyr Demetrius the Myhrrhgusher
November 16 - Dedication of the Church of the Greatmartyr Georgius in Lydia.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to Ann Krewasky, Mildred Zorman and Stella Shlosky and their family, their sister Sava (Sue) having departed this life. May God give the family strength and comfort at this time of the loss of a beloved family member.

Adult Class this Thursday at 7:00 PM.

Parishioners are invited to attend the Vigil at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Mckeesport on Tuesday evening for the Elevation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

Time for the St. George radio broadcast changes to 6:20 PM when the Steelers play on Sunday afternoons.

Offer to help the Kolo when baking is scheduled.

Remember the sick, the suffering, those in prison, the homebound, those in hospitals and rehab centers. Remember the people caring for them Remember crime victims.

Please note next Sunday the service will begin at 9:00 AM, an hour earlier than normal.

Remember those who are grieving for departed family members and friends.

Read your Bible daily for the benefit of your soul.

Fast each Wednesday and Friday according to the Church practices.

A Thought from St. Nikolai Velimirovich

That is, a worthy sacrifice had been offered for a worthy object. Everything had been sacrificed for Christ. The people believed that the sacrifice offered could not have been sought and taken by the universe in vain, nor could the cross of Christ, in the shadow of which Lazar's soldiers had fought, be broken by any power in the world. Therefore the head of the dead Lazar began to shine more radiantly on the field of Kosovo than Bazyazid's illustrious victory.

( The Mystery and Meaning of the Battle of Kosovo. Free Serbian Orthodox Church of the United States and Canada, Grayslake, Illinois. Translated by Rt. Rev. Todor Mika and Rev. Stevan Scott, Ph. D. 1989, p. 116. )

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

To Consider

The Cross of Christ.
The changes in the world due to the Cross of Christ.
The power of the Cross of Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 21 - Attended Divine Liturgy at St. John the Baptist Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church-Hawk Run, Pennsylvania.
September 22 - Visited a parish family.
September 23 - Served Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W. Va.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Hyperechius) also said, 'Let your thoughts be ever in the kingdom of heaven and soon you will possess it as an heritage.'

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2006

Matthew 22:35-46

Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord Your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it; you shall 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. "While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He? They said to Him, "The Son of David." He said to them, "How does David in the Spirit call Him 'Lord,' saying: 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool." "If David then calls Him 'Lord' how is He his Son?" And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.

Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross 2006

John 3:13-17

No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, "that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth come to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the light of the world. The Jesus Christ said: "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." (Jn.8:12).

All that we do should be able to withstand examination by the Lord Jesus Christ. All that we say, think and do should be in conformity with the teachings and standards established by the Lord Jesus Christ.

To the extent we fall short of being in unity with Christ and in conformity with His teachings, we need to repent. We need to seek forgiveness. We need to ask Christ for help in redirecting our efforts. We need to do all that we can do to live in ways pleasing to Christ.

Now is the time of the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross. Now is the time to think about the suffering of the Lord Jesus Christ and the power of the Cross changing human lives.

The present Gospel of St. John speaks about everlasting life. Everlasting life is not something to be considered well down the road in years. Everlasting life is to be considered at each moment of life.

We never know when our life will end. It may be at the end of the current breath. It may be decades away. Regardless, we are to be ready. We are daily to love the Lord God with all our heart, all our mind and all our strength. We are to love our neighbors as ourselves. Our lives are to conform to the teachings of Christ in St. Matthew's Gospel as read today.

How many of us think about Jesus Christ as the light of the world? How often do we think about the consistent presence of Christ? How often do we measure our thoughts, our words, our actions by the teachings and life of the Lord Jesus Christ?

We may adopt good economic principles in managing our homes and at our places of employment. We may put good lessons to work in the way we eat and care for our bodies..

How many individuals seriously care for their souls in the same way they care for their homes and bodies? How many people seek to invest in the Kingdom of God with the same effort they put into managing their finances?

The current Gospel reading for the Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross speaks of light dispelling darkness.

The light of Christ in a believer wipes away fears. The light of Christ in a believer gives joy and hope and direction. The light of Christ in a believer is evident in the person's demeanor.

The faith in Christ of a person does not remain hidden. The faith in Christ of a person produces certain measurable results. The faith in Christ of a person is revealed sooner or later.

Individuals with less than a full commitment to Christ and the way of Christ soon tire of the Christian journey. Individuals with less than complete belief in and faithfulness in Christ fail to adhere to the practices and teachings established by Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit." (Mt.7:16)

Let us heed the words and life of the Lord Jesus Christ and do all that we can to live in ways pleasing to Him. May all that we do emanate from Christ and be directed toward the life in Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 11 / September 24, 2006
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sunday before the Elevation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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