St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 415 - December 11 / December 24, 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
December 11 / December 24, 2006
Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 415

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

II Corinthians 5:7

...For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Services This Past Week
December 17
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Thirty-three people came for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
December 18
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Ten people came for Vespers.
Harry Richard Porter was received into the Holy Orthodox Church.
December 19
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Fifteen people came for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
December 20
One person came to St. George Church for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Six people came for Divine Liturgy at the YWCA in Fairmont, W.Va. One communicant.
Four people came to St. George Church for Akathist to St. Nicholas and Vespers.
December 21
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Seven people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Mother of God.
Father Dimtre came from Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Masontown.
December 22
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
December 23
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

Mornings
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 5:30 AM

Afternoons
Tuesday at 4:00 PM.

No services Thursday or Friday.

Saturday
Vespers at 6:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 24 - Mother's Day
December 27-30 - Nativity Fast Retreat for Youths at Shadeland
December 30 - New Martyrs Deacon Avakum and Hegumen Paisius
December 31 - St.Sebastian-Father's Day
January 2-5 - Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ.
January 6 - Eve of Nativity of Christ
January 7 - Feast of Nativity of Christ
January 8 - Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos

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

Parish Life

Welcome to Harry Rich Porter into the Holy Orthodox Church.

Welcome to Protonica Mirjana Majstorovic, Savo and Marta from St. Sava Cathedral, New York City.

The Festal Divine Liturgy will be rebroadcast on Radio WMBS at 5:00 PM on the Feast of the Nativity. The regular 12:15 PM will also be broadcast.

Four people came to Adult Class this past Thursday to discuss the Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple.

Thank you to the Kolo and helpers of the Kolo for continuing to bake.

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.

Read your Bible daily for the benefit of your soul.

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

Remember those grieving for family members and friends.

The Greene County District Attorney's Office has called attention to the losses to families of victims\ of violent crimes acutely experienced at this time of the year.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Dragan Filipovic

We cannot rest on our laurels and accomplishments. We have to look to the future of our church and our nation. Our forefathers brought Orthodoxy to America. We, their children, now have to BRING AMERICA TO ORTHODOXY. This we have to do by our own example. By a life that is exemplary in all aspects-both spiritually and morally. Our life in the church has to be taken into our life in the world---for ORTHODOXY is not a religion-but A WAY OF LIFE. The ORTHODOX FAITH is perfect, our life has to be exemplary and a shining beacon to the world.

( May 6, 1991 - Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral 2oth Anniversary, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania )

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

To Consider

Experiencing forgiveness through Holy Confession.
Experiencing unity with Christ through Holy Communion.
Experiencing the life in Christ through daily prayer.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 20 - Served Divine Liturgy at YWCA, Fairmont, W.Va. Visited Mission Chapel in Fairmont. Recorded January radio broadcasts with Tom Hunter.
December 21 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pennsylvania.
December 22 - Visited parishioner.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Nilus) also said, 'Prayer is a remedy against grief and depression.'


Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost 2006

Luke 14:16-24

Then He said to him, "A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those where invited, 'Come, for all things are now ready.' But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused. And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.' Still another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.' So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.' And the servant said, 'Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.' Then the master said to the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may filled. For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.'"

The invitation goes forth from the Lord Jesus Christ throughout the day. Individuals around the world and throughout the centuries decide every moment of the day whether to accept the invitation to draw near to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said: "Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Mt. 11:28) Rest and peace are found in the Lord Jesus Christ. Many people look elsewhere.

Many people seek rest and peace of lesser quality than the peace and rest found in the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ invites us to the heavenly banquet each Divine Liturgy. Many people seek fulfillment in life outside the Church. Many people seek nourishment for life outside the Church.

Today's Gospel speaks of individuals occupied with their land, their property and their families. These individuals declined the invitation of the master of the house.

God does not expect us to neglect our families. God does not expect us to neglect our properties. God does not expect us to neglect our jobs. Serious students of the Church know to love and respect family members to the fullest. Serious Christians know to do their jobs to the best of their abilities. Personal possessions and resources are to be prudently managed.

Time for God is necessary. Time for Church is necessary. Time for participation in the Holy Mysteries is necessary. Time for prayer is necessary. Time for caring for the sick, the suffering and the needy is necessary.

When the invitation from the Lord Jesus Christ is answered throughout the day, when Christ is the Guide of our hearts and minds, then our lives find order.

The Psalmist said: "Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me." (Ps. 119:133) Readers of the Psalms draw nourishment from God. Readers of the Psalms find guidance in the Psalms.

Christians should utilize the nourishment found in God's Holy Church. Christians should not waste time or resources looking outside the Church for lasting fulfillment.

Unity and peace with Christ comes in partaking of His Precious Body and Blood. Unity and peace with Christ comes in Holy Confession, in repentance of sin and the desire to live in ways pleasing to God.

When we give our lives to God at Holy Baptism, we are expected to honor God throughout our lives. From the Baptismal fount to the departure from this life can be many, many years.

The joy of life is best found in Christ. Personal growth in best found in devoting our talents and resources for the glory of God. Family unity and family strength is best realized when the home is a small church.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord." (II Cor. 3:18)

To grow in Christ, requires faith in Christ. To grow in Christ requires love of Christ. To experience Christ, requires opening the heart and mind to Christ.

Constantly declining the invitations of Christ is perilous. Constantly being occupied with activities having nothing to do with Christ is perilous.

The master of the house in the present Gospel was angry when so many declined the invitation to attend the supper. In the Gospel of St. Matthew we are reminded of the words of the Lord Jesus Christ: "I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness." (Mt. 7:23)

Giving lip service to being a Christian is not sufficient. Being lukewarm as a Christian is not sufficient. In Revelation we read: "Because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth." (Rev. 3:16)

Constant prayer is necessary. Living the life in Christ every day is necessary. Being nourished by Christ through reading the Holy Scriptures, partaking of His Precious Body and Blood and experiencing the forgiveness of sins are necessary.

In this time of preparation for the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ, let us redouble our efforts as being faithful Orthodox Christians. Let us be true to the path of St. Sava and all the saints.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 11 / December 24, 2006
Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Daniel the Stylite.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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