St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 557 - September 7 / September 20, 2009

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 7 / September 20, 2009
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 557

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

I Timothy 4:1-3

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking in lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving to those who believe and know the truth.

Services Recently
September 10
Ninth Hour and Vespers read.
September 11
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour read at St. George Church.
Divine Liturgy held at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church. Seven people came for the Divine Liturgy. Three additional people came as the Liturgy concluded. Two additional people came to visit at the lunch.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read at St. George Church.
September 12
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for Vespers.
September 13
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by the Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Four communicants.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM on Thursday, Friday, Saturday

4:00 PM on Thursday. Friday at 3:00 PM.

10:00 AM at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont, W.Va. Divine Liturgy.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 21 - Feast of Nativity of the Mother of God.
September 27 - Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross.
September 27 - Parish Executive Board Meeting
October 10 - Memorial Saturday
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva of Serbia, St.Petka
October 31 - St. Luke

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Serbian People Who Are Suffering and All Suffering People.

Parish Life

Warmest welcome to Protopresbyter Lt.Col. Adam Yonitch. He and Protonica Robbie were blessed with a new grandchild Zoe this week. New mother Mira attended the healthcare seminar here last month..

The parostos last Sunday brought members of the Zivkovich Family and the Dimitric Brothers to St. George Church. Forty days for beloved +Pearl and three years for beloved +Nadezda.

Dr. Anatoli Peredera was in the area and brought daughter Maria. Anatoli always remembers the St. George Church and Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont.

Renea Janson is always a welcome and good addition to the St George Choir.

Congratulations to speech therapist Jennifer Stefanie Kornick, employee of the year at the facility where she works.

+Crystal Lee Sutton fell asleep in the Lord last week. She was the caring factory worker with whom St. George parishioner and union organizer +Eli Zivkovich was associated and became known as Norma Rae in the award winning movie.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs.

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

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

If you have a question about the services or the Church, ask Father Rodney

Sympathy extended to the family of Wayne Kirby. Wayne provides space for the Holy Trinity Mission Church in Fairmont, W.Va. His father departed this life this week.

No Adult Class this week.

Nurse Anna Miscovich does important work at Fayette County Behavioral Health Agency.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Stavrofor Dr. Nedeljko Grgurevich

Byzantium, which in the fourth century became a political and cultural center, likewise became a center for the Church and her progress and development. This liturgical centralization resulted from the exceptional cultural prestige of Constantinople as the capital. The Liturgies of St. Basil the Great and St. John Chrysostom appeared in this region. Later, the entire Slavic world also fell under the domain of the Byzantine liturgy, although it retained its old Slavic linguistic characteristics.

(The Eucharist as Sacrifice Johnstown, Pa, 1993, pp. 55-56. )

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

To Consider

The Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God.
The joy associated with the Mother of God.
The purity of the Mother of God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 11 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
September 12 - Visited parishioner at Mt. St. Macrina Manor.

From Psalm 25:1

To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Matthew 22:35-46

Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord Your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it; you shall 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. "While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He? They said to Him, "The Son of David." He said to them, "How does David in the Spirit call Him 'Lord,' saying: 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool." "If David then calls Him 'Lord' how is He his Son?" And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.

Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross
John 3:13-17

No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 'that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

According to the Holy Gospel we are to love God completely with heart, mind and soul. Believers do well to personally measure their love for God. Believers do well to commit to loving God completely.

At Holy Baptism the complete person is dedicated to the Christian life. The whole person is Chrismated. When a believer confesses and partakes of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ, the whole person is affected.

Our daily thoughts and actions will reveal the extent of our love for God. Our thoughts and actions will reveal the extent we are faithful to God. Our patience and faith will reveal our trust in God.

Following the ways of God require patience and faith. Following the ways of God require constant prayer and repentance. Following the ways of God require love of neighbor.

Our relationships in the parish, in the family, at the workplace and in the community will reveal our love for others and our love for God. The First Epistle of St. John says: "He who does not love does not know God, for God is love." (Jn. 4:7)

Loving God and loving others is not always easy. We will experience frustrations and temptations in life. We may become impatient with God and with family members, friends or co-workers. Trusting in God is necessary.

The Epistle of St. James says: "Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." (I James 3:4). Patience enables a person to listen for guidance from God.

Patience enables a person to look for God at work in daily life. Patience enables a believer to consider the other person's point of view and framework of life. Patience enables a believer to forgive with love.

Forgiveness is not always easy but is a necessity for Christians. Believers commit sins and faithful believers look to God for forgiveness. Believers cannot expect forgiveness from God without forgiving others.

The Christian life is to be characterized by love. Love of God and love of neighbor are the teachings from Christ. Christ's unequalled, inexhaustible and immeasurable love were demonstrated by His voluntary death on the Cross.

The Lord Jesus Christ had the power to resist arrest and to avoid death. (Mt. 26:53). The Lord Jesus Christ's love for each person is experienced in fulfillment of prayers and healing of the soul.

The sincerely repentant personally experience the love and forgiveness of God. The sincerely repentant are changed by the forgiveness and love of God.

Personal knowledge of the love and forgiveness of God create a responsibility in the believer. The knowledgeable believer's decisions will be affected by God's forgiveness and love.

A knowledgeable believer is accountable for the decisions he or she makes. If we personally know of the love of God and the forgiveness of God, and fail to be appreciative, our ingratitude is to our detriment.

We experience God's forgiveness and love throughout life. We have the responsibility to show gratitude for this love and forgiveness in our relationship with God and with others.

We show our love of God in our relationship with God's Holy Church. We show gratitude by faithful attendance at the Divine services. We show gratitude to God by faithful support of God's Holy Church to the best of our abilities.

We show our love and gratitude to God by forgiving and loving our family members, friends, and neighbors at home or at work. Our relationships reveal our love for God.

The Psalmist said: "The earth is the Lord's, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein." (Ps. 24:1) Sincere believers are mindful of God in daily worldly occurrences and in everything they see and do.

Decisions affecting salvation are made throughout the day. The priorities and goals we establish should be measured and weighed according to the Holy Gospel.

The way we spend and invest our incomes, talents and resources should be weighed and measured according to the Holy Gospel. Everything we say, think and do should be measured according to Christ.

Sincere believers have an interest in eternal life. Sincere believers have an interest in the Kingdom of God. Sincere believers invest their lives and their resources in the Kingdom of God.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 7 / September 20, 2009
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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