St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 563 - October 19 / November 1, 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 19 / November 1, 2009
Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
No. 563

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

I Corinthians 13:2

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

Services Recently
October 21
Vespers was read.
October 22
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
October 25
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by the Divine Liturgy.
Twenty-four people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
October 26
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
October 27
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
October 29
Vespers was read.
October 30
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers 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 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday.

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

Wednesday
6:30 PM followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

November 1 - Parish Anniversary Dinner
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 22 - St. Nectarios
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

Thank you to all coming to the Divine Liturgy today in remembrance of the St. George Church Anniversary.

Thank you to all staying for the Parish Anniversary Dinner.

Anna Mae Knezovich's grandson Keith once again serving in Iraq.

Mike Dephillips, Rich and Dustin Menhart, Eric Rose and Roger Rogish's son are all on active duty. Two men affiliated with the parish in Fairmont, W.Va. also are on active duty.

Offer to help the Kolo with baking.

Give your candy orders to Sonia Janson.

Adult Class this Wednesday. Discussion of the Divine Liturgy will continue. All parishioners are encouraged to attend.

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.

A Thought from ST. NIKOLAI (Velimirovic)

Headless humanity is given a head in the Lord Jesus, risen from the dead. The body separated from the head is grafted to its head, part by part, member by member. Not all men are the body---only those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. All are called, but only those who respond are received under the Head. The ones who respond comprise the Body that is call the Church.

(The Prologue from Ohrid. Vol. Two. Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, Alhambra, California, 2002. pp. 514-515. )

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

To Consider

The fifty five years of existence of the St. George Church.
The many people experiencing the Divine Liturgy at the St. George Church.
The Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals at the St. George Church.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 22 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes. Went to Chicago for Standing Committee Meetings. Returned from Chicago on October 24 then traveled to French Creek, W.Va. and returned to Carmichaels.
October 25 - Went to Washington Hospital to visit a parishioner.
October 28-29 - Went to Shadeland for a Clergy Seminar

From Psalm 32:1

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.


Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 8:5-15

"A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, and sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold." When He had said these things He cried, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" Then His disciples asked Him, saying "What does this parable mean?" And He said, "To you it is has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that 'Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.' "Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for awhile and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasure of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience."

Believers are blessed to hear the Gospel in the church during the Divine Liturgy. The Gospel has a special place in the Divine Liturgy and serves as a basis for teaching and inspiring believers.

The present Gospel teaches that not everyone hearing the word of God keeps it near and dear to the heart and bears fruit with patience. Believers contend with the cares and temptations of daily life.

The cares and temptations of daily life can erode a believer's commitment to the way of God. Joy in hearing the word of God does not last for everyone. Faithfulness to God requires serious commitment.

The parish church fosters, encourages and provides opportunities for Christian nourishment and growth. Believers experience God in the Divine Liturgy.

Believers interested in nourishing the soul and addressing the hunger for God go to the parish church in faith. Individuals previously alienating themselves from the way of God are welcome to return to the parish church.

Repentance, Holy Confession and Holy Communion enable alienated believers to return. Repentance, Holy Confession and Holy Communion require careful attention, preparation and sincerity of heart.

Individuals attentive to the word of God will seek to live in ways pleasing to God. Living in ways pleasing to God includes supporting the parish church.

Support for the parish church is expressed in different ways. Support for the parish church is expressed by attending the Divine services. Support for the parish church is expressed by making financial contributions or working for the benefit of the church.

The parish church benefits not only the parishioners but also the communities in which parishioners live and work. Parishioners hearing the word of God and bearing fruit with patience contribute to their communities.

The parish church provides stability for a community and serves to enrich the community by promoting moral standards that strengthen a community.

The parish church teaches Christ and the ways of Christ. The parish church provides parishioners with experiences of personal renewal. The parish church provides support for parishioners in times of crises.

The parish church enables individuals not associated with the Church to learn about Christ and to become Christian. The parish church is an integral part of the Church through the centuries and throughout the world.

Individuals find peace in the parish church. Individuals turn to God in the parish church to heal their hurts. Individuals turn to the parish church to begin anew in Christ.

The parish church offers hope to individuals in the community. The parish church provides comfort and support when loved ones depart this life and when tragedy strikes a community.

The Holy Gospel proclaimed in the parish church communicates the strength of God in dealing with the forces of evil. The Holy Gospel proclaimed in the parish church cannot be muted by the forces of evil.

The parish church stands as a fortress against the forces that negatively affect a community and individuals within the community. The parish church is a primary source of joy for the community.

The joy emanating from a parish church is a lasting joy firmly established by the Birth, Death and Resurrection of Christ. The joy emanating from the parish church is a fulfilling joy.

The proclamation of the Holy Gospel in the parish church reminds believers of the Second Coming of Christ and prepares them for the Final Judgment.

The wise believer heeds the word of God as proclaimed in the Holy Gospel. The wise believer prays to God for the patience necessary to be ever faithful to God and to live in ways pleasing to God.

Believers seriously studying the Holy Gospel will never exhaust the learning and nourishment. The Holy Gospel will soothe the soul and ease the heart in times of anxiety and concern.

The Holy Gospel will provide hope and light in times of darkness and despair. The Holy Gospel enables believers to learn about and from the Lord Jesus Christ.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 19 / November 1, 2009
Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Prophet Joel, Venerable Procuorus of Pchinja, Venerable Jovan of Rila

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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