St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 517 - December 1 / December 14, 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
December 1 / December 14, 2008
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 517

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

Romans 14:1

Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things.

Recent Services
December 5
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
December 6
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
December 7
Midnight Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Eighteen people came. Two communicants.
December 8
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
December 9
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. George.
December 10
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
December 11
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
December 12
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 Hour followed by Divine Liturgy.

Mornings
5:30 AM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday.

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

Friday
10:00 AM-Divine Liturgy

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 19 - St. Nicholas the Wonderworker of Myra in Lycia.
December 21 - Childrens Day
December 28 - Mothers Day-Beginning of Nativity Retreat, Shadeland
December 30 - Holy Martyrs Deacon Avakum and Hegumen Paisius
December 31 - Holy Martyr Sebastian,
January 4 - Fathers Day
January 6 - Nativity Eve
January 7 - Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ
January 8 - Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos

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 Sonia Janson, Melva Hunchuck, Mildred Bezjak, Anna Mae Knezovich, Diana Brozich and Sandy Rantovich for coming to bake this week.

One person came for Adult Class last week. Class again this week.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the Feast of the Nativity.

If any parishioner does not understand the Divine Liturgy or other Divine services, please ask Father Rodney for an explanation or attend the Adult Classes to learn more.

Thank you to the parishioners attending the Robena Memorial last Saturday.

Milosh Krewasky's photos continue to provide a recorded history of the parish.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Holy Communion during the Nativity Fast.

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.

Remember and honor your Slava every year.

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

Tell your friends and neighbors to list to the parish radio broadcast.

Read your Bible each day.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

By His incarnation the Son of God also fulfilled our nature, which He put on in holiness and lifted up to the divine throne. Since He is in the Church with this nature, through it holiness is given to all of us who believe. That is why Holy Scriptures often speak of the holiness of the Lord Jesus Christ as a man.

(The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 47. )

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

To Consider

The Nativity Fast
The benefits of honoring the complete Fast.
Finding joy in each day of the Fast.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 5 - Attended two continuing education non-profit management classes in Clarksburg, W.Va. held by West Virginia University.
December 6 - Attend the Annual Robena Mine Disaster observance.
December 12 - Attended class on ethics in Clarksburg, W.Va. conducted by attorney from West Virginia University.

From the Wisdom of Sirach
35:10-11

Give to the Most High as He has given, and as generously as your hand has found. For the Lord is the One who repays, and He will repay you sevenfold.


Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 2008
Luke 12:16-21

Then He spoke a parable to them saying, "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?' So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, "Soul, You have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry"' But God said to him, "Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?" So is he who lays up treasures for himself, and is not rich towards God."

Every day is a day to get ready for the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Every day is a day to evaluate the condition of the soul and prepare for the final judgment.

We are in the Nativity Fast. It is time to return to the fundamentals of the Christian life, to prepare with all seriousness for the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

This is a time to rid ourselves of the non-essentials that hinder focusing on Christ. This is a time for clarity of mind and purpose in life. Prayer and fasting draw us closer to God if we are serious in the effort.

Preparing for the Feast of the Nativity can be a joyful experience if we look to God in all His splendor and all His wonder. Each day we can sense the presence of God. God's mercies and love are to be found everywhere.

Prayer and fasting will clear our vision and enable us to see God at work in daily life. The Divine services of the Church inspire the believer coming to church in faith. The Divine services nourish individuals seeking to feed the soul.

The present Gospel is about a rich man interested in simple self-gratification and without interest in God or the condition of his soul. In contemporary society, we see similar examples of greed and selfishness.

Each believer is responsible for his or her personal actions. Each person decides the importance he or she will place on care of the soul. Serious believers work earnestly to care for the soul.

Repentance is an essential part of the Christian life throughout the year. Joy is experienced when believers turn to Christ and seek unity with Christ.

Being rich towards God is consistent with repentance. Being rich towards God is a way of expressing appreciation for forgiveness. Being rich towards God is a way of expressing appreciation for the love and goodness of God.

Being rich towards God is a way to thank God for blessings, talents and resources. Being generous towards God is a way of thanking God for the very lives we have and live.

The rich man in the present Gospel was interested in his material possessions. He neglected the care of his soul.

At death, material possessions are of no benefit to the departed person. The Lord Jesus Christ said: ""For what profit is to a man if he gains the whole world, and lose his own soul?" (Mt. 16:26)

The Nativity Fast carries with it the expectation the Feast of the Nativity of Christ. The Nativity Fast is a time of joyful anticipation. Preparation involves commitment to the goal at the end of the effort.

The Nativity Fast is a time of preparation of the soul, preparation of the self, for the Feast of the Nativity. The goal at the end of the effort is readiness for Christ to fill the heart and soul of the believer.

The Feast of the Nativity is a celebration of "God with us!". The Feast of the Nativity is a welcoming of the Christ Child into the heart, the home, the soul, the mind. The Feast is celebrated in the present.

Believers greet each other on the feast with the words: "Christ is born!" Individuals with only material interests lead shallow lives. The soul is undernourished among individuals giving material possessions the highest priority.

The ground of the rich man in the present Gospel yielded plenty. He did not look to share it with the poor. Every day news reports tell of individuals with incomes in the millions. How many are like the rich man in the present Gospel?

How many believers take their lesson from the widow who cast all of her wealth into the treasury and was viewed by the Lord Jesus Christ as a wonderful example? (Mk. 12:43)

The widow cast two copper coins into the treasury. It was all she had. Jesus valued her contributions more than those of the wealthy who gave out of their abundance. The widow gave her whole livelihood (Mk. 12:43)

Good stewardship is a fundamental principle of the Church. The way believers manage their lives and their material resources reflects their belief in and appreciation for God.

The rich man in the present Gospel had little recognition of God in his life. He had little recognition of the value of his soul. Good stewards value the soul each day and treat each day as a blessing from God.

Good stewards are grateful to God on a daily basis. Appreciation of God is reflected in the daily lives of good stewards. Talents, resources, time and effort are given to God, to God's Holy Church freely and joyfully by good stewards.

Individuals like the rich man in the present Gospel hoarding their wealth and tearing down barns to build bigger ones to accumulate more wealth give little thought to God.

Earthly life ends for everyone. The rich toward God, the good stewards are better prepared for the end of earthly life than the rich man in the present Gospel.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 1 / December 14, 2008
Twenty Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Prophet Naum.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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