St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 455 - September 24 / October 7, 2007

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
September 24 / October 7, 2007
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 455

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

Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Recent Services
September 30
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Forty-five people came for Divine Liturgy. Five communicants.
Father Zivko Velimirovic was present for all services. He preached the homily.
October 1
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Cross, Akathist to the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow and Akathist to St. Nicholas.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers. Pomen for +William Kovach at the funeral home in Point Marion.
October 2
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Funeral and burial of +William Kovach.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 3
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 4
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person and Father Dimitre came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. George.
October 5
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
October 6
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Divine Liturgy.

Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour - Daily Sunday through Saturday at 5:30 AM.

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

Thursday 6:30 PM followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM

Divine Liturgy, Fairmont-Chapel at 10:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 9 - Repose of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva of Serbia, St.Petka
November 4 - Parish Anniversary Banquet
November 8 - St. Demetrius
November 16 - Choir Slava

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Father Zivko Velimirovic, Dr. Sinisha Zikich and Dr. Andrei Popa had an opportunity to share some experiences about Romania last Sunday.

Protopresbyter George Bernie Yatsko was here to serve at his uncle Bill funeral. Father George is from this parish and was ordained deacon here in 1980.

The St. George Choir is always a comforting presence to families at funerals.

Two people came to Adult Class this past week in addition to Father Dimitre. Class again this Thursday. Contemporary issues are being discussed in class.

Use every moment of time wisely to prepare for the glorious Second Coming.

Remember the miners and others employed in dangerous occupations including law enforcement, correctional officers and parole officers.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in care homes, hospitals, the homebound and the caretakers and staffs.

Remember the men and women in the military and their families..

Honor the fasts on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Sunday radio broadcasts may be at 6:15 PM when the Steelers have home games.

Be careful on local highways. Tragic accidents happen too often.

Parastos today.

A memorial service was held yesterday for all buried under auspices of this church.

From Proverbs 25:11-14

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
Like an earing of gold and an ornament of fine gold is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear.
Like the cold of snow in time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him, for he refreshes the soul of his masers.
Whoever boasts falsely of giving is like clouds and wind without rain.
By long forebearance a ruler is persuaded, and a gentle tongue breaks a bone.
Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, lest you be filled with it and vomit.

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

To Consider

The number of Christians who read their Bible each day.
The value of learning about the Lord Jesus Christ through reading the Bible.
The personal enrichment and nourishment coming from reading the Bible.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 30 - Went to Greyhound station in Pittsburgh.
October 1 - Pomen in Pt. Marion.
October 2 - Funeral service and burial of +William Kovach.
October 3 - Visited parishioner in Uniontown and parishioners in Masontown.
October 5 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars.
October 6 - Attended WVU classes in Clarksburg focusing on Non-Profit Boards and Marketing for Non-Profits. Visited Holy Trinity Mission parishioner in Clarksburg.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Pambo said: "If you have a heart, you can be saved."

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2007

Luke 6:31-36

And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father who is merciful.

Believers are asked to be merciful and kind to others as God is. Believers are asked to go beyond being good to good individuals. Believers are to be kind to the unthankful and the evil.

Believers are sinners. Believers are called to live in ways pleasing to God and to grow in accord with the teachings of God. To do as God would, believers must recognize dependency on God and turn to God for necessary help.

Believers are required to battle tendencies to sin. Believers are required to fast and to pray to keep the body, mind and sinful tendencies in check. Believers are expected to seek the kingdom of God (Mt. 6:33) with due diligence and with joyful anticipation.

The Holy Apostle Paul spoke of the need for love to permeate all efforts and relationships (I Cor .13). St. John's first epistle says: "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)

In this world where violence is in the news throughout the day, speaking of love and the need for love may be seen by some as impractical, as not being realistic.

The ways and teachings of God have withstood the test and criticisms of centuries. The ways and teachings of God have proven to be authentic in the lives of believers of every century.

Martyrs have been joyful at heart when subjected to persecution. Confessors of Christ have stood in the face of danger. The Protomarytr and Archdeacon Stephen spoke of forgiveness towards those stoning him. When stoned, Stephen said: "Lord, do not charge them with this sin." (Acts. 7:60)

The Holy Martyr Phocas the Gardener treated soldiers very well who were sent to kill him because he was Christian. The soldiers were impressed and did not want harm Phocas. Phocas was martyred at his own insistence. 1

Being focused on Christ throughout the day and finding joy and fulfillment in Christ requires discipline. Believers make choices throughout the day. Believers determine where they will spend their time and with whom. Believers chose what they will read, what they will eat, the quantity of food and drink they will consume.

Believers determine the amount of time they will pray per day and the degree of concentration that will be invested in prayer. Believes determine if they will seek to accumulate excessive amounts of material goods. Believers determine if they will share their possessions with others.

Forgiveness is always a foundational element in the Christian life. The degree to which a person forgives is a standard in beseeching God's forgiveness. The Lord's Prayer equates the forgiveness of others with God's forgiveness.

When beautiful weather appears, when beautiful scenery is observed, when the harvest is abundant, the love of God is readily evident. When rain falls on the just and unjust, the love of God is evident (Mt. 5:45).

God welcomes individuals drawing near in prayer seeking understanding and forgiveness. God welcomes individuals drawing near in prayer seeking wholeness and health. God welcomes individuals seeking hope.

When individuals study the life and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, the meaning of life becomes more understood. The love of Christ becomes apparent. The mercy of becomes more evident.

Jesus found time to care for His mother even when He hung upon the Cross. (Jn. 19:25-27). Jesus has time for believers seeking to partake of His Precious Body and Blood.

The Holy Gospel is proclaimed in each Divine Liturgy. The Holy Gospel feeds the mind and soul. The Holy Gospel brings change to listeners. The Holy Gospel causes actions to occur reaching beyond the walls of the parish church.

Believers partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ are united with Christ. The Holy Apostle Paul's life was greatly transformed when he went from being a persecutor of Christ to an apostle for Christ.

The Holy Apostle Paul said: I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me." (Gal. 2:20) Christ can transform each person seeking to repent of sins.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." (Mk. 2:17). The joy of the life in Christ exceeds expectations. The fullness of the life in Christ exceeds expectations.

Every day is a day revealing the goodness, the mercy,and the love of God.

1 St.Nikolai Velimirovic The Prologue of Ohrid. Vol.II. Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, Alhambra, California, 2002, p. 335.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Nineteenth Sunday after Penecost.
Ven. Simon, David and Vladislav.
September 24 / October 7, 2007

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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