St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 560 - September 28 / October 11, 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 28 / October 11, 2009
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 560

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

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Services Recently
October 2
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
October 3
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read
October 4
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read before the Divine Liturgy.
Twenty-six people attended the Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
October 5
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
October 6
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
One person came at the Federal Corrections Institution in Morgantown, W.Va. for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
One person came to St. George Church for the Akathist to St. John the Baptist.
October 7
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. 6:30 PM followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 18 - Parish Executive Board Meeting
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva of Serbia, St.Petka
October 31 - St. Luke
November 1 - Parish Anniversary Dinner
November 8 - St. Demetrius

If you are too busy to are too busy!

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

Parish Life

Thank you to Grover and Wilma Milosevich for bringing Mr.and Mrs. Rapchak to the Divine Liturgy last Sunday. The Rapchaks attend the Antiochian Orthodox Church in Lexington, Kentucky.

Two students from Waynesburg University taking a religion class attended the Divine Liturgy last Sunday.

One person came for class on Tuesday morning for class at the Federal Correctional Institution in Morgantown, W.Va.

One person came for Adult Class at St. George Church.

Adult Class on Wednesday this week. We will be studying the Divine Liturgy for the next several weeks.

Sonia Janson, Melva Hunchuck, Mickey Bezjak, Anna Mae Knezovich, Dianna Brozich and Melissa Miciotto came to bake this past Tuesday. Help is needed each week.

The different year-end financial reports prepared by Financial Secretary Andrea Janson are of beneficial use throughout the year.

The parish nurse's office is beneficial throughout the year.

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.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Stavrofor Radovan Milkovich

The fact of God's presence is one overwhelming cause for perpetual THANKS. EUCHARIST or Liturgy is just that. "LET US GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD." The same feeling that the first Christians likely felt is present in the same Christ's church today as it was then. If any one of us misses that feeling, it is not because things are any different, but because we are different, because our faith has grown weak and our love cold. If that is the case then we are less joyous no matter what we have.

(Sermons and Speeches Raska skola, Belgrade, 1999, p. 143. )

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

To Consider

Being grateful for the opportunity to repent.
Being grateful for God's forgiveness.
Being grateful for partaking of Christ's Precious Body and Blood.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 2 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
October 3 - Attended Holy Trinity Cathedral's Choir concert in Pittsburgh.
October 6 - Went to Federal Correctional Institution in Morgantown, W.Va.
October 7-9 - Went to Sewickley Hospital

Psalm 29:11

The Lord will give strength unto His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.

The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2009

Luke 5:1-11

So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, "Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch. But Simon answered and said to Him, "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless, at Your word I will let down the net. And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." For he all and who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men." So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.

The present Gospel is a strong reminder that people wanted to hear what Jesus had to say. The Gospel states that the multitude pressed about Jesus to listen to Him. The value of listening to Jesus was made clear in the life of Simon Peter. Simon Peter and those with him had caught no fish.

When Simon Peter and those with him listened to Jesus and made an additional effort to catch fish, the results of the second effort were beyond expectation. Believers listening carefully to the Lord Jesus Christ and heeding His word will have experiences beyond expectation.

Every year on the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God, believers hear Jesus' words from the Gospel of St. Luke: "Blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it." (Lk. 11:28)

The Christian life involves not only hearing the word of God. The Christian life involves actively listening and heeding the word of God. Christians are expected to be attentive to the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christian.

Christians are expected to govern their lives by the words of the Lord Jesus Christ. Simon Peter recognized his personal sinfulness by listening to the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus used Simon Peter's situation to change his life. Jesus informed Simon Peter of his apostleship with men.

Current believers listening carefully to the words of the Lord Jesus Christ will discover personal sin in their lives. This personal discovery is reason to listen more carefully to Jesus to change personal thoughts and behavior.

Everyday believers have the opportunity to live in ways that are more Christ-like. Personal choices either conform to the teachings of Christ or conflict with these teachings. Each person is responsible for his or her choices.

Personal choices regarding Christ are made throughout the day and night. Seemingly insignificant choices on matters of little interest can make a big difference. Faithfulness to Christ is expected at all levels of decision-making.

On the job, in the home, in the classroom and in the community, believers are expected to live moral and ethical lives. Christians are to live in ways that clearly communicate love for Christ and the ways of Christ.

Questionable behaviors have no place in the lives of Christians. Even the appearance of impropriety has no place in the lives of Christians. Christians embrace the highest of standards when embracing the life in Christ.

Believers need to be resistant to temptations in the workplace and in the community that will lead to increased sin. Peer pressure is a common danger for teenagers.

Peer pressure also occurs in subtle ways with adults. On the job individuals may be encouraged to be accepting of practices that are deceptive or illegal or immoral.

In community and social activities, individuals may be encouraged to engage in behaviors that are contrary to the ways of Christ. Serious Christians will draw strength from Christ and resist perilous temptations.

Pride is always a danger. Unexpected moments of weakness can lead to disaster. Faithfulness to Christ is necessary in all situations and circumstances.

Reports are heard too often in the daily news of individuals in positions of great responsibility having compromised behavior that leads to sin and personal downfall.

The life in Christ is the most fulfilling. The life in Christ is the most far reaching in experiences and expectations. The way of the life in Christ is the narrow way and the faithful way. (Mt. 7:13-14)

The experiences of Simon Peter, James and John in the present Gospel clearly demonstrate the value of listening to Jesus and heeding His instructions.

Individuals of every generation choose whether to heed Christ and experience the benefits or choose to go it alone without Christ and face the resulting perils.

The joy of the life is Christ is fully experienced when individuals cherish the word of the Lord Jesus Christ and immerse themselves in His word. The joy of the Lord Jesus Christ permeates the soul immersed in Christ's teachings

The Holy Apostles' lives were changed by their listening to Christ. The changed lives of the Holy Apostles continue to serve as examples for subsequent generations.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 28 / October 11, 2009
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Chariton the Confessor

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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