St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 461 - November 05 / November 18, 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
November 05 / November 18, 2007
Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 461

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

Ephesians 4:4-6

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all

Recent Services
November 11
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Thirty-people came for Divine Liturgy. Parastos for William Kovach.
November 12
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour, Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. Archangel Michael.
November 14
Pomen in Millsboro for +Dorothy Bozick.
November 15
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Funeral service held for +Dorothy Bozick with burial in St. George Cemetery.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 16
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Nine people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
November 17
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
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. Parastos.

Wednesday
Divine Liturgy-9:00 AM

Thursday
5:30 AM Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.

Thursday
Divine Liturgy-8:00 AM

Friday
5:30 AM Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. 4:00 PM Vespers

Saturday
5:30 AM Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Vespers at 4:00 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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 6 - Robena Mine Memorial
December 8 - Leave-taking of Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple
December 13 - Holy Apostle Andrew the First Called.

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

Parish Life

Thank you to all coming to the Choir Slava on Friday.

The parish annual meeting will be on December 9, 2007.

Stewardship is a concept being promoted in the Serbian Orthodox Church.

This parish has had a large number of individuals working as professionals in criminal justice agencies including at the local, state and federal level.

This parish has had a large number of individuals serving in the military.

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

Sympathy extended to the family of +Donna Brado recently departed this life.

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..

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

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

Aaron Carson is doing an oral history of the Darr Mine Disaster.

This country needs more clergy and monastics. Encourage individuals toward these ends.

From Proverbs 31:10-12

Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubles.
The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil
all the days of her life.

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

To Consider

The Second Coming of Christ.
Readiness for Christ's Return.
Making the best use of each day in preparation for Christ's return.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 12 - Visited parishioner in Buckhannon, W.Va. Went to Diocesan Center for meeting.
November 13 - Went to Diocesan Center, Monastery Marcha and St.George Church in Canton, Ohio.
November 14 - Went to meeting at St.George Church in Canton, Ohio then to Millsboro, Pennsylvania for a pomen for +Dorothy Bozick.
November 15 - Funeral for +Dorothy Bozick.
November 16 - Choir Slava.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Abba Poemen) also said, 'Teach your heart to guard that which your tongue teaches."


Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost 2007

Luke 10:25-37

And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?" So he answered and said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." And He said to him, "You have answered rightly; do this and you will live." But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denari, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, "Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you. So which of these three do you think was the neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?" And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

The current Gospel teaches that to inherit eternal life: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your and your neighbor as yourself." (Lk. 10:27)

The requirements to inherit eternal life are substantial. Each Christian needs to think carefully about the present Gospel. Each Christian needs to weigh his or her commitment to the Lord and to his or her neighbor.

The present Gospel is good reason to do a careful self-examination. Each person benefits by determining the degree of love he or she has for God and the degree of commitment to God on a daily basis.

Each person benefits by thinking carefully about the people met in daily life and the way each person is treated. Do we ignore the sick and suffering in our midst?

Do we ignore the sick and suffering in our families and our neighborhoods? Do we reach out to help individuals in need on a consistent basis?

What percentage of our personal budget goes for charity? What percentage of our parish budget goes for charity? How often during the course of a year do we reach out to help a person in need?

What criteria do we have in determining who and when to help? Have we grown callous to requests for help because we have heard too many stories of fraudulent imposters pretending to be needy?

The present Gospel is well-remembered for the care given by the Samaritan to the stranger. In these times, with an atmosphere of fear and strong emphasis on caution, are we hesitant to help a truly needy stranger?

Eternal life is worked out on a daily basis. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "In as much as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me." (Mt. 25:45)

When helping others, are love and compassion a part of the effort? Do we seek praise and recognition when being charitable? Do we treat people in need with dignity and love and respect?

St. John said in his First Epistle: "The world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever." (I Jn. 2:17). Dealing with change is not easy. Facing needy people on a daily basis throughout life and being attentive and concerned and loving throughout life is not easy.

Christians are called to love. Christians are to love God. Christians are to love neighbors. (Lk.10:25-28) Christians are to love those who hate them. (Mt. 5:44)

Orthodox Christians are normally baptized as infants. The Christian life then is one from infancy until departure from this life. Life can be very long. Christian teachings and standards apply throughout life.

Christians need to develop a mentality of helpfulness. The mentality needs to be consistent with and founded in the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. All that a Christian does is to be founded in Christ.

Christ is the goal of all Christians. Christ is the foundation of all Christians. Christ is the way and direction for all Christians. Christ is the nourishment and strength for all Christians.

A serious Christian immerses his or her life in Christ. A serious Christian weighs and carefully evaluates use of time, talents and resources. Everyday is viewed as an opportunity to invest in the Kingdom of God.

Every life experience is an opportunity for the Kingdom of God. While most people live relatively long lives, no person can be certain of the length of his or her particular life.

Everyone is susceptible to injury or accident. Individuals never know whether a life-ending illness will strike.

Making the best use of each day is a wise use of time from God. Joy can be found in helping others. Joy can be found in living in ways pleasing to God. Joy can be found in using personal talents and resources for the benefit of others.

The Lord Jesus Christ gave His life on the Cross. The Lord Jesus Christ died and rose from the grave. Individuals in need find hope in the Resurrected Christ.

Every act of charity brings new life to individuals in need.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 05 / November 18, 2007
Holy Martyr Galacteon and Epistemis.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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