St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 462 - November 12 / November 25, 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 12 / November 25, 2007
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 462

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

2 Timothy 4:7

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Recent Services
November 18
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Thirty-four people came for Divine Liturgy. Six communicants. Parastos held
November 19
Two people were present during reading of Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 21
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Six people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant. One Slavksi Kolach blessed.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 22
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
November 23
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 24
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
One person 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
5:30 AM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Afternoons
4:00 PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday.

Monday
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Thursday
6:30 PM followed by class at 7:00 PM

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 28 - Nativity Fast begins
November 29 - Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew
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.
December 19 - St. Nicholas
December 23 - Children's Day
December 30 - Mothers' Day

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

Parish Life

The Annual Assembly will be held on December 9, 2007.

Efforts are made to follow the weekday service schedule as much as possible.

Occasionally, unexpected events occur necessitating a change in the daily schedule, most often in the afternoon. Always call to confirm the scheduled times during the week.

Adult Class this Thursday.

When the Kolo bakes, help is always needed.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the Divine Liturgy of the Feast on January 7, 2008.

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

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.

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

Millie Pritz lives far from here but always remembers the St. George Church.

Dorothy and Rose Blazovich are far from here but always remember the St. George Church.

Psalm 1

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law does he meditate day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. But the ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

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

To Consider

The need for priests and monks and nuns in this country.
Encouraging individuals to formally study for a life in the Church.
Encouraging individuals to regularly visit monasteries and seminaries.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 21 - Visited parish family

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Poemen said of Abba Copres that he was so holy that when he was ill and in bed, he still gave thanks and restrained his own will.


Twenty-Sixth Sunday After Pentecost - 2007

Luke 12:16-21

Then He spoke a parable to them saying, "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?' So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, "Soul, You have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry"' But God said to him, "Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?" So is he who lays up treasures for himself, and is not rich towards God."

The present Gospel speaks about being rich towards God. Each believer benefits by increasingly investing in the Kingdom of God. Each believer is wise in being rich towards God.

The rich man in the present Gospel had great material wealth. He was content to accumulate material goods. No mention is made of the rich man sharing his goods with less fortunate individuals of the world.

The rich man did not use his wealth in ways pleasing to God. Each person has a certain amount of wealth in time and talents if not in finances. Some are rich financially as the man in the present Gospel.

Each person determines whether he or she will give of time and talents and resources to God. Some people choose to "eat, drink and be merry" as mentioned in the present Gospel.

Some people are like the widow in the Gospel who cast in two mites. She gave all that she had and has been a lasting example praised by the Lord Jesus Christ. (Lk. 21:1-4)

Each person is a steward of the gifts, resources, and talents given by God. Some are wise stewards. Some are not. (Lk. 12:42-48) Each Christian has a responsibility to manage the gifts, resources and talents in ways pleasing to God.

God is generous to each person. Each person has a responsibility to be generous to God. The Epistle of St. James says: "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning." (James 1:17)

The way we manage our resources reflects our fundamental belief in and relationship with God. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Where your treasure is, there you heart will be also." (Mt. 6:21).

If a person treasures his or her relationship with God and if a person values Christian teachings, strong commitment and love for God will be revealed.

Serious believers put their talents to use for the glory of God. Serious believers reflect love in relationships with others. Serious believers give significant portions of each day to God.

The rich man in the present Gospel was not content with the great amount of material goods he accumulated. He wanted to accumulate more. How often do we see examples of greed in contemporary society?

How often do we see great disparities in compensation? How often do we see excessive profits going to a few individuals while large groups of poor people suffer or have much less?

The Gospel lesson of poor Lazarus at the gate and the rich man with abundance continues to have relevance. (Lk. 16:19-31)

Individuals who worship the accumulation of goods and have no time or interest in God do well to heed the present Gospel. The rich man in the present Gospel was to lose his life soon after making plans for a greater accumulation of material goods.

The Lord Jesus Christ served notice when He said: "All nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as shepherd divides his sheep from the goats." (Mt. 25:32)

From the time of Holy Baptism, believers recite the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed. Believers profess that the Lord Jesus Christ will return to judge the living and the dead.

Each day is a gift from God. Grateful Christians give thanks to God for the gift of each day. Appreciative Christians give a significant portion of each day to God in prayer and make efforts to please God throughout the day.

Each believer can benefit by doing a personal time study. Examine each week and determine how much time is given to God and how much time is given to other discretionary activities.

Evaluate how much time is spent in personal prayer each day and how much time is devoted to the television set. Evaluate how much time is spent reading the Bible per week and how much time is devoted to reading other written material.

Evaluate how much time is devoted to church and charitable activities per week and how much time is devoted to personal amusements, hobbies and recreation.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal." (Mt. 6:20)

The rich man in the present Gospel faced losing his life and his material goods. Individuals rich toward God are aware of the Lord Jesus Christ saying, "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (Jn. 10:10).
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 12 / November 25, 2007
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. John the Merciful..

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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