St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 412 - November 20 / December 3, 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
November 20 / December 3, 2006
Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 412

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

Jude 3

Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, 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
November 26
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Fifty-seven people came for Divine Liturgy.
One communicant. Parastos held.
November 27
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 28
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Akathist to St. Panteleimon.
Four people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Vespers.
November 29
One person came to St. George Church for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Seven people came to the YWCA in Fairmont, W. Va. for Divine Liturgy.
Four people came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 30
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. George.
December 1
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
December 2
One person came for Midnight Office and reading of Matins canon.
One person came to personally read Ninth Hour and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
The Vespers service was read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour, Divine Liturgy

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 5:30 AM. Thursday at 4:00 AM.

Divine Liturgy at 8:30 AM

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday at 4:00 PM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 3 - Forefeast of Entry into the Temple
December 4 - Entry into the Temple of the Theotokos
December 6 - Robena Mine Memorial Program
December 8 - Leavetaking of the Entry into the Temple
December 10 - Parish Annual Assembly
December 13- - Holy Apostle Andrew

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Mike Rogish helps in the Altar when needed. At more than 97 years old, Mr. Rogish continues to want to help the St.George Church.

Thank you to the St. George Kolo and Kolo helpers for continuing to bake each week.

Stan Brozik, Executive Board President has scheduled the Annual Assembly for next Sunday.

A paper prepared for Adult Class this past Thursday on the Feast of the Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple was emailed to parishioners with internet capability and other interested individuals.

No Adult class for the next two weeks.

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

Pray for miners, living and departed and their families. Remember the Robena Miners and Monongah Miners losing their lives on separate December 6 distasters.

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.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the Feast of the Nativity on January 7.

Thank you to the ladies preparing refreshments for coffee hour each week.

A Thought from Proto Radovan Milkovich

Each Christian must permit the Holy Spirit to work freely in his life. He must not stifle the Spirit or grieve Him. This life giving source is within us, a precious Gift given to each believer through the Grace of the Sacraments of the Church. A precious gift comes to us through Faith and Prayer. Let the words of the Creed ring true and clear within our souls. Permit "The Giver of Life, the Lord, the Holy Spirit" to direct you in all good works.

( Sermons and Speeches Prepared for Publication by Zivota Stevovich. Raska Skola, Belgrade, 1999, p. 224 )

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

To Consider

The importance of continuing to learn as a Christian.
The importance of following the fasts of the Church.
The importance of almsgiving.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 26 - Visited parishioner in hospital in Waynesburg.
November 28 - Viuited parishioner in hospital in Uniontown.
November 29 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W. Va.
December 1 - Visited Serbian Orthodox Christian in Presbyterian Care, Washington
December 2 - Attended Cleveland Deanery Christian Education Meeting, Hermitage.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Abba Poemen) also said, 'A man who stays in his place in life will not be troubled.'

The Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Pentecost 2006

Luke 10:25-37

And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?" So he answered and said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." And He said to him, "You have answered rightly; do this and you will live." But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denari, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, "Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you. So which of these three do you think was the neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?" And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

Today's Gospel shows the relationship between love of God and love of neighbor. We cannot separate our life with God from our life with the men, women and children we meet.

We work out our salvation in a world of living people, a world created by God and inhabited by individuals created in the image and likeness of God. (Gen. 1:1-31).

Focusing on God and the Kingdom of God, believers are called to daily live in ways pleasing to God. Living in ways pleasing to God includes showing concern for neighbors in need.

In the present Gospel message is Jesus' teaches believers to help the hurt and needy person along the roadside. During the course of an earthly life, a believer can encounter many needy persons.

Each believer must pray to God and discern the wisdom of God in properly responding to the needs of neighbors. In contemporary society, a person can be besieged with requests for help.

Each person must determine the best way to help and reflect the love of God. Providing material help is important in many instances. In other situations, words of support and comfort or a ready presence can make a different.

Sometimes material help and physical presence are needed. All help given should be with the love of God as the foundation.

The Holy Apostle Paul said: "Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing." (I Cor. 13:3)

The Samaritan in the present Gospel went beyond the immediate needs to provide for anticipated needs. The Samaritan wanted to make sure the robbery victim along the road had an established path of recovery.

Many individuals in our society are victims of violent crimes as was the person in the present Gospel. Being a victim of a violent crime is a traumatic experience.

The love, support and material aid provided by the Samaritan in the present Gospel made a difference. The Lord Jesus Christ wants believers to make a difference in the lives of individuals in need.

Being a Christian involves accepting the responsibility to help others. Discretion and respect are necessary. A believer extremely interested in helping others must take care not to become a victim.

Respect for the condition of the needy person is always a part of the offer to help. Wanting to help others in the Name of Christ and in the spirit of the present Gospel is the desired position of each believer.

When dealing with situations involving criminal behavior, perspective is necessary. Prayer has a part in every aspect of life. Determining ways to help others needs to be guided by prayer.

Following the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ is the best course of action when coming upon individuals in need. When Christ is followed, when Christ's teachings are put into action, the individual is on a solid course toward the Kingdom.

When Christ is not the basis for action, when the Kingdom of God is not the ultimate goal of any good work, then danger lurks. At times individuals suffer for the sake of Christ in doing good. The lives of martyrs through the centuries bear witness to those suffering for Christ.

Christians helping needy individuals is a standard expectation. Each Christian must be true to his or her Christian identity. Our Lord Jesus Christ said: "As you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me." (MT. 25:40)
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 20 / December 3, 2006
Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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