St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 510 - October 26, 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
October 26, 2008
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 510

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

James 1:6

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea drive and tossed by the wind.

Recent Services
October 15
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
October 16
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
October 18
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 19
Two people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Third and Sixth Hours were read before the Divine Liturgy.
Twenty-seven people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
Alex Michael Whitlock was baptized and Chrismated.
October 20
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people were present for Vespers.
October 21
Two people were present for Vespers
October 22
Two people were present for Matins.
Three people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. George.
October 23
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
October 24
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy.

Mornings
5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday Midnight Office followed by Matins.

Afternoons
6:30 PM on Tuesday followed by Adult Class with guest speaker at 7:00 PM.
4:00 PM on Friday

Monday
Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva of Serbia-St.Petka
October 31 - St. Luke, St. Peter of Cetinje
November 2 - Fifty-Fourth Parish Anniversary Dinner, Reservations are due today.
November 8 - St.Demetrius
November 16 - Choir Slava, Dedication of the Church of the Great Martyr George
November 21 - Holy Archangel Michael and other Bodiless Powers
November 22 - St. Nectarios Kephalas of Pentapolis
November 24 - St. Stevan of Decani.

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

Pray for the Suffering Serbian People Throughout The World

Parish Life

Dawn Molnar recently visited monasteries and churches in Greece. She will talk about her trip at the Adult Class this Tuesday evening at 7:00 PM. Plan to attend.

Three people came to Adult Class last Tuesday.

Nicholas and Lane Gotch from West Bloomfield, Michigan visited the church.

Happy St. Petka Slava to the churches, organizations and individuals celebrating.

Thank you to Sonia Janson and Melva Hunchuck for coming to bake this week.

Paulette Radock reads the Third and Sixth Hours before the Divine Liturgy.

Anna Mae Knezovich has logged many miles from Denbo to sing in church.

Djelosh Milosevich has logged many miles from Oliver to sing each week.

Joe Katusa always adds his voice to the St. George Choir.

Frances Dragich has longer way to come from Washington than Fredericktown.

Kathryn Sage always is very attentive to the St. George Church finances.

Ludwig Miscovich obtained clear vigil lights for use during the time of Pascha.

Frank and Gail Menhart's sons Richard and Dustin continue to serve in the U.S. military with honor.

Michael Dephilips does important work serving the Commonwealth at SCI-Greene as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

How many miles has Mildred Zorman put on her car traveling to church?

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.

Congratulations to newly baptized Alex Michael Whitlock, family and kumovi.

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

A Thought from the Psalms

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.

( Ps. 33:12 )

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

To Consider

The continuing impact of the Ecumenical Councils.
The importance of the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed.
Living as a Christian each day of life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 16 - Visited homebound parishioner.
October 16-18 - Went to Canton, Ohio for Sabor Committee meetings.
October 19 - Went to French Creek, West Virginia.
October 25 - Scheduled for Divine Liturgy, Fairmont, W.Va

From the Wisdom of Sirach
28:2

Forgive your neighbor the wrongs he has done, and then your sins will be pardoned when you pray.


Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2008
Luke 6:31-36

And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father who is merciful.

Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
John 17:1-13

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

Believers do well to structure and manage their lives according to the life and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Believers do well to structure and manage their lives according to the Ecclesiastical Year of the Holy Orthodox Church.

Home life is well grounded when family life and activities conform to the feasts and fasts of the Holy Orthodox Church. Home life is soundly based when parents accompany their children to the Divine Liturgy each Sunday.

Home life is healthier when the activities and social lives of children are governed by the teachings of the Holy Orthodox Church. Images coming into the home via the television set or the family computer should be wholesome.

Language and behavior used and tolerated in the home and outside the home should be in keeping with the Holy Gospel. Daily prayer has an important place in each Christian home.

Serbian Orthodox Christians honor their Christian identity when continuing to celebrate the family Slava each year. We live in a culture where belief in the Lord Jesus Christ is not always respected.

We live in a culture where at times Christianity seems under deliberate attack. Faithfulness to Christ is expected under all circumstances and at all times. Being familiar with the Holy Gospel is the best defense against attacks.

Christians need to continue to learn throughout life. Learning is healthy power. Christian learning enables believers to be armed against attacks to destroy the soul.

Parents need to know what to teach their children about the Church. Parents need to nourish their own souls to be competent as parents. Parental responsibilities change as children grow to adulthood.

Parents need to grow in Christ throughout life to properly meet their responsibilities. God-parents, Kumovi as known in the Serbian Orthodox Church, have responsibilities which are on-going.

Stagnancy in the Christian life is not healthy. We can never know enough about God. The soul, like the body, is always hungry and requires daily nourishment. Feed the soul with the same care given to feeding the body.

Christian learning has the greatest value when applied in daily life. Learning about Christ is not simply an intellectual undertaking. Putting Christ's love into daily practice is the challenge for each believer.

In the parish, in the home, in the schools, in the workplace, on the playground and in community events, Christ's love is to be demonstrated.

The joy of Christ always has a place in daily life. Times of adversity cannot be permitted to dilute the message that "Christ is in our midst!" Times of adversity cannot be permitted to dilute the message that "Christ is Risen!"

Times of adversity cannot be permitted to dilute the efforts to honor and mark the family Slava. Times of adversity cannot be permitted to afford a weakening of moral standards.

Following the darkness of the first Great and Holy Friday, the joy of the Resurrection became known. We celebrate the Resurrection of Christ throughout the year. Pascha is the Feast of Feasts and every Sunday is a Paschal celebration.

The Gospel of Christ has transforming power for believers living according to the Gospel. The love of Christ touches every heart open to Christ. The love of Christ permeates Christian hearts in every century.

Today and everyday give thanks to the Lord God for abundant blessings of love and mercy. Give thanks for the power of the Holy Spirit in every life. Give thanks to the Lord for ascending the Cross and arising from the Tomb.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 13/26, 2008.
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council.
Holy Martyrs Carpus and Paplus, Holy New Martyr Zlata of Meglena.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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