St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 408 - October 23 / November 5, 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 23 / November 5, 2006
Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
No. 408

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

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Services This Past Week
October 29
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Twenty-nine people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
October 30
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 31
One person came for Midnight Office. Two people came for Matins.
One person came for First Hour.
November 1
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 2
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Five people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. George.
November 3
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Akathist to the Holy Trinity, Akathist of Thanksgiving and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 4
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour, Akathist for Departed and Pomen for all individuals buried from St. George Church.
Three people were present for the reading of Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour, Pro-Liturgy served by Father Dimitre.

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

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

Divine Liturgy at 8:30 AM

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

November 8 - St. Demetrius
November 12 - St. King Milutin
November 16 - Dedication of the Church of the Great Martyr Georgius in Lydia
November 19 - Celebration of Choir Slava, Covered dish dinner in church hall.
November 21 - Holy Archangel Michael
November 22 - St. Nectarios
November 24 - St. Stephen of Decani

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia

Parish Life

Contact Sonia Janson to see how you can help with the Choir Slava.

The Kolo needs help each week with baking.

Two people came for the Adult Class this past Thursday to discuss the Paschal Gospel and Nativity of Christ Gospel. Class again this Thursday at 7:00 PM.

Please welcome Father Dimitre today.

Happy 100th Anniversary of Serbian Orthodoxy in Pittsburgh being celebrated today by Holy Trinity Cathedral.

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 early 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.

A Thought from St. Gregory of Nyssa

The Scripture teaches in the history, I think, that when one arrogantly exalts himself he ends by falling even below the earth. And perhaps, if viewed through these events, arrogance might not unreasonably be defined as a downward ascent.

( The Life of Moses. Paulist Press, New York, 1978, p. 126 )

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville

To Consider

Renewal in Christ throughout life.
The necessity of repentance throughout life.
The necessity of prayer throughout life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 29 - Attended Seventy Fifth Anniversary Dinner of St. Petka Kolo, Monroeville.
October 30 - Visited area family interested in the St. George Church.
October 30 - Visited family and blessed home in Morgantown, W.Va.
October 31 - Visited parishioner in Uniontown Hospital.
November 1 - Went to St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa for funeral of +Steve Crevar.
November 1 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars.
November 4 - Went to St. George Church, Midland for Baptism of Teodora Kosic.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Abba Poemen) also said,'Do not give your heart to that which does not satisfy your heart.'

Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost 2006

Luke 8:5-15

"A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, and sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold." When He had said these things He cried, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" Then His disciples asked Him, saying "What does this parable mean?" And He said, "To you it is has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that 'Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.' "Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for awhile and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasure of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience."

In simplistic terms, the parable of the sower reveals one out of every four people hearing the word of God stay with it and bear fruit with patience.The devil is credited with destroying the word of God in twenty five percent of those receiving it.

Cares and riches and pleasures account for another twenty five percent falling away. The remaining twenty five percent fall away in temptation, lacking the roots for the word of God to grow to maturity. The ground is rocky.

Each person must take care of the heart, mind and soul to receive the word of God and bring it to maturity in rich soil. The word of God maturing in a person makes a difference.

When a person immerses his or herself in the word of God the person is transformed. The person is armed against the wiles of the devil. The person is nourished.

The word of God is for all individuals desiring Divine nourishment. As the Precious Body and Blood nourishes, so does the word of God nourish. The word of God is not reserved for the clergy or for an exclusive group of people.

The word of God is not exclusive to those capable of reading. Being able to read is desirable. The Epistle and Gospel are read during the Divine Liturgy. Psalms and music drawn from Holy Scripture have definite places in the Divine services.

Believers turning to the Holy Scriptures for nourishment are not disappointed. Believers turning to the Holy Scriptures to learn about God are not disappointed.

The investment made in reading and listening to the word of God is a sound investment. Working at understanding the Holy Scriptures is a process for all of life.

The New Testament provides facts about the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and the holy apostles. The Old Testament speaks about the creation and other actions of God through the centuries.

The Old Testament tells of Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Moses, Elijah and David and others. Readers of the Old Testament are enriched by the Psalms and Proverbs, the words of Isaiah and Jeremiah, Micah and Hosea.

Love of the Holy Scriptures is a rewarding love. Love of the Scriptures is a love of God. God is revealed in the Holy Scriptures.

The Holy Scriptures are integral to the Church. The Holy Scriptures are best understood within the Church. The Church uses the Holy Scriptures extensively every day. Believers need to be in the daily services of the Church to be awakened to the rich use of the Holy Scriptures.

Many hear the word of God. It is not always clear at the outset which individuals will bring the word of God to maturity in their lives.

Sometimes the word of God settles in a person and begins to yield fruit at a much later time. Sometimes an individual rejoices at hearing the word of God and appears committed to the long journey. Then the person falters and the word of God dies in the life of the person.

The word of God is an expression of the love of God. Being able to hear, to read, and to see the word of God is a blessing from God. Giving thanks to God for the word of God is a proper course of action.

In some countries, great difficulty exists in obtaining written copies of the word of God. Some years back a group of priests from Europe visited America and were astonished to see a large number of Bibles in a home they visited.

The abundance of Bibles in this country is a blessing often taken for granted. Too often the family Bible sits on a shelf or a table, seldom opened in the home. In America, Bibles are available in many different formats, written, audio, visual and electronic.

Read the Holy Scripture for the benefit of the soul. Nourish the soul. Become enriched in the life in Christ. Learn more about God's Holy Church. Learn more about the Holy Prophets and the Holy Apostles. Learn how to live in ways pleasing to God.

Study the life of Christ. Study the references to the Holy Spirit. Learn of St. Peter and St. Paul, of St. Stephen. Learn from the Gospels of Sts. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Do not deprive yourself or your family of the wealth found in the word of God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 23 / November 5, 2006
Holy Apostle James, Brother of the Lord.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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