St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 458 - October 15 / October 28, 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 15 / October 28, 2007
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
No. 458

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

Romans 14:22

Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.

Recent Services
October 21
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Thirty-three people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
October 22
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 23
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. Panteleimon.
October 24
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
October 25
Midnight Office, Matins, and First Hour were read. Protopresbyter Djokan Majstorovic participated in the Matins and First Hour.
October 26
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Father Dimitre Dimitrov is warmly welcomed to serve.

Mornings
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 AM.

Afternoons
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday at 4:00 PM, Friday at 6:30 PM

Tuesday
6:30 PM followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

Saturday
Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM, Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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
November 24 - St. Stefan of Decani
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 28 - Nativity Fast begins
December 4 - Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple
December 13 - St. Andrew the First-Called

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

Parish Life

Anniversary banquet reservations are due immediately.

Church donations to be credited should be by check or in clearly marked envelopes with the contributor's name.

Two people came to Adult Class this past Tuesday. Class again this Tuesday.

Thank you to the Kolo members coming to bake. Help is always needed.

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.

If you do not observe your Slava, it is time to begin.

From Proverbs 28:1-5

The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; but by a man of understanding and knowledge right will be prolonged.
A poor man who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain which leaves no food.
Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but such as keep the law contend with them.
Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand all.

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

To Consider

The healing power of Christ.
Life after being healed.
Praising and thanking God for being healed.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 23 - Went to West Virginia University to attend seminar on "Volunteer Management."
October 25 - Attended meeting at Monastery Marcha for Executive Board of Clergy Brotherhood of North and South America.

From the Desert Fathers

They said of Abba Or that he never lied, nor swore, nor hurt anyone, nor spoke without necessity.


The Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost 2007

Luke 16:19-31

There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torment in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us. Then he said, 'I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment. Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them.' And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.'

Abraham told the suffering rich man in today's Gospel that if his brothers listened to Moses and the prophets, they would be spared torment. God provides ample lessons. Individuals determine whether to heed the lessons.

The parish church is a source of instruction for everlasting life. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (Jn. 3:16)

The Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ has always been proclaimed here. The life and teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ have been put forth for all willing to hear.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" (Mt. 11:15). Hearing the word of God and keeping it is fundamental to the Christian life. (Lk. 11:28)

The joy of the life in Christ is proclaimed throughout the year. The joy of the life in Christ is paramount. The Epistle to the Hebrews teaches to look " unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross..." (Heb. 12:2)

The rich man enjoyed his abundant earthly goods without due attention to the neighbor at his gate. Believers in this parish church and every parish church are called to be attentive to their neighbors,

The Gospel message of the caring Samaritan is very well known to attentive believers. The Gospel message of the caring Samaritan is proclaimed in this church and every Orthodox Church. (Lk. 10:25-37).

Believers' lives are connected with their neighbors. The First Epistle of Saint John 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)

Love and peace are messages of the Holy Gospel. Love and peace are fruits of the Holy Spirit (Gal.5:22) Love and peace are lasting lessons. Christians rooted in Christ meet daily life with abundant love and abiding peace.

The parish church is a welcoming destination for individuals seeking love and peace in their lives. The parish church is a welcoming haven for individuals seeking to be sheltered from the storms of life.

Individuals seeking nourishment from Christ find it present in the Holy Gospel. Individuals seeking nourishment from Christ find it present in the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. Individuals seeking protection from adverse powers find it in the strength of God. The Holy Prophet Isaiah said: "Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up their wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint." (Is. 40:31)

Abraham instructed the tormented rich man that his five brothers would be spared his experience if they heeded Moses and the Holy Prophets. Attentive believers learn valuable lessons of life in church throughout the year.

The rich lessons of the Holy Gospel stand at the apex of the written word. The rich lessons of the Holy Gospel penetrate the welcoming heart and mind. The rich lessons of the Holy Gospel transform the believer.

The Holy Apostle Paul said : Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." (Rom. 12:2)

The parish church offers the opportunity for renewal in Christ. The Holy Mysteries of the Church offer unity with Christ and new beginnings in Christ. Each milestone is an ending and a beginning. Each milestone is a time to thank God and to renew the commitment to God.

At each milestone, the words of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Philippians are timely. The Holy Apostle Paul said: "I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." (Phil. 3:14)

Giving abundant thanks to God is always appropriate. In the current Gospel, every reason exists to give thanks to God for the eternal care of Lazarus. Every believer has reason to give thanks to God for his or her earthly life and for the gift of eternal life. Thanks be to God for all things. (Eph. 5:20)
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 15 / October 28, 2007
Holy Martyr Lucian. Presbyter of Antioch. Venerable Euthymius the New.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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