St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 466 - December 10 / December 23, 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
December 10 / December 23, 2007
Thirtieth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 466

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

I Corinthians 13:2

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

Recent Services
December 16
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Twenty-two people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
December 17
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
December 18
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
December 19
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Nineteen people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
December 20
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for the Akathist of St. Nicholas and Akathist to St. Archangel Michael.
December 21
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
December 22
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM, Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour

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

No other weekday services this week

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 23 - Children's Day, St. John of Serbia.
December 26 - Hieromartyr Gavrilo of Serbia
December 26-29 - Youth Retreat at Shadeland
December 26 - Holy Martyrs Thursus, Leucius, Philemon, Appollonius and those with them.
December 30 - Holy Martyrs Deacon Avakum and Hegumen Paisius, Mothers Day
December 31 - St. Sebastian.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

The Parish Annual Assembly needs to be held in January.

Congratulations to Aaron Carson on receiving a Master's Degree from Duquesne University this week.

Sympathy extended to the family of + Father Michael Stupar.

Father Stupar served as a substitute at this parish church on a few occasions. His funeral is tomorrow at. St. Nicholas Church, Monroeville.

Saturday's Uniontown paper revealed the dangers prison employees face daily. Mike Dephillips and Matt Matovich work in area prisons. Lou Zorman is a retired federal prison corrections officer.

Remember Richard and Dustin Menhart serving in the U.S.military.

Mildred Bezjak is collecting contributions for flowers for the church for Christmas.

Mildred Bezjak is coordinating a gift project for individuals who are homebound. Please see Mildred if you want to participate. Gift cost is $10.00.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the Feast in January.

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

No adult class this week.

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

To Consider

Requirements to follow Christ.
Requirements to be a priest.
The continued need for deacons and priests.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 17 and 18 - Went to Morgantown for printing.
December 18 - Went to Diocesan Center for meeting.
Decemeber 20 - Attended graduation ceremonies at Duquesne University.
December 21 - Went to Diocesan Center
December 22 - Went to St. Nicholas Church in Monroeville for Christian Education meeting.

From the Desert Fathers

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

Thirtieth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 18:18-27

Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" So Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery,' ' Do not murder,' 'Do not steal,' 'Do not bear false witness,' Honor your father and your mother.'" And he said, "All these things I have kept from my youth." So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, 'You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, 'How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." And those who heard it said, "Who then can be saved?" But He said, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."

To inherit eternal life it is necessary to give up possessions and personal interests and practices which deter us from following the Lord Jesus Christ. Following Christ and experiencing Christ should be our primary interests.

The current Gospel speaks of the difficulty involved in giving up vast personal possessions. A person need only casually look to the greed existing in society to determine the trappings of wealth among certain segments of the population.

The world would be a better place if Christ was dominant in the hearts and minds of more people. We cannot control others. We can only control ourselves. Each person can resolve to follow Christ. Each person can hold Christ first in the heart, the mind, the soul and the home.

The world becomes better as each person forsakes the trappings of life inhibiting unity with the Lord Jesus Christ. Possessions and certain activities can obscure a person's vision and deter love for Christ.

Some individuals find attachment to wealth or power or certain activities to be primary goals in life. The Lord Jesus Christ said centuries ago to: "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness..." (Mt. 6:33)

When a person determines who is first in life, when a person determines what is first in life, who and what is valued becomes known.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Where your treasure is, there you heart will be also." (Mt. 6:21). Commercial advertising attempts to influence the way a person thinks and attempts to control goal setting among individuals.

Competing interests test an individual. The heart and mind must war against all that is contrary to Christ. All of our efforts need to be directed toward the kingdom of God.

No greater joy exists than to experience Christ. No greater joy exists than to be unified with Christ. No greater joy exists than to partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ, to be forgiven of sins and to repent and return to Christ.

Holy Baptism, Holy Matrimony, and Ordination are moments of joy. Christ transforms life. Christ brings renewal. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Colossians:"Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him..." (Col. 3:9-10)

The present Gospel message reaffirms the value of the commandments. Murder, adultery, stealing, and lying have no place in the Christian life. If they have been a part of life, it is time to repent and get rid of them.

Heed the words of the Psalmist David when he said: "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." (Ps. 50/51:10). Turning to God in prayer brings results.

Turning to God with a repentant heart brings results. A new beginning can be made at any time in life. As long as a person has faculty of mind, he or she can turn to Christ as did the good thief on the cross.

The good thief on the cross spoke the words: "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." (Lk. 23:42). Wise individuals will value the lesson of the Publican and the Pharisee. Wise individuals will continuously utilize the prayer: "God, be merciful to me a sinner." (Lk. 18:9-14).

The Psalmist David realized the joy of God's salvation. (Ps. 50/51:12) Contemporary believers do well to think about Christian joy. Contemporary believers do well to think about the joy of salvation.

Believers adopt values and attitudes toward life. Believers adopt goals and objectives in life. Believers put forth effort toward certain ends in life. Everything done in life needs to be measured by the Kingdom of God. Everything done in life needs to be measured by the degree it is pleasing to God.

Our thoughts and our efforts require obedience to God. Harnessing life to be in accord with God is a continuous challenge. Individuals will fail and fail and fail. Wise individuals realize when failures occur, it is time to begin anew.

Age is not an impediment to beginning anew. Anyone whose mind works well can seek the mercy and forgiveness of God. Anyone with an interest in new life in Christ can prostrate before Him in repentance.

Serious Orthodox believers come to Holy Confession. Serious Orthodox believers value Holy Confession for the new life in Christ made possible. The Holy Disciples left all and followed Christ. (Mt. 19:27)

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life." (Mt. 19:29)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 10 / December 23, 2007
Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. John of Serbia.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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