St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 413 - November 27 / December 10, 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 27 / December 10, 2006
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 413

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

Ephesians 6:16

Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

Services This Past Week
December 3
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Twenty-eight people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
December 4
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Six people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Four people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
December 5
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came to personally read Ninth Hour and an Akathist.
December 6
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers'
December 7
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came to personally read Ninth Hour and an Akathist..
December 8
One person came to personally read Ninth Hour and an Akathist.
Vespers was read.
December 9
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Vespers

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour, Divine Liturgy.

No daily services are scheduled this week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Annual Parish Assembly following Divine Liturgy
December 13 - Holy Apostle Andrew
December 15 - St. Uros, King of Serbia, Venerable Joanikije the Wonderworker of Devic
December 16 - Pittsburgh Deanery Meeting on Christian Education-Midland.
December 17 - Holy Great Martyr Barbara, Children's Day
December 19 - St. Nicholas the Wonderworker of Myra in Lycia
December 23 - St. John, Despot of Serbia
December 24 - Mother's Day
December 27-30 - Nativity Fast Retreat for Youths at Shadeland
December 30 - New Martyrs Deacon Avakum and Hegumen Paisius

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

Parish Life

A Youth Retreat is being held at Shadeland from December 27-30 for ages 10-17. If you know of a youth interested, notify Father Rodney this week.

Thank you to all staying for the Parish Assembly today.

Greetings to Newt Yoders, friend of St. George Church and one of Serb Krewasky's faithful Lambroasters.

If you want to change your status on the Coffee Hour Schedule for 2007, please contact Mitzie Hunchuck.

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.

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.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

The Church has her eternal foundation in the Holy Trinity, for her life is interwoven with the life of the Holy Trinity. Thus the love of the Persons of the Holy Trinity produces an atmosphere of love among men. It is seen in Christ's Church, in the life of her members. Therefore, in the Church all three Persons act equally. The love which the Divine Persons institute is not closed; rather is manifested in the world. It can be said, even as the essence of God is LOVE, likewise the essence of the Church of God is LOVE. But love is also the basis of the world and the reason of man's life on Earth. It is from this very love of God that the Father sends His only-Begotten Son into the world.

( The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church Translated by Protopresbyter Stephen Zaremba, Sremski Karlovaci. 2001, p. 8 )

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

To Consider

The importance of mutual love and respect among parishioners.
The importance of cooperation among parishioners.
The importance being faithful to the way of God in parish life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 3 - Went to Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngwood for Kolo Slava.
December 4 - Met with individual preparing to become Orthodox.
December 6 - Gave opening and closing prayers at the Robena Mine Memorial.
November 30-December 7 - Attended lectures at West Virginia University on Grassroots Fundraising and Practical Organizational Theory.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Poemen) also said, 'The victory over all the afflictions that befall you, is, to keep silence.'


The Twenty-Sixth Sunday After Pentecost 2006

Luke 12:16-21

Then He spoke a parable to them saying, "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?' So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, "Soul, You have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry"' But God said to him, "Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?" So is he who lays up treasures for himself, and is not rich towards God."

The present Gospel focuses on being rich toward God. As we invest for our future, let us invest in the Kingdom of God. Let us invest our talents, our resources and our time in ways leading to the Kingdom of God.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said: "Seek first the Kingdom of God..." (Mt. 6:33) Our behavior, our thoughts and all that we do should be directed to the Kingdom. We begin the Divine Liturgy with the words: "Blessed is the Kingdom..." No greater goal exists for the believer than to seek first the Kingdom of God.

Just as God provided for Abraham (Gen. 22:14), so will God provide for us if we are faithful in seeking the Kingdom. (Mt. 6:33). The present Gospel is a lesson against personal greed. It is a lesson in remembering all good gifts come from God (James 1:17).

Care must be taken of the soul. We do not know the time of our departure from this life. Each moment deserves our fullest attention.

Vigilance is necessary as learned from the lesson of the ten virgins, five wise and five foolish. (Mt. 25:1-13). The present moment is a moment to draw near to the Lord God in faith and in love.

The present moment is a time to appreciate the hope established in Christ's Resurrection. The present moment is a time to appreciate the sacrifice upon the Precious and Life-Giving Cross.

The present moment is a time to repent of sins and seek the mercy of God. The present moment is a time for prayer. The heart requires examination during this Nativity Fast.

The mind requires focus on the things of God. The mind needs filled with thoughts pleasing to God. The body requires discipline in ways pleasing to God.The home requires an atmosphere pleasing to God.

Family life is strongest when consistent with the Holy Mystery of Marriage. Family relationships are strongest when they are Christ-centered relationships. The family home increases in joy when love and forgiveness are paramount.

Forgiveness and love have a place in all relationships. Love of Christ is the guide for the way we are to treat others. St. John's First Epistle states: "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God." (I Jn. 4:7).

The accumulation of material goods is attractive to many people. The accumulation of material goods and attachment to material goods can become an obsession.

The accumulation of material goods should not be a barrier to a believer's relationship with God. The accumulation of material goods should not be an inhibiting factor in Christian relationships with others.

Parents need to assess the value placed on the accumulation of material wealth and the priority given to God in family life. Working excessive amounts of time to accumulate material goods with little time for family life and little time for God can skew the development of a family.

Placing great value on material wealth to the detriment of family and other personal relationships can in the long run have a negative effect. The Nativity Fast is time to reassess priorities in life.

The Nativity Fast is a time to review the Baptismal experience and consider the commitments made at Holy Baptism. The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed sets forth the beliefs of Orthodox Christians. The Creed is the "Flag of Life", the Constitution governing our daily life.

Our lives are best organized and lived in ways fulfilling The Creed in the most joyous way.

Christ brings joy to the hearts of believers. Christ radiates joy in the hearts of believers. Christ is the foundation of joy.

Today is a gift from God. Today is to be structured in ways pleasing to God. Today is an opportunity to give thanks to God. Today is a day to glorify God.

Today is ordered by the rising and the setting of the sun. The seasons are ordered. Plant and animal life are ordered. Individuals do well to order their lives in ways pleasing to God.

We never know when the Lord will say" Your soul is now required of you." Today is a day to prepare for the glorious Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We know that the Lord Jesus Christ will return to judge the living and the dead. We express this belief in The Creed. The passing of each day is an advance toward the Second Coming.

Our Lord said: "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming." (Mt.25:13).
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 27 / December 10, 2006
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.
Greatmartyr James the Persian.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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