St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 507 - September 22 / October 5, 2008


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
September 22 / October 5, 2008
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 507

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

Romans 10:17

So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ.

Recent Services
September 27
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Third and Sixth Hours were read at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia.
Eleven people came for Divine Liturgy in Fairmont.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read at St. George Church.
September 28
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Third and Sixth Hour were read prior to Divine Liturgy.
Twenty-three people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
September 29
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
September 30
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
One person came for the Akathist to the Cross,
Akathist to Communion and Akathist to St. Panteleimon.
One person came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. George.
October 1
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
October 2
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
October 3
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Akathist to the Cross was read at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read at St. George Church.
October 4
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
Parastos scheduled.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

No weekday services.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 14 - Protection of Mother of God
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva of Serbia-St.Petka
October 31 - St.Luke, St. Peter of Cetinje
November 2 - Fifty-Fourth Parish Anniversary Dinner
November 8 - St. Demetrius
November 16 - Choir Slava, Dedication of the Church of the Great Martyr George in Lydia.
November 21 - Holy Archangel Michael and other Bodiless Powers
November 22 - St. Nectarios Kephalas of Pentapolis

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

Pray for the Suffering Serbian People Throughout The World

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to the family of +Edith Sue Standish recently departed this life.

The Sts. Constantine and Helen Serbian Orthodox Church in Galveston, Texas was greatly affected by the recent hurricane. The floor in the church was ruined. The church hall was destroyed and forty of the parish families lost everything. Insurance does not cover the water damage at the church. Donations may be sent to the church address at: 4109 Avenue I, P.O. Box 3280, Galveston, Texas.

One person came for Adult Class this past Tuesday. No class this week..

If you have not been to Holy Confession or Communion recently, it is time to prepare.

If you do not celebrate your Slava, please begin this year..

Remember the men and women working in dangerous occupations including those in the mines and criminal justice agencies, the police, correctional officers and parole agents.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, nursing homes, jails and prisons. Remember the staff members and caretakers.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

Remind your friends and neighbors to listen to the parish radio program.

When the Steelers game begins at 1:00 PM, the radio broadcast at 6:15 PM.

Each parishioner is a missionary for the St. George Church.

Encourage your friends and neighbors to attend St. George Church.

Make sure when funeral plans are made, they conform to the teachings of the Church.

Recent area traffic accidents show the danger of local highways.

How many people's health has been negatively affected by Hatfield Ferry Power Plant?

A Prayer of St. Macarius the Great

Having arisen from sleep, I offer unto Thee, O Saviour, the midnight hymn, and falling down, I cry unto Thee; Grant me not to fall asleep in the death of sin, but have compassion on me, O Thou Who wast voluntarily crucified, and hasten to raise me who am reclining in idleness, and save me in prayer and intercession; and after the night's sleep shine upon me a sinless day, O Christ God and save me.

(The Horologian Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, New York 1997 )

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

To Consider

The need to be faithful to God throughout life.
The need to repent and return to God-pleasing ways.
The importance of Holy Confession and Holy Communion.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

Paid respects at funeral home viewing for +Edith Standish.
September 27 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
September 28 - Stopped to see two residents at Rolling Meadows Nursing Home.
September 29 and October 2 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa.
October 1 - Visited one parishioner at home.
ctober 3- - Served Akathist to the Cross in Fairmont, West Virginia.
Visited student at W.Va. University.

From the Wisdom of Sirach
25:1

My soul takes pleasure in three things, and they are beautiful in the sight of the Lord and of men: agreement between brothers, friendship between neighbors, and a wife and husband who live in harmony.


Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2008
Matthew 25:14-30

For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, 'Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.' His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' He also who had received two talents came and said, 'Lord you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.' His Lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; You have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' Then he who had received the one talent came and said, 'Lord, I knew you had to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scatted seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, t here you have what is yours.' But his lord answered and said to him, 'You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Love of God and love of neighbor are the criteria Jesus established as the two summary commandments. Believers may find complete love of God and love of neighbor to be difficult.

Praying to God at all times is important. Everything we do should begin and end with prayer. We should pray that what we intend to do and are doing is pleasing to God. We should pray that God is our guide

We have the opportunity to pray to God during every activity. We have reason to give thanks to God at the conclusion of everything we do. We have reason to thank God for our parents.

We have reason to thank God for our homes. We have reason to thank God for our parish church. We have reason to thank God for our very lives. We have reason to thank God for the talents given to us.

The current Gospel reveals that God is pleased when talents are used in a good way and are multiplied. God will help us in the multiplying of our talents if our lives are pleasing to God.

The Lord said: "Come to Me, all 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. 11:28-30)

The Gospel teaches that not everyone gets the same amount of talents. The important point of the Gospel is to make the best use of the talents given by God.

A person may only have a limited amount of talent from God. If the person makes full use of the talent, God will bless the effort and commitment.

A person's relationship with God and understanding of God is measured by the way the person uses the talents from God. Individuals understanding that talents come from God will show appreciation to God.

Individuals crediting themselves with the talents they have actually ignore God. Talents are not multiplied for good without God. A person ignoring God sooner or later comes to know the shortfall results.

A person blessed with the gift of generosity may not be wealthy, but may be fully giving of everything he or she has. The Lord ""Whoever gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he shall not lose his reward." (Mt. 10:42)

A very little gift given from the heart can bring a great measure of joy because God's love was the basis of the giving.

Believers benefit from savoring the words of the Gospel. Believers benefit from immersing themselves in the Gospel. Each person comes to understand his or her talents through the relationship with Christ.

Our lives take on meaning in Christ. Our lives are defined in Christ. Our lives are at their fullest when Christ is our Goal and our Life. Our lives are at their fullest when we partake of Christ's Body and Blood.

We draw our energy from Christ to use the talents given by Him. We know what to do with the talents based upon His teachings. We experience joy when our talents give glory to God.

Christ on the Cross and Christ rising from the Tomb put life into perspective. We may struggle and experience pain in our lives. Our pain and struggle are minimal compared to Christ's suffering.

Making the best use of talents puts the mind at ease. These words await the faithful: "Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much." (Mt. 25:21)

Christ is the true measure of our talents and the ways we use them.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 22 / October 5, 2008
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
St. Jonah the Prophet.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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