St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 407 - October 16 / October 29, 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
October 16 / October 29, 2006
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 407

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

Romans 11:19-20

You will say then, "Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in." Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear.

Services This Past Week
October 22
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Forty-two people came for Divine Liturgy. Six communicants.
October 23
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 24
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Five people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
October 25
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
October 26
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Six people were present for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Seven people were present for the Akathist to St. George.
Father Dimitre was present to concelebrate
October 27
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Six people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 28
One person came to St. George Church for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Six people came to the YWCA in Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy.
Four people came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Mornings
5:30 AM Today, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour, Reading from Lives of Saints.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 31 - St. Luke
November - Memorial Saturday
November 5 - Church begins at 8:50 AM. No 10:00 AM service!
November 8 - St. Demetrius
November 12 - St. King Milutin
November 16 - Dedication of the Church of the Great Martyr Georgius in Lydia

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

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia

Parish Life

Thank you to all coming to the Anniversary dinner and helping with it.

Thank you to all helping the Kolo bake this week.

We continue to pray for those serving in the military and their families.

Pray for miners, living and departed and their families.

The St George radio broadcast is 6:20 PM when the Steelers play on Sunday afternoons.

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.

The collection today in all parishes goes for the St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville. The School of Theology celebrated its Twentieth Anniversary yesterday.

Thank you to the Kolo for the new bookcases.

Four people came to Adult Class this past Thursday to discuss the Paschal Gospel. Father Dimitre came to participate. Class again this Thursday at 7:00 PM.

A Thought from St. Cyprian of Carthage

He does not mean to take men away from the Church which He founded and built Himself, but He condemns the discord of the faithless; and with His own lips He commends concord to the faithful, by making clear that He is with two or three who pray in harmony, rather than with any number of dissenters, and that more can be obtained by the united prayers of a few than by the petitioning of many who are in disagreement.

( Ancient Christian Writers Vol. 25, Newman Press, New York, 1956, p. 55 )

Congratulations to the Graduates, Students and Faculty of St. Sava Theology, Libertyville Providing Twenty Years of Theological Education!

To Consider

Using the Jesus Prayer daily - Lord Jesus Christ Son of God Have mercy on me a sinner.
Thinking of the Lord Jesus Christ throughout the day.
Increasing the amount of time in prayer daily.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 22 - Attended Anniversary dinner.
October 24 - Visited Serbian Orthodox Christian in Presbyterian Care, Washington, Pa.
October 26 - Attended lecture on public speaking at West Virginia University.
October 26 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars.
October 27 - Attended a Slava celebration in Pittsburgh area.
October 28 - Served Divine Liturgy at YWCA, Fairmont, W.Va.
October 28 - Visited several residents of Rolling Meadows Nursing Home.

From the Desert Fathers

A brother asked Abba Poemen, 'Can a man be dead?' He replied, 'He who is inclined to sin starts to die, but he who applies himself to good will live and will put it into practice."


Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost 2006

Luke 7:11-16

Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. And when He came near the gate of the city. Behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep." Then He came and touched the open coffin and those who carried him stood still. And He said, "Young man, I say to you, Arise." So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother. Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has risen up among us.; and "God has visited His people."

The Lord God restored life to the dead son of the widow of Nain. Jesus Christ performed a miracle. The life of the son, the widow and the lives of countless believers through the centuries changed due to this miracle.

We will never know how many men, women and children have been inspired to pray to God with firm belief as a result of learning this miracle. We will never know how many men, women and children have changed their lives and become firm believers in the Lord Jesus Christ due to the restoration of life to this widow's son.

The son of the widow of Nain was not the only person raised from the dead by the Lord Jesus Christ. Every year on Lazarus Saturday believers learn of the raising of Lazarus. The memorable words: "Lazarus, come forth" (Jn.11:43) changed everything.

The funeral procession was underway when Jesus restored life to the son of the widow. Lazarus was dead four days when Jesus called Lazarus to life. (Jn.11:39-44)

Jesus Christ has power over death. Jesus Christ has the power to give new life to those deadened in sin. Jesus Christ says to each person: "Come forth" from the tomb of sin. Jesus Christ says to each person" Arise" from the life in sin.

Jesus Christ enables each person to begin anew. Jesus Christ enables each person to begin anew regardless of how the dire the situation is. Jesus Christ enables each person to experience the joy of new life.

Believers benefit from examining their lives to determine changes required for the fullness of the life in Christ. Believers benefit from examining their lives to determine changes required to experience the peace of Christ.

The Holy Gospel nourishes believers and sets the standard for hope. The presence of hope makes a difference. Without hope, individuals quit trying. Without hope, individuals see no value in living.

Jesus turned the grief of the widow of Nain into joy. This woman had lost her husband. She was facing the burial of her only son. Certainly she had a heavy heart.

The Lord Jesus entered the life of the widow of Nain. The Lord Jesus Christ came to Lazarus four days after Lazarus' death.

Turn to God with joyful anticipation. Turn to God with the expectation of prayers being answered. Turn to God in appreciation and in love. Be not fearful in coming to God.

The parable of the prodigal son shows the welcoming love of God for the returning sinner (Lk.15:11-32). Each person can draw near to God in repentance. Each person can draw near to God in love.

Turn to the lives of the saints to learn of the extremes they practiced in service to and love for God. The life of each saint reveals a fundamental and resolute commitment to God.

Think of St. Nikolai Velimirovic. St. Nikolai's love for God was manifested in his writing. St. Nikolai's love for God was manifested in his sermons. St. Nikolai's love for God was manifested in the way he lived.

Each person experiences the love of God. The love of God is experienced in having air to breathe, water to drink, homes to live in. The love of is experienced in having rain to cause crops to grow. The love of God is experienced in having vehicles in which to travel.

Food comes from God. Animals are manifestations of God's love. Beautiful scenery is a creation of God. A person cannot begin to enumerate all that God does.

Being immersed in sin, a person may feel trapped. Being stuck in a job or an unsatisfactory situation, a person may feel there is no exit. Jesus Christ demonstrated that He can change a situation dramatically.

The son of the widow was in his coffin. He was set to be confined under the earth. Jesus Christ brought the son from death to life. Each person turning to the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity will experience the love and hopefulness known to Christ.

Gaze at the sky. Ponder St. Nikolai's Prayers by the Lake. Meditate about the Holy Trinity as described in the Sunday Midnight Office. Read the Psalms. Expand your interest in and knowledge of God.

Broaden your understanding of God by learning more. Enrich your life and bring joy to your life by drawing closer to God. Do not limit yourself to coming to Holy Confession and Communion infrequently.

Turn to God for forgiveness of sins and for new life. Turn your attention to the Kingdom of God. Increase your understanding of the Holy Orthodox Church. Increase your understanding of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

There is more to God than anyone person can begin to imagine. Do not consciously confine yourself to a limited understanding of God. Embrace the words of the Holy Apostle Paul and the way of life they endorse: "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." (Rom.12:2)
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 16 / October 29, 2006
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Martyr Longinus the Centurion.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

Back to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels - Home Page