St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 456 - October 1 / October 14, 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
October 1 / October 14, 2007
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 456

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

2 Corinthians 5:7

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Recent Services
October 7
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and Ninth Hour.
Thirty-one people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant. Parastos.
October 8
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and Ninth Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 9
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Akathist to Jesus Christ, Akathist to St. John the Theologian and Akathist to St. Panteleimon.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 10
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
October 11
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. Panteleimon.
October 12
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour read.
October 13
Midnight Office, Matins, Firsr Hour read at St. George Church.
Third Hour and Divine Liturgy celebrated at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
Three people came to the Holy Trinity Mission.
One person came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

Next Service Sunday October 21
5:30 AM, Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.

Sunday-October 28
Father Dimitre will serve. One service only at 8:45 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Protection of the Mother of God, St. Romanus the Melodist
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva of Serbia, St. Petka
October 31 - St. Luke, St. Peter of Cetinje
November 4 - Parish Anniversary Banquet
November 8 - St. Demetrius
November 16 - Choir Slava
November 21 - St. Archangel Michael
November 22 - St. Nectarios

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

Parish Life

Please remember the last Sunday of the month, church service will be earlier.

Two people came to Adult Class this past Thursday. No class this week.

Send in your Anniversary dinner reservations early. Bring a friend.

Pray for individuals with mental illness and their families.

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.

Read your Bible for the benefit of your soul.

From Proverbs 26:13-16

The lazy man says, 'There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion is in the streets."
As a door turns on its hinges, so does the lazy man on his bed.
The lazy man buries his hand in the bowl. It wearies him to bring it back to his mouth.
The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes Than seven men who can answer sensibly.

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

To Consider

The enduring help of the Mother of God.
Prayers to the Mother of God.
Miracles attributed to the Mother of God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 7 - Attended wedding of Miguel and Mitza Zobenica Heredia at St. Sava Cathedral of Cleveland, Ohio.
October 9 - Went to Chestnut Ridge Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va. to visit a patient.
October 11 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. to attend a West Virginia University class on Cash management for non-profit agencies.
October 12 - Went to Monastery Marcha in Richfield, Ohio and Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa.
October 13 - Went to Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, W.Va.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Abba Poemen) also said, "What is the good of giving oneself to a trade without seeking to learn it?"


Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost 2007

Luke 7:11-16

Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. And when He came near the gate of the city. Behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep." Then He came and touched the open coffin and those who carried him stood still. And He said, "Young man, I say to you, Arise." So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother. Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has risen up among us.; and "God has visited His people."

The Protection of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary

Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28

Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me." And Jesus answered and said to her, 'Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.' And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, "Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!" But He said, "More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it."

The Lord Jesus Christ raised from the dead the son of the widow of Nain. Jesus radically changed the lives of the widow of Nain and her son. The Lord Jesus Christ can radically change any life for the better if the desire exists in the person.

In the case of the widow of Nain and her son, Jesus took the initiative to restore life to the dead son. In other sections of the Holy Gospel, accounts exist of individuals coming to Jesus in faith and healings are recorded.

Individuals never know whether Jesus will enter their lives unexpectedly and make a radical difference. Countless times a radical difference comes when a person seeks Christ and His healing power.

Jesus told Martha that listening to the word of God was important. Jesus told Martha that Mary had chosen the good part. Mary chose to listen to Jesus rather than busy herself with other things.

Everyday individuals make decisions on the use of time. Some people are conscientious in making time for prayer, for attending Divine services, and for reading religious literature.

Some people fill their days with a busy schedule that provides no time for God or for drawing near to God.

Epiphanius, the Bishop of Cyprus said: "Reading the Scriptures is a great safeguard against sin." 1 A comprehensive scientific study has not been done to determine the percentage of Christians who read the Bible on a regular basis.Reading the Bible regularly is assumed to be a regular Christian practice. It may not be as widespread in regular practice as might be assumed.

A comprehensive scientific study has not been done to measure the percent of Christians who put forth a conscientious effort each day to live the Christian life. Such a study would be too large to actually do. It is an interesting thought to ponder.

When individuals are baptized, the commitment is made to Jesus Christ as King and as God. Living out this commitment is an expectation for the balance of earthly life.

The Lord Jesus Christ promises eternal life. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "He who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life." (Jn. 5:24)

The words of Jesus, the life of Jesus, the teachings and miracles of Jesus deserve careful attention. Life is time-limited in earthly form. Each passing moment is valuable and will not return.

Each day, each moment of time should be treasured and cared for. Love of the word of God has a place in each moment of time for the serious Christian.

Love of life as Christ would have life lived has a place in each moment of time for the serious believer. The believer must devote attention to Christ throughout the day to live in ways pleasing to Christ.

Christ's Name has a place in the mind, heart, and soul throughout the day and night. Only when Christ permeates the life of a person will the person's actions and relationships be Christ-centered.

Holy Confession and Holy Communion unite the believer with Christ. Taking Holy Confession and Holy Communion seriously enable a person to live in ways pleasing to Christ.

When a believer does all that he or she can to do to live in ways pleasing to Christ, Christ knows of the effort. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Mt. 11:28-29).

On this day when the Holy Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God, let us look to the Most Holy Theotokos as the example of purity and obedience. Let us seek to live in ways obedient to God and pleasing to God. May our lives always be renewed and transformed by the healing and living Christ. May we make every effort to hear the word of God and keep it.

1The Desert Fathers Translated by Benedicta Ward. Cistercian Publications, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1975, p. 58.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Protection of the Mother of God.
October 1 / October 14, 2007

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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