St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 513 - November 3 / November 16, 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
November 3 / November 16, 2008
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
No. 513

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

II Corinthians 5:7

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Recent Services
November 7
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
November 8
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for Divine Liturgy, blessing of Kolach and Koljivo.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
November 9
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read immediately before Divine Liturgy. Parastos held.
Twenty-five people came for Divine Liturgy with three communicants.
November 10
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
November 11
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Five people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. George.
Father Dimitre Dimitrov also served.
November 12
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
November 13
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
November 14
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy and Blessing of Kolach and Koljivo for St. George Choir Slava.

Mornings
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 5:30 AM, Midnight Office, Matins First Hour.

Afternoons
Monday, Thursday, Friday-4:00 PM-Ninth Hour and Vespers.

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

Wednesday
5:30 PM Vespers at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont, W.V

Friday
Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

November 16 - Choir Slava-Dedication of the Church of the Great Martyr George, Plan to stay next Sunday after church for the Choir Slava celebration.
November 21 - Holy Archangel Michael and other Bodiless Powers
November 22 - St. Nectarios Kephalas of Pentapolis
November 24 - St. Stevan of Decani.
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom

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

Pray for the Suffering Serbian People Throughout The World

Parish Life

Thank you to all supporting the St. George Choir Slava today.

The St. George Choir makes immeasurable contributions throughout the year by singing at the Divine Liturgy each week, on feast days, at baptisms, weddings, funerals and memorial services.

Four people came for Adult Class. Dawn Molar, Coordinator for the International Patient Program at Ruby Memorial Hospital, West Virginia University, came to speak about her recent trip to Orthodox monasteries and churches in Greece. Dawn Molnar was accompanied by Markos Mengarides, a parishioner of the Greek Orthodox Church in Morgantown, W.Va.

Ann Krewasky and Helen Dabrunich are remembered in the prayers at the St. George Church.

Members of the armed forces are prayed for in the Divine services throughout the year. Families of the St.George have had a very significant representation in the armed forces of the United States.

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.

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

Make sure you honor and celebrate your Slava each year.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Stephen Bearden, son of Betty Humbertson. +Stephen is the third member of the Miscovich Family affiliated with this parish to depart this life in less than a year. May God comfort the family.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

The Church has her eternal foundation in the Holy Trinity, for her life is interwoven with the life of the Holy Trinity. Thus the love of the Persons of the Holy Trinity produces an atmosphere of love among men. It is seen in Christ's Church, in the life of her members. Therefore, in the Church all three Persons act equally. The love which the Divine Persons institute is not closed; rather is manifested to the world.

(The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 8. )

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

To Consider

Love for the Church shown by St. George Choir
Comfort and joy brought to parishioners by St.George Choir.
Cumulative effort put forth by St. George Choir members for Church.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 7 - Attending classes on Managing Non-profit Boards and on Effective Leadership conducted by West Virginia University School of Social Work. Held in Clarksburg, W.Va.
November 8 - Visited parish home for Slava.

From the Wisdom of Sirach
31:20

Healthy sleep depends on moderate eating; he rises early, and feels fit.


The Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost 2008
Luke 16:19-31

There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torment in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us. Then he said, 'I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment. Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them.' And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.'

Everyone receives treasurers from God. Even the poorest person has the treasure of time and faculty of mind. Each person chooses the way personal treasures will be used.

Individuals recognizing and appreciating God in their lives will be good stewards over the treasures they receive. Individuals recognizing and appreciating the goodness of God will be generous towards God.

The rich man in the present Gospel had abundant wealth. He ate sumptuously while poor Lazarus was at the gate waiting to satisfy his hunger from crumbs of the rich man's table.

The rich man could have looked beyond his personal interests and had compassion for Lazarus. The rich man could have recognized the generosity of God in his life and acted generously towards Lazarus.

The rich man's life would have turned out better if he had chosen to be a good steward over the gifts he received from God. The rich man and Lazarus would have fared well in the present life and in eternal life if the rich man shared.

The rich man's selfishness and hardness towards Lazarus in the present life resulted in his experiencing suffering after death. Lazarus died and fared well after his death.

The way we live in our present life determines what we will experience at the time of our death. Not everyone will hear the words of the Lord Jesus Christ: "Inherit the kingdom prepared for you." (Mt. 25:34)

Being insensitive to the suffering in our midst has severe consequences. Being insensitive to the hunger and thirst for God in our midst has severe consequences.

Being unkind and selfish has severe consequences. Good stewards act in ways pleasing to God. Good stewards realize all good things come from God. (James 1:17). Good stewards put their treasurers to work for God.

Treasurers are put to work for God in various ways. Serious believers realize the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ in the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, and the stranger. (Mt. 25:31-46)

Serious believers consider the needs of others when managing personal talents and treasurers. Serious believers think about the Kingdom of God and the requirements for entry into the Kingdom.

Serious believers view the lives of the saints and martyrs as examples. Serious believers think about the generosity of God and the total giving exemplified in the life of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Serious believers heed the words of Moses and the Holy Prophets. Serious believers acknowledge the many blessings and gifts of God in God's Holy Church and reciprocate by showing appreciation to God's Holy Church.

Every life has blessings. Not every person is thankful to God. When Jesus healed the ten lepers, only one leper returned to say "Thank You" for being healed. (Lk. 17:11-19)

God is shown appreciation when individuals use their God-given talents not for personal aggrandizement, or for personal excesses in lives of luxury.

God is shown appreciation when individuals uses their God-given talents for the betterment of others. God is shown appreciation when individuals use their talents to improve community life and standards.

God is shown appreciation when individuals use talents from God in ways that ease suffering and human want. God is shown appreciation when individuals seek not their own glory but the glory of God.

Talents received are expressions of God's love. Talents received are to be used with love. St. John wrote many centuries ago: "If anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?" (I Jn. 3:17)

St. John was absolutely clear about the importance of love in the Christian life. St. John said: ""If anyone says, 'I love God,' and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has no seen." (I Jn. 4:20)

The way we manage our talents and treasures clearly reveals the degree we love God and love each other. There is no record of the rich man in the present Gospel feeling compassion for poor Lazarus.

How many individuals living in luxury today will experience the same fate as the rich man in the present Gospel? How many individuals today experiencing poor earthy lives as did Lazarus will spend eternity being well cared for by God?

While time remains in our lives, let us be good stewards of the talents given to us by God. Let us be rich towards God and our suffering neighbors.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 3 / November 16, 2008
Dedication of the Church of the Great Martyr George in Lydda.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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