St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 403 - September 18 / October 1, 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 18 / October 1, 2006
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 403

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

Jude 3

I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.

Services This Past Week
September 24
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Thirty-three people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant, Parastos held.
September 25
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Five people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 26
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Precious and Life-giving Cross.
September 27
One person came to read The Rule for Preparation for Communion.
Seven people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 28
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came for reading of Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Six people came for Akathist to St. George and Akathist to the Precious and Life-giving Cross.
September 29
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Eight people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers. Graveside pomen held.
September 30
One person came to St. George Church for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Nine people came to the YWCA in Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy.
Two people came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
5:30 AM Today, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM. Thursday at 6:30 PM.

10:00AM Divine Liturgy, YWCA, Fairmont

Support Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - 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

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo

Parish Life

Happy One Hundredth Anniversary to Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church in Steubenville, Ohio.

Happy Twentieth Anniversary to Hermitage of the Holy Cross, Wayne, West Virginia.

A warm welcome to Father Dimitre from St. Mary Orthodox Church in Masontown serving here today.

Six people were in attendance at Adult Class this past Thursday to discuss the topic of Love, completing the series on Faith, Hope and Love.

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.

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.

Plan to attend the Parish Fifty Second Anniversary Banquet-October 22.

A Thought From Stavrofor Vojislav Dosenovich

To many it was unthinkable that the son of a king should become a humble monk living in a monastery and enduring all the privations and hardships of an ascetical life. Nevertheless, Rastko nursed the burning passion in his soul by studying even harder and learning everything he could about his people, their life and religion.

( Worda of a Shepherd: The Life and Writings of the Very Reverend Protostavrophor Vojislav Dosenovich. Compiled and edited by Nicolai Roddy, p. 74. )

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

To Consider

The Cross of Christ as viewed in the present day.
The Cross of Christ through the centuries.
The people taking the Cross of Christ seriously each day.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 25 - Visited parishioner.
September 26 - Went to St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Mckeesport for Vigil of the Prescious and Life-giving Cross.
September 28 - Went to West Virginia University to attend lecture on Financial Reporting for Non-Profit agencies.
September 29 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa.
September 30 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Tothoes used to say: 'Pilgrimage means that a man should control his own tongue.'

From the Archives

Our Relationship with Jesus Christ

This is the time to consider Jesus Christ and our relationship with Him Jesus Christ is ever present with us. At times we will clearly sense His presence. At other times, we will feel distant and have thoughts dwelling other than on Christ. It is important that we always repent and return to Jesus Christ.

Our relationship with Jesus Christ is more than intellectual. It is intensely and uniquely personal. Though all Christians are united with and identify with Christ, each person feels a special relationship with Christ, a one to One relationship.

A special bond exists among Christians which they share with each other and with Christ. This bond transcends language and territory to link together in spirit and love, people who have never met personally.

The physical birth of Jesus Christ took place centuries ago. As Orthodox Christians, we celebrate Christ's nativity each year as a present day reality. We proclaim with joy each year that "God is with us!"

It is likely that we do not spend sufficient time being amazed at the passage of centuries and the enduring presence of Christ. Each year at the Divine Liturgy on Pascha we read from the Gospel of St. John that Jesus existed at what is referred to as "the beginning."(Jn. 1:2). St. John states that all things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made." (Jn. 1:3).

Jesus Christ is central to our Faith. We take our identity from Him. We place our hope in Him. He is our salvation, the source for the remission of sins.

As Christians, we live in a busy and diverse world. There are many distractions. Many individuals in the world blaspheme and do not proclaim Jesus Christ with great glory. At times, the conclusion can be drawn a war is being waged to denounce and subdue any references to Jesus Christ in public places.

We must be certain of our faith. Our perspective must be clear. Through prayer, continual prayer without ceasing, we can come to know Christ as we have never known Him. The barriers to our relationship with Jesus Christ exist within ourselves.

Each of us exerts control over our personal prayer life. Each of us exerts control over our use of time. Our thoughts are subject to personal control. We must be sensitive to the world "discipline" and how it emanates from the word "disciple". To be disciples of Christ, He must ever be present in our prayers, thoughts and mind. Jesus Christ must be our consuming interest.

The Orthodox Church is a Trinitarian Church. In the Creed, we proclaim our belief in One God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. We proclaim our belief in the Son of God, of one essence with the Father. In the Creed, we assert our belief in the Holy Spirit, the giver of life, who with the Father and Son is worshipped and glorified. Our beliefs give rise to our actions and they define us as human beings.

We are members of the Holy Orthodox Church. Our religious teachings and services proclaim Christ as God and enable us to learn more about Him. Through the Holy Mysteries, we experience Christ in diverse ways in which He is wonderfully impacts our lives.

The Holy Mysteries are turning points in human lives. We meet Christ in the Holy Mysteries, in Baptism, Chrismation, Confession and Communion, Marriage and Ordination, in Holy Unction...these are times when changes noticeably occur in human beings. Participation in the Holy Mysteries is a turning point of life.

There is a subtlety to Jesus Christ. He acts in ways which defy total comprehension and challenge the best of minds. Jesus Christ became man without giving up His divinity. He entered the world through humble surroundings. We have no record of His being educated in institutions of higher learning but His teachings interest the world's best scholars.

Records exist of healing by Jesus Christ. These miracles are sources of hope and inspiration for the sick and suffering of the world. They are objects of scholarly research and close scrutiny. More importantly, the miracles of Christ serve to manifest the faith of Christians everywhere. Christ offers hope!

People of all ages have relationships with Jesus Christ. We know from the Gospel of St. Matthew that Jesus wanted the little children to come to Him. (MT. 19:14). From personal observation, we can attest that men and women of all ages find a bond with Jesus Christ.

For many, the relationship with Jesus Christ begins at infant Baptism and grows throughout life. Other individuals may experience unity with Christ at later stages in life. The relationships may mature at different rates and in different ways. With certainty, we know the relationships with Christ are not limited by age, sex, race or national origin.

Jesus Christ is identified with the Kingdom of God. In the Creed, we refer to His Second Coming. In the Lord's Prayer, we pray, "Thy Kingdom come..." The Creed, The Lord's Prayer and our thoughts regarding Jesus Christ, all deserve careful attention.

In the Creed, we refer to the judgment that will take place when Christ returns. The Gospel of St. Matthew in the Twenty-Fifth Chapter is an additional point of reference to the Last Judgment.

Our relationship to Jesus Christ is not to be stagnant. We should look to St. Apostle Paul who said Jesus Christ would be magnified in his body whether by life of by death. For St. Paul, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Phil. 1:26-27).

Everyday is a new opportunity to renew our relationship with Jesus Christ. Every moment is an opportunity to say: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner."

Throughout our lives, Jesus Christ is ever-present. He is wherever we may go. If we travel to another country, He is there. If we work in a factory or hospital or office, Jesus Christ is present. Airplanes and rockets do not reach heights which exceed the grasp and presence of Christ.

We do not have to search to find Christ. We do not have to travel far. Our challenge is to open our hearts to Him and to keep them open. Our challenge is to keep our minds on Christ. We must open our eyes and be sensitive to Christ's presence wherever we are.

Now is the time to consider our relationship with Jesus Christ. It is always time to consider our relationship with Him. Time is measured according to Christ's birth. It behooves us to measure each moment of time as a golden opportunity to be with Jesus Christ.

Reissued at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, October 1, 2006 from the Archives.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 18 / October 1, 2006
Sunday after the Elevation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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