St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 511 - October 20 / November 2, 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 20 / November 2, 2008
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 511

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

I Peter 5:8

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

Recent Services
October 25
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Twelve people came to Holy Trinity Mission for Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, West Virginia.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read at St. George Church.
October 26
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read prior to the Divine Liturgy.
Thirty people attended the Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
Virginia Pataski and Marsha Pataski were received into the Serbian Orthodox Church.
October 27
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
October 28
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
October 29
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
October 31
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 Hours, Divine Liturgy.

Mornings
5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.

Afternoons
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday-4:00 PM-Ninth Hour and Vespers

Tuesday
6:30 PM followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

Saturday
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today-November 2 - Fifty-Fourth Parish Anniversary Dinner.
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

A warm welcome to Virginia and Marsha Pataski to the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church.. Additional members from the family are anticipated.

Having more children in attendance at the Divine Liturgy is a blessing from God.

Protopresbyter Djokan Majstorovic visited the parish this week. He showed slides from a recent trip to Russia to the Kolo members baking on Wednesday.

Thank you to all parishioners coming today for the Anniversary celebration.

Grulja and Wilma Milosevich have accumulated many hours of driving to the St. George Church.

Each trip for the Divine Liturgy for Maria Djonovich from French Creek, West Virginia involves at least four hours of driving. This is in addition to the at least two hour roundtrip she makes to attend the twice monthly services in Fairmont, West Virginia.

Dave Rudovsky, Sonia Janson and Mildred Bezjak regularly attend the Adult Class.

Stan Brozik is always welcoming of visiting priests coming to the parish.

Serb Krewasky's photographs provide a visual history of parish events.

Paulette Radock, Mitzie Hunchuck, Norma Hickman, Christina Hickman, and Linda Porter do important hospital work.

Eric Rose is another former altar server now in military service.

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.

Stella Shlosky recently traveled to State College where grandson Peter Jr, is a student.

Today's church collection will go to St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville, Illinois.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

The Church is the eternal altar on which is accomplished the Holy Mystery, and the priest is the one who offers the sacrifice. By it the members of the Church live and are fulfilled with every gift of grace. The Holy Eucharist is the greatest manifestation of God's love for man.

(The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, pp. 65-66. )

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

To Consider

The importance of the parish church.
The affect of the parish church on the community.
The contributions of parishioners to the parish church.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 25 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, West Virgina.
October 25 - Went to visit a parishioner at Ruby Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va.
October 27 - Attended two classes on non-profit agency accounting offered by WVU.
October 28 - Went to Washington Hospital to be with a parishioner.
October 29-30 - Went to Shadeland for a clergy seminar. Stopped at the Diocese.

From the Wisdom of Sirach
29:9

Help a poor man for the commandment's sake, and because of his need do not send him away empty.


Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost 2008
Luke 7:11-16

Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. And when He came near the gate of the city. Behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep." Then He came and touched the open coffin and those who carried him stood still. And He said, "Young man, I say to you, Arise." So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother. Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has risen up among us.; and "God has visited His people."

The present Gospel reading is an account of the widow of Nain and her son experiencing the powerful love of the Lord Jesus Christ. Every person has the opportunity to experience the Lord's powerful love.

The effect Jesus Christ has is evidenced when the widow's son is raised from the dead. The mother and son were blessed to have the Lord Jesus Christ miraculously return life to the son.

When a son or daughter is born, the parents do not know how long the child will live. Parents can never be certain of the kind of life the newborn child will have. Being a parent is a major responsibility with many inherent unknowns.

Parents are expected to nurture and care for their children. Parents are expected to protect their children and care for their souls. Parents are expected to guide and to discipline their children.

Proverbs 22:6 says: "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Discipline is a form of love. It is a way of bringing order and peace to a child's life and to family life.

Discipline has its place in an atmosphere of love. Children are loved by the Lord Jesus Christ. Children are blessings from God. The Lord Jesus Christ by words and deeds emphasized the value of children.

When little children were brought to Jesus and the disciples were rebuking, Jesus said: Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." (Mt. 19:13-14)

The widow of Nain loved her son to the degree that Jesus had compassion on her and said: "Do not weep." The Lord Jesus Christ changed weeping into joy.

The Lord Jesus Christ can reverse situations that may seem absolutely impossible. Jesus said: "If you can believe, all things are possible for to him who believes." (Mk. 9:23)

The Gospel is silent about the young life of the son of the widow of Nain. We do not know if the dead man was a well-behaved child. We do not know if he was a well-mannered adult.

We do know that Jesus Christ felt that restoring the man to life was important. Every person in a situation of despair can draw hope and strength from knowing Jesus can bring new life in the most adverse circumstances.

The Lord Jesus Christ showed the limits of death and the unlimited power of God. The Lord Jesus Christ showed that life triumphs over death when Christ is involved.

The son of the widow of Nain experienced the ultimate loss of life. He experienced death. The widow of Nain observed the death of her son as did Jesus' mother observe the death of her Son. (Jn. 19:25-30).

Every Pascha believers celebrate Jesus Christ's Resurrection. Every Sunday the Divine Liturgy is a celebration of Jesus Christ's Resurrection. Every day believers benefit from Jesus Christ's Resurrection.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." (Mt. 9:13) We are all sinners. We all benefit from repenting. We all benefit from Holy Confession and Holy Communion.

The widow of Nain experienced the power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Her son, experienced the resurrecting power of the Lord Jesus. Sinners who repent today will experience the powerful love of Christ.

The powerful love of Christ in a single life makes a tremendous difference. The lives of the saints and martyrs, known and unknown, due to the powerful love of Christ have shaped and influenced history in ways never to be fully known.

Life is not to be wasted on frivolous pursuits. Life is not to be wasted in the pursuit of activities and experiences having nothing to do with the Kingdom of God. Life is not to be wasted in ways conflicting with the Holy Gospel.

Life is to be treasured and used for the glory of God. Believers are to be good stewards of their lives. The restoration of life to the son of the widow of Nain provides sound reason to follow Christ and pursue new life in Christ.

Being a good steward involves using our lives in ways pleasing to God. Being a goods steward involves laying "up treasurers in heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal." (Mt. 6:20)

Use the remaining time of life to pursue peace and repentance. Turn to the Lord Jesus Christ and seek the peace that comes from Him. Turn to Christ to experience the new life afforded the son of the widow of Nain.

The power of Christ will transform our lives as Christ transformed the lives of the widow and her son in the present Gospel. New life from Christ gives glory to God and reveals the power of God.

Being thankful to God is appropriate at all times. Being thankful to God is appropriate each day. The Holy Gospel reveals the widow of Nain and her son had reason to be immeasurably thankful.

Every person has reason to be immeasurably thankful to the Lord Jesus Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 20 / November 2, 2008.
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Artemius the Greatmartyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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