St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 562 - October 12 / October 25, 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
October 12 / October 25, 2009
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 562

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

Jude

3. Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.

Services Recently
October 16
One person came for the Akathist to the Holy Spirit, Akathist for the Protection of the Mother of God and Akathist to St. Panteleimon. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
October 17
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Three people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
One person came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Great Vespers with Litya.
October 18
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by the Divine Liturgy.
Twenty-five people attended the Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
October 19
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
October 20
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
October 21
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.

Mornings
Monday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 AM.

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Monday, Friday, Saturday.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva of Serbia, St. Petka
October 31 - St. Luke
November 1 - Parish Anniversary Dinner, Make reservations today.
November 8 - St. Demetrius
November 12 - Holy Milutin, King of Serbia; Ven. Teoktist & Jelena; Conf. Vrnava of Hvostan.
November 15 - Choir Slava celebration, Covered dish dinner.
November 16 - Translation of Relics of St. George
November 21 - St. Archangel Michael and Other Bodiless Powers
November 24 - Holy Martyr Stephen of Decani, King of Serbia
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 27 - Holy Apostle Philip, Nativity Fast begins.

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

Remember the Serbian People in Kosovo and All Suffering People.

Parish Life

May God give comfort to the family and friends of +Terry Chambers (Brother of Arthur "Butch" Chambers), recently departed this life.

May God give comfort to Niko and Rose Ilich, their family and friends. Niko's mother, Drage Ilich, departed this life this week.

The Kolo baked again on Tuesday. Helpers needed each week.

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.

Each parishioner should take time to observe his or her Slava.

If you have not been to Holy Confession and Communion recently, it is time to prepare.

Kathryn Sage received an article in the local newspaper about Hatfield Ferry power plant from her sister in Sarasota, Florida. The article had a picture of St. George Church in it.

No Adult Class this coming week.

Pray fervently for the continued growth of the St. George Church.

Remind your friends and neighbors to listen to the St. George radio broadcast on the internet or on the Uniontown radio station.

The radio broadcast on Sundays is at 6:15 PM when the Steelers play at 1:00 PM.

Invite a friend, family member, co-worker or neighbor to come to church with you.

A Thought from Very Reverend Stavrofor Dr. Mateja Matejic

All church services in the Orthodox Church include in their structure hymns and prayers containing theological messages and instructions. By attending church services, the Orthodox faithful are exposed not only to the beauty of the worship, but also to the truths of their faith

(Orthodoxy: Courage to Be Different - Strength to Remain the Same. Columbus, Ohio, 1994, p. 90. )

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

To Consider

The Lord Jesus Christ
Our personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ upon the Cross and His Glorious Resurrection.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 16 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
October 17 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
October 18 - Attended wedding reception of Donnie and Marcy Park.

From Psalm 31:3

For You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, for Your name's sake, lead me and guide me.


Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

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."

Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

John 17:1-13

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

Believers are expected to turn to God in prayer on a consistent basis. Believers are to give thanks unto God and to pray regularly for the benefit of their souls.

Praying to God regularly with attentiveness and strong purpose requires seriousness about the condition of the soul and the Final Judgment. The Final Judgment may seem far away.

Concern and interest in the state of the soul may not always be intense. Contemporary life offers many temptations and attractions for believers to dilute interest in the soul.

Individuals with material abundance and health of body may lack motivation to seek first the Kingdom of God (Mt. 6:33). The world is full of individuals and groups seeking to diminish interest in God and the ways of God.

Financial profits are made by individuals offering attractions and activities which poison the soul and are perilous for the Christian. The ways of sin are plentiful. The ways of sin come into homes in various forms.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only True God, and Jesus Christ Whom You have sent." (Jn. 17:3). Interest in eternal life has a place in the daily life of Christians.

Baptism generally takes place for Christians when they are infants. The commitment to Christ and the Christian way of life made at baptism is for the remaining days of life. Believers are not to waver from the way of Christ.

Nourishment to remain strong in Christ comes through Holy Confession and Holy Communion. Nourishment to remain strong in Christ comes through careful reading of and listening to the Holy Gospel.

The believer's way of life is put in perspective by regular attendance at the Divine Liturgy. Some may say that regular church attendance is not necessary to have a satisfactory relationship with God.

The absence of a believer from church services weakens the believer's commitment to God. The absence of a believer from church services reduces opportunities to be strengthened by the presence of other believers.

Attending the Divine Liturgy creates the environment for personal introspection and evaluation. Attending the Divine Liturgy provides the opportunity to partake of Christ's Precious Body and Blood.

The Divine Liturgy provides the atmosphere for the believer to think carefully about the content and condition of the heart, soul and mind. A believer's heart, mind and soul may be extensively polluted.

Evil stimuli in the environment often attack the heart, mind and soul in subtle ways. A believer is required to be ever vigilant. Sometimes evil masquerades as something good and then spreads the poison.

A pure heart and a love of Christ is the best defense against evil attacks. A pure mind and pure intentions are the best defense against attacks of evil.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "You will know them by their fruits." (Mt. 7:16) Believers do well to carefully consider interactions with others by this standard. Associating with individuals bringing forth Godly fruits is the best protection.

The world seems to be changing. Immorality seems to abound. Corruptive practices are in the news regularly. Believers must discern how to live in a society with perverse influences and ways of life.

The soundness of the Holy Gospel proclaims the way of truth. The soundness of the Holy Gospel proclaims the way of Christ. Believers consciously choose whether to be vigilant in Christ and remain firm in faith.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 12 / October 25, 2009
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Councils.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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